Monday Mania

Monday, Monday! Oh how I love Monday's.  It's a new week and how I start a Monday tends to shape the rest of the week.  This morning I was up early and ready to start.  Typically it takes me a few hours to get motivated and get my day started.  This morning I brewed the coffee and had a card completed by 9am.  WHOA! 

I have two cards to share this morning. The first card uses a stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog and is dear to my heart. There are only a few weeks left to purchase this stamp set, Strength & Hope.  Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from every purchase of this set to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can find more information about BCRF by visiting  Let me share my card:

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



I started with Pink Pirouette cardstock for this card and stamped the flourish at the bottom of the cardfront.  I added the First Edition Specialty DSP across the top and then again over it but adding a break in the DSP using the Scallop Border punch.  I added Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.   I added Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon across the card and I love the way this silly bow turned out.

The card above was inspired by the IB&C completely.  The catalog is a great way to jump start your creativity when you have creative block.  Let me share a complete CASE from the catalog with VERY few changes made. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



If you look on page 69 of the IB&C you will see this exact card made in Pink Pirouette cardstock.  I loved the look of all the pennants but I didn't need a baby card.  I changed the color to Pool Party and added a few more colors such as Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade.  This card uses the Petite Pennants Builder Punch. Fantastic punch if you love Pennants.  I created the the pennants on the base of the card by using a Big Shot Die.  YES! A must have Big Shot Die Cut that I LOVE is the Petal Cone Die Cut (121810).  I die cut 8 banners from the Petal Cone Die and cut them in half.  The base of my card uses Textured Pool Party cardstock.  The stamped pennants use the First Edition Specialty paper and Vanilla cardstock.  I added a few accessories such as buttons and bling to the pennants and Toothpicks attached to the pennants. 


I hope your Monday flows smoothly all day! Tonight we will say a quick goodbye to Russ once again. It's always something in our world.  Something new everyday.


  1. Loving both cards – the first is so simple but has great impact!   The second is also great – but also doesn't scream at  you….love the new soft blue in-color.

  2. Glad to see you stampin' and postin' to your blog again.
    Sounds those few moments with the 'Prince' brought some much-needed refreshment to your soul. 
    Kind regards,

  3. Love these, Kim! Thanks so much for sharing! Looking forward to seeing more from you after school starts. But I know you'll miss your kiddies:) Thanks again!