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Glamper Greetings Stamp Set

Glamper Greetings Stamp Set

Happy New Year!

I spent all of New Year’s day taking down our Christmas decorations and making my family crazy while I put up Valentine’s decorations.

Every time they would take the Christmas decorations out to the shed… another heart shaped decoration went up.

It’s okay.  These people I live with know I’m crazy and know I’d get CRAZY if they made fun of me.

Regardless of my crazy, I’m super excited for the new year.  Not because last year wasn’t great, I just love fresh starts like I love Monday’s.


Don’t Miss Out!

In other news… today I’m sharing a great selection of cards with you using the Glamper Greetings stamp set.

It’s crazy how time flies and soon this stamp set will not be available for purchase.


Let’s Get Started!

First of all, the Glamper Greetings stamp set was one of the first sets from the Holiday catalog on my must have list.

Being a huge fan of this type of “glamper” I love all of the options included in this stamp set.

Remember, this stamp set is only available until January 3rd.  There are only a few more days left to grab this stamp set.


Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


While any style card would be easy to create using this set, I thought a fun fold would be perfect.

Tricks & Tips

  • Create the card base using Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″.  
  • Score cardstock at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″. Fold at the 2-3/4″ mark and adhere.  

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


The front panel measures 3″ x 3-3/4″ using Watercolor Paper.  

The Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper is a perfect match with this stamp set. Have you noticed how the cactus is a very trendy image in stores? Check out Target right now and see how many Cactus images you can spot.  It’s a pretty hot item.

Mixing Cardstock 



Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


Mixing different colors of cardstock is one of my favorites.  Most of all, using Crumb Cake cardstock to watercolor.

Tricks & Tips

  •  Stamp the glamper onto the base of the Whisper White cardstock.  Then stamp the glamper again onto a Whisper White circle die cut.  Once again,  stamp the glamper onto Crumb Cake cardstock and fussy cut this image. 
  • While this may seem like a little overkill, this will create great dimension for the focal image.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • Timeless Textures is a fantastic stamp set to add texture below the glamper.  
  • Use Moroccan Designer Washi Tape on the right side of the card.  
  • The glamper was watercolored using Bermuda Bay ink and an Aqua Painter.  


Simple or Dramatic

One of the things I love about this set is the options you have to create simple or a more dramatic scene with this set.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


This pink glamper is the cutest. Whether you are using pink or another one of the many color choices Stampin’ Up! offers there are many great options to create a fun glamper image.

Fewer embellishments and a simple watercolored background are used to create this card.


Below you will notice the same card using a few more embellishments.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • Add glitter to the card by taking an OLD Aqua Painter, dipping it into a mixture of Tombow Multipurpose Glue and a little water.  Create splatter with the glue mixture by flicking the Aqua Painter bristles over your cardstock, add the glitter, shake off excess.
  • Adding sequins is easiest by using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  The small point on this glue pen provides a precision of each small embellishment without getting glue everywhere.

Glamper Greetings, Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!


Wrapping it Up!

Whether you are a big camper or not, the Glamper Greetings has a place for everyone.  While I’m not a huge camper at all, there is something about the cuteness factor glamping brings. Probably because glamper’s are glamorized many ways just like stamping.

Add this great set to your stamping collection HERE.

Lastly, are you looking for more ideas using the Glamper Greetings stamp set? Click HERE and be inspired.


Edited January 3rd: WHOOPS… Looks like I missed this stamp set on the carryover list from the Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set will continue to be available.  Sorry for the confusion.

Don't Miss Out, Valentines, Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.


These great deals will only last until January 3rd, 2017.


Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale




Here’s a Quick Way to Create For a Fiesta!

Create For a Fiesta

It’s true that Cinco de Mayo festivities have passed, but it’s not the only day we can have a FIESTA!


In fact, I love a good party so I don’t really need an excuse to have one.  There is always one thing that can get me to make up a party and thats beautiful paper.


Every year when I open the new Stampin’ Up! catalog I look at the designer paper and dream about the parties I can have and the ideas of creativity flow depending on the paper that I’m looking at.


I should also add that sometimes the fiesta’s I dream about don’t come to life, but in my head and with paper they do.


Instant Party in My Brain

One look at the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and I was hooked.  Instant fiesta planning went into hyperdrive and I wanted to throw a big ole’ FIESTA.

Fiesta, Stampin' Up!

Make no mistake the party favors I was thinking about were off the charts.

I had to calm myself and speak reality to my big ears- Quick and Simple Kimberly.

Today I have a fun party favor idea for your own Fiesta, and of course you will want to thank your guests for coming to the BIG fiesta.  I have a quick thank you note to share too.


Fiesta Party Favor


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!


Quick and simple party favors can be created using Stampin’ Up! Kraft 12 x 12 cardstock.


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!


You can click HERE to download a tutorial on creating this fiesta filled treat holder.

The Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper creates a colorful favor with a few added embellishments.  The treat holder is sealed at the top with a Golden Binder Clip and Whisper White Mini Pom Pom Trim.  This trim screams PARTY.


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!

See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

The inside of the Fiesta favor features Stampin’ Up!’s Gusseted Cellophane Bags filled with festive candies I found at a local candy shop.  The candy’s are just as bright and fun as the outside of the party favor.


Don’t Forget a Thank You!

I kept my thank you very simple using the Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Bundle from Stampin’ Up!


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!


While simple it is, it’s elegant and packs a punch with the bold colors.  A thank you greeting was stamped using the Thankful Thoughts stamp set.

Click HERE to download a tutorial to create this card.


Fiesta, Stampin' Up!

See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Are You Planning Your Own Fiesta? 

Hopefully the ideas shared today have sparked a little creative party fun so that you can plan our own Fiesta.  These ideas are simple enough to duplicate many and I’m sure to create joy to anyone that receives them.


You can purchase the Birthday Fiesta Bundle HERE to get started.


Today is the DAY!

Tutorial Bundle Subscription

There has been much anticipation today leading up to the release of our first Tutorial Bundle.

Today the tutorial will go LIVE.  For those that have pre-ordered or purchased $50 in product you will automatically be sent the tutorial.

If you want to know more information about this amazing launch, click HERE for more information.



Extravaganza Sale- Don’t Miss It!

Extravaganza Sale- Don’t Miss It!

I’ve been waiting for Stampin’ Up! to announce their Extravaganza Sale and boy did they.  Once again they are delivering on a fantastic promotion that you are sure to enjoy.

Extravaganza Sale, Stampin' Up!, Online Sale

Starting Monday you can save on great products from Stampin’ Up!  Below I have all the great info that you are going to want to save, look over and make your list.

Online shopping is easy.  Just click the Shop Now button at the top right of your screen or click HERE to make it fast and easy.

What’s On Sale? 

Click HERE to view the entire list of sale items.

Important… The FIRST 24 hour Flash sale is Monday.  Get two of our Punch Boards at a fantastic price plus a GREAT sale on Designer Series Paper!

Extravaganza Sale, Stampin' Up!


A few of my absolute favorite stamp sets are on sale.  These are not in the catalog and exclusive online.

Click HERE to view these stamp sets.



Greetings From Stamp Set

I have to share one of my little favorites.  It’s called Greetings From.  It’s a photopolymer stamp set that is so tiny but OH SO CUTE.

Greetings From Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


I created these using Stampin’ Up!’s Notecards. The texture you see under the images is from a new stamp set called Timeless Textures.  Possibly my new FAVORITE stamp set in the whole wide world.  Indeed.

Look how cute these images are…



Greetings From Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


The little car is my favorite and perfect to carry a little tree.  I just cut one of the trees and placed it on top of the car using a Mini Glue Dot.   Greetings From Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


I love this one with the beach scene and of course it would be perfect for little thank you cards for friends around here.

These are simple one layer cards that pack a mighty punch.
Greetings From Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


Another favorite image in this set is the bike.  I love bike images and this one is the cutest little guy.  Next to the cactus… can it be any sweeter?

Coloring of these cards was simple using an ink pad and Blender Pen.  Blender Pens are essential to a stamp room.  A Blender Pen makes coloring an image simple the smooth way they blend.  If you are just starting out in stamping, try a blender pen for simple blending of color.


The sentiments for each of these notecards came from a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called Happy Scenes.  I love the greetings because they are small enough to fit on a 1/4″ strip of cardstock.



3 Free Tutorials 

I’ve packed today’s post with lots of information.  Take time to digest all that is happening Monday.  Don’t miss out on this great Extravaganza Sale.


I appreciate YOU…..

When placing your order during the Extravaganza Sale, use this hostess code below and you will receive a 3 FREE TUTORIALS for shopping with me.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me and a little gift inside.

Extravaganza Sale, Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampinbythesea

One last thing… 

I have to share a little excitement.

I’ve been a member of Splitcoast Stampers for YEARS.  Almost 12 years to be exact.  Years ago I was one of their gallery moderators.  I had to leave once Russ started moving us around a bit more than I wanted as well my business had taken off.  I’ve always loved sharing on Splitcoast and viewing the gallery for inspiration.  It was my starting point to inspiration on the internet.


Today I received an email that I was a Featured Stamper on Splitcoast.  Ya’ll.  For REAL!  I was SO excited.  More excited to see what the other stampers are inspired to create from my gallery.  WOW.

Featured-Stamper, Splitcoast Stampers

Click HERE and see the gallery of what others are creating.  Click HERE and play along with the challenge.

I’m am SO SO excited.  Have an awesome week.  Great things are happening and I have lots to share this week.