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The Best of Christmas

The Best of Christmas

It’s the weekend which makes us all happy.

Why not take a little time travel and look back at some of what I’ll call, the best of Christmas?

I thought I would share a few of my favorites that I’ve created over the last few months.


Kimberly’s Favorites

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After looking back at all of the fun Christmas and holiday cards created, I had a hard time trying to pick my favorites.

Don’t get me wrong… this was not so much about MY favorite creations but my favorite products I was able to design with.

This Holiday Catalog has been amazing to work with because of all the fantastic coordinating products we’ve had available.

Here is a break down of my best of Christmas and I would love to hear what your favorites products have been from the Holiday catalog.


Holly Berry Happiness

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The Holly Berry Happiness became a favorite right away because of the coordinating Holly Berry Builder Punch.  I love the size of the holly leaves and the stamp set is a two-step stamp.  Adding vellum to this project created a nice soft touch overall.

See all the details of this card HERE.

Cookie Cutter Christmas 

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Every single image in the Cookie Cutter Christmas  stamp set is AMAZING. The coordinating punch, Cookie Cutter Builder makes creating super easy.

Simply stamp and punch any of the images.  LOVE!

Learn more how I created the background for this card HERE.


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This project is very simple using our smaller gusseted bags.  I filled the bags with red hot candies to simulate the reindeer noses.

SO fun and a great little giftie to give to friends.

Wrapped in Warmth


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There are so many great products on this card that I fell in love with.  The stamp set Wrapped in Warmth was PERFECT to coordinate with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper.  There is no ugly sweater in this paper pack. This paper pack is 50% off until January 3rd.

The coordinating doesn’t stop there.  One of my favorite products in the Holiday catalog has been the Cable Knit Textured Embossing Folder.  This isn’t just any Textured Embossing Folder.  It feels REAL.  The embossing is amazing and perfect for ANY winter cards.

See all the details on this card HERE.

Banners for Christmas


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The Banners for Christmas stamp set was instant love for me with that beautiful candy cane image and gorgeous banner.

Once again, it’s the love of Stampin’ Up!’s product coordination that makes designing projects so easy and fun.

One of my faves on this card is the Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  So fun to see that candy cane image sparkle.  WOW.

I’m also a huge fan of this card sketch.  If you are ever in a pinch for creating a card, try this card sketch.

The red stripe is Washi Tape.  If you are a Washi Tape hoarder, this sketch will help you use it up.  The Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape has great designs and perfect to coordinate with the Banner for Christmas stamp set.

 See all of the details for this card HERE.

Click HERE for another fun card using the Banners for Christmas stamp set.

Jolly Friends 


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This guy!  Creating this card was instant joy.  I love this little moose from the Jolly Friends stamp set.

His sweet little Santa hat was created using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch.

This card could easily be duplicated and many other color combinations used.

Click HERE to see more details on this card.

Tin of Tags- Favorite of the Season

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I’ve had the privilege of creating a ton of Christmas cards this year, but hands down this is one of my favorites.

The music notes paper from  This Christmas Designer Series Paper  has been one of my favorite patterns to use.

Another favorite…. The Tin of Tags Kit and stamp set.

This kit has great elements like the wooden snowflakes, tiny confetti stars and my favorite… thin washi tape.  THE BEST.

You can find more details on this card HERE.

Best of Christmas

Thank you for letting me share my version of the “best of Christmas” with you.  Each of the these cards use products I’ve really enjoyed this season.

There is still time to enjoy them, in fact… the project I have in progress is making Christmas tags using the Cookie Cutter Christmas! YES!

Have an awesome week and make something pretty!!


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More Fun With Paper- Creating Paper Loops

Creating Paper Loops

Friday’s should always be a day to celebrate and what better way than to create?

Today I’m sharing a fun video on creating paper loops that will add a little interest to your card.

It’s also a great reminder of the sweet season of Christmas.


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While I’m using the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, this technique I’m sharing can be used with any design.

It’s also a good reminder to stock up on your Designer Series Paper with Stampin’ Up!’s current promotion.

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This card was completely inspired by these candies below.  Have you ever had them?

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When I started playing around with the Candy Cane Christmas Suite, the candies instantly came to mind.

I had to put the idea to the paper test and see if it could come to life.

Click on the video below to learn how I created the fun paper loops.


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Tips & Tricks 


  • Card base measures 4-1/4″ x 11.  The two pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock measure 4″ x 5-1/4″ and 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • All of the products used on this card are from the Candy Cane Lane Suite. See below for the products in this suite.
  • The Layering Squares were used to create the scallop under the Label with the greeting.



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Click the clickable links below to create your own paper loops card today using the Candy Cane Lane Suite. 

Supply List

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Jolly Friends- A New Take On Rudolf

Jolly Friends

Have you ever had a stamp set that makes you giggle like crazy?

First of all, Jolly Friends stamp set was feeling slightly neglected.

It’s been sitting under a pile of stamp sets and when I found it I couldn’t stop laughing.

Instantly I had an idea with Mr. Moose! He’s the new Rudolf.

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A New Take on Rudolf

If there is one thing I love about stamping it’s the ability to use my imagination.

While I’m sure not everyone sees my crazy imagination in the sense that I do, my hope is that you can feel the same way about your own imagination.  FREEDOM!

As a result of my crazy imagination I found my new Rudolf.  Why must he be a reindeer? Why not a MOOSE?

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As I was creating this little guy I was laughing.  Instant joy in how crazy cute he was and the red little nose was the icing on the cake.


Take a Peek

Take a peek at this amazing set.

Jolly Friends can definitely open your imagination with all of the goodness inside this stamp set.


There are 21 photopolymer images inside this set that will set your imagination on fire.  WOW.

The best part of this stamp set, the punch that coordinates.  The Jolly Hat Builder Punch gives you the freedom to create all kinds of hats that YOU want.


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Jolly Friends, Stampin' Up!


Let your imagination run wild and enjoy the creativity with this stamp set.


Tips & Tricks

  • Stamp the moose onto Crumb Cake cardstock and stamp again to cut out the moose ears.  Use a Sponge Dauber to color the ears using Early Espresso ink.
  • Using a Sponge Dauber on the ears makes the ears appear like suede.  It’s an awesome look.
  • The Tag of Tins stamp set has the best snowflake image to use on cards or other projects.
  • It’s a Celebration stamp set was used for the “celebrate” greeting with Early Espresso Ink.
  • To create the red nose, stamp the image onto Crumb Cake cardstock using VersaMark ink.  Sprinkle the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder and heat.  Punch the nose out using the 1/4″ Circle Punch (currently on the clearance rack).


Let Your Imagination Run Wild

If you are looking to let your imagination run wild, Jolly Friends stamp set is a great choice to start with.

Enjoy creating fun holiday cards with these adorable images.

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Have an AMAZING week.


Christmas Cards using Holly Berry Happiness

Holly Berry Happiness

Designing the perfect Christmas card can be quick and easy when you have the right choices.

Today I have a few ideas to help you choose the perfect stamp set when you create your Christmas cards.


How Many Will You Create?

When designing Christmas cards, the first question to ask is how many will I need?

Once the list of family and friends has been created the designing can begin.


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By creating a list you can determine the amount of time needed to create the cards as well as the budget needed for the supplies.

Obviously, if the list is long,  creating time will need to be shortened making it much easier to duplicate the card.


Today’s card definitely takes on a little more time, but can also be duplicated if you plan your time wisely.  Mass producing cards can be simple and fun with a plan.


Planning Time

I’m not going to lie, I love to create heavily layered cards.

When doing so I simply make the cuts and punches necessary for the card and then tackle the project when time permits.

Since I’m a busy mom, I typically keep all of the supplies I need ready to go in a shoebox and grab the box on the go.

This makes it easy to create when I’m waiting on kids in car lines, or sitting at the gym waiting on my daughter.

If I plan accordingly, the process can be simplified and the result is completed card in plenty of time to send.

Stay Within Your Budget

The Holly Berry Happiness stamp set is a bundle that coordinates with the Holly Berry Builder Punch.

Punches can make a crafting project a simple process because of how easy they are to use.

Simply stamp, punch and assemble.

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The Holly Berry Builder Punch creates the fun holly leaves and sweet bow.

This card has the added the pine needles from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies to bring a little more greenery to the card.

Although the pine needles definitely add pizzaz to a card, the Holly Berry Builder Punch would make re-creating many cards easier.

Stampin’ Up! has a wide variety of bundles to choose from in the Holiday catalog.  Bundled products offer options to budget your supplies when planning your Christmas cards.


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Holly Berry Happiness

Not enough time to begin creating Christmas cards?  Take a look at the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

Save time creating with the Holly Berry Builder Punch.  This punch will create a small and large holly leaf, beautiful bow and holly berries all in one.

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The stamp set offers greetings the perfect size for card making.  Note the beautiful greeting for the inside of the card.

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The holly images can also be used for background images.


Get Started Now

Now is the time to start thinking about designing your Christmas cards.  I would love to help you in the process.

Are you struggling on which stamp set to use or how to design a simple yet lovely card, contact me so we can work together.

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Click HERE to download a FREE tutorial to create this card.

See all products used for this card in the clickable links below. 

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Have an awesome Tuesday and create some fun and pretty.

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Bye Bye Cards!

Bye Bye Cards!

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Bye Bye cards!

They are really FOR REALZ in the mail.  All my Christmas cards that is.

I can’t tell you what an incredible feeling this is.


For the last 2 years I haven’t sent cards.  Like really sent cards.  I’ve sent a few to family.  Last year I did a photo card in a hurry but I haven’t sent handmade cards in over 2 years.


I have a ton of cards made this year and almost all of them have been shared here.  I’ve been procrastinating addressing them.  Last night I said no more procrastinating.  I turned my TV on grabbed a pen and started writing.

120 cards later… they are addressed, stamped, and in the mailbox.

YES! Bye Bye cards. I am so excited to bring a bit of holiday cheer to someone.

Do you feel this way? 

Okay… now let’s talk about cards for a minute if you don’t mind.

Over the last week my mailbox has been filled with lots of holiday cheer.  I love opening my mailbox this time of year and seeing all the beautiful cards, stories and pictures of friends.


This year I could not feel more inadequate!  

Let me say this… I have beautiful friends.  They have the most beautiful families.  They are color coordinated in their outfits for the pictures. I mean seriously… they look stunning.

Then there is the Van Diepen clan.

I could not find one picture of us together except the one putting up the tree together.  It’s a ridiculous but funny picture of us.  For gosh sake I am wearing a tank top and mortified my Mother when I posted the picture on Fakebook because I was showing a bit “too much!” It was the ONLY picture together.

I had nothing else and I sent it.

How did that happen?  I am the queen of pictures.  I really have nothing else?


Here is the thing my friends. That picture tells quite a story.  One that a photographer (although I love them and wish to get our professional pics soon) could not have captured the way I did with that crazy selfie stick.  It was a blissful moment of laughter.  One this family has struggled a bit over the last year.  It really tells the story of the moment.

So, there is nothing fancy coming from the Van Diepen gang.  It is what I call real life as it is NOW.  It’s crazy, it’s fast paced, it’s 100% real.


Make no mistake next year I will try harder to get a fancy picture.  This year I am going to smile as big as I can that I sent my cards with corny pictures and pray my friends see the fun side of these people I call my family.

Dashing through the Rain… 

After listening to all of that I sure hope you enjoy the card I have today.

We are not even close to dashing through snow, more like water.  It’s rained for 2 days straight and we needed it here in Florida.


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One of my favorite techniques this year has been watercoloring on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I found it works best to emboss the image first and then watercolor.  I also did a quick watercolor wash over the die cut  word Snow after die cutting it twice and then layering it.  Once it was dry I just grabbed some color using my Aqua Painter and washed over it.


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I love that layered look of the die cuts. Just adding one layer on top of each other  makes them look much thicker.


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Time to Wrap!

Now that I have my cards complete I have the next thing waiting on me… wrapping.  I have gifts hidden all over my house and I’m still in need of a few more gifts.  Yes. I hate to admit that but it’s the truth.

Tomorrow I will be busy wrapping, and buying and hopefully I can say by this time tomorrow I am DONE.  Honestly, I’m ready to eat and enjoy my family and I hope you are too.  Are you ready?