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Double Post Wednesday!

Crazy, isn't it?  Two posts in one day from little ole me?  Okay, let's get right to some of the other projects I have created.  I am so excited to share with you.  It feels so good to just stamp the last few days.  YIPPIE!!!


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



I love the Stamp set Sense of Time (113804).  It has so many great uses for all kinds of projects.  I thought this fit perfect for some old photos from earning my FIRST Founders Circle.  It was QUITE the moment.  🙂  I used the Extra-Large Cogs Double punch (118873) which is so fun and matched this stamp set perfect.  To make the coordinating even BETTER, I used a piece from the Cog On Board Book (117237) and stamped the cogs from the stamp set using Basic Black ink randomly over it.  The circle chipboard piece also came from the center of that Cog Chipboard piece and I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set onto it.  The alphabet stamp I used is called Contempo (111570) and it's a perfect alphabet set to scrapbook with.  This page is a 12×12 layout. 


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen






I have tons of stamped images that are tossed into a bucket that either were rejects or just never used for one reason or another.  Who really knows why.  Anyways, I pulled that bucket out and put this card together.  The stamped image comes from Friends 24/7.  I used the Frost Shimmer Paint and mixed it with Bermuda Bay reinker.  I took a foam brush and gently tapped the colored paint onto the stamp and then stamped it onto Kraft cardstock.  It's so pretty in person.  The Rub On's are from Chit Chat again.  I <3 them. 


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Okay, last project for tonight is a card using the new stamp set from the Summer Mini called Sentimental Journey (120075).  What a fun stamp set.  I also used the Travel Journal DSP (117156).  Great paper for both cards and scrapbook pages. 

Well, that's all I have for today.  More coming tomorrow.  Yippie!!!  Tomorrow I will share the pages from the Briefcase On Board Book.  Stay tuned and have a GREAT night.




Stencil fun again!

Last month we played with Stencils again!  You already know I love our stencils, so I pulled them out again to show my customers the beauty of our stamps that coordinate with the stencils.  What was fun about this card is they also learned a new technique.  Could be a very old for many of you, but for my customers this was new and fun!  Faux Metal! 

So here is the card we made:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



I started the card by using Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  SO yummy!  On the Kraft cardstock I used the Folk Flowers stencil in the Spring Occasions Mini and used Rich Razzleberry ink and a sponge to create the pretty half flower from the stencil.  I made the stenciled area pretty dark.  Then I inked up the En Francis background stamp and stamped directly over the stencil.  Now the tip here:  Don't press the background stamp too hard.  I wanted that "oh my I didn't get a good impression" look.  <smile>  I attached this to the card base.  I added a little Razzleberry Lemonade DSP and stamped on it using the Razzle Dazzle Stamp set.  Oh I love this stamp set.  It's so pretty.  Love that it matches the stencil.  So now to the technique part——————>

Take a piece of any cardstock scrap.  For this card I trimmed it to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2.  Take a VersaMark pad and ink the entire piece of cardstock.  Pour Gold embossing powder over the entire cardstock piece and emboss.  Let cool a second.  VersaMark the entire piece again directly over the previous.  Do this up to three times.  On the third time, ink up your Razzle Dazzle stamp with Versamark.  Heat the Gold embossing powder on the cardstock so it's hot and then with your VERSAMARKED stamp, stamp directly into the hot embossing powder.  BAM! You have Faux Metal.  The more embossing powder layers you have the deeper the impression will be.  It's so fun and really a nice element to add to a card. 

I also added an embossed image of the Razzle Dazzle flower on the bottom left of the card too.  I added some Kraft Taffeta ribbon and of course used my Air Art Tool aka "blower" on the card using Rich Razzleberry marker.  I love my In Color markers.

Here a closer look of the card:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



I'm off to bed.  It's a late night for me after a pretty adventures weekend.  The garage door broke, I didn't have the house keys and locked myself out of my house.  After calling the locksmith, $75 bill … I'm back in the house.  <smile>  Ahhh…. the stories and memories I am making for my kids. 

Have an amazing week!

Build a Bear Bonanza!

I've been super busy getting prepared for a few Build a Bear workshops this past week.  Friday night I had my first Build a Bear Mommy and Me workshop.  We had a blast here with the kids.  I felt like a kid myself because the Build a Bear products through Stampin' Up! are almost like playing with paper dolls again.  The die cuts and stamps are so versitle and you can use them for so many occassions. 

I have lots to share with you.  I hope you enjoy all the samples!  Below you will find all my samples that I shared with the moms and kids. 

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Lexi had a birthday Friday night as well so we made her sweet friend a Build a Bear birthday card.  See how fun they are!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Sampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen




You may notice that I have a new scallop punch that I used on the card above.  Well I received all my cool new toys earlier this week from the upcoming Spring Mini Occassions.  I am sure you heard me scream!!!  I haven't had  a lot of time to play with those new toys but I couldn't stand it any longer and pulled out that punch (it's a Sale-a-Bration punch… OH BOY!!!)!!!  Felt so good.  This card also screamed for a button!  I can't live without them anymore.  🙂 

Once again it's way past my bedtime.  I'm starting to wonder if Kimberly has a bedtime. Ha!  I have a few things to wrap up tonight as I watch a few more snowflakes fall to the ground.   It' so cold here. Check out my doggie… she was so cold this morning.  I put her sweatshirt on  her and she was nice and warm.  However she wasn't happy!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

Have a GREAT week!!

It’s a mess here!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Colorado Springs, CO



Holy Cow!  It’s a MESS in my stamp room.  I have been a crazy woman getting ready for multiple events this past week.  I have a few things to show you today.  I have to admit that I’ve been happy as a lark since I am stamping.  When I stamp-I smile! 

Let me show you what I’m making to get my desk this messy! 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Colorado Springs, CO




Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Colorado Springs, CO



These are completely inspired by Shelli Gardner!  I love halloween and I love stamping halloween projects.  Last week when I was at the Advisory Board Retreat I was blessed with a wonderful dinner at Shelli’s home.  I am still speechless over the experience.  It really was amazing.  The best part I loved was Sterlings Dutch Oven dinner.  It was so yummy!  The other thing I loved was seeing the Halloween displays that Shelli had around her home.  It was heavenly for me.  🙂  Each of the Board members were given a beautiful bag of things Shelli loved.  I will covet this forever and ever.  Everything inside was amazing.  Once again, the best part was a Halloween ornament that was tied around the bag.  I love how Shelli stamps because it’s just my style.  So my little gum wrappers are completely inspired by her creativity.  I will make a video this week on how to make these great gum wrappers.  They are just so fun.


I haven’t used my fabulous Chunky Glitter in awhile.  I cut the stars using my Sizzix Die Cut Stars #2 (113461) and Long Board (114320).  Then I cut my black cardstock while I was cutting the chipboard.   I embossed the black cardstock using the From the Crypt stamp set (115460) and clear embossing powder.  I loved how this turned out.  The star is laying on top of an Oval Sizzix Die Cut (114525) and layered with Lovely Lilac cardstock.  I then embossed the Web Wheel (115666) onto the Lovely Lilac cardstock using Black Craft ink and Clear embossing powder.  I took the star and used Crystal Effects around the edges and dipped it into my Chunky Essentials Glitter (108797).  I let that dry a minute.  I made a yo yo (love that name) using the Cast a Spell DSP (115677) and then placed it onto the star and placed a banner over it using a Pop Up Glue Dot.  I used Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) for the sentiment on the banner. 

I will do a video on two techniques this week on how to make these cute Halloween treats for your kiddo’s.  I know mine love them.  Super simple too. 

I’m off to a big event this weekend.  We are Stampin’ for a Cure!  Each year myself and my demonstrators in the area do a big fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.  My goal is to raise $4000 this weekend.  We have a ton planned.  Lots of stamping and lots of giveaways.  I can’t wait.  Wish us luck in our fight against breast cancer. 

Have a fabulous weekend. 


Oh Pretty Snowflakes!

I’ve had some time to play with a few of my new toys lately.  I wanted to share a card that has many beautiful elements that I have fallen in love with.  The Holiday Mini has so many favorites in it for me. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



Let’s start with the paper.  I asked for ONE thing to be in the mini catalog this year and I *kinda* got my wish.  I love FLOCK and they brought out this beautiful flocked designer paper.  I could sit and touch it all day.  I love how it feels and best yet, how it looks on creative projects.  The paper is called Christmas Cocoa Specialty (116770).

I stamped the Snowflakes using the Serene Snowflakes (115438) stamp set using Soft Suede ink and then applied the Icicle Rub Ons (116804) over the stamped snowflake.  The rub ons include 2 sheets: 1 sheet ea in silver and Whisper White.  I loved how the Whisper White looked over the Soft Suede.  For the focal point on the card I reversed what I had done on the card front and applied a Whisper White rub on to the Soft Suede cardstock then stamped a snowflake in Soft Suede ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut it out.  Using a dimensional, I popped it up onto the applied rub on.  It’s so three dimensional.  The Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper is on the base of the card.  It feels so pretty.  Here in Colorado, I am sure snowflakes are in our near future.  I am not ready for it, but I can stamp them.  🙂 


Now to figure out what our Holiday weekend plans will be.  Russ and I have a few plans up our sleeves with the kids.  Time together is on tap.  He spent this week in Israel and was lucky enough to see Madonna in concert.  WOW!  He was super excited, I was super jealous.  I tried singing "Like a Virgin" on the phone and he promptly told me he had to go.  Not sure if it was my singing or…..  oh anyways… I was jealous. 

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!