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Eating My Way Through Utah!

Eating My Way Through Utah!

Eating and eating and eating.  I’m eating my way through Salt Lake City, Utah.


My friend Cathy and I are trying to make sure we visit all of our favorite eateries this trip.  Boy has it been fun and we are so full.  It was definitely the best decision to come early and enjoy a few days of EATING.


If you are reading this and you have not eaten yet…. you might want to.  I could possibly make you very hungry.

Waffle Love

By far my favorite little place.

We looked high and low for this food truck last year and once we found it we were in heaven.

Waffle Love has done so great they now have a restaurant.  This was the one BIG thing on our bucket list this trip.

Eating, Waffle House, Kimberly Van Diepen



The Waffle Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque was incredible.  Definitely thinking we will have to have this one more time before we leave.  If you find yourself here in Salt Lake City, put this on your list.  You won’t be disappointed.



Eva’s Bakery

Eating, Eva's Bakery, Kimberly Van Diepen


This little gem makes me SO happy.  Not only great food, the atmosphere of this place is pure joy.  Love love love it.

Eating, Eva's Bakery, Kimberly Van Diepen


Let me say this… I’m not typically one to take pics of my food.  Really.  I don’t do it.  But this was divine.  It’s called Carbonara Macaroni (I think).  I wanted to lick the bowl, but seems how the restaurant was full, I believe it was completely inappropriate.  I thought about it.  I did.

Eating, Eva's Bakery, Kimberly Van Diepen


Just when you think it couldn’t get better, you stop to pay and you are met with a dessert area.

At first I thought I couldn’t possibly eat another thing.  It’s all Cathy’s fault.  I had to have a Raspberry Macaroon.  Delish!


The Cluck Truck

The hotel we are staying at has a food truck that comes every Wednesday.  Today’s truck was the Cluck Truck.

Eating, Cluck Truck, Kimberly Van Diepen


It was pouring rain but we were determined to find our way over to this truck.  Again, totally worth it.


Eating, Cluck Truck, Kimberly Van Diepen


I didn’t get a picture of my ginormous wrap that I ate, but WOW… it was GOOD.

Life Outside of the Food…. 

There is a life outside of the food.  Cathy and I have enjoyed shopping and tonight I watched her stamp a few swaps.  All while I sit in a massive food coma.

I did also stamp a few things before I left.

Now… I hope you don’t mind that I stamped ANOTHER card using the You’re So Lovely stamp set.

I don’t typically do this, but I can’t help it.  I do love this set.

It makes me happy.

You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!,


I believe the little circle wreath (if that is what we want to call it) is my favorite and I see so many possibilities with it.

You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!,


I used the Botanical Blooms stamp set to stamp the tiny flowers in the background.  They are SO cute.  So tiny.


You're So Lovely, Stampin' Up!,


I used the Tree Builder punch (again…) to stamp the little flowers.  Oh I love this.  Bare with me.  They are so tiny too.


All the supplies I used are below in the clickable links.

I think I should go find the gym at the hotel to exercise a little of all this food off my body.
That’s kinda funny and I know that’s not going to happen.
Meanwhile, I hope you are having a great week.  Tomorrow we pick up our bags and the NEW catalog.  I can’t WAIT.
Have an AWESOME Thursday!!

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Be Inspired- Stampin’ Up! Convention

Be Inspired- Stampin’ Up! Convention

I have so much to tell you from the Stampin’ Up! convention!  I’m having an amazing time. Yes, I’m STILL here.  I’m spending an extra few days with my bestie to relax and boy oh boy are WE!!


This convention might go down as the BEST convention I’ve attended.  I felt like the Stampin’ Up! staff spoke to my soul during their presentations.  They were filled with raw emotion, heartfelt and of course so much creative inspiration.  Then our leaders meeting on Saturday I heard the best speaker I’ve heard in a long time.  It was exactly what I needed to hear- taking care of myself.  WOW.


I’m going to share over the next few days because I would overwhelm you in a Mississippi minute if I shared it all.


One thing I kept under wraps until it happened was presenting on the Main Stage.

I had to share my family.  This picture CRACKS me up.  I really do love my family!  <giggle>

Stampin'  Up! Convention 2015

My presentation was on Project Life and I shared an album that I taught at a Scrapbooking Crop this past spring.   I loved sharing this album as it’s one of my favorites.

Stampin'  Up! Convention 2015

Here are a few snippets of the album.  I’ll share a few more detailed pieces later.  If you have not tried Project Life by Stampin’ Up!, you should.  What a fun and easy way to scrapbook.  The photo below is the cover of my Project Life album.

Stampin'  Up! Convention 2015

This picture below is a a fun bag that we created for the album.  I love how you can add fun stuff like this to an album.  Great for keeping receipts or fun memorabilia.

Stampin'  Up! Convention 2015


Thursday night was awards night.  What an awesome SURPRISING night!


I earned the prestigious Founders Circle award.  WOWSA.  After the end of my year I wasn’t sure that could even happen.  I was so surprised and SO SO grateful as this will be the last Founders Circle with some of the upcoming changes that Stampin’ Up! will put in place this come October.  While I’m sad to see this great event go away, I know that Stampin’ Up! will have other great things to come.  It’s how they roll.  <smile>

Stampin' Up! Founders


I am SO thankful my friend Dawn caught this picture.

Stampin' Up! Founders

I’m even more thankful for this picture….

Stampin' Up! Founders

Dawn is in my downline and has worked her tail off this past year.  She earned the Incentive Trip and Founders Circle.  I am SO excited to spend Founders Circle with her.  Isn’t she the cutest??  A HUGE congratulations to her.


My team went out to dinner on Saturday night.  We had so much fun although we were missing many of our team members this year.  The selfie stick was a dream.

Convention Dinner


Once convention was over it was time to chill out the next few days with my bestie.  I’m not sure we’ve chilled out.  We have laughed until we cried and shopped until we dropped.




Believe it or not… I made swaps too.  My sweet girl was SO helpful before I left.  She did the tedious rhinestone job.  I can’t believe this girl is growing up so fast.  She was only 4 months old when I started Stampin’ Up! Convention Swaps


Here is one of my swaps I created.

Be the Star stamp set

This swap was for an organized swap with the Convention Display stampers from last year.  I loved that we swapped together this year.  They are AMAZING artists and fantastic cards.

I used the Be the Star stamp set.

Be the Star stamp set


I’m in LOVE with the Mint Macaroon In Color.  SO pretty.

Be the Star stamp set

I used Blushing Bride ink for the greeting.  Love these colors together.


I’ll be sharing more convention fun.  Keep your eyes peeled.

You can see all the supplies for this card below.

Have an awesome day and thank you always for taking time out to read my blog.




Be Inspired & Create

Are you ready to be inspired & create? I have some beautiful swaps I want to share.  I'm craving ink, paper & stamps. I cannot wait to get settled in Florida and get the new studio up and running.  Just looking at all of these beautiful swaps I received at convention inspires me to create.  


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Stampin' Up!, Be Inspired


This first card was created by my friend Amy Celona.  I love the Gorgeous Grunge paired with the Creative Elements stamp set.  Plus the colors are just beautiful.  

Stampin' Up!, Be Inspired

This beautiful card was created by Rosemarrie Gonzalez. The Giggle Greetings stamp set is sure to make someone giggle with the quirky greetings.  I love the Linen Thread on the little clip and paired with the Gingham Garden DSP was perfect.  It looks like the image sits on a tablecloth.  


Stampin' Up!, Be Inspired

I love this card Dawn Bourgette created using one of my favorite designer papers- Eastern Elegance.  I love how she layered all the elements and stamped on the Cotton Ribbon.  The elements are pefectly placed for a shabby chic look. 

Stampin' Up!, Be Inspired

I believe this card was made from my friend Tiffany Bauer. ???  Washi Tape and the Flower Shop stamp set.  Oh I love his flower set. I'm not a big flower fan but I love this card because it coordinates with the Pansy Punch and makes stamping fast and fun.  NO cutting.  I love how bright and cheerful this card is.   The last detail on this card is what I just fell in love with… the random rhinestones. BEE-utiful! 

Stampin' Up!, Be Inspired

Vicki Wu created this beauty with this FANTASTIC stamp set Beautifully Baroque.  She also used my favorite Designer Paper Eastern Elegance.  This card just jumps at me with it's elegance.  

Stampin' Up!, Be Inspired

Lastly, Tracy Geisz made this card above.  Gorgeous watercoloring and I loved the colors she used.  She used the Secret Garden stamp set and this card is just stunning.  The beauty of this stamp set is the matching framelit (Secret Garden) that coordinates with it.  

Thank you to these ladies for swapping with me.  They are just beautiful! Be inspired & create.  I'd love to hear what you think about these cards too.  


Today  the big truck is loading all of our precious cargo.  We are almost ready to exit Virginia and head home to Flordia.  

Today was a rough day of goodbyes.  It's the hardest part of moving.  The hardest today was seeing Alexis say goodbye to her besties.  She handled it WAY better than I did. 

We have also been a little emotional today over one of our beloved pets.  My sweet kitty Shelby has not been well for awhile. We sat the kids down and talked about our options.  Shelby is 16 and her quality of life just isn't what it use to be.  We will take her to the vet to be put down today.  Not what we needed during this move, but I know she would not make the drive. Our hearts are broken as a part of our family leaves us.  



Stampin’ Up! Awards Night!

Just got back from another incredible Awards Night from Stampin' Up!

Honestly, it was such a GREAT day overall.  Just spending time decompressing with my besties knowing the mayhem of what's coming up once I get home…. PRICELESS!

I'm grateful to have made Founder's Circle again.  VERY grateful!  


The Prince and my sweet kids have been my huge supporters and biggest cheerleaders.  It's been a year of change for me.  I changed many things with my business over the last year.  Many of the decisions were not easy but I knew they were best for my family and myself.  

What I learned over this last year is how blessed I am to have a supportive family, INCREDIBLE downline and the most amazing customers EVER!  This achievement is because of your support and constant belief in me.  Thank You!

I'm looking forward to another great year of sharing fun ideas with you.  The next month will be a little chaotic with the move but I'm sure I will be here sharing my latest adventure, our crazy antics and hopefully a lot of inspiring ideas.  


Speaking of fun ideas… and a funny!

I have another fun swap to share with you but if you look closely you will see that my Travel Journal wheel is upside down.  Yep. I did that! 

The good news- the rest of the swaps do not have an upside down wheel.  I didn't even notice this until I put the photo on my blog here.  Oh KIMBERLY!!!

Fine Feathers

I love using the Fine Feathers stamp set and the Silhouette together.  I cut the feather using an SVG stamp file from MDS.  Now I can cut the feather any size I need.  It's a beautiful thing.  

Fine Feathers


Tomorrow is another BIG day.  I'll be teaching an MDS class at convention.  Say a few prayers I don't clam up on stage.  There are 5800 demonstrators at this convention. WOW!!! WOW!!!  I am super excited to share my passion for MDS…. I'll let you know how it goes. I wonder how many times I *may* say the word "Ummm!"  <sigh>  


Amazing Days!

It's been an AMAZING few days.  The entire week has been awesome, but the last few days was just fun, fun, fun.  I came back last night to post all my news and fell fast asleep once my bootie hit the bed.  I had such good intentions last night, but I was pretty pooped. 

Last night was awards night and I'm grateful for being a Top 100 Demonstrator.  It was great to see many of my demonstrator friends receive top rewards and even one of my downline was a top 100 Demonstrator. 

One of the fun things last night was the "Red Carpet!"  Cathy and I took right to it and struck a pose.  I really did feel like a movie star for a minute. <smile>

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demo


Today we marched across stage for different recognitions.  I love walking across the stage with my friends and I love these two beautiful ladies.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' UP! Demo



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' uP Demo


Yesterday I carried my camera around all day only to find my battery was DEAD.  Today I took a ton of pictures of the beautiful displays.  It makes you want to run to your stamp room and stamp, stamp, stamp. Here are a few of my favorites…

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demo



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demo



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demo



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demo



I will be posting many more of the boards over the next few days.  🙂



Tomorrow is our last day of convention.  It's always sad to leave and say goodbyes. ICK. Before I go I want to share another one of my swaps.  Remember to check out this post so you can possibly receive a set of my swaps.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demo



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demo


I will share the supplies to make this over the weekend. 

I hope you had a great week.  XOXOXO