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Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! MDS



Time for an MDS layout.  I started this layout by creating photo boxes and Square punches. Then I wanted to fill in the area with DSP and go from there. I ended up changing the way the square punches were laying about 10x.  That's the good thing about digital.  YOU can do this.  ;)

Below you will find a list of downloads I used.

Downloads Used:

Designer Kits Grad Party
Flag Punch
Wild About You Stamp Brush-Frame
Epic Overlays
Designer Kits-Tickets & Tokens
Font Clipper Script
Circle Punch
Square Punch


Have a fantastic DAY!!


Full Circle

Today I have lots of circles to show you and both projects make me really smile.  Let's get right to it!

I've been helping a few friends locally with baby invitations.  During the process it made me realize that I do NOT have a lot of baby crafting supplies on hand.  I guess you could say I've outgrown that department in the crafting section.  However, I was able to pull a few supplies and make some fun cards. I was going through some of my paper that has been neglected and found the pretty Mocha Morning Specialty DSP.  I haven't played with this gorgeous paper enough.  Check out this great paper!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up!



Nice paper! I found the Polka Dots and wanted to make a baby card with it.  I also pulled out my Button Button stamp set.  Check out today's card:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



I decided to make a fluffy baby card using lots of ribbon, pearls and buttons.  Below you will find the products used for this card.

Stamps: Button Buddies – Clear-Mount Stamp 122737, Tiny Tags – Clear Mount Stamp 118592

Paper: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla

Ink: Soft Suede

Accessories: Trinket Hearts 125605, Perfect Pennants Bigz Die 123126, Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper 122366, Baja Breeze 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon 125571, 5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria 118481, Baja Breeze 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon 122331, Basic Pearls Jewel Accents 119247, Designer Buttons – Neutrals Collection 119743, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die 117335, Jewelry Tag Punch 117190, Vintage Trinkets Accents & Elements 118764


Now it's time for a little bit of Digital Inspiration! Tuesday's are magical days for me.  Tuesdays= New Digital Releases from Stampin' Up! Feels like Christmas!

You can download the new Digital Downloads HERE. They are fantastic. 

Today I have a layout using more Circles and NEW downloads!

Kimberly Van Diepen



Today's layout was inspired by another layout seen on Pinterest.  You can see the layout HERE. I loved all the circles on this layout.  What I love more is being able to find a layout I like and creating it using My Digital Studio software.  Sometimes it's hard to start with a blank canvas and know which way to go with it.  It's much easier to start from scratch when you have a little inspiration standing in front of you. 

This photo of Brandon will go down as one of my favorites. It was taken this past fall at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.  It was the first time any of us had seen it and it was the one place my Dad wanted to go while they were visiting.   We were looking for a friend of my Dads.  He had died right in front of my dad when he was in Vietnam.  They were best buddies.  I can't describe how emotional this visit was for my family.  Seeing my dads face when he looked at the wall was incredible. Almost disbelief that he was actually standing in front of it.  My kids were fascinated with the history and Brandon kept saying, "Look at all of these names!"  Interestingly enough the picture I took of Brandon is one of my favorites because you can see the reflection of names on his white shirt.

Below you will see a list of downloads I used for this layout.  One of my favorite downloads from this week is this one:

Get It Done Kit – Digital Download 129924

You can purchase today's downloads RIGHT HERE!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Downloads I used:

Number One DSP
Circle Punch 1.25
Candid Frames
Button Latte
Corduroy Buttons
Button Bouquet
Buttons Pack In Color
In Color Paper Buttons
Spice Cake Designer Buttons-Soft Suede
A Holly, Jolly Christmas-Star
Anchored-Star 2
Anchored-Star 3
Rough Type-Letter B
Designer Kit-Get It Done
Designer Kit- Get It Done Notepaper 3
Font-Jenna Sue
Flag Punch

I hope you are having a FANTASTIC Tuesday. We have a Family Fun Night Celebration at the kids school tonight. We are hoping to watch the principle race on a tricycle.  Hope she doesn't wear the pretty heels I always see her in.  Of course this could make the whole thing even more funny. Have a fabulous day and make something pretty using Circles.  Share your creations with me.  I would love to see them. 


Fantastic Friday!

It's been a FANTASTIC Friday. I can't believe it's almost 10pm. WOW my day flew by. I'm really excited to share something about my boy.  As I've shared this past week about some of our struggles we have been working on a plan with Brandon and with his teachers. I think the plan is working.  It's a little early to really say but I have to share a profound statement that Brandon shared with me today after school.  First, he had a GREAT day at school.  He even turned in his class work.  I almost fainted.  When I asked how his day was he said to me, "Mama, today was the best day at school that I've had in the last three months."  I wanted to sit in a corner and just cry. Talk about music to a Mama's ears. 

We had a funny today as well. Brandon had to be at the school at 7 am to play in a concert for a big school award program.  His school was awarded the School of Excellence for the county.  They had a big to-do today.  When my kids need to be somewhere that early I literally roll out of the bed, get them ready and get in the car.  Visualize my hair going 9 different ways, mascara under my eyes and pj's that DO not match.  In my book I call this-NOT pretty.  I get Brandon to the school and pull into the circle to drop him off and he looks at me like, "Uh Mama, What are you doing?" I told him to have a great day.  He says, "you're not watching my concert?" WHAT?? I told him this was not for parents and besides when do I ever go out in public looking like this? He looked at me and said, "Mama, you're beautiful just like that.  You have to come in!"  WHO can resist that? Okay, I did. I told him I would be right back. Thank God the school is close. Alexis and I flew home while I changed clothes, put on a little make up, placed a hat on my head and got her ready for school in a matter of 20 minutes. We were back at the school at 730am at the start of the event.  Remember, parents were not invited as this was to honor the teachers.  I brought my camera though and started shooting pics of the event.  I looked like a hobo with my outfit and all these fancy people around me dressed to the nines.  The things we do for our kids.  Here is what I accomplished at the school even though I really wasn't supposed to be there. 🙂  I did make one little boy happy. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator


I made this Photo Collage using an 8 x 8 layout with MDS.  I made a template for my pictures and then added a little title.  The font is called Honey Script. 

Let me share two more projects.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



My club members made this card last night.  This card has lots of layers and they made an envelope to match the card using our new Diagonal Score Tool. I used the following products for this card:

Stamps-Mouthwatering, Sweet Cake

Cardstock- Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White

Ink: VersaMark

Accessories- Label Framelits, Sweet Shoppe DSP, Pear Pizzazz Pleated Ribbon, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Whisper White Brads, Melon Scented Embossing Folder, Lucky Limeade Marker, Soft Suede Marker, Poppy Marker and LOTS of dimensionals.

This next card is a hybrid.  I used my MDS program for the sentiment.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



I used a new download that was released this week.  Check this out:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



This download is called Mom, You're the Bomb. This stamp brush has fantastic sentiments for Mothers Day. Using my MDS program I placed a Label Framelit around the Sentiment and then printed on my home printer.  Below you will find the other products that I used on this card.  The Daffodil Delight Seam Binding ribbon is a new product that will be available in April.

Cardstock- Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories- Beau Chateau DSP, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Label Framelits, Manhattan Flowers Embossing Folder, Soft Subtles Button, Linen Thread

I hope you have time to create something beautiful this weekend.  I know the weather is going to be beautiful here. Not sure how we are going to spend it but I am sure I'll be able to make it down to my stamp room at some point.  You can visit my Online Store HERE

This may be a great weekend to check out the FREE My Digital Studio Trial Version.  It gives you a taste of how great the program is.  If you are ready to check it out you can visit my Digital Store HERE



24 Years!

Today I have something exciting to share and I hope you don't mind.  As most of you know I'm a military wife, but did you know I was a military brat too? Yes, I moved all across the United States growing up with my Army family.  My dad's last duty station was in St. Louis, MO.  That's where I completed High School and my dad retired at the same time of my graduation.  Two weeks after I graduated my family moved to Pensacola, Florida. I was SUPER mad when we moved and thought my parents ruined my life.  LOL.  I survived that move! I was only 17 when we moved.  Pensacola is where I call home or when people ask, "Where are you from?" I tell them Pensacola.  24 years ago the only way to "stay in touch" with my friends was to call or actually use pen and paper to send a note.  I know, GASP! I was a bad friend and didn't really stay in touch with any of my high school buddies.  It makes me kinda sad.  However, with Facebook and many more social media outlets I've been able to connect with a few.  Which brings me to my happy post… Today I was able to spend time with a high school friend that I had not seen in 24 years.  My cheeks hurt from smiling. We chatted for over 2 hours and I loved catching up on the last 24 years.  Not much has changed except we are both proud military wives, each have two kids and we both LOVE to go antique shopping.  I am so excited she is just a few miles down the road from me and now we can pick up where we left off 24 years ago.  I've always said never say good-bye when you are a military dependent or spouse because somehow or someway you always see someone again.  It's a good thing.

Today I have two quick shares.  The card I have for you today was "sprouted" by my friend Cathy.  We did a late night chat last night and she shared a beautiful card she made that was inspired by the Mini Occasions catalog on page 15.  I loved it so much I wanted to use some of the elements from it.  Here it is:

Kimberly Van Diepen



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



The main element I was excited about was the Window Sheet and the pearls.  It just looked elegant.  Super easy card and even easier when I used my Heart Framelit Dies.  I love the Framelit Dies and how they nest.  I used the Take it to Heart stamp set #12522 and then added a few ribbon pieces and the sentiment comes from Fabulous Phrases. 

Lastly, I have a Digital page to share.  I am using a download that was new yesterday.  The frames are SUPER SUPER cool. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Here are the downloads I used for this layout.  I encourage you to use the Candid Frames. They are AWESOME. You can visit my Digi Store HERE


Candid Frames
Vintage Overlays
Circle punch
Daffodil Brad
Honey Script Font
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch
Curly Label punch
Designer Kits/Number One/Number One – glass rings
Number One DSP
Hip and Handsome Overlays


Okay, for those of you using My Digital Studio, what is your FAVORITE download so far? I would love to know. 
I hope you have a GREAT Wednesday.  I'm off to run the kids all over town. Oh BOY!


An Extra Hour of Light= Extra Fun!

I don't know about you but the extra hour I have of sunshine makes me extremely happy.  I love, love, love it.  Last night we spent the extra hour by a campfire in our backyard making s'mores.  We were all a sticky mess but they were so yummy.  It was nice to play outside a little longer.

First I want to say a big thanks to all the Mama's and the love and support you always show.  Your advice is always welcomed in my home.  It's also good to read that I'm not alone in my struggles and that many of you are experiencing the same.  I loved hearing your solutions and experiences and I shared them with Russ.  I have confidence that our *stage* will get better but in the mean time I will do as many of you said and keep my hair dresser wealthy with my color appointments.  <sigh>

I have a quick share for you today.  I love the Mouthwatering stamp set in the Occasions Mini.  I love every image and the images are great for cards or scrapbooking.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



The best part about using this stamp set is pairing it with our Scented Embossing Powder.  I hope you've tried a few of them.  They smell fantastic and the kids just love the idea of smelly good stamped pretties. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


This first card uses the Sweet Shop DSP and the fun Edgelits.  For this card I stamped the Popsicle in Lucky Limeaid and then used VersaMark over the image so I could use my Melon Embossing Powder.  Once I had the image embossed I cut out the Popsicle and placed it onto a small Popsicle stick using a Mini Glue Dot.  I love all of these colors together as I think they are very spring and fun. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



For this card (really the same card) I decided to take a bite out of it. Ha Ha! Okay, I took a bite with my Scallop Circle punch.  How fun is that.  Want to know the best part? On the inside of this card I used the Sweet Shop Designer Stickers.  LOVE THESE. 

Here is a peek at them:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Of course I used the Fudge Pop sticker and it matched the one I made.  I love this card because it smells yummy and all the bright colors. 

With my extra hour I was able to make TWO Digital Studio layouts too.  I KNOW! Crazy!!

Here are my layouts to share:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


The downloads I used on this Digital Page are below.

Jandra Snickerdoodle font
Springtime Vintage DSP
Tempting Turquoise Small Polka Dot
Circle Punch
Tasteful Trim punch Shape 3
Eggceptional Easter Doily
Happy Birthday Large White Flower
Spring Fever Flower 12
Spring Fever Flower 27
Kraft background
Downtown Grunge Frames



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Below are the downloads I used for this layout.

Strength & Hope-Love
Strength & Hope DSP
Everyday Enchantment DSP
Scallop Circle Punch
Flag Punch
CK Script
Downtown Grunge Frame
Scallop Border Trim

Well, I think that is a lot to take in on a Monday. I hope your day continues to be fantastic and enjoy the sunshine if you have it.  The East Coast is beautiful right now and the Cherry Blossoms are getting ready to bloom.  Hopefully in between the nice weather you are able to craft up something good.  If you need products to browse, check out my Online Goodie Store and see what's SPRINGING up in there.