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Three Beautiful People….

Three Beautiful People….

Beautiful people.  That’s what we have in our stamping community.


I’m reminded the past two weeks of a few things and I wanted to share with you.


In two weeks my stamping community has lost three beautiful people.


Being a part of Stampin’ Up! has always been a beautiful thing because there are so many beautiful things that have crossed my path during my 13 years as a demonstrator.

People.  Relationships.  This is it. This is why I love being part of this community.  It’s YOU.


The past two weeks we lost three beautiful demonstrators and it’s heartbreaking to see them go.  Selfishly I will miss their earthly bodies as well as what each one of them gave to me along the way in my journey with Stampin’ Up!


My friends Suzy Miller, Kristina Dodson and Joann Weimers are now with Jesus. Each of these ladies fought a hard battle. Suzy and Kristina both had ALS and Joann had other health problems.  Now they are free from all of that in Heaven and that gives me peace and I pray it gives their families peace.  Just thinking about the 3 of them together, stampin’ sisters… makes me smile.


Each one of these ladies made an impact on my life and none of it had to do with stamping.  They were just amazing women who cared.


That’s what we do friends.  We care about each other.  Stamping is just the bonus.  I hope we never forget that.  Stamping is what brings us together, but at the end of the day we care about EACH OTHER.

I have to tell you… reading your comments on your family holiday traditions has been the highlight of my weekend.  I love reading them because they are exactly what sharing life together is all about.  We share the good, bad and ugly details with each other.  That’s what bonds our friendships.  Isn’t that a beautiful thing? I hope you are smiling.  Despite the sadness of these beautiful ladies passing, I smile knowing that their legacy in this community will always go on.  We will carry it on.

I didn’t get too much stamping time in this weekend but I definitely wanted to create cards for my friends families.  Honestly, this weekend was a big fat FLOP. The kids were at Church Camp and had a blast.  Meanwhile Russ and I sat dealing with my computer issues that turned out taking up an entire day.  I’m surprised we are still married after this fiasco.  Technology problems can bring out the best and worst of a relationship… Oh MY word.



Time to share what I did create…

Rose Wonder Sneak Peek

Beautiful, Rose Wonder Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!


Rose Wonder is going to be on everyone’s must have list.  I can almost bet this set will be the most popular in the Occasions catalog.

You know what that means… get it early. This set has coordinating Thinlits called Rose Garden and comes in a bundle.

Beautiful, Rose Wonder Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

My favorite about this Rose Wonder stamp set is the greetings. They are crisp, and beautiful greetings.

Perfect occasion greetings and gorgeous stamp images.

Beautiful, Rose Wonder Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

My favorite is the scripture verse included in this set.  It’s one of my favorites and so comforting.

Rose Wonder Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

What do you think? I love the soft feel of this card. Maybe it’s because I added a bit of my favorite colors, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride.

Either way, I’d love to hear what you think.

Will you do me a favor? Pray for my friends families. Pray for peace and healing during their time of grief and our stamping community.

I love you my friends. XOXOXO

Things Not to Miss

GiveAway! Enter to Win! 

Yesterday I posted a fun GiveAway on my blog.  Click the photo to enter.

Be inspired by everyones Holiday Traditions. Comments close at 11:59 CST Monday, December 7th.

Holiday Giveaway

Special Gift for Online Orders

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.  I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.  You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little. The first batch of gifts are going out tomorrow and I can’t WAIT for them to get them.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Don’t forget you get my December Customer Appreciation Tutorial with your order as well. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up! Pop Up Posies Kit

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo _MG_1529



If you haven't added the Pop Up Posie Kit to your order before now, I hope that this little project will inspire you too.  We all know that everyone wants to feel like a Queen for a Day and we have a little girlfriend who has a birthday this weekend.  Being Queen for a Day is just what she deserves.  

I started this project with an old Glassine Bag.  You could use a piece of Vellum to make a clear envelope to get similar results.  With a few simple embellishments, a Pop Up Posie Heart and a fun Gift Card inside I think we can make this little girl feel like a queen.  

Ready to create this heart yourself? Watch the video: 


View the products I used on this project at the bottom of my post—–>  Click the Links and you can see the products in my Online Store.  Check my Facebook Page for another version of this fun project today.  

BIG NEWS!! Check out this NEW Promotion with Stampin' Up! It's the cutest EVER. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, stampinbythesea


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Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo