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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!

He’s home! I’m Happy!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

That's right!  I am so happy my sweetheart is home.  Can you tell from the picture above?  He was away for awhile overseas. While we have been apart much longer, it seemed like forever this time for both myself and the kids.  This explains the lack of blogging on my part.  I've been trying to play Super Woman for the past month and figured out on day 2 of Russ being gone that it wasn't happening.  It's okay.  I get the reality check of not being Super Woman every other week.  🙂 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This is my sweetheart!  He really is a great guy and deserves a medal putting up with me!  🙂  He gets to see all my creations in action!  I just love this guy!

 

 

Now that he is home I was really able to get some FABULOUS creating time in today.  Whoo Hooo!!!!  I have boat loads in the works and so much to share it really is pretty sick.  You would be here for a day if I uploaded all of it.  But I am going to try over the next few days.  In a few short hours I am headed to Denver for a Stamposium that my friend and fellow Advisory Board member is holding.  I am presenting Big Shot projects and I am giddy about it.  I love my Big Shot.  You just have to have one.  It's the best tool ever.  Below is one fun project I am showing.  I used the Charming stamp set from the Holiday Mini and I love this set.  I used the Itty Bitty Box and Envelope die cut and put these two cute 2 x 2 cards inside the box.  If you look carefully the top of the box has the Lattice die cut on top of it.  Isn't that Lattice Die just the best?   

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 You can see here I used Soft Suede and Kraft cardstock.  I also used the Great Friend stamp set.  Love that set too.  Yippie!!!!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

 

 Another minor detail I left out the other day…. Tuesday was my birthday.  I'm not going to lie.  I held  my own pity party until my friends sprung me out of it.  While my kids are out of this world wonderful, I was a bit sad not spending the day with Russ.  However, my friends and fellow demonstrators were not going to let me have that pity party.  They made my day more than fabulous.  They called me, came by and just made me smile.

 My friend Dawn made me this beautiful box below and took me to lunch.  Check out the detail of this box.  She painted it and stamped it.  I was just amazed at the beauty of my special box.  Guess what?  It has the best truffles inside.  They are so yummy!!!!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 Check out the detail on this box.  See the curly cues that she made with the ribbon?  Oh so pretty!!!  Thank you Dawn for making my day so special. 

 

 

 Then my friend Bonnie made this beautiful matchbox with my BUSINESS CARD!  Holy Cow I almost wet my pants.  Is that not just the coolest thing?  She also made me a strap for my camera that is unreal.  She is going to be making them and selling them.  She is super UBER talented and the beautiful buttons she put on my camera strap just blew me away.  Thank you Bonnie for making my day so very special. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

The end of my birthday was a TRUE surprise.  My friends Wendy and Angie brought me a cake with beautiful balloons.  They knew Russ wasn't here and knew the kids were not bringing mommy a cake.  When I opened the door I wanted to cry because it meant so much to me.  The fact they knew it was my birthday blew me away.  I had so many friends that really made my day special.  They are the BEST.  I have beautiful cards I will share over the weekend.  You must see these gorgeous cards.  Spectacular. 

 

I'm off to bed.  Early morning for me and a snow storm coming.  UGH!  Pray my awesome downline and I make it to Denver okay. We are super excited about the event.  Have a great weekend. 

Painful Santa

Have you ever started a card and NOTHING goes the way you want it too?  Hence the title of this card today!  Painful Santa.  I had plenty of ideas swirling through my head. I wanted to paper piece him using some of the beautiful pattern paper I have from Stampin’ Up!.  Each time I did it my Santa looked hideous.  So straight to the trash he went.  My friend Cathy was stamping with me and we laughed so hard at our creations because they were just that UGLY!  We kept telling ourselves, "How can two creative people create something so horrific?"  Well, we did.  After one hour of laughing at this crazy Santa we did come up with something we liked. 

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

 

 

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

 

 

This chubby cute Santa comes from the set Just Beclause (116640).  He is super cute and has loads of possibilities, except my brain was not working the way it should have the other night.  I also used the stamp set Four the Holidays (116921) for the sentiment at the bottom.  GREAT sentiment stamp set.  To create this card I used Black Craft ink to stamp the Santa and then clear embossed him on Kraft cardstock.  I colored him using a blender pen and inks.  I used my White Gel pen for the white on his beard and coat.  You will notice I used the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder (116824) on the side of the card along with my favorite Taffeta ribbon…Kraft!  Lastly I added some buttons from the Playground Designer Buttons (116313).  I love BUTTONS!!  It’s another fun kick I am on! 

I hope your Sunday brings a little sunshine to your day.  It’s not looking very sunshiney here in Colorado but I have hope!

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!

Serious Stampin’ Going On!

Like I told you yesterday, there has been lots of stamping going on here in my stamp room.  I had two card classes back to back where my stampers really took home lots of cards.  I wanted to share some of the cards we did tonight.  This class is "Just Cards" and each month I change the theme.  If your like me, I can stamp these wonderful cards but I am always out of the traditional all occassion cards.  This month the theme is one I never like to stamp, but I do need.  We stamped Get Well and Sympathy cards.  I call this class an express class because we really do fast stamping.  These cards are nice and quick and easy to put together.  Here is taste of the express….

 

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

 

 

 

 

This card uses the Wellness Wishes (115356) stamp set.  You can barely see it, but I used the Textured Jumbo Wheel (116685) on the  bottom of the Brilliant Blue cardstock.  Don’t forget to stamp the envelope.  How cute is that Bandaid.  I just love it. 

 

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

 

 

This card uses the Wellness Wishes stamp set too.  Again, simple assembly to make many of these cards.  I made a faux ribbon banner by using the Crushed Curry DSP on the side of the card.  Super easy, and a cool technique. 

 

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

 

 

 

With these colors, who wouldn’t feel better?  This is the last stamp in the Wellness Wishes.  Really a great stamp set.  I love the new In Color DSP.  Designer Paper always adds such spunk to any card. 

 

 

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

 

 

 

This beautiful stamp set, Thoughts and Prayers (113252) is really a must have in any stamp room.  The stamp set is beautiful.  I could go crazy with embellishments on ths card but I thought I did a good job of keeping it on the simple side.  I used Bordering Blue, Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy cardstock.  Oh yummy!

 

 

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

 

 

 

You know my feelings on the Medallion stamp set.  It’s just a must have.  YOU NEED IT!  I love how these colors worked together.  The front cover of the new Idea Book and Catalog gave me the color inspiration for this card.  I really don’t think you can make an ugly card with the Medallion stamp.  Just stamping on the envelope made me jump for joy. 

 

This last card I am sharing is a card made at my last workshop.  It was a Fall Themed Workshop!

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

 

 

This card uses the Falling Leaves stamp set and Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel.  Such a GREAT jumbo wheel.  Can you see all the fabulous words?  I also used a label from the Hodgepodge Hardware and cut the bottom piece off and had the sentiment hang from the Linen Thread. 

 

I have many more to share tomorrow.  I hope this inspires you to stamp some all occassion cards.