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It’s Not Always About Being Foxy!

It’s Not Always About Being Foxy!

The new Stampin’ Up! stamp set Foxy Friends is a HUGE hit in the new Idea Book & Catalog and if you haven’t heard the buzz, just take a peek on Pinterest and you are bound to see it.  

When I first had a glimpse of Foxy Friends I knew it was a must have.  Little critters are SO popular in the stamping community and Stampin’ Up! did a great job with the cuteness factor with this set.

My Favorite Thing -Foxy Friends!


  • Tons of critters! It’s not just about a fox.  Cat, Raccoon, Deer… these are just a few.
  • Fantastic coordinating products- Designer Paper and punch!
  • No greetings- GASP!  You might think I’m nuts but I love that I can choose what greeting to mix and match with this set.

These are just a few of my favorite things.  I’m excited to have this set in my collection and I know it’s going to be one that I’ll grab frequently with so many options to create.


How About a Raccoon?

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!


When I started creating this card I started with the Designer Paper.  I love colors of this particular sheet and I wanted to build my card around it.  Normally I start with the image, but this Designer Series Paper stack is filled with fun colors and patterns.

Once I found the paper, I decided the raccoon would be a perfect match.

Creating him Mr. Raccoon was simple and I love is little face.  What do you think?


Tips & Tricks 

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!


Here are a few tips & tricks when creating the Mr. Raccoon.

  • The body was stamped in Smoky Slate ink.  The mask around his eyes was stamped using Basic Gray.  Eyes and nose (one image) was stamped using Basic Black along with his tale.
  • I used the Layering Circles Collection framelits to create the circle and scallop around the circle.  These Circles Collection framelits are quickly becoming one of my favorites.  The big circle measures 2-7/8.
  • The Hello image is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  This has a fantastic collection of greetings in this set.  Once again my eyes are drawn to the wonderful fonts used.
  • The ribbon is brand new- Pool Party 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I zig zagged the ribbon and then placed my Hello tag over the ribbon and the entire layer of circles, ribbon, and tag were stapled together.
  • I used a small portion of the Delicate White Doily underneath the scallop circle.
  • The trees were stamped using Pear Pizzaz ink, and die cut using the Perfect Pines Framelits.

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!


Save with the Bundle!

Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!


When you bundle this adorable stamp set and punch together you can save 10%.  The punch is versatile and I am SURE we will see many more punch art pieces being created with this punch.

Click HERE to save on this bundle today.

You can see all of the products I used for this card in the clickable links below.


Products Used Today

Supply List

  Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

Great Time to Join Stampin’ Up!? 

  • If you love all of the products you see in our new Idea Book & Catalog, you can save money and get the Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up! today.  For only $99 you can customize your Starter Kit with the products YOU want and until June 30th, you can add TWO more stamp sets of your choice to your starter kit.  That’s another $104 value to the starter kit.  SERIOUSLY??? This is an amazing deal with no strings attached.  You can continue to be a happy shopper, and enjoy all of the perks Stampin’ Up! demonstrators enjoy like a discount on your favorite crafty items.  It’s a WIN WIN.
  • If this is something that you are thinking about, give me a call and let’s chat on the phone about it.  Click HERE to contact me.  I have an amazing team of demonstrators and would love to help you get started.

Have an AWESOME Monday and thank  you for taking time to visit.  Tell me what you think of today’s card.  Will you be trying this technique? I’d love to hear from  you.


  Foxy Friends, Stampin' Up!

Apple of My Eye

Apple of My Eye

While the phrase might sound corny, I bet we’ve all said it to someone… right?


I am 100% positive I’ve said this to the Prince and my gems many times.  They love those kind of things.


Now with the stamp set Apple of My Eye, we can create a project around this phrase and they can always know they are the apple of our eyes.

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen


Ideas to Use

The images have endless ideas.  Citrus, pears, apples… I love it.

Occasions that fit this set:

  • love/ Valentines
  • Thinking of you
  • Miss You
  • Celebration
  • Baby


Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Adding the burlap reminded me of having all my apples together in a pretty basket. What do you think?

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen


I added the polka dots from the What’s Your Type stamp set then coordinated it with the Designer Series Paper- It’s My Party which has a pattern with Polka Dots.

I had to add the doily… it’s an obsession that I need an intervention for.  Not kidding.

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Lastly, I tapped a little ink spray over the entire project to give it a bit of texture. (Make sure to read my blog on Friday… when I share a complete disaster of OVER spraying a project and it looks like a murder scene! It’s sure to start your weekend with a belly laugh-or two!) 


Of course there are many ways to use the Apple of My Eye stamp set and I can’t wait to share more ideas with you.  It’s one that will get a ton of use in my stamp room as it’s one of my favs.  Here are a trio of beautiful cards from Stampin’ Up!

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Truly, the ideas are endless with this set.  Make sure to put it on your wish list and grab those FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp sets.

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It’s a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team of stampers is nothing short of AMAZE-ING! Many of these beautiful people have been with me for close to 10 years. We love the product, we love to share and I love to train women both creatively and the business side.  Maybe you are thinking about starting your own adventure this new year… I’d love for you to be a part of this epic journey with us.  Click HERE or contact me today so we can talk one on one.  No experience necessary.  We are ordinary people doing EXTRAORDINARY things!  



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For every $50 you spend from the Idea Book & Catalog or the NEW Occasions catalog you can choose a product FREE from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. 


Tag Topper Punch Re-Visited!

Tag Topper Punch Re-Visited!


Yesterday I shared a fun card using the Tag Topper punch with a unique way to use the punch on a card.  I want to re-visit the punch again today and show you another way to use it.  


It’s a GREAT thing when we can get double the love from a punch.  Especially one that is used normally as a tag.  Not today. 


Bravo Stamp set, Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Up!


Another fun way to create using this punch is to cut a piece of cardstock at 1 7/8″ and 11.  Punch the cardstock on each end using either the Scallop Tag Topper or Angled Tag Topper. Wrap the tag around the cardfront and tie using one of Stampin’ Up!’s great ribbons. The tag is still loose enough to slide off the card.  
Bravo Stamp set, Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Up!


Bravo stamp set: 


On page 133 of the Stampin’ Up! catalog you will find the Bravo stamp set.  This set is perfect to cover all of your Congratulation greetings. This set is photopolymer which means it’s always perfect for placement when stamping.  


Tip: When stamping with photopolymer stamps try using our Piercing Mat to stamp on.  This creates the perfect pressure for getting a perfect image on your cardstock.  


This set also coordinates with Stampin’ Up!’s Star Framelits.  I textured embossed the Whisper White cardstock first and then cut the stars using my Big Shot and Star Framelits.  I love that recessed look but popping it up using dimensionals.  



Find all the supplies used for this card in the links at the end of the post. 

Bravo Stamp set, Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Up!



Exciting News! 

Join Stampin' Up! Today!

New promotion called Short & Sweet!

For a limited time starting today until August 28th you can get the Stampin’ Starter Kit with $150 in product for only $99.  Ummm… That’s a SWEET deal!!

Remotely interested? Check out how to Join my TEAM.  Need to know a little more about me? Why would you want to be on my team? Click HERE to learn a bit about me.  

Don’t forget the Weekly Deals to take advantage of.  GREAT savings this week.  

Weekly Deals Stampin' Up!



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Eleven Years Ago | Stampin’ Up!

Eleven Years Ago | Stampin’ Up!


Eleven years ago my life changed.  I just had Alexis.  She was 5 months old when I decided to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  


WOW! Eleven years! 


When I look back on the eleven years I’ve been with Stampin’ Up! I can see so many great blessings that have come along the way.  After trying a few other great companies prior to Stampin’ Up! this is the one that I knew right away I was passionate for.  


I’ve always loved the concept of being my own boss and the entire Direct Selling venture, but there was something about Stampin’ Up! that made me really passionate about creativity and most of all uplifting and inspiring others along the way.  


For the record let me tell you that I probably wasn’t inspiring anyone with my creativity in the beginning.  Boy could I make a not so pretty card when I started.  Although my creativity may not have been on par, my enthusiasm was over the top.  You know that contagious enthusiasm?  You see someone so happy doing what they are that you want to be a part of it too? That’s was me… and it’s still that way eleven years later.  


During my eleven years with Stampin’ Up! not only have I been able to enjoy a business I can call my own but the most incredible friendships along the way.  Today my favorite part of my business comes from making something with my ink, paper and stamps and uplifting and inspiring others.  There is something great about showing others the art of creativity and that you DON’T have to be creative to stamp.  It comes with time.  Just like anything else in life.  


While my family has been blessed beyond belief during my time with Stampin’ Up! we all learned this year the most beautiful part about being a demonstrator was the community of stampers that I know.  When Russ had his stroke my customers, downline and fellow demonstrator sisters prayed and took care of Russ and I.  It was the most humbling experience during a really difficult time.  You prayed hard, and I will always love each and every one of you for it!! 


Today I’m sharing my two favorite things to do.  Paper crafts and Digital scrapbooking.  


As you know for the last year and half Heather Summers and I have lead a Digital Group completely focused on My Digital Studio.  It’s been a great journey as we help inspire more and more people to enjoy the art of digital scrapbooking.  Today over 1500+ members enjoy the challenges, ideas, advice and encouragement that comes from this group.


I’m grateful to Stampin’ Up! for giving me an opportunity to preserve my family memories. My Digital Studio is just ONE way I get it done.  


Digital Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up!


Next, my other passion (more like ADDICTION) is paper, ink and stamps!

Be a Star, Stampin' Up!


It’s easy to be a star as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Every time I create something I feel like a star.  Not because I think what I’m creating is amazing, but the feeling I get from making it.  

It’s only fair that I share the greatest opportunity that someone shared with me.  Are you looking to fulfill a passion? Do you like to inspire or uplift other people around you? If so, I would love for you to join the Stampin’ Up! adventure with me.  


Right now until June 30th  you can JOIN Stampin’ Up! for $50. You can choose $55 in retail product of your choice AND you would get a Paper Pumpkin kit along with your kit.  


Whether you make this passion a hobby or a passionate career like I have you are under NO obligation where you take it.  You decide.  That’s the beauty of being a business owner.  


Click HERE to read more and see if Stampin’ Up! is a fit for you.  I would love for you to join TODAY on my Stampin’ Up! anniversary so we can celebrate each year together.  


I am grateful today.  Thank you for following along the journey and making my adventure with Stampin’ Up! so so special.


Choose Happiness | Stampin’ Up!

Choose Happiness | Stampin’ Up!


Let’s face it, choosing happiness should not be a hard thing…right? It’s a choice we make each day when we sit up in our beds.  It’s all a choice.  Despite everything going on around us (and boy do I have a lot) each morning I make a decision on how the day is going to play out.


For me, I choose happiness. Right now, TODAY… In my little crafty world I live in I couldn’t be more happier.  Everyday I open my new catalog I see beautiful stamps that make me smile.  I gush over the stamps. I gush over the company who loves me for what I do. I’m happy!  


Stampin’ Up is helping us choose HAPPINESS with another gorgeous stamp set in the new catalog.  Funniest thing ever…. it’s called Choose Happiness


Choose Happiness, Stampin' Up!



It’s been crazy in my stamp room with all the creating going on.  I have new products sitting all around me just screaming to be used.  One of my favorites right now is the *new* Venetian Crochet Trim.  I love that it’s really a “trim.”  It’s perfect for layering your ribbon pieces.  


Another favorite right now is my burlap ribbon and the Large Scallop Edgelit.  This Edgelit cuts my burlap like butter and makes for a perfect embellishment on my cards. 


Choose Happiness has beautiful images from a flower, bird to even a beautiful small border piece.  I couldn’t help but add just a bit of my new favorite Typeset Designer Series Paper.  I just touch that paper and it makes me happy.  


Choose Happiness, Stampin' Up!


I challenge you today that no matter what challenges you have going on in your life, Choose Happiness.  Watch how it will change your ENTIRE day.  Like I teach my kids daily, Attitude is Everything.  


Speaking of Happiness…..


Join Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up!

If you have EVER considered becoming a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up!, or IF you are that craft lover who wants it ALL then sign up now.  Our Starter Kit is just $50 until June 30th.  You can choose $55 in retail product and then get a discount on your products when you place your next orders.  You will also receive a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit that you can check out.  Not a bad deal.  You can click HERE and get to know ME.  Click HERE to learn more about Joining my Team of Awesomeness ladies.  


Calling all SUPERHERO’s….


New Photopolymer stamp set!  Perfect for birthdays, kids and ME.  Now I can create my Superwoman cards.  I am SO SO excited.  

Click HERE to purchase this set.  Remember, these stamp sets sell out QUICKLY! 


Calling All Heroes, Stampin' Up!

Calling All Heroes, Stampin' Up! Calling All Heroes, Stampin' Up!

 Have an AWESOME Tuesday!  

Today Russ is taking the driving test.  I’ll report back on the results.  Wish him luck.