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Creative Explosion- Stampin’ Up!

Oh boy! There has been a creative explosion in my studio!   It’s been awhile since I last posted.  I was afraid I wouldn’t know how the buttons worked since my blog updated a few times since the last entry.  

My intention was not to take a break in the blog world however it happened because I am EXCEPTIONAL at overloading my schedule and forget that I have children who need me to taxi them ALL the time.  

The good news is I might have some control over my life again. The things I overloaded my schedule with are/were good for my soul.  I started teaching a bible study at my church and love love love it.  It’s taken up a bit more time than I had imagined but again my heart is happy.  

I could bore you with all the other crazy news but I don’t think it’s necessary.  The quick update is everyone is alive.  Sometimes these people in my house get a little out of hand.  Not naming names… just saying.  Russ continues to get stronger.  He’s hitting a few road blocks in his therapy.  Very frustrating.  We continue to encourage and know that God will provide.  

The last two weeks have been the busiest and the BEST.  

There is something to be said about getting with your girlfriends and crafting together.  My girlfriend Cathy traveled here to Pensacola and then we took off for Orlando for Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership conference.  There we met with our other two bestie’s Terri and Deb.  Oh what a dream vacay that was.  4 girls in a condo crafting like a bunch of school girls.  

After Leadership Cathy and I came back to Pensacola and she stayed another week with me.  We crafted EVERY single night until at least 2 AM.  Overall we created 52 projects that we couldn’t be more proud of.  Some of our projects were a collaborative effort and some we came up with on our own and always made doubles so we each had one.  Let’s just say Cathy’s suitcase is HEAVY.  

First I want to share one of our favorite projects that we collaborated on. 

Coffee Anyone? 

You know I’m a complete coffee lover and so is Cathy.  We had to play with this set. It’s been awhile.  
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We were pretty excited about this card because of the fun texture we added.  We used the Stampin’ Up! Decorative Mask Hearts & Stars and added Modeling Paste over the mask.  This is how we created the hearts on the Kraft cardstock.  Once the modeling paste dried (which is pretty quick) we used a very fine paint brush (Sponge Dauber would work too) to add Gold Encore Ink to a few of the hearts.  

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Next was just adding the layers we wanted to add a little curb appeal to the card.  Things such as Fancy Foil Gold Designer Vellum – delicious, don’t you think? It’s just a simple banner underneath the coffee cup but love how the hearts blend right in. 

We added the words “Coffee” using my new favorite tool- the Alphabet Rotary stamp.  I’ve had this little gem for a long time but hated using it until I had seen it in action at Leadership.  Now I’m hooked.  

Blendabilities were used to color the coffee cup using Pink Pirouette.  I love the soft look of this pink.  

The extra zing for this card used the stamp set You Plus Me.  This set has 2 little arrows that are adorable.  We highlighted one of them to show up through one of the hearts.  SO fun. 

You can see all the supplies for this card below.  

I have MUCH more to share so stay tuned.  

Also, a new Stamps in the Mail is coming.  It’s ready to go just need to fine tune the details. 

Tomorrow I am going to share FUN Valentines project. You might SQUEAL!!!

Product List

Stampin’ Up! -New Products!

Stampin' Up! is starting out July with a BIG bang!  I woke up this morning and couldn't believe all the new fun stuff coming our way.  I don't know about you but NEW products just make me so excited.  It get's my adrenaline rolling and my focus becomes fixated on "what can I create NOW!"  


Needless to say I was totally distracted when looking at the great things Stampin' Up! has rolling out this month.  Let me share with you.  I hope you are just as excited as I am.  


We have a new Photopolymer stamp set.  *I'm in LOVE*  You know anything sea or nautical related is going to make me dance a jig or two.  This new set is called Settin' Sail.  I'm saying this with a real southern accent too…  "S-e-t-t-i-n'!"  *Squeal!*

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I see GREAT possiblities with this stamp set.  I love the banner image and the sail boat. Of course the greeting on the round stamp image, "Life is better at the beach" has me smiling big too.  Just click the photo and you can see more details about this fun new product.  


As you know we are celebrating BIG time with Stampin' Up! this year.  It's our 25th Anniversarry and Stampin' Up! has been bringing out a new stamp set each month with older images and one NEW image in the stamp set.  


It's been a great trip down memory lane and I've loved the new images.  Once you collect 6 of our anniversary stamp sets you can receive a free stamp set.  Click HERE to get your Collectors Card.  


This month I am IN love with our Anniversary stamp set.  It's called Best of Shelli.  There has never been a stamp that I haven't liked of hers so this set really was over the top.  One of my ABSOLUTE favorite images is in this stamp set.  


Click the picture below to learn more information on how to get yours.  


Can you guess which one is my favorite? 

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We also have a GREAT promotion on Designer Series Paper.  If you are a paper addict like me, this is a super promotion and great time to stock up.  

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My Top 3 favorite Designer Series Papers are Etcetera, Eastern Elegance and Soho Subway

I have GREAT news.  Today I was able to stop and get creative.  We are still super crazy with the move stuff and getting the current house ready for a renter.  


The best news is we believe we have a renter for the house.  PRAISE God!  This means = more time for Kimberly to create.  YIPPIE.  


While my time was short I stopped and smelled the ink today.  Boy did it feel GOOD!

Here is what I created…

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Being the coffee lover that I am, the Perfect Blend stamp set was a MUST have on my list.  I love the cup in this set as it reminds me of my Venti Mocha I buy almost daily.  


When I paired the stamp set with the Gorgeous Grunge you probably heard a loud scream.  It was me.  ***NEW KIMBERLY FAVORITE!***  Check out this stamp set, Gorgeous Grunge!


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I paried this with the Chalk Talk Framelits and I love how these little labels and frames make it easy to work with a greeting.  This simple card came together in know time with the ease of the Framelits.  See all the supplies I used below.  


Tip: I added a double layer of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies to add a little more dimension.  I gently sponged the doilies using Early Espresso ink to make them a little "grungy" looking.  You will see that I stretched my ruffle Pistachio Pudding ribbon tight across the Chalk Talk Framelit and held this in place using my hot glue gun.  I found the ribbon stays "tight" when using the hot glue gun.  


Stamp set: Perfect Blend #131392, Gorgeous Grunge #130517 Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso  Ink:  Early Espresso, Basic Black

Accessories:  Birthday Basics DSP # 130145, Early Espresso Bakers Twine #123124, 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Pistachio Pudding #130020, Chalk Talk Framelits #129983, Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399


Remember to check out the CLEARANCE RACK and NEW ARRIVALS for new products. 

Create something pretty today!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!

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