Archive for Prince

Banners For Christmas- Stampin’ Up!

Banners For Christmas

It’s been an eventful weekend.  Nothing as planned, however I did stamp!

Banners for Christmas was top of the list.


Simple & Elegant

Banners for Christmas, Stampin' Up!


Todays post will be a short and sweet one.  Okay, that is a lie….

If you scroll to the bottom I’ll give the details….  The Van Deep in Troubles are at it again.

But first… let’s get to the pretty stuff.  Can we?

Banners for Christmas has been sitting silently on my desk waiting to be used and I’m so glad it was the set chosen to work with this weekend.

Banners for Christmas, Stampin' Up!


Lots of great elements in this one stamp set.  Awesome fonts and beautiful holiday images wrapped into one.

The banners coordinate with the Bunch of Banners Framelits making it a perfect addition for your holiday projects.

Banners for Christmas, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • The banner was heat embossed using Gold Embossing Powder.  If you look closely the VersaMark ink use didn’t catch all of the image.  This one little happy mistake made the card perfection because in my eyes it turned out with a vintage appeal. SCORE!
  • The mistletoe image was stamped with Early Espresso, fussy cut then colored using a blender pen with Old Olive and Real Red ink.
  • Create the background by watercoloring a wash of Old Olive ink onto Watercolor Paper, then splatter Real Red ink over the image once the watercoloring is dry.
  • Bakers Twine Trio Pack is a new favorite embellishment.  The Gold Twine is flexible but stiff making bows and wrapping of the twine simple to use.

Banners for Christmas, Stampin' Up!

  • Use dimensionals to give the banner a little height off of the mistletoe image.

Final Details

The last detail I added to this card was a Real Red ink splatter over the banner.  It was just enough to finish the card.

Banners for Christmas will make a great addition to your holiday stamping collection.  Its perfect to create more than just a handmade card.

Frames, tags, and 3D holiday projects will keep this stamp set inked during the busy season.

Pair this set with the gorgeous This Christmas Designer Series Paper and change the look of one card to many by switching out the patterns.

To order your Banners for Christmas stamp set, click HERE.  Get started on creating your Christmas cards today.

Click the links below to shop all of the products used on this card today.  

Banners for Christmas, Stampin' Up!

Keeping Up With the Van Diepen’s

Why we haven’t started our own reality show is beyond me.  We could keep thousands entertained with our shenanigans.

Monday being Columbus Day meant a day off of work and school for all of us.

Alexis and I were looking forward to a day of sleeping in and lounging around the house since the men of the house were on a caving expedition with the scouts.

The big plan was to spend time creating.

Plan… that is the word I need to stop using.  Of course having a plan is a great thing.  We all love to plan.  However, I always need to remember that all good plans are not always going to happen. God always has a different one.

It started with Alexis once again not feeling well.  Honestly the child has not felt well for over a month.  Recently she battled with sinus infection and that’s exactly the symptoms she was exhibiting again.

Urgent Care First Visit

I texted Russ as I knew he was driving home and let him know my plans to take our girl to be seen at Urgent Care.

His reply was not one I expected-” I might need to make myself a Dr. Appointment.”

Hmm.  I thought that was odd the Prince never gets sick.

His reply- “I sprained my ankle!”

Oh boy.  I proceeded with Alexis and just as I thought she had another sinus infection.  We were sent home with a bag of medications and strict instructions to cool it for a bit.  In other words, no gymnastics for a few days.

It was a joyful ride home needless to say.


Urgent Care Second Visit

I was home for a matter of 30 minutes when the men rolled up into the driveway.  I decided to meet the prince outside in case he needed assistance.  Glad I did.

How he drove home… well lets not go there.

Once we got him inside and I took off his shoe that he managed to fit on his foot Nurse Ratchet came out of me.

His foot was swollen three times the normal size with dark purple bruising on the outer edge of his ankle.

One look from me and I told him that was not a sprain.  That was BROKEN.

Off to the urgent care again….


Didn’t We Just See You?

Nothing is more awkward than walking into an urgent care clinic for the second time this time with a new victim.

The looks on their faces was pretty funny.

Once taken back, X-rays complete we had the verdict.

Had I been a betting kind of woman, I’d be rich.  Just as I expected, broken ankle.

It’s about this time my brain started spinning with 1000 scenarios.

Being the realist, instantly I looked down at his swollen foot and knew we were in for a few changes with the Prince.

Thankfully this happened on the right foot.  Technically this is the bad foot because of his stroke, but good because it would have been a disaster had it been the left.

Slowly as if Charlie Brown were speaking I heard the nurse utter the words… no driving, possible surgery and referral to orthopedics.

I thought about crying at that moment.  Russ has been doing AMAZING since his retirement and literally blown me away with his increase in physical abilities.

Houston… we have a set back.


These Things I Know!

If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen something  I posted I believe is true concerning this weekend…

  1. I am grateful for our medical coverage.
  2. I am grateful God gave me a sense of humor.  Although at times I felt like crying because nothing was going as planned, we laughed together at our crazy life. Sometimes this is the best medicine.
  3. This day could of been SO much worse than it was.  A little boogers,  ankle breaking is nothing compared to people dealing with their homes flooding from Matthew, or more dramatic health issues or who knows what else.
  4. God is in control and he always shows me this during times I want FULL control of whats going on. I’m pretty sure I entertain Him on a daily basis of what I feel should occur in my life.
  5. For the next few weeks (or maybe six…. ) I need to remember #1-4! I promise I will need to be reminded.


As I sit here writing I have to giggle.  I have my prince propped up on pillows with a big ice baggie and he’s smiling. He’s in no pain as of right now.   The days ahead might get a little hectic especially with some upcoming events but we will make it.


Lesson For Today

Ultimately I have to remember that things change in the blink of an eye.  Funny how I know this to be true.

Find joy in everything you do.  Don’t let a few bumps in the road define you.  I’m pretty sure I only know how to take a really really bumpy road these days.

Sometimes the bumpy road is not as scenic and pretty but the lessons learned from it can be a blessing.  If you are having a bumpy day or week, chin up and take a step back to see the goodness that can come out of it.  I promise there is something!


Praying your weekend was WAY less eventful than mine.  I’ll keep you posted on my patients.

Don’t forget! When you spend $50 in my Online Store, you will receive my September Tutorial FREE.




Celebrating Life & Prince

Celebrating Life & Prince

Celebrating today… I guess you can call it that.  Celebrating the life of Prince.  How can it be true?


After hearing the news about Prince today I’ve had a rush of amazing memories from my teen years listening to his music.

Celebrating, Prince

I can’t believe he’s gone.

One of the most creative music artists in my book.  He could be a little freakish, but I was totally attracted to that.  Most of all I loved his music and probably the only artist that I knew every word when I sang his tunes. That says a lot as I typically mumble many words to songs I love because I can’t remember the words.   I loved his music that much.


I’ve celebrated his life by listening to every song he has written.  I was frantic looking for one of his CD’s in the house. Still haven’t found it. Sigh….



As I was listening it brought back more memories of sitting by the radio waiting for one of his songs to play so I could record it.  Yes, I did that.  Did you? Remember when the radio guy would keep talking while you were trying to record your favorite tune? Those were the BEST tapes.



I had a list of things to get done today.  It didn’t happen.  Instead I’ve tested the patience of my children as I’ve made them listen to Prince all evening.  At one point I think I heard one of them say, “Not again!”

I think I’ll  listen to a few more of his songs….



Celebrating Life

Last night I pulled many retired sets off my shelf that I wanted to make sure had lots of ink before I say goodbye to them.  The stack was a little overwhelming, but I tackled it.

I have many cards to share with you.  I was on a roll last night.

By the Tide

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!


By the Tide is a stamp set that has not been lonely.  It’s been a well loved set for many many years especially for this beach loving girl.  You can see a few cards I created below.  You may remember a few of them.

I wanted to try a different color combination and I love how it turned out.



Of course I wanted the Lobster to be red, but I didn’t want the red to dominate the entire card.  I used a Sponge Dauber to add the Blushing Bride ink around the center of the lobstah (said in my New England accent!)

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!

I added a few other stamp sets to this card-

Gorgeous Grunge was perfect to add a little texture.

Rose Wonder was perfect for the greeting.  I also love that label framelit that coordinates.

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!


Sadly, the Corrugated White cardstock is on the retired list.  If you love to add texture to your projects, this is definitely a GREAT purchase.  I’ve used the Kraft corrugated more than the white, however it comes in one pack together.  I will definitely miss having this to use.

The last thing I added to this card was a few White Perfect Accents.  These are excellent to add a little bling to a project without the bling bling.  Does that make sense? Ha ha ha!

See all of the products used for this project in the clickable links below.  


The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 

Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April.

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

Thanks for letting me spill my guts about Prince.  I do feel like I’m celebrating a music legend.  He had incredible talent.

I’m curious how many other Prince fans are out there.  What was your favorite song? Did you ever see him in concert?

Seeing him in concert was on my bucket list.  Sigh…..

Love you!