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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.


Hurry, Use Your Supplies!

You can find the supply list for my Upcoming Spring class under the Class to Go tab HERE


Do you like to sit and look at all the lovely Designer Papers you have and think to yourself they are too pretty to use? Do you have Die Cuts in a storage bin collecting dust? Do you have buttons and ribbon screaming at you on a daily basis just waiting to be used? If you answered YES to even one of these questions, I may have a card that will make all these supplies happy. One of my goals before a new mini catalog goes live is to search through my stash of everything great and find something that has not been used in awhile.  Take for instance the beautiful designer paper Sweet Stitches.  I am sure you heard me screaming when it was released.  It was MUST have for my stamp room.  Unfortunately it's screaming for attention and today I made it happen. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



This card incorporated so many fun products.  The little mini envelopes was inspired from a card straight out of the Spring Mini Occasions on page 32.  These sweet little guys are made using the Two Tags Die Cut.  Serious possibilities here. On this card I made the enclosures so they would not open.  Wouldn't it be cute if you had a little message inside each one? I love the use of the buttons on this card because I have a lot of them and I love it when I can use them.  I love that all of these colors coordinate together.  No thinking at all, just placing.  

Last detail was the Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon.  This Seam Binding goes down in my book as one of the best ribbons we've had. <I'm yelling very loudly  to Stampin' Up! to KEEP it!> This would be the one time I would tell you to increase your hoarding skills and stock up on the Seam Binding. We never know what is staying and what goes to the bone yard!

Now it's your turn to pull out your supplies and really put them to good use.  Start with a stamp set, embellishments, and your favorite Designer Series Paper. Challenge yourself to use all the supplies in front of you.  You will be so excited when you are finished.  Share your project with me.  I would LOVE to see it. 

You can find all the supplies to make this card in my Online Store and listed for you below.

Remember, you can order $20 in your favorite supplies and then you can purchase the new Four Frames stamp set and Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper.   It's a beautiful COMBO! Click HERE to view the PDF with more information! 

Materials Used:

Stamps: You're a Gem

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Sweet Stiches Buttons, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Sweet Stitches DSP, Paper Piercer, Two Tags Die Cut

Spring is coming!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern VA



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern VA



I know Spring is fast approaching because my eyes and nose tell me so.  Here in VA the birds are chirping and the little furry critters are coming out to play more and more. There are even buds on the trees just waiting to sprout. I've seen a bug or two! <NOT ready for those!> I love every season but Spring is FRESH.  It reminds me of the little mama birdies I see in the trees diligently building their FRESH nests.  My card tonight is all about Spring.  The Nature Walk stamp set is a beautiful set to start your spring cards.  The images are soft and I love the bird cage.  Bird cages are so trendy and the one in this set is gorgeous.  I can't wait to use it with Gold Embossing Powder.

For this card stamp the bird cage in Not Quite Navy very lightly and then stamp the bird in Early Espresso slightly on top of the bird cage.  Punch this image out using the Decorative Label Punch and mount this onto a Early Espresso 1 3/4 Circle Punch using dimensionals.  Stamp the sentiment "FRIEND" using Fabulous PhrasesThis is a great stamp set with many random words that I love.  I adore the font the most with this set!  Once the sentiment is stamped, use snips to cut a small banner. Use the Cutter Kit to roughen around the edges of the banner.  Remember, this is a GREAT tool to have in your stamp room.   Attach the banner using Mini Glue Dots as shown above.  Attach one Antique Brad to the right top corner of this element. 

The card base is Crumb Cake 4 1/4 x 11.  Cut the Not Quite Navy cardstock to 3 3/4 x 5 1/4.  Using the Scallop Trim Border Punch scallop the 3 3/4" end of the Not Quite Navy cardstock.  Attach a piece of Bontanical Gazette DSP measuring 3 3/4 x 4 3/4.  TIP: You could use less of the Not Quite Navy cardstock by only using a 3 3/4 x 2" piece to save paper.  I used a larger piece to make the card more sturdy.  Use a sewing machine and zig zag stitch  Crumb Cake Seam Binding and Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon across the card front.  Tie only the Marina Mist ribbon in the bow.  Finish the card by attaching the DSP to the card base with dimensionals as well as your stamped bird image.  Viola! Your Spring card is complete! Make sure you check my Online Store for many more Spring products.  Only 30 days left of Sale-a-Bration.  Get the FREE stamps while they are HOT!

Are you ready for Spring? Besides spring cleaning, what do you love about Spring?


We have the Fevah!

I received that call today from the nurses office that I always dread.  Alexis was still complaining of a headache and running a fever of 102.5! WHAT? She was completely fine this morning! I got to the school in 5 minutes and couldn't believe what I was seeing.  That poor girl looked pitiful.  She was crying.  A little scared because she felt so bad.  I scooped her up and got her comfy at home. This all happened around 2pm.  About an hour and a half later I picked up Brandon from the bus stop.  I could tell from the moment his little feet hit the pavement he was not doing well.  Same thing…. Headache.  I touched him and he was on fire.  Temp=103.5! WOW! He was crying, too.  When I asked him why the tears he said he was upset that he wouldn't get the perfect attendance award.  I didn't have the heart to tell him he would NOT be receiving this award anyways. Both my little gems will be going on a cruise to Alaska with MOMMY this year.  My kids have no idea yet. Looks like I may have to let the cat out of the bag soon. 

So tonight I had to put my nurse hat on!  Did you know that I was a nurse? Yes, I was a Registered Nurse for many years.  I was one of those nurses who became burned out and stressed out.  I needed something fun and direct sales was a great fit for me and better yet… Stampin' Up! has been the PERFECT fit! If you have ever considered becoming a demonstrator now is the best time! Sale-a-Bration is a great time to join Stampin' Up! This year the deal is even sweeter.  You can check out  the details HERE and don't hesitate to ask questions. I would love to have you be a part of my AMAZING team. 

Since we have the Fevah… I thought it would be best to make a card that screams healthy!  Tonight's card has two parts.

  The first card is a simple and clean card that has no sponging and few embellishments.  This is a card you can make and mass produce in no time. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Northern Virginia


This card uses the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Word Play stamp set and lastly the Ornate Blossom stamp set. The Ornate Blossom is also one of the stamps you can receive for FREE for every $50 you spend in products during Sale-a-Bration.  Great set.

Part Two:

I added just a few embellishments to the same card to give it a little more flare. It's amazing what ribbon can do!

Indpendent Stampin Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern Virginia



With just a little Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Vintage Brads and shimmer mist you have another elegant, but simple card. 

Make sure you check our my Online Store filled with lots of great products and tools you won't want to miss!

XOXOXO-Time for another Fevah check!

Time Standing Still

It's not very often I want my time to stand still but lately I do!  For obvious reasons of course like the upcoming deployment and the time I've been spending doing things I really love.  Some days I just want to last forever!  Our weekend has continued to be very busy much like our week was.  I like being busy but I also like days where I can catch my breath and reflect on all the great things we did.  Thanks to Alexis we get to do that today.  :) She woke up with a headache and slight fever so all the plans for today were put to the side and we are just enjoying being in our PJ's and round the clock motrin.  I haven't had a PJ day in forever.  While I wished she would feel better, she did give us a day to relax.  Relax for me = catch up on work.  I have a pile of it to get through this week.  I also have my sweet prince hanging over my shoulder patiently waiting for me to get my taxes together.  I would rather poke BOTH my eyes out with an ice pick than do my taxes!  It just makes me grumpy!

We also broke the news to the kids about the upcoming deployment.  They are troopers.  They asked a lot of questions but no tears.  I was so grateful.  Russ and I looked at each other a little puzzled.  Like WOW, that went much better than we thought it would.  Of course as the time creeps up we will see.

A couple of housekeeping things and then I will share my card for today.

*I have compiled the questions and will be answering them very soon.  Thanks so much for your patience.   

*Thank YOU for the kindest comments and emails.  It's very overwhelming in a very good way!

*The new RIDE! We bought a Ford Edge.  It's so pretty and such a fun little car.  (My prince calls it a Truck! It's a man thing!) Not sure what kind of gas mileage it gets.  I never thought about that because Russ usually fills my tank.  I just put the keys in and go! Can you relate? Please tell me yes.  I am so bummed that I will have to fill my own gas tank soon.  I know this sounds so petty, but it's one of the things he does that I never have to think about.  I am sure I do something for him, too?  LOL! Anyways, the car is fun and I feel set free from the Mini Van Mama Days.  Wouldn't trade them for the world but so glad to move on after 10 years of sliding doors.  Now we have to remember our cargo space is gone too!

Okay, onto the card…

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Woodbridge, VA



Indpendent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Woodbridge, VA



Keeping with the theme of this post-Time Standing Still.  I used the Sense of Time stamp set and embossed the clock onto the First Edition Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper. You can also purchase this First Edition Designer Paper in digital format!  I also used the new Game Spinner Hands for the clock hands.  You will notice I made them a little shorter by cutting off a little bit of the ends with my rubber scissors.  The clock was cut out and then placed onto a 3 1/2 Circle Die Cut using Basic Black cardstock.  That Die Cut is new in the Spring Mini Occasions.  Instead of using a regular brad that came with the Game Spinners, I used a Black Glimmer Brad for the center.  I do love the sentiment in this stamp set. I believe it holds true for all of us.  Learn, Live & Hope!

Have a FABULOUS week!