Archive for Spring – Page 2

Birthday Blitz

Birthday Blitz

It’s time for a birthday blitz which means Kimberly needed to get cracking on making some birthday cards.


Ya’ll, I’m on FIYAH with the birthday cards.  The only bad thing is I have not one single birthday card in my stash.  H E L L O….  we have a problem.


Tonight I designed a card and started the mass production line and I’m SUPER excited to tell you I had these done in 1 hour and 30 minutes.  8 cards.  Done.


Gift from the Garden

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I went a little overboard with the stamp sets I used.  I couldn’t keep it to one.  I ended up using three.   The main set I used was the Gift From the Garden.  What a cute set this is and it’s been sitting on my shelf dying to be used.

Gift from the Garden, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The rain boots are adorable and I love the greetings.

Birthday Blitz, Gift from the Garden, Stampin' Up!

I used one of the free Sale-a-Bration products Wildflower Fields Designer Paper.  You can receive this free with a qualifying order of $50.  This is beautiful paper with lots of great designs.

This is the one I used for this project-

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Birthday Blitz, Gift from the Garden, Stampin' Up!


I also used the Timeless Textures stamp set (BEST STAMP SET EVER) to add texture on the Whisper White cardstock where the boots would hang over.  While you can barely see it, I still love it.  Of course any bit of texture on a card and I’m swooning over it.

Birthday Blitz, Gift from the Garden, Stampin' Up!

I also used the Handpicked Framelits which have “gardening” written all over them.  I die cut these tags using Basic Black cardstock and then used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set for the Happy Birthday image.  It fit perfectly.  I layered the Handpicked framelits to add a bit more flare.  I probably could have saved my arm muscles and placed only one but I really like how it came out.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set is our exclusive Ronald McDonald House stamp set? Oh it’s darling and here is the BEST part- for every set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  YES!  Isn’t that amazing? This set has a ton of versatility.  Ice cream cones, cupcakes, clouds, trees… and lets not forget the cutest bird too. 

Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I couldn’t help but add some fun ribbon to my birthday card.  I loved the burlap ribbon for this card because it went well with the gardening theme.

Birthday Blitz, Gift from the Garden, Stampin' Up!

Lastly, I embellished the card using the It’s My Party Enamel Dots and the White Perfect Accents.

You can see all the supplies used for this card below in the clickable links.

Price: $110.00

If you are looking to add a little spring to your cards, the Gift from the Garden stamp set is perfect.
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This Color Combination Could Be Tough

This Color Combination Could Be Tough

I’ve been sifting through a few color combinations trying to change up things as I create.


Do you ever find yourself using the same colors all the time?


I don’t notice it right away until all of a sudden I look at the pile of cardstock scraps near my desk and think to myself… WOW.  The same colors are used frequently.

One of my favorite Pinterest boards I have and pin to frequently is my Color Combinations board.  You can see it here.  It’s LOADED with colors.

I decided to pull a color off my ink shelf that has barely been used.  In fact I think it’s been used ONCE.  EEK.


Cucumber Crush is not on my favorite list of colors but I love a good challenge and wanted to see what colors I could pair it up with.  I thought it would be fun to challenge you too!

Ready for a weekend challenge?


Cucumber Crush -Color Combination

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Are you thinking SUMMER? That’s what I instantly thought of when I looked at these four colors together.  It screams summer.

I thought of citrus, watermelon, and swimsuits to be honest.

Here is what I created using this combination.

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The Apple of My Eye stamp set was top of my list.  Think lemons, limes, oranges and sweet slice of watermelon.  YUM.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

  • Stamp the round citrus image in all four colors onto Whisper White cardstock.
  • Punch using the 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 Circle Punch and then cut in half.
  • Create a tag using Crumb Cake cardstock and the Ornate Tag Topper punch
  • Attach the Citrus halves to the tag using Snail Adhesive and alternating with dimensionals.
  • Add a Gold Foil Doily for a little extra punch of color.

Confession Time…. 

You are not going to believe this…

As I was typing this I was looking to see what size punch I used for the citrus image. I noticed the Idea Book & Catalog states to use the 1-1/2 circle punch.

Quick thought to myself was… “Silly Stampin’ Up!  We don’t have a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch!”

Then I flipped to the pages filled with our punches.


WE DO have a 1-1/2″ Circle punch.

We’ve had this since JUNE!!! Where I have been??? How did I miss this???

Just when you think you know everything in the catalog- BOOM! You don’t.

Friends… You know what I’m ordering ASAP?

Yes. That. Punch!



Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Here is the good thing.  I managed well with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch but I know the 1-1/2″ Circle punch is going to be AMAZING for layering.  Oh the opportunities I have missed.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!


It’s a good thing this is Friday.  It’s been a crazy week of crazy and I’m ending my Friday on a great note knowing that I have another tool coming my way.

Apple of My Eye

It’s time for you to take this color combination and make it happen.  I hope you will share with me because I love when you do.

Create something fantastic this weekend and most of all, enjoy the process.

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Honeycomb Hello- Stampin’ Up!

Honeycomb Hello- Stampin’ Up!

Today I took a little hiatus from Christmas crafting and jumped into a pile of stamps that haven’t seen any love in a long time.


I needed to feel a bit of Spring. Almost like getting a little fresh air.  I felt snowed in.  Ha ha ha.


I have a ton of stamps sitting and waiting to be used and I’ve been heavily concentrated on all things holidays.


I also have a stack of designer series paper that needed some love too.  Beautiful papers just screaming to be USED.


Honeycomb Hello

Honeycomb Hello, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea



Honeycomb Hello is a series of tiny images that are just cute as a bug.  Well.. a bee.  How cute is that tiny bee?


I love that I had designer paper to match- English Gardens.


I really got in my groove and made a few more than I normally do. I used different patterns of the paper for each of the cards.

Honeycomb Hello, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea


I love that stamped images brings the  focus to that one little die cut label.  Adding the Tea Lace Doily made it frilly which in turn made me happy.

Tip: On Page 151 at the top of the Idea Book & Catalog you will see a Tag a Bag Accessories.  Inside this kit are smaller doilies.  They are perfect for this little card as I could keep to my “small” theme and they wrapped around the label perfectly.  This kit is $8 and worth every penny.  


The English Garden Designer Series Paper has a beautiful watercolor look and lots of beautiful colors to coordinate with.

Honeycomb Hello, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea


It was good to take a Christmas crafting break today so I could take in a little early Spring action.  I know we have barely started Winter and here I’m ready to just skip on over it.


Honeycomb Hello, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

I’ll be back tomorrow with another crafty Christmas card.  Meanwhile I am going to bask a bit more in my Spring sunshine and bees.

You can see all the supplies used for this card below in the clickable links.

Big News!!

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Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Are You a Trendsetter?


Would you call yourself a trendsetter? Do you know what’s trendy in the crafting world? 

I love to stay on top of whats new, what products are hot and how crafters are using these latest trendsetting ideas.  I’ve got some projects that are trendy too.  


What’s trendy this Spring? 

Below I’m going to go over 5 things that are becoming more and more popular.  I bet after you read this you’ll agree.  


A perfect example of the travel products we’ve seen with Stampin’ Up! have been both digital and paper crafting.  Look at these products below.  They are perfect for the travel and adventure trends we are seeing more and more of.

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Trendsetter Paper crafting



Trendsetter, Stampin' Up!


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Supplies will be listed below for projects.  


Don’t forget Stampin’ Up!’s World Map Background stamp that is very trendy right now.  



Oh my heavens. AS if my favorite thing could be a trendsetting thing? Neutrals? Hello lovely! Stampin’ Up! has this in the bag.  Think of our Neutral card stocks, Inks, and even pattern paper.  The best part is our coordinating accessories like buttons, candy dots.  Here is a card keeping with the neutrals I love so much!

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Gold is super trendy and once again, Stampin’ Up! has it.  Think about our beautiful Gold Foil and the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.  These are fantastic products and I’ve even used our Gold Foil with my Silhouette to create a Shamrock. (I’ll be sharing this project soon-stay tuned!) Stampin’ Up! also has the Gold Sequin Trim, Gold washi tape called Watercolor Wonder.  Lastly, our new Gold Bakers Twine.  YIKES.  Do you feel like you found GOLD? 

Bright Colors

The first thing that came to my mind with Bright Colors being a trendsetter this year is our Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  Lots of BRIGHT colors and geometrical shapes.  This is a really fun and happy paper.  

Trendsetter, Bright Colors, STampin' Up!


I personally think watercoloring has always been pretty trendy. Maybe because I just love it myself.  You can see above in the projects I’m sharing today that each one of them have watercoloring as part of the added texture to the card.  One was created with an aqua painter and the other was a watercolor stamp image.  

With all the trendsetters listed above, what do you notice yourself using more of?

Do you find that you are a trendsetter now? If not, I encourage you to start creating with these awesome products and be a trendsetter!

Supplies for both cards above!

Stamps: Map it Out #134620, Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit (stamp images) #134998 Ink: Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar  Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Vellum Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede

Accessories:    Gold Foil Sheet #132622,  Glue Gun, Rhinestones129324, Antique music sheets, Vintage Trinkets #118764, Aqua Painter #103954, Gold Smooch, Gold Bakers Twine #132975, Watercolor Paper #122959, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch, Elegant Butterfly #127526, Tooth Pick 

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Everybunny Watch Out!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin Up!


Yep, watch out because you know how holiday's sneak up on us FAST!  Easter will be no stranger to this.  I've had the hardest time keeping up with my holiday's this year and we are only into March.  I'm making a move on it this weekend and plan to have my Easter vignette put together.  I see a little vintage treasure hunting in my future. I see old playful bunny statues, wire baskets with paper pennants hanging from them.  *oh my*

Okay, so time to stop daydreaming because the reality is a big ole snow storm is heading my way and Everybunny will be freaking out! 

The Everbunny stamp set is a cute and fun stamp set perfect for Easter projects.

Have you worked with this specialty paper below? 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up Demo

Totally embarrassed to tell you its been sitting.  WHY?????? It's so pretty, and fun to work with!

I started this Easter card by painting Gesso over the entire front with a foam paint brush.  You could also use white paint.  In fact, for giggles I want to try painting a shimmer paint across this paper.  I just love the pattern on this beautiful paper and look how it really pops with the paint on it.  

The rest of this card design was a work in progress.  In fact, I started this card and had to walk away.  I was bound and determined to use my Easter "eggs" I had made using my Oval Framelits.  They are so pretty with the Pool Party Embossing Powder on them.  

Mr Bunny and his balloon were simply watercolored on Crumb Cake CS using an Aqua Painter and I kept this VERY simple.  I'll be doing a demonstration soon on using your Aqua Painter. You can see the supplies below. 

Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Products Used:

Stamps: Everybunny #122707

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Ink: Black Stazon, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, VersaMark, Whisper White Craft


Tea Doily #129399

Natural Composition DSP #126917

Aqua Painter #103954

Tea for Two DSP #129311

Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack #130812

Oval Framelits #129381

First Edition DSP #121878

Early Espresso Bakers Twine #123124

Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon #129287

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up!

Okay, now it's time to get your FAV Easter products and start getting creative.  

Are you ready? What will YOU be creating?

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