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Gift Giving, Stampin' Up!

It's not every year at convention that I can make little roomie gifts but this year was different.  I always love to give little gifts to my friends and family.

Making gifts can be a big task, however these amazing Mini Muslin Bags from Stampin' Up! make the task fast and simple.  

These Mini Muslin Bags will be available on August 1st from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  8 Bags come in a package.  Once you dress up the bags and add a little treat your gift giving is complete.  

A few quick ideas for these Mini Muslin Bags: 

  • Stamp an image on the front of them using an Acrylic Paint or Pigment Ink. 
  • Put a few treats inside the bag, tie and stamp a quick tag. 
  • Make a Holiday Countdown using the bags stuffed with a little treat as shown on Page 12-13 of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  


Gift Giving, Stampin' Up!

To recreate the bag above: 

  • Sew a straight stitch over the Victoria Lace Ribbon and Natural Trim over the 2 1/2" circle punch and Doily.  
  • Using a Glue Gun, add a strip of vintage music sheet paper and the new Burlap Ribbon.
  • Stamp a greeting across a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock and adhere using a Glue Gun.  
  • Adhere the embellished Doily onto the Muslin Bag using a Glue Gun.  

Gift Giving, Stampin' Up!


Stamp set: Oh Goodie #131889 (Holiday Mini Catalog) Cardstock: Naturals Ivory  Ink:  Soft Suede

Accessories:   Burlap ribbon #132140, Tea Doily #129399, 7/16" Natural Trim #129287, 2 1/2" Circle Punch #120906, Eastern Elegance DSP #130131, Mini Muslin Bags #132180

As you can see these bags will be a big hit for gift giving this year.  Mark your calendar for August 1st when you can order these products from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  

You should be receiving your Holiday Mini Catalog in the mail and if you have not, please let me know so I can send you one by emailing me HERE

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Celebrating 3 years!

Three years ago I started my blog.  It was started to keep me sane during our last move and to keep all my dear customers inspired along my stamping journey! Today, I took a trip back to December 2006 to refresh my memories of that journey.  Seemed fitting for a Navy wife since three years is typical for a Navy family to move again.  I wanted to remind myself of our last journey since we will be making another journey soon enough.  Russ received orders to Washington, D.C.  and reports there in just a few weeks.  After much discussion and debate, Russ and I decided that the kids and I would stay put until the end of the school year and and then join him for the next adventure.  Decisions like this are never easy and many tears shed as I hate to keep are family apart.  However, I believe the kids are in the best place this school year and they are doing so well.  Don't get me wrong, I know the kids would do fine moving.  I also know they will do great finishing out the school year with their current teachers who I just adore.  This also gives me 5 months or so to figure out how I say good bye once again to some of the most fascinating people.  So many friends have been made in the three short years we have been in Colorado.  I have to admit a part of me is in TRUE denial that I even have to leave.  The thought makes my stomach hurt and brings me back to the day we moved in.  If you have read through this blog you would remember that I wasn't happy on that day.  I wondered how in the world I would ever survive it there.  My stamping adventure in Colorado has truly been the best yet.  It's the longest place I've ever had my business at one time.  It's the place where I have taught the most people.  Really GREAT people.  So, with that all being said…. I celebrate three great years having this blog.  I celebrate all my friends in Colorado that I plan to teach for another 5 months.  It will be 5 GREAT months of CeLeBrAtIoN! 

Speaking of celebrating, my sweet friend is getting ready to have a baby.  This baby is a miracle.  She had a terrible time getting pregnant and after many tests and trips to the doctor, she finally conceived.  Hence what I call the… miracle baby.  This sweet baby will be born in February.  Since I am down here in Florida I am unable to attend her baby shower.  Before I left I made a special gift for her I want to share. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



This is also a sneak peek of what's to come in the new Mini Catalog.  Whoo Hoo!  I used a stamp set called Fox & Friends.  There are 7 different animals that I just love.  This card also uses a new punch from the Mini Catalog and the Sale a Bration catalog.  Yippie.  Anyway, I made a few simple hand made Thank You cards that she can use after the baby is born.  The buttons I used are actually OLD, OLD, OLD vintage buttons from my husbands grandmother.  Very special buttons to me. I wanted the cards to be simple, elegant and a hint of vintage.  I think I created that look. 


I hope your Sunday afternoon is the best.  I am off to finish getting my Christmas cards finished.  I know, I know!  Better late than never, right?

Elegance for a friend!

Independent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



Right before leaving for convention I made a few cards for some friends that I had not seen in a while.  Like I mentioned yesterday, convention and other Stampin’ Up! events are always a great time to see my friends from all over the place.  I used all my favorite stamps and accessories on this card.  From the Great Friend stamp set, Friends 24-7 stamp set, and the fun Pretties Kit!  It was all just fitting for my friends! 


Here are a few more pics of my sweet friends from convention!

Here are a few of my downline that were with me on Awards Night.  There a few missing from the picture.  They are ALL GREAT ladies!

Indpendent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO




Here is Christy and I after she  found out she was a Rising Star!  WOW! She was pretty shocked! (I wasn’t!  I knew she worked really hard!)

Indpendent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO




Below is my friend Max (and my SAM), Me, and my friend Lisa!  Those are some pretty big smiles on our faces!


Indpendent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



I will share more pics tomorrow.  I hope your week is going GREAT!!!