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Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Have you ever had that feeling where you want to shout from the mountain tops?

I kinda have that feeling.

While I’ve never actually climbed a mountain,  I bet it would be exhilarating.  That’s the feeling I have!

Seriously… there has been so many great things happening it makes my cheeks hurt.

I’ve been promising an update so let me get right to it…

and I have a card… with a mountain.

Forgive the long post but I wanted to capture all the feelings…


Cultivating & Nurturing Friendships

One of the greatest assets to being a military spouse has been meeting great people in all the areas we’ve lived.  The downside is moving away.

Along the journey of moving comes incredible friendships.  Stampin’ Up! has been an amazing vehicle and opportunity for me to meet so many great people.

In late October I gathered with 5 other friends on a week long cruise.  Believe it or not it was a stamping cruise put together by another demonstrator.

We had a ball on this trip. Beautiful sites, lots of stamping and a chance to nurture friendships after being apart for so long.

My favorite time on the ship was gathering for dinner.  Our conversations were intimate, giggly (like teenagers) and occasionally inappropriate.  Really this was a cherished time.  Complete girlfriend time- uninterrupted.


Time for Onstage

After the cruise a few of us were meeting again in Atlanta just days later.  Here we gathered for a Stampin’ Up! conference called OnStage.  My friend Cathy flew home with me to Pensacola after the cruise and then we drove to Atlanta.

Cathy and I have done MANY road trips together.  We could have made the movie Thelma & Louise.  No road trip can be completed without hot boiled peanuts.  It’s always the first stop… and nothing better than catching the guy along the roadside for HOT boiled peanuts.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


You might be completely grossed out… but you have to try them.  Oh so GOOD.

It was a little reunion again to be with friends and our friend Deb was able to get all 4 of us into this incredible suite.  Typically we do not stay in anything fancy fancy so this was a real treat.

It was SO great… they left chocolates on our bed AND I had my own bathrobe. I kinda felt like a queen for a day.



Does it get any better than this? Robe, chocolate…. smiling?

This is what I call feeling completely joyful.

There is nothing that says happy like this picture…

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


No one is looking in the right direction… big eyes… small eyes… and as always… my mouth is open.  I love them.

Our time in Atlanta was action packed.


Presentations Galore

Brian King asked me to present at his amazing World Card Making Day and I had a ball there.  This team of demonstrators put on a remarkable event and I could listen to Brian ALL DAY LONG.  He is definitely that person who can light up a room in a second and fill your cup with so much joy.

My presentation went well except for few things…

  • I laughed A LOT!
  • I always forget the names of the products I use.
  • My facial expressions caught in photos leave much to be desired!

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


Who knows what I was talking about or thinking… but I promise I was having fun.

The next day was PACKED.  We had a full day of the conference which was so fun to see friends from all over and some I have been friends with online but had not had the pleasure of meeting in person yet.

One of the best parts of that day was meeting up with my friend Allison Barber.  You may remember after Russ had his stroke a very special young lady made these amazing cookies and sold them to raise money for Russ.  He used that money to buy his cane.

Honestly, this story always brings me to tears and gives me goosebumps.  This special young lady is named Annie, and her mama is Allison.  While I would have loved to meet Annie, I was so grateful to hug her mama, Allison.  Annie brought Russ a bag full of cookies for me to bring back.  All homemade and I tried not to eat them all. Her heart is so big and so inspiring.

The day really was packed with so many great stories.  I was honored to be offered another year as Artisan Team Member.    It’s quite humbling to be asked and this past year has been incredible.  It’s definitely stretched my creativity.  I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for the new team.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


The next BIG deal….  

At the end of the day Stampin’ Up! revealed the Top 100 Demonstrators in the WORLD…. and I heard my name called.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


After going across the stage and taking in the energy of the moment I had a huge feeling of elation.

I quickly thought about all that happened this past year.  This number represents my TEAM.  It represents lifting each other up during struggling times, learning and stretching our creativity to share with others, working outside of our comfort zones and most importantly loving each other through all of the roller coasters.  That’s my TEAM!  They are amazing. These are ordinary women doing extraordinary things.  It’s about sharing the passion of stamping and cultivating friendships along the way. Again, my heart is full.


Another Presentation

After we left the conference there was one more presentation left for the evening.  My friends Cindy and Monika put together a small gathering where three Artisans presented a few projects.  We were also blessed to have two of the Stampin’ Up! concept artists in attendance for a question and answer time.

Cindy and Monika had the most beautiful set up and the make n takes were amazing.  One look around the room and you knew this was a successful event.  Everyone was happy as could be.

By the time we got back to our hotel my robe was waiting.  I couldn’t wait to wear it one last time. We ended our evening sitting around the floor looking at swaps and enjoying our time together.


Parting Ways

The next morning was full of goodbyes to a few of our friends.  I hate goodbyes and especially after having so much fun.

We put two of our besties on a plane and Cathy and I set out for the long ride home and another full week of playing in my craft room.  There is something to be said about spending quality time with your friends.


I feel like my heart is full and ready to tackle the next big things set in front of me.

Mountain adventure, Stampin' Up!,


The week felt like it came to an abrupt end.  It was time to put Cathy on a plane and saying goodbye was gut wrenching.

I tried hard not to be mopey.  I couldn’t help it and needed a day to gather myself.


Time to Get Busy!

Of course the night I put Cathy on the plane I started sneezing which then led to a nice giant ugly cold.  Thankfully I’m on the mend but thought for sure I was dying for two days.  Funny how a little cold can make you MISERABLE.  I’m sure I ran myself down during the 3 weeks of fun but I have no regrets.

The best part about the last 3 weeks was nurturing new and old friendships.  It’s the best feeling in the world.


Mountain Adventure

I wanted to share a fun card I made while she was here.  The mountains were totally fitting for my post today because I really feel like I could shout from the top of the mountain how blessed I am to have all the beautiful people in my life.  That includes YOU too.  Those of you who take the time to read my silliness, and continue to support me and love me.  I’m shouting from the mountain…. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!


Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,


I pulled out the cutest stamp set called Mountain Adventure from the Holiday Catalog.  I’m in love with the smaller images like the cabin and beautiful little trees.  Great opportunities with this stamp set.

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


Tips & Tricks


  • Stamp the mountain on Watercolor Paper and use and color images with the  Aqua Painter.
  • Mica Flakes were added to the tops of the mountains to create snow.
  • I used the Outdoor Adventures Framelits to die cut the two mountains behind the mountain image.  Love this Framelit set.
  • The greeting was stamped and then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

Click the clickable links below to see all products used for this project.  


Stampin’ by the Sea News!

Online Extravaganza Time! 

Starts November 21-28th

Mountains, Stampin' Up!,


Mark YOUR calendar…. November 21st… Don’t miss these GREAT deals!

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

BRAND NEW product release.

Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stitched Shapes Framelits

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.



Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

  Project Life blog hop april Header
Thank you for joining us today for our International Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Blog hop. You may be just starting here or have come from Julie’s blog. Either way you can make your way around by using the list below so that you don’t miss a blog. We have and incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight Project life by Stampin’ Up!® Memory keeping. At the moment you are currently in the United States and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

It’s Your Story


If you have followed me for some time you know I’m big into memory keeping.  It goes down as my first love in the papercrafting world.  Currently my family could entertain themselves for hours looking through books and books of their cute little faces and me telling our story.
That’s exactly what it is- your story.
While there are many different ways you can keep those memories alive, Project Life makes it fast and easy.  It’s NOT time consuming and a thrill to look at the completed projects.
Being a fan of Stampin’ Up! products I’ve been thrilled to use the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! for the simple coordination.  While Project Life is incredibly simple, Stampin’ Up! makes it even easier with coordinating products outside of the kits.

Where Do I Start? 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

The big question I’m always asked, where do I start Kimberly?
Here’s the thing- there is no hard fast rule on where you need to start.  Open your camera, pull a few pictures off of it and begin RIGHT THERE.  Sometimes we can over analyze something to the point it keeps us from starting.  Just grab a few pics and start.
Here is a quick guide to help when you get started.  Click HERE to download it.

Let’s Create!

Last night I pulled out my Happy Times Project Life kit and completed three layouts in 20 minutes.  Below you will see a few of the close shots of the layout, keep in mind all of the products came from the Happy Times Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack except for a couple of pieces of ribbon, staples and star punches.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I love to capture the out of the ordinary moments.  Yes, I scrapbook events of things that happen in our family but I also love capturing moments like the ones above.
The Happy Times kit was perfection when it came time to scrapbook these moments.  The cards and accessories are fun and make memory keeping quick and easy.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
A few layered elements using stars, twine, and a 2 x 2 Project Life Card.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I layered the 2 x 2 cards onto the 4 x 6 Project Life card  and secured it all with a staple.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Printing Your Photos

This past Christmas I started a December Daily album.  The nature of the album is about daily life.  I love this album!  To make my daily story telling easier, I purchased a Canon Selphy so I could print my photos quickly and create a layout every single day.  it was awesome.
I created a quick video on how to print photos from your iPhone using the Project Life App from Becky Higgins.  This would also work for Android users.


Take a Tour- Be Inspired

I hope you’re ready to be inspired by a fantastic crew of designers using Project Life.  Grab a drink and take a stroll around the world.  Next up is my fellow Artisan friend Krista Frattin.  LOVIE her and her work.

Blog Hop Guest List

Patty Bennett
Allison Okamitsu
Bruno Bertucci
Constanze Wirtz

You can see all the supplies I used by clicking the clickable links below.

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!

Be Part of Something Epic!

Be Part of Something Epic! 

It’s Friday and I’m excited to talk to you about something that I’ve been a little giddy over.


Honestly, it’s epic and empowering.  When you put two powerful words together like that, then it must be GREAT, right?


And if I’m being perfectly honest…..  I’m going out on a limb today.  Stepping outside of a comfort zone.  YEA, a BIG ONE!

Before I get to the meat of what I want to talk about let me say this first….

  1. There is something creative and pretty at the end of this post if you don’t want to hear the story…
  2. I hope you read through to the end because like I said… it’s empowering!


Over the last 13 years I’ve been a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! I’ve had the opportunity to meet the most amazing people.  My best friends have been formed during my journey with Stampin’ Up!

I’ve spoken about these friendships for years on my blog and how priceless they are.

Friendships are Priceless!

Creativate, Stampin' Up!


Two weeks ago 10 of us joined together in Kansas City to plan, motivate, share ideas on ways that we can best work together to train and empower our teams. TOGETHER.

This picture above represents 150+ years of direct sales experience with Stampin’ Up!  That’s crazy when you think about it.

Three days of planning, motivating, grinding ideas together so that we could do the same for our teams for FREE.  Each of us Top demonstrators in Stampin’ Up!, running our businesses at different speeds, levels, some online, some all workshop based. The ideas were incredible.  Great information, almost too much for my pea sized brain.  It was empowering.

Creativate, Stampin' Up!

We are Creativate

Creativate Team Logo

Why are you sharing this Kimberly? 

So, why am I sharing this with you……………..

The picture above is the CREATIVATE TEAM……and we are working together to provide incredible training–both creative and “business training” to our teams!

When you join Stampin’ Up! with me….you not only get ME to help you, but you get training that is backed by 150+ years of experience!!!! FOR FREE!



That is EPIC! That is empowering!

If you….

  •  considered joining Stampin’ Up! with the intentions of “making some money” and building a part-time or full-time business–I know that I can help and support you!!! Who your upline is is important. Make sure you sign up with someone who will meet YOUR needs.
  • If you are thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and would like to chat about what I can offer you–PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL!



The most common question I get seems to be “IS IT REALLY OK TO JUST JOIN FOR THE DISCOUNT?”

YES, YES, YES….AND YES….. Think of it like a Costco Membership–“join the club” and get all the benefits–no strings attached! Really–I promise!

Things to consider….

  • Give yourself a gift!!!!! If you plan on ordering more than $100 in the next 3 months–this is truly the BEST way to go–and there are NO STRINGS ATTACHED!!!
  • GET $156 WORTH OF PRODUCTS FOR JUST $99 (and FREE Shipping)
  • 20% discount on all orders
  • You will remain active and enjoy all benefits at least until the end of July!
  • You will be able to order a month early from the NEW Catalog this summer!
  • Access to a very active Facebook Group for Stampin’ by the Sea Team members (plus others available only to demonstrators!) My amazing team rocks and our mission is to see others succeed according to what THEIR definition of success is. We are all different.
  • Library of training videos (and many more to be added!)
  • My Online Classes are FREE to YOU.
  • The bonus… Motivation, Business Builder ideas, Creative Challenges and it keeps getting BETTER!!

You Ask Why??? I say: WHY NOT????


PAST DEMONSTRATORS: This is the best time to “come back!”

BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE A DEMONSTRATOR: Just because you buy the kit, it does not commit you to doing any of the “things” you think demonstrators “have to do!”
LOVE DISCOUNTS? This is especially for you. Why pay full price for Stampin’ Up! Products????


OK–you have convinced me…….HOW DO I SIGN UP???
It’s simple…..just CLICK HERE
Tip: have your list of $155 in products picked out before you start–makes it easier!
You will pay just $99 (+tax)–FREE SHIPPING


You will never know where that $99 will take you unless you try.  You will have not ONE cheerleader on your side, but 10! That makes me HAPPY!

Be Creative with Me-

As promised… something pretty!

I thought this stamp set was only fitting for my post today….

The stamp set is called What I Love.  It’s a FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set when you purchase $50 of products.  It’s beautiful, and so many ways to stamp this set.

Epic, What I Love, Join My Team

I simply stamped the Thank You greeting all the way down the left side.  Love how that looks.

Epic, What I Love, Join My Team


I did fussy cut one flower to make it pop just a bit.  The pink is so soft and the Botanicals Vellum over the cardstock makes it look so soft too.


Epic, What I Love, Join My Team



Epic, What I Love, Join My Team


Like I said before, Stampin’ Up! is so much more than stamping but I’m thankful for the amazing products that we have and the ability to create.


Supply List

Last few Days to Get this

New Gift with Purchase!

Any $25 order placed in January will receive a FREE gift from me PLUS  my Exclusive January Inspiration Project Tutorials. Use the hostess code below. 

Paper Pumpkin is on SALE. Click HERE to read all the news…

Become part of something EPIC… a community of stampers that is amazing… Join My Team!

Gift with Purchase, Stampin' Up!,

Click the links below to view the products in my Online Store.  Products with the price of $0 means they are Sale-a-Bration products. 

For every $50 you spend from the Idea Book & Catalog or the NEW Occasions catalog you can choose a product FREE from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. 

Are you ready to be a part of something EPIC????

Apple of My Eye

Apple of My Eye

While the phrase might sound corny, I bet we’ve all said it to someone… right?


I am 100% positive I’ve said this to the Prince and my gems many times.  They love those kind of things.


Now with the stamp set Apple of My Eye, we can create a project around this phrase and they can always know they are the apple of our eyes.

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen


Ideas to Use

The images have endless ideas.  Citrus, pears, apples… I love it.

Occasions that fit this set:

  • love/ Valentines
  • Thinking of you
  • Miss You
  • Celebration
  • Baby


Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Adding the burlap reminded me of having all my apples together in a pretty basket. What do you think?

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen


I added the polka dots from the What’s Your Type stamp set then coordinated it with the Designer Series Paper- It’s My Party which has a pattern with Polka Dots.

I had to add the doily… it’s an obsession that I need an intervention for.  Not kidding.

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Lastly, I tapped a little ink spray over the entire project to give it a bit of texture. (Make sure to read my blog on Friday… when I share a complete disaster of OVER spraying a project and it looks like a murder scene! It’s sure to start your weekend with a belly laugh-or two!) 


Of course there are many ways to use the Apple of My Eye stamp set and I can’t wait to share more ideas with you.  It’s one that will get a ton of use in my stamp room as it’s one of my favs.  Here are a trio of beautiful cards from Stampin’ Up!

Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Truly, the ideas are endless with this set.  Make sure to put it on your wish list and grab those FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp sets.

New Month- New Gift with Purchase!

Any $25 order placed in January will receive a FREE gift from me PLUS  my Exclusive January Inspiration Project Tutorials. Use the hostess code below. 

Paper Pumpkin is on SALE. Click HERE to read all the news…

Become part of something EPIC… a community of stampers that is amazing… Join My Team!

It’s a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team of stampers is nothing short of AMAZE-ING! Many of these beautiful people have been with me for close to 10 years. We love the product, we love to share and I love to train women both creatively and the business side.  Maybe you are thinking about starting your own adventure this new year… I’d love for you to be a part of this epic journey with us.  Click HERE or contact me today so we can talk one on one.  No experience necessary.  We are ordinary people doing EXTRAORDINARY things!  



Gift with Purchase, Stampin' Up!,

Click the links below to view the products in my Online Store.  Products with the price of $0 means they are Sale-a-Bration products. 

For every $50 you spend from the Idea Book & Catalog or the NEW Occasions catalog you can choose a product FREE from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. 


Peace at Christmas

Peace at Christmas

It’s something we all strive for during this time of year, Peace at Christmas.

As I was madly dashing from store to store today in search of that one magical gift I felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety come over me knowing that I had once again procrastinated my Christmas shopping.  Every single year my best laid plans fall short and I’m in this same exact boat year after year.


I remember when I was growing up my mom had every gift wrapped and under the tree the first week of Christmas.  Being a military brat the best part of waiting on Christmas was the postman delivering boxes filled with gifts from family out of town.  We LOVED unpacking those boxes.  Underneath our tree would grow rapidly.

I’m afraid my own children will have a different story to tell with their own children and I’m kinda beating myself up about it.  There story will go something like this….


We went from no gifts to a few gifts the night before Christmas.  LOL.  It will be short and sweet.


Luckily my kids have a GREAT sense of humor and to be honest my kids need nothing. Although my kids will have gifts under the tree we have spent more time this year trying to instill the beauty of giving rather than receiving.  Both of the kids do love this but Brandon always cracks me up when softly he asks… “Mom, I’ll still get a gift under the tree, right?”  He is my child, 100%.  My kids are at that age when clothing seems to be what they need but they still want that “toy” under the tree.  What toy do you buy a teenager?


This is exactly why I was a bit frantic running store to store.  There was NO peace on my face until I sat down in my car.  The radio started to play and I took a couple of deep breaths.  The Christmas song playing brought me back to what the meaning of Christmas is all about.  Yes, the gifts are wonderful but the true gift is Jesus. My kids know this. For that I am eternally grateful.


I still haven’t found that magical gift but I’m at peace with it.  If you have that same feeling, take a couple of deep breaths and remember the true meaning of why we celebrate this magical season.


I love that I can express peace at Christmas through the art of stamps.  Today I have a simple but beautiful card using the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.

Peace at Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!


The holly leaves on this branch is one of my favorites.  This is a quick coloring image using a Blender Pen and Ink.

Peace at Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!

Peace at Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!

My tip is what NOT to do.  Be careful how much glue you are using when it comes to placing your sequins down.  If you look close you can see the “glue”.  While it’s not a big deal when actually looking at the card, you wouldn’t want that to be seen, really.


Through all this, I hope you find a bit of peace right now. Turn on the radio and just listen.  XOXOXO


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If you receive my Newsletter you received the downloadable instructions to make this card above and a few more this past Tuesday.

If you are not a subscriber… I’ve got GREAT news.  Subscribe now and I’ll be sending my latest newsletter on Wednesday.

How do you subscribe?

It’s simple.  See the picture below to subscribe and receive my Newsletter this week on Wednesday.  I’ll be sending another newsletter the end of the month as we get ready to launch the new Occasions Catalog. SO SO exciting.

Sign Up for My Newsletter, Stampin' Up!


Don’t Forget!!

Special Gift for Online Orders

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.  I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.  You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little. Okay… maybe a lot.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Don’t forget that some of your favorites might be GONE FOREVER.  Check out the products retiring from the Holiday Catalog HERE.

Don’t forget you get my December Customer Appreciation Tutorial with your order as well. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Have an AWESOME Monday.