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This past weekend was incredibly creative in my stamp room and it wasn't without a little help of some of my creative friends.  The story holds true that when you get together with friends creative minds can create amazing things. It's pretty powerful! This was a very different type of get together.  We called it our Virtual stamp night.  It was 4 hours of creating over the internet on a conference  call.  It was almost as good as being with them physically.  Our creative fun started exploding when we started getting crazy and dressing up these "Dress Up Framelits!"  The giggling turned to roaring the more and more we were creating these.  I love how these turned out.  

It all starts with the Dress Up Framelit.  #130101 in our Spring Mini Catalog.  

We started out with a Crumb Cake cardstock and die cut the image.  We used a beautiful vintage stamp set called Established Elegance and stamped a few images on the upper body of the Die Cut.  One of them I kept clean without stamping.  

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To create the bottom dress I used Tulle.  I have lots of tulle in my stamp room that I use for packaging and secretly hoarded our Tulle from the last mini catalog.  Two of my dress forms (the two outside dress forms) uses the Tulle from our last mini.  The center dress form was a tulle I purchased at a craft supply store. I tell you this because the Stampin' Up! Tulle is HIGH quality and doesn't "burn" as fast as other Tulle brands.  I will create a video you will see later today that will demonstrate this.  

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This last dress form used the Crumb Cake Tulle and a little Island Indigo ink to create the color of the dress.  


Kimberly VAn Diepen stampin up demo


Once your dress form is created attach it to a wooden Skewer using Hot Glue.  

I then placed a little tulle on the bottom of the wooden skewer and placed it inside the hole of a vintage thread spool.  This is when you could hear me SQUEAL! This completed the project and now these sit beautifully on my desk.  I love how they turned out and it's also a great reminder of an incredibly fun night of stamping with my friends.  

Do you have a little tulle hanging around? Pull it out and create these fun Vintage Dress forms.  

I'll be back in a quick bit with a fast video on how to create these.  

Quick Tips:

*To create these fun dress forms you will need a Hot Glue Gun and your Heat Tool

*Cut a bunch of dress forms to have available in case you make a mistake a long the way.  Besides, you will want to continue to create more and more of these. 

*You will want to stamp the upper body first before you start adding the tulle.  

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Start creating today.  You can see all the supplies (except Tulle) used on these Dress Forms below by clicking the links to my Online Store.  

Have a GREAT day!!




Ahhh… Sweet December!

Can you believe it? Sweet December! 25 days until Jolly St. Nick visits! Holiday preps in place! 

Hopefully I didn't stress YOU out!  

December is an exciting month for me!  Why you ask? 

First, I *LOVE* Christmas!

Second, it's been 6 years since I started this blog.  6 YEARS!!!  

The other day I took a LONG trip down memory lane.  I was totally sucked into reading what I've been up too.  6 years ago I was on the great adventure of moving from Florida to Colorado and needed a *place* to share with all my Florida friends.  Wow!  At the time I had NO idea I would be sharing WORLD WIDE!  Remember, I am a blonde.  When I started the blog I didn't have a clue of what I was beginning.  Honestly, there are days I still feel that.  Regardless, as I took my little memory trip I was drawn to many exciting things.  It all started on December 5th, 2006!  

It's amazing to see how much my kids have grown over the years, so many stories shared, SO many projects from Stampin' Up! created.  On my journey of reading through I also stopped back to read the comments.  I am one grateful lady.  

To my readers, THANK YOU!  You put up with my ramblings, listen to my silliness and always give me amazing feedback.  I can't thank you enough.  Well I can… just make sure you check back on December 5th!  *snicker*

Of course, over the last 6 years technology has changed so much and now you can follow me just about anywhere besides my little bloggy.

I have a love affair with technology. I love social networking because I feel a special connection with YOU.  I also love to share.  Always have, always will.  This is exactly WHY I love Stampin' Up! so much.  They have given me the vehicle to share what I love- crafting!

Just where can you follow me these days? 






CRAZY! Right??  Seriously, it's all about having fun and that's EXACTLY what I do! LOTS of it.  

I share different things on different sites.  Whatever my mood may be. 🙂  <wink>

So, if you are in the mood click the button and follow along.  I plan to make this December full of surprises.  <wink, wink>


Speaking of sharing…. if you made it this far and didn't fall asleep on me I do have something kinda pretty I wanted to share. 


Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator



Do you like to add a little stitching to your paper crafting designs? I own a little Janome Sew Mini that sits on my desk.  It's tiny and perfect to sew little notions on a card or paper crafting project.  

I put the Sew Mini to use with this card above.  WIth just a little bit of Stampin' Up's  gorgeous Scalloped Tulle I was able to pleat two colors of Tulle together for a fun look.  

I added the Poinsettia image from the Watercolor Winter stamp set for a "Winter Look!"  I used three images piled onto each other and gave them a little crinkle in my hand. To keep them together I hand sewed a little button with Linen Thread right into the center.

So grab a little thread, sewing machine and beautiful tulle and get started.  

Create something with a little thread today.     

Supplies Used: 

Stamps: Watercolor Winter, Lovely Little Labels

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Ink: Early Espresso

Accessories: Scallop Tulle, Little Labels Punch Pack, Neutral buttons, Linen Thread, Vintage Trinkets, First Edition DSP, Sewing Machine

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Thank you again for visiting! 

Make something pretty today… XOXOXO

MDS Blog Hop- Blast From the Past

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Blast from the past…You might be thinking roller skating, 80's music, Boom Box on the shoulder?  Okay, I guess if your an 80's girl like me these things fit the bill of "Blast From The Past".  Our digital theme this week is a scrapbook layout of our childhood.  Well… small little problamo…. All my cute childhood pics happen to be in a Traditional Scrapbook album already.  Eeek!  Yes! You know what this means… I would have to "scan" the oldie pics of myself.  I was all set to do this but didn't want to pull the kiddo pics of me out of the book.  As you know I procrastinate so calling mom on a whim today to scan a few pics of me wasn't going to happen.  No worries though.  I'm going to share a pic of when I was just the ripe young age of 25!  I still call the age of 25 my childhood.  In fact, I don't think I started thinking sensibly until I turned 40!  Hmm… maybe that's even debatable. 

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I shared this photo back in July when the Prince and I celebrated our Anniversary.  I love this photo for the sheer fact the moment was captured.  

Tip: Believe it or not, you can still digitally scrapbook older photos.  Just scan your photo and save it to your computer.  Then you can drag and drop into My Digital Studio just like you do the rest.  

Tip: Remember, you can change the color of an embellishment in My Digital Studio.  Just click on the Re-Color Tool in your Design Center.  I changed the color of my Rosette to Basic Gray from Crumb Cake.  

This page has many layers and punches.  You can see all the downloads I used for this layout HERE

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Visit my Online Digital Store today and check out all of the GREAT digital artwork Stampin Up! has to offer. 

Now it's time to take a Blast in the Past of our other Digital Designers.  

7. Aly Schilling

11. Holly VanDyne
12. Kimberly Van Diepen ~You are visiting this youngin'

Don't forget to check out these fun new interactive Apps!  


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Happy Friday!

Christmas Cards Stampin’ Up! Style

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Stampin' Up! has a beautiful knack for making the most beautiful stamp images for Holidays.  I especially love our Christmas Images this year.  Open Sleigh is one of many that I've been using and getting my Christmas card collection stacked nicely.  I'll be doing both traditional cards and Digital cards this year.  

You'll have to excuse my Victoria Lace on this card.  It must of wiggled a bit when I took the photo.  Regardless there are so many things on this card that I love.  

The Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Paper is GORGEOUS.  Take a look at all the beautiful colors!

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I've created a video showcasing a few tips and tricks using the Open Sleigh stamp set that you can view below.  

Check it out and stamp along with me.  



Supplies Used:

Stamps: Open Sleigh

Ink: Early Espresso

Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Antique Brads, Crochet Trim-Victoria, Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

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Christmas time is so exciting and one of my favorite things during the Christmas season is going to the mail box and receiving a hand made card.  

Are you getting your Christmas Cards ready?

If you are still stumbling on where to start this year, let me help you.  Just EMAIL ME and I'll help you get the design process started.

 Check out my Online Store so you can get these products ordered and to YOUR door so you can start creating.  

Want to make cards and receive a discount on your products? Or better yet, Make this HOBBY your OWN! View my post about Becoming a Demonstrator on my team.  We are fun, creative and passionate about this hobby!

Happy Thursday!  


There’s An App For That!

Boy oh boy! I ALWAYS say there is something great around the corner with Stampin' Up! and tonight I'm hear to tell you about it. Stampin' Up! just released a really cool App for iPhone users.  It's free and it's COOL.  

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Just go to the iTunes store and download it.  Or, Click HERE to download. 

Here is a little sample of what I created in a matter of 2 seconds flat… 

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Then it get's better… I sent it directly to Facebook.  Then I got even more crazy… I sent it to the bird… (twitter)!

It's fun and it's FREE!  Give it a whirl.  


P.S.- If you've EVER thought about becoming a demonstrator…. I'm not lying when I tell you NOW is the time.  It keeps getting better and BETTER and I would LOVE to have you on my team.  You can view this post HERE about my 2 Cents on becoming a Demonstrator!