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It Really Wasn’t a Secret!

Splitcoaststampers- Are you a Member?

I realize that inspiration comes from EVERYWHERE.  We are so lucky we have the resources for crafters today.


I remember when I first started with Stampin’ Up! my main source of inspiration was my Stampin’ Up! catalog or a crafting magazine.  In fact I never left a grocery store without picking up the latest issue of a magazine.


I miss the days of coming home with that magazine and brewing a cup of coffee and enjoying a few hours of being inspired on my couch!


Online Communities

Many moons ago (I think 2004) I became a part of an online community called SplitcoastStampers.  I was a huge part of the community and loved seeing so much inspiration.  Get this… I was even a gallery moderator back in the day.


When my business started to rise and time started to decrease, I spent less time there.

Over the last couple of years I became more involved and started uploading my projects again and use Splitcoast as a source of inspiration when I need a kick start to my own creative process.


Now… I didn’t mean to keep this a secret but somehow I missed telling anyone about this exciting news that happened 5 months ago.  Yes- back in January.


In January I was asked to be a part of SplitcoastStampers Dirty Dozen Design Team.  WHOA!


This was HUGE for me.


A little back story…. 


I remember when the Dirty Dozen was introduced on SplitcoastStampers.  It was the elite stampers that we as community gushed over.  It was crafters that WOW’d you to an incredible level and pushed you to try new things.  Every month on the 15th we would wait for the unveiling of WHO the next member of this ELITE group would be joining the team.

Now I had been asked to join this team 12 years later after joining SplitcoastStampers.


I’m completely humbled and continue to be after the last 5 months.  It’s a 6 month term and it’s almost over.  It’s flown by.

Now the projects that I’ve created for this team are nestled into a private gallery.  It’s part of being a Splitcoast Fan Club Member.  If you are a member, you have access to the Dirty Dozen Gallery every month.  Each month the theme changes and there are TONS of challenges that YOU can take part in.

There are lots of benefits for being a fan club member besides seeing this gallery.  There are tons (like LOTS AND LOTS) of challenges and tutorials that you can play along with as well.

Sneak Peek

Today I wanted to share a few pieces that I’ve shared over the last 5 months.  It’s just a sneak peek.  I’ve uploaded tons of projects to my main gallery but there are a little over 30 projects that are exclusive.  If you are not a member of the Fan Club, I would look into it.  If you have stamp sets from years gone by, you would be able to see a ton of inspiration for that stamp set and MUCH more.  It’s a gem of a place to hang and you are bound to make a few friends along the way there too.


Just in case you are wondering… No, I get nothing if you join except a smile on my face.  I’m only telling you about it because I love to share.  I love to tell you about great resources that can inspire you.

Some of these projects below have products that will be retiring.



Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

Textured Embossed Vellum and Watercoloring on the same card almost makes me SQUEAL!

I die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits on Watercolor paper and then did a quick brush of colors using my Aqua Painter over the butterfly.


Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

I haven’t used this Bear Hugs stamp set much, but these bears are adorable and the options are endless.


Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!

Miss Lion sits on my desk.  When I look at her I say, “Hear me ROAR!”  She’s reminding me to be strong during times I feel defeated.

Hey, it happens. Pyramid Pals Thinlits are the bombdiggity.


Dirty Dozen, Splitcoast Stampers, Stampin' Up!


Shine bright like a diamond.  If you listen to Rhianna, then you know the song.  I believe our theme that month was music. Talk about stretching my creativity. OH WOW.

I have one more month on the team and then I become an Alumni. Once a DD always a DD.

 It’s been an incredible ride and I’m grateful for SplitcoastStampers and the members who contribute their work.

If you want to become a Fan Club Member, click HERE and see the benefits.

I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend and thanks for letting me spill the beans.


Important News!

SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
 Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

PS-Thanks for stopping by today. XOXO

Challenging Your Creativity, Do You?

Challenging Your Creativity, Do You?

This week I’ve been talking about getting my crafty mojo back.  I’m still there so bare with me.

Sometimes it takes longer than I’d like, and that is the reality.


Artisan Blog Hop!

Today the Artisans are sharing their work and this is always inspirational to me and definitely a lift when you have creative block.

For me and my project…. well, I’m not going to lie.  It’s not my favorite project I’ve ever made.  This was truly a challenge and one that ended up in the garbage a few times only to be saved and played with more.

Challenging, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop


Here is the deal…

In my box of love I received from Stampin’ Up!,  I had this gorgeous ribbon- 1″ Stitched Watermelon Wonder Satin Ribbon.

There is no doubt it’s beautiful.  Kimberly just didn’t know what to do with it.  I had this ribbon going all sorts of ways on my card. This was challenging my creativity like you wouldn’t believe.


But wait…. there is more.


I also challenged myself with Cucumber Crush cardstock and ink.  This color is a really tough one for me.  Do you have a color that is really tough for you to work with?


Challenging, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop


Let it Go….


There came a time when I was creating this I finally said…..  LET IT GO and be done with it.  I did just that.


Challenging, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop


Here is what I love…… 

I can’t deny I love these balloons and love them stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I also love Linen Thread hanging from them.

AND…. I also love that bright Cucumber Crush peeking out from the Crumb Cake cardstock. Giggle.  Want to know another thing….


Cucumber Crush is growing on me.  Everywhere I look I see this color.


This time next year I might be crying my eyes out over this color leaving the In Color collection.  That would be something to really giggle over.


Challenging, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop


Lesson Learned….. 

I learned that it’s okay to not love every project I create and don’t give up on it or myself.


Friends, I hope that you know creative block is REAL and all crafters go through it.  Sometimes it can go away quickly.  Sometimes it takes longer.  There is no doubt we have an abundance of resources to gain inspiration from.  That’s the beautiful thing about this community.  We can be inspired in so many ways.  We need to let that inspiration soak in and let our own inspiration flow when it’s ready.

If you are looking for a challenge… Try out these colors below.  I left out the Crumb Cake because it’s a neutral color.  It goes with anything.  Try it with Whisper White.  Or Basic Black.


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



Be Inspired….

Go ahead and grab your favorite drink and be inspired by the other Artisans.  These women blow me away with their creative flare and the ideas they come up with.  Up next on the hop is Krista.  Not only does she inspire me as a crafter, I love her fun crazy personality and especially watching her from a far with her 3 kids.  Her personality shines through everything she does.  Just click the button below and enjoy a little creativity.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter



Occasions Favorites-Must Haves!

Occasions Favorites-Must Haves!

I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Occasion Catalog products with you today and a special treat.

Not only will you see my favorites but you will also see the favorites from stampers around the world.  Today is the Creation Station Blog Hop and our theme is Occasions favorites.  YAY!



Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop


While I don’t make New Years resolutions because I don’t keep them after 2 weeks, I am making it a point to send more cards and one of the occasions that I am the WORST at sending is BIRTHDAY’S!

Yep, you heard it correctly.  The card maker stinks at sending birthday cards.


Even worse, the paper crafter mom stinks at making special paper crafting fun things for my kids birthday parties.  UGH UGH UGH!

Alexis has a birthday coming up and this girls entire life has been around paper crafting.  This year I’m really going to try and make a fun party favor along with getting her invites out on time.

I figure if I tell you then maybe you can help keep me accountable.  Of course I have an almost “13” year old that is on my tale too.  You will see that process soon. Meanwhile….

Balloon Celebration

One of my favorites in the Occasions catalog is the New Balloon Celebration stamp set.  I’ve actually used this stamp set more for coffee related projects you can see HERE.  The good news about this stamp set is the options.  Options are GREAT and we have them with this set.



Here is the first birthday card that I created.


Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

Imagine making a balloon in any color that you want? That’s the beauty of stamping.  Now look how you can bunch the balloons.  This was easily created using the Balloon Bouquet Punch that coordinates with the Balloon Celebration stamp set.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration







I added the string behind the punched balloons.  Once all the strings (Bakers Twine) were attached I gathered them and tied a bow and let the strings hang down.  The greeting came from the stamp set Sunburst Sayings.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

Another favorite that I’ve mentioned several times already is the Wink of Stella pens.  I used the clear Wink of Stella over the balloons to give it a pop of glimmer.


Create a Card & Box


Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

Creating a card and a box that coordinates is easy with the Balloon Celebration stamp set and the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The clouds in the stamp set coordinate perfect with the stamp set.

To create the box I used the Box Punch Board and used the cloud pattern from the Designer Paper to create it.  This paper is thick and perfect to make boxes.


I kept the embellishments for the box simple by adding Bermuda Bay ribbon and a tag that coordinates with the card.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

To create the card, I used the left over paper from creating the box and used the other side of the paper for the card.  When the box is open they will see that the Box coordinates with the card.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

The clouds on the card were fussy cut using the left over paper from the box.  Again, perfect coordination.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

The balloons are stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock and then punched using the Balloon Boutique punch. I added a few silver sequins on one of the balloons. I added twine to the balloons as I did to the first card and gathered them to tie in a bow.

Occasions Favorites, Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration

All of the products shared today will be available on Tuesday, January 5th.  You can see a list of the products below that I used today.  

Get ready because this will be a great catalog for amazing SPRING projects!


Now it’s time to see what the favorites are from other stampers around the world.  Your next stop will be Holly Stene’s Blog.  I can’t wait to see what she created.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


New for January Online Orders!

Any order placed in January will receive a FREE gift from me PLUS  my Exclusive January Inspiration Project Tutorial. 

Gift with Purchase, Stampin' Up!,


Hot Chocolate, Anyone?

Hot Chocolate, Anyone?

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop and I’m going to pretend that we are all having hot chocolate or coffee together as you hop along this inspirational hop of creativity.

If you’ve been with me for awhile you know I have a love affair for coffee and my favorite place to have coffee is Starbucks.


It’s probably no surprise that when I opened the new Occasions Catalog I found a few stamp sets that go along with my coffee obsession.

I’m excited to share how I’ve incorporated 3 new stamp sets and a framelit to create these fun projects.


Come, Let Us Sit Together


First, can I tell you how awesome this greeting is- “Come, let us sit together…”? I can think of numerous projects with this ONE greeting from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Create it!

I thought it would be fun to create a card and a little pocket for a hot chocolate or instant coffee pack.


To create this card I used the Cup & Kettle Framelits Dies to die cut the coffee cup.  The coffee cup was die cut twice and layered onto each other to make the die cut a tad thicker.



The coffee cup  was stamped with the Sunburst Sayings stamp set using the tiny dots.  I sponged around the coffee cup just a bit to give it a little more definition.



To create my “foam” or “whip cream” I used the cloud image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set stamped with Sahara Sand ink.  I fussy cut each of the clouds and then sponged very lightly around each of them.  I layered the images onto the front and back of the coffee cup to also add a bit more definition using a dimensional.  Another fun step for the whip cream was adding a little bit of shimmer using the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




A small detail was adding the antiqued silver spoon from the Have a Cuppa Embellishments.  OH MY WORD! Ca-utness x 100.



Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Another fun but small detail is adding the “coffee stain” onto the Crumb Cake Circle punch.  This was created using the Timeless Textures stamp set.  <MUST HAVE!>

You might notice this doily is smaller from the normal doilies I use.  This doily comes from the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.  They are so CUTE and fit the 2-1/2″ Circle punch perfectly in the center.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

I thought it would be fun to have a little pocket for a hot chocolate pack or instant coffee.  This was easily created using the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits.  PERFECTION.

Create it!

To create this cute little pocket, simply die cut using the Gift Card Framelit.  Assemble the gift card as normal except take the top flap and adhere to the back using a dimensional as seen below.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

For the front, cut another piece of cardstock the same color as you die cut to measure 2-3/4 x 4.  Attach to the front of the gift card using Tear Tape.  This will create your pocket.

I kept the front rather simple but the same theme as the card to coordinate.

Hot Chocolate, Balloon Celebration Stamp set, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Will You Join Me? 

Yes, we may be miles and miles away but today we can pretend that we had a cup of Hot Chocolate together or coffee.  From the looks of the weather a nice cuppa hot would keep us all warm.

As always, I’m tickled that so many of these new stamps and framelits coordinate so great together making creating effortless.

Time to Hop!

It’s time to grab a cuppa something and hop to see what the other Artisans have created.  Keep in mind there are 20+ creative projects to be seen from all over the WORLD.  Because this is a global hop, I highly recommend using Google Translate to read some the Artisans blogs from other countries.  You might need it to read my southern lingo.  HA HA HA.

Next on the hop is one of my favorite Canadians Krista Frattin.  She is someone I would LOVE LOVE to sit and have a cuppa joe with.  Let’s see what she created…

Just click the button below to view and enjoy.

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Special Gift for Online Orders

Time is ticking….

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. There are only a FEW DAYS left for this offer.

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