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Celebrating with TGIF Team

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Celebrating with TGIF Team

I’m celebrating with the TGIF team today as they turn two! You might remember back over a year ago I was part of the TGIF team.  They are a team of demonstrators which create challenges and sketches every week.  I’m honored to play along for their 2nd birthday!

 

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Let’s Create!

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

I pulled out some of the new InColors for this card.  I’m noticing that I’m using a ton of bright colors lately. Maybe it’s becasue summer is around the corner? I loved how bright the Lemon Lime Twist looks with any color you pair it with.

I used the Happy Celebrations stamp set and the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Folders.  Tip: When stamping over the textured impressions area on my card, I used the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  The mat helps me to get a very clean image when stamping over the embossed area.  

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I created the smallest polka dot by using a pencil eraser and Archival Basic Black Ink.
  • Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper has some of my favorite patterns. I especially love all of the black and white because I can pair it with any color.  I love how the black polka dots balance the other stamped polka dots on my card.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Happy Celebrations is a stamp set that will be carrying over into the new Annual Catalog along with the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Folders.  They are a must have in my book.

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

One Last Card

I want to share one more card that I created for my club last month that we all loved creating. Once again I used bright colors, but I think the colors are a perfect match for this playful stamp set.

Celebrating, Stampin' Up! Happy Celebrations

 

Happy 2nd Birthday!

I want to congratulate the TGIF team on hitting this great milestone with their website.  I know that keeping up with a website can be challenging, but the TGIF team has done a fantastic job inspirng and challenging crafters all over.

Challenges are something I love and I encourage you to seek them.  Seek a sketch or color challenge and create.  Let’s face it, at some point our creative flow hits a stopping point.  These types of challenges are perfect to help get the creative process flowing again.  Congratulations TGIF and thank you for inviting me for a guest spot.  I’m honored and grateful.  XOXOXO

 

 

If you are like me, sometimes I get stuck and my creative mojo stops dead in its tracks. I have a library filled with great tutorials and endless ideas.  These tutorials are packed with inspiring ideas which include cards and 3D projects. Even if you do not have the stamp sets, the ideas are TIMELESS.  Use the sketch, use the color combinations… create the project your way.  The tutorials are step by step and easy to follow with beautiful photography.

Click the button below to view my library of tutorials.

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Giggle Greetings- I Bet You Didn’t Know This!

Giggle Greetings

Giggle… It’s Friday!  Are you ready???

It’s a great day to reveal the latest TGIF Challenge and a little fact about Kimberly you might not have known!

 

Don’t worry, it goes along with our TGIF theme today.

 

It’s ALL about Pets!

TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!, Giggle Greetings

 

This is a fact… 

I am a lover of all of animals and I’ve had animals in my home all my life.  I’ve never been pet free.

The real fact is my family is a HUGE animal lover and we have a ZOO.

Oh yes.

I’m not sure how this all happened.  The collection of animals that is.

Currently we have two rescue dogs that I am over the moon about.  Brin and Tanner are my loves.  I think I love them so much right now because they don’t talk back like the other crazies in my house do.

We also have a cat.  Silver is now 18 years old and holding on strong.  He’s an old man.  He loves to sleep and is not happy with the 2 beastly dogs that interrupt his sleep and eat his food.

Then the kids have 4 Guinea Pigs.  Oh help me.  The real question is HOW did that happen? Well, we gained 2 recently that my parents had.  They didn’t want to keep them anymore and I couldn’t let them go to another home.  Yes. I am a BIG sucker.

Then we have a 150 gallon salt water fish tank.  This was a new hobby Russ had taken on prior to his stroke. Then it became my fish tank during his recovery.  It’s 90% back to Russ again except for the tank cleaning which is a huge undertaking.  All that said, it’s a beautiful tank and I love our fish and sea creatures.  They are the most relaxing thing in our home besides the doggie love.

 

The Challenge  

It dawned on me getting ready for this challenge that I do not have many “pet” stamps.  Yikes.  This pet lover needs a few more and I hope Stampin’ Up! can give us a few more dogs and cats at least.  I wouldn’t mind some cute fish and farm animals too.

Here is what I came up with though…

TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!, Giggle Greetings

 

I couldn’t help but use the Giggle Greetings stamp set considering it tickled my funny bone.  The greeting cracks me up.  Although a hair ball does not crack me up… there is truth to the greetings in relation to birthdays, right?

 

Giggle Greetings, TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!

TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!, Giggle Greetings

 

Tips & Tricks 

I stamped this card using the Archival Basic Black ink and then once I let it dry for a second or two I used a Blender Pen to color the kitty.  The base of the kitty was colored using Smoky Slate ink, and then I went back using Basic Gray ink around a few areas of the kitty to darken it a bit.  Mostly around the tale, eye lids and a bit of the head and body on the right side.

When using a Blender Pen on Whisper White cardstock, be sure not to go over the colored area too much or you will create a nice paper booger.  Paper boogers are the peeling of the cardstock when it gets too wet.  It’s not pretty, and you will not like the look.

One way to help alleviate this from occurring is to let the first ink that you color dry well.  Then come back over with your darker ink, but only add very few strokes of the ink.  The more strokes, the more apt the paper boogers will occur.

The background was created using the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die using the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen for the precise amount of glue on this very fine scallop.

TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!, Giggle Greetings

 

I added a few pieces of ribbon directly under the cat image and secured it with the Handheld Stapler.  I love securing ribbon with this tool.  It’s the easiest and the best way to keep it in place.  It’s not going anywhere!

 

TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!, Giggle Greetings

 

You can see from this picture above, that although there are a few layers of embellishments, this card still remains pretty “flat” despite the ribbon.

 

TGIF, Pets, Stampin' Up!, Giggle Greetings

 

So, I let the cat out of the bag…. (snicker)

I told you how many animals I have and how much I love them.  What about you? Are you an animal lover or not? Do you have a house full of pets? I would love to hear what you have.  Tell me about your fur babies!

Now, don’t forget to play along with our challenge this week too.  Click HERE to see what else the TGIF designers have created this week.  We would love to see you participate and share your art with us.

 

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Card Fail and Re-Do!

Card Fail and Re-Do!

It happens more than people think inside this stamp room of mine.

 

It’s the final moments of creating the card.  All is going beautifully well.  I’m just adding some finishing touches and BAM… RUINED. I mean RUINED.

 

There are many many cards that have almost hit the trash but somehow I have saved… until this card.  It was a complete disaster and for a challenge card no less.

Let me share….

First, today is Friday so that means it’s time for a TGIF challenge.  It’s a super fun sketch I think you will love.

Card Fail, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

 

I started this card using the Beautiful Ride stamp set.  I love this bug car and the other images that go with this set are amazing fun.

 

Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

 

Once I had everything watercolored and the entire card set in place and adhered down I thought it needed one more thing… a little splatter.  It’s like an obsession I have.  Kinda like my obsession with doily’s.  I also love me some splatter.  Until it’s out of control like this…

Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Now my couple looks like they are part of a murder scene.  Who knew Watermelon Wonder ink could look like a bloody mess? I tried to save the card by re-doing the couple.  Nope.  The windows on the bug car were to far gone.  It didn’t look pretty at all.  Most of the time when this happens I have to walk away and gather my thoughts because I’m so mad at myself.  Not this card.  I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants.  This was FUNNY!!

 

So, I started from scratch.  A complete re-do!

 

Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Much cleaner.  No more murder scene.  Just a lovely couple probably enjoying a cozy moment alone.

 

Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks

I used Watercolor Paper and Basic Black Archival Ink to watercolor the Bug and couple images.  One tip before you start watercoloring, heat set the images.   I stamp the images and then I take my heat tool over them to make sure they are good and dry.

The images are watercolored using an Aqua Painter and Inks.  I used Watermelon Wonder for the Bug Car.  You can see all the inks used in the supply list below.

When I first stamped the stars they were really bright using Daffodil Delight. When I was re-creating this card I changed the ink to So Saffron (had to bust out a duster on that ink pad!) Using that color was much softer. Then I added a Vellum overlay to create an even more softer look.

 

What do you think? Notice the re-created card has NO splatter.  I thought I would not risk it a second time.

Would love to hear from you!  Plus, don’t forget to play along in the challenge.  You can see what the other designers created HERE and play along.

Family News

I’m traveling to Atlanta as you are reading this.  Alexis has her first gym meet of the season.  It’s just the two of us traveling and I cherish these moments with her.  It’s a big weekend for her as she becomes an official teenager on Sunday.  My little peach is 13.  So many of you have watched this girl grow up.  Wanna see a blast from the past? Click on a few of these links below if you have the time.  It makes my heart skip a beat. Okay, actually I have cried looking back at these. Some are funny stories, some are tender moments. Thank you for letting me share my real world with  you along with my stamping.

 

Seattle Trip

Valentines Blitz

Simple Little Snowflakes

The Beauty of Iowa

A Few Techniques

A Day at the Beach

A True Stamper

 

 

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. 

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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. 

 

 

Let’s Have a TGIF Sketch Party!

Sketch Party! 

Let’s get your weekend started off to a good start with a TGIF sketch!

 

If your mojo is depleted or you just can’t seem to get in the creative spirit a sketch is like the ultimate super hero.  It’s comes to the rescue like no other.

TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!

This weeks sketch is fantastic and you can go crazy with creative options.

 

Are you ready to hear what I mean?

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

You’ve Got Options!

What makes a sketch great? Personally it means zilcho thinking involved as far as how it’s going to be created.  That piece of work is done for me. Now all I have to do is figure out what stamp set I want to use and colors.

 

When looking at a sketch think about turning the sketch.  You can create looking at it the orientation that it’s in -OR- turn it to the left or right and see the sketch differently.

 

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

You can see, I was lazy.  Exactly why I love a sketch.  I didn’t have to turn it or move anything.

No overthinking here, just creating.

I immediately had an idea when I saw the sketch.  I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could fit those Sleigh Ride Framelits inside the circles.

Wouldn’t you know, they fit.  That = success in my book.

Create It!

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

I started this card by rolling two of the Sleigh Ride framelits with Whisper White cardstock.  I pieced them into the 1 1/4″ circles before cutting to the size I wanted.  This made it easier on me instead of cutting too soon and then having to re-roll the die cuts.

 

I used the Scallop framelit from the Cutie Pie framelit and die cut my Burlap ribbon.

*Tip:  To get a crisp cut every time roll the burlap through the Big Shot a couple of times.  It should then come out crisply cut and no strings. To attach the back of the card use the Green Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I attached the Chevron ribbon the same way.  Gives it a better hold.

TGIF Sketch Party, Stampin' Up!, Stampinbythesea

My favorite part of this card is the Silent Night Music Paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  It brings the entire card together from the greeting, the quiet sleigh ride in the background and the music to Silent Night.

Your Turn to Create

Well a sketch party isn’t a party if it’s just me.  Won’t you join me today in a fun challenge using today’s sketch? Click HERE to see what the other designers of TGIF have created using the sketch.  Then play along and share what you have created.  WE LOVE seeing your work.

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Year End Sale

 

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.

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

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

PS- Just wanted to share something to make you smile.  These ladies are my favorite to hear sing. Listen to them sing Silent Night. It will give you chilly bumps.

Color Challenge- TGIF #32

Color Challenge- TGIF #32

TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!

Color Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

 

Happy TGIF friends. Happy Color Challenge day!

 

It’s a GREAT day for a fun new challenge from the TGIF blog.  Yay! Yay!  This one is awesome and my kind of Christmas colors.  These remind me of a very vintage Christmas.  Pool Party and Real Red… what do you think? I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper this year as well.

 

For this challenge I decided to bring out one of my favorite sets- Snow Place.  A set that can make you feel like a kid again because you can dress up these great snowmen.  Also, you will see a helpful picture tutorial below when creating this card using the Little Letter Framelits making this card easy to create.

 

Color Challenge, TGIF, Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

The Little Letters Thinlits are perfection when it comes to using them on cards or smaller projects.  Each letter is only 3/4″ high and the framelits come with all of the letters.

Color Challenge, TGIF, Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Behind the letters you will notice a piece of Typeset Designer Series Paper that is the same size as the Whisper White cardstock and sponged with Pool Party ink.  The snowflake from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set was White Embossed onto the Typeset Designer Series Paper.  I love how you can see the snowflake peeking through the letters.  Especially with Mr. Dapper Dan Snowman sitting next to it.

 

 

Quick Tips & Tricks

When I started creating this card one of the hardest things was getting the letters lined up each time onto the Big Shot and the letters not moving around.  Just so happened I had Washi Tape sitting right next to my Big Shot.

 

 

Once I lined up each of the letters I placed a strip of Washi Tape across the letters to keep them in place.  Occasionally you will notice when using the Magnetic Plate for your Big Shot that the Framelits might shift upon placing them down.  This happens over time and usage.  By taping the letters together you will decrease the chances of any shifting.

 

 

Why Washi Tape? It’s very forgiving. You can peel the Washi Tape up and your cardstock will not tear.  Please note, I first tried this technique using the Thick Whisper White cardstock.  This cardstock is not as smooth as our regular Whisper White.  The Washi Tape was not as forgiving with the Thick Whisper White cardstock.

 

 

See photos below:

Washi Tape Technique

 

Color Challenge, TGIF, Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

By placing the Real Red cardstock behind the letters diagonally it made the word SNOW stand out even more.

 

I may not be seeing snow here in Florida however I’m lucky I get to play with the Snow Place stamp set and make my own snow using the Little Letter Framelits.

Now… are you up for this weeks color challenge? See what the other TGIF designers have created.  Click HERE to see their projects and participate in this weeks challenge.

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  • Materials to create 8 cards using the Snow Place stamp set.
  • 9 Page PDF with high quality photos and 8 video tutorials showing you how to create each card. Click HERE to see a peek of the cards and others I’ve created using this set.
  • Snow Place stamp set & Snow Friends Framelits Dies

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Special Gift for Online Orders

While my card might have been a design flop, what I’m about to share isn’t.

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.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Thank you as always for stopping by!!!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

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