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TGIF #20- Sketch Challenge

TGIF, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


Time to Chill…Time For a Sketch!

Hello weekend.  Are you as ready as I am? I love short weeks but then I am trying to squeeze everything in and guess what… it’s impossible.



I wish I could say I had a relaxing weekend planned.  Instead I will be making 110 swaps for the upcoming Founders Circle event next week.  Yes, last minute procraftinator at her FINEST.

Did I ever tell you how much I dislike making the same thing more than twice? I’ve never been a happy swap maker until AFTER the swapping has occurred.  Then I am glad I did it.  During the swap making, I sit with a big ole ugly face and roll my eyes about 597 times.  Yes.  I. Do.


So that had nothing to do with what I have to share and I love today’s sketch for the TGIF challenge.  It’s super cute and easy.  I hope you enjoy it as well.

TGIF20, Challenge, Stampin' Up!, Snow Place



Oh my geeeee…. the Penguin.  Isn’t he the cutest little guy ever??

Did you know that my most favorite animal in the whole wide world is the penguin?  Yes.  Love them.  Love how they walk.  Love how cute they are.  Plus I love to hear my mother say the word “Penguin” in her southern accent.  You would never understand what animal she was talking about.  <not kidding>

Snow Place stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen



The BEST part about this set is that it comes as a bundle.  That means there are matching framelits that go with it.  That’s HUGE.  No fussy cutting.  This set is called Snow Place.  I think it’s darling especially because of the penguin but also the snowmen in the set are adorbs too.

Snow Place stamp set, TGIFC20, Kimberly Van Diepen

Snow Place stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Fun Things to Note:

Isn’t this a fun set?

One thing to note that I used and I’m in love with.  Actually a couple of things…

  1. The new Archival Basic Black ink is AMAZING.  See my penguin image that I stamped above? Notice how crisp that image is.  This black ink is the best I’ve seen.  I love love love it.
  2. The White Perfect Accents (they look like pearls but they are not) are wonderful to use plain white like I did above -OR- color them with a sharpie to have a little color.

Snow Place stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Play Along!

Okay, now it’s your turn to play along with our TGIFC Design Team this week.  It’s fun and easy.  Click HERE to see what the other designers created using this sketch.  Don’t be shy.  Join in.

P.S. You are the BEST!

A quick update from yesterday’s post because you guys are so awesome.  My class went fantabulous.  We had a ball making cards and it was fun to be in that zone again.  I love creating but even more I love sharing HOW to create.  I had 4 new lovely ladies stamping tonight and the best part was watching their eyes light up when heat embossing.  Does it still make your eyes light up? I love heat embossing because it feels like magic.

I will be sharing the cards we make this coming week.  There are 6 total.  I am pretty amazed at how great my new stampers did with these cards.  I will admit, they were not easy but they pressed forward and had a blast.

Have a GREAT weekend my friends.  Create something fun and beautiful and most of all, enjoy it.  Oh.. and don’t forget to send a card to someone and encourage them.  It’s important.


P.S.S. I just noticed today’s date…. 9/11.  NEVER FORGET….

I remember exactly what I was doing, where I was the time it started and what I was thinking.  Hard to forget something that horrific.  Never forget.

Love you.


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TGIF #11- Love for a Sketch!

TGIF #11- Love for a Sketch!

This weeks challenge is another FANTASTIC one.  I love this sketch this week!  

TGIFC11, Stampin' Up! Challenge, Sketch

Let’s get right to business…. 

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
I’m still making my way through the many new stamp sets I ordered.  I have a stack of beauties just waiting to be inked and this stamp set, Watercolor Wings was at the top of my list to play with.  It’s a 3 Step stamp.  That means you can layer three different stamps on top of each other for a beautiful 3-D effect.  (Dang… is effect or affect? I can never remember!)

As you can see in the photo, the butterfly has a three different ink colors used with each image.  I love it.  What’s more fun is the inside body (I wish my kids were up because they could tell me exactly what that body part is on a butterfly!) was inked separately and stamped.  Hold ON!  There is MORE excitement with this stamp set!!  There is a MATCHING die cut to make your stamping even more simple.  YES YES YES!!  

The Bold Butterfly Framelits are perfecto for this stamp set.  

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
I had fun creating the tag portion for this card.  In fact I had one of those moments where I kept adding and had to say HALT… just leave it.  

You may notice on the underside of the butterfly I have Burlap remnants that are twisted and sticking out.  I unraveled my Burlap ribbon a bit before adding the other ribbon to the top of it.  I noticed those Burlap remnants just “hanging” out and decided to put them to good use.  

I added a bit of Gold to this card because the colors of the butterfly reminded me of a Patina look.  I thought the Gold would really pop and I think it was a success.  It’s been awhile since I used my trusty favorite cardstock Kraft.  Back in the day… that was all I used.  Lately I’m on a Whisper White kick.  It was good to switch things up a bit.  

Are you up for a challenge? Play along this week with our design team and create a card using this sketch.  I love that these challenges kick start my creativity.  Guess what happens when I get that kick start? I end up creating something for the challenge and then I end up creating something else… and it repeats itself.  If you are stuck in a creative RUTT… give this a try.  It’s the perfect solution to kick start your creativity.  Click HERE to join in the fun challenge this week.  Make sure to see what the other designers have created.  They are AMAZING and our readers create BEAUTIFUL cards.  It’s so inspiring to see the work of others.  

You can see all the supplies used below.  

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!

TGIF Remix Challenge!

TGIF Remix! I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus for the past few weeks, but things are getting better… just SLOW.  I wanted to take part in this weeks TGIF Remix challenge and I’m so glad I did.  My stamp room has been begging me to come back, it’s just finding the motivation and mojo to jump back in.  Not easy lately.  I’ll explain more at the end of this post.  

This week’s challenge is F.U.N.  Honestly, I was a bit confused at first which is not surprising.  I wasn’t sure what the remix meant.  It’s pretty easy once you know. LOL.  All you have to do is check out the TGIF Challenge blog and pick two of the challenges from this month and put them together.  It could be a sketch and color challenge, or whatever you choose.  

I decided on the sketch and theme to combine.  I love how it turned out and more fun was using new stamps.  It was good to use some new colors too.  

Challenge, TGIF Challenge, Monthly Challenge Remix

I think You're Great stamp set, Bohemian Borders stamp set, Stampin' Up!, TGIF Remix

I started with Mint Macroon cardstock for the base of my card.  Oh is this an awesome awesome color.  It’s a hint of blue/green and really beautiful.  Almost reminds me of the color of our Pensacola Beaches.  

Graduation, I think You're Great stamp set, Bohemian Borders stamp set I also used the new In Color Tip Top Taupe. Love this fine looking beige.  Reminds me of Crumb Cake but a little more deeper in color.  PREETAY!!!  

The Bohemian Borders stamp set was used on the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  Just a little simple design to add a little splash of texture to the card.   

The designer paper I used is called Cherry on Top.  Super cute 6 x 6 paper pack filled with fun designs.  

I think You're Great stamp set, Bohemian Borders stamp set, Stampin' Up!, TGIF Remix I hope you can play along with the challenge.  Each week we have a ton of FANTASTIC entries from designers all over.  Make sure to check out the blog, create and then link your card to your site to enter.  

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My update….

The past couple of weeks seem like a blur now.  It was quite busy as Russ and I were on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Hawaii.  This trip was probably the BEST ever because I did ABSOLUTELY nothing.  No excursions.  Na Na.  I know some people probably think how in the world could I go to Hawaii and not do anything.  Well… I’m normally so busy go go go here at home, I just wanted to CHILL.  I wanted to sit by the pool, work  on a tan, not THINK and enjoy.  So I did.  

Russ was able to go diving with his dear friends while we were there and I think that might have been our highlight.  This was the one day I sat poolside a little worried and thinking of everything that could go wrong.  I was grateful for my friend Dawn Griffith’s husband Rich and Christina Crawford’s husband Jake for taking Russ and of course bringing him back safely.  They had an amazing time and Russ was walking on the clouds the rest of the trip.  

Although my time has been spent taking care of myself over the last month, I get asked a question A LOT that I want to make sure get’s answered right away.  Am I quitting Stampin’ Up!?  


Couldn’t do that, EVER!  This trip to Hawaii kinda sealed that deal although I was not thinking about quitting.  It showed me exactly why I love this job of mine.  Seeing my husband wrap his arms around grown men after not seeing them in two years took my breath away.  I always think about myself and my friends that I’ve made, but the reality is he has GREAT friends through this company as well.  The Stampin’ Up! staff was also SO SO KIND to Russ and I loved that they would seek him to see how he was doing.  Just made my heart BIG.  

So there, I’m not going anywhere just taking time to heal.  I do see light at the end of my dark tunnel.  I’m still on this weight loss journey.  12lbs lost so far.  Still going to physical therapy for my hip pain which is almost gone.  I’m so thankful.  This has been a lot of work (exercise) but it’s paid off tremendously.  I am working out daily and I feel SO MUCH better.  It’s feels so strange to even tell you I”m working out because it’s never been a part of my vocabulary.  I even started running a bit.  Get this… NO ONE was trying to rob me, and there wasn’t a fire and I was running.  If you know me at all, you know that RUNNING is also not a part of my vocabulary.  Crazy as it sounds, I’m kinda digging it.  I do enjoy the walking much more.  <grin>

The counseling is still on going.  Definitely helpful although I fought it BIG TIME.  Dealing with the anxiety of “what if” this happens again (stroke) has been the hardest to come to grips with.  It’s a DAILY struggle.  As with anything, time will heal and in time things will be okay.  I’m just not the most patient girl in the world.  

I want to say thank you for all of the sweet emails you have sent.  I was a bit overwhelmed with so many.  I’m grateful beyond what I can express for your continued support and love.  I just need to care for Kimber and soon I can conquer the world again.  

Love to ALL of you!! 

Are You Ready For a Challenge?

TGIF Challenge Stampin' Up!

Are you ready for a challenge? 
It’s been a bit since I last chatted with you and I’ll update you on that this weekend.  It will be a sit down with coffee chat.

In the meantime, I have an exciting announcement!

I was asked to be a part of the TGIF Challenge Design Team and I was super excited to accept.  Every Friday a new challenge will be posted and you can participate in it. The group of Designers are pretty spectacular and I’m excited to be amongst them.  All of them are Artisans for Stampin’ Up!  Seriously… why me? I’m feeling a little pressure with these guys.  Yikes.  

You can check out all the designers on the TGIF website HERE.  

Our first challenge is all about color.  My FAVORITE!  I’m a color freak and love trying new colors to work with.  I don’t think I’ve ever put the colors listed above together.  I’ve done something similar but nothing like this.  Here is what I came up with: 

Mosaic Madness, tgif01, stampin' up!

I decided to pull one of my old time favs out of my stamp closet and give it one last whirl before it’s gone forever.  Mosaic Madness is such a great stamp set and then pair it with the Hi There set and it’s a match made in heaven.  Do you not LOVE that Hello script?? I can’t believe it’s going away.  SIGH!!

Below you can see a little close up of the details.  I used the Mosaic Punch (also retiring) to make a few of the images pop.  

TGIF01, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!
Are you ready to get started with the challenge? Click HERE to read all the details and play along.  

I’ll be back soon to share what’s going on in my crazy life.  XO

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Mosaic Madness Clear Bundle

Mosaic Madness Clear Bundle
Mosaic Madness Wood Bundle

Mosaic Madness Wood Bundle