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So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

So In Love-April Tutorial Bundle Hop

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!


Did you know that one of my favorite things I create every month is the exclusive tutorial with the Tutorial Bundle Design Team? This tutorial has been an incredible journey!  Each month we share 12 exclusive projects that are WOW WOW WOW!  I’m sharing another fun blog hop, and this month I’m using the So In Love Bundle.


Just imagine… 12 incredible designers coming together to create the most beautiful tutorial of 12 projects! Meet the designers!

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

So In Love Bundle 

Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!


This month I used the So In Love Bundle for my tutorial. You can find this bundle in the Occasions Catalog on page 52.  Keep in mind the card you see above is NOT the card in the tutorial.  Same stamp set, different project.  YAY!


Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips & tricks when creating this card:

  • I stamped the flower onto Pool Party cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink. Next, heat set the ink so you can watercolor right away.  I used my Aqua Painter with Pool Party ink and watercolored the petals.  I love how this brightens the flower, and if you look closely, you can see that the flower looks watercolored.
  • Once the watercolor was dry, I used the Wink of Stella pen over the petals.  Now there is a beautiful sparkle over the flower.
  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″ was used for the card base.  Score at 5-1/2″.  The Crumb Cake cardstock is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • I placed a small piece of Pool Party cardstock 1″ x 5-1/2″ alongside the Crumb Cake cardstock to add contrast to the colors.


Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!


  • Add elegance to your projects using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  I love how this die cut wraps around the Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The final detail for this card uses the White Perfect Accents.  I love these embellishments as they are inexpensive and easy to apply.  It’s a fine detail I love to see on a card.

Grab the So In Love Bundle Quickly

Tutorial Bundle Hop, So In Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  


There is a bit of sad news about the So In Love Bundle.  This bundle is retiring as of May 31st.  You can save 10% when you purchase the bundle NOW.  Keep in mind that retiring merchandise is only available while supplies last.

Download the retiring list HERE.  


Be Inspired 

Here is a sneak peek of the projects in the April Tutorial.  They are Dyn-a-Mo!!

Click the photos below for more details about the tutorials.

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My team receives this tutorial FREE every month.

Click the button to purchase the tutorial for $15.  


Place a $50 order and receive the tutorial for FREE.  

March Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams


Now it’s time to be inspired by the Tutorial Bundle Design Team and see projects created using the stamp sets and bundles used this month.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!



Kylie Bertucci 
Erica Cerwin
Rachel Tessman
Becky Roberts
Ange McKay
Juana Ambida
Allison Okamitsu
Kimberly Leggett Van Diepen

Have a SUPER amazing day!! XOXOXO

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Starting Fresh Again- It’s a Challenge!

Starting Fresh Again- It’s a Challenge!

If I could restart the month of March, I would.  The old story of March coming in like a lion has held 100% true for me.


From the beginning of the month it’s been a challenge and one I would like to personally erase or at least try to stand tall and MOVE forward.


Russ and I always say it’s the little things that add up.  We typically keep this quote to financial situations but I believe this month it holds true to life situations.  From helping our friends with the tornado disaster and then getting really sick.  EEK.


Every little thing added up this month and kept setting me back.  Nothing that I can’t spring back from, but enough that you can get so overwhelmed with your own “to do” list it paralyzes you.  In my case when this happens, I get nothing done except talking about the things that need to be done.  Anyone relate?


I guess as I get older recovering from life’s hiccups are harder for me to deal with.  It’s the reality and it’s a big struggle.


Creating Again

I told my family this past weekend that I needed to close my stamp room and hibernate inside for little while.  I had a massive amount of deadlines that needed to be completed and wasn’t sure exactly where to start.


I started with the most important thing- coffee.  My brain needed to fire off at a high rate of speed….


I have felt like I’ve had a creative block since November when they read my name for the Artisan Award.  I’m not kidding.  It’s like they said…. “Hey Kimberly! We like your work, but here is the real challenge…. can you keep it up?”

I’d like to answer that with a quick…. “Umm. NO!”  Every bit of creative mojo I had has taken a sabbatical.  Gone. Bye bye.  What happened to all of my ideas?? Where are you??? Hello Mojo…. please come BACK.


This has happened before and I’ve even discussed this creative block here before. The key is finding the mojo….

Finding Your Creative Mojo


Sometimes when I’m trying to find my creative mojo again I actually copy myself, or put a bunch of products on my desk that I want to use and see where it all ends up.  I did a little bit of both for today’s card.

It is no surprise that I have a ton of Designer Paper waiting to be used.  One of the patterns I have loved but haven’t used much is the Farmers Market DSP.  Adorable paper, yet so challenging for me.

When I opened my cabinet with all of my stamps I was drawn to one of our hostess sets called Silhouettes & Script. I loved the pear image and I also loved the pear image in the Farmers Market DSP.

Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!


I wanted to keep the card a little more “Farmers Market” so I went with a few more rustic colors that I pulled from the Designer Paper.


Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!


One of the great stress relievers when making this card was pulling the strings on the Burlap Ribbon to make it more “tattered” looking.  I love how the ribbon and corrugated cardstock came together and it reminded me of a basket of fruit.


Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!


I added the Vellum to the card as a paper layer only because I love Vellum and the soft look it provides.


Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!


To create the different colors on the pear image I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink.  This was perfect to add the Old Olive ink around the pear.  I also used another stamp set, Timeless Textures for a few more rustic elements to the card and lastly sponged Tip Top Taupe around the edges very lightly.


I kept things very simple but I love how the images all came together.


Challenge Yourself

Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to get out of our creative funk.  While this technique doesn’t always work for me, I can also grab a few other resources like my own card stash or a few looks on Pinterest to bring things together.  I’m still looking for my full on creative mojo.  I believe the one thing that helped this weekend was to let go and create.  Giving myself that freedom felt good and I made a card for a sweet couple.  No clue who that couple is, but I’m ready when I find them.


Thank you for the get well wishes.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated them and the prayers.  I felt your love as I sat quietly and peacefully on my couch.  I don’t know exactly what I had but I do know it zapped every bit of energy this girl had and I’m still not 100%!  That’s crazy.




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



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Among the Branches- Stampin’ Up!

This weekend I pulled out a few stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog that haven’t seen much love from me.  Among the Branches is a stamp set that is high on that list.

Among the Branches, Stampin' Up!

I love the Into the Woods Elements (the wooden leaves) but each time I go to put them on a card I struggle where they “belong!”  This card seemed easy to place them and ended up I loved how they fell…

I’d be lying too if I said I didn’t hoard wooden elements of any kind.  Do you find you do the same? Maybe I just like the way they sit in my tins on my shelves? Who knows but I loved using them on this card.   Among the Branches, Stampin' Up!

I love all the gold and yellows together from the Washi Tape, thread and ribbon.  Coordination overload on this card wouldn’t you say?

I have to say this weekend was one of our busiest in a long time.  Saturday was family clean day.  I can’t tell you how excited my kids were- NOT!  Our garage is nothing short of a disaster.  The probability of ever putting a car inside the garage is pretty low.  While cleaning out the garage was NOT on my list of to do’s, it happened and we felt pretty good about it once it was complete.  Russ now has a truck full of garage sale items ready for our church wide garage sale next weekend.  I’m thankful it’s out of my hair.

I also decorated our home with all my fall and halloween decorations.  We now look a bit spooky.  The kids do love that.

Then Sunday was a beautiful day.  We attended a beautiful wedding for my cousin.  Him and his bride looked amazing and the wedding was awesome.  He just joined the Air Force and they will be moving to VA.  They are super excited and have NO earthly idea the adventure they are in for.  Of course myself and a few of his family have given them both the crash course in military life.  He has seen it his entire life so maybe he does have a sense of what’s going on.  They will start out like most military families… poor as dirt but rich in love. I will be praying for these lovlies for awhile.  They are young, but they are beautiful.

Here are a few photos from yesterday.  His bride was absolutely stunning and his face told the story as she walked towards him.  It’s my favorite picture. Can his cheeks get any bigger?

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Then the most blurry picture captured my favorite moment of the day.


Dancing with this guy was the highlight for me.  At 14, he is not shy AT ALL about the love he has for his mama. This makes my heart so happy.  This guy is struggling right now.  Teenage years are not easy.  Sometimes I feel like he is a little alien in his body.  I went to kiss him goodnight last night and his room was dark. When I bent over to kiss him his cheeks were wet.  My heart sank because I knew they were fresh tears.  He is worried about this school year and the expectations of the IB program.  He has everything it takes to succeed in this program except one- responsibility.  It’s a battle he struggles with daily.  He is the kid that loves to have FUN and responsibility is not fun.  Can you do me a favor? Will you pray for this insanely adorable and fun boy of mine? He really needs to be uplifted.

In other HOT news… I’m off to visit my little brother Shane who has been admitted to the hospital this morning.  We thought it was kidney stones but there are no stones found.  He’s in terrible pain and they continue to run tests.  Prayers appreciated for him too.  He is a pretty tough man.  For him to be admitted I know the pain was unbearable.


Love to each!!


Love Is In The Air!

Around my neck of the woods love is in the air and weddings are happening.

We are excited in our family that my cousin is about to get married to his beautiful bride.  They are young in love and I’m pretty sure most of us tried to talk them out of getting hitched… but they weren’t hearing any of it.  It’s happening.

Russ and I probably were not the best to talk with them since we knew each other a whopping 4 months before we landed in front of the Justice of the Peace to exchange our vows.  Something in our souls I guess… we knew we were soul mates.  Of course everyone thought for sure a baby was on the way.  HA. Not for another 5 years did we bring a wee one into the picture.  Kinda funny.  Really put a stop to all rumors quickly.  We like to keep people thinking.


Today we celebrated the bride to be with a fun bridal shower.  Of course I had the gift all ready and wrapped and about 2 hours prior to leaving I thought about the card.  Me, the card maker did NOT have a card for a wedding or bride.  I was still in my Pj’s, hair a disaster… I needed something QUICK.

Here is what I came up with using an old vintage music sheet.  It was perfect for this couple because they have a love of music.


Big News stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Tips & Tricks 

A simple circle framelit to cut the music sheet started this card.  Then I added the torn doily over it.  I used a set that is one of my fav’s because it has so many occasions in it: Big News! This set is on page 100 of the catalog and it covers birthdays, weddings, Thank you’s, Congrats, and BABY. That’s not all… it covers awesomeness.  Umm hello… that’s the best ever!  Telling someone they are awesomeness is perfect.  You can find this set HERE.  It’s really a great one.



Big News stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

I’m using the NEW Archival Black Ink and I’m loving how CRISP it stamps.  You can see above I used it to stamp “Happily Ever After.”  It’s the BLACK you NEED.  Grab it HERE.

Lastly, I placed a few metallic sequins around and did a little gold splatter.  It was a perfect ending to my happily ever after card.  What do you think?


Here is the mess I’m in right now….

Cheer All Year stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Yes, I’m currently cutting 110 of the cutest bats you have ever seen.  Why did I have to choose something I had to cut??? UGH.  I’m working on my Founders Circle Swaps so they are going to a great place.  EEP.  I’m pretty excited about them and promise to share in a few days.  Meanwhile… I’m still cutting.  I have about 40 to go and I leave on Wednesday.  OH MY WORD…