Time for a Side Note

Before I get into the creative stuff (super exciting!) I have to take a little side note and let you know how my Prince is doing.  Besides dodging sand storms he is doing great.  He's working long days but this makes the time go faster.  He has a few friends with him called his Battle Buddies.  These two Battle Buddies are two little animals that Brandon and Lexi gave Russ to help protect him.  It's been fun to see what the two Battle Buddies get into.  Here are a few updated pics of my Prince:

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Russ said this use to be a place long ago where they really hit golf balls.  This doesn't happen anymore but the clubs are still there.  The funny thing is that Russ is not what I call a golfer.  He can hit a golf ball, sometimes. *grin*

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


You can see the battle buddies are hanging out on the sand bags.  The funniest part of this picture is the Mountain Dew can in the bottom of the pic.  I can see that Russ is still able to get one of his favorite things… Mountain Dew.  The kids LOVE seeing the Battle Buddies go to all the different places.  They are really sneaky!


On another Side Note…


Oh boy!  I pulled something out of my Stampin' Box (AKA- my Traveling Stamp Room) yesterday that I completely fell in love with. I totally forgot that I ordered it and Mom and I had a stamp fest last night.  In fact, we had a little mini workshop too! In my Stampin' Box I found the Beau Chateau Side Notes.  You can find these on page 190 in the Idea Book & Catalog.  If you like the Vintage/Shabby Chic look, these are for YOU!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Here is what I made using the Beau Chateau Notes:

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Along with the Beau Chateau Side Notes I used the beautiful Creative Elements stamp set (122647).  I used the Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight inks to stamp and used the Gold Smooch Spritz for a little accent spray.  You can also see where I used the Spritzer Tool with a Marina Mist Marker on the card.  One little Antique Brad just added a little more vintage to the card.  Always remember to stamp your envelope, it's always a show stopper for the Mailman!

Hope you are making plans for a great weekend. 


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7 thoughts on “Time for a Side Note”

  1. I didn't even see those in the catalog, but OMG!!!!!! They are fabulous! I need them! I am so glad you highlighted them.
    I also loved the update on Russ and the Battle Buddies. I just can't imagine how hard it is to be away.
    Hugs to you and your family. :0)

  2. Love that card, Kimberly.  I have downloaded the Beau Chateau with MDS and was playing around with it last night – really cool!
    Love the Battle Buddies.  My nephew sent my daughter his "Flat Stanley" last winter to Iraq and she posed him in all kind of places on post!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Loved seeing a picture of Russ! I also loved the card! I just ordered those and can't wait to get them in my hands:D Glad you are having lots of creative time with your Mom.

  4. Good to see Russ is fine and enjoying his DEW!! Hopefully he will be home soon and it will go by fast.  Just keep a positive attitude and try to find the stuff to keep you busy.  Like STAMPING!!  Good to see some cards ๐Ÿ™‚   ((HUGS))

  5. good to see Russ keeping his sense of humor, lol! I had Battle Buddies too from my kiddos ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your card is absolutely beautiful – like you!!! Love what you did with the notes, I have yet to break mine out of the package so now it is time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love ya, miss ya, and can't wait to see ya again!!!!!!  *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  6. Oh that picture of the Battle Buddies is priceless Kimberley!Thanks for updating us on how Russ is going. He has given me a human face to the military and I have learnt so much from your posts and how it imapcts on families. Know he has the prayers of your entire stamping community behind him ๐Ÿ™‚ Your stamping is so inspiring and help build my excitement for our new IBC which is just a month away in Australia – preorder Monday – yeah!

  7. Love hearing the updates on Russ and too funny that the battle buddies go everywhere with him!! I bet the kids do love seeing their buddies with their daddy!! Priceless!!
    And I just love this card!! Actually I love everything you make!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #28 with a link back to your blog on 8-7-11. Stop by on Sunday and pick up your blog badge for being featured too!! If you wish to decline please email me at trbauer@insightbb.com

    Take care
    Tiffany Bauer

    P.S. Jordan talks about your kiddos all the time and can't wait to see them soon at Disney!!

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