Kimberly Van Diepen - mkkimber
Colorado Springs
What? What? Is this REAL?

Hi everyone, I'm Kimberly. Also known in the stamping world as stampinbythesea.

I've been a crafter forever but started scrapbooking about 20 years ago. Then 13 years ago stamping came into my life through Stampin' Up! and WOWSA I was hooked.

I live in Pensacola, Florida home to the beautiful white sandy beaches and I love the salt life. I've had the privilege of living all over the United States thanks to my husband who is active duty Navy. We've been married 19 years and now call Pensacola our home as he retires really REALLY soon.

We have 2 teenagers in the house. Our son is 14 years old and our daughter is 13. They keep me running and living in my car all day long.

I've been a member of Splitcoaststampers for-EVAH. Long long ago I was a gallery mod and loved being a big part of this community. Once our moves started getting closer together and my business took off I went MIA for awhile but always came back to the gallery for inspiration. I remember when the Dirty Dozen started and waiting patiently for the Fan Club gallery to open so I could swoon over the projects. That feeling hasn't changed. I'm always amazed at the talent of artists shared here.

Being a part of the DD was a dream years ago. Who knew it would become a reality years later.

Currently I'm on the Artisan Design Team for Stampin' Up! and I LOVE sharing art with others. Mostly I love to see people smile when they can create the same thing. It's been an amazing journey and one that I hope continues for a long long time.

I'm also an active blogger and have been since 2007 at stampinbythesea.com. I love to share my art and life in general because something crazy is ALWAYS happening with my family. #truestory

Lydia, thanks for making a dream come true. I can't stop grinning.