Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trendy Trees and Designer Frames textured Impressions Embossing folder by Stampin Up and me

Happy Thursday everyone! We have one beautiful day here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The sun is out and I filled some garbage bags with leaves today. Way easier in the sun than after the rain touched all those leaves. Than it is an icky job. Now it was fun! And it smelled so good. Oh I love the fall.

+ I got some super DUPER good news from one of my dearest friends in Holland today. She is seriously thinking of coming over for a visit for Christmas and the New Years this year. Oh I am so thrilled. I and we as a family love spending time with her. She is fun, she's beautiful, she has a great personality, she is so caring, she loves our kids and she has a deep faith in God. Yip we love her! I also think that we're going to hit our 18 years of friendship this year.. ( :) (this smile is for you Ellie) Now that's worth a celebration as well, right. (She probable knows the amount of years that we are friends better than me.. so don't take my word for that one.) Anyway.. We will find out soon if she was able to book her ticket. Okay...

The card I created for my post today was such an easy card to make!

  • I used one of the images of the Trendy Trees Stampin Up set. (#113258 - $21.95 for a set of 8 beautiful stamps) I love that set! If you think you saw this image before on my blog.. than you are right.. :) It is one of my favorites sets. I don't think I will ever get tired of it!

  • For the first time I used one of the Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (#123130 - $10.95 for 2 different frames) Doesn't this frame make this card look so classy? Love it! I rolled this folder through the Big Shot and there it was.

  • I used some Old Olive card stock and some retired Only Orange Stampin Up card stock. Those 2 are made for each other don't you think?

  • That beautiful oval Very Vanilla frame that you see there is now on sale in the Clearance section of the Stampin Up online store. There is a cute blue tin full of these and other stunning frames that will match many of your SU punches. It is called the Hodgepodge Hardware.

Well.. the day is coming to an end here again. Tomorrow some of my dear friends are coming by to create some cards. Can't wait to sit down, chat and have a good time with them.

Pss.. There are only a couple of days left to receive the Stampin Up Big Shot for free when you sign up as a Stampin Up demonstrator. If you would like to join all our Stampin Up crafters, please click on 'Order online ', then 'Join the fun' and sign up. It will take you from there. I would love to hear from you, if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sew Suite + Domestic Goddess by Stampin Up and me

Happy Monday dear you! How was your weekend?

My weekend was really something else. With 2 of my dear friends I went to the cutest and cozy wooden cabin (and yip that was a real Grizzly bear once, that you see hanging on the wall there) to have a weekend filled with stampin' and card making. The time passed by so quickly. There were no kids, no hubbies, no meals to make, it was just the 3 of us listening to some good music, eating healthy and not so healthy snacks, while we were creating our cards and chatted the night and day away. It was perfect. I had a boatload of SU supplies with me. So we could stamp our hearts out.

  • One of the cards I created was this one. I used the retired Sew Suite Stampin Up stamp set. This weekend I only used one of the images.. and I am already pumped to try out the other ones too. They are all so sweet!

  • I also added one part of a sheet of the Domestic Goddess Designer Series Paper (#122355 - $13.50 for 12 double sided 12x12 '' sheets.)

  • For this card I used a lot of the Stampin Up Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Pool Party card stock. These colors just works perfect with this image. It has that retro flare to it.

  • I also added a Flower Brad as a finishing touch to this card. (#119734 - $11.50 for 28 brads: 8 ea. of 6 colours from the Brights Collection: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquiose and Rich Razzleberry)

  • The Poppy Parade flower I punched out with the 2 -3/8'' Scallop Stampin Up Circle Punch (#118874 - $22.95)

  • The Whisper White circle I punched out with the 1- 3/4" Stampin Up Circle Punch (#119850 - $22.95)

  • The last circle layer I punched out with the 1- 3/8" SU Circle Punch (#119860 - $21.95).

Well, I hope this card inspires you be creative today! I wish I could join you, that would be so fun.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Greeting Card kids Pumpkin card by Stampin Up and me

Good afternoon dear Stampers. Thanks for popping in again. I have one beauty of a card to share with you. I created it with one of the images of the Greetin Card Kids stamp set created by Stampin Up (page 34 of the 2011/2012 SU Catalogue - $19.95 - #120633)

I love all the different layers in this card. One of the layers I created with my Stampin Up Big shot. (#113439 - $122.95) (Now for free on top of the already $200 in free products, when you sign up as a demonstrator. Please click on this link to see more info on this huge deal that Stampin Up is offering right now).

I used the Lattice die (#115958 - $26.95) to get this beautiful pattern. The retired Only Orange really makes this card pop together with the Old Olive card stock (#100702 - $8.50 for 24 sheets of 8- 1/2 x 11'').

I got my inspiration from the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #116. Thanks Margaret Moody, this is really a sketch I will use again.

This evening after our 3 kiddo's are in bed I am off to my craft room again. Not only to clean up, but also to gather some materials for my upcoming card making weekend with some dear friends. We're heading of to Sundre. There is the sweetest little cabin with one huge table, a wood stove, (no shower :), a river + an espresso machine. With no kids around this will be a weekend where it isour turn to make a mess on the table with all our Stampin Up goodies.. And in combination with the fact that we have all the time in the world to create our cards and chat, it's just going to be fantastic! Love it.

Well.. now I am off to make some dinner. Have a beautiful evening and your little notes are so appreciated.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shalom by Stampin Up and me

Shalom to you dear Stampers.

I can't tell you enough how happy I am with this new Stampin Up stamp called 'Shalom'. (#121315 - $9.95)

I am sure that most of you know that the Hebrew word shalom means "peace." However, "peace" is only one small part of the meaning of shalom. "Shalom" is used to both greet people and to bid them farewell, and it means much more than "peace, hello or goodbye"....

According to Strong's Concordance 7965 Shalom also means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

Yeshua (Jesus) is called Sar shalom, Prince of Peace, which perfectly describes the ministry and personality of our Messiah (Isaiah 9:6).
In other words, the word shalom is a mighty blessing!
Proverbs 18:21 tells us there is life or death in the power of the tongue. Therefore, whenever you employ the word "shalom" you are speaking into someone's life all the wonderful things that shalom means!

Numbers 6:24-26 says this: YAHWEH bless you and keep you. YAHWEH make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. YAHWEH lift up His face upon you and give you SHALOM. In the name of SAR SHALOM - the Prince of Peace.

Sorry.. I couldn't start this blogpost with just some ingredients for this card. I love it, that I can create cards with this meaning attached to it.

I used a Mojo Monday Challenge from 2 weeks ago to get the inspiration for this card. & don't you agree that the Kiwi Kiss looks so stunning together with the Concor Crush. I love it. It's just the perfect combination for this card.

Well, the sun is still out, I am going to let it touch my skin :)

Inky hugs, Pauline

Monday, October 17, 2011

Warmest of wishes by Stampin Up and me

Good Monday evening dear Stampers. Thanks for stopping by again. Guess what, I just found out today that my Canon camera is fixed. Wow, that has been a long 2 months without my own camera. Here and there I have been able to borrow some camera's from some sweet friends. But it is not the same as my Goldie oldie ;) So guess where I am heading tomorrow morning? Yip, the camera store.

I made a whole bunch of cards in the past weeks , so I am looking forward of posting these on my blog again.

Today I got inspired by the Mojo Monday Challenge #211 of this week. I love the Layout they designed. Together with some Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze and Whisper White from Stampin Up this design turned into something real fun!

The sentiment that you see is from the "Warmest of wishes' Hostess Stampin Up set (#122672 - $12) that is available in the new Holiday Mini Catalogue. I love this set. It has 5 of the cutest images that are just perfect for the holidays.

Well, I gotta go here. Have a beautiful evening and I would love to hear from you.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Big news: Get $550 in Stampin Up products for only $215

This super cute snowflake image is made with the Big Shot. You just roll your paper through your Big Shot and it cuts this snowflake shape for you! Isn't it the sweetest thing? I love it!

Good morning dear Stampers.

And October it is. Wow, can't believe how the time is passing by. When I checked the Stampin Up website this morning I saw that they have one beautiful offer for the month of October. If you have been looking for an opportunity to do what you love, while getting a 20% discount on your favorite Stampin Up products, now is the perfect time!

  • During October you get an extra Free Big Shot (or up to $125 in free Stampin Up products) when you purchase the Stampin Up starter kit and become a member of my PursuitofStampines Pals.

  • It is the perfect opportunity for a hobby stamper who loves our products to test drive Stampin Up's discounts and benefits through March 31 2012.There's no obligation to purchase or sell anything further.

  • This is a value of $550, with no extra shipping costs to send this huge box of all these beautiful products to your home..

Don't miss the amazing opportunity!

So what's this Demonstrator opportunity you might ask:

Your Demonstratorship is as individual as you are! People join for many different reasons and you may have goals similar to those below:

  • The Discount Hobby Demonstrator: Likes the idea of buying Stampin Up stamps and products for personal use at a discount and occasionally sells to friends and family.

  • The Short-term Demonstrator: Sells for a short period of time to earn a specified amount of money and stops when the goal is reached.

  • The Part time Demonstrator: Loves doing workshops and classes and earning extra money when it’s convenient; works a lot some months and very little, or none, other months.

  • The Career Demonstrator: Views Stampin’ Up! as a viable business with long-term career potential; pursues management and wants to move up the career ladder; regularly attends Stampin’ Up! events and has developed close social relationships with other demonstrators; works at her business in a consistent manner.

As you can see, this is a flexible, fun business you can build to suit your needs and desires. Make it fit for you by using your unique talents.

Demonstrator FAQ’s
What will I do as a demonstrator?
You will share your love of creating cards, gifts and/or scrapbook pages with family and friends. You can do this through sharing one-on-one, doing in-home workshops, classes and/or other events. If you choose to, you will also help others enjoy the fun and flexibility of running their own Stampin’ Up! business.

Will I receive support and training as a demonstrator? By joining you will become part of my team, and I’ll provide you with all the help and support you need — but I will never push or pressure you to do more than you desire. Whether your goals are to just support your stamping habit or you want to build a successful business, I am here to help. I will be here for you at all times – all you have to do is call or email me!

On top of that, Stampin’ Up! provides the following:
• A 24/7 demonstrator website for demonstrator resources and online ordering
• A full color monthly magazine with creative and business ideas just for demonstrators
• An 2000# with knowledgeable and friendly Demonstrator Support agents
• A beautiful and affordable company sponsored demonstrator business website you can set up in minutes
• An achievable incentive program for income and awards if you choose to aspire to them

How will I make money as a demonstrator?Since customers pay you directly, you will keep 20% of each order placed at the time of their payment. You can earn additional money (up to 40% total) through volume rebates when your monthly sales are $400 and above. If you build a team, you can also earn monthly downline overrides.

Do people really make money at this? YES!! Depending on how much time you want to put into “your” business, you can make whatever income you desire! It is totally up to you!

Do I have to recruit other demonstrators? Of course not!! Having a downline is not a requirement, it is a perk – we have the opportunity to earn a commission based on our down line’s sales!

What are the minimum sales requirements?To stay active as a demonstrator you will need to sell a minimum of $400 per quarter. Most demonstrators find that this goal can be reached in one or two workshops per quarter–or with their own purchases.

What if I only want to do this as a hobby? Do I still have to do workshops?Absolutely not!! Stampin’ Up! supports the hobby demonstrator just like the career demonstrator. You can put in your own order or collect orders from family & friends that equal $400 a quarter.

Do I have to stock product? No. You will only order items when someone places an order and pays you in advance, so you won’t need to keep inventory of products.

How much does it cost to get started?The Starter Kit is only $215 plus tax. This kit is customizable (choose your own sets at stated price points and you may change some accessory colors) for a total of $425 in product for only $215. It includes everything you will need to get your business up and running—including stamps and accessories as well as business supplies.

What if I decide it’s not for me once I’ve started? Will I be penalized if I quit? You simply stop placing orders. If you don’t meet the minimum requirement, Stampin’ Up! will just “drop” you—no penalties, no questions asked! But I guarantee that once you start you won’t want to stop!!

What kind of incentives will I receive as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? There are so many perks with this business that I don’t know where to start! Here are just a few for new demonstrators offered from Stampin’ Up!

  • As a new demonstrator, you will have the opportunity to earn up to 9 free stamp sets during your first 6 months for your sales and recruiting.

  • 30% commission on your first workshop or personal order of $200 or more, if you place it within 45 days of signing up. (This is a $60 discount on $200 of beautiful SU products)

  • The ability to be your own “hostess” and earn free hostess sets and merchandise on your own personal orders.

  • You can earn free catalog product, logo merchandise and supply items depending upon your sales and downline promotions each quarter.

  • You can work to achieve the annual incentive trip for two… the company gives you five ways to earn it!

Where do I get ideas for my workshops? Stampin’ Up! has many resources for demonstrators, including the Idea Book & Catalog, a great monthly magazine, a fantastic website for demonstrators only, a wonderful video in the starter kit, and much more. I also post my workshop cards on my blog. It is OKAY to copy projects from these resources—that is what they are for! You don’t have to ever think of an original idea if you don’t want to.

Do I have to attend meetings? There is always something going on which include a combination of business and stamping events which are completely optional, but a lot of fun if you choose to come!

Are there any Stampin’ Up! events that I can attend as a new demonstrator? Yes, and they are a blast! Every year in July there is the annual convention. Imagine several thousand crazy stampers in one place for 4 days! There are also regional training events throughout the country each year, and local events organized by Stampin’ Up! demonstrators FOR Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

Do you really love what you do?I absolutely LOVE what I do and I know you will, too. One of the reasons I love it so much is because of the friendships I have made. For me at this moments this is the best job in the entire world! I hope I answered some of your questions. I would love to share more about this fun opportunity with you. If you have further questions or would like more information, please ask! Remember, there is no commitment just for asking—what do you have to lose??

Are you ready? Click JOIN NOW!