Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cupcake Punch card by Stampin Up and me

Half-back pearls add sparkle and elegance to stamped images, Designer Series Paper, Paper Daises, punched images and more. Adhesive on the back makes them easy to adhere. When you buy these pearls at my Stampin Up online store, you will receive 150 pearls in 3 sizes. Plus, each package contains three 2-5/8'' strips of connected 3 mm pearls just right for borders.

(#119247 - $6.50 for a package of 150+ pearls)
All that to say. Here is my version 1 of the cupcake card. I love the extra bling it has with those elegant pearls.

And version 2 of this cup cake card. But now without the pearls.

This soft and flowing Baja Breeze 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon (#122331 - $9.50 for 10 yards) just drapes like silk. And adds such delicate look to these cards, don't you think?

Besides making our cards, we were also very busy prepping for the Christmas Ball that is coming up real soon. We made loads of these huge Candy Cane swirls. This picture was taking after 12 pm in the night.. I know.. don't I look wide awake?

Good Wednesday afternoon dear Stampers.

Wow, did we ever wake up in a Winter Wonderland this morning. We live on a hill here in Calgary and I saw many people struggling to not get stuck in the snow. For me it was a perfect day to stay inside and cozy up. Of course I had to bring the kids to school today, but I was glad that we could walk there and that I didn't need to 'snowfree' our car!

On another note.. I have to say that I am in love with the Cupcake punch. Actually I am in love with all my punches and I used many of them on these 2 cards. I got excited when I found out that at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog They encouraged us to use 'punches or dies! Well that challenge fitted right into my crea-alley.. And off I went! I am sure you recognise the Lace Ribbon Border punch from Stampin Up (#122362 - $25.95)

  • Use this LAce Ribbon punch for any project that calls for a bit of lace and a vintage touch! Or cut out the flower design and use it separately as a charming and delicate accent. Remember, with their sleek, space-saving design and larger size for more leverage, our punches are better than ever

My sweet friend Leanne was here too that day to create. It was her first time making cards with me. and Oh my Gosh.. she was so excited.. She just loved it! You know, I get so tickled pink when I see that happening. As you know, I love LOVE my hobby and to be able to share that with my friends is just the best! We crafted for about 4 hours straight, we talked, shared our hearts out and ate some yummy stuff + we created about 5 cards. Now how about that? I hope we can get together again ... soon :) (Hi Leanne :)

Well.. I gotta go again.. Glad I was able to post and I hope I inspired you to create some today!

Inky hugs, Pauline

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pursuit of Happiness by Stampin Up and me.

Good Sunday Morning to you dear Stampers.

Thanks again for stopping by. It's great to connect and share our ideas and creativity.

Yesterday I got inspired to create this card. I hopped over to the Friday Mashup challenge #34 and saw that they had a great color combo for this week.

They encouraged us to:

  • Make a project featuring "A Christmas Theme".

  • Or Make a project using the colors "Aqua, Chocolate and White".

  • Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Christmas themed project using the colors Aqua, Chocolate and White".

So off I went. I took a dive into my buttons and wanted to create a button rainbow. Which in my humble opinion totally worked out. For the 2 clouds I used the topping of the cupcake from my Cupcake punch (#121807 - $22.95)

Well. Have a beautiful rest of the day.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Friday, November 25, 2011

Stampin Up details and deals with their Online Extravaganza sale

Hi dear Stampers and crafters.
I had one beautiful birthday yesterday. I felt so blessed with the huge amount sweet birthday wishes that came to me in so many different ways. If you were one of them, thank you so much, it really brought a smile to my face and heart!
I am also happy to announce that my younger brother and his dear wife had their first baby! On my birthday! What a special moment was that when I found out that all was well with them. They live in Holland and I have to say it was hard for me not to book the first plane there. I so want to be with them and hold this tiny little miracle. One day! One day!

On another note. I wanted to share some of my favorite pics of the Online Extravaganza Online Stampine Up sale. Enjoy seeing them!

Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric ?(#121818 )
Regular Price: $13.89
Sale Price: $6.25
Here’s an assortment of Designer Series Fabric for the true-blue seamstress. With patterns that include darling decorative stitch designs, bunches of bewitching buttons, and vintage-style children posing in carefully sewn clothing, this brightly-colored, exuberant fabric will definitely appeal to crafters who love to sew. Just imagine all the sweet and functional projects you could make from it to decorate a loved one’s sewing room.
■ Includes 3 coordinating extra-wide fat quarters: 1 each of 3 designs
■ Each piece measures approximately 28" x 18"
■ 100% cotton
■ Coordinates with Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, and Daffodil Delight
■ Coordinates with our Button, Button Set and In Stitches Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel
■Coordinates with products in our Oh Sew Suite
Set Quantity: 3

Many Merry Messages (#116586 )
Regular Price: $47.72
Sale Price: $21.48
There are so many ways to share the joy of the Christmas season. These wonderful greetings offer a variety of options to say happy holidays. Use them to make fresh Christmas cards year after year.
Set Quantity: 8

Button, Button - Clear-Mount Stamp (#122040 )
Regular Price: $25.50
Sale Price: $13.77
Buttons are a classic example of a simple every-day tool that can be decorated to give individuality and character to all kinds of items from clothes to—of course—stamping projects! The wide variety of button shapes and designs in our Button.

Set Quantity: 17

Perfect Punches - Clear-Mount Stamp (#120516 )

Regular Price: $24.39
Sale Price: $13.17
This set is a must-have simply for how easy it makes creating accents and focal pieces for your projects. Each image coordinates with a different punch, making stamped creations easy as 1-2-3—stamp, punch, adhere. And with a variety of sentiments, you’ll
Set Quantity: 6

Flight Of The Butterfly (#111564)
Regular Price: $43.28
Sale Price: $19.48
It’s captivating when a butterfly flits about your head and lands lightly on your nose or hand. Similarly, the images in this Two-Step Stampin' set are sure to delight and catch the attention of all who see them. Animate a card or any other project with fun-patterned butterflies and greetings that will make your heart flutter.
Set Quantity: 10

Tree, Thoughts & Prayer Large Chocolate Décor Elements (#116004 )
Regular Price: $48.83

Sale Price: $30.77
Nature often reflects life. And using this Décor Elements piece to adorn a wall lets you bring a bit of that nature inside. With a soft organic style, this tree gives a sense of gentle motion that can set a calm mood in any room.

Dimensions: 52-1/8" x 36-1/8" The dimensions (HxW) are approximate and are taken from the largest letter or image in the set.

Flower Fest Clear-Mount Stamp & Dots & Spots Wheel Bundle (#129037)
Regular Price: $36.56
Sale Price: $19.74
The Flower Fest Stamp Set/Wheel Bundle contains the Flower Fest Stamp Set in clear- or wood-mount and the Dots & Spots Stampin’ Around Wheel. This exclusive Online Extravaganza bundle—40 percent off the retail price—is only available November 21-30

I {Heart} Hearts Clear-Mount Stamp & I {Love} Love Wheel Bundle (#129033 )
Regular Price: $37.17

Sale Price: $20.07
The I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set/Wheel Bundle contains the I {Heart} Heart Stamp Set in clear- or wood-mount and the I {Love} Love Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel. Only available during Online Extravaganza, this exclusive bundle is 40 percent off the retail price November 21-30

Winter Post (#111780 )

Regular Price: $36.61
Sale Price: $16.48
Send your love this Christmas season with the Winter Post stamp set. Mix the vintage and modern images in this set for post cards, scrapbook pages, or handmade cards with a unique twist.

If you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you and help you place your order. These crafty deals are just the perfect gift for that special one in your life.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Easy Events 'for baby' by Stampin Up and me

Hi dear Stampers.

How is this Thursday going for you. I hope it was a good one. Before I continue, I first want to wish all my American Blogging friends a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day was surrounded by family and friends, good thoughts and blessings to look back on! I am sure mine was today!

You know, I can't believe it is almost the weekend. I am so ready for it! I just like my hubby to be around. He rocks and is the sweetest ever! + It is just so much fun to have an adult around during the day. Kids are great, but by the weekend I am ready for something else than kids 'level' talks, books and toys.

I actually shouldn't complain. This evening a bunch of my sweet friends come over to create and craft with me and to celebrate my birthday. We will have so much fun. I am really looking forward to that! + I got some beautiful cheese cake to share :) with them, some great wine + I got some delicious tomatoes, Italian soft bocconcini cheese, some fresh Basel and yummy crackers. You have to know, that with some fresh cracked pepper and salt this snack will be a party in itself in our mouths! If you haven't tried that combination.. you so should give it a try. These ingredients are just made for each other!

In about a month my dear friend comes over from the Netherlands.. I can't wait to serve this to her. I am sure she will love it. Oh.. I wish my family could be here today to celebrate my birthday and I wish that she could be here today! Then they could meet my Canadian friends, because they all rock! It's just not the same without them.. But we called, we heard each others voices and I feel blessed with that technology!

Wow.. I am suddenly so hungry.. I guess it is almost eating time.. talking about all this yummy food, makes me just grave it.

Okay.. so on to the card of the day. You probable recognize this image. Yet another one from the Easy Events Stampin Up stamp set! This set just doesn't leave my craft table. There seems to be always an occasion that I can use it for and that it comes in handy! Today was such a day :)

I got inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches #12 created this week by the lovely Jen. It looked like such a easy challenge to remember, but when I came back to the computer with my finished card, I realized that I missed some important details. Oopsy.. so me.. I am so not a woman of details. But I so want to be one! I hope they will not kick me out of the Challenge, because I am still going to give it a try to enter it in. :) They for sure did inspire me to create this card! (sigh)

+ I have to ad that I love all the cards that are already on this blog. You should check it out. It is really something else.

Well, I am going to prep some dinner.

Have a beautiful evening everyone! We will connect later again. If you leave me a message, I will for sure stop by your blog as well. I would love to see what you have created.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sock Monkey Card with some Tiny Tags and Mojo Monday by Stampin Up and me

The Tiny Tags stampin Up stamp set (#118592 - $20.95) has 17 perfectly tiny images and sentiments that can be used with our Simple adorned line of charms or just to make a tiny project. It coordinates with the medium Jewelry Tag punch. (#117190 - $13.95. Page 210 in the 2011 - 2012 Stampin Up Idea Book and Catalogue).

Hi dear Stampers.

For today's post I got super inspired by Debbie Carriere's Mojo Monday #216 Sketch Challenge. I absolutely love this sketch and I just had to participate. Thanks Debbie for this Lay-out, it is the best! I hope the Mojo Ladies enjoy what I came up with. But honestly with this simple and clean looking sketch it wasn't a hard card to create.

  • There are some retired items in this card. The Taken with teal card stock and the Taken with Teal ribbon are some of them and the Sock Monkey Stampin Up stamp set is the other one. I love both of all of them and I hope to create lots of more cards with these 3 :)

  • I used some Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock to create some layers in this card.

  • 2 Stampin Up circle punches were used to give it that sharp / professional (smile) look. What would I do without them.

Well.. I got to clean some house here. Tomorrow I am going to have another crafting Bee evening in my home with my dear friends, so I better get started preparing this lovely home of ours. Welcoming friends is way more fun when I know that our bathroom is clean (hahaha)

Inky hugs, Pauline

Monday, November 21, 2011

The sweet Pressed Cookie stamps and the Simply Scored set are on sale!

The Glimmer brads budle was $19.50 and is now on sale for only $13.65 (#129034)

The Scallop dots ribbon bundle was $43.80 and is now on sale for only $30.66 (#129035)

(# 122334) The Simply Scored tool was $38.95 is now $31.16

Classic Stampin Ink spots was $26.95 is now on sale for $16.17 (#119979)

2 of Stampin Up's top selling items are on sale for your shopping pleasure for 24 hours only! November 21st until 11:59 tonight (mountain time)
20% off the new Simply Scored, which is a must have in my book, and the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps


Okay, I admit it... it was a little like Christmas morning today... I woke up at the ungodly hour of 5am, and normally that would mean at least an hour and half more sleep. Today however was like waking up on Christmas, I HAD to go and check out the Online Extravaganza!!!! If you haven't checked it out yet, click here for all the details! Now what you want to do is head on over to My online Pursuit of Stampiness store and start your holiday shopping.

The prices might confuse you when you click on the shop now button, but as soon as you click on add to bag, you will see the amazing price it went down too. Like only $5 for the Candy Cane Designer Fabric. That is sure one on my Wish List.

Have fun today,

Inky hugs, Pauline

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Serif Essentials Alphabet die by Stampin Up and me.

Hi dear everyone.

We are only a couple of hours away from the Online Extravaganza Stampin Up sale. And I am not sure yet... if I want to stay up to see the details of this event that will show up on the Stampin Up website after 12 pm.. or if I just should go to bed and see it all tomorrow. Well.. to kill some time I will show you a quick card I created this evening for my hubbies Grandpa. This sweet man is going to be 92 years I think pretty soon. I am not sure if this card is to feminine..

Maybe a little.. (sigh..) oh well.. it's to late to change it now. It's on it's way already. But I loved creating it.

  • With my Demonstrators birthday discount that Stampin Up gave me this year I bought the 'Serif Essentials Alphabet dies' (#113474 - $183.95) This set came with 7 gorgeous dies. I love that I can create personal cards with these letters. Thanks so much Stampin Up for giving me such a sweet deal.

  • I also rolled the Little Leaves Sizzlits die (#114511 - $6.95) through my Big Shot die cutting machine. I love the clean and sharp image that it gave me for this card.

All that to say.. Please make sure you check out my blog and online store on Monday for the annual ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA sale from Stampin' Up! This sale will be a perfect way to kick off your holiday shopping and best of all you can shop from the comfort of your own home in your PJ's if you choose!!!
The sale is from Monday Nov. 21st to Wednesday Nov. 30th and you can take advantage of it by shopping through my store or just email me or calling me with your order!
BUT make sure you check the details of the sale on MONDAY since there will be TWO items on sale for 24 hours only!!!

Have a beautiful day or have a good good sleep. I am just going to brush my teeth.. and maybe clean the floor.. or.. maybe I am just going to sleep :)

Inky hugs, Pauline