Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ain't Love Grand by Stampin Up and me

Ain't Love is grand! What else is grand? This stamp set! :) Earn Stampin' Rewards to use on this exclusive set with a qualifying purchase. Also available in both English and French, and wood- and clear-mount (Aint Love Grand Hostess stamp set 2011/2012 #122505 - $17 for this woodmounted stamp set of 6)

We're so excited, our littlest one is so close to being potty trained. She loves the happiness that happens after she pees on the potty. We all dance and cheer for her, give her kisses and spoil her with a little candy. I love it. I just had to show you. Aint Love Grand.. yes indeed!

Here I used the Top Note die from Stampin Up in my Big Shot. After I rolled the orange card stock through the Big Shot machine for the first time, I turned it about 90 degrees and rolled it again through my Big Shot. Then I ended up with this masterpiece. I am sure you have seen it before, but this is the first time I have tried it out. So simple, but so fun!

Hi dear everyone.

Happy Valentines Day to you on this 14th of February 2012. I hope you got spoiled by your kids, hubby or dear friends.. Our oldest daugther has been creating pictures for the last 2 weeks for all her class mates. She was so thrilled this morning that it was finally the BIG DAY to hand them out to them. I hope her friends will take the time to thank her.. I find that part can be overlooked so fast when they receive so many on a day like this.. (I know.. I am a mom.. I think of those things...) it would be to bad, right. She has been working so hard on all the little Valentines cards. She is the sweetest little girl, who just loves to make others happy. I think that I receive about 5 different pictures each day from her and she gets so excited, she almost gets radiant with her huge smile. I love her!

All that to say :).. on to my card for the day. I used the sketch Challenge that Mary Fish created for the Mojo Monday Challenge #228 today and I loved working with it. I combined it with 'Our Creative Corner theme Challenge: 'Best Friend'. I know.. what a great theme.

So there you go.. My card. I hope you will enjoy it.

Have a great evening.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ps. I love you - Birthday circle card by Stampin Up and me

Don't you love the Poppy Parade card stock mixed in with the Crumb Cake, Pool Party and the Very Vanilla from Stampin Up?

Here you see the inside of this card. What a beauty, eh!

P.S. I Love You - Clear-Mount Stamp
(#: 125462 - Price: $33.95)

Treat someone you love to a handcrafted valentine made using this romance-inspired fifteen-piece stamp set! I especially love the decadent, chocolate-dipped strawberry. Looks almost as scrumptious as the real thing!

This set coordinates with the Full Heart, Modern Label, 1" Circle, and 1-3/8" Circle Punches.
Set Quantity: 15

Aren't the images adorable?

Hi dear you.

Happy Monday to you. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope it will inspire you to create something beautiful today (... or tomorrow :)

You know I have to say, I am in love with these simple cards. And I love how well the colours go together in this one!!! It is just so crisp (Thanks Paper Player Ladies for the beautiful colour inspiration #82, Please click on this link to check out their Challenge blog. The cards they created will for sure inspire you. They are so gorgeous and CUTE and original)

  • I used 4 of Stampin Up's circle punches to create the circles that you see. They are actually little squares with 'holes' in it, that I glued on top of each other. Doesn't it give the sweetest effect? + In the middle I added this cute little heart that I have also punched out with my SU heart punch.

This evening I am going to my dear friends birthday Party! And guess which card she is going to get. Yup.. this one. I am also going to give her some of my DIY Stampin Up glass tile pendants that I created the other day + a necklace in a cute little paper box.. I hope she's going to enjoy it.

Well. I need to get this borscht soup started for my family. I Love that stuff.. But it isn't for me tonight... I will be at this amazing Thai restaurant in downtown to celebrate my dear friend. Lucky me :)

Have a beautiful evening! Inky hugs, Pauline

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Big Stampin Up! news + DIY glass tile Pendants with Stampin Up DSP

Isn't this the sweetest thing? I know... & I made it myself!!!

Hi everyone. How is your weekend going? We had one beautiful day. In the morning we went to the Farmers Market in Calgary. Me and my dear hubby had one of those super yummy coffee's, while our energy overloaded :) kids were playing in the play area. After that much needed break, we bought some fresh vegetables and headed over to the swimming-wave pool. The kids loved it. We all had a blast sliding down the huge and super fast water slides, diving from the diving board, playing pirates in the waves and warming up in the hot pool. I love those days when everything is going just great and everyone is getting along. I hope you had one of those days yourself today!
The other day I started one of my new 'hobbies' (I know.. I know.. I just needed one more, right :) My mother in law gave me one of these homemade glass pendants about 2 years ago. We had gone to a craft sale around Christmas and there was a sweet lady who sold these glass tile pendants. I absolutely loved the one we picked and I wore it many, many times. It is still one of my favorite pieces of my wardrobe.
Then 2 years later (dah) I found out that they are not hard to create at all. So I ordered all the pieces online (and they were such a good price!!!)

Al you need is some delicious Stampin Up paper :) Some Stampin Up! Crystal Effects (glue) which is transparent when it dries. And for that reason perfect for this job! + Some glass tiles, some SU punches or some sharp scissors.

I created about 10 different glass pendants yesterday. The photo's that you'll see are just a glimpse of some of them. So, don't get confused when you see all these different designs.

Adhere a little bit of Stampin Up's Crystal Effects adhesive (#101055 - $7.95 for 2 oz) onto the glass tile. Don't add to much, it will just overflow and make it look all icky.

That's about right. Maybe a little bit more Crystal effects glue.

Then press the tile with the Crystal Effects onto your piece of DSP and move the glass tile around just a little bit so you can spread out the glue everywhere over the paper.

Press it firmly down.

After it dried for about half an hour, you will be ready for your next step. Cover the other side of the paper with.. yes! again... some of the Crystal Effects glue from Stampin Up. Just pretend you are colouring with glue. Don't stop until all of the back of your pendant is completely covered.

Like this. Don't touch it while it is drying. (Unless you want your fingerprint on the lacquered look on the back of your pendant.. could be a cute idea actually:) Just put it in a safe place where it can dry for about and hour and a half. You know when it is dry enough when it just feels like rubber.. plastic.. or something like that.

Last but not least. Adhere the bail to the back with some strong STRONG glue.

And let it dry again.

And voila! Oh I am just so tickled pink about these necklaces. Even my 3 kids created one. They drew a picture, we stuck it under a piece of glass and now they are walking around with their own homemade necklaces. They are so proud of it. I LOVE it!

All that to say! There is some BIG STAMPIN' UP! NEWS: Stampin' Up! announced last month that starting this year, they have eliminated the Summer Mini Catalog. The future Holiday and Spring Minis will be bigger and last longer (5 months vs. 4, much easier on my brain). The annual catalog (new In Colors, stamps, designer series paper--woo hoo) will start a month earlier (June 1, 2012) and the Holiday Mini will start a month earlier as well (August 1, 2012--better timing for Halloween and fall projects). I'm really excited about this simplified schedule!
In addition, the Simply Adorned and Décor Elements lines will be discontinued when the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog retires. IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CURRENT IDEA BOOK AND CATALOG WILL EXPIRE ON MAY 31, 2012 NOT JUNE 30, 2012. Details regarding the retiring stamp and accessories timing will be released at a future date.
NEW SIMPLY SCORED PRODUCT COMING SOON! Stampin' Up! has designed the ultimate accessory to the Simply Scored Scoring Tool for making envelopes, boxes and more--the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate. As a demonstrator, I'll be able to order it later this month and start playing (and sharing, of course). It will be available for customer purchase March 1, 2012!

Well, have a great rest of your weekend.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Doily Triple Layer Punch and the Sizzlits Large Paper Doily die flower card by Stampin Up and me

Coordination has never been sweeter! Add flavor to your creations with these colorful epoxy brads. Four unique designs. 1/2" brads. 16 total brads; 4 ea. of 4 designs. Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Pool Party, and Soft Suede.

Sweet Shop Jelly Bean Brads
(#125587 - $6.95)

Create an intricate doily design from single layers of Designer Series Paper or card stock using this newly-sized larger Sizzlits die. Makes a delicate background on a card or a focal point on a frame. Doily image is approximately 4-1/4" diameter

Paper Doily Stampin Up Sizzlits Die (#125592 - $26.95)

Our layering punches let you enjoy three different punch images with just one single punch.
The easy to use lever on the front lets you choose the image you'd like. Layer punched images together or seperately.

Doily Triple Layer Punch (#122465 - $30.95)

If your punch starts to become dull, punch through a sheet of aluminum foil.

If your punch is a bit sticky and hard to use, punch through a sheet of waxed paper.

Punches are meant to cut a single sheet of paper or card stock at one time.

Unlock the punch. (Make sure to press the punch together before releasing the lever on your punch) Slide the selector button to the design you want to punch. Place the punch on a flat surface and insert your material to be cut. Then press down.

You should feel the punch as many times as your selector indicates; that is, if you've selected the second image, you should feel it punch twice.

To lock the punch: Slide the selector button to the third position. Close the punch and while holding it closed firmly, slide the lock to the locked position

Hi dear you.

Happy Tuesday to you. I hope you are having one beautiful day.

I am not sure what's up with the hours today, but it is almost that time again to hop in to my kitchen and make a meal.

I actually reorganised our kitchen in the last few days and I have to say that I am loving it. I think I can blame Pinterest for that one. I have one board on Pinterest that I named 'for the home' and I pinned many organising idea's in there for my home and kitchen. I know that I picked up a few tricks here and there and it really helped me a lot to get this project started. It all makes so much more sense. Out with the beautiful clutter and in with the common sense. I have to admit. I love pretty things (bowls, cups.. more mugs, more cute mixing bowls, serving plates, eating bowls,etc etc... But to tell you the truth... my cupboards didn't have much space left for the real thing.. So I had to get it going.

I love purging! Hahaha, I never thought I would say that. But I love it! It's like a breath of fresh air.

So anyhoo.. A little bit about my card. The Runway Inspired Challenge Ladies inspired me to use some blue :) I know that you know, that I don't need a lot of encouragement to use any blue. So that was an easy one. I also checked out the Paper Players Theme Challenge by Nance #80 this week and their theme was ' Flowers'. beautiful choice Nance. I loved working with it!

So here you have it, 2 in one. It's a very simple card. Not hard to create at all. But I hope you enjoy it.

Inky hugs, Pauline