Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Henry says chalkboard card by Stampin Up and me


Hi dear Stampers.

Thanks for stopping by.

I love LOVE how this card turned out.

The other day the UPS man delivered my white craft ink pad from Stampin Up, along with some other yummy new goodies.

So when I saw the Friday Mashup Challenge # 101 of this week, I knew I wanted to play along with their Chalkboard technique Challenge.



When you take a good look at the 'Henry says' Stampin Up stamp set, (#128093 - $26.95) you can almost smell that dusty chalk on those vintage old chalkboards. The lines on the images of the elephant and the sentiments are kind of drawn in a shaky way, if you know what I mean. Just perfect for any chalkboard card you want to create.



It was seriously so easy to create this chalk technique. I didn't do any embossing. I just inked up the image in the whisper white ink and I stamped it on my Basic Black card stock.

I also sponged the edges of card stock a little with the white ink as well, to create some nice contrast in this card. Then I wiped off  the excess ink with some tissue. After that I lightly sponged around the images and in blank areas with my Whisper White Craft ink to create the look of chalk dust.



And there you go..

Henry is ready to celebrate his new chalkboard look!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Monday, March 18, 2013

Square Scallop Fancy Fold card with mini tutorial by Stampin Up and me.


Hi dear Stampers.

We're counting down to the final days of Sale-A-Bration Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year. It officially ends on March 22, 2013. Today's card includes some of my favorite SAB freebies .

Please click Here to find out how you can earn your Free gifts during SAB.



So today I wanted to share with you a quick and simple Fancy Fold card.

To start it all  – you need to take a 12” x  4 3/4” piece of card.

Score Landscape at 4 1/4” and 7 5/8” and bone fold ( one as a mountain and the other as a valley)

Then, place the folded panel on your Scallop Square die (# 115950 - $26.95) with the folds placed one scallop in from either side. Please note that the elevated fold to the LHS is placed one scallop in from the LHS..



Isn't it the cutest thing? I love it!

And it is just the right size to write a little thank you note to that special one in your life, that needs a little pick me up...

Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Large Square Scallop Bigz clear die lets you can see the image you want and position it precisely before cutting. This die works wonderfully for cutting photos in a fun shape or for creating a focal point with a specific area of a Designer Series paper pattern. The scallop square shape is perfect for many projects, such as frames, journaling blocks, and accents.
■ Creates a 4-3/8" x 4-3/8" scalloped square
■ Can cut through multiple sheets of card stock, Texture Cuts wood sheets, window sheets, and more
■ Use with Sizzix Big Shot machine and standard cutting pads
■ Die size: 5-1/2" x 6"


I also rolled my Latice Die through my Big Shot.

Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Lattice Bigz die create delicate designs from any card stock, Designer Series paper, or other material. Use the Lattice design as an elegant overlay or a focal piece on your project. This Lattice die was designed as a repeatable image, allowing you to create beautiful designs on larger projects as well.
■ Can cut through multiple sheets of card stock, Texture Cuts wood sheets, window sheets, Décor Elements sheets, and more
■ Use with Sizzix Big Shot machine and standard cutting pads G281
■ Die size: 5-1/2" x 6"

Lots of detail, but it still gives me that fresh and simple look what I so love

on my cards.



And yes, I am positive that I have used this cute little sentiment already way to many times on my cards since Sale-A-Bration started.. But it is just so perfect! And it fits so well in so many of my SU punches.


The inspiration for my card came from The CASE Study Challege # 132. And oh boy, did these Ladies rocked this brilliant challenge of this week. Loved all their cards!


If you would like to receive this SAB Vintage Verses stamp set (#129633) from Stampin Up for free,

Please visit my Online store and spend $60.


 Thanks again for stopping by.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Friday, March 15, 2013

Elegant Butterfly card by Stampin Up and me


Hi dear Stampers.

Thanks for popping by. 

Today's Clean and Simple card uses the colour combo from

 the Stampin' Royalty Challenge #167.

The lovely ladies encouraged us to use the colours: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Soft Suede. I was kind of out of the last one, so I picked something that came the closest - Crumb Cake. Always a hit in my books.



I love a quick and simple card and my SU punches helped me just to do that, this evening.

Don't laugh, but I think that I have used 7 different Stampin Up punches for this card. I know, I am spoiled.

Can you spot them?


Yip, this is Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526 - $21.95) is one of them.

Please CLICK HERE if you would like to order this one through my Online Stampin Up store.




Have you taken advantage of your freebies with every $60 you spend on Stampin Up items?



Well.. this paper crafter is heading of to bed soon :)

Inky hugs, Pauline

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Receive $264 in SU products for only $125 during Sale-A-Bration 2013


Hi dear Stampers.

What can I say, I love my layers on my cards.

So here you have it, many, many layers of beautiful colors and papers.



I used the Colour Queens colour Challenge #179 of this week as a my inspiration and then I went from there. I love the Layout I came up with. You should see my desk.. I tried so many different things and layers and then I chose this.. Not sure why, beside the fact that it just makes me smile when I look at it :)

Now, before you hop over to the next blog :) I just wanted to share one amazing deal that Stampin Up is offering right now during their Sale-A-Bration 2013.
Until March 22, you can receive $264 in SU products for only $125. No shipping or taxes will be added to this price.

The way to receive this, is to sign up as a demonstrator.  This means that you have the freedom to take advantage of this deal and never order from them again if you don't want to. You don't have to hold any parties, workshops, etc. You don't have to let them know that after receiving this deal, that you don't want to be a demo any more. If after June 2013 you have not ordered from them again, they will just automatically kick you out of their computer system. It is that easy. No phone calls or letters to explain yourself.
In the past couple of years I had many sweet Calgarians (but don't forget anyone within Canada is welcome to sign up with me) sign up this way and receive beautiful products for a very low price.

The other beautiful thing is. You have the FREEDOM to order anything you like from the catalogue up to $194. It could be the Big Shot with some gorgeous dies or embossing folders, maybe you would like to just stock up on some card stock, or ink pads or ribbon, or pick only stamp sets, etc.. there are no rules, you can pick, it's like having your own little party!

You will also receive $70 in business supplies, which are real fun, So $194 + $70 = $264 in SU products...

Just click on the 'JOIN MY SU PALS' button, (even if it is only for this one order :) and this 'click' will bring you to the website where you can join. Click then on 'JOIN NOW' and this will bring you to the form that needs to be filled in to take advantage of this beautiful deal.

And if you would like to stay active as a hobby SU demo, I would of course love to help you out as well.

On your first order after you have signed up, you will receive a 30% discount on everything you order. (makes me want to sign up all over again)

+ until March the 22 2013, for each order of $60 you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice.

So when you place a $200 order you will receive 3 FREE products + $35 in hostess dollars which will give you even more FREE products. Stampin Up is very generous that way. (+ you have the 30% discount on the $200)

I know, isn't it the best! Let the creativity take off!

And with the new catalogue coming up soon, you will receive all the info way sooner, + you get to order months earlier than anyone else :)

Anyway, I would love to connect,create or hear from you. But no pressure, if you never want me to contact you after you purchased this beautiful deal. I can do that too. :)


Psss: The sentiment that I chose for my card is one of the stamps that comes with the stamp set 'Vintage Verses' that you can earn for FREE when you place an order with me for $60 during Sale-A-Bration 2013.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lattice Die - Fancy flower punch card by Stampin Up and me

Hi dear Stampers,
I had some time last night to create. Oh, I love when that happens. We had a whole load of snow on the weekend here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and after plowing way to much snow away, I was happy to crawl in my warm and cozy studio and leave everything that was on my 'to do list' behind me. (sigh)


At SU regionals last Saturday they taught us how to create some different 3-D flowers. I have to say, these flowers are just so so sweet :) & I am in love!

 So today's card for sure needed a flower :) right.. I punched 2 flowers out of my Summer Starfruit Stampin Up card stock (#126839 - $8.50 for 24 sheets), with my Fancy Flower Punch (#118073 - $22.95).

The next step was to spray them with some water and to crumble them up.

After that I opened them up again and glued the top flower to the bottom flower by using mini glue dots. + One of the gorgeous and super cute Sale-A-Bration buttons of this year to finish my flower off.



My Stampin Up's Lattice Die (#115958 - $26.95) never disappoints. I rolled it 3 times through my Big Shot with 3 different papers. After that, it was like making a puzzle on my card. I mixed and matched the little pieces that were cut so nicely and I glued them on to the base of my Pool Party card stock. 


Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Lattice Bigz die create delicate designs from any card stock, Designer Series paper, or other material. Use the Lattice design as an elegant overlay or a focal piece on your project. This Lattice die was designed as a repeatable image, allowing you to create beautiful designs on larger projects as well.
■ Can cut through multiple sheets of card stock, Texture Cuts wood sheets, window sheets, Décor Elements sheets, and more
■ Use with Sizzix Big Shot machine and standard cutting pads G281
■ Die size: 5-1/2" x 6"



These 2 Challenges inspired me to create my card last night.

LeAnne from The Paper Players gave us one beautiful Challenge #135 for this week with the 'In stitches'theme - So anything sewing, stitched was welcome. That's how I came up with my quilt idea for my card.


 And the lovely ladies of the Friday Mashup #99 gave me a great palette of colours to work with.

Please hop over to their blogs to see what the design teams have created. And for sure leave them some love. They so deserve it!


My Layout inspiration came from the 'Elke kaart een Feestje' Challenge #157. I turned the sketch upside down and turned the squares into circles and this is what I came up with.

I love visiting dutch blogs.. As you might know, I was born and raised in The Netherlands and to be able to participate with other dutch creative people, really makes my day :)



Please CLICK HERE if you would like to purchase the Fancy Flower Punch from Stampin Up.

Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest, dimension, and color to your cards, tags, and scrapbook pages. You can glue punched shapes directly onto your projects or layer a sheet of card stock that has been punched over a coordinating card stock for a reverse effect. The large cutting surface of our punches give you better punching leverage and cutting precision, and the sleeker body makes it easy to store.

■ Adds interest to scrapbook pages and cards
■ Has an easy-to-use thumb lever



Well, my kitchen is calling me.

I have my beautiful family to feed :)

Inky hugs, Pauline

Want Projects in your mailbox each month? Stampin’ UP!’s new Monthly Subscription – My Paper Pumpkin is just for you!







Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up is an awesome new monthly kit program that crafters of all experience levels are thrilled about! Paper Pumpkin comes in a fun orange box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside: stamps, ink, paper, and accessories you need to create a great, professional-looking project once a month.


And the best part is... creativity is contagious. Once you've got the cute project or projects from the kit completed, your creative mojo will be flowing and you'll have thought of some other cute things to do with those supplies. Think of Paper Pumpkin as a kick-start to your crafting each month! And you'll feel so rewarded by being able to start AND finish a project in a single sitting.


Interested? It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com


Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, show off, and share with your friends and family--every month!

  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, decor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)

  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive and scissors.

  • Each kit will take you on a 30-40-minute creativity escape. Then you can use the stamps and other things to make more projects on your own!

  • Stampin' Up will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.

  • You need to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.) Once the ship date is passed you can no longer get that month's kit.

  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is only $24.95 per month (and shipping is included! How awesome is that???) You can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want. So no worries there!

  • A Welcome Kit will arrive the first month and includes a free clear acrylic block (size D) which you can use for all the clear-mount stamps that will be arriving monthly in your orange boxes.

  • While you're registering, a Paper Pumpkin subscription would make a fabulous gift for anyone!



Not ready to commit just yet?

A "Try It" Kit is pictured below here. Here you will see a sample of what fun is to come when you subscribe to the Paper Pumpkin FUN! The Paper Pumpkin Trial Kit, shown below, will contain supplies to make two mini-journals. They are DARLING!!! These kits give you a great way to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY a subscription.


Ready to party? Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin today by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click "Get It."

Be sure to put in my name (Pauline Kolochuk) and the City / Provence I live in (Calgary, Alberta) as your demonstrator at the end of the simple registration process, so that I can help you with your Paper Pumpkin subscription should any issues arise. Easy Peasy!

The first 10 of my customers to reserve their spot will get a cute little GIFT from ME! At this point, we are not receiving a confirmation email when one of our customers signs up so please send me an email to tell me you joined and you will receive your gift in the mail!! 
Inky hugs, Pauline 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Two tags Box with Clockworks stamp set created by Stampin Up and me.

Hi dear Stampers.

Welcome back at my blog. I am so excited to show you this post.

I created this beautiful Two Tags Box at Stampin Up's Regionals. I love how a simple tag can turn into a tiny little gift box.


The Play Date Cafe ladies have one beautiful Challenge #171 this week, and this gift card box has just the right colors to blend in with all their amazing projects. Please take a peek at their blog, you will leave so inspired. 

Clockworks Clear-Mount Stamp Set  #127292 - Price: $21.95

This vintage timepiece complete with inner workings is just the thing for nostalgic cards and scrapbook pages! Eight-piece stamp set coordinates with the 1/2", 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" Circle Punches.

Set Quantity: 8

Punch the flower center from the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper using the Fancy Flower Punch, spray it with some water on both sides, then scrunch it. Let it dry and adhere it to the the Calypso Coral card stock flower using Mini glue dots.


Two Tags Stampin' Up! Bigz Die  #115954 - Price: $26.95


Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Two Tags Bigz die helps you create custom tags from any card stock or Designer Series paper. The small tag has a pierced edge; the large tag is scored so you can fold and tuck it into the end. It’s perfect for hiding images or messages, and it will make beautiful gift tags and small Valentine cards. This design is part of Shelli’s Signature Collection.
■ Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
■ Use with Sizzix Big Shot machine and standard cutting pads
■ Die size: 5-1/2" x 6"

To create the box, use '2-7/8' x '6 - 3/4' Calypso Coral Card Stock; score horizontally at 2" and '4 - 3/4' score vertically at 1/2" and 2 - 3/8". Crease the score lines using the Bone Folder. Where the score lines meet, create a "V" - shaped notch to facilitate folding and assembly.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.

Happy stamping and crafting.

Inky hugs, Pauline

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Best of Flowers Stampin Up stamp set


As part of Stampin' Up!s 25 - year Anniversary Celebration, they're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will be released - one set per month - during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each 'Best set' will also include a never before - seen image!



Best of Flowers Clear-mount Stamp set

Price $17.95 - # 133342 

With Spring comes green grass, blue skies and of course flowers! Then what could be better for our March 'Best of' set than a collection of the best flower stamps from the past quarter century. This set includes a never before seen flower image that coordinates perfectly with our 1-1/4 Scallop circle Punch.


Some Things to remember:


All Best of stamp sets will include 3 - 5 images, including a never - before seen image and will be priced at $17.95

While we are releasing just one Best of Stamp set per month (with a new theme each month) all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31,  2014.


All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear - Mount only.


And collect 6 'Best of' stamp sets and receive a Free Stamp set of your choice, valued at $17.95 or less. So be sure to CLICK HERE to head to My Online Store to order the March set 'Best of Flowers'. You will be able to find it in the 'Special Offers' section.

Happy Collecting and Happy stamping!

Inky hugs, Pauline






By the Tide sea life - ocean Stampin Up cards


Hi dear Stampers.

How was you weekend?

I had one beautiful day with about 450 other Stampin Up demonstrators here in Calgary during Regionals 2013. It was really fun to connect with other woman who have the same passion and love for paper crafts, the My Digital Studio and scrap booking.

We also created 3 wowsy projects, (I would love to share them with you another time) + we had many fun and inspiring talks from some very creative SU people.

And then that talent, oh my.. Many demos' were swapping cards and ideas.. I couldn't help but taking many, many pictures of them beautiful cards and projects,



Do you recognise the stamp sets that was used for these beautiful cards?

That's right,

It is 'By the Tide' Stampin Up set (#129120 - $24.95, on page 19 of your Spring 2013 Catalogue)




I love this set. The images are just stunning!

You're welcome to CLICK HERE if you would like to purchase this set through my Online Store.



Okay, here is one last one, that really jumped out at me between the many gorgeous cards.


Well, I have many more to share, but this day is already flying by.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Inky hugs, Pauline