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March 31, 2009


In case you haven't noticed I'm a bit of an Embellishment Freak!!  I never feel like a card is finished unless I've added some kind of 3-D item, ribbon, hardware, brads, eyelets or buttons to name a few.   So I thought I would show you 5 ways to incorporate buttons in your cards and/or your scrap book pages.

TIP #1  Using them on Scrapbook Pages 


I create the bottom border for this page with Rub Ons from the Bright Delight Set, (both words &images) and the Chocolate flowers from the Latte Buttons.  Just to tie it all in I also used the same things to create the Title,the flower accent and the happiness Ovals.  Here are some close ups of the button accents:


This title page certainly captures the expression on Madison's face and the Chocolate flower button coordinates with the border and other embellishments on the page.


This flower also is the perfect match for the style of the button.


Here is a close up of the actual border.  Think of all the fun things you can do with buttons on your scrapbook pages.


TIP #2 Threading Buttons

he button with holes are fun because you can thread all kinds of fun fibres, threads, and cording through them.  In the sample I simply tied Hemp through the holes to draw your eye to the button.



TIP # 3 Stamping On Buttons

Our large clear buttons are prefect for stamping on and /or layering other papers behind them or embellishments on them.  In the sample the stem and leaves were stamped with Stozon Black ink.  The Choclate flower button was used to be the actual flower and the layered tag became this cute little button's home.  This design was created by my friend Lynn.


TIP # 4 Buttons on Stickers

Adding a button is such an easy way to embellish all your stickers.  I just adhere them to anything with either a drop of Crystal Effects or one of our Mini Glue Dots.


TIP #5 Buttons as Letters

Spruce up your titles and greetings by adding a button for the letter "O" or the inside of another vowel, or consonant.  It's too cute.



TIP #6 Buttons as Image Accents


Place a button in the center of a flower, a circle or just about anything on your stamped images and your Rub Ons.  They make cute eyes on whimsical animals and great accents on so many different things.





Now it's your turn.  Send yoursamples so I can see what you are doing with your buttons.  Just email pictures to cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com and I'll share them with all our stamping friends.  The first 5 people to send me some samples will receive some free buttons in the mail.  Please include your address.






March 30, 2009


Where has time gone?  I can't believe that a month has already passed and another Hostess Club is just days away.  For anyone who doesn't know what a hostess club is I thought I'd explain.  Once a month a group of ladies, who don't necessarily know one another, get together to stamp, see the latest products  and to place an order.  Club members agree to purchase $40 before shipping and taxes each month.  Every month one lady gets to be the hostess of the month and earn free hostess gifts and free merchandise of their choice from the catalogue or current mini catalogues.  Of course all participants can take advantage of any of the current specials and promotions.

I also accept guests at the club who pay $10 for the night and make the same projects as the regular club members.  They do have to pre-register for the night so that I can prepare enough projects.  If any of the guests place a $40 order then their $10 class fee is waived.  This Friday I still have 2 openings if anyone would like to drop in to see if they would like to join the club.  Please call me by Wednesday at 9am if you would like to participate.  I can be reached at 902-864-0825.  If there is no answer or the line is busy simply leave me a message or email me at cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

This Friday we will be completing 3 cards and a matchbox created on the Big Shot.  Here's one of the projects which features products from the new Occasions Mini Catalogue which should be delivered to your mail box very soon, if you are on my mailing list.  View all the Projects



With Sale-a-bration almost over I have been playing with some of the Delicate Dot Designer Paper to create some cards with other stamp sets.  I love the spring colors and they remind me of some of the crocus, daffodils,and tulips that are starting to poke their heads above the ground in my garden.  This is another very simple and quick card, and it made me smile, thus the name!  Here are the directions for you to try this card:

SMILE CARD  Cutting Directions:

Cut a standard Whisper White card and score at 4 1/4 inches with the fold at top.

Cut a Bashful Blue piece that measures 5 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

Cut a striped piece of the Delicate Dots paper to measure 5 1/2 x 1 inch

Using the Large Oval punch, punch out a piece of Certain Celery

Using the Scallop Oval punch, create a Bashful Blue mat


Using the Fifth Avenue Floral set and the Botanical Blooms Sale-a-bration set, stamp random flowers in Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, and Certain Celery Classic inks.  Be sure to overlap the flowers in places and to leave the bottom inch unfinished.

Using the Eyelet Border Punch create a designed edge on one long edge of your Bashful Blue card stock.  Flat tape your striped paper to this piece and then flat tape it using Snail Adhesive to the bottom of your card front.  It should be about 1/4 inch above the bottom edge of the card so that some of the white edge is still visible.

Using the Eastern Elegance Rub Ons cut out the "smile", or the greeting of your choice and rub on to the Certain Celery oval.  Adhere this to the Bashful Blue Scallop.  Punch a hole above the greeting and insert a green rhinestone brad from the Ice Square Rhinestone Brad collection.

Using two Stampin' Dimensionals, adhere this to the card front on the right hand side of the card, overlapping the border and the upper portion of the card.

Great Job!  Have a MARVELOUS MONDAY!

PS To order any of the supplies shown simply click on the links and you will be re-directed to the Online Shopping menu at Stampin' Up!  You can order online 24/7!


March 27, 2009


Today I decided to break out some Rub-Ons as I'm on a bit of a time crunch and they are so easy and fast to product some great results.  The first card is very bold and whimsical in it's style and only took me about 5  minutes to produce. Here's how you make it.

Cut a standardOWL THANK YOU CARDd card 4 1/4 X inches and score at 5 1/2 " with the fold at the top.  Score one inch above the bottom edge.  From the Bright Delight Rub Ons cut a 4 1/4 inch strip from the border and rub in place as shown.  Next cut 2 mats.  The first one is Chocolate Chip and measures 4 x 4".  The second one is from the Tangerine Tango designer paper and measures 3 x 3 1/2 inches.  Using the Tag Corner Punch, clip all four corners of both pieces.  Cut out the owl Rub On with the Thank You greeting right below it on the sheet.  Rub on to the left hand side of your Tangerine D/P mat.  Punch out a large Photo Corner from Kiwi Kiss and insert a green rhinestone brad from the Ice Circles in the center of the outer corner as shown.  Flat tape this mat to the Chocolate Chip mat, centering.  Flat tape the matted piece to the card front centering above the scored line.  That's's it!




The next project is also a jiffy, definitely another 5 minute card!  Good to go when you BEAUTIFUL TREE CARDare in a hurry!  Here's how to make it: 

Cut a standard Chocolate Chip card with the fold at the left hand side of the card.  Score a line 1" from the right hand side of the card.  Cut one piece of Natural Ivory 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches.  Cut a Kiwi Kiss mat 5 x 2 3/4 inches.  TicketCorner punch all four corners of both pieces.

Next rub on the tree image in the center of the Naturals Ivory card stock.  Tie a narrow piece of Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around the bottom of the piece and tie in a double knot.  Trim

Punch a hole just above the ribbon and insert the Chchocolate Chip Jumbo brad.  Mount this piece to the Kiwi Kiss mat with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Rub on the "beautiful" word to the upper right hand corner of the card front, centering between the edge of the card and the scored line.  That's done!  As my grand-daughter says, "There you go!"  10 minutes and you have 2 simple cards. 


Have a great weekend all!  I'm off to celebrate my Mom's 82nd birthday!



March 26, 2009


This is a continuation of the article I posted last Thursday.  I came across this article a number of years ago and thought I would share it with you.  Credit goes to the folks at Creative Keepsakes and Molly Newman who put together the "Quick ABC's of Photography".

SELF-TIMER - Use this nifty feature to include yourself in at least a couple of your group photos!

TOYS - When they're engrossed in a game or toy, children will ignore your camera and let you take completely candid shots-this works well with grown-ups and their "toys" as well. 

U - "U" shouldn't always be the one with the camera!  Pass it off to a friend, spouse, or child for a few shots from a different perspective.

VALUES - Show your family's faith, hope, charity - whatever values you hold most dear.

WEATHER - The weather and your family's reactions to it - shoveling snow, splashing in the rain, braving a heat wave- add great interest to your photos.

X-TREME CLOSE UPS- Get Close enough to see those freckles and smudges on children's faces.

YOUTHFULNESS - Catch kids' high jinks and scrapes.  If your first impulse is to scold try snapping a picture instead.

ZOOM - Use your zoom lens when you're far away or want to catch candid moments in action.

Now to add a little challenge to this part of the article.....

Create a scrapbook page using one of these techniques in the pictures and I will add it to a special photo album here called the ABC's of Photography.    I will be collecting these pages during Marchand uploading them in April.  Everyone will get a chance to vote on the entries and the participant with the most votes will win a Simply Scrappin' Kit of their choice.  If you would like to enter please email your finished page pictures to me or contact me for mailing address.  There is no limit on how many entries you make.  The first 10 entries will receive a suprise from me!

Contact me at cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com


March 25, 2009


Stamp-a-ma-jigHave you ever experienced the frustration of ruining the perfect card with a crooked greeting or sentiment?  I know I have!  Today's tip involves our wonderful tool called the Stamp-a-ma-jig which is a registered product of EK Success, that Stampin' Up! sells in our tool section.  This is one tool you don't want to be without!

The Stamp-a-ma-jig allows you to place any image exactly where you want it.  It makes 2-step stamping a snap and letter/word placements perfect every time.    

It is also perfect for getting your rubber perfectly aligned with the image sticker when you are mounting your new stamp sets. 


Stamp Mounting Techniques

Perfect placement

When you assemble your stamps using the Stamp-a-ma-jig®, the label will be placed precisely to match the rubber. This gives you one way to know exactly where you're stamping each time. Here's how.

1. Mount stamp on wood block as desired.


2. Line up corner of Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet with your Stamp-a-ma-jig, and stamp image in corner of sheet.


3. Turn imaging sheet over, and line up the label, sticky-side-up, over the stamped image. Lightly adhere label to imaging sheet using SNAIL Adhesive®.


4. Line up stamp with Stamp-a-ma-jig once again. Turn imaging sheet back over, line up corner with Stamp-a-ma-jig over stamp, and press down on block to adhere label.


Easy Two-Step Stampin'

There's no need to realign the imaging sheet each time you stamp-just use the corner of the Stamp-a- ma-jig to guide you. This method is perfect for Two-Step Stampin'® sets, but you may like it so much that you use it with all your stamps!

1. Mount first stamp on wood block as desired.

2. Line up corner of Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet with your Stamp-a-ma-jig, and stamp image in corner of sheet. Mark corner of wood block that was lined up with Stamp-a-ma-jig.

3. Remove backing from rubber portion of second stamp, hold by edges, and line up exactly over the stamped image on the imaging sheet with the sticky side up. You may need to pick up imaging sheet to see that image is aligned properly.


4. Line up wood block for second stamp with Stamp-a-ma-jig, and press down to mount stamp.


Be sure to view a video demonstration on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-gig for all your projects at the EK Success website.



March 24, 2009


SAB_2008_THUMB_USCANJust in case you didn't know, the last day to take advantage of the sale-a-bration catalogue is Tuesday, March 31-09.  This is the best sale of the year and a great chance to get some beautiful free merchandise.  Here's how it works:

Customers: For every $60 you spend you get your choice of one free item

Hostesses: Host a workshop or catalogue party of $350 and receive a free product

Recruits: Sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and select any extra stamp set up to $56.95.  Also the Starter Kit is on sale for $209 dollars which you can pay for in 3 easy payments.  The benefits of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator are multiple.  Be sure to contact me if you have questions about our career plan and the many benefits of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Feel free to have one last peek at the catalogue by clicking on the catalogue.  If you need some help with your wish list feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help you. 

Just to add a bonus to your order, anyone who orders from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue this last week will receive FREE full instructions to create a Pouch and 4 Gift cards using products from the catalogue.  To qualify simply go on-line and make your purchases or contact me by email or phone.  (902) 864-0825

4 Gift Cards

To view all the projects go to the:


Project Photo Album

Download Gift Card Pouch Class 09-03-23-2


I love working with our Stampin' Pastels a.k.a. chalks.  There are so many wonderful tips for their use, but today's tips are some hints of what to do with them when they are broken and crumbling.

Tip #1 Repairing your Broken Stampin' Pastels

Crumble the broken pastel even more into a small container.  Mix a tiny bit of water with the pastel until it forms a thick paste.  Be conservative with the water or it will ruin the chalk.  Scrape the thick paste back into the original container and smooth the top until very flat.  Leave the Stampin' Pastel case open to the air to allow it to dry.  Depending on the humidity it can take as long as 3-4 days to dry, but it will eventually be just like new!  You will notice that as the chalk dries, the outer edges dry first, and become lighter in color.

CAN_ST-10-A  Tip # 2 New Technique with your Broken Stampin' Pastels

Here's an idea for a new technique to try with your broken pastels.  Crush up your old chalks with the end of your stylus tool until you have made a nice powder. Add one teaspoon of Lumiere® and mix till smooth. Add Pearl Ex or Primary Elements to this mix for shimmer. For example, take red pastel chalk, add one teaspoon of Lumiere, and then add a pinch of Interference Red Pearl Ex. Experiment with different color combinations to create new looks.

Don't forget that you should seal your chalk art with a spray matte fixative.  If you don't have any on hand try using a light misting of hair spray.   Keep the hairspray at least 12 inches away from the paper as you don't want the card stock to become soaked as it will warp it.  DO NOT USE HAIRSPRAY on your Scrapbook pages as it is not acid free and could damage your photos and other elements over time.  

March 23, 2009


HOCKEY TIN  Today I thought I would feature my friend Lynn's latest masterpiece.  This gal is one of my stamping buddies and wow is she creative.  I love giving her new products to try because you know she's always going to come up with a one of a kind project.

Recently, I purchased some blank rub-on sheets which allow you to create your own rub-ons by stamping on them or printing designs and/or photos from your printer on them.  Lynn created this amazing hockey tin with one of these sheets.  She simply printed the photo on the sheet and then rubbed it on the top of a tin.  Check out the results!!!

She has such an eye for details.  She covered the sides of the tin with the team's colors and inserted one of our star brads to add a little extra.  Inside she stamped hockey images on the lid and lined the edges with a hockey lace.  TOO CUTE!





Great job Lynn!  Watch for more projects from Lynn, who truly is a stamping artist.

March 20, 2009


Have I told you lately that I love birds!!!  I think they are such a beautiful part of our world, their plumage is so beautiful and their songs so happy when you wake up in the morning and hear them.  For as long as I can remember I've always owned budgie birds so I enjoy the singing inside and out.  Birds are also very intelligent.  Most of them average the IQ of a grade 4 student which is why they can so cleverly learn to speak and create such architectures in the nests that they build every spring.  I have always enjoyed watching them eat at our feeders and welcome them with many tempting treats!

Today's stamp set involves birds in one of the cards made from the Cheep Talk Stamp Set.  This card was definitely an experiment and in a moment you will understand why!  The palette for the card was Not Qutie Navy and also Certain Celery, and Garden Green.  I stamped the images and then......

PAINTED CRYSTAL EFFECTS CARD I mixed a few drops of Crystal Effects with a few drops of a Baja Breeze Re-inker.  Then I wet a flat paint brush slightly and picked up the color.  First I painted the bird including his wing and it added this beautiful sheen and dimension to him.  Secondly using the same color, yes the Baja Breeze/Crystal Effects paint I shadded one side of each of the leaves.  The picture doesn't really do it justice, you'll just have to try it to see how it looks.  Lastly I stamped the greeting and then took another brush of my "experiment" and just swished it along the image.  I think I was feeling a little free today so expect anything!!!  To top it off I used a Baja Corduroy Button and the double stitched ribbon for some embellishments.  You just have to try it, it's a fabulous medium to paint with, as it goes on so smoothly.  I bet a few Dazzling Diamonds would really work too!

For my next act...... (ha, ha).... much easier, I promise....

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND CARD Have you got a friend that may need a pick me up?  This is a simple card that you can whip up in a jiffy.  Take the brown checked paper from the Good Morning Sunshine Designer Paper and adhere it to the So Saffron card front.  Then take the Kiwi Kiss paper with the circle patterns and choose one of the obvious circles and punch it out using the Scallop Punch.  The color the flower and stamp it on a remnant of Whisper White.  Ink and stamp the stem and leaves.  Punch out with the circle punch and pop to the center of the Scallop opening.  Add the ribbon, the flower button and greeting to complete the card.  For the complete instructions and supply list you can download the file here:



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