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25 posts from April 2009

April 30, 2009


One of my favorite kinds of scrapbookng pages to create, are those which complement any kind of water pictures, such as ocean scenes, fishing, swimming and beaches to name a few.  For those of you who are not familiar with Nova Scotia's geography, we are a peninsula and of course that means that we are surrounded by beautiful oceans.  Our capital city, Halifax, is a port city and has gorgeous views of the ocean.   The neighboring twin city is Dartmouth, which not only has the ocean views, but many beautiful lakes as well.  I guess that's why they call Darmouth the city of lakes.


I love creating pages with water, probably because my favorite color is blue!  I love all shades and hues of blues and if you were to check out the wardrobe in my closet you would soon realize that it is dominated by the clolor blue.  My favorite Stampin' Up! color is Ballet Blue; what's yours?

I also remember when I was a toddler I had a book which had a panel in one of the pages that looked like a fish tank complete with tiny goldfish swimming around.  I thought this was amazing and couldn't figure out how they ever got the fish and the water in my book!  Well today I'm going to connect you to a link that will help you discover just how do to that in your scrapbook page layouts.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed!  What a great addition to those "water" pages. 


April 29, 2009



You’ll love our portable cutting kit! This handy kit includes all of the tools you’ll need to perforate, cut, score, or distress your paper. It’s perfect for projects on the go! Includes a paper distressing tool and 3 Mini rotary tools: Cutting tool, perforating tool, and scoring tool.  Tools are attached to a “key chain” and packaged in a vinyl zip pouch for easy portability.




The Cutting Tool is a miniature rotarty cutter  which can be used to create straight cuts as well as wavy ones.  Make your own grass easily with this great tool.  The Scoring Tool is great for straight scores but did you know that you can also use it to create your own patterns of scored lines.  It's a great way to create dimension on your leaves and flowers by scoring veins and accents.  Want to make faux brick?  This little scoring tool will do the trick.  The Perforating Tool is great for creating your own coupon books, tickets, or bookmarks that can be torn off of your hand-made card.  You can also use it just as an accent on a frame or mat.  The Distressing Tool has seven different sides to use to create that weather beaten look.

The Cutter Kit is made for portability and is the perfect tool to pack in your crop bag.  Today the cutter kit can be yours for the catalogue price without shipping and taxes.  This special cannot be purchased through oonline shipping so contact me directly to order yours for $20.95.

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April 28, 2009


Today's tip is going to show you how to use your Scallop Edge Punch to create a Picket Fence.

Step 1

Take a piece of cardstock of your choice, ( I used Glossy White ) and create the scallop edge on one of the long sides.


Step 2

Place the straight edge at the bottom against the top of your cutter and then carefully slice each picket at the valley of the scallop edge.

Step 3

Line up the pickets side by side.  You can trim the pickets to the desired length buy cutting off the bottom straight edges of each piece.  It makes for an interesting fence if you stagger the lenghts of the picket fence as you will see in my finished project.


Step 4

Take two of your pickets and adhere them horizontallly across your fence as shown. 


Now you can create picket fences on your cards, your scrapbook pages, as borders and even home decor pictures.  Here's the card I created with a custom made fence.


Create this card by first cutting a Certain Celery background with the rotary cutter on the Cutter Tool and then adhere this to a Glossy White card front.  Next sponge the sky with Baja Breeze classic ink. masking the celery horizon with paper.  Adhere the picket fence to the card with Snail Adhesive.  Decorate the fence with the self adhesive stickers from the Sunshine Garden Scrappin' Kit.  Add the So Saffron "Enjoy" sticker as your greeting.  This is a great project to do with children as it is very simple and fast.

April 27, 2009


  Finally, we had spring weather over the weekend and finally I felt like designing a SPRING card.  The perfect stamp set for any season is Season of Friendship.  This tree can be stamped to fit any season.  I dedided to use the flowers and leaves to create a Spring tree.


  • To create this card stamp the trunk with Close to Cocoa Classic Ink. 
  • Next stamp the flowers with Pink Pirouette
  • Shade the flowers with Pretty in Pink and a Blender Pen
  • Color the center of the flowers with Barely Banana
  • Create a mask with a post it note of the flower stamp
  • Use the  mask to protect the flowers and stamp the leaves in Mellow Moss to fill in the tree
  • Stamp the bird in Bashful Blue and cut it out and adhere to one of the branches with Stampin' Dimensional
  • Stamp the greeting with Close to Cocoa ink at the bottom right of the card
  • Trim the finished piece to 3-3/4 inches by 5 inches
  • Using the Ticket Corner Punch to clip the corners
  • Cut a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock to 4 inches by 5 1/4 inches
  • Clip the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch
  • Mount the stamped piece to the Close to Cocoa using Snail Adhesive
  • Cut a Pink Pirouette card 4 1/4 inches by 11 inches and score at 5 1/2 inches
  • Mount the finished piece to the card front using Snail Adhesive
  • Adhere a few pink crysals, with Tombo adhesive, on random flower centers
  • Voila!

April 25, 2009


I'm so excited about this new product that just recently hit the stamping world.  Flower soft is a wonderful product that allows you to make 3 dimensional bouquets of flowers for your cards, your scrapbook pages and even for doll house flower arrangements!  It's so easy to use and the results are marvelous!


Each participant in this class will receive the Birthdays Count Mini Kit and all the supplies to create these adorable gift cards and matching envelopes.  We will be also using stamped images from the Pocket Silhouettes Stamp Set and Designer Papers from the Bella Birds collection.  Of course I had to dress them up with some punches and pearls.  This is one class you won't want to miss.  Register early as space is limited.


TIME: 7:00-9:30PM


COST: $25 (including the Birthdays Count Mini Kit)

**Due at the time of Registration




April 24, 2009


I know that I should be thinking about Spring and Summer, flowers and butterflies but.... today as I look out my window at the gray sky, pouring rain and blustering winds my thoughts are more about winter!  Thus today's choice of stamp set, was just too cute to leave it on the shelf at my local rubber stamping store.  Also you have to know that I love any kind of "Snowman" stamp sets!  So once again my addiction dictated my purchase!  This post's for you Sheree!!!


Isn't he darling?  The greeting here is a perfect match for the stamped image.  "A snowflake is winter's butterfly". The snowman is blowing snowflakes out of his mouth and they seemed to have landed in the corners of the card.

The color palette here is definitely great contrasts Tempting Turquoise with it's icy feel and Tango Tangerine to pick up the colors in his carrot nose and his scarf & hat stripes.  Unfortunately you can't feel the band on his sweater and cap but they have been flocked with white flocking.  If you don't know what flocking is, leave a comment with your email address and I'll send you some info about this great product which produces a fuzzy feel to your cards.  I love using it on teddy bears and lambs, scarves and hats, snow on a roof with a little glitter!  Of course I could go on and on but......

Now I think one snowman is kind of lonely and needs a little friend so here's another from the same stamp set.FREEZIN' SEASON This snow lady has a crown of glistening silver snowflakes, compete with minature sparkling centers.  She also has a delightful striped scarf and wears her heart on her tummy!  Of course I love her little cardinal friend and the sparkling trees surrounding her.  To achieve just a hint of sparkle on the snow lady I covered her in the new Frost Versamark pad which adds a beautiful white shine and just the right sprinkle of glitter.  The snow flake background paper was one of our retired Christmas papers from the Wintergreen collection 2007.  The color palette was Certain Celery and Bashful Blue which ties in the background color of the designer paper and the green on the trees and scarf.  Another greeting that is too cute for words...."Happy Freezin' Season!", captures once again the feel of the scene. 

I guess a stamper just needs to get their inspiration wherever they can!  Go for it!  Let your inner child come forth!  Who says you can't build a snowman in the middle of Spring?

April 23, 2009


I love the look of mulberry paper or handmade papers.  Did you know that you can get the same look with a piece of cardstock?  Cardstock is made of compressed fibers and the key to getting the handmade paper look is to break the fibers of the cardstock.  Stampin' Up! cardstock is the same color all the way through and is perfect to try this technique on.  Many cardstocks have a white core and will not give you the same look.

Cut a piece of cardstock and then holding it tightly between your hands rub it vigorously against the edge of a counter , desk or table. Keep rubbing the paper until you start to see lines in the cardstock.  You'll know when it's ready because the edges will start to give away.  You can hasten the process by lightly spritzing the paper with water and crumpling it in a ball.   Unfold and rub the paper on  the desk edge.

Next gently peel the top layer of the cardstock off of the paper.  Underneath will reveal another layer that will look like and feel like a handmade paper.  This paper is wonderful because you can create great rolled edges to accent photos or journaling.

Here is the before and after pictures of the cardstock.

Before  After

April 22, 2009


For product posts I thought I would start to feature some of the great products that are now available in our new Occassions Mini Catalogue.  Have you seen the new colors of Corduroy Buttons that are now available?  The Mini catalogue now has these great buttons in Baja Breeze and Basic Gray, which of course coordinate perfectly with our inks, Cardstock and Designer Papers.


These buttons add both dimension and texture to your card or scrapbook page.  Here's what you get in each package for $12.75 + Shipping + TaX.

■ 24 buttons per container; 8 each of the following: 3/4" circle with holes, 3/4" circle with prong attachment, 1/2" circle with prong attachment
■ Buttons without holes attach like a brad

Here are the other colors that are available, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Pacific Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Summer SUn and Basic Gray.

I114338T I114339T I114340T I114341T

I114342T I114343T I114345T

Order your favorites today and I'll give you 10% off! cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

April 21, 2009


One of my favorite looks on cards and scrapbook pages alike are accents created with sponges and shapes.  Every time I use my Big Shot to cut out a die-cut, I'm always asking myself, what can I do with the negative space that is left?  For example I love the Oval Scallop Frame becuase it not only produces a great frame for photo's or stamped images; it also gives you the perfect "stencil" to sponge an oval background.

Sponged Birthday

In this card I simply wanted to pick up some of the kiwi colored swirls that were in the background paper.  The beauty of using a pre-cut frame and adhereing it with some Dotto Adhesive, is that you get a perfet guide for your sponging.  When I want to get this affect, I use either our Stamping Sponges or our Sponge Daubers for smaller spaces.

For a soft look lay down a smaller amount of inks or blend of ink colors.  For a more dramatic look lay down more ink on your sponge.

Be sure to experiment with your sponges and die cuts, or with your punches.  I'm sure you will love the look you  will achieve.

Happy Sponging everyone!


This card was made by another one of my stamping buddies, Nancy.  I love the palette of pink, gray and silver as well as the unique ideas she used with the Pink Pirouette double striped grosgrain ribbon.   The card was created using colored pencils and dove blending solution.  Love how she created the greeting and mounted it on the oval scallop punched out of the silver paper.

Isn't the greeting just too cute? 


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