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23 posts from May 2009

May 29, 2009


As you know I LOVE birds so of course this particular stamp set is in my collection. 

Pull out the Taken with Teal ink pad to color the exotic bird image in the Bird on a Branch stamp set. This set has a distinctly Asian styling. This Two-Step Stampin' Set features blossoms and speckles you can add to your branch, or leave it bare. Either way, the exotic bird is ready to perch pensively on the branch.   This stamp set also has a matching designer paper, Flock Together.


For the first card I created a scene using all 5 of the images in this stamp set.  With a palette of  Taken with Teal, Kiwi Kiss, and Apricot Appeal for the flowers which I chose to scatter on the ground.  Chocolate Chip was used for the branches and also to create the greeting along the horizon.  To get the soft look of the sky and ground I sponged the color on with wide circular and sweeping motions.  The only embellishment added was the Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon.

Bird On A Branch

The second image is a night scene which was stamped on Basic Black cardstock using Encore inks of  Copper, Gold and silver.  The moon was created with a large sponge dauber in silver ink.  Mounted on Copper Cardstock  and embellished with a black pearl.  The Greeting comes from the Elegant Cheer set and was stamped in Basic Black ink.

Moonlit Trees

If you would like to join an upcoming class to create these cards, join me on June 25th for the Technique Club.  We will be completing these 2 cards and 2 others using stamps to create scenes.  For more information contact me at cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com or call me at (902) 864-0825.

May 28, 2009


This post is for all those who love flowers and love to garden.  My son-in-law Colin helped me to create many flower gardens last summer and these are few of the spring flowers that are now in full bloom.  I love the bright colors and the different beds.  Flowers make beautiful scrapbook pages, so if you have never tried photographing your favorite flowers, why not try it?

The page includes rub-ons and some faux stitching.  The color palette is Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, and Baja Breeze.

Spring Flowers Page

May 27, 2009


By far my favorite tool is the Crop-a-Dile!  I remember when I actually had to use a hammer and an eyelet setter to get the job done.  This old way certainly hindered my late night projects as the noise would have wakened my entire household!

Crop-a-Dile This wonderful tool can punch through chip board, tin, acrylic and multiple layers like cutting through butter.  You can even set the hole depth using the gauges on the left and right hand arms, which allows you to perfectly align eyelets with ease and precision.

It sets eyelets that are 3/16" and 1/8" with ease.  Besides that it has adjustable dials that allow you to accomplish many other functions quietly and with little effort!

On the top right hand side are the following settings:

A = 3/16" eyelet setter

B=1/8" round snap setter

C=1/8" eyelet setter

D= Flat setter for all oversized, miscellaneous and square shaped metal embellishments and snaps.

On the top left hand side are the following settings:

1=Large and Extra large eyelet and Snap Flare

2=Medium eyelet and snap flare.

3=Small eyelet and snap flare.

4=Cone shaped flare for snaps and eyelets where the eyelet tube is not completely hollow and for other miscellaneous cast metal eyelets and snap shapes.

If you haven't yet purchased your Crop-A-Dile contact me today and you'll receive yours tax free!

May 26, 2009



NOW is the time to book your June Workshop at my house or yours, because you can earn more free merchandise, besides the regular hostess benefits.  As a hostess you get to choose the theme of your workshop and you and your guests will complete projects around that theme.  All the prep is done for you, so all you have to do is provide some light refreshments.

Contact me today to book your workshop!  Hurry as my calendar has limited space for June!

Phone: (902) 864-0825

Dates: June 1-30, 2009

Promotion Details:

The Summer Fun Hostess Bonus Promotion has two parts:

  • Hostesses who hold a $330-$524.99 workshop will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars.
  • Hostesses who hold a $525 or more workshop will receive an additional $50 in hostess free merchandise dollars.

Please note that the amounts listed above are sales before shipping and taxes.


Have you ever received a gift that was completely unexpected?  When you do it's very special isn't it?  With paper crafts there are so many ways to create a simple and economical gift that will be a special treasure to the recipient.  Whether you create a container for the gift, a gift card or the gift itself you can be sure that it will be even more special because you made it yourself.  Let your gift giving become another chance to paper craft!

Avoid last minute stress regarding special occasions by:

Keeping a special calendar of birthdays and occasions you want to remember.  Make the calendar with your paper crafts! Stampin' Up!'s has two different calendars to choose from:

Birthday Calendar

Days - To - Remember Calendar


Make things ahead such as: Birthday cards, special bags for new neigbours or those who are sick or in the hospital.

Gift Bags

Birthday Gift Bag

Cello Bags 

Cello Bag  

When shopping keep an eye out for unique containers that you can transform with your paper crafts.  One of my favorites is simply decorating plain gift bags from the dollar store.

Make some home made baked goods and send them to a new mother or an elderly neighbour.

There are lots of recipes for giving just dry ingredients for home made goodies.  All they have to add is oil, milk, water or eggs.  These can be beautifully packaged in mason jars and of course decorated with your paper crafts!

Did you know you can stamp on candles and glass candle holders?  Use Stazon Inks for the glass and it will be permanent.  Don't forget Rub-Ons which work beautifully on many surfaces.


May 25, 2009


Front Cover.jpg

Today I created a round scrapbook using Acrylic Covers and the Simply Stampin' Kit "Love Sparkles".  The pictures are from my grand-daughter's 2nd Birthday celebrations.  The Scrapbook was held together by setting 3/16" eyelets in each of the pages and which matched the holes punched in the Acrylic Covers.  It was joined together with Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and then decorated with Regal Rose ribbon and some pink streach ribbon from a previous Valentines promotion.

View the Entire Album Here

May 23, 2009


I113230F The greatest reward for a kindness can be gratitude expressed. Let someone know how much their kindness meant to you with a card or gift using the Echoes of Kindness stamp set. 

This is one of our free hostess sets which can only be earned by hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop in my home or yours.  This is a Level 2 set and is achieved when sales are at $395 or more before shipping and taxes.  This set is only available until the end of June, so if you would like to host a workshop for you and your friends be sure to contact me.

It's the perfect set for using water color techniques or any kind of coloring. I created 2 cards with the set and they are very inspiring for spring!




The first card has a palette of Riding Hood Red, Whisper White and Certain Celery. The image was stamped with Basic Grey Classic Ink and then colored with markers and gel pens.  There is a hint of sparkle which came also from one of the Sakura sparkling pens.  For accens I added the 2 Rhinestone brads and the Organdy/Silk ribbon.


 The second card has a color combination of Almost Amethyst, So Saffron and Lovely Lilac.  I stamped the flowers in Whisper White Craft Ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then brayered Almost Amethyst Classic Ink all over the Glossy White cardstock it was stamped on.   After I colored the flowers, leaves and stems with markers I heat set it again.  This causes the colors to melt into the white craft ink.  This card was embellished with a So Saffron button and the greeting was colored with a Lovely Lilac marker and then mounted as shown.

The sentiment that comes with this stamp set is:

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Theresa

May 21, 2009


Last Friday, my youngest daughter Jocelyn, graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design or NSCAD for short.  The school colors are purple and green so I decided to make her a 6 x 6 album of the days events, using the 2 Sweet Simply Scrappin' Kit.  Once I finished the smaller album I still had lots left over so I also completed a 12 x 12" page which I'm showcasing here.


This is a picture of Jocelyn and her friend Bree and the joke is that everyone at NSCAD thought they were sisters.  I think you can see why!! 

It never ceases to amaze me at just how much you can do with one of our Simply Scrappin' Kits!  I still have left overs after completing a 20 page 6 x 6 album and this 12 x 12 page.  The only extras added to the page were the Star Brads.

Here's what this kit looks like brand new:


Contents Include:

6 Full Sheets of Stickers

8 Sheets of 12 x 12 Textured Card Stock (2 of Each Color) Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum & Kiwi Kiss

6 Sheets of Double Sided Paper (3 Sheets each of 2 different designs)

All for the low price of $23.95 plus shipping & tax.

To order this Kit or any of our Simply Scrapping Kits, (Page 162-165 of the Spring/Summer 2009 Catalogue), contact me by email or phone.



(902) 864-0825

May 20, 2009


Add some hardware to your projects. Our high-quality Hodgepodge Hardware contains etched designs on brads and accents that coordinates with several of our punches. Each kit contains approximately 100 embellishments and 100 3/16" brads.  These high quality metal accents coordinate with many of our punches.  With two beautiful colors to choose from you will be able to easily coordinate them with all of your paper crafts.  Don't forget that the silver can be painted with a combination of crystal effects and dye inks or with alcohol inks to change the color to match anything! 

Styled Silver

Styled Silver

Styled Vanilla

Styled Vanilla 

Each hardware kit includes:

10 Raised Dots Desginer Holders

10 Small Rectangular Holders

10 Square Holders

10 Oval Holders

10 Circle Holders

10 1/2" Genuine Brads

10 3/8" Star Brads

10 1/2" Flower Brads

10 3/8" Flower Brads

10 Flower Ribbon Slides

100 3/16" Brads



As a special offer you can order 50 pieces of hardware from of each kit, so that you will have both the styled silver and the styled vanilla hardware pieces.  All together you will receive 100 pieces of hardware for the low price of $20.00 including shipping and taxes.  To order your sample kit today Contact Cindy.  This offer is not available through online shopping.


May 19, 2009


Do you have any Build-A-Brads which are just collecting dust in your embellishment drawer or shelf?  Here's a few  ideas of how to make the most of them.


Embossed Build-a-Brad

The first picture is an Embossed Brad that was created by dipping the brad in Rose Red Craft Ink and then embossing it with Clear Embossing Powder.  This was repeated to make sure it was well covered.  I then added a 3/4" piece of matching designer paper for the center and added the clear adhesive bubble.

Designer Paper Brad 

To create the second project the Striped Designer Paper had a 3/4" circle punched out and adhered to the brad with Snail Adhesive.  It was then covered with the clear bubble sticker to create the faux epoxy sticker look and feel.

Inked Build-a-Brad

This brad was colored with a Touch Alcohol Marker and then covered with a bubble.  You can achieve the same effect using your re-inkers and alcohol.

Sticker Build-a-Brad 

This Scrapbooking flower sticker had the center punched out with the 3/4" circle punch.  This was placed on the brad and covered with a bubble.  It was then inserted back in to the center of the flower sticker.  I also added a second bubble to the other sticker to make it look like an epoxy sticker.

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