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23 posts from June 2009

June 30, 2009

TUESDAY'S TERRIFIC TIP- STAMPIN' UP ON YOU TUBE

This is a very quick tip for you.  Stampin' Up! is now got their own You Tube channel where you can go and see some great ideas for everything from products, to home decor, and of course great project ideas.  Just follow the link below and then add the links to your favorites or subscribe to their videos so you won't miss a thing!

Lots and lots of ideas and catalysts for your stamping inspiration!  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/stampinupvideo

June 29, 2009

MONDAY'S MARVELOUS PROJECT - GLITTER RITZ

I recently discovered a new product called Glitter Ritz.  This ultra-fine glitter gives fabulous bling, and a smooth as suede finish.  Unlike other ultra-fine glitters it does not come off when applied to tape or with Tombo glue.  You can rub your finger over it, once applied and nothing comes off.

Glitter Ritz 

To create the glittered strip I applied a 1-1/2" strip of double sided tape and then removed the top non-sticky layer of the tape.  I then took the Oval Scallop Punch and the 3-flower punch and punched the shapes out of the top layer of the non-sticky cover.  Next I applied these shapes to the sticky tape on the card front, positioning them as shown.  These work as a mask so that only the background was covered wtih the Cinnamon Glitter Ritz.  Next I removed the Oval Scalloped mask and the center flower mask and covered the exposed tape with the Poppy Orange Glitter Ritz.  Finally I removed the flower from the right hand side and covered it with Champagne Glitter Ritz, and the last flower was covered with Kiwi Green Glitter Ritz.  The finished product is so smooth that I was even able to apply the butterfly rub-on to the scallop oval.

Unfortunately the photo doesn't do justice to this fantastic product.  If you love bling you'll love Glitter Ritz!

June 26, 2009

FRIDAY'S FABULOUS STAMP SET - KIND & CARING THOUGHTS

Today's featured stamp set is a Hostess Level III set from the new catalog.  The set includes 3 flower images, 3 Greetings and 6 Sentiments for the inside of your card, that's 12 images in all!  The first card I made has a palette of Soft Suede, Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry.  Don't the new colors sound so delicious!!!

BEST WISHES CARD 

The design of this card is very simplistic.  Here are the directions:

  • Cut a standard 8-1/2 x 5-1/2" Soft Suede card and score at 4-1/4".  Fold should be at the top.
  • Stamp the Scalloped image from the Circle Circus Stamp Set in Soft Suede classic ink
  • Using your 1-1/4" Circle punch, punch out the center circle of the stamped image
  • Punch out a 1-1/2" circle of Dusty Durango Card Stock
  • Stamp the small flower image in the center of the circle
  • Accent the open areas of this flower with a glaze pen and allow to dry
  • Open to the inside of your card and apply some small bits of Snail Adhesive around the punched circle edge
  • Adhere your stamped circle over the hole so that your flower is in the center and is visible from the front side of the card
  • Next cut a piece of Crushed Curry card stock 4-1/2 x 2-1/2"
  • Punch a Scallop circle about 3/4" from the bottom of the piece and then adhere it to the card front making sure your scallop circle is aligned around your original stamped scallop.  It should be flush to the right hand side of the card
  • Now trim off the excess card stock from the top and bottom
  • Cut a 4-1/4 x 1" piece of Dusty Durango and punch one long edge with the Eyelet Border punch
  • Adhere to the card front making the straight edge flush with the Crushed Curry piece
  • Stamp the larger flower image with Soft Suede in, on the Soft Suede portion on the left hand side of the card as shown
  • Stamp "Best Wishes" on the Crushed Curry card stock centering between the scalloped flower ant the top of the card

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CARD 

This card is done with the color palette of Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla.  Don't you just love the new polka-dot ribbon?  Here are the directions:

  • Cut a standard 8-1/2 x 5-1/2" Rich Razzleberry card and score at 4-1/4".  Fold should be at the top.
  • Cut a piece of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer paper 5-1/4 x 3" and adhere to the card front near the bottom and centering left to right
  • Using the Wide Oval punch punch out an oval on the bottom left of the card as shown.
  • Take a sponge and sponge the edges of the cut out oval with a bit of Rich Razzleberry ink
  • Cut a 2 inch square of Very Vanilla card stock and glue on the inside bottom of the card so that it shows through the oval window
  • Stamp the greeting of your choice, with Rich Razzleberry ink,  through the Oval window on to the Very Vanilla making sure it is centered.  I used "Happy Anniversary" from the new Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, which has 24 different greetings!
  • Cut out a 1-3/4" square of Very Vanilla
  • Using Rich Razzleberry ink, stamp the large flower image in the center and then accent it with a clear sparkle gel pen
  • Lightly sponge the piece with some Rich Razzleberry ink and then mount on a Rich Razzleberry 2" square of card stock
  • Adhere to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Wrap a piece of the Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon around the card front centering over the seam where the designer paper and card stock meet
  • Adhere in place using Snail adhesive.  Make sure your seam is just above your stamped flower
  • Cut another 4" piece of ribbon and tie a knot in the center of it.  Trim the edges of either end and then adhere to the seam in your first piece of ribbon using a Mini glue dot

    If you like the images from these cards why not host a Stampin' Up! workshop for you and your friends? The stamp set is yours for free when you have a qualify workshop of $655 or more.  Don't forget I can host your workshop at my home, all you have to do is show up with your friends.  Hosting a workshop is a great way to earn free products from all our current catalogues! 

  • On July 23rd I will also be holding a class to feature this wonderful stamp set.  Contact me today to host a workshop or attend this class.

     

  • June 25, 2009

    THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS ON SCRAPBOOKING - COLOR BLOCKING

    One of the fastest and most economical way to scrapbook is the simplicity of Color Blocking.  The number of styles and ways to create this technique are as endless as your imagination. The July 31st Scrapbooking club will teach you how to accomplish this wonderful look.

    Sliding Page 

    Here is a page I did of Madison's visit to Upper Clements Park.  To view all the projects for this class go to:

    June 24, 2009

    WEDNESDAY'S WONDERFUL PRODUCT - BRAND NEW IN COLORS 2009-2010

    I now have in my posession the BRAND NEW 2009-2010 catalogue and I'm just a little excited to say the least.  If you haven't checked out my calendar of events you should as I've posted all kinds of fun classes for July, August & September!

    Guess what?  Not only do I have the catalogue I also have some of the new product line and so I thought I'd give you a sneek peek at the Brand New In Colors!

    New In Colors Cardstock 

    Let's see left to right you have RICH RAZZLEBERRY, SOFT SUEDE, BERMUDA BAY, CRUSHED CURRY, MELON MAMBO and DUSTY DURANGO.  Aren't they gorgeous!!!

    If that's not enough excitement for you here's a few more temptations!  There are 6 matching polka dotted ribbons!

    New In Color Ribbons 

    Besides the ribbon being new Stampin' Up! is also making assortements of these new In Colors in Textured cardstock in the 8-1/2 x 11 size!

    Now hold your breath stampers.......... Stampin' Up! also has made available all 6 colors in........drum roll please.........

    Incolors%20Markers 

    MARKERS!!! YAHOO! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!  Cindy is now turning cartwheels in her room!!  ha ha

    You don't want to miss getting your hands on the new catalogue so be sure to reserve your spots at my open house on July 10th or 11th to get your FREE copy!  For more details on the open house go to my Calendar of Events.

    June 23, 2009

    TUESDAY'S TERRIFIC TIP - ALTERING YOUR STICKERS

    Sometimes when I look at stickers they just seem to look so flat and I want to liven them up!  You can add your own custom touches to yoru stickers and really individulize them and re-create them to fit your pages.  Here are a few ideas for you to try:

    Outlining: Use a glue pen or a thin paintbrush coated in liquid glue to outline the sticker.  Then sprinkle with glitter, flocking or micro beads to add a stunning accent.

    Grouping: Try grouping several stickers together that seem to work well together. 

    Dress them up: Add buttons, small eyelets or brads to name a few.  Of course any kind of bling will really bring them to life.

    Sanding: Try sanding them with different grades of sandpaper or our distressing tool to get that aged worn look

    Emboss them: Cover the sticker with clear Embossing Ink or Versamark Ink.  Emboss with either clear embossing powder for a glassy look or several coats of UTEE.  (Ultrathick Embossing Powder)  For added sparkle try embossing with Iridescent Ice and bring on the bling.

    Hi-lighting and Shading:  To shade add some chalk in a deeper shade then the original color and to hi-light add a lighter shade then the original color.  This can also be achieved with colored pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits, as well as a blending pen and dye inks.

    Peel Off Stickers: Apply them to acetate and then add crystal effects and glitter to the open spaces to create some stunning results.  This card is one of the projects in the upcoming Hostess Club for July 3-09 where we will be completing 4 projects using acetate.  The ultra-fine glitter used is from our Cosmos Collection.

    Star Acetate Card

    These are just a few ideas for you...believe there are lots and lots more.  Try sprucing up your stickers, I'm sure you will be pleased with the results!

    June 22, 2009

    MONDAY'S MARVELOUS PROJECT - ACETATE IS GREAT!

    Today's post is one of the cards from the upcoming Hostess Club for July 3rd-2009.  The Hostess for the month is Nancy Flecknell and she has requested that we complete our projects using acetate or what Stampin' Up! calls Window Sheets.  They were one of the great new products in the current Occasions Mini Catalogue.

    Razzleberry Acetate Card 

    This card stock is one of the BRAND NEW IN COLORS, and is called RICH RAZZLEBERRY.  Isn't it gorgeous!!!  The designer paper used is also new and is called RAZZLEBERRY LEMONADE.  It's hard to see the acetate in the picture becuase I didn't use a flash.  It is exactly the same size as the designer paper.  I used Rub-ons for the tiny side border of flowers, the large flower, the butterfly and the greeting.To attach the acetate to the card I used the Circle Pink Rhinestone brads and a small dab of Snail which is hidden by the greeting oval.   The thing about acetate is that you have to find clever ways to adhere it as any glue or adhesive would show through it.

    If you would like to create this card and 3 others why not join me for the Hostess Club.  Guests can come for just $10 and you'll make 4 projects.  VIew all the projects.  To sign up for the class just contact Cindy.

    June 19, 2009

    FRIDAY'S FABULOUS STAMP SETS - SLEIGH BELLS RING & PEACEFUL WISHES

    Don't ask me why but I was in the mood for a little Christmas so I've come up with 2 designs that were the final projects for the Advanced Technique Club- Artistic Scenes class that will be taking place on June 25-09.  The first card was made with the Sleigh Bells Ring Stamp Set and features the Spotlighting Technique.

    Winter Scene - Spotlighting 

    The second card is a great way to send a 3-D image and looks similar to a Shadow Box.  I chose the Peaceful Wishes stamp set which has some perfect designs for this look.

    Shadow Box Pine Cones

    If you would like to create these projects and more why not sign up for the class?

    June 18, 2009

    NEW CATALOGUE SHOWCASE AND RETIREMENT SALE!!!

    OPEN HOUSE! OPEN HOUSE! OPEN HOUSE!

    JULY 10-11, 2009

    OUT WITH THE OLD & IN WITH THE NEW!

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    I'm hosting an open house that you just don't want to miss!  I will be selling off retired products at listed price without any shipping or taxes.  That's 23%  off and it will include 40++ Stamp Sets, Designer Papers, and other Accessories.  As always for every dollar you spend I'm going to give you back 50% to shop in the new catalogue!!! 

    Here's what else you will receive at the open house:

    • FREE MAKE 'N TAKES
    • FREE DOOR PRIZES
    • FREE 2009-2010 CATALOGUE & IDEA BOOK

    (You must be a current active customer in 2009 to receive your catalogue free)

    • NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE
    • FREE MUNCHIES AND REFRESHMENTS
    • FREE STAMPIN' BUCKS IF YOU BRING A NEW CUSTOMER TO ME
    • SIGN UP FOR SUMMER & FALL CLASSES & CLUBS
    • OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A STAMPIN' UP HOSTESS AND EARN FREE MERCHANDISE
    • FRIENDSHIP, FUN AND A WARM WELCOME!

    Be sure to reserve your spot today!  You must register for this event!  There are 2 dates to choose from:

    Friday, July 10-2009 7:00pm- 10:00pm

    OR

    Saturday, July 11-2009 10:00am- 3:00pm

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 1-09

    To reserve your FREE spot Contact Cindy:

    cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

    (902) 864-0825


    THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS ON SCRAPBOOKING - ON A BUDGET

    Today I want to help you save some money on your scrapbook pages.  Who says you need the latest and greatest for embellishments.  Your house is full of economical but great ideas.  Here are a few pointers for you:

    • Use a bobby pin to clip things to your pages.  Because they are metal you can color them with alcohol inks or pigment inks.  Don't forget to emboss and heat set the pigment ink with clear embossing powder or iridescent ice for some added bling
    • Use a make up brush or sponge to chalk some areas on your pages
    • Looking for a great buckle for ribbon?  Try using the tab off of a soda pop can.  Sand it and then cover it with embossable ink and the embossing powder of your choice.  For a really smooth finish repeat the process several times.
    • Paper clips can also be transformed using solvent inks.  Create the color that best suits your layout and clip away!  Great little gadgets for tying some ribbon through too.
    • Are you a sewer?  Then use bits of fabric remnants to create flowers and all kinds of fun accents.  Don't forget that you can run fabric through the Big Shot using Bigz dies and get some stupendous accents.
    • Raid your button drawer and you will find all kinds of unique embellishments.
    • What a metal accent? Run some aluminum foil through your Big Shot and get some great results.
    • Create background pages using shaving cream, gyprock tape, acrylic paints and anything you can think of. 
    • Weave some ribbon to create some great accents for borders on your pages
    • Get out your stapler and Sharpie Pens.  Try coloring a whole line of staples with a Sharpie Marker and then use the staples to fasten ribbons and other accents to your pages
    • Have you got lots of old paint samples hidden away?  Those cards make great accents on pages

    Try some of these tips and send me a picture of  your finsihed ideas.  Look around, your house is full of ideas to sue on your scrapbook pages and cards.

    Here's a great link to a tutorial for making projects with Paper Clips.

    http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/paper_clip_bookmark/


    • Please feel free to email me if you have any questions on stamping or scrapbooking, or just need more information.


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