« July 2011 | Main | September 2011 »

19 posts from August 2011

August 31, 2011

Leave Your Wallet at Home Stamping Fun!

How would you like to treat you and your friends to a fun night out?

  • One brand new Stamp for every participant
  • All supplies to create two beautiful cards
  • FUN!
  • No previous stamping experience necessary
  • Hands On Help and Instruction
  • Free Gift Certificate for future purchases


As the Special Guest at this event you simply gather your friends, choose your favourite stamp and theme for the night.  Each of your friends will pre-pay $20 to you, and you will come for free. Contact me today and let the FUN begin!


Cindy Grantham - Stampin' Up!     

Phone: (902) 864-0825    Email:cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

Blog: www.cindyloustampingguru.com

August 29, 2011


Today I stamped a card for my upcoming Shoe Box Swap with my Downline, other Stampin' Up! demonstrators who signed up under me.  I used the Merry & Type Stamp Set which includes a beautiful ornament punch and 5 wonderful Christmas Greetings.  Take a look at the stamp set:

Merry & Type - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

This great stamp set is availavle in Wood Mounted, Clear Mounted and as a Digital Download.  It also is the perect match for the Letters To Santa Designer Papers:

Letters To Santa Designer Series Paper - by Stampin' Up!

Here is the card that I made"

Ornament Card
Cardstock: Gold Shimmer, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler

D/P: Letters To Santa

Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon (Holiday Mini Catalogue coming September 1)

Gold Touches were added with: Gold Pearlized Smooch

All products except the quilted ribbon are available in the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue.  You can purchase products from me 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Website by clicking on the Shop Now button.

Shop Online Now!




The new Marker Club is starting on Wednesday September 14th at 7pm.  This month's hostess is Donna Haverstock, which means she will get all the freebies earned at the club plus she chose our stamping theme for this month.  She has chosen to Christmas Tags, so we will be creating 12 Tags in all, 2 of each of these 6 designs:

Red & Green Tags 
Blue Tags

It is not too late to join this fantastic club.  For all the details of how the club works please go to:

Marker Club Details

To register for this club please go here:



August 20, 2011



Have you noticed our brand new layering punches in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue?  These come in 2 different choices.  First is the Doily Triple Layer Punch, which coordinates perfectly with all our new doily stamp sets and specialty designer paper.

Doily Triple Layer Punch - by Stampin' Up!

The second layering punch is the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch which of course is perfect for making great flower embellishments on your cards or your Scrapbook pages.

Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch - by Stampin' Up!

If you follow this link you will find a great video which demonstrates how to use these new punches:

New Triple Layer Punches Video

Order your punches today online at:


or by Emailing Cindy

or calling me at (902) 864-0825 or (902) 223-7248.

Happy Punching!


August 18, 2011


Who says Monday's are no fun?  It's Mojo Monday and they always have a fun new sketch for us card fanatics!!  There is one slight problem with this post... today is Thursday!!!  LOL  Ask me where my brain is today????

Here's this week's sketch:

Here's what I made for it, which just happens to be one of the cards we will be making in the September Holiday Club.

Mojo Monday Card 
This card was created with products from the Spice Cake Product Suite from Stampin' Up!  I love this great designer paper and the stamp set, "Gently Falling" is a wonderful 2-step Stamp Set.  If you would like to make this card, join me for my September Holiday Club on Saturday, September 17th.  You can see all the details by clicking on the Calendar Link above.



It is exactly 2 weeks today until the launch of our new Holiday Mini Catalogue for 2011-2012.  This 44 page mini is full of wonderful new products, stamps, papers and so much more; just in time for all the upcoming holidays.  One of my favorite product lines in this great little mini is called the Spice Cake Product Suite.  It includes some of the most gorgeous designer paper that is definitly one of my all time favorites!  For the September Holiday Club we will be creating 5 beautiful cards using papers, stamps, buttons and lots of embellishments.  They are the perfect cards for any holiday in this Fall season.  Here's what you will make:

Woven Papers Card
This card was created by weaving a variety of the Spice Cake Designer Papers for the background.

Oak Leaves & Acorns Card
Here are some wonderful Oak Leaves and Acorns featured in the Gently Falling Stamp Set that is also part of this great suite of products.

Paisley Card
I love paisley prints, how about you?

Pair Card
How about these gorgeous papers?  I love how they all coordinate so perfectly!

Mojo Monday Card
This card was made from this week's Mojo Monday Sketch.  Once again I love how well these papers match and all the colors that look great with them.

Don't miss this Holiday Club... you will be well equipped for Thanksgiving or any of your fall occasions.  Here are all the details:


TIME: 9:30-12:00AM

COST: $25 for Cards Only

$50 with the Gently Falling Double Stamp Set

$35 with the Spice Cake Designer Paper

$70 with Stamps, Paper & Class


Register Online Now!

August 17, 2011


Once upon a time there was a little girl named Madison.  She liked to stamp with her grand-mother whom she called Mima.  Today Madison is the guest stamping artist on my blog.  Here is her process for stamping!

What Should I Make 
First comes the hardest part, coming up with the idea.

Decisions are Mind Boggling 
Decisions are mind boggling when it comes to stamping.  Let's face it there are so many choices!

Here Goes 
Here Goes.... I love sparkles and I love Butterflies so.....

What Do You Think 
What do you think?  Aren't the new Pennant Punches perfect for butterflies.

I like Butterflies, Do You 

I love butterflies don't you?

Sparkling Butterfly Card 
This is the picture I took of my card, my Mima thinks I did a really good job.

Dedicated to You 
You should try this card at home!  It's fun and it's easy!

August 16, 2011


The Always Thankful Stamp Set which is one of the featured sets in the new Holiday Mini, is comprised of beautiful sketches that are perfect for the fall season and perfect for watercoloring.  Come and create 4 cards using a combination of marker and crayon watercolor techniques.  These are the perfect cards for those special friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Frame a few for some nice accents around your home for this wonderful season of fall.

Here are the projects:

Golden Pairs in Basket 
Pumpkins in the Wheelbarrow 
Wheat in the Milk Pail 
Baskets of Pears


TIME: 9:30-11:30AM





August 11, 2011


In the Stamping Success Magazine for August, there was a beautiful layout using the Sunflower Background stamp.  I decided to use it as a spring board with a few of my own variations and I've come up with a double page layout.  I also used the Specialty Designer paper called Mocha Morning which has beautiful earthy colors.

Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper - by Stampin' Up!

Isn't gorgeous?

Here are my layouts:

Sunflower Page 1 

Sunflower Page 2

Sunflower Scrapbooking Class

When: Saturday, September 3-2011

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Cost: $15

Registration Deadline: August 27-2011

Register Now Online

August 09, 2011



Bow Tutorial

Q: How do you tie great bows? I look at the catalogue and see perfect bows, but mine never turn out looking that nice. What’s the trick?

There sure are some amazing bows out there! You are right — there are a couple of tricks. First of all, there are many ways to tie bows. I’ll share a quick tutorial below with one of my favourite bows! Second, knowing which types of ribbons work best with certain bows is a big help. And lastly, once you’ve learned about the first two tricks, the last trick is just good old fashioned practice!
Picking the right ribbon for your size and type of bow is important. Our lovely 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon is ideal for bows on 3-D items, décor, and gifts. It can be used to make bows on cards that you intend to hand deliver, but is too bulky for standard mailing. Ribbons that are narrower and have a thinner, softer texture work best on cards you intend to mail. Ribbons like 1/2" Seam Binding, 3/8" Taffeta, 3/8" In Colors Ruffled, 1/4" Grosgrain, and 1/8" Taffeta make smaller bows with less bulk and work well for mailing. Ribbons like the 5/8" Satin, Crochet Trim, and 5/8" Organza can also work for cards you are mailing depending on the type of bow you tie. 

There are many different ways to tie bows. Some are basic bows like what you tie in your shoelaces, while some fancy bows can have double or triple loops. Some bows use a brad to hold the ribbon in place instead of a knot and other bows are tied around something, like fork tines, as a template. I’d be thrilled to teach you a variety of bow-tying techniques that you and your friends will love. One of the most popular I do at workshops is the “fork bow". 

It always gets “oh’s, ahh’s, and wows"! Book a workshop with me this fall and we can plan to include some great bows in the demonstrations and make 'n’ takes. You and your friends will love knowing how to make a variety of bows for cards, scrapbooks, crafting, and even basic gift giving! The Elegant Bow is one of my favourites because it is easy, flat, and looks like you know a secret bow-tying trick, which you will! I’ve included a quick tutorial for you below that I hope you enjoy! 

Elegant Bow TutorialRibbon Tutorial
To create an Elegant Bow, you will need a 5" and a 2" strip of ribbon.

1. Lay a 5" piece of ribbon out flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to the center.

2. Fold in the right end of the ribbon and adhere to SNAIL. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of the ribbon end.

3. Fold in the left end of the ribbon and adhere to SNAIL. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of the ribbon end.

4. Place one end of a 2" piece of ribbon over the center of the folded ribbon creating an upside down “T" shape. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of the ribbon end that is over the folded ribbon.

5. Wrap 2" piece of ribbon around the folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight that it causes the ribbon to gather.

6. Trim off excess ribbon.

7. The Elegant Bow is complete. Press it flat or push the ends gently to puff it up a bit based on your preference. Adhere the elegant bow to your project alone or layered on a strip of

I hope you enjoy creating the Elegant Bow. I’d love to teach you and your friends a whole variety of bows, tips, and tricks that will really add that extra-special touch to your cards, scrapbooks, décor, and other crafting projects. Contact me today to book your workshop and we can decide what types of bows will “wow" you and your friends with!

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

  • Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for my Email Newsletter

  • To keep updated when I post to my blog, enter your email address below or subscribe in a reader!

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

     Subscribe in a reader

  • Blogs By Heather