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April 22, 2010


Today I made a raid on my stamp room!  Boy did it need it!  It looked like someone had thrown a grenade in it!  Usually when I go on the mad cleaning raid I get it all neat and tidy, then I feel like stamping again!  I vow every time I'm not going to be so messy but must be the artist in me because before I know it, everything is all our of sorts again!

Anyway after all that, I want to share my first creation from my clean stamping room.  This also somewhat fits the bill for the Late Night Stampers ED card.  I finally got to play with one of my new stamp sets from the Summer Mini catalogue, Elements of Style.  I'm in love!  It's beautiful images are a delight to work with.  Sensing a class for sure!


The stamps were colored with markers and then stamped.  When coloring the stamps I started with the lightest colors first and then I ran the darker colors along the edge of the stamp to define the images.  Here is the supply list for this card:

Card stock: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Designer Paper: Patterns Night of Navy and Bashful Blue

Markers: Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, More Mustard, So Saffron, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss

Punches: Eyelet Border, 1" Circle, Large Oval, Oval Scallop 

Embellishments: Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon, small pearls

Did you know that you can shop online 24/7?  Did you know that my online set has a clearance rack with incredible deal?  Stock up today on your favorite colors and re-inkers before they are gone for good!

April 14, 2010


Challenge 66 at Late Night Stampers this week is to create a card that contains only the colors of your nation's flag.  So of course for Canada it's Real Red & Whisper White in Stampin' Up! language!  LOL

This is my second card for the challenge, you can see the first one by clicking on the Challenge link:


Stamp Sets: Fine Flourish, With All My Heart

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White,

D/P: Sending Love Specialty

Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Corner, Scallop Oval, Wide Oval

Embellishments: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Real Red Corduroy Button

Please note this card is a 12 x 6" card that was scored at 6". 

April 08, 2010


Stampin' Up! has just announced that they will be retiring 31 colors of the current palette of colors to make room for a brand new set of colors and all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW are the new colors gorgeous or what!  What this means is that you have until June 30-2010 to stock up on your favorite colors.  So now is the time to get your favorite colors of cardstock, and re-inkers!  I know from times past that people waited too long and then ended up being disappointed.  Trust me don't wait on this one!  I have attached a list of all the colors that will be retiring on June 30-2010.


█ Brilliant Blue

█ Gable Green

█ Glorious Green

█ Green Galore

█ Lovely Lilac

█ Only Orange

█ Orchid Opulence

█ Pink Passion

█ Pixie Pink

█ YoYo Yellow


█ Almost Amethyst

█ Apricot Appeal

█ Barely Banana

█ Blush Blossom

█ Lavender Lace

█ Mellow Moss

█ Pale Plum

█ Sage Shadow



█ Cameo Coral

█ Close To Cocoa

█ Creamy Caramel

█ Really Rust

█ Ruby Red

█ Summer Sun



█ Ballet Blue

█ Bordering Blue

█ Brocade Blue

█ Handsome Hunter

█ Taken With Teal



Basic Brown


 Basic Gray



The exciting news is that in the new collection of colors there will be some returning colors from the previous In Colors as well as brand new never before seen colors.  Each year there will be 5 new In Colors that will be available for 2 years, meaning that there will be 10 new In Colors on the second year of this system!  WOO HOO!


You will be able to purchase the new colors beginning in July!  Stay posted for more details which I will make available as soon as I can.







April 05, 2010


I have exciting news that I have had to keep under wraps until today!  I have been selected to be on the Design Team for the Late Night Stampers yahoo group.

I'm so excited because this is a high quality group of stampers and  they make beautiful creations!!!  If you know nothing about this group and would like to join you will find some fantastic resources and ideas for your paper crafting.  If you would like to join the group, simply click on the picture below and hit the Join button once you are there.


Also to view my first designs for the group go to my Challenge Page, I also have a contest there which could win you a free pass to my Sweet Pea Online Class! 


April 01, 2010


To kick off your Easter weekend I thought I'd tell you about a great new sale going on at Stampin' Up!  There is a brand new CLEARANCE RACK full of really fabulous buys!


 Some of my all time favorite papers are there for unbelievable prices!  In Color Cardstock that has been retired, buttons, ribbons, rub-ons and scrapbook kits are all there!  This is one sale you don't want to miss out on.  Have a look as prices are fantastic.

The other interesting discovery I made while cruising around in there, is that if you really want a smooth ride when you go to place an order there, use Fire Fox instead of Internet Explorer.  I have had several customers tell me how hard it was to order online and I think I have a solution to your problem.  SImply download Fire Fox and use it as your web browser when shopping there and you will find your problems are over!

Besides all the discounted prices, orders of $200 or more get freebies just like a hostess order so have your own party this Easter!  Trust me I had one already!!!  LOL

The other fun news I have for you is that today was the first day that I was allowed to pre-order things from the brand new Summer Mini Catalogue!  In that order I had 2 parties!!!  Wait until you see what I got and of course you will see all the results of my playing here!   For all my loyal customers keep an eye on your mail box because the Summer Mini Catalogue will be appearing before you know it!


Last but certainly not least, there are some brand new sales and promotions starting today!  Be sure to check them out on my Specials Link!!!  Here's a few to get you started:

Awashpromo   Flowerfancy

Time is running out to sign up for my SWEET PEA ONLINE CLASS which starts on April 12th!  Click on the Blinkie below for full details!



March 31, 2010


This project is adorable and the original inspiration came from Anne Brignall who is also one of the guest designers at Ustamp's Spring Soiree.  The actual base and main frame of the card is from her design but of course I've changed up all the colors, papers, etc. etc.

Here it is:


I've used a number of different designer papers for this one and really had fun creating this little miniature.  Have I ever told you that I love miniatures?  Always fascinated by them even as a very young child.  This design was completely done with papers, no stamping.  What was I thinking?  I love how the striped paper actually looks like a fence when you scallop the top with our Scallop Border punch. 


Be sure to leave some comments and win your chance to get a free registration to my Sweet Pea On-line Class.

March 25, 2010


They started something new this year at the Ustamp Spring Soiree, an inspiration challenge.  For those of you who are new to challenges, basically it's when you are inspired by something other than an actual stamping project, and you create a stamping project from that inspiration.  Could be a picture from a magazine, a color combination, clothing or anything that get's your creativity flowing.  This challenge was given by Jennifer Picard from British Columbia and basically it was a picture of a baby standing in a crib, with a large giraffe standing by.

Here's what I came up with:

Sweet Pea Card

The crib bars inspired me to use a striped paper and the baby to make a baby card.  I didn't really feel like a giraffe so I went with a deer from the Forest Friends stamp set instead.  To make him baby friendly I added a little pink to him with a blender pen and a Regal Rose ink pad.  The "Sweet Pea" greeting comes frm the Little Angel stamp set and to add a little extra color to it, I traced it with the Regal Rose marker after stamping it in Basic Gray. 

For embellishments I added the Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon and some Pretty in Pink brads.  Of course I had to add a little scallop trim along the top and a score line just to complete the look I was going for.  

Be sure to leave some comments and win your chance to get a free registration to my Sweet Pea On-line Class.


March 23, 2010



I have a brand new customer contest because I'm giving away  5 free registrations to my Sweet Pea Online Extravaganza!  This is a 5 day virtual class where you will make 30 different cards using the Sweet Pea Paper Pad and the matching Sweet Pea Stitched Felt embellishments.   Here's how you can enter the draws for this great contest:

  1. Leave a comment on any of my Blog Posts and each comment will earn you one ticket to a draw for the free class.  Click on the DAILY POSTS link and scroll down to the bottom of any post until you see the small "comments" link.  Click on that link and follow the instructions there.
  2. Refer a friend to sign up for the Sweet Pea Class.  Make sure they let me know who referred them when they sign up.  Each referral will get you a ticket to the Friend Referral Draw.  Here is the REGISTRATION LINK.
  3. Upload a project to CINDY's SWEET PEA CHALLENGE and if you are the winner you will receive a FREE entry to the class.
  4. Join my CINDY LOU STAMPING GURU & FRIENDS NETWORK and enter the contests that are running over there.
  5. If you have already registered, post my blinkie on your website or blog and send me the web address by email.  One lucky person will receive a refund for their class and a package of the Sweet Pea Felt Embellishments.  Here's the Blinkie and the code that you need.

Copy and paste the code below!


This contest closes on March 31st so be sure to get your entries in on time!  There will be 5 winners picked on April 1st and announced on the daily posts of this blog, on my friends network and on this page!  Good Luck everyone!

PS  If you have already registered and would still like to enter the contests you will get your registration fee refunded!


March 21, 2010


This is my take on the very first project at the Spring Soiree.  Dawn created a framed picture using this stamp set, which was a welcome sign that included something from every season.  I decided to turn the idea into a card and here are my results:

Spring Soiree Welcome Project

With such a great color palette and the Best Wishes & More Stamp Set this is what I came up with.  I love the In colors she used: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango and Melon Mambo.  I also loved the way she framed everything with black on her original work.  I of course had to add the ribbons and the brads because as you all know I'm the embellishment queen!  I also pierced each of the scallops around the 3 sides of the stamped image.  These tiny scallops were the Hugs & Kisses Cards in the Occasions Mini.  I just cut them in half.

This was a quick and easy card.  Hope you will try it at home! 

Be sure to leave some comments and win your chance to get a free registration to my Sweet Pea On-line Class.


March 18, 2010


Today has started out to be a great day, because I got to stamp!  I was cutting for my Saturday Holiday Club and then got inspired but the pile of scraps on my desk.  Nice spring colors in those scraps so I decided to make a birthday car for my mom, since it's coming up soon.


The color palette consists of Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Whisper White and just a touch of Garden Green in the D/P and the stems of the flowers.  The Stamp Set is from the Mini Occasion Catalogue and is called, "Messages for Mom". It is a great set to do Mother Day's cards with.  The idea for the layout came from last week's Mojo Monday challenge which I missed but they always have such great layouts that I often use them for a little inspiration.  The images were stamped with Basic Black ink and then colored with markers.  A very simple card but I love the nice spring colors and the elegance of it. Perfect for my mom for sure! 

Thanks for dropping by!

Be sure to leave some comments and win your chance to get a free registration to my Sweet Pea On-line Class.



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