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Monday, December 16, 2013

Color Me Christmas - Stampin' Up!


Color Me Christmas was one of the stamp sets used in an on-line class that I participated in.  It was fun trying out some beginner watercoloring and then trying it out on my club members!  I changed out the image for the tree, also in the Color Me Christmas set.  Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack allows you to make multiples using the same design of paper.  It's a great value for your dollar.

The sentiment is from Christmas Messages.


There are five fun images in Color Me Christmas Item #131745. $19.95 (clear) or Item #131742 $25.95 (wood)

The sentiment is from Christmas Messages Item #131793 $25.95 (clear) or Item #131790 $35.95 (wood)

Both Sets are from the Holiday Happiness 2013 catalogue available until Jan. 2, 2014.

Joyful Tidings!

Cindy

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit - Stampin' Up!


I needed a couple of quick ways to show the use of the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit.  I only had one white gift bag so I made a quick little panel and called it done!  Now, this would have looked much better with a larger bottle to showcase the ornament, but alas ….  a small bottle of Bailey's was all I had!  I think I got that sweet idea from Pinterest!  Sure dresses up a bottle nicely.  Great to bring as a hostess gift at a Christmas dinner.

Christmas Blessings!

Cindy

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Festive Flurry - Love & Joy - Winter Frost - Stampin' Up!



Festive Flurry and Love & Joy were used on this easy peasy card.  My background paper is from the Winter Frost Paper Pack.  Love & Joy was embossed in silver embossing powder.

I participated in an on-line class but did not have the stamp set they used so I substituted with Love & Joy.  I tried it out in Island Indigo Ink but I think my stamp pad was a little too juicy because some of the ink bled into the white paper.  That's how I decided to try the silver embossing powder and I think it  turned out great!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Festive Flurry - Stampin' Up!


I've gotten a lot of use out of the Festive Flurry stamp set and co-ordinating framelits.  They are fun to layer and with the assortment of snowflake stamp sizes the possibilities are endless.

I used the Stripes embossing folder, silver glitter paper and Teeny Tiny Wishes to complete this card.  My Designer Series Paper is from a retired paper pack as is the Not Quite Navy card stock I used here.

It's a busy time of year and hope you are also busy creating wonderful hand made cards, scrap booking pages or gifts!

Fa la la la la!!

Credits:  This card is based on one I had saved from the net and changed it up to suit my supplies.  There was no name to give credit but her card was lovely!  Thank you!

Cindy

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Joyful Christmas on Vellum - Stampin' Up!


The Joyful Christmas stamp set creates such wonderful cards.  Often cutting is involved but is so worth the effort.

You can save 30% off this stamp set during the 2013 Holiday Sale.    Order by Dec 2, 2013.  Regular price is $20.95 (clear) Sale price is $14.67.  That's a savings of $6.28!!

The flower image was embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on Stampin' Up!'s vellum card stock.  Colour was applied to the back of the vellum with a sponge dauber.   There are two layers of the flower.  I used the full image and also created a second layer by cutting the inside of the flower image and used dimensionals to pop it up on the main flower.  It's quite easy to cut out the flower pieces once embossed as the embossing gives a nice cutting edge to follow.

The 1/8" silver taffeta ribbon adds a touch of bling and of course the Frosted Finishes - embellishments adds a whole lot of bling!

I made a few of these to send out this year!  It was also a class card back in August!  Yikes...how time flies!

Have fun creating your Christmas projects.

Happy Stamping!

Cindy

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Chalkboard Technique - Seasonal Sayings - Washi Tape - Stampin' Up!


The chalkboard technique is not only fun to do but also creates a unique and fun card.  This card uses great Stampin' Up! products and a great technique!

My banner was made with the Season of Style Washi Tape collection and a piece of floral wire.  The wire made it easy to wrap the tape around and move along for easy placement.  Just snip the pennant ends after all the pieces are on.  A glue dot at each end of the pennant held it in place.

The Christmas stamp from Seasonal Sayings was embossed in white embossing powder.  Chalk lines were made with the chalk marker from the 2013 Holiday catalogue and white craft inked was lightly sponged on for the chalkboard look.

The chalkboard technique has been floating around for a bit now and I'm so happy that I finally gave it a try!

Hope you are busy stamping your Christmas creations!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Noel Christmas - November - My Paper Pumpkin







My Paper Pumpkin....a monthly paper crafting subscription available at

https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en-ca/

If you'd like more info on this subscription, please let me know!  

It's a surprise each month and I LOVE this month's surprise!!  The first sample card is pretty much how they have it explained.  The second one I changed up by cutting the card base to a 5.25 X 4 inch piece and adhering it to a real red card base.  I used the 1/4 inch strip I cut off to add to the inside of the card...you can see a "titch" of it in the photo below.

The card bases in the kit are white on the inside; whereas the front was designed in Very Vanilla. So on the second card I could make the inside co-ordinate with the front. 

Either way I think they are both super cute!




I used less of the garland than stipulated, so I will have lots left over for other projects!  It is so adorable I'm sure I'll have no problem coming up with ways to use it!

Hope you are busy getting creative during your Christmas preparations!

Happy Stamping!

Cindy

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Festive Flurry - Stampin' Up!


Such a fun card to make.  The Festive Flurry stamp set with the co-ordinating framelits (save 15% by purchasing the bundle)

Bundle & Save (see page 30 of the Holiday Happiness catalogue)
Wood 133284 $67.95
Clear 133285 $57.95

Sentiment is from More Merry Messages
Wood 126500 $36.95
Clear 127925 $26.96
This item is a carryover from last year and is not in this year's catalogue(s).  Available for the 2013/2104 catalog year.  You will find it in my on-line store or can be purchased through me.

The hanging ornament piece is just so pretty!  Lift open the top of the card and the outer snowflake image shows on the inside.  I love the added scoring and luscious ribbon.  The circle cut out was made with the 3" circle die.

Credits:  This is a CASED card; original by LeeAnn Greff,.  Gorgeous card Lee Ann.
I made only a couple of minor changes.

The weather here in Northwestern Ontario is definitely saying winter; with snow on the ground.  It definitely feels like Christmas card making time!

You you have a wonderful time creating your own personal greeting cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Perfect Blend - Stampin' Up!


I can't help buying any set related to coffee and/or tea!  I think it might have something to do with my addiction!  But I do love this set!

Papers were from Winter Frost and This and That Epic Day.    My card base and ribbon is in the new Baked Brown Sugar In Colors.  Yummy!  You'll love the ribbon.  It stretches and could also be used on your sewing projects.   I used the little heart from the Owl Builder Punch and the little flower is from the Itty Bitty Punches.  One of the new Candy Dots adorns the little flower.  They really do beat punching holes and using brads!!

It's coffee time!
Thanks for stopping by.

Cindy

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Everyday Occasions - Stampin' Up!

A fun new card kit is here and I've made all 20 of them!  These were surprisingly fun to make.  I couldn't stop until they were all done!  It took me about 5 hours.


Your kit comes with ALL supplies required to make 20 cards except adhesives and scissors/trimmer (Only 19 shown here; I forgot to photograph one of the Congratulations cards)


I made all the cards according to the directions provided.  You can change things up if you like!  I just wanted to show what they looked like according to Stampin' Up!'s directions.   I messed up on the stamping of the card in the upper right above, so it's not as as clear as it should be !


All pieces are die cut with some trimming involved to make pieces desired length.


Cards are of varying sizes from 3" X 3"  to 5 1/2" to 4 1/4"


Your kit includes two Stampin' Spots and a clear acrylic block.  Seven awesome stamps are included.  There is also a "Made for you  by me" stamp which is not shown.  You now have a set of stamps to use on future projects!


Envelopes are provided!


Everyday Occasions Product #134797

At $36.95 it's a great choice for the beginner or those that love the ease of a kit!  A great choice to give as a gift too.

Contact me to assist with your paper crafting  projects.  Or just order on-line at www.cindymcgurk.stampinup.net  Don't forget to check out the clearance rack, the weekly deals that come out on Tuesdays and the one day sale that is on Thursdays!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin - Welcome Kit


My Paper Pumpkin is a paper craft subscription that you can receive each month.  I have been subscribing since the beginning....about 7 months now but am just starting to post now!  Scandalous I know!!!

This is the 1st kit which is the Welcome Kit.  This is the kit that everyone receives for their kit.  My first card is the card design that is provided with your first kit.  It comes with everything you need to make 4 cards except for the adhesives (glue dots and tape runner in this case).  I added the baker's twine myself...didn't want any naked buttons on my card  :)

So that means you get two stamps, card stock, patterned paper, self adhesive stickers, Stampin' Spot and buttons.  Also included in this Welcome Kit is a clear acrylic block that can be used on all future kits.

For the following cards I resorted to Pinterest for some fun alternate ways to use the contents of this kit.  I only wanted to make cards using the supplies that came with the package so you can see that you can change things up a bit.





These kits are surprisingly fun!!  They are perfect for:

Those that want to whip up a few cards in minutes;  note:  kits are not always cards, sometimes they are a fun little 3D project.  Future posts will show a couple of samples (mini album & mini party banner)

Those that are new to stamping and don't have many supplies;

or those that love to create hand made projects but just can't commit to purchasing all the wonderful supplies...just yet!!

FYI:  You can put a hold on your subscription at any time or you can cancel at any time by making your changes before the 10th of each month.  Kits are shipped around the 15th monthly.

Go to

www.mypaperpumpkin.com

and look around...make sure to change to "Canada" so the correct pricing shows.  I can set this all up for you when you are ready to join.

Phew...that's a lot of info!  Contact me if you need further clarification.

Happy Stamping!

Cindy

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Walk in the Wild - Stampin' Up!


I live in Northwestern Ontario where moose sightings are quite common.  So it's natural to "have" to get this set!

I needed an easily reproducible card for a swap I was participating in.  The card has a simple look to it, however, I did use four stamp sets so I also used the stamp-a-ma-jig for the placement of each image.  With four stamp sets I didn't want to be making mistakes every turn when making 25 of the same card!

Neutrals Candy Dots were used on the Woodgrain strip.  This card should go through the mail quite easily without needing extra postage.

Here are the images I used to create this masculine northern card!

Walk in the Wild 130354(w) $24.95; 130357(c) $17.95
Page 72 - 4 stamps


Lovely as a Tree 128655(w) $33.95; 127793(c) $24.95
Page 78 - 6 stamps


Woodgrain 128763(w) $21.95;  127808(c) $16.95
Page 75 - Background Stamp

Bring on the Cake 128490(w) $47.95; 121958(c) $33.95
Page 14 - 13 stamps


Visit me on-line at www.cindymcgurk.stampinup.net to order these and/or other fabulous Stampin' Up! products.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Paper Promo - Buy 3 Get 1 Free - July 2013


Buy 3 Get 1 FREE going on for one more week!



Getting new paper is always so much fun!  The new designs and colours can often inspire creativity.  A sometimes much needed boost to encourage us to start playing!

Now I do admit the images below of the DSP packs available do not adequately show their wonderful designs and vividness.  So make sure to check out the catalogue!  Contact me if you don't have a copy yet!

131390 Afternoon Picnic

130131 Eastern Elegance

130129 Etcetera

129310 Gingham Garden

130138 I Am Me 

126926 Modern Medley


126902 Polka Dot Parade

 130140 Soho Subway

130814 Epic Day This and That
130144 Venetian Romance

The Buy 3 Get 1 Free goes on only until the end of July so place your order soon.  Either online at www.cindymcgurk.stampinup.net
or e-mail me at cindyjmcgurk@gmail.com 
or call 735-3336

Time to get creative!

Cindy

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Undefined--Stamp Carving Kit

Doesn't this look fun?!  Make your own stamps!  Now to try and think of the perfect design for my first try!  Make sure to view the video that is posted below the flyer.








Kit 133402 $25.95 includes:
2 carving tools
3" X 4" rubber
3" X 4" foam
4 wood blocks (various sizes)
1 Island Indigo mrker
3 post cards
Instruction Sheet
Stamp Image Templates

Refill Kit 134808 $12.95 includes
3" X 4" rubber
3" X 4" foam
4 wood blocks (various sizes)
Instruction Sheet

I likely won't be able to play with this until Sept., but can't wait to see all the fun stamps that are made with this kit!

Happy Carving!!!

Cindy

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Countryside - Masculine Card


Countryside is a charming stamp set with five images that really suit themselves to masculine cards.  I just had to have this set when it first came out!  Sadly it is retiring at the end of the month along with the Comfort Cafe DSP that was used as my background paper.  

I wanted to add a little bling to my masculine card so I used the small soda pop tops that are available in the Spring catalogue.  I just flattened it with my Big Shot, punched a 1/2" circle from the co-ordinating Comfort Cafe papers and added Crystal Effects.

My sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners


I often stamp a little inside the card to make it more complete.   All I need to do is decide who it will go to then I can stamp a 
sentiment on the inside.

Here are some cutting measurements:

Base:  8 1/2" X 11" scored at 4 1/4"
Mat:  Soft Suede 5" X 3 3/4"
Background:  Comfort Cafe DSP 4 3/4" X 3 1/2"
Image:  Watercolour Paper 3 1/2" X 1 3/4"
Mat:  Midnight Muse 3 5/8" X 1 7/8"
Mat:  Soft Suede 3 7/8: X 2 1/8"

Countryside
116998 (w) $27.95
120495 (c) $20.95
only available until May 31, 2013


If you would like more info on any of these products please contact me at:
cindyjmcgurk@gmail.com

You can also shop on line at
www.cindymcgurk.stampinup.net
and have your order shipped right to your door!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cindy

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers - Heat Embossing on Vellum


I've been using the stamp set Thoughts and Prayers for a few years now and I still love it!  This card shows heating embossing on vellum and our vellum card stock is perfect for heat embossing!  It stays flat with no warping.

Stampin' Up!'s new foam stamp pads are nice and juicy, so the ink stays wet long enough to add the embossing powder.  On this butterfly from Papillon Potpourri I used Midnight Muse and clear embossing powder.  It was punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.

The background was made with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and highlighted with a sponge dauber and some Midnight Muse ink.

Here are the deets for the current 2012 - 2013 catalogue.  All items except the Lacey Brocade embossing folder will be carried over into the new catalogue.

Papillon Potpourri - Page 115
123759 (c) $17.95
132058 (w) $22.95

Thoughts and Prayers - Page 54
127805 (c) $22.95
128751 (w) $31.95


Elegant Butterfly Punch - Page 184
127526 $21.95

White Vellum Card Stock - Page 160
101856 $7.95 20 per pack
Acid and lignin-free

Clear Embossing Powder - Page 159
109130 $5.95 1/2 oz. jar

Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder - Page 36 of
Spring Catalogue available until May 31, 2013

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Credits:  I cased a lovely card I saw on Pinterest by Karen Aicken.

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So go grab your vellum, embossing powder and favourite colour of Stampin' Up! classic ink and give it a try!

Happy Stampin!

Cindy



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vellum Fun Flowers - Dry Embossing on Vellum


Here's a gorgeous flower made from Stampin' Up!'s card stock vellum and the Fun Flowers Bigz Die.   The weight of this vellum is perfect for dry embossing because it doesn't tear or rip easily.  The fun veins on the petals were made with the Spider Embossing Folder (retiring with this catalogue)

I used the Tangerine Tango DSP from Summer Smooches (retiring also)  The fun fabric button is an already retired product (appropriately called Summer Smooches Fabric Buttons) but I thought they were perfect for this flower!

I used the sentiment stamp from Field Flowers and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

So give your Big Shot a work out and make some fun flowers!!


Credits:  Flower cased from Linda Aarhus a very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrator

Thanks for stopping by!
Cindy

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Swallowtail on Vellum - Stamping on Vellum


This beautiful butterfly image is called Swallowtail and was stamped with Stazon Black Ink onto Stampin' Up!'s card stock vellum.  I used sponge daubers on the reverse of the paper to quickly add colour to my image.  Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise were the colours I chose, but the combinations are endless!
Item #129216 (c) $16.95
Item #129213 (w) $21.95
It's on page 18 of the Spring Catalogue!  It has quickly become one of my favourites.  Look for it in the new catalogue coming out June 1, 2013.

Happy Stamping!

Cindy

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Button Buddies


Button Buddies - a fun little set found on page 40 of the main catalogue.  Unfortunately it did not make it into the new catalogue and is only available until May 31, but everything else looks good to return.  I used the Delicate Designs Folder as a background border and Finishing Touches Edgelit to create some visual interest on the side.  The In Color Dahlias worked great on the vase!  The ribbon is the stitched Gumball Green.  Glad it is sticking around for another year.  That was one colour I wasn't too sure about until I started using it and I love it now!

Sentiment is from Petite Pairs (page 134)

The new catalogue is sure to bring some fun new stamps and accessories!


Go to www.cindymcgurk.stampinup.net to purchase all your favourites or and/or contact me at
cindyjmcgurk@gmail.com
to reserve your copy of the new catalogue

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Stamping!

Cindy

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Love & Sympathy - Hamilton Regionals 2012 Swap


Love and Sympathy....so simple!  Yet very striking.  I love it all!

No deets provided with this swap card, but here is my best guess at colours, etc.

Stamp Set:  Love and Sympathy

Paper:  Whisper White

Ink:  Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple

Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch, Designer Frames Folders,  Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

Credits:  Brenda Blum....absolutely lovely Brenda!!

Anxious to see if this set makes its way into the new catalogue coming out the end of May!

The Retire List comes out on April 24!!  That's a Wednesday.  Make sure to check it out and place your order ASAP.  Retired Accessories only available while supplies last.


The list will not show up until Wednesday...go to  my Stampin' Up! website at www.cindymcgurk.stampinup.net

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?email=liam_cindy%40yahoo.ca&phone=(807)+735-3336



Thanks for stopping by...Happy Stamping!
Cindy

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