Feb 19 2018

Control Freaks February 2018 – birthdays

Hi!  Welcome to the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month our theme is BIRTHDAYS!  As I have mentioned, we have a LOT of birthdays this month to celebrate!  You’ve probably just come from Dawn Olchefske’s blog…love her projects, don’t you?  Just click on the links below to take you around the entire blog hop for some GREAT inspiration!

 

Bird Banter was just one of those stamp sets I HAD to have!  I love the “punny” little greetings in the set…wish Stampin’ Up! would do more of those with their stamps sets!  I made up this quick little birthday card and altered the Lots to Love Box Framelit to make it smaller!  Easy to do!

 

 

 

Stampin’ Details:

 

Here is a close up of the card…hard to see the little rhinestones that add a little bling and fun!

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Daffodil Delight cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • The bubble print from Bubble & Fizz Designer Paper (FREE Sale-a-bration selection!) is cut 2 x 4-3/4 and added on top.
  • A strip of the Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon is wrapped around and secured in the back.
  • The bird from Bird Banter was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored with Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Gray Stampin’ Blends.  The tree limb is stamped with Lemon Lime Twist and colored with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blend.
  • The bird was punched with the 2″ Circle Punch and added to a 2-1/4 Circle Punch of Tangerine Tango cardstock.  Add to front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The birthday hat was stamped with Memento Black Ink and colored with the same Stampin’ Blends.  It was cut out by hand and added to the bird’s head.
  • The greeting from Bird Banter was stamped with Memento Black Ink under the Designer Paper.

 

Here’s a closeup of the modified Lots to Love Box:

  • Cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight cardstock to 4-1/2 x 5-1/4.  Cut with the Lots to Love Box Framelit making sure the rounded tab part of the Framelit is at the top and will cut completely.  This will shorten the box because you are not cutting the entire length.
  • Put the two pieces together same as normal.
  • Decorated the front with a 2-1/4 x 3-3/8 piece of Bubbles & Fizz DSP.
  • Wrap the Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon around the DSP and secure iin the back.
  • Stamp and color the bird the same as above.  Punch with 2″ circle punch and add to 2-1/4 circle of Tangerine Tango cardstock.  Add to front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Add Rhinestones around greeting and in circle.
  • Stamp Happy Birthday from Bird Banter with Memento Black Ink on Crumb Cake, hand cut into two piece and adhere on front.

 

Hope you liked my projects!  OK…next up on the Control Freaks Blog Hop is my Kelly Acheson…I love her work, too, so  I know you’ll enjoy her projects!


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Feb 19 2018

IM8 – Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo has some strong symmetrical lines.  I also see flowers and patterns with circles.  I set off my design process by looking for some designer paper that would work…but I wasn’t finding the right colors.  I saw an image I had previously stamped and colored sitting in my scrap basket and thought the colors worked perfectly!  Then I was able to use some more patterned designer paper, instead of florals!

 

 

So here is what I came up with using Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts.

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • A 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 piece of the blue paint chip pattern in Color Theory Designer Paper was placed on top towards the right side.
  • A 1/2 x 4-1/4 strip of green Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper was added across the front.
  • The greeting from Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts was stamped with Memento Black Ink on the top grid.
  • The flower cart was stamped with Memento Black Ink on 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 Whisper White cardstock, then colored with the Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Marina Mist Stampin’ Blends Markers.
  • A 1/2 x 3-1/2 strip of the yellow crackle pattern in Color Theory DSP was added along the left side of the image, then popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Rhinestones represent the circles I saw in the inspiration photo.

 

So, do you think I did the inspiration justice with my card?  I like the play of grids with the paint chip DSP and the softer touch with the flower cart!  OK make sure to check out what Mary did with this inspiration over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

All new! Designed by Connie and Mary, the brand new A Good Day Collection Class Kit to Go is still available to order with FOUR options to purchase! All include a step-by-step photo tutorial to make the projects easy to complete! This collection has three cards (including one fabulous special fold!) and a unique 3D project! These tutorials are perfect for classes and workshops, or to create on your own for yourself, friends and family!  Details can be found here!

 

 

 

 

 


Feb 17 2018

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Celebrating Birthdays

 

It’s time for a new Saturday Blog Hop! Continuing with our celebrations…this week our Design Team will be CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS.  We have a BUNCH of February birthdays in our family!

 

For this card, I’ve used Flying Home again! I love the little birdhouse hanging from the bouquet of flowers. It reminds me that I need to have my husband hang our birdhouse in the trees behind our house this spring. We see lots of Blue Jays, Yellow Finches, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, etc. Would love to see some more varieties of birds!

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The case is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Old Olive cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock , a 1 x 4 piece of Tutti-Fruitti Designer Paper was placed across the bottom.
  • The image was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and colored with Stampin’ Blends…I think I had almost every color out! lol! It was cut with the large Stitched Shape Circle and layered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Celebrate the Good Stuff from Picture Perfect Birthday was stamped with Memento Black Ink across the top.
  • Some Tutti-Fruitti Adhesive Sequins were added to the background.

What a pretty card if I must say so myself! OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations by continuing on with the blog hop…they will have some wonderful ideas! Next up is our Create with Connie & Mary website and then Mary Brown and her creative design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our BRAND NEW A Good Day Collection Class Kit to Go is NOW AVAILABLE! We have four different options for you to choose from…with step-by-step photo tutorials that are easy to follow! You’ll get 3 card ideas (one a special fold) and one 3D project that is SO fun! Check out the details HERE!

 

 


Feb 15 2018

CCMC497 – Beautiful Day

It’s Thursday and time for our Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Don’t these weeks so fly by SO fast!  We are fast approaching the end of February.  Then March…and that always indicates that I’ve made it thru another WINTER!  And, even though we are likely to get more snow in March, it just doesn’t see so bad!  lol!  And…we have a nice, bright color combination this week, too!

 

 

Here’s what I did with it.  I knew I had seen some colors in Stampin’ Up!’s Tutti-Fruitti Designer Paper that would work perfectly!

 

 

Stampin’ Details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Garden Green Cardstock.
  • Another 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock was placed on top.
  • A 2 x 5 strip of Tutti-Fruitti DSP was placed along the left side and a 2-1/4 x 2-3/4 rectangle of the Garden Green striped DSP print was added over that.
  • The flower from Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Day was stamped with Memento Black Ink, then colored with the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  It was cut out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For You from Stampin’ Up!’s Blooms and Wishes was stamped with Memento Black Ink.

 

So therapeutic to do some coloring!  OK…check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did with this color challenge over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

Our newest A Good Day Collection Class Kit to Go” is NOW AVAILABLE!  We loved creating with this set!  We have FOUR options for you to get our tutorials…check out the details here!  You’ll get three cards (one a fun fold) and a wonderful 3D project with step-by-step instructions in this Collection’s tutorial!

 

 

 


Feb 14 2018

Sure Do Love You

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!  My Stamp Club did this sweet little Lots to Love Box with Sure Do Love You stamp set for one of their projects last month!  I used the same layout that I did on one of my swap cards for the Occasions Catalog.  The design transferred to the box easily!

 

Stampin’ Details:

BOX:

Cut two Powder Pink cardstock pieces at 4-1/2 x 6-1/2.  Cut with Lots to Love Box template.

  • Place two pieces opposite each other. Fold well along score lines.
  • Add Tear & Tape Adhesive to the side tabs inside the top piece.
  • Adhere two pieces together, lining up the edges of box with the front adhesive sides folding over the back sides of the box.
  • Fold in end pieces to close.

DECORATE:

  • Stamp the Rich Razzleberry heart on the 2-3/4 x 4-5/8 piece of Whisper White (the bottom tip of the heart will be under the DSP when you place it.)
  • Adhere the 2 x 2-3/4 piece of striped DSP to bottom of Whisper White.
  • Wrap Gold Tinsel Trim around the back and adhere to hide the seam. Adhere to front of box.
  • Cut the large heart from Powder Pink cardstock with the Lots to Love Box Framelits. Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals to center of Rich Razzleberry heart.
  • Stamp Sure Do Love You banner with Melon Mambo Ink on scrap Whisper White, cut with Lots to Love Box Framelits. Adhere to Powder Pink heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut small heart from Gold Foil and add to front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere gold Enamel Shape heart to Powder Pink heart.

 

They all really liked this project!  I had some boxes of Conversation hearts to fill it.

 

Do you like projects like this?  Today, we just introduced our BRAND NEW A GOOD DAY COLLECTION!  Each month we include a 3D project tutorial with our Create with Connie and Mary Collections!  You’ll also received tutorials for 3 cards with the same set…one is a special fold!  These are perfect for classes and stamp camps or fun to make on your own!  We have 4 options to choose to fit your needs.  Find the details at Create with Connie and Mary!


Feb 13 2018

SUOC194 Flying Home

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Casing the Catalog”.  Shhh, I have a confession…I rarely even glance at the samples in the catalogs.  Can you believe it?  Really…I’m focused more on what the stamp sets and embellishments look like that I often overlook the samples.  But, they are a GREAT source of inspiration!  And this challenge is so fun…simply change up one of the catalog samples to make it your own!

I used the basic layout of the Picnic With You card on page 6 of the Occasions Catalog…and changed it by using my Flying Home stamp set!  I was so happy to make my little birdies look like Robins!  Can’t wait to see them this spring!

 

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Sahara Sand cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The Tutti-Fruitt Designer Paper is cut 3-3/4 x 5 and added to the front.
  • A 1 x 5 strip of Bermuda Bay was placed across the front and stamped with the greeting from Hedgehugs in Memento Black Ink.
  • The Flying Home next was stamped with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock and colored with Old Olive, Bronze, Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends.  It was cut with the large Stitched Shapes circle and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some Linen Thread was tied in a bow and added to the tree limb with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • A few Iridescent Sequins were sprinkled on the background for some bling.

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the SUOC Designers to see what they have done with theme.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 


Feb 12 2018

IM7 – Beautiful Day

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo is a wonderful, bright-color abstract!  So many ways to go with this…choose the layout, the colors…or both!

 

And, the abstract photo reminded me of the look you get when using the new Brusho Crystals, so I pulled mine out to play a little!

 

Stampin’ details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Shimmer White cardstock was embossed with Clear Embossing using the Beautiful Day flower stamp in three of the corners.
  • The Shimmer White was wet with water, then the Brusho Crystal Colors of Yellow, Brilliant Red and Gamboge was sprinkled separately in each of the corners and let dry.
  • Two pieces of Basic Gray Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon was wrapped around the front and adhered in the back.  (I love that ribbon combo!)
  • The greeting from Remarkable You was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Shimmer White cardstock, then some more Brilliant Red Brusho color was swished across it using an AquaPainter.  It was cut with the Stitched Shapes oval.
  • A few yellow Glimmer Dots were added to the greeting for some bling.

 

I love how vibrant these colors are!  OK make sure to check out what Mary did with this inspiration over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 

LAST CHANCE for the Create with Connie and Mary Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go!  It is available with four options to choose from! You’ll get the step-by-step tutorial for 3 fun cards (one an awesome special fold) and a 3D project you will be sure to love. See details HERE!

 

 

 

 


Feb 10 2018

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Celebrating Love

 

It’s time for a new Saturday Blog Hop! This week our Design Team will be CELEBRATING LOVE…this can be Valentine’s Day, Weddings, or whatever special occasion creates LOVE in your life!

 

For this card, I’ve combined two sets, Labels to Love and Flying Home!  I’m glad it turned out the way it did in my head!

Stampin’ details:

  • The case is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Melon Mambo cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Painted with Love Designer Paper was added along the bottom.  A coordinating 1/4 x 5-1/4 striped pattern in Painted with Love DSP was added above it.
  • Four small hearts from the Lots of Love Box Framelits were cut from Melon Mambo cardstock.
  • The LOVE greeting from Labels to Love was stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock, then hand-cut and adhered to the small hearts.
  • The two birds from Flying Home were stamped with Memento Black Ink on the Whisper White cardstock layer, then colored with Light Pool Party and Daffodil Delight Blends.
  • The Linen Thread was tied in a bow on one end and adhered to the beak of the bird with a Mini Glue Dot.  Then other other end was tied in a bow and adhered, allowing for enough thread to slightly curve between them.
  • The hearts were added to the front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Isn’t that fun?  And it certainly is celebrating LOVE in my book!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations by continuing on with the blog hop…they will have some wonderful ideas! Next up is our Create with Connie & Mary website and then Mary Brown and her creative design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our BRAND NEW Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go is NOW AVAILABLE! We have four different options for you to choose from…with step-by-step photo tutorials that are easy to follow! You’ll get 3 card ideas (one a special fold) and one 3D project…I think it is perfect for craft fairs! Check out the details HERE!

 

 


Feb 08 2018

CCM496 Magical Day

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a fun sketch challenge!  It is also my daughter-in-law’s birthday…happy birthday to a wonderful person!!!  We love you!

 

 

I actually came up with a couple different ideas, but decided to go with my Magical Day card!  LOVE that wizard!

 

 

Stampin’ Details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Dapper Denim, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Sahara Sand.
  • A 2-1/4 x 4-3/4 piece of the polka dot pattern in Eastern Palace DSP goes on next with a 2 x 4 piece of the gold metallic stripe on top.
  • Across the front is a 1 x 4 piece of Whisper White stamped with the You’re Awesome greeting from the Sale-A-Bration set, Epic Celebrations, in Dapper Denim Ink towards the left side.
  • A 1/8 x 4 piece of Gold Foil is placed across the front under the greeting.
  • The Wizard was stamped with Black Archival Ink and watercolored with Dapper Denim Marker and AquaPainter.  A little Blushing Bride Marker colors his face and hand.  He is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A Gold Faceted Gem is placed above his outstretched hand.

 

LOVE it!!!!  OK…make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s creations over on Create with Connie and Mary!

 

 

 

Our BRAND NEW Create with Connie and Mary Bubble Over Collection Class Kit to Go is available with four options to choose from!  You’ll get the step-by-step tutorial for 3 fun cards (one an awesome special fold) and a 3D project you will be sure to love. See details HERE!

 

 


Feb 07 2018

FAST FUSE ON SALE! SOLD OUT!!!!

Update:  Once again, the promotion was SO successful that Stampin’ Up! has completely sold out of the inventory allocated for this sale!  I hope you were able to get your order in quickly this morning.

 

BUY ONE FAST FUSE ADHESIVE,
GET TWO REFILLS FREE!

February 8 – 12 (While supplies last!) – SOLD OUT!!!!

PLUS, a FREE Level 1 Sale-a-Bration product with $50 or more purchase!

 

It’s back!!!  Stampin’ Up! is again offering their special Fast Fuse Adhesive SaleBUY ONE ADHESIVE for $10, GET TWO REFILLS FREE!!!   I’d STRONGLY advise that if you want to order, you either place your order in my ONLINE STORE first thing on Thursday morning, OR EMAIL your order and payment to me at iluvstamping@gmail.com before Thursday and I will place a combined order first thing Thursday morning!  PLUS, get a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set when your order totals $50 or more before tax & shipping!

 

The Fast Fuse 5-Day Sale Is Coming!

As you may remember, the response to our Fast Fuse promotion last fall was phenomenal. In fact, your enthusiasm was so overwhelming we simply didn’t have the inventory to keep the deal running! So, as promised, we’re bringing back the Fast Fuse Adhesive deal for five days only—while supplies last! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this promotion, here’s how it works: When you buy ONE Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive refills for FREE!

This deal will start on February 8 and end on February 12. Remember, that’s five days only—while supplies last! Be sure to mark your calendars and prepare to stock up and save!

 

 

 

 

 


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