Jan 19 2011

January Tour de Freaks!


Gosh…can you believe another month has gone by and it is time for the January Tour de Freaks?  We have 12 fabulous stops this month, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  You've probably just come from Lisa Young's blog…don't you LOVE her work?  But, you can keep going around all 12 stops until you come back here!  The theme this month is Valentine cards, gifts and home decor!  Note:  If you are arriving here on the 19th, please note that not all links may be working yet.  The tour officially begins on January 20th.


So, for my first project, I did a little Hanging Heart candy holder box.  Actually, it really isn't too little…it is cut from a full size sheet of cardstock.  I'll put a link up to the pattern sometime next week so you can make one yourself!  It is hard to tell, but it has 4 sides of hearts!  Very fun.  I just decided to focus on one side with my design, but I did randomly stamped the large heart from Filled with Love (the bundle goes away on January 24th!) with Real Red Classic Ink on the Real Red cardstock.



I used several punches to decorate the front.  The Full Heart, Heart to Heart, 2 1/2 Circle and Small Oval punches.  I punched from the Love Impressions Designer Paper and the Glimmer Paper (LOVE it!)  I made a little "pennant" from Basic Gray, added the Be My Valentine from Filled with Love stamp set and punched with the Small Oval punch.  I added two large Rhinestones on each side of the greeting for some added sparkle!  This would easily fit a small gift inside or lots of candy!  I added the Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon to the top with the Crop a Dile, so I could hang it from a doorknob or hanger!


EDIT:  You can find my template for the Hanging Heart Box HERE!


My second project is a Home Decor hanging that I picked up at a local craft store.  Here is what it looked like unfinished.



Here it is finished:



I laid the hanging upside down and traced the letters onto the Love Impressions Designer Paper, cut them out and glued to the black wood letters with Stampin' Glue Stick.  I sanded the edges to get rid of the excess DSP.  I tried to keep the hanging fairly simple…of course, I could have added lots more embellishments and ribbons.  Here is more of a closeup for you:



L – Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Red Glimmer Paper, Heart to Heart Punch (medium heart), Dazzling Diamonds, Multipurpose Glue


O – Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Heart to Heart Punch (3 small hearts), Red Glimmer Paper


V – Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Full Heart Punch, Naturally Serif Alphabet Strip Die (X-O), Red Glimmer Paper


E – 2 3/8 Scallop Circle punched from Love Impressions Paper twice, 3/4 Circle Punch, Red Glimmer Paper


The hanger I weaved Real Red Taffeta Ribbon thru the chain and tied knots on the ends.


OK…I hope you enjoyed my projects!  Now you are off to see the fabulous Mary Brown's projects!  She rocked it out of the park as usual!


16 People have left comments on this post

Jan 19, 2011 - 10:01:03

I can't wait to get the directions for the 4 sided heart box – how cute is that thing?! The wall hanging is perfect just the way you made it – with just enough embellishment.

Jan 19, 2011 - 10:01:08
LeeAnn Greff said:

Adorable projects Connie.  I'm so glad you're sharing the template for that neat heart box.  Love that!
What a fabulous find on the metal banner.  Your additions are perfectly done. 

Jan 20, 2011 - 12:01:52
Chris Hnatiuk said:

Love that hanging heart–it does look really BIG and easy to decorate!  How adorable is that hanging LOVE sign?  You really softened its look by adding all that wonderful stuff!

Jan 20, 2011 - 01:01:23

Fun heart box and super cute LOVE hanging!  Great job Connie (as usual)!

Jan 20, 2011 - 01:01:42
Patrice H said:

Connie, again you Wow'd me I love your projects Thanks

Jan 20, 2011 - 01:01:19
Stephanie Perry said:

Great projects, as usual!  Love the altered wall hanging! 

Jan 20, 2011 - 06:01:28
Jen said:

Wow love the way it turned out!!!  I love altering things like this then I know it is a one of a kind!!!

Jan 20, 2011 - 07:01:44
Mary Brown said:

Oh….that LOVE wall hanging is just SOOOO delightful!  I love how you took an already nice wall hanging and made it WOW!  Can't wait to see how you did the heart treat holder!

Jan 20, 2011 - 07:01:36
Terri Meehan said:

Beautiful projects Connie!  Thanks for sharing them with us 🙂

Jan 20, 2011 - 08:01:40
Barb said:

WOW Connie, that LOVE hanging art is just too much, love it!!!  Barb

Jan 20, 2011 - 08:01:29
kathy said:

I love your projects -You just show how much flexibility we can achieve with our stamps and big shot

Jan 20, 2011 - 08:01:42
Wendy W. said:

Both of your projects are great, Connie!!  VERY clever hanging heart … and your "LOVE" wall hanging is perfecta!! Terrific, girlfriend!!

Jan 20, 2011 - 08:01:34
Wendy J. said:

Connie, these are beautiful projects!  Love the clever hanging heart and the LOVE wall hanging looks like it would be lots of fun to decorate.  Great job on both!

Jan 20, 2011 - 11:01:43
Maryanne J said:

Love it all….great job..

Jan 22, 2011 - 12:01:09
Lisa Martz said:

I want to go shopping with you!  You always find the best treasures that you turn into such wonderful things!  Great projects!

Jan 23, 2011 - 02:01:35
Deb said:

Holy Cow that is cute!  I want to rush right out to Michaels/Joanne and look for one!  Too bad it's 11PM on a Saturday night.