Apr 19 2012

April Control Freaks Blog Tour!

Wow…it is time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have a short, but sweet tour for you this time with 10 stops!  We are featuring the Summer Smooches line of products which is Stampin' Up's sneak peek special for April!  You've probably just come from Lisa Martz wonderful blog, weren't her projects awesome?  Love them!  If you have arrived here prior to April 20th, please note that not all our links may be working yet.



My first card is kind of a nod at the weather around here lately…it has been WINDY!  Perfect kite flying weather!  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest and knew I could recreate it using Stampin' Up! products!  I used the wonderful, colorful Summer Smooches Designer Paper along with the Send Me Soaring stamp set.  The base of the card is Daffodil Delight and I layered on Whisper White.  I cut three narrow strips of patterns from Summer Smooches DSP and cut the ends off at different lengths and angles.  I stamped the clouds on a scrap piece of Whisper White with Pacific Point, then cut out around most of it…leaving the center piece to keep them joined together.  I stamped the kite with Basic Black on Daffodil Delight and cut it out, then popped it over the center connecting piece of the clouds.  I added a Rhinestone Jewel in the center.  I stamped the tail of the kite on scrap Whisper White with Real Red and cut it out, then adhered it to the base of the kite.  Finally I stamped, "hope everything looks up soon!" from Send Me Soaring stamp set in Real Red.


My second card, I used the same basic idea of paper ribbons, but flipped the orientation and used the flower stamp from Bright Blossoms Stamp Set available as a sneak peek this month.  Isn't it amazing how different it looks?  The base of the card is Real Red.  The flower is stamped in Real Red and Lucky Limeade, then cut with the smallest Label Framelit and layered on the next largest size Label of Daffodil Delight.  I added some pearls on each size to dress up the card.  The paper ribbons were cut 3/4" wide.  Finally, the greeting is from Happiest Birthday Wishes, a hostess only stamp set that I will GREATLY miss when it leaves at the end of May!



I finally cracked open my Purse Die to use.  I literally woke up at 4:00 AM the other night with this idea!  I almost got out of bed to make them because I couldn't go back to sleep!  I thought I could turn the purse die into little boxes for Him and Her!  I used the Summer Smooches Designer Paper again for both of them!  I hand cut the little Peter Pan collar on the girls' red polka dot box and adhered it on top of the lid and secured it with the tab the same way as the purse.  I added a black strip of cardstock down the center front, then added Rhinestone Jewels down the front and a 1/8" Basic Black bow for the collar!  The man's box I hand cut a collar, cut away the center and hand-cut a brown tie to hang down the front of the box.  The collar/tie is just adhered at the top of the lid.  I did have to cut away part of the curve of the purse lid so that it didn't show below the collar, but the tab fits in the same way to close it.  I added two clear round Bitty buttons to look like the button down collar!  It was TOO fun to make!  lol!


So, I hope you liked my projects…leave me a comment and let me know!  I love hearing from you.  And, next stop on the tour is Yvette Ashe…see her amazing projects and continue around on the tour!  Thanks for stopping by!


24 People have left comments on this post

Apr 19, 2012 - 08:04:24
lisa808 said:

Your little purses are adorable!

Apr 19, 2012 - 08:04:24
Patti Willey said:

Well! Your mind was just a workin'! Fantastic! And… you can take this idea to all occasions! Pajama party, Baby outfits, Wedding of course good going Connie!

Apr 19, 2012 - 08:04:34
CM2 said:

So darn creative …just loved the look!

Apr 19, 2012 - 08:04:13

Such a darling use of the purse die-cut.  Sweet little boxes Connie!

Apr 19, 2012 - 09:04:49
Carol Carriveau said:

Both cards are wonderful….very different….but yiur purses really are the tops…the miser differen't I have seen…great Jon on all of yiur projects!!!

Apr 19, 2012 - 09:04:13
Carol Carriveau said:

Omg…this iPad changes spelling…grrr!   Sorry but hope you get the jist of my comments!

Apr 19, 2012 - 09:04:28
Lisa Martz said:

CA-UTE  stuff, Connie!  Love the little purse boxes with the man/woman collars!  Darling!

Apr 19, 2012 - 10:04:57
Deb said:

Love your cards! So crisp and clean!! And your little "his and hers" boxes are SO darling!! How very clever!!

Apr 19, 2012 - 10:04:55
Jane Laffoon said:

I LOVE the boy and girl containers made with the purse die!

Apr 20, 2012 - 03:04:00
Kez said:

OMGosh those purses are AMAZING! My daughter (13) and I both just love them to bits! Brilliant you! TFS

Apr 20, 2012 - 09:04:12
Holly said:

I can always count on you for extreme creativity! Great idea! Thanks for sharing

Apr 20, 2012 - 09:04:59
Sandy M said:

Connie, your cards are fab, as always, but those his and hers purses are just the cutest! Didn't know so many things could be done with that die.

Apr 20, 2012 - 09:04:19

The cutest use of the purse die yet!!!  Love it! Imagine the possibilities: nurse, doctor, bride, groom, diaper bag, boy/girl scout. You are the BEST, Connie!

Apr 20, 2012 - 11:04:48
LeeAnn Greff said:

Connie; you are just amazing!  To dream up those adorable little his & hers boxes is incredible.  They are so very cute!!
Love your cards also.  The clean & simple design really sets off the images. 

Apr 20, 2012 - 12:04:16
Christyne said:

Connie, I just love, love, LOVE that kite card! I think I'll be CASEing it!!! Love the freaks tour and look forward to it every month!

Apr 20, 2012 - 01:04:08
Jodi said:

What great ideas with the summer smooch!  I love the bright colors & fun card layouts.  Yellow & red seem to always be my go to card colors.  And I just love your little boy & girl boxes with the purse die.  I had the opportunity to use the purse die at the last card class I attended.  So much fun to play around with.  I think it will quickly become one of our SU favorite dies.

Apr 20, 2012 - 03:04:48
Yvette Ashe said:

Love your kite card and those little boxes are adorable!

Apr 20, 2012 - 04:04:45
Millie said:

OMG I love this proyect…Now you are forcing  me to buy the die cut.  🙂

Apr 20, 2012 - 05:04:54
Terri Orr said:

Your his/her purse/boxes are brilliant!

Apr 20, 2012 - 05:04:33

Fantastic projects.  Love the his and her boxes.

Apr 20, 2012 - 05:04:55
Mz Cookie said:

Connie, that purse idea is 2 door down from adorable… I absolutely love it… you are such a creative lady… thank you for sharing the wonderful creativity

Apr 21, 2012 - 11:04:27
Deb H said:

How absolutely adorable what you did with the petite purse die….. I've been holding out, but now I must have it! Too stinkin' cute.

Apr 21, 2012 - 08:04:13

Absolutely loved the purses

Apr 22, 2012 - 01:04:01

Love your his & hers boxes, so cute! Everything is beautiful! TFS