Aug 19 2010

August Tour de Freaks is here!

Wow…this really snuck up on me this month!  I can't believe it is the 20th and time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  You've probably just come from the talented, FABULOUS Patty Bennett's blog


Our theme this month was Sneak Peeks from the new Holiday Mini Catalog!  I know my customers are already commenting on how much they LOVE this mini…I do, too, as my pocketbook will attest to….ouch!  lol!  I just had to have it ALL!  I especially love a lot of the accessories in this mini…it is FULL of them.  You'll notice a lot of them on my projects this month!


To begin, I have a Suspension Bat card!  I had SO much fun making this one!  It kind of evolved!  I started with a base 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card of Tangerine Tango.  I added a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Nite Owl Designer Paper (from the new mini) on the front.  I used my Circle Scissors Plus to cut a 4" circle from the front thru both layers at the same time (if I were doing it again, I'd make it a little smaller…say 3 1/2).  I ran the back half of the Tangerine Tango card stock thru the Big Shot with the Spider Web Impressions Folder…cool!  Then I rubbed some White Craft Ink over the raised embossing with a sponge dauber.  This base card was layered onto a 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 piece of Basic Black card stock for extra support. 



Between the Tangerine Tango front and the Nite Owl Designer Paper, I added two strings of Linen Thread and pulled them tight between the layers, then adhered the layers together.  I sandwiched two layers of the Bat Punch together with the Linen Thread in between…this makes it look like they are flying!  I sponged White Craft around the edges of the bats and added a Rhinestone jewel to their heads.  I wrapped some of the new 1/2 Raven Lace Trim into a bow in the upper left corner…love that stuff, too!



I stamped the spider from Stampin' Up!'s Dark & Dreary on Whisper White, colored it with the Basic Gray Marker and cut it out.  I added two 1/2 backed pearls for the body…one smaller than the other. and placed it on the Spider Web with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I used the new Decorative Label Punch with Basic Black Card stock, sponged around the edges with White Craft Ink.  I cut EEK out of Tangerine Tango "glitter paper" with the Timeless Type Alphabet die and adhered to the front of the Label.  Then I placed the label on the front of the card.  (Note:  to make glitter paper, apply Versamark to the card stock direct to paper, pour on Iridescent Ice EP, shake off excess, then heat set…makes glitter paper in every color that Stampin' Up! carries!)  I LOVE my blinged out Suspension Bat card!

My second project was just as fun!  It's a Bat Cone Candy Holder.  It makes me LAUGH!  I traced a bat pattern onto Basic Black card stock, cut it out, then ran it thru the Big Shot with the Texture Plates Kit #4.  I had to run it thru a couple times to get the entire bat textured.  I used the sponge dauber and White Craft Ink to go around the edges.  I added Real Red Glimmer Brads for the eyes and drew the fangs with my White Gel Pen.  I pulled it into a cone shape and secured in the back with Sticky Strip.  I added a hanger with 1/2" Raven Lace Trim by piercing holes in the sides of the cone and tying knots inside the cone.



For the treat, I filled a small Cello Bag with Halloween colored M&Ms and tied it closed with a piece of the Raven Lace Trim.  I added a tag made with the Dark & Dreary stamp, inked in Basic Black and stamped on Whisper White, then punched with the Decorative Label Punch.  I added the 31 by stamping again on Real Red, then punching with the 1/2 circle punch and placing it on top with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I also used a sponge dauber with Basic Black ink and sponged all the edges.


EDIT:  As promised, here is the Bat Cone Candy Favor template to download!




Next on the Blog Tour is the wonderful Mary Brown!  I KNOW her projects will be awesome as usual!  Make sure to stop by and see all 11 stops on the Tour this month!  Thanks for stopping by!


40 People have left comments on this post

Aug 19, 2010 - 07:08:50
Nikki said:

Soooo cute!  What a fabulous way to showcase those bats!  {SMILES}

Aug 19, 2010 - 08:08:25

I love Halloween and your batty suspension card is just such a WOW!  I also love the bat cone……….just too cute for words.  TFS you rock!

Aug 19, 2010 - 10:08:56
Stacy said:

I absolutely love the suspension card and have never seen that technique before.  Thank you for sharing a great idea!

Aug 19, 2010 - 10:08:18

Love the card and the BAT! Fabulous projects! You guys ROCK this month!

Aug 19, 2010 - 10:08:10
LeeAnn Greff said:

I can hardly type this as I am in awe & total shock over your fabulous projects!  You've blown me away Connie! 
The suspension card is perfectly done – so unique!  May case that idea….
And the bat is incredible!  Wow!!!  You are one creative & talented gal!

Aug 19, 2010 - 11:08:46
Beth said:

I would love to know how you made the bat cone….I love it…

Aug 20, 2010 - 12:08:10
Rhonda L said:

Absolutely fabulous projects!

Aug 20, 2010 - 12:08:35
Cindy Major said:

Wooow, Connie, you've outdone yourself! LOVE the hanging bats and love the bat candy cone! Super cute!! I have a soft spot for Halloween projects, so I'm enjoying those even more! TFS!

Aug 20, 2010 - 05:08:30
Rose Curtis said:

love your spider web card…. soooooooooo cute!

Aug 20, 2010 - 05:08:01
lisa808 said:

Eek!  That is an awesome card!!!

Aug 20, 2010 - 06:08:14

Connie these are adorable! tfs

Aug 20, 2010 - 08:08:03
Jennifer S. said:

Too cute! I love the bat cone holder!

Aug 20, 2010 - 09:08:06
Suzanne said:

Great projects!  I absolutely love your card and your cone, and I can't wait to make my own glitter paper.  You rock!

Aug 20, 2010 - 10:08:51
Wendy W. said:

Holy Cow!!! That card is batty-amazing!!! LOVELOVELOVE it!! I think I need to try one … and your batty cone is darling!!! You rock, friend!! 🙂

Aug 20, 2010 - 12:08:46
Theresa Leonard said:

Too cute…. I love the bats in the web!

Aug 20, 2010 - 01:08:24

wow, Connie — you really outdid yourself this month. Love both projects and they are both so creative! Thank you for sharing such great inspiration! I'll definitely be casing! Blessings, Gretchen

Aug 20, 2010 - 02:08:54
peg said:

Love your card.  The Bat cone is on my to do list, so creative.  Thanks!

Aug 20, 2010 - 02:08:15
kivonne said:

This is the bomb BABY!   I am excited for you to share the template with us!   You are an incredible artist….thank you!   kt

Aug 20, 2010 - 02:08:11

WOW! What fun projects!! Love your bat cone…ditto all of the above!

Aug 20, 2010 - 04:08:51
Cathy from Maple Park, Illinois said:

Very clever ideas!! Love the bats!! All of them!! 🙂

Aug 20, 2010 - 05:08:11
Becky G said:

OMG! Love the bats card! What a great idea. The candy holder is great too.

Aug 20, 2010 - 06:08:03

Connie – I really don't like Halloween . . .but that suspension card is THE BOMB!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Aug 20, 2010 - 08:08:40

Connie your creativity is amazing! Everything is eye popping!

Aug 21, 2010 - 05:08:54

Very clever stuff you've done here.I enjoyed looking.

Aug 21, 2010 - 10:08:47

I love both of these projects.  You do a great job!  I always look forward to getting your e-mails and updates. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 21, 2010 - 10:08:17
joyce pacer said:

Your ideas are priceless.  I love both of them.

Aug 21, 2010 - 10:08:09

Gretchen!  This is the cutest ever!  I'll be casing this for sure!!!!  Thank you so much for all the inspiration you give week after week! 

Aug 21, 2010 - 10:08:36

Sorry Connie!!!!  I had just viewed Gretchen's blog and typed her name!!!!!

Aug 21, 2010 - 12:08:28
Kristy said:

Love your suspension card! What a great way to use the bats!
Love the bat cone too! 

Aug 21, 2010 - 05:08:34
Mary Brown said:

And I have to say…that BAT is just that absolute, CUTEST thing I have EVER seen…and I mean EVER!!!!!!!  You ROCK!!!

Aug 21, 2010 - 11:08:47
Jan Carlson said:

LOVE the Bat Card.  What a GREAT idea!  Thank you for sharing.

Aug 22, 2010 - 01:08:51
Paula Curtis said:

Too Cute! Thanks for Sharing, have a Great day!

Aug 22, 2010 - 01:08:01

LOVE all of  your projects and your blog!  Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

Aug 22, 2010 - 05:08:28
debhorst said:

what creative creations you have here….loving that web card!!!

Aug 22, 2010 - 09:08:05
Susan said:

I love the card the most, but the bat holder is a cutie, too; you're so full of ideas & then producing them; keep sharing & thanks!

Aug 22, 2010 - 10:08:45
Dawn O said:

Oh my gosh – both projects are SOOO adorable.  They just blow me away.  Great job Connie!!

Aug 23, 2010 - 07:08:07

Beyond clever & cute!! Love both projects! Definitely gotta try out Batty Bat for my son's class! TFS!!

Aug 24, 2010 - 10:08:50
Brenda Hugar said:

Absolutely love your suspension card — what a great job.  You bat cone is cute and fun.  TFS

Aug 24, 2010 - 07:08:32
Wendy J. said:

Connie this is such a cute card and treat holder!  Love the fun Halloween projects!