Dec 19 2012

December Tour de Freaks – Winter Fun


WOOHOO!!!  It's time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freaks Swappers!  We have some Wonderful Winter Fun for you during this tour!  So…grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and take the tour for some AWESOME ideas!   It's a short one…only 9 stops, so won't take you long at all!  You've probably just come from my friend, Mary Brown's blog...weren't her projects cute?  I always love her work!   If you are arriving here prior to the 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet.


My first project is a spin-off of the Heart framelit Christmas Tree card that I did for the November Tour de Freaks.  This time I turned it into a Snowman triangle card!  Isn't he FUN…and he is getting ready to throw a snowball at you!  Too bad the photo doesn't show all the Dazzling Details glitter on the body of the snowman…he is super sparkly!



OK…here are some quick directions…I know I had several ask for the Christmas tree and it was done the same way.  If the snowman looks familiar, it was one left over from my charger plate project I shared here on Monday.

  1. I cut a base 4 x 8, folded in half.  Then cut it with the Perfect Pennants die.  Place the open ends right on the bottom wide part of the largest pennant, then cut.  The resulting triangle will be slightly shorter than the full pennant, so the fold at the top keeps it from cutting thru.  I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the inside of my snowman for some contrast.
  2. I then cut two large pennants out of Whisper White, layering them on the outsides of the Cherry Cobbler triangle and cutting off the excess at the top.  It just gives it some extra stability.
  3. I made the snowman front from the three largest circles on the Circles #2 die, then embossed with the Northern Flurry folder.  I sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake.
  4. I started building the snowman by adhering the the sizes together on top of each other.  I tied a scarf of Gumball Green Sweater Trim around the neck.  I colored pearls and rhinestones with black Sharpie for the eyes, mouth and buttons.  A little triangle of Pumpkin Pie for the nose.
  5. For the back of the snowman, I only used the largest two circles…not the head circle so that it doesn't interfere when the card opens.
  6. The hat is two of the 1 1/4 squares back to back, trimmed on a slant and the Word Window for the brim on each side.  I used a sliver of Red Glimmer paper for the hat band, then the small Itty Bitty flower out of Silver Glimmer with a rhinestone in the center.  I used more Dazzling Details along the top and brim of the hat.
  7. I cut slivers of Early Espresso for the branch "arms" and added a 1/2" circle Snowball at one end.
  8. I also punched six more 1/2" circles for the pile of snowballs on the ground, sponging around each with Crumb Cake.
  9. I stamped Merry Christmas from Family Reunion (love that font!) in Basic Black and cut flag ends.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals and some added Dazzling Details.


My second is a fun ornament for your tree.  My Christmas tree is decorated in lots of Snowmen and Frosty Friends so I thought this would be a fun addition.  It also opens for a FUN treat inside.  Can you tell what Stampin' Up! product that I used????



Here are some details for covering the empty brad/button container!

  1. I punched a 2 1/2" Circle of Basic Black cardstock for the top and adhered it to the lid.
  2. I covered the sides of the bottom piece with 1/2" x 11 strip of Basic Black cardstock (cut off excess).  Then punched a 1/2 x 12" strip of Red Glimmer Paper with the Scallop Trim Border Punch to adhere over top of the Basic Black for the hat band.
  3. I cut a 3/8" strip of Basic Black cardstock for the sides of the lid.
  4. I used my scissors to pierce a hole in the top and fed two ends of a loop of 3/8" Stitched Grosgrain Real Red Ribbon thru the hole and tied a knot inside the lid to secure.
  5. I added some "holly" leaves by punching Gumball Green with the Large Oval Punch, the taking "bites" out of the sides with the same punch, creating the holly leaf look.  I punched three 3/8" Itty Bitty Circles from Red Glimmer Paper and popped them up on top of the leaves with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Finally, I cut a 3 1/2" Circle from the die out of Basic Black cardstock and adhered the container's bottom to it with Sticky Strip.


Isn't that a fun ornament for your tree…AND…you can fill it with something small…like M&Ms or peppermint candies like I have!  I love my snowman hat ornament!




Well…hope you have fun taking the rest of the tour!  Next stop is Justin Krieger...I'm sure he will have some FABULOUS ideas, too!


11 People have left comments on this post

Dec 19, 2012 - 08:12:17
Mary Brown said:

Oh my…these are both just TOO CUTE!!!!  the snowman sort of reminds me of the tree you did and I love the hat!

Dec 20, 2012 - 12:12:11
Carol Carriveau said:

Totally adorable,!!  If I can find time, I would love to make one of these…thank you for providing the tutorial!

Dec 20, 2012 - 07:12:54
Justin said:

Awesome projects! I especially love the ornament! Great idea! πŸ™‚

Dec 20, 2012 - 11:12:04

LOVE both of these.  I'm a snowman collector so these really tickled me.

Dec 20, 2012 - 01:12:24

Cutest Ever Snowman Award goes to Connie Babbert!!! πŸ™‚

Dec 20, 2012 - 03:12:09
Deb said:

So cute! Love the snowman and the hat made from Stampin' Up! container!! Genius!!! 

Dec 20, 2012 - 10:12:24
Terri Orr said:

Awesome, awesome, awesome!  Did I mention that I think these projects are awesome??  Snowmen make me melt anyway….and I've gotta make Frosty's hat for next year!

Dec 23, 2012 - 08:12:33
Linda Carlson said:

Isn't he just the cutest snowman!  Thanks for the inspiration!

Dec 24, 2012 - 05:12:13
Myrna said:

So lovely card !
Merry Christmas !

Dec 24, 2012 - 05:12:48
Becky Green said:

SUPER CARD & ORNAMENT!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ LOVE THEM BOTH!!!!!! πŸ™‚ MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Dec 30, 2012 - 11:12:50
Cindy Elam said:

I love snowmen, and this is just the cutest! Thanks for sharing the instructions.