Feb 19 2012

February Tour de Freaks!


It's time!  TIme for the monthly Tour de Freaks!  You are in for a treat..our theme this month is The Cutting Edge….using Dies in the Big Shot…all the Control Freak Swappers are using the Big Shot to bring you some FABULOUS projects on this tour!   I'm sure you will enjoy them all!   You've probably just come from Yvette Ashe's blog…weren't her projects wonderful?  If you are arriving here prior to February 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet.


My first Big Shot card is an adaption of one that I took to Leadership with me for swap cards.  It uses the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit (one of my FAV items from the Occasions Mini!).  But instead of only ONE flower, I made THREE going across the card!



To make the flowers, the largest Old Olive heart is cut in half and reversed for the leaves.  Then I stacked up the Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight hearts on top.  There is a rhinestone jewel on one of the hearts for some added bling.  I cut some "grass" from Old Olive with my Paper Snips.  Then added a banner from Take It to Heart  stamp set and the Wonderful You greeting from Loving Thoughts.  Calypso Coral is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Folder and Everyday Enchantment DSP layered on top.


My second card is an Anniversary card for my mother and father-in-law.  I used the layout from a card that Cassy, my roommate at Leadership, gave me.  I used four different patterns from the Attic Boutique Designer Paper.  Four Frames stamp set has a beautiful filigree image that goes SO well with this DSP.


The base is Daffodil Delight, sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Then a layer of Soft Suede that I used the Piercing Tool in the corners.  Along the sides of the Label Framelit are two Decorative Label Punches.  The Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon hides the seam of the designer papers when I cut them in half.   A bow and some pearls completes the vintage feel of the card!


My next project I've been wanting to do for a while!  It really is more impressive in real life than the photo shows.  Remember when you look at this that the flower is over 17" wide!  I put the ruler up on the wall to prove it!   I've seen the trend of hanging several of these flowers against the wall behind a reception table.  I didn't have time to make more than one, but I think a wall of them staggered across would be awesome!



Can you tell what I made it from?  If you guessed the Dresden Designs Bigz Die…you are right.  The center portion I used the large die petal from Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper, folded the end a little bit to make it shorter.  The center is a styrofoam ball cut in half and wrapped with more designer paper.  I had to use straight pins to hold the designer paper in place on the back side.  I soft folded the petals to give them a little dimension.  The smaller inside flower is adhered to the back Pool Party flower with Stampin' Dimensionals.  To get the fullness in the back flower, I scored the piece of cardstock in half before I ran it thru the die, then opened it up and adhered them side by side.  It took 8 sheets of cardstock to make it this full.  In the back I added a 2 1/2" Circle to cover the back of the styrofoam ball and flower, then pinned a length of Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon for the hanger.  I added another 2 1/2" Circle to hide the pin and ribbon ends.


Next stop on the Tour de Freaks is Mary Brown at StamperCamper's Cornerher projects are DARLING.  Continue on around all 13 stops for some fantastic ideas!


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7 People have left comments on this post

Feb 19, 2012 - 10:02:26

Marvelous, Connie!  Can't wait to play with my Dresden die!! 🙂 Patty

Feb 19, 2012 - 10:02:35
Lisa Martz said:

Those big flowers would be so cute done in particular wedding colors, wouldn't they?  Your cards are great!  Fun projects!

Feb 20, 2012 - 07:02:19

I have an upcoming wedding so my thoughts echoed Lisa's regarding the Big Flower! Thanks for the inspiration! And I love both of your cards – so creative.

Feb 20, 2012 - 10:02:11
Kim Score said:

Very pretty, I loved the way you used the Decorative Label punch. This will be on my punch inspiration blog post today. TFS

Feb 20, 2012 - 10:02:38
Christyne said:

GORGEOUS! All of it!!! Tour de Freaks is my FAVOURITE time of the month!

Feb 20, 2012 - 06:02:33
Yvette Ashe said:

Your heart card is so very clever — love it!

Feb 22, 2012 - 05:02:35
Bobby said:

The heart flowers are brilliant! 2 beautiful ideas combined..