Feb 19 2011

February Tour de Freaks is HERE!


It's time!  Time for the monthly Tour de Freaks!  Check out what the Control Freak Swappers have been up to this month!  You've probably just come from Lisa Martz's Blog…didn't you LOVE her projects?  If you are here prior to February 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet!

Our theme this month is Birthday cards and projects!  I had SO much fun with my creation!  It all started with some inspiration from Mercedes Weber for her mini gumball machine made with the Cupcake Punch.  Using her idea, I designed my Mini Gumball card for my Punch Class this month…then went on to expand the idea…



I started with a base of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and ran the front thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I used a piece of the numbers pattern from Celebrations Designer Paper and layered it on Pacific Point cardstock.  The base of the Gumball Machine is the Cupcake Punch Base turned upside down and with the scallop edge trimmed off.  The black is the Small Oval Punch cut in half and a Silver Mini Brad.  The globe is the 1" Circle punched from Whisper White and sponged with Bashful Blue around the edges.  Of course, the "gumballs" are the sprinkles for the top of the cupcake on the punch.  The Real Red topper of the machine is the very top scallop of the frosting with a little sliver of cut cardstock added.  I added a square of Real Red cardstock in the background and stamped "Bring on the Cake" from Stampin' Up!'s Bring on the Cake stamp set.  I also added three more "gumballs" as decoration over the greeting!


So, I thought if I could make a mini gumball from punches, how could I made a JUMBO sized one for the front of a card?  Can you tell what the base of the gumball machine is????





If you guessed the Petal Cone Die...you are RIGHT!  It is just the center part of the cone with the round top trimmed off and turned up for the base and the point trimmed off!  I added the Basic Black Wide Oval Punch cut off and added a 5/16" Silver Jumbo Brad to the top…with some colored gumballs falling out.  The other mechanism for the machine is just a 1/2" Circle of Real Red layered on a 3/4" Circle of Basic Black.  The globe was cut with the 3" Circle DIe from Whisper White and the Medium Window Sheet (hard to see in the photo!)  I sandwiched the 1/2" Circle Gumballs between those two layers.  The top of the gumball machine is the round top I cut off from the Petal Cone Die and then a 3/4" Circle punch added behind it and a strip of Real Red cardstock for the front.  The check background is the Celebrations Designer Paper again.  The "From All of Us" from Family Phrases is stamped in Basic Black on Pacific Point and punched with a 1" Circle Punch.  I LOVE how this turned out!


So…I thought if I could do a large Gumball Machine card…how about a FAVOR, too!



I cut TWO of the Petal Cone Diecuts from Real Red, cut off the points and round top, turned it upside down and build a "pyramid" looking box with an opening at the top.  I did the front of the machine the same way I made the large card.  I used a Medium Cello Bag, filled it with gumballs, tied it off with 1/8 Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, and formed it into a rounded shape.  I turned it upside down and placed the tied end into the opening of the box.  The top of the Gumball Machine hides the pointed edge of the Cello Bag…I sandwiched it between two layers of the machine topper.  Isn't it FUN, too?  I do LOVE it!  What a great party favor to use too coordinate with the card!  And you could easily expand the theme with cupcake toppers, invitations, whatever!



So…hope you enjoyed my Gumball Machine Birthday Theme projects for the Tour de Freaks this month!  Leave me a comment…I'd love to hear what you think about the projects!  You can continue on the tour to visit my good friend, Mary Brown's blog and her AWESOME projects, by clicking on the button below!  You'll circle around to my blog again when you are completely finished…there are 12 stops this month!  Have fun!


49 People have left comments on this post

Feb 19, 2011 - 07:02:01
Gale Smith said:

OMG! This is just awesome! I would love to be in your brain when you come up with these ideas!

Feb 19, 2011 - 07:02:10
Mary Brown said:

Oh…I absolutely LOVE your gumball theme!  The card is cute and the treat holder even CUTER!!!!

Feb 19, 2011 - 07:02:58
Barb said:

Connie, these are "thinkin' outside the box" for sure.  So cute, thanks somuch for sharing!!  Barb

Feb 19, 2011 - 08:02:59

Oh Connie.. how out of control cute !!!  So fun!

Feb 19, 2011 - 08:02:27

I cannot believe I am the first one to comment on this fabulous collection of ideas!!!   there must be a hundred other comments pending approval!  You are the queen of inspiration.  I so appreciate you keeping your blog full of wonderful fresh new ideas! thank you!!

Feb 19, 2011 - 09:02:25
Renee said:

I love this set of gumball items – so much fun!

Feb 19, 2011 - 09:02:25
Lisa Martz said:

Love the gumball machines, Connie!  I have yet to make one.  Cute!

Feb 19, 2011 - 09:02:48
Annette said:

Fabulous… just fabulous!

Feb 19, 2011 - 09:02:33
Kathy T said:

you are crazy talented -I am always amazed at your creativity . I mean who doesn't like a gum ball machine -it just is so happy

Feb 19, 2011 - 10:02:10

WOW, Connie — amazing projects, one and all! I love that one idea became the catalyst for the next. The 3-D treat box with the gumballs is just too cute! Way to go on this one! So glad you're on the tour this month! Blessings, Gretchen

Feb 19, 2011 - 10:02:02
Deb said:

These are totally awesome!!! I love it!!

Feb 19, 2011 - 10:02:38

Very clever Connie!  Love what you've done!!  Becky

Feb 19, 2011 - 10:02:34
JoAnn Burnham said:

Wow, these are awesome. You are very creative.  Thanks for sharing.

Feb 19, 2011 - 11:02:00
Marisol Gutierrez said:

SWEET! I love IT!

Feb 20, 2011 - 12:02:18
Cindy Major said:

Oh my gosh, the gumball machine box is such a cool, clever idea!!!! Connie, you've outdone yourself! I love how you made a whole set. Very nicely done! πŸ˜€

Feb 20, 2011 - 12:02:56
Rhonda L said:

Your creativity is impressive! Love, love, love the gumball machine theme!

Feb 20, 2011 - 03:02:24
Stephanie Perry said:

Very, very clever!!  Great ideas!!

Feb 20, 2011 - 05:02:27

Great use of the petal cone Connie.  That gum macine is so clever!

Feb 20, 2011 - 08:02:47
Jen Smith said:

How cute is that gumball favor! Fabulous projects!

Feb 20, 2011 - 09:02:12
Lynn Pratt said:

That is awesome! It would be perfect for a birthday party!

Feb 20, 2011 - 09:02:25
Susan Crawford said:

So So cute!

Feb 20, 2011 - 09:02:10

I just love this gumball machine!  It's such a clever use of the petal cone die.

Feb 20, 2011 - 10:02:25
lisa808 said:

OMGosh, how fun is that ensemble!!!  Especially the Petal Cone gumball machine. 

Feb 20, 2011 - 10:02:10
Shelli said:

I think the mini gumball machine is my favorite!  I plan to CASe this for sure!  Thanks for sharing your creations with us!

Feb 20, 2011 - 10:02:28

OMGosh Connie So Totally ADORABLE!! TFS!

Feb 20, 2011 - 11:02:27
Georgie said:

Love the gumball machine!

Feb 20, 2011 - 11:02:54

Look at these jaw-dropping gumball projects.  You clever girl!!!

Feb 20, 2011 - 11:02:43

Super, super cute projects!! I love the colors and the creativity – brilliant use of the petal cone die!

Feb 20, 2011 - 11:02:43

WOW!  How clever are you?!?  DARLING projects, thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

Feb 20, 2011 - 12:02:56
TXJennyWren said:

Connie, those are so very clever of you!!  I love how you carried the theme and came up with bigger and better as you went along.  Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us.

Feb 20, 2011 - 12:02:29
Sheri L said:

FABULOUS projects!! Love the 3D gumball machine! πŸ™‚

Feb 20, 2011 - 01:02:10

WOW Connie, this is such an awesome project! You make me want to go right to my stamp room. This is something I definately want to try! Thanks so much for sharing with everyone!

Feb 20, 2011 - 02:02:52
Carolee said:

What a wonderful idea!!! LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing!

Feb 20, 2011 - 05:02:39
MaryJo said:

these are soooo cute!!! I will definately be making some of these for my great-nieces and nephews!! They will love them…thanks!

Feb 20, 2011 - 09:02:47

What a great idea.  I just love it thanks for sharing.

Feb 20, 2011 - 10:02:25
Julie W. said:

Way, WAY cute!! πŸ˜€  TFS

Feb 21, 2011 - 01:02:42
Kathy Mc said:

Clever punch art to create these different sized gumball machines!

Feb 21, 2011 - 06:02:34
Shandell said:

The gumball cards are very cute πŸ™‚   I love the gumball favour – what an awesome idea!!

Feb 21, 2011 - 09:02:26
sharon k said:

Fantastic…..there are 2 more items I need to purchase now from the occasion mini that I didn't even know were in it.  See what demonstrators do that no store can…you've sold this demonstrator.   Thank you  you're going to make me look good and I will use your name once the roar dies down.  Credit is due such a creative mind as yours.  πŸ™‚

Feb 21, 2011 - 03:02:41
Sandy said:

This is the cutest ever!

Feb 21, 2011 - 04:02:36
Miranda said:

Your projects are great!  So festive and fun!  TFS

Feb 22, 2011 - 12:02:35
Wendy W. said:

Holy Brilliant Genius, Batman!!! Love EVERYTHING you have done here, friend!! I want one of those little gumball machines!! Man, oh man … totally am bowled over!!! LOVE it all!! πŸ™‚

Feb 22, 2011 - 12:02:51
Paulette S. in MO said:

Connie! That 3D gum ball machine favor is over the top.  What a fun birthday ensemble that could go for anyone you need a bright fun gifty for.  I love it. =D

Feb 22, 2011 - 07:02:41
Yvonne Metz said:

WOW!!!  Totally speachless!  This is just absolutely AWESOME!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Feb 24, 2011 - 08:02:57
kathleenh said:

 So loving this gumball ensemble. You are genius!

Feb 25, 2011 - 05:02:04
Michelle said:

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!  I think my fave is the mini – so cute.  I like anything to do with gumballs.

Feb 27, 2011 - 11:02:08
Dorene Donaldson said:

Way too cute.  Your awesome.

Mar 6, 2011 - 09:03:18

Love this!  the gumball theme has so many options — how DO you come up with such clever ideas!  And I love the favor … my kids have a birthday party coming up in a few weeks — I'll have to re-create!  Thanks!

Apr 30, 2011 - 03:04:26
Carol Mc said:

Love these gumball machines!