Jul 19 2011

July Tour de Freaks is here!


Yes!  It's time for the July Tour de Freaks!  You probably just came from Jan Tinklenberg's blog…or…if you came here first, you can just click on the links to go around to all 12 stops on the tour…eventually stopping back here!  But…if you arrive here prior to July 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet!

Our theme this month was Christmas in July OR showing off the awesome swaps that our Control Freaks members did for the Convention Swap at lunchtime!  They were so fabulous that we just had to show them off to everyone! 

Here is my first card.  My punch class is doing this tonight, too!



When I first saw the Perfect Pennants Die, I thought it looked like a slice of pizza.  I originally thought I'd use the smaller size, but the large one just reached out and grabbed me!  The base of the card is Riding Hood Red and I layered on Very Vanilla that I ran thru the Big Shot with the new Houndstooth Impressions Folder (LOVE it!).  At the bottom I stamped You're Invited from Sincere Salutations in Riding Hood Red ink.  I wrapped around Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon and tied a knot.  I think it really is a very realistic looking pizza, don't you?

My second card fits both the themes.  I love Snow Much Fun from the new catalog!  I'm SO happy to get a new snowman stamp set! 



This one uses lots of punches, too.  In fact, I may use this for my Christmas Card this year!  I started with the base of Pear Pizzazz and layered on Poppy Parade.  I added a strip of Poppy Parade striped Patterns Designer Paper on the right side.  I cut the Top Note Die from Whisper White and ran thru the Big Shot again with Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I punched the 2 1/2 Circle from Poppy Parade.  I stamped the Snowman on Whisper White and punched with the 2 3/8 Scallop Circle…it is colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  I added a Pear Pizzazz 1 3/8" Circle and off set the snowflake from the Northern Frost Strip Die with a Silver Mini Brad.  Finally, I stamped the greeting with Black Stazon on Baja Breeze and punched with the Modern Label Punch.

And, finally, I made a 3D Snowman Hot Chocolate Cocoa Holder to swap at Convention.  I was inspired by one that I received in a candy swap last year…but I changed several things around on it.


EDIT:  Dimensions are 4 1/4 x 11, score at 3 1/2 and 8.  Top flap is embossed, lower flap folds up to hold the cocoa (no adhesive…the ribbon holds the whole thing closed).  Round all corners with the Corner Rounder punch.


I used the Circles Die to make the three circles for the telescope snowman and sponged the edges with Pool Party Ink.  They are layered together with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used the Crop A Dile for the Black Eyes and a White Gel Pen for the highlights.  I cut a small triangle of Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the nose.  I added a piece of Blushing Bride Ribbon for his scarf, held with Mini Glue Dots.  The arms are punched with the Snowflake Punch from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I used the Northern Flurry Impressions Folder on Pool Party cardstock.  The Chocolate Chip Scallop Dotted Ribbon holds the packed closed.  Inside is a package of Hot Chocolate Cocoa Mix.  Finally, I stamped "to my friend" from Friendly Phrases in Chocolate Chip Ink on the bottom flap of the package.

Thanks for stopping by…next stop on the tour is LeeAnn Greff's blog You will love her cards!  Make sure to check out everyone's creations this month!


14 People have left comments on this post

Jul 19, 2011 - 09:07:37
Cindy Major said:

I LOVE that cute snowman pouch and the pizza is just too much! What a great use for the flower punch – so clever!! 😀

Jul 19, 2011 - 10:07:53
Jan said:

I really love all of your projects and am so happy to have two of them for my very own!

Jul 19, 2011 - 11:07:32
Debbie G said:

Connie, the Pizza invitation card is soooo cute and very clever. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 19, 2011 - 11:07:44
Pammy said:

They are all great! I can't wait to make that pizza card – too cute!

Jul 19, 2011 - 11:07:45
LeeAnn Greff said:

Absolutely love your cards Connie.  The pizza card is just ingenious!  So very smart of you.

Jul 19, 2011 - 11:07:43
Deb said:

Love the pizza card! How clever!! And I just love the snowmen! The hot chocolate holder is just too cute!!

Jul 20, 2011 - 12:07:18
Lorri said:

CONNIE, I LOVELOVELOVE these! You are so creative, I just can't get over how you come up with these projects! Thanks for the 3-D one, too! Can't wait to share with my customers! So fun to meet you, too!

Jul 20, 2011 - 01:07:19
Wendy W. said:

Connie-Connie-Connie … I am in LOVE with that pizza slice, girl!! And your "waiting-for-the-snowball-to-drop-on-my-head" snowman is DAHling!!  Now to mention the little snowman in the middle … almost making me think I'm gonna need to buy his set after all! 🙂

Jul 20, 2011 - 07:07:36
Mary Brown said:

LOVE all your projects!  That pizza idea is just soooooo very cute!  I LOVE the snowman looking up with the chocolate holder but I think I'm going to need to wait awhile before I do the hot chocolate!

Jul 20, 2011 - 07:07:43

Very cool pizza slice!!!  Love all the cards, Connie!  Thanks for the inspiration!

Jul 22, 2011 - 09:07:02
Chellie B said:

The pizza slice is by far the most clever piece of punch art I have seen in a long time. I laughed so loud and so hard that I started to choke and my family came running over to see what had tickled me so. 

Jul 23, 2011 - 05:07:14
Krista Rill said:

I love love the pizza idea, super duper creative.  I also love the hot chocolate holder, I love snowmen and this one is a cutie pie.

Jul 23, 2011 - 10:07:25
Cynthia said:

Connie, love these!!  Great work, and thanks for sharing!  What size is the "pool party cardstock" and did you use a die to cut it?

Apr 5, 2017 - 11:04:59
Jewelyn Sims said:

I am hosting a pizza birthday party for my husband’s 70th. The Pizza invitation is so very cute. I would like to make these for his party. I copied the directions; however, I not sure about the perfect pennant die and the houndstooth press. I have a criscros machine and if you could email me the detailed instructions I’d really appreciate it. Of course I’ll pay the cost. thanks!!