Jun 19 2011

June Tour de Freaks!


It's time for the June Tour de Freaks!  You've probably just come from the OH SO FUN Jan Tinklenberg's blog!   Doesn't she do AWESOME work!  Our theme this month is using products from the Summer Mini AND the Demonstrator Sneak Peek products.  We have 11 stops for you with some FABULOUS designers!  Make sure to take the tour, it will loop you around to me again.  If you are arriving prior to June 20th, please note that not all links may be active yet.



For my projects, I went in extremes!  The first one is a FUN cardstock Beach Bag filled with bath products!  Wouldn't this be a great gift for someone with a summer birthday?  I'm showing off one of my favorite sets in the Summer Mini called Sunny Fun.  I love this lineup of kids on innertubes (but the flip flops and ice cream cone images are just as cute!)!  The beach bag is generous size…measuring 10 1/2" wide by 6" tall and 2" in width.  I have some full size bottles of bath splash, bath lotion, bubble bath tablets, scrub mitt and heel cream inside with room to spare!  The bottom is reinforced with extra cardstock to hold the weight easily.



I used one of the NEW In Colors cardstock, Lucky Limeade, for the beach bag.  The top of the pocket and handles are the Poppy Parade Ribbon…they are a nice weight for handles.  I love how the two bright colors complement each other!  I secured the handles on the front and back with Antique Mini Brads for some extre reinforcement.  I turned down the top of the bag about 1/2" and added the 1 1/4 Black Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon tab for a designer look!



I added the front pocket with a 4 x 5 piece of Watercolor Paper and I stamped the image from Sunny Fun with Black Stazon.  Then I used my Reinkers, Markers and AquaPainter to watercolor the images.  I added the greeting "Fun in the Sun" from the Sunny Fun stamp set, to the front of the pocket, too.  You could easily tuck in a gift card in the pocket for a little extra surprise. 


My next project is the opposite of summer weather…a snowman!  I used the awesome new Sneak Peek set, Snow Much Fun, for my card!  I was SO excited to see this fun snowman set in the new catalog!  I can't wait to use it for my Christmas cards this year!  I combined it with some new designer paper called Just Add Cake!  Even though it isn't a "holiday" paper, I love the colors and pulled them out to use on my card. 




The base is Marina Mist and I added a layer of Whisper White that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I cut two 1/2" wide strips of Just Add Cake Designer Paper.  I used another new In Color, Calypso Coral, cardstock across the front and added the greeting from Snow Much Fun (I love when Stampin' Up! includes greetings in their sets!)  I stamped the snowman from Snow Much Fun with Black Stazon and colored with my Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers, then punched with the 2 3/8 Scallop Circle and layered on a Marina Mist 2 1/2 Circle.  I added two Rhinestone jewels for some added bling!


I hope you've enjoyed my projects!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Control Freaks have done this month with the Summer Mini and Sneak Peek products!  Next stop is Dawn Olchefske's blog...I'm sure you'll LOVE her ideas!


Sharing creativity one stamped image at a time!

19 People have left comments on this post

Jun 19, 2011 - 07:06:47
Cindy Major said:

Your projects are so much fun, Connie! I especially love that beautiful beach bag  you put together. It's a really cute design and I like how it's bigger than most bag and boxes. Cute AND practical!

Jun 19, 2011 - 09:06:18

Amazing projects.. what a great little bag… fabulous job Connie!

Jun 19, 2011 - 09:06:16
Brenda Hugar said:

Love  your bag Connie.  And, your snowman card is adorable.

Jun 19, 2011 - 10:06:29
Jan said:

Beautiful, as usual, Connie!

Jun 19, 2011 - 10:06:14
Liz Shultz said:

Your beach bag is brilliant, and your card oh-so-cute!  I had to have that little snowman too!

Jun 20, 2011 - 05:06:40
Carey Rogers said:

Brilliant on the beach bag.  The card is just adorable.  TFS.

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Jun 20, 2011 - 07:06:44
lisa808 said:

Love, love, love the beach bag!  Will you be posting a tutorial?

Jun 20, 2011 - 08:06:53
Jennifer S. said:

I love what you did with the snowman…too cute! And the beach bag is adorable as well!

Jun 20, 2011 - 09:06:56
Sharon said:

we want a tutorial, we want a tutorial!
Please share your incredible beach bag creation with us.

Jun 20, 2011 - 10:06:28
Susan said:

Love that little beach bag idea!  Please do post more detailed instructions!

Jun 20, 2011 - 10:06:23
Wendy W. said:

Ohmygoodness!! Connie!! That beach bag is over-the-top AMAZING!!  Sooo very clever!! And that snowman card??  Super cute!! (BTW, love your new profile pic, too!) đŸ™‚

Jun 20, 2011 - 02:06:27

I absolutely love your tote bag!!!  You are so creative!  Thanks for sharing such awesome projects!!!

Jun 20, 2011 - 02:06:19
momof3girls said:

Love the bag!

Jun 20, 2011 - 03:06:49

Your projects are gorgeous but that beach bag is totally awesome!!! AND I do have a summer birthday……LOL!!!! Anyway I will be featuring that beach bag on My Crafty Picks #22 with a link back to your blog on 6-26-11. If you wish to decline please email me at trbauer@insightbb.com

Take care

Jun 20, 2011 - 07:06:07

Connie, you are so creative! I am always in awe of what you consistently create! Love it all.

Jun 21, 2011 - 10:06:22
Lori said:

Love the Beach Bag!  Add me to the list that would love a more detailed tutorial on the construction.  Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Jun 21, 2011 - 04:06:24
Chris B said:

Awesome Beach Bag!!  Love it!  The Snowman is sooo cute!! Please please put me on your list for the tutorial to make the beach bag.  I have seen other beach bags but not the size of yours.  It's so roomy.  Just adorable!!

Jun 22, 2011 - 01:06:35
Jan Hoyt said:

Oh Connie, how absolutely adorable!  From the beach bag to the Christmas card you run the gamut but I love them both!!!  Now I am wondering if I need the summer beachy set…didn't think I did until now.  The Snowman set has been residing happily in my stamp room for several weeks now so I know I will be case'ing this awesome card, it is too cute!  LOVE the DSP strips down the side, they are perfect!

Jun 26, 2011 - 10:06:16
RobbynW said:

Your projects are too cute! Gret job!