Mar 19 2010

March Tour de Freaks!

If you have arrived here on the 19th, not all links may be live yet.  We're getting ready to go live on March 20th!  It's time for the March Tour de Freaks by your favorite Control Freak Swappers!  Our theme this month is SPRING!  You've probably just arrived from Wendy Janson's Blog and her amazing ideas.  You'll be able to go to the next stop when you click on the badge at the bottom.    I always get some amazing ideas from this tour, I hope you do, too!

I was late getting ready for this tour…I definitely have "wedding" on the brain!  I've been working on the templates for printing out my son's wedding invitations, plus buying the supplies I'll need to make 200 of them.  The pocket invitation design idea has been done for a while, just needed to get started.  But, thinking about it inspired my first project.  And since the month of June is mostly in the Spring, I think it fits the theme! 


I've had the Bag with Scallops XL die for a long while, but haven't used it for some reason!  I pulled it out for this project.  I thought one of the roses made from the XL Fancy Flower punch would be perfect on the front scallop!  The bag and rose are both made from the White Shimmer paper…so pretty for a wedding!  I added the half Scallop Oval leaves along the side of the rose, then added the White Satin Stripe Ribbon knotted along the other side of the rose.  The front of the bag I textured with the Finial Press Impressions Folder that I ran thru the Big Shot.  The bag was really easy to put together!  I wrapped some more of the White Satin Ribbon around it to hold it closed (under the rose).  Very elegant and I think they would be pretty at the place settings at the reception!  I'll be making more of these Bag with Scallops…so fun and easy to put together!


My next card is a Mother's Day card for my mom.  We both LOVE lilacs in the spring!  I know it is finally here when my lilacs are in bloom.  I've planted lilac bushes in every house we've lived in and will cut the blooms off to bring them inside so I can enjoy their fragrance.  I've been wanting to do a punch art card using the Trio Flower punch to make some lilacs.  I used Orchid Opulence and Lavender Lace cardstock and punched a BUNCH of them!


I started by placing the "stem" from the Two Bird Punch at the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used the bird wings from that punch for my leaves.  I just started adding a variety of the Lavender Lace and Orchid Opulence flowers in a cone shaped pattern.  Each lilac is so unique anyway, it really didn't matter how I placed them!  I added a little Orchid Opulence Classic Ink to the edges after I was done, just for some added shadows.


I layered the Whisper White on Lavender Lace and then Basic Black cardstock to make it pop.  I tied the Old Olive Satin Ribbon into a bow and placed it at the top corner.  Then I added the Old Olive Scallop Trim Border across the left side.   Finally, I used the stamps from Tiny Tags and the Jewery Tag punch to make the 4 You tag and wrapped it with Linen Thread around the center of the ribbon knot. 


Next stop is Mary Brown!  I'm sure you will love her work!  Have a great day!


31 People have left comments on this post

Mar 19, 2010 - 09:03:55
Mary Brown said:

Oh Connie…I just LOVE your white treat bag…SOOOOO elegant!  So…making 200 of these too?  I just LOVE lilacs too!

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:03:20
Julie said:

WOW – that flower is GORGEOUS !! And your lilacs, what a ROCKIN' idea!!

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:03:25
LeeAnn Greff said:

Just so pretty – love both projects, but I have to say the lilac punch art totally amazed me!  What a perfect lilac you did!   Beautifully done!

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:03:41
Darlene-Joy said:

The white bag and flower is just gorgeous !!!!!

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:03:16
Brandi said:

That bag is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing, Connie!

Mar 20, 2010 - 12:03:24
Kathy Brown said:

Love the tea bag. Woyld love to see the invitations you plan to do. Am looking for ideas for a friends daughters wedding.
Love your blog!!

Mar 20, 2010 - 12:03:43

Clever girl!  The rose bag is outstanding!  Love the lilac punch art too!!!

Mar 20, 2010 - 01:03:34
Cindy Major said:

Oh my gosh, Connie, that bag made me catch my breath! It is GOR-GEOUS!!! WOW…. Look at that dry-embossing on the white and that beautiful 3D flower… You outdid yourself on that one! I'm so inspired to try and make one myself!
Cindy đŸ™‚

Mar 20, 2010 - 03:03:34
Susan said:

this is **stunning**!; such a wonderful M.I.L -to-be! there's nothing nicer than elegant made gifts at a reception; thank you for your share in the blog tour

Mar 20, 2010 - 03:03:20
Pam Herold said:

Elegant is the word I would have used too. Great job on creativity! Thanks for sharing.

Mar 20, 2010 - 08:03:58

This projects are beautiful Connie.  The wedding box is my FAV!  So very lovely.  Will they be favors for the wedding guest? 

Mar 20, 2010 - 08:03:24
Yvonne said:

Love your bag!!! Ooo la la! I know if I was going to a wedding i would keep mine and anyone else that didn't take theirs!
Great idea on the card. This is one of my most used punches. It adds just the right touch to so many cards and etc.

Mar 20, 2010 - 09:03:35
Wendy W. said:

You. Are. CRAZY!! 200 of those bags?? Oh my goodness!! I just got done doing 300 matchboxes for a wedding and spent about 35 hours on 'em!! YIKES!1 That rose is absolutely STUNNING!! I sooo wanna make one.  Looks like I have a die purchase in my immediate future.  BEAUTIFUL work, Connie!! LOVE that lilac you created, too!! Lilacs are definitely one of my faves!! đŸ™‚

Mar 20, 2010 - 09:03:47
Lisa M said:

The wedding box is GORGEOUS!!  I'm going to put that in my "files" for when I have to do the same thing.  Hopefully not any time soon as my kids are too young, but someday…
The lilac punched card is CUTE!!  Great projects, Connie!

Mar 20, 2010 - 12:03:42

Love both of your projects Connie. The wedding favor is so elegant. And I loved the other punch flowers you did some time ago, along with the lilac one today.  Good luck with your Son's wedding.

Mar 20, 2010 - 12:03:43
Kathy Liu said:

Connie, I can't tell you how much I love the lilac card. They are my favorite flowers, too, and are the best sign of spring! Thank you for the fabulously creative card. Can't wait to try it!

Mar 20, 2010 - 02:03:57
Erin Blair said:

Connie…What can I say that hasn't already been said about your ADORABLE projects.  I'm gonna hafta pull out that flower punch & give that flower a try!  Erin

Mar 20, 2010 - 02:03:17
OLIVIA said:

Folks will save these mementos for years.  They are really lovely.  The bride will be especially happy, for sure.
Nice work.

Mar 20, 2010 - 05:03:53

Beautiful projects, Connie!  Lovely work as always!

Mar 20, 2010 - 09:03:30

I love both of your flowers.  I definitely need to try that large flower.  It's gorgeous.

Mar 20, 2010 - 09:03:13
Robin said:

Beautiful!  I bet that wedding favor glows irl with that shimmer paper!  Adore the lilac, also!

Mar 21, 2010 - 10:03:38

I love the second card and how you used the punches to make the flower.  Awesome idea!

Mar 21, 2010 - 02:03:04
Kim said:

Love the lilac card.  Lilacs are my favorite and unfortunately don't grow in most of the places we have lived.  I'll be making this card for Mother's Day.  The wedding favor bag is to die for.  I love your work.

Mar 21, 2010 - 03:03:40
BarbaraD said:

How lovely and elegant that wedding favor is!  Just gorgeous.  Haven't tried one of those roses yet, but I think you've inspired me to….I have everything I need!  Also love your lilac punch art….how fun!   

Mar 21, 2010 - 08:03:45
Joanne said:

Just loved the Bridal favor.  I would love to see your son's wedding invation.
Can you share that with me?

Mar 21, 2010 - 10:03:51
Lisa Young said:

Oh My! The box is simply gorgeous! I love that so much! And making lilacs with the Trio Flower punch is so creative.

Mar 22, 2010 - 01:03:44
Sage Kimble said:

That bag is so yummy!

Mar 22, 2010 - 08:03:47

Love both projects, Connie! Great job on the tour! Blessings, Gretchen

Mar 23, 2010 - 01:03:34
Wendy J. said:

Connie, I'm just now getting to see the blog hop!  I love your projects!  The little bag is gorgeous!  I would never have thought to use the scallop oval for the leaves in white but it's beautiful!  I also love the way you used the Flower Trio punch..I'd have never thought of that either so I'm so glad you shared your creativity!  My son is getting married in 2 weeks…I understand…! 

Jul 23, 2015 - 03:07:58
Maltee said:

Hi,I love your white treat bag.I am from India.If possible can you tell me the paper size and score. I want to make it.thank you .love

Dec 26, 2015 - 06:12:43
Diane Janovyak said:

I love the white bag with flowers. Do you have an instruction sheet on how to make it and what the cost of the instruction sheet would be? I have a sons wedding 2016 and I was looking for that type of item to put as candy boxes for the bridal shower I’m giving. I figured I could get paper in the color the bride chooses for her wedding party. I would really appreciate any help you can give me.