May 19 2011

May Tour de Freaks Blog Tour!

It’s time for the WONDERFUL Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! Now…you’ve probably just come from Lisa Young’s blog…weren’t her projects fabulous?  Of course…all the Freaks do a WONDERFUL job with this blog hop!  Our theme this month is For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow…masculine and Father’s Day projects.  If you are arriving prior to May 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet.


This month I thought I’d feature The Open Seas stamp set for my projects.  I’m so happy that Stampin’ Up! has a nice selection of masculine products in the Summer Mini!  Now…due to time constraints, I sort of combined these with items I am taking with me on the SU Alaska Cruise!  Woohoo!  The first card is one that I will hand over to Stampin’ Up! to post on the boards on the ship.


I started with a base of Early Espresso cardstock and layered on Crumb Cake.  I stamped along the left side with the large globe in Early Espresso.  Then I placed a strip of Sticky Strip and ruffled the 1 1/4 Striped Ribbon that I cut down narrower and ragged the edges.  I stamped three of the anchors with Versamark and embossed them with a mixture of Gold and Silver Embossing Powders, then cut them out.  I placed them on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I punched a hole in the top of the anchors with the Crop A Dile, then pulled the Early Espresso Bakers Twine thru and adhered across the top.  To cover the ends, I punched the Modern Label from Brushed Gold Cardstock and stamped Happy Father’s Day with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla and punched with the Word Window punch.  I layered it on top and added Silver mini brads at each end.  I was going for a award metal look with the hanging anchors!  The focal piece is layered on more Brushed Gold cardstock and placed on the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


For my second project, I again used The Open Seas, but I made this for a gift for my upline and another friend who also earned the Alaska Cruise Incentive Trip.  It has a masculine feel with that stamp set and Nautical Expedition Designer Paper and you could easily substitute the word “Alaska” with “Father”!  It’s a Waterfall Mini Album that I made for them to place some pictures of the places we visit.  I hope I don’t get in trouble that I “fudged” on the theme just a little bit!  lol!



I kept it pretty simple for a couple reasons.  One, I wanted something that could be duplicated for a class and two, you don’t want the waterfall pages to get stuck on any embellishments.  The photos will make it even thicker than it is now and you still want it to work and close properly.



I only showed you a few of the photos because we have a limit on the number of photos we can post AND I’m VERY short on time before I leave!


Hope you enjoyed my projects…I’d LOVE to hear from you with a comment!  Next stop is the FABULOUS Mary Brown…I know you’ll love her projects…I know I do!

Sharing creativity one stamped image at a time!

12 People have left comments on this post

May 19, 2011 - 06:05:25
Deb said:

Love your projects (as always)! The card is so regal looking!! And the scrapbook is such a way cool idea! Have a super time on the cruise!

May 19, 2011 - 11:05:28
Jo Bailey said:

Clever waterfall card.  Perfect for adding pictures of the Alaska trip.  

May 20, 2011 - 07:05:57
Wendy W. said:

Ohmygoodness!! I lovelovelove how you distressed that ribbon!!  And your upline and friend are soooo lucky to get those little photo albums (oh how I wish I were in Alaska with ya!)! 🙂

May 20, 2011 - 08:05:56
Wendie said:

A great scrapbook – love the colors, so vibrant!

May 20, 2011 - 10:05:05
Martha Ludeking said:

I love both of your projects!  Thanks for posting a tutorial later!  Have a great trip!!

May 20, 2011 - 10:05:49
Cindy Major said:

Great use of the new set! I particularly love the waterfall album – what a neat idea! And nicely executed, too 😀

May 20, 2011 - 10:05:58
Vicki said:

Both are these are awesome!!! Love that stamp set, have a great time on the cruise!!!

May 20, 2011 - 01:05:17

Beautiful uses of the Open Seas stamp set! I hope you have a fabulous time on the cruise.

May 20, 2011 - 04:05:21
Lisa Martz said:

I LOVE your Alaska book!  So very cool…can't wait to see it loaded with pictures!

May 22, 2011 - 11:05:03

WOW, I love your projects.  Very clever!

May 22, 2011 - 02:05:12

Love, love, love your projects, Connie!!!  Thanks for inspiring and sharing.

Jun 1, 2011 - 02:06:45
Cindy Vernon said:

I absolutely love this! I can't wait for the tutorial!