Oct 19 2010

October Tour de Freaks is here!


Wow…another month ZOOMS by and it is time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  You've probably just arrived from Wendy Janson's blog.  Aren't her projects fabulous?  This month we're celebrating the upcoming December holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza and we have 13 stops on the tour! 


My first project is a card.  I've been thinking about doing a pyramid of Penguins for a while…in fact, the penguin piece has been sitting on my desk waiting to be finished!  So…here it finally is done!  Yep…it is made with that OH SO FUN Owl Punch!  Can you believe I first thought that I wouldn't use that Owl Punch?  Oh my gosh!  I've seen such CUTE things done with it…and owls are REALLY popular with kids right now!



I started with a base card of Real Red cardstock.  I added a layer of Whisper White that is stamped with the Jolly Bingo Bits snowflake in Bashful Blue randomly in the background.  Then I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder for some extra texture.  I wrapped two pieces of the Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon around and secured in the back.  The penguins I punched out the Owl with Basic Black and cut off the ears and the feet.  I punched just the feet in Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I punched the vest/belly in Whisper White and layered on top.  The beak is just a small square cut in half diagonally.  Then the eyes are from the Owl Punch, too.  I added a strip of torn Whisper White across the bottom of the Bashful Blue cardstock for snow and added Dazzling Diamonds so it sparkles.  I stacked the three Owls on top of each other.  Then added a Real Red Santa Hat from Jolly Bingo Bits to the top Owl.  The Bashful Blue is layered on Basic Black and placed on the front of the card. 


I stamped the greeting from Jolly Old Saint Nick in Basic Black and punched with the Large Oval, then layered on a Real Red Scallop Oval.  It is placed on the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added a Bashful Blue snowflake from the Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die on the corner with the large Rhinestone Jewel.  The top corners needed a little something, so I added some small Rhinestone Jewels to them, too.  Love how it sparkles!


My next project is one that my customers who attended my Stamping Festival a couple weeks ago made.  I designed a little Mug Mat that they showed us at Convention out of the Candy Cane Christmas Fabric and the large Scallop Square Die. I made a sandwich of the fabric, then batting, then pink polar fleece on the bottom.  It is stitched together in the corners with Linen Thread.  In one corner, I added the Circles Diecuts from the other fabric patterns and more pink polar fleece.  A big Candy Cane Designer Button is sewn on top!



I purchased the Red Mugs at a local "Big" discount store.  I added Northern Frost Decorative Strip snowflakes cut with the Whisper White Decor Elements Sheets!  I used all the snowflakes around the mug…it looks so cute!  TIP:  You don't need to use the paper backing that is for walls…only use the front Whisper White sticky sheet.  Also, make sure you run it thru your Big Shot with the BACK protective sheet up…then it is easy to just peal off the snowflakes and place them on the mug like stickers!  Make sure to have a piercing tool close by to poke out all those little pieces.  I found it easier to do while the protective backing was still on the snowflakes. 



Inside the mug I had some shredded paper, then a Medium Cello bag filled with powdered Hot Chocolate Mix and marshmallows.  I made the tag with the snowman from A Cute Christmas, stamped with Black Stazon and using Baja Breeze and Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Markers.  It was punched from the Whisper White with the Small Tag Punch and layered on the Baja Breeze Large Tag Punch.  The Crop-a-dile made the hole on top for the Silver Tinsel Trim.  That is SO nice because it has a fine wire in it.  Too fun!


Hope you enjoy my Tour de Freak projects for this month!  The next stop is the amazing Mary Brown!  Just check out what SHE did this month!


21 People have left comments on this post

Oct 19, 2010 - 08:10:31
Wendy Keirsey said:

I Love Love the penguins!!!!  So cute!

Oct 19, 2010 - 09:10:33
Mary Brown said:

Oh Connie…your card turned out just waaaaaaay too cute!  LOVE it!  Your mug is so great too!

Oct 19, 2010 - 11:10:42
Sherylee said:

Cutest penguins evah!  And I love your mug mat – so easy (ah, is that a pun?).
Sherylee in sunny Australia

Oct 20, 2010 - 06:10:20
Wendy W. said:

OHMYGOSH!! Penguins with the owl punch??!!?? SERIOUSLY??? Those are sooooo ca-YOOT!! Great card!! And I love that mug!  Vinyl is the greatest, isn't it??  Makes me NEED some hot chocolate!! 🙂

Oct 20, 2010 - 06:10:10

Super cute ideas, Connie! That red mug is really speakin' to me! lol. And those penguins are adorable.

Oct 20, 2010 - 09:10:44
Cindy Major said:

Wow, Connie!! I love the penguins and that mug looks AWESOME with the white snowflakes and matching mat! What an inspired project…

Oct 20, 2010 - 10:10:23

Thise penguins are way too cute!

Oct 20, 2010 - 10:10:07
Deb said:

I am a penguin lover so I LOVE that card!! Sooo cute!! The mug mat and the mug are a great gift and I might just use that idea for my son's teacher! Thanks for sharing!

Oct 20, 2010 - 11:10:20

Cute Penguin Pyramid!  Adorable mug and coaster!!

Oct 20, 2010 - 11:10:41
Penny said:

Connie, those penquins are just the cutest!!!  The mug and mat are so special too and so is the little gift card!  TFS

Oct 20, 2010 - 01:10:45
Terri said:

That card is just adorable!

Oct 20, 2010 - 02:10:31
Pam said:

That crash was the sound of my jaw dropping over your card with the penguins made with the owl punch.  Another punch i don't know how I've lived without until a few months ago.  This is one of those cards you just have to drop everything and give it a try….so I will!

Oct 20, 2010 - 02:10:07
Wendy J. said:

I love the way you converted the Owls to Penguins!  Sooo adorable!  Great idea with the mug and decorative snowflakes too!  Thanks, Connie!

Oct 20, 2010 - 05:10:28
Carey Rogers said:

I love, love, love what you have done.  I don't look at all of the blog hops there are but I make it a point to see what the Freaks do every month.  Thanks for the fun. 
Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Oct 20, 2010 - 08:10:07
Carol Carriveau said:

Love the penguin card the best…helps that Real Red is my favorite of all the reds we have…

Oct 20, 2010 - 08:10:44

Connie, your creations are all so wonderful! Funny, I created a card today with penguins on it also. They are so cute!

Oct 21, 2010 - 01:10:58
Liz Shultz said:

Hi Connie!  I am awed by your penguin card – stinkin' cute!!!!  And the mug set too, what a great gift set!

Oct 21, 2010 - 12:10:08

Fabulous projects!  Your card is adorable and I love your mug and fabric coaster….so cute!

Oct 21, 2010 - 02:10:58
Heather Pilz said:

Wow! I love it all!   I have been meaning to make the coasters, but I am definitely going to do that today now!  And I gotta make some penguins!  So cute!
Thanks for sharing!
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Oct 21, 2010 - 11:10:06
jeni allen said:

oh my…i LOVE those penguins!! i've linked back here as a source for my inspriation on some black owls…thanks so much for your great creative inspriation!! love your work!!

Nov 22, 2010 - 07:11:20

Adorable projects!!! I had just put the Owl in OEX when this email came through and I was super excited to see a new way to use it. Now I can't wait til it arrives. Thank you so much for all of your great inspirational items!