Aug 20 2009

Tour de Freaks Blog Tour & Bloggers Challenge 113


It’s here!  The 20th of the month, which means Tour de Freaks Blog Tour!  It also doubles as my Bloggers Challenge this week which is to use die cuts on your card! 

This month you’ll have 13 stops on the tour…I’m stop #4.  You’ve probably just come from Shona Watson’s BLOG.  I know you will enjoy the projects we have lined up for you to view!  The theme this month is In Colors!  The gals in this group ALWAYS do awesome work!  I’m so happy to have been invited to be a member of the Control Freaks Swap Group…it has been FOUR years this month!  Hard to believe!

My first project is a little birdhouse ornament.  Wouldn’t these look cute hanging on your Christmas tree?  Can you tell what I used?  Yes, the Matchbox XL Bigz Die!  I’ve had this idea in my head since I first saw the Matchbox die.  In fact, I did submit a similar one to Stampin’ Up!  

For the outside cover I used Bermuda Bay and punched a Scallop Oval in the top panel, then added some Thoroughly Modern Designer Paper on each side.  The inside box is Real Red.  I made a little scene with two birds from Cheep Talk and the Leaves Sizzlet die.  The nest is small slivers of Kraft cardstock crimped and curled into a ball, then stuck on with Mini Glue Dots.  The Cardinals are stamped in Real Red, with their beaks colored in with Pumpkin Pie and legs with Close to Cocoa.  I added a little roof made from Soft Suede cardstock and covered it with Designer Paper, too.  Before I put the two sides of the roof together, I added a ribbon hanger at the top.  (Check back next week for a little tutorial on how this was all put together!) 

Finally, to finish decorating the outside, I added the Snowflake punched from Faux Diamond Dust paper (Iridescent Ice EP over Whisper White).  Then stamped the trio of snowflakes from the hostess set Christmas Punch in Bermuda Bay and punched them out with the Boho Blossoms punch (did you know they fit perfectly???)  Added some Red Mini Brads to the centers of the snowflakes.  

This next card is a wiper card (purely coincidental that SCS has the tutorial this week)…mine has been done for ages!  I used the stamp set For All You Do and stamped the stems in Old Olive and the flowers in Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry.  The tag says Thank You and is punched with the Modern Label punch from Melon Mambo cardstock.  The Whisper White panel is layered onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  The base part of the Wiper Card is Crushed Curry and I ran the front and back panels thru the Big Shot with my Finial Press Embossing Folder for some extra texture!  The inside "wiper" is made from Whisper White and I stamped the greeting on it and rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder punch. Then I stamped the butterfly with Melon Mambo and cut it out and adhered it to the right right corner of the wiper.  When you press the sides together in and out, the wiper pops up, then hides inside the two sides.  Cute project to make for class!

My last project was also a card for my niece’s birthday last weekend!  I started with a base of Melon Mambo and adhered a layer of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper across the bottom.    Some Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon hides the seam.  I used the Flower Layers Bigz Die and cut flowers from Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Leaves (from Build A Flower Sizzlet die) from Old Olive.  I ran all of the pieces thru my Big Shot with the Finial Press Embossing Folder.  I used dimensionals between the layers when I stacked them together and added a Summer Sun Corduroy Button in the center!  I LOVE the outside…but wait until you see the inside!

I used the new Look Here XL Bigz Die cut from Rich Razzleberry.  I took the picture without the gift card so you could see it better.  I lined the back and bottom front panel with more Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper.  I punched the Butterfly from the purple pattern of Razzleberry Lemonade and added a Melon Mambo body with my Slot Punch.  And, finally I added the Birthday Greetings from On Your Birthday stamped on Crushed Curry and rounded the corners with my Corner Rounder.  She LOVED it!  (I’ll show you her brother’s card next week!)

Next stop is Mary Brown at StamperCamper Blog!  I’m sure she will has some FABULOUS ideas!





44 People have left comments on this post

Aug 19, 2009 - 10:08:40
Lisa said:

Fabulous projects, Connie! The bird house is so CUTE! Wonderful as always!

Aug 19, 2009 - 10:08:53
Mary Brown said:

These are totally FABULOUS projects (as always)! LOVE the little bird house!

Aug 20, 2009 - 12:08:57

LOVE the birdhouse!!!

Aug 20, 2009 - 08:08:55

Freaks Rule!! I love these projects, my favorite is the birdhouse, anxiously awaiting the instructions. You did an AWESOME job. I love being part of this group. πŸ™‚


Aug 20, 2009 - 08:08:44
Julie A. said:


I love your work! That birdhouse is awesome! The cards are beautiful. I love the texture on the flowers in the last card. Gorgeous!

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:08:29
Melissa said:

Love the birdhouse. Just adorable.

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:08:11
Cindy Major said:

Oh my gosh, I am flipping over that birdhouse box!!! And even complete with the little nest inside! Love it πŸ˜€


Aug 20, 2009 - 10:08:52
Jenn D said:

All of your projects are Awesome Connie! I love that little bird house and your cards are gorgeous as well. I’m going to have to try out a wiper card.

Aug 20, 2009 - 10:08:55
Emily said:

LOVE the bird house! What a clever and super cute idea!! I’m going to have to try that!!

Aug 20, 2009 - 10:08:39

VERY creative Connie! That matchbox bird house is soooo cute!

Aug 20, 2009 - 11:08:06
Sherry said:

Great projects…thanks for sharing your talent!

Aug 20, 2009 - 11:08:11
Carolyn S said:

Beautiful projects, thanks for sharing.

Aug 20, 2009 - 12:08:25
Judy Elting said:

Just what I’ve come to expect from Inkspired Treasures! Love the birdhouse, and everything else. Thanks again for sharing your gift with us! Great tour!

Aug 20, 2009 - 01:08:09

Connie thank you for sharing all your projects. The birdhouse ornament is so creative.

Aug 20, 2009 - 01:08:06
Lori Jane Mittlestadt said:

Connie, Your projects are lovely! I hate to say it, but your birdhouse is “so stinkin’ CUTE!” The stamp set may be gone but I think the expression will live forever with SU! It is always fun to see what you are creating. TY, lorijane

Aug 20, 2009 - 05:08:31
Karen Christensen said:

Loving that birdhouse!

Aug 20, 2009 - 06:08:11

Yours has been my favorite stop on the blog tour! TFS~~~


Aug 20, 2009 - 06:08:49
Lucia Kaiser said:

Connie – you are so clever and inspired. I absolutely LOVE the bird house! Hugs.

Lucia Kaiser
Cape Cod, MA

Aug 20, 2009 - 06:08:03
Pam Browne said:

Really love the wiper card!

Aug 20, 2009 - 06:08:59
Bev Victoy said:

Connie – just fabulous projects. I love the birdhouse – really cute.

Bev Victory
Bellaire, TX

Aug 20, 2009 - 07:08:29
Wendy W. said:

Wowza-holy-cowza, Connie!! Everything you have created is just WONDERFUL, but that little birdhouse has me smilin’ from ear to ear! Terrific, terrific, girl!! πŸ™‚

Aug 20, 2009 - 07:08:13
Elaine Moore said:

Bird house is great but I LOVE the little wiper card – what a fun design. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us
Elaine Moore –

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:08:58
StampinCathy said:

Fabulous projects and just love the In Colors and all the details you added to each of your inspiring projects.

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:08:19

Connie, glad you decided to play BC#113..I may of missed all these beautiful you have been busy..Love all of them.
connie paxman

Aug 20, 2009 - 10:08:25

Oh my Connie! What sensational projects! I just love the birdhouse! Wow! πŸ˜€

Aug 20, 2009 - 11:08:20
Faith said:

Oh my Goodness… this is my first time on this blog tour and I am blown away!!! I LOVE the Birdhouse… I can’t wait for your tut… and your use of the in-colors…. amazement!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Aug 21, 2009 - 12:08:10
Shona Watson said:

Connie, these are really great! I love the little birdhouse ornament – I love Bermuda Bay with Real Red, great combo! Great touch running your flower shapes through the embossing folder too! I always forget to try that! Super projects as always!

Aug 21, 2009 - 12:08:24
mary jo said:

Love the birdhouse; will have to make one for the MIL. Thanks for sharing. Mary Jo

Aug 21, 2009 - 12:08:59
Betty Kincannon said:


Your projects are fabulous as always. I really love the birdhouse. Thanks for sharing!!

Aug 21, 2009 - 07:08:21
Nikki said:

WOW! You have been busy…they are all fabulous but I have to say the LOVE the birdhouse the best! Toooo stinkin’ cute! {SMILES}

Aug 21, 2009 - 07:08:16
Lisa Bohler said:

Love these projects! I especially love the matchbook box idea as a birdhouse! Clever!

Aug 21, 2009 - 08:08:55

Great Die/Punch projects Connie!

Aug 21, 2009 - 10:08:57

Great idea with the birdhouse–very creative! Love your cards too.

Aug 21, 2009 - 11:08:29
Ida said:

Super projects…You and Lisa hit it out of the park with punches and dies on your projects. I love that little bird house, so adorable.

Aug 21, 2009 - 03:08:04
Judi Parker said:

Cute little birdhouse, I may have to try that. However, the gift card holder really rocks. Love those colors together.

Aug 21, 2009 - 06:08:42
Marisol Gutierrez said:

Connie…GREAT JOB! What a Sweet Tweet Birdhouse…Love all the colors…Cant wait for the tutorial. Congrats on 4 years!
Marisol Gutierrez
A Touch of Sol

Aug 21, 2009 - 10:08:52
Patti Chesky said:

Ohhh…love the birdhouse. You are so creative!!!

Aug 22, 2009 - 01:08:16
Ann said:

Hi Connie,

Thanks for sharing your In-Color creations! I love birds, so your birdhouse ornament creation is wonderful!!! I can see them hanging all over our Christmas tree & maybe one in my powder room since it’s “bird” themed.

We have doves that nest on our porch each Spring. πŸ™‚ They are very special to us because they are a sign of “peace”.

For some reason I can’t get on to Mary’s blog, it keeps “aborting”. Can you email me who the next person/blog is so I can continue on your FABULOUS Tour de Freaks blog tour. I would really appreciate it!

Stampin’ Smiles from Ear to Ear,
Ann πŸ™‚

Aug 22, 2009 - 09:08:17

As the famous California govenor (can’t spell) once said “I’ll be back” next week for your tutorial for that birdhouse. I may not be able to wait!

Aug 22, 2009 - 10:08:15
tiffany said:

OMG!!!! Your project are just too stinkin’ cute and that birdhouse is the bomb!!!!! TFS!!

Aug 22, 2009 - 12:08:56
Rachel Hope said:

WOW…lots of super fun projects!!! TFS!

Aug 23, 2009 - 04:08:34

Amazing, as always, Connie! Love them all! So good to be on the tour with you again this month and to have met you at convention! Blessings, Gretchen —

Aug 23, 2009 - 04:08:24

Great projects, Connie. Glad to see the wiper card being revived – I’ve had so much fun making these before! Cute idea for the birdhouse too!

Aug 23, 2009 - 05:08:22

Super Cute Connie!