Jul 20 2009

Tour de Freaks Blog Tour!

It’s time again for the Tour de Freaks Blog Tour, this is Stop #1.  You may have just come from our fabulous Control Freaks Swap Mom, Lisa Martz’s blog…welcome to my blog, Inkspired Treasures!  At the bottom of this post, you will be directed to the next blog stop, the awesome Mary Brown!  There is a total of 12 stops on this month’s tour. 

Our topic of the month is NEW stamp sets in the NEW catalog!  I’ve fallen in love with several sets and I’m excited to see the ideas the gals have come up with showcasing these sets!  I know I’ll have several more sets on my wishlist when I’m done with the Tour!

My first card starts out with one of the first sets I had on my wish list, Herb Expressions!  This is such a VERSATILE set with the images and verses it contains.  This card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 and uses two of the new In Colors!  For my focal element, I cut an oval template from the Oval Shapes die with my Big Shot and used the reverse image to sponge So Saffron in an oval shape on Whisper White.  Then I stamped the "I’m Here for You…" verse in Basic Black in the center of the oval.  I over stamped the Thyme image with More Mustard within the oval, too, so it stays as a background behind the verse.  I punched the corners of the Whisper White with the Ticket Corner Punch and layered it on Crushed Curry, punched the corners of that layer, too. I started with a base card of Crushed Curry and added a layer of Dusty Durango.  I used some of the designer paper from Razzleberry Lemonade and layered it on Dusty Durango.  Then I wrapped two lengths of Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon and adhered to the back of the Dusty Durango.  I colored the silk flower from the Pretties Kit with Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry reinkers, then added a Crystal Rhinestone brad in the center.  It is popped up with Dimensionals on the front of the card.

My next card is a sneak peak for Christmas!  Everyone who knows me, knows that I love snowmen!  My house is decorated with them from the day after Thanksgiving until the end of February.  So, of course, the minute I saw the new Level 3 Hostess Set, The More the Merrier, I just HAD to have it!  Luckily, Stampin’ Up! allows demos to preorder one of the Level 2 and Level 3 sets before the new catalog takes effect, so I’ve had this gem in my hands for a while! 

One of the things I wanted to do is to make a Snowglobe from the Snowmen.  The images of the 5 snowmen was just a little too large for my 1 3/4 Circle Punch, so I used the marker omit technique and only inked up three of the snowmen with my black marker.  Then is used the colors from the Holiday Lounge Designer Paper (Taken with Teal, Real Red) and colored their scarves and hats with my markers.  For the base of the snowglobe, I inked up Warm Winter Wishes from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and  used the NEW Modern Label Punch (doesn’t it look like a real base?) to punch it out.  At the bottom, I layered the Holiday Lounge Designer Paper onto Kraft cardstock, then a layer of Real Red.  I wrapped some 5/8 Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon and tied a knot in the front to hide the seam.  I also added a couple Real Red Square Rhinestone Brads to the bottom right corner.  Finally, I added my little snowglobe to the top with dimensionals and adhered everything to the base card of Taken With Teal!  I’m thinking that this just might be my Christmas Card this year!  Too fun!

Finally, I’ve included something for the kids.  Except that I’ll be the one carrying this around in my purse!  I’m always needing something to take notes on.  I like this pad of paper because it doesn’t have lines on it…this allows me to make sketches for designs if something catches my eye while I’m out shopping!  (Yes, I really do scribble on the backs of receipts, etc., when I spot an idea!)  

This picture shows how I made a folder to surround the paper pad and covered the outside with the new Tall Tales Designer Paper…the whales are just too cute!  The DSP was layered onto So Saffron cardstock that I scored to size around the pad of paper.  I added the reverse Stripe print from the same DSP on the bottom and wrapped some Chocolate Chip 1/4 grosgrain ribbon around to the back to secure.  I added a Filigree Brad.  Then I inked up the whale image from Animal Stories stamp set in Close to Cocoa Craft ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder on So Saffron cardstock.  I punched it with the 1 3/4 circle punch.  I layered it on the Whisper White Scallop Circles cut with the Pennant XL Die on my Big Shot.  I LOVE how the scallops are large enough to fit behind the 1 3/4 circle punch!  I also used the same Tall Tails Designer Paper to decorate the inside of the folder.

Of course, if I were to give it as a gift, I’d need a card to go with it.  So I created a little 4×4 card in the same design to go with my little memo pad holder!  Just for You is from the Teeny Tiny Words stamp set.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations and bookmark my site in your Favorites file.  Or, sign up to receive email updates in the upper left corner.  It emails you every time I post something new!

Next stop is the awesome, Mary Brown!  I’m sure she will WOW you with her creations!

Have a great day!

INKspired Treasures







34 People have left comments on this post

Jul 20, 2009 - 12:07:42

Love the Holiday Card!

Jul 20, 2009 - 12:07:36
Julie Dinn said:

Connie, I love all your cards but you know the Christmas one is my favorite!!!!

Jul 20, 2009 - 01:07:10
Mary Brown said:

LOVE ’em! CUTE snowmen card!

Jul 20, 2009 - 04:07:08

Hi Connie! Great projects! I really love what you did with masking the oval to get the reverse image on the first one. Just beautiful! So good to be on tour with you again this month! Blessings, Gretchen

Jul 20, 2009 - 06:07:40

Those whale projects are so cute! The whale paper didn’t appeal to me at first but it looks great used this way.

Jul 20, 2009 - 07:07:53
Diana Hickey said:

Fabulous projects. Love the way you use the kid card. THS..
Smiles, Diana

Jul 20, 2009 - 09:07:28
Robin said:

What a sweet little whale ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome stuff as per usual!

Jul 20, 2009 - 09:07:27
PunchDrunk said:

Love your projects!!! The Christmas Card is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

Jul 20, 2009 - 09:07:24
Lisa M said:

Just love everything, Connie! Great job!

Jul 20, 2009 - 09:07:28
StampinCathy said:

Wonderful and inspiring cards. I just love the colors and layouts. Oh I can’t forget the stamps too.

Jul 20, 2009 - 10:07:03
Teri B said:

Awesome projects! Thanks for sharing you creative talents! What an inspiration!

Jul 20, 2009 - 10:07:51
Peg Ireland said:

Your cards are beautiful! Love the whales! I cant get past Stamper Campers Corner as there isnt a Blog Tour to click next or is that the end?

Jul 20, 2009 - 10:07:46
Jenn D said:

Connie, these are all fantastic! I’ve made that paper holder several times and it is so handy to carry around. I’ve never thought to make it with a blank pad though. Great idea. I’ve had herb expressions on and off of my Wish List. I think it’s now right back at the top!

Jul 20, 2009 - 11:07:06
Susan said:

Your whales are adorable and have given me inspiration to finish the ones I got started on last night.

Jul 20, 2009 - 11:07:54
Bobbi Peterson said:

Your cards are so cute. I really like the snowmen one!


Jul 20, 2009 - 12:07:45

As always your projects are wonderful! TFS

Jul 20, 2009 - 12:07:24
Kelly said:

Great projects! I really love the cute little fat whales!

Jul 20, 2009 - 12:07:41
cookie said:

OMG….. I absolutely love the snow globe idea….. you are sooooooooooooooo creative…. absolutely darling and I am so enjoying my blog hop.

Jul 20, 2009 - 01:07:12
Shona Watson said:

These are great Connie! I love that Tall Tales DSP too! Great idea for the sketches!

Jul 20, 2009 - 02:07:36
Lori Jane said:

I MUST make a paper pad to keep my “WISH LIST” organized. Very, VERY cute. lorijane

Jul 20, 2009 - 02:07:35

LOVE the snowglobe idea.. you are sooooooooooooo clever!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Patty

Jul 20, 2009 - 02:07:10
Helen Osterkamp said:

Whale of a job, Connie! Like the non-traditional Christmas colors…you could actually use it for the January/February birthdays too!

Jul 20, 2009 - 02:07:40
Carolyn S said:

Great projects, I especially love the little
paper pad, made with the Tall Tales DSP, it, and the set are in my new catty favorites.

Jul 20, 2009 - 03:07:45
Chris said:

Love all of your creations. Keep up the wonderful work. Your ideas inspire.

Jul 20, 2009 - 06:07:20
Alicia W. said:

Love the snow globe. What a great idea. TFS. P.S. I scribble on receipts too.

Jul 20, 2009 - 06:07:50
Carol Shier said:

Just love the note book project and card. Wonderful ideas. Thank you.

Jul 20, 2009 - 10:07:10
Kate Cecil said:

Connie, I love your work and these are no exception. the holiday card is perfect and inspires me to get started on my cards now! Thanks for sharing!

Jul 21, 2009 - 02:07:48

I LOVE the snowglobe idea–so easy to implement, with whatever stamps you have on hand, but that hostess set is just the right size ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE snowmen, and I can’t wait to earn the new snowman hostess set in the Holiday Mini Catalog!!!

Jul 21, 2009 - 06:07:53
Tina said:

I love the Herb Expressions, it has now moved to my must haves list. Love the snowmen card, so cute! You did a great job with the tall tales DSP and the Animals stamp set. Thanks for sharing!

Jul 21, 2009 - 09:07:46

OH MY HEAVENS!!!!!!!! I totally love the snowman snowglobe card!!!! TOOOO stinkin’ cute!

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:08:22
Julie S said:

Beautiful job on all the cards Connie!

Looking forward to the rest of the tour!

Julie S
Auburn Hills, MI

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:08:34

Awesome job Connie! I love them all! Especially the snowman card. Very impressive! Thanks.

Aug 20, 2009 - 10:08:41
Denise Schnarr said:

I love these projects. esp. Holiday card. Thanks, Denise

Sep 10, 2009 - 04:09:58
Tammy Fite said:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us!!!