Apr 19 2011

Tour de Freaks – Summer Sneak Peek!

It's TIME!  Time for the Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month we are featuring a SNEAK PEEK of the Summer Mini…all the new and exciting things that will be available on May 1st!  You've probably just come from Lisa Young's awesome blog, Add Ink and Stamp…isn't she SO talented?  If you started here, you can make the complete loop and return to me!   

OK…for my first project, I just HAD to use the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch!  I can't WAIT to show my customers how this new punch works and the three different punch pieces you get from ONE punch!  I decided to make a long card, so I could show off a beautiful bouquet of the blossoms.  I featured only two of the punch designs for this card.



I started with a base of Soft Suede and cut it 8 x 9 and scored lengthwise to get a 4 x 9 sized card.  This will fit perfectly in a #10 envelope.  I added a layer of River Rock cardstock that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder and rounded the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch.  I did have to run it thru twice, turning it around the second time, so the longer length would be embossed.  I knew the center seam would be covered by the flowers anyway.  I punched several of the flowers in Daffodil Delight and several in Whisper White.  The Whisper White flowers, I added a yellow center punched from the Crop A Dile.  The yellow flowers I used my Paper Snips to cut slits in each of the petals, that allowed me to curl them out for a more natural shape.  In the center, I used the Boho Blossoms punch smallest flower, and cut slits in each of the petals, too.  It is glued to the center of the Yellow Flower with Mini Glue Dots.


I cut several stems…just long lengths of Always Artichoke cardstock and used the Two-Step Bird Punch to make lots of leaves to fill in the background.  I added the blossoms to the River Rock cardstock, tied a Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon around and tied a knot.  I stamped Just For You from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Always Artichoke and punched with the Small Oval Punch and adhered it under the knot with a Mini Glue Dot.


Next I made a coordinating (sort of) box from the XL Bitty Box and Envelope Die…it holds a sweet treat inside!  I had the thought to use the Scallop Duo Die (in the Summer Mini again!) for the top and bottom of the Bitty Box!  Has anyone seen this done?  I haven't…and it made a DARLING little box!


I cut the Bitty Box and two of the larger size in the Scallop Duo Die from Daffodil Delight.  I made up the box according to directions, but cut off the little tab.  I adhered one of the Scallop Squares on top and one on the bottom.  I cut a piece of the Beyond the Garden Designer Paper and wrapped some Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon around and tied.  I used the new stamp set Pretty Postage and stamped "Thanks" once on Whisper White and once on Daffodil Delight with Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.  I cut the middle thanks from the Daffodil Delight and layered it over the center Whisper White one, then punched it with the new Postage Stamp Punch.  Those stamps are made to fit it perfectly!  I layered it on a 1 3/8 Large Square Punch of Pacific Point cardstock.  Finally, I had some of the flowers left from my card above, so I added one to the top of the box!  I think this turned out SO fun and gave me another use for my Bitty Box!  But…of course, I had to finish off the inside, too!



I cut the envelope on the Bitty Box Die from Tangerine Tango…again adding another flower.  I used a Stampin' Dimensional, so the flower actually helps hold the envelope flap closed while in the box.


Inside the envelope I made a little 2 x 4 card from Daffodil Delight and the Beyond the Garden DSP..so you could write a little note inside.  I did the same with the Thanks as I did on the box.  I also included a Ghirardelli Chocolate.  Both fit inside the Bitty Box perfectly!  You can't see, but I did line the inside of the box with the same Designer Paper as the top of the box and the card!


I hope you enjoyed all my projects and are enjoying the tour!  We have some FABULOUS stampers in this group, don't we?  Next stop is my good friend, MARY BROWN at Stamper Camper Corner!  You'll enjoy her awesome box set, I'm sure!



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14 People have left comments on this post

Apr 19, 2011 - 07:04:17
Mary Brown said:

Oh my…love, love, love, love, LOVE your card!  And that little box is ADORABLE too!  You rock!

Apr 19, 2011 - 08:04:19
Wendy W. said:

Oh … my … freakin' … HECK!!! (that's a totally Utah swear-word!)!!  I LOVE your long-tall beauty … the bouquet you have created is mui-WONDERFUL!!  And I like how you packaged your Ghirardelli's! (great minds think alike, 'cause I used some of those chocolates, too!) 🙂

Apr 19, 2011 - 09:04:11
Lisa Martz said:

You went crazy with those punches!  LOVELY, lovely creations!  EVerything is SO PRETTY!

Apr 19, 2011 - 10:04:40

wow, Connie — really LOVE that long card with the bouquet — fabulous! So glad you're on the tour this month — blessings, Gretchen

Apr 19, 2011 - 10:04:19

Connie, you are so clever to add the Scallop square from the scallop square duo to a Bitty Box!! I love that. And your card is a gorgeous!

Apr 19, 2011 - 10:04:01
Deb said:

Well, Connie… you ROCK!! These projects are just drop dead beautiful! The card needs to framed and hung. LOVE it! And the box is so clever! I will have to try that one!

Apr 20, 2011 - 12:04:39
deborah345 said:

Connie – the punched flower arrangement is gorgeous.

Apr 20, 2011 - 10:04:54

Wow – look at that flower bouquet…amazing!!

Apr 20, 2011 - 12:04:52
Carol Carriveau said:

That flower card is FABULOUS – absolutely beautiful – thank you for sharing all of the little things you did to make it.  

Apr 20, 2011 - 02:04:35
Rose Kerry said:

Fabulous card and awesome little box!!! Love what you've done with that new punch!

Apr 20, 2011 - 04:04:26

This is the most beautiful and cleaver card I've seen done with these punches. Great inspiration to try the new punches.  I think I'll make one for myself for Mother's day in memory of my dear Mother.

Apr 20, 2011 - 06:04:18
Kit Marie said:

Love all of your beautiful creations, and this one is FAB!  You are amazingly talented! 

Apr 20, 2011 - 07:04:29
Marti Crapo said:

the bouquet of blossoms is very pretty. The colors are perfect and I love how you treated the centers. The box of note cards for giradelli treats are adorable!

Apr 22, 2011 - 08:04:49
Dawn Stock said:

Connie –
That is so stinkin' cute! I just LOVE my bitty box die! TFS!