Sep 19 2009

Tour de Freaks Tour

Wow!  The Tour de Freaks Blog Tour starts today!  You’ve probably just come from Melanie’s Blog if you are going in order of the tour. 

I’m so excited to see what fun things the Control Freak swappers have done this month!  Make sure to hop on the Tour and check them out for yourself!  You’ll have 15 stops this month to enjoy.  At the bottom you’ll see how to click to the next stop!

My first card uses Eat, Drink & Be Scary…truly one of my FAVORITE Halloween sets.  Those of you that know me, know that I’m a Halloween stamp NUT!  I can’t stop buying them and making cards!  I wanted this to look like the witch had hung up her hat for the night.  So…I have it resting on a fence post (Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel) with the full moon behind it.

I started with a base card of Sahara Sand and layered on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, then added some Cast A Spell Designer Paper to the left side.  The new 5/8 Black Grosgrain ribbon hides the seam.  I wheeled the Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel on Sahara Sand cardstock with Whisper White Craft Ink, let it dry, then cut it out with my Stampin’ Up! Hobby Blade.  I stamped the hat from Eat, Drink & Be Scary in Basic Black on Whisper White, cut it out and added a Pumpkin Pie band of cardstock.  Finally, I stamped the spider from Eat Drink & Be Scary in Basic Black in the upper left corner.  I think it makes a FUN card!

My next card uses the stamping set, Falling Leaves and a layout Mary Brown and I found a LONG time ago…we actually did a challenge with it.  So, I decided to recreate it here with new products!  I love this set…the images are small enough that they fit in a lot of punches.  I started with a base of More Mustard and wheeled Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel in More Mustard Ink all over it.  I used a piece Autumn Meadows Designer Paper and layered it on Chocolate Chip Cardstock and used the Corner Rounder punch on both layers.  I added a strip of Taken with Teal cardstock along the right edge and a strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock, wrapped with Kraft Taffeta Ribbon along the bottom of the Autumn Meadows Designer Paper.  I stamped one leaf with Taken with Teal on Very Vanilla and punched with the 1 1/4 circle punch.  This was layered on a 1 3/8 circle of Chocolate Chip and then a Scallop Circle of More Mustard, pierced with the Piercing tool.  The other leaf was stamped with More Mustard on Very Vanilla and layered on 1 3/8 circle of Taken with Teal.  Both were popped up with Dimensionals.  Finally, I stamped Grateful from Falling Leaves in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla and punched it with the Modern Tag Punch.

Next, I made a set of frosted glass coasters using the Falling Leaves stamp set.  I kept them simple…I couldn’t use a lot of thickness.  I found the coasters at my local K*** Department Store.  They are a nice, heavy weight set of 4 coasters with a black stand!  I’ll be using these in my Family Room and change out the inserts for each holiday!  Wouldn’t they make a nice gift for your holiday hostesses?

The opening is a 2 x 3 size, so I cut a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock to that size, then wheeled Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel over each one with Sage Shadow ink.  I punched Scallop Squares of Creamy Caramel cardstock, each one was sponged with the same ink as the leaf.  I stamped the different leaves in Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant and Bravo Burgundy Classic ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut them out.  Each leaf was popped up with Dimensionals on the Scallop Square punched piece.  That’s it!  Pretty simple, but I think they make a WOW!

Next up is my good friend, Mary Brown!  I’m sure she has some FABULOUS projects, so check her blog and continue the tour!






25 People have left comments on this post

Sep 20, 2009 - 05:09:23
Wendy W. said:

Fabulous, Connie!! I, too, am a Halloween stamp FREAK (so I’m a freak in more ways than one!). Such a cute card! And now I NEED that Falling Leaves set . . . why, oh WHY didn’t I put it on my order last week??? Those coasters are so cool . . . I may just have to visit my local K***!!! 🙂

Sep 20, 2009 - 08:09:04

Great projects Connie. The Fall card is my favorite. The colors, the design; all of it.

Sep 20, 2009 - 09:09:10
Brandi said:

Great cards, Connie! Those coasters are wonderful! TFS!


Sep 20, 2009 - 09:09:35
Renee Thompson said:

These are beautiful!!!


Sep 20, 2009 - 12:09:32
Maxine said:

Coasters??? I NEVER would have thought of that. What a great gift those would make!!!!!! LOVE THEM

Sep 20, 2009 - 04:09:26
Nikki said:

LOVE those coasters! What an awesome hostess or holiday gift!

Sep 20, 2009 - 05:09:47
Dawn D said:


Love your creations – especially the coasters – have 4 than my niece used for wedding placecards – will have to try that project!

Sep 20, 2009 - 06:09:56
Cherie said:

Fantastic projects! Absolutely love the coasters! Tks for sharing your cool stuff! 🙂

Sep 20, 2009 - 07:09:23

Wow, great projects! I love the coasters. 🙂

~*Priscilla Aguilar*~

Sep 20, 2009 - 08:09:36
Mary Brown said:

I see you got your Eat Drink and be Scary set in there! I know how you LOVE it! The coaster idea is GREAT! Hmmm…I’ll have to see if I can hunt some of these done! GREAT projects. What a FUN hop! So much inspiration! FINALLY got a chance to make it all the way through.

Sep 20, 2009 - 08:09:11
Missy said:

Now who would of thought of coasters! You guys are so talented! If only you guys could come and visit me! That would be awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 20, 2009 - 10:09:54
Julie Dinn said:

Your projects are all awesome Connie! No surprise there! I especially love the coasters. I wish I coiuld find some up here in Canada!

Sep 20, 2009 - 10:09:37
Dawn O said:

Great projects, especially the coasters. Great job!

Sep 21, 2009 - 02:09:32
Lisa said:

Connie, those coasters are GREAT! I get your blog in my reader, so I don’t comment often, but THANK YOU for sharing your work with us!!!!!

Sep 21, 2009 - 08:09:45
JanTink said:


Sep 21, 2009 - 09:09:47
Carla said:

The coasters are FABULOUS!

Sep 21, 2009 - 10:09:22
Cindy Major said:

So cute! I am in love with those beautiful coasters!

Sep 21, 2009 - 02:09:46
Lisa said:

Fantastic projects! Wish we still had K**** stores around here! Those coasters will make a perfect gift.

Sep 21, 2009 - 03:09:09
Wendy J. said:

I love the variety in your projects, Connie! Cute halloween card–love that hat! Beautiful fall card and then those great coasters! I haven’t seen any done like that–they’re great!

Sep 21, 2009 - 05:09:52
Jenn D said:

I love your first two cards, but I have to say those coasters are FANTASTIC! I just love them! The colors and everything are perfect.

Sep 21, 2009 - 06:09:57
Mary S said:

What a wonderful gift idea, I may have to go looking for some of those coasters. thanks for sharing!

Sep 21, 2009 - 08:09:20

beautiful projects all, Connie! You always do such a nice job. Thanks for the inspiration. Great to be on the tour with you! Blessings, Gretchen

Sep 22, 2009 - 09:09:50
Teri said:

Love the falling leaves coasters. Such pretty colors.

Sep 28, 2009 - 08:09:28
Shona Watson said:

Those projects are awesome Connie! I absolutely love the coaster idea! What a great gift idea – you could even stamp the different season inserts to give with them! Thanks for sharing!

Oct 12, 2009 - 05:10:47

I’m finally getting around to commenting on last month’s blog tour posts. No, I’m not behind at all! Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for the V-8 moment with the Frightful Fence wheel…I always feel like I have to use the whole thing, and now I totally get that I can just use a section. Thanks for sharing!