Oct 19 2015

October 2015 Tour de Freaks

Hi!  Welcome to the Control Freaks “Tour the Freaks” blog hop!  You’ve probably just come from the awesome Jan Tinklenberg, didn’t you love her ideas?  You can continue around the blog hop until you reach back here and complete the tour!  Small group this time…only 9 stops!


Our theme for October is “Something to be thankful for…”  I could think of TONS of things I’m very thankful for…my family, health, friends, a great stamping business that allows me to work from home.  But…this time of year gratitude also makes me think of the Thanksgiving holiday.  I only have a few truly “Thanksgiving” type of decorations that I set out.  One is a set of little stuffed pilgrims and turkey that I purchased at a craft fair YEARS ago!  Looking at them when I pulled out the Halloween stuff gave me the idea that I could re-create them in box form.  And, I decided the Cutie Pie Framelit would be my best bet!  So…here’s the family:


October 2015 Pilgram Cutie Pie Thinlets
Aren’t they cute?  All of them can be filled with candy or treats, the bottom of the box opens up!  I plan on putting them on my Thanksgiving Table to go along with the Indian Corn favors I made for each plate that I featured in last month’s tour!  Here they are individually.


The Boy Pilgrim:

October 2015 Boy Pilgrim
The Girl Pilgrim:

October 2015 Girl Pilgrim
And the Turkey:

October 2015 Turkey
A few details:

  • The Faces were punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle.  Eyes with the 1/4″ circle.
  • The hats were made with the Boo To You witch hat.
  • Collars, bonnet, hair and apron were hand cut.  The scallop on her collar with the 2-3/8 Scallop Circle Punch.
  • Turkey feet and waddle were cut from the Cutie Pie Thinlet pieces.  Leaves from the Leaflet Framelits.


OK…time to move on to the next person on the tour my great friend, Mary Brown.  I know you’ll enjoy her projects, too!



Oct 14 2015

Sweet Hauntings Favors

I made up a couple batches of these little favors using the Note Tag Punch for my Stamp Club orders this month in celebration of Halloween!  I love the little bottles and tags in this set!  Here’s the first batch I did…of course, like usual, I start giving them out before they are all done, so I didn’t get a photo of all of them!  Don’t they kind of look like tombstones all together like this?  lol!


Sweet Hauntings Club Favors
Here’s a closeup.  Inside is a Hershey’s Nugget wrapped in 1 x 3 piece of Happy Hauntings Designer Paper:


Sweet Hauntings Club Favor
The details to recreate these favors:

  • The base is 1-1/2 x 6 Basic Black cardstock.  Feed the cardstock thru the back of the Note Tag Punch and punch the top.
  • Score at 2-1/4 and 3-1/4 from the punched top.  Then punch the other side.
  • Stamp the Happy Hauntings tag with Memento Tuxedo Black on Tangerine Twist cardstock and punch with the Note Tag Punch as normal.  Adhere on the shorter side to equal up the sides.
  • Wrap a 1 x 3 piece of Happy Hauntings Designer Paper around a chocolate Hershey Nugget and adhere inside the 1″ section.
  • Pierce a hole and close with the Candy Dot Base and Candy Dot on front.
  • Stamp the narrow bottle with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Rich Razzleberry cardstock, cut out and adhere to the front of the treat with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

They were quick and fun to put together.  Think I’ll make up another little batch for my husband’s co-workers!




We just opened the October Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!  It’s not too late to join!  Here are the details…don’t miss out!


* Includes FIVE step-by-step tutorials for projects…THREE card sets, each with 4 cards and TWO 3D items…perfect for your club or stamp camp!
* All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials)
* Plus BONUS cards done by Connie and Mary throughout the month!
*Mini session is available NOW!

Sets used for this collection:

  • Holly Jolly Greetings
  • Vintage Leaves (or Lighthearted Leaves could be used!)
  • Your Presents
  • Happy Scenes
  • Thankful Forest Friends
  • BONUS:  Reason for the Season

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Sep 21 2015

Indian Corn Favor Tutorial

Thanks for all the nice comments on my Indian Corn Favor and centerpiece!  It was so fun to create!  As promised, I put together a short and simple tutorial on how to make the favors!


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Sept 2015 Berry Basket filled
So…here is the tutorial on how to make the Indian Corn Favor…just click on the tutorial photo below.

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Sept 2015 Indian Corn


Are you looking for some GREAT ideas using items in the Holiday Mini?  Look no further than the Create with Connie and Mary September Mini Session!

Sept bonusTo start, every month we have three wonderful card sets and two AWESOME 3D projects (and a bonus card set!) for the Create with Connie and Mary Mini Sessions.


In September, two of the card sets are Halloween as is one of the 3D projects.  However, we know that not everyone is into Halloween, so Mary and I decided to remake two of the Halloween projects using Christmas stamp sets…JUST FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS!  I knew I was going to remake Debbie’s Tabletop Decor item anyway using Snow Place for a future class.  So if you weren’t sure you want to subscribe this month (September) because of all the Halloween…you are getting two BONUS projects as Mary also remade two of Deb’s Haunt Ya Later cards using Jolly Christmas.  AND…we did add-ons to the tutorials so you’d know how to do them, too!


So normally you get 6 GREAT ideas for ONLY $8.95…this month it is 8 ideas!  You really can’t beat that!


With our September mini session we are featuring sets from the Holiday mini…

    • Sweet Hauntings
    • Cheer All Year
    • Howl-o-ween Treats
    • Haunt Ya Later
    • Lighthearted Leaves
    • BONUS:  Acorny Thank You
    • AND a bonus project from Connie remaking Debbie Henderson’s ADORABLE Halloween Tabletop Decor into an ADORABLE Snow Place Tabletop Decor
    • AND two Jolly Christmas Cards using the layouts from Deb’s Haunt Ya Later card set!


The session is NOW OPEN!  Sign up today over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Sep 19 2015

Sept Tour de Freaks – All About Fall

You know what time it is?  Time for the Tour de Freaks Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Fall Holidays!  We have a fun lineup for you today!  You’ve probably just come from Jan Tinklenberg’s blog…aren’t her ideas fantastic?  Follow the next buttons until you complete the tour and come back here!


I’m always excited to decorate for fall.  And, even though it is early, I start thinking about the favor I will put on my table settings at Thanksgiving!  My project this month serves a dual purpose…I can enjoy the favors as a centerpiece in the Sunflower Berry Basket right now…then place the individual Indian Corn favors on the plates at Thanksgiving!  I’ve got several photos and hope you can appreciate the FUN-NESS of this project from the photos!  They look great in person!


The first photo shows the Berry Basket Die decorated with the sunflower punched with the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  It also shows a couple of the Indian Corn favors with the A Little Something Greeting stamped on leaves cut with the Leaflet Framelits, plus a little Gold Glimmer Paper bling!


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A closeup of the tags.  I’ll also write the name of each person on the leaf at the table setting.


Sept 2015 Indian Corn Leaf Tag
A closeup of the Sunflower on the Berry Basket holder made with the Festive Flower Punch in the Holiday Catalog and a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch!


Sept 2015 Sunflower basket

Close-up of one of the ears of Indian Corn.


Sept 2015 Indian Corn
And the favors placed in the Berry Basket to use as a centerpiece!


Sept 2015 Berry Basket filled
Isn’t that fun?  I love how it turned out and it will be a great addition to my fall home decor!  If you are curious, I was able to get 5 favors from one bag of fall colored M&Ms…and I was very generous with my portion…you could make them a little smaller and get 7-8 out of one bag easily!  I have a short and sweet tutorial on how to make these Indian Corn favors in my blog post dated 9/21/15…I’ll add a link here as soon as I’m able (need to follow the Tour guidelines!)


Next up on the Tour de Freaks lineup is Mindy Backes…she always has wonderful ideas, too!



Sep 19 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop – Halloween Favor

Woohoo! It’s Saturday…and that means the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team have their weekly blog hop! This week we are featuring Halloween favors using stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog!  I pulled out a set that I hadn’t inked up yet, Sparkly Seasons to use the Halloween face pumpkin on the Square Pillow Box!


Sparkly Seasons Pillow Box Treat

 Here are the details on how I made it:

  • The base is two cuts from Crumb Cake Cardstock with the Square Pillow Box Thinlet Die to make the box.  It was stamped with Soft Suede Ink and the Hardwood Background Stamp, added Tear and Stick Tape to the tabs and formed the box.
  • A 2 x 12 Belly Band of Happy Hauntings DSP wrapped around the outside and adhered.
  • A quarter piece of the Spider Web Doily was adhered to the inside top of the Belly Band.
  • The chevron circle in Sparkly Seasons was stamped with Tangelo Twist ink on Tangelo Twist cardstock and the face added with Tuxedo Black Ink, then punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  The stem/leaf image was stamped with Old Olive, the stem colored with Chocolate Chip Marker and cut out, then put on top of the pumpkin.  It was added to the Belly Band with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • The spider from Cheer All Year was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Whisper White and cut out, then added over the web and pumpkin.
  • Happy Haunting from Cheer All Year was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Whisper White cardstock, then trimmed into two pieces and added to the front.


That’s it! Now continue around the blog hop with a stop at our Create with Connie and Mary website so you can get the details on signing up for our SEPTEMBER Mini Session…open NOW!   We just added another BONUS this month because we know that some of you don’t do Halloween!  We’ve remade two of the tutorials using Christmas stamp sets!

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With our September mini session we are featuring fall and Halloween sets (plus now Christmas!) from the Holiday Catalog…

    • Sweet Hauntings
    • Cheer All Year
    • Howl-o-ween Treats
    • Haunt Ya Later
    • Lighthearted Leaves
    • BONUS: Acorny Thank You
    • AND a bonus project from me remaking Debbie Henderson’s Halloween Tabletop Decor into an ADORABLE Snow Place Tabletop Decor
    • AND two Jolly Christmas Cards using the layouts from Mary using Deb’s Haunt Ya Later card set


September Mini Session Collage smallNow is a GREAT time to subscribe for only $8.95 US…yes, for all SIX (now 8) tutorials! Check out Create with Connie and Mary for all the information!


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Aug 19 2015

August 2015 Tour de Freaks

It’s time for a Holiday Catalog Preview Tour de Freaks brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with using the products in the new Holiday Catalog (customers…you can begin ordering on September 1st!)  You probably just came from Dawn Olchefske’s blog...love her projects, don’t you?


I chose to do a Halloween theme for my Holiday Preview projects…I told you I bought ALL the Halloween stamps, didn’t I?  lol!  I can’t resist!  So…I made a decorative Halloween frame with a matching card using the fun set, Witches’ Night!  It goes with the Witching Decor Project Kit that I need to make up soon!


August 2015 Witches' Night
Here’s a closeup of the Halloween Frame:

August 2015 WItches' Night Frame

  • The shadowbox frame is 5 x 7 and I used two patterns from the Happy Haunting DSP in the background, with Black Glimmer Paper to hide the seam.  They were layered on Basic Black cardstock.
  • The Witches’ Night greeting was stamped twice…once with Tuxedo Black Ink and once with Tangelo Twist Ink, then cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  The center greeting of the Tangelo Twist one was cut out and adhered over the Black one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • BOO! from Boo To You Framelits was cut from Black Glimmer Paper and two googly eyes added to the OO!
  • And in the next photo you can see that I wrapped the precut Spider Web Doily around the outside edge of the frame, and hung a spider from Linen Thread from the web.


August 2015 Witches' Night Frame Web
And the card, I basically used all the same elements, cut down to card size…so you can see the dimension a little better here.

August 2015 Witches' Night card
So, do you like?  I’m happy with how they came out and can’t wait to put the frame in my holiday display this year!

Next up on the Tour de Freaks is Judy DiScipio, and I’m sure you’ll love her projects!  Then continue around the tour until you get back here!



Aug 11 2015

Weekly Deals – August 11

Products at sale price are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  Only a certain quantity is set aside for sale!  Local people, I’ll have an order going in later tonight and tomorrow.  If you don’t have the Scallop Tag Topper Punch…you definitely will want to get it now!



Weekly Deals August 11

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Here’s a little favor I did for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip 3D swap using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch on each end.  More details CLICK HERE!

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Jul 27 2015

Ice Cream Bag Tags and Prize Wheel

First, I haven’t shown off my grandkids for a LONG while!  Here’s a photo from last night that I just couldn’t resist.  I love the expression on Quinn’s face as she looks at her cousin Carter playing!  Carter is 2 years old now and Quinn is 9 months!


Carter and Quinn
I remembered that I hadn’t shown you a couple things I made for the Create LIVE event that were lots of fun!  We had an Ice Cream theme going on and used Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  Here’s the bag tag I made for each of the participant’s bags they received at registration filled with their Make & Take projects!  I used the Tree Builder Punch and the Tree Punch for the cone (upside down).

Ice Cream Bag Tags
And here was the Prize Wheel…the triple colored cone was the All Attendee giveaway…a Stampin’ Foam Piercing Mat to use under the photopolymer stamps!


Prize Wheel
And…I made Mary and I and all the helpers a special name tag for the day using the Lots of Labels Framelit and chipboard covered with In Color Collections DSP for the background.


Name Tags
Aren’t those fun?  It really was a great day!


Did you know?   Our July 2015 Mini Session premiered yesterday over on Create with Connie and Mary!  All 5 tutorials are available to download as soon as you subscribe!  For only $8.95 US, it’s a bargain.  Here are a few more details:

Need some ideas for new sets?  What some exclusive ideas that are not posted public?  Check out the new Create with Connie and Mary Mini Session!

July CollageA mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials for THREE card sets and TWO 3D items.

All FIVE projects are available once the mini collection opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips

AND we are showing ‘snippets’ of the projects and letting you know what sets we used!  Here’s what we did for July!

All this for only $8.95!  Projects will be available July 26th and you will get ALL 5 ideas right away…no waiting!  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary to sign up now!

Jul 20 2015

In Colors Blossom Accents

The new In Color Blossom Accents are so fun.  I knew when I saw them that I would be re-creating a couple projects that I did a couple years ago for Convention.  Want to see?


The first is a pretty bracelet.  It actually has blank disks on it so that I could glue on the In Color Blossoms with Crystal Effects.  Very sturdy.  I’ve worn it several times already!  I like the multi-colored ones, but I’ve also made them in all one color!  The rhinestones in the center of the flowers really sparkle and attract attention (thanks Jan for that idea!)


Blossom Accents Bracelet

EDIT:  Since I’m getting a lot of requests, here is where I found the bracelet blanks.


MANY years ago, a friend Dina made us some scissor charms.  I have used mine so much that it was quite bent out of shape, so decided that it was time to re-do mine.  I used earring hoops, some Swarovski crystals and a flat blank pendant charm to glue the In Color Blossom onto.  Now I can keep track of my scissors, too!


Blossom Accents Scissor Charm

Aren’t those fun and a different way to use our stamping accessories?


Summer15BadgeDid you see that Create with Connie and Mary is getting ready to start a new Mini Session soon?  We’ll be featuring a few sets in the new catalog…what’s the July Mini Session all about?

  • A mini session includes the tutorials for FIVE projects with full step-by-step tutorials:
  • Each mini session includes THREE card sets, each with 4 cards
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect for your club or stamp camp
  • All FIVE projects are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all projects (and tutorials) right there at your fingertips

Our FABULJuly CollageOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Nicole Tugrul, and Deb Currier!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

  • July Mini session is available beginning on July 26th (and available for 1 year)
  • Cost is $8.95
  • Sets used for this collection
    • Made with Love
    • Cottage Greetings
    • Over the Rainbow
    • Awesomely Artistic
    • Garden in Bloom

Check out Create with Connie and Mary and sign up for the July Mini Session today!


Jun 24 2015

Hawaii Achievers June Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Grand Vacation achievers hop for June.  I’m so excited to be part of this talented group of Stampin’ Up! demos!  This month’s theme is PERFECT PAIRS.  We are excited to show off NEW Stampin’ Up! products from the just released 2015 – 2016 Annual Catalog AND pairing them with something we had previously from last year’s catalog. We hope you find great inspiration from the projects. Get your wish list ready!


You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Connie Babbert at INKspired Treasures, or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting my blog, Connie Babbert.


While I was in Hawaii, I picked up some of these cute Hawaii pens as a thank you for my Stamp Club members and hostesses.  Like usual, I didn’t think to photograph until I had already given a bunch of them out.  But, here’s what the group looks like of those remaining:


June Hawaii Blog Hop
And here is a closeup:

June Hawaii Blog Hop closeup

So…what is new and old on here?


  • I stamped the larger Flower Patch flower with Daffodil Delight Ink on Whisper White and then the center with new Watermelon Wonder Ink.  It was cut out with the Flower Fair Framelit.
  • I added a new Perfect White Accent to the center of the flower.
  • The cello bag topper was cut 2 x 3-1/2 from new Mint Macaron cardstock.  The cardstock was slipped into the back of the Decorative Label Punch to get the decorative edge.
  • I stamped the leaves image from Kinda Eclectic with new Cucumber Crush Ink on top.
  • I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp to spell out Mahalo (Thank You) inked with new Watermelon Wonder ink on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White, then cut the flag end.
  • I added the pens to the 1 x 8 cello bag, then stapled the topper on it.


Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Connie Babbert, so check the blog hop line up list below to see who is next in the list.  Have fun getting all kinds of inspiration on our blog hop!