Apr 19 2014

April 2014 Tour De Freaks


This month's Tour de Freaks theme is "Non-Gender Specific"…that kind of cracks me up!  Anyway…projects that can be used for either male or female is how I interpreted it!  The Control Freaks have a short, but sweet, tour for you this month!  Come take the tour!  You've probably just come from Justin Krieger's blog…weren't his projects fun!


I decided to use my On Film Framelits…I haven't used them much…and matched them with Film Strip and Hip Notes Stamp Sets!  I used a Black/White/Silver theme and love how they turned out!  There is a card and matching gift card holder.  My daughter-in-law always asks for photo processing gift cards (she uses them a LOT with Carter!), so this will be perfect for her!



Here's a closeup of the card.  The cameras from the On Film Framelits are embossed on Silver Cardstock…and  there is a touch of Silver Glimmer across the bottom.  I also used Gorgeous Grunge in the background with Neutrals Designer Paper Pack.  The Filmstrip stamp (did you even know Stampin' Up! carried it???)  I extended by piecing it together.



And here is the matching gift card holder.  I used the same stamp sets and details on it, along with the Pop N Cuts Card Base Die.




Inside is a stand-up piece to hold the gift card.  I cut the opening with the Word Window Punch.


Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Blog Tour.  Next up is my good friend, Debbie Henderson…I always ADORE her work and am sure you will, too!


Just FYI – Typepad has been having server issues the past few days because of a hacker. 
If you get stopped on the tour, here is the lineup to work around it:

Justin Krieger:   www.jkcardsonline.com
Connie Babbert:  www.inkspiredtreasures.com
Debbie Henderson:  www.debbiesdesignsblog.blogspot.com
Cindy Elam:  www.heartsdelightcards.blogspot.com
LeeAnn Greff:  www.flowerbug.typepad.com
Wendy Weixler:  www.wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com
Mary Brown:  www.stampercamper.com
Judy DiScipio:  www.judystamps.blogspot.com
Barb Mulikin:  www.barbstamps.com



























































Apr 19 2014

Week 3 So Very Grateful favor

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This little origami favor has been around the block a few times, but I thought I'd update it for my Create with Connie and Mary Card Create-tions Week 3 favor using Stampin' Up!'s So Very Grateful stamp set!  It was my featured set this week and we share the coordinating favor with everyone on Saturdays as a bonus!  We've come to the end of this session of Card Create-tions…however, it is still not too late to join!  This website will remain available until next March to access all the great card ideas!  MANY of the sets we used will be in the upcoming catalog…and the ones that are going away?  Well, here is your last chance to use them in your Retirement Workshops over the next month!  It's a WIN-WIN!




But, in case you've never made one of these pocket favors, I've included a little mini tutorial for you to download here as a BONUS! 

So Very Grateful Pocket Favor Mini Tutorial


Make sure to check out the rest of the Card Create-tions Design Team favors over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…thanks for joining us!






Apr 12 2014

Crazy Mixed Up Love favor

Badge Card Create-tionsIt's Saturday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary favor!  Each week during our Card Create-tions 2014 session, we are showing a coordinating favor that goes along with the stamp set we used that week.  My stamp set for Week 2 was Crazy Mixed Up Love.  I can't believe that this was the first time that I inked that set up.  It really is a cute, unusual set with the whimsical greetings in it!  Remember, only our Card Create-tions subscribers can see our card sets, but everyone sees the coordinating favor we did!  See…you'll already have a class or stamp camp all figured out!  Just follow the step-by-step tutorial that we provide to complete your cards!



Here are the details on how to make this favor:

  1. The Crushed Curry cardstock insert is 3 3/4 x 7 3/4, scored at 5.
  2. On top I added a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of I Am Me Designer Paper in the checked pattern. 
  3. On each of the clothespins, I measured the size and added the I Am Me DSP to cover the front and back of the clothespins.  Then I cllipped each of them to the cardstock insert.
  4. I slipped the insert down into a 4×6 cello bag and folded the top down.
  5. I cut a Basic Gray Starburst Framelit and scored it in half, then folded it across the top of the cello bag, adhering in on front and back with a couple mini glue dots.
  6. On top of that, I cut a Circle Framelit from the Designer Paper, scored in half, and layered on the Basic Gray Starburst.
  7. The lightbulb from Crazy Mixed Up Love I inked up with Crushed Curry, then used a Basic Gray Marker on the bottom of the bulb.  It was cut with a Circle Framelit.  At the bottom, I added a Rhinestone Jewel.
  8. I cut a smaller Crushed Curry Starburst Framelit and layered the lightbulb image on top, then added it to the top of the cello bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Finally, I stamped the greeting with Black Stazon on a narrow strip of Whisper White, cut a flag end, and tucked it under the circle on front.

I think it is a cute little "just because" favor!  I'm always looking for chip clips and this would be perfect!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Card Create-tions 2014 Design Team to see what they did for their favor this week!  And, it's not too late to join!  For only $19.95 US, you get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas using 18 different sets!  Get more details over on Create with Connie and Mary!


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Apr 09 2014

Geometrical Favors

I included this little favor in Club orders last month!  Love using that Scallop Tag Topper Punch!  A little Hershey candy bar dressed up for Easter is inside…looked great with the colors of the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper and the Geometrical Stamp Set!  As usual…I didn't remember to photograph them all until I had already given out a lot of them!  lol!



Here are the details:

  1. Cut Whisper White 2 x 5 1/2, then punch each end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  2. Score at 2 1/2 & 2 3/4
  3. Stamp Thank You from Lots of Thanks stamp set with Black Stazon above the front score line.
  4. Cut a 1 x 2 piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Paper for the front and adhere above the Thank You.
  5. Stamp the triangles from Geometrical with Crushed Curry, Bermuday Bay and Old Olive, punch with the Triangle Punch.  Pop up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Add an Itty Bitty Flower with Pearl Center to the Bermuda Bay triangle.
  7. Add a bow tied with the Gold Metallic Bakers Twine at the top to keep both sides closed.
  8. I did add a Mini Glue Dot to the Hershey Candy to hold it in place.


Aren't these fun?  Quick and easy to do a bunch of them, too!


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It's not too late to join Card "Create"tions 2014!  We are in the middle of Week 2.  BUT, our website stays up for almost a year so you can refer back to the EXCLUSIVE card ideas!  Each card set could be a FULL class…and the weekly favor as a bonus!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!  For $19.95 US, you are getting 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas from 18 different stap!



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Apr 05 2014

Hello Sailor favor

Each week during Card "Create"tions 2014 over on Create with Connie and Mary, we'll be showing little favors that match the card set we did for the week!  I used Stampin' Up!'s Hello Sailor this week and came up with this for my favor!  I was kind of going for a "sailboat" look…without the sails!  lol!  But I think it turned out pretty cute!



Here's what I did:

  1. The base is the Petite Purse cut out of Pacific Point cardstock, and turned upside down.  (I added a score line 1" from the existing one on the lid and adhered the lid inside, then turned upside down and cut the bottom in half, those make the flaps on the side.)
  2. I added 1/2" strips of High Tide Designer Paper in the blue stripe pattern on the flaps and adhered them to the sides.
  3. I stamped Hello Sailor with Smoky Slate on Summer Starfruit, then cut a flag end.
  4. I stamped the Anchor with Smoky Slate on Whisper White and punched with the 3/4" Circle and layered on a 1" Circle of Smoky Slate cardstock.  That is popped up on the front with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I also added a Candy Dot to it.
  5. I stamped Best Mate with Pacific Point ink on the Chalk Talk Framelit tag of Whisper White.
  6. Inside the bag are lifesavors and I tied the bag closed with the 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Super cute little favor, don't you think?  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Card "Create"tions 2014 Design Team did for their favor this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!


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It's not too late to join Card "Create"tions 2014!  You can see what we did this week, plus be one of the first to see what we are doing the next two weeks!  AND, our website stays up for almost a year so you can refer back to the ideas!  Each card set could be a FULL class…and the favor as a bonus!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!  For $19.95 US, you are getting 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas!



Mar 25 2014

SUOC93 Fringe Flower Muslin Bag

Woohoo!  I had fun with this week's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge...all about boxes and bags and baskets!  Those that know me, know that I love 3D items!  I've been wanting to use the Muslin Bags that I have…I combined it with a cute Fringe Scissor flower…super easy to make!  And, I used some pieces in the Heartfelt Banner Kit…get it with your Sale-a-Bration selection before it is gone!



Most of the pieces for the decoration were in the Heartfelt Banners Kit…the doily, the chevron banner, the Linen Thread and the pom-pom.  I did cut the pom-pom in half so it lays flat in the center of the flower!  Here are the details:

  1. I used a Vintage Safety Pin to pin the Chevron banner and doily to the front of the muslin bag, right under the drawstring.  I tied a bow with the Linen Thread around the safety pin, too.
  2. I cut the flower from Kaleidoscope Designer Paper with the Flower Frame Framelits, then used the Fringe Scissors to cut the petals.  I adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals and placed on the front of the banner.
  3. I added the pom-pom to the center of the flower with Multipurpose Tombow Glue.
  4. I stamped For You from Bitty Banners with Black Stazon on Whisper White and cut out, then added it to the flower with a Stampin' Dimensional.

OK…this was SO easy, but it looks SOOOO great in person!  Check out my second post for today to see the matching card!

Go see what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges with the Boxes, Bags and Baskets theme this week!  Grab your Stampin' Up! supplies and play along!



Mar 10 2014

Leprechaun Favor

How do you like my new look?  I've been wanting to do a complete overhaul on my blog and recently had Victoria from VK Designs do my design!  I love how it ties in with my blog and Stampin' Up! group name!


I don't do a lot for St. Patrick's day…but I worked on this little Leprechaun Favor while I was at my stamping retreat last weekend!  I think he turned out pretty cute!  I still need to get some gold coins to fill in the center.  The base I adapted from the snowman favors that were shown around at Christmas time using the Envelope Punch Board.



A few quick details:

  1. The base is 2 1/8 x 11 Garden Green, scored at 5 1/4 and 5 3/4 off the long side at top.
  2. With the Envelope Punch Board, punch at 2 1/8, flip to other side and repeat, then do the same from the other end.
  3. I used a variety of punches with Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Basic Black and Champagne Glimmer Paper.
  4. The pot is the Deco Label Framelit with one of the ends cut off.
  5. The Certainly Celery Taffeta Ribbon ties the favor closed.

Isn't he fun???  I think he turned out pretty cute!


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Jan 19 2014

JANUARY 2014 Tour de Freaks


It's time for the Tour de Freaks!  Brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month's theme is Valentine or Sale-a-Bration products!  I choose to do Valentines this month since that holiday is right around the corner!  You probably have just arrived here from my friend Debbie Henderson's blog!  I always LOVE her projects!  You can continue around to all 12 stops until you arrive back here. 


I used the Language of Love stamp set that I received at Leadership!  It is in the Occasions Celebrate catalog.  I think it is perfect for more than Valentines, so you'll be seeing more of it, I'm sure!  My first is a card.  I used the Fresh Prints Designer Paper for my color inspiration.  I also used the new Scalloped Texture folder for the first time!  Hard to see, but I also pierced two rows around the edge of the circle.  Of course, the Full Heart and Small Hearts work perfectly with this set.



My next project was really fun.  I found these little clear plastic "houses" at the M**** store in town.  They hold candy and even came with a little scoop!!!  It was just TOO fun to pick up a few to play with!  The first shows the flap on the front closed.  I used Language of Love stamp set again and the same Fresh Prints Designer Paper.  This one I added the White Bakers Twine around the container, then "hung" my pennants along the twine.  Candy Dots add a little touch of bling to each side.


Jan 2014 Language of Love Candy dish


The second photo shows where the holder is for the scoop is on the side.



On this one you can see the flap open and the scoop ready to serve some candy!



Isn't it just precious!!!!  I absolutely love how this little favor turned out!


Now, make sure to continue around the tour.  Next stop is Connie Tumm...her projects are darling! 




Jan 18 2014


SpringBadgeIt's finally time for my FREE PREVIEW PROJECT TUTORIAL and BLOG CANDY!  We are celebrating the start of the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection by showing you a taste of what you can expect when purchasing our tutorials!  And…leave a comment here TODAY and get a chance to win BLOG CANDY…a FREE subscription to our Spring Collection.  Don't worry, if you have already signed up, we'll apply it towards our next session!


I'm THRILLED with how this Cool Kid Tic Tac Toe Magnetic Board turned out and it wasn't hard at all!  My kids used to want to play this game for hours in the car.  It would have been nice to have this version where we didn't lose some of the game pieces or need a pen and paper to play!  The base on this is a simple 9-1/2 x 9-1/2 metal sign…found easily at your local craft stores.



Since my metal sign board had hangers on the back, I went ahead and added a ribbon hanger so it stores easily!  Since the banner look is SO hot right now, I added one across the top with the Tic Tac Toe game name!  The game pieces have magnets on the back so they store on the sign while you are playing or not.


Tic Tac Toe Board

I have the FREE TUTORIAL for you over on Create with Connie and Mary today, our LAST DAY of our Early Bird Special! 

So you need to do a couple things…

  • Leave me a comment here today (Saturday, 1/18/14) and you are entered into MY BLOG CANDY!!!
  • Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to download my FREE TUTORIAL for this project
  • Sign up for Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2014 for only $24.95…and save $5 off the regular price of $29.95!  Early Bird pricing ends TODAY, Saturday, January 18th!

SpringDesignTeamLooking for EXCLUSIVE ideas for products from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration brochures?  Well…Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2014 is for you!  Preview Week is where you can get a taste of what Create with Connie and Mary Collections are all about!

Join now before the Early Bird Special ends for only $24.95!  That’s $5 off the regular subscription price of $29.95.  You get 4 weeks of exclusive projects (not shown anywhere else on the Internet!).  One week is our Card “Create”tions week (6 days of cards…each designer sharing 4 cards from their chosen set), one week is all about Sale-a-bration and the other two are with the products from the Occasions Mini.

Check out Create with Connie and Mary to learn more.



Jan 17 2014

Petal Petal favors

SpringBadgeTODAY over on Create with Connie and Mary, we are introducing TWO more Design Team Members for our Spring Collection 2014!  Each of them has BLOG CANDY on their blog…a free subscription to our Spring Collection 2014…so make sure to go check out who they are!  And, while you are there…sign up for our Early Bird Savings…Saturday is the LAST DAY to get that special price!


Before Leadership, several of us were supposed to meet up with our stamping girlfriend who lives in Houston for a slumber party at her house!  Unfortunately, the cold and bad weather prevented us from flying out until the next day so we didn't get to do it, but went directly to our hotel.  However, I made some special favors for those who were going!


After looking ALL over town, I found these CUTE fuzzy slippers in a perfect shade of Strawberry Slush!  I couldn't believe they matched so well!  I rolled them up, then wrapped a belly band of Kaleidoscope Designer Paper around them.  I also wrapped 1/8 Bermuda Bay Ribbon around the other way and personlized each set with a monogrammed bag tag using the new Starburst Framelits and Circle Framelits and Typeset Alphabet Dies. 

Petite Petals favors


To add to the tags, I stamped a couple of the Petite Petals images in Strawberry Slush and punched them out, then added the gold sequins to the centers.

Petite Petals favors 2

Didn't they turn out super cute???  And what a practical gift!  They can use the tag for their bag and the slippers around the house!  I bought them all or I would go back and get more!


Remember, don't forget to check out Create with Connie and Mary today to see our next members of the Design Team.  And, make sure you stop by here tomorrow for MY Preview Project!  I think you are going to LOVE it…