Oct 18 2014

Week 1 Blog Hop: Partridge & Pears



WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 we are showing off the sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with.  (Of course, you can only see the actual 3D projects if you are a subscriber!)  You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her card, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Holiday Collection 2014 session:


We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014!  We are doing four weeks of holiday and winter projects for home decor and gift giving! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $29.95 US, you’ll get over 24 project ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!


I used Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set, Partridge & Pears, for my card this week since I used it on my fun project!  I ended up doing a really COOL technique with it, too!  It changed the color of the bird from Night of Navy to almost a Marina Mist color!  I love that it has such a contrast!  And, even though the base card is square, with the topper it still fits in a normal sized envelope.

Partridge and Pears

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 Night of Navy folded in half to make the square base.
  • On top is a 4 x 4 square of All Is Calm Designer Paper in the Smoky Slate medallion pattern.
  • On a 3  x 3 1/2 piece of Night of Navy, I used Versamark and embossed the Partridge & Pears image with Silver Embossing Powder.
  • To get the lighter color on the Partridge, I put a couple drops of White Craft Ink on a plastic sheet and added a couple drops of water.  I used an AquaPainter to whitewash the partridge bird.  I loved how it lightened it!
  • The Night of Navy cardstock was layered on a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper using Monoadhesive Liquid Glue.
  • I added the top portion to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Along the bottom, I cut a 1 x 4 piece of Whisper White and stamped the greeting with Night of Navy ink.  I tied the Night of Navy Seam Binding around and tied a knot.

It is so shimmery and sparkly in real life!


OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Collection 2014 Design Team blogs to see their cards and what sets they used!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen!


Have you stamped today?



Sep 20 2014

Week 3 Newborn King Petite Cafe Bag


Wow…it is the last day of our Holiday Card “Create”tions over on Create with Connie and Mary!  I really can’t believe how fast these 3 weeks have gone by!  I know our subscribers have loved the card set ideas and tutorials they received!  And, it’s not too late for you to join!  Stop by Create with Connie and Mary for more details!  You’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas…and have access for up to a year, 24/7!


Today, we have our last Blog Hop for this session…this time we are using the set we featured this week PLUS one of the Petite Cafe Bags in the Holiday Catalog!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s Blog…love her Petite Cafe Bag don’t you?  Make sure to click the link at the bottom to take you around to all the Design Team ideas!


I used Newborn King for my card set this week so here is the design that I came up with for my Petite Cafe Bag to coordinate with the card set!

Week 3 Blog Hop Newborn King

Here are the details:

  • I stamped the word Merry from Cheerful Tags randomly on the bag using Cherry Cobbler Ink on the front and back sides.
  • I folded the top down after filling it with goodies, then added  a 1 1/2″ x 8″ strip of Under the Tree Designer Paper, adhering it just at the top and around to the back about 2″.  I cut the bottom with a flag end.  Doing it this way I can open the bag just by flipping up the banner and opening the tab.
  • Next, I cut a strip of 1 x 5″ Gold Glimmer Paper, then cut it in half so that the bottom was cut with a flag end and tucked under the Label Framelit, and the top tucks under the top of the Label Framelit and around to the back.  I saved a little bit of Gold Glimmer Paper that way!
  • I stamped the partial image of The Newborn King with Black Stazon Ink and used my AquaPainter and Markers to watercolor the image.  I cut it with a Circle Framelit and layered it on the Cherry Cobbler Label Framelit.  That was popped up on the front of the banner with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the star with Crushed Curry ink on Soft Suede and punched it with the Small Oval Punch, then placed it on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Make sure to continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team Blog Hop to see all the fabulous bags our designers did this week!  Next stop is Natasha Zandbergen!



Sep 06 2014

Week 1 – Tee-Hee-Hee


WOOHOO!  Over on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions we are showing off the sets we used this past week with a BLOG HOP!!!  Come take the tour and see what the designers have come up with.  (Of course, you can only see the actual card sets if you are a subscriber!)  In addition to using our stamp set for our Week 1 challenge, we also had to use one of the products in the Holiday Catalog…the Take Out Box!  How fun is that?  You probably have just come from Deb Currier’s blog…love her box, don’t you?  Before you take the tour, here is some information about our Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 session:


We are just finishing up Week 1 on our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014!  We are doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the projects 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!


I used the stamp set Tee-Hee-Hee this week for my card set.  Here’s a coordinating box you can use to go along with it!  I choose to use the Take Out Box closed and tied Black Chevron and Tangerine/White Striped Thick Twine on mine…then tied on the tag.


Week 1 Blog Hop Tee Hee Hee

Here are the details:

  • I stamped the bats randomly on the unfolded box with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then folded it closed.
  • I cut a 2 x 4 piece of Basic Black for the tag and used the Scallop Tag Topper on the top.
  • At the bottom of the tag I added a 1/2 x 2 strip of Motley Monsters DSP.
  • I punched a 2 1/2″ Circle Moon from Crushed Curry and sponged the edges with Tangerine Tango.
  • I stamped two more bats with Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White and cut them out, then added them to the moon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I also stamped the greeting with Tuxedo Black on a scrap 1/2″ strip of Whisper White, then adhered to the front.  I added a couple rhinestones next to the greeting and also on the black “sky”.
  • I added the tag to the box by tying it on the ends of the Tangerine Tango/Whisper White Thick Twine.

Week 1 Blog Hop 2

OK…so now continue on around the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions Design Team blogs to see what they did with the Take Out Box Challenge!  Next up is Natasha Zandbergen!






Jul 19 2014

July Tour de Freaks…Free for All!

Woohoo! It’s time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! You’ve probably just come from LeeAnn Greff’s blog…weren’t her projects fun? Since many of our swappers are at Convention (lucky!), it is ANYTHING GOES this month! Many will be sharing the swaps they made for Convention! Since I didn’t go this year (sob!), I did a set of items up with my favorite set, Beautiful Bunch.


I absolutely LOVE the colors on these flowers! I stamped Calypso Coral over Crisp Cantaloupe, then Blushing Bride over So Saffron for the centers! The leaves are Mossy Meadow stamped on Old Olive. They are SO striking in real life!


Beautiful Bunch

The holder is a Crystal Light Container (edit:  sorry, it is a Great Value Drink Mix container) that I saved…after I removed the label, the base was the perfect shade of Sahara Sand!


Beautiful Bunch

I used Sweet Taffy Designer Paper to wrap around the container and the Deco Label Framelit of Whisper White under the flower. The Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon wraps around the entire container. I even decorated the top with more DSP and a little flower.


Beautiful Bunch

The base of the card is Calypso Coral and it really makes the flower POP! I used all the same supplies as the container, but added the greeting from And Many More and the scallop design from Boutique Borders with Mossy Meadow Ink on the Sahara Sand cardstock for a little extra whimsical look!


Beautiful Bunch

I really love how these turned out. Make sure to continue around the Tour de Freaks tour with your next stop as Cindy Elam…you will love her projects!


Jun 19 2014

June 2014 Tour de Freaks



Oh my!  This month’s Tour de Freaks is all about NEW Catalog Goodies!!!  Are you ready to be inspired by the Control Freak Swappers?  I know I’m having a blast with my new toys!  You’ve probably just come from Judy DiScipio’s blog…weren’t her cards pretty?  We have 12 stops for you this month, so continue on around until you get back here!


The first thing I KNEW that I wanted in the new catalog were the Star Framelits.  I’m happy they came out with Be The Star stamp set, too, that has some fun greetings in it!  And…you probably think stars = patriotic!  And…that is certainly true!  However, I wanted to show how to do something different with them…so here are my fairy wands with matching card!  Inside the 1×8 cello bags are Glow Bracelets!  How fun is that?  Wouldn’t it be cute for a girl’s birthday party?  The Glow Bracelets came 5 for $1 at Dollar Tree!  I took my colors from these 3…and they had red and blue, too.


June 2014 Be The Star 2


Of course, I had to use the fabulous Party Pennant Die, too!  I’ve shown another use for it here…a cello bag topper!  Fold a piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, then run it thru the die above the bottom cut line so you just get the nice curved end…and it doesn’t cut thru the fold.  I used the Delicate Dots Embossing folder on it for texture.  I also used the new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for one layer of the stars!  So sparkly and pretty in person!



June 2014 Be The Star closeup

And, of course we need a matching card for the party.  I copied the general color theme of Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green and Melon Mambo, but cut the largest star from Melon Mambo Polka Dot pattern in the Brights Backgrounds Paper Stack.  The largest star is just a little bit big for a normal card size…but cutting off the tip of one point worked well!  I staggered the stars for extra fun and have Stampin’ Dimensionals between each layer.  I added some rhinestones in the background, too!


June 2014 Be the Star card


OK…so what do you think?  Have I sold you on the Star Framelits yet?  I hope so!  Next up on the tour is the fabulous Wendy Weixler...I’m sure she will have some FUN projects for you, too!


Feb 19 2014

Feb 2014 Tour de Freaks


It's time for the Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have a mish mash of projects for you this month as we could use ANY current item we wanted!  WOOHOO!!!  You've probably just come from my friend Mary Brown's blog...weren't her projects FUN!  I always love what Mary does!  Make sure you go around to all the stops…it will bring you back here!


I had fun making this project and took my colors from the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper.  It's a portfolio and matching card…but the surprise is INSIDE the portfolio and the closure!  I used Peaceful Petals from the Occasions catalog in both the background and as cut-out flowers, adding the Petite Petals center of Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay Itty Bitty Flower Punch and a Rhinestone jewel for a little bling.




Did you see?  I used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch for the closure on my portfolio!  It slips under the double band of Bermuda Bay to secure.  I also used the Word Bubble Framelits with the word Hello from Four You stamp set.



And here is it open!


Feb 2014 Peaceful Petals open

Isn't it fun?  I found this Word Bubble notepads at the M**** Craft Store!  I LOVE them and grabbed a few different shapes!


Feb 2014 Peaceful Petals card

And, of course, I decided to make a coordinating card.  Wouldn't this combination be a great gift for someone???


OK…continue on the rest of the tour and see what everyone else came up with this month!  Next stop is Julie Davison!  I love her crafty designs, too!





May 19 2013

May 2013 Tour de Freaks



It's time for the May 2013 Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have a small (but mighty!) tour for you this month, featuring the PREVIEW projects for the NEW catalog!  Are you excited?  We are!  Follow the buttons to go around to all the stops on the tour…until you return to my blog!  You've probably just come from Wendy Weixler's blog…weren't her projects fun?


I used the Mosaic Punch to make my Punch Art flowers…the details are the piercing and a peek at two new colors…Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding!  LOVE the new In Colors!  I've made a card with a matching little favor.  The favor will really hold something larger than the Ghirardelli Chocolate, but I didn't have anything else to put in it!




Here is closeup of the card.  As I mentioned, I used the Mosiac Punch and the new Soho Subway Designer Paper.  It also features the greeting set, Really Good Greetings…a super fun set!  I free-hand pierced around the ends of each flower petal, then scored the "leaves" in half to make them pop up a little more.  The two sizes of Scallop Circles, 1 1/4 and 7/8, make a great center for the flower.



My second project is the candy pouch.  I used the Designer Label Framelit to cut out the back top of the pouch.  Then used the same flower and Designer Paper on the front.  The greeting is from the new Label Love stamp set that has the matching punch, but I just free-hand cut out the greeting portion.



So, what do you think?  I love how the flower turned out using Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe with Pistachio Pudding leaves!  OK…time to continue on to the next stop on the tour…the famous Justin Krieger!  I'm sure you will enjoy his projects!


Nov 20 2012

November Tour de Freaks


It's CHRISTMAS time on the Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers, and we have LOTS of ideas for the holidays!  We have 17 stops this time, so make sure you go around the tour and see everything!  You've probably just come from Yvette's Paper Garden blog…weren't her projects lovely?  I always love her designs.


For my first card, I decided to do a shaped card!  It was really FUN to put together.  Can you tell what I used?  Yep!  The Heart Framelits and Perfect Pennant die for the base!  It is so pretty with the Silver Dazzling Details for "ornaments" and the lovely Watercolor Winter poinsettia!



The tree is Gumball Green and embossed with Petals A Plenty.  The poinsettia from Watercolor Winter is double layered out of Real Red cardstock, I cut out the center of the second one to pop up over top of the full flower.  I stamped another flower on Always Artichoke and cut it up for leaves behind the Poinsettia.  I used the clear Dazzling Details around the edges and the Silver in the center, too.   It fits in a normal sized envelope!  Merry is the greeting from Pennant Parade stamp set and punched with the Small Jewelry Tag punch.  The tree trunk is Early Espresso embossed with the Woodgrain Folder.


As many of my customers know, I love to decorate for the holidays.  Lots of pretty wreaths and garland.  My second project was inspired by my girlfriend, Mindy Gray.  She did a Halloween one at a weekend retreat I attended and I thought Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper would be perfect for it.  I'm excited to be holding a class on this during the first part of December…it is just so much more dramatic in person than it looks here in the picture!



Daydream Medallions and the Floral Framelits just set off the center perfectly!  And I love all the patterns in Be of Good Cheer paper package!  I also used my Rosette XL Die for the FIRST TIME on this project!  It was much easier to use than I thought it would be!


Next up we have my good friend, Mary Brown at Stampercamper's Corner...you are going to LOVE her projects, I do!  Make sure to follow the tour around to all the stops.  They are all direct linked so you won't get lost!


Aug 19 2011

August 2011 Tour de Freaks!

Yes!  It is time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by your Control Freak Swappers!  Is it your favorite day of the month?  It is mine!  I love to see what the other Control Freaks share with us!  They always have such wonderful ideas.  You've probably just come from the awesome Patty Bennett's blog…love her projects!  Or, if you are starting here, we have 13 stops and you go around the tour and end back here!  Remember, the tour doesn't officially start until the morning of August 20th, so not all links may be working yet if you get here earlier!


The theme this month is a sneak peek of the upcoming Holiday Mini!  I know most of my customers have received their copy in the mail within the past couple days!  I'm hearing LONG wishlists!  lol!  I featured the stamp sets Gently Falling and Hand Penned Holidays in my projects this month, along with the WONDERFUL Spice Cake Designer Paper.  I'm already ordering a couple more packages of it…LOVE it!  Quite frankly, though, I had trouble getting started!  Maybe it is a letdown after the wedding, or maybe just wishful thinking that summer isn't going to end!  I decided to do sunflowers to go along with my Gently Falling leaves for my ensemble. 


My first project uses one of the new Kraft Gift Boxes in the Holiday Mini!  They are a great size for small gifts!  I filled mine with a cello bag of candy corn!  They are nice and sturdy and at a price of $2.95 for 4 of them, a pretty good deal!  I covered each of the sides and top with Spice Cake Designer Paper, then wrapped the 1 1/4" Soft Suede Stripe Ribbon around and tied a knot on the front.  I went looking for a sunflower and thought that Blossom Party Originals Die looked the most like one.  I cut it with More Mustard cardstock, spritzed it with water and crumpled it, then added More Mustard Ink around the edges.  For the center, I punched a 1 3/8" Circle of Early Espresso, then ran it thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I added Very Vanilla neutral flower button to the center and tied with the Early Espresso Bakers Twine so I don't have a "naked" button!  I stamped the smallest leaf from Stampin' Up!'s Gently Falling stamp set with Old Olive and then the outline with Early Espresso and cut them out.  The flower and leaves are popped up on the top with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added the greeting from Stampin' Up!'s Hand Penned Holidays in Early Espresso Ink on Pool Party cardstock.  It really gives it a POP of color with the other all earthly tones.



I followed the same color scheme and design as the box on this card.  I did make a double bow from the Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon for this one!  I also used the Square Lattice Impressions Folder on 3/4 of the background Pool Party cardstock, leaving the bottom un-embossed so I could stamp Give Thanks on it.



The sketch this week from Stamping 411 inspired the design for this card.  Again, I used the same elements as the box and previous card.  Love how the Spice Cake Designer Paper patterns all coordinate together!  Stampin' Up! sure makes it EASY to create!


I hope you enjoyed my Sunflower projects this month!  Make sure you continue on the tour with the fabulous MARY BROWN!  She always has such fantastic ideas!


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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