Feb 19 2014

Feb 2014 Tour de Freaks

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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.

 

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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.

 

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And here is it open!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

 

Sharing creativity one stamped image at a time!


Sep 19 2010

September Tour de Freaks!!!

It's time!  The monthly Tour de Freaks is going on now brought to you by the fabulous Control Freak Swappers!  I know I'm always blown away by the swaps that I get from this group!  You've just come from Cindy Major's Blog...aren't her projects darling?  Make sure to take the entire tour…we have 11 stops this time!  The theme this month is Fall or Halloween!  I can't wait to see everyone's projects!

 

 

My first project is a Flip Card.  I haven't done one of these in years!  I've always loved interactive cards…and this one is especially fun, but pretty easy to make!  My Stamp Club will be making one of these at our meeting next week, so they are getting a little sneak peek…I haven't decided it I'll use this Halloween one or make up a different one.  Here is the front.

 

The base is Cajun Craze and I layered on the Nite Owl DSP from the Holiday Mini.  To give it extra strength, I adhered it to Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  You can't see it, but it does help support the sliding mechanism.  I stamped the Happy Halloween sign from Stampin' Up!'s Dark and Dreary with Black Craft ink once on Whisper White and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, then again on Cajun Craze and punched the 31 out with the 1/2 circle punch.  The sign is layered on Cajun Craze cardstock.  I also added a few of the Black Flourish Jewels on the corners for a little bling!  I adhered a 1 1/4 punched Daffodil Delight textured cardstock  "moon" in the upper edge of the sign and stamped the Raven with Basic Black on Whisper White, then cut him out and placed him on the moon.  And the magic happens when you pull the Black Raven Lace Trim ribbon tab!

 

 

The center sign piece flips open and reveals a greeting "Trick or Treat, Scary & Sweet" from Stampin' Up!'s Grateful Greetings that I stamped in Basic Black on Cajun Craze.  Then the top where I stamped the Candlelabra from Dark & Dreary stamp set in Basic Black and watercolored with Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black Stampin Write Markers and my AquaPainter.  isn't that FUN???  I was thrilled with how it turned out!  Leave me a comment if you want me to post directions after the Blog Tour is over!

 

OK, for my next project, I found some wire garden decorations at the nursery.  I just knew I could do something with them!  So, when I was trying to think of a 3D project (and cleaning out my back room), I found them again.  I made the Pumpkins by cutting three Ovals for each from the Scallop Oval Frame die from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I sponged the edges with Tangerine Tango Classic Ink and adhered them together in a trio.  I added the Chocolate Chip stem that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I also cut a 1/4 inch strip of Old Olive cardstock, wrapped it around my stylus to make it curly.  I adhered these to the wire with glue dots.

 

Then I cut some fall leaves with the Leaves #2 die in Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Each of them is texturized with the Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice or Finial Press Impressions Folders.  I added Neutral Designer Buttons that I tied with 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon in a knot thru the button holes.  I also punched four 1 3/8 circles from Early Espresso cardstock and added the Fall letters cut from Timeless Type Alphabet Dies and Old Olive cardstock.  I also glittered them with Versamark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder!  Finally, I added the Black 1 1/4 Striped Ribbon the wire between each panel.

 

BUT…wait…there is a surprise!!!  Flip it over and you can decorate for Halloween, too!

 

 

So, I used 3 more Ovals for EACH Jack-o-lantern on the reverse side.  I used the 1 1/4 Square Punch for the eyes, then cut a 1" square in half for the nose.  The mouth I used the Circle Scissors Plus Tool to cut the crescent shapes, and cut out the teeth areas.  I added the stems the same as the other side.  At the top, I added Basic Black 1 1/4 Circle Punches and the word Boo! behind the Fall letters on the reverse side.  So…I got TWO decorations for the price of one…pretty cool, huh???

 

And….here is the display as it is on top of my Cabinet in the kitchen area!  I'll be able to get a good three months of use out of it before I put up Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving!

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my Fall/Halloween projects!  Now you are in for a "TREAT" with Mary Brown's fun projects, so continue on the tour by clicking on the button below!  Enjoy!

 


Aug 19 2010

August Tour de Freaks is here!


Wow…this really snuck up on me this month!  I can't believe it is the 20th and time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  You've probably just come from the talented, FABULOUS Patty Bennett's blog

 

Our theme this month was Sneak Peeks from the new Holiday Mini Catalog!  I know my customers are already commenting on how much they LOVE this mini…I do, too, as my pocketbook will attest to….ouch!  lol!  I just had to have it ALL!  I especially love a lot of the accessories in this mini…it is FULL of them.  You'll notice a lot of them on my projects this month!

 

To begin, I have a Suspension Bat card!  I had SO much fun making this one!  It kind of evolved!  I started with a base 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card of Tangerine Tango.  I added a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Nite Owl Designer Paper (from the new mini) on the front.  I used my Circle Scissors Plus to cut a 4" circle from the front thru both layers at the same time (if I were doing it again, I'd make it a little smaller…say 3 1/2).  I ran the back half of the Tangerine Tango card stock thru the Big Shot with the Spider Web Impressions Folder…cool!  Then I rubbed some White Craft Ink over the raised embossing with a sponge dauber.  This base card was layered onto a 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 piece of Basic Black card stock for extra support. 

 

 

Between the Tangerine Tango front and the Nite Owl Designer Paper, I added two strings of Linen Thread and pulled them tight between the layers, then adhered the layers together.  I sandwiched two layers of the Bat Punch together with the Linen Thread in between…this makes it look like they are flying!  I sponged White Craft around the edges of the bats and added a Rhinestone jewel to their heads.  I wrapped some of the new 1/2 Raven Lace Trim into a bow in the upper left corner…love that stuff, too!

 

 

I stamped the spider from Stampin' Up!'s Dark & Dreary on Whisper White, colored it with the Basic Gray Marker and cut it out.  I added two 1/2 backed pearls for the body…one smaller than the other. and placed it on the Spider Web with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I used the new Decorative Label Punch with Basic Black Card stock, sponged around the edges with White Craft Ink.  I cut EEK out of Tangerine Tango "glitter paper" with the Timeless Type Alphabet die and adhered to the front of the Label.  Then I placed the label on the front of the card.  (Note:  to make glitter paper, apply Versamark to the card stock direct to paper, pour on Iridescent Ice EP, shake off excess, then heat set…makes glitter paper in every color that Stampin' Up! carries!)  I LOVE my blinged out Suspension Bat card!

My second project was just as fun!  It's a Bat Cone Candy Holder.  It makes me LAUGH!  I traced a bat pattern onto Basic Black card stock, cut it out, then ran it thru the Big Shot with the Texture Plates Kit #4.  I had to run it thru a couple times to get the entire bat textured.  I used the sponge dauber and White Craft Ink to go around the edges.  I added Real Red Glimmer Brads for the eyes and drew the fangs with my White Gel Pen.  I pulled it into a cone shape and secured in the back with Sticky Strip.  I added a hanger with 1/2" Raven Lace Trim by piercing holes in the sides of the cone and tying knots inside the cone.

 

 

For the treat, I filled a small Cello Bag with Halloween colored M&Ms and tied it closed with a piece of the Raven Lace Trim.  I added a tag made with the Dark & Dreary stamp, inked in Basic Black and stamped on Whisper White, then punched with the Decorative Label Punch.  I added the 31 by stamping again on Real Red, then punching with the 1/2 circle punch and placing it on top with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I also used a sponge dauber with Basic Black ink and sponged all the edges.

 

EDIT:  As promised, here is the Bat Cone Candy Favor template to download!

 

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Next on the Blog Tour is the wonderful Mary Brown!  I KNOW her projects will be awesome as usual!  Make sure to stop by and see all 11 stops on the Tour this month!  Thanks for stopping by!

 


May 19 2010

May Tour de Freaks!

Woohoo!   It's here!  The May Tour de Freaks!  I can't wait to see what these fabulous girls have done…what about you?  You've just arrived from my friend, Lisa Martz's Blog…aren't her projects wonderful?  LOVE that Tropical Party set and Island Oasis paper!

 

Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Scoops is a favorite of mine from the Summer Mini!  My Technique Class did this card earlier this month using an old favorite technique…SHAVING CREAM!  Doesn't the background just remind you of some melted ice cream?  And…a double scoop of Vanilla and Strawberry ice cream on a sugar cone!  Yummy!

 

If you haven't done the Shaving Cream Background, it is very simple!  I use an old cookie sheet, spread regular shaving cream on it (I use unscented) and then place a few drops of 2-3 complimentary reinkers in the shaving cream, swirl around with a spoon and then place your Whisper White cardstock on top of the mixed shaving cream.  Lift off the cardstock, take a spatula and scrap off the extra shaving cream…it leaves behind a beautiful marbled look on the cardstock!  I used the reinker colors of Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana.  Let it dry, then layer on the base card of Pretty in Pink.  I stamped the Cone with Creamy Caramel Classic Ink on Whisper White and the first scoop with Pretty in Pink.  I stamped the Barely Banana scoop of ice cream on scrap paper, cut it out and adhered on top of the bottom scoop.    I layered it on Pretty in Pink cardstock, then Certainly Celery.  Across the top I used the Scallop Edge Punch on a piece of Barely Banana cardstock, and wrapped Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon around it and tied with a knot.  I finished by stamping the greeting with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink.

 

You may remember for March's Tour de Freaks, I did a carrot made from the Large Scallop Circle Die.  I decided that I could use the same thing to make an Ice Cream Cone!  I cut the large Scallop Circle die from Creamy Caramel cardstock, then ran it thru the Big Shot with my Square Lattice Impressions Folder to give it a waffle look.   I wrapped it into a funnel and secured with Sticky Strip.  I used some of the left over Shaving Cream paper I made above and punched the Scallop Circle from it.  I also punched So Saffron and Pretty in Pink Scallop Circles.  I adhered them to the inside.   I added the Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon in a box on the front.  Then used my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker to stamp the "Have a sweet celebration" on Whisper White and punched with the Wide Oval punch.  I highlighted the sweet with So Saffron marker and sponged the edges with Pretty in Pink.  I think this turned out CUTE!  I haven't seen an ice cream cone done with the Scallop Circle.  Inside I filled with Tropical Jelly Belly candies!  FUN!

 

Next stop is the fabulous, Mary Brown!  I know you'll love her projects!


May 15 2010

SUDSOL BLOG TOUR IS HERE!

SUDSOL Blog Tour
 

Welcome to the SUDSOL Blog Tour!  What is SUDSOL?  It is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Only Online Group that has files full of patterns, templates, business ideas, business forms and a wonderful large gallery of cards and projects!  A One-Stop-Shop for demonstrators!  They also offer regular challenges and business chats to help you with your business.  I've been a member for four years next month!  You can start out with a FREE two-week trial membership, just to see what it is all about!  Click on the badge above to take you to the Home Page to start your trial membership!  And now…on to the tour!

 

This tour we are featuring products from the Summer Mini Catalog.  We've made these projects demonstratable, so you can use the ideas in your workshops and classes!  To go on to the next stop, click on the name at the bottom of this post!

My first project is a pencil/pen pocket holder made from two Top Note diecuts put together.  This was a prize for one of my downline who promoted to Senior Associate at last month's meeting.  I adhere the two Top Notes length to length and along the sides to form the pocket.  I used Stampin' Up!'s Tropical Party stamp set and stamped the leaves in Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink on the Tempting Turquoise background.  I wrapped two pieces Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon around to help keep it secure.  The ends meet under the oval in the front for a finished look.  I cut two ovals from the Ovals die, larger one from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the smaller one from Whisper White.  I stamped the leaves with Old Olive on the Whisper White.  I added a Melon Mambo 5-Petal Flower Punch, then stamped the large flower in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and the small flower in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White, cut them out, and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals to the front of the ovals.  The pens I purchased from Stampin' Up! at Convention (I believe) last year.  I loved that the colors matched the Tropical Party stamp set I wanted to use.

 

My next card using Tropical Party is a gate fold style card.  This was my Make & Take at the downline meeting we held last month.  I started with a 5 1/2 x 12 piece of Pixie Pink Cardstock and scored it at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches.  I stamped the small flower randomly across the front in Pixie Pink ink.    I cut a 3×3 piece of Whisper White and stamped the leaves in Old Olive Classic Ink on the front.  I stamped the large flower with Pumpkin Pie and the two small flowers with Pixie Pink on scrap Whisper White and cut them out.  I added a Rose Mini Brad to the center of the large flower and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I layered the Whisper White on a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 piece of Old Olive.  It was adhered on only the left half to the front of the gate fold card.

Inside I cut a piece of 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White.  I stamped more leaves in Old Olive and the Coconut drink in Chocolate Chip.  I colored the straw and umbrella with Stampin' Write Markers in Pixie Pink, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  I cut out another Pixie Pink small flower and adhere it with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I stamped Live, Laugh, Love, Happy Birthday from On Your Birthday Stamp set in Pumpkin Pie in the center.

My last card I used Stampin' Up!'s Sentimental Journey stamp set, Travel Journal Designer Paper and In A Word Stamp Set.  I started with a base of Night of Navy cardstock and layered on Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I added another layer of Confetti White cardstock.  Over the top half of the Confetti, I adhere Bashful Blue cardstock with a piece of Travel Journal Designer Paper on it.  (LOTS of layers!)  I pierced the Bashful Blue with my piercing tool and template across the top.  I stamped Marvelous with my Night of Navy and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers in the lower right corner of the Confetti cardstock.  For the focal element, I stamped the car from Sentimenal Journey in Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink on Confetti White and punched with the Wide Oval Punch.  I adhered it to the Medallion of Pumpkin Pie cardtock made with the Lots of Tags Sizzlets die.  I added the compass in Garden Green Classic Ink and punched it with the 1" circle punch.  I placed a Vintage brad in the center and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added a knot of Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4 Striped Ribbon to the upper corner and punched two 1/4 circles from Garden Green and placed them in the upper right corner of the Designer Paper for some added interest.

 

I hope you've enjoyed my projects!  

 

SORRY – Blog Tour is over and links have been disabled!  Stay tuned for the next one!

 

Pen/Pencil Holder Supplies:

Sets:  Tropical Party
Inks:  Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories:  Top Note Die, Sticky Strip, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Ovals Die, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

Tropical Party Gatefold Card Supplies:

Sets:  Tropical Party, On Your Birthday
Inks:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Old Olive
Accessories:  Paper Snips, Rich Regals Mini Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scoring Tool

 

Sentimental Journey Card Supplies:

Sets:  Sentimental Journey, In A Word
Inks:  Garden Green, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock:  Confetti White, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy
Accessories:  Travel Journal Designer Paper, 1 1/4 Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlet Dies, Piercing Tool and template, Antique Mini Brads, Crop A Dile (1/4 circles)



Mar 19 2010

March Tour de Freaks!

If you have arrived here on the 19th, not all links may be live yet.  We're getting ready to go live on March 20th!  It's time for the March Tour de Freaks by your favorite Control Freak Swappers!  Our theme this month is SPRING!  You've probably just arrived from Wendy Janson's Blog and her amazing ideas.  You'll be able to go to the next stop when you click on the badge at the bottom.    I always get some amazing ideas from this tour, I hope you do, too!

I was late getting ready for this tour…I definitely have "wedding" on the brain!  I've been working on the templates for printing out my son's wedding invitations, plus buying the supplies I'll need to make 200 of them.  The pocket invitation design idea has been done for a while, just needed to get started.  But, thinking about it inspired my first project.  And since the month of June is mostly in the Spring, I think it fits the theme! 

 

I've had the Bag with Scallops XL die for a long while, but haven't used it for some reason!  I pulled it out for this project.  I thought one of the roses made from the XL Fancy Flower punch would be perfect on the front scallop!  The bag and rose are both made from the White Shimmer paper…so pretty for a wedding!  I added the half Scallop Oval leaves along the side of the rose, then added the White Satin Stripe Ribbon knotted along the other side of the rose.  The front of the bag I textured with the Finial Press Impressions Folder that I ran thru the Big Shot.  The bag was really easy to put together!  I wrapped some more of the White Satin Ribbon around it to hold it closed (under the rose).  Very elegant and I think they would be pretty at the place settings at the reception!  I'll be making more of these Bag with Scallops…so fun and easy to put together!

 

My next card is a Mother's Day card for my mom.  We both LOVE lilacs in the spring!  I know it is finally here when my lilacs are in bloom.  I've planted lilac bushes in every house we've lived in and will cut the blooms off to bring them inside so I can enjoy their fragrance.  I've been wanting to do a punch art card using the Trio Flower punch to make some lilacs.  I used Orchid Opulence and Lavender Lace cardstock and punched a BUNCH of them!

 

I started by placing the "stem" from the Two Bird Punch at the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used the bird wings from that punch for my leaves.  I just started adding a variety of the Lavender Lace and Orchid Opulence flowers in a cone shaped pattern.  Each lilac is so unique anyway, it really didn't matter how I placed them!  I added a little Orchid Opulence Classic Ink to the edges after I was done, just for some added shadows.

 

I layered the Whisper White on Lavender Lace and then Basic Black cardstock to make it pop.  I tied the Old Olive Satin Ribbon into a bow and placed it at the top corner.  Then I added the Old Olive Scallop Trim Border across the left side.   Finally, I used the stamps from Tiny Tags and the Jewery Tag punch to make the 4 You tag and wrapped it with Linen Thread around the center of the ribbon knot. 

 

Next stop is Mary Brown!  I'm sure you will love her work!  Have a great day!