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