Feb 05 2014

Happy Watercolor

I'm pretty sure I haven't shown this card yet!  It is one that I did for my Control Freaks swap several weeks ago!  It features Happy Watercolor from the Occasions catalog, along with the Starburst Framelits!  One of the fun things with this Happy Watercolor stamp set is the "watercolor" image in it!  So fun to stamp it behind the flower without pulling out your AquaPainter!  Now…since I'm a card carrying Control Freak, you KNOW that "messy" watercoloring is just NOT my style and really a struggle to pull off!  lol!



OK…here are the details.

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Tangerine Tango, folded in half.
  2. I embossed a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Very Vanilla with the Delicate Dots folder (a FREE SAB selection!)
  3. I cut a 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 Baked Brown Sugar layer. 
  4. On top of that is a 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 So Saffron layer, with a 2 x 2 1/2 piece of Retro Fresh DSP along the bottom.  I hid the seam with the Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon.
  5. I stamped Thank You in the Happy Watercolor stamp set with Baked Brown Sugar above the ribbon.
  6. The flower was stamped with Early Espresso on Very Vanilla, the background watercolor image with Tangerine Tango on top and cut with the Starburst Framelit.  I layered it on a 2" circle (Circle Die) of Tangerine Tango cardstock and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals!
  7. Finally, I added two Pearls in the upper right corner for some bling.

I love how all the "circles" in the background embossed folder, the DSP and the Framelits all coordinate so well together!


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Sep 19 2013

September 2013 Tour de Freaks


It's time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have an awesome lineup of Halloween Projects for you this month!  Pick your poison and take the tour…it will take you around the loop until you return here.  You probably just came from Justin Kreiger's blog...weren't his projects fun?


I have a fun card for you first.  I love the gingham circle from Kind & Cozy as the background for cut out Halloween Happiness.  I also liked punching the circle from the Sweater Weather Designer Paper…gives it some extra depth!  The Chevron Punch adds some interest, along with the Black Candy Dots!



My second card is what I made for the latest Control Freaks Fall Swap a couple months ago.  I had so much fun with the skeleton from Toil & Trouble.  I placed the strips of Witches Brew Designer Paper on the diagonal for a more dramatic look.  The Oval Framelit is sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  It is hard to see, but the Basic Black is embossed with the Honeycomb folder, then I repeated the look with the Six Sided Punches from Summer Starfruit cardstock.  Halloween Hello is stamped and popped up on the front one with a little Rhinestone bling.



Last, I made up a fun little nugget box that holds six Hershey Nuggets as a little favor for Halloween.  On the front is the fun greeting from Halloween Bash.  And under the nuggets is the Eat if you Dare greeting…of course you can only see it AFTER you've eaten the candy!  lol!  I wrapped the nuggets with 1 x 3 strips of Witches Brew Designer Paper.  I added Dazzling Details around the edges of the Deco Label Framelit on the front of the box for some extra sparkle.



And here is the inside that slides out with the wrapped nuggets inside:



Ok…aren't those fun?  Now it's time to move onto the next Freak in the lineup, the awesome Mindy Backes!  I love her designs and know you will, too!


Jul 26 2013

July 2013 Tour de Freaks!


Welcome to the Tour de Freaks!!!  Do you like our new look?  Wendy designed some new graphics for the Control Freaks Tour!  We're just back from Convention and many of the Freaks were there and got together to swap!  I love getting the swaps back from my "freaky" friends…such great ideas with lots of ways to use our stamps, each of us have a unique style!   Since it is a smaller group (18 of us) at Convention, we swap 2 different cards for each person.  So, the Tour theme is our Convention Swaps (or we could use our Fall Swaps if they weren't at Convention).  You've probably just come from Wendy Weixler's blog…weren't her cards beautiful?  Make sure to continue around to all the Tour stops for some great ideas!


Here are my cards for this year's convention swap.  I've done punch art type cards the past several years for my Freaks swap.  A couple years ago was the Pizza card, last year was the Tuxedo card…this year I had a camera in mind…so here is what I came up with!  I was thinking of my daughter-in-law who LOVES Melon Mambo pink when I did this one!  My August Cards class will be doing this card in a couple weeks…they were excited to see it!



My second card uses By the Tide in a fun way…kind of a play on words!  An apology card for being in hot water, maybe???  lol!  I even used little pearls for the eyes!  I cracked myself up with this one!



OK…I also wanted to show my roommate gift to Annette…she is a former Freak who is rejoining soon, I hope!  The minute I saw these snowflakes in the Holiday catalog, I knew I wanted to make jewelry with them.  I also made a set for myself!  lol!




It is hard to appreciate how sparkly the Frosted Finishes Embellishments really are in person and they are substantial enough for jewelry!  I completely made the slider box to hold them, too.  I used the Festive Flurry stamps and framelits to decorate it, along with a strip of Winter Frost Designer Paper.  I think I'll be doing this project in an upcoming class for holiday gift giving!


OK…enough of mine…continue on the Tour to Patty Bennett's blog


Feb 13 2013

By the Tide

It's Week 4 over on Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition and we are showing off the Nature sets in the Spring Mini and Sale-A-Bration brochures.  It's not too late to join us…we still have 1 1/2 weeks left to go, plus you can see all the projects we've already done.  Some are easy, some more difficult…but all of them will work great in your classes and stamp camps!  AND…we leave them up for over a year so you can refer back to them 24/7!  At a price of $34.95 US for over 30 step-by-step PHOTO tutorials…how can you go wrong?  That's just a little over $1 a piece!



By the Tide was one of my FIRST purchases from the Spring Mini.  I don't live by the seashore, but I certainly would LOVE to some day!  I love the beach and sound of waves crashing into it…puts me right to sleep at night!  Since it was one of the first sets I purchased, I used it for my Control Freak Swap a few months ago.  I've been holding off showing my swap card until this week!  I really was pleased how it came out!




Here are the details:

  1. 4 1/4 x 11 Pool Party cardstock, folded in half to make the base card.
  2. The Whisper White is cut to 3 3/4 x 5.  I used the Oval Framelit to make a template on scrap cardstock, then temporarily adhered it to the Whisper White.  I used a Sponge Dauber to ink up around the edges of the oval with Pool Party Ink, then used the word stamp in By the Tide and Crumb Cake ink to make the background inside the oval.
  3. Next I stamped the Fan Coral in Early Espresso Ink inside that oval background.
  4. The Oval Piercing template I used to pierce around the outside of the inked oval I just created, giving it lots of detail.
  5. I stamped the shell with Early Espresso Ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, then cut it out and popped it up on the front with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  6. I stamped Spoil Yourself Today from Bring on the Cake in Early Espresso on a 1/2" strip of Crumb Cake, then cut the flag end and tucked the left side under the shell.

So…do you like?  Love these colors together!

Aug 13 2012

Bootiful Occasions

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I wanted to show off my Control Freaks New Catalog Swap that I participated in a couple months ago…right before Convention.  I got the idea from my upline, Candy, to use this swing template for my card.  I hadn't made one in years, and the set I selected for the swap, Bootiful Occasions, was perfect for it!  Here is the view closed.



And, here is the view open!



The base is Cherry Cobbler, cut to 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 & 5 1/2.  Fold in half, then fold the front part back on itself.  I added a strip of Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper along the right edge.  I used the 3 1/2" Circle to cut out the front half circle by only partially running it thru the Big Shot, then cut a 3" Circle of the DSP to fit inside.  I also used the Perfect Polka Dots on the half folded in front. 


I stamped the Christmas Boot in Black Stazon on Very Vanilla and colored with Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Markers and my AquaPainter.  I added Dazzling Details to the cuff and tassels.  I punched it out with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch.  I stamped the greeting on Gumball Green and punched with the Large Oval Punch, popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals on the front.  I added some Gumball Green Stitched Ribbon tied along the front piece. 


On the inside, I also added a greeting from More Merry Messages in Black Stazon on Gumball Green and punched with the 2 1/2" Circle.  I love these motion cards…so much fun!


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Jul 30 2012

Gum Holster Template

During the July Tour de Freaks, I promised the template for the Bootiful Occasions Gum Holster project that I made for one of my Convention swaps shown here again.


So…here is the pdf file with directions and photo of the template…not to scale.





Here is also another sample that my Club Members made in May using Mouthwatering stamp set with Watermelon Extra brand Gum inside!



Jul 26 2012

July Tour de Freaks – Freak for All!


Woohoo!  It's time for the Control Freak Swappers July Tour de Freaks Blog Hop!  We have a Freak-for-All this month…several of us will be showing off our swaps we did at Convention with our fellow Control Freaks and some will be showing off the new Holiday Catalog items!  You've probably just come from the wonderful Patty Bennett's blog!  We have a total of 16 stops for you this month…enjoy! 


My first card is one I swapped at Convention with the Freaks.  I thought it was a fun tuxedo card and great for those masculine cards we always need.



I used a base of Basic Black.  On the Whisper White, I used the scoring tool to run some "pleats" down the front of the shirt.  I added Basic Black Mini Brads for the studs.  The collar is the smallest Pennant Die piece.  The bowtie is the Pennant Punch from Summer Smooches Designer Paper and a 1/2" Circle Punch for the center.  It's popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used the Scoring Tool again horizontally for the Cumberband on a piece of Basic Black (hard to see in this photo), then stamped Happy Birthday in Basic Black and punched with the Modern Label Punch.



My second swap item was not a card…I didn't follow the rules of doing a second card because I wanted to give each of them a little treat.  Although the design could easily be turned into a card!  I made a little "gum holster" box.  Inside is a package of Extra gum!  The box base is Early Espresso.  I used the Real Red 1/4 Stitched Ribbon for the handle.  On the front I added the Real Red Polka Dot Patterns Designer Paper on the flap (and on the back), then Whisper White on the front stamped with Kick Up yer heels in Early Espresso Classic Ink.  I stamped the boot with Early Espresso on Real Red and cut it out.  Then used a Antique Brass mini brad in the center so it works as a closure on the flap.  I knew it needed just a little bit more bling, so was SO happy to see that Stampin' Up! has a little star punch in the Holiday Mini!  I used the punch on Red Glimmer Paper for an extra "kick" on my box!  Here's the inside:



Isn't that cute?  And, because I know I'll get asked, I'll put up a template and directions in a couple days after the tour is finished…sound ok?



My last card is a sneak peek from the new Holiday Catalog!  I'm sure you've received yours in the mail and DROOLED over it!  Oh my goodness!  LOTS of goodies in that catalog!  I fell in love with this Halloween set, Googly Ghouls!  The eyeballs are just too cute!  I made up several of these cards for swaps with friends I knew.


The base is Tangerine Tango and I layered on Basic Gray that I ran thru the Big Shot with the new Chevron Impressions Folder.  I added a strip of Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  Then I added two narrow Basic Black "flags" going down the front with the mini silver brads secured at the top.  I stamped the mummy ghoul in Basic Gray on the Very Vanilla and added the googly eyeball.  I stamped Booo from the same set in Tangerine Tango along side the mummy.  FUN!!!


Time to continue on to the next stop on the Tour, the fabulous Mary Brown at StamperCamper's Corner!  I know you'll love her projects!


Apr 02 2012

Summer Smooches

First…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who supported my Adhesive Sale this past week!  So many of you emailed that you love my blog and that is SO nice to hear!  I'm happy to have shared this huge discount with you on some of the staples of our business.  I appreciate you all SO much for your help in getting me closer to my goal of the  Fiji Incentive Trip this year!  I'm inching closer and closer as you can see from the themometer on my right sidebar.


I love the name of Stampin' Up!'s April Promotion…Summer Smooches.  Since Summer is my FAVORITE time of the year…yes, I love hot weather…it puts me in mind of all the fun activities to do in the summer.  The cute little set, Bright Blossoms, is just SO fun and fits my idea of summer.  AND…that Summer Smooches Designer Paper is so bright and cute and wonderful, I know it will be a favorite of mine.  Fabric Buttons, Fabric, a new PURSE die, ribbon, a Decor Elements Stencil…just look at all those yummy things!  Stampin' Up! is giving YOU, our customers, a chance to get the Summer Smooches products early in April, prior to it being released in the big catalog on June 1st!  So…take advantage and order yours today!  You can see a color flyer HERE!  And place your ONLINE ORDER at my website HERE!


This was my Control Freaks swap card I made last month.  Now I've seen all KINDS of really CUTE ideas that I love using the Bright Blossoms stamp set, but when I got this set there weren't many samples out there at all, so we all were creating without any ideas.  I was amazed to get the swaps back in the mail and they all were SO different, even using the same set of products and stamp set!



I structured my card to use mostly the Summer Smooches family of products.  I used a base of Daffodil Delight cardstock and layered on Baja Breeze cardstock.  Then I cut a 4×4 square of Summer Smooches Designer Paper (did you know that you can get 9 pieces out of a 12×12 sheet of DSP using that dimension?)  for the bottom of the card.  I used a piece of the new Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon across to hide the seam.  I stamped the Bright Blossoms image, inked up with markers, on Whisper White and cut with the Label Framelits.  It is popped up on the front of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then, I added a little Boho Blossoms flower punched from the Summer Smooches Designer Paper and a mini brad along side the Label.  Finally, I stamped "I'm Here For You" from Petite Pairs in Island Indigo ink next to the image.


Isn't it a FUN and cheerful card with those bright colors?  I think so!


Oct 18 2011

Merry Winter

REAL quick post today…I wanted to share my Control Freaks Swap from the last swap we did featuring new sets in the Main Catalog!  This Merry Winter set really caught my eye!  I want to use it on my Christmas Cards this year!  Speaking of Control Freaks…the Tour de Freaks will be here in a couple days!  Come back on the 20th!


I love the Lucky Limeade and Poppy Parade colors together…a very BRIGHT Christmas color theme!



The base of my card is Early Espresso.  I layered on Lucky Limeade that I ran thru the Big Shot with the new Snow Burst Impressions Folder (in the Holiday Mini).  I added a strip of Letters to Santa Designer Paper (LOVE all those stripes in that package!), and then added a little sliver of Red Glimmer Paper along the side.  Oh, I used the Corner Rounder and rounded both corners on the right side.


I stamped the sled from Stampin' Up!'s Merry Winter stamp set in Early Espresso on Whisper White, placed the snowman from the same set on top, and then used the line of snow flakes in red across the "ground".  I colored the hat and scarves with Lucky Limeade and Poppy Parade Stampin'  Write Markers.  I layered the Whisper White on Poppy Parade…and rounded the right side corners again.


Finally, I stamped the Simple Snowflake single stamp in Poppy Parade and punched it with the Snowflake Punch, then added the word Merry Winter in Early Espresso on Poppy Parade and punched with the Small Oval punch.  Nice and colorful!


LOTS for me to do today…my girlfriend arrives this evening for the stamping retreat this weekend.  I need to finish cleaning, grocery shop (yuk!) and get some posts ready to go on here…you wouldn't want me to miss a week, would you?  Anyway…have a great day!

Sep 05 2011

Out on a Limb 3

OK…as promised, here is another prototype of my Control Freak Swap for the Holiday Mini.  You can see version one HERE.  I did like this one…and it is closer to where I ended up.  In the end, the spider web and spiders bugged me on this card.  So, I opted not to go with it.  I did like the moon behind the cat!



For this card, I started with a base of Basic Gray cardstock.  I layered on Pumpkin Pie that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Spider Web Impressions Folder.  I added a piece of the stripe pattern from Pick Your Poison Designer Paper…can you see the glittery strip of Silver Glimmer paper down the center of the DSP?  I also added a small Scallop Border Punch piece of the Silver Glimmer Paper in the upper right corner for a little accent!


I stamped the trio of spiders from Out on a Limb stamp set in Basic Black on the spider web impression.  Then I stamped the limb and the cat from Out on a Limb on Whisper White.  I punched a circle in a scrap piece of paper, then used Daffodil Delight to ink up the moon in the background.  The Whisper White is layered onto Basic Black cardstock.


So…as I said, I'm getting closer to what my finished swap card would look like!  Stay tuned!


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