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It’s time again for the Tour de Freaks! Our theme this month is “Love is in the Air”…very appropriate for Valentine’s Day that is coming up soon! You’ve probably just come from Wendy Weixler’s blog, her projects are darling, aren’t they? Click at the bottom to continue around the tour…there are 11 stops this time.
I chose to use Love Blossoms Suite of products for my projects since they are definitely great colors for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been wanting to do a little banner for my lamp shade. The lamp sits on a table that is visible when my customers come down the stairs and I try to change out the tablescape each holiday. Here’s a closeup.
Here it is draped on the lamp shade (sorry I can’t show you the entire Valentine tablescape…it is so cute, but it has some private class items on it!)
- The Thick Whisper White background on the banners is 2 x 4-1/4, punched with the Triple Banner Punch. The Love Blossoms layer on top is 1-3/4 x 4, punched with the Triple Banner Punch, then adhered together with the White Baker’s Twine sandwiched between the two layers.
- On three of the banners, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper was punched with the Sweetheart Punch and the Little Letters Thinlet Dies “L, V, and E” were die-cut from Red Metallic Paper and adhered with Tombow Multipurpose Glue to the Glimmer Paper hearts.
- On the fourth banner, a 3/4 x 3-3/4 strip of Glimmer Paper was punched with the Triple Banner Punch and adhered down the center. The heart from Bloomin’ Love stamp set was stamped with Real Red on Blushing Bride cardstock and hand-cut. Over top the Be Mine was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink in the center of the Garden Green banner and hand-cut. It was placed on the banner with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Plus, the letter “O” from the Red Metallic Paper was added on the banner.
- Three of the larger outline flowers were stamped with Tuxedo Black on Real Red and three of the smaller outline flowers were stamped with Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride. The larger outline flower was also stamped twice more with Tuxedo Black on Garden Green and the petals cut to form leaves on three of the banners.
- Small flowers were added to the larger flowers with Mini Glue Dots, and the leaves tucked under them. Perfect White Accents were added to the center of the flowers.
- The Clear Wink of Stella was added to all the petals for lots of shimmer!
That’s it for the banner! The leftover piece of 2 x 3-1/2 Red Metallic Paper that I cut out the letters, I used for my card.
- The base card is 4-1/4 x 11 Real Red, folded in half.
- A 4 x 5-1/2 layer of Whisper White was added to the top.
- A 2 x 3-3/4 strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper was added on the left side.
- The Red Metallic Love was adhered to a 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Love Blossoms Designer Paper with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then adhered to the cardfront.
- The heart from Bloomin’ Love was stamped with Real Red on Blushing Bride and hand-cut.
- The large outline flower was stamped with Real Red on Whisper White and cut out, the small outline flower was stamped with Real Red on Blushing Bride and adhered together with a Perfect White Accent in the center.
Lots of shine and glimmer on here!
OK…next stop is the fabulous Cindy Elam! You’ll love her projects, I’m sure! Then just continue on around the tour!
Gosh…it has been a few months since I’ve been able to participate in the monthly Control Freaks Blog Hop! Just been really busy at that scheduled time of the month so couldn’t swing getting any extra projects done! But, I’m excited to be back and able to participate! The theme this month is the new goodies from the Occasions or Sale-a-Bration catalogs! I decided to use a set that has been sitting on my desk the past few days, Bloomin’ Love! You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog...always love her projects, don’t you?
I must admit…I’m ready to move on from making Christmas cards! Who doesn’t love some sweet Valentines? I love the flowery set, Bloomin’ Love in the Occasions Catalog…and the yummy Love Blossoms Designer Paper and coordinating Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit! So much FUN stuff!
First up is this heart apothecary jar that I picked up at the M*** store AGES ago…in fact, I was with Mary Brown when I bought it and shipped it back with me from Palm Springs, California after Leadership that year. I have used the clear ones that I bought…but this red one has been sitting on my shelf so I pulled it out to use!
- The flowery heart from Bloomin’ Love is stamped with Blushing Bride on Whisper White and hand cut, then adhered to the gold heart doily in the Love Blossoms Kit with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- Some gold sequins in the kit were added to the flowers.
- The banner was stamped with Real Red and the words with Tuxedo Black ink, and hand cut, then added across the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The entire heart was added to the front of the glass apothecary jar with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon from the Kit was tied around the neck and some of the string pearls and Blushing Bride Sequin Trim was tied in the knot of the ribbon.
- The floral image from Bloomin’ Love was stamped with Garden Green, then punched with a 1-1/4″ Circle and adhered to the cork. The outline flower was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride and adhered over the floral image with a Stampin’ Dimensional. A white sequin from the Kit was added to the center.
- The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White.
- Along the bottom of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Blushing Bride, a 1-3/4 x 4 strip of Love Blossoms DSP was added to the bottom. Then placed on the front of the base.
- A 1/4″ x 4 strip of Gold Glimmer Paper hides the seam.
- The Bloomin’ Heart Thinlet Die was cut from Rose Red cardstock and added to the top of the card.
- White sequins from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit were added to the Heart diecut.
- The banner was stamped with Tuxedo Black and greeting with Rose Red, handcut and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon in the kit was tied in a knot with the string pearls and Blushing Bride Sequin Trim tied in it. It is added to the banner with Mini Glue Dots.
Here’s the duo together! Love how this little gift ensemble came out! Fill the apothecary jar with candies or bath salts for a nice little gift!
Next up is Wendy Weixler to continue on the blog tour! Keep going around until you get back here and you’ll have completed the blog tour! Enjoy!
I’m always excited to decorate for fall. And, even though it is early, I start thinking about the favor I will put on my table settings at Thanksgiving! My project this month serves a dual purpose…I can enjoy the favors as a centerpiece in the Sunflower Berry Basket right now…then place the individual Indian Corn favors on the plates at Thanksgiving! I’ve got several photos and hope you can appreciate the FUN-NESS of this project from the photos! They look great in person!
The first photo shows the Berry Basket Die decorated with the sunflower punched with the Festive Flower Builder Punch. It also shows a couple of the Indian Corn favors with the A Little Something Greeting stamped on leaves cut with the Leaflet Framelits, plus a little Gold Glimmer Paper bling!
Close-up of one of the ears of Indian Corn.
Next up on the Tour de Freaks lineup is Mindy Backes…she always has wonderful ideas, too!
I chose to do a Halloween theme for my Holiday Preview projects…I told you I bought ALL the Halloween stamps, didn’t I? lol! I can’t resist! So…I made a decorative Halloween frame with a matching card using the fun set, Witches’ Night! It goes with the Witching Decor Project Kit that I need to make up soon!
- The shadowbox frame is 5 x 7 and I used two patterns from the Happy Haunting DSP in the background, with Black Glimmer Paper to hide the seam. They were layered on Basic Black cardstock.
- The Witches’ Night greeting was stamped twice…once with Tuxedo Black Ink and once with Tangelo Twist Ink, then cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits. The center greeting of the Tangelo Twist one was cut out and adhered over the Black one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- BOO! from Boo To You Framelits was cut from Black Glimmer Paper and two googly eyes added to the OO!
- And in the next photo you can see that I wrapped the precut Spider Web Doily around the outside edge of the frame, and hung a spider from Linen Thread from the web.
Next up on the Tour de Freaks is Judy DiScipio, and I’m sure you’ll love her projects! Then continue around the tour until you get back here!
Here’s my first project using the Cutie Pie Box Thinlit that I turned into a Christmas Tree box! Wouldn’t this be fun to give someone filled with treats?
- I used Old Olive cardstock for the box and Chocolate Chip for the tree trunk.
- The stripe pattern in the Merry Moments Designer Paper makes great “garland” for the tree and some decoration along the sides.
- In between the garland are “ornaments” of Silver Sequins from the Sequin Trim.
- At top is the new Star Punch from Silver Glimmer Paper and is added with a Stampin’ Dimensional to the top.
- Very Merry is from And Many More stamp set and stamped with Cherry Cobbler Ink, then punched with the new Washi Tape punch.
- A couple Petite Flowers punched from Real Red are added to the side with a Silver Sequin in the center.
And, of course, I needed a matching card…all using the Cutie Pie Box Thinlet, too!
- The larger size is a tree FRAME with the DSP behind the opening. I used the larger box size and the additional smaller size framelits to make a tree frame. A few sequins were added for “ornaments”.
- The smaller one is the framelit cut out out from the larger size and I decorated it like the box. The flower is two Petite Petals Punches from the reverse side of the stripe DSP.
- Merry Christmas is from the new set, Lots of Joy, stamped in Real Red.
- The 3 1/2 x 4 Smoky Slate cardstock is embossed with the Elegants Dots Folder and adhered to the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, then the 4-1/4 x 11 base of Real Red cardstock.
- Some 1/8″ Silver Ribbon hides the seam.
- The trunks are just cut pieces of Chocolate Chip cardstock.
Well, I love Petal Potpourri and decided to use it for my projects this month! I made a little favor box and card to match! Here’s the card:
OK…next stop is Justin Krieger and his fabulous projects, then continue around on the tour!
I have a couple projects using the Best Year Ever Designer Paper and Simply Wonderful Stamp Set. Both are available FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration!
Isn’t that row of tulips cut from the Best Year Ever Designer Paper fun? Here’s a closeup of the card. I used the Chevron Folder on the Chocolate Chip cardstock for the ground and the Designer Paper in the background. I fussy cut (cut by hand) the tulips from another pattern in the DSP (thanks Nicole Tugrul for the idea!) and popped them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To a great friend from Simply Wonderful was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink.
And I made a little treat that matches. The top was cut with the Labels Framelit. The base is 3 x 8 1/2, scored at 3 and the sides sealed to make a pocket. I colored the pearls at the top with Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.
OK…continue on around the Tour de Freaks by visiting Wendy Weixler’s blog…her ideas are fantastic as usual!
Wow! It’s time for another Tour de Freaks blog hop! The theme this time is Love or Valentines…perfect timing, huh? You’ve probably just arrived from the fabulous Julie Davison’s blog. Love her fun projects, didn’t you?
When deciding what to do for this tour, I knew I wanted to use the Hello Life stamp set. It really is so much more than a Valentine set! I love that large “do more of what makes you happy” greeting! But, since our theme is Love or Valentine’s, I went with the obvious hearts and paired it with the Stacked with Love Designer Paper Stack. Here’s my little duo of projects!
I also adore the new Bow Builder Punch…I’ve used it a couple ways on my projects. The card has the simple bow and the top of the box has a package bow! Both are SO easy to make! Here are a few details:
- The base is 4-1/4 x 11, folded in half.
- Crumb Cake layer is 4 x 5-1/4
- The heart DSP is 2-1/4 x 4 with a strip of coordinating DSP sized 1/2 x 4 to hide the seam.
- The script Love was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink along the bottom.
- The small polka dot heart was stamped with Real Red and hand-cut (no punch or framelit that size…bummer!)
- The “happy” greeting was stamped with Tuxedo Black on Real Red and cut with the Heart Framelits and added to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The Stacked with Love DSP was punched twice with the Bow Builder Punch and put together with Mini Glue dots and added to the bottom of the large heart.
The Tiny Box was so quick and easy to make, too!
- All four sides were covered with the 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 squares of the diagonal stripe in Stacked with Love DSP.
- On the sides and back, 1/4 x 1-3/4 strips of coordinating DSP were adhered across the center.
- Four hearts were stamped…two in Calypso Coral (striped heart) and two in Real Red (polka dot heart) on Whisper White and hand-cut, then placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The front DSP was stamped with the script Love in Tuxedo Black, and an additional Red Glimmer Heart was cut with the small Heart Framelit.
- A rhinestone jewel on the front heart added a little bling.
- The top uses four of the Bow Builder Punches from Stacked with Love DSP. The tails were added to a 1″ circle with Mini Glue Dots and then staggered the looped bows on top of them. A 7/8″ Scallop Circle punched from the same DSP covers the ends on the circle.
- For some bling, a Facet Jewel was tied with White Bakers Twine and added to the center of the bow, then added to the top of the Tiny Box with Stampin’ Dimensionals!
Such a sweet little wrapped package for someone you love!
Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Tour de Freaks! Some great ideas! Next up is Patty Bennett with more wonderful Love ideas!
Every year I try to decorate my paper calendar that sits on my desk. Although I keep a lot of appts on my phone, my desk calendar is my BIBLE…reminders and dates, birthdays, etc., all get placed in this master calendar. So, I want it to look pretty, right? And…flowers are my favorite things to stamp…so how could I resist using the new Petal Potpourri stamp set to decorate my calendar? And, I needed a matching birthday card, right?
Stamps: Petal Potpourri Stamp Set
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Inks: Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Hello Honey Ribbon, Rhinestones, Label Framelits, Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies, White Chalk Pen
Here’s a closeup of the card, too! This is fun because the greeting is from the Sale-A-Bration set, Big Day, and I embossed it with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black, then used my Blendabilities Markers (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie) to color over the White Embossing. I love that look! I also drew around the edges with the White Chalk Pen. The flowers are the same as I used on the calendar, but I used the little center circle image for the background with Bermuda Bay ink on the Bermuda Bay cardstock!
Stamps: Big Day, Petal Potpourri
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Inks: Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, White Craft
Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Label Framelits, Flower Medallion Punch, 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Rhinestones, White Chalk Pen
OK…aren’t those wonderful ideas and a great glimpse of the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs? I think so. Now, go check out the rest of the Control Freak Swappers on the Tour de Freaks blog hop! Next up is Melissa Davies...another of my favorites!
Did you know that after Christmas, people spend the most amount of money on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy? Unbelievable! I’ve had a love affair with Halloween for years! Although I love making Halloween cards, I can’t say that I send many out. But I DO love to decorate for Halloween. I mix it in with my Fall decorations! And I also love to do little favors for Halloween!
One of my good stamping friends just moved several states away. She shares my love of Halloween, so I made up this little frame for her. Hope every time she looks at it she thinks of me!
It really was quite easy to do…the Motley Monsters Designer Paper did most of the work. I think I need to make one of these for myself cause it did turn out CUTE!
- I cut out the section that I wanted to feature in the frame (LOVE that witch!), then adhered it to a layer of Gold Glimmer Paper, then backed it on a layer of Basic Black. My frame is a small white shadowbox about 6 x 8 in size.
- To that, I added the saying “Witches Night Out” from Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set with Tuxedo Black on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, then punched with the Large Oval Punch, layered on Gold Glimmer Scallop Oval Punch and finally on the Basic Black Decorative Label Punch. I placed it in the frame.
- Next I tied the Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon around the outside of the frame with a bow. I added the EEK!, again from Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set, punched with the Word Window Punch and added to the bow with Linen Thread.
Next up is a card that I did using the stamp set, Freaky Friends. I paired it up with the Confetti Celebrations Designer Paper…I like how bright the patterns are in this package!
Here are a few details:
- I colored the greeting from Mingle All The Way with my Blendabilities over White Embossing.
- The monsters were stamped with Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tuxedo Black Memento. Frankenstein was colored with the Old Olive Blendabilities Marker.
- The background Rich Razzleberry was embossed with Delicate Dots Folder.
- I punched the banners from Confetti Celebrations DSP and adhered across the top, adding Rhinestones colored with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities Marker between them.
Isn’t that a fun lineup of monsters??? It turned out pretty cute and I love how the greeting turned out! Continue on to Debbie Henderson’s blog...you KNOW she will have FANTASTIC ideas for Halloween!