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Welcome to the January Tour de Freaks! Our theme this month is ANYTHING from the Occasions or Sale-A-Brations catalog, so I just HAD to play along! As you take the blog hop, you should get LOTS of great ideas! You’ve probably just come from Julie Davison’s blog, aren’t her projects fun? If you’ve arrived prior to the 20th, please note that not all links may be working correctly.
I think this sweet little stamp set, Perfect Mix, has been completely overlooked in the Occasions Catalog! I couldn’t resist getting it…I’m a much better baker than cook! I love to make candies, cookies, fun loaves of bread, package them up and give them away! These tags or little notes would be perfect to include with the treat! And, the notes themselves are all wrapped up in a cute little matchbook style package, so they would be a wonderful hostess gift all by themselves!
Here’s package closed:
And here it is open so you can see how they tuck inside:
And here is the complete set for you to see!
- The Melon Mambo cardstock notes are cut 3 x 6, and scored at 3.
- A 1-1/4 x 2-3/4 piece of Pop of Pink Designer Paper is adhered to the bottom of a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock.
- Some 1/8″ Melon Mambo Stitched Ribbon hides the seam and is adhered in back, then the Whisper White layer added to the front of the Melon Mambo note.
- The images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Memento Black Ink, use the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen to color, then cut with the Layering Circles Framelits, and adhere to a larger Scallop Layering Circle of Melon Mambo. Pop them up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The matchbook is 3-1/2 x 8 Basic Black, scored at 3-1/4, 3-1/2 and 7-1/4. Staple the bottom close to the fold. Add a 1/2 x 3-1/2 strip of coordinating Pop of Pink DSP to the front to hide the staple.
- For the front, a 3-1/4 x 3 piece of Whisper White cardstock has a 1-1/4 x 3-1/4 piece of DSP along the bottom. The mixing bowl is stamped with Memento Black and cut out. The greeting is offset on a larger Layering Circle, and the Scallop Layering Circle is cut from DSP. A little 1/8″ Ribbon bow is added with a Mini Glue Dot.
OK…next up is Melissa Stout! I’m sure you’ll enjoy her projects, too! Continue around all the blog stops until you return here to complete the circle!
So, who doesn’t adore the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set? I’ve done a series of different cards using these fun images on my blog! Here’s the latest one! I was at World Market over the weekend and they had tons of sugar skulls and decorations! It put me in mind of the skeleton in Cookie Cutter Halloween. Then this weekend someone else on Facebook I saw had the same idea! Too funny. But, here’s my rendition of a sugar skeleton using the fun Mini Treat Bag Thinlet and Cookie Cutter Halloween and Spooky Fun stamp sets.
Here it is opened up with a “card” inside.
Since I was babysitting my grandkids today, I didn’t know if I’d have time, but at the last minute, I decided to do a little coordinating treat holder. I used two of the smaller sections of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet in order to get a skinny treat bag! I also cut it down in size so it fit one of the smaller Hershey Mini Bars!
- The Mini Treat Bag base is cut from the plaid print in Halloween Night Designer Series Paper package and put together with Tear and Tape Adhesive.
- A 1-1/2 x 8-1/2 belly band of coordinating DSP is around around the bag.
- A scallop circle is cut from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper with the Layering Circles Framelits and a Basic Black circle was cut to fit inside. They are popped up on the front of the bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The skeleton from Cookie Cutter Christmas was stamped with Memento Black Ink, the colored with Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizazz and Basic Black Markers, adding swirls and designs like the sugar skulls. It was punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and adhered on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- A bow tie was punched from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper and added to the neck with a Mini Glue Dot.
- The greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Crushed Curry and cut with the Layering Circles Framelits, then sponged around the edges with Pumpkin Pie and added to the scallop Basic Black circle on the front.
- The bats were stamped directly on the DSP with Memento Black Ink.
- Inside, the Pumpkin Pie cardstock had a 3/4 x 3-3/4 strip of DSP to the bottom, with a 1/4″ strip of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper added on top.
- Happy Halloween from Spooky Fun was added with Memento Black Ink, and a second sugar skeleton was added to the bottom!
- A smaller Basic Black circle was cut to use as the pull-up tab at the top.
OK…next up is Cindy Elam, I know you will LOVE her projects, then continue on around the tour until you complete the tour and are back here! I’m sure you’ll get lots of great ideas from my fellow Control Freak Swappers!
So…of course, my first choice for products in the Holiday Catalog is always the Halloween sets! I promised myself I only needed one or two new Halloween sets…but you know how that goes. Halloween Cookie Cutter is just SO darling…and love that it coordinates with a new punch AND has another coordinating Christmas set! More bang for your buck! So, here’s a little ensemble I came up with for Halloween decorating and card sending!
Here’s a closeup of a little table decoration…or add a string and make it a banner!
- The base is 3-1/2 x 10, scored at 2-1/2, 5, 7-1/2 to make the panels. I folded it up and cut the top with the largest Layering Scallop Oval (you have to run it thru several times to cut thru all the layers, do it on one side, then flip and do the other side).
- The spider web design in the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper has a metallic shine to it. (I can’t believe I cut into it…I usually hoard those specialty sheets! lol!) Four panels were cut 2-1/4 x 2-3/4 and added to the front.
- BOO was cut from the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper with the Large Letter Framelits and adhered to three panels.
- The Dracula, Mummy and Skeleton were stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and colored with Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers.
- The Skeleton also has a bow tie punched from the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper.
- The Bats were stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and hand cut.
- All of the figures were added to the table decoration with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- A double bow was tied from the Pumpkin Pie/Basic Black Baker’s Twine and added to the first panel with Mini Glue Dots.
Next up is a matching card:
Details are pretty much the same:
- Base card is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pumpkin Pie, folded in half.
- 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Halloween Night Specialty DSP on top.
- BOO cut with Large Letter Framelits from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper
- Mummy was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and punched out, holding the little candy bag colored with Markers.
OK…that’s it for me! Next up is Amy Koenders! I always ADORE her work! Then continue around the blog hop until you’re back to me to complete the circle!
Hello! It’s time for the Control Freak Swapper’s monthly Tour de Freaks! We are glad you are visiting! I’m so glad I had time to play along this month…I’ve missed it! Our theme this month is “Free For All”…choose anything from the new catalog that we wanted to use! You’ve probably just come from Heidi Baks’ Blog…weren’t her projects fun? There are a total of 14 blogs on the tour this month, so continue on around until you get back here to make sure you viewed them all!
I wanted to use my brand new Sunshine Wishes Thinlet Dies and coordinating Sunshine Sayings stamp set. It is available as a bundle to purchase and save 10%. However, I ended up just using the Thinlet Dies with my Big Shot Machine…no stamping on here except for the greeting from Tin of Cards stamp set! How simple is that?
Here are the details:
- The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Melon Mambo, folded in half.
- On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
- Along the left side is a 2-1/2 x 4 piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper.
- The larger flower from Sunshine Wishes Thinlets was cut twice from Melon Mambo cardstock, then once from Cucumber Crush cardstock. The smaller image (is it a butterfly or is it a flower?) was cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock. I chose to use it as my flower center!
- The two Melon Mambo flower stems were cut off and then the flower tops placed mirror image of each other and adhered to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.
- The Daffodil Delight center was added with a Mini Glue Dot.
- Two of the Cucumber Crush petals were cut away from the rest for the leaves and tucked under one side of the flower.
- A Happy Hello was stamped on the right side with Memento Black Ink.
- A Perfect White Accent was added to the center.
For the box, I used one of the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and wrapped a 1-3/4 x 8-1/2 strip of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper around the sides. On top I made another flower like the one on the card! Fill it with candy or a small gift!
Isn’t this a fun card and treat box? I love how the spindly flower turned out! OK…time to more on to our next stop, the fabulous Wendy Weixler’s blog! Enjoy the rest of the tour!
Hello! Welcome to the March Tour de Freaks! We are celebrating Spring and Easter this month! Perfect timing! You’ve probably just come from Dawn Olchefske’s blog…aren’t her projects fun? Continue on around to all 10 stops for some great inspiration!
I decided to use the darling Easter Lamb in the Occasions Catalog and dress her up in Jelly Bean colors! I had lots of fun coloring! Here’s the card:
For the card, my jelly bean lamb is standing on a STACK of jelly beans, made from the Balloon Builders stamp set. Like a lot of people, I bought the stamp set JUST for that jelly bean image! lol! Here are the details:
- The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Melon Mambo cardstock, folded in half.
- On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
- I stamped the jelly beans in Real Red, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie…all the Brights color family, on Whisper White cardstock, then cut them out individually so I could place them as I wanted and pop up a few of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The Easter Lamb was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White, then colored with the same Stampin’ Write colors. The cheeks were colored with Pink Pirouette Marker. I cut her out and added her to the top of the jelly bean pile with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The Happy Easter was cut and added to the front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
- Melon Mambo and Black Baker’s Twine was tied in a bow and added to the greeting with Mini Glue Dots.
Next up is a cute little favor…filled with jelly beans!
- I made a Pyramid Pals Thinlet Box from clear Window Sheet and left one side open to fill with Jolly Rogers Jelly Beans (I like how they match our colors!) I also snipped the top so that I could add the bamboo skewer for the greeting.
- Around the bottom of the Pyramid Box, I added a 3/4″ strip of Old Olive cardstock, cut with the Fringe Scissors, then curled the grass slightly.
- The greeting was cut and added to a bamboo skewer with Mini Glue Dots, then added thru the snipped top of the Pyramid Box. Melon Mambo and Basic Black Bakers Twine was tied around in a bow.
- Another Easter Lamb was stamped and colored the same as the card, then cut out and added on the front of the box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
Isn’t that FUN and so sweet! My grand-daughter will get this card for Easter! I love the jelly beans and the bright colors! OK…continue on to the next stop on the Tour de Freaks and see what fabulous Wendy Weixler has in store for you!
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.