Apr 19 2015

April Blog Tour: Petal Potpourri

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It’s time for the Control Freaks “Tour de Freaks” Blog Hop!  This month’s theme is “Time to Celebrate”!  We have lots of things coming up to celebrate…graduations, end of the school year, Mother’s Day, and of course birthdays!  You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog, weren’t her projects fun?

 

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:

April 2015 Petal Potpourri
And here is the little favor box made with the Party Pennants Die.  I  promised the tutorial…here you go:

Petal Potpourri Favor Box Tutorial

 

Petal Potpourri Favor Box
Aren’t they SOOOO cute?  Love the colors and I’m sad that Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding will be retired soon.  The background is stamped tone-on-tone with Crisp Cantaloupe Ink and the outline flower.  The Calypso Coral Flower is set off against the Garden Green Flower Medallion punched piece and Gold Soiree Designer Specialty Paper!  The center is Pistachio Pudding punched with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, then the circle stamped with Gold Metallic Ink.  Add a little 1/8″ Gold Ribbon for the finishing touch on the card and cello bag holding the candy!  The beautiful script greeting is from Stampin’ Up!’s Lovely Amazing You stamp set!

 

OK…next stop is Justin Krieger and his fabulous projects, then continue around on the tour!

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Feb 19 2015

Feb 2015 Tour de Freaks Simply Wonderful

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It’s time for another Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers.  We have a fun lineup for you today, featuring the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  I know I can’t wait to see what everyone has done.  You’ve probably just come from Justin Krieger’s blog…weren’t his projects fun?

 

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!

Feb 2015 Simply Wonderful

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.

 

Feb 2015 Simply Wonderful card

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.

 

Feb 2015 Simply Wonderful treat

 

OK…continue on around the Tour de Freaks by visiting Wendy Weixler’s blog…her ideas are fantastic as usual!

 

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Jan 19 2015

Jan 2015 Tour de Freaks

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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!

Jan 2015 Hello Life

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:

Jan 2015 Hello Life card

  • 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!

 

Jan 2015 Hello Life Tiny Box

  • 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.

Jan 2015 Hello Life bow

  • 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!

 

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Dec 19 2014

Sneak Peek Blog Tour with Petal Potpourri

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The Control Freak Swappers are having a SNEAK PEEK Blog Tour for our December Tour de Freaks!  I know it’s a BUSY time of year, but you know you will see LOTS of inspiration from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs…ordering begins January 6th!  You’ve probably just come from Debbie Henderson’s blog…weren’t her projects fun?  I love her work!  We have 12 stops this month, so make sure you stop by them all!

 

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?

 

Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri
Here’s what the calendar started as…pretty plain, huh?

 

Dec 2014 blank
And here is a closeup of it finished.  I used the new Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper to get started with my colors.  The background is Bermuda Bay with Crushed Curry for the side and Petal Potpourri flowers.  I think this doily pattern is one of my favorites in the set!  The centers are Tangelo Twist with Rhinestones inside, the leaves are Mossy Meadow punched from one of the flowers in the Petal Potpourri set.  Of course the flower has a MATCHING punch!   I added the year with Silver Glimmer Paper numbers cut from the Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies onto Basic Black cardstock with the Label Framelit and used my Chalk Pen to draw around the edges.

 

Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri Calendar
Supplies:
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

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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!

 

Dec 2014 Petal Potpourri Card
Supplies:
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!

 

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Sep 19 2014

September Tour de Freaks!

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It’s time for the September Tour de Freaks…and it’s all about HALLOWEEN!  You’ve probably just come from Cindy Elam’s blog.  Weren’t her projects for Halloween fun?  Make sure to continue around to all the stops!

 

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!

 

Freaky Friends

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!

Sept 2014 Freaky Friends Card

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!

 

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Jul 19 2014

July Tour de Freaks…Free for All!

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Woohoo! It’s time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! You’ve probably just come from LeeAnn Greff’s blog…weren’t her projects fun? Since many of our swappers are at Convention (lucky!), it is ANYTHING GOES this month! Many will be sharing the swaps they made for Convention! Since I didn’t go this year (sob!), I did a set of items up with my favorite set, Beautiful Bunch.

 

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!

 

Beautiful Bunch

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!

 

Beautiful Bunch

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.

 

Beautiful Bunch

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!

 

Beautiful Bunch

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!

 


Jun 19 2014

June 2014 Tour de Freaks

 

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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.

 

June 2014 Be The Star 2

 

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!

 

 

June 2014 Be The Star closeup

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!

 

June 2014 Be the Star card

 

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!

 


May 19 2014

May Tour de Freaks

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Woohoo!!!  New products in the house!!!  Well, I’ve actually had Work of Art in my studio since the catalog reveal.  But, my preorder DID come in today!  I have lots of new toys to play with!  First…you’ve probably come from the blog of Heidi Boos…aren’t her projects fun?  We have 12 stops on the tour this month, so make sure to continue along the tour until you get back here!  Our theme this month is products using the Preorder Items demos could purchase this month!

 

For my Tour projects, I made 3 different cards using the Work of Art stamp set!  Here’s the first one.  I made 25 of these for the Stampin’ Up! Cruise Swap!  I was happy with the color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake and Basic Black!

 

May 2014 Work of Art Cruise

Here’s the second one I made for the tour.  This one I used Watercolor Paper for the background and did the rainbow of colors with the long swash image in Work of Art stamp set.  Colors were Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz.  I added some punched Petite Flowers of Daffodil Delight with Gold Sequin Centers.  Hooray for Today is from Geometrical stamp set.

 

 May 2014 Work of Art 2

Next I decided to use the Work of Art stamp set to make a sun!  After it was finished, I noticed that it would make a great Sunflower with a brown center instead of the yellow!  I’ll have to try that next!  I did use the new Hello Honey Ink for my sun, stamping off to get the lighter colors.  The 1 3/4″ circle is punched from new Lullaby Designer Paper!  I added a little white designer button and White Bakers Twine.

 

May 2014 Work of Art

OK…what do you think?  Hope you like them all!  Next stop of the tour is Judy DiScipio.  I know you’ll love her fabulous projects, too!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Apr 19 2014

April 2014 Tour De Freaks

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This month's Tour de Freaks theme is "Non-Gender Specific"…that kind of cracks me up!  Anyway…projects that can be used for either male or female is how I interpreted it!  The Control Freaks have a short, but sweet, tour for you this month!  Come take the tour!  You've probably just come from Justin Krieger's blog…weren't his projects fun!

 

I decided to use my On Film Framelits…I haven't used them much…and matched them with Film Strip and Hip Notes Stamp Sets!  I used a Black/White/Silver theme and love how they turned out!  There is a card and matching gift card holder.  My daughter-in-law always asks for photo processing gift cards (she uses them a LOT with Carter!), so this will be perfect for her!

 

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Here's a closeup of the card.  The cameras from the On Film Framelits are embossed on Silver Cardstock…and  there is a touch of Silver Glimmer across the bottom.  I also used Gorgeous Grunge in the background with Neutrals Designer Paper Pack.  The Filmstrip stamp (did you even know Stampin' Up! carried it???)  I extended by piecing it together.

 

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And here is the matching gift card holder.  I used the same stamp sets and details on it, along with the Pop N Cuts Card Base Die.

 

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Inside is a stand-up piece to hold the gift card.  I cut the opening with the Word Window Punch.

 

Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Blog Tour.  Next up is my good friend, Debbie Henderson…I always ADORE her work and am sure you will, too!

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Just FYI – Typepad has been having server issues the past few days because of a hacker. 
If you get stopped on the tour, here is the lineup to work around it:

Justin Krieger:   www.jkcardsonline.com
Connie Babbert:  www.inkspiredtreasures.com
Debbie Henderson:  www.debbiesdesignsblog.blogspot.com
Cindy Elam:  www.heartsdelightcards.blogspot.com
LeeAnn Greff:  www.flowerbug.typepad.com
Wendy Weixler:  www.wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com
Mary Brown:  www.stampercamper.com
Judy DiScipio:  www.judystamps.blogspot.com
Barb Mulikin:  www.barbstamps.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mar 19 2014

March Tour de Freaks – It’s SPRING!

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Our theme this month on the Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak stampers, is SPRING!  It's finally officially spring…after such a LONG, COLD, SNOWY winter, I'm more than ready!  I've seen several fat robins hopping around the yard!  You probably just came from Wendy Weixler's blog…weren't her projects fun?  If you've arrived prior to March 20th, please know that not all links may be working yet.

I did two projects…one a little candy favor box and the other a matching card using the fabulous Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper and Accessory Pack that are Sale-A-Bration selections…available only until the end of the month!

 March 2014 Eggstra Spectacular

Here's a closeup of the box:  The Easter Bunny Egg is filled with foil wrapped chocolate eggs.  I wrapped the box with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper, wrapped it with the Summer Starfruit Twine (hope there are more solid colors coming soon!)  The Eggstra Spectacular bunny is stamped with Black Stazon on Whisper White and watercolored, then placed on a 2 1/4" Circle Framelit of Pool Party cardstock with a Pearl for his bunny bottom! 

 

March 2014 Eggstra Spectacular box

 

And open.  I removed the clear acetate over the circle on the box so the top of the bunny stands up outside the box.  Aren't those Easter Bunny eggs so CUTE!!!!  I love them!  I ordered WAY too many of them by mistake, so I need to use them up!  lol!

 

March 2014 Eggstra Spectacular box 2

And here is the matching card using the same Sweet Sorbet DSP and twine and the cute little bunny!  I just LOVE all those patterns! 

 

March 2014 Eggstra Spectacular card

 

Hope you like my Spring inspired projects and these help you get ready for Easter!  Next up on the blog tour is Heidi Baks...check out HER fun projects!   Then make sure to take the tour around to all the stops until you come back here!

 

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