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Woohoo! Time for the Tour De Freaks brought to you by the Control Freak Stampers. This month our theme is Grateful…perfect timing with November Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner. You've probably just come from the fabulous Wendy Weixler's blog...love her ideas, don't you?
I just finished a Vendor Fair and one of the things I made were some Christmas and Winter Nugget Tins. So when I was thinking of a project to make for this blog hop, and the tins were laying on my desk, I thought one would be perfect as a thank you for the hostess of Thanksgiving dinner. Of course…in my family, that would be me! lol! Of course, I made up a matching card, too!
Aren't they nice and colorful? Kind of like the trees are around here…this is supposed to be our peak weekend of fall colors! So, let's start with a closeup of the card…love the touch of burlap in the Burlap Ribbon…I trimmed off the seam edges to give it a more rustic look. I also added a touch of sparkle with the Champagne Glimmer Paper. Love that striped embossing folder, too!
And here is a closeup of the Nugget Tin. I love the Autumn Leaves die used with Sweater Weather…so many fun prints in that Designer Paper package!
Each of the Hershey Nuggets are wrapped with Designer Paper (overlapping the DSP so that the glue doesn't hit the wrapper and taint the taste of the chocolate.) I tied Linen Thread thru the Naturals wood button and placed on the front with the Harvest of Thanks "Gratitude" greeting. The belly band slides off to open up the container. I used a cardstock "divider" inside so the nuggets stay in place.
I hope you've enjoyed my "Gratitude projects"! Next stop is Mindy Backes…I always admire her projects! Then continue around on the tour until you are back here to complete it!
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!
It's time for the Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! Our theme this month is the Holiday Catalog…now that is a BIG theme and you'll see lots of different ideas! You may have just come from Wendy Weixler's blog…weren't her projects fabulous? But, continue on around and the links will take you back here! We have 10 stops this time!
I did a card and matching Tag a Bag Gift Bag with the FUN Halloween set, Toil and Trouble! Here's the closeup of the card:
And here is the matching bag. You can just do SO much with these chevron printed bags and I love them! This time I just folded the top down about 1/3 of the way. The Witches Brew Designer Paper is SO fun and colorful…my favorite is the stripe in it.
On both the card and the bag, I used the Apothecary Accent Framelit as a tag on the front, with the skull and crossbones Label Bracket punch hanging down from it. I tied a bow at the top with the Basic Black Chevron Ribbon and added a Pumpkin Pie button.
Aren't those fun? Next stop is Jan Tinklenberg...as always I love her work and her fun sense of humor! I know you love her, 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!
Yes! It's time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you every month from the Control Freak Swappers! This tour's theme this month is BIRTHDAYS! Yeah! Everyone has one of those, right? You've probably just come from Yvette Ashe's blog, weren't her projects wonderful? After visiting here, you can continue on your way by following the link at the bottom.
Here's what I've done this month! I used a masculine theme for my card and little favor box! Inside the favor is a few treats…plus, I plan to roll up a gift certificate for my dad…the place I get them still gives out the paper kind, so that will work perfectly!
Isn't that fun? I know my dad will love it! Here's a closeup of the card.
- The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Midnight Muse folded in half.
- I added a 3 3/4 by 5 piece of Very Vanilla that is embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder.
- I cut the Parker's Patterns Designer Paper with the Scallop Duo Die and added it to the right side.
- I punched a Decorative Label Punch from Midnight Muse and place it towards the left.
- The ties from Best Dad Ever were stamped three times with Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse and Early Espresso, then cut out (I used some on the favor, too). I adhered them to the Decorative Label Punch piece and added a Hung Up Cute Clip to the top for the ties to "hang" on.
- The top tie I pierced with the tool, then added a VIntage Trinket tie tack.
- I stamped Happy Birthday twice with Midnight Muse ink…once on Daffodil Delight and once on Very Vanilla, punched the Daffodil Delight with the Ticket Duo punch, then cut the Happy off the Very Vanilla and added it to the top.
The favor was SO fun to make! Can you tell what I used for the top sleeve portion? If you guessed the Clear Scallop Square Die…you are RIGHT! Since the top element with the ties is the same as I described above, I'll just give you the dimensions of the favor.
- Cut the Clear Scallop Die with Parker's Patterns Designer Paper. Score at 7/8, 1-1/2, 2-7/8 & 3-1/2. Fold and adhere just the tips of the scallops together to form the sleeve.
- Make the bottom to hold 3 Hershey Nuggets with a 2-1/4 x 5-3/4 piece of Midnight Muse cardstock. Score 1/2 each on all four sides. Cut slits from the narrow end to the score mark for the tabs. Adhere the tabs inside the box bottom.
- Wrap 1 x 3 pieces of designer paper around the Hershey Nuggets.
- Slide the box bottom inside the sleeve.
- Decorate the top same as the card above.
OK…so what do you think? I'm really happy with how it turned out!!! Makes a great little masculine gift!
So, continue on to Patty Bennett's blog for the next stop on the tour! Enjoy the birthday theme this month!
It's time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! The theme this month is Spring/Easter! I know I'm wishing for spring around here…we are in for a COLD week in Ohio! You may have just arrived from Wendy Weixler's blog…weren't her projects FUN! Make sure to continue on around to all the stops and see all the projects we have for you!
My first card is a Cascade Card. I've always wanted to make one. I had one of my customers request this card for a recent class. I used the Blossom Punch and Sycamore Street Designer Paper on mine because it was for a class setting…but I think it would be fun done with the Secret Garden stamps and Framelits, too! I love how the design flows and is 3D, yet it folds up to fit flat in a regular sized envelope (except for those Pearls, of course!) I also thought it was a great way to showcase the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper, Sycamore Street, that I am going to miss SO MUCH!!! Remember, SAB ends on Friday, so you need to grab yours now!
Some quick details:
- The base is two diagonal pieces interlocked together of Island Indigo cardstock. I stamped them with a couple of the Secret Garden open line images in Island Indigo ink.
- I used Summer Starfruit on the back to give it some stability.
- I used the Blossom punch, the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle and 7/8" Scallop Circles for the flowers, placing Stampin' Dimensionals between each layer and adding a Large Pearl in the center.
- I punched a couple Bitty Butterflies from Summer Starfruit and added Rhinestone jewels for the bodies.
- The Sassy Salutations greeting was stamped with Island Indigo on Whisper White and punched with the Decorative Label punch.
Here's a side view:
Next is a little decoration that I pulled together pretty quickly! I just don't have that many Spring or Easter decorations, so this worked out perfectly!
Isn't this a FUN sign for your house? I have it hanging on my cabinet doors. The base is a metal sign I found measuring about 4 1/2 x 10 1/2. I just covered up the front. And…isn't that bunny so fluffy looking? Really cute! The bow in her hair is from Dapper Dad…I knew I could use that bowtie as a feminine bow! It is double layered…I know you can't see it from this angle. Here's a closeup of the bunny itself.
A few details for you:
- The bunny base is made with the Flower Folds XL Die, I used two each of the three largest sizes cut from Whisper White cardstock.
- The nose/muzzle is two 1" circles of Whisper White, on top is the Small Heart from Primrose Petals cardstock, sponged with Primrose Petals Ink. I cut fine strips of Basic Gray cardstock for the whiskers.
- The eyes are 1/2" Circles of Island Indigo, with 3/8" Circles of Basic Black, highlighted with a White Gel Pen. I added the eyes to the Basic Gray 7/8" Scallop Circles, cut for "lashes".
- The ears are two Oval Framelits, larger cut from Whisper White and inside cut from Primrose Petals cardstock. I adhered between the two largest sizes of Flower Folds and slightly curled them.
- I stamped the bowtie from Dapper Dad twice with Summer Starfruit Ink, cut them out and adhered together with a Stampin' Dimensional in the center. I added a 1/2" Circle of Primrose Petals to the center and a Rhinestone Jewel.
- The background designer paper is from Birds of a Feather to cover the sign and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz letters were cut from Island Indigo cardstock.
- Finally, the flowers were punched with the 7/8" Circle from Primrose Petals, cut slightly towards the centers to form petals. I added a 3/8" Circle of Summer Starfruit inside each one and added a Rhinestone Jewel.
- I added Primrose Petals Stitched Ribbon to the back of the sign to form the hanger.
Isn't she CUTE???? I think so! She really was QUICK to put together and would fit on any size sign you might have!
The next stop on the tour is Lisa Martz…our group mom, who always has fabulous projects! Make sure you continue on around for more fun projects with the Easter/Spring theme!
It's time for the February Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! It's the best time of the month, don't you think? I love seeing my fellow Freaks come up with some great ideas! This month we are featuring the Spring Mini. Pretty easy considering all the FUN stuff in that mini! You may have just come from LeeAnn Greff's blog…didn't you love her projects? Make sure to take the entire tour, we have 12 stops…it will bring you back around to here!
I decided to feature the Oh Whale stamp set. I just recently completed a baby ensemble using this set and it was so much fun! My first is a card. This dotted print in the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper, Sycamore Street, truly is my favorite right now! Wish I had it in all different colors! lol! I've been using the little heart on the Whale Clearlit as the fin, it fits perfectly…and tying the Baker's Twine around the tail is just so fun! Although it is a little hard to see the right edge of the card, it is normal 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sized card. Yep, I have another one of those 2 1/2" Pool Party Core'dinations Circles left over from another project featured behind my whale.
My next project has been in my head for a while…I finally decided to keep it for this month's tour. Specimen Art is so popular right now. And, I love when they have a uniform theme going and highlight one of the specimen with a different color. So, that's what I did with my frame. It is a 10×10 shadow box frame I picked up at the big box craft store. The background is 10×10 Pool Party cardstock and I layered on a 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 Whisper White background. Then I cut all the whales with the Clearlit and Sycamore Street Designer Paper and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The different whale was stamped with Island Indigo, I added the heart fin and Baker's Twine on the tail and a rhinestone for his eye!
Wouldn't this be fun in a baby's room? Add the name, birth date, weight and length along the bottom and have a personalized birth announcement, too! It is so much more impressive in person than this photograph shows!
Make sure to continue on around the rest of the tour! Next stop is Justin Krieger's blog…I know you'll love his ideas for our February Tour de Freaks!
It's time for the January Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! We are featuring Sale-A-Bration products! It is ALMOST here…the best time of the year! You probably just came from Jan Tinklenberg's blog...isn't she fabulous?
I've used a couple of the Sale-a-Bration sets in my projects this month…and the lovely Sycamore Street Designer Paper! I know I'll stock up on this DSP! My first card came to me in my sleep…literally! I must have been thinking about what I wanted to do and I woke up with this idea! Don't you love the Soda Pop Tops? And those wonderful LARGE rhinestones!
My second card uses the same Sycamore Street Designer Paper and the fun little butterflies! I also was challenged on how to use the Needlepoint folder on an angle…finally had to make it into a layer to get it to fit!
And my third is a little project…a Sticky Note Pad holder! I received one in a swap at Leadership (Jackie Van Sickle)…I haven't made one of these in YEARS! I switched it up using more Sycamore Street Designer Paper and the Madison Avenue stamp set. And…I used one of the little Soda Pop Tops for the center of the flower with a rhinestone jewel. I love that look, don't you?
Measurements are 3 1/2 x 11, score at 5 1/4, 5 1/2, 5 3/4. I rounded the corners, then decorated with the Oval Framelits and the Vine Street Embossing Folder. It is held closed with a half of a velcro dot. And here is the inside:
What a fun little project for your next class! I know we'll be doing one in my Stamp Clubs this month girls…so be watching for it! Hope you enjoyed my projects this month. Next stop on the tour is the wonderful Justin Krieger at JK Cards Online. Everyone is linked, so just go around until you get back here! Enjoy the blog tour!
WOOHOO!!! It's time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freaks Swappers! We have some Wonderful Winter Fun for you during this tour! So…grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and take the tour for some AWESOME ideas! It's a short one…only 9 stops, so won't take you long at all! You've probably just come from my friend, Mary Brown's blog...weren't her projects cute? I always love her work! If you are arriving here prior to the 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet.
My first project is a spin-off of the Heart framelit Christmas Tree card that I did for the November Tour de Freaks. This time I turned it into a Snowman triangle card! Isn't he FUN…and he is getting ready to throw a snowball at you! Too bad the photo doesn't show all the Dazzling Details glitter on the body of the snowman…he is super sparkly!
OK…here are some quick directions…I know I had several ask for the Christmas tree and it was done the same way. If the snowman looks familiar, it was one left over from my charger plate project I shared here on Monday.
- I cut a base 4 x 8, folded in half. Then cut it with the Perfect Pennants die. Place the open ends right on the bottom wide part of the largest pennant, then cut. The resulting triangle will be slightly shorter than the full pennant, so the fold at the top keeps it from cutting thru. I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the inside of my snowman for some contrast.
- I then cut two large pennants out of Whisper White, layering them on the outsides of the Cherry Cobbler triangle and cutting off the excess at the top. It just gives it some extra stability.
- I made the snowman front from the three largest circles on the Circles #2 die, then embossed with the Northern Flurry folder. I sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake.
- I started building the snowman by adhering the the sizes together on top of each other. I tied a scarf of Gumball Green Sweater Trim around the neck. I colored pearls and rhinestones with black Sharpie for the eyes, mouth and buttons. A little triangle of Pumpkin Pie for the nose.
- For the back of the snowman, I only used the largest two circles…not the head circle so that it doesn't interfere when the card opens.
- The hat is two of the 1 1/4 squares back to back, trimmed on a slant and the Word Window for the brim on each side. I used a sliver of Red Glimmer paper for the hat band, then the small Itty Bitty flower out of Silver Glimmer with a rhinestone in the center. I used more Dazzling Details along the top and brim of the hat.
- I cut slivers of Early Espresso for the branch "arms" and added a 1/2" circle Snowball at one end.
- I also punched six more 1/2" circles for the pile of snowballs on the ground, sponging around each with Crumb Cake.
- I stamped Merry Christmas from Family Reunion (love that font!) in Basic Black and cut flag ends. It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals and some added Dazzling Details.
My second is a fun ornament for your tree. My Christmas tree is decorated in lots of Snowmen and Frosty Friends so I thought this would be a fun addition. It also opens for a FUN treat inside. Can you tell what Stampin' Up! product that I used????
Here are some details for covering the empty brad/button container!
- I punched a 2 1/2" Circle of Basic Black cardstock for the top and adhered it to the lid.
- I covered the sides of the bottom piece with 1/2" x 11 strip of Basic Black cardstock (cut off excess). Then punched a 1/2 x 12" strip of Red Glimmer Paper with the Scallop Trim Border Punch to adhere over top of the Basic Black for the hat band.
- I cut a 3/8" strip of Basic Black cardstock for the sides of the lid.
- I used my scissors to pierce a hole in the top and fed two ends of a loop of 3/8" Stitched Grosgrain Real Red Ribbon thru the hole and tied a knot inside the lid to secure.
- I added some "holly" leaves by punching Gumball Green with the Large Oval Punch, the taking "bites" out of the sides with the same punch, creating the holly leaf look. I punched three 3/8" Itty Bitty Circles from Red Glimmer Paper and popped them up on top of the leaves with Stampin' Dimensionals.
- Finally, I cut a 3 1/2" Circle from the die out of Basic Black cardstock and adhered the container's bottom to it with Sticky Strip.
Isn't that a fun ornament for your tree…AND…you can fill it with something small…like M&Ms or peppermint candies like I have! I love my snowman hat ornament!
Well…hope you have fun taking the rest of the tour! Next stop is Justin Krieger...I'm sure he will have some FABULOUS ideas, too!
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!