Apr 19 2014

April 2014 Tour De Freaks


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!



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.



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.




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!


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!


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!



Feb 19 2014

Feb 2014 Tour de Freaks


It's time for the Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have a mish mash of projects for you this month as we could use ANY current item we wanted!  WOOHOO!!!  You've probably just come from my friend Mary Brown's blog...weren't her projects FUN!  I always love what Mary does!  Make sure you go around to all the stops…it will bring you back here!


I had fun making this project and took my colors from the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper.  It's a portfolio and matching card…but the surprise is INSIDE the portfolio and the closure!  I used Peaceful Petals from the Occasions catalog in both the background and as cut-out flowers, adding the Petite Petals center of Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay Itty Bitty Flower Punch and a Rhinestone jewel for a little bling.




Did you see?  I used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch for the closure on my portfolio!  It slips under the double band of Bermuda Bay to secure.  I also used the Word Bubble Framelits with the word Hello from Four You stamp set.



And here is it open!


Feb 2014 Peaceful Petals open

Isn't it fun?  I found this Word Bubble notepads at the M**** Craft Store!  I LOVE them and grabbed a few different shapes!


Feb 2014 Peaceful Petals card

And, of course, I decided to make a coordinating card.  Wouldn't this combination be a great gift for someone???


OK…continue on the rest of the tour and see what everyone else came up with this month!  Next stop is Julie Davison!  I love her crafty designs, too!





Jan 19 2014

JANUARY 2014 Tour de Freaks


It's time for the Tour de Freaks!  Brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month's theme is Valentine or Sale-a-Bration products!  I choose to do Valentines this month since that holiday is right around the corner!  You probably have just arrived here from my friend Debbie Henderson's blog!  I always LOVE her projects!  You can continue around to all 12 stops until you arrive back here. 


I used the Language of Love stamp set that I received at Leadership!  It is in the Occasions Celebrate catalog.  I think it is perfect for more than Valentines, so you'll be seeing more of it, I'm sure!  My first is a card.  I used the Fresh Prints Designer Paper for my color inspiration.  I also used the new Scalloped Texture folder for the first time!  Hard to see, but I also pierced two rows around the edge of the circle.  Of course, the Full Heart and Small Hearts work perfectly with this set.



My next project was really fun.  I found these little clear plastic "houses" at the M**** store in town.  They hold candy and even came with a little scoop!!!  It was just TOO fun to pick up a few to play with!  The first shows the flap on the front closed.  I used Language of Love stamp set again and the same Fresh Prints Designer Paper.  This one I added the White Bakers Twine around the container, then "hung" my pennants along the twine.  Candy Dots add a little touch of bling to each side.


Jan 2014 Language of Love Candy dish


The second photo shows where the holder is for the scoop is on the side.



On this one you can see the flap open and the scoop ready to serve some candy!



Isn't it just precious!!!!  I absolutely love how this little favor turned out!


Now, make sure to continue around the tour.  Next stop is Connie Tumm...her projects are darling! 




Dec 19 2013

Dec 2013 Tour de Freaks


Wow…it's time for the December Tour de Freaks!  This month's theme is using products from the Occasions Mini Catalog!  I know we are all anxious to move on from making holiday cards!  You've probably just come from Wendy Weixler's blog...weren't her projects fabulous?  Make sure you continue on around the entire tour…we're SMALL but MIGHTY this month!


I'm showing off Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, Peaceful Petals, from the new Occasions Mini.  It will be available beginning January 3, 2014!  I made a card and matching calendar…mainly because I need a new calendar for my Studio!  lol!



Here's a closeup of the calendar.  The base is a 4 1/4 x 11 sized card, folded in half.  Then I added a scored piece in the center to help it stand up.  That is 4 1/4 x 5, scored with the 5" along the top at 1, 2 1/2, and 4 and adhered the flaps inside.



Here is the back side that I decorated, too.  I used the new Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper.


And, of course, the matching card.  The flowers and leaves are watercolored with Stampin' Write Markers and an AquaPainter.  I added a pearl to the center of the flowers.


Doesn't it just say SPRING to you?


OK, next up on the Tour de Freaks blog hop is Patty Bennett!  Her items are wonderful as usual!  Enjoy the tour and see some FABULOUS Occasions Mini projects!




Oct 19 2013

October 2013 Tour de Freaks


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!

October 2013 Grateful 2

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!

October 2013 Grateful 3

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!

Nugget Tin

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.


October 2013 Grateful 4


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! 






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!


Aug 19 2013

Toil and Trouble – August 2013 Tour de Freaks


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!






May 19 2013

May 2013 Tour de Freaks



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!


Apr 19 2013

Best Dad Ever Birthday!


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.



  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Midnight Muse folded in half. 
  2. I added a 3 3/4 by 5 piece of Very Vanilla that is embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder.
  3. I cut the Parker's Patterns Designer Paper with the Scallop Duo Die and added it to the right side.
  4. I punched a Decorative Label Punch from Midnight Muse and place it towards the left.
  5. 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.
  6. The top tie I pierced with the tool, then added a VIntage Trinket tie tack.
  7. 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!