Aug 19 2016

Aug 2016 Tour De Freaks!

Hi everyone!  It’s time for the monthly Tour de Freaks!  This month our theme is ANYTHING previewed from the new Holiday Catalog!  So, you should get LOTS of new ideas using these Holiday products!  I know I’m excited to see them!  You’ve probably just come from Melissa Davies’ blog…love her style, don’t you?  If you have arrived prior to August 20th, not all links may be working yet!


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!


August 2016 Halloween Cookie Cutter

Here’s a closeup of a little table decoration…or add a string and make it a banner!


August 2016 Halloween Cookie Cutter Table Decoration
A few details:

  • 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:


August 2016 Halloween Cookie Cutter 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!






Jul 19 2016

Control Freaks July 2016 Blog Tour


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?


July 2016 Sunshine Wishes card

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.


July 2016 Sunshine Wishes box

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!


July 2016 Sunshine Wishes

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!










Mar 19 2016

Control Freaks March 2016 Easter Lamb


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:


March 2016 Easter Lamb 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!


March 2016 Easter Lamb Pyramid Box

  • 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.


March 2016 Easter Lamb

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!






Jan 19 2016

Jan 2016 Tour de Freaks

freakwelcome2013It’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.


Jan 2016 Bloomin' Love
 Jan 2016 Collage


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!)


Jan 2016 Bloomin' Love Lamp
Some quick details:

  • 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.


Jan 2016 Bloomin' Love 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!


Dec 19 2015

Dec 2015 Control Freaks Blog Hop


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!


Dec 2015 Bloomin Love 3
A few details:

  • 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.

Dec 2015 Bloomin Love 4

  • 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.

Dec 2015 Bloomin Love 2
Details on the card:

  • 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!


Dec 2015 Bloomin Love

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!





Sep 19 2015

Sept Tour de Freaks – All About Fall

You know what time it is?  Time for the Tour de Freaks Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Fall Holidays!  We have a fun lineup for you today!  You’ve probably just come from Jan Tinklenberg’s blog…aren’t her ideas fantastic?  Follow the next buttons until you complete the tour and come back here!


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!


Sept 2015 Indian Corn 2
A closeup of the tags.  I’ll also write the name of each person on the leaf at the table setting.


Sept 2015 Indian Corn Leaf Tag
A closeup of the Sunflower on the Berry Basket holder made with the Festive Flower Punch in the Holiday Catalog and a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch!


Sept 2015 Sunflower basket

Close-up of one of the ears of Indian Corn.


Sept 2015 Indian Corn
And the favors placed in the Berry Basket to use as a centerpiece!


Sept 2015 Berry Basket filled
Isn’t that fun?  I love how it turned out and it will be a great addition to my fall home decor!  If you are curious, I was able to get 5 favors from one bag of fall colored M&Ms…and I was very generous with my portion…you could make them a little smaller and get 7-8 out of one bag easily!  I have a short and sweet tutorial on how to make these Indian Corn favors in my blog post dated 9/21/15…I’ll add a link here as soon as I’m able (need to follow the Tour guidelines!)


Next up on the Tour de Freaks lineup is Mindy Backes…she always has wonderful ideas, too!



Aug 19 2015

August 2015 Tour de Freaks

It’s time for a Holiday Catalog Preview Tour de Freaks brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with using the products in the new Holiday Catalog (customers…you can begin ordering on September 1st!)  You probably just came from Dawn Olchefske’s her projects, don’t you?


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!


August 2015 Witches' Night
Here’s a closeup of the Halloween Frame:

August 2015 WItches' Night Frame

  • 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.


August 2015 Witches' Night Frame Web
And the card, I basically used all the same elements, cut down to card size…so you can see the dimension a little better here.

August 2015 Witches' Night card
So, do you like?  I’m happy with how they came out and can’t wait to put the frame in my holiday display this year!

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!



Jun 19 2015

June 2015 Tour de Freaks Blog Hop

Woohoo!  It’s time for the monthly Control Freaks Tour de Freaks blog hop!  Seems like a while since I did the blog hop since I missed May due to the Hawaii Incentive Trip!  Theme this month is NEW STUFF!  Yeah!  I can attest that I have some of that to share!  You’ve probably just come from Deb Currier’s blog, love her ideas, don’t you?


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?


Tree Cutie Pie Box

  • 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!

June 2015 Cutie Pie Thinlet card

  • 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.

June 2015 Cutie Pie Thinlet
Aren’t they cute together and would make a nice little gift set for someone special!  OK…next up on the tour is Mindy Backes…I know you’ll love her projects, too!


Apr 19 2015

April Blog Tour: Petal Potpourri

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!


Feb 19 2015

Feb 2015 Tour de Freaks Simply Wonderful

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!