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!




Jan 19 2015

Jan 2015 Tour de Freaks


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!



Dec 19 2014

Sneak Peek Blog Tour with Petal Potpourri

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
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


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
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!


Melissa Davies

Sep 19 2014

September Tour de Freaks!

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 KNOW she will have FANTASTIC ideas for Halloween!



Jul 19 2014

July Tour de Freaks…Free for All!

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



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!