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!


May 19 2014

May Tour de Freaks


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!




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:
Connie Babbert:
Debbie Henderson:
Cindy Elam:
LeeAnn Greff:
Wendy Weixler:
Mary Brown:
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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 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!