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!




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!


Apr 24 2014

CCMC300 Mixed Bunch & Blog Tour


As many of you know, the Typepad platform…what we use for Create with Connie and Mary, has been battling nasty hacker issues for the past few days!  Since we were uncertain whether or not the blog would be functional, we decided to set up a Create with Connie and Mary Blog Tour this week for our Design Team!  We will still have the challenge, too, on our Create blog…you'll just need to go on the Blog Tour to see the inspiration this week, but upload your cards to Create with Connie and Mary blog as usual!  Enjoy!


You've probably just come from designer Margaret Raburn's blog…isn't that a fun card for this challenge, very masculine!  We had a FUN color challenge this week!  Although the colors didn't immediately say "flowers" to me, I went with that theme anyway!


And here is my card using Mixed Bunch…a set that I haven't pulled out in quite a while!  I made this for my mom and dad's anniversary (then forgot to give it to them at Easter!…grrr….)



Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Calypso Coral cardstock, folded in half.
  2. The 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White is embossed with the Flower Garden folder (on the Retiring list!).  I sponged the centers with Calypso Coral ink.
  3. I took some Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon across the front and adhered the ends to the back.
  4. Across the center of the Ribbon, I added a 1/2" x 4" strip of Crumb Cake, stamped with Basic Gray ink with the Hostess Only set, Express Yourself, greeting.
  5. I stamped the flower from Mixed Bunch with Basic Gray Ink on Calypso Coral, then punched with the Blossom Punch and added it to the front of the card.
  6. In the flower center, I punched the 7/8 Scallop Circle Punch from Crumb Cake cardstock and added it with a Large Pearl (also retiring!)

I was pretty unsure of the colors, but really like how this turned out!  So, next stop is my creative partner, Mary Brown at StamperCamper's Corner!  I know you'll love her delightful card this week!  Follow the links to continue around the blog tour to all the designers!



Apr 28 2009

WOW!! Thank you!

Oh my gosh!  The Blog Tour was a huge success!  I’ve heard so many of you who thought it was a great idea.  Don’t worry…we’ll be doing it again soon!  I know I had over 2400 visitors and over 150 comments!  Thank you for visiting!  It really gives me some warm and fuzzies to know that you appreciate the time and effort everyone went through to pull this off.  Thanks to Lucia Kaiser and Diane McCornack who organized the Tours…there were only a few speed bumps along the way due to their hours of effort in making sure it ran smoothly!

Now…I know I promised to reveal the winner of the Blog Candy…but I’d really like to read through the comments and enjoy them…if you don’t mind?  I’ll have my hubby pull a number when he gets home from work this evening…so check back!

In the meantime…here is another set I love in the Occasions Mini Catalog…Just Beachy!  It reminds me of my childhood!  My parents had one of those Woody Station Wagons when I was growing up…you know…with the faux wood grain along the side!  For my card, I used the LNS Sketch Challenge (Late Night Stampers) from last week that I didn’t get done in time.  I saved it because it is a cool sketch!

I started with a base of Regal Rose and layered two different patterns from Sweet Always Designer Paper (I actually layered the patterns on Whisper White to give them some stability to hold together).  Then I wrapped the 5/8 Regal Rose ribbon around top to bottom.  I covered the seam between the patterns with 1/2 circles punched from Pumpkin Pie.  I stamped the Woody in Basic Brown and used my Blender Pen and markers to color it in with Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and the surf board in Regal Rose.  I layered this piece on Chocolate Chip.  Finally, I added another loop of Regal Rose ribbon at the top to make a flat bow.  I like it!

Well…I’m off to a dentist appointment today and hopefully I’ll get a chance to stamp this afternoon!  I have some prep to do, too, as soon as my order gets here today!  And…I need to read thru the comments!  Thanks again, everyone…




Apr 27 2009

Blog Tour 1 – Stop 2 and BLOG CANDY!

It’s here!  Today is the day for the Blog Tour.  My stop is Blog Tour 1 – Stop 2! 

I’ll be showing you several examples of the stamp set, Scene in a Garden, from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  In addition, each of my samples includes a greeting from one of the Get Connected promotion stamps on page 208, choose any one selection FREE with a $40 order from the Occasions Mini! 

After you visit my Blog (and leave a comment for BLOG CANDY!), you’ll go on to Stop 3 – Tiffany’s Bauers’ Blog.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired by her awesome work with the stamp set, Very Versatile, from the Occasions Mini!  Tiffany is the current Rising Star…winning that title at the Stampin’ Up! Convention last year.  She will have a link to the next Blog…and on you go!  There are a total of 17 stops in all on this Blog Tour…but the links are only live today!  So don’t wait!  Make sure you check out all the beautiful samples of stamp sets in the Occasions Mini. 

When the tour is over and you circle back here, I know you’ll be anxious to order some of these wonderful sets since you’ll have all these great ideas and you’ll want to receive your choice of the FREE stamp with $40 Mini Occasion purchase!  AND, don’t forget about my Customer Appreciation Special going on until the end of April!  You can own that darling Oval All set FREE!  Email or phone me with your order…I’ll take GOOD care of you!

My first card I used several stamps in the Scene in a Garden set…the bench, the birdhouse, the little bird and the stack of pots!  I stamped them in Basic Brown on Whisper White and colored them with my blender pen and markers.  I roughed up the edges with my Cutter Kit Distressing Tool and layered it on Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The size of the base card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.  The brocade paper on the right is from Bella Birds Designer Paper package.  I used so Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip pieces of cardstock on the left.  I did some random piercing on the left of the color blocks and the right I did an entire row of piercings.  I added a Designer Flower Brad in each of the blocks (without planning on using those brads, they matched perfectly!)  The greeting is part of the Get Connected promotion…the Note of Thanks Mini Note Kit…FREE with a $40 Occasions Mini Catalog purchase!  I punched it with the Scallop Oval Punch, also available in the Occasions Mini Catalog…I love it!  Finally, I added a small piece of Pink Pirouette striped ribbon looped under the focal piece and curled a couple of the edges of paper.

My next sample uses the trio of mud boots from Scene in a Garden…between it and the birdhouse, I don’t know which stamp I like more in that set! 

I started by cutting the medium oval from Whisper White cardstock and the large oval in Bashful Blue cardstock from the Ovals Bigz Die.  Then I stamped the boots with Basic Black on Whisper White and colored them with Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Bashful Blue markers.  I sponged the edges with Bashful Blue and added a little ground underneath the boots.  I layered this onto the Bashful Blue and then free-hand pierced the holes around the perimeter of the Bashful Blue oval.  I used the bright check pattern from Washington Apple Designer Paper and took my colors from it.  I layered it over a strip of So Saffron.  The base card is Riding Hood Red with a layer of Pumpkin Pie over it.  I added some Riding Hood Red striped ribbon.  Finally, I stamped the greeting from the Note of Thanks Mini Note Kit…the other stamp in this kit you can get FREE this month with every $40 purchase from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

My third card was the easiest one to make and probably my favorite one! 

I started with a base of Basic Gray cardstock.  I added a layer of Whisper White.  On top of the Whisper White, I added Not Quite Navy and Kiwi Kiss pieces.  I ran them through the Big Shot with the Texturz Kit #4 wood grain texture.  For the focal piece, I stamped the vase with grasses in Kiwi Kiss, then used my marker to color the vase with Not Quite Navy.  I used the marker and Blender Pen to color the inside of the vase, too.  I layered the Whisper White on Basic Gray cardstock and pierced all along the edges.  Then I inked the Happy Birthday to You greeting (another FREE stamp possibility with a $40 Occasions Mini purchase!) and used my marker to color a couple of the words Not Quite Navy.  I layered that on Basic Gray cardstock, too.  Finally, I placed the small Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Button brad through the Corduroy Button to make a layered button brad and attached that to the Not Quite Navy piece.


So…if you remember…I offered some BLOG CANDY if you left a message on my Blog post today!  Just leave a comment telling me which card YOU like the best and your name will go in a drawing for all three of the cards PLUS your very own Scene in a Garden stamp set!  I’ll take comments until midnight Monday…and choose the random winner on Tuesday morning.  U.S. residents only, please…  GOOD LUCK and don’t forget to check back to see if you won!

Here is Tiffany’s Blog again…for Tour 1 – Stop 3!


Apr 21 2009

April 27th Blog Tour…Don’t Miss it!

Mark April 27th on your calendars! That’s the date when you can hop onto my blog to see more examples of projects made with the Occasions Mini Catalog stamp "Scene in a Garden."

But wait, there’s more.

After you browse my examples, you’ll find a link to my friend Tiffany Bauer’s blog. She’ll be showing you how to use the beautiful stamp set "Very Versatile" from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

But wait, there’s even more.

On Tiffany’s blog, you’ll find a link to yet another blog and examples from a different stamp set in the mini!  There will be a banquet of ideas and beautiful projects. There are 20 stops on this tour, and you won’t want to miss a single one. The links will be available only on April 27th, so please don’t miss the bus.

But wait, yes, you guessed it, there’s more.

 Occasions Mini CatalogBecause Stampin’ Up!’s "Getting Connected" promotion will still be running, spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from the "Under $10" on page 208 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for Free.

It’s an event not to be missed! This tour will take you all over the place! Be sure to hop on at my stop and then travel the road laid out for you!

Pack your bags on April 27th! You’re going to love the trip, and you won’t even have to leave your chair.

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