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!


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 blog...love 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!



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! 






Feb 19 2013

February Tour de Freaks


It's time for the February Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  It's the best time of the month, don't you think?  I love seeing my fellow Freaks come up with some great ideas!  This month we are featuring the Spring Mini.  Pretty easy considering all the FUN stuff in that mini!  You may have just come from LeeAnn Greff's blog…didn't you love her projects?  Make sure to take the entire tour, we have 12 stops…it will bring you back around to here!


I decided to feature the Oh Whale stamp set.  I just recently completed a baby ensemble using this set and it was so much fun!  My first is a card.  This dotted print in the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper, Sycamore Street, truly is my favorite right now!  Wish I had it in all different colors!  lol!  I've been using the little heart on the Whale Clearlit as the fin, it fits perfectly…and tying the Baker's Twine around the tail is just so fun!  Although it is a little hard to see the right edge of the card, it is normal 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sized card.  Yep, I have another one of those 2 1/2" Pool Party Core'dinations Circles left over from another project featured behind my whale.



My next project has been in my head for a while…I finally decided to keep it for this month's tour.  Specimen Art is so popular right now.  And, I love when they have a uniform theme going and highlight one of the specimen with a different color.  So, that's what I did with my frame.  It is a 10×10 shadow box frame I picked up at the big box craft store.  The background is 10×10 Pool Party cardstock and I layered on a 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 Whisper White background.  Then I cut all the whales with the Clearlit and Sycamore Street Designer Paper and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The different whale was stamped with Island Indigo, I added the heart fin and Baker's Twine on the tail and a rhinestone for his eye!



Wouldn't this be fun in a baby's room?  Add the name, birth date, weight and length along the bottom and have a personalized birth announcement, too!  It is so much more impressive in person than this photograph shows!

Make sure to continue on around the rest of the tour!  Next stop is Justin Krieger's blog…I know you'll love his ideas for our February Tour de Freaks!


Jan 19 2013

January Tour de Freaks – Sale-A-Bration!


It's time for the January Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We are featuring Sale-A-Bration products!  It is ALMOST here…the best time of the year!  You probably just came from Jan Tinklenberg's blog...isn't she fabulous? 


I've used a couple of the Sale-a-Bration sets in my projects this month…and the lovely Sycamore Street Designer Paper!  I know I'll stock up on this DSP!   My first card came to me in my sleep…literally!  I must have been thinking about what I wanted to do and I woke up with this idea!  Don't you love the Soda Pop Tops?  And those wonderful LARGE rhinestones!


My second card uses the same Sycamore Street Designer Paper and the fun little butterflies!  I also was challenged on how to use the Needlepoint folder on an angle…finally had to make it into a layer to get it to fit!



And my third is a little project…a Sticky Note Pad holder!  I received one in a swap at Leadership (Jackie Van Sickle)…I haven't made one of these in YEARS!  I switched it up using more Sycamore Street Designer Paper and the Madison Avenue stamp set.  And…I used one of the little Soda Pop Tops for the center of the flower with a rhinestone jewel.  I love that look, don't you?



Measurements are 3 1/2 x 11, score at 5 1/4, 5 1/2, 5 3/4.  I rounded the corners, then decorated with the Oval Framelits and the Vine Street Embossing Folder.  It is held closed with a half of a velcro dot.  And here is the inside:


What a fun little project for your next class!  I know we'll be doing one in my Stamp Clubs this month girls…so be watching for it!  Hope you enjoyed my projects this month.  Next stop on the tour is the wonderful Justin Krieger at JK Cards Online.    Everyone is linked, so just go around until you get back here!  Enjoy the blog tour!


Dec 19 2012

December Tour de Freaks – Winter Fun


WOOHOO!!!  It's time for the Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freaks Swappers!  We have some Wonderful Winter Fun for you during this tour!  So…grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and take the tour for some AWESOME ideas!   It's a short one…only 9 stops, so won't take you long at all!  You've probably just come from my friend, Mary Brown's blog...weren't her projects cute?  I always love her work!   If you are arriving here prior to the 20th, please note that not all links may be working yet.


My first project is a spin-off of the Heart framelit Christmas Tree card that I did for the November Tour de Freaks.  This time I turned it into a Snowman triangle card!  Isn't he FUN…and he is getting ready to throw a snowball at you!  Too bad the photo doesn't show all the Dazzling Details glitter on the body of the snowman…he is super sparkly!



OK…here are some quick directions…I know I had several ask for the Christmas tree and it was done the same way.  If the snowman looks familiar, it was one left over from my charger plate project I shared here on Monday.

  1. I cut a base 4 x 8, folded in half.  Then cut it with the Perfect Pennants die.  Place the open ends right on the bottom wide part of the largest pennant, then cut.  The resulting triangle will be slightly shorter than the full pennant, so the fold at the top keeps it from cutting thru.  I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the inside of my snowman for some contrast.
  2. I then cut two large pennants out of Whisper White, layering them on the outsides of the Cherry Cobbler triangle and cutting off the excess at the top.  It just gives it some extra stability.
  3. I made the snowman front from the three largest circles on the Circles #2 die, then embossed with the Northern Flurry folder.  I sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake.
  4. I started building the snowman by adhering the the sizes together on top of each other.  I tied a scarf of Gumball Green Sweater Trim around the neck.  I colored pearls and rhinestones with black Sharpie for the eyes, mouth and buttons.  A little triangle of Pumpkin Pie for the nose.
  5. For the back of the snowman, I only used the largest two circles…not the head circle so that it doesn't interfere when the card opens.
  6. The hat is two of the 1 1/4 squares back to back, trimmed on a slant and the Word Window for the brim on each side.  I used a sliver of Red Glimmer paper for the hat band, then the small Itty Bitty flower out of Silver Glimmer with a rhinestone in the center.  I used more Dazzling Details along the top and brim of the hat.
  7. I cut slivers of Early Espresso for the branch "arms" and added a 1/2" circle Snowball at one end.
  8. I also punched six more 1/2" circles for the pile of snowballs on the ground, sponging around each with Crumb Cake.
  9. I stamped Merry Christmas from Family Reunion (love that font!) in Basic Black and cut flag ends.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals and some added Dazzling Details.


My second is a fun ornament for your tree.  My Christmas tree is decorated in lots of Snowmen and Frosty Friends so I thought this would be a fun addition.  It also opens for a FUN treat inside.  Can you tell what Stampin' Up! product that I used????



Here are some details for covering the empty brad/button container!

  1. I punched a 2 1/2" Circle of Basic Black cardstock for the top and adhered it to the lid.
  2. I covered the sides of the bottom piece with 1/2" x 11 strip of Basic Black cardstock (cut off excess).  Then punched a 1/2 x 12" strip of Red Glimmer Paper with the Scallop Trim Border Punch to adhere over top of the Basic Black for the hat band.
  3. I cut a 3/8" strip of Basic Black cardstock for the sides of the lid.
  4. I used my scissors to pierce a hole in the top and fed two ends of a loop of 3/8" Stitched Grosgrain Real Red Ribbon thru the hole and tied a knot inside the lid to secure.
  5. I added some "holly" leaves by punching Gumball Green with the Large Oval Punch, the taking "bites" out of the sides with the same punch, creating the holly leaf look.  I punched three 3/8" Itty Bitty Circles from Red Glimmer Paper and popped them up on top of the leaves with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Finally, I cut a 3 1/2" Circle from the die out of Basic Black cardstock and adhered the container's bottom to it with Sticky Strip.


Isn't that a fun ornament for your tree…AND…you can fill it with something small…like M&Ms or peppermint candies like I have!  I love my snowman hat ornament!




Well…hope you have fun taking the rest of the tour!  Next stop is Justin Krieger...I'm sure he will have some FABULOUS ideas, too!


Sep 19 2012

Sept 2012 Tour de Freaks


Woohoo!!!  It's time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have a fabulous lineup of stops on the tour today, I know you'll be impressed.  Our theme this month is Halloween and Fall.  You've probably just come from Dawn Olchefske's blog...aren't her projects darling? 


My first card is one that my Orchard Harvest DSP class did last week.  I liked how it came out!  I borrowed the layout from my good friend, Mary Brown…her card was Christmas theme, but I switched mine out for Fall!  LOVE the little ears of corn in the Perfectly Preserved stamp set.  Reminds me of growing up on the farm in Illinois.  My dad planted for Delmonte…yummy…they have the BEST sweet corn!



  • I used the Window Frame Framelits for the base of the Cajun Craze card.
  • The center is cut out and layered with Orchard Harvest DSP inside. 
  • I pierced around the edges of the Framelit, too. 
  • I used Stampin' Write Markers to ink up the ears of corn (three different times), cut with the Cannery Framelits and added a wood button tied with Linen Thread and layered behind the Seasonal Sayings greeting! 

This card was a favorite in class (well, besides the little 3D project we did!)


My next card uses Wonderfall and my favorite stripe in the Orchard Harvest DSP package!  Love those little x's! 


  • Base of the card is Cajun Craze. 
  • I added the stripe from Orchard Harvest DSP across the top of the More Mustard Layer, then wrapped the ends of the Early Espresso Tulle Ribbon to the back and adhered.  I tied the center of the Tulle with a bow of Linen Thread.
  • Behind the Tulle Ribbon, I tucked the stamped leaves from Wonderfall stamp set, inked in Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, More Mustard and Lucky Limeade, then cut out (by hand!)
  • I added a couple pearls in the top leaf for a little bling.
  • I stamped Thanks from Perfect Punches in Raspberry Ripple and punched with the Scallop Oval punch.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next up is a little favor for Halloween or Fall.  I guess really Owls can be for any time!  I used the vellum sack and the gogglie eyes from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, though!



  • The eyes are the 1 3/8" circle punched from Vellum cardstock and run thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder. 
  • The centers are 3/4" of Daffodil Delight and 1/2" Circle of Basic Black with Googlies eyes in the center. 
  • The beak is a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock folded in half, then put thru the Pennant Punch (be careful you are cutting thru 2 layers!)  I then punched a smaller triangle with the Pennant Punch of Daffodil Delight for the inside. 
  • The "nostrils" are 1/8" Circle punched from Basic Black cardstock. 
  • I punched the wings from Vellum Cardstock and the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch cut in half and attached with Silver Brads to the front of the vellum sack. 
  • The feet are the Pennant punched three times from Pumpkin Pie and adhered together, then adhered to the bottom of the bag. 
  • I filled it with some Hershey Nugget candies.  The bag is tied closed with Linen Thread tied in a bow at the top.


I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Next up is the fabulous Mary Brown…I know you'll LOVE her projects!  Make sure to take the tour all around!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Aug 19 2012

August Tour de Freaks – Back to School


It's time!  It's the August Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  Our theme this month is Back to School  Hard to believe it is that time again!  You've probably just come from Yvette's blog...aren't her projects cute? 


I wanted to design an easy, back to school thank you for teachers.  Something they could use, but wasn't too hard to pull together!  So, here is a little something for their desk!



Starting with the Apple Tree card.



The base of the card is Real Red.  I layered on Whisper White.  At the bottom, I cut the ground in a curve with Old Olive cardstock.  I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Impressions Folder, then highlighted the raised areas with Old Olive Ink.  I like how that turned out!  Then I cut a small thin strip of the Early Espresso Coredinations Paper, used the Woodgrain folder again on it, and sanded off the raised areas.  I made sure I got that fun "knot" of wood.  The tree topper is the scallop circle from the Perfect Pennants Die, and a 2" Circle Polka Dot Parade DSP inside.  I stamped the apple from Perfectly Preserved stamp set and cut them out with the Cannery Framelits Set.  I added a Rhinestone jewel to the front of each apple.  Finally, I stamped Thank You in Real Red from Wacky Wishes hostess stamp set!


Next is a little photo or note holder made from a large binder clip!  I covered the base with the Storytime DSP rulers, layered on Real Red or So Saffron cardstock…so fun!  I added large scallop circles (Real Red on one side and So Saffron on the other), then 1 3/4" punched circles inside.  I used the Fancy Fan to emboss the center area.  Then used Perfectly Preserved and Cannery Framelits again for the apples on each side.  I tied a 1/4 Real Red Stitched Ribbon around the base, too.



My last project is a teeny tiny paint can.  I think it is the 2 oz size.  On top is a So Saffron Circle and I used the Apple again for on top.  I tied the little opener ring onto the handle with the 1/4 Real Red Stitched Ribbon, then I adhered the bottom to another Scallop Circle from the Perfect Pennants Die.  Inside are colorful plastic paper fasteners.  I love the colorful office supplies and thought they would be useful for a teacher's papers!


So, hope you like my quick and easy back to school teacher gifts!  Make sure to continue around on the tour…it's a short one this month!  Next stop is Gretchen Barron…enjoy her fun projects, too!


May 19 2012

May 2012 Tour de Freaks



Woohoo!  It's time!  Time for the monthly Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month we are featuring the retiring products!  Better grab them now before they are GOING, GOING, GONE!!!  You've probably just come from Wendy Weixler's blog.  Weren't her projects fun? 


My projects don't have much stamping, but do have several accessories that will be retiring at the end of the month!  Most obvious is the Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz In Colors!  I'm REALLY going to miss them!  Also obvious is the Designer Paper, Pocketful of Posies, that is retiring.  I love the subtle red pattern in this package and thought it would be great for my watermelons and then the Pear Pizzazz stripe made a great looking rind!



Here is a closeup of the Watermelon Slice box:


Can you tell what I used to make the watermelon slice box?  Yes!  I used the Petal Cone Die and overlapped two of the panels to make it 3 sides instead of 4 (after I cut two sets out with the Pocketful of Posies Designer Paper).  I cut off one of the overlapping flaps of the petal cone die and used it for the Watermelon on the card below!  The black seeds are from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch that is retiring.  I used a White Gel Pen to outline stitches along the edges of the box.  I punched holes with the Crop A Dile (what will I do without that tool???) and thread the Black Scallop Dot Ribbon thru to the inside and tied a knot to hold it secure for the handle.  The bottom flaps overlap to keep the treat inside.


For the card, I used a base card of Poppy Parade cardstock.  I layered on Basic Black that I punched with the retiring Eyelet Border Punch (sob!).  I ran the Pear Pizzazz cardstock thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I wrapped the Basic Black Scallop Dot Ribbon around and tied a knot.  To hide the "seam", I added a tiny sliver of the Pocketful of Posies Designer Paper.


The Watermelon was made by one of the flaps on the Petal Cone Die as I said above.  Then I used my Circle Scissors Tool (retiring!) to cut a 2 3/4" Circle from the green "rind" Designer Paper.  I used a White Gel Pen to add some stitching around the inside of the watermelon.  I punched out the "bite" of watermelon with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and made more of the black seeds!  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped the Happy Birthday from Happiest Birthday Wishes, a hostess set that is retiring, with Basic Black in the bottom corner.


Hope you enjoy my post of retiring products!  Now on to the next stop my great friend, Mary Brown at StamperCamper's Corner, who has wonderful projects, as usual!  Enjoy the Tour!