Wow…another month ZOOMS by and it is time for the monthly Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers! You've probably just arrived from Wendy Janson's blog. Aren't her projects fabulous? This month we're celebrating the upcoming December holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza and we have 13 stops on the tour!
My first project is a card. I've been thinking about doing a pyramid of Penguins for a while…in fact, the penguin piece has been sitting on my desk waiting to be finished! So…here it finally is done! Yep…it is made with that OH SO FUN Owl Punch! Can you believe I first thought that I wouldn't use that Owl Punch? Oh my gosh! I've seen such CUTE things done with it…and owls are REALLY popular with kids right now!
I started with a base card of Real Red cardstock. I added a layer of Whisper White that is stamped with the Jolly Bingo Bits snowflake in Bashful Blue randomly in the background. Then I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder for some extra texture. I wrapped two pieces of the Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon around and secured in the back. The penguins I punched out the Owl with Basic Black and cut off the ears and the feet. I punched just the feet in Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I punched the vest/belly in Whisper White and layered on top. The beak is just a small square cut in half diagonally. Then the eyes are from the Owl Punch, too. I added a strip of torn Whisper White across the bottom of the Bashful Blue cardstock for snow and added Dazzling Diamonds so it sparkles. I stacked the three Owls on top of each other. Then added a Real Red Santa Hat from Jolly Bingo Bits to the top Owl. The Bashful Blue is layered on Basic Black and placed on the front of the card.
I stamped the greeting from Jolly Old Saint Nick in Basic Black and punched with the Large Oval, then layered on a Real Red Scallop Oval. It is placed on the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added a Bashful Blue snowflake from the Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die on the corner with the large Rhinestone Jewel. The top corners needed a little something, so I added some small Rhinestone Jewels to them, too. Love how it sparkles!
My next project is one that my customers who attended my Stamping Festival a couple weeks ago made. I designed a little Mug Mat that they showed us at Convention out of the Candy Cane Christmas Fabric and the large Scallop Square Die. I made a sandwich of the fabric, then batting, then pink polar fleece on the bottom. It is stitched together in the corners with Linen Thread. In one corner, I added the Circles Diecuts from the other fabric patterns and more pink polar fleece. A big Candy Cane Designer Button is sewn on top!
I purchased the Red Mugs at a local "Big" discount store. I added Northern Frost Decorative Strip snowflakes cut with the Whisper White Decor Elements Sheets! I used all the snowflakes around the mug…it looks so cute! TIP: You don't need to use the paper backing that is for walls…only use the front Whisper White sticky sheet. Also, make sure you run it thru your Big Shot with the BACK protective sheet up…then it is easy to just peal off the snowflakes and place them on the mug like stickers! Make sure to have a piercing tool close by to poke out all those little pieces. I found it easier to do while the protective backing was still on the snowflakes.
Inside the mug I had some shredded paper, then a Medium Cello bag filled with powdered Hot Chocolate Mix and marshmallows. I made the tag with the snowman from A Cute Christmas, stamped with Black Stazon and using Baja Breeze and Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Markers. It was punched from the Whisper White with the Small Tag Punch and layered on the Baja Breeze Large Tag Punch. The Crop-a-dile made the hole on top for the Silver Tinsel Trim. That is SO nice because it has a fine wire in it. Too fun!
Hope you enjoy my Tour de Freak projects for this month! The next stop is the amazing Mary Brown! Just check out what SHE did this month!