It's here! This month's Tour de Freaks Blog Hop, featuring the Control Freak Swappers! You've probably just arrived from Deb Currier's amazing Blog. Weren't her projects lovely? If you are arriving here prior to Tuesday, July 20th, please note that not all links may be available yet as we are testing the circle. This month's theme is Good Ole' Summertime! That's a pretty wide open theme, so we should see LOTS of great ideas!
My first project is what I made as a HUGE thank you to my customers who placed orders last month during my push to earn the Alaska Cruise. Four days before the end of the month, I put out my plea and they responded! As a thank you, I ordered the Elegant Thank You stamp for each of them. This photo only includes a portion of them…I forgot to take a photo before I started handing them out. If you are my customer who ordered and haven't received one yet…don't worry…I have one here with your name on it. I just didn't get them done before you picked up your bag!
I used three of the new colors on these…Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz. I made the belly band with Poppy Parade to fit around the stamp box and secured it in front. Then I cut the flower from Island Floral Bigz Die with my Big Shot. The inside I stamped the Elegant Thank You in Basic Black on Poppy Parade cardstock and punched with the 1 3/4 Circle. I kept them pretty simple since I had a BUNCH to make! These definitely say SUMMERTIME to me, so I thought I'd include it in the tour!
This is one of the swap cards I'm taking to Convention with me for a large organized swap on SUDSOL. Well, this is the prototype…the actual swap is just a little different. I needed to make 75 of them and finished them last week…that was a big job! For this, I also used our new colors…Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight. I truly did not think that anything could replace Summer Sun for me…but Daffodil Delight certainly has! I LOVE this color! The base is Pear Pizzazz and I layered on Daffodil Delight cardstock. I ran the Marina Mist strip thru the Big Shot with the new Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder. I cut a square of Pear Pizzazz for the front, then stamped the a la carte image, For You Flower, once in Daffodil Delight, then in Marina Mist. I punched the Daffodil Delight with the Fancy Flower XL Punch, then punched the center of the Marina Mist image with the 1 3/8 Circle Punch. I popped up the blue on the front of the flower with Stampin' Dimensionals, then punched the flower from Itty Bitty Punches and added a White Mini Brad in the center (I am SO glad they added White brads this catalog!) I wanted to feature the Dotted Ribbon Punch, so I punched the Whisper White and added it along the front. On this one, I added the Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon at the top for some added interest! I love how these turned out!
Well, I have more things to show you that I'm taking to Convention, but I'll stop here and save them for another day. Make sure to check out the rest of the tour. Next stop is Mary Brown…you know her work is ALWAYS fabulous! Continue around the tour until you get back here…we have about 12 stops this month!