Archive for December 19th, 2011

Welcome to the Control Freaks Blog Tour! We’re showcasing products from the new Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs. You’ve just come from Wendy Weixler’s blog — weren’t her projects WONDERFUL??!!


My first project is an altered notebook and pen. The notebook measures 10-1/8 x 7-1/4″ and is covered with Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. Out of all the new scrapbook papers offered in the new Occasions Mini and the Sale-A-Bration Catalogs, the Everyday Enchantment paper is my FAVORITE! The colors and patterns are so soft, pretty and elegant — it makes creating projects that much easier to design because they are so inspiring! And the new Elegant Bird Bigz Die — gorgeous! I took a piece of the Lucky Limeade 1/8″ Organdy Ribbon found in the SAB catalog, curled it with the edge of a pair of scissors, attached it to the beak and then secured the ends with a small amount of Tombow Adhesive. The pen is a Pentel RSVP pen with a piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (measuring 1″ x 3-1/4″) rolled up and placed in the barrel of the pen. Just screw off the end of the pen, pull the ink tube out, wrap the paper tightly around it and reinsert into the barrel.

Stamps: None

Paper: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Pool Party (Textured), Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (Vanilla stripe)

Ink: Crumb Cake

Accessories: Lucky Limeade 1/8″ Organdy Ribbon, 3/8″ Printed Designer Brads, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Elegant Bird Bigz Die, Pearl, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Computer Generated Sentiment, Big Shot


My next project is an altered photo frame. I found the frame at Michael’s in a pack of four for $10.00 (after using a 50% off coupon). The frame measures 8 inches square. Once again, I was drawn to using the Everyday Enchantment paper for the background. 🙂 I love how the sentiments from the Sprinkled Expressions SAB stamp set fit perfectly in the Curly Label Punch.

Stamps: Elementary Elegance (SAB), Sprinkled Expressions (SAB)

Paper: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party

Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade

Accessories: Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, Eyelet Border Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot


My third and final project is a card using the Fresh Vintage SAB stamp set, as well as several accessories from the Occasions Mini catalog. The main image was created by coloring directly on the stamp with markers and then stamping on Very Vanilla Textured cardstock — I love how it gives that vintage, scritch-scratch pattern.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Tiny Tags

Paper: Calypso Coral (Textured), Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (Textured and Smooth), Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait

Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade

Accessories: Calypso Coral 1/8″ Organdy Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies, Pearl, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot

To see the next blog, click the link below. It’ll take you to Gretchen Barron’s awesome projects! Thanks for taking the tour!


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My boss is a big UK fan and I was given a UK scarf to use for inspiration in creating a Christmas card for her. It’s a good thing I’m such a pack rat when it comes to SU! retired items; I still have a generous stash of Brilliant Blue cardstock and inks to work with. 🙂 I do wish SU! would come up with a poinsettia die — my “poinsettia” is made by punching several petals with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and then I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to score each petal down the center. To assemble the flower, I punched a 1-1/4″ circle out of scrap cardstock and used a hot glue gun to attach each petal to the circle, working around and around until the flower seemed full enough. The antique brad in the center provided a nice, elegant finish to the flower.

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem

Paper: Brilliant Blue DSP (retired), Bride DSP (retired), Brilliant Blue (retired), Whisper White

Ink: Brilliant Blue (retired), VersaMark

Accessories: White Brads, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Antique Brad, Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot

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