Archive for January, 2012

Apothecary Retirement

My good friend asked me to create a retirement card based on two cards I made previously found HERE and HERE. She liked the colors of the first one and the layout of the second and so this is a compilation of the two. The “Happy Retirement” sentiment was printed on my computer; then using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, the “banner” was stamped over the sentiment, cut out with scissors and attached to the main piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamps: Apothecary Art, En Francais

Ink: VersaMark, Black StazOn, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Attic Boutique DSP

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Clear and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powders, Silver Mini Brads, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, Big Shot, Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Quilted Satin Ribbon, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat

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Welcome to the January Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is “Love is in the Air – Cards/Projects for your Valentine”. If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from Wendy Weixler’s blog. Wendy has such a talent for adding just the right accessories to her projects!

I am so excited to finally be posting my three projects! I created all of them last week and could hardly stand the wait this week to share them with you! 🙂


I used everything but the kitchen sink to create this first card (or so it seemed once I began listing all the supplies I used)! 🙂 I love the new Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz — it lends a rich, pink color and gorgeous shimmer. And I never get tired of using SU!’s Vintage Brads — they’re one of my all-time favorite accessory!

Stamps: Three Little Words, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, En Francais

Paper: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Beau Chateau DSP, Very Vanilla, First Edition Specialty DSP

Ink: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Victoria 5/8″ Crochet Trim, Vintage Brad, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Hearts Collection Framelits Die, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Blushing Bride 3/8″ Pleated Satin Ribbon, Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die


I love watercoloring this small bouquet of flowers from the Bordering on Romance stamp set! The flowers were watercolored with an Aqua Painter and reinker inks and then the entire image was overstamped in VersaMark ink and and then embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I created my own ruffled ribbon by sewing a basting stitch down the center of a piece of Very Vanilla satin ribbon. The small “love” piece was punched with the Jewelry Tag Punch and the rounded end was trimmed off to create the rectangle shape.

Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Tiny Tags, Three Little Words

Paper: Blashful Blue (Smooth and Textured), Watercolor, Very Vanilla

Ink: Black StazOn, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, VersaMark Ink

Accessories: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Hearts Collection Framelits Die, Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Sewing Machine and Thread, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Jewelry Tag Punch


My final project is a set of three heart-shaped pot holders created using the Twitterpated Designer Fabric. Aren’t they sweet? 🙂 I found the tutorial here: Heart-Shaped Pot Holders. There are two “pockets” on each side where your thumb goes in one side and the other four fingers go in the other so you can grip whatever you’re removing from the oven — very clever! The pot holders measure 8-1/2″ wide by 8″ tall. Here’s a shot of one of the pot holders up close:

Stamps: None

Paper: None

Ink: None

Accessories: Twitterpated Designer Fabric, 3/8″ Pleated Satin Ribbon (Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze), White Cotton Fabric, Bias Tape, Quilt Batting, Sewing Machine and Thread

To see the next blog, click the link below. Lisa Martz’s blog is next and you’re in for a real treat when you see the wonderful projects she’s created! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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Well Worn Sympathy

I made this sympathy card and when I took the picture and uploaded it to my computer, the flowers looked almost electric blue rather than Not Quite Navy. I’ve never had my camera skew the colors so much! In real life, the flowers are much more subdued and not as bright as they appear in the photo.

Stamps: My Friend, Three Little Words

Paper: Very Vanilla (Smooth and Textured), Well Worn DSP, Early Espresso

Ink: Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Black StazOn

Accessories: Early Espresso 3/8″ Quilted Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Eyelet Border Punch, Sponge, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die, Pearls

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Yesterday I worked on a class I’ll be holding at the end of the month. It’s one of my most popular classes — make 10 cards with each card taking 10 minutes or less to make. Today’s butterfly card will be one of those 10 cards. The butterfly on this card was inspired by a sample in the Sale-a-bration catalog. The wings are embossed by stamping the floral image in VersaMark ink and then embossing with clear embossing powder. TIP: To get all of the tiny pieces to pop out of the Paper Doily Sizzlits Die, I had to use an extra shim. I ended up using the thin, cardboard backing sheet that comes in SU!’s scrapbook paper packs.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-bration), Heard from the Heart

Paper: Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade

Ink: VersaMark, Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade

Accessories: Paper Doily Large Sizzlits Die, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Everyday Enchantment Brad (Sale-a-bration), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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This is my card for the Control Freaks Occasions Mini and Sale-a bration mini catalogs swap — I made 30 of these!

Stamps: Rue Des Fleurs, Tiny Tags, En Francais

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pool Party

Ink: Soft Suede

Accessories: Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Labels Collection Framelits Die, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearl, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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This will be my family’s Christmas thank you card this year (I’m a little behind in designing it, I know). I was happy to be able to use the new Sale-a-bration stamp set Outlined Occasions without having to color each letter; here I’ve only colored the little stars with a Real Red marker. I very rarely use the Pinking Hearts Border Punch, but I think the sharp, pointy edges of this punch go well with the stars.

Stamps: Outlined Occasions (Sale-a-bration)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Real Red DSP, Garden Green

Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red (marker)

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Sweet Buttons Embosslits Die, Stars #2 Originals Die, Big Shot, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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