Archive for April, 2012

Welcome to the April Control Freaks Blog Tour! This month we’re showcasing projects featuring stamps, fabric and paper from the “Summer Smooches” promotion from Stampin’ Up! If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from Connie Babbert’s inspiring blog.

I have two cards to share with you this month, as well as a tutorial on how to make a dish towel with a fabric topper made out of SU!’s Summer Smooches fabric.

PROJECT #1 Happy Birthday Tulips Card

I made this card for my niece who turns 10 next month. When I think of her, I think of pretty, spring colors and Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight came to my mind immediately. 🙂 After completing this card, I started listing the supplies and realized the flower punch I used is retired! My apologies for the inadvertent mistake — the Boho Blossoms Punch or the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack could be used instead.

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Happiest Birthday Wishes

Paper: Calypso Coral (Textured and Smooth), Daffodil Delight, Summer Smooches DSP, Whisper White

Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive

Accessories: Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

PROJECT #2 – You’re the Best! Card

Don’t you just love to hear someone tell you “You’re the BEST!” 🙂 I could listen to that all day long and not get tired of it. 🙂 The new Bright Blossoms stamp set looks so “summery” to me so I used some really bright colors on this card. The red layer behind the main image is actually a piece of the Summer Smooches DSP, carefully trimmed so that the white polka dots framed the image. The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed with Whisper White embossing powder.

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Perfect Words

Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Summer Smooches DSP

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Real Red, VersaMark

Accessories: 1/2″ Circle Punch, 1/4″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Bold Brights Brads, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder

PROJECT #3 – Summer Smooches Dish Towel with Tutorial!

My final project is a dish towel with a decorative topper made out of SU!’s Summer Smooches fabric. I scoured the internet for inspiration and my dish towel/topper is a compilation of several ideas. There are ties at the top that allow you to attach the towel to a refrigerator door, cabinet knob or stove handle. I will admit that one of my pet peeves is finding a dish towel on the floor because it will not stay on the stove handle!!! Never again will this happen!!! 🙂 The topper is very simple to make and doesn’t take much time at all to put together. I found a set of two waffle-weave dish towels at Walmart for only $3.44.


After washing, drying, and ironing your fabric and dish towels, prepare the pieces as follows:

1.  Cut one dish towel in half.

2.  Cut two rectangles of fabric measuring 6 inches by 7 inches. Cut one strip of fabric measuring 2 inches by 26 inches.

3.  Hem each end of the 26-inch strip by folding the ends over 1/4 of an inch and then stitch.

4.  Fold this long piece in half lengthwise and press. Fold one long edge toward the center crease (seam will measure one half-inch) and press. Fold the remaining long edge toward the center crease and press (this seam will also measure 1/2 inch). Fold the entire piece in half lengthwise and press one more time. Sew the long edges together, sewing close to the edge. Cut this piece in half (width-wise) to create two straps that measure 13 inches long.

5.  Place the two rectangles of fabric together with right sides together. Find the center of the rectangles at 3 inches — now measure out from the center 1-1/4 inch to the left and mark with a fabric pencil. Measure out from the center 1-1/4 inch to the right and mark.

6.  Cut the two rectangles starting from the bottom left corner up to the mark you just made at the top on the left side. Repeat this step on the right side.

7.   Pin the two straps in between the two triangle pieces (fabric should be right sides together). Also make sure to place the unfinished edges of the straps at the top of the triangle. Pin the three edges of the triangle (top, left and right sides) and sew. Do not sew the bottom edge.

8.  Fold bottom edge of triangle up 1/2 inch as shown and press.

9. Turn the topper so that right sides are out and press.

10.  Sew a basting stitch along the cut edge of the dish towel and gather until you can fit the towel into the topper.

11.  Pin the towel inside the topper as shown.

12.  Sew the towel and topper together using a 1/4 inch seam. I began at the bottom right corner and made my way around the entire topper, creating a top stitch.

13. Voila! 🙂

Stamps: None

Paper: None

Ink: None

Accessories: Summer Smooches Designer Fabric, Waffle-Weave Dish Towel, Sewing Machine and Thread, Quilting Mat, Quilting Ruler, Rotary Cutter

To see the next blog, please click the link below. Jason Casper’s blog is next! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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