Archive for June, 2012

I love to read and pin quotes that I find on Pinterest and this card makes me think of a quote I found on there recently that says,

“At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.”

Sigh — that is so true! This card is for those special people I’ve had the privilege of knowing that are still in my heart but maybe not in my life at this particular moment. You know who you are! 😉

This card is simple and easy to make — you can whip it up in about 10 minutes or less!

Stamps: Postage Due, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Postage Stamp Punch

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Welcome to the June Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is “In With the New! Projects featuring stamp sets/accessories from the New Catalog! If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from Wendy Weixler’s blog. Weren’t her projects simply AMAZING as always!

I’ve created three projects for you this time.

PROJECT #1 – Blooming with Warmest Wishes

I think this is such a pretty flower — I stamped it in Baja Breeze ink and then went back with an Aqua Painter and highlighted several areas with full-strength Baja Breeze ink from the reinker bottle. I created a mask both for the flower and the edge of the Whisper White panel and then gently sponged Wild Wasabi ink with a Sponge Dauber. To get the Baja Breeze Seam Binding wavy, I placed a few Mini Glue Dots under the ribbon and gathered the ribbon to form the waves. That’s one of the new Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons in the center of the bow — they’re beautiful!

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Ink: Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Whisper White (Craft)

Accessories: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Mini Glue Dots, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Dauber, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painter and Reinker Ink, Whisper White Baker’s Twine

PROJECT #2 – Hello Daydream Medallions

This card is a case from a combination of two projects in the new catalog (layout from one card and colors and stamps from another). 🙂 This would make a great card to demo at a workshop. Tip: place all three medallion stamps on one large acrylic block, ink up each stamp, stamp on one large piece of Whisper White cardstock, place all three Floral Frames Framelits dies on the stamped images and run through the Big Shot. Super simple and super quick!

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Lacy & Lovely

Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Accessories: Fancy Fan Folder, Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Vintage Faceted Button, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot

PROJECT #3 – Essentials Designer Fabric Coasters

I made a set of four fabric coasters using SU!’s new Essentials Designer Fabric, the Big Shot and three different dies for the shapes. Here are the materials you’ll need:

Supplies to make one coaster:

Coaster base – cut two pieces of neutral-colored fabric each measuring 5-1/2” x 5-1/2”

Quilt Batting – cut one piece of quilt batting measuring 5-1/2” x 5-1/2”

Steam –A-Seam (double stick fusible web)

Essentials Designer Fabric for Flower Pieces:

Large circle: cut a piece of fabric measuring 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”

Small circle: cut a piece of fabric measuring 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”

Leaves: cut two pieces of fabric each measuring 2-1/4” x 1-1/2”

Big Shot

3” Circle Original Bigz Die

Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die

Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die

Sewing machine and thread

Cut the fabric for your flower and leaves.

Once your flower fabric pieces are cut out, take a piece of Steam-A-Seam and remove the first layer, revealing a sticky, textured surface.

Place your fabric right side up on the sticky side of the Steam-A-Seam.

Cut the shapes out.

Place pieces on the corresponding dies as shown and run through the Big Shot.

Your flower will look like this.

Remove the final backing of the Steam-A-Seam and carefully position on the neutral-colored fabric square. Press for 10-20 seconds with steam on cotton setting. Sew around each piece with a zigzag stitch.

Make a “sandwich” with the following pieces: take the second square of neutral-colored fabric, place the square with the flower on it face down on top of that and then place the quilt batting on top of that.

Sew around the edge of these three pieces with a ¼” seam, leaving a two-inch opening. Turn the coaster right-side out and press.

Sew around the edge of the coaster 1/8” from the edge; this will close up the two-inch gap.

To see the next blog, click the link below. Gretchen Barron’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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My big box of new SU! stuff arrived Thursday night and I’ve been spending the afternoon creating cards for an upcoming class. The new Ex Libris background stamp is so gorgeous! I love it! In addition to the Ex Libris stamp, I also used the new Stippled Blossoms stamp set, which reminds me quite a bit of the retired Roses in Winter set. My camera never captures it, but there is Dazzling Details on the rose.

Stamps: Ex Libris, Stippled Blossoms, En Francais, Loving Thoughts

Paper: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla

Ink: Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel, Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Dazzling Details, Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge

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Sympathy card for a friend using the new Layered Labels set and Comfort Cafe DSP. The large, Pool Party medallion piece was stamped in Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The “heartfelt” oval piece was stamped in VersaMark ink, embossed with Whisper White Embossing Powder and trimmed with scissors. The embossed brown panel was lightly sponged with Whisper White (craft) ink.

Stamps: Layered Labels, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP

Ink: Whisper White (craft), Chocolate Chip (craft and classic), Creamy Caramel, VersaMark

Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Clear and Whisper White Embossing Powders, Dimensionals, Sponge, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Neutrals Designer Button, Naturals Designer Button, Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Seam Binding

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Papaya Collage

I recently participated in a Control Freaks swap and made 18 of these!

Stamps: Papaya Collage, Teeny Tiny Wishes, En Francais, Woodgrain

Paper: Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Ink: Black StazOn, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Framed Tulips Emobossing Folder, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Gold Brads, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Dazzling Details

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