Archive for January, 2013

Welcome to the Control Freaks January 2013 blog tour! We’ve created projects using new Sale-a-bration products. If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from Barb Mullikin’s blog.

Here are my two projects!

PROJECT #1 – Wishing You a Day As Perfect As You Are


I love this sentiment and the swirly design that goes around it. I had a hard time, though, finding a shape to add as an accent beneath the cut-out sentiment. I finally die cut two of the label shapes found in the Apothecary Accents Framelits set and criss-crossed them — they ended up fitting perfectly underneath the sentiment!

Stamps: Vintage Verses, Just Thinking

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, Sycamore Street DSP

Ink: Black StazOn

Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Summer Starfruit 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits Die, Window Frames Collection Framelits Die, Big Shot, Rhinestones, Basic Black (Neutrals) Brads, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals

PROJECT #2 – Patterned Occasions Note Card Set


The images in the Patterned Occasions stamp set are so adorable — I couldn’t pick just one image to use so I decided to make a set of note cards using all the images. 😉 The note cards measure 3″ x 3″.

Here’s a close-up of the jeans note card — I added a small rhinestone as the “button” on the jeans. 😉


Stamps: Patterned Occasions

Paper: Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Sahara Sand

Ink: Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, VersaMark

Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbon (Island Indigo, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango), 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone, Whisper White Embossing Powder

To see the next blog, please click the link below. Lisa Martz is next! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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Birthday card using the French Foliage stamp set. The leaves were stamped in Gumball Green ink, overstamped in VersaMark ink (using a Stamp-a-ma-jig) and then embossed with clear embossing powder.


Stamps: French Foliage, Blooming with Kindness

Ink: Gumball Green, VersaMark, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Paper: Print Poetry DSP Stack, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Natural Composition Specialty DSP

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Antique Brads, Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Basic Designer Button, Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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By the Tide

I’ve been working on an upcoming class today and created this card using the new stamp set By the Tide. The sample in the mini catalog served as inspiration. 😉


Stamps: By the Tide

Ink: Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party

Paper: Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Silver Basics Designer Button, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

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The January 2013 Paper Crafters Sampler issue has been released and is now available for purchase!

Click HERE (or click the image below) and you’ll be taken directly to the website where you can view sneak peeks of all the projects, as well as purchase the sampler!


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I have some exciting news to share with you! I have been asked to join the Paper Crafters Sampler Design Team! I haven’t been on a design team in five years and, needless to say, I am VERY excited to once again be a part of one!

For those of you not familiar with Paper Crafters Sampler, it is an online publication offering a wide variety of project ideas using Stampin’ Up! products. Each monthly issue includes step-by-step instructions for eight projects, along with full-color images; a complete supply list; and paper dimensions for recreating each project.

All projects shown in the Paper Crafters Sampler are designed exclusively by experienced Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Each design team member brings to the sampler her own personal style, allowing the sampler to showcase unique and interesting projects.

The Paper Crafters Sampler 2013 issue is due to be released in just a few days. If you sign up for a subscription by January 8th, you’ll receive a special gift — a year in review of 2012 (12 projects from the 2012 issues). Please see the Paper Crafters Sampler website HERE for details.

My first Paper Crafters Sampler project will be featured on January 10th so if you’ve purchased the January 2013 subscription, please make sure to keep an eye out for it!

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at my project! 😉


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Here’s my Control Freak swap for the new spring mini catalog. I made 32 of these!


Stamps: Oh, Hello; Just Thinking

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Tea for Two DSP

Ink: VersaMark, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Old Olive

Accessories: Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Window Frames Collection Framelits Die, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Island Indigo Ribbon (SAB), Clear Embossing Powder, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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