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This altered photo frame was a wedding gift for a very dear friend. It’s very much inspired by a card I made for my daughter a few months ago found here. The frame’s opening measures 5″ x 7″ (frame found at Hobby Lobby). Congratulations Amanda and Matt! 🙂

And here’s a close up:

Stamps: Papaya Collage, Everything Eleanor, Artistic Etchings, Papillon Potpourri, Four Frames, Morning Post Alphabet

Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, First Edition Specialty DSP

Ink: Baja Breeze, Going Gray, VersaMark, Black StazOn, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight

Accessories: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Pearls, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Vintage Brad, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

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Hey there! Welcome to the Control Freaks October blog tour! This month’s theme centers around masculine projects. If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from the wonderfully talented Wendy Weixler’s blog. I love everything that girl does! 🙂

I must admit I was a little stumped at what kind of masculine 3-D project I could create that wouldn’t still come across as slightly feminine (I have a tendency to do that sometimes). I ended up creating a card and a matching set of four coasters made out of electrical outlet box covers. See my posts below!

PROJECT #1 – Miss You Card

I’ve had the stamp set Lovely As a Tree for probably eight of the ten years I’ve been a demonstrator — it’s one of the most VERSATILE sets I’ve ever owned! Yet despite having had this set for eight plus years, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I did not realize you could stamp the tree in black ink and then go back and color it in! 🙂 I’ve always stamped this tree in one color (usually brown or green), but I really loved the effect of stamping it in black and then going back and coloring the boughs in Lucky Limeade and the trunk in Early Espresso.

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Lacy & Lovely, Woodgrain

Paper: Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP, Early Espresso, First Edition Specialty DSP

Ink: Black StazOn, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, VersaMark

Accessories: Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla Embossing Powder, Brushed Bronze Designer Button, Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon

PROJECT #2 – Lovely As a Tree Set of Four Coasters

These coasters are made out of outlet box covers! I found the covers at Lowe’s for $1.97 each so it ended up being a very economical craft to make. I stamped the images first in Black StazOn ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then watercolored the images with an Aqua Painter and reinker ink. I used the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch the images out and then sponged Early Espresso ink around the edges. The next step is VERY IMPORTANT! In order to prevent the water-based inks from running when applying the Mod Podge, I covered each image with VersaMark ink and embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder. The Early Espresso circle was cut out using the 3″ Circle Originals Bigz Die and then I pierced the edges with the Paper Piercing Tool and Mat (freehand). I attached the watercolored images to the Early Espresso circles with regular adhesive. I used the paper insert (found in the outlet box cover pack) as a template to cut the circles out of the Festival of Prints DSP. I applied Mod Podge to one side of the metal cover and attached the Festival of Prints circle to that, attached the stamped images with regular adhesive and then covered everything with Mod Podge. The outlet pack comes with a thin, foam ring that I attached to the base of each coaster. Here are a couple of photos of the outlet box cover and the contents:

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree

Paper: Festival of Prints DSP, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Ink: Black StazOn, VersaMark, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso

Accessories: Big Shot, 3″ Circle Originals Bigz Die, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Sponge, Mod Podge, Outlet Box Covers

To see the next blog, please click the link below. Jason Casper is next and the projects he’s created will definitely inspire you! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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My family and I just returned from a week-long cruise on the Allure of the Seas — what an absolutely FABULOUS ship! One of the things I brought with me on the trip, aside from a boat-load of clothes (pun intended ;)), was a cruise journal for my family and I to write down the highlights of our vacation. I covered a standard composition notebook with Fan Fair DSP (love, love, love that paper!) and embellished it with several stamps sets and accessories. Because we sailed on Royal Caribbean, I was able to incorporate a “crown” and “anchor” on the book. 😉

Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet, Postage Due, En Francais, Loving Thoughts, Tiny Tags, The Open Sea

Paper: Fan Fair DSP, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, 1-inch Square Punch, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Brushed Bronze Designer Button, Gold Brads, Early Espresso 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Template and Mat

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Hello everyone! I’m so glad you could stop by and visit the Control Freak’s Fall Hoppin’ tour this month! If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from Justin Krieger’s blog (love the Halloween banner he created!). Justin recently joined the Control Freaks group and we are thrilled to have him sharing his awesome talent with us!

I have two projects to share with you. I’ve made a fall card and a coordinating “Box in a Bag” gift bag using the Gently Falling stamp set. The colors I used were inspired by the Color Coach (Perfect Plum and More Mustard).

PROJECT #1 – Gently Falling Card

To create the colors on the leaves, I pulled out my Watercolor Wonder Crayons, which I must confess I have not used in years, 😉 and did the following: spritzed the leaf stamp with water until it was pretty wet, colored directly on the stamp with crayons, misted the stamp again with water, and then stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock. I waited until the leaf was completely dry and then overstamped it with VersaMark ink (using a Stamp-a-ma-jig) and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. The leaves were gently shaped to create a more life-like appearance. I also ran a VersaMark ink pad along the edges of the card base and the vanilla panel, applied gold embossing powder, and then heat set them with a heat tool.

Stamps: Gently Falling, En Francais, Blessings from Heaven

Paper: Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla

Ink: Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, VersaMark, Black StazOn

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Vintage Brads, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge

PROJECT #2 – Gently Falling Box in a Bag

I found a tutorial for the bag here on Splitcoast — it was very easy to make! Not including the tab on the top of the bag, the bag measures approximately 5-1/2″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide at the base and it’s about 5″ wide at the top.

Stamps: Gently Falling

Paper: Perfect Plum Soft Subtles DSP, More Mustard Rich Regals DSP, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Perfect Plum

Ink: VersaMark

Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelit, Vintage Brad, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

To see the next blog, click the link below. Sandy Mathis is next and I know you’re going to be inspired by the AWESOME Halloween projects she’s shared! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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Welcome to the August Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is “Back to School” projects. If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from Wendy Weixler’s blog. She is so creative — her projects ALWAYS amaze me!

The back to school theme was easy for me — I have a daughter who’s just entered middle school. She got a new backpack (LL Bean’s Huckleberry Plaid) and I created my projects based on the color scheme of that backpack (navy, purple and pink).

PROJECT #1 – Altered CD Case

I altered a CD case that holds a notepad, pen and bookmark that my daughter can slip in her backpack and use at school. The colors are a little crazy — but I tried to use colors that matched her backpack and Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette came the closest. The dimensions for the front insert (navy polka-dotted DSP) are 10-1/2″ x 7″.

Here’s a shot of the inside of the case:

The dimensions for the inside insert (navy striped DSP) are the same as the front: 10-1/2″ x 7″. For the pocket, I cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock that measures 5-1/16″ x 3″ and then cut one edge on the diagonal (the right side of the pocket measures 1-1/2″ up from the bottom of the pocket). The pen holder is a 1-1/2″ x 2″ piece of the thin cardboard backing found in SU!’s DSP 12×12 paper packs. I covered this cardboard with a 1-1/2″ x 2″ piece of DSP. I scored this piece at 7/16″, 7/8″, 1-5/16″ and 1-3/4″ and then folded it into a sort of “tube”, sealed one edge, and then attached it to the case with a Stampin’ Dimensional. The base of the tag (Pink Pirouette) measures 2-5/8″ x 4-5/8″. The notepad measures 6-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (I purchased it a couple of years ago from PaperTrey Ink) and it is actually longer than 6-1/2″, but I trimmed this one to fit inside the CD case. The insert inside the RSVP pen is a piece of DSP that measures 3-1/4″ x 1″.

Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet, Daydream Medallions, Lacy & Lovely, Loving Thoughts, Tiny Tags

Paper: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Rich Regals DSP, Polka Dot Parade DSP

Ink: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Rhinestones, Floral Frames Framelits Dies, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Big Shot, Delicate Designs Folder, Large Scallop Edgelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L Die, Circles #2 Originals Die, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, Framed Tulips Folder, Subtles Designer Button, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearl

PROJECT #2 – Altered Water Bottle

My second project is an altered water bottle to match — she is definitely going to be STYLIN’! 😉 I was inspired by the water bottle in SU!’s current catalog, but once again used the wild colors from my daughter’s backpack.

The DSP that wraps around the bottle measures 2-1/2″ x 9-1/2″. The tag measures 1-3/4″ x 6-1/2 and is scored at 2″. I used the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch to punch the hole in the top of the tag.

Stamps: Trust God

Paper: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Polka Dot Parade DSP

Ink: Black StazOn

Accessories: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Big Shot, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L Die, Vintage Faceted Button, Rhinestone, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch

To see the next blog, click the link below. Connie Babbert’s blog is next and I know you’re going to be inspired by the projects she’s shared! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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Welcome to the July Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is “Freak for All – Convention CF Swaps/Holiday Catalog Preorder“. If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from Wendy Weixler’s awesome and inspiring blog. Weren’t her projects fabulous?!

I have two projects to share with you this month and since I did not attend convention this year, it’s Christmas in July! 🙂

PROJECT #1 – Ornament Keepsakes Card

I decided to make a card using the new Ornament Keepsakes stamp set. I really love the coordinating Framelits Dies that go with this set! I inked up the stamp in Pool Party ink and then rolled just the edges of the stamp on an Island Indigo ink pad to get the two-toned color.

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season

Paper: Crumb Cake, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Natural Composition Specialty Paper, Whisper White

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Black StazOn

Accessories: Holiday Ornaments Framelits Die, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon

PROJECT #2 – Scentsational Season Post-it Note Covers

My final project is a set of four Post-it Note covers using the new Scentsational Season stamp set. These were so quick and easy to put togther! To make the cover, cut a piece of cardstock 3-1/2″ x 8-1/8″. Score this piece at 3-1/2″, 3-7/8″ and 4-1/4″. You’ll then need to cut two slits one inch away from each long edge of the holder from the top of the first score line to the very bottom score line (this creates the little tube that holds the pencil). You can see my earlier lip balm holders tutorial HERE to get a basic idea of how to cut and score the cover. The golf pencil is covered with a 1-1/2″ x 3-1/8″ piece of Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper. I prepped the piece of paper by wrapping it around the pencil as tightly as I could and then removed it and applied Tombow Adhesive. I carefully started pressing the paper to the pencil. TIP: I used a piece of wax paper to wrap around the pencil while I pressed the paper to it — this kept my fingers from getting sticky from the glue and also kept the pencil clean with no glue smudges from my fingers.

Here are close-up photos of each cover:

Stamps: Scentsational Season

Paper: Festival of Prints DSP Stack, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla

Ink: Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Golf Pencils, Silver Mini Brad

To see the next blog, click the link below. Gretchen Barron’s blog is next and, as always, she’s created some lovely pieces of artwork for you to enjoy! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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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 Œ” 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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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.

Directions:

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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Welcome to the March Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is celebrating spring. If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from the very talented Jan Tinklenberg’s blog.

Here are my projects:

PROJECT #1 – Happy Easter Tulip Card

I think tulips are so beautiful, especially when they have that peachy-red two-toned color. The petals on my tulips were created using the largest petal on the Blossom Petal Builder Punch. I trimmed off the scalloped edge of each petal to create the smooth-edged petals. The petals were punched from Peach Parfait textured cardstock, liberally sponged with Riding Hood Red ink, and then the edges were sponged with just a hint of Cherry Cobbler ink. The stems and leaves were cut free-hand out of Pear Pizzazz cardstock (don’t look too closely!) 🙂 and then sponged with Garden Green ink.

Stamps: En Francais, Delightful Dozen

Paper: Pear Pizzazz (textured and smooth), Peach Parfait (textured), Very Vanilla

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Black StazOn

Accessories: Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Extra-Large Oval Punch, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Big Shot, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearls

PROJECT #2 – Easter Bunny Mini Mason Jar

I’ve seen many of these bunnies on the web and thought I’d put one on this small mason jar filled with jelly beans. The mason jar is half-pint sized (8 oz.) and can be found in a four-pack at Walmart. Here are the measurements: Head – Circles, Scallop #2 Bigz Die; Ears – Scallop Oval and Small Oval Punches; Eyes -1/2″ Circle Punch; Nose – Small Heart Punch; Cheeks – 1″ Circle Punch; Mouth – 1/4″ Circle Punch; circle layered behind bunny – 3-1/2″ Circle Originals Die

Stamps: Loads of Love Accessories

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Circles, Scallop #2 Bigz Die; Scallop Oval and Small Oval Punches; 1/2″ Circle Punch; Small Heart Punch; 1″ Circle Punch; 1/4″ Circle Punch; 3-1/2″ Circle Originals Die, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, White Signo Gel Pen, Blushing Bride 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon

To see the next blog, click the link below. Jason Casper’s blog is next and I know you’ll enjoy seeing the wonderful projects he’s created! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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Welcome to the February Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is “The Cutting Edge – Projects Created Using Diecuts in the Big Shot“. If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from Dawn Olchefske’s blog. Dawn never ceases to amaze me with her delightfully original and inspiring projects!

I have three projects to share with you:

PROJECT #1 – 3-D FLOWER FOLDS CARD

My upline, Jill Olsen, sent me a link to a fabulous video tutorial a few months ago where Melanie Hopes demonstrates how to make a 3-D flower like the one on my card. You can see the video here: 3-D Flowers Video Tutorial

I used the Flower Folds Bigz XL Die and the second smallest flower on that die, which measures 3-1/8″ across. It took some practice to get the flower petals to look just right, but I persisted and was finally able to put together a flower I thought looked nice enough to put on a card (not to mention post on this tour). 🙂 I die cut six flowers using smooth Pink Pirouette cardstock. I placed one flower in the palm of my hand and spritzed it with water (twice) and then placed the tip of my Bone Folder in the center of the flower and wrapped the petals around it. I used SU!’s small Clips Assortment to clamp the base of the flower while it dried (Melanie used mini clothespins). I punched a 1-1/4″ circle out of Pink Pirouette cardstock and hot glued the six pieces to the circle. I spritzed the petals with more water to do some additional shaping/molding. Once the piece was dry, I applied a 2-Way Glue Pen to the ends of each petal and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on them. The possibilities are endless with this technique — Melanie even made a flower using the Round Tab Punch!

Stamps: Build a Blossom, Delightful Dozen

Paper: Pink Pirouette (Smooth and Textured), Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Twitterpated DSP

Ink: Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Folds Bigz XL Die, Stripes Embossing Folder, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Sewing Machine and Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Bone Folder, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch

PROJECT #2 – AMAZING, AWESOME, TALENTED…YOU CARD

So this project is one of those that began as one thing and ended up as something completely different. The three flower panels were going to be three individual bookmarks. I had the bases for all three bookmarks cut out, embossed and ready to be embellished when I looked over and spotted all three flower panels sitting side by side on a piece of scrap Crumb Cake cardstock. I had one of those “lightbulb” moments. 🙂 All three panels looked like they’d look great together on a card and so this card was born; the bookmarks put away for another day.

Stamps: Simply Soft, Perfect Words

Paper: Crumb Cake, Watercolor, Very Vanilla

Ink: Black StazOn, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Sponge, Color Spritzer Tool

PROJECT #3 – FELT FLOWER PILLOW

Stampin’ Up! has a beautiful pillow in the March 2012 Stampin’ Success that served as inspiration for my project. I also went online and searched for handmade pillows and found several tutorials for this particular pillow. Each online tutorial I came across instructed you to create two different-sized circle templates and then trace and cut out 50 individual circles! Cut to the Big Shot to make this step unbelievably quick and easy!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard fabric (cut two 19″ squares of fabric)
  • 1/4 yard felt (from at least a 60” bolt of fabric) (Note — do not use the small squares of craft felt found in the kids’ craft aisle — use acrylic felt found on bolts in the fabric section of your craft store)
  • Big Shot Machine
  • 3-1/2″ Circle Originals Die (cut 30). I experimented with my Big Shot machine and found I could cut six circles at one time.
  • Circles #2 Originals Die (2-1/2″ circle). There are four circles on this die; use the largest circle that measures 2-1/2″ and cut 20. Once again, I experimented with my Big Shot machine and found I could cut four circles at one time – you might be able to cut more.
  • Fabric marker/pen
  • 18″ square pillow form or stuffing
  • Sewing machine and thread

Directions:

  • Die cut 30 3-1/2″ felt circles and 20 2-1/2” felt circles. Cut each circle in half to create “petals” (I used a quilter’s ruler and a rotary cutter to cut four at a time).
  • Take one 19-inch square of fabric for your pillow front and with fabric right side up, draw a circle in the center of the square (I used a 10-1/2” plate from my kitchen as a template). Begin with the larger petals first, lining up the straight edge of the petal with the drawn circle on your fabric (the curved edge of the felt should face out toward the edge of the fabric square). Sew each petal onto the pillow front, following the drawn line. As you add a new petal, make sure to overlap each petal approximately ÂŒ-inch at the ends. Once you’ve sewn around the entire circle, move ÂŒ-inch down toward the center of the circle and begin sewing the next row of petals. You will go around and around until you reach the center of the pillow. Don’t worry if you have extra petals left over — I had extras, too.
  • I created the center piece of the pillow by die cutting a piece of fabric with the 2-1/2” circle die, sewed a basting stitch around the edge of the circle, gathered up and secured the edges (it looked like the top of a mushroom cap after it was gathered), stuffed a few pieces of scrap felt inside the “cap” and hand sewed it onto the pillow.
  • Now you can finish your pillow by sewing Âœ-inch seams and stuffing it with the pillow form or your choice of stuffing.

To see the next blog, click the link below. Connie Babbert’s blog is next and I know you’re going to be blown away by the projects she’s created! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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