Saturday, July 19, 2014

We Be Swappin' FREAKS!

Well, we ARE the Control Freaks Stampers, after all, and 3-4 times per year we have swaps. This month the Tour de Freaks theme is the swaps we made each other for convention. Swapping is a big FUN part of any Stampin' Up! gathering, and swapping with the Control Freaks is extra fun! I'm the first stop on the tour this time, but you may have landed here from Connie Babbert's blog. Either way, just click on the link at the bottom of each blog, and you'll make the rounds of all (lucky) 13 of us.

To me, the very best part of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the friends I've made, that I never would have known otherwise. With that in mind, my swap cards are gratitude and friendship-themed. Up first is the Thank You card. It's hard to see in this photo, but the colors look kind of peacockish. (Is that a word? LOL) The Coastal Cabana and Blackberry Bliss just work wonderfully together! The image was colored with Stampin' Blendabilities Markers. It's so easy to blend the colors! And the shadow added with the Smoky Slate marker makes it look like the image was fussy-cut and popped up on dimensionals, but it wasn't!

STAMPS: I Like You (hostess), Itty Bitty Banners   CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper   INK: Blackberry Bliss, plus Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blendabilities Markers   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Perfect Polka-Dots TIEF, Delicate Designs TIEF, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

The second card is my friendship card. My friends all have a sparkle to them, so I wanted to make a card that encourages their "shine"! I just love this scribbled sentiment (from Good Greetings, a 19 pc. hostess set coming in the Holiday catalog, woohoo!).

STAMPS: Beautiful Bunch, Good Greetings (avail. end of Aug)   CARDSTOCK: Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Park Lane DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper   INK: Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Fun Flower Punch, Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just so you know, some of the people on this month's tour weren't able to attend convention this year, so their theme was "free for all".....that should make things interesting!  Up next is the ever fabulous Wendy Weixler's blog. Since she lives practically next door to the convention center, she WILL be attending! Be sure to stop by ALL the blogs; you don't want to miss any of it!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stampin' Addicts DSP Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Stampin' Addicts blog hop, where we are showcasing the wonderful new Designer Series Papers from the new Stampin' Up! catalog. You may have just landed here from Holly's blog where she featured the cheery Confetti Celebration DSP, or are starting your tour here. There are seven stops on the hop, so just click the link at the bottom of each blog, and you'll loop through them all!

I chose the Park Lane Designer Series Paper, because not only do I love the colors and patterns, I love that it can be used for feminine or masculine cards!

Up first is a pretty floral card, which went together in an absolute jiffy! The DSP carries the card and the stamped, punched blossom (layered) makes a great focal point!

Next is more of a masculine, or neutral, card. I love the bright colors. The pattern of the Daffodil Delight DSP is so subtle, you really have to look to see it!

For my last card, I wanted to show the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss patterned papers. The contrast between the two made it easy to pull the card together.

If you liked this DSP, or any of the other DSP packs on pages 186-187, they are on sale this month - Buy three, get one free!

That's all for me today. Up next is Paula Wright's blog, and she's going to wow you with the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. It will go with anything!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Traveler Sympathy

It's been kind of a rough month, with a couple of deaths in the family, so I apologize for my lack of posts. I've been just a little unfocused. This is one of the cards I've made recently, and now I'm working on swaps for the Stampin' Up! convention (in less than two weeks, EEK!). Now that is something to look forward to!

I love how easy it is to add a just dash of color with the Work of Art stamp set, without having to painstakingly color the image. The hint of Lost Lagoon was stamped off twice before stamping over the train. And it was a snap to choose the coordinated color palette based on the Designer Series Paper! The card came together very quickly, so this would be a good design if you needed to make a bunch in a hurry. Just substitute an image of your choice and whatever greeting you choose. Easy-peasy!

STAMPS: Traveler, Work of Art, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Moonlight DSP Stack
INK: Lost Lagoon, StazOn Jet Black
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, On Film Framelits, Small Oval Punch (retired), Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tour de Freaks June Swoon

Welcome to this month's Control Freaks Stampers "Tour de Freaks". Our theme this month is new catalog goodness, and I just had to call it June Swoon, because that's what I did when I saw the new catalog! I love bling, and this catalog is FULL of bling-y goodness! There are twelve of us on the tour, and if you started at the beginning, you just landed here from Patty Bennett's blog. I seriously love the Gold Vellum she used!!! If you started here on my blog, just click the link at the bottom of the page on each stop, and you'll make the full circle!

Like I said, I lurve glittery, shiny things (being part magpie, of course), and the new Glimmer Papers immediately caught my eye. All of my projects today feature one of the new Glimmer Papers!

Up first is a patriotic card using the Work of Art and Pictogram Punches stamp sets, along with the Stars Framelits Dies and the itty bitty star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.This is the new Silver Glimmer, which is amazingly sparkly in real life!

STAMPS: Work of Art, Pictogram Punches   CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer, Red Glimmer   INK: Real Red, Night of Navy   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Stars Framelits Dies, Zig Zag TIEF, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

For my next project, I used the positively spectacular Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. It really does dazzle like diamonds! Lots of punches used on this one, along with the Flower Shop and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets.

STAMPS: Flower Shop, Itty Bitty Banners   CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Back to Black DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper   INK: Real Red   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Lovely Lace TIEF, Pansy Punch, Project Life Corner Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

My last project is a 3D treat using the Fry Box Bigz XL Die. It's so stinkin' CA-YOOT, and so stinkin' EASY to use! The box was cut first with Kraft Paper, to make a sturdy base, and then cut again with Lullaby Designer Series Paper. I found that cutting off the bottom of the DSP made it easier to apply the front and back panels.  Since the Almond Roca is wrapped in gold foil, I used the new Gold Glimmer Paper and Gold 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to bling it up.

STAMPS: Flower Patch   CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Lullaby DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper  INK: Bermuda Bay, Versamark   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Fry Box Bigz XL Die, Flower Fair Framelits, Coastal Cabana Baker's Twine, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Gold 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8" Mini Brads (colored with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Marker), Crushed Curry Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 4" x 6" Cellophane Bags, Clothspins

That's all for me today! Your next stop is Debbie Henderson's blog. She's got more new catalog yumminess to share!