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Control Freaks Blog Tour: Featuring the Color Theory Suite

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is New Catalog.

My blog is sandwiched nicely in the middle of this blog hop, so you may have just visited the blog of the extremely talented, Debbie Henderson.  She’s always got such wonderful ideas and I love her work.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to follow along to your next stop.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

It’s been many years since I have had a Monthly Stamping Club, but this month marks its return.  I wanted to create a project that would delight my newly committed club members, most of whom are card makers.  I’ve been working on this project for the last month and it has finally come together just the way I envisioned it.  The project begins with a simple card holder tied together with some beautiful Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

When you untie the ribbon, the holder opens to expose two inserts holding 2 cards and 2 envelopes each.  All of the cards feature the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Color Theory Designer Series Paper, and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

I created a card for each season by choosing a different color scheme for each one.  The colors in the Color Theory Suite are Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst.  As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this product line.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

If you’d like to get a closer look at the individual cards, I’ll be sharing them all this week on my Instagram account, thestampdoc.  I’ll also be sharing information in my weekly newsletter on how you can get the tutorial and card supplies as a gift with purchase through July 31st.  You will also be able to purchase just the tutorial if you would like to use it for personal use.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to learn more about this project.


Your next stop on this blog tour is to the other Melissa……Melissa Davies!  I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.

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Freaky Sneak Peek

Control Freaks Blog Hop


Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is New Catalog Sneak Peek!

This is the first stop on the tour, but you may have just visited the very talented, Dawn Olchefske.  She always has some amazing projects to share.  You’ll want to read through to end of this post to find out your next stop on the tour.

Every year, Stampin’ UP! introduces five new colors to add to our existing line.  These colors are only available for 2 years, and then they are retired.  I like to introduce customers to the new IN Color arrivals at my new catalog launch parties.  I find the best way to do that is with a simple make & take project that is quick, easy, and highlights each individual color.

Powder Pink IN Color Card

For these cards, I used the following products:

Thick Whisper White Card Stock

In Color 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock

Happy Birthday Thinlits (with the Big Shot)

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack

1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in each color

Fresh Fig In Color Card

To conserve paper, I cut the Happy Birthday Thinlits from the In Color Card Stock that is behind the front panel.  I love showing my customers neat little tricks like this!  The measurements that I use for the Designer Series Paper also helps with maximizing the paper for creating multiple cards.

Berry Burst In Color Card


Here are the measurements for the card pieces in order of layers from back to front:

Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″  OR 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

In Color Card Stock:  4″ x 5-1/4″

Whisper White:  3-3/4″ x 5″

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper:  1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ or 3/4″ by 5″

Lemon Lime Twist In Color Card

At my open house events, I will let my customers select their favorite color for their make & take project.  It is exciting to see which colors are the most popular each year.  I haven’t picked a favorite because I love them all!

Tranquil Tide In Color Card

Have you picked a favorite new In Color?

Tell me about in the comments.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Don’t forget to visit Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek to continue on the blog tour. She always has such inspirational projects on her blog!

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January Control Freaks Blog Hop



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is Sale-a-Bration & Occasions 2017.  There are so many amazing products to showcase that we are continuing our theme from last month.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Connie Babbert.  She is the bomb!


Vertical Garden Project Kit

Have you seen the Vertical Garden Project Kit in the Occasions Catalog?  Jaw-dropping, isn't it?  Obviously, succulents are very hot in home decor and gardening right now.  With this kit you can create a colorful block of flowers for your door, wall, or table.  You'll need a few additional supplies to complete the project, including the Vertical Garden stamp set shown below.

Vertical Garden Stamp Set

After you complete your project kit, you don't have to feel "stuck" with the stamp set.  It can be used for so many different things!  I received this set to create display samples for the On Stage event back in November, so I had the opportunity to play with it before I even knew there was a succulent-making kit.  Today, I'm sharing 4 of my samples and you can look forward to seeing the rest over the next week.


Hello Vertical Garden Gift Bag

Why not welcome new neighbors with a cute little gift made with the Petite Cafe Gift Bag?


Vertical Garden Hello card

Who wouldn't love to receive a bright & cheery Hello card in their mailbox?


Hello Sunshine Scrapbook Layout

Pair it with cute papers & die-cuts to create the perfect scrapbook layout


Vertical Garden Hello

This final card was my favorite.  I love the simple, but elegant color combo.

You can click on any of the photos to get a complete supply list for each card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don't forget to visit Kelly Acheson to continue on the blog tour. 




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October Control Freaks Blog Hop ~ Gratitude



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is Gratitude.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Kelly Acheson. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!



Me & My "Baby"


I'm on vacation in Florida this week and boy, am I grateful for that!  A much-needed visit with my Navy son, sunshine, and some R & R does a mommy good.


basket close up


I've been so busy cranking out the Christmas cards, so I needed a break from that, too.  I brought a minimal amount of supplies with me to create a few cards at my leisure.  My "stamping pack" included a package of Thick Whisper White card stock, the Basket of Wishes stamp set, paper trimmer, a few ink pads and markers, an aquapainter, and some adhesives.  This is considerably less than my stash at home, but I wanted to limit myself to supplies that a beginning stamper might have.


FMS Final 259-001

I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.  Without any patterned paper, I had to watercolor strips of paper and splatter ink onto my background to add depth and dimension.  I didn't bring an orange ink with me, so I had to mix Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze to create the various shades of orange on the pumpkins and squash.


basket of thanks

The basket bows out a bit to make it look rounded and full.  I added a double stack of dimensionals to the middle of the stamped image, then placed Tombow adhesive along the outer edges to secure the basket.  You can see this a bit better in the image below. (I'm also sharing a little bit of Florida from my balcony with you)




You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  I hope you've enjoyed my minimal supplies card.  Don't forget to visit Wendy Weixler to continue on the blog tour. 



Product List




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Control Freaks August Tour: Holiday Catalog



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is Holiday catalog products.  Oh, my!  There is so much goodness in this new catalog, that I can’t wait to see what my fellow freaks have created!  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Amy Koenders. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!



My favorite stamp set from the Holiday catalog is Cookie Cutter Christmas.  I just can’t get enough of that little gingerbread man!  Even better, this set has a a coordinating punch so no fussy cutting is necessary.  I paired the stamp set with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper to create this Christmas Advent calendar.  I’ve seen many wooden versions of this type of calendar and could not wait to try and make one with Stampin’ UP! products exclusively.



The numbered cubes were made with White Gift boxes that will be available in the Holiday catalog on September 1st.  These measure 3″ x 3″ x 3″ and are food safe.  Can’t you just imagine filling them with cookies for a fun gift?  I cut 2-3/4″ squares of the Designer Series Paper and adhered them to each side of the boxes.  The numbers were die cut with the Big Shot and Large Numbers framelits from Early Espresso card stock.




To embellish the stand, I stamped “days til Christmas” with the Labeler alphabet onto Whisper White cardstock with Early Espresso ink.  The gingerbread man was stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Whisper White card stock and embellished with Real Red Enamel Shapes.


I’ll be sharing another version of this calendar, as well as the template in a future blog post.  You won’t believe how easy these are to make!


 Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don’t forget to visit LeeAnn Greff to continue on the blog tour. 






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Big Shot


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