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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
POWDER PINK

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
FRESH FIG

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
BERRY BURST

 

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
LEMON LIME TWIST

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
TRANQUIL TIDE

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

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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

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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)

 

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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. 

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Control Freaks August Tour: Holiday Catalog

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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 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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Control Freaks April Tour: Ladies & Gentlemen

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour!  I am so excited to be joining these ladies again this month. Our theme this month is Ladies & Gentlemen.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Connie Babbert.

 

I know some people really struggle with creating masculine cards, but I'm going to show you an easy formula that I find very helpful.  I like to use a sketch as my starting point for the design. On today's cards, I'm using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Then, I select my papers and stamps:  Suite Sayings stamp set and It's My Party Designer Series Paper.

 

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By simply changing the colors of the cards, I can easily have a masculine or feminine card.  You'll notice that all the other elements are exactly the same.

 

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Paper Measurements

Whisper White card base:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"

Basic Black card stock:  4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White card stock:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Black DSP layers (3):  1-1/2" x 3-1/2"

DSP banners:  1/2" thick

 

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I embellished both cards with the It's My Party enamel dots and punched stars from Silver Glimmer Paper.

 

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The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set.  The 2" circle punch fits it perfectly.

Try this next time you're struggling with a masculine card.  Find a layout/design that you like and simply switch out the colors and patterns for a more masculine look. Here is one more example using the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and Greatest Greetings stamp set.

 

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

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