Control Freaks Blog Tour

Control Freaks Welcome

Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is Occasions & Sale-a-Bration.

I am so excited to be joining the Control Freaks for another blog hop.  We’ve got some great projects to share with you that feature products from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  You may have just visited the blog of the very talented other Melissa, Melissa Davies. 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.

So far, my favorite products in the Occasions catalog are from the Sweet Soiree Suite of products.  I’ve already shared a few of the cards that I’ve created with this suite and today’s card features some leftover bits & pieces from other projects.  I had die-cut a bunch of extra leaves and flowers, so I decided to make a shaker card with them.  A few sequins were added to the shaker mix to make this card sparkle.

The “celebrate” die cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  You can get this set of dies FREE with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  How cool is that?   I die-cut the greeting from Whisper White card stock, then sponged Powder Pink and Berry Burst inks onto it to create an ombre effect.

The final touch is the Berry Burst metallic edge ribbon.  I just love the bit of sparkle it adds to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Your next stop on this blog tour is my good buddy, Wendy Weixler.  I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.

Order Stampin' Up!

Truly Tailored Simple Masculine Card

Truly Tailored

Masculine cards always seem to pose a challenge to most card makers, but the new True Gentleman Suite of products makes them so easy!    I absolutely love the masculine patterns in the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper and the color scheme of Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide.  For today’s card, I used a mix of patterned papers and paired it with a sentiment from the Truly Tailored stamp set.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches provided the perfect layout!


Here are the card stock/paper measurements I used:

Very Vanilla ~ 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 4-1/4″

Very Vanilla ~ 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Houndstooth Paper ~ 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Pipe & Moustache Paper ~ 3″ x 5-1/2″

Scraps of Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip for die-cutting and stamping

Start by layering the Houndstooth designer series paper over the Very Vanilla card base.  Next layer the Pipe & Moustache designer series paper onto the smaller piece of Very Vanilla card stock, then adhere it to the card front.  You could easily change the patterns to fit a different color scheme by using these same cutting instructions.

Truly Tailored Close Up

For the focal point, I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock in Chocolate Chip ink and in Crumb Cake ink.  The Chocolate Chip sentiment was die cut with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I cut the “Dapper” from the Crumb Cake-stamped sentiment and banner-cut the ends before adhering it over the main sentiment.  A Chocolate Chip square was also die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, layered behind the sentiment square, and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Product List

Big Shot



Don’t forget!  You will get a FREE Sale-a-Bration item with every $50 purchase.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Order Stampin' Up!

In and Out Card Featuring Cake Soiree

This weekend has been perfect for crafting!  I’ve loved being snowed in with brand new stamps and dies.  The Cake Soiree stamp set is becoming a fast favorite and I was inspired to try this fun fold card by this video.  This card also fits 2 challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch! and SIP Challenge.


I began by stamping the cake image in Powder Pink & Berry Burst ink onto the front of a Whisper White card base.  Next, I used the Sweet Cake Framelits Dies to cut out the cake.  The cake was set aside and I ran the front of the card base through the Big Shot with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Additional die cuts (flower, leaves, and cake stand) from the Sweet Cake dies were cut from Berry Burst card stock, Old Olive card stock, and Silver Foil sheets.  The “celebrate” die cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  This set of dies is not available for purchase, but you can get it FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a $100 order.


              Cake Soiree Birthday

There is much more to this card than meets the eye.  To see the way this card works and the additional stamped images, please watch this video.

Let me know by commenting below what you think of this quick video format.

You’ll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Product List

Big Shot


Order Stampin' Up!

TGIFC#142 Sketch Challenge ~ Sweet Soiree

Snow Day!  Well, actually it’s an ICE day.  Either way, it’s a great day to stay indoors and craft.  We have a fantastic sketch this week on the TGIF Challenges blog.

To play along, simply use the sketch below to inspire your card creation and upload it to our blog.  We select a winner each week and it could be you!


I finally decided to break out the Sweet Soiree Suite of products.  The designer series paper is absolutely gorgeous with handpainted florals and silver metallic accents.  I used a few of the papers to build the background of the card, but the real show-stopper is the cake image from the Cake Soiree stamp set.  Multiple die cuts and stamped images were used to create a beautiful cake topper that looks good enough to eat!


In this close-up image, you can see the glittery dots and “icing” created with the Shimmery White embossing paste and the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks.  The raised texture of the dried embossing paste adds an interesting aspect to the card, don’t you think?

Sweet Soiree Close Up

You can check out the designers’ inspiration cards HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Product List

Big Shot

Order Stampin' Up!

Lots of Happy Card Kit

Our weather has been rather unpleasant lately, so we’ve spent a lot of our time at home.  Normally, I would be going a bit stir crazy by now, but I’ve been keeping myself busy with a couple of the card kits from the Occasions catalog.  Today, I’m sharing the Lots of Happy card kit with you.  I think it’s probably easy to overlook this kit in the catalog, but once you see it in action, you’re definitely going to want one!

This kit contains the materials to make 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, using the included Lots of Happy Stamp Set

That’s right!  The stamp set is included!!!!

* Folded card sizes: 2″ x 3-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, 4″ x 3-1/2″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (5.1 x 8.9 cm, 6.4 x 11.4 cm, 10.2 x 8.9 cm, 10.8 x 14 cm)
* Includes set of 7 photopolymer stamps
* clear stamp block
* 20 printed card bases and coordinating envelopes
* giftable kraft box
* printed, gold foil, white, and vellum die-cut accents
* white/gold foil labels
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* full-size Watercolor Pencils in Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry
* Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ombre Ribbon
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

For most of my cards, I stuck with the instructions and used the included watercolor pencils to color all of my images.  A blender pen was really helpful for blending the pencils and to create some beautiful shading.  However, for the cards I’m featuring, I also decided to use my Stampin’ Blends to create a variety of colored flowers.  I just love how they turned out!

The finished cards include ribbon, designer paper, vellum leaves, and a sweet birthday sentiment.  Did I mention that this kit includes envelopes, too?  And if you just can’t get enough of these cards (or want to share with a friend), there is a refill kit available.

Here is a link to the kit in my online store, as well as the additional products you’ll need to complete the cards.

Blender Pens


Since this purchase will be over $50, you’ll also get to select a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It’s a win-win!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy stamping!


Order Stampin' Up!