Daily Archives: August 19, 2013

Tour de Freaks – Aug


Welcome to the August Tour de Freaks!  We are all so happy that you are joining us!  This month it is all about the Holiday Mini.  I thought of doing Halloween but it feels too early for Halloween.  Then I thought about doing Christmas…but well, since I thought it was too early for Halloween it is DEFINITELY TOO EARLY for Christmas!  And since Monday (19th) was ‘back to school’ for me…FALL was the perfect theme for my projects and posts.

If you are going forward through the hop, you arrived here from LeeAnn Greff’s Flowebug’s Inkspot blog!  Oh…her projects are always so cute!

thankful1One of the new products I really like in the mini is the Expression Thinlits.  They can be a little ‘finicky’ when you first start using them until you figure out the right ‘sandwich’ for your machine.  Once you do…these are just SOOOO much fun!  Pair the thankful expression with some of the Sweater Weather dsp and you have a GREAT fall card!  I also used the diagonal striped embossing folder from the mini on this!

So…on to my next card…

thankful2Although when looking at this, it is definitely a CAS (clean and simple) card, it honestly took me much longer to make then my first one!  Why you ask?  Well, I decided that for idea to work right, I had to ‘add back in’ all those extra little pieces (at least most of them) AND since the panel is up on dimensionals…yep, all those little pieces had to be too.  Okay…a little NUTS on my part but I just LOVE the look!  What you can’t see from the picture is that I took the piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock that I used as my ‘behind’ panel and ran it through the script folder.  It gives it just a little extra dimension!  And the Candy Dots are just that little extra something.  BOTH cards have a finished size of 6 1/2 x 3 1/4.  Now to get my NEW envelope maker so I have really cool envelopes for these!

I was trying to figure out what I wanted for my 3D (we don’t HAVE to do a 3D but I know you all enjoy it!) and I was having trouble coming up with something to show you.  So…since I had already made this anyway and it uses BUNCHES of stuff form the mini…I thought I’d share this with you.  So…here’s my FALL banner…


I am having such a GREAT time making banners using the new Create a Banner Kit.  I’ve done the Spooky one and a snow one but decided I needed to do a fall one!  Besides the banner kit I used the Sweater Weather dsp, Autumn Accents die, Script Embossing folder, burlap and Crushed Curry Chevron ribbons.  There’s some buttons thrown in there too!  If you haven’t tried these yet…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  They really are just soooo much fun to make!

So now it’s time to head on over to see Mindy Backes and her Bada-Bing! Paper-crafting blog.  She always has such delightful projects!


Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Perfect Blend

TSSC276It’s time once again for another Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Mary Jo has another great challenge for us and I decided to pull out my Perfect Blend set for it!

The base of the card is Pool Party and I sponged lightly using Soft Suede on there to make it match the rest of the papers.  I too a print from the Epic Day dsp pack and added to the side then another print and added a strip on there.  Next I took still another print from the pack and made a tag using the Chalk Talk Framelits ten sponged using Soft Suede.  I added this to the card base using dimensionals.  The hearts are from the same print as the strip.  I sponged these with the Soft Suede then added using dimensionals.  The cup is paper pieced – the cup is a print from the dsp pack, the lid is Soft Suede and the label is Very Vanilla.  It was stamped using StazOn Jet Black ink.  The cup was added using dimensionals.  I tied some Linen Thread in a Pool Party button and added using dimensionals then added some Basic Rhinestones for a little extra touch!

TSSC276Wow…I pretty much followed the sketch this week!  What a fun sketch it is!  We’d love to have you play along!  Don’t forget to check out the other members of the team and remember go to the Technostamper blog to play along!

Mary Jo Price-Williams – Technostamper
Sue Root – Stampin’ with Sue
Nicole Tegrul – Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula – Inked X2
Eileen LeFevre – Eileen’s “Stampin’ Fever” Blog
Tanya Bell – Stamping T!
Carolyn Bennett – Carolyn’s Paper Fantasies
Jonia Smith – Stampin For Me

fallpromoI just LOVE Fall and everything about it!  And I LOVE Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection 2013.  What is Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection 2013?

EARLY BIRD signups for the
Create with Connie and Mary
Fall Collection 2013

have begun!
• NEW card sets and projects that can be completed in about 2 hours…perfect for classes and camps!
• FREE Preview Projects August 19 – 24 (so you can see what we are all about)!
• Fall Collection runs August 24 – September 21
• Features the Holiday Catalog AND 2013-2014 Catalog Products
• 24 EXCLUSIVE samples
• Step-by-step DOWNLOADABLE PHOTO tutorials
• Only available to subscribers!

Head over to Create with Connie and Mary to learn more and sign up today!

Set(s): Perfect Blend
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Epic Day dsp
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Soft Suede
Other: Chalk Talk Framelits, Subtles Buttons, Linen Thread, Small Heart Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals


Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Pumpkin Centerpiece

PreviewFinalWOOO HOOOO!!!  It’s preview week on Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection 2013!  What does that mean?  That means you get to meet the FABULOUS DESIGN TEAM and some of us will be sharing project with FREE downloadable tutorials AND it is the LAST week of the Early Bird Special!

What is the Early Bird Special?  It means you will receive 4 weeks of fabulous Halloween/Fall ideas for ONLY $19.95…that’s $5 off the regular 4 week price of $24.95.  WOW…what can be better than that?  Well…what COULD be better is to win a FREE subscription.  One lucky person who leaves me a comment today (Monday, 8/19/13) will be pick to win my BLOG CANDY of a FREE subscription to Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection 2013! AWESOME!!!

Oh…put there’s more!  I know…how can THAT BE???   Do you LOVE my project?  I LOVE my project!  Can you guess how I made my pumpkins?  If you guessed the NEW GIFT BOW die from the Holiday Mini … you are RIGHT!  If you didn’t…that’s okay…you are still eligible for the blog candy.  I had such a GREAT time designing these that I made a FULL FREE downloadable tutorial just for you!

So here’s what you need to do…

  • Leave me a comment and be entered into the drawing of my blog candy for a FREE subscription to Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection 2013
  • Now head over to Create with Connie and Mary and download my FREE FULL tutorial!
  • While you are there…sign up for Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection 2013 so you don’t miss out on the Early Bird Special!

See…isn’t that easy?  Oh and one more thing…stop by EVERY day this week to learn who is offering blog candy and see the special PREVIEW projects that we have in store for you!

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!