Thursday, September 19, 2013

Halloween with the Freaks

I know that it has been a ridiculously long time since I posted to my blog or was part of a Control Freak blog tour. I had to just step back and prioritize some things in my life with the time I had available and unfortunately blogging was at the top of the list of things that had to go.

Just because I'm posting today and joining the Tour de Freaks for the month doesn't necessarily mean I'll be back blogging regularly, but I am hoping to be able to fit it in more regularly than it has been over the last several months.

I'm excited to be joining with the Freaks this month to showcase Halloween projects and products from the current Holiday Catalog. I hope you find inspiration in what you will see along the tour. You have likely come to my blog from the UBER TALENTED Mary Brown's blog at StamperCamper's Corner. I always love Mary's clean style and creative use of products!

I am sharing with you the projects that we created at my club meeting last weekend as we focused on Halloween projects as well.

The first is a card that I also created for a small swap I was in last month and was derived from this card which is not a Halloween card at all. But I really liked the design and idea so I adapted it to meet my needs.

I absolutely love the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and how it can be used on so many different types of projects. It is perfect for Halloween projects though! I also love the Witches Brew Washi Tape - it's just so fun and easy to use. The rhinestones here are colored with black and orange BIC markers to match the project.

The next series of pictures show an interactive card we made. A similar interactive card was shown to us on Main Stage at Convention this year and I've seen many variations of it since then. We made one of similar design to this one as a Make & Take at the demo group I go to each month.

I just love fun and interactive cards! This one is just so much fun to me. The "Best of Halloween" stamp set is my favorite of all of the stamp sets in the "Best of 25 Years" collection that has been released this year. The haunted house image comes from that set.

The envelope shown here was made with our new Envelope Punch Board tool. I am such a tool junkie and I absolutely LOVE this new tool in our product line! There are just so many wonderful things you can do with it beyond the 66 different sized envelopes it was designed to make! The envelope was decorated with some of the Witches Brew Washi Tape and another image from the "Best of Halloween" set.

Thank you for joining us along the tour and stopping by my blog today. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I would love it if you would leave me a comment letting me know you were here today.

You will find more Halloween inspiration at the FABULOUS Jan Tink's blog as you continue along the tour. I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

This & That ... New Stampin' Up Product Line!

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Get a sneak peek into the Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 annual catalog with the This and That product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go.
  • Leaving the hairdresser? Tuck your next appointment card right in with some washi tape. Having a girls' day at lunch and the movies? Stash the tickets right there and have each friend write her favorite part of the day. The possibilities are endless, and the goal is perfect imperfection
  • This and That is great when you use all the products together, but each product is great on its own too! The Designer Series Paper is great for scrapbooking and crafters alike - and everyone will love the awesome rotary stamp. Plus, the other embellishments are so much fun.

Epic Day This and That Journal
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper
Remember This and That Rotary Stamp
Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers
Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
Epic Day This and That Bundle
Includes the five This and That products listed above. Only available in a bundle until April 30.
15% Off Retail Value!
Fine Print
  • Stampin' Up! is introducing the line with these five products, but will be adding more This and That stuff as time goes on.
  • 15% OFF Bundle Dates: March 23-April 30 (remember the items that come in the bundle will be available in the new catalog, but the discounted bundle is only available through April 30).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It’s a Freaky Spring!!


Freak Tour


Welcome to the February Tour de Freaks where we are celebrating all things Spring!! We will each be featuring new products from the Spring Catalog which is chock full of wonderful products for all of your Spring-time creations!

You have probably arrived here from Yvette Ashe’s blog at Yvette’s Paper Garden. If not, be sure to follow the tour all the way around until you get back here to make sure you see everyone’s blogs and wonderful creations!

Do you love the Spring Catalog as much as I do?? I bought several things I fell in love with right away during our preorder period (a demonstrator perk), but have continued to buy as I’ve continued to fall in love with things I see used on other people’s creations. There’s so much wonderful product in there and I’ve seen it used in so many creative ways that I seem to always get enabled to buy something I didn’t think I was going to. Hopefully we’ll be doing some enabling with you today!

The Swallowtail stamp is one that I really didn’t plan to buy from the first time I saw the catalog. My wife immediately loved it though so I figured I’d get it eventually (even though she doesn’t get much time to create. I bought it much sooner than I planned once I started seeing some of the amazing projects out there using this stamp. I love how I’ve seen it used as a simple and subtle background!


The Paper Doilies are an item I knew I wanted right away! Doilies are SO popular right now and these are so easy and so affordable! You get 24 of them in a package for only $2.95!! I love that kind of economical pricing! Other catalog favorites on this card include the Bitty Butterfly Punch, the “Oh, Hello” stamp set, the “Tea for Two” DSP, and the Designer Builder Brads.


This card uses product mostly from our Sale-a-Bration brochure, but there are two fun items on here from the Spring Catalog. The Bitty Butterfly punch and the 7/8” Scallop Circle punch both make an appearance on this card. I love scalloped circles that are cut between each scallop for a fun little flower effect! If the paper, ribbon, button, or stamp set on this card pique your interest, be sure to talk to your demonstrator about Sale-A-Bration and how you can earn them!


This last card is a very product intensive card, but I wanted to showcase the Soda Pop bottle caps, the C’oredinations cardstock, and the Collage Curios stamp set and I just loved the design of the card I CASEd this from so I went with it! I really love how you can layer the Collage Curios stamp set and all of the images in the set will fit nicely inside our new bottle caps!


I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards I’ve shared with you! All of these cards are ones that we did in my February card club (a little intensive … I know). So if you’re in the northern Utah area and like what you see here, be sure to contact me!

I hope you feel inspired from our Tour to create your own fabulous Spring creations!! Continue along the Tour de Freaks by visiting by dear friend Patty Bennett at Patty’s Stampin Spot. Please leave me a comment and let me know you were here!

Freak Button

Thank you to the following stampers for their inspiring creations:

Mary Brown

Mary Brown (again)

Anna Keyes

Sandi MacIver

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Control Freaks Sale-a-Bration!!!

Freak Tour
Welcome to the first Tour de Freaks of 2013!! We are are Sale-a-brating the arrival of Stampin’ Up’s biggest event of the year. Sale-a-Bration begins Tuesday, January 22 and goes through March 22. If you aren’t aware of what Sale-a-Bration is, contact me and I’d be happy to discuss it with you.

You’ve most likely arrived here from the blog of Sandy Mathis at stampwithsandy. Follow the tour through my blog and I’ll lead you onto the next fabulous freak with beautiful projects to share. There’s a handy list at the bottom of my post of all the Freaks in today’s tour.

Sale-a-bration is certainly one of my favorite times of the Stampin’ Up year. I love to see all the fabulous products that Stampin Up gives us just for spending money we would already be spending anyway. I love that they do this!

Let’s get started with the reason you’re here.

Hexagons are a very popular shape in the world of design right now. You’ll see them in fashion, interior design, graphic design, and of course artistic design. Stampin’ Up even released a hexagon (honeycomb) embossing folder in our Spring Catalog. I wanted some hexagons a little bolder and bigger than we get with the embossing folder so I used my electronic cutter and cut some out of our Sycamore Street paper from Sale-a-bration!


STAMPS: Pretty Petites (SAB)
PAPER: Sycamore Street DSP (SAB), Whisper White, Pool Party
Tangerine Tango
INK: Island Indigo
ACCESSORIES: Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (SAB),
Ovals Collection Framelits, Curly Label Punch, Petite Curly Label Punch (SAB),
Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Dimensionals

I used some of the same hexagons on this busy little beauty. This card again focuses on the Sycamore Street DSP, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, Pretty Petites stamp set, and the Petite Curly Label punch.


STAMPS: Pretty Petites (SAB)
PAPER: Sycamore Street DSP (SAB), Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Whisper White
INK: Tangerine Tango
ACCESSORIES: Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (SAB),
1 1/4” Scallop Cirlce Punch, 7/8” Scallop Circle Punch, Petite Curly Label Punch,
Delicate Doilies Sizzlit Die, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

For this last card I wanted to feature one of my favorite products from Sale-a-Bration. One of the coolest things they’ve done the past two years is include a My Digital Studio collection disc that includes all of the items in the Sale-a-Bration brochure in a digital format. That is always the first item I make sure to get during Sale-a-Bration. I love having all of those wonderful products on one collection disc!

This card is a hybrid card featuring the ferris wheel stamp from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set. In My Digital Studio I was able to size it up to be a powerful focal image here as well as create the background that it is set against. After I printed it off, I put it on a card base and added some traditional elements for a fun and trendy masculine card.


STAMPS: That’s the Ticket, You’re Amazing, Fabulous Phrases
Feeling Sentimental in My Digital Studio (SAB)
INK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Island Indigo
PAPER: Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Island Indigo, Fan Fair DSP
Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: My Digital Studio, Ticket Builder Punch,
Pennant Builder Punch, Linen Thread, Staples

Well, there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop along the fabulous Freak Tour! I hope you’re planning to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration over the next two months!

Continue along the tour now by visiting Barb Mullikin’s blog at Don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know you were here.

Friday, January 18, 2013



Welcome to another FABULOUS FRIDAY!!! Can’t believe its been two weeks already! These challenges seem to come around so fast! I don’t know how some of you keep up with weekly challenges!

Make sure you visit our challenge blog to see the submissions from all of the Fabulous Designers and to add your own submission for the challenge!

Fab Friday #10 is a color challenge. Here’s our color palette:

I’ve been working this week on preparing my cards for my upcoming club this weekend so I decided to roll this color challenge into my preparations for club and kill two birds with one stone.

So this is the card we will be doing in club this weekend with this color scheme:


Here’s a little detail photo:



STAMPS: You Are Loved

INK: Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party

PAPER: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla

Pink Pirouette

ACCESSORIES: Fancy Fan embossing folder, Hearts Collection Framelits

Doilies Sizzlit Die, Modern Label Punch, Basic Rhinestones


Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed your stay as well as our challenge this week on Fab Friday! Please leave me a comment to let me know you were here!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fab Friday 09

So I missed a few Fab Friday submissions during the holidays (hope you continued to play along) and I'm glad to be back with our first challenge of the new year.

This week's challenge is a simple sketch.

Although I love a beautiful snowflake stamp or image on a card, I am NOT a fan of January at all! I hate how cold and hazy it is with no fun holidays to look forward to. So I decided to skip over the glum of January and head right to the fun of February and Valentine's Day.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Friendly Phrases
Paper: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White,
Baja Breeze, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, Small Heart Punch,
Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

I love the simplicity of the sketch and had fun playing with it and adding a bit to it. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Don't forget to visit the Fab Friday Challenge Blog to see what the other designers have come up with as well as submit your own project for the challenge.

Thanks for visiting today! Don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know you were here!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Save up to 80% with the Clearance Rack Blitz!!



Starting TODAY, Stampin' Up! has added 300 additional items to our Clearance Rack at savings up to 80%. New clearance items include punches, card stock, ribbon, stamps, ink pads (the retired fabric ink pad style), Big Shot dies and more. Great holiday gifts for yourself or others!

Products are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Order on-line now while your favorites are still in stock. See All New Clearance Rack Items.

  • Only online orders qualify for this promotion. Feel free to order both Clearance Rack and non-Clearance Rack items on the same order-we're flexible like that.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this special offer-go nuts!
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for Hostess/Stampin' Rewards.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last-so don't wait! And sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
  • Check out all of the NEW Clearance Rack Blitz items in MY ON-LINE STORE.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ornamental Elegance Kit ... While Supplies Last!

The ornament on the cover of our holiday catalog is such a hit that we are making it available to you just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself! We've simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive. (Our Anywhere Glue Sticks [104045] are perfect for assembly.) Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!

The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $14.95 and includes:

·         Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
·         Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
·         Natural Linen Thread
·         Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
·         Large Pearl Basic Jewels

Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting--or for your family tree! Available while supplies last.

Don't forget to order some of our HOLIDAY PACKAGING BUNDLES too!!

Click here to order this fabulous kit through my online store!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas with the Freaks!!!

Welcome to the Christmas Control Freaks Blog Tour!! The Tour does not actually go live until tomorrow, so if all links are not working yet please check back later.

 You likely arrived here from Cindy Major's Blog, but if not then you can start the whole tour from here and continue until you get back! If you'd like to jump around or get lost along the way, I have included a list of all the tour participants at the bottom of this post.

 It's finally time for us to share our Christmas creations with you! The Control Freaks had a Christmas swap a few months ago and in the stamping business Christmas has already been around for a while. I'm glad to be able to share some of my Christmas creations with you.

All four of these cards are cards that we made at my Stamping Club this month. I had such a hard time limiting my choices down to only four cards to share with my group. There are so many fabulous products and wonderful designs out there that I've been inspired by!

This card was inspired by one I received in the Control Freaks Christmas swap by the wonderfully talented Connie Babbert.

I love the simple beauty of a white on white card, especially when you add texture by embossing and scoring. I would have liked to stamp the sentiment in silver, but since we don't have silver ink and I didn't want to emboss, I went with Midnight Muse instead and like how it turned out.

I just LOVE how fun and festive this card feels!! I love how versatile Circle Circus can be for nearly any holiday. We hadn't used it in club for a while and it was nice to pull this stamp set out again. It's made even more fun and cheerful with a sentiment from Wacky Wishes from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.

Doesn't this card just ooze of elegant beauty?? I love the flourish from Everything Eleanor, the fancy sentiment from More Merry Message and all of the shimmer and glimmer on the focal image. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the focal image is on Glossy White cardstock and has a beautiful shine! The rhinestones are the perfect touch to make these snowflakes absolutely stunning. 

This card used the embossed resist technique with Midnight Muse and Baja Breeze inks along with clear embossing powder on Glossy White cardstock. Love the affect!!

I'm so glad to have had you join me here today on the Tour. I hope you have found joy and inspiration along our Tour today! Continue along now to Connie Tumm's Blog for more Christmas inspiration from the Control Freaks! And please don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here today.

I would like to thank the following stampers for their inspiration:
Carla Clements (only demonstrators can view this one)

1 Justin Krieger
9 Jason Casper
11 Dawn Olchefske
12 Barb Mulikin
17 Robin Spinner

Friday, November 16, 2012

Up to 50% off!!


Our biggest online sale of the year, Online Extravaganza, begins Monday, November 19, and ends on Wednesday, November 28. We've got a fantastic selection of stamp sets, accessories, and tools that will be discounted up to 50 percent!

Plus, you won't want to miss the first 24 hours of the sale when the Big Shot, Doctor's Bag, and Simply Scored Diagonal Plate will be 20 percent off retail price!

Click Here to shop starting Monday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

It's a Fab Friday!!

Not only is it Friday again, but it's a FAB FRIDAY again!!

If you're new to Fab Friday, we post a new challenge every two weeks with examples of the challenge provided by a team of designers. You then have two weeks to make your own version of the challenge and upload it to the Fab Friday blog. At the end of the two weeks (the night before the next challenge) we will choose our top three Fab Faves from the submissions. We've been having great participation so far with WONDERFUL project submissions! Make sure you check out the blog: Fab Friday Challenge

This week our challenge is a color challenge seen here:

This color palette was perfect for me to create my last card with a Fall feel to it before moving on to my Christmas creations. I immediately turned to our Comfort Cafe DSP and my French Foliage stamp set for my creation. (Can you believe I just barely got this stamp set???)

Here's a side angle view so you can see how the focal image area comes out from the card base.

For now I left the card without a sentiment so I can make it into whatever kind of card I need when I need to use it.

The design of the card was inspired by this card that I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. I love getting inspiration from other stampers and then making the project my own!

Don't forget to go over to the challenge blog and submit your own creation with this color scheme. You could be one of our Fab Fave picks in two weeks!

Please leave me a comment and let me know you were here and what you think! I love hearing from my readers! It makes it worth it to do the blog.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

1 Day Sale on Monday 10/29: 15% off all stamps!!

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is having a 1 day stamp sale.  Almost every stamp set Stampin' Up! sells will be 15% off on Monday, October 29, from 12:00 a.m. (MT) until 11:50 p.m. (MT).

Stamps reduced to 15% off include:
Stamps NOT included in the sale:
  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets
There is no minimum purchase and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
Everyone who orders from me on Monday will be entered to win a free stamp set!
Everyone who orders 5 or more single stamps or stamp sets on Monday will receive a free bottle of Dazzling Details in your choice of color!
You can contact me to place your order or you can place your order through my online store:

Please don't let this sale pass you by! It is the perfect time to get Christmas gifts for your stamping friends or get those stamp sets you have been wanting and haven't bought yet!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fab Friday #5

Woohoo!!! It's Friday!!!

Not only is Friday a totally awesome day itself, but it's made even better every other week with the Fabulous Friday Challenge!

I can't believe we're already on our 5th challenge! We've had so much wonderful support from everyone so far. It's wonderful to see all of the submissions from everyone and is often so hard for us to pick the Fab Favorites.

Sorry I missed the last two challenges, but I was just not feeling well enough to get them done in time. I'm glad to be back though!

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge sketched by our fearless leader Mindy Backes.

I actually had a hard time following the sketch as it's laid out so I had to tweak the sketch a little bit. My fellow designers all did a wonderful job with the sketch!

If you've come here from the Fab Friday Challenge blog you'll notice how Mindy and I both used the same idea for our card as we followed the sketch.

Don't be afraid to tweak the sketch a wee bit yourself to meet your needs as you create your challenge card.

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge blog so you can upload a photo of your own creation.

Check out the blogs of my fellow Fab Designers:

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 22, 2012

FREE Digital Downloads!!!

What do you get when you combine Digital Scrapbooking Day and My Digital Studio? A week of A week of FREE downloads and 50 percent off ALL digital kits!

What: Three FREE downloads. 50% off ALL digital kits. Mega blogging on all week!

When: October 29-November 5, 2012.

Mark your calendar for October 29 to November 5 for our weeklong Digital Scrapbooking Day celebration where you'll get:
  • FREE digital downloads
  • 50% off ALL digital kits
  • Creative project ideas
  • Digital project challenges
You can shop for My Digital Studio 2 and all your digital product needs at my store:

Let me know if you have any questions or need help.