Saturday, November 19, 2011

I’m a Control Freak!!

I’m so excited to announce that I am a member of the Control Freaks swap and blog tour group!!

I have been a great admirer of the Control Freaks and their fabulous creations for a while now as I tour their blogs during their monthly blog tour. I have a few friends who have part of the group for a while. One of them suggested that I look into becoming a part of the group because the work I do is of the quality they are always looking for. In October I was officially made a part of the group. I decided to wait to make the announcement until it was time for the tour. I will be doing my first swap with the group in December and I am so VERY excited!

Now on to the tour …

Blog Tour ImageWELCOME to the November 2011 Control Freaks Blog Tour!!!

We are showcasing projects based on the idea of keeping things simple. In the Stamping World, it’s called K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stamper). Since we’re still in the Christmas season I decided to make my simple creations Christmas based.

You have probably joined me after visiting our leader, Lisa Martz’s blogand you can click on the "next blog" button at the bottom of the post to continue on the tour.

Our tour officially starts on Sunday, November 20th.. so if you are joining us early, some of the blog tour links may not be quite up yet.. so please check back Saturday morning for the full tour.

Here’s a preview of all three of my projects:


One of the things I like to do if I’m trying to keep things simple is to take full advantage of the work Stampin Up has already done for me. I love how easy it is to make an awesome project using our coordinating products. The other thing I like to do is focus on one stamp set. There are often plenty of images in one stamp set to do everything I need on my project that there’s no need to use more than one.

I decided I wanted to focus on our Polar Party stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalog for these projects.


The trio of trees in this stamp set is by far my most favorite image in the set. I may not have purchased it if this image wasn’t in the set (although I do like the rest as well). This project was made super simple for me by following the color scheme that Stampin Up had already established in our Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin Kit. I used a piece of DSP from the kit and then used all products and colors that coordinate with the set.

It’s difficult to tell by this image, but the center tree has glittery ornaments. I simply used one of our Blender Pens and dipped the tip of it into our Champagne Shimmer Paint to color each of the ornaments.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Polar Party, Petite Pairs; Paper: Christmas Lane DSP, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue; Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Dots ribbon, Dazzling Details, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Blender Pen


I am one of those that is a fan of nontraditional Christmas Colors. I love having blues, pinks, and other colors that give Christmas projects more of a whimsy feel for me. Here I paired Marina Mist with Old Olive simply because those are colors that are part of the palette of the Letters to Santa DSP.

I really wanted to add some shimmer and glimmer to this card, so once again I turned to our shimmer paints. I brushed the Frost White Shimmer Paint around the edge of the Top Note shape as well as colored the bear in with Frost White Shimmer Paint using a Blender Pen. Then I turned to our Dazzling Details and Dazzling Diamonds to add some glitter to the project. I finished it off by adding some bling with our rhinestone jewels.

Take a look at the image below to see it better:


The blues I used to color the bear are the exact same color. For the lighter blue I used a blender pen and picked the ink up from my ink pad really lightly. For the darker blue I used our Stampin Write marker of the same color.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Polar Party; Paper: Letters to Santa DSP, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Ink: Basic Black, Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Real Red; Accessories: Bashful Blue satin ribbon, Dazzling Details, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dazzling Details, Northern Flurry snowflake die, Rhinestone jewels, Blender Pen


This pillow box turned out different that I had originally planned. I had planned to hang a tag from it stamped with an image from Polar Party to fit with my other projects. But after I got the box and snowflakes cut from our glimmer paper, I just didn’t want to cover them up at all and I felt the box said plenty all by itself.

I just love the glimmer and shimmer that our new glimmer paper has. I can’t wait to see even more colors come out in the future!

Supplies Used:

Paper: Red & silver Shimmer Paper; Accessories: Northern Flurry snowflake die, Sizzix pillow box die, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, rhinestone jewels

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first ever contribution to the Control Freaks Blog Tour!! You’ll find more simple yet fabulous inspiration as you continue on to Barb Mullikin’s blog.

Thank you for joining me!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Join me Saturday ...

Join me on Saturday, November 20 for an exciting announcement!

I'll give you a little sneak peek though. It looks something like this ...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

**FREE** Digital Downloads


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Celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day with Stampin' Up! for a four-day online event designed to introduce more of our customers to our digital content. Digital Scrapbooking Day is November 5, but we'll keep the celebration going from November 4-7! The event will include free downloads, blog posts with exciting project ideas all weekend long, and the announcement of the 2011 My Digital Studio Contest winners.

Here’s a peek at the free downloads:



Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to become familiar with Stampin’ Up’s digital software and content!

Click the image below to be taken to the My Digital Studio site where you can join in on the celebration!