Psst... If you are reading this post on November 19th, please note that we are getting the tour ready and testing the links to make sure everything is working. The official tour begins on the 20th, so if you cannot make the whole round tonight, hang in there with us!
Welcome to our November Tour de Freaks! This tour is brought to you by the Control Freaks Stampers members and if you have been following the tour, you should have gotten to my blog by clicking on the link provided by Wendy Weixler on her blog. If you are just starting out, make sure to visit all twelve blogs that are part of the tour today by following the links provided at the bottom of each post. Our theme this month is Christmas Gifts: small items, altered items, stocking stuffers, gift collections, and ornaments. So without further ado, here are the fun projects I would like to share with you this month!
My first project: 2010 Calendar
Use your stamps to personalize the 2010 calendar sold in the current minicatalogue.
Project info: All of the calendar pages were matted with 4 x 4 in. pieces of colored cardstock. I used the Holiday Blitz stamp set to add image on the left margin of each monthly page in the following In Colors: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry. To paint the chipboard easel, I added a few drops of Rich Razzleberry reinker in White Frost shimmer paint and applied it to the chipboard with a paintbrush.
Stamps: Holiday Blitz
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Inks: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay
Punches: Scallop Square, Scallop Circle, circles, 3/4 Square
Accessories: In Colors markers, Vintage brads, two-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
My second project: Tin Frame
I had one of those "Why didn't I think of this before?!" moments when I figured the silver tins sold by SU! would make great frames. And they do!
Project info: The inside and outside of the tin was decorated with the Patterned Pines hostess set. On the front, the snowflake was stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder directly on the tin and I used the Eyelet Border punch to tie in with the inside. To make the detailing on the trees stand out more, I used the emboss-resist technique: I stamped the trees in Versamark, embossed them with clear powder and added White Frost shimmer paint with a sponge, then wiped the paint off of the embossing with a tissue. It creates a very nice shimmer effect!
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Punches: Eyelet Border
Accessories: Silver tin, wide striped Olive grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder,
White Frost shimmer paint, mat pack and paper piercer
My third project: Little Sleigh
Turn the Pillow Box into a cute little winter sleigh.
Project info: I didn't have a pattern for the skates on the sleigh, so I just eyeballed it and cut two skates out of Silver cardstock. The pillow box was cut out of red polka dot patterned paper (from the Christmas Jingle kit), on which I overstamped the Woodgrain background in Chocolate Chip and drew lines with a marker. Can you guess what I used to make the front of the sleigh? If you look more closely, you'll recognize the chipboard shape taken out of the calendar easel! I embossed it in silver powder, added a red grosgrain ribbon underneath and a bow of holly taken from the Christmas Jingle sticker sheets.
Oh, and what's inside? In my case, candy, but it would be a perfect gift box for a gift card or a nice piece of jewelry.
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Simply Scrappin' Kit: Christmas Jingle
Die: Pillow Box
Accessories: Red grosgrain ribbon, Silver embossing powder, Chocolate Chip marker, ruler,
chipboard piece from Calendar easel
My fourth project: Ribbon Wreath
Last but not least, a nice recycling idea!
Project info: I guess I could have thrown the plastic ring after I had used all of my Sticky Strip, but somehow it ended up in the "For later creative use" bin. Which came in handy today when I looked for something to make a wreath with! This is quite easy: simply tie knots of Olive wide grosgrain ribbon all around the plastic ring until it is completely covered. It needed berries, so I tried the newly-discovered rosette technique with red grosgrain ribbon. Add accents (buttons, brads, pearls) and finish off with a ribbon loop to hang wreath from.
Accessories: Red grosgrain ribbon, Olive grosgrain ribbon, Recreation buttons, linen thread, Pretties kit (pearls), Rhinestone brad, Sticky Sheets, Red polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots
And your link back to the first stop on the tour: Patty Bennett's blog!