Psst... If you are reading this post on January19th, 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 January 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 Katy Clark on her blog. If you are just starting out, make sure to visit all sixteen blogs that are part of the tour today by following the links provided at the bottom of each post. Our theme this month is Love and Valentines. So without further ado, here are the fun projects I would like to share with you this month!
My first project: I Love You More Than Stamps
Now, talk about love! That is the biggest compliment a stamper could probably give anyone.
Project info: To create the sentiment, I combined the sentiment from Love Bandit ("I love you more than ________") with the one from the Tote-ally Tess set ("I heart stamps"). With the help of markers and my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I was able to stamp the little heart between the first two words and to add the word Stamps at the end of the sentence. The polka dot heart is from the I [heart] hearts set and to create the pierced border all around the heart, I used the heart punch on scrap paper to create a mask, and I then I pierced holes all around it using the papier piercer. Tess was stamped on watercolor paper and colored with inks (and I had to give her red hair and a green shirt, of course!). For a bit of sparkle, I covered a piece of sticky strip with Clear chunky glitter.
Stamps: Tote-ally Tess, Love Bandit, I (heart) hearts
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, watercolor paper
Designer Papers: Tall Tales
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Melon Mambo, Black StazOn
Punches: Scallop Edge, Big Heart, Heart to Heart, Corner Rounder 3/16
Accessories: Clear chunky glitter, Rich Regals brads, Dusty Durango ribbon, sticky strip, markers, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Aquapainter brush, Watercolor Wonder crayons (neutrals)
My second project: Lattice Valentine
I love pulling out the Heat & Stick powder for Valentine's Day cards!
Project info: The red heart was created with Heat & Stick and red glitter. Just stamp the heart on Very Vanilla cardstock with Versamark, pour the Heat & Stick powder on the image, melt with heat tool (just heat until the powder melts and becomes tacky), pour glitter on the image and heat again to set the glitter in place.
The red background piece was created with the Big Shot and the lattice die. The sentiment reads "Happy Valentine's Day" and is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. The polka dot background was created with the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp from the Occasions minicatalogue.
Did you know that the two sides of the stamps are created so that the polka dots will line up when you stamp more than once on a piece of cardstock? Look at the sticker closely and make sure you mount your stamp accordingly!
The card size is 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 in. It will fit into a standard-size envelope, which will save you on postage (because square envelopes are more expensive to mail).
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
Inks: Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories: Soft Suede ribbon, linen thread, Lattice die, Heat & Stick,
red fine glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals
My third project: King of [her] Heart
Who said shaker boxes only belonged on cards...
Project info: To create the shaker boxes at the bottom of the page, I used the Heart punch three times, glued a piece of window sheet underneath, added Stampin' Dimensionals all around the shape, filled them with red beads and chunky glitter and then glued the background patterned paper in place. After I was done, I matted my page with a piece of Basic Black cardstock. The page will go in my 8½ x 8½ album, but to accomodate room for the shaker boxes, I cut the page 1/8 in. smaller so that I would have room to slide the page in the protector.
Title reads, King of [my] heart, and the picture shows my sister with her boyfriend of over four years. To match the title, I pulled out the Jackpot papers and on the word paper, I made sure to keep the word "pair" visible. I also used the Card Games set and used the King image to keep with the title. I also added the crown from Extreme Elements, embossed on gold, on one of my letters.
The brackets were created by using the Round Tab punch : punch tab and then place the punch upside down over your hole and move it sideways a bit and punch again. The side of the tab will create the bracket. Repeat on other side of tab for second bracket. Speaking of punches, remember that you can use your border punches on your pictures!
Stamps: Taffy Alphabet, Just Perfect Alphabet, Extreme Elements,
Card Games, A to Z, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Real Red
Inks: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Versamark
Die: Top Note
Punches: Heart to Heart, Full Heart, Scallop Border,
1/8-in handheld punch, Corner Rounder 3/16, Round Tab
Accessories: Basic Black marker, red chunky glitter, red beads, window sheet,
embossing powders (gold, clear, black), Basic Grey corduroy brad, Stampin' Dimensionals,
Real red grosgrain ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer
And your link back to the next stop on the tour: LeeAnn Greff's blog!