Psst... If you are reading this post on April 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 July 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 Janson 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 Summer! So without further ado, here are the fun projects I would like to share with you this month!
My first project: Ô! Canada mini-album
Summer means... Canada Day!
Project info: I made this mini-album with the use of our clear envelopes, which are just the right size to slip pictures in! On the back of the red cardstock, I glued red Designer paper and I added journaling blocks stamped with the Favorite Things set. The cover was made with a long strip of cardstock and I used the crimper on one end to fold the cardstock over to the front of the album. I added brads to secure the envelopes in place. The album and cover were decorated using the Glorious & Free set, which is such a nice patriotic set. I especially like the fact that the stamps on it are bilingual!! Such a nice touch...
Speaking of which, I used on the bilingual stamp that reads, "Handmade in Canada / Fait au Canada" to create a faux sceal with Silver embossing powder. The technique is very simple: dump a little mount of embossing powder on your cardstock, melt the powder with your heat gun making sure you heat underneath the cardstock (or else the powder will fly everywhere!) and once the powder is completely melt, you press your stamp in it, let it cool down and ta-da - you have your faux wax sceal. Then, I stamped the same image again in red, handcut the maple leaf and placed it in the sceal, then covered the leaf with Crystal Effects.
This mini-album is a gift for my friend Makeesha who's visiting from Australia with her family this summer.
Stamps: Glorious & Free
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver
Inks: Versamark, Real Red
Punches: Scallop Trim, CIrcle
Accessories: Simple Letters die, Crystal Effects, white and silver embossing powder,
Polka Dot embossing folder, rhinestones, red satin ribbon, white brads, clear envelope
My second project: Finally back!
Summer means... traveling!
Project info: Summer equals vacation and Convention (although I will not get to attend this year - boo-hoo!). This page recalls the troubles I had last year with my luggage and connections and how it took me two days and four flights to make it back home.
I used the fabulous Travel Journal papers, which are perfect for any vacation pages, and I handcut some of the patterns like the plane and the compass to add to my page. I spritzed the papers with some Smooch Spray for a distressed look, and I added a couple of elements from the new cattie to my page, like the lace, the antique brad and the rhinestones. The title was created with the Go Go Boots alphabet, and since those dies include the capital and small letters, I was able to created letters in two sizes on my page.
Designer papers: Travel Journal
Big Shot: Go Go Boots Alphabet
Punches: Corner Rounder, Curly Label, Spiral, Circle
Accessories: Pumpkin Striped ribbon, lace, button, linen thread, Smooch Spray (Silver Foil, Gold Glow),
Antique Brads, white gel pen, Night of Navy marker, rhinestones, distressing tool (Cutting Kit)
7) Janine Tinklenberg
And your link back to the next stop on the tour: Jen Smith!