Psst... If you are reading this post on June 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 June 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 LeeAnn Greff on her blog. If you are just starting out, make sure to visit all eleven 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 minicatalogue and 2011-2012 catalogue preview! So without further ado, here are the fun projects I would like to share with you this month!
My first project: All Aboard!
Project info: This card features the nautical suite from the Summer minicatalogue, which, I am happy to report, has been a really popular line from the new mini. I'm not surprised, considering how cute and versatile it is! This card right here was created for my boss, who just got offered a promotion and is leaving for our Montreal office, therefore moving his whole family there as well. I wanted to send him off with words of encouragement and let him know how much I appreciated working with him and I figured what better way to do that than to use the Open Sea set, as he sails away towards new horizons... I wanted to find an appropriate sentiment and thought about "Good luck", but finally decided on "À l'aventure" (which loosely translates to "All Aboard!"), which I created with the Billboard die.
The background behind the boat was created by inking one of my acrylic block with Crumb Cake ink and stamping it directly on the cardstock. The sides of the cardstock were distressed with my scissors blade and I rolled the bottom of the cardstock around a paintbrush to make it look like a scroll.
Stamps: The Open Sea
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey
Designer papers: Nautical Adventures
Inks: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy
Big Shot die: Billboard die, Curves Ahead die
Punches: Stamp, 2-1/2 Circle
Accessories: Daubers, Brads, Stampin' DImensionals, Silver embossing powder,
Adhesive sheets, Vintage brads, Acrylic block, Mini library clip
My second project: On Your Birthday
Project info: This is a sneak peek of two new hostess sets that will be debuted in the 2011-2012 catalogue next month. My main images were stamped with the Faith in Nature set and the sentiment was created with the combination of two stamps from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set. You'll also notice the new dotted scallop ribbon - isn't it the prettiest thing ever? Another item showcased on the card is the chipboard tag, which is part of a brand new kit of chipboard shapes that are super cute and versatile. I covered mine with More Mustard Craft ink and added two Tempting Turquoise shimmer brads before punching my gold-embossed sentiment and popping it up on Dimensionals. You'll also notice two of the new In Colors in there: Lucky Limeade and Pool Party. Instant favorites!
Stamps: Voeux multiples (Happiest Birthday Wishes), Vive la nature (Faith in Nature)
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Pool Party, watercolor paper
Designer papers: Brights Collection
Inks: Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Pool Party, Versamark
Punches: 1-1/4 Circle, 1-3/8 Circle, 1-in. Circle, Corner Rounder, 3/4 Square
Accessories: Mini library clip, Gold embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals,
On Board chipboard, Chocolate Chip dotted scallop ribbon, Brights buttons,
White baker's twine, Brights shimmer brads
My third project: Wonderings...
Project info: Gotta have my signature scrapbook page for the Tour, don't I? My inspiration for this page was the beautiful new In Colors family. It was love at first sight with all five colors for me this year. A first, I believe, as I usually love most colors and learn to love the others after using time. Not this year. I love them all and I love how they all work together, which is what I did here, combine all five on one project. I usually include patterned paper on my pages and was a little puzzled here since I don't have any DSP that matches the new colors, so I remembered about the Presto Patterns pack and made my own with the use of a brayer.
Aside from the In Colors, you'll also spot the new Pennant Parade set and matching punch I used to create me title. One of my favorite new items from the catalogue! I also used the dotted scallop ribbon and some pieces from the new On Board chipboard set (clouds, house and flag). The flag is also supposed to be a pennant, but see how well it works? The journaling block was created by tracing a piece of chipboard from the same kit and handcutting it. I didn't want the bulk since I was slipping it under my picture and I also wanted to be able to reuse this piece again, hence the handcutting. I masked the center and sponged the outside, creating a darker frame. I also used the Varsity Alphabet, which is not new, but it was the first time it saw inked since I received it. I found it was fitting with the golf theme, and I used the Sweet Shoppe Alphabets and Just Perfect Alphabet to write the rest of the title.
Stamps: Fanions en fête (Penannt Parade), Sweet Shoppe Alpphabet Upper and Lower,
Varsity Alphabet, Just Perfect Alphabet, Woodgrain, Solid Stripes, Dot Dot Dot
Cardstock: Pool Party, Calipso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Designer papers: Presto Patterns
Inks: Pool Party, Calipso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Baja Breeze (Craft), Whisper White
Big Shot die: Go Go Boots Alphabet, Timeless Type Alphabet, Beautiful Wings Embosslits,
Tasteful Trims die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Curves Ahead die
Punches: Pennant, Circle
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, On Board chipboard, brads, rhinestones, Espresso taffeta ribbon,
Chocolate Chip dotted scallop ribbon, sponge, markers, pearls, white embossing powder,
Espresso Baker's twine, buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals
And your link back to the next stop on the tour: Liz Shultz's blog!