Hello everyone and welcome to the November Control Freaks Blog Tour featuring Stampin’ Up! products. This month our theme is Christmas projects. I’m the first stop on the tour this month! You may also have gotten here from Robin Spinner’s blog. Didn’t she have some awesome projects?! Make sure that you follow along and see all of the projects on this month’s tour. I made 4 projects for you to see!
The first one is a card that I actually made back in August. I saw a tag that Shelli (Stampin’ Up! CEO) had posted on her blog and I loved it. I wanted it to be a card so I made the necessary adjustments. The base of the card is Early Espresso Card Stock. The large flagged pieces are a piece of Cherry Cobbler embossed with the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. On top of that is a piece of Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper. I stamped some images from the Affection Collection Stamp Set in Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler that I cut out with the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies and then layered the Heart of Christmas Stamp, stamped in Early Espresso, on top. I stamped it again and cut out and flagged the middle of the greeting and adhered it to the stamped piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The pinecone and pine needles are from the Watercolor Winter Stamp Set and are stamped in Early Espresso and cut out with my Paper Snips and also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The star is punched from a piece of Champagne Glimmer Paper with the Merry Minis Punch Pack. A small piece of 1/4″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired) is folded and adhered under it. A piece of Crumb Cake is also cut out with the Window Frames Collection Framelits and I pierced the edge with the Festive Paper Piercing Pack and Paper-Piercing Tool. The top frame and bottom frame are adhered to each other and the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love the layering and the colors, not traditional but warm and delicious!
My next project is a place card for Christmas dinner. I took a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock and used the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies to partially cut out a piece. I then scored it and folded it. A piece of Lucky Limeade cut out with the same dies and pierced with the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack creates a nice base for the ornament. The ornament is stamped in Raspberry Ripple with the Keepsake Ornaments Stamp Set and cut out with the Holiday Ornaments Collection Framelits. The frame and the ornament are mounted to the Very Vanilla base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Happy Christmas is from the More Merry Messages Stamp Set and is stamped in Lucky Limeade. I flagged the ends and adhered it to the ornament. My name is stamped in Raspberry Ripple using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. It’s a quick and easy way to add some personality to your holiday place settings.
For my third project I made some cute little gift tags. The main piece of the tag is created using the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die. I folded the top and bottom and adhered them to each other and then just the one side. I punched a piece of Gumball Green out with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and attached them to the tags with some 3/16″ Metallic Brads. A piece of Whisper White Bakers Twine is wrapped around the two brads to make the loop. The first tag uses the Make a Mitten Stamp Set and the Mitten Builder Punch. The mittens are stamped in Primrose Petals and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the More Merry Messages Stamp Set and is stamped in Primrose Petals too. I used the Small Heart Punch and the Owl Builder Punch to create the hearts that are punched out in Gumball Green.
The next tag has trees and ornaments that are punched out with the Merry Minis Punch Pack in Primrose Petals and Gumball Green. They are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting on this tag is form the Seasonal Sayings Stamp Set and is stamped in Primrose Petals.
The last Tag uses the images and greeting from the Joyous Celebrations Stamp Set. The reindeer and greeting are stamped in Primrose Petals and the oval, which is punched out with the Extra Large Oval Punch, in Gumball Green. The border on each side is from the Make a Mitten Stamp Set and is also stamped in Gumball Green. All of the tags have a little card that has a piece of Primrose Petals punched out with the Mitten Builder Punch and the to and from is from the Chock Full of Cheer Stamp Set. The best thing about these tags is that they also fit a gift card inside! They also look like little manila envelopes!
For my final project I made a card holder. The images are from the Scentsational Season Stamp Set. The gingerbread men are stamped in Soft Suede and the mugs are stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I used the coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits Dies to cut them out. The gingerbread men have a piece of Cherry Cobbler that is punched out with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and embossed with the Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. They are adhered to pieces of Lucky Limeade that is punched out with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. The mugs have pieces of Soft Suede that I punched out with the same scallop punch and embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. They too are adhered to the same size Lucky Limeade circles. All of the images are adhered to the circle pieces with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used some Sticky Strip to adhere them to the pegs and some hemp twine gives them something to hang from. This is a simple project and a great way to display your holiday cards!
I hope that you enjoyed my Christmas projects form this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour. Next on your tour is the awesome blog of Patty Bennett. She has some great stuff in store for you to take a look at! Thank you very much for visiting me and I hope that your holidays are magical and filled with happiness!
The complete tour:
Stampin’ Up! products used:
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Soft Suede
Designer Series Paper: Candlelight Christmas
Specialty Paper: Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals
Stamp Sets: More Merry Messages, Affection Collection, Keepsake Ornaments, Make a Mitten, Watercolor Winter, Seasonal Sayings, Joyous Celebrations, and Scentsational Season Clear Mount and Heart of Christmas and Simply Serif Alphabet Wood Mount
Embellishments: Whisper White Bakers Twine and 3/16″ Metallic Brads
Tools: Big Shot, Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Mitten Builder Punch, Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL
Wow, that was some post! So many awesome projects! I love them all, but if I had to pick a favorite I think it would be the little gift tags. Just adorable, and very useful!
LOL! It was a little lengthy! So glad you like them! I would have to agree with you about the tags, but I do like the card too. 🙂
Your card holder is such a fun idea. I’m anxious to make one. 🙂
Thanks Judy! They are my favorite project! 🙂
Wonderful projects, Justin. I love the tags in envelopes. And the card holder is ingenious! TFS
Thank you Cathy! The tags are my favorite too! 🙂
You have been one busy dude!! Holy smokes!! Great card, terrific name place card and such CUTE tags!! You are just on a roll, my friend!! 🙂
Thanks Wendy! That means a lot coming from you! Your projects are always great!! 🙂
I love all of the various layers you added to that first card – simply fabulous!
Thanks Cindy! Have a great night! 🙂
Great projects….card is wonderful!
Thank you Carol! Have a nice night! 🙂
Oh my goodness, what stunning projects, so many to look at, and I just love them all, I love everything you have used and they way you have put them all together! TFS and have a wonderful Christmas Justin!
Thank you so much Debbie! You have an amazing Christmas too! 🙂
Wow! Really terrific projects!!!!!
All of your projects are perfect and adorable.
Thank you! Have a great day! 🙂
Very fun cards and projects! Love the card hanger! Great job!
Thanks Connie! 😉
Have a great holiday!
super creativity and projects. LOVE the use of the scallop envelope as a tag/envie.
Thanks Debra, I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! 😉
Great projects. Loved them all!
Thanks Brenda! 😉
I love the card holder! So my question is… are those clothespins? Also, how did you get the twine to stick to the clips? Great job Justin – knocked it out of the park!
Thanks Pam! Yes, they are clothespins. They are just clipped on and the weight of the card holds them. 🙂
Great projects Justin, glad you joined the tour!!
Thanks Barb! So glad to be a part of it! 🙂
Love all your projects! So many wonderful ideas!!
Thank you very much Deb! Have a happy Thanksgiving!
OMG!! What beautiful projects!
Thank you very much Carole! 🙂
SUPER cute all! You’ve been busy! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks Patti! I have been busy. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!