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Control Freaks October Blog Tour

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Hello everyone and welcome to the October Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme for this month’s tour is Gratitude. A very fitting theme seeing as the time of year we are coming up on there are so many things that we all have to be grateful for. The holiday’s help us to stop and remember that. If you are following the tour then you have arrived here from LeeAnne Greff’s blog. When I think of grateful I think of thank you cards so I made a box of thank you cards that are great to have handy or they would make a fun gift for someone.

I saw a tutorial on Pinterest where someone had used the Envelope Punch Board to make a box to hold four cards with envelopes, well, I had to give that a try! The box for the cards is made from Crumb Cake Card Stock that is cut to 9″ x 9″ and then using the Envelope Punch Board it’s scored and punched at 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. You then flip it and do the same on the opposite side. For the two remaining sides you follow the score lines from the previous sides and when you are finished you have your box. Some Sticky Strip holds it together and a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon is wrapped around it to hold it closed. I used the Snow Day Stamp Set to stamp my snow man in Whisper White Craft Ink on Soft Sky and cut him out with my Paper Snips. His buttons and face are Basic Black and his nose is Pumpkin Pie. A piece of Sahara Sand and a piece of Soft Sky are cut out with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies. The Soft Sky piece has his arms stamped in Soft Suede on it and its all adhered to the Burlap with Sticky Strip. A little piece of Burlap is also used for his scarf. I did the same process for the four snowmen on the cards. The greeting along the bottom and snowflakes are stamped in Soft Sky on Sahara Sand. The main greeting is from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set and is stamped in Soft Suede on Soft Sky and punched out with the Label Bracket Punch. Some Crumb Cake Envelopes complete the set. I’m going to use mine as a gift for someone this holiday season. Who couldn’t use a nice set of handmade thank you’s to send out?! I hope that you enjoyed my project for this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour. Now on to your next stop, up next is Jan Tinklenberg, enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by here and have a great day! 🙂

Control Freaks Blog Tour October 2013

Control Freaks Blog Tour October 2013

Control Freaks Blog Tour October 2013

Control Freaks Blog Tour October 2013



Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Soft Sky

Ink: Soft Suede, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink

Craft Ink: Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Snow Day and Lots of Thanks Clear Mount

Framelits: Deco Labels

Punch: Label Bracket

Embellishments: 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon

Tools: Big Shot, Envelope Punch Board, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL


Just Add Ink 187

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Yesterday was a very long day indeed! I did end up working all day and most of it was spent running around so I was quite tired when I got home last night, I definitely needed the extra sleep. I turned out to be a nice day and the event went well. It was held at the Carlyle on the Green at the Bethpage State Park golf course. You may remember that it was the home of the 2002 and 2009 US Open. The event space there is nice and large and has a lovely view of the golf course. I’m very happy that it’s over and that I’m nice and rested so I can enjoy my weekend. I’ll be off to Manhattan tomorrow morning for a bit but I do intend to spend a good part of the weekend crafting. How will you be spending your weekend?

My post for today is for the ladies over at Just Add Ink. A big thank you to them for choosing my card as an honorable mention for last week’s inspiration challenge. You can see my original post here, and the post for the winners here. This week we have a sketch challenge…

JAI Sketch 187

I was a little perplexed as to what I should do with it at first but once you start, sometimes it just takes on a life of it’s own. My card base is Smoky Slate Card Stock and for the background I used a piece of Very Vanilla stamped with the Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set in Soft Sky and Smoky Slate. Before I adhered the background to the card base, I heat embossed the “Christmas” from the A Banner Christmas Stamp Set in Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. For the two panels I used some Silver Foil Sheet and embossed it with the Pretty Print Textured Embossing Folder and backed them with a piece of Soft Sky. Another piece of Silver Foil Sheet is cut out with the Expressions Thinlits Dies and adhered to the card with 2-Way Glue. To finish off the card, I threaded a piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon through a Subtles Designer Button and adhered it to the card with a Mini Glue Dot. I love the color combination and it’s frosty feel! And who doesn’t love those Thinlits? I appreciate you taking some time to stop by and see my Just Add Ink card for this week’s sketch challenge. I hope you all have a fun Saturday!

JAI 187

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla and Soft Sky

Specialty Paper: Silver Foil Sheet

Ink: Smoky Slate and Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Ink

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: Silver

Stamp Sets: Snowflake Soiree and A Banner Christmas Clear Mount

Thinlits: Expressions

Embossing Folder: Pretty Print

Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon and Subtles Designer Buttons

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dots, 2-Way Glue and SNAIL

A Banner Christmas CM

Snowflake Soiree CM

Silver-Gold Foil Sheets

Expressions Thinlits Dies

Pretty Print TIEF

Subtles Designer Buttons

Silver 1:8%22 Ribbon

Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder

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