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Control Freaks April Blog Tour

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It’s that time again! Welcome to this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour! This month our theme is Masculine/Gender Neutral. If you are following the tour you have arrived here from the talented Barb Mulikin’s blog, great projects right?! This month I have two cards and one fun project inspired by a video that I saw on YouTube for a box with a little twist!

My first card is a birthday card. For the base I used a piece of Soft Suede Card Stock. My background is a piece of Sahara Sand that I heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder using the World Map Background Stamp. To color in the land and sea I used my Sponge Daubers and Island Indigo and Gumball Green Ink. Before adhering it to the card I backed it with a piece of Brushed Gold Card Stock. All of the stamped images are from the Postage Collection Host(ess) Stamp Set and are stamped in Island Indigo, Gumball Green and Soft Suede. They are punched out with the Postage Stamp Punch and adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love the way the background came out with the gold heat embossing and the sponged ink. I will definitely be doing that again!

CF April Blog Tour Global B'day-WM

CF April Blog Tour Global B'day Close-WM

For my second card I did a simple nautical themed one. The base is Crumb Cake Card Stock. I stamped the World Map Background Stamp in Basic Black on a piece of white cotton fabric and then cut it out with the Banners Framelits Dies. It’s adhered to the card with Sticky Strip. My ship is from The Open Sea Stamp Set and is also stamped in Basic Black on Soft Sky and cut out with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits. I slipped a piece of So Saffron behind it that I flagged on both ends before adhering it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set. I really do enjoy using different things like fabric on a card, it adds so much with not much effort at all.

CF April Blog Tour Nautical B'day-WM

My final project is a fun box that has a little surprise inside. The box itself is created with a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock and my Envelope Punch Board. Like I said I watched a video on YouTube to get the dimensions. There is a piece of Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon that acts as a pull for the box. The sleeve is made from a piece of Early Espresso Core’dinations with a piece of Soho Subway Designer Series Paper on top. The greeting is from the Label Love Stamp Set and is stamped in Island Indigo and punched out with the Artisan Label Punch. I cut out a piece of Summer Starfruit with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits and embossed it with the Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Behind it is a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon that is flagged on the bottom. Sticky Strip and Stampin’ Dimensionals hold all of the pieces in place. Inside the box, with one on the front, are tickets from the You’re Amazing Stamp Set that are stamped in Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit and Crisp Cantaloupe. I used the Ticket Duo Builder Punch to punch them out and they are randomly adhered to each other and to the props with SNAIL. Sort of a neat box isn’t it with plenty of room for a gift card or a little special present.

CF April Blog Tour Pop Up Box 1-WM

CF April Blog Tour Pop Up Box 3-WM

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I really hope that you enjoyed my projects for this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour. Now you are off to see what the talented Connie Babbert has in store for you! Enjoy the rest of the tour! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Globe Card:

Card Stock: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla

Specialty Card Stock: Brushed Gold

Ink: Island Indigo, Gumball Green and Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: Gold

Stamp Sets: Postage Collection (Host(ess)) and World Map Background Map Clear Mount

Punch: Postage Stamp

Tools: Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Nautical Card:

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and So Saffron

Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: The Open Seas, Loving Thoughts and World Map Background Clear Mount

Framelits: Deco Labels Collection and Banners

Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sticky Strip and Stampin’ Dimensionals

NON Stampin’ Up!: Cotton Fabric

Pop Up Box

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla

Designer Series Paper: Soho Subway

Ink: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit and Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: You’re Amazing and Label Love Clear Mount

Framelits: Deco Labels Collection

Punches: Ticket Duo Builder and Artisan Label

Embellishments: 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon

Tools: Big Shot, Envelope Punch Board, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL


About jrk912

I am a tech junkie that loves to engineer some paper!

26 responses »

  1. Very nice projects Justin, love them all! Love how you stamped on the cotton. I thought it was our Canvas Creations at first, very clever!

  2. Loved all of your projects Justin! Can’t really decide which I like better, so just all of them! That box looks SO incredibly hard! Hope you have a good day tomorrow 🙂

    • Thank you very much Kay! The cards were fun and the box wasn’t too complicated! I’m glad that you enjoyed them all! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  3. Jason, you saved the best for last: what a fun surprise box! Be totally honest now-was it hard to make? And your gold map is beautiful. (I must try that). As for your 2nd card, anything nautical makes me wish to be at the ocean, so, of course, it also gets a thumbs up! Thanks again for sharing and giving us so many wonderful ideas.

    • Thanks you Georgie! The box really wasn’t too complicated but it looks like it was and those are the best kinds of projects right?! I really am addicted to heat embossing lately aren’t I?! The Open Sea was my very first Stampin’ Up! set and I still love it! Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day! 🙂

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  5. I absolutely love your map idea…. Really really clever and now I’m gonna have to get that stamp….lol. Thank you for sharing your creativity

  6. Hi Justin! Happy Easter! You know it’s gonna be a good day when you post multiple projects! 😉 Wonderful ideas…love that box! It does look difficult to do. Just got the world map stamp so I’ll have to try the gold embossing…it looks great with the sponging. The other card is a good one also…love the stamping on fabric! Such a cool look! Enjoy your day and thanks again for the wonderful projects!

    • Hello Karen! Happy Easter to you too! I wish I had multiple projects everyday! But that full time job gets in the way! LOL! I love the World Map embossed in gold, it reminds me of a nice vintage map. I have a lot of that fabric and forget to use it until I go looking for something and open the drawer. It definitely adds some nice texture. I hope that you have a great day too! 🙂

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  8. Justin I love all your projects but that first card, wow! I love how you embossed the map in gold and then sponged the blue and green over it, just gorgeous!

  9. Great projects Justin! The World Map card really wow’d me! Love it embossed in gold and sponged.

  10. Love your gold embossed world map card…now I need to buy that stamp. Love all your projects. Happy Easter! 🙂

  11. Wow, be still my heart! Breathtaking and beautiful! Have a great week! Nancy B

  12. Wow! I’m so flattered that my design has been cased by you! You’ve done a fantastic job 🙂

    • Thank you Rachael! I loved your video, I had to make one! I’ll add a link to it later in the week! I’m so glad that you liked how mine came out! Thanks for the great idea! 🙂

  13. Wow, I’m so flattered you cased my 3D Matchbox card design, what an honour! Thank you for doing it justice, you’ve done a great job 😀


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