Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Holidays from the Control Freaks!

We're baa-ack! Due to various issues with families, other commitments, vacations, etc. the Freaks needed to temporarily suspend the Tour de Freaks, but we're back in business now! And just in time with some fabulous holiday inspiration!!!

Mary, aka Stamper Camper, was first on the tour, so you may have just landed here from her blog. I'm number two, but if you are starting here, you can continue on to see all eight blogs by clicking the links on the bottom of each page.

I have a couple of cards today, both of them using the Seasonal Chums bundle. One is kind of simple and one more elaborate. Let's start with the simpler one, okay? I fell in love with the Seasonal Chums bundle, especially once the Stampin' Blends were released. The images are so much fun to color, so I started with the dear little deer for my first card.

I combined it with the colorful Quilted Christmas DSP, because I liked the traditional colors and thought they worked well for this card. The stitched holly design on one sheet reminded me that I haven't used the Holly embossing folder much, so it got put to good use today!

Up next is a shaker card using the cute snowman and his bunny buddy! I cut the window all the way through the card front so you could see the houses (from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits) inside.

Aaaand, so you could see the snowman and bunny bums from inside (when the sequins aren't in the way). Isn't that just the cutest thing?! I really had a blast making this card, and got the giggles a couple of times. (I am easily amused, LOL.)

The image was colored with Pool Party, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, and Crumb Cake Stampin'Blends combos. Those fabulous die cut snowflakes are also in the Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies. They're so cool! (See what I did there, heh heh?)

That's all for this stop, so hop on over to see what Debbie has for you at Debbie's Designs!

Thursday, November 16, 2017


The first reservation period for the new Stamparatus runs starts today and runs through November 30th! I just figured out that when you reserve in this period, and the Stamparatus becomes available to ship in February (you'll get the notice when you can add it to your cart), it will be during Sale-A-Bration and will count toward your order! Once it's available and you do add it to your shopping cart, you can add other things as well before you check out. That is when your card would be charged, too, NOT when you reserve it.

Here is a Q&A sheet that should answer any questions you have: Stamparatus Launch Q & A

Click HERE for a quick tutorial on how to reserve your Stamparatus (three easy steps, plus emailed confirmation).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Half Full Wine Tag

I had a request for some hand-crafted gift tags for bottles of wine, and this is one of the designs I came up with. It uses the fun Half Full stamp set, which is perfect for oenophiles, or just any old wino you may know. Or young one, for that matter!

Smiley from Millan.Net

I like wine, but it has to have a little sweetness....not that pucker-inducing stuff like Merlot. I attribute it to the soda-pop "wines" I drank in my youth. Anyone remember Boone's Farm or Annie Green Springs? Am I dating myself?

Anyhoo, I don't claim to be a wine aficionado, I just know what my taste buds like. I do know that a bottle of wine makes a nice gift, and this tag makes a lovely topper. Just tie a pretty bow around the neck of the bottle after slipping the tag on.

Here is the inside greeting:

Since I was coloring with the new Stampin' Blends markers, I had to cover the inside of the flap because the ink bleeds through. I used the same DSP as the background so it coordinated.

You can't really see it in these photos, but the Black Mini Sequin Trim adds just the right touch to fancy it up a bit.


 Tag base: Basic Black 3-1/4" x 11", scored at 3-1/4"
 DSP background: Candy Cane Lane (retired) 2-3/4" x  7-1/4"
 DSP inside flap: Candy Cane Lane (retired) 2" x 3-1/4"
 Image tags: Whisper White 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" (cut two, I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die)
 Mat for image: Gold Foil 2-3/8" x 3-5/8"
 Scrap of Whisper White for the holly sprig

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Exciting News!

I have been positively bursting to tell you about this product for a couple years now, since I was on the design team giving feedback during its development, but I was sworn to secrecy. FINALLY I can tell you about this amazing new stamp positioning tool from Stampin' Up! It is unlike anything else out there, and if you watch the video below, you'll see how unique it is!

There are two removable, reversible hinged plates with grid markings, two VERY powerful magnets that store in little cubbies on back, and a foam liner for use with photopolymer stamps that you'd remove for red rubber stamps. Another cool feature is that it is open on two sides, so you can fit larger projects in it!

This product launch will be a bit different than in the past. Instead of ordering from your demonstrator (or from Stampin' Up! directly), there will be three reservation "windows" with three "available to ship" dates. By taking reservations, SU will know exactly how many to order from the manufacturer, which eliminates those very frustrating back-order situations.

When you reserve your Stamparatus, your card will not be charged until it is ready to ship. At that time, you will receive a notice that it's ready, and complete the ordering process. And then wait impatiently for the man in brown to bring your stamping happiness to your door! (At least if you're anything like me!)

Watch Carrie demonstrate some of the features in this video (I thought the Hinge Step Technique was really cool)!

Are you as excited as I am??? I can't wait to get it in my happy hands! And if I get in that first reservation window, it should be here around my birthday, WOOT! *hums 'Happy birthday to me'*

So, when can you reserve your Stamparatus? Here are the dates:

Reservation WindowsAvailable to Ship
November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018Approx. April 15, 2018