Saturday, May 19, 2012

Control Freaks Blog Tour: Going, Going... Almost Gone!

Welcome to Tour De Freaks! The theme this month is Going, Going... Almost Gone! We are featuring products from the Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Catalog that are about to retire on May 31. If you are following this tour, then you may have arrived here from Jan Tinklenberg's site. I'm always inspired by her projects! (Note: If you are viewing this post before 5/20, all the links may not yet be working. Visit again tomorrow!)

Since June is right around the corner, I thought I would feature some masculine projects suitable for Dads and Grads using retiring products. For ease of reading, all the products featured in bold type are those that will retire May 31.

For my first project I have a Father's Day Card featuring the Plant Hope Stamp Set, one of my all time favorite stamp sets. To make it, I first cut an oval using the Ovals Die. I inked my stamp with Always Artichoke and Early Espresso Markers. After I stamped it, I used River Rock and Cajun Craze Ink Pads and a Blender Pen to color in the stem and pot.  Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper was used for the background. Mini Library Clips and Hemp Twine are the perfect masculine embellishments. 

Next, I have a graduation card featuring another one of my favorite stamp sets, Uncharted Territory. Isn't the greeting just perfect for a graduate? The awesome background was made using my Big Shot and Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, which includes six different designs. After embossing, I used a brayer inked with Marina Mist Ink to add some additional dimension.  The focal image was stamped in Early Espresso Ink. I masked off the sky and the boat, then sponged Marina Mist Ink onto the bottom area to create the water. The hull and sail were colored with a blender pen, and the clouds sponged. Some Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon finishes the project off.

For my third project I have a two page 12x12 scrapbook spread featuring the Notes and Details Stamp Set.  This is an essential set for any Scrapbooker. (Note: You can click on any photo to see a larger image).

Well Worn Designer Series Paper is just perfect for masculine projects, and 5/16" Jumbo Brads are a great simple embellishment. I cut the "note" and "details" areas with Labels Collection Framelits and embossed one layer with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

The Ticket Corner Punch, used in the top right corner of this page, is another great product retiring May 31. I think one of these pages would look great framed, and would make a great gift for Dad on Father's Day.

I hope you enjoyed my projects! For a complete list of supplies, scroll to the bottom of this page. Now, it's off to go visit Gretchen Barron to see what surprises she has in store! 

Happy Stamping!


Stampin' Up! Products Used:

Plant Hope Card:
Stamp Sets: Plant Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, River Rock Textured
Designer Series Paper: Paisley Petals
Ink Pads: River Rock, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Markers: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Tools: Modern Label and Word Window Punches, Big Shot, Ovals Die
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Mini Library Clips

Uncharted Territory Card:
Stamp Sets: Uncharted Territory
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Ink Pads: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Tools: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Brayer
Accessories: Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon

Well Worn Scrapbook Pages:
Stamp Sets: Notes & Details
Card Stock: River Rock, Early Espresso
Designer Series Paper: Well Worn
Ink Pads: Early Espresso
Tools: Modern Label and Ticket Corner Punches, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits
Accessories: 5/16" Jumbo Brads


Wendy Weixler said...

GreatgreatGREAT masculine theme going on here!! I always struggle in that area, but you totally have it going on!! Great scrapbook layouts, as well. You should repost them once you put your photos in them, too!! Would be fun to see them all filled up!! :)

LeeAnn Greff said...

Wow - you're coloring on those beautiful manly cards is gorgeous! And that Scrapbook page is just perfect! Sure will miss that paper. I never knew that stamp would fit so perfectly in the framelits!

D'Ann said...

I agree with Wendy. These are great masculine cards, especially the Plant Hope one. I don't have the set yet but I think I'm going to get it now. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented! :-)

Stef Perry said...

Great masculine trio! The cards are great with clean lines with lots of texture. However, my favorite piece is your scrapbook layout!! As a total cardmaker, most scrapbook layouts either make my eyes cross or don't offer enough detail to draw me in. But yours really makes sense to me-it is attractive and functional as well. TFS!

Marilyn (stampwithMJ) said...

Nice cards and pages. I really like the sentiment punched I word window on modern label; hope I can remember next time I use TT wishes.

scrappingnana said...

Love your gorgeous layout and the cards. TFS