Control Freaks November Blog Tour


Hello everyone and welcome to the November Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme for this month’s tour is Christmas! If you are following the tour then you have arrived here from Cindy Elam’s blog. She had some great stuff, didn’t she?! I have two home decor projects for you. Who couldn’t use a little inspiration to help with the decorating around your house this time of year?

The first of the two projects I have for you today is a banner. I’m a big fan of nontraditional holiday colors and this banner is no exception. The bases for the banner are Cherry Cobbler Card Stock that I stamped in Cherry Cobbler with the Dictionary Background Stamp. I flagged the bottoms and used the 1″ Circle Punch to create the ticket corners on the top. The rosettes are made from Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. My next layer is a piece of Blushing Bride that I cut out with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies and embossed with the Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The letters that spell out JOY are cut out using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies from Cherry Cobbler. To add a little interest I stamped some snowflakes from the Festive Flurry Stamp Set in Pool Party and cut them out with the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies. The flags are held on to the jute twine with some Pool Party that is punched out with the “Vintage” Tab Punch. The snowflakes are held on with Card Stock that is punched out with the Word Window Punch. It’s a fun and relatively simple banner to make, but it’s sure to dress up any home for the holidays!

Control Freaks Nov. Tour Banner

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Control Freaks Nov. Tour Banner Snowflake

My second project for today I’m going to use as a tree topper, but you could also use it as an ornament on a bigger tree or it could be hung on a door. The base for my project is a piece of Soft Sky Card Stock that I cut out with the Circles Collections Framelits Dies. The background is a piece of Very Vanilla that I stamped with the World Map Background Stamp in Old Olive and that is also cut out with the Circles Framelits. I used the Christmas Star Single Stamp heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, cut out with my Paper Snips and scored with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Some stacked Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere it to the background. The greeting is from the Greetings of the Season Stamp Set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punched out with the 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch. It is backed with a piece of Cherry Cobbler that I cut out with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies. Two flagged pieces of Brushed Gold Card Stock are adhered behind it. On the back of it is a tube of Soft Sky that I will use to place it on top of my tree.

Control Freaks Nov. Tour Tree Topper

I hope that you enjoyed my projects for this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour. Now on to your next stop, up next is Lisa Martz, enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by here and have a great day!


Stampin’ Up! products used:


Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Winter Frost Specialty

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Festive Flurry and Dictionary Background Stamp Clear Mount

Framelits: Festive Flurry and Chalk Talk

Embossing Folder: Alphabet Press

Punch: 1″ Circle

Bigz Dies: Typeset Alphabet

Tools: Big Shot, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Tree Topper:

Card Stock: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler

Specialty Card Stock: Brushed Gold

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: Gold

Stamp Sets: Christmas Star Single and Greetings of the Season Clear Mount

Framelits: Circles Collection and Deco Labels

Punch: 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL