Control Freaks November Blog Tour



Hello my friends! It was chilly here again today but get this, it’s supposed to go up to 69 degrees on Monday! Even stranger, they have gotten 6-8 feet of snow in upstate NY! Thank god that wasn’t here! Phew! Well, guess what?! It’s time for this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour! We are featuring Christmas/Holiday projects to get you all inspired to make you Holiday cards and decorations! If you are following along with the tour you have arrived here from the very talented Debbie Henderson! She is just so clever, right?! This month I have two cards for you, one simple and one a little more complicated but nice and sparkly!

For my first card I have a nice simple card that I dressed up with some heat embossing. The card base is Early Espresso Card Stock. My center panel is Crumb Cake and I used the Tree Punch to punch out two negatives from the lower half. Another tree is punched out from a piece of Garden Green and I heat embossed the ornaments from the Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. My greeting is fromΒ the Watercolor Winter Trio Photopolymer Stamp Set and is heat embossed in Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The star image is also from the Festival of Trees Set and is heat embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I adhered a piece of paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack to the base before adhering the Crumb Cake Panel over it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The punched out tree is also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A nice fun rustic feeling card that would be pretty easy to duplicate.

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My second card has lots of sparkle! The base for this one is Smoky Slate Card Stock and my background is a piece of Lost Lagoon. I punched out a bunch of circles with the 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punches from Vellum Card Stock. Using some strategically placed Multi-Purpose Glue I adhered them to the base randomly. I then adhered some Frosted Sequins to cover the glue behind the Vellum with Crystal Effects. My Joy is from the Wondrous Wreath Framelits and is cut out from a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper. I used little slivers of Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to the card. I was going for a bit of a Bokeh look, you’ll have to let me know what you think! Was I successful?!

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And there are my two Holiday cards for this month’s Control Freaks Blog Tour! I hope that you enjoyed them both and are inspired to either finish (way better than me!) or start (that’s more like it) your Holiday cards! Now it’s time to continue on with the tour and next up is the incredibly cleverΒ Patty Bennett! You’ll love what she has for you, I always do! Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have a great Thursday! πŸ™‚


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card 1:

Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees and Watercolor Winter Trio Photopolymer

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: White and Early Espresso

Card Stock: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Garden Green

Designer Series Paper: Trim the Tree Stack

Punch: Tree

Tools: Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL


Card 2:

Stamps: NONE


Card Stock: Smoky Slate and Lost Lagoon

Specialty Card Stock: Vellum

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer

Framelits: Wondrous Wreath

Punches: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/4″ Circles

Embellishments: Frosted Sequins

Tools: Big Shot, Multi-Purpose Glue, Crystal Effects and Stampin’ Dimensionals

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36 Replies to “Control Freaks November Blog Tour”

  1. Justin, I love both cards. I love the tree punch and the way you used it with the DSP behind and then one tree in front. Also the Lost Lagoon paper with the velum circles with sequins just sparkles. So pretty.

  2. What a treat Justin! Three cards in one day and each one spectacular! I love that you used a negative with backing on the tree card then popped out the third tree. Easy, gorgeous and it looks like a million dollars. Of course you just know I would be crazy about the Joy card – so glitzy, so elegant. You just keep knocking them out of the ball park you little sweetie you! Thanks for all the inspiration. Your talent is glowing and your fan base is growing. Gotta’ love it! πŸ™‚

    1. Why thank you Grace! I like when you can do something simple but make it look like a lot more! I did have a feeling you might like the Joy card. It’s funny, I really do think of you whenever I use some bling! You are too kind to me Grace, but I love it! Big hugs from NY!! πŸ™‚

  3. Oh wow! These are two super fantastic cards Justin πŸ™‚ The first one is great for maybe my mass produced Christmas card and the other one my mother would love, her name is Joy πŸ™‚ It’s so elegant and yet a fun fancy way about it. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous cards!!

    1. Thank you Jill! Yes, the first one would be a good easy to mass produce card and the second one is just fun! It would definitely be perfect for you Mom! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Justin- two really great Christmas cards today. I love the blog hops- so inspirational.
    I meant to ask you yesterday- what is the image with the little pig all about?
    Stay warm!

    1. Hello Marty!
      Thanks as always! The blog hops are fun! I’m happy to be included with such a talented group of people! The pig is a nod to someone to let them know that they are being thought of. πŸ™‚

  5. Have to agree with previous comments – I love the tree card but the gherkin ornament is truly special!

  6. Hi Justin! Oh my…what great cards (again!) today! I love your first card using the negative space from the punches…so cute. Love your pickle too! Your second card is so bubbly! πŸ˜‰ Love the vellum circles and the sparkling Joy. You can’t help but smile when you look at that one. You have motivated me to get moving on my cards!! Have a terrific Thursday!

    1. Hello Karen!
      Thanks very much! I usually try and keep to a theme with the hops but I wanted to go simple and cool this time! Smiles are what it’s all about! I now hope to motivate my self to get cracking on my Christmas cards! Hope you had a good day! πŸ™‚

  7. I love how you punched the trees out on your first card. I have the same pickle ornament! I have ornaments of all kinds of vegetables and fruit! Some of them have different cultural backgrounds of origins for the holiday. Interesting…
    My tree punch is on back order! Boo hoo! Your second card does capture the Bokeh look. You sound in better spirits, I am happy to say. Enjoy tomorrow! (You know what day it is.) Take care! Nancy B

    1. Thank you Nancy! The pickle ornament was given to me by a special person and I just thought it would be unexpected in the picture! I used to have loads of glass snowmen but I have no idea where they got to. Just makes me want to make my own ornaments!
      You should be getting your tree punch soon, I placed and order for a customer on Monday and the got theirs.
      I have started to look at what was making me down in a different way, more hopeful. It helps. Thanks for your concern! Yes, it’s Friday after wine night! LOL! πŸ™‚

  8. Absolutely love both of your creations! Perfect for mass producing holiday cards. Off to my craft room!

  9. The circle card reminded me of champagne. I, too, have a pickle ornament that we hide every year on the tree. First one to find it gets a prize.

    1. Thank you Gale! Yes, the circle card does have a bubbly feel to it! The pickle is a new tradition for me, but one that I hope will carry on for years to come! πŸ™‚

  10. Love your first card, I really NEED, LOL, that puch. Your second card is really different, love it. CAS but elegant.

    69? I wish I was heading East. We actually should be 50 by Sunday, it will be a heat wave after this past week Take care

    1. Thank you Linda! LOL! Yes, you “need” that punch!! I really love to use vellum, you can do so much with it! I can’t wait for the warmer temps! Hopefully, Buffalo got all of the snow for the whole state and we can be done! Wouldn’t that be great?! πŸ™‚

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