Control Freaks January Blog Tour


Hello! I hope that your week is off to a good start! I had a nice day at work and another crafty evening when I got home apart from my little Target run. Guess what?! It’s time for another Control Freaks Blog Tour! This month our theme is Love and just in time for Valentine’s day! There are lots of fun new products in the 2015 Occasions Catalog with a love theme and I hope that you get some inspiration from my projects today. If you are following along with the tour you have arrived here from my talented friend Debbie Henderson’s blog. I have two cards and a little treat holder for you this time around so let’s get to them!

The first card that I have is a fun Valentine that would work for anyone. The base of the card is Whisper White Card Stock. I took a piece of Soft Sky and used the Word Bubbles Framelits to cut out the negative in the upper right corner. I also used the dies for the clouds that are cut from more Whisper White. The greeting is from the You Plus Me Stamp Set and is stamped in Real Red, using the negative cut out for placement and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. The ballon and the bow are cut out from Real Red and Red Glimmer paper using the Balloons Framelits. I cut out the heart in the middle of the ballon and another one from Red Glimmer Paper using the Hearts Collection Framelits. The basket is stamped in Soft Suede from the Celebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp Set. A piece of Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper is adhered behind the negative heart in the ballon and the balloon and red glimmer heart are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally I adhered my cloudsΒ to the background and the background to the base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I think that this card would work for just about any age, don’t you?

Control Freaks January Blog Tour Love Balloon Card-WM

My second card is a nice simple one that would work for many different occasions. It begins with a base of Sahara Sand Card Stock. I used the You Plus Me Stamp Set and repeatedly stamped the ampersand in Pool party on Pool Party for the background. A piece of Vellum Card Stock cut to the same size as the Pool Party and has one of the greetings from the same set heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I used the Spiral Border Punch along the left side and a Mini Metallic Clothespin holds the two sheets together. Some Stampin’ Dimensionals along the back of the Pool Party piece adhere the background to the card. A simple card that would make a great birthday, thank you or Valentine!

Control Freaks January Blog Tour Sweet Notebook Paper Vellum Card-WM

My last project for today is a little treat holder. I used some Vellum Card Stock and the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits for the holder. I cut another piece of Vellum out with the Hearts Collection Framelits for my topper. AllΒ of the stamps are from the January Paper Pumpkin Kit and are heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Some Gold Glimmer paper is punched out with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and adhered to the Vellum heart with Glue Dots. A Mini Metallic Clothespin is adhered to the back of the heart with Sticky Strip and holds it to the handle on the that box. I would have filled this up with some M&M’s but unfortunately I finished the bag the other day! Time to get some more!

Control Freaks January Blog Tour Vellum Gold Lover Treat Holder-WM

So there you have my projects for this month’s Control Freak Blog Tour. I hope that you enjoyed them and that you are inspired to get started on some of your Valentine’s Day Cards! Next up is Clever Julie Davidson! Enjoy the rest of the tour and thanks so much for spending some time with me! Have a wonderful Tuesday!! πŸ™‚


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Love Balloon Card:

Stamp Sets: You Plus Me Clear Mount and Celebrate Today Photopolymer

Ink: Real Red and Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink

Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky and Real Red

Specialty Paper: Red Glimmer

Designer Series Paper: Stacked with Love stack

Framelits: Word Bubbles, Hearts Collection and Balloons

Tools: Bog Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL


Sweet Notebook Paper Vellum Card:

Stamp Set: You Plus Me Clear Mount

Ink: Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink

Specialty Ink: Versa- Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: Gold

Card Stock: Sahara Sand and Pool Party

Specialty Card Stock: Vellum

Punch: Spiral Border

Embellishments: Mini Metallic Clothespins

Tools: Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL


Vellum Gold Love Treat Holder:

Stamp Set: January paper Pumpkin Kit

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: Gold

Specialty Card Stock: Vellum

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Treat Box

Framelits: Hearts Collection

Embellishments: Mini Metallic Clothespins

Tools: Big Shot, Fast Fuse, Sticky Strip and Glue Dots

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12 Replies to “Control Freaks January Blog Tour”

  1. I LOVE the hot air balloon card!! That stamp set and framelits just arrived on my door step today! Can’t wait to play! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Hi Justin:

    All three of your creations are gorgeous but I have to agree with Julie that I Love the hot air balloon best. Tee Hee…………….could it be that I relate to the hot air? Chuckle, chuckle! Sorry, I have a tendency to get giddy when I am tired. The candy holder is adorable and you are right, the center card could be used for just about any occasion. I have to admit though that the glimmer paper always makes me smile. I’m a sucker for glitter and bling!

    Glad you had a great day. I did too. It actually got to 40 degrees outside and the sun was shining. It’s been a long time since we have had such a nice day and I understand it isn’t going to last. Yet another cold front will come through tonight and we will be back in the 20’s by morning. I hope that this one day wasn’t our “January Thaw” because one day surely isn’t enough for any of us to thaw out!

    Hugs to you my friend and have yourself a Tantalizing Tuesday! XXOO πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my gosh, once again, you are over the top, above and beyond etc. I love all three bunches. I know I don’t post all the time (mainly because I don’t have a lot of time), but I just have to let you know what I think of these cards and your project before I leave this evening. Love, love, love them all. You are really the greatest and craftiest.

  4. OMG! I don’t know where to begin, all three are gorgeous, fabulous. I thought the first was the best, Love the balloon but each one got better. and Velum in the curvey box, stunning

  5. Good Morning Justin. Wow- you’ve been a busy guy! These projects are wonderful and as usual your presentations are so fun! I love the balloon card and agree this would work for just about anyone. The word bubbles framelet cutout is really clever and I will have to use this one!
    We went to see American Sniper over the weekend- a phenomenal film – Bradley Cooper is so amazing. It makes you sit and take pause, everyone in the theater was very solemn when it ended….I highly recommend seeing it.

    1. Hello Marty!
      Yes, I have been a busy guy! LOL! And it doesn’t look like it’s letting up any time soon! Thank you so much! I thought the balloon card was fun! That Framelit makes great clouds!
      I wan to see that movie, I’m a big Bradley Cooper fan! I love movies like that! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  6. Hello Justin! What a treat for us today! Love all of your projects! The heart balloon card is so cute. Love the hot air balloon! Your second project with the vellum and the ampersand is darling. Love the touches of gold on that one. And your curvy vellum heart box is perfect! I know I tell you this often but you are such an inspiration! I think you should be on the Artisan Team next year! Can we nominate people for that?? πŸ˜‰ Have a great day, I hoping to get my Paper Pumpkin…can’t wait! Have a great day Justin!

    1. Hi Karen!
      Thank you very much! I’m so happy that you enjoyed all of the projects! It makes me feel so good knowing that I inspire you! It really does make it all worth it! I appreciate your Artisan vote, I may give it a go this year! That would be nice if you could be nominated! I hope that you got your Paper Pumpkin too, great stamps as always! I had a good day and hope that you did too! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow, you HAVE been busy Justin! All your projects are gorgeous! You have given me an idea with the word bubble framelit, I have those πŸ™‚ That treat holder looks so cool made out of vellum, and embossed in gold, it looks so classy! We had a good trip to Adelaide yesterday, back to work again today. The weeks are flying by already, it’ll be Christmas again before we know it! Happy Wednesday Justin xxx πŸ™‚

    1. LOL! Yes, I have been Kelly! Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you had a nice trip! I can’t believe that January is almost over! Time really just just fly by! Happy Thursday to you my friend! πŸ™‚

  8. You are amazing, Justin….your projects are fabulous and so different…love everything but think my most favorite is the last one using our more than wonderful Curvy Keepsake box die!

    1. Why thank you so much Carol! I love that Curvy Keepsake, especially cut from Vellum! I hope that you had a nice day! πŸ™‚

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