Holiday Catalog 2011

Gently Falling and Baby Wipes

Also in the Holiday Mini Catalog is a beautiful fall stamp set called Gently Falling.  I received Gently Falling for FREE as a perk for my title with Stampin' Up!  It came in a kit with the Spice Cake Fabric, DSP and Big Buttons, all for FREE!  This is just one of the many perks of joining my team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.


Gently Falling is a 2-Step Stamp set meaning that you ink the solid image in one color and then over stamp the line art image with a darker color.  I used the Baby Wipe Technique for the solid leaf stamps and then over stamped them in Soft Suede.  The Perfectly Penned greeting set uses this beautiful font that is just perfect this card!

I used the Brand NEW Simply Scored Tool to create my Z Fold Card.  I cannot tell you how fast the scoring went on these 30 cards.  I used the place markers at 2 1/4 & 5 1/2 and I scored all 30 in about 5 minutes.  This tool is a MUST HAVE!!!!  Order in in my Online Store item #122334.

BARB'S TIP: Baby Wipe Technique - take a baby wipe and fold it in half, I like to place it in my Powder Pal Tray to protect my work surface from the ink.  Add drops of ink creating thick lines or a pattern of circles and use the baby wipe as your ink pad.  Be careful not to muddle the colors when you are inking the stamp.  You may want to clean your stamp between inkings.

This was my Control Freaks Holiday Mini Swap Card.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it.  

Stamps: Gently Falling, Perfectly Penned
Paper: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard Very Vanilla card stock
Ink : Pool Party, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard Ink Refills, Soft Suede Classic Ink
Embellishments: Silver Mini Brads, Spice Cake Designer Fabric for the knot
Accessories: Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Simply Scored Tool, 1" Square Punch to make the pennant end, Sponge Daubers

Holiday Mini Catalog - Place your orders today!!

Today marks the first day you can place your orders from the Holiday Mini Catalog!! Place your orders HERE!


Need to see the Holiday Mini Catalog - Click Here

Looking for a sampling of all the products? Find my Holiday Mini Product Share HERE.

One of my NEW favorite products is the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  This is the best scoring tool on the market. 


It has grooves every 1/8" so you can literally score anything with ease!  It comes with place markers so you can mark some of your favorite score lines or mark lines when making multiple projects.  It comes with a metal stylus, not a flimsy plastic one that will wear out.  It is easy on the eyes and won't show the dirt..WOO HOO!!!

TinytagsspicecakecloseI used it to create the pleats on this strip of cardstock, come back for a tutorial on how I did it.  You need this tool!!

Order your own Simply Scored tool HERE.

Order from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Holiday Mini Product Shares!

The Holiday Mini Catalog is live today and that means that I will be placing my first order for product shares. 

This share includes over 75 pieces of DSP, Fabric, Bells, Buttons, Ribbons, Boxes, bags, embellishments and more!


I cannot use a paypal button in this post as I must comply with SU guidelines so if you want some shares, YOU MUST EMAIL ME and I will send you a paypal invoice.  Thank you!!

The I Want It All Package includes over 75 pieces!!! $33.49 (add $5 if you need me to mail it, I use Priority envelopes to keep everything nice for you.)

  • (18) 6x6 sheets of Designer Series Paper (Pick Your Poison, Spice Cake, Frostwood Lodge)
  • (6) 6x6 sheets of Specialty Designer Series Paper (Holly Berry Bouquet)
  • (2) 6x6 sheets of Glimmer Paper (Red, Silver)
  • (3) Ribbon Varieties (approx 2 yds each of Very Vanilla 3/8" Velvet Stitched, Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted)
  • (6) 8x8 (approx) pieces of Designer Fabric (Spice Cake, Holly Berry Bouquet)
  • Assortment of Pick Your Poison Quick Accents
  • (4) 1-1/2" Spice Cake Designer Buttons (four colors)
  • (12) Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons (3 each of two colors, two sizes)
  • (10) cellphone Bags (1" x 8") (The pic shows a full treat, this is not included just wanted to show you how to use them)
  • (1) Kraft Gift Box
  • (4) Winter Wishes Stitched Felt
  • (8) Mini Jingle Bells
  • (6) Sizes of Shaker Frames

I will take orders through 5:00pm MT today for the first round and order the shares this evening.  Four people are needed per group.  I will expedite it so the shares will go out ASAP!!

Dazzdet BONUS FROM BARB - For every four people who buy a share, one participant will receive a FREE bottle of our New Dazzling Details in their package.  Glitter in a bottle, brilliant!!!

Email me at with your interest and I will send you paypal invoice for your shares(s).

August 2011 Control Freaks Blog Tour - 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog!


Welcome to the August 2011 Tour de Freaks Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you join us today.

This month we are featuring Projects from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog.  There are so many spectacular products in this mini, it was hard to decide what to create! 

Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have just come from my friend Lisa Martz's blog, you may be one of my blog stalkers or you may have just stumbled here…however you got here, you’ll be very glad you did!  Be sure to take the whole tour!  Note:  If you are arriving here on the 19th, please note that not all links may be working yet.  The tour officially begins on the 20th.


I decided to create with products from the Spice Cake Product Suite.  First up is a greeting card.  I started with a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Spice Cake pack which has a wonderful combination of colors.  I then added a strip of mini scallops created with the Dotted Ribbon Scallop Border Punch to bring out the small amount of More Mustard in the paper.  The dots along the other side are done on Soft Suede card stock with the matching ink and the Dot, Dot, Dot single stamp. 

Pleats The strip of Pool Party was created by using my NEW Simply Scored Scoring Tool!! I scored lines every 1/2" and 1" and folded them to create pleats.  I adhered the strip to the card with our Sticky Strip. I will post a tutorial after September 1st when I can show you the AWESOME NEW Simply Scored Scoring Tool!!!  This is an absolute "must have item" and I know you will love it!!!

I also wanted to incorporate some of the Spice Cake fabric into my project along with the Spice Cake Designer Buttons so I cut a skinny strip of the Pool Party fabric and threaded it through the button like ribbon, added a 1 3/4 Pear Pizzazz Scallop to the back and attached it to my card with Mini Glue Dots.  The little Jewelry Tag punchout was stamped with images from the Tiny Tags stamp set using our matching Stampin' Write Markers. 

Tinytagsspicecakeclose Did you notice the "thread" I used to attach the tag to the button?  It is the super thin border of our 3/8 Taffeta Ribbon.  I used my Craft Scissors to carefully trim the skinny edge from the ribbon and used it as thread.  I now have thread in a number of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors...WOO HOO!!

My second project uses the Matchbox Bigz XL Die as a package to contain three MAGNETS!!!  Yep, I turned these nifty Spice Cake Designer Buttons into MAGNETS!!!


The box used Soft Suede card stock and the same pattern in the Spice Cake DSP pack as I used on the card.  The flower on the top was created with the same Pool Party fabric and the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die along with a circle of our Sticky Pages.  A tutorial for this will be coming soon.  The middle of the flower is one of our 5/8" Neutral Brads covered with a tiny circle from the Spice Cake fabric. 

Spicecakemagnet The magnets were cut from our Magnet Sheets and the Circles #2 Originals Die.  The Magnet Sheets have a sticky side so it was super easy to attach them to the backs of the buttons.  I cut the fabric into a circle using a 1 3/8 circle of card stock as a guide and attached them to the button middles with our Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  The ribbons were added with Mini Glue Dots.  These magnets were so simple to create and I cannot wait to make some more!!!

That does it for me, your next stop is my super talented and dear friend Dawn Olchefske and I am sure you will love what she has to share.


Thanks for visiting!!!!