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October 2012 Control Freaks Blog Tour - For the Men


Welcome to the October 2012 Tour de Freaks Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you join us today.

This month is For the Men in Our Lives Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have just come from the fabulous 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 am starting out with a "party snack" recipe that is a favorite of the men in my house.  I created the recipe in My Digital Studio, printed it on my home computer in Whisper White card stock and mounted it to a 4x6 piece of Basic Gray card stock.

I participate in a recipe exchange each month with some of my customers/friends and this was the recipe I shared in September.  I did add a Regals Brad in More Mustard to the sunburst near the bottom for a bit of dimension. Here is a shot of the back of the recipe card:

Leave a comment on this post and I will send a couple of you your own Bacon & Cheese Potato Crisp Recipe Card.  Comments for the recipe cards are closed as of 10-24-12...thanks for all the wonderful comments. :-)

Up next is a card for a sweet little boy.  I don't have too many young boy stamps so I grabbed my Every Little Bit set.  This set has 28 small images that fit perfectly in our 1" Square Punch.


I stamped the three hammer & nail images on a scrap of Whisper White in Jet Black Staz On, colored the handles with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker and the hammer heads with the NEW Stampin Dazzle Marker in Silver. 


I took another larger scrap of White and punched a 1" square out of it, placed the "hole" over my stamped image and with a Sponge Dauber, I added some Crumb Cake Ink.   The images were then punched out with the Postage Stamp Punch.

The strip of Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock behind the trio of images was run through the Big Shot with the Striped TIEF and the Stampin' Sanding System was used to reveal the lighter color inside.

That does it for me, your next stop is the blog of my buddy Dawn Olchefske and I know you will love what she has to share.


Thanks for visiting!!!!

It's Raining Men - Not So Seriously


This is one of the cards from my "It's Raining Men" card class in September.  Click to see more of my Manly Cards.  We used the Not So Seriously stamp set and I just love these little dogs! 

We stamped them in Early Espresso and added some details to their collars and the grass with a couple of Stampin Write Markers.  I finally got to use my Always Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon....WOO HOO!! Get a share of this ribbon and a few others in my His & Hers Ribbon Share, scroll down after you click the link.

The background was done with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the gals commented that this is a really simple card to make.

My next card class is Thursday, December 1st at 6:00, If you are in the Sheridan, Wyoming area, come stamp with us!!

Order your supplies in my Online Store.

Stamps: Not So Seriously W #123085, C #123087
Paper: Cajun Craze #119684, Always Artichoke #105119, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Pad #119670, Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker #119678, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker #100080
Accessories: Always Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon #125054, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #119976


Bigshotathome-002You have about a week left to sign up for my Be a Big Shot at Home series of classes.  We are starting on November 15th.  Click HERE for all the details.  You are guaranteed a FREE $150 shopping spree in February when you sign up for these classes.

For the Men - Golden Wheat


My monthly card class is so much fun and I am not just talking about the guests having fun, I mean me!  It gives me the opportunity to create five simple but fabulous cards.

This card was a huge hit at my September card class.  The focus was "It's Raining Men" and all five cards had a manly theme.  My next monthly card class is Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00.  If you are in the Sheridan, Wyoming area, come join us!!

MochamorningFor this card, we used the Autumn Days stamp set to stamp the wheat in Versamark and cover it with Gold Embossing Powder.  It is very striking.  The Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper has this fabulous striped paper in the pack and it just made the other neutral elements come together.

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Barb's Supplies:
Stamps: Autumn Days W #115452, C #120000
Paper: Soft Suede #115318, Basic Black #121045, Mocha Morning Specialsy DSP #122366
Ink: Versamark #102283
Accessories: Heat Tool #100005, Gold Embossing Powder #109129

Watercolored Lovely as a Tree


This was one of the cards we made at a recent monthly card class called It's Raining Men.  It uses the Lovely as a Tree set with our Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  We spritzed the stamp with Stampin' Mist and then added the color to the leaves of the tree with various colors from the Regals Watercolor Wonder Crayons, spritzed it again and stamped it onto a piece of Confetti Cream card stock.  We then cleaned the stamp and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to over stamp the image again in Chocolate Chip.

The pennant strip was done by stamping the Solid Stripes ala'carte stamp in Versamark on a strip of Riding Hood Red and then snipping the end off with the Postage Stamp Punch.

You can order any of these supplies in my Online Store any time of the day!!

I hold a my monthly card class on the first Thursday of every month in my Stampin' Studio in Sheridan, Wyoming.  The cost is $12.50 or a $25 order placed that day. 

My next class will be Thursday, October 6th at 6:00pm.  Please let me know if you would like to come.


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**My 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas starts Next week, be sure you are on my newsletter list to receive all the fabulous ideas!
**Demonstrators, are you looking for a new class to offer your customers?  Customers are you looking for info on new techniques?  Check out my Technique class files.  Details can be found here

Summer Mini Catalog ends this month!

The end of the Summer Mini Catalog is near and I have a few more nifty things to show you!  August 31st is the last day to place an order if you need this "Manly" paper and stamp set.  Place your Summer Mini Catalog orders in my Online Store today!

This is a Notefolio that was on display on the Alaska cruise.  It uses the The Open Sea stamp set and the coordinating Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper.


The case is one of our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases and the Designer Series Paper slides between the plastic cover and the case.  I love how the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and 3/8 Twill Tape adorn the spine. 

Are you looking to increase your supply of ribbons?  I have the perfect solution for you.....My Ribon Shares!!!  Get a few yards of each style and color for a fraction of the cost of purchasing whole spools.  Check it out HERE.


Here is the inside, it has a notepad on the right and a pocket created by extending the Scallop Envelope Bigz die to make it wider.  The note cards fit right in this cute envelope.


There are four cards and envelopes stamped with The Open Sea stamp set in the Scallop Envelope Pocket.

I love this project and have offered it as a class before, maybe I need to do it again.  You can make a bunch of these notefolios with our AWESOME buy 3 Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale this month.  Click HERE to go to my Online Store and get your FREE paper!!!



Ribbon and Paper Shares - Choose your styles!

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Need for Speed!


Do you ever feel the need for speed?  I certainly do and that is how I feel this morning as I type up this post.  I am on vacation while you are reading this, I typed it up back in July before I left.  I was trying to get as many things posted before I left so you would have some nifty things to loook at when you check my blog each day, wasn't that nice of me!!

This is one of the FREE sets I received from Stampin' Up! for my recruiting efforts during Sale-a-bration.  Stampin' Up! offers us so many ways to earn free stuff, why not join SU with me and start earning your FREE stufff!!!

The Need for Speed set was a must have set for me as I needed to increase my "man stamps" collection.  I paired it with the NEW Flocked Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper and CASE'd the card on page 91. 

The card is one of the projects that my Be a Big Shot at Home Class Subscribers got in their kits in July.  You can Be A Big Shot at Home too, I will be stating round #3 in November.

Augustdsp Get your FREE Designer Series Papers in August with our Buy Three Get One FREE Promotion.  Get all the details HERE and place your orders in my Online Store.

May 2011 Control Freaks Blog Tour - For He's a Jolly Good Fellow!


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

This month we are featuring Masculine and Father's Day Projects.   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 May 20th.

Unchartedterritoryvlatch First up for me is a nifty card that I have seen a few different places and I have seen it called either a V-Latch or a Snip & Tuck Card.  Whatever you call it, it is pretty cool.  I have two cards in the photo, the one in the front is latched and the one in the back is not.

UnchartedterritoryvlatchopeningFold a 3 x 12 piece of card stock in half.  Find the mid point 2" in from the right side and 1 1/2" from the top and poke a hole through both layers.  Cut from the bottom right corner to the hole on the front and from the top right corner to the hole on the back and latch then together.

I used the Nautical Expedition DSP, Teeny Tiny Wishes, the Sanded background stamp and the Uncharted Territory stamp set on my card.  The Postage Stamp Punch adds a bit of interest and the NEW Early Espresso Baker's Twine finishes it off nicely.

My second project is a Matchbook Flip Book for my Dad.  I plan to put a picture of both kiddos on the middle panel.

Sailawayminiflipbookout I used the Sail Away Single Stamp from the Summer Mini Catalog on the front and the Uncharted Territory set on the two inside pages.  The Nautical Expedition DSP is cut to 3 x 11 3/4, scored at 5 and 10 3/4 and the pages are 3 x 3 1/2, 3 x 4 1/2, and 3 x 5 1/2.  The Round Tab Punch and the Perfect Punches stamp set were used on the tabs and I wrapped the Early Espresso Baker's Twine around  the bottom to hide the staple.  



That's it for me, the next stop on the Control Freaks Blog Tour is the super talented Lisa Young.

Thanks for visiting!!!!

Out West for the Guys

Outwestcirclecowboy I just realized that I never posted the cards we made in class a few months ago.  I hold a card class on the first Thursday of every month, and if you are in the Sheridan, Wyoming area, come and check it out.

This one is definitely for the guys!!  It uses the Out West stamp set and the new Circle dies in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  April 30th is the last day to order from the Occasions Mini Catalog so make your list and get what you want because who knows what will be carried over.  My card was inspired by Erica Cerwin, thanks Erica!!

Place your orders here.

Stamps: Out West, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Bigz 3" Circle Die, Bigz 3 1/2" Circle Die, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Sponge Daubers, Mat Pack, Piercing Tool
Embellishments: Silver Brads

Did you know that I have a bunch of FREE tutorials on my blog?  I do!!!  Scroll down to see them in the left side bar.

Bigshotathome1 Have you joined the Be a Big Shot at Home Club?  Read all about it HERE and sign up today, it is tons of fun.  You will get projects each month starting in May and running through August. At the end you get a $150 shopping spree!!



Birthday Card Class-Bring on the Cake & Uncharted Territory

UnchartedterritorysaharaI held a Birthday Card Class on New Year's Day and this is one of the cards we made.  It uses Uncharted Territory W116952 C120456 and Bring on the Cake C121958, W121899.

The colors are Sahara Sand and Not Quite Navy.  We used a Versamarker to add some color to the stamped image and sponged the edges of the focal point with Sahara Sand.  A Metallic Eyelet and some Hemp Twine make it a bit on the manly side. 

I was inspired by a card Debbie Keane made.  I have more cards to share from this event so check back.



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Last Chance Stamps - Wanted

Scroll down to see a few of the products that are 25%-50% off

This is another set I am sorry to see go.  It is perfect for men and this horse lent itself great to a technique that I call "In Motion".  I used both retiring and non-retiring items on this card.  There is another technique on this card called Faux Tile.


Retiring items: Star Punch 109045, Wanted Stamp Set 115106

Other Items: Large Star Punch, Always Artichoke ink and card stock, Chocolate Chip ink and card stock, Gold Brads, Cutter Kit, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade.

Discounted items

In Color Markers 25% off $13.46

Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper 25% off $7.46

Pirate Party Kit 50% off $7.98

Basic Jumbo and Small Grommets 50% off $3.48

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More Red, Black and Gray

I just love this color combo and this layout.  You can see another card I posted with this same combo four days ago by clicking HERE.


This set uses Extreme Elements which is part of the May Special.  It makes GREAT manly cards!!  Purchase this set and receive a FREE set of Designer Brads (page 179).

Extremeelementsredgrayblack I randomly stamped the varous images in the Extreme Elements set with Basic Black, Real Red and Going Gray.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is punched out with the Word Window Punch and then the Modern Label Punch.  I used the flip side of the Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon and added a Clear Rhinestone Brad.  My card base is Textured Going Gray.

Extremeelementsredgrayblackbox  I used the Bigz XL Fancy Favor Box die for my gift box and added some Real Red tissue paper. :-)  The box is made from Textured Card Stock and the Basic Black Belly Band is also Textured.  I added a small Clear Rhinestone Brad for some interest. 

During National Scrapbooking Month, get a FREE package of Designer brads with the purchase of My Digital Studio (item 118108) or any of the following stamp sets:

p. 81 Extreme Elements
p. 119 Framed with Love**
p. 128 Certified **
p. 129 Circle Circus
p. 12 Elements of Style *
p. 13 Momentos *
p. 13 Éléments de style*
p. 14 Rough Type *
p. 22 Sentimental Journey *
p. 25 First Day *
p. 25 Camino a la Escuela
*From the Summer Mini Catalog
**Last Chance Stamp Set
p. 179 Flower Designer brads
p. 179 Filigree Designer brads
p. 179 Circle Designer brads
p. 179 Star Designer brads
Click HERE to view the flyer or click HERE for more info on the current specials.

My brother's birthday card

Well, it's official, my brother is old!!!  He turned the BIG 40 last week and, of course, my card and gift will be late!!!! 

Here is the card I made for him.  It was very simple so that was right up my alley. :-)


I started with the Prestwick papers, these papers are so rich looking and the colors and patterns make the perfect "man cards".  I broke out my very underloved (is that even a word??) Just B stamp set for this card.


Just B

Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Whisper White card stock

Brocade Blue and Basic Gray ink

Prestwick Designer Series Papers, Brocade Blue Wide Grosgrain, Silver Brads

Thanks for looking!!!


Techniques Class!!

I had techniques classes last night and this afternoon, what fun we had!!  If you haven't signed up to take one of my technique classes, you must, we learn some really nifty techniques.  Check out my class calendar link to the left for a list of my upcoming classes.  Here are the two techniques that we did this round.


This is the fossil stone technique, very cool!!  I CASE'd this card from LeeAnn Greff, and it uses the With Gratitude set and the Photo Corner Punch for the detail in the upper left corner.


This one is called split negative and uses the grouping of trees in the Lovely as a Tree set.  I love black, white and red together but I decided to add some Basic Gray and that did the trick.  Add the Sanded background stamp, and this is the perfect card for those hard to stamp for people....MEN!!!  It was inspired by my friend Tammy Fite, thanks Tammy!!!!