Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Summertime, and Livin' is Freeeakkk-yyyyy ...

Welcome to the Control Freaks Summer Mini Preview Tour!! You should have just come from the uber-incredible blog of my good friend, Mary Brown! Ohmygosh!!! Did she just totally BLOW YOU AWAY with her use of the Fabulous Florets set??? She is the whole reason I even OWN this thing!!

First off, I am going to do my best to give this set its due justice ... I was not EVEN gonna buy it when I saw it in the preview of the Summer Mini ... I was kinda feelin' like been-there/done-that ... WRONG!! I added a little bleach to these flowers to make them pop a bit more. I am going to have a LOT of fun playing with this set, that's for sure!!

Stamps: Fabulous Florets
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Circle Scissor, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals

Next, I am using yet ANOTHER one of my mui-fave-fab sets that is soon-to-be-available to all y'all ... The Open Sea. I {{heart}} this set, the DSP, the baker's twine ... ALL of it!!!

Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Nautical Expedition DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, So Saffron, Marina Mist
Accessories: Circle Scissor, Ticket Corner Punch, Large Oval Punch, Curly Label Punch, Spiral Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brads, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

And last, but CERTAINLY not least ... this little Ghirardelli Chocolate Box is for my BFF, Jan ... also known as the infamous JanTink - who is celebrating her 50th birthday by participating in this Blog Tour (you go, girl!!)! Since chocolate is a diet staple (as Jan always points out to me!), I figured she DESERVED some for her birthday ... and if that weren't ENOUGH ... the little postage stamps that are wrapping her chocolate squares have been adhered to a magnet sheet ... so she can put them on her fridge and remember how much her friend loves her!!! Happy Birthday, friendy!!! (And YES, this little box IS on its way to ya!!) Smiley from millan.net

Stamps: Pretty Postage
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Garden Green
Ink: Melon Mambo, Garden Green
Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, Paper Crimper, Acetate

Next stop??? The equally fabulous Patty Bennett! There are sooo many bright, lovely colors in her projects that spring is SURE to show up!!


26 comments:

Mary Brown said...

Oh my word Wendy...this is really and truly AMAZING!!! ALL your items! I LOVE your flower card - so soft and pretty. Your sunset boat card - GORGEOUS. And well...what can you say about chocolate! Delightful...all delightful!

Cathy from Illinois said...

OMG! Your ship card is absolutely beautiful!! Love the flower card - and yes it is on my wish list!!

Lisa said...

Oh, Wendy! Wow...IN LOVE with all your projects here! Way to go! You nailed it!

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

I made a poppin pastels boat, but it pales in comparison to your tall ship scene! Wow!! Go Wendy!

gbarron56 said...

Wendy -- you outdid yourself with your projects -- they are all AMAZING!!! Thanks, girlfriend, for the inspiration! Blessings, Gretchen

Lisa Young said...

Wow! Each project is so unique and so BEAUTIFUL! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Great job Wendy!

Connie Babbert said...

STUNNING! I love ALL your projects! Bleaching the flowers...brilliant! The sunset...gorgeous! And how clever is that little box of chocolates! LOVE them all! Hope you share the dimensions after the tour!

LeeAnn Greff said...

I've been admiring all of your Open Sea cards - they're all just amazing! You've made me order that set now!
Lucky Jan to get that little box of goodness. Great project.

Deb said...

These projects are so gorgeous! I love the idea of bleach with the Fabulous Florets set (which happens to be my favorite, too)! And the Pretty Postage would make fantastic magnets! Great ideas!!

Brenda Hugar said...

Great job. These are all beautiful.

At Paula's Place said...

Wow, yes gorgeous, all of them but how did you get the scallop trim border to go around the circle. Am I missing somethin? I want to do that, please. Thanks
Paula

Marisa said...

That flower card is STUNNING!!!

Sharon said...

Simply stunning!

Cindy Major said...

Some great cards you did there, Wendy! I second your enthousiasm about the Open Sea set and matching accessories, I am totally loving them as well. I like how you used the ship on your card! Beautiful!

Cindy

Dawn O (dostamping) said...

Love the boat card with sunset...gorgeous! And the box of chocolates is so dang cute!!

Angel Hawks said...

Wow! Your cards are stunning! Really!

Angel Hawks
www.MakeSomethingCute.com

Marti said...

Both cards are just wonderful! Very unique and I love the colors for both. But they are such different styles done so successfully. Thanks for the inspiration.

Paulette said...

Impressive all the way around! By the way, how did you get that punch to go around in a circle?

Cyndi said...

Awesome projects! How did you get the sea to look so amazing in that card? Love, love, love it!

Cheryl said...

YOU! are freakin amazing :)

Stephanie said...

All I can say is that your creations are all absolutely amazing!!!

Anna said...

I love your cards! Would you mind sharing how you did the sea?

Jan Hoyt said...

absolutely beautiful projects...love the Fabulous Floret project with the circle and bleaching. Might I ask how you managed to get a scalloped punch circle trim? It's beautiful!

Wendybell said...

Anna, I wasn't sure how to contact you, so I am posting my "instructions" on how I did the sea/sky for "The Open Sea" card here:

Punch a 1 3/8" circle from a Post-It note. Position the the Post-It circle on your cardstock where you want the "sun" to be. Stamp the ship toward the bottom of the circle. I actually inked up the ship stamp a second time, turned the image with the ship on the bottom and the water at the top, then restamped the water again under the first ship image. Does that make sense? Basically, I needed more water at the bottom of my circle, so I just stamped the water part again.

Next, I used some sponge daubers to apply the color. I used Marina Mist on the water, and then used a bunch of colors to create the sunset. Starting at the top edge of the water, I sponged Pumpkin Pie, then above that More Mustard, and then above that some So Saffron. Just start with your darkest color closest to the water and work up to the top and the lightest color. Start with just a little color ... you can always add more, but you can't take any off if you've added too much.

Then, remove the Post-It note and you should have the sun (since the cardstock started out as So Saffron, that is what my sun is. Since no ink hit the spot where the Post-It was, the sun will always turn out to be whatever color the main cardstock color is.

I hope all of that makes sense! I hate trying to write instructions ... sounds like English translated from Latin that was originally written in Chinese!!! Oh well ...

Jenn Nahrstadt said...

since you were so kind to share how you did the seascape, could you please satisfy paula's and my curiosity and share how you got the scalloped trim border to go AROUND a circle?!? that card is beautiful!

Anna said...

Thanks Wendy for the instructions on the sea! I really appreciate you taking the time to explain it. I think it all makes sense. Now I just need to go play with the set.