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Welcome to the Tour de Freaks Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you join us today on our first Tour de Freaks Blog Tour! This month we are featuring stamps sets that will be retiring on June 30th.  Our tour is nice and short. We have 12 stops on the tour featuring some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers.

Woohoo, I'm excited to share a variety of projects with you today.  I hope you enjoy them!

In sure to leave a comment on this post, because I'll be drawing a name (who knows, it might be your name).  You'll receive ALL FOUR of the projects I'm sharing today!  So get those comments going.

First up are two cards featuring the retiring stamp set "Great Grads". 

This card is quick & easy, and features the retiring Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper & the Top Note Die.


Supplies:  Retiring "Great Grads" stamp set, Basic Black cardstock and ink, Whisper White Cardstock, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Top Note Die, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals.

The second "Great Grads" card was a project I did at my last Technique Tuesday class and has a lot of features:  Punched grad cap, "Rolling Marbles" (a fun background technique) and the retired Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper cut with the Top Note Die.

Rolling Marbles Technique

  1. Use a rectangle plastic container with a lid (I used a clamshell storage case, the kind that stamps are stored in)
  2. Add a couple of drops of ink refills to the container (Real Red, Basic Black)
  3. Place 3 marbles in the container.  Close the lid and shake the marbles around in the ink.
  4. Open the container and adhere piece of cardstock on the lid (just use a couple strips of snail - you want to be able to easily remove it)
  5. Flip the container over and roll the "inked marbles" over the cardstock to create the desired look.
  6. Remove cardstock, let dry (will dry quickly).  Add to your project.
  7. See sample below


Supplies:  Retiring "Great Grads" stamp set, Basic Black cardstock, Classic Ink & Refill, Riding Hood Red cardstock and Ink Refill, Whisper White Cardstock, Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Top Note Die, 1-3/4", 1-3/"8 & 1-1/4" Circle Punches, Large Oval Punch (for hat), Riding Hood Red 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads & retiring Black Hemp Twine & marbles for the background technique

My next card features a fun Flower Rosette!
(For Flower Rosette Tutorial - SEE THIS POST)

RosetteCardA what's retiring on this card?  The Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper, that's what's retiring!  This paper is double sided and one side has glossy features to it.  It ROCKS!

Supplies:  Really Retro stamp set, Textured Kiwi Kiss and Real Red cardstock, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock and ink, Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper, 1/4" Real Real & Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Gingham Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, 1/2" & 3/4" circle punches, 5/16" Neutral Jumbo Brads, Pop-up Glue Dots & Stampin' Dimensionals

Speaking of ROCKS, here's my last project...I covered a band-aid tin with the Rockabilly DSP, loaded the handle with tons of ribbon (all retiring with the exception of the white & black 1/4" grosgrain), then added a black embossed focal point from the retiring stamp set "It's a Sign".  Opens to find a fun candy surprise!


Supplies:  Retiring "It's a Sign" stamp set, Kiwi Kiss & Riding Hood Red cardstock, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Ribbon:  Riding Hood Red & Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grossgrain, Dress Up & Pigtails Originals, Basic Black & Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain, Kiwi Kiss Satin & Pop Rocks Candy (found at Target)



I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Tour De Freaks. Your next stop is the marvelous Lisa Martz. We look forward to seeing you again next month for our next Tour de Freaks Blog Tour!