Hello everyone and welcome to the Control Freaks May Blog Tour! Our theme this month is "Going, Going ... Almost Gone!". It's all about retiring stamps, papers, embellishments and supplies from the Stampin' Up! Catalog. The new catalog will become "live" on June 1st but there are a lot of favorites that are going away for good (sniff, sniff). Many of the retiring items that you will see on this month's tour are still available for you to purchase -- be sure and contact your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for more information.
If you've already begun the tour, then you must be arriving from the blog of Sandy Mathis! She had some amazing projects for us!
My projects have a common theme running through them ... daisies, daisies, daisies! Sadly, the Flower Daisies #2 Die (for use with the Big Shot) is one that won't be returning in the new catalog. I've fallen in love with these bright, colorful Gerbera Daisies that you can create with the die so I've decided to highlight them tonight. Each flower is created with 4 layers of the large daisy diecut and 3 layers of the small daisy. I've used Poppy Parade and So Saffron for this flower and used an Antique Brad for the center (don't worry, the brads aren't retiring!).
My first project uses two of the retiring InColors -- Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait. I've also used the Finial Press Embossing Folder and the Ticket Corner Punch (both retiring items). The sentiment is from the Sincere Salutations Stamp Set (yes (sniff, sniff) ... retiring).
This is a pretty straight-forward and simple card -- the bright beautiful daisy is really the star. It would be great for just about any occasion in spring. As you can see from the first picture above, these flowers really bring so much dimension and texture to your projects. After assembling the layers, just use your fingers to "fluff" up the petals!
Next in the lineup is another card, also with daisies, but this time using the Greenhouse Garden Stamp Set (yes, retiring).
The sentiment is again from Sincere Salutations. The Designer Series Paper is Just Add Cake and again the colors are retiring InColors -- Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade.
The ribbon is Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly. I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up the two-step stamps and stamped the center of the flowers with Black Stazon Ink.
Finally, to round out the daisy ensemble for this tour, I create a quick and easy little pillow box using what else but the Pillow Box Die (yes, retiring). I tied it shut with some Concord Crush Stitched-Poly Ribbon and attached another Gerbera Daisy (created with Concord Crush Cardstock) with Stampin' Dimensionals. These little boxes make great little treat containers for all kinds of occasions ... or no occasion at all!
Well, that's all I have for this post! You can advance to the next tour stop by clicking on the button below. It will take you to Cindy Major's Blog. I can't wait to see what surprises she has for us!
Thanks for much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the tour and I hope you'll be back soon for more ideas and inspiration!