May 19 2012

May 2012 Tour de Freaks



Woohoo!  It's time!  Time for the monthly Tour de Freaks…brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  This month we are featuring the retiring products!  Better grab them now before they are GOING, GOING, GONE!!!  You've probably just come from Wendy Weixler's blog.  Weren't her projects fun? 


My projects don't have much stamping, but do have several accessories that will be retiring at the end of the month!  Most obvious is the Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz In Colors!  I'm REALLY going to miss them!  Also obvious is the Designer Paper, Pocketful of Posies, that is retiring.  I love the subtle red pattern in this package and thought it would be great for my watermelons and then the Pear Pizzazz stripe made a great looking rind!



Here is a closeup of the Watermelon Slice box:


Can you tell what I used to make the watermelon slice box?  Yes!  I used the Petal Cone Die and overlapped two of the panels to make it 3 sides instead of 4 (after I cut two sets out with the Pocketful of Posies Designer Paper).  I cut off one of the overlapping flaps of the petal cone die and used it for the Watermelon on the card below!  The black seeds are from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch that is retiring.  I used a White Gel Pen to outline stitches along the edges of the box.  I punched holes with the Crop A Dile (what will I do without that tool???) and thread the Black Scallop Dot Ribbon thru to the inside and tied a knot to hold it secure for the handle.  The bottom flaps overlap to keep the treat inside.


For the card, I used a base card of Poppy Parade cardstock.  I layered on Basic Black that I punched with the retiring Eyelet Border Punch (sob!).  I ran the Pear Pizzazz cardstock thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I wrapped the Basic Black Scallop Dot Ribbon around and tied a knot.  To hide the "seam", I added a tiny sliver of the Pocketful of Posies Designer Paper.


The Watermelon was made by one of the flaps on the Petal Cone Die as I said above.  Then I used my Circle Scissors Tool (retiring!) to cut a 2 3/4" Circle from the green "rind" Designer Paper.  I used a White Gel Pen to add some stitching around the inside of the watermelon.  I punched out the "bite" of watermelon with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and made more of the black seeds!  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped the Happy Birthday from Happiest Birthday Wishes, a hostess set that is retiring, with Basic Black in the bottom corner.


Hope you enjoy my post of retiring products!  Now on to the next stop my great friend, Mary Brown at StamperCamper's Corner, who has wonderful projects, as usual!  Enjoy the Tour!


7 People have left comments on this post

May 19, 2012 - 07:05:15

WHAAAAAAAT!? WAY too fun!! LOVE it. so vibrant and summery!! whohooo!!

May 19, 2012 - 09:05:48
Sandy M said:

Connie, these projects are awesome! Love the color combo and the watermelon theme.  So original!

May 19, 2012 - 11:05:48
Wendy W. said:

Ohmygoodness!! WATERMELON!!! I have been trying to "avoid" buying that petal cone die … this watermelon slice is the final straw!! And the card is adorable, too!! 🙂

May 20, 2012 - 05:05:56
Melanie said:

That watermelon pyramid box is just to cute!

May 20, 2012 - 10:05:33
Donna said:

Watermelon!!!  What a CUTE idea!!! 

May 20, 2012 - 11:05:07
Samara Joseph said:

This is so delightful. I have a friend that collects watermelon memoribilia that would just LOVE, LOVE LOVE this set. You are too creative.

May 20, 2012 - 08:05:45
Carol Carriveau said:

Wonderful…now I want some cold sweet watermelon!