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Say Goodbye!! Retiring Product Control Freak Blog Hop


WELCOME to the May 2012 Control Freaks Blog Tour!!!

We are showcasing PROJECTS USING


in this tour.

You have probably joined me after visiting Cindy Major's blog, and you can click on the "next blog" link at the bottom of the post to continue on the tour.  (All of our projects will be live no later than Sunday morning.. if you are joining me Saturday night, you may need to check back tomorrow if all links are not quite working yet.)

 It's that sad time of year to say goodbye to our beloved Stampin' Up! Retiring sets and accessories.. our blog tour today will help you remember these delightful and favorite old friends.

My first sample features one of my all time favorite sets, FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL.  You will find this on pg 110 in the current catalog, item #113734.  I used the watercolor float technique on this sample. The color really pops against the Crumb Cake card.

Fifth ave floral watercolor rose

 Next up, My very favorite retiring accessory (sooooooooo sad this is going)... The ELEGANT TRIO DECOR STENCIL set.  These stencils are on pg 234 of the current catalog, item #118262.  Such a great deal at $9.95 for the 3 stencils!!  I sponged color with the flower stencil with Regal Rose and Cherry Cobbler ink and a Stampin' Sponge.

Elegant trio 1

and lastly, this sample features the Retiring BEVELED WINDOWPANES, on page 198 of the current catalog, item #121881, and the lovely Retiring Paisley Petals Designer Paper, on page 184, item #122367.

Paisley petals windowpanes

Enjoy the rest of the tour as you visit Wendy Weixler's Blog!


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Sandi Dailey

Beautiful samples Patty!!! So sorry to see these leave.

Wendy W.

Was not the least bit surprised to see you do justice to the Fifth Avenue Floral rose ... I think you invited "cool" with that set, girl! Your stenciling is beautiful ... and ohmygosh!! I forgot all about the beveled windowpanes!! Mine got buried in the drawer ... need to pull those out!!

LeeAnn Greff

Beautiful cards Patty! You sure are an expert with those techniques!


Oh my gosh! You just reminded me I have that trio stencil! Shoot! Have I even used it? :( Love your sample and may just have to case it! Too funny that your post reminded someone else of an unused item that is retiring. LOL!

Sandy M

Patty, I enjoyed looking at all your interesting techniques. I'll have to check out 'watercolor float'. Great projects.

Sue Mac Donald

beautiful cards; I'll miss the templates for stensiling the most; but, I can't wait for the catalogue to go live for the many thousdands of customers; TFS all the projects form the past yr., & I'm looking forward to your 2012-2013 samples!

Carol Carriveau

These are beautiful, Patty! TFS!

Deb Hagberg

I have always loved Paisley Petals but was stymied on how to use the "busier" sheets. The card you made is just stunning!

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