Top 5 Favorite Retiring Products

Oh this time of year is so bittersweet in the Stampin’ Up! world! The new annual catalog comes out every June 1st, which means LOTS of fun new products to experience. That’s a definite plus. The downside is that we have to say goodbye to many favorites… dare I say, “staples?” Queue the waterworks.

Alright, sob fest over, time to recap some of my all time fave products that are retiring! The following are my top 5 favorites, in no particular order because I love them all like my kids… they are each special in their own way so how could you even begin to rank them? Make sure to get them before they’re gone, for-EH-ver! (Yes, that is dramatic in the same fashion as The Sandlot. You get the idea. It’s a BIG DEAL, people! haha)

#1- French Foliage stamp set (clear mount- 121166, wood mount- 120845)

I was super inspired by this set when I received a card from my friend and team member, Rachel, using happy, fresh colors. Who would have thought a stamp set with leaves could be so versatile? Previously I was stuck in a rut picturing the leaves in autumn colors (not usually my faves), or possibly for masculine cards, but this card totally changed my perspective. Rachel’s card also inspired my “hello, baby” card. Basically, this card changed my life! LOL Here is that life-changing beauty, posted with her permission of course. Gorgeous!!

Rachel's French Foliage Thanks

Since I had recently purchased the set before the retiring product lists came out, I knew I was going to have to give it some mileage before I could add it to my collection of retired products that tend to get less use than my current merchandise. Thankfully my FIL– who lives in a lake house primarily for the scenery– was turning 60, which seemed like as good a time as any to use a nature-inspired set.

French Foliage Birthday Card

Notice the patterned paper offering some luscious texture in the background? Also retiring. It’s part of the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (item #126898).

TIP: Here’s a hot crafting tip for you trend-setters: reverse dimension using frames, like I’ve done with the sentiment above, is huge right now. It’s super simple to do using punches, just make sure you size the card stock small enough that you’re able to center the punch. I did that with the very vanilla layer, punching out a perfectly centered circle with my 2-1/2″ circle punch (120906). After punching and texturing with my Big Shot and Square Lattice folder (119976), I adhered the layer to a square of always artichoke card stock. Then I realized the punch wouldn’t reach far enough to remove the center from the bottom layer. Oops. Not wanting to be wasteful, and honestly being pretty excited about the perfection of the centering on my first attempt, I ended up using a hobby knife to cut out the always artichoke circle. Save yourself some lots of trouble and learn from my mistakes. Another option would have been to do the circle layer, then add a square-shaped frame from behind. The bottom layer hides, so it really doesn’t matter what shape it is. If only I had thought of this before adhering those layers! For future reference, cutting out square or rectangular shaped frames is a breeze with my personal best-seller, the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer (item #126889). Try it out!

#2- Beautiful Birthday single stamp (wood mount only- 125562)

Nothing gets my creative heart pumping lately quite like the chalkboard look. Maybe I’m easily impressionable, or maybe I spend too much time on Pinterest, but I LOVE chalkboards! The Beautiful Birthday stamp lends itself perfectly to the chalkboard technique. Simply stamp the sentiment with Whisper White craft ink (item #101731), then sponge ink around the edges and brush lightly with the inked sponge here and there to give a chalkboard impression. Here is a sample using this fabulous stamp:


Again with the retiring Designer Series Paper! The paper on this card is Patio Party (item #126916).

#3- Nature Walk stamp set (clear mount- 121997, wood mount- 121925)

I’ve used this set countless times because I love the old encyclopedia look of the images. They’re lovely! Take a look:


This Easter card is also a perfect lead-in to my next retiring favorite… *drum roll please*

#4- Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder (item #120175, used in combination with the Big Shot machine– thankfully not retiring– item #113439)

I used the Vintage Wallpaper folder with acrylic paint and our new sanding system (item #129367) to distress and add texture to the background of the card above. I also love to stamp a background before adding texture with the Vintage Wallpaper folder, like this:

Fresh Vintage With Sympathy

The stamp set in the background is a Sale-A-Bration set from 2012 called Fresh Vintage, it’s one of the sets I’ll hold on to because I love the versatility of the images. You can check out another card I made using Fresh Vintage here.

All by itself, like in the Christmas card below, Vintage Wallpaper gives amazing dimension to projects. It really is one of my favorites!

Merry & Bright Charm Card

If I’m not pouting enough already over the products I’ve just mentioned, this next one will really get me going.

#5- First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (item #121878)

Maaaaybe my favorite DSP ever, and I don’t say that lightly, because clearly I’m a fan of our lovely patterned papers. But seriously, this paper is beyond versatile!! You MUST get some before it’s gone for good. It’s neutral enough to be stamped over easily, like in my Fresh Vintage Kind Thanks card. It can be antique, like so:

Bright Vintage Mother's Day

Or fun and modern, peeking out in the background of this gem (that I personally feel could be straight from a boutique. I get excited when inspiration yields results I love!):

Chevron Boutique Birthday

Thankfully Stampin’ Up! has my back and is offering a text-look alternative that I am praying will be an adequate stand-in for my beloved First Edition DSP. Assuredly, that product (notice I didn’t say paper…) will be on it’s way to my house shortly after I am able to place an order from the new catalog coming out on June 1st. I’m pretty antsy about getting my hands on some of the fabulous new products!

You can get my top 5 retiring favorites (and your favorites, too) while supplies last up until June 3rd. Click the graphic below to head over to my online store and shop ’til you drop!

If you would like to see the complete list of retiring products, you can download the PDF of retiring stamps and the PDF of retiring accessories, etc. Here are a few other important things to keep in mind.

  • Many of the Spring Catalog products will be unavailable after May 31st. Some items are being carried over to the new catalog, but most are not, so be sure to check those out while you’re shopping the retiring products.
  • There is a wonderful promotion going on right now if you enjoy digital crafting with My Digital Studio. Up to 25% off select digital content and ALL print products through June 15th. You can view the details here. Also, did you know that the COMPLETE My Digital Studio software– the one with over $500 worth of digital content that cost me nearly $80 less than a year ago– is so popular that Stampin’ Up! has been able to lower the price of the software to only $19.95?!? Get it, girl! You won’t regret it. It’s amazing software and perfect for busy moms that are frequently interrupted, or crafty dreamers who would love to work their creative muscle but are short on space for all the supplies. I could name people all day long that the software would be ideal for, but that’s because it’s perfect for everyone, so just get it already. *sweet smile so I don’t appear pushy* haha

I hope you’re getting good use out of your favorites like I do with mine! What products are you sad to see go?

Happy Stamping!

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  1. […] beautiful and provide me with lots of inspiration (you can see the French Foliage card she made me here). Naturally we had to set aside some time to stamp together! I was excited to get my hands on the […]

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