Tuesday, 29 March 2022

50+ projects showcasing 10 retiring Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets!

 


It’s retiring time! Stampin’ Up!® is having a massive clearout of the warehouse to make way for brand new craft products! This means hundreds of products – stamp sets, punches, dies, papers, ink pads, ribbons, embellishments and more – are on the last chance list, many of them reduced by up to 50%.

As there has been no crafting for me this past week because yep, Covid got to me (thankfully, the jabs did their job of keeping the worst of it at bay), I have a 10 projects here from the Stampin’ Up!® designers, all using stamp sets which are retiring. 

I have all of these sets so beneath each SU sample are four of my own, some never before seen on this blog. Note that these will feature retired papers etc as they were made over the past few years. It was fun taking a trip down memory lane and remembering fun craft events with friends. 
 
Tasteful Touches Stampin Up

Tasteful Touches

Tasteful Touches is such a gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® stamp set. I only ordered it because I wanted the Tasteful Labels dies and it seemed daft to have one without the other, and I ended up using it loads and loads. I’ve used the Tasteful Labels dies even more – both are on the retiring list.

See what I’ve made with this set here....

Tasteful Touches Stampin Up card ideas

Free as a Bird Stampin Up card ideas

Free as a Bird

I love birds and am quite obsessive about the visitors to our bird feeders. Last weekend we had a brambling for the first time! My customers are used to be shouting out birds as I see them during our Zoom classes, as I position my desk next to the French windows for maximum light. I do promise only to shout out the most interesting ones.

For this reason I am sad to see Free as a Bird fly away, although it has had a good innings!

I loved using this stamp set over the years, as you can see...
 
Free as a Bird Stampin Up card ideas

 
Ornate Thanks Stampin Up card ideas UK

Ornate Thanks

I confess this wasn’t really my cup of tea but it was an early release one year which I felt I should have. Naturally I soon realised just how versatile this set is; ideal for adding thank yous for all occasions.

Here are some of my samples made with this useful stamp set...
 
Ornate Thanks Stampin Up card ideas UK


Sweet as a Peach Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sweet as a Peach

Bit of a Marmite set, this one – customers either loved it or hated it. I loved it! Happily, as it came with flowers AND fruit, when I ran classes with this set, it meant they had a choice.

This is what I made...
 
Sweet as a Peach Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Nature’s Beauty Stampin Up card ideas UK

Nature’s Beauty

Another long-serving stamp set which has seen a LOT of ink in this house. Initially released as a fund-raising stamp set, this one has proved extremely popular with my nature-loving customers (which is most of them!).

It was hard to narrow my samples down to just four for this image...

Nature’s Beauty Stampin Up card ideas UK


Sailing Home Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sailing Home

This has been really popular as it's so useful for masculine cards. I do love anything nautical so was glad when this one came along. 

Take a look at some of my designs here...
 
Sailing Home Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Wild Cats Stampin Up card ideas UK

Wild Cats

If I’m honest, I knew this set wouldn’t last long as it’s a bit too niche for the vast majority of customers. However, I loved it and I have one customers who loved it as much as I do too.

Check out some of my cards made with Wild Cats...

Wild Cats Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sweet Strawberry Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sweet Strawberry

This was a really popular set with good reason. Everyone loved those strawberries (not sure why the peaches didn’t have the same appeal?). The colours are just so summery, too, so grab it before it goes!

These are some cards we made in a class last year...
 
Sweet Strawberry Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Timeless Tropical Stampin Up card ideas UK

Timeless Tropical

Timeless Tropical was the theme of the last in-person class I held in March 2020 before lockdown began. So I feel sad to wave goodbye to this set because it feels like everything since then has felt a bit unreal. But off it goes.

These are some of the projects we made at that class back in the Before Times...
 
Timeless Tropical Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Enjoy the Moment Stampin Up card ideas UK

Enjoy the Moment

I love this set but accept it’s not for everyone, especially when we have other nature-themed sets which are a little more mainstream. But those seed heads are gorgeous. Take a look...
 
Enjoy the Moment Stampin Up card ideas UK


I hope you have enjoyed my tour of just a few of the very many retiring stamp sets which are leaving us this spring 2022. I love that Stampin’ Up!® gives us fair warning so we can grab any favourites before they go... and I don’t really feel too sad when they retire as I know there are so many more fantastic new products just around the corner.

If you are in the UK and would like to order any of these sets, please remember they are only available while supplies last. You can order any remaining products from my store, if you use the March host code UDVDUXFH, I’ll send you a thank you gift in April. 🇺🇦 PLUS: I will donate 10% of your March order total (excluding shipping) to the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal.
 
 

Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 

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