Today’s blog hop is brought to you by the annual Stampin’ Up! retirement list. It’s a beauty this year. There are literally loads of stamp sets, tools and accessories at 50%. I can’t remember a more discounted list than this one which is great news for you! To view retiring stamp sets, click here. To view retiring tools and accessories, click here.
A few of my teammates and I thought we should share with you some of our favourite products that we’re sad to see retire… and hopefully convince you that you should give them a forever home.
My first project uses no fewer than 5 stamp sets! I know – I even impressed myself. As sometimes happens, I had a crazy idea and then had to make it happen. So here it is…
Cute, right? When I started the projects for this blog hop I was staring at a pile of stamp sets I’d put aside that were retiring. There were so many I wanted to use, especially the Make Note Rotary stamp which I think is so underrated! I love the little row of ‘nerd’ glasses and had the sudden thought to put them on something. My eye caught the little bunny in Baby We’ve Grown and that was that. A quick Google gave me a suitable ‘nerd quote’ and I was off. Dictionary was the perfect background stamp for this one and I used Hip Notes and the Simply Serif Alphabet for the text. Many of these items are discounted so check out the images and links below to take advantage.
My next projects are very different. I wanted to showcase another underrated product – Canvas Creations. I haven’t seen many projects made with it but I love it! Watercolouring and dipped projects are so trendy so I wanted to create something along those lines. I cut some canvas and mixed myself some water and Strawberry Slush re-inker in a small bucket. Then it was just a case of dipping the bottom of my canvas tag into the dyed water. I took it out, dried it with my heat tool to speed up the drying process and then repeated several times until I had the desired effect.
I added some gold ink (can you believe that’s retiring??) spots with a sponge dauber and then stamped on my ‘hello’ sentiment with versamark. I then sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heated it. It didn’t work brilliantly I’ll admit, but it does have a small amount of sparkle.
To finish, I attached it to a large kraft box with cotton ribbon (the one you can stamp on). Pretty!
Well that turned out well so I repeated with Coastal Cabana dye. I dipped using the same process as above but this time I flipped the tag over and noticed that the coated side was more vibrant so I decided to feature that side this time. I used the divine Hello There hostess stamp set for the sentiment and the little flower from the set for the spots. This time, the gold ink really shone in contrast to the fabric side I’d used above. This stuff is so versatile and it’s 50% off! Yahoo! At less than $3.50 per pack, you really should get yourself some!!!
This time around I used it on a smaller kraft gift box, along with some Lost Lagoon ribbon.
Here they are solo…
And it doesn’t stop here! You can also use Canvas Creations on cards! Here’s the same tag turned into a card…
Have I convinced you yet? I think I’ve convinced myself to buy about 10 packets!
Here are the supply links for these projects. Note: Coastal Cabana re-inker has already sold out. Try Pool Party for a similar result.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration! Don’t stop here though. Click here to hop over to the lovely Simone who no doubt has something amazing to inspire as well.
Happy hopping (and bargain shopping)!