I held a "Kiss them Good-Bye" stamp-a-stack class tonight and all five card designs featured items that are on the retiring lists. If you like anything that you see here that is retiring, please be sure and order it from my online store because they are going F-A-S-T and you don't want something to sell out before you can order it!! This card above is a wedding card that is based on a scrapbook layout I CASE'd a few months ago (check it out here for more details)... I really loved it and am so sad to see the Best Friends Forever stamp set retiring. The Bordering On Romance stamp set is from the Occasions Mini catalog which is ending on April 30th... it may or may not make it into the new catalog so get it while you can! Isn't this a gorgeous color combination of very vanilla, crumb cake, soft suede and blushing bride (this is an In Color that is retiring!)? And who can't resist having fun with the color spritzer tool... the splashes of color are from the soft suede stampin' write marker - it is one that will no longer be sold individually so if you want it be sure and purchase it now.
This masculine birthday card is a CASE of one by Terri Chadwick and features the retiring Uncharted Territory and On Your Birthday stamp sets. The retiring accessories featured are the Moonlight Smooch accent (for the moon of course), the silver brads (sorry, sold out already) and the 1/4" basic black grosgrain ribbon. I am so happy that the DSP Stacks are sticking around - this black DSP is from the Neutrals stack.
This card features the Summer Smooches DSP that is part of a Sneak Peek promotion this month... I had every intention of using my Bright Blossoms stamp set that coordinates with it for my card but misplaced it in my stamping studio (does this ever happen to anyone else?!). So I went with Plan B and used the retiring Charming and Thank You Kindly stamp sets along with the eyelet border punch and 1/4" real red grosgrain ribbon that are also going away. This card is a CASE of one by Michelle Reynolds.
I wanted to include a Mother's Day card in my selection since it is coming up - I chose to use the Flower Fest and Curvy Verses stamp sets along with the Berry Blossoms DSP. I love this paper because if features the newer In Colors of calypso coral, wisteria wonder and lucky limeade. The flower looks blurred, but that is a technique that I learned from my friend Karla where you bounce the stamp several times to give it a more 3D effect, and then it was colored with a blender pen. I love that so many of the flowers in the Flower Fest stamp set can be cut out with a coordinating punch. I will miss this set!!
And last but not least I had to include a Christmas card... you can never start too early and I will dearly miss these snowflakes! I knew I wanted to do a card with the Serene Snowflakes so I CASE'd this card because I loved the simplicity of it. The colors I used are naturals white, baja breeze and not quite navy... the sentiment is from the retiring Short & Sweet stamp set and on the inside I used the Christmas Greetings stamp set. I will surely miss all three of these sets!! To finish off the card I added some dazzling diamonds for bling using a 2-way glue pen.
Thanks for visiting! I will be sharing my Fabulous Friday project tomorrow featuring yet another one of my favorite retiring stamp sets... Inspired by Nature. Be sure and check back!