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June 2014

Retiring Products Blog Hop

Welcome to our final ESAD blog hop for the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, especially if you are coming to me from Andrea Buckland's blog - welcome.

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These retiring products have been among our favourites, so we thought we’d give them another good bash before they are no longer available for sale.

Which retiring products am I going to miss?

I've picked out three of my favourites from the last catalogue year - Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Set, Bug Me Stamp Set and the really gorgeous Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Kit.

Betsy's Blossoms Bug Me (3)

But, before I show you more of my Bug Me Betsy Blossom Cards, you may be wondering :

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

Betsy's Blossoms Bug Me (1)

I've had these little frames in my collection for a while and decided to fill them up with cheerfulness - I've loved Bug Me and Betsy's Blossoms stamp sets and will be keeping them in my stash as they are so useful and cute!

Betsy's Blossoms Bug Me (2)

Can you imagine these grouped on a nursery wall?

Or even without the frames, they'd make a super cute pack of note cards for someone special.

Betsy's Blossoms Bug Me (4)

If you've left me a comment and are ready to continue on the blog hop, click on her name here to go to Sally William's blog now.

Here's the list of participants in the blog hop. If you get lost or disconnected, you can always come back here and copy the next persons link in to your browser.

1.  Narelle Hoggard

2.  Emily Campbell

3.  Kelli Gordon

4.  Kelly Kent

5.  Andrea Buckland

6.  Kathryn Ruddick - YOU ARE HERE

7.  Sally Williams

8.  Keryn Campbell

9.  Yvonne Walker

10.  Richelle Fletcher

11.  Teresa Leggo

12.  Clare Mcilhatton

Cards For A Cure

Almost all of us have family members, friends and neighbours who have been affected by breast cancer. This widespread disease has also touched the lives of members of the Stampin' Up! family, and contributions to breast cancer research have been an imortant part of Stampin' Up!'s philanthropic outreach.

Stampin' Up! are currently selling Ready. Set. Send. kits through the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and will donate $10 to NBCF for each kit sold. The Ready. Set. Send. kit features handmade cards and includes five thank you cards, five birthday cards and 10 envelopes.

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These fantastic card packs would make a great gift, but are awesome to have on hand when you realise you need a card in a hurry but don't have time to make one from scratch. Your recipient still gets a beautiful hand made card, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you supported a very, very good cause, the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Packs are only $19.95 plus postage (remember $10 goes to the NBCF) and you can order one or several packs online here.

Like to read the flyer?  Download Flyer_readysetsend_demo_5.1.2014

Order your Ready. Set. Send. card packs today and support this great cause.

Saying Goodbye

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As happens each year when a brand new catalogue is about to start, some of our favourite stamp sets, tools and accessories, have to GO, to make way for new ones, new colours, new stamp sets, new ribbons! It is an exciting time, but also sad to see some of our favourites disappearing.


Which stamp set am I saddest to see go??

It has to be Creative Elements stamp set. Its been in our annual catalogue for about three years now, and is one of my most used stamp sets - I'm really going to miss it. Think I will be stashing that one in my "Keeping" pile!

Creative Elements

Which accessories am I saddest to see go?

Not just sad, (but gobsmacked!) that the totally gorgeous In-Colour Ruffle Stretch Trim is being retired. I have love, love, loved this pretty ribbon for my girlie projects, and I was really surprised to see it on the list!

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I've attached the files for the retiring stamp sets and accessories so you can download them and print them. 

Download SP_Retiring_Stamps

Download SP_Retiring_Accessories


Or you may like to check which products are on the cull list at my online shop here.

Don't forget, only 11 days left and retiring products will no longer be available. Get your orders finalised before the 30th June if you don't want to miss any of these products.


UPDATE: Sold out items




  • En Francis (clear) and (wood)
  • Blast Off (clear) - discontinued
  • Simply Stars (Clear)
  • Baby Tees Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel
  • Five-Way Flower (Wood)
  • Delightful Dozen (Clear)
  • Fabulous Florets (Wood)
  • Fine Feathers (Clear) and (Wood)
  • Hello, Doily (Wood)
  • Perfectly Penned (Clear)
  • Rev Up the Fun! (Clear)
  • Storybook Friends (Clear)
  • Zoo Review (Clear)


















  • Frosted Finished Embellishments
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter*
  • Basic 3/8" Glimmer Brads
  • Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder :(








  • Card Stock A4 Midnight Muse
  • Gumball Green A4 Cardstock
  • 2012/14 In Colour A4 Cardstock







  • Card Stock A4 & Classic Stampin' Pads In Color Kit 2012-2014
  • Raspberry Ripple refill
  • Gumball Green refill
  • Midnight Muse Refill (backorder?)
  • Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
  • Basic Black Standard Stampin' Around Cartridge











  • Little Leaves Sizzlits
  • Lattice Bigz Die
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die








  • Full Heart
  • Small Heart Punch
  • 3/16" Corner Punch
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch


Using up the Stampin' Stash!

Hey everyone,

With the Stampin' Up! retired list out at the moment, I wanted to revisit some projects to use up the Stampin' Stash. Got to make room for all those new goodies when the new catalogue starts!

This cute project uses the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper which is retiring, and since my little friend who was celebrating her 18th birthday is pretty keen on anything French, I dug out a couple of "Never Leaving My Stash" stamp sets to embellish her card.

Soho Subway Card-in-a-box (10) (452x499)

There are lots and lots of online tutorials and You Tube videos for how to make a card-in-a-box, so rather than telling you how to do it, I'm just going to give you my two best tips for constructing it.

#1 Tip : Decorate the whole outside of the box including flaps with layers, stamping and embellishments, BEFORE you stick the box together.

Soho Subway Card-in-a-box (1) (499x345)

That means stamping the panels before you stick down the layers.

Soho Subway Card-in-a-box (2) (499x330)

#2 Tip : For the cross pieces inside the box, even though it means holding them for a minute, adhere with Tombow Mono Glue, not Sticky Strip. If you adhere with glue, you get a bit of lee time to adjust the position. If you stick with Sticky Strip, it's STUCK and there's nothing you can do to adjust it.

Soho Subway Card-in-a-box (5) (443x499)

This card-in-a-box was made using the 8"x 9" piece so the finished card fits inside a normal C5 envelope.

Back soon with more to show you!