Saturday, 14 April 2018

April 2018 Stamp 'N Hop - Retiring Annual Catty Favourites

Hello again Crafters!

Welcome to the latest Stamp n Hop Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring our favourite items from the retiring catalogue. Its always sad to say goodbye to old friends, but its also exciting to be seeing new things too. I was lucky enough to attend Onstage Local in Telford (UK) so have already had a drool at all the lovely new crafty goodies Stampin Up! will be bringing to us as of 1st June.

So, what were my favourites over the last 12 months? So many stamp sets and other crafty items. I think the biggest thing I will miss will be the Fast Fuse.

That little roller helped me make many gift bags and boxes since I joined SU just over a year ago. There's nothing to replace it so I I guess I need to make friends with Tear n Tape now haha.

I sat for some time deciding what I would showcase from the many retiring items and eventually decided to make my husbands anniversary card as thats only a couple weeks away. that meant it had to be Bloomin' Hearts. I never got around to buying the stamp set, but I have used the Thinlit dies many times.
We're not celebrating a "big" anniversary this year, but any excuse to use the Number of Years stamp set and matching Large Number Framelits
The colour theme was easy. I almost shed tears over saying goodbye to Soft Sky. I teamed it with Bermuda Bay, they work so well together.

I wanted to make a larger card than usual, which meant using the Envelope Punch Board to make my envelope. I used an even older retired paper for that!
Other products used were Happy Wishes stamp set from Sale-a-bration and some Washi tape from the Myth & Magic Suite

Putting the card together, I decided to use the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and layered onto white card sponged round the edges with Soft Sky ink. I wrapped the Washi tape round, then used the edge pieces from my Dimensionals to raise the layer up.
I then added all the elements adding a bit more bling with some Rhinestones.


  1. I'm going to miss that detailed heart too x

  2. What a lovely card Karen, love that framelit set

  3. Beautiful card Karen. I think saying goodbye to the numbers will be hard but they are definitely a keeper for me!

  4. Karen,
    I love the way you combined so many items and made such a loving anniversary card. I know your husband will love it. Congratulations on 37 years. it is a wonderful accomplishment that not many make. My hubby and i just celebrated 27 and my parents celebrated 61.
    Tracey from Texas

    1. Thank you Tracey and congratulation on your anniversary too ... and your folks! x

  5. very pretty card. Congrats on your anniversary!

  6. Lovely card, I’m so going to miss Soft Sky too😩

  7. I like how you combined so many different suites! Happy anniversary!

  8. Very pretty! That heart die is one of my favorites.

  9. Happy Anniversary to you two! So nice to be able to create a card from the heart. TFS

  10. Beautiful card. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Karen, I totally agree with you about Fast Fuse. I am still in denial about it! Thank you for sharing your beautiful card!

  12. Gorgeous card Karen... definitely another here that is going to SO miss those numbers... though nah I am not going to as they are such a keeper for me!!

  13. Love how you have combined all the different elements. Happy Anniversary!

  14. Thank you for highlighting many items and how you made your card. It is beautiful! Happy Anniversary! -Laurie Meier

  15. Congratulations on 37 years! Those number framelits are ones I use all the time for birthdays and anniversaries. They may be retiring, but they'll be staying on my shelf!