Heading for Stampin’ Up! Retirement

Stampin up birthday well spent
With more sneak peeks on the horizon,  I wanted to post the latest on Stampin’ Up!’s “soon to retire” stamps and accessories.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.  Today’s card, featuring Time Well Spent (Hostess Level III),  is a reminder that all the current Spring/Summer Collection hostess sets along with the following stamp sets will be retiring August 10:

Retiring Stamps Alphabetical

Retiring Stamps By Page Number

Any Stampin’ Up! accessories (including card stock, ribbon, inks, etc.) which use the current In Colors (Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky) will be retiring, too.  The official retirement date is August 10 for both stamps, the current In Colors and accessories.  However, supplies are limited.  Stampin’ Up! announced today that Double Stitched Ribbon in Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate is already out of stock and unavailable for good.  

This Monday, July 21, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing (and I will post promptly on this blog so stay tuned) the list of retiring accessories, including additional items that are not part of the In Color collection.  If there’s something you really want, please order quickly, while merchandise is available.

Whew!  On to today’s card.  Using the Time Well Spent stamp set, I inked the largest flower in Chocolate Chip and stamped it twice–first on Really Rust and second on Cameo Coral.  I next snipped out the full flower in rust and a smaller portion of the flower from the cameo.  I next stamped the tiny Cameo Coral flower and the small Really Rust flower (same stamp).  Both were snipped out to create a layered flower.  TIP:  To make the two small flowers really pop, I stuck a 1″ Circle of Chocolate Chip below them. 

TIP:  I gently pried up the flower edges to create some added dimension.  My “fluttery” flower was then layered on a Whisper White and Chocolate Chip background.  I loved how the copper brads really complemented this warm and unique color combination.  The card base is jazzed with 2 x 2 squares of rust and cameo, stamped with another small flower (Chocolate Chip ink) from the same set.  They fit nicely on a 4 1/8″ square of Whisper White.  The Chocolate Chip square foundation measures 4.5 x 4.5″.

The final touch is the “birthday” sentiment, taken from the versatile Fundamental Phrases stamp set (I call it my “little black dress” of sentiments).  It’s Chocolate Chip on Really Rust and easily snapped out with a Word Window Punch.  TIP:  To level the “playing field” with the flower (balance), I stacked the sentiment on a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Stamp Set:  Time Well Spent (Hostess Level 3), Fundamental Phrases
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Really Rust  
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Cool Tools:  Word Window Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Copper Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals


  1. Wonderful Card. Joan

  2. Such a beautiful card Mary! 🙂

  3. Love this color combo – never thought to use Really Rust with Cameo Coral. Love the card!!

  4. I love that card. What an eye you have for color. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love love your cards and color combos. THANKS for your blog.

  6. I love all the layers. I’m gonna have to try this. Your color combo is really aweome too!!

  7. Ahhhhh! Pink & brown is one of my favorite color combos. BEAUTIFUL card!!!

  8. Maybe you could pass along to SUp that they should consider retiring some of the older colors and retaining many of the new In Color shades. I find I rarely use most of the old ones anyway and I’m always disturbed when current colors just get the axe.

  9. Colleen Kramer

    Love this set! I really like the way you repeated elements and colors on this card–very nice!

  10. Mary, your title scared me there for a moment. I thought you meant YOU were going to retire! Sure glad you’re stickin around!


  11. Cindy Lawrence

    This is sooo cute, Mary! Love the colors and the layout! 🙂

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