SU Retiring Stamps: I’ll Miss This Bird

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Have you ever debated on a purchase, decided you simply must have it . . . and then learned that the item is no longer available?  Stampin' Up!'s Retiring Stamps List is now available (download below or check my right side bar).  If there are any stamp sets listed you have debated on, now is the time to order.  They officially retire Aug. 10, the day before the Fall/Winter catalog release date on Aug. 11.  However, supplies are limited and I encourage you to order before any of your favorites run out.  To place a Stampin' Up! on-line order through me (by credit card), please click here.  I personally cover shipping costs with product orders of $99 or more.  Pretty simple.

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My color inspiration is from Splitcoast Color Challenge CC173 and includes Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate and Certainly Celery.  My skepticism that it would be "too holiday" vanished when I discovered how scrumptious these colors looked combined.

This little "Partridge Family-esque" bird has starred in quite a few of
my card making endeavors.  He's only available as a Hostess Level II
stamp set (Spring Solitude Bundle) and is slated for retirement along
with many other Stampin' Up! stamps on August. 10.  He's proud to be stamped in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White card stock.  I popped him out with a 1" Circle Punch and layered him on circle punches of Wild Wasabi (1 1/4") and Certainly Celery (1 3/8").  The retro flower stamp was inked in Purely Pomegranate and jazzed up Whisper White card stock.  It's matted on Wild Wasabi.

Stampin up spring bundle boho
This delightful sketch is from Taylored Expressions.  I went a tidtad (my sister uses this word . . unlikely that it exists) out of the box by adding five flowers when the sketch calls for three.  However, that's exactly what sketches are . . . a starting point for inspiration.  To date, I have witnessed no arrests for straying.  TIP:  If you try a sketch challenge, don't be afraid to customize.  Using Nestabilities Rectangles, I created a scalloped Purely Pomegranate background layer and added some Certainly Celery Boho Flowers with 1/4" Wild Wasabi circle centers. 

The 4.25 x 5.5 Certainly Celery card base is topped with a soft little pattern from the Hostess Level I Prints Pack (exclusive 6 x 6" designer paper colors in Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Real Red).  TIP:  When using a funkalicious pattern like the retro flower stamp, I like to balance things with a designer paper background of a smaller scale.  The ribbon banner consists of 5/8" Certainly Celery Grosgrain over Purely Pomegranate card stock.

The sentiment is a rub-on from Sale-A-Bration's Love and Happiness set.  They are no longer available but there are lots of Stampin' Up! Rub-On options on p. 182 of the Spring-Summer Catalog.  I plan to order many more rub-ons when the new catalog is released.  They are so crisp and easy to use. 

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Spring Solitude Bundle (Hostess Level II)
Paper:  Prints Pack Wild Wasabi Designer Series (Hostess Level I), Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Cool Tools:  Boho Blossoms Punch, Circle Punches:  1/4, 1, 1 1/4, 1 3/8", Nestabilities Rectangles, Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch:  Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Love and Happiness Rub-Ons

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Stampin' Up!'s Retired Accessories List will be posted on Monday, July 21.  TIP:  Any accessories (designer paper, card stock, ribbon, ink pads) using the current In Colors (Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, River Rock) will definitely be retiring on Aug. 10.  So stock up on those items you love.


  1. Preorder flowers

    wow!such a nice collection! i also love your card. very colorful and attractive! Its simple and looks beautiful, I’ll be visiting your site from now on! to see other style!


  2. I love this set too and now I can’t wait for my nesties to get here!! Thanks Mary!

  3. Mary – this looks wonderful – I love how you have used this set – fun colors too!!!

  4. Colleen Kramer

    Wow..this layout/stamp works so well with this color combo! Love it!

  5. wish wish wish i had ordered spring solitude when i had the chance (demo preorder). i have seen sooooooo many cards i like that use it. did not like the offerings nearly so much this time for our demo preorder. LOVE this card!!! oh, and teehee-ed over the *tidtad.* i think i may have to adopt it…i use *tad* all the time but really like this new take on it. thanks, mary!!

  6. I love that color combo. I can’t wait to make that one. You have the coolest ideas, thanks for sharing.

  7. Jennifer Reynard

    Absolutely love this card! I’m glad I own this set now. Haven’t figured out how to use it but you have shown it off to it’s full potential! well done.
    p.s. love your blog.
    Jennifer, Calgary, Alberta Canada

  8. You did great with these colors- I was worried too that they would be too “holidayish”. Love it!

  9. Very pretty. The colours are awesome. Joan

  10. WOW! Another fabulous way to use my Boho flowers punch and Spring Solitude set! Great card!!
    And yes, I have debated about ordering a retiring set before. Even put of ordering from a Mini catalog. I learned my lesson and will never wait again. After having to fight for a ?rare? set and pay 3 times the price to own it, I vowed to order BEFORE they retire. I already stocked on up the retiring paper colors and inks too! Hope others will learn from my mistakes.
    Elizabeth Bead Diva

  11. OMG – this is amazingly beautiful! The scallops with the flowers look so pretty together.

  12. I love this card!! Beautiful job! The fower border is very striking–I ordered the boho blossoms punch too and it will be here today!!
    I thought I had everything set up– how did you get the ‘Subscribe enter your e-mail here’?

  13. I love the Spring Solitudes bird and this card you’ve made with that set! The colors are so nice!

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