So much to do so little time… Today sees the release of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue Retiring List and it comes with a twist. There’s products that are retiring and are now discounted. There are also other items that are retiring that are at full price. This is usually because stocks are low and it’s expected they will sell out anyway. We’ve become used to this.
The twist comes with the items that are on the ‘carryover list’. Some of the items will be carried over and we’ll simply continue to be able to get them. This is nothing new. However, also on the carryover list are some asterisked items that are being carried over but only to the 2020 Holiday Catalogue period. This means that once the 2019 Holiday Catalogue ends on January 2nd these items will become temporarily unavailable. Then when the 2020 Holiday Catalogue is launched in September these items will reappear. This has not been done before and it’s a trial, so we’ll see how it goes.
Anyway, today’s project is a quick gift tag that uses a mixture of retiring and carryover products.
First I cut a piece of Whisper White Card using the rectangular die from the retiring Frosted Frames Dies. Then I punched a hole at the top using the oval hole option of the Detailed Trio Punch.
Next, I stamped the snow image from the carryover Snowman Season Stamp Set over the tag. I wanted the image to be really light so I inked up the stamp with Seaside Spray ink and stamped onto scrap paper before stamping on the tag.
Once that was done I stamped the “To: From:” sentiment from the Snowman Season Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black ink.
My smiling snowman was punched from a piece of the retiring Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). This was simply a case of finding an image that fitted into the Snowman Builder Punch which is carrying over. Then I found and punched a top hat from a sheet of the DSP too. Finally I used Paper Snips to cut a small branch and berry image and fixed it to the hat with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
To complete the tag I attached the snowman and hat with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I threaded some Whisper White Baker’s Twine through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
YEAR END CLOSEOUT
I’ve put a link to the Year End Closeout on the right hand side. This link will give you two options, Retiring Favorites and Discounted Products. Alternatively you can see a complete list of all the products on the Retiring List PDF.
In the separate Holiday Favorites section you’ll find all the items that are carrying over. To distinguish between the ones that will be available from January to June, and those that will disappear during this time to reappear in September, you’ll need to refer to the Carryover List PDF.
I know many of you were disappointed when the Brightly Gleaming 12″ x 12″ Specialty DSP and Feels Like Frost 6″ x 6″ Specialty DSP was discontinued. This was simply due to the fact that stocks had sold out and it was too late to get more before Christmas. Well I’m delighted to tell you that these two DSP packs will once again be available to buy in September. The same applies to the Moose Builder Punch and Merry Moose Stamp Set. Yay!
I’ve no doubt this new system will take a little getting used to so I’ll explain more in future blog posts. What’s most important now is to check your wish list and order anything that’s on the Retiring List. Stocks are limited and popular items will sell out very quickly.
So now, I’m off to follow my own advice.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Snowman Season Stamp Set and Snowman Builder Punch using the single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links for both options below. Please note that even though the stamp set and punch are not retiring, the discounted bundle price will be withdrawn on January 2nd. So if you want both items at a discount make sure to order before then.
I also purchased the retiring Frosted Frames Dies in a bundle (with the retiring Frosted Foliage Stamp Set). I didn’t use those stamps today but I’ve included a link in case you want to look at this while it’s still available.