Yesterday I went through my craft studio marking the products from the August to December Mini Catalogue that are retiring. While I’m always sad to see things go, I know that it makes way for new goodies. My challenge over the coming weeks is to remind you of some of the things you might want to get while they’re still available. Today I’ve managed to combine four retiring products on one project. These are the Feels Like Frost 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, plus the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set and coordinating Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.
I actually started this project thinking about the retiring Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper. I’ve been meaning to use it to make ‘ornaments’ and if I didn’t do it today I might not get another chance.
So I took out my Stamparatus and selected the larger block-pattern ornament image from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set. Then I placed a piece of clear Window Sheet onto the Stamparatus platform and secured it in place using the strong magnets. Next I put the stamp rubber side down on the Window Sheet and closed one of the hinged doors to pick up the stamp.
To stamp onto Window Sheet I needed permanent StazOn ink and I chose Jet Black. I inked up the stamp and then closed the door to transfer the ink onto the Window Sheet. Then to get a really solid image I inked up the stamp and stamped it again in exactly the same place.
While StazOn is permanent it can take a little time to dry, so I decided to speed things up using my Heat Tool set on 1 (low). Once completely dry I cut out the image using Paper Snips.
TIP – Window Sheet is quite thick and it can cause damage if you try to punch it out. Cutting it with scissors is a safer option.
Next I used the larger punch from the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack to punch out the retiring Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper. Then with Mini Glue Dots on the inked side of the Window Sheet I fixed the stamped ornament onto the Glimmer Paper.
FEELS LIKE FROST
With the ornament complete I was ready to start work on the box.
First I made up a Mini Pizza Box, folding it along the pre-scored lines and tucking in the flaps. Then I went looking for some suitable patterned paper for the background.
I thought that the ornament need to be ‘hanging’ in a tree. At first I considered the two pine tree patterns in the retiring Poinsettia Place DSP, but they weren’t quite right. Then I looked in the retiring Feels Like Frost Paper and found a scrap that was almost perfect.
First I trimmed the snowy branch design down to 3″ x 3″. Then I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach it to a 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ layer of Night of Navy Card. After that I cut a 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Seaside Spray Card and glued the assembled layers onto that. It was only at this point that I remembered I wanted to include a sentiment!
So I placed the layered DSP onto the Stamparatus platform and secured it in place with magnets. Then I chose the “& be jolly this season” sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set. After checking that the rubber was completely clean I placed the stamp onto the DSP. Then I closed the door to pick it up, inked the sentiment with Night of Navy ink and stamped onto the DSP.
Now I just needed to glue the stamped and layered DSP onto the top of the Mini Pizza Box. This was followed by the ornament piece attached to hide the ‘&’ with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I finished it all off with a small bow tied from some 1/4″ Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon and secured with a Mini Glue Dot.
I really love how today’s project turned out, especially my sparkly ornament. What do you think?
The Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout starts tomorrow.
The retiring list is long and I’ve done my best to double check everything. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were given two spreadsheets so to make things easier I’ve consolidated everything into a single Year-End Closeout PDF.
The first three pages lists all the products that are retiring. This includes all the kits, and all discounted suites and bundles. Some of the retiring products have been reduced in price, but not all. All retiring products are only available while stocks last. In previous years retiring stamp sets have been guaranteed available if ordered by a specific date, however so far this year no such guarantee has been issued.
On the fourth page of the PDF I have added two additional sections. The first contains products that are carrying over and will appear in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue in May. Here you will find some stamp sets and tools that are currently available in discounted bundles. However although the individual products are carrying over, the discounted bundles won’t be available after January 4th. The final section on page 4 contains a list of products that are going away temporarily. These will reappear in the July to December 2021 Mini Catalogue as ‘returning favourites’. So if you don’t want to wait until July to order them, you’ll need to get them straight away.
Retiring products are likely to go quickly so if you want anything please place your order via my online store as early as possible tomorrow. Unfortunately if you wait you may find some products have already sold out. I will put a link directly to the Year End Closeout section of the store as soon as I can tomorrow morning. Alternatively go straight to my online store early on Tuesday and look for the link in the drop-down menu. Of course if retiring items that you want aren’t reduced in price, why not simply get ahead of the game and place your order today.
So that’s it from me for now. I’m off to check the Year-End Closeout List one last time.
First up, here’s the retiring products that I used in today’s project. I’ve also added a link to the Christmas Gleaming Variety Bundle. As well as the stamp set and punches, the bundle also includes the Brightly Gleaming 12″ x 12″ Specialty DSP pack (not used today). However if you happen to want all three you’ll save 10% by ordering them together using the single ‘bundle’ item number.
And now here’s all the other products used for today’s project.