Retiring Favourites – Creative Inkers Blog Hop

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This time of the year is always a mixed blessing for those of us who love Stampin’ Up! products. The new annual catalogue is about to be released – yay! But it does mean we have to say goodbye to some of our favourite things to make way for new items.


I’m delighted to be part of the Creative Inkers “Fave Farewell Blog Hop” showcasing some of the things we love that will no longer be available for purchase when the new catalogue is released – or earlier if they sell out!

You may have come from the talented Alicia, or joined the hop here – either way please check out all the blogs in the hop. The complete list of those in the hop is at the bottom of my post.

I did have trouble choosing a favourite to feature – I’m saying goodbye to many items I love! So When I was making my thank you cards for everyone that had ordered with me in April I decided to use several of them – a couple of stamp sets, washi tape, ribbon, an embossing folder and framelits.

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Did you notice this little notch in the top corner?


Tying ribbon around cards can be tricky – especially if the folded edge is in the way! To get around this I punch a small notch (with an appropriately sized punch) where I want the ribbon to be, then when you open the card up you can thread the ribbon through – voilà!


I wanted to highlight the retiring products I’ve used when making this card. If you want to see all the items I’ve used you can find them in the table at the bottom of the post.

The Label Collection has been one of my go-to sets of framelits – and I love how they work in with the Label Card thinlits too.

Labels Collection Label Card

We used both for Beth’s 21st last year and had such fun incorporating them into her invitations, thank you’s, decorations and photobook.

The main stamped image and sentiment comes from Apothecary Art which I’ve stamped in Jet Black Stazon Ink so that I could colour it with my Stampin’ Write Markers.


The way these framelits and stamps fit so beautifully together is typical of Stampin’ Up! co-ordination – I love it!

I also stamped the sentiment with Jet Black Stazon onto the Crushed Curry washi tape from the Beach House Washi Set.


Beach House Washi

TIP: When you are stamping onto the washi you need to use a light touch – too much pressure and the ink smudges.

The Dictionary Background Stamp has featured in many of my cards. In this card I have stamped it in Wild Wasabi to tie in with the leaves of my floral image. The wood mounted rubber stamps have now sold out but it is still available as a digital download. Remember that My Digital Studio (MDS) and all digital downloads will be retiring on 2 June and the downloads are also on sale (30% off). The digital files can be used in any digital software (Photo Elements, Publisher, Photoshop etc). So get them before they are gone!



The texture on the left hand side of the card was added using the Beautifully Barque embossing folder and the Texture Boutique.  I’ve loved having the boutique – light and portable and so easy when you are embossing. This mean I can leave my magnetic plate on the Big Shot almost all the time, and just reach for the boutique for embossing.

Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder

And of course we couldn’t forget some ribbon. The 3/8″ taffeta ribbon has been so versatile. It was available in eight colours but Basic Black and Bermuda Bay have sold out. The following colours were still available when I posted this – Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate and Soft Sky.


There is now only 3 more weeks left to get items on the Retiring List and many items have already sold out – 76 as of today!! Most accessories have a 50% discount and most stamp sets a 25-40% discount. You can view the Retiring Lists HERE  or the accessories and stamps lists by clicking on the images below.

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Accessories


Do you have a favourite that is retiring? Let me know in the comments below!


Hope you enjoyed my card – please check out the other amazing Blogs in the Hop. Back will take you to Alicia and Next will take you to Ria. Enjoy!

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Until next time.






Here is a list of all the blogs if you get lost along the way 🙂

1. Lisa Bullock – Daffyscrapper

2. Sally Robertson – Up and Away Crafting

3. Kathryn Tyrrell – A Spot of Stamping

4: Delys Cram – Little Scraps of Paper

5. Alicia Yap Stamp Creations with Munchkin

6. Jackie Noble – creativeJax  – you’re here 🙂

7. Ria Kaire – Qrafty Queen

8. Kathrine Oldham JorjaRose



I hope you enjoyed this post,

As always – if you wish to know anything more abound  info in this post, or to get a catalogue or to buy any of the items mentioned in the post, please contact me.

Or you can shop 24/7 at my online Stampin’ Up! shop – just click on any of the products in the table below, and you should find yourself in my online shop at the page with information about the product.

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The current Hostess Code can be found at the top right of my webpage.

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  1. Wow Jackie, what a great idea for the ribbon – what punch did you use? Thanks for the great tip about stamping on washi too – I’ve never thought of doing that.

    • Sally on May 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Beautiful card and I really like how you’ve showcased and discussed individual items. Thank you!

  2. Thanks Jackie for all your great suggestions.
    I have learnt a few more tricks by reading through your Blog post.
    Love the “Dictionary” Background Stamp too, and have used it often!

    • Delys on May 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Love all of your ideas Jackie ..the stamped on washi and the notch for the ribbon ..very cool and gorgeous card to boot!

    • rmkaire on May 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Snap! I am sad to see this set and framelits go, it’s been so well used. I love your card!!

    • daffyscrapper on May 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Clever tip with the ribbon, I never know what to do with the ends. And also the washi tape undr the sentiment. Lovely

  3. Thanks for sharing the notch tip for the ribbon Jackie! Gorgeous card 🙂

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