The retiring list - an update and an analysis

I just sent this out to my newsletter subscribers, but thought it worthy of adding here too in case you don't subscribe to my newsletter (what do you MEAN you don't subscribe to my newsletter...?!)

Since the release of the retiring lists just on a week ago, a number of items from the accessories lists have already sold out...

  • Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
  • Concord Crush Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
  • Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
  • Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
  • Blushing Bride A4 Smooth Card Stock
  • More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker
  • Confetti White A4 Smooth Card Stock
  • 3/16" Gold Brads
  • Dotto Refill
  • Crimper
  • Stampin' Scrub Replacement Pads
  • Circle Scissor Plus Replacement Blades
  • Stack & Store Containers

If you haven't sent through your retiring list yet, now is a good time to do so to ensure that you don't miss out on your favourites before they're gone forever...

Contact me today to place your order!

Having had an in-depth look at the retiring lists myself this past week, a couple of things have struck me:

  1. They're very long and comprehensive
  2. Based on point 1, it can be easy to overlook some items that you didn't realise were there, then along comes September and it's too late!

With this in mind, I have gone through the lists with a fine tooth comb - paying particular attention to the retiring accessories - and am going to list a number of items here that I think deserve a special mention...

stampin-spots STAMPIN' SPOTS (25% OFF)- As of September, Stampin' Spots will no longer be available in the colour collection colours.  These little one inch square ink pads are the perfect way to stamp on the go - instead of choosing which of your large ink pads to bring, bring them all!  Compact, and with the same ink as the larger pads, they're a great way to get a bunch of colours at a fabulous price! (Brights, Subtles & Regals - $28.46, Neutrals - $23.21)


ink-padINK PADS (UP TO 40% OFF: $7.17-$8.96) - I mentioned in my previous email that all the ink pads are listed as retiring due to a reformulation of the pad itself.  If you're happy with the current, woven-style of ink pad (and we all have been for six years already!), now is a great time to stock up on some colours, with some discounted by 40%, and many by 25%!


  ink-padsINK PAD BUNDLES (25% OFF) - Still on the subject of inkpads, the most economical way to get them all is to order the entire bundle of colour collection pads in one go.  Even more so now that they're 25% off!  Getting all ten ink pads from a collection in one shot works out to $7.21 per pad - a bargain in anyone's eyes... (Brights, Subtles & Regals - $71.21, Neutrals - $56.96)



INDIVIDUAL MARKERS ($5.95ea) - As of September, Stampin' Write Markers will no longer be available individually in every colour.  Approximately two thirds of the individual colours will be retiring, so if you have any holes in your marker collection, now is the perfect (and only!) time to fill them!



TEXTURED CARDSTOCK - This lovely linen textured 12x12 cardstock will not be a feature of the upcoming catalogue, so if you love to work with it in your scrapbooking (or card  making!) you will need to stock up while you can.  Particularly on the current In-color collection (Pool Party et al), which is $25% off! (All In-colors - $17.21, Colour Collections - $22.95)


pastelsSTAMPIN' PASTELS (40% OFF - $28.17) - These were the central product in my very own demonstrator starter kit over six years ago, so it's a sad goodbye from me to this lovely, soft way of colouring.  So many techniques can be achieved with this fabulous colouring medium, and right now, they can all be achieved 40% cheaper!



CHRISTMAS FABRIC (75% OFF - $4.95!!) - Two sets of designer fabric (Deck the Halls and Candy Cane Christmas) are retiring out of this catalogue, and they represent the biggest savings to be had!  Score yourself some Christmas fabrics (three co-ordinating fat quarters per pack) for just $4.95 each!



CROP-A-DILE (25% OFF - $41.21) - Looking as though it would be more at home in hubby's tool shed that your stampin' stash, this is a great heavy duty tool with several fabulous features.  It sets different sized eyelets with a minimum of fuss, but my absolute favourite feature is the way it can punch holes in some seriously tough materials (chipboard, tin....) and in two different sizes too!



PUNCHES (UP TO 40% OFF) - This is just a small selection from the array of punches that we will be saying goodbye to at the end of the month (or sooner!), many of which have been our faithful favourites for several catalogues now.  Many of them are 25% off, with the Doily Triple Layer Punch going for a steal at 40% off, so bulk up your punch collection at a bargain today!



RIBBONS (UP TO 25% OFF) - This catalogue sees the last of the availability of several styles of ribbon - the Wide Striped Grosgrain (pictured left) the Satin Ribbon and the 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.  Available in a great range of colours and with 25% off several of the colours of Striped Grosgrain, it's a great time to add some ribbony goodness to your stampin' stash!


simple-alpha-die timeless-type

ALPHABET DIES (25% OFF) - I posted a scrapbooking layout on my blog the other day featuring pretty much all of the alphabets that I own - all of which are retiring with this catalogue!  The Simple Letters set of Bigz dies (left) is a fabulous, large set of letters - great for bold page titles and is going out for 25% off.

The matching set of Simple Numbers is also retiring and is similarly perfect for both scrapbooking layouts and also all those "age" birthday cards that you need to do :-)

 The Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits (right) is another fantastic set of alphabet dies, also inclusive of numbers and punctuation.  This has been an absolute go to set of mine - smaller in size than Simple Letters, it is great for scrapbooking and card making alike.



2010-12 IN-COLORS (UP TO 40% OFF) - As is the case every year, it is time to say goodbye to the In-colors that have served us so well since they arrived two catalogues ago.  As you will have seen in the introduction, a number of the ink refills have already sold out, but you can still stock up on ink pads, cardstock (A4 and 12x12, plus textured), markers, Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Glimmer Brads and Designer Series Paper - much of it at 25-40% off!


If you  have yet to collate your retiring list, I urge you to do so as soon as possible to ensure that you don't miss out on your must have items!  Contact me asap to place your retiring products order!