Truly something for everyone - the retiring list is here!

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Whilst it's almost two weeks since the Brisbane Stampin' Up! convention finished up (which you would know all about if you've been following  my Facebook page :-)), my little family and I stayed on for another week or so spend time with gorgeous friends who moved away from Perth almost three years ago.

It was a fabulously relaxing and fun-filled time, but as all good things must, it came to an end this weekend just gone, which was a long weekend in WA as luck and accidental planning would have it, so we had an extra day to re-group before returning to work and school.

So I'm back in my little stamping room, somewhat more rugged up than I was last time I was in here, and a good many stampin' things have been going on in my absence, not least of which is the 2013 Annual Catalogue Retiring List!

With less than a month to go until the all new Annual Catalogue is released into the hands of Aussie Stampin' Up! fans everywhere (we got one at convention, so mine is decidedly dog-eared already...), this month sees us say farewell to a good many items that won't be part of the Stampin' Up! product parade come the end of this month (or sooner if they sell out first!)

Many of the items are reduced and some have already sold out (that will teach me for going on a holiday at retiring list time...!)

To check out the items that will retire from the current Annual Catalogue, click on the links below:

STAMPS

ACCESSORIES

By far the easiest way to shop from the retiring list is to head on over to the Retiring Products section of my online store, where you will know immediately if something is still in stock by virtue of the fact that it will still be listed in the store!

So if any of your favourite items are listed, I would encourage you to hop to it - products are only available while stocks last.

Don't miss out!


One of the stamp sets on the retiring list that was one of my absolute must haves when it first appeared in a mini catalogue a good couple of years ago now is the Aviary stamp set.

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Aviary - Wood Mount  •  Aviary - Clear Mount

Sweet little birdcages and a selection of birds to inhabit them - adorbs!!

Here is a card that I made with this set for a precious friend's birthday just a couple of months back...

I'm a bit gutted to see that the Tiny Tags (wood mount/clear mount) stamp set and Jewelry Tag Punch that also make an appearance on this card are retiring too.  They are very much "go-to" items for me... :-(

Of course, it goes with saying that the lovely Fan Fair Designer Series Paper is going too - the way the DSP does every year (although not always at 40% off!  Get some...!!)

If you have any questions about the retiring list promotion or todays' card, please don't hesitate to get in touch :-)

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Stamps: Aviary, Summer Silhouettes, Tiny Tags Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Fan Fair DSP Ink: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade Accessories: Baja Breeze & Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers, Delicate Designs Embossing Folders, Large Scallop Edgelit, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Jewelry Tag Punch, Very Vanilla 1/8"Taffeta Ribbon,  Mini Brads, Stampin' Sponges

A bunch o' birdies, the final countdown and a special offer!

Nothing like leaving things to the last minute but we're at the final day of the Summer Mini and Sale-a-bration and I just had to pop in and show you this little idea (from last November no less!) that I put together using the Aviary stamp set that is available for only another 10 hours!

Aviary was the stand out stamp set for me as soon as I saw the Summer Mini (Itty Bitty Bits carved its own spot in my heart about five minutes later) and I jumped on the opportunity to grab it during the demonstrator pre-order period in November (just one of the many perks available to you as a Stampin' Up! demo...)

I put it to work immediately for a project I created for our A Klass Act team Christmas dinner.  About 20 of us got together at a local restaurant, exchanged handmade gifts, chatted endlessly and filled our bellies with festive fare.

For my gift (we each put one in and received one created by another team member) I created a 2011 desk calendar in a CD case, which I also created a matching outer cover for...

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The inside looked like this...

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The beauty of the Aviary stamp set is that with a selection of four different bird cages and four little birdies, you have an almost endless supply of different variations and ways to use them!

Below are the individual month pages - click on the thumbnails to see them in full size.

january february march april
may june july august
september october november december

I had so much fun putting this little project together, not least because once I had formatted the months and printed the pages, it was all one layer stamping with my chosen colour combination and came together very quickly.

I haven't been able to decide on my favourite...   I do like the little dude in the Santa hat in December, but the stack of birdies in May is also fun.  Then there's the cheeky fella in September who's managed to make an escape, leaving his buddy behind :-)

Which is your favourite?

As much as it was rushed and totally last minute, I hope you've enjoyed the last few posts highlighting some of my favourite things about the Summer Mini.  It really has been a favourite of mine.

As a special last minute offer, if you purchase all of the products I've highlighted in this and the previous two posts (Aviary, Itty Bitty Bits, Punch Pack, Bitty Buttons and the Square Lattice embossing folder) I will add the following as bonuses:

  • a clear CD case - the kind that open right up to stand up on a desk plus information on where you can get more
  • a template and tutorial for the calendar, including a formatted 2012 calendar all ready for you to print to give you a head start on some Christmas gifts for this year
  • free shipping to your door - a saving of $5.95
  • AND you get to choose a Sale-a-bration stamp set of your choice as well!

The wood mount option for the above products comes to $120.75 and the clear mount* option comes to $107.75.

Contact me asap - that is in the next few hours - if you would like to take advantage of this offer and snare yourself these fabulous products while they're still available!

Already have one or all of the products in the special offer...?  Just because it's the last day of Sale-a-bration and Summer Mini goodness, place a $100 order of anything from the Idea Book & Catalogue or Mini today and I will send you the template and tutorial as well, PLUS waive your shipping and of course you get to choose your favourite Sale-a-bration set too :-)

Hurry!

* Clear blocks sold separately - if you don't have any I can hook you up with those as well :-)

"A bunch of birdies - CD case calendar" Stamps: Aviary Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Real Red Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly, Basic Rhinestones