Sunday 29 April 2018

ESAD 2018 Retirement List Blog Hop

Welcome to ESAD 2018 Retirement List Blog Hop.
We are saying farewell to Stampin' Up! products from the
current Annual Catalogue and Occasions catalogue.
You may have just joined me here as your first port of call
or just left Peta Stephen's blog where I am sure she has
something truly AMAZING to share with us.

Sadly some of my favourites are leaving us for FOREVER.
When I was at OnStage Sydney for the release of the new catalogue launch,
the first set that I noticed was leaving us was Number of Years....
I searched the new catalogue for it, unable to find it!!!
I couldn't believe that it was RETIRING....I am really devo it is!!!

So it was a NO BRAINER that I use the Number of Years Stamp set
and matching Large Number Framelits Dies to create my project for this hop.

Seen as though 2016-2018 InColors are retiring too, I chose to use them.
Firstly I cut numerous number 0-9's out of the retiring colours
Peek-A-Boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum,
Emerald Envy and
Dapper Denim ...
My friend told me that I was crazy cutting all of these out and add them to my project.

I had seen a card on pinterest recently where the numbers were on the
diagonal orientation and knew straight away I wanted to do that...
I found it just now 5.35pm,  Alisa Tilsner created it

So I started drawing lines across my background to line up the numbers to form the layout backdrop.
I didn't place numbers where I knew that I was placing my photo. Only bugger was that when I finished sticking all the numbers I had to try to erase all the lines... 
BUT I will say that Stampin' Up! cardstock stands up to the rigors of all the rubbing out.
Looks GREAT hey? I thought there was too much white background,
I cut some off the edges of my background and added a Dapper Denim border.
Unfortunately I had used all my 12x12 Dapper Denim, so I had to use strips to make it fit.
I knew that I wanted to use a 50th Birthday photo of myself, 
I wanted to use retiring Sweet Soiree DSP and
Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit to finish off this layout.
I am so happy with this finished layout I think it will end up in a frame.
I had to photograph it on the inside of the back of the frame as I haven't got a spare.
The FIFTY was on my Birthday Cake, it is wood, so it is too heavy to go
inside my Scrapbooking Albums.

Now I had so many numbers left over I decided to make a couple of cards
with these sets and kits too...As I said I will be very sad when they leave.
The Number of Years has so many great filler flowers and leaves which makes
easy backgrounds for behind popped up Large Number Dies
and the inside of your card...Do you decorate your inside of the card?

I found this card on Pinterest as my inspiration, here is the link to original creator.
 Loving this card made with Sweet Soiree DSP and Embellishment Kit
which has the velvet ribbon, the die cut flowers and vellum accents.
And MORE left over numbers...Always use them up on Birthday Cards.
I have many friends turning 50 this year, so it will be used soon enough.
Now you can still purchase all of these products in my online shop
please use my hostess code for April and I will send you a Thank You gift

InColor 2016-2018 12x12 Cardstock 141412
Number of Years Stamp Set 140653
Large Number Framelits Dies 140622
Sweet Soiree Speciality Designer Series Paper 145564
Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit 145578.

Up next is Lauren Meiklejohn
I cannot wait to see which are her favourites that are retiring.
I am sure that you will love her designs.
I am sure that you will find new favourites in the Stampin' Up!
NEW Annual Catalogue which is released every June
Watch this space for all the details of the new products that are being released.

If you are a customer of mine, I will send you a
brand new catalogue as soon as I receive them.

Blog Hop Participant List

11. Jo Weeden

16. Fi Cobbin

Thank you for visiting my blog, please leave me some LOVE in the comment box below
and I will  in turn leave you some love on your blog <3
Cheers Shaz


  1. I must say looking great at 50 Sharon. Love all your projects and I too am sorry to see many of the products you used, go. But hey, new ones around the corner. Many thanks for hopping with us

    1. Thank you Libby, I used to think 50 was that I am that age I know it's not!!
      Yes my list is already growing of the new catalogue... I need to find a job!!
      Cheers Shaz

  2. I love your projects Sharon! I love the Melon Mambo on Melon Mambo Birthday Card! xxx

  3. Lovely project. I like how you have created your background for the scrap lay out.

  4. Great projects I love how you have used those numbers.

  5. Great projects Sharon! I’m going to miss Sweet Sugarplum & Peekaboo Peach xo

    1. Thank you very much Katrina, Yes very much so <3
      Cheers Shaz

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  7. Looking great Shaz - I don't scrap myself very often (must start) usually only the kids and my husband. I love what you have done to celebrate this great Milestone.
    Had to remove my previous comment to correct all my shocking spelling errors!

    1. Thank you Courtenay <3 You should SCRAP yourself hunnie <3 LOL sometimes the brain types quicker than the fingers <3
      Cheers Shaz

  8. Fantastic showcase of so many treasured retiring items, Sharon. Will miss SSP and the Large Number Framelits so much (insert sad face) I am sure we will find many other favies to take their places on our shelves soon.

    1. Thank you Jackie, I know there are too many yummy things on the Pre-Order list that I NEED.
      BUT I have so many uninked stamps from this catalogue that I must use too <3
      Cheers Shaz

  9. I love how you've created the background of your layout using the numbers, it looks amazing.
    It was great meeting you in Sydney and welcome to the "50" club.

    1. Thank you Peta, I knew as soon as I saw that card I had to do that for my 50th photo <3
      Yes, hard to believe that I am FIFTY...
      Cheers Shaz

  10. Wow, wow, wow! Your background is truly amazing - so much oomph! It's just perfect to make that gorgeous pic of you pop! You are mad but very clever! Lou x

    1. Thank you Lou, I know Krissy told me the exact same thing when I started to create it at her house... BUT it just popped when it was finished <3
      Cheers Shaz

  11. Your scrapbook layout is simply adorable! I love the slanted numbers and the wooden "fifty". Fifty looks great on you!

    1. Thank you very much... Inspiration was from the card <3 Aww you are too kind...
      Cheers Shaz

  12. Great projects Sharon ... sad to see the numbers go and love what you've done with them!

    1. YES!!! Leonie I cannot imagine not owning the numbers <3 Thank you
      Cheers Shaz

  13. Love your projects and I love Number of Years so I will be hanging on to this set for sure. So handy for any birthday or event.

    1. For Sure Julie, will be in my stash forever <3
      Cheers Shaz

  14. No way are you 50! What a gorgeous photo of you and you've done it justice with an amazing LO!


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