So Long to Old Favourites with ESAD, April 2019

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Hi everyone! I’m very pleased to have you here on your next stop in our ESAD blog hop this month.

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This month’s theme, retiring favourites, is a bittersweet one. As exciting as the new catalogue launch is, to make room for all the new goodies some old ones have to move into to Stampin’ retirement. Now I am a firm believer that just because a product is officially retired, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it anymore. It’s not like it self destructs or anything. But it always feels sad to see a favourite not make the cut for the new catalogue, and of course there is no replacing of consumables like DSP.

For that reason there are so many products I thought of using for this post, and I can’t wait to hop around to see all the old favourites everyone has chosen to showcase and get lots of inspiration to keep enjoying these products. My choice of an old favourite is the Animal Exhibition DSP and some of the retiring In Colours.


I’ve used Tranquil Tide as a base, then Fresh Fig, then Berry Burst. Now Berry Burst I am going to miss. I love this colour so much. I’ve stocked up on cardstock and have checked I have a nice full bottle of reinker. If there’s any retiring colour you are particularly fond of now is the time to stock up as they will very quickly run out of stocks as we get closer to the new catalogue.


I’m flat out not even going to discuss the fact that the Large Letters are retiring because I think this is such a tragedy. But there is no way I will ever be separated from these or will I stop using them. I love them. If you don’t already have them firstly, what is wrong with you?? And secondly, go buy them now. You will not regret having these in your crafting arsenal.

The Animal Expedition DSP is one of my favourite paper collections ever. Having an animal mad daughter seeing this in the catalogue a year ago excited me so much. And I have had heaps of use out of the *ahem* several packets I bought. I love this giraffe print for backgrounds – it goes so well with a pop of colour – and anyone who has seen me dress up for a night on the town knows I’m a little partial to animal print 😉


For the inside of the card, I cut some of the creatures straight from the DSP with the coordinating dies. I love being able to do this. Now I’m not really great at 3D cards but to make these guys stand up was easy.

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Take a piece of card (or DSP) sized just slightly smaller than your card based and scored in the middle. Measure and cut three tabs in, like so. Then push those up so they are sitting in the opposite direction to how the card folds. You adhrere your pop ups (my kangaroo, rhino, and giraffe buddies here) to these tabs. They fold down flat when you close the card but pop up when you open it.


Kids in particular LOVE to get a little surprise like this when they open their card. The back of the card has a blank piece of white cardstock for writing your message on.


I think it’s the front of this card that makes me the most happy. The colours look so great together and those letters, well, sigh… As I said at the start of this post, it’s a little bittersweet when your old favourites are retiring.

Hop on over next to the fabulous Jo Weedon to see which old favourites she’s giving a last hoorah. If you get lost at any point in the hop then you can pick up your place using the list at the end of each post with all the participants this month. Make sure you check out every project – I know I certainly will be!


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ESAD Old Favourites Blog Hop Participant List

1. Bronwyn Eastley

2. Libby Dyson

3. Katrina Duffell

4. Lou Kitzelman

5. Shannon Kissane

6. Nicole Wilson

7. Delys Cram

8. Lauren Meiklejohn

9. Cathy Pinchbeck

10. Sandra Mastello

11. Richelle Fletcher

12. Rose Packer

13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons

14. Jo Weedon

15. Peta Stephen

16. Lisa Whitehead

17. Rochelle Laird-Smith

18. Rebecca Scurr

19. Mandy Depiazzi

20. Denise Buetler

21. Monique Fielder

22. Kelly Kent

23. Sharon Dalton

24. Rebekah Crisp

25. Maree McIntosh