CASE-ing the Catty #312 – Retiring Dies

Sunday greetings, crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying your Easter break, if you celebrate it and get a long weekend. We have so far enjoyed a quiet Easter at home. It is Mr Samuel’s 5th birthday today so instead of bunnies and easter eggs we are knee deep in Star Wars and Hot Wheels. The Easter Bunny kindly agreed to postpone his delivery for the traditional hunt until tomorrow instead, so as not to distract from the Festival of Sammy.

I took some time off from Star Wars crafts this week to create something for the CASE-ing the Catty crew blog hop. With a new catty on the horizon (yay!) the retirement list is now available (not so yay), so this week we are having a look at some of our favourite retiring dies.


Being a glass half full kinda gal I never like to focus on the “losses” that come with Stampin’ Up! retirement season, and at any rate I tend to keep and keep using sets I really like. That is for sure the case with a couple of the sets I’m using today.

I’ve tried to use pretty much all retiring product on today’s projects:

Stitched Shapes Dies

Dino Dies

Flowers for Every Season DSP

2019-2021 In Colors – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray

Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder

Flowers for every Season Memories & More Card Pack

The Stitched Shapes (actually shocked those are retiring and you can take them from my cold, dead hands) and Dino Dies aren’t even very obviously featured enough in the catty for me to be able CASE something. I did start off with an inspiration picture, but I deviated so much from it in the end that I’m not going to include that here! So here are my three creations that I ended up with.


First up is a Dino baby card on a Rococo Rose base card, with a stitched oval and the dinosaur coming out of a cracked egg enhanced by the Hammered Metal EF – I think this makes it look more egg like!


I just love that stitched detailing on these dies. I think they were the first set we had with stitching? Someone correct me in the comments if I’m wrong about that 😛


Next up is a Rawrsome thank you card with a stitched circle and a few more of the Dino dies – that tree is so much fun, I have used it quite a bit. Can look equally prehistoric or tropical.


This card is on a base of Pretty Peacock – by far my favourite of the retiring In Colors  – with touches of Seaside Spray as well.


Seaside Spray is my close second favourite of this In Color collection and features on my third card.  I never learned to get along with Terracotta Tile or Purple Posy, so I can’t say I’m sad to see them go. But this is a great blue that fits well in the SU! colour spectrum. On this card I went with a stitched square and added some cute spikes to Mr Dino as well. The Happy Birthday is a very frequently used by me stamp from Itty Bitty Greetings.

Next up this week, sharing some of her favourite retiring dies, is Just. Hop on over with me to see what she has created.

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Thanks for stopping by,


5 thoughts on “CASE-ing the Catty #312 – Retiring Dies

  1. Oh, these are such cute cards! I reckon that SU’s first stitched Die was the Top Note, but I may be fuzzy on that! The Stitched Shapes were certainly the first of the Framelits type dies to have stitching 🙂

  2. Rachel Palmieri

    Those are very cute dinos, the first one looks like he’s hopping out of an Easter egg! I’ll probably be keeping the stitched shapes forever too, Siobhan.

  3. Oh I love that saying ‘take them from your cold dead hands”. Cracked me up, and yes, my dies are not moving any time soon. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Samuel, bet he had a fabulous day!

  4. Julia Quinn

    OH, this are brilliant! I love the stitched shapes dies too!! And my favourite is the dino egg too! You’re so clever.

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