I think it’s always hard to choose which craft supplies to buy out of the many that we want.

That’s why I wanted to highlight my Top 10 favorites from the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List.

Hopefully this will help you decide if you want to order them before they’re gone OR if you already have them it will give you tips and ideas for using them.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Crafty Things I’d Grab Before They Retire…

#1 Stamp-a-ma-jig 

I think this is a must have for positioning your wood mount stamp sets. Even if you have a stamp positioning tool like the Stamparatus or you plan to get one. It’s one of my “must have close at hand” tools. I use it with ALL of my stamps – sometimes even the totally clear ones! – but I think it’s a must-have for use with wood mounted stamps especially.

Watch a video on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect stamp placement every time. 

Buy a Stamp-a-ma-jig before they’re gone!

#2 Ink Refills & Card Stock in your Favorite Retiring Colors

Stampin' Up! Colors Going Away

17 Stampin’ Up! colors are retiring. If you have ink pads in any of these colors you’ll want to order the ink refill and card stock to go with it before you can’t get them anymore. (P.S. Flirty Flamingo is on the list but it will be back as one of the core colors starting in June)

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#3 Holly Embossing Folder for your Christmas Cards

Project Life Christmas Cards

This embossing folder will make your Christmas cards Quick & Easy.  Just emboss your background with holly and add a main greeting image.

Buy a Holly Embossing Folder while you still can! SOLD OUT!

#4 Number of Years Stamp Set & Framelits

The Number of Years stamp set SOLD OUT and Large Numbers Framelits Dies are purchased separately but they go together so well and can be used for so many different things!

Just take a look at the snippet above from my Number of Years Pinterest Board!

#5 Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set

This is a great stamp set for sympathy and thinking of you cards. 

The above card was one of the first I made with this set YEARS ago and I still use this set on the regular.

Get the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set while you still can!

Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set SOLD OUT!

Thoughts & Prayers Wood-Mount Stamp Set SOLD OUT!

#6 Mini Treat Bag Thinlits 

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

The Mini Treat Bag Thilits make the CUTEST ever little bags! 

Here’s a video that shows how easy they are to use: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tmv0HV-URY

Hershey's Valentine Treat HolderAnd here’s another video that shows how to make an even smaller treat holder! www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA1LQNGQM04


#7 Rose Wonder Stamps & Thinlits

Navy Floral Boutique Thank You Card

What I love most about the Rose Wonder Stamp Set (Low Inventory) is the greetings. The font and size are just perfect! And it includes a variety of sentiments that I regularly use.

The Rose Garden Thinlits coordinate with this stamp set. I’ll be honest and tell you that I think the ONLY die I’ve used from this set is the shape around the “thank you” on the card above. But even using just that one die from the set has been worth every penny I spent because it is the perfect shape!!

You’ll find details for the pretty blue & white card here: www.inkitupwithjessica.com/floral-boutique-thank-cards

I’ve made this same card layout with many different designer series papers!

#8 Designer Series Papers

Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

I love pretty papers. 

And these are just a few of the MANY MANY cards I’ve made in the last year with some of the retiring designer series papers.

Most Retiring Designer Series Papers are SOLD OUT or Low Inventory so grab your favorites before they’re gone!

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#9 Lots to Love Box Dies

The Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies are easy to overlook but they make the cutest little boxes! Perfect for giving gift cards or other small gifts and treats. Full size they fit the Narrow Note Cards but you can make so many different size boxes to fit a variety of things!

#10 Stylized Birthday Stamp

Lighthouse Birthday Card

I think this lighthouse card says it all. This is a rare stamp that comes on it’s own, not in a set, and it’s the perfect size and font to use on birthday cards for everyone.

Get the Stylized Birthday Stamp


Did I miss one of your favorites? Comment below and let us know what your favorite retiring products are and why we should grab them before they’re gone.

Happy Stamping!


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