Sunday Showcase: Spotlight On Retiring Accessories

I'll be using my Sunday Showcases in May to highlight some of my favorite projects and techniques using soon-to-be retired merchandise. 

This week we are focusing on items from the Retired Accessories List, mainly because these items are "while supplies last," so they are going quickly!  If you see a project you like here, make sure you grab up the retired items before they are gone!  I'll feature more of the Retiring Stamp Sets later, since those items are guaranteed to stick around through May 31.

All of these projects were featured on my blog in the past, so you can get complete instructions and supply lists for them by clicking on the link.  Since many are from years ago, you'll see some already-retired merchandise, but it was still fun to go back and remember these Too Cool creations!

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Build-A-Bear Sleeping Bag Card

I was a little surprised to see so many Sizzix Dies retiring this time, but truthfully, the Build-A-Bear series has had a good run.  I love this cute bear in the sleeping bag that I made for my niece.  So cute!  Don't miss my Dressed Up Bears Showcase for more ideas!  Goodbye Bear Bigz Die, Beary Essentials Bigz Die, Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (all 1/4" Grosgrain is retiring).


Lots of Love Letterpress Hearts

The Letterpress Plates were a fun way to add both color and texture to projects, but they have all been retired.  I'm gonna miss those multiple sizes of hearts, too. Goodbye Lots of Love Letterpress Plate and Heart-To-Heart Punch.

Finial press wax

Finial Press Wax Resist

This was a fun technique that you could do with any texture embossing folder.  I just happened to do it with one that will be retiring soon.  Goodbye Finial Press Impressions Folder and Old Olive Satin Ribbon (all Satin Ribbon is retiring).

Windowpane necklace

Windowpane Necklace

The Windowpane embellishments were fun while they lasted!  Transforming the window into a necklace was such a fun project!  Goodbye Beveled Windowpanes and Clearly For You stamp set.

Frosted window

Frosted Windowpanes

I really enjoyed the frosted look of the Beveled Windowpanes, created by lightly sanding the underside.  So soft and pretty!  And, I'll miss the accordion detailing from the Crimper (already sold out!).

Round tab purses

Round Tab Mini Purses

It sure was fun to make these cute mini purses from Round Tab punches!  Goodbye Round Tab Punch, Silver Brads (already sold out!), Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain and Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain.


Round Tab Sponge Toppers

I know I'll be keeping my Round Tab Punch around to make my sponge toppers!  It's a terrific way to organize your sponges and keep your fingers clean!

Eyelet flower

Eyelet Border Punch Ruffles

The Round Tab Punch was used to create the closure on this easy to make Box In A Bag project.  I was really surprised that the lovely Eyelet Border Punch was retiring.  I love using it as a regular border, and when crimpled with a Crimper, it becomes pliable enough to make a pretty ruffle, as shown on these medallion embellishments.  Goodbye Eyelet Border Punch.


Butterfly Punch Pansies

No more pansies?!!!  That makes me so sad!  These pansies are made with two Butterfly Punches from Watercolor Paper, colored with Refill Inks.  Goodbye Butterfly Punch, Watercolor Paper (it's being reconfigured), Crop-A-Dile, and Clear Rhinestone Brads

Matchbox dresser

Matchbox Dresser

The Matchbox Die has helped me with many a project, and I'll definitely miss it for creating quick party favors!  I love how you could stack the matchboxes to create this dresser!  Goodbye Matchbox Die and Circle Ice Rhinestones Brads.

Matchbox nugget box   Matchbox nugget box open

Matchbox Nugget Holder Box

You can also adhere the Matchboxes side-by-side for a fun nugget holder!  So sorry to see this one go!  This was one of my favorite gift projects!

Elegant trio

Elegant Trio Stencil

All of the the Definitely Decorative Line of products will be retiring, including all of the vinyl Décor Elements and Décor Stencils.  This was a classy masked stencil project from a while back with the fleur de lis.  Goodbye Elegant Trio Stencil, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, and Circle Ice Rhinestones Brads.


Paisley Petals Gate Fold

Don't forget that, with the exception of First Edition, all of the beautiful Designer Series Papers from the catalog will be retiring, too!  This gate fold card featured one of my favorites!  Goodbye Paisley Petals DSP.

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Mocha Morning Stocking Gift Card Holders

My absolute, hands-down favorite paper this year was Mocha Morning!  I LOVE the gorgeous gold and neutrals!  It made our stocking gift card holders so elegant and classy!  Goodbye Mocha Morning DSP, Gold Waffle Paper, and Snow Burst Impressions Folder.

Simply adorned spring

Simply adorned clearly

Simply Adorned Charms

The whole Simply Adorned line of jewelry is also going away.  Here are two of the beautiful make & takes we did a Leadership last year.  Goodbye Simply Adorned charms, chains, and trinkets; Springtime Vintage Fabric, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Clearly For You.

Oval scallop gate

Oval Scallop Gate Fold

I'm really hoping that we're getting some new Framelits in this shape, because otherwise I'll be mourning the loss of the Oval Scallop Die and all the interlocking gate fold cards that could have been.  Goodbye Oval Scallop Die.

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Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me to remember some of the best of the best projects created with the soon-to-be Retired Accessories!

Don't wait!  Order your favorites today at my Online Store!


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