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Stampin’ Up! Retirement List Release AND New Catalog Opportunity

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UPDATE: Originally I thought only the French Papillon Potpourri was retiring, but unfortunately it’s English too. 🙁

Hi All!

It’s such a sad day. I hate when the retirement list comes out at Stampin’ Up! As you know, I try to only use active products here, so when Stampin’ Up! retires it, I don’t use it anymore.

Many, many of the sets that I’ve used here are retiring. The worst news of the day: the owl punch is on the list. It’s so distressing that I can’t even use an exclamation point. I guess we had to know it would happen one day.

Many of the items on the retirement list are on sale. They are only available “while supplies last” or until May 31st, whichever comes sooner.

I created a list of my favorite items that are retiring, along with links to some cards I made with each. And please, if you’re thinking about placing an order, visit Michelle’s store, where 25% of every order goes to foster children.

CLICK HERE to see the sortable retirement list in Excel format.

DO YOU WANT A NEW CATALOG? You can pre-order one for $6, shipped right to your house. Catalogs are mailed on May 8th by Stampin’ Up!. I’m helping Michelle collect money via Paypal for catalog pre-orders: $5 goes to Stampin’ Up! for the catalog, 50 cents goes to Paypal, and 50 cents goes to Foster Kids. CLICK HERE to purchase a catalog. She is taking pre-orders now through April 24th. US RESIDENTS ONLY.
NOTE: Offer is now expired.

See the retiring products below, along with links to the cards that use them. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch
Flower Patch
Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Gorgeous Grunge
Hello You Thinlits Dies
Hello You Thinlits Dies
Layered Letters
Layered Letters
Sunburst Thinlits Die
Sunburst Thinlits Die (40% off)
Botanical Blooms
Botanical Blooms
(25% off)
Helping Me Grow
Helping Me Grow
Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Stampin' Up! Owl Punch
Owl Punch
There are too many to list. It’s best to visit the Owl Punch gallery.
Peaceful Pines
Peaceful Pines

Perfect Pines Framelits
Perfect Pines Framelits
30% off
Embellished Ornaments
Embellished Ornaments
Delicate Ornaments Dies
Delicate Ornaments Dies
(20% off)
Papillon Potpourri
Papillon Potpourri
Stampin' Up! Elegant Butterfly Punch
Large Butterfly Punch
Stampin' Up! Bitty Butterfly Punch
Small Butterfly Punch
          and more…


  1. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 3:56 am


    Is there a way to email you directly? My question is on the Owl punch. I didn’t see any discount next to it. Other items show the discount amount. Not sure where else to look or what I’m doing wrong. I got hooked on the Owl punch from following you.

    • wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 9:34 am


      Hi Cindy. Not all of the items are discounted. The owl punch is regular price, probably because it’s pretty popular. There is a “contact” link at the top of the page – my email address is darlene@livelovecards.com.

  2. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 4:49 am


    This is a sad day indeed! I will miss seeing you make new delightful cards using some of my favourite stamp sets. And I really can’t believe the owl punch is going to be retired. That new catalogue in June will have to be pretty darn good. That’s all I have to say!

  3. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Anna D.

    The Halloween Owls were my absolute favorites. So creative.

  4. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 9:05 am


    Darlene, I hope you’ll make an exception for the owl punch and continue to make and show cards using it. It was around for so long, and there are so many of us who own the owl punch, that it would be a shame to stop using it on the site.

  5. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 11:15 am


    I just saw on the website that papillon potpurri is being retired as well! unless i am reading it wrong

    • wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 11:32 am


      Hi Sarah. I just added an update. The retiring list says “French” next to the set, so I assumed it was just the French version. But you are right – it’s both. 🙁

  6. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 4:54 pm


    Fortunately, I have the Owl Punch, Butterfly Punches and stamps, could not resist. Darlene, I don’t know why you can’t continue using your favorites, as long as you let us know the item is no longer available. I often see someone make a card and then go through my stuff to see what is close and use it. It does help me to know what I have and to use it instead of buying everything! Lol

  7. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 5:55 pm


    I’ve had the Owl Punch on my wish list for quite some time now. Well, after seeing the retiring list today, I finally bit the bullet & ordered it! I did go through Michelle’s store, so hopefully the foster kids will benefit a little anyway. Just hope my order gets processed before they’re gone! I agree with the others here who have said to keep making cards with older/retired supplies. I am like Bonnie, in that if I like something, I see what product(s) I have already that I can substitute. I rarely run out & buy things just to CASE a card or something exactly with that supply. I see others’ projects as inspiration, like a jumping-off point. So don’t stop using the Owl Punch at least! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  8. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 9:47 pm


    Darlene, at least you can keep using Lovely As A Tree – it’s been in the catalog for longer than I’ve been a demo (I’ve been a demo almost 13 years now) – it keeps on chugging along, catalog after catalog! I think it’s one of those that anyone “new” to stamping gets, so it keeps selling!! 🙂

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 4:06 pm


      So true – I just bought it a few months ago, although I had my eye on it for over a year.

    • wrote on April 13th, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Donna Penny

      I’m a Stamping’ Up! demonstrator and just attended one of the local OnStage events. That set was mentioned a few times, and on one of the demonstrator pages on FB, there have been many comments saying that that set was designed by Shelli Gardner for her aunt and will never retire. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it would seem to make sense.

  9. wrote on April 11th, 2017 at 10:38 pm


    I’m so glad you posted this! I hurried to get my order in on the owl punch this afternoon (I confess I was supposed to be working at the time), and I also ordered the Botanical Blooms stamp set with the matching dies. Then tonight I re-watched the “Know What I Love” video you posted next to the Botanical Blooms set. I remember loving that card the first time I watched your video, and I still do. Now I’ll get a chance to try it. Thanks a million for making sure we didn’t miss this opportunity!

  10. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 12:12 am


    Hi Darlene! We know you REALLY like the owl punch and Papillon Potpourri and a few others. So do I!!! What about listing the stamp sets, punches, etc. that are retiring but that you are likely to use again in a card. This will give us all an opportunity to buy these items BEFORE they actually do retire. It is our decision to do this though. If we choose not to do this for whatever reason, I don’t think we should have any problem with you still using some of these retired items in cards later. After all, you had to buy them too and it doesn’t seem quite fair for you not to use them again as well. We all agree that Stampin Up is expensive but quality. So, I am sure that we would all appreciate you using these soon-to-be retired popular items in the future. And, as Andrea and Bonnie pointed out, we all substitute products when we CASE. Otherwise, we would often be buying things that we would only use 1 time. I think most of us would not consider that at all economical to do.

  11. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 6:21 am


    Hi Darlene,
    I agree with Andrea and Connie that we get inspired by your ideas and we can most times substitute stamps that we have or buy something similar and adapt. Once I spend the time and money on new stamps I want to use them over and over even if there is time in between. Don’t give up using some of these great sets because they retire. Thanks as always for sharing your beautiful work.

  12. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 2:58 pm


    While I understand your desire to use available products, I really hope you continue to use some of these (i.e., the owl punch and the Papillion set). Many of us have those products and would still love new ideas now and then. And with the stamp set, there are enough similar sets that we can substitute if necessary.

    I often wonder what kind of rioting there might be if SU ever decides to retire Lovely as a Tree. lol

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 9:38 pm


      Agreed, Irene! I love my Lovely as a Tree set. It’s so versatile. I think someone with clout needs to tell Stampin Up in the nicest possible way that it is okay to keep some very popular stamp sets or punches or whatever. They need to realise that although it might make good marketing sense to keep changing their product line or re-configuring old sets as new ones, as some have suggested, they need also to realise that customer relations is just as important. In fact, customer relations is the single best marketing tool any company can have in the long term.

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