Old Meets New – Combining Retired and Current Products

Normally I avoid using retired products when I’m going to share the project with you because I know how frustrating it can be when you see a project you want to recreate and find the products are retired.

While I was Christmas shopping in The Range I bought a cute chocolate elf lolly that I wanted to make a box for and put an elf on the front of it.  When I got home I couldn’t decide what stamp set to use.

There is an elf in the Christmas Cuties stamp set that I love to colour but the stamp set is retired and there is also another elf in the Festive Phrases stamp set.  Even though the stamp set is called Festive Phrases it isn’t just for Christmas it’s also for Valentines and Halloween too.

I stamped and coloured both images and decided to use the one that is in the catalogue to avoid disappointing anyone who wanted to recreate it.



I didn’t want the ‘Happy Holidays’ that was on the sign the elf is holding, I thought the Naughty or Nice in the Oh! What Fun stamp set would be perfect for the sign and because it’s a photopolymer stamp set it made it really easy to line up.



I didn’t want to waste the other image so I added it to the front of a box I made for the large box of Tic Tacs.



I really enjoyed combining retired and current products and I am definitely going to do it again. There are many of us who have retired Stampin’ Up! products in our craftroom and I think it’s great to bring them out and use them now and again.  Please let me know what you think of this idea.

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Have yourself some crafting fun.

Dee x



Box for Chocolate Lolly

Garden Green Cardstock – 8-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
Score 8-1/2″ side at 3/4″, 7-1/4″ and 8″
Score 6-1/2″ side at 3/4″, 3″, 3-3/4″ and 6″

DSP – 6-3/8″ x 2-1/8″

Tic Tacs Holder

Garden Green Cardstock – 3-3/8″ x 6-1/8″
Score long side at  2″, 2-7/8″, 4-7/8″ and 5-3/4″

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*When designing a project or when I CASE a project I always use my cheap cardstock to make a prototype before making it with my Stampin’ Up! cardstock.   I do check the measurements I add to my blog posts but when typing lots of measurements mistakes can be made.  When making any project I recommend making it first with cheap cardstock before using your best cardstock.*


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