ESAD 2018 Retirement List Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to another ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop. We are giving some much loved retiring Stampin' Up! products a last hoorah! Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from Jessie's blog - you'll find lots of reasons to snap up some retiring goodies.

Before I get stuck into using new products from the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue due for release on June 1, I wanted to use up some Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments - rather than hoarding them!. So I designed a class to help me out with that. I've just made some simple gate fold cards where the DSP does all of the work for me. Then I added in retiring stamp sets, ribbons and embellishments to finish them off.

My first pair are just made using a simple gate fold. The sentiment panels are only adhered to one side of the card front.

Birthday Wit (retiring sob sob!) has fun sentiments like this one that are fairly large and perfect for this type of fold. It helps enhance the lovely details on the Delightful Daisy DSP.

Then you can step it up a notch and fold back the edges of the DSP to take advantage of the double-sidedness. I have simply scored and folded the edges back to create a band. I stuck each folded edge down to give depth.... and well it looked better. The Sweet Soiree DSP is perfect for this. One side has a detailed pattern and the other is more muted.

Teamed with the Big on Birthday stamp set and Petal Passion embellishments, it makes for quick and easy cards.

The card inside has some simple decoration using other elements from each stamp set.

Then why not take it up a further notch? You can also fold back each edge a different amount to vary the band size. I made these using the Bundle of Love DSP. They are not my normal style - a bit too tizzy - so I am not in love with them but they were made for an older lady who will love them. Here I've given several retiring products one last hoorah - Flower Shop and Celebration Time stamp sets, pansy punch, Celebration thinlits, Tassels, Glitter dots, Hearts and Stars wooden elements, doilies and some gold ribbon.

I have all of the instructions and measurements for cutting and scoring in a PDF if you would like to make these yourself. Click here to download it.

Next up is my superstar friend Kelly Kent. You'll love her clever card using lots of retiring goodies!

Blog Hop Participant List
1. Lou Kitzelman - That's me!
11. Jo Weeden
16. Fi Cobbin
Product List
Pansy Punch


  1. All WOW projects Lou. You always do such beautiful and inspiring work. Enjoy your well earned holiday and thanks so much for all you do to organise these hops. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks also for the inspiration

  2. Gorgeous use of your DSP Lou! Thanks for all you did to get this Blog Hop us and running! xxx

  3. Lovely cards, Like the different take on the gate fold.

  4. Beautiful projects Lou. I love the fold you have used. What a great way to use up that DSP

  5. STUNNING cards as always Lou, such an inspiration <3 Thank you for hosting ESAD blog hop, it is always very creative <3 Cheers Shaz

  6. A great way to use up that DSP we all seem to hoard ! Love your cards Lou , as always !

  7. Beautiful cards Lou, love the foil DSP xo

  8. Beautiful cards! You have inspired me to use DSP as the card base instead of boring solid cardstock. I have SOOOO much ‘old’ DSP - this will help me use it up so I can justify buying the more colorful, foil papers that are being released.

  9. Lou you always make me go WOW with your lovely cards - this is a great way to use the DSP we all had to have so we can justify our need to purchase more.

  10. Gorgeous cards Lou and a fabulous card fold to use up some DSP, thanks for the instructions.

  11. Wowsers!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them all. I adore the folded DSP, its such a shame to only showcase one side when the other is just as stunning. Such a fabulous collection of cards, Lou. You totally rocked "farewelling" so many products on the retirement list. Amazing and inspiring creations as always. Thanks for organising the BH, appreciate all your hard work, lovely lady xx

  12. Such pretty cards Lou ... great way to use up that DSP

  13. Clever use of the DSP to show it off to maximum potential! Perfect for the designs where each side is just as stunning!!! Thanks for organising us all once again. Kelly x

  14. Way to go Lou using up all that DSP! I love all the cards, especially the tizzy ones!


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