Amy’s Top 10 List of Retiring Stamps

Since some of my all-time favorite stamp sets are retiring! I decided to create a “Top 10 List of Recommended Stamp Sets” from the retired list. My recommendation are below. Not that I’d tell you what to do, but if you don’t own at least the first two from the list – I think you NEED to buy them!  🙂

I say these stamp sets are MUST HAVES:

1.  Inspired by Nature (#111656) – This stamp set is ideal for so many techniques that I can’t even name them all. A few of my favorites with this set are: Faux Dry Embossing, Follow the Edge, Emboss Resist (actually, a ton of resist techniques), Marker-to-stamp, and the list goes on and on! Plus, the grass makes great masculine cards. Really, what I’m saying is you NEED this stamp set!  😉  Really, I’m usually pretty blasé about stamp sets retiring, because I’m always excited to make room for new stamps, but I am sad to see this one go!
 Inspired By Nature Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

2.  Sincere Salutations (#115068) – The ideal greeting set. Not too plain, not too fancy. Good for feminine or masculine cards. Fits in several punches, and last but not least…it is forgiving when you stamp it a bit crooked. All that adds up to a MUST HAVE stamp set. I’m really sad to see this one go! Trust me, you want to own this stamp set before the end of May!   

 Sincere Salutations Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

I say these stamp sets are Top Picks:

 3.  All In The Family (#113488) – I can’t even count the amazing cards, custom decor items, and more I’ve seen made with this family friendly stamp set and its coordinating sets (Family Accessories, Family Business & ). Fun to make custom gifts for your family and friends and fun for kids (or you) to color!
 All In The Family Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Family Accessories Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Family Business Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
4.  Autumn Days (#115452) – Great for those elusive masculine cards!
Autumn Days Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
5.  Awash With Flowers (#117062) – You just can’t go wrong with 2-Step stamps and this set is no exception. It is also a great set for watercoloring and some fast faux watercoloring techniques using the 2-Step stamps.
 Awash With Flowers Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
6.  Baroque Motifs (#113490) – One of my all time favorites, and not just because I made hundreds of wedding invitations, RSVP cards, etc. for my sister’s wedding with it! This set makes great backgrounds and looks amazing heat embossed! This should probably be on the MUST HAVE list, but I was trying to keep the MUST’s to, well MUST’s!  ha ha!
 Baroque Motifs Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
7.  Dasher (#116816) – Well, how can you not love this stylish deer. I have the matching Decor Element in a frame that hangs in my dining room. I’m not too proud to admit that sometimes he hangs out there with us well into early spring! He doesn’t eat much so no one complains!
 Dasher Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
8.  I {Heart} Hearts (#117010) – Yes, you did see that right.  Even those of us that aren’t big into pink and frills still need a bit of love in our lives! This stamp set is great because the patterned hearts offer a ton of versatility from frilly to fun, and simple to sublime! You can even make great cards for your special guy with this set. I think you also need the coordinating I {Love} Love Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel to go with it. I use the wheel for backgrounds and for wheeling and cutting out the bit o’ love that I want to share. The “XOXOXO” is one of my favorites.
 I (Heart) Hearts Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!I {Love} Love Stampin' Around Wheel - by Stampin' Up!
9.  Loads of Love (#115022) – This long time favorite is lots of fun. Great for so many occasions and ideal for kids projects and masculine cards. Also, a big fan favorite for scrapbooking. Of course, it’s even better when you have the coordinating accessory sets! (Loads of Love Accessories, Loads of Fun, Time for a Tree an Tailgating Standard Wheels)
 Loads Of Love Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Loads Of Love Accessories Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Loads Of Fun Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Tailgating Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!     Time For A Tree Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
10.  Medallion (#115223) – This background stamp makes a great background or focal point. It is ideal for a bunch of great techniques including Babywipe stamping and a slew of resist techniques. Plus, it is another favorite of mine for wedding and masculine cards.
Medallion Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
These, and many other great stamp sets will be gone for good on May 31st! So don’t wait – order online today, contact me to host a workshop or place an order before these favorites are gone!
What stamps would be on your top 10 list?  Leave a comment and let me know. You never know when prizes will be given out. (hint, hint, hint!)
Happy Stampin’! -Amy
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