Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Retiring Favourites

Welcome to the Stampin' Creative Blog Hop and with the new Annual Catalogue on the horizon, we sadly have to bid farewell to a few favourites to make way for what will become, new favourites.

If you've hopped over from the lovely Caroline, then you'll have already seen her Retiring Favourite, which may be yours … well, here is mine. 

Zoo Babies has been a firm favourite of mine for a very long time and certainly from the point when I designed a class that proved to be a favourite of some of my customers and regular class attendees and was pinned quite a bit on Pinterest.

I loved this project and I loved the cardstock that was used, which sadly retired a year ago. 

Well, I took this project and decided to use it as inspiration for the project I share with you today …  from the first share using it, to my last share using it. 

There is something about this little fellow that makes me smile and I couldn't not use him for this project. 

I did quite literally use the layout from my original creation as the basis for this card layout, but twisted it a little. 

I do believe that Pool Party is my all time favourite colour. For a while it had become Mint Macaron, but now …. I turn to Pool Party more times than I care to admit to.

Not only is Zoo Babies sadly leaving us for pastures new, but the ever so useful Word Window Punch is also. It's such a useful punch and fits both sentiments that come in this set in beautifully. I used the Ornate Tag Topper punch as the base for this gift tag.

The little flowers are from the Tree Builder Punch, which thankfully has it's roots firmly planted for at least another year. 

I can honestly say … I really will be sad to not see Zoo Babies on my shelf as current stock. It really has been my 'go to' set when making a baby card. It's just so much fun. 

With all the excitement of the amazing reductions on the Retirement list, we thought we add to that excitement by holding a little giveaway. 

Yes, that's right, we are running a 'Comment Blog Hop GIVEAWAY' …. Basically any customer from the UK can just comment on our hops and you'll be entered into a FREE draw to win this fabulous bundle of loveliness.

HOW TO ENTER: Comment on the blog post and get an entry for your comment. Note: Due to postage costs, this Giveaway is only available to UK Customers. Apologies if this doesn't include you, but we'd still love to hear from you.

Once you have entered the Giveaway, then click on this link before hopping over to see what delights Eimear has to share with us all. 

I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration today and I hope that if you have a favourite, that its made it's way into your craft room already … If not, be sure to act quickly to avoid disappointment. Shop through my online store and include my Hostess Code at checkout to receive a little Thank you from me, along with a new shiny copy of the Annual Catalogue when it becomes available. You'll not want to miss out on that either.

Happy Hopping

Mikaela x

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  1. What a lovely bright, zingy set to wake up to. Strong colours but still fresh. I never spdid get my hands on this set. That box is fab!

  2. Love! Beautiful and cute 'Zoo Babies' Mikaela. D x

  3. Stunning as always, I also LOVE your photos!! The tree builder punch is now on my list as this is a great alternative to the Itty Bitty flower xx

  4. Love that little lion too - such cute projects Mikaela! Yes the work window punch will also be missed here - I found it a very handy limb in punch art as well as for sentiments - I'm sure there will be a great replacement though ;-)

  5. Love your creations, especially the curvey keepsake box!

  6. love these projects ... Zoo babies is a firm favourite here too and love the idea of using it with the Curvy Keepsake die.

  7. Oh Lesley, I'm so pleased you like the zingy colours. I love your descriptive wording for it. They were most certainly fresh and cheerful x

    Thank you Denita and thanks for stopping by to leave me a message x

    Thanks Emma, oh yes the Tree Builder Punch is my back up for that very reason. Thanks for your kind comments on my photos, I've recently undertaken a photography course and throughly enjoyed it x

    Oh yes Eimear, the word window makes great limbs for punch art, so I doubt I'll be parting with that one x

    I'm so pleased that you like the Curvy Keepsake box, Papercraft Artistry. I just love that shape of box regardless of the decoration/embellishments x

    Thank you Louise …. Sounds like we'll be mourning the loss of the same things, from Lost Lagoon to Zoo Babies :( Here's to some new favourites though xx

  8. so much love in these projects. I love them all Mikaela. i love the photography as well and the embossed backgrounds. I'm too bad using embossing folders. TFS x Bibi

  9. It must be said that i am in a real (heffa) hump about all these retiring products.

  10. I understand your sadness Claire … there are some real beauties leaving us. Amazingly though, Stampin' Up! have a real knack of being able to hook us into yet more delights in the next catalogue that then become our favourites. Thankfully …. these retiring favourites don't have to leave our shelves and will always stay close to our hearts and be used x

  11. WOW girl you did it again! Fantastic projects that leap off the page to chase you grrrrr although far too cute to be scared! Love them and Zoo Babies was always a set you made your own - what will you choose next?!?! Can't wait to find out :-)

  12. Thank you Pip …. Isn't he just such a cute little lion?! A real pussy cat ;) I knew when this them was set that it simply had to be Zoo Babies for me … but could there ever be a replacement? …. Only time will tell xx

  13. Gorgeous, Mikaela! For some reason I never bought Zoo Babues although I have no idea why! Your projects are just so cute and I agree with Emma, your photos are brilliant. Thank you for the inspiration, as ever. Caro x

  14. As usual, a fantastic set of projects. Lovely colours ! I got Zoo Babies but could never think what to do with it, now I do ! I may not be able to use it for the business side of things but with your inspiration I will certainly be able to use it for other things now!

  15. awww thank you so much for your kind comments Caro. I've been enjoying spending more time on my photography of late and felt that Zoo Babies deserved it too ;) xx

    Thank you so very much Karen … that's so kind of you to say so. Oh you must use it and not allow it to simply collect dust. I'm pleased to have given you some inspiration xx