The new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog has been out for about a month now and I’ve been through it a few times, turning down corners and circling my favorite items. My wish list has a couple dozen items on it at the moment — it’s actually shorter than normal, but I’m trying to be good. I keep a running list in an Excel spreadsheet so whenever I’m ready to place a new order I know right away what I’d like as well as what supplies I’m running low on. It also helps me keep track of how much any given order might cost so I can optimize any Stampin’ Rewards I might be able to earn (they begin when you spend over $150 on any given order), as well as my overall spending on my crafting. Good for budgeting purposes and at tax time.
Some of my favorites from the current catalog include:
I absolutely LOVE Stampin’ Up!’s color Night of Navy and the Floral Boutique product suite highlights this beautiful color so this was an immediate choice for my wish list. Needless to say, I’ll also be buying more Night of Navy cardstock as well to accompany my new creations.
Stampin’ Up! has done it once again with creating a Designer Series Paper stack with photographic quality images that are incredibly realistic — so realistic in fact that I hate to cover them up with anything else, including a sentiment! Images this time include sun-sparkled wheat fields, seashores, and leaves. The reverse faces of the pages are complementary contemporary designs – equally versatile for all sort of paper crafting.
In keeping with my love of blue, one of Stampin’ Up!’s new “In Colors” for 2016-2017 has really caught my eye – Dapper Denim. It usually takes me a little bit of time to warm up to the new In Colors when they first come out. I don’t even have any of the 2015-2016 In Colors. But this blue will definitely be making it’s way into my collection soon.
I love things that are different and this stamp set (available both in wood and clear mount) fits the bill. It’s also great for when you have a tight space and a traditional horizontal greeting just won’t fit. The font caught my eye as well – clean and crisp and easy to read. This stamp set is definitely going to be on my next order.
Sometimes a stamp set has just one stamp that speaks volumes to you — for me and Joyful Nativity it’s the giant “JOY”. I like the other silhouettes in the set and the longer sentiment as something to stamp inside Christmas cards, but that “JOY” could be used for so many things – a new baby card, a celebration card of any kind, or a pick-me-up card of some sort. Yup, this set is definitely on the “to order” list as well.
Similarly, there are a couple sentiments in the Me = Grateful stamp set that aren’t seen in a typical “thank you” collection. This set is appropriate for creating cards that you can send for more serious thank yous (“thank you for seeing me through some dark days”) as well as on a more lighthearted note (You = Awesome; Me = Grateful). But it lets you get more of a message across in what’s stamped. Sometimes people have trouble writing thank you notes because they don’t know what to day – this set gives you a little help with that.
To view the entire Stampin’ Up! product line, you can visit my demonstrator website.
I’d love to hear what some of your favorite new Stampin’ Up! products are.