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My Favorite Things – New Stampin’ Up! Catalog

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:

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (image c. Stampin' Up!)

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (image c. Stampin’ Up!)

Floral Boutique Washi Tape

Floral Boutique Washi Tape (image c. Stampin' Up!)

Floral Boutique Washi Tape (image c. Stampin’ Up!)

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.

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper

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.

New 2016-2017 In-Color – Dapper Denim

Dapper Denim Card Stock (image c. Stampin' Up!)

Dapper Denim Card Stock (image c. Stampin’ Up!)

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.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set

Vertical Greeting Stamp Set (image c. Stampin' Up!)

Vertical Greeting Stamp Set (image c. Stampin’ Up!)

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.

Joyful Nativity Photopolymer Stamp Set

Joyful Nativity Photopolymer Stamp Set (image c. Stampin' Up!)

Joyful Nativity Photopolymer Stamp Set (image c. Stampin’ Up!)

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.

Me = Grateful

Me = Grateful Stamp Set (image c. Stampin' Up!)

Me = Grateful Stamp Set (image c. Stampin’ Up!)

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.

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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.

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Still Stamping the Blues

Any one who knows me or has seen my desk at work or craft space at home knows that neatness is not my greatest attribute.  Nor am I one to quickly straighten up after working on a project.  So, needless to say, after my venture with Hanukkah cards two weeks ago, my craft table is still full of blue card stock of every design and hue that I own.  The only difference is that last weekend I shifted gears and put away my one set of Hanukkah stamps and pulled out my many and varied Christmas stamps.  I’ve got penguins, snowflakes, snowmen, the three wise men, the shepherds watching their flock, holiday ornaments, Christmas trees, pine branches, reindeer, etc.

You name it, I probably have a stamp for it.  Except Santa Claus.  I’m not sure why.  Well, that’s not true.  I do know.  I just don’t like the way the holly, jolly fellow has been commercialized.  Instead, I tend towards the more traditional symbols and sayings of the season and prefer to use them for my Christmas cards.  Here are a few that I came up with last weekend:

Handmade Christmas Card with Silhouette of the Three Wise Men by Certain Smiles. Image (c) Stampin' Up!

Handmade Christmas Card with Silhouette of the Three Wise Men by Certain Smiles. Image (c) Stampin’ Up!

Handmade Christmas Card with Silhouette of the Shepherds in the Field by Certain Smiles. Image (c) Stampin' Up!

Handmade Christmas Card with Silhouette of the Shepherds in the Field by Certain Smiles. Image (c) Stampin’ Up!

Handmade Snowman and Snowflake Card by Certain Smiles. Image (c) Stampin' Up!

Handmade Snowman and Snowflake Card by Certain Smiles. Image (c) Stampin’ Up!

OK, the last one is more whimsical than traditional.  I like making those kinds of cards too.   As I said, I’m still in blue mode.  I’ll break out the reds and greens in a few weeks.  I’m excited for that, but also dreading it.  You see, I’ve come to realize I made a rookie mistake when I started card making – I bought WAY too much in terms of papers, stamps, ribbons, buttons, punches, etc.  I kept thinking “oh, just think what I could make with that” whenever I saw a new stamp set or new paper design that caught my eye…. And I still think that!  But when I sit down to make cards I’m overwhelmed with the options in front of me – which set do I want to use? Which color combination? Which patterned paper?  It doesn’t help that I keep every little scrap of paper so I’m sometimes stuck trying to create a design around mismatched odds and ends!  No wonder I feel exasperated and frustrated rather than exhilarated and fulfilled.

But the good news is that I think I’ve learned my lesson.  And I’ll share some tips in my next post.

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Merry Christmas 2014

Happy Christmas Morning!  I hope everyone is celebrating this holiday is a way that is pleasing to them.  I am spending the day at home, enjoying some solitude with my cats.  Circumstances didn’t allow for getting together with family this year.  I did keep in touch though with that tried and true tradition of Christmas cards.  Here is a sampling of the cards I made and sent out.

CountryChristmas_Snowflake_4 ComeToBethlehem_1 Wreath_WishingYou Dasher_1 FlockWindowFrame_1 Penguin_DeckTheHalls_1 Snowflakes_Joy

I think my favorite is the whimsical penguin ready to decorate the tree.  Second and third are the reindeer and the three Wise Men on their way to Bethlehem.  I’m already looking forward to next Christmas and what I can create for then.  In the meantime, it’s time to look forward to making some winter birthday cards for coworkers and then some Valentines!

’til next time!

 

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