2020 Annual Catalogue: Laura’s Top Picks

The 2020 annual catalogue is now live! Before I dive into sharing my top picks with you, I want to bring your attention to the indexes, which will make it easier for you to enjoy your catalogue and quickly find what you’re looking for. Last year’s annual catalogue had a full bundle index in the front, but this year’s catalogue features two separate bundle indexes: Punch Bundles start on page 168, and Die Bundles start on page 173. As you look through these pages, you might notice that some of the bundles from the 2020 Spring Mini Catalogue carried over into this catalogue – a fantastic deal that allows you to keep saving 10% on those awesome products!

There is also a Stamp Set index that starts on page 189 and lists all the current stamp sets alphabetically – a huge help when you know what you’re looking for but can’t remember where you saw it.

Now, here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for BeginnersFancy Phrases bundle
Looking for a bundle that will get you stamping right away? The Fancy Phrases bundle is here for you! With a collection of charming sentiments (including Birthday Wishes, which must be the most in-demand sentiment in any crafter’s collection) and some sweet floral images, this stamp set is wonderfully versatile for a range of occasions. Pair it with the Fancy Tag Topper punch to create gift tags, cards, and other projects! Remember, when you purchase the two items together as a bundle, you save 10%!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetRidiculously Awesome
Did you know that when a demonstrator reaches one million dollars in sales, they get to work with a designer at the Stampin’ Up! head office to design a stamp set based on their own style and interests? This is one of those stamp sets! Ronda Wade (US) inspired this terrific stamp set with a range of fun, splashy sentiments. Big bold sentiments like this are a quick and effective way to finish off a card – and don’t you just love the fun fonts in this set? It really is ‘ridiculously awesome’!

Best Graphic Stamp SetSending Sunshine
The Distinktive images in this stamp set are simply stunning. Just imagine the amazing sunrise and sunset images you’ll be able to create! The sentiments included in the stamp set complement it perfectly, and quite frankly, just looking at these images makes me feel calm … and couldn’t we all use a bit of extra calm these days?!

Best EmbellishmentAntiqued Corners & Slides
Full disclosure: I ordered the entire World of Good suite the minute the demonstrator preorder period began 😊 I love the sentiments, the images, the stunning specialty DSP, the embossing folder – all of it!! I love that it is suitable for the Dads and Grads we are often creating for at this time of year, as well as so many other occasions throughout the rest of the year. Truly, there are so many people to whom I’d love to say “You Make the World a Better Place” and now I CAN. I wasn’t sure about the co-ordinating embellishments until I received them – and then I realized they are not only beautifully styled to fit this suite, but a lovely and unique addition to our embellishment collection. The slides can be used with any 1/4″ ribbon, and the corners can add dimension and interest to any layer of a project. I really like how different these embellishments are from the rest of our collection!

Best Designer Series PaperForever Greenery
Featuring elegant greenery with a watercolour look, this paper is absolutely stunning. The addition of Pretty Peacock to the rich array of greens (Garden Green, Just Jade, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Sea Foam) is a stroke of genius! Some of the foliage designs can even be cut out with the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing dies. I love that the images are not overly flowery – meaning, they can be used for masculine projects – but are also soft enough for feminine cards. I can’t wait to create with this gorgeous paper!

Honourable Mentions: World of Good and Ornate Garden
Each of these papers are absolutely gorgeous as well! I had to put them in a separate category as they are Specialty Designer Series Papers, meaning they include foil accents (brass foil and gold foil, respectively).

Best Punch BundleLovely You bundle
This bundle could easily swap places with the Fancy Phrases bundle as the Best Item for Beginners. A terrific collection of beautiful sentiments, a fantastic selection of foliage images – many of which are neutral enough for masculine or feminine projects – and a thoroughly customizable punch that helps you create layered shapes with one single tool. This is an absolute winner! I’ll be demonstrating this bundle, particularly this incredibly versatile punch, in an upcoming video – so stay tuned!

Best Die BundleOrnate Thanks
The sentiments in this stamp set simply can’t be beat. I love the fonts, particularly the small scripted phrases that perfectly complement the bold, stylish lettering of the larger sentiments and allowing you to create a completely customized collection of cards. And then the co-ordinating border dies, beautifully designed to make a huge impact on your project. And let’s face it – we all have so many people we want to thank, don’t we?

(PS If you love this bundle as much as I do, see the bottom of this post for info about my upcoming Ornate Garden Online Retreat! It’s a full day of crafting fun!)

Honorable Mentions: Forever Fern or Tasteful Touches
What do you love to do with your dies? Do you love to stamp detailed images and cut them out with perfectly coordinating dies? The best bundle for that is Forever Fern, with its richly textured Distinktive stamps and detailed co-ordinating dies. Do you love to stamp sentiments and images on layered shapes that add surprise and interest to your card? Then Tasteful Touches is the best bundle for you! (Maybe you’re like me and you just have to have them both!)

Best New Tool – Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines
Count them – TWO beautiful new Cut and Emboss Machines! For those of you who’ve longed to get one of these awesome machines but bemoaned the lack of crafting space, you now have options – you can choose to buy the Mini Cut and Emboss machine, which is specially sized to fit many of our embossing folders and die sets. You’ll notice that all the products that are compatible with the Mini machine are marked with a purple “Mini” logo. The full-size machine, of course, can be used with any of the folders or dies in the catalogue. More great features to note:
– Both machines include the Base Plate and Cutting Plates you’ll need to get started
– The instructions are printed directly on the plates, so you’ll always know what layers you need
– Both machines feature platforms that fold, for space-saving storage
– Both machines are portable and have a comfortable carrying handle

Stampin’ Up! is still working with the manufacturing facilities to get these machines produced and into our warehouses, so unfortunately, they are not available yet – but they’re coming! Stay tuned as you know that I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops as soon as they are ready!

Best Deal in the CatalogueThe Starter Kit on page 188 (especially before June 30!!)
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue, and this month, it’s even more awesome! Until June 30th, join Stampin’ Up! and choose any stamp-and-tool bundle from the 2020 Annual Catalogue *absolutely free*. That’s on top of the already amazing Starter Kit deal, which includes $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

Kits, Kits, Kits!
This catalogue offers three card kits and a stunning product medley. Remember, during my 100 Card Challenge I am donating 100% of my proceeds on all kits to the Nanaimo Foodshare! Find all the kits here!

In Case You Missed It:

Playful Alphabet – Yes! Stampin’ Up! now offers a full set of dies that includes numbers, letters, and punctuation – all in one set. The dies themselves are only $46; bundle with the co-ordinating stamp set for $61!

Crafting’s Unsung Heroes – See page 159 for a perfect summary of all the tools you’ll want to keep handy on your craft desk. They truly are the unsung heroes – they may not be exciting or colourful, but you’ll be reaching for them over and over as you create!

The Hostess stamp sets can be found on page 186. These stamp sets, Summer Days and Touched My Heart, are exclusively available to those who host a qualifying party during the catalogue sales period. By the way, check out the back of your annual catalogue to see exactly what that sales period is: June 3, 2020 – May 3, 2021.

Thanks for reading today! Do you agree with my picks? I’d love to know what’s on your must-have list – drop me a comment below!

Ornate Garden Online Retreat – Saturday, July 25*
Registration Deadline: Saturday, June 20

Is it time to treat yourself to some dedicated crafting time? How about attending a full day of virtual crafting sessions where you’ll get a chance to socialize with others, craft and learn together, and show off your beautiful creations – all from the comfort of your own home! Did I mention there are games, gifts, and prizes as well? I can’t wait to see you at the Ornate Garden Online Retreat, happening Saturday July 25th. *Don’t worry if the date doesn’t work for you – registering for the retreat means you’ll have access to the exclusive videos and tutorials even after the event is over, so you can watch them at your convenience and at your own pace.

Cost: $199 includes the Ornate Style bundle, Ornate Thanks bundle, prepared supplies to make 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs), and attendance at an exclusive online retreat.

Retreat Includes:

  • Video Presentations to watch at your own pace
  • Tutorials for download
  • Gifts and Prizes
  • Exclusive Interactive Crafting Sessions via Zoom
  • Access to Exclusive Facebook group to share your projects

Learn more here!

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