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The new Spring Mini catalogue is now live! And wow oh wow, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new catalogue. I think Stampin’ Up! has really outdone themselves this time!

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 Beginners Sweet Strawberry stamp set

I love that this stamp set has a charming variety of sentiments, a whimsical collection of images, and two co-ordinating punches you could add on if you wish (Strawberry Builder and Small Bloom). That makes this the perfect item to start your stampin’ collection – all you need is paper and ink, and you’re ready to start creating!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetHappy Thoughts

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Jackie Bolhuis, this stamp set is a versatile collection of thoughtful, kind greetings ready to be paired with any other product to customize your creations. This stamp set is simple, striking, and indispensable!

Best Graphic Stamp SetPretty Perennials

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow, this stamp set includes a delightful collection of blooms you can layer, customize, and enjoy! I’ve chosen this as the Best Graphic stamp set, but it also includes a terrific set of sentiments that will have you reaching for it again and again. Bundle with the co-ordinating dies and/or the FREE Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper, “Paper Blooms“, for even more fun!

Best EmbellishmentGilded Leafing

This new embellishment is as stunning as the name suggests! Gilded Leafing offers a truly luxe feel at a very affordable price. You will love dressing up your projects with this gorgeous new product!

Best Designer Series Paper Fine Art Floral

Imagine an artist, delicately painting individual canvases in a classic impasto style… that’s exactly how Stampin’ Up! created this paper! First, an artist hand-painted canvases with beautiful florals and textures in classic Stampin’ Up! colors. Then the canvases were photographed and turned into this unique designer series paper, including florals, patterns, colour variance, and all the touches of professional paintings.

Runner Up: Love You Always Specialty DSP

Not just for Valentine’s Day, this elegant paper is striking yet subtle. Don’t believe me? Look at this gorgeous Christmas card I received from fellow demonstrator Heather:

Thanks to Heather, I’m completely sold on this stunning paper!


Best Punch BundleSweet Ice Cream

I love that Stampin’ Up! has offered us this adorable, versatile stamp set with a handheld punch, making it affordable and accessible for every level of crafter. The stamp set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more, that will make everyone’s heart melt. The bundle is fabulous on its own, and the co-ordinating Ice Cream Corner paper is perfect for punching out those frozen treats!


Best Die BundleSimply Succulents

If you can only buy one die bundle from this catalogue, it should be this one! The gorgeous ‘negative image’ background is absolutely stunning, the stamp set offers a great combination of sentiments and images, and the rest of the die set includes not just dies for the stamped images, but lovely label pieces for these and many other sentiments as well. This bundle has it all!

Here are some beautiful hand-coloured samples of this set from my teammate, Dianna!

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Best New Tool – Blending Brushes

These brushes are a game changer! It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the blending surface is not foam or sponge; instead, it’s thousands and thousands of velvety soft bristles that blend ink perfectly. You can apply extremely light shades of ink, create soft gradient backgrounds with no lines, use them with Decorative Masks or stencils, and so much more!

My first time playing with the Blending Brushes!

Kits

The Spring Mini Catalogue has three terrific kits for you to enjoy. Stampin’ Up! kits offer choreographed crafting experiences, expertly designed with precut pieces, instructions, and co-ordinated products for you to have a stress-free, successful crafting session!

Hello, Dear Friend is an all-inclusive card kit that makes 12 cards. Everything you need to complete the project, from beginning to end, is included.

You Are Amazing is a project kit that makes 16 cards and a decorated box to hold them. You will need to purchase the co-ordinating stamp set and inkpads separately, or use your own supplies to complete the cards.

The Flowering Cactus Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that you can use to create whatever you want – cards, scrabooking/memory keeping, decor projects, gift packaging, or anything else you can imagine! Let your creativity run free, with the confidence that your end projects will co-ordinate flawlessly.

In Case You Missed It:

Imagine being able to stamp 18 messages with one stamp … and then flawlessly cut them out with one co-ordinating die! Make cardmaking quick and easy with the amazing Many Messages bundle. Prepare your sentiments ahead of time and be ready for any occasion at any time!

The much-anticipated Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available!  The mini machine comes with all the plates you need to get started. With a compact footprint and a price tag of just $82, it’s both affordable and convenient for crafters at any level!

I’ve had my new (standard size) machine for a few months now and I love it. It is steadier than the Big Shot, easier to use thanks to the numbered plates, and beautifully sleek and compact (did I mention the platform folds up when not in use?).

Remember that you’ll also earn a free Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item with your purchase of the fabulous new “Mini Machine”! This product is also available as a half-price item with a qualifying party of $550 or more!

Speaking of parties, the exclusive hostess set this season is “Suite Sampler“. As you might guess, the set includes a variety of stamps that coordinate with the suites in the Spring Mini – Dandy Garden, Fine Art Floral, Hydrangea Hill, Sand & Sea, Love You Always, and Ice Cream Corner.

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit on page 89
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue! Choose up to $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. PLUS, if you join before February 28th, you’ll also receive a beautiful assortment of 6×6″ Designer Series Papers – absolutely free!

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!

It wouldn’t be right for me to end this post without mentioning Sale-a-Bration, or as we seasoned stampers like to call it: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what Sale-a-Bration is all about, I’ll give you a quick explanation: this gorgeous little brochure full of awesome products should have landed in your mailbox recently (if it didn’t, let me know and I’ll send you one!). As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue; even the Clearance Rack on the Stampin’ Up! website! You’ll see there are two levels of rewards available: Level One rewards are earned with a $60 purchase, and Level Two rewards are earned with a $120 purchase. Sale-a-Bration items are only available until February 28th (or while supplies last) and will not be offered again.

Thanks for reading my Top Picks post today! What do you think – do you agree with my choices, or did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a really quick and simple yet stunning card using two of our free Sale-a-Bration products: Corner Bouquet stamp set and Oh So Ombre DSP.

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
White cardstock: 3.25 x 4.5”
DSP: 3 x 4.25”

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So what do you think – which of these Sale-a-Bration products are you excited to get your hands on, for FREE? Don’t wait to place your order, Sale-a-Bration products are only available until February 28th or while supplies last!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to how to make a teabag fold Christmas tree card (and no, I have no idea why it’s called that!).

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 4 x 5.25”
DSP (to contrast with green): 3.75 x 5”

And then several squares of green DSP. These could all be the same pattern, or a variety of them. You’ll need one of each of the following sizes:
1.5”
2”
2.5”
3”
3.5”

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Once you’ve made your own teabag fold Christmas tree card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to to make a simple yet stunning card to show off our gorgeous Designer Series Paper. Let your DSP do the work! I’m using Peony Garden DSP, but you can use any DSP of your choice.

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25″
DSP: 3 x 4″

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Once you’ve made your own card with this layout, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a fun fold half-front panel card using the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper. (Don’t forget that this paper, along with fourteen others, is on sale this month for 15% off!) This paper is particularly fun because it’s filled with whimsical pet images you can use to create terrific cards, even if (like me) you don’t have the Pampered Pets bundle.

You’ll need:

Two pieces of cardstock the same colour, measuring 5.5 x 4.25” and 3.25 x 4.25”.

You’ll also need the following cuts of DSP:
3 x 3.5”
4 x 2”
3 x 3/8”

And a white insert of 3 x 3.5”.

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Once you’ve made your own half-front panel card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to do the Offset Triple Time Stamping technique!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 5 x 4.25”
Three white pieces for stamping:
4.5 x 2”
3.5 x 2.5”
2-1/8 x 2-1/8”

Three mat layers to go behind those white pieces:
4-5/8 x 2-1/8”
3-5/8 x 2-5/8”
2-1/4 x 2-/14”

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there! (You might also enjoy my video tutorial on Triple Time Stamping!)

Once you’ve made your own Offset Triple Time card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m hopping along with the Seashore Stampers again today, and this month our theme is Halloween or Thanksgiving.  I decided to create one of each! I rarely create cards for either of these, but I love making little treat boxes and gift items at this time of year! Usually I make items like this with my daughter, and she hands them out to her classmates at school – this year, she is learning at home, so everything is a little different, but we still enjoy crafting together!

I created this simple treat box really quickly and easily with a sheet of Cinnamon Cider cardstock and some matching In Color DSP.

It was easy to use one of the dies from Tasteful Labels and a small piece of window sheet to create a peekaboo window of the treats inside!

I decorated the box with punch art using my Cat Punch and a large circle of Bumblebee cardstock for the moon. The “trick or treat” stamp came from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set. That stamp set has EVERYTHING in it!!

BONUS! After creating this little box, I decided to create a second box with a Thanksgiving theme. Wouldn’t these look sweet as Thanksgiving table favours?

These are such simple little projects, but it really makes me happy to know that I can create quick and easy gifts like this, for any theme, with the supplies I have on hand. I didn’t even need to buy a lot of Halloween-themed items in order to create a fun Halloween-themed project! I encourage you to look at the items in your craft room and see what fun ideas you can come up with!

I hope you enjoyed my projects! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Bruni’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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The World of Good suite is one of my favourites in the new annual catalogue. It’s a terrific collection of products: a stamp set with co-ordinating dies, a pack of stunning Specialty Designer Series Paper with brass foil accents, a richly textured 3D Embossing Folder, and gorgeous brass foil sheets. Then, there are two terrific embellishments: the Early Espresso faux suede ribbon, and the Antiqued Corners and Slides – which happen to be on my list of annual catalogue top picks. As an added bonus, the suite also includes a Memories and More card pack, which is perfect for memory keeping/scrapbooking, and can also be used for cards and other projects!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with these products and really enjoying them. First off, look at the awesome colour palette of this DSP. This combination of colours is really appealing, don’t you think?

I absolutely love the sentiments included in the Beautiful World stamp set. “Life’s a Beautiful Journey”, “You Make The World a Better Place”, “Adventure Awaits”, and more make this stamp set perfect for retirement, graduation, travel, new job, and thank you cards, among others. There are so many people in my life who deserve a card saying that they make the world a better place – what a perfect sentiment!

Using the pre-printed cards and stickers from the Memories and More card pack makes it so quick and easy to create cards. I whipped these up in only a few minutes!

 

This suite also seems tailor-made for fancy fold cards, such as the W-fold and the Book Easel card. (Both of these fancy folds will be featured in upcoming newsletter tutorials, so be sure to subscribe to the monthly newsletter if you haven’t already!)

These items also pair well with other masculine-themed stamp sets, such as Sailing Home and A Good Man.

I’m totally enamoured with the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder. If you loved the rich texture of the Stone 3D embossing folder offered during last Spring’s Sale-a-Bration, you’ll love this too! It really adds some awesome dimension to your project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the World of Good products! If you’re interested in purchasing these or any other Stampin’ Up! products, you can contact me today to place an order, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

 

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a lovely, easy Fancy Fold card called the Double Easel, using the beautiful Flowers for Every Season DSP. All products are available through my online store – just click on the link to add these items to your shopping cart, or look at the full shopping list below the post!

You’ll need:
Cardbase: 4.25 x 11”, scored at 5.5”
Second cardbase: 4 x 10.25”, scored at 2.5 + 5”
DSP: one piece 3.75 x 5”, and two pieces cut to 2.25 x 3.75”

You’ll also need some scrap white cardstock to stamp your sentiment, and whatever embellishments you’d like to use to decorate.

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Once you’ve made your own double easel card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

And remember – if you feel inspired by this or any other project, you have until tomorrow (August 3) to take advantage of the awesome Bonus Days promotion! For every $60 you spend (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a $6 coupon code. What a great deal!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week I’m participating in the “As You See It” Challenge. These weekly challenges are meant to inspire creativity and encourage participants to interpret the theme as they wish. Anyone is welcome to participate!

This week’s theme is “Elements of Three”, meaning that all participants need to have three of “something” on their card. And to make it more fun, it’s a speed challenge, with only ten minutes to complete the card! No time to go back and re-create anything if it doesn’t turn out the way you imagined … just COMMIT and keep moving forward!

For my card, I knew I wanted to use the Forever Fern stamp set (my first time inking up this set!), and I knew I wanted to use bright, unexpected colours. I got my inkpads and cardstock ready, then started the timer and hoped for the best … and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

I just love the textured look of these Distinktive stamps, don’t you? And I had just enough time to add some speckles on the card front and the sentiment, after punching it out with my Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch. My time to complete this card was 9:39 (whew!).

I hope you enjoyed my project! Don’t forget to click on the image below so you can visit the other blogs and see their “elements of three” projects. If you like my project, you can see the products I used in the shopping list at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re interested in playing along next time, visit the Facebook page or the blog for the As You See It Challenge and get inspired!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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