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The new mini catalogue is now live! Previously known as the holiday catalogue,this gorgeous book features 83 pages of wonderful co-ordinating products to help make your holiday crafting easy and fun! Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Hanukkah – even Valentine’s Day makes a sneak appearance. I’m so excited that we get to enjoy these products for a full five months – and next year, the mini catalogue will go for six full months! Yippee!

Here are some of my top picks from this fun new catalogue. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for BeginnersJoyful Holly, p. 34
For this category, I always want to pick a product that will allow a beginner to get crafting right away. Joyful Holly is perfect for this! The large holly stamps allow you to create interesting graphics quickly and easily, and the two included sentiments are all you need to make a big stack of holiday cards. Beautiful and simple!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetChristmas Means More, p. 29
I’m a sucker for a Christmas movie, and these stamps feature quotes from some of my all-time favourites! Big bold sentiments like this help you make a stack of holiday cards quickly and easily. A must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp SetLife is Beautiful, p. 51
This stunning Distinktive stamp set was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Lee Ann Greff, and you can use it all year round to celebrate all the different seasons of life. The fun textured images bring so much life to your project – this is a stamp set with loads of versatility!

Best EmbellishmentGlitter Star Ornaments, p. 9 or Beaded Pearls, p. 15
Christmas is all about the bling, and these two sparkly, luxe embellishments definitely bring the bling!

Best Designer Series PaperPoinsettia Place, p. 15
This elegant paper features traditional holiday colours in classic floral themes. Perfect for all your holiday crafting, from cards to decor to gift packaging! Don’t miss the vellum/flocked specialty paper and sheer Real Red ribbon on the same page, as well.

Honourable MentionTrimming the Town, p. 25
Where Poinsettia Place is elegant and lush, Trimming the Town is whimsical and charming. Featuring adorable wintry images of a mountainside town and delightful background images, this paper will meet all your holiday needs! There’s even a sheet that’s made up entirely of holiday sentiments, that you can cut up for use on your cards and projects!

Best Punch BundleGift Wrapped, p. 12
This sweet little bundle will help you with gift packaging, treat boxes, cards – even ornaments or home decor items! I love the stylishness of the stamp images, and am entranced with the vintage font used in the sentiments. Fabulous, affordable bundle at $42.25!

Best Die BundleIn the Pines, p. 43
There’s no shortage of wonderful die bundles in this catalogue, but In the Pines gets my vote for three reasons. First of all, with a lovely graphic collection of trees in various sizes, it will be so fast to create beautiful cards that are instantly recognizable as holiday cards. However – my second reason is that you can also use this bundle for non-holiday cards! Sympathy, Thinking of You, Birthday, and other occasions would all fit right in. Third, it’s a Distinktive stamp set that will add so much texture to your project! I love the art style of the tree stamps, the two-step stamp design that allows you to experiment with different colours, and the negative image dies in the die set. Add the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder (page 35) and you’re all set to create a whole forest full of stunning tree cards!

Best BlingBalmy Blue Glimmer Paper, p. 37
The Snowflake Splendor suite is one of the most popular in the mini catalogue, and no wonder – from the wintry blues of the DSP to the heartwarming sentiments of the stamp set, there’s a lot to love. The Balmy Blue glimmer paper adds the perfect bling to your snowy project!

Best Halloween ProductHallows Night Magic bundle, p. 54
The filigree stamped bats in this stamp set are a spooky delight, and the magic of this suite doesn’t stop there. I’m LOVING the colour palette of Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze and Basic Black in the Designer Series Paper, and the Cobwebs 3D embossing folder is terrific (check out the sample photo, where they’ve used silver foil in this folder – stunning!). The iridescent pearls finish off the creepy crawly spiders just perfectly. Yup, I think I need to get this whole suite!

Best New ToolCard Display , p. 41
What a great and handy product to have on hand at this time of year! Whether you’re displaying handmade cards you’ve created, storebought cards you’ve received, or anything in between, this rack will display them beautifully. I love that it comes apart to store flat, and that it includes clips to hang the cards! Brilliant and affordable product at $41 – and makes a great gift, too!

Best KitThe Christmas Countdown Project Kit, p. 6
This is a returning favourite from last year and I had to include it again on my Top Pick list! I was so amazed to see all the awesome and creative things crafters used this kit for last year – it’s good for way more than just Christmas. See more examples here!

Best Deal in the CatalogueThe Starter Kit, p. 82
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. 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!

In Case You Missed It
Turnovers stamp set, p. 60
This delightful Reversibles stamp set features charming images for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and more! Stamp in one colour, clean the stamp, and then turn it over to stamp again in a different colour to create a two-step image. 18 images on 9 stamps – what a deal!

New Pick a Punch, p. 65
I’m super excited to see the Banners Pick a Punch! If I had a nickel for every time I’ve tried (and failed) to cut a neat little banner end on my cardstock … well, let’s just say I’d have more than enough nickels to buy this punch! This will get a lot of use in my craft room, year-round!

Hostess setA Merry Hello, p. 81
A truly adorable set of stamps that you can earn for free with your qualifying party! Contact me and we can start planning!

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!

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I’ve written here before about attending meetings with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group and participating in swaps. This group met again recently, with a twist … since Covid-19 prevents us from meeting in person, we held a virtual meeting via Zoom! We managed to include most of the important aspects of our meetings in the virtual format (except, of course, the delicious potluck lunch!). Instead of “Make and Take” projects, we had “Create With Me”, where the demonstrators leading those portions let us know ahead of time what supplies to prepare, and then led us through creating the projects; and we had four amazing product presentations where the speakers guided us through suites and products from the new catalogue (I got to present on the beautiful new In Colors). We had a wonderful business discussion on the use of Zoom and other tools that allow us to keep our businesses going during these strange times, and we even got to have door prizes given out to a lucky handful of winners!

One of our leaders, Jan, even figured out how we could do a virtual card swap! Everyone who chose to participate got an invite to a private Facebook group, where we could post a photo of our project, and browse through all the cards submitted by other demos. This turned out to be a really fun way to participate in a swap. Too many times, I will receive an absolutely stunning swap card, but not recognize the name of the person who created it, so I don’t get to tell them how much I love it. In this case, since everyone was posting their cards in the group, everyone could leave comments and reactions on the photos! It was so fun to give (and receive) this lovely feedback, and it really made me feel more connected to the other creators.

Now, without further ado, I’d love to share all these gorgeous swap cards with you. They are all created with products from the 2020 Annual Catalogue. As usual, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers, and I’ve added a shopping list below so you can get any of the supplies you need to recreate whichever cards you fall in love with. Enjoy!

Now that you’re feeling inspired, remember that you can take advantage of the awesome Bonus Days promotion this month! For every $60 you spend in July (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a $6 coupon to use in August. What a great deal! And don’t forget that I am always looking for new members to join my team and participate in fun events and swaps like these. Learn more here, and then get in touch with your questions!

Happy Stampin!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is a little bit different. As we all know, the new annual catalogue started on June 3rd. And since I obviously couldn’t hold an in-person catalogue launch party, I struggled with how to celebrate and share this catalogue with all of you in a fun and safe way. This video is what I came up with! It’s a catalogue tour with fun and prizes along the way …. kind of like we’re all attending a launch party together, but apart?! And of course it wouldn’t be a launch party without prizes, so be sure to leave your comments below for a chance to win!

Grab your annual catalogue, get comfy, maybe have a favourite beverage nearby, because we are going to do a deep dive into this awesome catalogue!

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!

I hope you enjoyed the catalogue tour! Don’t forget to leave me some comments for a chance to win a prize!

Happy Stampin’!

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My Stampin’ Up! team members, the Stampin’ Queens, did a card swap recently with products from the amazing new 2020 Annual Catalogue. Because there was just a small number of us participating, we decided that we could each choose to contribute more than one swap card and show off more than one product … and then a couple other demonstrators decided to join the fun as well, and before I knew it, each member was receiving 25 gorgeous cards! Today I’m going to show them all off to you!

As usual, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers, and I’ve added a shopping list below so you can get any of the supplies you need to recreate whichever cards you fall in love with. Enjoy!

Don’t forget that you have a few more days to take advantage of the amazing Bundle Bash when you join Stampin’ Up! Until June 30th (that’s next Tuesday!),  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. Then you can join the Stampin’ Queens and participate in swaps like this! Learn more here, and then get in touch with your questions!

Happy Stampin!

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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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Sale-A-Bration is an exciting time of our Stampin Up! year with so much to love – and the Sale-A-Bration Second Release gives you even more to enjoy! Starting today, there are three awesome stamp sets and two packs of beautiful Designer Series Paper all available for you to earn FREE with your qualifying purchase. You are going to love them!

Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper – Level One Reward

The stunning rose gold and silver foil designs make any project shine – and you can add colour to the white areas with your favourite colouring tools!

Rise & Shine Photopolymer Stamp Set – Level Two Reward

These specialized photopolymer stamps have images on both sides, and co-ordinate with the Cup of Cheer Dies! Includes 15 stamps.

Well Dressed Stamp Set – Level One Reward

The dapper images in this stamp set are sure to make masculine projects a breeze! Includes 8 cling stamps.

So Very Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper – Level One Reward

Coloured vellum sheets with embossed designs. 6 sheets; 2 each of 3 colours (Pool Party, Purple Posy, Soft Sea Foam).

Tags in Bloom Stamp Set – Level Two Reward

19 photopolymer stamps that co-ordinate with the Label Me Fancy and Label Me Lovely punches in the Spring Mini Catalogue. These terrific images make it easy to dress up a card, tag, or any other project!

To earn these products FOR FREE, shop online (or attend one of my upcoming classes). If you use the hostess code with your online order, I’ll be sending you a free gift in the mail, in addition to your Sale-a-Bration rewards!

 

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Step up your coordination game by purchasing these exclusive products that coordinate with Sale-a-Bration and the Spring Mini Catalogue! There is no limit to how many items you can order, but they are only available for a limited time or while supplies last. Remember that your purchases may also earn you free Sale-a-Bration rewards!

Coordinates with Special Someone Stamp Set
~Mini Catalogue page 36~

Coordinates with Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set
~Sale-A-Bration Catalogue page 8~

Coordinates with Positive Thoughts Stamp Set
~Mini Catalogue page 23~

Coordinates with Little Ladybug Stamp Set
~Sale-A-Bration Catalogue page 17~

Coordinates with Sending You Thoughts Stamp Set
~Sale-A-Bration Catalogue page 11~

Coordinates with Small Bloom Punch (SAB p. 13),
Heart Punch Pack (Mini p. 9), Umbrella Builder Punch (Mini p. 42), Tulip Builder Punch (Mini p. 43)

 

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The 2020 Spring Mini catalogue is now live! 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 – Timeless Tropical

I love the retro tropical imagery in this stamp set! Great sentiments + beautiful Distinktive imagery suitable for masculine and feminine cards make this stamp set enormously versatile. There are also co-ordinating dies, embellishments, and Designer Series Paper to step up your projects if you wish!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Peaceful Moments

Whatever the situation, the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set has the words you need to express your thoughts – and just look at those lovely fonts! This set is a must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Mountain Air

These gorgeous stamps allow you to create strikingly detailed scenes quickly and easily with Reversibles – photopolymer stamps that include an image on each side! One side features a silhouette and the other side is a detailed image. Suitable for a wide variety of occasions!

Best Embellishment – Champagne Rhinestones

These stunning self-adhesive rhinestones are part of the Parisian Blossoms Suite, and their elegant, neutral champagne color means they’ll go with almost any project. Perfect for adding a little flair to your project!

Best Designer Series Paper – Peaceful Poppies

This is the first paper that caught my eye in the catalogue, and I am still madly in love with it. It features handpainted blooms and watercolor washes that make beautiful backgrounds or focal points for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts. Buy it as part of the Peaceful Poppies Suite or all on its own to add rich, lovely colours to any project!

Best Punch Bundle – Heartfelt Bundle

Hooray, hooray for heart punches! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Stampin’ Up! has given us a beautiful stamp set perfect for creating tags, treat boxes, and of course cards to share the love, and TWO co-ordinating punches to go along with the stamp set!

Best Die Bundle – Parisian Beauty Bundle

The elegant motifs in the Parisian Beauty Stamp Set evoke images of Paris in the spring. Perfect for travel, love, anniversaries, congratulations/graduation, and so much more!

Best New Tool – Paper Trimmer, 3D Embossing plate

Technically, both of these tools were already available, but it’s still lovely to see them OFFICIALLY added to the catalogue! NOTE: Any embossing folder with the word “3D” in the title requires use of the 3D embossing plate for best results.

 

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit

The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue, and during Sale-a-Bration, it’s even more awesome! Not only do you get to build your Starter Kit with whatever products YOU choose, with a 20% discount and free shipping to your door – if you join by March 31st, you’ll also receive a mini paper trimmer, a sampler pack of beautiful Designer Series Papers, AND a stamp set of your choice – all for 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!

In Case You Missed It:
Planning a wedding or other event this season? So Inviting is the stamp set you need to make your invitations simply amazing!

Did you notice that the Ornate Frames dies are continuing? I’m so excited as I have not played with them nearly enough yet. And now there’s a wonderful new stamp set to go with the frame shapes: Perfectly Framed! What a wonderful collection of sentiments, along with a handful of imagery that is specially designed to set off the frames!

The Make a Splash hostess set is available to those who host a qualifying party ($200 or more) from now until June 2nd. You can create such charming scenes with these whimsical stamps, and add some terrific heartfelt sentiments as well.

Although the Little Ladybug stamp set is part of Sale-a-Bration, not the Spring Mini, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on this adorable stamp set! Hostesses can earn this set FREE when you host a party or place an order totaling $375 or more  before March 31st. These cute little ladybugs are so easy to love, and you’ll find it easy to host a qualifying party while all your guests are earning their own free Sale-a-Bration items! Contact me if you’d like to set up a card party so you can craft with your friends and earn free products!

Stampin’ Up! has continued their trend of including indexes in the front and back of the catalogue. The first few pages include an index of all the bundles….

 

…and the last few pages include “Catalogue At a Glance”, showing you graphics of all the stamp sets, punches, embellishments, papers, and more! With so many wonderful items inside, this is a great way for you to quickly find all your favourites!

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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The holiday catalogue is now live! 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 prompt you to add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – the Perfectly Plaid bundle
If you want to buy only ONE product from the holiday catalogue and still be able to make a stack of Christmas cards – Perfectly Plaid is your perfect pick! With several charming tree images, a co-ordinating punch, and a collection of holiday sentiments, this bundle will have you crafting in no time.

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Christmas
What a terrific collection of all the holiday sentiments you might need – for gift packaging and tags, for handmade cards, for hostess gifts and table favours, for home decor items and tree ornaments – this enormously versatile collection features sentiments from whimsical to elegant and everything in between. It’s on my must-have list for sure!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Snow Front
If you adore the Waterfront stamp set, you’ll love Snow Front, which features sparse trees and wintry scenes. You can use the stamp sets alone or together to create any scene you can imagine. Moreover, these stamps can be used throughout the year for so many occasions other than Christmas – birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you, and more!

Best Embellishment –Star Designer Elements
These gorgeous copper-coloured stars are self-adhesive and faceted for extra sparkle. At just $12.25 for a pack of 40, they are a terrific value, as well! They are sure to get a lot of use on a wide variety of holiday projects!

Best Paper –Brightly Gleaming
The minute I saw this stunning Specialty Designer Series Paper, I had to have it!! Every sheet of this 12 x 12″ paper features copper foil accents on one side, along with seasonal images and all-purpose patterns on the other. Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Pretty Peacock make a GORGEOUS colour combination that is suitable not just for holidays but for masculine cards and gift-packaging throughout the year. It’s irresistible!

Best Punch Bundle – Merry Moose (runner up: Snowman Season)

This was a tough one to decide – charming snowman, or serene moose? Well, if I have to choose just one (and I do, at least for this blog post), it’s Merry Moose, again because it will be useful long after the holidays are over. Can’t you just see this handsome fella decorating a masculine birthday card? Or the sweet little raccoon on a child’s card? Even the tree images are going to come in handy all year round, making this one a winner for me.

(Shoutout to that adorable collection of snowmen, though!!)

Best Die Bundle – So Many Stars
Stitched dies have proven to be one of the most popular design elements of the last few years, and there’s no doubt that this bundle will be a huge hit. You’ll be able to create various custom die-cut stars with faux stitching and more in record time, and guess what (are you tired of hearing me say this?!) – stars are useful for so much more than holidays! They’ll be great for graduation cards, birthdays, congratulations, and so much more.

Best New Tool – Snow Globe Shaker Domes
Stampin’ Up! knows that we love making shaker cards, so they have given us a custom-built collection of products to help us do just that. Cut the shape into the cardstock using the Snow Globe Scenes dies; stamp images with Still Scenes stamp set; add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome, and fill with Snowflake Sequins. What a beautiful and unique holiday card, that anyone would love to receive!

Best Bling – Ice Stampin’ Glitter + Shimmery Crystal Effects
Every holiday project needs a little bling! You can use these products on their own, but when they are combined they create an amazing effect to rival Jack Frost – and you can get both for only $17. Simply gorgeous!

Best Halloween product – Ornate Frames Dies + Coffin Treat Boxes

Not much of a Halloween person? Fair enough, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find lots of uses for this terrific collection of frame dies. They’d be at home on any project (say it with me now) all year round!

And if, like me, you ARE into Halloween – well, chances are you’ll find these coffin-shaped treat boxes just as charming as I do! Use them as-is, or decorate them to suit your tastes – either way, they’ll be a fun addition to your Halloween celebrations!

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Mercury Sheets: Acetate sheets with a faux mercury finish allow for stunning effects.

Christmas Countdown Project Kit: Create your own handcrafted Advent keepsake.

And don’t forget these two awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party between September 4th and January 2nd!

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Holiday Haul:

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Another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, another awesome collection of swap cards! In case you missed it, I shared all the make and take projects last week.

This time around we got to make and exchange Christmas cards. This year’s holiday catalogue is packed full of awesome goodies, and many of them are on display with today’s swap cards. As always, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for cards which weren’t labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

Did you spot the Cup of Christmas bundle in the holiday catalogue? One of the awesome things about it is that it features reversible stamps! One side of the stamp creates the polka-dot image as shown above, and the other side stamps a striped mug. How fun is that?! Great collection of holiday sentiments with this stamp set as well! I love that Adrienne has finished the card with some gold foil pieces to pick up the gold foil accents on the Wrapped in Plaid paper.

The first of several cards in today’s collection to feature puff paint, a fun new embellishment available in the holiday catalogue, Bonny’s card also features …. no stamping! That’s right, the Santa shape, trees, and even the sentiment are all die cuts. I love that she has used a combination of foil (for Santa and his sleigh) and glimmer paper (sentiment + snowy hill) to create a card with a lot of sparkle, and of course the snow on the trees is a great touch!

Carolyn did a terrific job creating this fun card featuring the Perfectly Plaid suite. The gold foil shapes add a touch of bling to the layout, as does the gold shimmer paint on the tag, which was embossed with the Swirls and Curls folder. And if you look carefully, you’ll see that the red background was also embossed with the Subtle folder – it adds such a great texture to the project!

This card by Crystal was the subject of much discussion at the meeting. How DID she create that fabulous background? Is it DSP? Is it the Birch stamp? Well, Crystal shared with us the how-to: she used her Stamparatus and, yes, the Birch background stamp. She stamped first with white craft ink, let it dry completely, then moved her cardstock 1/16″ down to stamp with Gray Granite ink. The result has so much realism and dimension!

Dianne’s card features several different products: the Christmas Gleaming bundle and Brightly Gleaming paper to make the ornaments, the #Elfie stamp set and blends to create the charming elf, and a die from Stitched Labels on which she stamped the sentiment. And, she used the ever-popular Subtle embossing folder to add texture in the background!

I love Erica’s colour choices here with this adorable little bird from Birds of a Feather stamp set! The stamp set also includes adorable birds to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day. Check it out on page 50 of your holiday catalogue!

This simple yet striking card by Jean is one of my favourites. Do you see how she scored borders around the outside of the card? What a terrific way to add interest!

Remember I told you that the Hammered Metal embossing folder was awesome? Well, here it is – was I right or what?! Madeleine has also used the Stitched Star dies to create that stunning star with gold foil. No wonder this card won first place!

MC’s charming card features the Holly Jolly bundle with this adorable hand-coloured Santa. How sweet!

I’ve had so many people ask me lately about making shaker cards, and now – Stampin’ Up! has made it easy, with the Snow Globe shaker domes! The stamp set provides beautiful wintery imagery, the co-ordinating dies cut them out, then the acetate domes encase the whole scene. You can add glitter or sequins to complete the effect. Simply stunning!

Another terrific card featuring the Christmas Gleaming suite, including the foil elements and the Hammered Metal embossing folder. Stunner of a card!

I love the way this creator (left anonymous as there was no name on the card) used puff paint on the In The Woods die to create this undeniably Christmasy tree, backed by the Wrapped in Plaid paper and a gorgeous gold-and-green ribbon. In The Woods can be found in your annual catalogue, while the rest of the products are in the holiday catalogue.

And of course you already saw the swap card that I made:

Which one of these cards is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

It’s so much fun to connect with, share with, and learn from other demonstrators. I have met some wonderful people through this group! If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Please note that many of these products won’t be available until the holiday catalogue launches tomorrow, September 4th. Don’t forget to use the current hostess code (over on the right-hand side of my website) to get a free gift from me as well! Happy Stampin’!

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