2021 Annual Catalogue: Top Picks

The 2021 annual catalogue launched last week, and the consensus seems to be that this is the best catalogue EVER! It was extremely hard to narrow down this list, because there are just so many amazing products packed into these 180 pages. Let me know what you think of my choices!

Best Item for Beginnersupcoming Kit Collection
My top pick for beginners this year is something that’s technically not in the catalogue at all – but bear with me, I promise you’ll like this! If you’re brand new to stamping, that enormous catalogue can be really overwhelming: Where do I start? What kind of stamps do I need? Now ink? What about paper? And wait, how do I put this all together? It can be stressful, and crafting is NOT supposed to be stressful! So if you’re a beginner, I recommend you start with an all-inclusive kit. Just like the name says, the kit will include EVERYTHING you need to create a pre-designed set of cards: a stamp set, an inkspot, pre-cut elements, embellishments, adhesive, and easy-to-follow instructions. Make your first stamping experience a stress-free and successful one, and once you’ve built up your confidence, wade on into the rest of the catalogue with us! 😉

The fun thing about these kits is that there will be a range of them available all throughout the year. Starting June 1st, you’ll be able to order from a selection of ten different kits: choose the one(s) that appeal to you, get your craft on, and then go back for more. When a kit sells out, it’s gone … but don’t worry, there will be other ones coming along to replace it, so there will always be lots of terrific options for you to choose from!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set Inspired Thoughts

Whether it’s a sympathy card, a retirement, an illness, gratitude, a birthday, or even Christmas – this stamp set has you covered! It includes a wide range of sentiments in a classic, easy-to-read font, making it truly “inspired”. You’ll be reaching for this set again and again throughout the year!

Runner Up: Create with Friends
I’m wild about the mix-and-match sentiments in this stamp set, and the beautiful scripted font! My mind is spinning with how many amazing combinations you could create with this set. For only $23, this stamp set is a must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp SetBeauty of Friendship

This is the very first bundle I bought out of the new catalogue, and I stamped with it as soon as I opened it – as you can see on my live unboxing video! (stamping starts at about 25:30.) These richly textured stamps are so well-crafted that they create a two-tone effect … even if you aren’t using the two-step stamping! You can build your tree in whatever style and colours you like; add the co-ordinating dies for even more options. A good range of sentiments rounds out this stamp set – not only is it good for a variety of occasions throughout the year, it’s also suitable for all genders (because who doesn’t like trees?!)

Best EmbellishmentBumblebee Trinkets
There’s nothing else I need to say … just LOOK at how adorable these are!! 🤩

Runner Up: Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack
Baker’s Twine comes in SO handy when embellishing projects and packages! It’s fantastic to have it in a range of neutral colours that will go with any colour scheme. Like the name says, this pack of twine really is essential!

Best Designer Series PaperBeauty of the Earth

I’m completely in love with the range of colours and scenes on this terrific Designer Series Paper. You can see all seasons represented in the gorgeous imagery! This is one of those packs that will be hard to choose which side to use, because every page is so appealing. Great for all genders and all occasions!

Artistic Expressions is technically a Specialty Designer Series Paper, so it can have its own category, right? 😁 Because…. I mean, LOOK AT THIS STUFF! Beautiful colours, stunning pattern, and with gold foil running throughout … this paper is going to make *every* project look elegant and elevated. I can’t wait to play with it!

Best Punch Bundle Flowers of Friendship Bundle
With a price tag of under $50, this bundle is outstanding -but it looks so unassuming that you might not even notice what a powerhouse it is. You’d never expect that it could be used to create stunning cards like this one by my team member Arvon:

The flowers are gorgeous, versatile, and easy to create; the sentiments are stylish and useful; and the pricetag is affordable. All around, a great bundle!

Best Die BundleColor & Contour
Like the bundle above, this one also provides versatility and easy of use. I love the splasy watercolour style of the stamp set … similar to A Touch of Ink from our recent Sale-a-Bration, don’t you think? …. and these basic die shapes are going to be handy for all kinds of projects. With many of our former nested dies (e.g. Stitched Nested Layers, Layering Squares) having retired this past year, these dies are ready to take up the reins – and they layer beautifully. And of course, a terrific collection of sentiments to finish it off! This is a fabulous bundle that you’ll be reaching for again and again!

Best New ToolBlends Combo packs in ALL the new In Colors
This year’s new In Colors are the best I’ve seen in years. Oh, I always love the In Colors … but there are always one or two that I am not totally excited about (last year, it was Terracotta Tile). Not this year – this year, I adore every single one of these colours, and particularly the way they play so well together! This is the first year that Stampin’ Up! has offered us a Blends combo pack in every single one of our new In Colors, so I can only conclude that whoever makes these decisions loves them just as much as I do 😁

If you also love the new In Colors, check out my In Color Club! We’ll focus on one colour a month, and by the end you will have the full collection. Each month you’ll receive:

  • An In Color inkpad
  • An In Color ink refill
  • A pack of cardstock (8.5 x 11″)
  • A pair of Blends
  • 4 sheets of 6×6″ In Color Designer Series Paper
  • 2 card tutorials to create with your new products.

There will also be an extra gift from me at the end! 😉 Get more info here!

Best Deal in the CatalogueThe Starter Kit on page 169
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue, and this month it’s even BETTER! Choose up to $206 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 ItGive it a Whirl Dies – perfect for creating interactive spinner cards!

Watercolor Shapes stamp set – easily add amazing, Distinktive colour blocks to your project!

Amazing Array of Packaging Options! Here are just a few of the items from page 137 – I recommend you take a look at the full page!

And finally, there is a terrific array of exclusive hostess products that you can earn FREE with your qualifying party! There are three stamp sets and a mega-pack (48 sheets) of 12×12″ Designer Series Paper. Check them out below, and then contact me to book your party! Remember, the Connect-Craft-Collect Special runs till June 14th and gets you an additional $30 free product with a $300 party!

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

Want more catalogue fun? Check out my Catalogue Scavenger Hunt! Send me your answers by May 31st for a chance at a prize!

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Annual Catalogue Retirement List

Have you checked out the Annual Catalogue Retirement List? Saying goodbye to favourite items is always hard, but getting them at 10-60% discount is sure to cheer you up. 😁  And don’t forget, if you order before April 5th I will send you a FREE tutorial bundle packed with Easter- and Spring-themed projects! 🐰🐣

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the cards I’ve made in the past with products that are retiring this month. All of these products are while supplies last, so if any of them are on your must-have list, do not wait! Order now via my online store!

All About Bundles …

As we look at the retiring list, it’s important to understand the difference between bundles that are fully retiring and bundles that are semi-retiring.

For example, the Beautiful World bundle (page 174, 2020 Annual Catalogue) is fully retiring. Neither the stamps nor the dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue – both of these products will be gone for good on May 4th (or earlier if stock runs out before then). So if they’re on your wish list – don’t wait!

Here are some other bundles that are fully retiring:


In contrast, the Forever Fern bundle (page 174) is semi-retiring. Both the stamps and the dies ARE carrying over to the new annual catalogue, BUT the opportunity to save 10% when you buy these two products together will no longer be available after May 4th. If these items are on your wish list, make sure you buy them NOW before that 10% discount is gone!

Here are some other bundles that are semi-retiring:


There are a handful of bundles where one item is retiring, and the other is continuing. Here are some examples:


Finally, there is just one bundle that is carrying over from one annual catalogue to the next. The Blossoms in Bloom bundle (page 174) will still be offered at a discount bundle price in the new annual catalogue.


What about the Spring Mini? See the retirement list for the Spring Mini Catalogue here. Remember, we still have a few more months until that catalogue retires on June 30th! 😅

There were definitely some surprises on the retirement list this time around. Below are some items I consider basics and/or must-haves. If you don’t already have these in your craft room, you should consider making an order ASAP, before they sell out!

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Here are some more items I was really surprised to find on the retirement list!


If you really want to make the most of these discounted items, join my team! By joining today you will have INSTANT ACCESS to the upcoming annual catalogue and be ready to launch it to your customers next month. 🤩 You’ll get a 20% discount on ALL your Stampin’ Up! orders, and yes that’s IN ADDITION to the discounts already applied to retiring items. It’s a win-win! Learn more about the opportunity here, and if you still have questions, let’s chat!

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Spring Mini Catalogue: Laura’s Top Picks

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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August-December Mini Catalogue: Laura’s Top Picks

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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More Annual Catalogue Swap Cards!

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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Video: 2020 Annual Catalogue Tour

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!

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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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Stampin’ Queen Swap Cards

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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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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Yahoo – Sale-a-Bration Second Release!

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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Beautiful New Co-ordinating Products!

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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