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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Video Tutorial: Simple DSP Layout

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple card to show off our gorgeous Designer Series Paper!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Cardstock layer: 4 x 5.25″
Cardstock layer: 3-5/16 x 4-9/16″
Three strips of Designer Series Paper measuring 15/16 x 4-3/8″
some scrap white cardstock for the sentiment

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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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There are some amazing specials going on this month! First, the Connect Craft Collect special for those who’d like to host a virtual party. The rest of the year, a $300 party would get you 10% rewards ($30), but during this special, your $300 party would get you DOUBLE that amount – your 10% PLUS an extra $30 in free product. Book a party with me before June 14th to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

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Video Tutorial: Flower Wreath with New In Colors

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple and lovely card using some of the new In Colors, and the Lovely You stamp set!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White: 4 x 5.25″
Two circles, a larger black and a smaller white, cut with punches or dies

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Product Spotlight: A Good Man

Today I’m featuring the stamp set “A Good Man”. This stamp set is perfect for masculine cards: Father’s Day, birthdays, retirement, any other occasion you need a masculine card for – and it’s the featured product in my upcoming Creativity to Go class. If you register for that class you’ll receive this stamp set PLUS all the supplies and tutorials to make five cards with your new stamp set – so, you’ll be all set for Father’s Day and all those other moments! You’ll also get access to an optional Zoom crafting class where we’ll meet and assemble the cards. Anyone in Canada is welcome to subscribe by following this link – the registration deadline is May 10th.

Many of us feel like masculine cards are a challenge, but I think that’s because we don’t have the right tools in hand to create for the masculine people in our lives. If we always gravitate towards flowers and swirly fonts, it’s no surprise that we get stuck when Father’s Day rolls around! This class will change that for you, giving you not only a wonderful set of stamps with terrific images and loving sentiments … not only a class to create five great masculine cards … but also confidence to continue creating with your new stamp set all throughout the year!

When you subscribe to Creativity to Go, you get everything you need to complete the cards: all the paper and cardstocks will be cut, punched, scored, or embossed as needed, and envelopes and embellishments are included. You just need to add your own ink and adhesive! If you don’t have any on hand, I’d be happy to help you with recommendations.

Another thing that can come in handy with this stamp set is a good set of colouring tools. Whether you prefer markers, Blends, or watercolour pencils is up to you; again, I’m happy to discuss your preferences and help you figure out what would work best for you. As an example, the card above is coloured with Blends; the one below is coloured with watercolour pencils. Which look do you prefer?

Did you catch my video earlier this week? I was using the same stamp set then too, along with another favourite, “Waterfront”, to create this card! If you missed the video, click here to check it out!

Now that you’ve seen a few projects with this wonderful stamp set, I hope you’ll join me for the May Creativity to Go class. Remember, for just $41 you’ll receive the stamp set and prepared supplies and tutorials to make five masculine cards!


Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: A Good Man

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a striking masculine card with the stamp set “A Good Man”, the featured stamp set in this month’s Creativity to Go virtual cardmaking class.
You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Crumb Cake layer: 4 x 5.25″
Old Olive: 2-5/8 x 4″
Vanilla: 2-3/8 x 4″

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If you love this stamp set and want to join me to make more masculine cards, be sure to join me for this month’s Creativity to Go! For $41 you’ll receive the stamp set PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to make five terrific masculine cards – right in time for Father’s Day. Subscribe here by May 10th!

Happy Stampin’!

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Seashore Blog Hop: Mother’s Day

Welcome to another Seashore Stampers’ blog hop, and thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m excited to share a couple of beautiful Mother’s Day cards with you. Mother’s Day is always one of my favourite occasions to create for, because I think ALL the moms deserve to be celebrated! Moms work hard for us every day, in so many ways, and one day a year is definitely not enough to thank them for all they do. Am I saying that just because I’m a mom? Well, I definitely appreciate my mom a lot more now that I have the perspective of a parent! 😅 And today is a special day for me – the thirteenth anniversary of the day I became a mom! 💖

Yes, this amazing child is 13 years old today!!

On with the cards! I made this first card a couple of weeks ago, using products from the Fine Art Floral suite. This suite is one of my favourites from the Spring Mini catalogue; from the delicate two-step stamping on the flower, to the simple elegance of the gold-woven ribbon, not to mention the stunning brushstrokes of the Designer Series Paper … there’s a lot to love in this suite!! While this layout is very simple, the card is still quite striking.

Then, I borrowed the Pansy Patch bundle, from the upcoming annual catalogue, from a friend. The new catalogue starts on May 4th, and I’m so excited about it that I’m throwing a FREE launch party! You can find all the details here. And good news – at the party, we’ll be making a card using products from this gorgeous Pansy Petals suite!

It was fun to recreate the same card with different products! All the items used to create the Fine Art Floral card are available now, and the items I used on the Pansy Patch card will be available May 4th.

Which card do you think you (or your mom) would prefer to receive?

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 Mother’s Day creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

                                              

Happy Stampin’!

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If you’re excited about the annual catalogue (and why wouldn’t you be?!), plan to join me at my virtual launch party on Thursday evening, May 6th! There will be games, prizes, product demonstrations, crafting, and lots of fun – and it’s ALL free! If you’d like a supply kit to craft along with me, please be sure to RSVP by April 29th so I can get it to you in time for the party!

Find all of the details here!

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Video Tutorial: Garden Wishes Bundle

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a terrific Spring-themed card with the Garden Wishes bundle – and learn about our adhesive sheets, as well!

Here are the cardstock measurements you’ll need:
Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.35
Cardstock mat: 3 x 4.5″
White cardstock: 2-7/8 x 4-3/8″
and some scraps of white, Bumblebee, and Mossy Meadow cardstock for punching and die-cutting.

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Tutorial: Book Fold Card

This is another terrific card fold I learned from my teammate Dianna! I love how simple yet striking it is. To create this card, I used some items from the upcoming annual catalogue, which should be landing in your mailbox soon! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the Beauty of Friendship bundle and the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper – you’ll be able to order these items starting May 4th!

Here are the measurements:
Cardbase: 4.25 x 11, scored at 4.25 & 5.5″
Cardstock mats: 4 x 4 and 4 x 1″
DSP: 3.75 x 3.75 and 3.75 x 0.75:
White insert: 4 x 4″

You’ll also need a length of ribbon.

Burnish the folds on your cardbase, and attach your DSP pieces to the cardstock mats.

Attach your panels to your cardbase.

Wrap your ribbon vertically around the smaller panel, and attach to the inside of the card as shown below.

Add Tear and Tape adhesive to the back of the small panel as shown below.

Peel off the backing of the Tear and Tape, and press the small panel so that it attaches to the back of the cardbase. This makes your card look like a book!

Add a knot or bow to your ribbon if desired.

Now decorate the white panel, and put on the inside of your card.

And decorate the outside as desired.

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Tutorial: Pocket Card

My teammate Dianna showed us all how to make this wonderful card at a recent Mystery Stamping night. (If you haven’t joined us for Mystery Stamping yet, please check out the details here!) I had a fun time playing with the Ice Cream Corner suite to create this card.

Here are the measurements:

2 pieces of 4.25 x 11″ cardstock (same colour)
Another piece of cardstock (can be same or different): 3.75 x 5.25″
White cardstock: 3.5 x 5″
Designer Series Paper:
4 x 5″
12 x 1.5″, scored at 5-5/8 and 11.25″

If you wish, use a corner rounder punch on the top two corners of your white cardstock and your cardstock mat.

For each of your large cardstock pieces, you are going to cut diagonally from the centre score line to one corner. I’ve scored these lines below so you can see where I’m going to cut.

Once you’ve cut these two lines, here are the shapes you’re left with.

Use adhesive to attach the two pieces together, overlapping the rectangular panels in the centre. Now your cardbase looks like this.

Cut your piece of DSP diagonally, corner to corner.

Attach each DSP triangle to one of the flaps of your card. Now the hard part: Deciding which flap will go in front.

Run adhesive along the bottom of your centre panel and fold closed the flap you DON’T want in the front, attaching it.

Now apply adhesive in a triangle as below, to the front of the closed flap. Fold closed the other flap – and you’ve created a pocket!

Stamp and decorate your white cardstock, which will go in the pocket of your card. If you like, it’s fun to put something that sticks up above the top edge – this will be a ‘handle’ for the recipient to pull this piece out of the pocket.

Mat the white piece on your other cardstock, and insert it into the pocket.

Fold, attach, and decorate your DSP belly band strip as desired.

I’m really pleased with how the finished card turned out! I’m going to give it to my daughter, who is turning 13 (!!!) in a few weeks.

Here’s another example of a pocket card, this time using the Forevery Greenery suite. Note that this one does not have a ‘pull tab’ on the top edge of the card; you can choose to add one, or not.

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Video Tutorial: All About the Take Your Pick Tool!

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you why the Take Your Pick tool is a MUST HAVE in your crafting room! You won’t believe all the things this versatile tool can do!

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Do you have this tool already? If not, head to my online store to get your own! If you do, tell me in the comments what you use it for the most!

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