My Top 10 Favorite things in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! catalog

When I get together with my downline or crafty friends we often talk about our favorite things.  Today, I thought I’d take some time to share my favorite things from the Stampin’ UP! Annual catalog now that I’ve had a few months to play with a bunch of the products from the catalog.

I find with Christmas on its way that people often wonder what my list would contain. Theses are those things from this year’s annual catalog which I recommend:

  1. The new Color Theory Suite.  Yes, the entire Suite!  I love the colors: Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst & Old Olive.  The versatility of the Colorful Seasons Bundle will take you through the entire year.  The designs are trendy and traditional. Color Theory
  2. The Ribbon of Courage Bundle.  A Perfect set to send love to those going through hard times in their cancer journey.  Simply by changing colors this set will provide support and awareness for military, police, fire, health issues, rape crisis and so much more.  The sentiments alone are great.  Plus, the hearts are good for any love themed creations. Ribbon of Courage Wood-Mount Bundle
  3. The new 2017-2018 In-Colors: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink.  I loved them before I saw them in person and even more as I play with them.                                2017-2019 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
  4. Memories and More.  I was very sad to see to partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life come to an end.  I am very pleased with the new pocket cards which Stampin’ UP! has incorporated into their line.  The Color Theory and Petal Garden card packs have been at the top of my play list grabs/go-tos when I sit down to create and the Bundle of Love and Perfect Days will get their turn soon. I love them all.  They are great for pocket scrapbooking, great for 12″x12″ layouts and great for cards.  They coordinate well with other products and work perfectly as additional designer series papers on small projects.  I am thrilled with this new line.  I can tell you now, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of the designs I’ve created with Memories & More throughout the year.                    Color Theory Card Pack        Petal Garden Card Pack   Bundle of Love Card Pack        Perfect Days Card Pack
  5. Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.  It is a great background folder. I really like the deep impressions in the “dynamic” folder line.   I’m a big fan of the wood look and adding texture to projects.  This folder creates a great siding, tree, deck, boardwalk, or fence appearance with just a crank thru the Big Shot.   It looks fabulous with the Wood Textures DSP stack.                                                                  Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  6. Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  I’ve wanted a border punch to return to our line-up since the last one was taken away.  This year we have two (the Ticket Tear Border Punch is the other).  I like the design of this Decorative Ribbon Border and the ability to use either side tucked under an edge or allow the whole thing to show to create a total different border look.  You can even weave 1/8″ ribbon through the large holes!Decorative Ribbon Border Punch
  7. Daisy Delight Bundle.  This punch and stamp bundle is absolutely adorable. From home decor to card and scrapbook design- well, I really don’t need to tell you how wonderful daisies and a punch bundle are, do I? Its constant back order status this past Summer shows how popular it has been. BTW: Stock is available now.Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle
  8. At Home with You Bundle.  I like this set for its versatility.  It is perfect if you need a card for a new home owner.  It is cute to add the decorations to a card by themselves or as part of the door scene for various holidays.  The garland and wreaths for the door also fit the Window framelit (I like when new works with old!).  If you like to color in your images, this is a fun set. At Home with You Photopolymer Bundle
  9. 1/8″ sheer ribbons in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. I really love how easily these ribbons are to add to a project.  I find smaller ribbons easier to add to cards. Plus, when tied they don’t add much more bulk than a rhinestone or pearl and sending things in the post without extra postage is important to me.  See the Calypso Coral below:Calypso Coral 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
  10. Mini Dimensionals.  Have you been using snips to cut your dimensionals to fit smaller projects?  Well, finally these mini dimensionals (notice the size difference in the photo) eliminate some of that (some projects still need those odd shapes). Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
  11. Okay, I really couldn’t stop at 10 and this item is one of my absolute favorite new products- My bonus favorite item is the New Embossing Paste, coupled with the tools and decorative masks.  I love the ease of adding texture to a project.  I absolutely use this over and over and WILL buy more paste when mine runs out!                                             Embossing Paste

If you need help getting some of these things in your hands, I’m happy to help you with that.

Just don’t forget these great items when you’re shopping the holiday mini catalog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sneak Peek Of The Colorful Seasons Bundle- Coming June 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons is a great name for what I expect to be a popular stamp & die bundle in the June 1, 2017 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog.  This set has something for all four seasons.  Today I share just a hint of what is to come in this great bundle and introduce products for two of the seasons: Spring & Summer.

What reminds you that Winter is ending and Spring is arriving more than flowers blooming.  Colorful Seasons has a beautiful offering of cherry blossoms and a gorgeous saying, “Just Breathe”.

The small flowers were stamped onto watercolor paper with a new In-Color called Berry Burst, spritzed with water and allowed to dry before stamping the branches and sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. Simple and so very satisfying-just like Spring.

As Spring slowly fades into Summer, the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist will bring a bright uplifting feeling to the cards you make with the Colorful Seasons dies and/or stamps.  This Adirondack chair die cut is just one of the fabulous dies in the set.

 

Prepare to relax with your favorite beverage poolside this Summer and send a friend or loved one a card telling them how much you wish they were there spending time with you.  This Fresh Fig stamped beach chair makes me want to bury my feet in sand and read a good book.

The images I’ve shown are just a sampling of the stamps & dies in this set.  In addition, there are leaves, snowflakes, a large scalloped border and wonderful stamp sentiments. The Colorful Seasons Bundle is the bundle for anyone who makes cards OR scrapbook pages. I love when products work well with both, don’t you?

If you’re a beginner or a pro at scrapbooking or card making, I think this set will help you make great projects. I’d be happy to help you get started or add to your craft supplies. Contact me for a catalog. If you can’t wait for the physical catalog to arrive,  you can shop with me online when the new one goes live June 1st.

And don’t forget, this is your last chance to grab retiring products before they are gone from SU! shelves.  They are going quick!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Bright Wishes: 1 NEW Stamp Set, 2 Different Watercolor Techniques

We’re only TEN days away from the launch of the 2017-2018 catalog where you will see some gorgeous new products like the wishing well set called Bright Wishes which I am sharing a sneak peek of today.

Bright Wishes contains a beautiful large line-drawn well stamp which lends itself well to all types of coloring techniques.  For those who know me, they know I LOVE to color stamped images!

While my preference for coloring is using a great set of colored pencils (Yes, you can imagine my excitement when SU! brought back watercolor pencils!), the images from the Bright Wishes set above are both stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with markers and an Aqua Painter for a watercolor look.

One of the images took THREE TIMES longer than the other to color.  Can you guess which one?    Read on for the answer.

The card on the left was created by first stamping the Bright Wishes well in Sahara Sand.  This light color was chosen because it would essentially disappear and allow the image to take on a more free-handed watercolor appearance once the marker/aqua painter watercolor was added. Because it is necessary to color up to the lines and extra care added to adjusting/overlaying colors, there is a lot of moving to dry areas and waiting for the adjacent area to dry so that you can add more color. In other words- If you don’t wait for the well stones to dry and watercolor the greenery you’d have green bleed into the well’s stones.  It isn’t easy to remove watercolor bleed!  You must have dry surfaces when you watercolor in adjacent areas or add color over areas.  This is why the PINK card on the left took 3x longer than the BLUE one on the right.

The BLUE card on the right was inked by applying marker ink to each area using different colors. I colored the roses Real Red, the greenery Old Olive, the well stones Crumb Cake, the wood Sahara Sand, etc.  Once the whole stamp had ink, I huffed on it (adding moisture from my breath back to any area which may have dried) and stamped the image.  I then used an Aqua Painter where the brush was just damp enough to move the color around within the leaves, flowers, stones, wood, etc.  This creates a watercolor look, however it also takes all definition of the stamp away.  Once the image dries, ink the stamp with Chocolate Chip and using a Stamp positioner like the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, stamp the details over the image. Your watercolor blobs of color will have definition once again.

Did you know which one took longer?

Do you have a preference in the results?  Just because a technique takes longer doesn’t mean everyone would prefer the results over the less time consuming result.

However you decide to color the Bright Wishes stamp set, I believe if you like to color it is a great set to add to your collection. You can do that starting June 1, 2017 by shopping with me HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne