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

Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Shop Now from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog

Any crafter knows that when it comes to handmade items for the holiday season, you must shop and get started creating early to get things done on time and so you do not feel frazzled last minute.

If you love Stampin’ UP! products and create your own holiday cards, gift packaging, or enjoy saving your photos in beautiful Scrapbook pages, then September 1st was a day of joy seeing the new items which you can now purchase for your holiday creations.

Last Thursday, I shared a few card samples with the Christmas Quilt Bundle from the holiday catalog which made the top of my list.  As I mentioned, this set can be played with for hours, never creating the same design.  Today, I share a few more items I created with this Bundle.

You’ll notice a few small 3″x3″ cards.  Exciting news: the holiday catalog contains the envelopes for this size! Yippee! Once retired, now returned for the holiday (and one can hope/dream beyond) catalog.  This size is perfect for gift bags and packages or even lunch box notes.

There are also some very cute Pizza Boxes in which the 3″x3″ size cards & envelopes will fit. The sample below was decorated with a bit of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, matching card stock, a tree stamped & cut with the Christmas Quilt bundle & a small tag from the Bunch of Banners dies.

The inside of these boxes is food grade gloss-lined. They would easily hold a cookie or chocolates, or perhaps a bracelet or other jewelry, but they also quite nicely contain some of the 3″x3″ cards and envelopes seen above. Design them to match a roll of wrapping paper and you have the perfect gift for an early December gift exchange.

Before you know it the holidays will arrive and you’ll wish you started creating things just a little earlier. Get started now so you can get it all done. Plus, avoid that frazzled feeling that inevitably occurs as we wait to long to start that holiday craft project.

SHOP NOW

Until next time…

-Joanne

How To Combine Stamp Sets For A Great Summer Card

Summer lends itself well to relaxing and thinking of beautiful people and places.  It is even better if you are enjoying time with wonderful people in beautiful places.  But if you are still at work and need something to remind you of a past or future vacation and someone sends you a “Hello, Sunshine” card you may briefly be taken away from the day to day work place and imagine the relaxing days until you can get away again.

A day at the beach, kicking back with iced lemonade, sand between my toes, seagulls flying by a lighthouse, and the crashing surf.  Ahh…Summer!

Do you see those Crushed Curry enamel dots in the corner of the card?  Oh how I love them!  They are ombre shades of Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, and Old Olive AND have glitter embedded in the dot…Just look below:

They are fabulous!!!  As you can see, I used a few from the sheet before snapping the picture to show you the glittery loveliness of these enamel dots.  I’ll definitely be reordering more!

There are so many great new products in the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.  Perusing through it is a bit of a dream.  You can check it out and also shop with me HERE.

Take a peek at the new pocket card scrapbook line called Memories and More while you are checking out the catalog.  I’ll be posting cards and 12″x12″ layouts which use these products in days to come.  The Color Theory Suite is in my TOP 10 new favorites. I think you may fall in love with it for all your seasonal needs too; it has a little something for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall (okay did you just start singing? …Sorry for the James Taylor song earwig.)

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

New lighthouse stamp set High Tide

Have you seen the New lighthouse stamp set called High Tide in the Occasions catalog?

It’s a photopolymer stamp set and in the US it costs $26.00.

I really like the sentiments in this set.  Plus, all the bits will build some nice scenes (sun/moon, water, grass, sand, etc.)

Today, I’m sharing an obvious use of the High Tide stamp set- building a scene of a lighthouse by the sea.

 I would recommend to anyone using this set to also use the Stamp-a-ma-jig Stampin’ Up! sells (or another stamp positioner which you prefer). It will make lining up the two light house pieces and the sand area at the lighthouse base so much easier than eye-balling it and hoping for the best.   In my sample, I used a stamp positioner for those 3 pieces and a regular acrylic block for the other stamps. I had no issues with stamp placement doing this.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2017 Preorder

My Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2017 Preorder has arrived!  Woo-hoo!

Now, if only I had the energy to do a lot of fun things with it.  I’m still not feeling well.  I’m happy to have all these pretty things arrive, but now I want to play and my current health status still isn’t being very cooperative.  Oh, readers…If you have good health, appreciate it!

Just bringing the box in the house required a little rest after. But a few hours later and I was able to check in my goodies and snap a photo: Look at those new products!

Just a few things you may see: Dragonfly Dreams bundle, High Tide stamps, Beautiful You stamps, watercolor pencils, and some Sale-a-Bration Items: Hey Chick stamps, Tasty Truck Stamps, and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Yes, I am very fond of the new Occasions catalog.  I hope once you see it and some of the products in person, that you too will find it to be a great little mini catalog which supplements the Spring season and Annual catalog nicely.

Look at these Sprinkles from the Occasions 2017 catalog:

I had to put some in the lid so that you could really see the pearls, colors, and shapes of these cute embellishments.  They are SO perfect for shaker cards.  And I am really excited to see the mini & super mini pearls (Did you notice them?) in the mix!

My absolute favorite thing in the 2017 Occasions catalog is the return of colored pencils to our product line.  Oh, how much fun these are and all the techniques which can be done with them.  At $16.00, I highly recommend you put these at the top of your wish list and request a watercolor pencil product based class from your demonstrator so that you learn how to use them with all the great sets in the Annual, Occasions, and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  You’ll find how easy they are to use and I’d be surprised if you don’t fall in love with them too!

Since my health has kept me from visiting with many friends and customers over the past month, I’m hoping to get card samples which showcase the watercolor pencils and at least one of the bundled products (probably dragonfly dreams) in the mail  with the new catalogs to my current customers between now and the launch of the Occasions 2017 catalog, January 4, 2017.

Do you need a demonstrator?  It is always best to choose one near you so that you can attend events or hold workshops.  If you are near 15801 in Pennsylvania, I’m happy to help you with all your stamp & creativity needs. Contact me if you need a catalog or help with anything special.  You can always shop online with me by CLICKING HERE.

I am still holding my HAPPY HOLIDAYS Drawing!  Every $25.00 spent (before tax/shipping) with me as your demonstrator between November 20th & December 31st will earn a ticket/entry into a drawing for a basket (ok, it is really a cardboard box) of Stampin’ Up! items from my stash. All brand new products. *Note: This is my personal promotion/contest to celebrate the holidays. Someone is guaranteed to win a new Hostess set & Ink pad, and perhaps more if many orders are placed. Check out the original post on the Happy Holidays Drawing HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Joyful Christmas Card with Father Christmas Stamp Set

If you have a few more Christmas cards to make before you’re done, this Joyful Christmas card might be the card to finish off your list.

The focus of this Joyful Christmas card is the wreath made with the Father Christmas Stamp Set and the background embossed card stock with the Dynamic Cable Knit Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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After some basic stamping and coloring with markers, the images are finished in no time. The Layering Ovals and Banners for Christmas and matching dies complete the card front by providing a focal point and even more dimension to please the eye.

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Add the bag of gifts from the Father Christmas stamp set if you have a little more time to color and then hand cut.  For an added touch, which unfortunately is hard to capture on camera without an extreme close-up, use Wink of Stella on the gift bag and berries of the wreath to add some sparkle.

Texture. Dimension. Sparkle.  And it won’t cost extra postage to mail!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stitched Shapes Framelits are coming to Stampin’ Up! November 1, 2016

STITCHED SHAPES FRAMELITS

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Stitched dies are right on trend and Stampin’ Up! is officially launching an early release of their version November 1, 2016.

Now YOU have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog!  So, they will be around for some time.  Yippee!

In addition, Stampin’ Up! has gone through the current sets in both the holiday and annual catalogs and chose some stamp sets which they felt would fit and highlight these stamps nicely and marked these coordinating stamps sets  25% off for November 2016.

How exciting!

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date. 

Look at these samples using just a few of the framelits in this set.  It sure gives an added design element without a lot of fuss.

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Purchasing Details:

 Stitched Shapes Framelits are available beginning November 1, 2016 & will be in the next Annual Catalog!
November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
 Promotion Deadline (25% off select stamp sets):
         • Phone: November 30, 2016, by 6:50 PM (MT)
• Online: November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

ITEM DESCRIPTION RETAIL PRICE SALE PRICE
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies-Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares $30.00 No Discount
142069 Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P.11) $27.00 $20.25
143269 Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 11) $19.00 $14.25
142114 Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 15) $21.00 $15.75
142049 Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 19) $35.00 $26.25
142142 Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P.23) $23.00 $17.25
142145 Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 23) $17.00 $12.75
142180 Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 33) $21.00 $15.75
142206 Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 43) $28.00 $21.00
142209 Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 43) $20.00 $15.00
140386 Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 31) $21.00 $15.75
141859 Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 61) $26.00 $19.50
141784 Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 139) $21.00 $15.75

 

 Are you as excited as I am to see these stitched dies come to Stampin’ Up! a little earlier than they planned?
Plus, with a 25% discount, I’m thrilled I may finally add Merry Mice & Baby Bear to my stamp collection.
Until next time…
-Joanne

How to make guilt free Candy Apples

It is Autumn, which means it is time to make things with apples!

Apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple dumplings, apple cider, & candy apples. Here in Pennsylvania it is that time of year when making things with apples is at its peak. Biglerville, PA even holds the National Apple Harvest Festival and is finishing its two weekend run this weekend. While I haven’t been there for years, I have many fond memories from this festival from my childhood. At the festival you could make your way thru a multitude of stalls with apple-centric crafts and eat your way thru the experience with any of the above (and then some) apple-y treats. As a young girl I would never leave the festival without some type of candied apple on a stick. Yum! For this reason, I decided to make the following card to send to a family member who would get a good laugh at the memories conjured up by this autumn greeting.

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The best part is that these apples can be enjoyed without the guilt of the calories that comes with the real thing.  Although, I think pairing these with a homemade apple treat might be nice, don’t you?

If you’d like to make this card, or just the punch art apples, read on for the details.

Instructions:

  • The Card Layers include a Soft Suede card stock (CS) base, Early Espresso layer and Early Espresso striped DSP layer (from the Neutrals DSP Stack).
  • Since chocolate drizzle seemed the most appealing, I went with Early Espresso Ink to stamp the image from Jar of Haunts onto a 1 3/4” punch circle in both Cherry Cobbler & Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Then I used the same color to color in the stamped image.
  • The circle was then also punched using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch’s largest circle(s) which is located close to the punch edge and allow for the 1 3/4” punched circle to be inserted so that a portion can be punched to form the ‘bump’ you may find on each apple.
  • A 2”x5/8” strip of Crumb Cake CS was inserted into the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch leg in order to get the rounded Popsicle stick look.
  • The 1/2” x 4” Soft Suede inked & embossed Brick Wall strip was made by inking the embossing folder before running thru the Big Shot machine.
  • Layered oval framelits with “sweet treats” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set were stamped in Early Espresso Ink.
  • Whisper White Twine bows were added on each stick.
  • To finish it off, I added a glossy look to the chocolate drizzle by adding glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the entire chocolate drizzle area.

*Note: These will need to dry for about 24hrs, so make sure you have the space to leave them untouched for the glue to dry and take on that shiny appearance.

I set my stamp pad down on my first green apple while the glue was still sticky and didn’t notice it right away.  Once discovered, I was able to clean the glue off the ink pad, but I had to remake the apple. I got a good laugh since this triggered a memory of a time I was eating a candy apple and it slipped off the stick after only a few bites, creating a similar sticky situation & subsequent cleaning.  Isn’t it interesting how things can  bring back memories?   I hope this card brings back some good, and fun times for the recipient.

I hope you have a go at making some of these no-calorie, guilt free candy apples.

If you need any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products to make this or any other item, I’d love to be your demonstrator. You can shop with me by clicking HERE. Any order before October, 28, 2016 using hostess code: Q6HTERV3 will include a handmade card sample (my choice) sent directly from me as a thank you.

Until next time…

-Joanne