The Spring Catalog hatched yesterday, and it’s filled with a ton of beautiful things. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look (click on the catalog below):
Some of you are getting a first peek at the new catalog online. Others have looked through printed copies of the catalog and have already picked out the items you want most. Either way, I want to help you with your list, so I challenged myself to narrow down my favorites to just five items. Just five? Argh! Why do I do this to myself? I’m so in love with so many of the items – the Tea Time trinkets, the Tea for Two DSP, the Bitty Butterfly punch, Ciao Baby, That’s the Ticket, that incrdible Scoring Plate – but those didn’t make the list of my five favorites. Here goes nothing.
BRIAN’S TOP FIVE FAVORITE THINGS IN THE NEW CATALOG (and these are in order, starting with my most favorite):
1 – PRINT POETRY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK (#129312), p. 16
I have a soft spot in my heart for some beautiful printed paper. If you have been following my blog over the past several months, then you know how much I loved the Festival of Prints DSP Stack from the Holiday Catalog. How could I live without it? How could anything else measure up to my love affair with Festival of Prints? Well, Print Poetry really steps up to the plate. It’s masculine on one side and beautifully feminine on the other side. The patterns are absolutely versatile. You can’t go wrong with this pack.
2 – OVALS COLLECTION FRAMELIT DIES (#129381), p. 4
Why would I need an Ovals Collection of framelits when I’ve got the Labels Collection and Hearts Collection and Floral Frames Collection and Window Frames Collection that I already use so much? Terrible logic, huh? If I am using the others so much (which I am), then how can I go wrong with the ovals? I bought these to “round out” my collection and didn’t anticipate I’d use them so much. At every turn, I have a great way to use these framelits. I almost have to edit myself away from them so that I don’t have Oval Overload. Remember my nasty habit with Baja Breeze?
3 – HEARTS A FLUTTER BUNDLE (#131098 wood, #131097 clear), p. 11
I love a good deal, and Stampin’ Up!’s bundles are just that. This stamp set and framelits bundle is an excellent deal. There’s just so much you can do with these shapes! Sure, it’s themed as a Valentine’s-ish set, but did you see those banners?! Why wouldn’t you use those for every occasion throughout the year? I am in love with this set and am so happy to have it.
4 – HONEYCOMB TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER (#129378), p. 6
Hexagons have been all the rage in the craft world for some time. I’ve not paid much attention…until now. I absolutely love the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. In fact, it’s my third favroiate thing in the catalog. 🙂 Stampin’ Up! made sure you didn’t get just a pile of hexagons – you get beautiful texture by the fact that there are spaces between the edges of the hexagons. Look at the closeup above. The number one question I’ve received lately (other than “why are you so handsome?”) is whether there’s a punch to coordinate. There’s not. BUT, run some DSP through the folder and then snip just inside the lines. Voila! Like the Woodgrain Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog (still available, by the way), the Honeycomb Folder yields very deep ridges. If you are embossing on Very Vanilla or Whisper White, just add a piece of copy paper to prevent breaking of the card stock.
5 – SILVER BASICS DESIGNER BUTTONS (#129325), p. 20
Who’d have ever thought I would love buttons? You can look though all my projects from last year and find [maybe] 3 buttons. I think about them all the time, but they never seem to make the cut. THESE GUYS, however, ARE AWESOME! If you thought they’d be wimpy, little buttons, then think again. A container of these buttons weighs about 17 pounds (exaggerated), and they feel like ancient coins – sturdy and heavy. Cha-ching! I can’t wait for you to see these! You’ll love them.
Thanks for listening. I’m so glad you can now look at the catalog. Let me know what you think. What’s YOUR favorite thing in the catalog? I’d love to hear!
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