Today is a BIG DAY! For starters, Stampin’ Up!’s 2013 Holiday Catalog is open for business. Woo hoo! Now you can focus on those Christmas cards you’ve been itching to start. Before you click on the link below, I want to warn you – this catalog is not like anything you’ve seen from Stampin’ Up! before. It’s amazing-er. The first half of the book is filled with project ideas and beautiful pictures. It looks and feels like a Williams-Sonoma catalog. The second half contains the products that were used to create the items in the first half of the book. It’s really a great way to present the beautiful products, but I wanted to point it out because it’s different. Spend some time in the first half, really enjoying the projects and soaking them in. By the time you get to the back of the book, you’ll know exactly what you want to order (until you see things there that you missed in the front). 🙂 Click the picture below to browse the new catalog:
There are some other new items available today:
- New Thinlits Card Dies are available for purchase.
- The new 25th Anniversary Best of… stamp set is available today.
More on these items after my card.
To honor the importance of this day, I have one card for you that “answers the call” from two online challenges AND includes new items available in the Holiday Catalog. Whammo! Let’s start with the card:
This card features a Color Challenge from The Pals Paper Arts (PPA166):
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Using Colors. I know I’ve already said this once this week (and I’m not proud of myself for being repetitive), but I really like non-traditional colors on a Christmas card. When I saw this combination of colors for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge, I didn’t immediately think “Christmas!” – it’s true – but I really like to challenge myself. It might have been a stretch from the start, but I am happy with how the combination of colors turned out.
- Balancing a Variety of Colors. I balanced the colors on the ornaments by stamping one ornament in each of the three colors and then accenting them with one of the other colors. Since I wanted to feature the pink ornament (the closest to a funky Christmas color), I popped it up in front of the other two. Again, because I wanted the eye to focus mainly on the pink, I designed the pink border around the outside of the card to be the thickest.
- Three Points. I like things in threes – you know that by now. I’ve added this bullet point because I can’t stand to just give you two points about this card. Although there’s no real content here, it rounds out the three points, and that looks better. OH! OH! OH! I can make a point – three ornaments, three stars on the right side, three layers of border around the card. OK, scratch the whole “I don’t have anything else to say” part. Things look more balanced in threes. Let’s go with that!
Stamp Sets: Christmas Collectibles, A Banner Christmas, Petite Pairs Inks: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate Papers: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Stack Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I promised you I’d tell you a little more about the promotions that start today.
Thinlits Card Dies. They’ve been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.
- August’s 25th Anniversary Best of…Stamp Set. Every month this year, Stampin’ Up! is offering a “Best of 25 years” set. This month’s is The Best of Halloween. Check it out here:
- MORE Christmas and Holidays. I feel pretty comfortable that you are going to love all the items in the Holiday Catalog. It doesn’t stop there, though. Remember, we can still order items from the Carryover flyer. Check it out here.
- And don’t forget that I am offering product shares and Designer Series Paper swatch books. A great way to “test out” a little of (almost) everything in the Holiday Catalog. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!