A Few of My Favorite Things…and Why I Think You Should Like Them Too

With the release of every catalog, I like to share a list of my favorite things from the new book.  Today is no exception.  I understand that you are not going to rush out to buy all the things I feature here (but if you are, please immediately click here as soon as you have gathered your shopping list from my blog post), but I have studied the Holiday Catalog.  I have analyzed each and every item included therein, and I have selected my favorites for you.  Just so you know – I do all of this for you. 

I really, really tried to pick just five things, but I couldn’t do it.  There’s not one of these items I don’t love, love, love.  In my list are two incredible bundles, a versatile stamp set, a gorgeous Specialty Designer Series Paper, a super-cool embellishment and a can’t-pass-this-up Simply Created Kit.  Think of it as five items – and a bonus (I just won’t tell you which one was the bonus add).

Without any further ado, here are my six favorite things (in no particular order):

Christmas Collectibles Bundle – wood #133282 $31.95, clear #133283 $27.95

This is a new set of ornaments with a coordinating punch.  These ornaments are classic designs with a modern twist.  I really love the shapes of these ornaments – and cropping them out is easy-as-pie (mmmmm…I love pie) with this handy ornament punch.  Perfect for a card, a gift tag or hanging on the tree, this bundle (save 15% by buying them in a bundle) can’t be passed up.  To see a project I recently made with this bundle, click here.

Festive Flurry Bundle – wood #133284 $54.95, clear #133285 $46.95

Who doesn’t love a grand and elegant snowflake?  The intricacy of this pattern is uber-appealing.  What could be better than that?  Oh!  I know.  A set of framelits to coordinate takes this set over the top.  Bold and modern or soft and serene, this set is perfect for your holiday decor – and use the framelits alone for a different appeal.  To see a project I recently made with the framelits, click here.

Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper – #132341 $12.95 

Continuing with the theme of snowflakes…Stampin’ Up! has outdone itself with this gorgeous Designer Series Paper.  I absolutely love the mix of blues (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo and Pool Party) with Smoky Slate.  What a striking combination of colors – and two one-sided pages of foil-accented designs.  I am excited to use this paper in project although I am anxious about how I will choose which pages to use as they are all so beautiful.Frosted Finishes Embellishments – #132150 $6.95

These little guys just may have made my list because they turned out to NOT be what I thought they WOULD be.  The idea of an embellishment with a frosted finish brought shivers down my spine as I imagined the layer of glitter that must be encrusted on the embellishment.  I was determined to not let these guys in my fungeon (my crafting basement), but Charlotte Coombes gave me a lapel pin at Convention made with these embellies – that’s when I saw them for the first time.  These are little jewels – shiny pieces of jewelry, embedded with shiny gems – not an ounce of glitter on them.  I was in love.  Shiny with no mess?  Does life get any better than this?  And you get 12 of these gems in one package.  Score!Harvest of Thanks – Wood #131736 $20.95, clear #131739 $15.95

This stamp set is perfect for a Thanksgiving greeting and coordinates wonderfully with a variety of framelits (Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banners, Deco Labels Collection Framelits).  But, here’s the catch – this stamp set isn’t exclusive to Thanksgiving.  Slap another circle over that turkey, and you’ve got a gorgeous mount for any sentiment all year round.  And there’s no reason you can’t use “Gratitude” and “Many Thanks” throughout the year.  Pop them out with non-Fall colors, and you’ve got yourself a winner.  I love the distressed look of these stamps – can’t get enough of them.Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit #133463 $19.95

Stampin’ Up! incents its demonstrators with discounted bundles during our pre-order time.  One of the bundles that was offered was this tablescape kit.  While I was particularly jazzed at the idea, I ordered it.  It has turned out to be one of the greatest things in this book.  I love the idea of a quick, papercrafted Thanksgiving table.  I love the idea of giving each guest at the table a sheet to fill out, listing the things they are thankful for (Thankful is a wood stamp #133313 $7.95) that coordinates.  Once I opened this kit and sorted out its contents, I was in love!  And the Stampin’ Chalk Marker is perfect for these little labels.  The kit gives you enough to decorate a table for 10 – if your table isn’t that big, you can use the remaining papers for other great projects.  If your table is bigger, just order more.  If you are serving Mom’s cornbread dressing, I will swing by when I’m done at my house. 

While we are talking about this awesome Tablescape Kit, it bears repeating that Stampin’ Up! is running a current recruiting promotion that allows you to select one of several kits when you join (and this kit is one of the kits you can earn).  I’m always looking for people to join my group (now officially registered with Stampin’ Up!, my group is called InKing Royalty), and this is a wwonderful incentive.  Click the picture below to read more about this offer:

Please email me at stampwithbrian@gmail.com if you are interested in joining my team or with any questions.

So…now that you’ve listened to me blabber on and on and on about the things I love in this catalog, what’s your favorite thing?  What items will be on your first order?  What item can you not live without?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!



  1. Well, you have chosen a few things that I like also . Love the dsp colors (waiting on my dsp shares to see it inthe real yay yay !) You mentioned the Chalk Marker …gotta have that ! You left off the Silly Jack O` Lantern (cute cute) stamp . And I have seen the Truly Grateful stamp set used in a couple of non Thanksgiving ways that sort of make me want that stamp ….but here is a thorn …what are we supposed to think about with Envelope Liner Framelits and a major Envelope Punch Board coming that I don`t know if the liners will fit ? Just curious ??? All in all you picked some winners …love your team name !!!

  2. Maria Rodriguez.

    Well, I like the Winter Frost DSP also, the colors are really beautiful on both sides of each sheet and I know I will have a hard time deciding which side I should use. I like that ornament bundle too but I have the one from the last catty, which is also really beautiful. One of the stamps I like is the Poinsettia which I think would look amazing in water colors and there is one sentiment set that I like, the Christmas Messages, I think all of the stamps in it are great.
    I’m also anxiously waiting for my DSP shares, thank you Brian.

  3. Oh so many nice things to have from this Holiday Catty! Ah! We’re on the same page I can see. Homemade cornbread dressing! I’m there! Would love to see Charlotte’s lapel pin in a future blog post please! Happy Stamping!

  4. Great picks from a great holiday catalog Brian. I found a way to use my stamps in quilting and the holiday stamps would be perfect for any Christmas quilting projects I make. I discovered fabric inks (yes, I know, I’m way behind the rest of the world) and I make a “tag” for every quilting project with my name and date on it. So now, I can stamp something appropriate and dress up the tag instead of just having a written signature. Yeah! Works for me.

  5. Love the InKing Royalty name!

  6. Brian…fab picks from the holiday catalog. I thank you so much for sending me the catalog, but I misplaced it and cannot find it anywhere…sigh. Would you please send me another copy? I would gladly pay for it. It looks like some awesome items for the holidays. Thank you for all your help!

  7. I love all of these items as well! One of the things I appreciate most about your blog is the insight that you provide. Would I have thought to use the turkey stamp on something else by slapping a different circle in the center?… not sure; thanks for the insight. I just had one of those “Wow, I could have had a V-8 moments” as I thought, “Duh, I should have thought of that!”.

    InKing Royalty is an awesome name for your team! Can’t wait to become part of it later this month 🙂 Thanks for all your encouragement and words of wisdom.

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