Monday, June 18, 2018

My Top Ten Products from the New 2018/19 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue

I promised you a blog post on my opinion of the Top 10 Products from the new Annual Catalogues, so I'm tackling that one today! And when I say tackling, I'm talking about a knock-down, drag-em-out, duel-to-the-death wrestling match with myself over which products to feature. There are so many that I wanted to bring to your attention after using them myself over the last few weeks. I did EXTENSIVE research (= many hours in my Craft Cave playing) and I think I've finally, kinda, sorta narrowed it down to 10.

NOTE: This is only my own opinion, and may not be to your taste. If you have read my blog for awhile and enjoy my creations, chances are you will agree with my choices. Otherwise, many other demonstrators have also posted their favourites, so keep doing your research!

ALSO NOTE: This features new products only. I have not included the Share What You Love Suite, since it was heavily featured as an early release, and I have not included the Stamparatus as a favourite tool, since it, too, received heavy promotion at the end of 2017. Both of those items would otherwise have made my Top Ten.

So without further dithering, here are my Top Ten Products:

10. Top Stamp Set: Wonderful Moments
This beautiful sketched drawing style stamp set has the potential for some absolutely beautiful wedding, anniversary, baby shower, and birthday cards. It can be stamped, embossed, watercoloured, outlined, stamped on a background and it gives a dramatic, artistic look to the results. It also has a selection of beautiful sentiments. A very beautiful and versatile set.

9. Top Tag Framelits: Stitched Label Framelits
I've felt for a long time that we were in need of some framelits to fit our larger, more rectangular sentiments and we finally have them! And not only that but they're stitched! What more could you ask for?

8. Top Sentiment Only Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Greetings
Were you dismayed when you saw that Teeny Tiny Wishes was retiring? Those small sentiments are just so darned useful ... and they actually fit inside the Classic Label Punch! Never fear! Stampin' Up! has your back! Itty Bitty Greetings replaces Teeny Tiny Wishes, but updates the greetings and has 8 more besides! They don't come more versatile than this! Great for beginners!

7. Top Embellishment - In Colour 3/8" Mini Ruffled Ribbon
This great ribbon not only lends a splash of colour but also of texture to your projects. Available in all the lovely 2017-2019 In Colours.

6. Best DSP - Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
This paper has that photorealistic look with a heavily floraled look on one side and a more subtle textured side on the other if you don't care for the heavy florals, all in a beautiful colour palette. One very cool feature of this paper is that two of the designs feature smaller separate designs that you can cut up and use on the Notecard sized card bases and on the 3" x 3" Mini card bases.

5. Best Punch Bundle - Varied Vases Bundle
This stamp set, inspired by $1,000,000 Sales Achiever Mary Fish, is a very cute and versatile set, and then paired with the coordinating punch, allows you to extend the creativity and versatility ten fold.

4. Top Die Bundle - Sea of Textures Bundle
I'm a sucker for anything related to the sea or anything beachy, so this set had an automatic head start, but what makes this set so cool is the texture you can create with it, stamped and die cut! And that octopus is so cool! The two sizes of Sand Dollars have die cut centers that become little starfish as well - so clever! And that fish net die cut creates such an amazing textured backdrop for the images.

3. Top Embossing Folder - Tufted Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder
This creates a wonderfully rich texture on your background cardstock reminiscent of the Ruffle Embossing folder in it's depth. It looks like you could bounce on it!

2. Top Tool - Big Shot Embossing Mats
How would you like a tool, that for a small outlay of money would virtually double the usage of your die cutting tools, giving you two functions for every die! With the Big Shot Embossing Mats, you can turn all your Dies into Embossing Tools as well as Die Cutting Tools. The Mats ensure that your dies will not cut your cardstock, just make an impression in them and Voila!

1. Top Suite and Best Product in the Catalogue - Nature's Poem Suite
I am predicting that this suite will be the top seller in the catalogue this year. The beautiful images in the stamp set, combined with the perennial favourite theme, trees, which have a year round appeal, the transparent skeletal leaves, the gorgeous DSP and twine and embellishments, plus the fact that it was made to coordinate with another long lasting SU favourite, Lovely As A Tree, back up my claim. What do you think? I know it is the set I've used the most so far!

Product List

And there you have it! I hope that helps you make some decisions! Of course, there are so many other great products in the catalogue, it's almost doing it a disservice narrowing it down to just 10. A few products that just missed the cut are the following:

Product List

So that is it, in my humble opinion. Do with it what you will. I hope you enjoyed looking at this post!

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