Friday, 1 October 2010

First new catalogue sample!

So... today is the big day, eh? The day when blogs across the land will start to go crazy with new catalogue projects! The link should be on the Stampin’ Up!® website by now but, just in case, here it is. Enjoy!
I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed by all the lovely newness in the new catalogue. New stamps, new ink pads, new cardstock... it was almost too much and I didn’t know where to start crafting. Thankfully, I soon got over it!

I was very lucky to have received 16 brand new ink pads and two sheets of each of the new colours FREE, as a reward from Stampin’ Up!® for meeting certain sales targets this summer. It’s great to get free stamping goodies – and there are plenty on offer when you join SU as a demonstrator. If you’d like to find out more about joining, please email me for more info. It really is the best job in the world! And now is the perfect time to sign up – to find out why, drop me an email!

Meanwhile, here is one of my first projects made with new catalogue goodies. I never thought I’d say it but I LOVE this colour combination: Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Very Vanilla and possibly the best colour in the world... Cherry Cobbler. Crafters have been known to squeal when presented with this colour – it’s so rich and lush.  I love it but don’t want to “waste” it so have been using sparing amounts – if you know me, you won’t be surprised to discover that there is a gap between the top piece of torn Cherry Cobbler strip and the bottom one!

But enough about the colour... what about the stamp set? It’s called Artistic Etchings and it is guaranteed to give your projects that certain je ne sais quoi! As well as the Eiffel Tower, there are all sorts of vintage-y bits to go with it. Which you’ll see in the next few days.

The paper... oh, I LOVE the paper. It’s called Newsprint and features all kinds of text, including newsprint, advertising and music. All in Basic Black and Very Vanilla; fab, fab, fab!

The flower is made using a technique I’ve used before – I simply punched out a few flowers using the Boho Blossoms punch, made a hole in the centre, wet them and screwed them up. They are joined together with a silver brad.

Finally, the ribbon. We have fringed ribbon now? No, but you can easily make it! This is made from the 1 ¼” striped grosgrain ribbon. I simply cut down one of the centre stripes and then frayed it. Cool, eh? And guess what? It makes your ribbon go twice as far!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Newsprint
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Boho Blossoms punch, silver brad, 1 ¼” striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Basic Black

All products by Stampin’ Up!®


  1. I love what you did with the ribbon.

  2. Helen a super card best wishes Lesley x

  3. It's a beautiful card! Laetitia

  4. Beautifully Boho & Certainly Chic Helen! The Cherry Cobbler does add a wonderful depth - it's my new Top of the Wish List!

  5. Gorgeous card, Helen. And I agree with you - Cherry Cobbler has to be the best colour ever!!




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