My rather large order arrived from Stampin' Up! on Wednesday
at 8.40am - how lucky am I? - and I spent the day getting
everything organised and filed away. This is quite a big job as far
as the dies are concerned because I have to remove the
sticky adhesive from the back of each die, make die cuts of
each, and set up a new wallet for each, label the magnetic sheet
and also label the stamp set with the name of the co-ordinating die set.
Next I photocopied the front covers of the stamp sets for my new
Stamp Reference File! Then I cleared all my stamp sets off the shelves
so I could put them back with the new ones in alphabetical order.
Although it took me all day, and most of the evening, it was a lovely
feeling getting it all done in one day. The only job that had to
wait until yesterday, was photocopying the front of each die-set
wallets, so I now have an up to date Die & Embossing
Folder Reference File.
I don't normally go to all this trouble every year, but my files
were getting rather untidy, and I was in the mood for a total
revamp and, went for it. (Normally I just take out the
photocopies of retired products, and slip the new ones in).
The good thing about yesterday was that I had some time for
crafting! One of the stamp sets I bought is the Pop of Petals (page 47)
which is on offer as a bundle with a co-ordinating punch. When
the retirement list came out recently, I was really disappointed to
see the Flower Shop Stamp Set and the Pansy Punch were both
retiring - I have used those two products trillions of times!
So when I saw the Pop of Petals bundle, I knew it would be in
my first order! What I hadn't noticed until yesterday, was that one
of the "flowers" is actually a butterfly!! So this bundle also
goes a little way to make up for the two butterfly punches and
the butterfly stamp set which retired last year.
Although it isn't sold as two-step stamp set, that's how I used it
for today's card. If you look at the picture below of the Pop of Petals,
I stamped the first flower in the top row using Poppy Parade Ink.
Then I used the second stamp that's the third stamp in the first
row, stamped off once using the same colour ink! I can't
wait to try other combinations! There is just so much in
this bundle it's amazing.
The other product I wanted to draw your attention to is the 3D
Dynamic Embossing Folder called Subtle (page 223), because
the design really is so subtle, you can hardly see anything
in the catalogue. I used it to partially emboss my top layer
but just leaving enough plain so I could stamp my sentiment
straight onto the layer (albeit a bit too high really!).
Finally, did you notice the bundles that Stampin' Up! have
put together on page 2 of the catalogue? You'll find full details
for each bundle on the pages referred to there. This is a first
for SU to do this and is particularly useful for beginners, and
it's also very helpful if you want all those products, you can
order them with just one product number! I hope you like
these mini "reviews" - they were too good not to share
them with you.
That's it from me today! I'm off to make my video for Sunday. I
hope you have a lovely day, and happy crafting!