A Look At The Month Ahead
And just like that, we're done with summer. How did that happen?!? It feels like we were just beginning and now the kids are back to school or off to college and our minds are turning to holiday breaks.
My daughter is already anticipating Halloween (Is it today Momma? Tomorrow?) and I'm doing my best to distract her in the hopes I don't have to supply five different costumes before October even hits.
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Creativity Delivered: 2017 Holiday Catalog
It's hard to believe it's been 3 months since Stampin' Up!® released its Annual Catalog. While I'm still chipping away at my Wish List, September 1st brings with it the release of the 2017 Holiday Catalog which runs through the end of the year.
Not sure where to start? Below you'll see my Must-Have lists for Fall, Christmas and Packaging.
Focus On Fall Must-Have's
|1.Painted Harvest Photopolymer Bundle|
|An early favorite with Demonstrators, there is no shortage of amazing product ideas for this set. Featuring watercolor versions of sunflowers and foliage, this two-step stamp set is paired with a new leaf punch Sign me up!|
|Calling all cat lovers! This punch is expected to sell out a la the Daisy Punch, so make sure to get your order in fast! It's the purr-fect touch for your next project. Pair with the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper or the Spooky Cat Stamp Set for more festive fun!|
|My initial pre-order was small, but this trim was first on my list. And guys, it's SERIOUSLY beautiful! The perfect accent on any vintage style project, it's got a romantic feel plus it's black! And black goes with everything!|
|4.Black Rhinestone Jewels|
|BLACK BLING!!! When I first browsed the catty and came across these I squeed with delight, headed over to my team's Facebook group and squeed there, then resumed my browsing. :::crosses fingers for these to carry over:::|
|5.Merry Café Photopolymer Stamp Set|
|This set coordinates with the Coffee Cafe Bundle in the Annual Catalog, and as far as add-ons go, this set is inspired! There are sentiments for Christmas, Valentines and Halloween, but the true star says "It's Pumpkin Spice Latte Season!"|
Christmas Comes Early Must-Haves
|1.Christmas Quilt Photopolymer Bundle|
|It's quilting with cardstock, need I say more? This versatile set is sure to be a staple in your craft room for years to come. Mix and match cardstock with patterned DSP for an endless array of quilts. Accompanied by the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Stitched Felt Embellishments and Quilted Christmas DSP, this merry suite is set to fill you with cheer!|
|2.Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack|
|From Pocket Pages to Traditional Scrapbook Layouts, memory keeping is at its most popular during the Christmas season. Want to make up some cute Christmas cards? Grab a pack and some card blanks and you're ready to go. This pack coordinates with the Carols of Christmas bundle for added fun!|
|3.Beachy Little Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set|
|Living in sunny Southern California, this set is a must have! Palm trees wrapped in twinkle lights work for more than just the holidays; they're popular decor at weddings, too! I can't wait to play with these fun elements, from a pine tree studded with shells to the surf house!|
|4.Watercolor Christmas Project Kit|
|This kit is great for getting your holiday cards done in a flash! Not only that, but it's a great option for a crafty party with your friends. Paired with the Be Merry Ornament Kit, you're sure to have a festive fete!|
|5.Year Of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape|
|The Year of Cheer Suite is full of beautiful and versatile touches from the DSP and foil snowflakes to the Year of Cheer Stamp Set itself. But number one on my list is the gorgeous Washi Tape. Pair the gold foil washi with a gold heat embossed image for a quick and classy card!|
|6.Half Full Clear-Mount Stamp Set|
|This set was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Linda Bauwin. Seeing how popular the Mixed Drinks set it (with both stampers and card recipients alike) I picked the set up on my pre-order. This is another great set which will work for Christmas and beyond; I'm already planning a class around it!|
Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings
|1.Merry Little Labels Clear-Mount Bundle|
|The Carols of Christmas Bundle has been out since August and now you can get the coordinating tag bundle! I love the sentiments and the fact that it comes with another awesome punch is just icing on the cake! I'll be using this set for my tag making class (not to mention cards!)|
|2.Acetate Card Boxes|
|Perfect for gifting cards, candy, or whatever fits, these boxes are a must have. At just $0.65 per box, you can stock up without emptying your wallet!|
|3.Mini Pizza Boxes|
|Guys, how cute are these? They're food safe and sized to fit a cookie for a one of a kind treat. Or pair it with the 3" x 3" envelopes and note cards! They'll be great to have on hand for Halloween treats or last minute holiday gifts.|
|4.Labels To Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set|
|It's hard to pick from all of the options in this catty, but this set is made to pair with the new Everyday Labels Punch and I love to stretch my supplies! This one is full of fun labels for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day! What more could you ask for?|
|What better way to serve up some spooky snacks than these test tubes? If you're planning an adult party, why not pour your potions into these for a fabulous and fun way to serve up shots?|
Stay Classy San Diego
From now on I will be offering two sessions for each class; daytime and evening. Schedule permitting, the morning classes will be on Saturdays while the evening classes will be held on Tuesdays. I'm starting September off with a makeup class for the Magical Mermaid cards; I had no idea how popular it was going to be and wanted to offer it once more for those who weren't able to attend last month's meetup.
Later this month I will be offering the first Christmas Club Session and I'm so excited to get started! You can check out the full calendar of events HERE. I'm looking forward to starting the season off right. Head on down to the comments and let me know what you're looking forward to as we speed toward the end of the year!