Artistic Expression: Pages 126-179
The largest, and most varied, section of the catalog is the Artistic Expression. Every set herein allows your inner artist complete creative freedom, from coloring to Painting With Stamps, there are a variety of techniques waiting to be tried!
That said, this is a massive section with 5 Suites (2 being mega-suites), 7 more bundles, and a whole lot More To Love! Settle in for some light reading and get ready to be WOWED.
Garden Impressions Suite PG. 128-130
This Mega-Suite includes not one, but TWO stamp sets. We begin with the Abstract Impressions Bundle. The Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies have both an intricate butterfly and a fun floral background. The two-step stamp set can be used in multiple ways, from single stamping to create amazing layers. When you add in the Artisan Textures Stamp Set, you've got an endless amount of ways to allow your creativity to play!
The Garden Impressions 6x6 DSP is full of bright color and floral fun. Embellishments include the Metallic Ribbon pack in Petal Pink and Shaded Spruce. The Blossoms Elements are available in Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, and So Saffron and are SO CUTE.
The suite also highlights the Big Shot Embossing Mats. These special mats turn your dies into embossing elements! I know, big news. This effectively doubles the use of every die in your craft room for just $15. Excuse me while I go play.
Garden Impressions Suite
Nature's Poem Suite PG. 142-143
The Rooted in Nature Bundle is the first item I added to my Demonstrator pre-order. The stamp set is so incredibly detailed, that when you use it for the first time, it will take your breath away. For those who have the longest running stamp set in the catalog, Lovely As A Tree, the Rooted In Nature stamp set is a perfect mate. Adding to the beauty is the Nature's Poem DSP. If you were only investing in one suite in the catalog, I would say this is the one to buy.
The Nature's Twine is great for an array of projects and you'll find it ties easier than any trim we have. The Leaves Trinkets come in both an aged copper and silver in two designs.
Tranquil Textures Suite PG. 154-155
We all know I'm a sucker for beach/ocean themed stamp sets. This one caught my eye, not only because it's amazing but because it coordinates so well with the Magical Mermaid stamp set from last year's Annual Catalog.
This suite mixes many wonderful textures and colors to create a truly artistic oceanic feel. The Tranquil Textures DSP is a feast for the eyes and adds some fun pop of color in for good measure. The Tranquil Textures Sprinkles make it easy to create shaker cards or add some beads to the end of your bows for even more texture!
Tranquil Textures Suite
Graceful Glass Suite PG. 164-165
This suite was made for Stampin' Blends. Boasting a beautiful butterfly, bird, and blooming rose, the Painted Glass stamp set also has a stained glass window design which coordinates with the 2" Circle Punch. The Stained Glass Thinlits dies cut the three B's from the stamp set as well as an assortment of lead-looking line work.
If you'd prefer a more hands-off approach, there is the Graceful Glass 6" x 6" Designer Vellum. This specialty DSP can be colored with Stampin Blends for the beautiful effects pictured. The suite is rounded out with 1/8" Black Cord and Tinted Faceted Buttons. They also whet your appetite for coloring by highlighting the new Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends Combo Pack.
Graceful Glass Suite
Share What You Love Suite PG. 176-178
Our final suite from the Artistic Expressions section is the Share What You Love Mega Suite. This particular suite comes to us for Stampin' Up!'s 30 year Anniversary as a love letter to all of the Demonstrators who have been a part of the company. This is comprised of elements Demos have been asking for over the years. It includes two stamp sets; an alphabet builder set with two fonts and some extra phrases called Make A Difference and a traditional stamp set with watercolor wash, florals, and sentiments called Love What You Do.
The Share What You Love Artisan Pearls are a nod to the traditional 30th Anniversary gift (pearls) and come in Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, and Tranquil Tide. The Share What You Love Embellishment Kit has a variety of goodies all packaged in a beautiful box with the Statement of The Heart on it. Next we come to the Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon which is luxury in ribbon form.
Looking for a more textured approach? Combine elements from the Share What You Love Pearlized DSP with the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder to CASE the Mint Macaron note card pictured. Finish it off with the Pearlized Doilies which color up beautifully if you flip them over and use your Stampin' Blends.
Share What You Love Suite
Lilypad Lake Bundle PG. 133
Lilypad Lake is as serene as it comes. My favorite part of this set is the sentiments "To see far is one thing... Going there is another." The variety of images mean you'll get a large array of projects with unique looks. From boats on the sea to the egret in the lake, this set is meditation as a form of art.
This stunning set comes with 10 dies with a variety of foliage and an 8 stamp set which offers floral elements. Once combined, you have a stunning set for weddings and giving beautiful gifts and cards.
These little mice are right out of a storybook. This unique set of dies creates a fun layered scene. While the mice themselves may not be the most versatile stamps, the stunning foliage frame will be stunning on an array of projects.
Stamp, emboss, and die cut with this bundle to create an array of layers. You can choose to color with Stampin' Blends, Watercolor Pencils, or just stamp in color. This section really allows you to create with your own artistic flair!
The Gatefold Blossoms Framelits Dies are something truly special. Create gorgeous floral gatefold cards by simply rolling your cardstock through the Big Shot with these dies. It's an easy way to set yourself apart and give a truly special card to your loved one.
The Pick A Pennant stamp set is an Alphabet Builder set and so much more! Create unique pairings of patterns, colors, and maybe even a little bird as you piece this set together. To add to the fun, there are the Playful Pennants Framelits Dies to add dimension and layers to every project.
The Lined Alphabet is sure to have you swooning. First, you have a fun, rounded font with simple lettering. Of course, having the dies just adds to the possibilities! But wait, these dies are special. The Layering Alphabet Edgelits Dies help create bold, dynamic wall art and mini albums in minutes! Whether you're working on scrapbooking or simply creating cards, this new alphabet set is a must have!
The Artistic Expression section also is home to the Background Stamps on page 172. If you're trying to find all of the Alphabet Builders Stamps, they can be found on pages 174-175 with an additional set on page 178. And that's going to do it for this section. Join me for the final installment of the Catalog Walkthrough: Accessories & More. While we wait, head down to the comments and let me know which stamp set helps you express your artistic flair!