Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NEW - 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog!

Demonstrators have had the preview for this fabulous mini catalog, and the chance to preorder at a discount, for a few weeks now...and we've just been dying to show you what we all feel is undeniably the BEST MINI CATALOG EVER!

Click HERE to view, or right click to download, the Stampin' Up! 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog.

I would like to take you on a little tour of a few of my favorite products in the Holiday Mini Catalog, so please download it from the link above, or open the copy you received from me in the mail, and follow along...

Yes, the Holiday Mini Catalog features two exclusive Hostess Sets on pages 4 and 5! Pick Patterned Pines as a FREE Level 1 benefit, with at least $150 in Workshop sales. With at least $300 in Workshop sales, the Snow Buddies set can be yours as a Level 2 benefit, absolutely FREE!

Turning to pages 6 and 7, you'll see an awesome new stamp set called Sweet Centers. It is designed for use with the new Sweet Treat Cups, which can hold candy, confetti, or whatever little sweet treat you'd like to share! When you use the stamp set with the cups, and pop out a 1-3/4" Circle Punch, you can create a hot air balloon, an ornament, a heart with a center, a treat-centered Halloween greeting, and even a flower with a treat center (by stamping petals and leaves around the treat cup). You can safely mail these specialty cards using the Sweet Treat Padded Envelopes.

Featured at the top of page 7, these magnetic dies are used with the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die. Four shapes are included in this set: an Elegant Label, a Dove, an Ornament, and a 1-3/4" Circle. The Circle is the perfect size to use with the Sweet Treat Cups, and the Ornament is just slightly larger than the new Ornament Punch (featured on p. 25) so it is perfect for layering.

The Grateful Greetings stamp set, on page 8, features 12 different sayings you can use throughout the holidays. There are greetings for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.

If you aren't at all into a ghosty-witchy Halloween, you can still send festive greetings with the Pumpkin Patch stamp set, on page 9. This set features a circle and two ovals, which you can use as pumpkins, or stamp faces on them to create jack-o-lanterns, or use them as decorative ornaments in seasonal colors, or use the ovals and grass to make Easter eggs, or even use the shapes as BALLOONS! This may be one of the most versatile sets in the Holiday Mini Catalog for year-round use.

Page 11 features Night & Day Specialty Designer Series Paper, in black & white patterns. There are 10 double-sided patterned paper sheets (2 ea. of 5 patterns), and 2 black polka-dot printed window sheets. These are great for so much more than just Halloween--for example, they are excellent for masculine cards or scrapbook pages, so stock up now!

The Autumn Splendor stamp set featured on pages 12-13 features 2 leaves, one leafy sprig, and a cute little double acorn stamp. Use this stamp set with the coordinating Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper, and the Table Setting Bigz™ XL die to set the scene for a beautiful gathering. The Table Setting Bigz™ XL die features a spiral that, when wound, can be made into a pine cone or rose. Also make leaves (or candle flames!), place cards, napkin rings, and tags using the rest of the images on the die.

With the Calendar Kit and coordinating Note to Self stamp set on page 14, create a personalized 2010 calendar for yourself, and a few for friends and family! The Calendar Kit includes a raw chipboard easel for display, which can be colored with Craft Ink, or covered with card stock, or patterned paper. Box your calendar up in a Magnetic Gift Box (see page 33) and tie with coordinating Chocolate Chip 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon from page 183 of the 2009 Idea Book & Catalog.

Check out all the coordinating product on pages 20-21...don't you just have to have it ALL? The Berry Christmas stamp set coordinates with the Merry Details Sizzlit die, and the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper. The paper features metallic and flocked highlights! You'll get 12 sheets total: 2 each of 2 single-sided flocked papers, and 2 each of 4 couble-sided designs. Throw in the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder to add the perfect depth to any project you create with this collection, and use the Merry Embosslit to run out quick and easy gift tags.

Speaking of coordinating products, you'll have a ball with the Delightful Decorations stamp set and Ornament Punch on pages 24-25. If you don't want to stamp, pick up some Merry & Bright Rub-Ons to use instead. The Rub-Ons come in a package of 2 sheets, one with Silver images and one with Whisper White images. Either the Sparkle & Shine Jumbo Wheel, or the Sassy Sparkles Jumbo Wheel would make a great background for a coordinating seasonal card or scrapbook page.

You'll find some fun sparklies on page 27, with three Shimmer Paints, as well as Gold Elastic Cord, and Silver Elastic Cord. The Champagne Mist and Frost White paints are translucent, while the Platinum paint is opaque. The acid-free pigment based paints work great on paper, wood, and even fabric (if you heat set). Make sure you grab some Sponge Daubers from page 192 of the 2009 Idea Book & Catalog to use with the paints.

Use the O Christmas Tree Bigz™ XL die, and Tree Decorations Sizzlit die to make sensational pop-up cards for the holidays! The trees also make darling stand-alone place settings or favors. You can decorate the tree however you like, and use it year round, as a Halloween, Easter, or Valentine's tree--just vary your color scheme and decorations. Regardless of how you use it, it's always gonna get a WOW!

Going simple and inexpensive can also be stylish and trendy with any of the choices on pages 30-31 of the Holiday Mini Catalog, all of which are under $10 each! My favorite idea is to stamp the Bearing Gifts stamp on white card stock in black ink, and let the kids color the tags to keep on hand to put on gifts. This can keep them busy for HOURS, all for only $8.95...but really, moms know it's priceless! The stamp also makes a cute place card for holiday events, if you omit the "to" and "from", and stamp the remainder of the image at the corner of the place card. Do you participate in a yearly Toys for Tots drive? This image would be so perfect stamped on the corner of a Thank You card (again, omitting the "to" and "from") to be sent to volunteers and sponsors after the event.

The Simply Adorned Charms and Simply Adorned Chains are temporarily unavailable in order to resolve quality issues, so I'll save you the time (and the pining) and I'll feature them once they are available. I have to tell you, though, these are not only great on a necklace, they make awesome ornaments, or portrait holders for a 3D Family Tree Display. Both the charms, and the chains, are packaged in their own gift boxes--so they will make perfect last-minute gifts you can personalize yourself, especially with the images from the Charming stamp set on page 32.

Pages 34-37 feature our new Build-A-Bear Workshop product line. There are stamp sets, patterned papers, and dies to cut out bears, bear clothing and accessories, and even a little baby bear and pawprint! If you have little ones at home, or you are looking to spend some fun quality time with grandkids, this collection would make an awesome family Christmas present. Purchase before Christmas to make holiday cards together, then, use the products to make cards, scrapbook pages, and other crafts year-round.

This digital art product will be available for order October 1st, but let me just say that you definitely want it! You can use Stampin' Up! images and products to make cards, scrapbook pages, albums, calendars and even BOOKS with the software and printing service. Even if you love the 3D "real life" craft, this product is still for you--coordinate Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors, and layout all your elements to perfection on the screen before you ever stamp or punch your paper. As the purchase date comes closer, I'll tell you more and show you some samples. This product is so comprehensive and versatile, it will need a long blog post all on its own :-)

Get all of the available products in my ONLINE STORE, delivered direct to your door! Order now, and take care of all your holiday and gift-giving needs before the rush. Click Customer Login near the top right to log in or create a customer account.

~Kimberley Morris
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Colorado Springs, CO

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