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September Blog Hop - New Catalogue

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Welcome to our casual monthly Blog Hop for September. This month we are showcasing  some of the products from the new 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalogue.  I hope you have had an opportunity to browse all the fabulous new products in the last few weeks.  There are so many things to choose from, but I have decided to focus on some products for Christmas projects.

You may have come from the blog of  the lovely Nikki Saddler,  but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 9 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is at the end of the post.

The first project I have for you is a Christmas card using the 'Beautiful Season' stamp set.  The main image is great for colouring and I have used watercolour crayons. The bird is a apparently a 'Chickadee' so I had a quick look at a few images on the Internet to get an idea of its colour.  Of course, you can make it any colour, but I like the touch of yellow to balance off the traditional red and green. The sentiment is from the retired 'Occasional Greetings' and I have hand cut the holly leaves. For a bit of extra bling, I have used sticky strip and Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the outside border around the red mat, which is showing up quite well on the photo.


Project Details
Stamps Beautiful Season (New), Occasional Greetings (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Watercolour paper
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Antique Brads, Red Sead Beads (not SU), Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Tools     Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

The next project is Christmas tags created using the fabulous 'Two Tags' Die. Both shapes are really flexible, but I love the closed version as it turns a tag into a special gift card.  I have used my favourite reindeer stamp from the 'Winter Post' stamp set  as it is a good size for tags. These tags are a good way to use up your scraps of cardstock and DSP as well.  The red houndstooth paper is from the retired 'Holiday Treasures' DSP.


I also want to show you the new, cute square envelopes, which fit the closed tag. Perfect for gift cards.


Project Details
Stamps Winter Post, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Early Espresso Patterns DSP, Holiday Treasures DSP (Retired)
Ink Real Red, Early Espresso
Accessories Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Linen Thread, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon
Tools     Wide Oval punch, Two Tags Die, Ovals Die, Big Shot, Circle punches, Cropadile, Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge daubers

The final tag uses the super cute new stocking punch that will be available for purchase in October, so you get plenty of time to use it on your Christmas projects.  It also has a matching stamp set 'Stitched Stockings', but you can produce a huge variety of options with cardstock and paper, embossing folders, background stamps etc. Notice the cute mini silver brad in the jewellery tag, the perfect size for this miniature tag.  


Project Details
Stamps Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Soft Suede (Smooth and Textured), Real Red, Real Red Patterns DSP
Ink Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Real Red
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Linen Thread, Mini Silver brad
Tools     Stocking punch, Jewellery Tag punch, 1/2 " circle punch, Cropadile, Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Petals a Plenty and Square Lattice Embossing folders, Big Shot

My final project also uses the versatile 'Two Tags' die to create this cute little box, suitable for small gifts or treats (I put 4 Ferrero Rocher chocs in it). This was originally designed by Lisa Curcio, a US Demo.  It is simple to make and can be decorated for lots of uses.  I have gone for a vintage look, using Soft Suede for the base box, the lovely 'Beau Chateau' papers and the  new oval Designer Frames embossing folder for the central embellishment. 


Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Antique brad, Basic Pearl
Tools     Wide Oval punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Cropadile, Sponge daubers, Oval Designer Frames Embossing folders, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Blossoms & Birds Sizzlit (Reitred), Big Shot

I hope you have seen something that takes your interest. Please contact me if you have any questions about the projects or the new products.

The next stop is the lovely Kathryn Ruddick.  Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.

Ros Davidson

Christine Blain

Alisha Watson

Di Dunk

Nikki Sadler

Kathryn Ruddick

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Tina Gillespie

Thanks for visiting!



Joyce H.

I love your tags. They really say...Happy Holidays!

Inky Moose

The Two tags die has been put to very good use by you! I love them all :)

Pat Limberg

Judy I have just found your site..WOW!!!! I'm blown away with all the wonderful things you have made....I hope you don't mind if I case some of your things...I would love to have you take a look at my blog:
I live in the USA...Tucson Arizona...

Chris H

Absolutely beautiful, Judy. Every single one of your creations is a lovely work of art. And, like everyone else, my shopping list has grown! Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity. xx

Sue Madex

WOW! Now I need that Two Tags die, and those envelopes, and I think you've won me over to that stocking punch. This is an expensive blog hop = grin!! LOVE the dazzling border on that first card plus that nice corner ribbon/brad combo - how elegant. Your creations are so lovely and so beautifully finished.

Claire Daly

Your creations are always so stunning Judy. Such attention to detail and beautiful colour combinations. All of these are lovely but the basket is my absolute favourite :)

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Judy, I always love your work and today is now different. Love that new die, I think that is a must now, I did not even relise we had a new envelope size, so thanks for that tip. I am really looking forward to doing more Christmas cards soon, so I will be casing a few of your examples.

Alisha Watson

Judy, I want to run away and make them all right now, they are so inspiring. I have got the tag die but havent used it yet, and unfortunatley wont have a chance this week end..but I want to now cry... Thanks for sharing your outstanding work

Tina G

Argh! There goes the wish list again! Your stunning projects now make me think I HAVE to buy the tags die. Love the gift card holders and the little box.

Christine Blain

Ooh, I LOVE what you've done with the Two Tags die; you have inspired me to look at it differently. Beautiful, beautiful projects, as always!

Di Dunk

Gorgeous as usual Judy. Love you gift cards and box. Thanks for sharing.

Kathryn Ruddick

Love all your projects Judy! Just gorgeous! Beautiful Season was the first one my mum had to have too - for that bird.
I totally adore what you have done with the texture on the stocking! I knew I should have ordered that Petals a Plenty embossing folder on my last order!
Love your work!


wow Judy my shopping list just great a tiny bit more there. Love the card, and thank you for the name of the bird. The little gift card holders and envelopes are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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