Monday, 1 October 2012

In Love with Stamping New Catalogues Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

At long last the 2012 Annual Catalogue is available for viewing by clicking on the link on the lefthand side . To celebrate the new catalogue some of us on the In Love with Stamping web-site decided to take part in a blog hop - which goes live at 10.00 am today. For those of you who are don't know what a blog hop is, it is where a group of bloggers have got together and added links on their blog to other blogs so that people can easily hop from one blog to another.

So, if you have been following the blog hop then hopefully you hopped here from Zoe's fabulous blog. If this is your starting point then welcome to the In Love with Stamping Blog Hop.  Details of where to hop to next will be found at the bottom of this post. There you will also find a complete list of everyone in the hop just in case you get lost. You will find lots of lovely inspiration on the hop. All of the ideas and projects have been posted by Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the country. So, here are the projects that I would like to share with you today.

The first one is a pencil holder that I found in a craft store. It has an inner clear plastic sleeve and is ideal for inserting/adding stamped images. For this project I have used the lovely Serene Silhouettes. There are four images in this set so it is ideal for a project like this. I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour various parts of the stamps so that the images come to life.

I also used various punches (including the new 2-1/2" circle) to punch out images and some Designer Series Paper from the 2011-2013 In Color collection.

The second project that I want to share with you, was made using the lovely Besty's Blossoms stamp set along with the Betsy's Blooms Stampin' Wheel. I used a couple of the new In Colors - Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple together with some old favourites, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. In the background you can also see a sheet of DSP from the Floral District pack.

One of the new features of the 2012-2013 Catalogue is the introduction of Product Suites. The Product Suites take the guesswork out of your card making as they are designed to give you a fully co-ordinated set of products - stamps, paper and accessories such as fabric, ribbon, and buttons.

For example, here is a photo of the Floral District Product Suite

Another feature of the new Catalogue is the reconfigured Stampin' Ink Pads. They come in the same familiar colours and cases but are jucier than ever. This is because the pads are now made from firm foam instead of fabric and as a consequence they hold more ink. Five of the colours have been re-formulated (Basic Black, Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, and Tempting Turquoise) to improve their functionality with the new pads and it is recommended that you don't use your old formulated Refills on the new pads for these colours.

Just look at all the exciting benefits listed below:
  • Provide better ink coverage for your stamps!  
  • Are available in all colors, including the new In Colors!
  • Light-tap stamping produces flawless images!
In addition, the new Stampin’ Pads
  • Create wonderfully solid images.
  • The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads.
  • When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads.
  • Come with colour name labels ---peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!   
  • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
Thank you for hopping over to my blog. I hope you have enjoyed looking at the projects that I have to share and also reading about some of the new features of the New Catalogue.  It's now time for you to hop over to Elaina's blog to check out the fantastic project she has to share.

Should you get lost hopping around the blog or find out that a link or two don't work then here is a list of all of those taking part. Don't forget you can pop back to my blog whenever you want and any comments you leave would be appreciated.

1 - CreativeIdeas_Laura
2 - Margaretk21 -
3 - Angela
4 - Leanie -
5 - Alison -
6 - Beckie -
7 - Gill -
8 - Diane -
9 - Dawn -
10- Zoë
11- Fiona W -
12- Elaina -
13- Anne-Marie -
14- Sarah -
15- Vronnie -
16- Christa -
17- RuthE -
18- CarolynUK -
19- Amanda -
20- Patricia -
21- Tara -
22- Emma (Citaborca) -
23- Emma H -
24- Sarah Scribbles -
25- Sarnie -
26- Sharon -
27- Lynn -
28- Emma -
29- Erika -
30- Elaine -
31- Nicky -
32- Jane -
33- Kara -
34- Ally -
35- Clare (Sparkle) -
36- Julie H (craftybug) -
37- Jane (browniow) -


  1. Great projects - love the pen pot - what a great idea

  2. Super the pen pot idea.

  3. What good ideas, and the Betsy's Blossoms card is great, especially like the colour choices! x

  4. OOh, jus love the pen holder. What a great way to always have the latest Stampin' Up! images on display!

  5. Loving the Serene Silhouettes!!!! Definately on my wish list - and what a fab way to show it off :o)

  6. Love love love the pencil holder :)

  7. What a brilliant idea you have created with the pencil holder.

  8. Very pretty projects and the pencil holder is fab. Zx

  9. Love what you've done with the serene silhouettes set - beautiful. Gill x

  10. Love the Betsys Blossoms card...very striking.

  11. The colours look great on the Betsys Blooms card, another for my list!
    Clare x

  12. Great projects, your pen holder is lovely.

  13. Fantastic projects... The pen holder looks great. Can't wait to get the silhouettes stam set in my own hands......


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