Do you feel like it’s too difficult to learn calligraphy? Stampin’ Up! may have the answer. Each year they take great care in creating their project kits throughout the year. Today I would like to introduce you to the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit. It has such soft colors and designs. I have to admit, I love calligraphy so I was so excited when I saw this particular kit in the new annual catalog. There is a coordinating stamp set, but more on that later.
Each kit is always unique and this one is no different. Create beautiful hand-lettered cards while you learn calligraphy. The kit makes 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. It includes printed card bases and printed envelopes (which is my favorite thing about the kits). You get 8 sheets of labels, calligraphy practice sheets and adhesive-backed sequins. Everything you need tucked all in one package. The colors coordinate with some of your favorites and even some new colors – Coastal Cabana, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizzazz. In addition to the Essentials Kit, you can purchase the Calligraphy Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set (seen above) that coordinates with the kit. Also, together they make the complete Calligraphy Essentials collection.
If you are like me, you want to see it in action. Well I can help with that too. Take a look at the video Stampin’ Up! put together which let’s you see the kit up close. In addition, you can follow Shannon as she uses the products and helps guide you on how to use them.
When you are done practicing with the kit, you will be able to create beautiful calligraphy of your own. Finally, you can be proud when you finish all the practices sheets. Maybe even feel like a calligraphy expert. LOL
The Graceful Glass Suite is just one of the new suites in the 2018-2019 annual catalog. The suite is featured on pages 164 and 165 of the new annual catalog. As with any suite, you have a bunch of products that make up the complete suite. Included is a stamp set, the stained glass framelit dies, the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum which I might add is perfect for coloring with your Stampin’ Blends, However, you can use other coloring options as well. You also get Tinted Faceted Buttons and some black cord.
Graceful Glass: All That’s Included
Below is a video from Stampin’ Up! that puts all the products from this suite in front of you. There are even some card samples and coloring techniques you can use when creating projects with this suite.
I hope you have been inspired and will enjoy this suite as much as I do and I look forward to sharing projects and cards with you created using this suite. The beginning of the Stampin’ Up! year is always an exciting one.
Designs are always fun to check out when the new catalog is released. Do you love new designs? Each year I spend a little time looking through all the new Designer Series Papers. They always coordinate with new colors and stamp sets so beautifully. I have to admit, DSP’s can be addicting. Do you find yourself hoarding Designer Series Paper? I always envision what I can create and then when I get the paper, it’s almost like I don’t want to part with it. Above is just one of the many new Designer Series Papers – Broadway Bound. Which is also the suite that My Paper Pumpkin coordinates with this month.
Some of the papers have such unique designs. I do usually love the florals. Although there are a bunch of beautiful floral designs with Petal Promenade, Tranquil Textures is a very interesting pack. In addition, we have the Graceful Glass pack which is amazing when using the Stampin’ Blends. Let’s not forget the gorgeous designs in Share What You Love. Finally, the Wood Textures can make for some amazing masculine cards and projects. We all know how hard it is sometimes to create a masculine card. You can judge for yourself. Stampin’ Up! has created a video to give you a glimpse at all the new Designer Series Papers in the 2018-2019 annual catalog. You may have to watch it twice to take it all in.
I’m still not sure which is really my favorite because there are so many great new ones. However, I am sure that I will be trying out many of them. Of course, we also have all the cardstock available in all of our core colors. You can also see all the cardstock and papers together in my store and see what works for you.
I have some great Swap Samples from our group meeting in May. We had a team swap for the Luv2 Stampin GA group meeting. I hope you enjoy some of the swaps as we really had a great time and love to exchange our swap samples. We used a variety of products on the samples and had a lot of fun with them.
There are a lot of flowers and I think they make for some beautiful Spring cards. You will also find a handful of special occasion cards listed. I am always happy to have a good selection on cards in a swap.
I hope you enjoyed the array of beautiful cards. The ideas and inspiration in my group is truly remarkable. Our projects really come to live with the vibrant colors and products. The samples were very motivational and uplifting.
The card samples being shared today continue to feature the beautiful Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) and showcase additional products that will be available for order from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog on June 1, 2018. The first card below highlights the paper and a sentiment from the new Detailed With Love stamp set. The Blossom Elements were used to add a finishing touch.
Stampin’ Up! Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and Detailed with Love Stamp Set
Yes, the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP) is also used on the sample below and another sentiment from the Detailed with Love Stamp Set. I love that the Garden Impressions DSP contains a a multitude of colors that coordinate with different Stampin’ Up! cardstock colors and the stamp set offers beautifully scripted sentiments. Additional new products featured include the Four-Petal Flower Punch and the Shaded Spruce Metallic Ribbon.
Stampin’ Up! Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, Detailed With Love Stamp Set and Four-Petal Flower Punch
In just a few short weeks, the items showcased will be available for purchase so start preparing your wish list!
One of my favorite stamp sets in the newly released Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Painted Harvest. The sunflower stamp can be used with a variety of colors to create beautiful stamped flowers. In a recent class, I decided to mix it up and use colors that coordinated with the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP). Don’t you love the look of the flower stamped using Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist inks? Note that the flower stamp is a Two Step stamp and the first step stamp may appear to only partially stamp. This actually is the way the stamp is designed and not a flaw with the stamp. When the second step is stamped, the flower becomes complete. It’s also recommended that when using photopolymer stamps to use a piercing mat to ensure even pressure when stamping. The fun fold card design was CASED from Janet Wakeland with just a few slight modifications.
Fun Fold using Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest Stamp Set in Emerald Envy & Lemon Lime Twist
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Have a great week!
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