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MY hot picks for the upcoming catalog release August 4, 2008

I’m back!  It has been a crazy past couple weeks.  As many of you know, I just returned back to the east coast from Salt Lake City, Utah.  I had such fun attending the 20th anniversary Stampin’ Up! Convention.  I got to meet so many wonderful ladies (and men).   Thanks to all who came up to me and shared such sweet words……You don’t know how much that means to me! 


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Now, I thought I’d share with you some of the cool color combinations in the new catalog that caught my eye.  I always create a list and keep it in my crafting/creating spot.  This cuts down on browsing time and gets you right into creating.  You can even punch out cardstock circles and create your own little chart with your favorite colors. 

Here’s my color combo list:  ( can substitute prints dsp if the color applies)

kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, rose red, so saffron

kiwi kiss, baja breeze, riding hood red, kraft (option to add chocolate chip)

kiwi kiss, baha breeze, not quite navy (option to add urban garden dsp)

kiwi kiss, very vanilla, more mustard, real red

kiwi kiss, very vanilla, chocolate chip, pink pirouette

kiwi kiss, baha breeze, chocolate chip

kiwi kiss, pink pirouette, old olive, bashful blue, pumpkin pie

kiwi kiss, very vanilla/naturals ivory, regal rose, chocolate chip (option to add bella rose dsp)

baha breeze, riding hood red, old olive, chocolate chip

baha breeze, tangerine tango, old olive, chocolate chip

baha breeze, pink pirouette, certainly celery, kraft

baha breeze, cameo coral, not quite navy, ruby red, old olive

baha breeze, riding hood red, garden green, chocolate chip, more mustard

baha breeze, basic gray, certainly celery, real red, so saffron

baha breeze, pink pirouette, riding hood red, kraft, chocolate chip, old olive

baha breeze, chocolate chip, so saffron, pumpkin pie

baha breeze, certainly celery, old olive, very vanilla

tangerine tango, pacific point, old olive, confetti white

tangerine tango, old olive, chocolate chip, bashful blue

tangerine tango, old olive, so saffron, more mustard

pacific point, bashful blue, old olive, more mustard (option to add real red)

riding hood red, so saffron, old olive, more mustard, night of navy (option to add bordering blue)

kraft, so saffron, chocolate chip, old olive (option to add urban garden dsp)

bashful blue, pumpkin pie (option to add summer picnic dsp)

bashful blue, certainly celery, not quite navy, very vanilla

so saffron, taken with teal, chocolate chip, confetti white

rose red, old olive, perfect plum, more mustard

mellow moss, kraft, ruby red, very vanilla


Here is a list of “wow ideas” that I found throughout the new catalog:

pg 8.  gotta love the place setting.  perfect for holiday get-togethers.

pg. 10  Live with Passion card:  top of a not quite navy brad attached to a flower designer brad with a mini glue dot.

pg. 21  French Fry box:  chocolate chip taffeta ribbon and use of the horizontal slot punch. 

pg. 28  Colton Page:  Use of a circular stamped image to create the “o” within his name.  Placing Ghostly Greetings DSP behind the second “o” doesn’t take away from the picture and is just the perfect subtle touch.

pg. 28  I’m Batty for You card:  great combination of stamp sets Batty for You and Owl Together Now sets to create an awesome focal point.

pg. 35  Assortment of holiday-themed gift boxes: who wouldn’t love to receive these?

pg. 37  Merry & Bright card: Look at the different papers/shapes draw you right to the little snowman.  and the sentiment stamped/stapled on a 1-3/4″ circle is so clever.

pg. 40  Noel Pencil Box:  great for a teacher, but how about adding some candy cane sticks and handing out as holiday gifts to neighbors, mailman….or Mister Brown:)

pg. 41  Joy card:  resembles a snow globe

pg. 46  Boxes at top of page:  flower created with scallop punch

pg. 50  NOT CRAZY over the owls, but love how three of them are sitting on the tree branch

pg. 53  Loads of Love card:  just a little linen thread to the tree trunk gives the appearance that it’s secured to the top of the truck.  It’s this little detail that makes the card so great.

pg. 60  You are a real treat pie box:  what can I say.  I just love this.

pg. 64 Simple Birthday Thanks cupcake card:  NO…those are bashful blue brads.  I had to do a triple-take due to thinking they were white.

pg. 78 US book:  super cute and great for a class. 

pg. 82  Football page and candy wrapper:  The page is priceless with the right amount of accessories.  Look at the football candybar wrapper and how the football is in the grass on the bag.

pg. 87  I like you bag:  great use of chipboard.  look close at some dimension to the flowers.  Perfectly watercolored.

pg. 94  On board bitty books:  so many possibilities

pg. 95  beautiful use of chipboard clipboard. 

pg. 116  on board batch of blooms garland:  I picture this hanging in front of a window in a baby girls nursery. 

pg. 126  Grand Soiree invite card:  so elegant with updated colors and wonderful accents

pg. 129  Gotta love the jars….holy buttons!

pg. 137  Watercolor jar and card:  speechless!  I think that jar will be on my desk very soon…will get me using them more often.

pg. 143  Bath salt and soaps:  what an adorable gift idea.  Not that difficult–the soaps are wrapped like little gifts.

pg. 147  Celebrate everything card:  look how well this card is pieced together with the right amount of white.  I love how the “t” fits right into the “e”….perfect!

pg. 150  Life card:  such a well balanced card with just the right amount of texture. . love all the flowers.

pg. 161  accessories intro page with it’s time to bloom frame:  Okay, this is just way too cute!  IT is a great way to showcase lots of accessories & techniques.  

pg. 209 inside of back cover…..last but definitely not least is the flower created with the scallop circle punch.  how clever to use double-sided dsp which gives the flower so much life and dimension.  WOW!!!

Have fun browsing through your new catalogs!  My flight went super fast yesterday while composing my new lists.  Stamps and new accessories can distract and make me forget my fear of flying…lol

Have a wonderful day:)


11 Responses to “MY hot picks for the upcoming catalog release”

  1. Paula Says:

    I just found your website through SCS. Congrats on the award. Your creations are wonderful. I love these lists of color combos and samples. I can’t wait to get my new catty and start looking.

  2. Jen Ofiana Says:

    Thanks for this info. I still don’t have my catalog.. but I am waiting anxiously to see all the goodies! I will use your list to spot what you pointed out!! 🙂

  3. Staci Lynch Says:

    MJ-Just wanted to say congrats for so many things! First the artisan award! Can’t wait to see your entries! Second, how wonderful for you that your project was the first one to grace Shelli’s blog! (I think that is your pic right??) You are the bomb as we all know! You are so inspiring and I just love all that you do!! Thanks for all of the great color combos and tips. Can’t wait to get my catty!

    Staci Lynch

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks for the tip about printing out those color combos! I’ve just done it and will keep it posted in my craft room. Great idea!

  5. I love the list that you put together. I can use them for my customers? Love your ideas! TFS! Jeanne

  6. Marie aDonnelly Says:

    Wow, MJ, thank you for the color combo list! It will be so useful to me. Cannot wait to get my new catty!!!!!!!

  7. rose kerry Says:

    Congratulations on the Artisan Award, I took several pictures of your display, all excellent work. Loved the front of your 6×6 scrap book, adorable scrap pages, cute little blocks. You put a lot of time into your entry. Thanks so much for doing all the leg work on the color combos, I know I will use this MANY times in the next few months. Love your blog.

  8. Sherry Weldy Says:

    MJ–You are AMAZING!!! Saw your pieces at convention and just fell in love with thme! Thank you so much for sharing your insights on color combos and cutsie ideas!!! You Rock!

  9. Lisa Says:

    Your Artisan projects are beautiful! I love the page with your daughter! So sweet! Thanks for the catty info! I’m printing it out right now!

  10. cassie Says:

    Argh! What a tease you are!! I still don’t have a copy of the catalog yet. Thanks for sharing the list of color combos!! When I saw the title of your post, I thought it might be your favorite stamp sets!!

  11. Angela Says:

    Wow, what a great idea!! I frequently browse the catalog for ideas but never thought to make a list for quick inspiration.


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