Every year I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the latest and greatest. I grab paper, pen, and a favorite beverage and sit down to page through all the crafty goodness. This year, there were so many standout products, I thought I’d put together a Top 10 list. But honestly, I couldn’t stop at 10. So it’s more like, top 20…..21? I thought it would be fun to share my favorite items from the 2020 Stampin Up Annual Catalog.
Which products caught my eye first? Check out the unboxing video here to see what made it into my shopping card first. Without further ado, today’s favorites cover Suites, Bundles, and a Kit.
Annual Catalog Favorite Product Suites
One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up products is the well-executed coordination of products across a color palette across different crafting mediums. You can get stamps and dies that go perfectly together, and they coordinate with the designer series paper, which matches the ribbon, ink and other embellishments. It makes it quick and easy to pull together cards and projects that just….go together. That just look right. And starting last year and continuing into this year’s catalog, they made it really easy to order all the coordinating pieces together with just one product code.
By far, my most favorite product suite in the 2020 Annual Catalog is the Peony Garden suite. Between the soft color combination of Petal Pink and the greys, the embossing folder, and the beautiful ribbon and gems, it was all so pretty. But hands down, it was that three dimensional peony that got my attention. I can’t wait to dive in and play around with this suite!
Whale of a Time
The next suite to catch my eye was the dreamy underwater world of the Whale of a Time suite. I love to make cards for the charity Cards for Hospitalized Kids and I thought this was an awesome suite to make some shaker cards and all sorts of 3D box cards. OMG those sequins! ???. The rich saturated papers and the abundant sea life will make my cards come alive.
World of Good
If you’ve been following along on the blog, you know that I have been playing with the World of Good suite. I focused on it first since it leans towards masculine and it’s graduation and Father’s Day time of year. You can see all of the cards I made using this suite on this page here. I love the semi-nautical look and the warm colors. I had originally planned on making just 6 cards, but there were so many great options in the Memories & More card pack that it blossomed to 12. And there were still so many more things I could have made. See my video here for a close-up of the papers and all of the cards in the Memories & More card pack.
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Annual Catalog Favorite Bundles
Next up, there are quite a few bundles that I really like in this year’s catalog. It was really hard to narrow it down to just 3, so I decided to list my top 6 instead.
First up is the Ornate Thanks bundle. This one slipped by me during the early order period, as I was having too much fun playing with my World of Good products. I make thank you cards most frequently. A nice coordinating set of 6 in a fancy package makes a great gift. The stamp set in this bundle has a thank you for just about every occasion. But it’s the dies that I am loving! The dies give you so many options to create a fancy edge on your card. Coupled with the Ornate Layers dies, you can’t go wrong.
The Best Year
The Best Year bundle is one that most people looked over. But I love all things plaid and it caught my eye right away. I can’t wait to start playing around with different color combinations to make interesting holiday backgrounds.
Of all the flowers to craft with, sunflowers are my favorite. The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle was part of the Flowers for Every Season suite. Bright and cheery, a card adorned with one of these giant sunflowers is sure to put a smile on any recipient’s face. And who couldn’t use a little cheery sunshine right now?
Birds and Branches
Coupled with last year’s Bird Ballad suite, the Birds and Branches bundle is a very versatile suite. I love the multi-layer stamping in the stamp set. And the adorable dies that create a twiggy nest! This bundle is great for thank you cards, birthday cards, and general thinking-of-you greetings.
I was so glad to see this bundle carry over from the spring Mini Catalog. While the gorgeous paper is no longer available, this bundle makes multi-layer die cut flowers. But the best part of the bundle is the great array of dies to cut labels for greetings and a sweet border. I’ve used the label dies even more than I have the flowers.
This is another extremely versatile bundle. The Forever Fern bundle can be used to create greenery to adorn a wide variety of cards. When you look at a bouquet of flowers from a florist, versus what you could pick out on your own, it’s the greenery filler that makes the florist bouquet look pulled together. While the bundle makes pretty awesome cards on it’s own, I think the dies are what you’ll be reaching for to create filler on every floral card.
And last but definitely not least….
I saved my very favoritest product for last today. When I flipped through the catalog, this gorgeous card kit took my breath away.
Gorgeous Posies Card Kit
See, it’s even in the name. Gorgeous! The color combination on this card kit is spectacular! The Gorgeous Posies Card Kit contains all the materials you need to make 16 cards. These cards are very versatile and can be used for birthdays, thank yous, get well cards and even sympathy cards. Like a Paper Pumpkin kit, all of the pieces are pre-cut. All you have to do is separate them out, stamp on your sentiment, and adhere all the parts together. But what makes this stand out from a Paper Pumpkin kit is the awesome box that the kit comes in. See the end of my video here for a close-up view of the kit’s contents. The cards can be given as a gift in the box, or, if you’re me, the box can be used around the house to squirrel away what nots. Hide chocolates from the kids. That one place where the pony tail holders live. The spot where reading glasses and Burts Bees can quickly be found. The possibilities are endless!
Annual Catalog Favorite Items Wrap-up
Whew! You still with me? Gold star for you! That was a lot. To help you keep track of all the things I covered in today’s post, click on the picture below for a quick shopping list of my favorite products. And stay tuned for Part Two where I cover my favorite standalone stamps, dies, and decorative elements.