In our last post, I shared some of my favorite things from the 2020 Annual Stampin Up catalog. We covered my favorite product suites, bundles and card kit. I set out to pick my top 10 favorite things overall, but felt that there were so many other noteworthy products that 10 simply wasn’t enough. It’s 2020 so why not make it my top 20 items! So, in today’s post, I’m sharing my favorite standalone stamps, dies and embellishments. Let’s get started!
Favorite Standalone Stamp Sets
A Wish for Everything / Well Said
Both of these stamp sets are highly versatile and have a similar style. You can’t go wrong with A Wish for Everything, it has a greeting for just about any occasion. Likewise for Well Said. I use both of them quite often and I’m glad to see they both carried over to this year’s annual catalog.
Framed for You
The Framed for You stamp set made my list of favorite things in the annual catalog because it looks very versatile. The style is not specific and it could pair nicely with a country casual style card, as a selfie frame for some of the critter stamps, or to frame up a scenic backdrop. It can be cut out using the Layering Squares dies, or use the squares dies to create a mask and stamp your “picture” inside the opening.
Every year there’s a stamp set that makes me step outside my normal style. Last year it was This Little Piggy, this year it’s those Zany Zebras. They’re just so stinkin’ cute! Look at him romping around. Oh my word. I picture using this set to make Cards for Hospitalized Kids, the children’s charity that distributes cards out to kids in hospitals, particularly the chronically ill. While those Zany Zebras didn’t hop their way into my first order, post-holiday they will be frolicking in my cart.
Favorite Standalone Dies
While this die set is part of a bundle in the current catalog, I bought it as just the die set. The Tasteful Labels die set offers an excellent and versatile array of shapes that can be used with so many different sentiments. The shapes are unique and different from standard labels and add a nice decorative touch to the front of a card.
This die set is also part of a bundle in the current catalog. While I didn’t need the stamps that went along with it, I love the fancy layering pieces that you can make using the Ornate Layers dies. They are very similar in style to the Ornate Labels dies that debuted as a Halloween die set in last year’s holiday catalog. I think a lot of people missed their versatility if they overlooked them because they weren’t interested in halloween products. These did make their way into my cart as part of my initial order. I show them in my Annual Catalog Close-ups post and video which you can find here:
Well Written Dies
The Well Written dies are an accompaniment to the Well Said stamps above. Like the stamps above, these are very versatile dies that make your greeting just a little extra special. Sometimes it’s nice to use a die rather than a stamp but you don’t have room on your card front for the whole sentiment as a die cut. Using these Well Written dies along with the stamps, you can create flexible greetings that provide an extra special touch.
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Every card needs a little bling, a little somethin’ somethin’. There are lots of beautiful embellishments to choose from in this year’s annual catalog. It was hard to whittle it down to just a few, but there were some standouts.
Tasteful Textiles Embossing folder
I love embossing folders. Inexpensive, versatile, they take your card from ordinary ho-hum to next level. Embossing folders allow you to add texture and dimension to a card quickly and easily. When paired with a foil paper, they add even more wow. The Tasteful Textile embossing folder in this year’s catalog checks all those boxes. It’s a more textured cousin to last year’s Subtle. More like Not-So-Subtle. But, it adds texture without being thematic, which means you can use it on any style card. It definitely was on my first order! You can see a real-life really-close-up of the texture in the photos below.
These are simply spectacular! ??? The Whale Sequins are part of the Whale of a Time suite. But even if you weren’t interested in the other components of the suite, these are gorgeous bling and merited a mention. They have some iridescence and a variety of color and sizes. I love the little Calypso Coral seashells and I can’t wait to make some shaker cards using these.
Square Vellum Doilies
Just as the sequins above are part of a suite, the Square Vellum Doilies are also part of a suite but worth a mention. When an embossed element is not quite the right decorative touch, these doilies offer texture and subtle decorative flair. And they’re quite the bargain too! You get 24 in a package for $5.00. They more than pay themselves back in the time it would take to die cut 24 elements out of a piece of vellum cardstock. Totally worth it!
Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack
The Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack offers a great value for the money. There are three separate rolls of ribbon included and the color coordination is gorgeous. The colors include Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana and Purple Posy.
What are your favorite things from the annual catalog?
So there you have it, my top 20 favorite things from the 2020 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up. Did you find some new favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
To help you keep track of all the things I covered in today’s post, click/share/pin the picture below for a quick shopping list of my favorite products.