Friday, 1 April 2011

New Stampin' Up Mini Catalogue unveiled for 2011!

What a fabulous day I had yesterday at my Open House event to celebrate the launch of Stampin' Up's new mini catalogue! It was great to see everyone who came to see the wonderful new goodies on display. If you weren't able to make it, I'll have all the pictures next week but first... I am with the star of the show! I am absolutely in love with my fabulous Big Shot and the stunning dies and folders available in the mini. Of course you can use all your other dies and folders in the Big Shot too but there are some fabulous ones exclusive to Stampin' Up - you'll find them outlined in yellow in the mini catalogue. (There's one on my side bar you can look at or, if you live in the UK and want a copy to curl up with, do email me and I'll send one out to you free of charge.)

My ladies were entered into the free prize draw as they arrived. Would you like to see the prize? Well here it is:

Three stamps, a full-sized ink pad in Melon Mambo, a Stampin' Write marker, card stock, assorted ribbon and some pretty felt embellishments - all arranged in a box and tied up in a cellophane wrapper! Who would be lucky enough to win it? Well, I was exhausted after a busy day but not so exhausted that I didn't want to know! And so, at 11pm the tickets were shaken up in the tin and my daughter asked to pick one out... and... (drum roll here...)

Jane Cliff

Congratulations Jane!  I know you'll enjoy adding these goodies to your collection!

Now, I can't possibly go without showing you a project, so how about these cute, Cath Kidston-esque chocolate wrappers? 

This was the make and take at my open house yesterday - very simple but so very pretty! This gorgeous new Springtime Vintage designer paper was a real hit with my guests and made perfect little wrappers along with the Four Frames stamp set and coordinating punch. 

Here's how to make them:
  • Cut a piece of designer paper 10.5cm x 11.5cm
  • Apply Sticky strip to one short side and both long sides. Remove the tape backing.
  • Put a Ritter Sport chocolate in the centre of the paper and wrap the non-sticky edge over it. Bow pull the opposite edge tightly over the chocolate and stick down firmly.
  • Pinch the ends of the wrapper together, making sure the paper doesn't overlap.
  • Put the ends of the parcel through the crimper and make two or three crimped lines each side.
  • Stamp a label onto Very Vanilla card stock. Use the stamp-a-majig to add a sentiment.
  • Use the decorative label punch to cut the label out and attach it to the chocolate wrapper using dimensionals.

Stamps: Four Frames, various sentiment stamps
Ink: Rose Red/Always Artichoke/Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Springtime Vintage designer paper, decorative label punch, markers

Thank you so much to all the lovely ladies that came to my open house yesterday and to my blog readers for visiting today too  - I've really enjoyed your company! Do take a look at the mini catalogue and send me an email when you're ready to order your new goodies. 

Have a great weekend!


  1. Thats a serious looking bit of kit you have there bet you will have lots of fun with it!
    Those choccy bars look fab presented like that bet they went down well.

  2. Hi Vicky. Gorgeous little project with the stamps and label punch. That is definitely on my wish list. Desparate for the next club order date to come around. Speak soon. Julie R

  3. Lovely picture, Vicky! Bet you had fun with all the new goodies, aren´t they awesome?! Have a lovely weekend! Janna

  4. Vicky these chocolates are beautiful- shame to eat them but bet you just HAD to lol !
    Julie x

  5. hope you Open House was a great sucess, I love your little chocolate bars x

  6. How very lovely! Those chocolate wrappers are gorgeous!

  7. These are really cute - looks like you had a great day!!!!!

  8. I often wonder how we got on before the Big Shot! I recently loaned mine to my sister for a few days and was quite lost without it! Glad to hear your open house was a success. I'm also looking forward to all the fun things in the new mini!

  9. Lovely wrappers Vicky, you've now given me an idea for a Make and Take at my launch party!!! Got a couple of things to post on my blog (couldn't afford much on the pre-order) but have huge trouble with internet at the mo and can only seem to get on it in the middle of the night (it's 1.45 am now) and can't quite get into blogging at that time of the morning!!) Glad you're open house went well, look forward to seeing more goodies
    Margaret x x

  10. Vicky, I love the photo of you with the Big Shot! It must've been a fun time for all your crafty friends and lucky Jane to take home those goodies. Those chocolate wrappers look fantastic!

  11. oh my... just gorgeous.. all the little goodies. The wrap looked so gorgeous, i aint going to open that :)

  12. Glad you all had a lovely day, lovely goodies too. I thought the bigshot was a camcorder at first and that you were taking pics of the event.......must get my glasses changed lol!Love the little wrapped bars too, just bought a crimper must have a go at that :O) Viv xx

  13. Hi Vicky
    Wish i could have been there you are sooo creative all your ideas the new stuff...

  14. Hi Vicky ... I just love those chocolate wrappers ... they look so good with the gorgeous four frame stamp set! And that crimped edge is to die for!?! I've already placed th four frame stamp set on my next order ... now it looks as though I can't live without the crimper so that's one more step to bankruptcy!!! Luv Luv Luv everything in the mini!

  15. Hi Vicky, glad you had a great day. Those sweet wrappers are so good, the crimped end makes them look proffessionally sealed!
    Jennie X

  16. You're going to love having a die cut machine, Vicky. Can't wait to see even more from you as you use it. You always have the best ideas! :)
    Those little candy wrappers for your make & take are adorable! The Four Frames set wasn't in our mini but is being offered this month only as an addition to your order... then it will be in the new catalog that releases this summer. Our demonstrator didn't tell us about the special at club and I'm so glad I happened upon it and shot her an e-mail to add it to my order just in the nick of time. Can't wait to receive it. And by then you'll probably given me all kinds of fresh ways to use it.
    Congrats to your Open House winner. Hope she enjoys her goodies!


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