Friday, December 19, 2014

Control Freaks Tour: 2015 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks

Are you ready for some sneak peeks!? I'm so excited to participate in this month's Control Freaks Blog tour because we are showcasing projects featuring the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks! Whether you came from Wendy Weixler's Wickedly Wonderful Creations or you are just joining the fun, you're in for a treat! Make sure to hop all the through the tour to check out what we've created with all the great new products that will be available in a couple weeks! (The Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration promotion start January 6, 2015.)

I have heard from many of you that the Occasions Catalog is starting to arrive in the mail. If you are a customer of mine who has ordered in the last year or two, you should receive a copy in the mail! The Sale-a-bration brochure should be coming soon too! If you are not already working with another demonstrator would like to receive copies of the catalog, please contact me!

The first card I am sharing tonight is the one I designed for our team Christmas party last week. All of the make and takes were using new products. The stamp set I used is called Crazy about You and is probably known more for all the words that come in the set rather than the images. There are 33 stamps in this stamp set (on page 31 on the Occasions Catalog) and only three are not words!

The larger flower, stamped in Calypso Coral, coordinates with the new Flower Medallion Punch. I didn't think I needed a new flower stamp and punch combo, but I sure do love this one! The other flower in this set is a scallop flower, but I punched it out with the Petite Petal Punch to create a smaller center for the larger flower.
2015 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek: Crazy About You Card  #stampinup
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Stampin' Supplies: Crazy About You stamp set, Calypso Coral ink, So Saffron ink, Pear Pizzazz ink & cardstock, Soft Suede ink, Whisper White cardstock, Best Year Ever Designer Paper, Flower Medallion Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Rhinestone Jewel Accents, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Ribbon)

For the next card, I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set and coordinating Butterflies Thinlits (found on page 26 of the Occasions Catalog). I was so happy to see that the Butterflies Thinlits cut so well! Here are some tips to make these delicate designs pop right out:
  • Place the Thinlit on the magnetic platform with the cutting edge up and place the cardstock over it.
  • Use a layer of wax paper between the cardstock and the thinlit.
  • Crank it through the Big Shot twice: once and then back again.
When I did this, the butterfly popped right out! Perfection!
2015 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek: Butterfly Basics + Butterfly Thinlits Card #stampinup
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Stampin' Supplies: Butterfly Basics stamp set, Basic Black ink, Calypso Coral cardstock, Pear Pizzazz ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Best Year Ever Designer Paper, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Whisper White Cotton Ribbon, Tea Lace Doilies, Rhinestone Jewel Accents

The last card I kept clean and simple. I added black cardstock behind the butterfly die cut to make it pop, but I think I might like it better without it. After I glued it on the black cardstock and hand cutting around it, I wasn't about to take it off! 
2015 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek: Butterflies Thinlit Die cut Birthday Card #stampinup
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I really love the Butterflies Thinlits! If you look at the Thinlits (at the top of page 26), you'll notice that I actually cut the bottom pieces off of the die cut so that I could accommodate a greeting across the bottom of the card front.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Crazy about You stamp set, Basic Black ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Calypso Coral cardstock, Butterflies Thinlits

That's all I have for you today! Be sure to come back and visit me again for more sneak peeks from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure! For now, it's time to continue on with the tour and head over to see what Barb Mullikin at Barb Stamps has in store for you!
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Debbie Henderson Debbie's Designs said...

All three cards are beautiful Julie. Love all the color combo's and the CAS for the third!

Doris said...

I really like your projects. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm glad you didn't (couldn't?) remove the black from behind the butterfly in the third card; it shows one more way of using this fabulous new die.

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Beautiful cards. This is a "must have" thinlit! Think I would do a brighter color vs the black. TFS!

Avery Murphy said...

I love your butterfly card Julie. I know you aren't a fan of the black but I really like it!