Some of the products I find myself using frequently haven't made their way into any of the catalogues yet. During their 25th Anniversary year-long celebration, Stampin' Up! released a lot of great tools just about every month. I'm going to try to catch you up right here. Have a coffee or tea and join me.
Circles Card Thinlits (133480) Labels Card Thinlits (133479)
Let's talk about the Circles Card Thinlits and the Labels Card Thinlits. I was a bit worried that these would be the typical "one trick ponies" that some tools wind up being. Well, these thinlits give you a lot of choices for a variety of pretty awesome cards. Not only that but you get a whole lot for your money. If the initial cost of $40.95 gives you pause, just think for a moment about everything you get for that money. You get the thinlit to cut the basic card, of course. Besides that, with the Circles set, you get another 9 pieces. These pieces are both framelits and thinlits, shapes and words. Honestly, it's a real deal with all those extras. The Labels set comes with another 8 pieces, again a combination of framelits and thinlits. You really can't lose buying either set.
Here are some samples of cards made using the Card Thinlits:
You can see that there are so many ways to use the thinlits, including the simple flip, the folded flip, the double flip---your imagination is actually your limit. Even placing the flip to the bottom instead of the top of the card makes a difference and is so easily done.
The Envelope Punch Board (133774)
Yes, you can use this punch board to make envelopes. That is the least of its capabilities, however, and it is definitely a "must-have" for crafters. At $24.95 it's very affordable.
If you've made one of those pop up cards and have some heavy duty embellishments on the front of the card as well, an envelope-style box is probably going to meet your needs and is easily made using this wonderful punch board.
Besides the obvious envelopes and box envelopes, however, there is an endless variety of cards that could easily be made. This one, for example, is perfect as a gift card holder.
You can see why I consider having the Envelope Punch Board a necessity rather than simply an "extra".
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Of course the only products that didn't make the catalogues aren't just tools. We also have some great kits and stamps available through the online store.
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit (134998)
This is a great kit to get someone hooked on cards and also to have on hand when you're in a hurry and don't want to go through the whole design process. The kit includes everything one needs to create 20 beautiful cards.
When you consider that you can not only customize your 20 cards, but also have 20 matching envelopes, you'll agree that $24.95 is a reasonable price to pay for everything in the kit.
Everyday Occasions Card Making kit (134797)
For $36.95 you can buy this kit that lets you make 20 cards for any occasion for which you may require one.
This kit comes with everything except adhesive and scissors.
Circle Monogram Stamp (132852)
This totally customizable stamp comes in photopolymer and is perfect for letters, gifts, labelling---whatever you can think of. You can preview your stamp before submititing your order. This has some awesome possibilities.
You can see from the samples that anything goes. For only $29.95 you, too, can make your own personalized circle stamp.
If you're looking for something completely personal and unique, you need look no further than the stamp carving kits that are available through Stampin' Up! The rubber is top notch and the carving tools are not only excellent quality, they are ergonomic and make carving a pleasure.
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (133402) $25.95
Undefined Stamp Carving Refill Kit (134808) $12.95
Photopolymer Stamp Sets
These are top quality stamp sets in a special photopolymer that sticks beautifully to acrylic blocks and that is transparent enough for perfect placement on a card every time. Stampin' Up! will be offering more of these sets in the coming months. Currently you can order the following:
Another Thank You (133454) $16.95 Sold Out
Bite Me (134622) $16.95
Bombs Away Birthday (133411) $16.95
Christmas Tagables (134633) $16.95
Greetings From (133621) $16.95
Map It Out (134620) $16.95
Sans and Stripes (136796) $16.95 Sold Out
Settin' Sail (133453) $16.95
Show & Tell 1 (133450) $16.95
Show & Tell 2 (133481) $16.95
Wanderlust (133452) $16.95
Endless Birthday Wishes (137553) $16.95