The Top 3 ‘Must Haves’ from the new 2018 Catalog

If you’re like me, you have been pouring over the new 2018-19 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog and making your Shopping List.  Well the time is here that you can order from this catalog.  You can view the catalog by clicking on the image below or in the right sidebar. 2018-19 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogYou can download a printable Shopping List here.

There are a couple of items that I think EVERYONE should have  – they are my Top 3 ‘Must Haves’.

First is the new Stamparatus.

In my last few newsletters, I’ve been sharing videos from Stampin’ Up! showing how awesome this new stamp positioning tool is and why I think every stamper should have a Stamparatus of their very own.  If you’ve missed them, you can access the videos here.

Second are the new colors.

As soon as the new catalog, and new InColors make their debut each year,  I make sure to purchase the whole InColor collection; cardstock, ink pads, markers and ribbon and DSP if available.  This year we not only have 5 new 2018-20 InColors, but we have been treated to a Color Revamp!  A fresh new palette of colors to play with!  2018-20 In Color Collection2018/20 In Color Ink Pad collectionStampin' Up! New Color Collections

I did ‘go all out’ and get all of new colors of cardstock and ink pads.  Some of the colors are returning colors, such as Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow and Poppy Parade.  I still had those colors of cardstock and ink pads.  Although the ink pads have gone under a redesign (including a re-formulation to the ink itself), I chose NOT to replace those ink pads, at least for the time being.  But all of the newly  introduced colors such as Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce & Balmy Blue have all found their way into my home and My Stampin’ Space!

Third is Varied Vases & Vase Builder Bundle

The stamp set that I think is going to be the most reached for stamp set from the new catalog is called Varied Vases. Varied Vases Bundle

This stamp set, and coordinating Vase Builder punch, is available as a bundle so you can save 10%!   This stamp set was designed by my upline Mary Fish who had the distinct privilege of designing her own stamp set as a reward for reaching a major milestone: $1 Million in sales over her career!  The stylish vases, the fresh florals and the cute sentiments in a lovely font style all add up to a “wow” stamp set.  Photopolymer makes stamping  the outline and filling in the florals a breeze.  I shared the card I made for Mary Fish using this stamp set on a previous blog post.  You can see that blog post here.    I also used this stamp set to introduce my students to the new 2018 In Colors at my last class.  Check back as I’ll be sharing that project on my next blog post.

So there you have it.  My Top 3 ‘Must Haves’.  Now that you’ve seen my top picks, what are yours?  Did my Top 3 make it on your list?  What reached your top 3?  Leave me a comment and share your thoughts with me.

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Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger

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