Monday, 5 April 2010

Lovely New Goodies Galore in the Autumn Winter Mini

Stampin' Up! usually have a thick, juicy, delicious new Idea Book and Catalogue being released right now. But this year, our new main catalogue will be released in September, just a couple of months after the new US Stampin' Up! Catalogue {think: very short wait for lots of new goodies...} So. To tide us over until September, and to bring us "up to speed" with some of the products the US has had for a while now, we have an extra, bumper sized Mini Catalogue, which started 1st April. In it are some of the worst kept secrets in Australian papercrafting history!

One of the benefits of being a demonstrator is that we get to see new catalogues and order new products quite a while before they become generally available. And the squeals of delight just couldn't be suppressed or silenced, so there have been a few naughty leaks and sneak peeks.

Now that it's all official, it's hard to know where to start!! Probably the item that Australian demonstrators begged hardest for is the BigShot die cutting system by Sizzix. It's a great machine, with incredible flexibility and ability to accept lots of other brands and types of embossing folders, nesting dies, super thin dies, original 'red brick machine' sizzix dies etc. In fact, I don't think there is anything that can't be used with it, using various combinations of tabs on the {included} multipurpose platform and cutting plates. And, even more exciting, there are exclusive Stampin' Up! die and embossing folder designs to co-ordinate with our range of stamps, punches and more, such as the delicious "Top Note" die. It's competitively priced too!

It that wasn't enough excitement, there's also been a major revolution in our stamp offerings too! The new stamps in this Mini are available in either traditional wood mount, or new clear mount options. It's still the best, deep etched, die cut rubber with foam cushion that gives us our clear, sharp images, but with the added advantages of more compact storage, easy positioning and more. Unlike most unmounted rubber, Stampin' Up! clear mounts have their index label attached to the cling foam, so it shows beautifully through the acrylic block. And the blocks!! I had quite a few from other manufacturers already, and ordered just one to see how they compared. I'm definitely converted, the balance, weight and ergonomic shape has won me over completely! They are available individually, or as a set of 9 at a discounted price. One of my favourite things about the new clear mount sets is the slim DVD style storage case, with thumbnail images on the spine and full size index images on the front for fast reference.

Had enough yet? But wait! There's more! EK Success have recently redesigned their punches to store flat, and with a larger punching area. Since EK manufacture punches for SU!, we get the new style for our new punches too! There are three new punches in this Mini, a small heart, versatile jewellery tag in the medium size and large bird and branch punch. You can see them in
the photo third from the top.

So, grab a cuppa, and click on the cover image of the catalogue, and discover the new goodies for yourself! And if all this fabulous new gear is overwhelming you, maybe it's time to give me a call about joining my team and becoming a demonstrator yourself!

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