Saturday, 4 June 2016

Stampin' Stars and Twinklets Blog Hop - The NEW Annual 2016 /17 catalogue

 I am so glad that you are joining all of us on this Stampin' Stars and Twinklets blog hop to show off the new 2016/17 annual catalogue.  Hope you're excited, I know I am now that it is finally live!!

If you have arrived here from Fiona's blog after seeing her fantastic creations, Welcome, if you have found your way here by some other route, also Welcome.

Make sure to follow the blog hop links at the end of the page to hop through all the blogs, the journey will amaze you. If you get a bit lost during your journey don't fret as all the links are at the bottom of the page so you'll always find a path.

Right, got your coffee? Got a Danish or biscuit to keep you going?  Then sit back and enjoy your journey looking at lots of new products from the new Annual Catalogue.

My Annual catalogue journey actually started a few months ago when I got to see a copy at a Stampin' Up! event in Telford - lots of perks being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, that's just one!

As part of that event I actually won, yes won, the stamp set that I'm showcasing today - Labeler Alphabet.

When I first tried this set, I'm not going to lie, it wasn't the easiest to use, but after a bit of practice, I fell in love!  The is no limit to it's uses and you can create whatever sentiment you desire! The sky is the limit with this set.

As it's been midterm break here, I decided to get my children helping out and make Father's day cards!

With this set they were able to choose their sayings! That was great as they weren't just having to use a standard saying from my supplies.

My eldest designed this:

He really liked the fact that there are duplicate letters in the set so he could put the whole sentiment on one block, stamp and having the fill in gaps!  The little stars also come in the set. You might notice too that he decided to use one of the new in-colours Peek-a-boo peach and they all love the bigshot so out came the new Layering Squares Framelits.

My middle son was over the moon when he saw the # sign in the set and he was off making this!

He enjoyed not having just the normal sayings to use but making something that he wanted - a very versatile set as you can see!  He used another new in-colour Emerald Green and of course he couldn't be out down by his brother so out came the bigshot for him - but he wanted a bit of an edge to his design so layered the inside square on an angle and came up with these wonky shapes as I like to call them, on the bottom of the card. 

Can you also pick that he cutout and framed the top square so his sentiment is actually on the inside of the card, popped up on lots of dimensionals?  He's my crafty son! and in fact if it wasn't for him I never would have heard of Stampin' Up! So guess I need to let in loose in the craft area every now and again! 

Finally my toddler knew what he wanted to say, but needed a bit of Mummy's help - the Labeler Alphabet stamps are quite small so you do need a bit of patience to set them all up and as he's just 3 doesn't really have that! I stamped them individually, then cut out the letters by hand and then stuck them on to pieces of very vanilla cardstock; that meant we could have them at the angle he wanted.

He also got to choose his colours; new in-colours Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo and he also chose the elephants from the Lots of Love stamp set; an exclusive Stampin' Rewards set that you can only get with orders over a certain amount: Like it? Want it? just get in contact and I can give you more details.
The set doesn't come with 2 elephants and I used a super technique to get them facing each other, but that's for another time as you'll be wanting to see what other fantastic creations are on the bloghop so I won't keep you!
Now it's time to move on, you might need a coffee refill so get that before you go on, as there's still lots to see!
Click forward to go onto to see what Sara has created for you today
If you'd like to go back and see Fiona's again click the back button.
 BlogHop List

Cary and Gill - 2 Big Girls Crafting
Mandy Sullivan - Stamp with Paper Panda
Helen Winstone - Craft Bunnies
Cat Herrington  - Wiggle Craft
Katie Jones - Deep Blue Crafting
Lesley Lendon - Lelly Jelly's Stamp'n Scrap
Fiona Stanton - Fi's Papercraft
Sarah McDermott - Papercraft Artistry  ** you are here**
Sara Sayers - Crafty Little Minx
Jay and Barry - MitosuCrafts
Karen Ripley - Sunny Stampin
Fiona Harris -Stamping with Fiona
Fiona Whitten - Oakfield Crafts


  1. Lovely projects Sarah, and the Children have done a great job too ! x

  2. They are super cute designs, my children don't have the patience to use the stamps - although I have promised my eldest a stamp set for her birthday!

    1. Thanks Fiona. My middle child and I both do a wish list and compare what we're decide what best to buy. He found SU for me when visiting NZ so I give him a little leyway! Wonder what stamp set you daughter wants, how exciting for her!

  3. Love everything - you have talented kids Sarah, FionaH

    1. Thank you Fiona, they try and my toddler loves the Bigshot and taking my rhinestones! Find them all over the house.

  4. Great use of a 'not very easy to use' stamp set Sarah. It certainly takes some time to get used to handling this one. Well done!

    1. Not the easiest stamp to get to grips with Lesley! But, once in the flow is fine. Do love the freedom it gives you with sentiments.

  5. What talented children! Their dad is going to be chuffed to bits when he receives these card! Great use of the stamp set to 😊 thanks for sharing 😊 x

    1. Thank you! Luckily my husband doesn't take too much notice of my blog so not surprises spoilt there.

  6. What creative children you have! I love how you have all showcased the new in-colours. So pretty x

    1. Thanks; they enjoyed it. Love the in-colours mostly; still coming to grips with Peekaboo Peach but tried it with Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla and really liked it! Colour combinations sometimes surprise me!

  7. Great job kids! Wonderful designs and colours.

  8. Great cards, and how great to have all your children involved! x

  9. Great cards and it's brilliant that you get the kids involved too. Too late for mine! x

  10. Ah I just love the elephants, just so cute! And nice to be creative as a family!