Choosing five favorites is not as simple as it might sound and I’m having to really control myself.  There’s so much more awesome content in this holiday catalog that I could easily add on five or ten items more.

I could also kind of cheat and say that the bundles are one of my favorite things but the bundles are really many things.  But I will choose one bundle:  the beautiful Embellished Ornaments and Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies(I’ll be using them in my upcoming Twelve Weeks of Christmas series, week 10! And no sneak peak before then for that project.)

In Wood Mount:

or in Clear Mount:

I think the die cut ornaments are just stunning and I’ll be sharing various incarnations of them over the next few months.

Number Two:
Oh my gosh, the first item on my first pre-order* from the 2015 Holiday Catalog was the soft, gentle, sometimes scary Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Inexpensive pleasure!

I saw the cold, snowy trunks with a lovely little red bird in the branches, nearly barren trees with the last of their leaves floating to the ground, the blackened forest on a Hallo-E’en’s night with creepy yellow eyes watching you and bats flying around overhead.  In the spring, before the leaves once again populate the branches, I can see hearts dangling here and there.  It’s pretty awesome.

Number Three:  The Edgelits.  I can narrow it down to one:  the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies.  They’re so delicate and yet tell a poignant story via whatever scene a person creates.

I’ve been dragging my scared feet on making a card with these Edgelits yet but I will. This coming week! It makes me crazy when I hold back because I too think it might be hard. Have you ever done anything like that???

Number Four:  The Framelits.  Yes, I’m a softy.  The Festive Fireplace Framelits Dies just ooze home and family.  I love homey stuff and homey scenes.  So whether it’s through the window or in the coziness of a living room in front of a fireplace these framelits fill the bill.  We certainly didn’t have fireplaces in our home or my grandparents’ homes when I was a kid but I was smitten with sitting in front of one nevertheless.  You can see that the framelits also come in a 15% off bundle along with the Festive Fireplace stamp set.  

Number Four-and-a-Half:  (had to do it!) The Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies.  Eleven years ago (2004), my husband Russ created a ‘jig’ so we could make our annual Christmas card.  We used the old 1-3/8″ Square Punch.  This was our card in 2004, the year I colored my hair:

Klipple's 2004 Christmas Card
We used the 1-3/8″ Square Punch, a little holly punch and maybe someone can tell me exactly which stamp set the greeting was from.  I still love that Gold Shimmer Paper.

“Stampin’ Up!  This Hearth & Home Thinlits Die set would have been very handy in 2004!”

Number Five:  The Project Life Hello December 2015 Stamp Set(shhhhhh…..and the Card Collection and the Accessory Pack.)  I had more fun last year taking a daily photo through the month of December and then gathering with a bunch of gals in January to put those  memories of December 2014 into a decorated 6″ x 8″ album.  Project Life is so easy and so much fun.  You just have to mellow out the first time you use it though or you can be overwhelmed.  What to use first???  Just go with the flow, using as many of the elements as you possibly can and writing juicy sweet tidbits about each activity.   Journaling is a part of the photo story.  You could be at the grocery store alone or at the mall with your little one, or grand-little one, sitting on Santa’s knee or out chopping firewood.  Your photos will tell exactly “where you were” mentally and physically in 2015.

I’ll be reminding just before December 1st about taking those daily photos!!!  You won’t regret it.  Even if it’s just YOU.  It’s never “just” you.  It’s YOU.  You’re important and memorable too.  And you certainly do something everyday even if it’s just bringing in the newspaper or the mail.  Or greeting the UPS Guy-in-Brown.

So, those are my top five (and a half) items from this year’s Holiday Catalog.  What are yours?  Leave a comment or send me an email and WE can share your faves with other stampers.  With so many stamps and accessories in the Holiday Catalog you all have to have other favorites than mine.  Share!  Sell me yours!

*Do you know how you can get items from a Holiday or Occasions catalog before the crowd?  Become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  That’s how.  Just ask me and I’ll fill you in with the details.  Blythe@StampingWithBlythe.com.

In the meantime, will you share your favorite items from Stampin’ Up!’s Home for the Holidays Catalog?

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