June 30, 2007

SU Catty Review Part Two and a Card

First, the card -- this is the second of 3 baby cards I am making, with the intent to sell. (Do I sound like a drug dealer or what??). I made the baby background with a clear stamp from Stampendous Silhouettes. Just kept inking it with SU's real red and summer sun classic inks. Very easy, although it took awhile. The giraffe is from a clear Memory Box At the Zoo set, and the Summer Sun stripes behind the giraffe are actually Memory Box "grass" from its clear Greenery collection. I just turned it on its side and stamped it 3 times, the middle in a different direction. The giraffe is sporting an Amuse twinkle for an eye. The rest of the card is shimmery white cardstock, SU's real red and summer sun cardstocks; SU bold bright brad and red gingham ribbon. I took an SU Summer Sun marker and just ran it along the white portion of the ribbon to make a red and yellow ribbon. (I'm so happy with the result!!) The card itself is a Holly Memory Box card, which matched well with the SU real red, given that you can't see too much of it. However, the inside is white, and I like that touch. *************** SU Catty Review, Part 2 If you don't already have the catalog, you'll be able to see it on SU's website tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few more of my opinions. The catalog itself is the best so far. Organized nicely, with new accessories highlighted as new and featured on the bottom of the stamp pages. They done good. A few items that I really like: Jumbo Eyelets -- Antique Brass and Pewter -- $9.95 for 60 eyelets. Photo Corner Punch -- it punches out 2 different sizes. I already have a similar punch, but this is $15.95 and I think will be quite popular. Lots of Chipboard -- circles, and flowers and scallops, and ovals and photo corners. You want chipboard, you got it! The new InColors -- gorgeous. 100% percent winners -- much better than last year's. Sentiment Sets -- there are several nice ones, particularly Hugs & Wishes, Holidays & Wishes and All Holidays-- nice, interesting fonts with a variety of useable sayings. The first 2 are 6 sentiments each for $17.95 and the latter has 12 sentiments for $31.95. Backgrounds -- Each is $17.95 Tres Chic -- a word background, with different fonts and large words, such as Adore, Classic, Genuine, Create, Hope, etc. I can see getting this and using the words individually -- just cut it up and use unmounted. For the money, you get a LOT of words -- about 21, and some swirls. B Baroque -- Big solid bold graphic image -- similar to a background SU had in a winter mini a couple of years ago (or is it the same thing??). This is the kind of thing I wouldn't spend 5 cents on -- except I remember seeing some cards make with that other background. They were stunning. This will be on my first order. Great way to make those difficult sympathy cards. A Dot Spot -- rows of different circles within circles. Frankly, I'm tired of circles, so I'll give this a C+. Posy -- is this new? I think so, although it looks like other backgrounds. Kind of dated looking to me -- small flowers connected with vines. C En Francais -- another version of French Script. If you missed out on French Script, this is nice. Otherwise, why get another one. It does have a very nice font -- lots of elegant swirls. A if you don't have French Script; D if you do! Sanded -- I like this one. It looks like it will leave a sanded impression (duh) A Flower Friend -- Most unusual for SU. I like seeing them branch out. It is one huge flower. A circle with a scallop around it and the word friend underneath. It isn't for me, but many folks will make gorgeous with this one. B Friend by Definition -- remember the other definition background, the name escapes me? This is identical in style, except instead of defining Love, it has typed letters with the definitions of friend. Nice. B Polka Dot -- SU, what took you so long??? LOL I have the Cornish Heritage Farms one and love it. I wonder how this compares. Looks similar. A Happiness -- not pictured with the backgrounds -- for a good reason. It is really 9 rows of images on one big block. Great value if you buy it for $17.95 and cut and use unmounted. The rows consist of diamonds, words, solid background with flowers and circle dots (again), stripes, the word HAPPINESS, little daisies; another stripe (vertical), polka dots and flowers. Not bad for the price. As a background for an entire card - D; as 9 different stamps B+. Christmas Sets -- You can form your own opinions. There are a few that I like, but I'm not wild enough about most of them to purchase. None are in the "buy it or die" class!! Well, there's lots more, but I think you've heard enough of my opinion. Can't wait to hear everyone else's. New catty time is a blast!


  1. Love the card. Am enjoying your catty review. Wish I hadn't bought the photo corner punch. You don't know when SU will fill a need. Would really like to have smaller corner as well as larger

  2. That baby card is just the cutest! How clever to use that grass sideways.
    Thanks for your comments on the new catalog. That is helpful for me...I often wonder what others think about some of the sets. They really aren't all "to die for", some are nice, some mediocre, some I just plain don't like. I'm so loving clear stamps and unmounted rubber!

  3. Thanks for the catalog review. I'm waiting on mine. I've ordered it and it's on the way.

    BUT I LOVE THIS BABY CARD!!! It's adorable!!

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. very cute baby card. great catty review.

  5. Super cute card Joan! Those colors are yummy! :)

  6. Joan,I never would have thought to use the colors red and yellow to make a baby card. I love it!!! Once again, you made a card that is awesome.

    I agree with what you had to say about the Christmas stamp sets. They do not thrill me.


  7. Adorable baby card!

    About the Christmas sets...there is going to be a Holiday Mini Catalog in September, and I bet there will be a LOT more Christmas sets to choose from in there. :)

  8. That is a cute baby card! The colors are so pretty!