I received a couple of swaps recently that are pretty dang special. Why? Because these two contain a few sneak peeks that you won't see all over the place!
The first card was not only made by Dawn Griffith, the stamp set was DESIGNED by Dawn herself! That's right! Did you know that at least 2 of the new stamp sets in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog were designed by demonstrators? One of the perks of reaching the One Million Dollar Milestone is that you get to sit down with a Stampin' Up! designer and design a stamp set! If you know Dawn, you know that she and her husband love motorcycles. In fact, her stamp set (One Wild Ride on page 115) includes a motorcycle stamp that was inspired by her husband's bike.
You've read about the swap that I organized with a bunch of the top demonstrator leaders in Stampin' Up! that featured products we could pre-order after attending OnStage. Well, Dawn's stamp set was not one we could order. But, Dawn asked if she could use it. We all jumped all over her - of COURSE she could use it! We all would LOVE to have a card made by Dawn using the stamp set she designed! Needless to say, her swap group filled VERY fast! We all wanted to swap with her.
Any guesses about the second stamp set designed by a demonstrator? I think it's going to be hugely popular especially for dog lovers - one of my customers said it's her favorite stamp set in the whole catalog. Give up? If you follow Angie Juda, you may know all about her adorable dog, Bella, and her cute bird, Skittles. So, when I spotted Bella & Friends on page 101, I immediately knew she'd designed it.
The second card is also pretty exclusive. I honestly can't remember if this set (Fresh Fruit) was one given out by Prize Patrol. But, it was created by Kim Williams who demonstrated this card on stage. She shared with us how she got the peachy look. And, if you look REALLY close you'll see TWO other sneak peeks that demonstrators can't order until June: Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper and the Gold 1/4" Natural Trim Ribbon.
I don't think I realized just how much ribbon is retiring until I pulled it out of my ribbon holders and only had 7 rolls remaining (plus metallic twine and baker's twine - I store those separately). ONLY SEVEN ROLLS! That means we are getting a TON of new ribbon! And I love this 1/4" Natural Trim Ribbon! We now offer a metallic ribbon that works with both Vanilla and White cards. (I don't know about you, but I have issues pairing white and vanilla.) So, if you love any of the current Stampin' Up! ribbons, order them now! Chances are they are retiring.