If you are like me, I can't get enough of paper punches and the Big Shot dies. Whoever first invented these items, they are my hero ... LOL
I have pictured 7 of the new 8 paper punches for you to see. The missing one is called Extra Large Fancy Flower (item #118073). It was not available for pre-order, but will be available as of Jan 5th. Remember none of these paper punches are NOT available until Jan 5th, 2010. They are part of the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog. The Scallop Trim Border Punch is free if you choose it as a Sale-A-Bration item (if you purchase $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise, you can choose 1 item free from the Sale-A-Bration catalog).
The paper punches have a brand new look and are much more compact. Being more compact is a major plus as it will take far less storage space. The current paper punch designs will remain the same (black) and new paper punch designs will be in this new style of paper punch.
This photo shows how the paper punches are stackable on their sides. Each one has a lock (see last photo of this post) so that the punch will remain closed while stored.
This punch is called Scallop Trim Border (item #118402). I really like the delicate scallops it makes. Our regular scallop punch had scallops further apart (just an FYI as I had a customer ask if they were the same sizes). This punch is only available as a choice for Sale-A-Bration. It also will be available for sale in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog that will be out in July 2010. The best part of this, is that it has a matching corner punch (see next photo).
Scallop Trim Corner punch (item #118870) whether used alone on the corners or matched up with the border punch, adds a great look to accent your cards or scrapbooks.
Pinking Hearts Border Punch (item #117649) adds a beautiful look to your work. Can you see the tiny hearts it punches out above the pinking shear look to the border. It also has a matching corner punch (see photo below).
Pinking Hearts Corner Punch (item # 118072). It is so delicate and is wonderful paired with its matching border punch.
Extra Large Two Step Bird (item #117191) is a great way to add dimension to your paper crafts. It actually punches out 3 pieces (the bird, the wing, and the branch with leaves). I used two sided paper.
Medium Jewelry Tag (item #117190) punches out 1 jewelry tag and works well with the stamp set called Tiny Tags (item #118091 Wood mount OR item #118592 Clear mount - unmounted rubber). Tiny Tags is found on Pg 28 of the Occasions Mini Catalog.
Small Heart (item #117193) is a great compliment to the Stampin' Up! Embosslits Die called Stampin' Up! Scalloped Heart of Hearts (item #117332) on Pg 15 of the Occasions Mini and also to punch out the small heart image from the I (Heart) Hearts stamp set (item 117010 - Wood mount OR item #118571 Clear mount) on Pg 14 of the Occasions Mini.
I wanted to be sure to show you the locking feature on the back of the paper punches. It is shown on the bottom of this punch.
When using the new punches upside down (like shown in the photo) rather than on a flat surface, PLEASE be extremely careful of the placement of your hand. You can pitch your hand if your hand is not held away from the handle area. Just an FYI ... voice of experience speaking ... LOL.
Here are the links again for the two new catalogs:
Also Gretchen Barron (another demonstrator) has posted a wonderful guide on how to do an all around design using the border punches with matching corner punches. I felt it was worth sharing, so here is her link:
Stampin' Up! -- Discover Your Creativity
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