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Introducing the new catalogue 2020-2021

I have been in possession of the new Stampin' Up catalogue and although I had quickly posted a couple of things onto my Instagram account I had not posted on my blog about it. I thought it would be great to update my blog on some of the projects I have been involved with since I stopped writing my blog for a couple of weeks.
This card shows off the new in-colours 5 new in-colours and this year I think they are a great choice for beginners as there is a nice range of colours there.
The card was made on a square white card blank and the pink frame is a piece of designer series paper in the new in-colour Magenta Madness that I cut using my trimmer which cleverly has a measure on the side as well as the top so it helps cutting holes in the middle with some accuracy. The gold hoop is a new product and these are going to look fab with flowers and leaves - but for this card a just folded a little strip of paper and attached with a glue dotard then trimmed in a sort of curved way with the scissors. I mounted the hoop on the card by using a foam stampin dimensional behind each flagged piece and then also used these for the Happy birthday sentiment and smaller sentiment - both of which come from a new stamp set. I coloured the sentiment in with some watercolour pencils - demonstrators don't have access to the ink pads yet as they are taking more time to make with social distancing in the factory - although they should be ready in time for the catalogue launch date. 3rd June yea! 
My snail mail newsletter outlined some of the colour combinations you could put together just using these 5 colours. Add a couple more and the possibilities widen even further! In fact I'm going to take a photo of it and post it below - my favourite combo as you can see is Brown, pink and blue - or more stamping-up-ically Misty Moonlight / Magenta Madness and Cinnamon Cider. (I'm going to look up the spelling of cinnamon it just doesn't feel right!) 


And this is a little colour swatch I made to select your own combinations! Generally the annual catalogue is an expensive post as its quite heavy but I do send out to those who shop with me regularly but this year I am asking people who have not shopped for a while if they want one - to keep costs down a bit. Locally is not a problem as they go out by hand. The catalogue is online on my shop and can be downloaded - it will be available on 3rd June xxx.
Due to a grandchild on-the-way and completing some urgently required Covid projects I am now able to release by inner NANA and start knitting a layette for my eldest daughter. I have also been doing some scrapbooking of the last two years worth of photos! 
The photo below shows a bit of a scrapbook page and 3 work in progress - a teddy and two baby jumpers. I like to have a few bits on the go at once and can swap about depending on what mood I am in. 
I found that my Stampin' Up bins are really good to put my knitting in while I am working as the balls of wool unravel quite well while I am knitting but at the same time Wallace (my labrador) cannot get at the ball so easily and turn it into a game of unravel! I have such a beautiful wooden bowl for my wool ball but it just isn't safe and after a few balls of wool have been turned into untangle projects I am not willing to risk it on my projects I am gifting.

I crocheted some comfort straps for the local hospital and along with some other ladies in West Anstey made some scrub bags out of duvet covers. Here is a photo of me getting out into the sunshine to thread a batch up with ribbon ties and some of the comfort straps. Yesterday I received a lovely bunch of flowers from staff at the hospital to say thank you which was so very nice. It was a great excuse to get my sewing machine revved up and I am trying to think what else I need to sew. In the meantime I mended a horse coat for my neighbour which stops the flies biting him. 
I did finish my knitted baby blanket and I am waiting to photograph it properly for a blog post on another day!
It is nice to put all of these up together on my blog because sometimes I feel as if I haven't been doing very much at all and feel quite bad about it. Retirement is a funny thing you need a routine and I am writing schedules and lists but most of the time I am not getting into the routines I am promising myself. I have added some easy things to my list just to make sure I have something I can tick off though. Being in lockdown does rather force you towards those things that never budge on the list as there are not as many social distractions to skip off and get involved in! On the list not getting done is exercise, playing the saxophone and gardening - although I do garden when Simon is at home because I can't really sit and watch him do it all!! I'm not too worried about it though I will get to it another day!
I will be back soon with some cards I am going to make soon using that cute stamp set and punch with the jars !
Just put it on the to do list !!
Love JoP x
P.S Hi Kazzy thank you so much for the lovely card and for disguising your handwriting on the envelope I really had no idea and to make it more difficult the postmark was also smudged! It was a lovely surprise I love getting stuff in my post box xxx

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