Every once in a while, we see an iconic craft item or idea come on to the market. This can be something that completely revolutionise the way we look at doing something, for example Project Life for Scrapbooking or Sizzix in 2002 when they developed the first home die cutting system.
But mainly it is something so distinct that it just captures everyone’s imagination. I think Tim Holtz with his Crazy Birds and Crazy Cats are a great example of this, such a simple stamp which is so versatile.
And this has got me thinking as to what makes an iconic “must have” item, I think it’s a couple of reasons:
- They need to capture the imagination of the crafting population
- They need to be easy to use and easy to adapt
- They need to be versatile (they can be used in a range of techniques and for a range of celebrations and holidays). Have you seen two Crazy Birthday projects the same?
Last year Stampin Up brought out an Owl Punch, which I haven’t treated myself to yet but matches these criteria. You see this Owl celebrating Birthday, Christmas, Graduation and get well soon all over pinterest. But it has been adapted to create penguins, minions, bats and ghosts to name a few.
This year I think they are going to do the same but with Foxes. Already, I am seeing this fox appearing as different animals in different colours and in different settings. As the catalogue has only been around for a couple of weeks – that is pretty amazing. It makes a brilliant cat (!) or a girl in bunches…
Even better it only uses three colours, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pool Party, so its easy to replicate the projects you will find on-line or invent your own
Now I am a little biased when it comes to foxes. Those of you who don’t follow me on other forms of social media, may not know that I was born and brought up in Leicester and have been celebrating the success of the “The Foxes” since May. But even with that aside, when you look at the level of details in the stamps, this is a very usable set.
If you have been inspired or want to see more from the 2016 Stampin Up Catalogue and you don’t have a local demonstrator, I can recommend the lovely Kerry Timms who is based here in the West Country.
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All the items featured in this article have been paid for directly at full cost by me. I have no connection to Stampin Up