Collage of 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! DSP made by Stampin' With Pixie. Individual images are by Stampin' Up! modified by Stampin' With Pixie to include coordination colors. #2017-2018DesignerSeriesPaper #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

Have you had time to browse the 2017-2018 Designer Series Paper (DSP) collections yet?  Good!  Let’s talk paper!  Paper!  Glorious paper!

My Favorites

I just want to say that pictures really don’t do the Stampin’ Up! paper justice.  When you see them in person the WOW! factor is HUGE!  It makes it really really hard to pick favorites.  That said – as promised – here are my current Top 5.  I say current because every time I open the catalog or go online, I find a brand new favorite or two.

image of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper Coordinating Colors Image created by Stampin' With Pixie. #CoffeeBreakDesignerSeriesPaper #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

It was kismet. It was love at first sight. The very first time I opened the new catalog, I opened it right to the Coffee Break DSP page.  It was so hard to contain my happy dance. My husband who was with me at the time just started laughing because he knew this was a love match. This paper is just so stinkin’ cute.  Look at those wonderful color and pattern combinations.  I actually bought two packs because I have many friends who will love getting cards and goodies made with this paper.  Even if you are not a coffee fan, the creative possibilities are endless with this paper.  Idea Brainstorming:  nature-themed cards using leaves and wood-grained paper that coordinates with the Wood Textures DSP; masculine-themed projects; Spring-themed projects using the lovely light greens and browns in this paper.

Whole Lot of Lovely DSP collection image by Stampin' Up! updated to include coordinating colors by Stampin' With Pixie. #WholeLotOfLovely #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

This paper is stunning.  The Whole Lot of Lovely DSP is a sweet mix of vintage and modern.  There many possibilities for this beautiful paper (and it’s coordinating Memories & More Card Pack.)  It mixes beautifully with the other floral papers in this year’s DSP collection.  A few idea brainstorms:  mini-albums; recipe boxes; gift bags and boxes; tags with the Touches of Nature Elements embellishments and, of course, Mother’s Day cards. *sigh*  I think I may need to buy another pack of this paper too!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Memories DSP image updated to include coordinating colors by Stampin' With Pixie. #BirthdayMemories #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

This DSP is a special treat.  Stampin’ Up! has created an entire Suite centered around this paper.  They have even designed it to work directly with the coordinating dies.  What do I mean by that?  You can use the Birthday Memories Framelits to actually cut images directly out of the paper. No fussy cutting!  That’s icing on the cake (see what I did there) because the paper while having a definite vintage feel is also bright, cheery and full of fun.  I call it the Golden Book paper because it reminds me of the Golden Books we knew as children.  It evokes wonderful memories.  My big brainstorm idea for this paper comes from my fascination with making mini albums. I cannot wait to create a mini album in which I will record memories of my Mom and Dad’s childhood birthdays.

Delightful Daisy DSP collection image by Stampin' Up! updated to include coordinating colors by Stampin' With Pixie. #DelightfulDaisy #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

This paper is soft, lovely and feminine.  At the same time the colors are cheerful.  To me it brings a rush of Spring and Summer to a projects. Brainstorm ideas:  this paper makes lovely cards but what about gift bags?  Oh my gosh!  It would make a lovely gift bag, box or tag for a bridal shower, for a new graduate or any other Spring/Summer event.  Embellish the project with the stunning Shimmer Ribbon to add subtle bling.

Naturally Eclectic DSP collection image by Stampin' Up! updated to include coordinating colors by Stampin' With Pixie. #NaturallyEclectic #Stampin'Up! #Stampin'WithPixie

The versatility of this DSP won me over. The mix of large and small, feminine and masculine patterns and even ombre effects make this a go-to paper collection.  It could be used to create cards and projects for a wide variety of events.  It will also be great for boxes and bags.  This DSP is part of the Oh So Eclectic Suite that contains coordinating stamps and dies.  One of the stars of this Suite is the acetate card overlays.  Here’s a video about the Suite including project ideas.

My OTHER Favorites

Here are the remaining DSP collections in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or as I call them “My OTHER Favorites.”  Study these images carefully class.  There will be a pop quiz….

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Specialty DSP – if the name of a DSP collection as the word “Specialty” in it the collection has a special feature.  The feature may include things like papers with metal foil, embossed images, mixed media formats etc.  The catalog and online descriptions of the DSP describe the special feature(s).

Coordinating Cardstock Packs – many DSP collections have coordinating cardstock packs.  These packs contain a generous selection of cardstock in colors that match the DSP.  The packs are a convenient and economical way to get the perfect cardstock for your projects.

Pop Quiz

Your turn!  Tell me YOUR favorite DSP collections?  I’d love to hear for you.  Comment here or on the Stampin’ With Pixie Facebook page to share your favorites.  What do you think you’ll make with them?  I can’t wait to hear your ideas.

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