I think my favorite suite in the new annual catalog has to be the Delightful Daisy Suite (page 126-127). I have always loved daisies and I love stamp sets with a coordinating punch. So I started playing with this set today even though the daisy punch is not currently orderable. I know, sniff, sniff. I suppose you are wondering how can this be when the catalog just went live a few days ago.
Here is the information from Stampin' Up and I have to say it's pretty interesting.
To give you some background, on average, Stampin' Up sells about 7,000 of any given punch in a year. Knowing that the Daisy Punch would be popular, the initial order quantity (a four-month supply) was 10,000—more than a year’s supply for a typical punch. Then, in the first two weeks of the preorder, demonstrators bought 7,200! (That's one of the perks of being a demonstrator. We can order early) As soon as Stampin' Up saw how quickly it was selling, two additional orders were placed. Unfortunately, those take time to produce. After negotiating with the manufacturer and upgrading the shipping method more punches are exepected by June 26 and then an additional order in July.
So I am going to continue to play with these goodies and I know you will be seeing lots of great cards being made by demonstrators who were lucky enough to get the punch during our preorder. Just keep a file of those cards you want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) because I know this will be on many of your wish lists.
And the inside:
A good way to add a bit of coordinating Designer Series Paper to the bottom of a card is to cut it 4" wide and back it with a coordinating piece of cardstock that is 4-1/4" wide. Since DSP is 12" wide you can get more from a sheet by cutting pieces 4" rather that 4-1/4", the width of the card. And cardstock cut in half is 4-1/4" so it makes sense to back the DSP with cardstock.