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Hodgepodge Hardware

Reported by Sara McKenzie

For some time now, Stampin’ Up! has been making terrific metal embellishments for your crafts, which they call “Hodgepodge Hardware.” The hardware comes in an assortment of items, all nicely organized and contained in a metal tin.
Currently, there are three finishes in the main catalog: Antique Brass, Aged Copper, and Pewter. [SU has announced that these finishes will be retiring when the current catalog retires, which is in early August 2008. They haven’t said that the Hardware is retiring, just the finishes.] AND until June 30, there is a fourth kit available, in “Styled Silver”, to be found in the “Occasions” mini-catalog. I have a hunch that there will be new finishes, and maybe a new look, to Hodgepodge Hardware come fall, and perhaps we are getting a sneak peek with the Styled Silver. But that’s all it is, a hunch.

The shot above shows one of each of the 138 embellishments that are in the current catalog, in the Antique Brass finish. They include paper clips in various shapes, photo holders, hangers, a variety of ribbon slides, and various sizes and shapes of frames. The kit also includes brads in the matching finish to mount the frames, the photo holders and the hangers.

The photo above shows one of each of the embellishments in the Styled Silver set. Well, almost all of them. The various frames and the ribbon slide are shown above. I really like the added textures on the fancy frame in the lower right, and the oval frame in the center, left. There are also two sizes of large, decorative brads, which are shown below. (These brads are in addition to the regular brads that are included to mount the frames.)

I’m sure you’ve all seen these fun embellishments put to use, but just in case you haven’t here are some examples.

Above: A frame is used as a focal point on the cover of a 5″ X 5″ Art Journal. It is held in place by threading grosgrain ribbon through the holes.

Here, a spiral paper clip is used to dangle a tiny tag off of a box that holds 3″ X 3″ note cards.

The pictures above give one way to use the photo holders, at the corners of a focal point on a card. They aren’t the only thing holding the focal point- there is still a generous amount of tape involved!

Finally, the card above shows how you can use a hanger to add some movement to your card with a hanging embellishment.
Pros:
  • The embellishments are organized in a plastic liner within the metal tin. “A place for everything and everything in its place” as my mom used to say!
  • It is a large assortment, and I think a pretty good value for $27.95 for the 3 finishes in the main catalog (comes to 20 cents per piece on average). The Styled Silver sells for $29.95 for 200 pieces, or 15 cents per piece.
  • These are a very sturdy metal and do not bend or break easily.
  • When you have used the embellishments, you still have a nice tin to store other items, or to alter and give as a gift!!
Cons:

  • I’d like to see more variety of items in the Styled Silver- it is primarily frames of various shapes and sizes. They are great, don’t get me wrong, but I like the ribbon slides and the paper clips, too.
  • I’m sorry to see the current finishes retire. I think they are classic- and I’m not sure what SU is thinking….
That’s it for now! Do you have any fun and funky ways in which you’ve used your Hodgepodge Hardware? Have any questions about how to make them work for you? Just let us know by leaving a comment, below.
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