I fell in love with the Alpine Adventure set, mainly because of the dies! I'm loving the concept of incorporating pairs of leaves on a single die which greatly reduces the amount of times you need to run it through the Big Shot to get 2 pairs of leaves!
Another bonus is the new gold edged and silver edged cards and envelopes Stampin' Up! have introduced and the foiled edges certainly gives a very elegant look with minimum effort on your part! That has GOT to be a HUGE bonus, in my book especially when you're stamping a stack of Christmas cards.
My designs this year have a pared down look but, hopefully, with just as much "hutzpah" as a card with multiple layers. More importantly I wanted it to be less costly to post!
Multi-purpose adhesive sheets on the back of glimmer paper is a must - no more sticky fingers and such a breeze to adhere to your card!