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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stuff I love....crafty edition

Welcome to another post in the "Stuff I love..." series. Today's focus is ARTSY/CRAFTY stuff!!! This is my addiction. I love to create, especially with paper, ink, stamps, and paint. But I am open to all kinds of artsy/crafty endeavors. I will try most anything, and there are still several skills I want to begin to learn and/or improve my skills. I can kind of crochet but need lots more practice. I want to learn to knit, and I want to learn to sew. But my biggest crafting love will always be making things with paper: altered books, scrapbooks, art journals, cards, tags...i could go on and on. So I want to share with you some of the supplies I absolutely cannot live without in my craft stash! This is the stuff that fills every nook and cranny of this room:

(believe it or not, when this pic was taken the room was fairly neat...)
If you look on my left sidebar there is a link to a slideshow of my craft room. It was done a couple years ago and need sto be updated, but it will give you an idea of how stuffed it is.

1. Almost any product by Tim Holtz / Ranger
If you know me in person or have followed my blog for a while you know I have a bit of an, um, obsession with Tim Holtz (just check out this post...). What can I say? The man is a papercrafting god! And anything he touches turns to gold. He seriously is gifted when it comes to the world of papercrafts and developing new and innovative products. He has been teaching and designing for Ranger for years and has come up with some of the best inks and paints I have ever used, among a gazillion other fab products. He also has a cutting edge line of rubber stamps with Stampers Anonymous, and I, uh, own almost all of them. I think almost any project I ever make has at least something in it/on it that he had a hand in bringing to the crafting world.

2. Bazzill Basics cardstock
I definitely don't discriminate when it comes to papers and cardstock. I will use almost anything. But the one brand of cardstock I go to again and again is Bazzill. I love the colors. I love the textures. It is a good solid heavyweight cardstock that holds up to the abuse I put paper through. Some people don't like the texture when stamping but it doesn't bother me. They do have some smooth cardstocks. And I also love Stampin' Up cardstock, so if I have to have something completely smooth I can always reach for that.

3. Cats Life Press Stamps
I know it doesn't seem possible but there is a line of stamps out there that I love just as much, if not a teeny bit more, than Tim's stamps. I love anything with text, words, quotes, even a jumble of letters. Most of the CLP line of rubber stamps are text stamps. They are fun and whimsical and sometimes edgy. I just can't get enough of them, and use them all the time!

4. Glue Dots
These little sticky dots rock my crafts. They are so versatile, and once they are stuck, they are stuck! They come in different sizes and thicknesses and I always have a big supply of all of them. I love that they will even hold clunky, heavy pieces of ephemera. They work well with chipboard and grungeboard, too.

5. Acrylic paint
I am not too picky about the brand. I just have to have paint in every single color I can get my hands on. the ones I go to a lot are Ranger Paint Dabbers, Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Line, Making Memories Acrylics, and Golden.

6. My favorite paper lines
Oh how I love patterned paper!!! There are just so many amazing lines out there now. I have so many favorites, and some of the lines I go to again and again include Cosmo Cricket, Prima, American Crafts, Hambly, Graphic 45, Websters Pages, 7 Gypsies, Making Memories, Basic Grey, and Little Yellow Bicycle.

7. shipping tags
Yep. Plain old run of the mill get 'em at the office supply store shipping tags. I looooove to make tags and shipping tags are the perfect base to create on. I have a huge stash of all different sizes. I use them on gifts, scrapbook pages, in minibooks and altered books. I even make whole books out of just tags.

8. Mod Podge
I know the term "decoupage" sounds so old-fashioned, and Mod Podge has been around forever. But when something works, it works! Why mess with it! I have jars of Mod Podge in all different formulas. And yes I do use it to decoupage. I also use it as a book glue. I use it to seal layers of paper on book covers. I use it for all kinds of craft projects. One thing I have yet to try is using it on a piece of furniture. I would love to Mod Podge a cheap little cast-off side table to use in my craft room.

9. Copic Markers
I have a gazillion different markers in my craft room: Stampin Up, Adirondack, American Crafts, Sharpies galore (I love me some Sharpies!). But the best crafting marker I have found is Copic Markers. My Mom actually started using them before me and got me hooked. The colors are so vivid and true to life. And they blend so well.

10. American Crafts Thickers
I was never a big sticker person. I prefer using stamps that I can use over and over again. I make an exception for AC Thickers. I can't get enough of these letter stickers. I have way more packs of them than I will admit to. I love to mix up the colors and fonts. They stick really well. They just give a fun and funky look to whatever I use them on.

I could probably go on and on but this post could get reeeeallly long if I did! I do have several tools that I can't live without. I could probably do a whole separate post on those! How about I at least list them for you? Forgive me for not including the links...it is taking forever to bounce back and forrh between tabs looking up the links! :-)

1. Tim Holtz scissors by Tonic
2. Fiskars paper trimmers
3. Carl rotary paper cutter
4. Ranger heat gun
5. Making Memories tabletop tool carousel
6. Cricut Expression die-cutting machine
7. bone folder
8. Japanese screw punch
9, Crop-A-Dile
10. Bind-It-All and Distrezz-It-All
11. Cut-and-Dry Foam
12. Kokuyo and Mono adhesives
13. Xyron "X" sticker maker
14. metal, cork-backed ruler

If you are a crafter of any type what are some of your favorite products and tools??? Please share!!!


Beth P. said...

Oh wow! You have more knowledge of this stuff than I ever feel like I could be I agree with so many of these things being my faves! Bazzill paper is absolutely great (although, I love the metallics too), glue dots are a must have, and I don't know how I'd survive without my crop-a-dile or xyron X!

I don't really have anything to add right at this moment, it has been a while since I've done any scrapbooking at all, but this post has got my gears turning! :-)

2busy said...

I have a crop a dile and don't even know how to use it...

Kathleen said...

Kristen, I loved your post today. I am a paper freak as well. I love to make little paper books, journals, tags, and scrapbooking, too. Many of your fave products are mine too. But, some I am not familiar with, and will be checking them out. Eventually I will be doing a list similiar to yours, cause not everyone knows about many of these great products. Thanks! Hugs, Kathleen

Aunt of 14 said...

That room looks just like Christa's did when she lived here!!

Tanya said...

Love the faves list!! You're craft room isn't full enough, you need MORE stuff!!! HA!
Did you see the new 7Gypsies print tray? It's a bunch of diff. sized rectangle! AE had it in the newsletter!

Shore Debris said...

I love this list - it is great. Once I finally get my craft room organized, I'm going to have to sit and think real hard about my favorite things...

I'm going to have a sewing station, a paper station, and the biggest portion will be my jewelry. I'll be so happy when my crafty stuff has not exploded all over the house (which is what it has done yet again).

At the moment, my absolute favorite item to add to jewelry is freshwater pearls. I don't know why, but I could put them in little bowls and sit and stare at them all day. Maybe I should get my head looked at :)

Tammy said...

Such awesomeness to behold!

What color are your walls? ;o)