July 20, 2012

Friday Favs

Well the big relaunch event is winding down my fabulous followers. We will be announcing the winners of the giveaways and challenges tomorrow. Today however is Friday Favs! Each Friday I will be sharing some of my favorite things with you. Products, blogs, websites, and creations. So if you have a blog or website I should check out or you post your creations in the Two Peas, or Spiltcoast Stampers galleries let me know! You might be featured as one of my favorite things! This week I'm going to feature some of my favorite products. These are some of my "can't live without" favorites that you will see me use on a regular basis. Some of them go hand in hand with each other and a lot of them are made by the same company.

First up is my favorite paper trimmer and scissors. It would be a little hard to craft without these. The paper trimmer is Fiskars 12" Rotary Trimmer. It gives you clean cuts and lasts a very long time (I've only bought 1)

The scissors are Tim Holtz's nonstick serrated scissors by Tonic. These are a really comfrtable pair of scissors that are great for detail cutting and your uncut foam mounted stamps.

Next up is my work surface. The Ranger Nonstick Craft Sheet is the best thing to ever happen to my craft table. Nothing sticks to it (even permanent marker) and it can withstand high temperatures, protecting your work surface. It works great for inking, painting, gluing, melt art and lots more. Many of the Distress Ink techniques really just aren't possible with out this craft sheet. It comes in 2 sizes a 15"x18" sheet and by the foot on a 36" wide roll. I have a 24"x36" piece that covers most of my work surface and it's fabulous. Just don't use your cutting tools on it, you still need a cutting mat for that.
Next are two products that you will see me use on just about everything. Tim Holtz's Distress Inks together with the Inkssentials Blending Tool. While they are great for adding that vintage, weathered look to projects I love to use them on everything because they give your projects so much more dimension. There are so many techniques and different looks you can achieve with these inks, they really are amazing. They come in 36 colors, plus there are 4 seasonal sets that each contain 3 colors, for a total of 48 gorgeous colors!

For adhesives I have 3 go-to ones. The Tombow Adhesive Dot Roller for paper to paper. Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive, I use this one for embellishments and also for intricate die cuts. And finally Ranger's Wonder Tape in 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch as well as the full sheets. This adhesive has a super strong hold. I use it on ribbon and also for putting mini album pages and pockets together. The sheets are great for chip board or grunge board die cuts. Apply the Wonder Tape to the chip/grunge board before die cutting and you have an instant adhesive back shape. It's great for adding glitter, flocking or embossing powder to your die cuts.

The last product I'm going to share is my go-to stamping ink. Archival Inks are an oil based dye ink that are permanent on many surfaces. They work great on both red rubber and clear stamps.I don't get the beading on my clear stamps that I do with a lot of other inks. They also give a very crisp image. I'm not a big Copic marker user but they seem to work fine with the few that I have (I only use the skin tone ones) and they do work great with colored pencils and other markers. 

I hope you enjoyed today's favorite things and if you haven't tried any of them check them out. I use these not only in the projects I post here, but als in my classes and I recommend them to my students. Let me know what your favorite go-to products are! Maybe my next Friday Fav will be something you use! 

Tomorrow is the big day for prizes and the last day of the relaunch. I have really enjoyed this whole week and it feels great to be reconnecting with the online crafting world. As a big thank you and my final giveaway for the week, I am going to give one lucky winner a set of the new Summer Seasonal Distress Inks. The colors in this set are unlike any of the previous Distress colors. They are super vibrant and beautiful! Al you have to do is leave a comment before midnight tonight  Can't wait to see you all tomorrow and if you're just finding the blog be sure to go back through the posts from this week for your chance to win!


  1. Can't live without a trimmer and scissors!! Here are a few places I find inspiration and check out on a regular basis.
    Crafting the Web (Theresa Momber has amazing Copic Tutorials - that's Brenda's sister
    A Blog Called Wanda (love her style and photography, too.)
    And last but not least, Jodi Collins (I love her coloring and layered cards, plus she loves coffee!! ha!) Stamping A Latte
    Thanks for letting me share!

  2. Thanks for a great week of new ideas and inspiration. My got to thing has to be my Martha Stewart trimmer, although I am looking to get a bigger one. I do use the score feature on this as well as my Martha Stewart score board. I have recently been doing s series of different folded cards so these have been my two main to go items. I have recently started adding inks to my crafty stuff, I am new to crafting (since the new year) and blogging since May. Thanks again.

    1. You're folded cards are wonderful. I've done a few but will have to try some of the ones you featured. TFS!

  3. I'd like to say I love the card series that Karon (post above) has done.
    She has done the one she mentions above where she shows us lots of different card types BUT she also did some other ones. I'd recommend you check out her blog. I feel some of her stuff would be good for you to highlight here.

    I am going to check out the Ranger Craft Sheet. Any idea where I could get this?

    dmcardmaker (at aol dot com)
    (email follower)

    1. Michael's and Joann's both carry them. They are usually with the Tim Holtz stuff at Michael's and Joann's usually has them with the stamping stuff. They really are amazing, especially if you do a lot of inking or painting.