Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year, New Tools (A Crafty Christmas Haul)


I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday season.  Happy New Year!  I'm so excited for this New Year.  Twenty-eighteen was a "meh" year, and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings.
Christmas came and went in a blur at my house.  With it, came some fun new crafty tools.  I love snooping on what others are buying/getting, and since this is all coming in a short period of time, I wanted to share with you what I received, either as gifts, or purchases with gift cards.  It may seem odd that so many things are basics for a craft room, however, after several years in the direct sales market, I'm finding loads of things that I want, that others have had for some time!   You'll start seeing these tools pop up in my videos and supply lists very soon!  
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Lets  start with this fun item!  I got a MISTI Stamp Positioner!  My other (different company) stamp platform broke along the hinges, recently, and when my husband was looking for ideas for me, this was at the top of my list.  I'm excited to break it in with some fun layering stamps - or a Concord & 9th Turnabout!  To go with my new MISTI, I purchased the Wipe Off Mouse Pad insert.  This will allow me to stamp cling stamps onto a washable surface, rather than the standard foam insert that will soak up the ink.  

Another fun item I received, was the Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer.  I have a larger size guillotine style trimmer, but it's rarely on my desk, unless I'm doing a larger project.  It just took up too much room.  This smaller size trimmer only cuts up to an 8.5" tall piece of paper, but that is perfect for cutting card fronts.  I tend to keep a stack of card bases on my desk anyway, so for those larger pieces, I can pull out the bigger trimmer.  If you're not into the orange color, another option that is similarly sized, is the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Comfort Trimmer.  
I also ordered the We R Memory Keepers Score Board.   Again, I have another score board in a larger size, but don't typically pull it out a lot due to the amount of space it takes up.  This score board is sized perfectly for card making, and you can use the score tool that comes with the board, or your own bone folder (I'm still in love with my teflon bone folder).  One of the first things I found when I was removing the Score Board from the packaging, is that on the back side, there are a few cute shapes, and a diagonal line, so that you can score or emboss those onto your projects as well.  
These jumped right into my cart, as I was placing an order for something else.  I've used the Ranger Multi Medium Matte in the past, and I love this product.  It's a liquid glue that dries completely matte - so if you get a little seepage as you are adhering elements, it will blend in with your paper.  It's got a small tip, which it great for using with more intricate die cuts.  It's strong as well, so it works great for adhering elements to your project.  It's a great adhesive for mixed media work.  Truth be told, I've also used it for some household repairs with success (It's actually really good for repairing broken ceramic pieces that the cats knocked over - let's not get into the details of how I had to figure that one out). 
To go with the Multi Medium Matte, I ordered these Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles.  All I really wanted was the top.  I took the tip off of the Multi Medium Matte bottles, and attached these ultra fine tips.  This gives me even greater precision with where I apply the adhesive.  There is a pin in the top, which helps to keep the tip from getting clogged up. 

I have a few more things on order, that haven't yet arrived, that I'm excited to try.  Some I ordered because I've heard great things about them - and some just because they caught my eye - and I want to try them: Neenah card stock (this is supposed to be great for stamping on); woodgrain card stock (pretty!); Bazzill Pale Rose Card Stock (I'm always on the hunt for that "perfect" pale pink card stock); Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens (sparkles - you know I had too!); Nuvo Crystal Drops in some pretty, neutral, colors (I'm anxious to try these, and I think the neutrals will be used most frequently); Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Jewels (more pretties!); and some ultra thick envelopes (I want to do some more mail art in the coming year, and the thicker envelopes may work better to hold the inks from stamping, etc.  At least, that's my theory!).

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