FAVES & MUST HAVES

Here, you will find a collection of my favorite and must have items.

Please know, that this list is constantly evolving as I discover new, must-have products.  
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Teflon Bone Folder

I have been reluctant to purchase one of these for years, because the cost put me off, however, I recently discovered that there were many more affordable options on the market now, so I invested.  And I LOVE it.   The beautiful sharp creases this creates in my card bases - without leaving a mark - makes it totally worth the cost!  I also love that it's nonstick, so I don't have to worry about adhesive getting on it.


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Reverse Tweezers

These awesome tweezers work in the reverse of a normal set.  You squeeze the body of the tweezers to open the pinchers, and release to grip.  This makes holding small pieces of paper for heat embossing, or placement super easy!  I love my set, and have had them for many years.



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This is a newer item in my tool box, but I'm not quite sure where it has been all my crafty life.  The sticky ends make it so easy to pick up, and place, small gems or sequins.    





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No list would be complete without this handy tool.  I've been through a lot of trimmers over the years, and have had both good and horrible trimmers.  This is one of the very good ones!  From the tiniest slivers of paper, to cutting down card fronts, this trimmer can do it - and no ragged edges!  I do keep another trimmer that I like, on hand to cut anything larger than 8.5", but most of the time, as soon as the piece will fit into the Comfort trimmer, I will switch back.   




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I've used many pencils over the time I've creating.  The pencils are soft, and easily blended to allow for some great 3D coloring.  There's a reason that Prismacolor is a name most recognize when discussing colored pencils.  The color selection in the 150 ct set is amazing, and as you can replace individual colors easily, the set is a good investment to start.  




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Platinum Die Cutting Machine

I have both the full size machine (in an older color configuration), and the smaller Platinum 6.  Either of these machines will quickly become your favorite.  The full size machine has an 8.5" x 11" platform, allowing you to cut a full sheet of card stock at a time.  Both are able to cut thin and steel rule dies, as well as emboss with embossing folders and dies.  I've had a few different brands of die cutting machines, over my time paper crafting, and this is my favorite so far!  





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Journey OvalsCircles, and Rectangles Dies 

These dies are frequently used on my cards.  The basic shapes are a must have in my book, and the added individual pierced dies allow for more variety in how the dies are used.



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Gina K Designs Obsidian Amalgam Ink


Every crafter has to have a great black ink in their arsenal.  This ink stamps beautifully, and is perfect for Copic coloring and watercoloring - without the need to heat set, or wait hours for it to set.  Color to your hearts content in minutes - with no smearing!  For no-line coloring, the Barely There shade has all the same  abilities, but in a color that fades away under your coloring.



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White Liner

Of all the adhesives, this is probably my most used.  I love the White Liner tape for holding together boxes, sleeves, and cards.  It is the first adhesive I reach for when creating a dimensional project.  Make sure to burnish the tape into the card stock fibers for the strongest hold.  



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Grand Pro Shears / Detail Pro Shears

Both pairs of these shears are so handy!  First, I actually like that the bright green color doesn't tend to get lost on my desktop as I create.  The Grand Pro Shears are a nice weight, and the non-stick - and self sharpening! - blades mean that you will want three or four pairs just to have around the house for various uses.  The Detail Pro Shears are the perfect size for fussy cutting images.  They move through card stock smoothly.


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MISTI Stamping Tool

You'd be hard pressed to find a crafter who has a MISTI and doesn't love it.  This stamping tool makes stamping layers, double stamping, or creating multiple identical cards, a breeze.  Be sure to also pick up the Mouse Pad , which allows you to use your MISTI with clear stamps. 



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Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen - Glitter Gloss

This actually knocked my beloved Sparkle Silk off the list.  The perfect subtle shimmer to add to projects.  You can paint it onto specific areas with the brush tip, or flick it across your project for more random shine.  Also works to watercolor with, if you squeeze a bit out into a palette when watercoloring.





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Non-Crafty Favorites

I'm including this list of somewhat random non-crafting favorite items, because I love these things so much - and I'm often asked where I got them.