Tuesday, December 01, 2015

So Suzy Stamps Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hi everyone,
welome to the So Suzy Stamps Anniversary Blog Hop! If you are coming from Monica's Blog or just joining, you are in the right place! Our theme is friendship and I decided to focus on the Happiness Is series. I have created a few cards in the past using the Happiness Is series and I just love it!

For this of you who have never heard of the Happiness Is Series, I have them all below along with some examples. Here is a video tutorial that I created so that you can check out how to make this card

Now it is time to go back to the beginning to So Suzy's blog to check out what she has created for the hop!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Top 10 Crafty Supplies of 2015!

Top 10 Crafty Supplies of 2015!
My Favourite Tools, Trends and more in no particular order!

Some affiliate links are used. This means I receive a small commission if you purchase things through the links. There is NO cost to you for this. I have not been asked, bribed or paid to advertise anything on this list. :)

#1 Tim Holtz 12 Inks of 2015 and Mini Inks
Tim Holtz has come out with a new colour every month during 2015 - including the ink, marker, reinker, paint, stain and spray. December has yet to be revealed but here are the 11 colours so far! 

Tim Holtz has also released all previous colours in MINI INKS! Just $2.99! I love these for those colours I know I won't use too often and they are definitely good for storage purposes and take up much less room. You can store your inks in the Mini Storage Tins!

Tim Holtz Mini Storage Tin

#2 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
These markers make watercoloring easy with more precision and control. You can apply directly to dry or wet paper and blend out as desired. Great for using with white embossing and flower stamps! 

Zig Markers in Action!

#3 Bird Crazy + Crazy Things + Dies
Too cute to handle! These birds can be used for such a variety of funny cards and holiday cards when paired with the Crazy Things Stamp Set. Check out my video on the top 10 products because I explain which stamps/dies you need based on what you intend to do with them.

Stamps and Dies in Action!

#4 Layering Stamps/1-2-3 Stamping
These stamps are absolutely amazing for getting a "real life" look. They stamp in three layers with three different shades of ink to get the look. Here are some of my favourite layering stamps and below a video on using them.

#5 Altenew "Perfect for Layering" Inks
Take the thinking out of layering stamping with Altenew Inks! (Usually) four shades that go from light to dark that coordindate perfectly with each other to use on their own or with layering stamps!

#6 Create a Smile Card Kits
There are my favourite card kits of all time - why? Because they contain everything you need, coordinates perfectly together, there is a video hop done with tons of inspiration and tutorials, good value for money, low shipping costs, no commitment, not monthly!

Don't miss out on the next one, click here, scroll down and you can subscribe to their newsletter to see when the next one comes out!

Snow Dance Kit (Retired)

Sending Sunshine Kit (retired)

#7 Gansai Watercolours
I realize it is unlikely that these came out this year, but the trend sure did start in 2015. Honestly, don't waster your time buying cheap watercolours. The price on these are not too bad considering they last forever and the quality is amazing. These took my watercoloring to the next level. I personally have the 24 pack.

#8 Stitched Dies
Move over boring rectangle, circle and square dies and say hello to the stitched dies (or pierced). There dies are super awesome to add a bit of texture to your cards! My personal favourites are one that stitch the inside and outside - so whether I am die cutting a frame or a shape, I get the stitched pattern. Here are the ones I have:

#9 New Companies
Many of these companies either started in 2015 OR they really started to get into everyone's collections in 2015. I may have missed some because I have never heard of them. But these are the companies I know are "new or newer" and I LOVE and started using in late 2014-2015.

I cannot RAVE ENOUGH about this tool. It is a life changer. Specifically, it can stamp anything but its strengths lie in bulk stamping, solid image stamping, masking and stamping in the same place over  and over and over. I have linked to the MISTI from Simon Says Stamp and So Suzy Stamps but I am sure there are other retailers out there.

My Youtube Series on the MISTI tool! I apologize - one or two videos have a few sound issues. 
I hope you enjoyed my favourite things of 2015. What are your favourites? Leave a comment below for a chance to win an ink pad from Altenew!


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