Monday, 31 August 2009

My Favourite Things... and yours.

I have been cleaning ALL day - literally 10 a.m.-6 p.m.   It's been horrendous.  I feel very sad about it.

So, instead of posting a card (as I've not had time to make one), I thought I'd post a list of my FAVOURITE crafting supplies, and ask you what yours are.

And, the good news, I will award a prize for the most interesting comment.  I had a giveaway a week ago but the winner never claimed her prize.  So I have goodies up for grabs.  

My Favourite things:


2.  My sewing machine

3.  My thread.  I think I over-use it.

4. Hero Arts Notecards - current favourite: Spring mix.

  5.  Kraft paper - any kind.

6.  The GORGEOUS Cosmo Cricket mini decks.

Leave me a comment by Thursday 3rd September, telling me your favourite crafting supplies, and I will award the prize to the person who convinces me to buy their favourite thing :)  

Bye for now. X

47 comments:

Eveline said...

My favorite supplies are: Kraft cardstock, my MM ruler with piercing holes in them, my trusty old pair of scissors and my bone folder. Nothing special really but I need them all the time.
Eveline.

susie f said...

Hi Lucy, my fav things are Hero art heart winged butterfly (1st spotted on your blog), my new sewing machine (from when you showed us some cute stitches), Bazzill cardstock (but Kraft at the moment), Distress inks in all colours, and buttons tied on with cord (again blaming you).
Thanks for the inspiration but stop making me spend money :)
Sue from Durham

Karen said...

Sorry you had to clean all day. I miss the eye candy. I can't make cards without my exacto knife and quilters rulers. In 17 years of making cards, I haven't met a papercutter that cuts as straight. Must have my Memory Tape Runner. Have used many over the years and I like this one best. Any and all Nestabilities are fabulous. And currently, I must have lots and lots of buttons.

Troy Louise said...

I hate cleaning, but love the house afterwards! My favorite crafting supplies are quite varied: My sewing machine (I once thought I would grab it 1st if the house was burning!); my prisma color pencils; my crochet needles, now that I can use them; I carry my stampin up catalog around like a security blanket & I love all of my rubber stamps. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

Jodi R said...

I love my clear ruler so I can see thru to the paper below, my scallop border bunch, kraft paper, my ribbon pile and lately...my 5 year old daughter. She is loving being a part of a crafty card day with her Mama. She loves to watch Hero Arts videos and she cracks me up when she uses her extensive knowledge to describe corner rounders, embossing powder, heat guns, stamping techniques etc.

Andrea said...

You have my sympathy with the cleaning malarky - that's my job for tomorrow :( My favourite crafty products at the moment are:

Papertrey Ink raspberry fizz saddle stitch grosgrain ribbon - I am in love with this colour and the ribbon ties into great knots :)

Buttons, especially those with 4 holes

Goggle eyes - they make me smile

Martha Stewart edge punches - I have no idea how I lived so long without them!

Have fun crafting now that your house is clean and tidy

Alyssa B said...

No need to buy this one: just run to your kitchen, find your cutlery drawer, select a knife and run along the cardstock edges. Easy Peasy cardstock distressing and better yet, it doesnt cost a cent

~kelly marie~ said...

I love my Ranger Inkssentials white opaque gel pen so much right. When you can't sew you've gotta faux! :)

paula said...

Hi ya Lucy :D, At the moment my favourite things are Dots & flowers BG stamp(Hero Arts), Heartwing Butterfly (Hero Arts), my small paper cutting scissors, Tim Holtz distress inks & applicators. Lastly my Ranger mini misters, re-inkers & perfect pearls. I have been making my own "coloured" papers with them & having a blast.

hooliegirl said...

Hmmm... let's see...
1. Embossing Heat Tool (I love to emboss!)

2. Memento Ink (Black Tuxedo in particular for drawing with Copics)

3. Offray's Black/White Side-Saddle Ribbon (I use a LOT of this particular ribbon in many of my cards!)

4. Sakura White Gel pen (okay, okay so Kristina Werner has me hooked on faux stitching!)

5. UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel -- This is my new favourite item -- I can't believe I've lived without it so long!!!

6. How can I forget one of my absolute favourite stamps? Hero Arts' Heart-Winged Stamp of course!

Amanda Profumo said...

I have two faves at the moment:

First, I became a kit club member in June of Studio Calico. Love my kits- it doesn't dissapoint! I find myself waiting for the UPS man the first of the month!

Second, my Xyron "create a sticker" mini machine. I love this because it easily adheres small or skinny embellies and ribbon or rick-rack without any fuss at all! I love it! And it's very inexpensive!

Susan McRae said...

Lucy, I spent most of my day cleaning as well. I'm tuckered!

My favourite supplies are my Scotch ATG tape gun, Tim Holtz Design Ruler, Cutter Bee scissors, Memories black dye ink, my Sakura Stardust pens (I seem to like just a little shimmer on my cards lately) and all my Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
Stampin Sue

Pegg S said...

I'm sorry you had to clean all day, but it must feel good when you look around to a sparkling space!

My favorite products right now are my The Greeting Farm stamps (Wild Sprouts is the cutest line!), the Ek Success Binding Edge Edger Punch, Basic Grey Lemonade pad, PaperTrey Ink ribbons and papers.. I haven't bought "new" things recently !

GabrielaD said...

I have lots of "favorites" at the moment. These are my top 5 oh make that 6.

1. Kraft paper by Papertrey Ink.

2. Acrylic Stamps from Papertrey Ink, in particular Scattered Showers.

3. Distress Inks (all the great colors)

4. Ribbon from PaperTrey Ink... they have oodles of awesome colors.

5. Jute String in natural.

6. Bella stamps from Stamping Bella.

wait one more.... 7. COPICS!!!!

I could go on and on (and on.....). Thanks for the chance to win this blog candy giveaway!

Tanis said...

Oh poor you cleaning all day. I hope you get to make something fun tomorrow!
My favourite new thing for my cards are these alphabet stickers from Making Memories...
http://www.makingmemories.com/Products/detail/tiny-alpha

I love stitching them on to my cards...a fun and different way to add a sentiment and they come in such fun colours.

Hope you have a great week :)

Dawn said...

Lucy - just think how sparkly it all is with all the cleaning....
My new favorite is my metric Scor-Pal that I got this week. Been making boxes all weekend....
other than that
* HA Butterfly stamp
* my Fiskar scissors
* Distress inks closely followed by Alcohol inks
oh I could go on and on.....

Kris said...

1. My Signo Uni-ball Broad white pen (also silver, pink and green) - the best white pen!

2. My Stampin' Up! Stamp N Scrub - makes stamping much more fun.

3. My Tweezer Bees

Jemima R said...

Love all your work.
My favs are (i've limited myself to the top 5 otherwise I could go on and on):

1. Paper Tray Inc- their stamps, cardstock, ribbion, buttons, everything (for a price which makes me wonder about the mark-ups on other brands). AND they ship overseas a lot cheaper then other places! Great value and quality.

2. Kraft Cardstock- just like everyone else in the world, its like the LBD of crafting. classic and always makes you feel good.

3. Clear embossing powder. Great for a quick tone on tone look without needing 100's of inks.

3. Anything by Sassafrass Lass.

4. Two Peas in a Bucket- for great prices (except the overseas shipping $$$), but also the ideas from the talented GG and the members. So glad I stumbled onto this site.

5. The beautiful Australian coast line. Which inspires me everyday. Can't beat driving home, reaching the crest of my hill and seeing the ocean!

donna mikasa said...

Hi Lucy! Just so you know, you weren't cleaning alone! I was cleaning up, too, an ocean away! No cards from me today, too. Maybe tomorrow??

My very favorite can't-live-without-it craft product is Kokuyo Permanent Dot Roller. I love it so much, I buy the refills by the case! That and Hero's kraft notecards are always within reach. Thanks for asking!

Spardha said...

Apart from the "MOST IMPORTANT" adhesives..
my all time fave crafting supplies are FLOWERS.. all kinds.. any kinds..
.. they help me to fill up just about any space left blank on my cards.. where i dunno wat to do..

Cibele Glazer said...

I too had to do the back to school cleaning thing and hated!

Like everyone else I have my crafting staples and I won't bore you with them. My new favorite must have item is Perfect Pearls. This stuff is awesome especially when used with the Distress Inks. I watched Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking series at Two Peas after I had purchased the product and got even more great ideas on how to use it with my stamping projects. It adds just a little shimmer to small areas or you can go all out and make backgrounds or use it on flowers and other embellishments. This product is so versatile and works beautifully on dark paper. It comes in gorgeous colors. I think I am gushing. Have I convinced you yet? Anyway, I hope you will give it a try if you haven't already.

Jane said...

Hi!
At the moment I love

buttons (I especially love making my own)

I too am in love with Cosmo Cricket mini decks (I just ordered one a week or two ago...still waiting for it to come!)

background stamps...they are so versatile!

and I love my cuttlebug machine!

Thanks for your generosity!

Momiji said...

I should be cleaning too! but much prefer crafting any day..
favourites for me are Kodomo rubber stamps, washi paper and origami and paperfolding of all sorts. Also..since visiting your blog have totally fallen in love with hero arts stamps...especially the china dolls and that lovely winged butterfly.I like Kraft cardstock too..

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Lucy

It was the back to school cleaning, I've got to do the same. Spent far too much time this holiday, crafting not cleaning and now its catch up time! My five favourite crafting items, this is going to be hard as I love loads at the moment.
1. My sizzix Big shot ( with cuttlebug folders)
2. The new Hero Arts Cling stamps. (Especially the Antique Brocade one)
3. The nestabilities labels die.
4. All the Distress inks! You can use them in so many great ways.
5.Lace and ribbon! (and pearls)

Thanks Lucy for all the inspiration.
Sallyx

Tricia said...

that was a marathon cleaning you did!!!! Do you travel to other homes and clean theirs too???? I can give a great scrappy trade!!! lol
My favorite supplies are ANYTHING that I can get my hands on that are secretly purchased or recieved and kept from my hubby!!! lol So basically, anything I get that he doesn't know about is my FAVORITE!

Marijke said...

A whole day of cleaning, yikes!
But sometimes we need to do this in stead of making cards ... unfortunaly

My favorite supplies at the moment :
*distress inks and stickles
*All my Hero Arts stamps
*my cuttlebug and espescially in combination with nestabilities
*my craft knife and a simple ruler
*Glue dots

Deirdre said...

Don't you just hate the cleaning part but love the sense of satisfaction afterwards?
I love HA pearls and gems.
Love Hero Art Background Stamps - especially the raindrop as it is so versatile.
My favourite tool is my tiny scissors that has a non stick coating on the blades (think I got them in France!)great for cutting anything sticky. Fantastic investment.

krolski kathy said...

Hi Lucy! Sorry about all the cleaning. Wish I could have been there to help, but then you'd have to come all the way to Indiana (USA) to help me clean my house. ;)
My favs are: Cuttlebug embossing folders, regular old scissors, tape runner, the Slice and BG 6x6 paper packs. Hope you get to create soon!

Anonymous said...

Kraft cardstock IS amazing! I use it way too much! And threads as well. I like to have plain crochet thread or string and use distress inks to changed the color or darken it. It works really great! It's neat you live in England. I've always wanted to go there! Thanks again for the give-a-way!

Karen D said...

My favourite craft supplies are the clcar butterflies HA
My 60 drawer craft container bought in home depot holds all my brads, flowers, buttons all within easy reach.
My large punch and medium punch
Love it when i get a new stamp to create with
My craft room where i can retreat to put on my music and create

Hope said...

I love my texture paste, sewing machine, cuttlebug and paintbrushes.

Michelle said...

My faves right now in order are:

1. I love the Lime Rickey paper by Basic Grey!!!! I have a 12x12 pack and a 6 x6 pad. I LOVE the colors.

2. I always use my Charcoal Color Box Chalk Ink pad

3. I love my Clearsnap ColorBox Pigment Petal Point Option 8 Color Inkpads - I think I have 6-7 in various color options

4. Bazzill Cardstock

5. Core'dinations Paper - I love all of the embossing and ripping and etc that you can do to see the core color of the paper

6. My Marvy Uchida Paper Punches - scalloped oval is my favorite

7. My Sizzix Big kick and all of my dies and embossing folders!!

I have so many things but the above are the ones I definitely use the most.

Tammy said...

1. My Cricut (whenever someone asks me if they need it...I say YES! You NEED it!
2. I am a Close to My Heart Consultant so...I love that our products all match, stamp pads, pens, paper, cardstock and embellies. I also love our acrylic stamps.
3. I can hardly do anything w/o buttons...I am addicted to buttons..ask anyone I know!
4. Copic Markers...the best invention ever!
5. My sponge daubers...another addiction I cant do w/o again...ask anyone I know, it is not finished until it is daubed!


Thank you for your beautiful artwork you share with us!

Aliy said...

My Favorite crafting supplies.. wow there are so many.

1. Cricut for sure!
2. Prismacolor markers
3. Mac Book Pro
4. the 231 blogs I follow for inspiration and techniques and products (yours included :)
4. DCWV photo stacks... even though I haven't used any in a while

cindy said...

My favourites are:
1. Scrapbook Adhesive doublesided tape runner
2. My brand new VersaMark Dazzle watermark stamp pad (champagne) (used with clear embossing powder)
3. Cuttlebug folder - swiss dots
4. core-dinations paper
5. my asian stamps - bamboo, dragon and cherry tree stamps are my tried and true
6. Far East textured card stock

Doris said...

my favourites are:
1.hero arts stamps
2. Memories Ink Pad - Black
3.DCWV paper stacks
4. Colorbox chalk inks
5. fiskars border punch- treading water

paperella said...

I love lists!! But this one is hard, lol!!! I love ALL of my supplies and tools, and love discovering more...
But I'll do the effort:
- 1. Distress Inks
- 2. Embossing powders, specially clear and white.
- 3. Heat it Tool. You have to try this, it's amazing!!!
- 4. White cardstock. With the above distress inks you gan make it the color you want :)
- 5. My Olpha exacto knife. Perfect for cutting the detailed HA critters.
- 6. The "Designer Woodgrain" stamp by Hero Arts. Super versatile!
- 7. The Cuttlebug and Nestabilities.
- 8. Basic Grey 6x6 patterned paper pads. I still have to find a design I don't like from them. They're all so pretty!! And include some distressed solids too, which is great.
And I could go on and on, but I think that's enough ;)
Big hugs Lucy and thanks for the lovely draw!!

Amie said...

Hi Lucy!

I love picking up new stuff for stamping/cardmaking! So addicting! But if I had to choose...

- HA Heart Winged Butterfly
- Tim Holtz Distress inks and shipping tags - to make wonderful little taggies
- Basic Grey paper ... so lovely!
- Pearls and Gems (and I've just discovered how easy they are to colour with Sharpie markers...fun!)
- and something I'm excited for ('cuz I just placed an order) ... organza dot ribbon from www.reasonableribbon.com (a la Jen Biederman ... always love her ribbon!) it was super cheap, and so was the shipping!

Thanks for the chance to win :)

Amie

Lissame said...

the best thing that I every bought was my scorpal and the mat, then using my cuttlebees to cut and paper pierce holes has to be a great way to have straight lines without all of the effort, ranger prodructs, and paper...card stock or patterned...I love it all, pens of any sort though I love when they are brush tipped as you can do so much with them...

cameracrazychick said...

I have lots of favorite products, most of my stamping gear is either Hero Arts or Stampin Up... and I HATE cleaning too, just like you. I think that you should SO buy yourself a Stampin Scrub from Stampin Up - its this nifty little thing that folds open, and you squirt stamp cleaner on one half and rub your stamp in it, then rub your stamp in the other half to dry it... TOO EASY!!! Seriously, YOU NEED ONE! I keep mine on my desk, it doesn't take up much space, and it does a great job. Go on, go buy one.... NOW!

Jo R. said...

Hi Lucy, My fave craft supplies at the moment (in no particular order) are good white cardstock - so many ways to use it, my beloved stamps, Stampin' Up!'s paper piercer set (love the little template so that my holes are straight), ribbon, ribbon and more ribbon, and finally, my self healing craft mat and exacto knife.

Vera Ling said...

My favorite supplies at the moment are my scissors, Tombow glue, (the scissors & glue pretty much a must for all my projects), prismacolor pencils, stickles, and liquid pearl. Then again, I don't think I can create without ALL my stuff. LOL, being surrounded by my craft stuff is part of my creative process.

Heather Maria said...

Oh Lucy it's so hard to choose my favourite supplies but these are some of the ones I love:-

- Cuttlebug - only a few months old but used so much
- Embossing powders and heat gun
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scraps left over from my quilting
- A small curved nail scissors I bought in Boots - it's great for cutting around curves
- My fingernails - for distressing, picking threads to fray fabric and picking up and placing fiddly gems and beads!

You must have cleaned everything in the house so hopefully you have lots of time for crafting now!

Anonymous said...

My favourite thing this week (LOL) is my craft sheet - you know the one that you use under your work that can be wiped off. Having never used one before, I amazed at how stuff just wipes off and I am using less paper under my work - which I know is better for the environment too. Such a little thing but it was been so much fun to mix inks, blend marker colours and then just wipe away!!
Lauralee
talascam@rogers.com

Linda E said...

Like all of the other ladies I have numerous favorites ranging from distress inks and Hero Arts stamps to Martha Stewart punches and Cosmo Cricket anythin. But one tool that goes to every crop is my Basic Grey rub-on tool. No more popsicle sticks for me. This tool makes adding rub-ons to a card or layout so simple and the rub-ons gon on perfectly every time! Hope you get one if you don't already have one.

Beth Meier said...

Hi! I am new to your blog and LOVE it!
My favorite supplies right now (in no particular order...)

Paper Trey Ink stamps, buttons & ribbon! Fabulous designs and colors.

Thickers by American Crafts...so many different fonts, colors and
textures...there's one that's perfect for any project!

Stampin UP Cardstock! Love how easy it is to coordinate colors for those of us who are challenged in that regard!!

Any product that helps me stay organized!

Marsha said...

I have a new favorite. I like my cards on the subtle side of glam. I love it when there is just a hint of glitter that acts like a highlight - almost like when someone is wearing a beautiful scent that makes you want to step closer so you can get a second whiff! The shopkeeper at my favorite local stamp shop just introduced me to the perfect tool to apply glitter just the way I like it. It is the "Quickie Glue" pinpoint roller pen by SAKURA. It is perfect for the job. By the way, my favorite glitter is Dazzling Diamonds by Stampin Up. Love your blog, Lucy. Your cards are such a source of inspiration for me :-) --Marsha