The Craft Critique reporters have come up with their ‘must-haves’ (or ‘must-gives’) for this holiday season. Feel free to print this out, highlight the goodies you want, and leave it laying around for your personal gift-giving entity to stumble upon…
(alphabetically by reporter’s first name, because with my last name I hardly ever get to go first 😉
- The full-sized Scor-It. I know, I know, everybody loves the Scor-Pal, and I do too, I have it and use it all the time, especially on 3-D objects. But I picked up the mini Scor-It on a whim, and it really does do a better scoring job on my cards.
- Gina K’s Pure Luxury 120 lb cardstock, because ooh, la, la, and while I’m over there, some of those snazzy waterproof labels too.
- Clean surfaces in my craft room. Actually, what I really want is the equivalent of a sous chef for crafting. Also a nanny and a cleaning service.
- Nestabilities: I have so much fun with these, I would *love* to have the circles, the squares, Labels One, and Labels Two! I have the ovals and long rectangles, they add so much to my paper crafting. I just don’t get tired of these!
- A Serious Cutter: I have a Fiskars cutter that does small jobs, but I need a guillotine-type cutter to have smoother edges and more professional cards and scrapbooks…it’s a little strange I don’t already have one ;).
- Lastly, I would like to have be a member at Splitcoast. I would really like to support the website I love and I just haven’t worked it in the budget yet!
- The Fiskar’s Premium Crafter’s Trimmer, because it appears to be everything I want in a trimmer: large but lightweight, plenty of measurement guides and it’s so cute and orange!
- Registration to Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life workshop on Big Picture Scrapbooking. The chance to pick her brain and learn directly from a scrapper I adore would be fabulous!
- Fiskars limited edition “A Total Flake” squeeze punch. It is the ultimate snowflake (for snowlovers), it fits in 1.5 inch circle and the punch is green so I’ll be able to recognize it easily
- 2008 Holiday Tag Collection by Papertrey Ink. I would be so inspired I would buy extra gifts just so I could stamp more gift tags!
- Any kind of 29th St Market Paper– I just love the distressed look of their papers and designs like “Everyday Favourite Shirt” remind me of my favorite comfy clothes and blankets.
- A BIG scrapbooking bag….because in 2009 I am going to make it to a crop 🙂
- Project pans for my melting pot
- The new Nesties. I am LOVING the look of the new Label Dies number 1 and also the Mega Rectangle frames. They are GAW-JUS!
- More Copic Markers. I am new to these as of a few months ago and cannot BELIEVE what a difference they make in coloring. They are so blendable and smooth to color with and I am in love! I have about 36 markers but hey, only about 300 more to go! LOL!
- A better storage system for my clear or unmounted rubber stamps. I have yet to find one out there that I’m really happy with. Any suggestions?
- Prism Paper Rack I love anything that helps me stay organized! This white coated metal paper rack has 36 divided pockets & holds 8.5 x 11 cardstock (which is my favorite size for card making). And… this organizer ships free to the U.S.!
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology masks I have seen some amazing projects made using these masks! They can be used with paint, an airbrush system, sponged with ink…. the possibilities are endless!
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas. These are self-adhesive canvas sheets that you can decorate with paints, inks and dyes. Then you cut out and stick onto cards, scrapbook pages, and more. I love the idea of combining different art mediums such as paints and stamping! Fun!!! Claudine’s paints are amazing too! Check them out HERE.
- Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter: This is a serious sewing machine. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Bernina, but I can’t stand the idea of attempting to sew another large quilt with it. It’s just too hard to manage the fabric and I end up hating my stitches. The Mega Quilter offers an enormous arm area (9″x6″) and the option to convert it to a long arm machine with a portable table. Of course, there’s no price anywhere online, which certainly means that it’s ridiculously expensive. Sigh. Someday…
- EK Success Glass Cutting Mat (13×13): I have long touted that cutting on a glass mat is significantly better than cutting on a self-heating mat. There’s little to no drag and it just cuts like butter. I have also been using the glass from a $1 picture frame for the past three or four years. About a year-and-a-half ago, that sheet of glass broke. I still use it. Sad, really. I think it’s time to upgrade. For $19.99 I can get a glass mat with grid lines that is actually bigger than my 12×12 piece of paper. Definitely on my wish list.
- Ultimate Screen Printing Kit from Speedball: I’ve been wanting to experiment with all sorts of printing these days, and a screen printing kit is high on my list of desires. This one from Speedball retails for $139.99 and includes 2 screen frames, an instructional video, and all the ink and tools you need to get started. I’m a little afraid to start playing with screen printing because I think I’m going to love it and become a total addict. And can really afford to start a new hobby? I’m running out of room around here as it is! And yet, I really, really, really want it!
- ATG Gun – I have and recommend because of affordability in the long run, I find it easy to maneuver.
- Scor-pal – I have and recommend because of it makes professional-looking scores as well as benefiting those who enjoy making 3-d projects.
- Nestabilities – I have some, but want them all!
- On the top of my list this year is the Claudine Hellmuth Studio line of paints by Ranger. After seeing them in action at CHA I know they are of superb quality and are available in such beautiful colors.
- I’ve really wanted to learn how to embroider better, so that’s why I want one of the embroidery kits from Sublime Stitching (www.sublimestitching.com). With modern patterns, full kits with supplies, and instructions for how to do all the stitches, I know I will be a pro in no time!
- I have been making a lot of mini books lately, and one of my favorite ways to add pages to an existing book is using Sheer Delights by KI Memories. These frosted, heavy overlays are a great way to add sturdy pages to a book without adding a lot of bulk. And there are designs to go with any theme!
- The Best of Becky Higgins Sketches: each month I look forward to Becky’s sketch column in Creating Keepsakes, so would love to get my hands on this book and have a pile of her sketches all in one place. I love Becky’s style because she quite often uses 4×6 photos in her work.
- Scor-It: I’ve always used a Bone Folder, and my Personal Trimmer to score my projects, and while it works in a pinch – it doesn’t always give the most accurate results. Using the 12-inch ruler on the full size version I think would make it easier to get score lines exactly where I want them – especially when it comes to finding the exact centre.
- Wacom Intuos 6×8 Tablet: #1 on my wish list for sure! Since I work with graphics programs every day, I figure I’ve got a good excuse for wanting this one. Of course, if Santa brings it, I can use it for photo editing and digital scrapbooking too!
- Red Enamel Marker Bin: this is a stylish and functional way to store all my markers, pencils and brushes all in one spot. It will look good on a shelf and also make it easy to grab your stuff and carry it to a crop or just in front of the TV.
- Copic Black Multiliner Set: these pens are refillable, the tips are replaceable and they write beautifully on any project. I definitely need these to “fix” my bad stamping skills before coloring with my Copic markers.
- Envelope Templates: I love the idea of using old magazines and papers to make my own envelopes! These templates are wonderful and make this process super easy. Also, adding that little envelope liner piece makes your cards even cooler, right?
- Making Memories Slice Die Cutting Machine – Because it is small enough to sit on the desktop, has cartridges that coordinate with Making Memories seasonal collections, and is SO CUTE. Please Santa….I’ve been so good! *adjusts crooked halo*
- Scor-Pal – I own this baby and all I can say is….where have you been all my life? I can now score cards and create 3D projects in a jiffy. The scoring tool snaps right into the unit and the self-healing Scor-Mat fits on top so it all can sit on my desk and I can work right on top of it.
- Copic Markers – These alcohol ink markers are so vibrant and blend on your paper like a dream without any hatch marks. They are all I color with lately. With over 300 colors available, can a girl ever have enough?
- Xyron 250, because I’m tired of getting glue and adhesive on my fingers trying to attach ribbons and die cuts to my cards!
- Complete set of Rectangle Nestabilities to cut and emboss panels for my cards and paper projects, because they’re a great value for the money and so versatile.
- Papertrey Ink’s full line of cardstock to finish off my collection. It’s the thickest cardstock out there and such a great value. Not to mention the colors are gorgeous!
These items are on my GIVING list! Buying them via these links also helps to support Craft Critique!
- We Dare You: Scrapbook Challenges About Real Life a wonderful and exciting book that dares you to take a scrapbooking RISK!
- Amy Butler’s Little Stitches A perfect gift for a new crafty mom!
- Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew Do you know someone who OWNS a sewing machine and never sews a thing? Maybe it’s because they are just like me and need some lessons!
So, now that you’ve made it this far, why don’t you tell us what’s on YOUR list? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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