Monday, 19 May 2014

My Top 5 Craft supplies

People are always asking what my favourite (or recommended) card-making and scrapbooking supplies are. 

All of these are available from Stampin' Up! ~ they're truly magnificent. Here are my Top 5 in no particular order:

1. SNAIL adhesive 
Absolutely the best paper craft glue on the market and I've tried many glues. SNAIL applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your project, sticks fast and is of archive quality - your hands and work area never get sticky. Best for card making and scrapbooking. £5.50/£3.75 (refill)

2. Sponge Daubers 
Use these on the end of your fingertips to add a distressed look to any project. Use on stamps or directly onto projects. Also good for stamping circular areas of ink to create an unusual background, or for applying ink to stencils. £9.95 for 12

3. Colour Coach
Takes the guess work out of combining colours. I've only just invested in one of these but have spent all my time since wondering why I didn't get one before! Gives you two colour combination suggestions for each colour, and provides a contrasting shade to the colour in question. Perfect for when you have a colour you want to use in mind, but no idea what to team it with. £13.50. 
Also available are cards for the two In-Color groups - £2.25 each

4. Stamp-a-majig
I've talked about my love for this item before! A must-have for any stamper - this little beauty helps you position every stamp exactly where you want it. A simple bit of kit that is so easy to use. £10.95

5. Stampin' Scrub & Stampin' Mist
Ok, so I'm cheating here a bit as these are actually two items, but they work in perfect harmony! The Stampin' Mist smells gorgeous - you spray it on to the "wet" side of the Stampin' Scrub and you rub the stamp until it is clean, drying it on the "dry" side of the Stampin' Scrub pad. Voila! You have clean, dry stamps; even the most detailed ones. The plush, black washpads are removable so that you can clean them. Another absolute must. Stampin' Scrub is £13.50 and Stampin' Mist is £3.25

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