Friday, 16 February 2018

My 10 current favourite Stampin' Up! products - and the reasons why!

So today I thought I'd give you a little insight into the products I love using. Now of course I love using ALL of Stampin' Up!'s beautiful products, but there will always be those favourites that suit our personal style, and we just can't get enough of.

Here is a breakdown of the products I am currently in love with...

Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin' Up! to stamp perfectly every time.

1. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Still my favourite crafting tool of all time. It's so helpful! It helps you place your stamping exactly where you want it, without the guesswork. You can view it in my Top Ten Craft Products, where I list the items that I just couldn't be without as a crafter, and a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Add some colour to your cardmaking, home decor, memory keeping and scrapbooking projects with Berry Burst from Stampin' Up
2. Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad
So the Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad has to be the biggest surprise, especially to me! For I am not a pink girl at all. This is a gorgeous pinky-purple (or is it a purpley-pink?) which is perfect for feminine cards or for watercolouring flowers. You can see it in action in this year's Valentine's Card.

Create tree-themed projects with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up
3. The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
I know, I know, this one really isn't a surprise. I have LOVED this embossing folder and I have used it so many times this year, probably much to the annoyance of those following this blog. There is just so much you can do with it, as my 10 Woodland Embossing Folder Projects article will attest.

Spread some love with the Heart Happiness stamp set from Stampin' Up
4. Heart Happiness Stamp Set 
Again, the Heart Happiness Stamp Set is a bit of a surprise, much like the Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, as I am not girly at all. But there is just something about hearts that I really love. This stamp set is perfect as it has several styles of hearts, large and small, just perfect for adding to your projects. It is also a really good price, so I love that too.

Add some bling with the Gold Glitter Flakes from Stampin' Up
5. Gold Glitter Flakes 
I am loving the Gold Glitter Flakes so much! Ok, they're small, extremely light, and as such extremely fiddly to add to your projects, but they give such a gorgeous look to whatever you're making. I loved them on my most recent Dragon Card. My trick for adhering them is to put a dot of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen onto your project, pick up a Gold Glitter Flake using a damp cotton bud and lower onto your blob of glue, which should 'suck' the flake onto the glue. You can sprinkle them everywhere, use them in shaker cards, the list is actually endless. A must have purchase!

Make a Magical Mermaid card, Stampin' Up
6. Magical Mermaid Stamp Set
So admittedly, I haven't used the Magical Mermaid too much yet. I try to give you a wide range of projects made by a wide range of products, but every time I use her I create such lovely things! I adore this stamp set. Why not follow the Magical Mermaid Tutorial and make a gorgeous Mermaid card.

Add some interest with Aqua Painters from Stampin' Up
7. Aqua Painters and Watercolor Paper 
Ok, this one's a bit of a cheat because it's two things, and you don't have to have both these products, but it helps. I love the Aqua Painters and Watercolor Paper - water-coloured backgrounds are so much fun and can add an extra layer of depth to your projects.

Add some ribbon or trim to your Stampin' Up! projects
8. Ribbon
I have always loved our range of Ribbon & Trim but I must admit that sometimes I forget to use it and it sits there on its wrack getting dusty! I have made an effort recently to remember to add ribbon to my projects, and what doesn't get used is turned into something else once it's retired. My favourite ribbon is currently the Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon (pictured). I am currently creating stuff for my coming Etsy shop (watch this space) which uses ribbon - keep tuned to find out what.

Create height, depth and interest using Stampin' Dimensionals on your card projects
9. Stampin' Dimensionals 
Stampin' Dimensionals are little foam pads that elevate elements of your card to create depth and interest. They're super strong and sticky and they come in Mini size, too. They're such a simple accessory but I always get through loads of them. They come highly recommended.

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad from Stampin' Up! - the perfect colour for your projects.
10. Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad 
Bermuda Bay is a colour that I seem to gravitate towards time and time again. It is so bright and cheerful and seems to go with any project that I am making. It also goes beautifully well with Berry Burst! This is one colour that I hope Stampin' Up! keeps forever! I never tire of using it.

What are your favourite Stampin' Up! products? What colours can't you live without? I'd be interested to hear what your favourites are!

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