Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TIPsy Tuesday - 10 for '10

I saw a video at Amandainpa's channel on YouTube (her video) where she shared her favorite products from 2010.  I don't have time to shoot a video today so I thought I'd just photograph and list them.

1.  Ranger Craft Mat - this is fairly new to me but I've seen it used so much on videos.  And I can see why, nothing sticks to it and it makes distressing much easier.  Sponges glide much easier onto the paper from this mat than from other papers.  Available from lots of places on-line.  I got mine at

2 and 3.  My favorite punches for the year are the Scallop Trim Border from Stampin' Up! and the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper - another Internet video favorite.  I was concerned about getting this corner rounder because I have the Crop-a-dile from the same company.  The Crop-a-dile is great for punching hole through lots of layers but it is tough on the hands because of the wide spread on the handles.  The Corner Chomper's handles are closer together and much easier to use.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby.

4.  Storybook Cricut Cartridge.  I was eyeing this one before I even got my Cricut.  Finally I snagged it on close-out at Walmart.  I wanted it for all the great shapes but have been really surprised by how much I use the font.  I thought it would be too fru-fru but I've found it fairly versatile.  E-bay is a great place to shop for cartridges - usually better than the store sales.

5 and 6. "Altering" stamps have been a real favorite this year.  These are often background stamps but I use them to tone down a bright paper or give something a little more visual texture.  The two shown are from Stampin' Up! - Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Sanded.  Another one I love is Polka Dot Basics from Papertrey Ink.

7 and 8.  It's no secret I love pattern paper. My favorites in paper still available are Basic Grey Oliver and October Afternoon's Thrift Shop and Fly a Kite 8x8 paper pads.  Oliver is supposed to be for a 'little boy' and that is what I bought it for and am using most of the collection on some albums now in progress.  I am saving a little of this back though because there are so many beautiful versatile papers I can use on other non-child projects.

9.  These are not new to me but I did buy quite a few more this year.  They are 12x12 stackable storage drawers.  I think they are made by Sterlite and are available at Walmart in sets of 3.  I like to store all the embellishments with a paper collection and then keep all the scraps.  Drawers work great because they come out so I can just lay one beside my worktable and pull and put things into it as needed.

10.  My favorite new toy of 2010 has to be the Basic Grey Magnetic Mat.  It is just wonderful for laying out page and keeping things in place and lined up.  Here's the posting on this great tool: My Magnetic Mat

What is your favorite product for 2010?

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