“My Favorite Crafty Things: Embellishments” + Discounts + Giveaways

(This is Part 7 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE and Part 6 on Stamps HERE.)

Good news! The discount code has been extended to 12/18! Woohoo! You can get 15% off the products I feature at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES”. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Here I am sharing my My Favorite Crafty Things: Embellishments. This includes all kinds of goodies that have my heart captured. Of course, this list would change over time as new things come out. But these? These are my favorites right now…

I can’t seem to make a card without scattering a few gems or pearls on it. So I was thrilled to see these Enamel Dots from My Mind’s Eye. Aren’t they delicious? Smooth as can be and gorgeous colors…

It is always fun to add a “different” texture to a card – such as wood. And the Wood Veneer from Studio Calico is just perfect. They are easy to color with any inks or markers. Here are my favorites… (I just love the new letter set!)

Another great way to add some WOW to your card is with a touch of metal. I really enjoy both the Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheets (perfectly mirror-like, self-adhesive and a bit thick) and Ranger Foil Sheets (thin and shiny like aluminum foil, but adhesive backed). These products can even be colored with permanent markers, Copics or alcohol ink. You can see a video on both of these products HERE. These are must-haves…

Sometimes the best way to embellish a card is with a bit of shine. And my favorite? Glitter Ritz. This is SUPER fine. After you shake it on the double-sided tape, just burnish it in place and it becomes velvety and will stay put. No mess in the envelope! And it ends up so smooth that you can stamp on it. You don’t need a ton of colors – just ones you know you will use often. But be sure to grab the Stardust (it looks like microfine vintage silver glitter) and the Warm or Cool Highlights (clear with just a bit of shine). So fun…

There are three pens that you must have to add fun touches and “faux embellishments” – the Uniball White and Silver Pens (both are bold on dark papers) and the Stardust Glitter Pen (great for subtle added shine). Inexpensive and awesome.

I will admit: I am currently 100% addicted to 6×6 paper pads. In fact, I don’t buy 12×12 patterned papers anymore! The size is just so much easier to work with and the smaller scale patterns are better for card makers. You can see all the 6×6 paper pads SSS has to offer HERE, but I also wanted to mention my favorites – My Mind’s Eye, BasicGrey and Echo Park. They make my heart flutter. Truly.

And finally, I had a few random goodies to mention. First are the heart and star border punches that I just can’t seem to get enough of. I use them A LOT to make little paper embellishments to scatter on cards. Another tool I like right now is the Ranger Water Brush – super high quality. And my last random embellishment of today? The May Arts Chevron Ribbon. It is SO so so very nice.


Woot! Time to share. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/13/12 for your chance to win THREE packs of Studio Calico Wood Veneer! Good luck.

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  1. Amber B

    I am wishing we had more crafty stores in this small little town to be able to find some of these awesome things. I know you can find them online but there is just something about being able to see them in hand.

  2. This is my favorite of your posts this week! I ADORE 6×6 pads and wood veneers too :)

  3. Lovely embellishments! I love half pearls, I don’t really care for the gems, but I would love to try the wood veneer products :)

  4. SaraBug

    I would love to try the wood veneer products

  5. Lindsey

    I’ve been wanting to try wood veneer for a while now looks like something great to play with
    I’m a big embellishment junkie : )

  6. sharon l-s

    Soo Soo many embellishments and not a large enough wallet. Have not tried the wood vaneer yet but I have a 7 gyspies shadow box to do for my mothers assisted living apartment entrance. They would be perfect particularly with some of Tim H stains.

    Thanks for sharing so much the past 2 weeks especially since you have the adorable Lila to take care of and it is the holiday season. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your talents with us. Happy Holidays.

  7. Ann

    Thanks so much, Jennifer, for all you do to share your wealth of knowledge of the papercrafting world! I so appreciate all I’ve learned from this series on your personal faves. Looking forward to trying out some new products I didn’t even know were out there! Wishing you and yours a happy, blessed holiday!

  8. I love the way you embellish you cards! your light and interesting accents.
    Thank you for sharing the supplies you like most. And for the chance to win !

  9. 6×6 pads are my new addiction as well….I am even thinking of cutting down my 12×12 paper packs! Thanks so much for the chance to win your giveaway!

  10. The wood veneer products are probably my favorite new embellishment this year — I’ve bought the stars, hearts & arrows, and butterflies so far. :)

  11. Mai

    The enamel dots and wood veneer embellishments are lovely! Would love to try out the wood veneer!!

  12. I think it is amazing what wood veneer can be used for these days.

  13. Those Studio Calico star veneers are so, so awesome :)

  14. I absolutely adore using 6×6 pads of paper because the scale of the patterns is just perfect!! I am quickly becoming addicted to those wood veneers too – thanks for the chance to win!!

  15. Eeeeeeekk! I {heart} Studio Calico wood veneers! They are my MOST favorite EVER!!!!

  16. Love the embellishments and the wood veneer! Great posts!! Thank you :)

  17. I’m loving your favorites recommendations. I have a huge wish list at Simon Says Stamp now! Thanks! Anne, yourmainestamper

  18. sandra m.

    I love love love the wood veneers. I only have the sailboat/planes ones and WISH i had the birdies. They were so cute. The butterflies look fun too. Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  19. Gill

    Thank you for all these great tips. I would love to try the wood veneers. Thank you for the chance to win some.

  20. rkokes

    Wood veneer is by far my favorite embellishment-would love to win some!!!

  21. Beth L

    Those wood veneer are so cute! I would love to win some.

  22. Lynn B

    What a wonderful variety of “temptations”. Thanks for the inspiration

  23. More lovely things to add to my wishlist!! I love those enamel dots… must try them soon!!

  24. TAS

    Can’t ever have too many embellishments! Love the enamel dots and the Glitter Ritz Glitters.

  25. cathy fong

    I lovvveee wood veneer. i always want to try how to use them ! they looks so cute and perfect for both cardmaking and scrapbooking. thanks Jenifer :D for a chance to win

  26. Sandra ltb

    lots of fun stuff here!
    Thank you!
    Sandra ltb

  27. Yes Yes YES! Or should I say check, check, check! I love all your favorites too…I think I need some of that chevron ribbon…

  28. Dena Cline

    Love the things you shared with us today thank you.

  29. thanks for the chance to win the wood veneer – I’ve been wanting some of those!

  30. Julia

    The MME 6×6 are totally addictive! I practically have to blindfold myself to get past them in the paper aisle :)

  31. julie

    I have really loved the effects of Ranger’s Liquid Pearls, and now there are so many wonderful colors.

  32. Melissa H.

    Love the veneers! Thanks for the chance!

  33. Annette L

    The wood veneers are awsome! Thanks

  34. Milan Wilkinson

    Love the wood veneer embellishments!

  35. Pamela Bennett

    A girl can never have too many embellishments! I love them all!

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