Day 3 of Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway

(Here is Day 3 of 6 of the my holiday gift ideas. Will be back soon with more!)

Here are some more crafty gift ideas for you! Lots of things here – big price range. Remember, if you click on the links to head over to Simon Says Stamp, you will get a 15% discount and (always) free shipping over $75. Let’s get started…

Nothing looks as fabulous as a bright white image stamped on colored paper. And no ink delivers this better then the Colobox Frost White Pigment Ink. Of all the inks I have tried, this is the best. I love it most on kraft cardstock… yum. (Click HERE for more info.)

Every cardmaker needs lots of greetings. And what can be better than a greeting that is playful, cheerful and fun? Check out the Paper Smooches Stamps. I love their sentiment stamps, including Chit Chat, Pretty Phrases, Sentiment Sampler and Word Up. So adorable. (Click HERE for more info.)

Ever heard of the “jelly of the month club?” Well this is the same idea… but much much cooler. 🙂 Studio Calico is a kit club that is incredible for scrapbookers and cardmakers. Each month you get a box at your door filled with papers, embellishments and stamps. These products are from favorite companies in the industry and are all designed to work well together. Marvelously well together, making crafting easy. So if you want to truly knock the socks off of your crafty loved one, consider signing them up for the Studio Calico Kit Club. (Click HERE for more info.)

This is another seems-silly-but-really-is-a-great idea – the best watercolor paper ever. This is what I use *every* time I create a piece where I will end up spraying it with water, painting with watercolor, etc. I use it a ton! And I have tried many brands and qualities and this is by far my favorite. It has the best texture, is nice and thick and absorbs color amazingly well. It is hard to find, but it is HERE. Go ahead and get a few packs while you are at it. Oh, and here is a card I created with this paper… (Click HERE for more info.)

Sometimes it is fun to add something other then paper to our cards. Felt is the answer! You can cut this felt with dies (including Sizzix, My Favorite Things, etc.) making it a great embellishment for a card without a lot of bulk. (Click HERE for more info.)

Stampers are crazy about Copic Markers. They are amazing tools! They can blend and color unlike any other marker… a HUGE step above the rest. However, they are a bit pricey. That is what makes them a real treat as a Christmas gift! Get her a few in her favorite colors in the Sketch Copic Marker, following some of the combos I suggest HERE. Want the perfect starter set to give her? Get these: YG25, YG17, YR21, YR15, R24, R29, B02, B04, and 0. And if you want a complete gift set, get some Neenah Paper (mentioned on Day 1) and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, too. (These work best with Copics.) She will love you forever! (Click HERE for more info.)

I have another must-have background for any stamper. It works with many of the coolest techniques but also with many styles of cards – the Hero Arts Large Fabric Design Background. (If you visit my blog often, you know that I use this one a lot!) It is great for inking with Distress Inks and misting with water… it is great for tone-on-tone backgrounds… it is great for everything. Get it. I promise you will love it. (Click HERE for more info.)

I always use pre-made notecards for my cardmaking so I can have color on the outside and white on the inside. However, sometimes it is fun to use a patterned paper, too. I recommend trying Hero Arts Designer Papers. These papers are 8.5×11 (just cut in half either way for a notecard), heavy enough to be a notecard and white on the other side. Perfection. There are three tone-on-tone patterns per pack and my favorites are Pool, Foliage, Earth and Blush. (Click HERE for more info.)

Yep… these stamps are backwards. The Tim Holtz Reflection stamps are reverse images. Why? So they can be used for fun techniques such as kissing! (Ask your loved one what that is.) SO much fun to use. If you took Inspiration Showcase, you saw these guys in action. (Click HERE for more info.)

Last year I shared some of my favorite adhesives (and I will share them again in a few days). But since then I have discovered two more that I love dearly. One is the Thin Plus Adhesive. This guy puts down dots that can be rubbed away (yay!) in a narrow strip (that is unique and good for small pieces). The other is the Tombow Stamp Runner. This one also does lines of dots that can be rubbed away, but also can be held differently to put down quick squares of dots. So cool. Both are worth having. (Click HERE and HERE for more info.)

And for today’s giveaway, I have a few of these favorite adhesives for a lucky person who leaves a comment here by Saturday night! Good luck.

I will announce winners from past posts soon. Stay tuned. See you soon!