My Favorite Crafty Things: Papers… Giveaways + Discounts!

Welcome to Day 4 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013! Today we are focusing on papers and such. (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

I have fun giveaways (see below) and discount codes:

Let’s dive into the best of the best in papers!

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

Here is a collection of my favorite papers and other crafting surfaces:






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This list of favorite crafty things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love. Enjoy!

See you tomorrow for even more of My Favorite Crafty Things.


I have giveaways for THREE lucky winners! Each winner will get:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/27/13 telling me what your favorite paper is. Good luck!

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804 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things: Papers… Giveaways + Discounts!”

  1. I love Stampin Up shimmer white paper. It is so pretty with the subtle sparkle and it holds up great with water so you can do some fun techniques with it!

  2. I have been thinking on ordering some of the veneer wood paper, and finally took the leap. I can’t wait to try it

  3. Hi Jennifer! I love that you share your favorites. You know, I am so CHEAP. I come from a long long line of cheap people, thrifty might be a better word. My husband likes to buy quality and be comfortable in the fact that it will last. I will be the first to admit, thrifty is not always the way to go. Sometimes, I even end up doing both, because the thrifty way failed. I’m also torn between getting all of the things I want and being able to foot the bill for all of it. I’m a totaly die-0-holic and stamp addict. I have been using Georgia Pacific white CS for my bases and calendars for about 5 years and it just isn’t cutting it anymore. It’s easy to get at Wal-mart, when I run out and I can drive 5 min. and have more. I don’t know what has happened. Is it the quality? A lot of things are on a down hill slide since the depression has lasted so long, what are we 5-6 years? And something has happened to change the quality of this CS, even thought it still says 110 lb., I don’t believe it to be that anymore. I have some Stampin’UP! CS, but I feel it’s expensive, so I don’t use it. LOL I’m so weird that way! I don’t want to have to order and pay shipping, so I recently discovered The Paper Studio heavy weight white CS at Hobby Lobby, it was 50% off of the $8.99 for 50 sheets, and I spurged and got 2 packs. I really like it. It’s what I’m going to start using. I wish the Craft stores or Office Supply stores carried the Neenah Solar White. I would definately try it.

  4. I have a lot of Close to my heart paper, so I’m working thru that right now but I see samples in my future, and the distress watercolor paper just might become my favorite

  5. Thanks for your input of paper — agree that there are some interesting ones out there. I have not tried the Ellen Craft Board and that might be interesting to try. Great Series!!

  6. Who doesn’t love all kinds of paper? Can one ever have enough? The distress watercolor paper is something I want to try.

  7. I have paper of all kinds and brands, it seems, but I lean toward the packs of white cardstock found (with a coupon) at Jo-ann’s and the Bazzill brand from Archiver’s.

  8. Well this is the hardest comment to leave because I keep changing my mind……..I LOVE SO MANY! I guess I would have to say at this very second would be Neenah solar white. I am always trying new cardstock in several different textures.

  9. Thanks for the give aways. It is really nice of you to give stuff away. I really like all the things that you make and all the videos u do. Thanks so much for continuing to make us videos and other stuff. I really appreciate you showing us your favorite things so that we can get the stuff u like and don’t get the things u don’t like. Thanks for everything.

  10. Thanks for all the great info. I have to say that subscribing to the SSS Monthly Card Kit has exposed me to new papers. Previously I just used regular card stock since I’m a scrapbooker. The higher quality paper in the kit really makes a difference.

  11. Still looking for a favortie paper… I do prefer textured cardstock,but the brand I get is a little cheaper. I’m starting to realize the value in upgrading to a better brand. Hoping to hit a big sale over the holidays. =)

  12. My favorite cardstock papers are Stampin Up and Neenah solar white and dessert storm at your recommendation. I bought a ream of Georgia Pacific a few years ago and use it to try out ideas and techniques on.

  13. Tough question! I am pretty happy using most of the papers you talked about. I just got some of the AC glitter papers to use for some holiday cards. I am looking forward to creating with it – let’s see if it gets added to the favorite pile!

  14. My absolute favorite cardstock that I cannot do without is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I buy it by the ream and use it every time I create. I also love Hero Arts CS, cards and envelopes.

    Thank you Jennifer for all the great suggestions. Thanks Ranger and Hero Arts for the chance to win great prizes. =^..^=

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  16. Hello Jennifer, i just found your web page and I am so happy, thank you for sharing your awesome talent, I am new at card making, i want to ask you some questions, i hope you can help me….for envelopes…do you do your envelopes or buy them? it has to be envelopes of the same color or coordinate with the card? or can be just a white envelope? Sorry to bothered you, but i am learning and here where I live is to difficult to find lessons, so I am trying to learn on web, last question, for coloring the white embossing paste to black, what can i use? can i coloring with ink pad or can i just add black embossing powder? Thank you so much for your help and sorry about my english i still learning.

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  18. Hi Jennifer, I started making cards after watching your video on YouTube. Thanks for sharing all your great works! It seems watercolouring is so popular now, I also want give a try. But what’s the difference between normal cardstock & watercolour paper?

  19. I haven’t really worked with very many different types of good quality card stocks. I have been using primarily PTI for the past year or so. But I’d love to try some of the ones on your list! Especially the SSS Assorted Faves!

  20. Hi Jennifer, I just started getting serious about card making and so am just discovering the differences in paper. So far Neenah 80lb is one of my favs.


  21. I have only used solid 81/2 x 11 from my local craft store and small 6×6 packs . I find the card stock at the craft store does not do well with markers. I will use up what I have then move on to the better quality. Your videos are very helpful

  22. The dream of neenah solar white my sister and I bought and split, was the best purchase! Expensive, but so worth it, and I won’t have to worry about running out for quite some time!

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  24. Hi Jennifer, I’m very new to cardmaking and I was wondering about the weight of paper for cards vs envelopes. I viewed your My favourite things article on paper and have ordered some Neenah cardstock in 110lbs but what weight do you use for envelopes? Regards Dianne

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