Yesterday was better than Christmas at our house…My massive order of mostly stamp supplies arrived from Simon Says Stamp. This was the first post-CHA Winter 2012 shopping that I have done and I was way overdue to get some new stuff to play with!
So what from the recent releases did I plunk my credit card down for, and why? Let’s play show & tell!
First, of course, I had to have some of the new 2012 Hero Arts releases.
I knew as soon as I saw the new Hero Arts designs that have newspaper fill pattern in them that I was going to have to have them. I started with these two, the butterfly and the heart. I’m looking forward to using them for multi-colored stamping with the new Distress Markers and also for stamping watercolor effects with the Distress Stains.
Some of my most-used stamps are background stamps, so of course I had to add more of those to my toolbox. I’ve been coveting the Studio Calico Grid Pattern since the moment I first saw it at CHA Summer 2011, and finally ordered it. I find doilies to be a great background pattern but didn’t have a good doily stamp so I just had to have this Circle Lace one to work with, although it isn’t brand new either. Then, finally, the newspaper background I know will get a ton of usage on tags and cards and plenty of other applications. I love using text fill as an element in my work and this stamp is fabulous!
Yes, I know…you’re shocked it took this long into my shopping reveal for a Tim Holtz product to show up. No, I haven’t found a Tim Holtz rehab program..here’s one of his products finally! I have (I think) every set of his quote stamps so when I saw these at CHA Winter 2012 I knew that I would definitely be buying these Words For Thought as well. I especially like the “you’re the one who makes me the way you see me” and “things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least” stamps. These will be perfect for an envelope album set that I am working on.
The other stamps in this picture are also intended for that envelope album project, as well as for cards and layouts. The wood block ones are Penny Black, called “Our Love” and “A Lifetime“. I am starting to accumulate a good set of Penny Black sayings stamps – I love the handwritten font that they use and the sayings are just right for cards but also useful for other things as well. The My Favorite Things “Clearly Sentimental About Love” set also is perfect for my envelope album, although I may remove or mask the name attributions for the quotes when I use them. We’ll see.
Besides stamps, I also got some other tools. First, I am going to try the Ink Refresher that I saw Tim Holtz use during a Ranger demo at CHA in January. I think it will help perk up some of my dry Distress ink pads (especially anxious to see how it works on my Antique Linen, which seems really dry) and also I want to try a technique he demonstrated where you spray it on paper, crumple it and then let it dry. He did this on a tag and it gave it a leathery consistency, kind of like the kraft glassine paper from his line. It could be interesting to experiment with on different papers.
With the purchase of this Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad, I’m now only two ink pads away from having the entire set of Distress inks. I use them constantly so they are a great investment that I’ve acquired gradually over a few years. I even use colors that I never would have imagined when I first became acquainted with Distress ink that I would ever use. These inks have changed my whole relationship with ink. Now it will be time (after I get these last two pads that I still need) to focus on building my toolbox of Distress Markers and Stains. Having a wide palette range available I find makes them much more useful…I found once I accumulated a certain sized palette of Distress Ink Pads, that I suddenly started using them in whole new ways and for many more things than when I just had a few. They became my go-to tool.
What good are stamps if you don’t have anything to stamp them on? This Melissa Frances envelope album will be volume two – 2012 – of my envelope album project (volume one for 2011 is a 7 Gypsies spiral bound album). This order and another I have on the way to me contain all the basic supplies (I hope – if I planned well enough) for completing both volumes.
The Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper is something that I saw demonstrated at CHA and was really impressed by. I knew I had to try it myself. I’m looking forward to doing some side-by-side samples with white Bazzill and seeing if there is a difference in “real world” conditions.
The Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die is the bestselling Sizzix die of all time. I use it quite a bit, but sometimes find it too big for my projects. I’m completely addicted to the Sizzix Movers & Shapers – I have a basket that is full of the little magnetic dies to use with the tray – so I was thrilled to find the Tattered Floral die re-interpreted as a Mini Movers & Shapers set at CHA Summer 2011. I didn’t do a lot of shopping for budget reasons in 2011, so I am very happy to finally add this to my toolbox as I get caught up on past favorites that I missed.
I’ve been wanting to try the Hero Arts Frame Cuts so I figured that hearts, which are currently one of my most-used icons, would be a good way to start trying them out. I’m not used to using anything but Sizzix stuff with my Big Shot machine so it will be an interesting experiment. I’ve never wanted to hassle bothering with figuring out how to make other things go through it. I guess I’m going to now!
The Follow Your Heart collection that Rhonna Farrer designed for My Mind’s Eye is simply gorgeous. I picked up a few of the pieces of it in my order. First was one of the 12×12 transparencies that cut down into 4×6 photo overlays. I absolutely cannot wait to use this when I dig in to get caught up with my Project Life!
The other Follow Your Heart item that I picked up in this order was epoxy brads. I’m using a lot of these lately and could not resist these beautiful ones. The detail is just amazing in them…they will be especially perfect for adding a nice touch to my tags, where I only use a few embellishments so the extra detail really stands out.
I also got a set of brads from Echo Park’s new This & That: Graceful collection. The colors are amazing in this set and they will be very versatile to use in a lot of projects.
I indulged my 6×6 paper pad passion with the Echo Park This & That collection as well. This Graceful paper pad is going to be fabulous for die cutting and using on cards and tags…I’m especially in love with the mini bingo card paper. It’s so adorable!
And finally, I picked up a few embellishments since I always seem short of those. I’ve been using Tim Holtz’s bingo numbers on a lot of my monthly tag series, but the red paint on them doesn’t always go with the project’s color scheme. So these black bingo numbers by Bottle Cap, Inc. will be more neutral to work with, although they are slightly larger than the idea-ology ones.
I love word stickers and these mini ones from Tim Holtz‘s CHA Winter 2012 release just have so many possibilities that I knew I had to try them. In fact, I think this may end up being the first item from this order that gets used as I’m eyeing a couple of these words for the tag that is on my
kitchen scrap table at the moment.
That will keep me busy for awhile, don’t you think? I can’t wait to find out!