When obtaining supplies, I have to prioritise on budget considerations as well as a desire for good quality. Some of my earliest purchases have been more toward budget and convenience, especially when experimenting with something new. As I progress, some of my supplies will change. Luckily, I have been completely dissatisfied with very few of my early purchases.
BigShot and Die Cutting
Before getting the BigShot, I had started to collect stamps since I discovered they could be used with clays (epoxy and polymer). Mostly I was looking for small stamps, ones that could be used as impressions in jewelry pieces. I don't recall when (or why) I started following the Canadian Scrapbooker (now renamed Creative Scrapbooker) Facebook page, but after getting the BigShot I actually started to participate in their Blog Hop for a chance at a give-away. One of the sites/blogs of the 2015 Twelve Days of Christmas hops was to Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. DING! I found my favourite stamp maker. They're a very small Canadian company that really does make me feel like family. The stamps are quirky in all the right ways. I started collecting KKS and looking at ways to improve my card making aspect of paper-crafting. I also began to look more, in earnest for other stamps not for jewelry, but for cards and possibly other bigger works with resin. My collection of stamps isn't really that extensive... yet. But it is dominated by KKS *laugh*
Because I am still doing a lot of experimenting and I really shouldn't be spending as much as I do on being crafting, a lot of the paper and cardstock I use for now is Recollections 60 lb Value Pack cardstock and other paper and cardstock from Michaels as well. I have started obtaining supplies of other papers and cardstock, but when I just want to experiment with a technique or play around with a new die or stamp, Recolllections is first at hand. Admittedly, I do also use it for finished items, too, and have obtained more of it on sale. I've actually gotten enough paper now, of various types, that I have had to start organising it *laugh*. I'm keeping the paper well labeled but it is still a visual thing for me. I am learning the benefits and limitations of each paper type. I have also started to hoarde cardstock pads, ooing and awing over various papers. I still look for what will fit into smaller projects, like jewelry, but the bigger patterns are attracting my eye, too. So many appeal to my magpie soul! The 6x6" pads from BoBunny, Kaisercraft, Graphics 45, and others have such incredibly vibrant patters that spark creativity.
I will admit this is one that had me a little stumped at the beginning. What was going to give me best results without breaking my budget. For convenience sake, I tried some from Michaels, their least expensive and.. well.. not horrible but not really good. Then I kept hearing about Tombow. Ahh, says I, give it a try, says I. And now hooked I am. I love the runners and the liquid mono is great. Very handy. I've also gotten Glossy Accents and Multi-Media Matte from Ranger and am lovin' them, too. I got some Recollection 'dimensionals' but I not really liking them though they work okay. I'll get something different when I've used them up though I picked up foam mounting tape and am lovein' it bunches. it can be cut into smaller pieces though isn't as high a profile as most dimensionals. In a Maker's Kit from Spellbinders, there were some clear, very very sticky dots. I'm not sure what brand they are but they're really nice for a clear dimensional. I'll have to find more when I run out. I also have various Mod Podge glues as well but more for sealing paper for my resin-ating than for papercrafting, except where the two collide. My world is going to be well stuck where it needs to be.
Paint, Pencils, and Pens
All that Glitters
I'm probably forgetting other stuff I use. Thank you for joining me on my little journey of discovering this, new to me, medium. Here are some more cards I've done. All are with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.