I know this is an unusual "take" on the assignment. Some bloggers are posting about their favorite people, favorite techniques, favorite cards or layouts that they used.
It must be saying something about me that my mind went instantly to shopping!!!
And since blog candy giveaway is one of the requirements to join in this Hop, I thought, "well, why not giveaway a bunch of your favorite things, CardMonkey." (Actually, I don't really refer to myself in the third person ... much. LOL)
I started assembling my giveaway, and it started growing bigger and bigger ... and this post has gotten longer and longer in the months we've had to prepare. So without further ado, let me FIRST show you my fabulous giveaway prize that will be going to ONE lucky CardMonkey follower who leaves a comment below this weekend! (Please be SURE you are a follower on Google Friend Connect -- it's how I check to be sure you're a follower. If instead you get my posts by e-mail or some other way, PLEASE tell me so in your comment).
And let me get down to the business of the Blog Hop first .... You should have come here from Jamie's blog, and you'll be heading to Shannon's blog when you're done here. To get to ALL the fun and prizes GALORE, please start at the very beginning of the Blog Hop at our Hostess Dena's blog. (All of those links are live, so hop, hop, hop!!)
NOW, without further ado, allow me to share with you my PaperJungle essentials ... MY favorite things, in no particular order...
Pink ATG gun: Made by Scotch 3M, this gun dispenses a clean line of strong adhesive. Refills are available in acid-free for long lasting project. MSRP: $39.99
Good value: Use a 40 or 50% off coupon at a major retailer, like Michael's or AC Moore.
Best value: Win one as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Crop-A-Dile: Made by We R Memory Keepers, a Crop-A-Dile is a tool that allows you to set eyelets and grommets, and also hole punch. There are versions available that are handheld, as well as those known as the "Big Bite" that are larger (for table-top use) and have a longer reach. I prefer the Big Bite because my hands are old and arthritic, but the picture here is that of the handheld version. MSRP: From $18 to $40.
Good value: Hunt one down on eBay, for about half the retail value, or use a coupon at a major retailer.
Best value: Win a handheld Crop-A-Dile as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Good value: Best to buy these at a major retailer like Michael's, using a coupon.
Best value: Win a pair of HoneyBees as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Martha Stewart Fringing Scissors: The name speaks for itself: all things crafty! Use these sweet special effects in cutting paper, for things like hair, fringe or grass, or to evenly slice tissue paper at the top of gift packages. MSRP: $12.99
Good value: Amazon.com currently has them listed for $10.07, with free shipping if you're a member of Amazon Prime. Get a free trial of Prime, too!
Best value: Win a pair as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Martha Stewart Fine Ball-Tip Glue Pen: While I'm speaking about the crafting Diva, let me say I can't live without my MS glue pens! They're a little tricky to figure out at first -- exert some pressure at the flexible glue well while laying down the glue, and you'll be just fine! I use it for EVERYTHING!
Good value: Go directly to Martha Stewart Crafts' website by clicking this link. She sells these babies for $3.19 each and they're in stock. Remember, coupons don't always apply to MS craft items.
Best value: I'll part with a new one as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
SookWang Scor-Tape: So now I'm stuck on adhesive -- oops, pardon the pun. Sometimes I crack myself up! ♥ For very strong hold especially on things like rosettes and boxes and such, you should use a good double-sided tape. My favorite is by SookWang Scor-Tape, distributed by Scor-Pal. It is a premium, double-sided, super-sticky, acid-free adhesive tape that's heat resistant. This means it will not lift up or curl when heated. Use it with many different media: glitter, embossing powder, foil, microbeads, flock, on chipboard, matboard, foamcore and more! It comes in all sorts of widths. My favorite to keep on hand are 1/8" (perfect for adhering thin strands of ribbon), 1/4" and 1/2" (best for those 3-D projects you see that I love!). Comes in rolls of 27 yards, all the way up to 4.5" wide! MSRP: $4 (1/8") to $50 (4.5"), and everything in between.
Good value: The "official" distributor of Scor-Tape is Scor-Pal, and here's the link. However, you can generally find many on-line retailers who have it for about 10-15% less. E-bay is NOT a good place to buy this ... I haven't found any discounts on this genuine tape there.
Best value: I'll part with a roll of 1/2" SookWang Scor-Tape as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
|(Different colors are in the giveaway)|
Good value: Hands down, the best place to buy Sketch Copic Markers is from Terri Olsen at Stamps Alive! Terri's regular discount price on Copics is $4.20 each plus shipping -- a huge reduction in the MSRP of $6.99. P.S. Congratulations, Terri, on the birth of your new baby Grandson!!
Best value: Terri has generously agreed to sponsor my post here today, and so you'll get some of the prettiest color Sketch Copics in with the "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy! Thanks, Terri!
White Gelly Pen: I've tried them all, really I have. For terrific faux stitching on your cards or layouts, or to add accent dots or "eyelights" to your Create a Critters' eyes, use a White Gelly Pen.
Good value: I buy these at Michael's. I stock up when I have a 20% off your entire purchase, since they're just not pricey enough to waste a perfectly good 40% one item coupon.
Best value: I'll part with a new White Gelly Pen as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Acrylic Stamps: I'll confess -- I haven't been much of a stamper, and have only recently started collecting them to improve the versatility and ease of making a quick card with beautiful designs. Here are three of my favorite sets:
Waltzingmouse Stamps: Their Autumn-Winter sentiment set is crazy-versatile. Check out their other brilliant designs, too.
K Andrews Designs: Kristal's "Positive Thoughts" sentiment collection resonates with me, and I've used it often.
Peachy Keen Stamps: Called "PKS" on most crafty circles, this company has a wonderful selection, but it is most famous for their face stamps. Try the "Everyday Faces" or even Corny faces to add fun to even inanimate objects.
Good value: Occasionally you can find these used on the Internet, such as on one of my favorite Facebook Groups called "~Get It Sold~". Otherwise, MSRP is in the $20 range for each of these sets.
Best value: I have one of the Waltzingmouse Autumn-Winter sentiment sets, as well as one KAD "Positive Thoughts" sentiment sets to give away as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Digi-Stamps: I am a digi-stampin' fool! I love designs by Heather Ellis (particularly her Pure Innocence line) and MelJen Designs.
Good value: Digi-stamps are a GREAT value no matter where you purchase them, and you'll typically have to go directly to the source for them. You can reuse, resize, reprint and use them as often as you wish, of course, honoring the company's Angel Policy not to redistribute or sell them other than a product (e.g., card) you make with them.
Cutting My Designs: I first got into papercrafting after my dear daughter Emily asked for a CRICUT for Christmas 2008. I had no idea what that was, but as soon as I found out, I bought one for "her" ... and then had to have one for myself. I planned to cut fabric with it, as I was "into" sewing appliques.
True confession: I gave up sewing when I saw how much fun it is to work with paper ...and six months later I started blogging about it. Since then, I've bought more than 120 cartridges, and growing strong.
My favorite Cricut cartridge -- my go-to -- is CAKE BASICS. And no, I don't decorate cakes with it. It has a TON of basic shapes and images that I'm always using. I keep it at my left hand at the Cricut station at all times.
My favorite NEW Cartridge is "ART PHILOSOPHY", a Close to My Heart exclusive. OMG, what wonderful images there are on that -- so versatile for every occasion!
Another favorite is "WRAP IT UP" since I can cut shaped cards, packages and sentiments for just about every celebration. Again...versatility PLUS!
Good value: I've never been disappointed buying Cricut cartridges on E-Bay. Be careful though, if you're wanting the Cricut Reward Points and to be able to link up your cartridge to Cricut Craft Room or your Gypsy. Make sure you're buying NIB (New in Box). A favorite retailer there is "Proud Parents", who also sell online as www.cricutmachine.com.
Best value: The Wrap It Up cartridge retails for $79.99 but I have an extra, NIB, and I'll give it away as part of my "CardMonkey Favorites" blog candy!
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies: Having acquired so many Cricut dies, I couldn't imagine why I'd ever want to get into collecting dies to cut on my Big Kick or Cuttlebug. But once you experience the intricate designs now available in dies by several different die manufacturers, you'll be hooked like I am. There's no way to reliably produce such intricate wafer-thin designs on a Cricut. My very favorite thin metal designs are produced by Cheery Lynn Designs!
Good value: My very favorite retailer for Cheery Lynn Designs dies is Alex at Happy Scrappy. Alex offers deep discounts on Cheery Lynn, and soon, Spellbinders dies too, and there is free shipping on domestic orders over $50 -- and reasonable flat rate shipping up to that. Alex generously provided several dies to me for blog hop giveaways, so is honored here as one of my Favorite Vendors sponsors. Please visit Happy Scrappy, shop, and tell him Ellen ♥ CardMonkey sent you!
Best value: I've given away several of the Cheery Lynn Designs dies Alex donated to me, but I've saved My CardMonkey Favorite, called "Fanciful Flourishes" to add to my blog candy here!
Paper: I'm a stickler for paper quality since I invest so much love into making my cards and other paper projects. Two lines are consistently My Favorites both for design and paper quality ("hand", thickness, etc.). Those are Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker LLC, and Bella Boulevard. I have an Iris box full of NSS papers, which I turn to regularly to stimulate my creativity when designing a card.
Good value: My Favorite Retailer for all of the designer papers you might need is Stop and Scrap. They carry many, many major designers' lines, at great discounts, and their customer service is excellent! I bought my latest supply of NSS "Li'l Monster" collection from them on clearance ... I don't think they're carrying NSS any more, but I'll be buying my next order of Bella Boulevard from them for sure, once my wallet can take the pressure of seeing all the other fantastic papers in stock and on pre-order. When I asked for an additional pack of "Li'l Monster" to giveaway, they didn't hesitate to step up to sponsor this prize ... thank you!!
Best value: I have a full collection of "Li'l Monster" paper set by Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker to giveaway in my blog candy, thanks to Stop and Scrap!
At the risk of totally boring you with more of my very Favorite Things, I'll list some more essentials in the PaperJungle, and may add to it over the course of this hop:
- GEEZ!!! I can't believe I missed this entirely in my main features list, since I use it ALLLLL the time ... STICKLES!!!! I have them in every color available. I'm giving away one large bottle in my blog candy, too!
- Creative Charm Embellishments
- Hug Snug Seam Binding
- Mei Flower Satin Ribbon
- Action Wobbles
- Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
- My hot glue gun (any one!)
- Martha Stewart fine glitter
- Amazon.com - for everything!
- Shutterfly for photo books
- Ikea - for scrap storage supplies
- I-Rock and I-Top
- Online shopping
- USPS online shipping of Priority Packages - 15% discount!
- Crafting magazines for inspiration (Paper Crafts, Scrapbooks Etc., CardMaker, Creative Keepsakes, Cricut Magazine, Cards .... I buy 'em all or subscribe (cheaper)
- ... more coming soon! ...
|www.stopandscrap.com|Be a follower of CardMonkey via Google Friend Connect, so I can check my list. If you can't join GFC, then please indicate in your comment how you follow my posts (e-mail, etc.). Sorry if this sounds cranky, but I do put a lot of time and effort into my blog and I want you here :). Leave a comment during the "Our Favorite Things Blog Candy Extravaganza Blog Hop", March 3-4, here on the CardMonkey blog. The comment MUST include the answer to this question: "What is YOUR favorite thing in your arsenal of paper crafting? It can be a product, a service, a vendor, a supply, whatever. Please be specific, and if you'd like, provide links ... Let's build a Resource Directory together!" Your comment should also include a way for me to contact you when you win!
A Winner has been announced and it's SUZANNE ROSEBERRY! Congratulations! To others, thank you for playing along. All comments are still welcome, but you will not qualify for this blog candy any longer.
Now, for more of Our Favorite Things, please hop over to Shannon's blog at http://my-o-scrappin.blogspot.com
Thanks for stopping by! And Good Luck!!