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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Crafter

Filed under: Projects — November 18, 2020 @ 12:17 pm

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As a long time crafter, I have a few tips to share as we approach the holiday season.  Crafting is a big boost for our mental health, especially during these times of isolation.  So craft supplies make a great gift for almost anyone on your Christmas list.   My top picks are…

  1. KITS

Make your own Christmas cards this year – the Joy of Sharing Card Kit has everything you need – including stamps and ink!  Perfect for the beginner (follow the directions) or the more experienced crafter (change it up).

The Christmas Countdown Project Kit is perfect for Advent.  Or your crafter can decorate it for storing embellishments or gifting for another occasion.

If your gift will be opened on or after Christmas, how about an all occasion card kit like Simply Citrus.

And for a gift that keeps on giving – our Paper Pumpkin subscription kits!  A 3- month subscription would give the perfect taste.

2. Basic Tools

I found the fun pencil holder on Amazon, but everything else is from my Stampin’ Up! store.  These are a few of the tools I use every day in crafting:  Liquid Glue, Paper Snips, Bone Folder and Take Your Pick Tool.

Or find a cute pencil box container or pouch and fill with a collection of different adhesives – a crafter can never have too much adhesive on hand!

3.  Stamps, Ink, Paper – Take a SIP

These are the basics for any papercrafter.  Stampin’ Up! has hundreds of coordinating products – we are an industry leader!  In case you get a little overwhelmed in the store, here are a few basics.

For the beginner -just note cards with envelopes, pick a stamp set you like and an ink pad.

These #simplestamping cards were made with the Dove of Hope stamp set and Smoky Slate ink.  I added a little coloring with Watercolor Pencils.  If you want to get a little more advanced, add some blender pens to blend the color.  You will want to have a Memento Black Ink pad too (just like that little black dress) as that will be your most used ink color.

The casual crafter might like to have an assortment of cardstock and ink pads on hand.  Pick a color family collection of both, so the colors match.  Whisper White Cardstock and Medium Envelopes are a must have for the avid card maker.

4.  Most crafters will already have a paper cutter.  But if not, or if it is not up to speed, I recommend the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer.  It comes with a cutting and a scoring blade and is a basic requirement for any papercrafting (other than kits and note cards that are already pre-cut and scored).

5.  Big Time Tools

These are for the avid crafter that wants the best.

The Stamparatus is by far the best stamp positioning tool on the market.  This is for the avid crafter that likes to try new techniques and make multiples.

Die Cutting Machines are also a must have for the avid crafter.  Many Stampin’ Up! stamp sets are available as bundles with matching die collections, so be sure to check those out as well.  Several companies that manufacture die cutting machines have had issues in the past few years, so Stampin’ Up! came up with their own exclusive machine.  A staple in my craft room is the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine -I love it!

Alcohol Markers are the coloring tool of choice for the avid crafter.  Nothing beats Stampin’ Blends for ease of use and color coordination.  Or if your crafter wants the easier to use water based markers, the Stampin’ Write markers come in every Stampin’ Up! color and also in various collections to match the ink and cardstock collections.

I hope you enjoyed my tips for gifts this Christmas.  I appreciate your support of my home business.  Be sure to buy small this year and support small businesses like mine.   I’d love to hear from you – my contact info is on my Stampin’ Up! website.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


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