Biggest (Craft) Bang for Your Buck?
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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:49:02 AM
Whether it's a supply or tool, many of us stampers have something that has paid for itself a dozen times over in our creative endeavors.

Here's your chance to share your faves with us all. Be as generic or specific as you wish!


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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:59:22 AM
Biggest Bang for tools? My Cuttlebug!

Biggest (cuurent) Bang for materials? Craftfoam!


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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:07:33 PM
I immediately thought of my cuttlebug too. I got the older version used on ebay, which is even better!

Supplies: kraft cardstock and background stamps. Hmmm, this one might chance depending on the day...


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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:10:58 PM
Amen to the cuttlebug! I wasn't going to buy any die machine, but when I saw the embossing folders that did it for me. Then all the wonderful dies that have come on the market made it even better!

Another one for me is the spectrum markers. I wasn't going to buy copics because of the expense, but when the spectrums came out and were a good price I bought them and use them almost exclusively now.

Stampwilly

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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:25:46 PM
First thing to come to my mind is my scoreboard---I used to take it out and then put it back in it's packaging to keep it nice and clean AND I thought I'd only use it once and awhile. Boy was I wrong---I use it all the time!! To make folds in cards, my own envelopes, embellishments. But I haven't figured in bang per buck on this item....

Oh, my heating tool---use it to heat set, dry things---it's another one I thought I'd not use but when heat embossing only---wrong there again!!

Craft supply: Mini misters!! I use with my cuttlebug and distress inks and to clean stamps.



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Posted: 1/24/2013 1:13:20 PM
Biggest Bang for tools? My clear ruler. Use it almost daily. Or it could also be my scissors. I use them daily too.
Biggest Bang for materials? My black dye ink. That stuff has paid for itself many times over. ( I bought the re-inker)




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Posted: 1/24/2013 1:17:48 PM
I use my Fiskar's SureCut deluxe craft paper trimmer daily. I love being able to truly see where I am cutting and the accuracy the wire provides. I no longer get frustrated with the slippage I experienced with previous cutters. Tools that do a quality job are worth the cost.

My Tombow markers have been working well for me for over 20 years.
Amazing they still provide good color after all these years.



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Posted: 1/24/2013 2:53:45 PM
Terrific Bangs Y'all!

I'm adding my handgrip punches (Fiskars & McGill) to my tools list.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 6:15:19 PM
My old Fiskars trimmer. It is the most used craft tool. Got it for 20 bucks over 3 years ago so I definitely got the most bang for my buck out it.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:25:24 PM
The cuttlebug! Can't say enough about it, I pretty much only emboss with it. I love creating texture on my projects.

Next would have to be my Cricut. I've had it for years but just really got into using it last year. Now I use it a ton! Mostly for creating die cut shapes and mats for my cards. The cuttlebug goes in hand with that too since I almost always emboss my diecuts. It makes such a difference.

My ATG. Once I got over the bulkiness of it. I love it! My projects really hold up and the adhesive tape rolls last forever.

Tim Holtz tonic scissors. I use these with EVERY project. They are super comfortable to use, they work great for fussy cutting and nothing sticks to them. I'm considering getting a second pair!

And lastly my Versamagic Dew Drop inks. I've had these for over 8 years now and they're still great and stamp like they're brand new. I love the chalk inks, such nice even color.

I wasnt sure if I was supposed to narrow it down to one, clearly I have an issue being decisive. These are the products that come to mind that I have definitely got my moneys worth out of.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:27:35 AM
mine has to be my Accucut Grande Mark diecut machine and all the card and envelope dies I have I use them all the time and have sold alot of the cuts as well it has more than paid for itself and love being able to make unique cards anytime....

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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:30:59 AM
My all over favorite tool that I use on every project is my ATG Gun. I have gone thru one and now have two - one upstairs in craft room and the 2nd one is downstairs where I work on my photo cards. Couldn't live without it.

Also - my old fashion wooden base paper cutter. Bought from Office Supply store - It is sturdy and my husband cleans and sharpens the blade - it does take up room, but cuts wonderfully.

Favorite Supply -
My drawer of leathers, fake suade, and other unusual fabrics.

Great thread




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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:41:59 AM
WTG, folks! Looks like Cuttlebug is 'creeping' ahead!

No need to limit your bangs. List as many as you have.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/25/2013 3:58:00 PM
Glad to hear you all say that about the Cuttlebug, cause I've been thinking of getting one.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is actually a few sheets of 12x12 pp. Some of the first (and prettiest) individual sheets I bought 18 months ago just seem to have lasted for so many different cards I've made (whether as a background mat, or just as a small flag or something).

I'll have to think about actual tools a bit longer...

Also, my black Memento, the first inkpad I bought, gets a good workout!

Great topic!


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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:15:41 PM
Scor-Pal, Cuttlebug, craft knife, TH clear ruler, hair dryer (who knew?), and my stamp mat.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:10:59 AM
Mine would have to be my Silhouette and my Texture Boutique. Since when I started making cards, I didn't do any stamping. I used die cuts and embossing only.

It's all your people's fault I do all this stamping now! LOL



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Posted: 1/26/2013 1:23:35 PM
Christinmay, you won regret the cuttlebug! I'm not sure how amazon is on intnl shipping but I ordered one for my mom for Christmas last year from there. Best price I could find.

Don, I'm curious on what you use a hair dryer for! Is it for embossing?

Kathy, I've heard so many great things about the silhouette! A friend has one and it cuts beautifully.
I considered getting one last year but I have so much already invested in my cricut.

Another purchase I though of is my fiskars stamp press. I always get great, even coverage everytime. Especially with larger stamps.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:29:13 PM
Certainly, some of my stamps. And my more than 10 years old Fiskars trimmer.

And more recent, I guess it's going to pay for itself, is my latest Echo Park collection purchase. It cost $20 last month, and DH wondered why I would spend $20 for a collection knowing most of my stash is used once and then sits in my stash for quite awhile. But I've already made about six layouts with this paper.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:18:44 AM
Tools- Cuttlebug, Craft Knife, Hair Dryer, MicroTip Scissors

Materials- Versafine Black Ink, Rhinestones,


Don, I'm curious on what you use a hair dryer for! Is it for embossing?


I know I am not Don. I added hair dryer too. I was really excited to see Don added hair dryer in his list. I use mine to dry all my watercolor and ink projects quicker without fear of burning them to a crisp. I always fear burning everything, including my fingers, to a crisp when I use the heat gun. Of course you can't heat emboss with a hair dryer. My hair dryer is indispensable to me. I use it all the time.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:00:49 AM
lylacfey is right. Heat guns are very severe. Here's another "trick";
hair blowers are great adhesive removers. Remove labels from boxes without soaking - just heat and peel. Blowing small cuttings, embossing powder, glitter off the work surface. Unsticking the misplaced embellie. Mine has 3 heat settings and 3 blower speeds. Sassoon, yard sale $2.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:07:23 PM
My Fiskars paper trimmer. I use it all the time. It has been around for a long time. It was my husband's first (not for crafty stuff - office stuff). Then I took it over when I started scrapping.

My other most used equipment:

scissors

clear ruler - very old and originally 25 cents at a Walmart back to school sale one year

paper piercer - I have a serious addiction to this thing. I love it and would need to replace it immediately if it broke.

the big, pink Scotch tape thing - a "newer" must have for me, but I love it. I was using Tombow Mono adhesive before. It is definitely more economical than that. Lasts a long time and you can use a coupon.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:05:52 AM
I would have to say my Cuttlebug too - especially with its extended plates.

There is rarely a card or project I don't make where this little machine isn't put to use! My little bug is getting a bit old now and a little looser... I hope he will stick it out a lot longer, but it's the right size to be out permanently in my craft area and sits and gets used on the windowsill.

The other item that has probably paid for itself is my ATG gun, I used to have to buy new herma dispensers relatively often because they got clogged up so much and stopped working smoothly. But the ATG gun is the workhorse of the gluing and sticking world!

And lastly... well it's not really a tool but it's the Alex drawer unit from Ikea, I can wheel it out from its storage location when I need it. It has lovely shallow-ish drawers that are great for storing wood-mounted stamps, I have all my inks in there over 2 drawers, all my Stickles, a drawer for scrap cardstock that can be easily used up for diecutting rather than digging out a new sheet, it's where I store my stamping blocks and cleaners, and in the bottom drawer I have all my punches within easy and clear reach. It's also very handy for photographing projects on. Has to be the best furniture investment I made for crafting.



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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:10:11 AM
Still lovin' all the bangs!

I have another... Plastic-coated freezer paper. I use it for masks, pallettes, templates & more.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:21:44 AM
Wish it was readily and cheaply available over here, or at least wax paper... I have heard great things about wax paper and intricate, fiddly dies. But it's not something you can easily get in the UK and if you do find it, boy is it expensive!



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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:28:50 PM
My number one most used supply or material...clear embossing powder...to borrow from a Red Hot Sauce ad, seen on TV all the time around here, "I put that *%#& on everything!"

Most used tools...my Tweezer Bee Tweezers, my Fiskars cutter and my Fiskars No Stick scissors.

Over all, top winner for most bang for the buck...my heat gun ...used for all that embossing with the clear (and every other colour of) embossing powder. Bought it about 20 years ago to strip the paint off the garage doors, pulled it out of the garage tool box about 4 years ago when I started trying embossing because I was too cheap to buy an actual embossing tool. Been using it ever since.

ETA: Oh yeah my ATG gun is up there too, for applying larger things and the Zig Glue pen with the roller ball tip for applying diddly things.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:08:24 PM
I've been using my clear EP a lot lately and have been thinking along the lines of the ad you mentioned, too!


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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:05:36 PM
My Stamp-a-ma-jig. Either my head is on crooked or my stamps are mounted crooked (I know that's true). It helps me stamp things where I want them, and "test" them first by stamping on the clear acrylic and moving it over the project to get an idea of how it will look.

Oh yeah, and my Fiskars Fingertip Detail Knife. It's fairly new, but I'm really liking it, it got a good recommedation here on the forum. It doesn't retract, but it has a cover. I broke too many flimsy EK Success Cutter Bee Retractable Knives. Some wouldn't retract, or wouldn't stay out after one use.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:08:35 PM
I would have to say my heat embossing tool. not only do I use it in my craftroom, but oneday my hairdryer broke and I used it to dry my hair. It took a little longer, but did the job!!!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:22:28 AM
iring; Fiskars does make a retractable finger knife. I like it better because you don't have to worry about the cap falling off in your bag.

When the finger knife came out I had to wonder; what kind of a company would present a tool like that to a target market that typically talks with their arms and hands? The last scrapper standing please turn out the lights.

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:22:25 PM
terrypi,

Don,


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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:45:17 PM
My Cricut. I was never one to buy a bunch of cartridges for it. I have a few alphas and 1 or 2 shapes. That's all I have ever needed. Now that they added on the craft room I can do even more. Sure I was a silhouette, but I can't justify it. I doing even more digi scrapping and that is another reason not to get a silhouette. If you were to buy one of these two know, go for the silhouette. I had my Cricut from way back, so the craft room was a bonus. Now you would have to buy all those cartridges.
Brads are a good bang for your buck. I'm talking the old plain solid colored ones, not the fancy ones out now. You can do all kinds of things with those.
Paper trimmer. Doesn't matter, just get one. It is better than cutting "straight" lines with scissors..... unless your doing PL.
One more: needle and thread. I'm digging stitching right now and I find it fast doing it by hand than the machine. The machine hates me. I will use the machine if it is for a layout, but cards get hand sewn or faux sewed with a white/black pen. <insert evil laugh>


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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:14:34 PM
For tools... definitely my Cameo!
For supplies, craft cardstock and background stamps.

I keep avoiding the Cuttlebug. I have a Cameo and really don't need one... but embossing folders, oooooh! They're sucking me in. Cameo cuts look great embossed!

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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:36:41 PM
My $20 paper trimmer definitely gets the most use out of everything scrappy I own. Can't live without it!


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