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Old 04-09-2009, 05:37 PM   #81
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I don't like to spend money, so the few "pricier" things I've actually purchased, I've researched and researched. Then, once I have them, I use and use and use them. I haven't regretted any of them. So my "best buys" as of right now would have to be:

1. Making Memories trimmer (no ragged edges, no dull blades)
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3. BIC Mark-It pens (because I'm just too cheap for the Copics)
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Best purchase has to be my Big Shot. I use it all the time and I love that I can use it with any dies or texture plates. I use it quite often.
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My favorites:
The Cuttlebug! The day I bought this I remember the awesome feeling I had because I used a 50% off coupon! I was so delighted! I use it a lot too!
I just bought a Fiskar's Rotary cutter, and I like it very much.
The Stamp-a-ma-jig is a wonderful tool!
I bought a very fine tipped tool in the leather section at Michael's for my piercing tool. It is awesome! I paid about $1.00 for it!
I love my Bic Mark-its, and have a few Prisma Markers too.
DH bought my Prisma Pencils set for Christmas, and I love those!
I just bought a Scor-it, and really like the crisp professional scores it makes! It even scores nicely on white core cardstock--and metallic cardstock. I am probably in the future going to buy a Scor-Pal too. It will just have to wait...So many wonderful reviews for it here on SCS.
I have yet to invest in Copics. I hear good things about these too.
So many tools, so little time!
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Best bang for the buck--

has to be my Prismacolor pencils. I got them several years back before that one big online office supply company got bought by Office Depot. They had the 120 set for $40, with a $20 off first-time customer coupon. PLUS, I had a 40% off code. So I got 120 Prismacolor pencils for 12 bucks plus shipping. SCORE!!!

Of course, Splitcoast had floated all these prices, and the online place had run out of stock in several warehouses, so I had to ship them to my sis-in-law in CO and have her ship them to me. Even with all that, they only cost me about $30 total.

That being said, they are also my 'pry them out of my cold, dead fingers' tool...
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I bought a very fine tipped tool in the leather section at Michael's for my piercing tool. It is awesome! I paid about $1.00 for it!
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has to be my Prismacolor pencils. I got them several years back before that one big online office supply company got bought by Office Depot. They had the 120 set for $40, with a $20 off first-time customer coupon. PLUS, I had a 40% off code. So I got 120 Prismacolor pencils for 12 bucks plus shipping. SCORE!!!
Ditto on the Prismacolor pencils. Definitely the best bang for my buck to date.

If you want to talk best deal in what I can't stamp without, that would be my SAMJ. I use it far more than I had ever imagined, and wish I would have gotten it sooner.

Then there is my score pal. I love it even though I just use it for scoring cards. I don't really make many boxes, etc, but it is a great tool!

Oh, and I can't forget my Memento Tuxedo Black dewdrop. I really wanted the full size pad, but when I ordered it was out of stock. But I LOVE the dewdrop! So easy to use, and only a couple of bucks!!
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Hands down, my SAMJ -- I can't stamp without it!
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wow my fav tools,
My ATG is number 1
scor pal no 2
cricut exp no 3
and my copics.

I basically use these all the time on everything! I was an ATG skeptic until I got mine a couple weeks ago. I love it!
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I'd have to say Stazon ink and my coluzzle.
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99% of the time I reach for my EK Success Cutterbee TWEEZERS! They are so handy for small embellies and alphas and diecuts when trying to place them on a card or layout. I have small fingers, but I still love the super pointy tips on these tweezers.

I also have been using a new (to me) glue stick made by Thermoweb called a "SuperStiK". Bought 4 or 5 of them online @ J's really cheap. They aren't gummy or dry like most glue sticks and super handy to grab.

Let's see...Zip Dry liquid glue- geez, it's sounding like all I do is glue stuff all day!

For big tools, I would say my Cricut Expression, my stamp and ink pad collection, my Slice, and my ever growing punch collection...they are taking over my room!!
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My favourite purchase has to be my Cuttlebug. I also love my paper trimmer - it transformed my crafting!
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I love my colluzzle too, but tend to favour my Nestie's now because its so easy, but over a fold only coluzzle works.
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My favorites are my:
*Scor-Pal
*Arccivo
*Tonic 12" guillotine trimmer
*Big Shot
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I love my ATG gun, my nesties and my BIC markers. I also have primacolor pencils but the markers are smoother. I just started investing in Copics but I'm going to have to stop that habit as they are so $$$.
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1. Stampin' Up Paper Trimmer
2. ScorePal
3. Bone Folder
4. Versafine Onyx Black Ink - Perfect Crisp Image
5. SU! Mat Pack
6. Black and white gingham narrow ribbon - goes with everything
7. PaperTrey White Cardstock
8. Tombow Mono Multi Glue (green bottle) - holds like crazy
9. Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

10. All of my matching SU cardstock, ink, markers, and ribbon. Makes great looking, coordinating cards.
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When I started stamping I'd consider buying something and think, "Oh, I can do without that" or I'd try a cheaper alternative which, of course, almost never worked. Here are a few things I found were no comparison to the cheapos:

Tombow Mono Multi (for liquid glue)
Cuttlebug (can't use a rolling pin)
Coluzzle (can't free-hand it)
SU color coach
Glimmer Mist (use it on every card)
My fiskars paper cutter.

Like Gina said, I try to put a lot of thought into my purchases so I can pretty much say I love everything!
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My Cuttlebug, copics, nesties, and my ATG gun.
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1. Prismacolor pencils - Love them and use them all the time.
2. Scorpal - So Much Easier!
3. Cuttlebug - Love the embossing folders!
4. Nesties!
I could go on and on!!!
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I got a Tonic 12'' today!!! I am so excited. Joann's website kept bumping me off but I took a class today and the store had one and I got $10 off of the thing so it was the same price as Joann's. It will be my new fav tool I can tell.

My Score pal--that thing is worth every penny.

Magnetic mat thingy--those little magnets are like having 4 sets of hands!

and the best ever and I am on the 3rd one because I keep giving them away--cutterbee tweezers - bling's best friend.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:27 AM   #101
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My nesties and my Big Shot hands down good amount for your money. The nesties are such varied sizes I don't use my punches as much which cost as much as the whole set of nesties.
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I started stamping in Feb 2002, I bought on EBAY, all of the original 48 old style ink pads, reinkers and markers in a lazy susan style holder for about $125 in May of 2002(mother's day gift). I am only now starting to reink those pads and I stamp nearly everyday. I love the old style pads and the markers are all still good.
I know this is an older "thread" but I just have to say...I SO agree! I actually bought the old style pads when they came out forever ago and they are still my favorite. I re-ink them as needed but prefer these to the new SU! pads by far. I even found a manufacturer that sold the same pads uninked...I bought what they had and used those for the "in colors" by buying the re-inkers. Now the company is out of business so I don't have a "source" for the pads so I have had to resort to the new SU! pads.

You got a great deal and will be able to use them for years
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At first I would say my Cuttlebug but then really the one item I use every single time I craft is my paper cutter. It really helped revolutionise my crafting! I'd be lost without it but I do love my little Bug too.
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My best buy was my Scor-Pal, which I bought at Archivers with a 40% off coupon. I use it on every single card I make now and can't imagine how I lived without it.
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I have to agree that a paper cutter is a must. I like the one from creative memories with the little drawer but I use the old wooden one guillotine the most.
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My best buys have been my Xyrons. I have the X, 250,510, 900 and both sizes of the Cheetahs. One of my favorite things to use are all the CD's I have from Joanna Sheen. She has the most gorgeous graphics on all the Cd's, from gardens, angels and fairies, and vintage/victorian. I just love all of them.
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Where do you get the CDs? I use Pccrafter graphics also and they are wonderful.
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I order them from JoannaSheen.com. She is located in the UK. When you go to the web site, go to her craft shop and you will see a listing with pictures of the CDs. There are a lot of them with more than one CD in the set, and I find them to be very reasonably priced. Plus there are no shipping charges, even to the states. If you wish, you can e-mail me and I will give you a list of the ones I have.
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"My best buys have been my Xyrons. I have the X, 250,510, 900 and both sizes of the Cheetahs."

WOW! I thought I had all the Xyrons! I have the X, 250, 500, 510, 850 and 900 but, alas, do not have the Cheetahs. Maybe I need to check out the Cheetahs!

I also LOVE PC Crafter's graphics and have TONS, but I've never heard of Joanna Sheen.

This thread sure is costing me a lot of money!!!!! Love it!

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Sssshhhhhh! I told my DH that I had quit spending for a while since my scraproom is almost bursting at the seams. I lied! The other day I bought this cool little magnetic thing, made for the Quickutz. I thought it was another money tease and of course the girl at the LSS said it was SOOOO handy. Well I bought it and it has been my love. It has a strong magnetic end and picks up the Nesties or any other magnetic die perfectly. I store my Nesties on a magnetic sheet then use them in the Revolution. Usually I have to finagle them off the sheet or off the Revolution, or simply picking them up off the desk was a trick. But this little gadget is WORTH the money.
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Millie Singer: Just returned from Joanna's website. I just spent......40 British Pounds or something like that. Have no idea what the exchange rate is......but, hey! The shipping is free! Don't think hubby's gonna be too happy. If you see my name in the obituaries tomorrow, just know that he was probably justified in whatever he did to get me there. I'm an addict and I just can't stop!!!!!!

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Millie Singer: Just returned from Joanna's website. I just spent......40 British Pounds or something like that. Have no idea what the exchange rate is......but, hey! The shipping is free! Don't think hubby's gonna be too happy. If you see my name in the obituaries tomorrow, just know that he was probably justified in whatever he did to get me there. I'm an addict and I just can't stop!!!!!!

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Welcome to the club. I just ordered more of the CD's over the weekend. Her "stuff" is just too, too beautiful to pass up. BTW, I found her through the English magazines I get at Barnes & Noble. If you have a B&N close to you, check out Cardmaking and Papercrafts, Papercraft Essentials and any of the other English mags. They usually come wrapped in plastic and have free goodies to go with the mag, especially papers.
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Millie - thanks for the heads up! Now I'm in deeper "stuff".

My daughter, the ex-art student (that's another story), works for a company and she gets 40% discounts at Barnes & Noble............so, before I am murdered, I will take my child (ok, she's 23) and check out Cardmaking and Papercrafts, Papercraft Essentials. I will buy these items and then return home to face my ultimate demise.........but it's all worth it.

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Copics, wow... they've rejuvenated my love for cardmaking!
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Thank you Millie for being an addict! I soooo love company...I dont know what has gotten into me lately but I have developed an "Spellbinders soon to be retired" jones. I cannot tell you how many soon to be retired dies I have collexcted lately.

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Red face Enjoying this thread!

I am so gratful to everyone who has and is, responding to this thread, I'm not too well and I love reading all the replies, most especially because they are al POSITIVE about things we can't get along without! But I also love the humour that is tucked in there too!

It's funny how we often think of ourselves as addicts! Real addicts are struggling to overcome something negative that dominates their life; whereas we are all just spending money with a positive goal, that of making a card or scrapbook page that will delight the person it is given to.

Often when I am making a card I can't take my mind off the person who its going to: So, (a bit like quilting), every stick of glue, every dab of tape, every layer, each gem & twinkle is the touch of love I added. I often wonder if that helps the card turn out better, (or is it just great products!!!) Anyone else on my wavelength?

By the way Joanna Sheen is very big OTBPond does TV appearances.
But at the moment I have just bought 2 Magnolia stamps because they watercolour beautifully! (I have no Copics although you all rave about them-so maybe one day...)
Take care and thank YOU all for posting, long may it continue.
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I hide what I buy in the car and then sneak it in when noone is around. My craftroom is bursting at the seams also. Right now I'm trying to organize my stamps. What a job.
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My best BARGAIN buy was today!!
I have been looking for storage for my SU inks and reinkers for awhile but didn't want to pay the high prices I have been seeing for nice storage units. DH and I go to flea markets a lot during the summer, and I figured that this would be something I could hunt for.
Today--BIG score! I saw a wooden crate type of box with 36 small shelves in 3 rows of 12--of course I had forotten my inkpad measurements and measuring tape at home, so I just had to "guess" if the stamp pads would fit (I hate it when that happens--I'm wrong about 50% of the time!). It was in nice shape, had nail holes for hanging (I have very limited counter space) and had a panel at the top with a beer logo on it. I took a closer look, and saw that the panel slid off--to reveal a space that looked just right for reinkers! Hmmm...OK, this is looking pretty promising. Price was marked $10 and I almost jumped at how cheap it was, but I looked at the dealer and asked very politely "What can you do for me on the price of this?" HE SAID $5!!! I couldn't pull out my wallet fast enough, and DH was sweet enough to carry it for the rest of the time because I wouldn't let it out of my sight!

At home now, and my inkpads and reinkers fit PERFECTLY. Sometimes I win one!

I LOVE flea market season!!!

Joy
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:03 PM   #119
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Sounds like a cassette cabinet which I have scoured every thrift store and flea market I can find searching for one. Lucky You! Hang on to that baby, it's a treasure for anyone with lots of stamp pads. Now that summer might be finally arriving, I plan to hit as many flea markets and thrift stores as possible. I live in a very small country town and during the summer a lot of people set up tables along the roadways and sell their wares. What might be trash to them, might just be the treasure I'm looking for. So from now on, I plan to stop at all of them. Enjoy your treasure!
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:10 PM   #120
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You got a real deal on that which reminded me I have a coke box I got at auction. Maybe that will work. I go to auctions and have a booth in a flea market. Thanks for the tip. I'll keep an eye out for me too.
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