To be honest, I didn’t really use YouTube for anything in my personal life until card making became a hobby. When I started binging through crafty videos, a type of video I’ve gotten into are “hauls”. I don’t know how the term came about but essentially it’s a view of the items bought during some shopping trip or maybe a buying streak online or in person.
I primarily love watching crafty hauls because it helps inspire me or helps me get a “real life” look at a product or brand that isn’t the curated or photo-shopped persona that the online marketing world portrays to the public.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post some of the blog post ideas I’m going to try in 2017 and one of the ideas was to do blog posts on my crafty purchases.
So this is my first post and I think the future heading I’ll use for these types of posts will be “Crafty Buys and Supplies”. For this first blog post, I’ve purchased the following goodies from Simon Says Stamp. The Simon Says Stamp brand items from this post are from a specific release called Hey Love. Simon Says Stamp carries almost all of the Lawn Fawn goodies but if you wanted to visit Lawn Fawn’s specific site, just click here. Quick info, as of now, Simon Says Stamp doesn’t offer free or reduced shipping. Check in from time to time for specials, sales, discounts, and sometimes they have $5 off coupon codes mailed with your order OR listed on-line! I’ve purchased these items with my own money and I wasn’t asked to feature these items, I’ve just purchased from these brands before and loved them 🙂
Lawn Fawn Lawn Fawndamentals in Jet Black
I’m adding this new ink to my collection because it’s designed to work with alcohol based markers (no smudging!) and is supposed to be waterproof. I have a few black ink pads from different brands that state they have the above properties but I’m trying to figure out which one is my go-to ink.
Lawn Fawn Octopi My Heart Stamp and Coordinating Die
This is one of the Valentine’s Day releases from Lawn Fawn. Lawn Fawn holds a special place in my heart because it was the first brand I’ve stamped with and is currently the brand in my craft stash that I have the most products in. I think Lawn Fawn is one of those brands that can help you stretch your supplies because a lot of their sets complement one another so I think I can use this with other releases that have an underwater theme to them. I’m a sucker for puns and cute, whimsical images. Ideas for this are watercolor techniques, emboss resist and then watercoloring or ink blending, and of course making love cards.
Hero Arts Cocktail Party Stamp & Cut
I’m slowly starting to build up my Hero Arts collection and what made me purchase this card was the theme. It’s a stamp set that can be used for more “adult” cards such as celebrating with drinks or invitations for happy hour get togethers. I don’t have a stamp set like this in my collection, so I thought it could be versatile when I felt like adding some “fizz” to my projects. I’m actually thinking after 2017 gets into full swing, I may want to create mini invitations to do a get together with friends out somewhere, or to create a set for a great friend who is known as a fun hostess.
Simon Says Stamp Laura’s Love Set
This was on the pricier side because the set comes with three components. The first is the beautiful cling background stamp that speaks for itself. The second component is the stamp set titled All My Love which was created by Laura Bassen, one of my favorite crafters. Finally, the third component is a coordinating die for one of the love stamps. Interesting, there are two stamp images of the word “Love” but only one coordinating die. This set perfect for Valentine’s Day cards but I primarily purchased this for year-round occasions! There are plenty of “builder” sentiments you can coordinate to give an extra special message to your recipient.
Simon Says Stamp Kristina’s Love Set
In the same vein as the previous product, this set was slightly less expensive and comes with two components. The first is the stamp set Love which was designed by another favorite crafter of mine, Kristina Werner. Like the All My Love set, it has many wonderful sentiments that can be coordinated with one another and you have two different love stamp images in script font to use as well. The second component is coordinating die for both of the love stamp images.
I can’t wait to play and share the projects I’ve made with these new and old supplies. I’d love to make a couple love cards for my husband to give in January and in February just because. We are going through some big planning and changes on the homefront and he has taken all of it in stride.
Simon Says Stamp just released a new “Work It Wednesday” challenge and I’d love to start participating more in the cardmaking community. I’ll share the card that I’ve decided to create for the challenge after I get around to it. Click here if you’re interested in looking at the challenge!
Any fun buys you’ve gotten recently? Entered any fun challenges lately? Until next time, crafty friends!