Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Essential Items!


As you all know, the year of 2010 is coming to a close. Tomorrow, we will embark on the year 2011! Can you believe we've really been in the 2000's for a decade?! I can't...time flies!

To help start off the new year, Stephanie and I have compiled a list of 10 Essential Items for the year 2011! These items are great quality and will help you expand your crafty side! : D

#1: Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Despite the fact that not everyone at Simon Says Stamp hangs out in the warehouse all day, everyone definitely knows where the Fiskars Paper Trimmer is. Why? It's super popular because it works so well! You'll never have to worry about your edges not being straight again!

#2: Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
If you paid attention during the 12 Tags of Christmas, you may have noticed that this is one of Tim Holtz's favorite products. It's easy to used and it gives great results!

#3: Copic Markers
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Copic Markers are the best! Why? They make blending easy. No more coloring lines. We've even made it easy and compiled Blending Kits for different colors!

#4: New Cuttlebug Machine
It's a new and improved design for your embossing needs! You can even craft at a friend's house and carry this with you, thanks to that neat little handle. It folds up nicely for compact storage, too!

#5: Craft Scrubbie by Ranger
Feeling Inky? Grab a Craft Scrubbie and clean up!! It's seriously like magic. I don't know how they do it! (Hint: keep an eye out for Blog Candy on this blog!)

#6: Adhesives Extreme Value Pack by American Crafts
It's got lots of different glue dot sizes and runners for your adhesive needs. They're in pretty colors too, don't ya think?

#7: The Glitter Clean Up Cloth by Martha Stewart
I remember a janitor in elementary school complaining about teachers letting us use glitter. He said, "they use glitter in one room and it ends up in every room in the school and never goes away! I leave with glitter on me too!" Martha's brilliant in coming up with this - it'll clean up the glitter so it won't end up all over!

#8: Stitch Sew Quick Sewing Machine
I know I feel somewhat jealous whenever I see cards that are stitched - they're just so put together and stitching adds a fun texture to help grab the eye!!

# 9: Mounting Foam
Add this to your unmounted stamps to help you stamp! Don't have unmounted stamps? Use it as a stamping surface to make sure to get a great image every time!

#10: Adventure Glimmer Mist Kit
The distressing technique is not going to go away anytime soon. Neither will glitter. Add color to your creations using the Adventure Glimmer Mist Kit! It comes with 4 mists that will not only give you an intro if you're unfamiliar, but they're smaller sized bottles so you can sample different colors!

***Dear Customers & Readers: We want to know what YOUR essential items are! If you tell us and join our following, we'll even give you a chance to win BLOG CANDY! For every 20 answers we receive, we'll give out 1 Craft Scrubbie by Ranger!***
Have a safe, crafty, & Happy New Year!

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  1. Happy New Year!!!

    My essential craft item has to be perfect paper adhesive by US Art Quest.


  2. a good trimmer - with out it, nothing matters!
    I also need my distress inks - I use them on just about every item I make.
    Thanks for all the fun!
    Sandra ltb

  3. my essentials for 2011, well lots and lots more rubber stamps, am so loving LOTVand sugar nellie and magnolias at the moment and also on my list to have and give a new home to would be some nestabilities by spellbinders, but have to say my little fiskars scissors and double sided tape I would be so lost without, and I know you love copics but I love my promarkers just as much, can't comment on copics as I don't have any but wouldn't say no to trying them. Have a fab new year and thanks for all the info you share.

  4. My essential item is my Cutterbee tweezers! I spent years crafting without them, but now I use them every single time I'm creating! I can't believe I went so long without them!

  5. I have to tell you, I've gotten hooked on the Tim Holtz dies (thanks to the wonderful 12 days of tags!) I find myself needing more!

    Happy New Year!

  6. My essential is a very good pair of scissors. And.... a bone folder, and glue runners, and punches and stazon ink and... well the list goes on and on.

  7. Here's my essentials!
    1. Fiskars Paper Trimmer
    2. Cuttlebug Scissor set
    3. Glue gun
    4. Pop Dots
    5. Zots (for ribbons and such)
    6. Memento stamp pad
    7. RRR Ribbons
    8. Flat backed gems
    9. Prisma Pencils
    10. Lots of Blogger inspiration!!

  8. My essential item is my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig! Love it! I've even made up permanent templates for the stamp sets I use the most so it's super quick to use. :-)

  9. Oh my goodness, that´s a tuff one, as there´s so many he he he. I coouldn´t do without my cuttlebug and a good craftknife, and a really good pair of scissors, and ofcause all my gorgeous papers and ofcause also all the Spellbinder dies and embossingfolders for my cutttlebug, they just have to be there. And MS punches, just wish II had loads more of both nesties and punches, as there´s so many great ones, but maybe 2011 will make a change to that he he he.
    Happy New Year everyone.

  10. My most essential? Ranger's distress inks. I would find it hard to create without them. It would be wonderful to have a Craft Scrubbie for those days when the ink gets out of hand (or should I say on the hands!)

  11. My essential craft item is a good pair of scissors. I love the Tim Holtz serrated scissors.

    Happy New Year!

    Clare x

  12. My essentials would be more copics and refills and nesties

  13. Definitely a good paper trimmer. My other item which I really had hoped Santa would bring me but he didn't, is the Ranger Craft Spinner (the one that holds all of the ink applicators).

  14. I seem to have most of what you have listed! The only things missing from your list, and something I reach for every time I sit down to play, are the Tim Holtz scissors and a craft knife.

  15. Happy New Year!!!

    My essential craft item would be papers,stamps and good permanent ink.
    Thanks for fun!

  16. Trying to narrow it down .... Uni-ball Signo white gel pen, my Cuttlebug, Glossy Accents, Hero Arts background stamps, Distress Inks, punches .... think I better stop there! Happy New Year! Ger x.

  17. I have most of the items out of your essential list, the paper trimmer, distresser, copics, embosser, adhesive, sew machine, mounting foam and the glimmer mist, all are very essential I would have to add to this list, my bone folder, and my *EK Success STAMP-A-MA-JIG Stamp Positioner this is one I can't live without.

  18. Ich brauch am meisten meine Schneidemaschine, Aquarellstifte,
    Ich hoffe, es ist richtig ├╝bersetzt.
    Ein gesundes neues Jahr
    lg gila

  19. my essential items are a paper trimmer, can't make anything without one ! stamps, glitter and stickles, gems,ribbons, charms, prima flowers,,,,supply of cups of tea ,,music in the background... oohh the list is endless, :-)

    Happy New Year to all at Simon Says Stamp ,, wishing you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year :-)

    Lols x x x

  20. One of my essential tools is my Big Shot, dies and folders. I also can't do anything without my adhesive and always need to have a stash of flowers and gems handy.

  21. Happy New Year!
    My essential is a very good pair of scissors and more copics .

  22. Happy New Year!! =)

    The one tool for me is the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser!!

  23. Happy New Year to you all. x

    My essentials are:

    Purple Cows Guillotine
    Martha Stewart Scoreboard
    Tim Holtz Distresser
    Distress Inks
    Distress Ink Blender
    Anita's Tacky Glue
    Big Shot

  24. My most needed craft items have to be a trimmer and great scissors and of course adhesives....but have to have paper of course.

  25. My essential would be my Cuttlebug and dies to go with! Love having them to get my creativity started!

  26. A good sharp pair of sissors is first on my list! I have some Cutterbee sissors I love for fine work, and my Tim Holtz sissors for the heavy duty cutting.


  28. I love removable adhesive! I go through a ton of it!

  29. Wishing everyone at Simon Says Stamp Blog and Shop a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2011.

    In 2010 Tim Holtz did a TSV over here in the UK February time I think it was. I um'd and ah'd but went for it in the end. I have bought soome more distress inks since then and I think they'd have to be my favourite essential ie for stamping, distressing and colouring.

    Best wishes, Kym xxx

  30. I have that great Fiskars trimmer & love it. I have been wanting one of those scrubbies & I can't get enough of the Tim Holtz sizzix dies. His embossing folders are great too. Okay, I might as well say, anything Tim Holtz lol. Oh, and don't get me started on Hero Arts stamps...

  31. My Ranger inks, Tim's awesome scissors and my craft mat are simply 'must haves' for me. I could go on and on but without these the other items aren't nearly as useful!

  32. Besides paper and adhesives, I use the Tim Holtz ruler all the time. I was on the fence about getting another ruler, but now it is the one I reach for all the time. It really is an essential!

  33. Distress inks

    Tonic scissors

    Copic markers

  34. Love your list of essentials! I used my Fiskars trimmer to death (almost!) - it certainly came in super handy for my wedding stationery. And I just got a Cuttlebug plus a bunch of dies for Christmas so no doubt that will become much loved too ;)
    I'm currently loving my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. Using it on everything!
    Thanks for the inspiration as ever - I love seeing your posts in my google reader, Hugs, Ruth S

  35. Happy New Year, just had a read about the Friskars trimmer as I've yet to find a good trimmer and so in need of one but my fave must have items are my distress inks

  36. My Fiskers cutter (the same as on your list), glimmer mist, my ATG tape runner, copics and distress inks, the Tim Holtz size tags (perfect for decor around the home or on a gift), and the Tim Holtz scissors. These are my essentials for 2011.

    Happy New Year and my it be a good one.

  37. My essential craft item is my ATG Gun. I would be lost without it!

  38. Other than what you mentioned my essential items would have to include a non-stick craft mat and Tim Holtz scissors!!

  39. Apart from some of the ones on your list, I wouldn't be without a pair of fine tweezers, d/s tape, and my Fiskars scissors

  40. I love my tim holtz scissors, use them all the time.

  41. My essential is probably distress ink by Ranger. Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe New Year!

  42. My essential items are my Carl rotary trimmer, my Bigshot (which I would marry if I could!), my provo craft bone folder and my set of glittering atyou spica pens.


  43. I would have to say I just can't live with my Xyron products! The sticker makers are so easy to use and make gluing detailed items much easier.

  44. My essential craft tool is my Rangers craft mat, I love how you can ink on it, glue, paint and mist and it all just wipes away!! AWESOME !!!

  45. Distress ink in a brown colour...walnut, burlap, something like that. I use it on every single page I create!

  46. Oh essentials
    1. craft pick...use it all the time
    2. ATG glue gun
    3. Tim Holtz die for
    4. Smooch..I"m addicted.
    5. sponge daubers
    6. distressors
    7. paper, paper and a little more paper
    8. pearls
    9. crystals
    10. Glimmer mist
    11. my computer so I can keep up to date with all the new goodies coming out that I MUST HAVE!!!

  47. Happy New Year! My essentials are Copics, Big Shot and Spellbinder dies.

  48. Wish u an awesomest year of happiness & cheers!!!!! Hugs)))))


  49. Happy New Year

    Essential item - Stickles !!!!!!

    Kitty :)

  50. Along with a a variety of papers, inks and stamps, my essentials for 2011 are:
    1. good paper trimmer
    2. Signo white gel pen
    3. good scissors large and small
    4. cuttlebug and embossing folders
    5. tweezers
    6. craft knife and cutting mat
    7. glossy accents
    8. stickles and bling
    9. ATG gun and foam dots
    10.MS score board and bone folder

    I've ordered a set of prisma colored pencils and I'd love to have some Spellbinder dies and MS punches one day.

  51. Happy new year!!
    My essential craft item has to be my copic markers, stamps, nestabilities, distress tool, flowers, brads, pearls and stickels!!

    Thank you,

  52. happy new year.

    my essentials are copics, memento ink pad, stamps, tim holtz distressing tool,scissors, adhesive and I would love a new sewing machine.

  53. My essentials are

    paper trimmer
    distress inks
    patterned paper

  54. My most essential item is my Scor-Pal with cutting mat (and the quilting rulers and craft knife I use with it). I use them on absolutely every card.
    Happy New Year!

  55. Well, this is a tough question! Everything is essential (says the shopaholic woman).
    However I should agree that a scrapbooker is nothing without a good pair of scissors (preferably Tim Holtz's), some inks (Rangers)and a sturdy tape (ATG gun).
    PS Do not let my hubby find out that I don't absolutely NEED the entire SSS.

  56. Happy New Year! My essential craft item is my Fiskars paper trimmer, ATG, Copic Markers
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  57. Happy New Year...I became a follower today and my essentials are 1) Fiskars trimmer 2)Tim Holtz ruler 3) distress inks and 4)paper, paper and more paper***

  58. My essential is a very good paper trimmer that cuts straight. :-)
    Happy New Year!

  59. I love to heat emboss... so my embossing buddy is critical! :) Of course, I can't live without my fiskars paper trimmer, tim holtz scissors or Copics either!

  60. Happy New Year! Those essential items are fabulous! I just bought a paper trimmer, so it isn't a necessity for me, at least yet. My essential craft items are Versamark and lovely stamps - that's were magic to my cards comes from :)

  61. Happy New Year ... my essential item are my copic markers ... I just can't color without them now!

  62. I love my copics and xpress card stock! also need my glue dots

  63. My essential list is a long one! LOL The things I use every time I make art are my Ranger craft sheet & my Tim Holtz Tonic scissors.

    iamvictorias at gmail dot com

  64. One thing I can't be without; my Cuttlebug!
    Happy New Year.
    hugs dorte

  65. I have most of those essentials. One of the things not mentioned is a stamp positioner. Use mine all the time.

  66. My essential is Martha Stewart Screw Punch. I'm about to make a lot of holes this year.

  67. Happy New Year!
    SO many items to be!
    My essential(s) are the trimmer, fine tip scissors and adhesive tape and 3D foam.
    Thanks for the fun blog!


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