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I’m always curious to know about my blog readers! Are you guys experienced crafters? Are you just starting out? To make sure I’ve got you all covered, I’m rolling out video gift guides that will give you a few tempting options for your holiday gift list, no matter what your level of expertise. Last week, I shared my top picks for beginner crafters. Today, I’m turning my attention to all of you crafters who already have it all. So come hang out with me for the next three minutes to see what products are truly my favorites.



I’m loving the Evolution Advanced and the accompanying motor attachment. Like many of you experienced crafters, I had the same die cutting machine for years! I was tethered to it. These days, my die cutting habits are a lot different. Many of my die cutting projects have been replaced with the Cricut Explore but there are still things that the Explore can’t do. I still love to create letterpressed projects, embossed projects and of course, I still have my collection of dies that I want to use. After years of owning a Sizzix Big Shot, I upgraded to the We R Memory Keeper’s Evolution Advanced . This machine is a huge step up for me and the design is so much better than the previous Evolution. I love that is folds up for compact storage and I love that there is very little guess work about getting the proper amount of pressure for your project. Then of course, there is the motor which I swear by! I love that I can push a button and have the machine do the work for me. If you’ve considered purchasing a new die cutting machine, I’d definitely suggest this one!


It took me a long time to invest in good markers for crafting. They are just so damn expensive! Copics are the most common out there and you can easily spend a few hundred dollars on a complete set. A few weeks ago when I visited the set of Home Shopping Network’s 24 Hour Crafting Event, I had a chance to play with the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and was really impressed with how well they performed. They blend wonderfully and the cost is a fraction of Copics.  Win! If you are considering a high-quality set of markers but would like to still pay your electricity bill – Spectrum Noir markers are the way to go. The full set of 72 Spectrum Noir markers is less than half the price of Copics.


The Hot Glue Gun Helpers are the only reason I haven’t ended up in the ER from glue gun injuries. Such a simple invention that makes all the sense in the world. I especially love the flexible mat that catches all those drips. The heat-resistant material is easy to clean and dried glue peels right of so the tools will be ready for your next use. 


And now three readers will have the chance to win the products featured in today’s gift guide! I am loving all these giveaways!! Entries for these giveaways will close on Friday, November 14th and winners will be notified on Saturday, November 15th.
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163 thoughts on “Toile 2014: Top Gifts for Experienced Crafters

  1. Thanks fr sharing these great products with us!! The die cutting machine looks AMAZING!! LOVE embossing powders! They are my favorite!! Adds such great texture and shine to any project!

  2. I’ve been researching die cut machines–thanks for the info! I get loads of use from a small, basic crafting tool set. It has everything from a mini cutting mat and craft knife to a hammer and tools for grommets. This little kit is great for on the go too!

  3. Thanks for the review of the Spectrum Noirs, added to my Amazon wishlist. I have one lonely Copic – just can’t get past the pricetag, great to know there is another option. My favorite tool right now is my Xyron (which I bought on your recommendation), it is making card assembly so much quicker and cleaner. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  4. I don’t know what my favorite specialty crafting supply is, but I appreciate the recommendation on the due cutter. I am kinda hoping my original Cuttlebug will bite the dust soon. ;o)

  5. My favorite specialty crafting supply would probably have to be scor tape. It is heavy duty and works like a charm! Thanks for the chance to win those markers 🙂

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