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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. What fantastic products!!! This is the first time I’m hearing about the Evolution’s right up my alley…I LOVE to die cut!!! I evolved from being a stamp hoarder to a die hoarder!! LOL!!! Thank you for the chance at winning these awesome giveaways!!

  2. My favorite crafting supply has to be my exacto knife and mini clothespins right now. I can make so many cool paper crafts and the clothespins make it cute to hang up. 😀

  3. My favorite crafting supply is my cuttlebug. Of course its limited in its functions but I love how it cuts the dies I have beautifully and its compact too.

  4. Damask love is a new find for me and I’m so happy to be here.
    Yes! I die cut. I started years ago with a Cricut Personal machine then the Expression and now a Silhouette Cameo. I’ve heard fab things about the Explore but haven’t gotten my fingers on one yet. I also have had a Cuttlebug for years too. Love being able to add embossed loveliness to a plain project or cut shapes from quality felt. I also have my fair share of copics…invested in before the Spectrum Noir markers arrived on scene. I definitely would have loved to have saved the money there.
    Thank you for all you share and for the opportunity to win!

  5. I love to first color and then die-cut things…so my Favorite is Die-Cutting!!

    Thanks that you make so cool Giveaways!!!


  6. Wow my favorite craft supply would be all of my Dies w/cuttlebug. It makes crafting quick and easy when I don’t have time to use my cricut E2.

  7. There are so many crafting supplies that are so essential. I love my Cameo, dies, embossing folders and papers. Oh adhesives too!

  8. My fav craft tool right now, is my envelope liner die. Its a great way to use scraps and to coordinate my card.

  9. My faves and must haves are so plenteous but is I had to choose, I would say my favorite crafting supply would have to be my non-stick honeybee scissor! That baby allows me to snip in detail, it can act as an x-acto knife, and so much more.

  10. I, too, have a Fiskars Fuse with the adaptive plates, but I really like the idea of a motor! Thanks for all the great suggestions and fun give-aways!

  11. I love my punches, easier than getting my Bigshot out, I do like my Bigshot though, just wish i had more space to leave it out all the time!

  12. Love those Spectrum Noir Markers! My favorite specialty crafting supply is Krylon’s Premium Metallic Spray Paint. The quality and color are great. I just finished painting the brackets on my studio shelving in their Copper spray paint and now I want to spray everything with it. It’s an inexpensive way to give lots of different things around the house as special touch.

  13. Fave crafting supply…a really good paper cutter is a must and I’m nuts about paper! Decorative paper, textured paper, foils, vellums…you name it, gotta have it on hand for when I want to make something!!

  14. Hard to pick just one, but I work on a 18×24 translucent self-healing cutting mat with a 1/2 inch grid. You can measure, line things up straight, and cut right on the mat, and it wipes clean. It also adds a slightly cushioned surface to stamp on. I couldn’t manage without it.

  15. My new favorite specialty product is my Silhoutte Portrait Pixscan Cutting Mat. It has reduced my need to buy coordinating dies that go with my stamps. It has reduced the strain on my hands of fussy cutting stamped images when I’m too cheap to buy the matching dies or if they are not available.

  16. I love my Big Shot, my ATG gun and my Xyron sticker maker! I love the thought of saving money on markers! I will have to give them a try. Thanks for the tip!

  17. You know, I almost didn’t click over from email because I thought what could she possibly post that I don’t already have?? I have and use Spectrum Noirs and love them. I can’t even imagine paying for Copics. I still have and use my Big Shot a LOT. I didn’t even know I wanted an upgrade until now! ha. One day I’ll upgrade but it is still working for me. I have seen these hot glue gun tools before but completely forgot! I kinda think they were invented for me. These are going on my wish list. My fingers thank you!

  18. My favorite tool is the Cuttlebug….I have fallen in love with all of Anna Griffin’s embossing folders and dies.

  19. The Evolution has been a great buy for me. I just wish the plate was wider because I saw a sweet deal on larger dies at Tuesday Morning…

  20. My favorite craft supplies are my embossing folders dies. I have always wanted to use the Spectrum Noirs because they can be used in so many ways. The Copics are just way too expensive for me.

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