Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for stepping away from the mashers and sauce long enough to peruse Day 4’s fantastic sponsored swag line-up! See Day 1 for info on the giveaway and the swag products, and more product on Day 2 and Day 3. Come back again tomorrow on Day 5 to enter!
At The Creative Connection in September I had my first experience teaching classes. It was the best time and I was convinced that I need to do this more. One great thing about teaching classes is learning about new tools and techniques from the students. One was using a pair of large red handled snips to cut and trim her embellishments and paper. When asked about them, she stated, “These Tim Holtz Snips have changed my life.” She was dead serious. In October at SPARK, in between teaching classes I had the opportunity to take a class from another instructor but hadn’t brought any scissors with me. Another student loaned me her extra pair of- what else- Tim Holtz Snips! It was love at first use. So I contacted Tonic Studios as soon as I returned home and they generously sent to me enough pairs for each swag bag.
Their non-stick coating makes these scissors resistant to rust and corrosion and minimizes adhesive build up. Their micro-serrated edge is perfect for small detail cutting and most anything else you’re crafting with. The large hand openings are the big bonus, trust me, and they come with a protective plastic cap that is big enough I won’t loose it and keeps my snips from damaging anything in transport. Based on these alone I’m convinced that if Tim Holtz recommends something, I’m sold. These are affordably priced and you can purchase them here.
Tonic Studios didn’t stop there, they sent us a few more paper crafting goodies to play with!
This little sweetheart has dual purposes- you can use it to drag the recessed blades along the edge of your paper or cardstock to distress them a little or a lot, and it comes in extra handy as a thread cutter! Love that!! (buy here)
What? More Tonic Studios product? Yup!!
Cutter. Scorer. Perforator!…Simple. Small. Spectacular! Did I mention compact? They fold up for safe storage. Some folks carry Swiss Army knives on their keychains, I’m thinking of carrying these. You never know when you need to cut, score or perforate, am I right?! You can purchase the set here.
The bags measure 7.5” L x 5” W x 4” H and are made of a durable canvas. Yes, I suppose you could actually put your cosmetics in these, but mine was just right for keeping tools safe and free from getting lost in my enormous swag bag! With three different patterns to choose from these are a great tote for craft travel. AND you can personalize these with an embroidered name, word or monogram when ordering! W. Boutique products ship fast so these would be awesome as Christmas gifts!
When searching for swag bag products like these cosmetic bags, I spent a long time looking for just the right companies to contact. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to come across KLIC online stores and how great they are to work with. There’s four KLIC shops full of fabulous products.
The WWC publications are ones you will make a special space for on your bookshelf to source over and over again. These aren’t magazines you tear a few pages from for later reference, these are beautifully designed and photographed sourcebooks of the work and spaces of some pretty incredible women… (scratch that)… people! Turns out they’re starting to showcase some pretty fabulous men and their spaces now! First up- the ever wonderful Tim Holtz! (Next up… my new pal and Crochet Dude himself- Drew Emborsky!)
I’d seen Blue Moon Beads at Michael’s but it wasn’t until recently I discovered their website and vast (I mean VAST) line of beautiful products and creative projects! And did you know- Blue Moon Beads is now a member of the DCWV family! Here they are on Facebook and YouTube.
I am completely smitten with Riley Blake Designs. Their line of fabrics and notions are so delicious I can hardly stand it. Imagine how giddy I was to receive a little bit of both for the swag bags these sweeties:
Riley Blake Designs offer high quality cotton, flannel, laminate cotton, minky and sparkle cotton fabrics. Their line of Sew Together products include ric-rac, buttons, ribbons laces and other trims. They also have many lovely patterns and project kits. Smitten I tell you!