Saturday, 26 May 2012

Favourites among favourites - Blog prompt day 13

My Grandad used to say you shouldn't pick favourites from those you love, but I suppose there are bits of my stash I love just a teensy bit more than others :-)

My paper collection takes some beating in my affections, but probably shouldn't count as my favourite thing. Much as I get a warm and fuzzy feeling from seeing shelves full of paper stacks, the same view often causes a rising panicky feeling when I realise how many packs haven't even been opened, and how few of my crafting plans I've managed to get made! The same applies to my stamp collection. Having said that, I love both collections so much that my current faves ought to get a mention. In the papers it's Papermania Pampered Pets (I'm not owning up to how many packs of this I've bought), the new Lucy Cromwell papers, and DCWV Old World. For stamps, it's a tie between the John Byars Nostalgia wood-mounted range and my friend Chris Saunders' super-versatile 'Build A Landscape' range. Seeing my choices written down seems a bit odd to me though - there's a lot of pastel and vintage there, and I really didn't think that was what I liked best!

There is one bit of my stash that has been getting a lot of my love for awhile now: my collection of XCut nesting dies. I really wouldn't want to be without them and, although I've been trying to prioritise them for shopping, I know I'm going to want them all! The bunting ones are top of my wish list at the moment - I have some plans for Bob's room!

In the meantime, here are a couple of projects made with nesting dies.  I made the tag book for the docrafts advent calendar - instructions are here.

[caption id="attachment_341" align="aligncenter" width="296"] Nesting all on one layer like this is really economical with your paper, and you can make two complementary cards at once.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_361" align="aligncenter" width="300"] New year resolution tag book[/caption]

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