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My Favorite Things

It’s really hard to come up with a limited list of favorite items! There are a lot of products I use, and I love most of them. However, there are definitely a set of products that are my go-to’s.

Stampin’ Up! Products
Stamp Sets
Tool Basics
Copic Colors and Accessories
Watercolor Products
Dies and Die-Cutting Accessories
Embossing Powders

My Favorite Stampin’ Up! Products

I have a whole page dedicated to what I think are the must-have, uniquely Stampin’ Up! products!

My Favorite Stamp Sets

My favorites tend to change on a regular basis, so I will continue to update this page periodically. Regarding Stampin’ Up! stamps, I will only list sets that you can purchase (i.e. sets not retired). The problem is that they regularly retire some of my favorites! Anyway, here are my current favs:

Did you know that I have made all the stamp sets on my blog searchable? For example, if you enter “tiny stars” into the search box (located in the right margin), you’ll see a list of my blog posts that use that set.

My Favorite Inks

I do a lot of embossing, so Versamark is probably my top choice here.

For Copics and just plain sentiment stamping, I love Memento. Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa are must-haves.

I love Stampin’ Up! colors for their vibrancy. My favorite colors are Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Real Red, and Pumpkin Pie.

My second favorite inks are the Distress Oxide inks (yes, better than the regular distress inks!). My favorite colors are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet.

I still do love the regular distress inks, too. My favorite colors are Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain.

A random ink I absolutely LOVE is Simon Says Stamp Fog ink. It’s the perfect subtle color. The matching cardstock is awesome, too.

If you’re wondering what kind of black ink to buy, check out my Black Ink Review for details on what brand of ink to use with the various mediums.

Wondering about white? Stampin’ Up! white is my favorite. Check out a review of all whites here.

Finally, I love Versafine inks because they are awesome on polymer clear stamps. An AMAZING crisp, clear image. But beware, as it stays wet for awhile. I use Black Onyx and Sepia.

So you ask, what about StazOn? I don’t use it much, but it is a must for stamping on acetate. Because it’s permanent and won’t bleed, it’s a great ink for watercoloring too.

My Favorite Paper

It’s really important to use the right paper with the right medium. For Stampin’ Up! inks, you really need to use Stampin’ Up! cardstock. I buy Whisper White like it’s going out of style. The paper absorbs the ink beautifully – these products were designed to work together. I compared the use of Stampin’ Up! ink on Stampin’ Up! paper and Neenah paper with some photos in THIS POST.

For Copics and colored pencils, I use Neenah Solar White cardstock. The Neenah cardstock really blends the Copics well with not a lot of bleeding. And, for colored pencils, this cardstock allows for a really smooth application. When I use SU cardstock with colored pencils, the color goes on really waxy and doesn’t blend very well.

As far as colored cardstock goes, I use mostly Stampin’ Up!, since they match all my ink pads and the quality is fantastic. I also use Stampin’ Up! black cardstock consistently. Aside from Stampin’ Up!, I love Simons Says Stamp Fog cardstock – it is the perfect subtle background color you can use if you need to tone down your white. Another must-have is Hero Arts Black Notecards. If you want a black base, these notecards are perfect because the inside is white – I buy multiple packs at a time.

I also make sure I have watercolor paper handy. I use a few different brands, depending on the application…

  • 90 lb Strathmore. It’s thick but not too thick, and it has a fairly smooth surface so you can still heat emboss on it. It doesn’t pill up or tear when you apply water to it. I generally use this paper when I’m covering the whole thing with color. As with most watercolor paper, it’s not pure white.
  • Canson XL Mix Media Paper. This paper is also 90 lb, however, it feels a lot thinner than the Strathmore. The reason I love it is because it’s pure white, and it doesn’t pill up easily. It’s also easier to matte onto another layer because it’s thinner. It does warp a little more than others because of it’s so lightweight. It’s my go-to paper.
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper. The best characteristic of this cardstock is that it is very bright white. It also has a nice texture and it’s thicker than the above two papers. The problem is that is pills up easily. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners, but it’s a beautiful paper for watercolor applications that don’t require a lot of brushing.

If you’re a regular blog reader, you know that I am not a huge fan of patterned paper. The busy patterns throw off my designs! That being said, I like basic, subtle paper that looks like something I could have stamped… monochromatic dots, stripes, chevron, etc. My favorite papers are Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka and Avery Elle Brights. There are other colors in these same patterns.

My Favorite Tool Basics

As far as the necessities, I prefer these:

  • Heat Tool – I use a Stampin’ Up! heat tool. It has two settings – low and high. The low setting is slow, but it really helps to avoid warping, especially when heating vellum. It’s also very quiet, which is great if you craft when everyone else in the house goes to sleep!
  • White Gel Pen. I have used several different brands and the Uniball Signo Broad Tip Pen is the absolute best. It comes out solid and bright. I will say, however, that if you plan to use it for handwriting in small print, it might be a little difficult. It has a lot of ink coming through, so fine lines are not what it’s good for.
  • For covering a panel of white cardstock with ink, you need an Ink Blending Tool. I started with 8 of these in a spinning rack that holds them. After awhile, I upgraded with 8 more and added the spinner rack extension. I find that 8 is about the minimum you need without having to constantly switch the pads that are adhered with velcro. So, I have one for pinks and reds, one for yellows, one for blues, etc. When I added the additional 8, I used them for lighter colors (i.e. one for light pinks, one for light greens, etc.). In my Dye Ink Comparison, I tested ink blending with six different ink brands, in case you need help with choosing good inks for this technique.
  • For inking edges in a very small and subtle way, I use sponge daubers. These little finger-fitting ink applicators allow you to be very precise in your ink application. They are great for small things like leaves, owls, and just when you want a fine edge of color. As with the ink blending tools, I have one for each color family, and then some. I store them in this Storage Box.
  • I do all my work on a Ranger craft sheet. It is awesome and completely indestructible. I heat emboss on it, ink on it, glue on it, you name it. All it takes is a little wipe with a cloth and it’s back to its original condition. One thing though – if you wrap a present on your craft sheet, a scissor will cut it. πŸ™‚
  • I use an absorber to clean my stamps. It’s great for dye inks and Distress oxide inks. It uses just water, so it’s safe and very inexpensive! I purchased this large sheet several years ago and have cut it into pieces to use. I have only gotten a fraction of the way through it.
  • One of the handiest tools I own is a Pick Me Up Stick. It has a sticky side that will lift up all sorts of small items – tiny die cut pieces, owl eyes, and sequins. The other side is a pop-out acrylic tool that has a chisel tip (to help remove items from the sticky side) and a pointy tip (which you could also use as a paper piercer). I seriously love this tool.
  • Used as both an adhesive and a tool, it’s surgical tape, aka micropore tape and thin paper tape. Whatever you call it, it’s incredibly useful. I would even venture to say I use it every day. Yes, every day. I use it for taping cardstock to stencils and dies to cardstock. It also makes inlaying dies a cinch! It’s inexpensive and reusable.
  • I also use my T-square regularly. It’s great for drawing guidelines for stamping – it uses one side of your cardstock as a base for creating a perpendicular line.
  • Do you ever accidentally smudge ink on your beautiful card, usually during the finishing stage? Yes, I’m familiar. That’s why you need a sanding block. Use it in wide motions for best results. Most of the time you can’t even see the smudge anymore.
  • Another tool I use a lot is my MISTI. I have both the large version and the small version. Although I use both, I would recommend purchasing the larger one because it gives you more options for different techniques. You can watch my MISTI review for more detail. If you have a lot of wood-mounted stamps, you’ll need a Stamp-a-ma-jig for stamp placement, as the MISTI does not accommodate wood-mounted stamps.
  • If you have clear stamps, you need a set of acrylic blocks. At the beginning, I had a mish-mosh of different blocks in various sizes by various companies. At some point, I ordered the Stampin’ Up! Acrylic Block Bundle. They are ergonomic, beautiful, and high quality. I store them in my carrying case, and I never have to reach for any other block – this set takes care of all my needs.
  • Of course, a big-time necessity is a paper trimmer. I’ve been through all kinds – plain blades, rotary blades, choppers, etc. It’s weird how so many of them just don’t cut a straight line! (Um, or maybe it’s user error!). I used the ekTools Trimmer for a long time and was very happy with it. However, the extension arm kept breaking (I admit it was my fault every time for leaving the arm sticking out past the table). Now, I primarily use two trimmers:
    • Fiskars Procision Trimmer – This trimmer is relatively expensive, but it’s fantastic. You can see my review of this trimmer for more detail. It cuts a straight line every. single. time. I use it for pretty much everything, except small cuts. Cutting a small piece off a big piece is no problem, but when you’re cutting a small piece from a small piece you need something else…
    • Fiskars personal trimmer – Very inexpensive, but the lines are average-straight. It goes down to 1/16″ (a big plus), so I really only use it for small things.
  • Finally, I love my Sizzix Big Shot. I started with a Cricut machine. Then I moved to a Silhouette. But honestly, the Sizzix is just so simple. No cartridge and keypad, no pressure dials, no sticky sheet that moves, etc. Granted, it’s not nearly as flexible and you can’t cut all different sizes, but sometimes less is more.

My Favorite Copic Colors and Accessories

With 358 colors, how can you choose? I recently went into my craft room and asked myself, “If I had to start over, what would I purchase?”

I really like 3-color combos, as it gives you enough color variation to blend. So, I pulled out my favorite combinations and colored some examples for you. I would choose the combos you like below and start there. As far as E’s go, I would choose your favorite. And, I would get either the W or C set to start. Click the image to enlarge: CopicFavColors-sm

I also recommend getting the Colorless Blender.

My color chart shows all the colors I currently own. I also use this chart to decide which markers to use.

My 2016 Copic Usage chart shows how many times I used each of my markers to create a card. For example, I used the W1 marker on 19 cards in 2016. The most popular color!

You’ll also need Copic-friendly paper and ink. I use Neenah Solar White cardstock and Memento inks, Tuxedo Black (at Ellen Hutson or Simon Says Stamp) and Rich Cocoa (at Ellen Hutson or Simon Says Stamp).

For drawing outlines, this handy pack of Copic liners is amazing – I use them for lots of things, not just for Copics.

I wrote a short post on getting started with Copics. I also created a beginner’s tutorial. I have all sketch markers. Ellen Hutson has good prices and a good selection of colors.

My Favorite Watercolor Products

There are so many great products when it comes to watercoloring your cards! The most basic watercolor supply you need is watercolor paper (see Paper section above).

When it’s time to apply color, these are the products I use regularly…

  • Distress Markers – my favorite use for distress markers is watercolor. You can color direct to paper and blend, or pickup the color from a craft sheet and apply. It’s one of the easier ways to watercolor.
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – another very easy-to-use watercolor medium. Using markers is great for beginners because it gives you more control over where the color goes. These colors are bright and very easy to blend. For more detail on these markers, see my Zig Marker Review and Tutorial.
  • Inktense Pencils – You can get very precise with your coloring when you use these pencils. They have beautiful, bright colors, and they are very easy to use, especially for beginners. I like to use them for smaller areas, like coloring animals and smaller flowers. You can also create gorgeous backgrounds with them, but it takes a little longer because your color source is a pencil and not a large palette.
  • Peerless Watercolors – These watercolors come on a swatch of paper, believe it or not. The amount of color that is released from this paper is truly amazing. These watercolors are a little more difficult to use, but the results you can get with multiple layers is truly artistic. If you want to take your coloring to the next level, these watercolors are the way to go. You can check out my Peerless Watercolor Review for more information. I would purchase the basic pack AND the bonus pack.
  • Gansai Tambi Watercolors – These watercolor paints are different because of their opacity. They go on much thicker than your typical watercolor, yet you can thin them down with more water. I often use these paints for splatters because the splatters don’t fade away. Similar to the Peerless, they are a little more on the advanced side, but they give fantastic results, especially for backgrounds.

My absolute go-to tool for watercoloring is an Aqua Painter. Stampin’ Up! sells them in a two-pack, one has a thin tip and the other is thicker. Ranger also sells a wide waterbrush that is much larger and works great for backgrounds. You can use a regular old paintbrush, and sometimes I do, but I love how these brushes have a built-in water tube that supplies water to the brush automatically. It helps me control the amount of water I’m using much better than a brush.

If you need brushes, I like this pack from Ranger. It has all the sizes you need for cardmaking. For backgrounds, I like this round brush.

My Favorite Dies and Die-Cutting Accessories

After a lot of research, I chose to invest in the Simon Says Stamp frame dies – rectangles, squares, circles, and ovals. They have stitching on the positive and negative (inside and outside) for maximum versatility. You can buy them all in a set HERE.

At some point I decided that I needed every size circle imaginable, so I bought the We R Memory Keepers Nested Circle Dies. Seriously, it’s a bargain for all those circles. I use them ALL the time.

For hearts, I love the Little B Heart Dies. There are 11 dies in this set with separate cross-stitched dies that you can use on the inside and outside if you want.

Some other frame dies I like are Simon Says Stamp’s A2 Curve die, Avery Elle’s Finished Frames, and Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio.

For miscellaneous shapes, I like Simon Says Stamp’s Heart Parade, Petite Butterflies, and Celebration Time.

My favorite word dies are Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Birthday, Congratulations, and You dies, and Lawn Fawn’s Happy Birthday border die. Or, create your own word with Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas.

For the Sizzix Big Shot, I highly recommend you purchase some mylar shims. They are inexpensive, and they help add just a little more pressure for dies that need a deeper cut. I cut them in half so I can layer multiple shims if necessary.

My Favorite Embellishments

I really don’t use a lot of embellishments on my cards. I use a lot of string, but mostly in neutral colors. I love Stampin’ Up! Linen Thread, which matches pretty much anything. I also love plain white bakers twine. If you like colored string, you can dye this white string with ink and water to match your card.

I also love Doodlebug Black Beetle Twine. It’s festive and adds a little extra punch to a card without adding color.

When I go for sequins, many times I use Simons Says Stamp Moonshine pack. There are loads of sequins in this little pack, and there are multiple sizes. They give the perfect amount of shine. I also use Stampin’ Up!’s Metallic Sequin Assortment. Again, all neutral stuff, but it works for my style. πŸ™‚

My Favorite Embossing Powders

I’m a big embosser. The basics I use: Hero Arts White, Ranger Super Fine Black, Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear, Ranger Super Fine Silver, and Ranger Super Fine Gold.

Notice that most are fine or ultra-fine. I think you get the most detailed image with fine powder.

Beyond the basics, I love these specialties: Ranger Enchanted Gold (a delicate and glittery gold) and WOW Sparkling Snow (seriously great for snow). I also like many of the other WOW glittery embossing powders – I used several on this post.

My Favorite Adhesives

There’s nothing cool about this category, so it’s last, lol! I use my ATG gun for adhering pretty much everything. It’s a little bulky, but you get used to it, and it’s very economical. For small things, thin things, and string, I typically use the Zig Two-Way Glue Pen. This glue pen is so easy and it sticks fast – no waiting and holding.

For adhering items onto odd surfaces, such as glitter or embossed paper, I use Tombow Mono Multi Glue. This stuff sticks incredibly well, and it gives you a little time to wiggle things around before it dries.

For popping up card pieces like flowers and little animals, I use Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. You can cut them into small pieces easily. For popping up large pieces or whole card panels, I use Scotch Foam Tape. I actually buy it in bulk.

And for super-stick, I use mini glue dots. You can roll them into a ball or into a snake – and it ain’t coming off.

Okay, I think that covers it. Wow, that’s a lot of stuff!


  1. wrote on April 23rd, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Dulce Salvi

    uau, Darlene! Adorei sua lista…

  2. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Francine G

    Great list , thank you Darlene. I love copics but did not know where to start. I think I will follow your advise and get 2 or 3 shades of each colors…and take the plunge into Copic colorings! Thank you again for your great videos every wednesdays. Can’t wait to see what you will come up with this week…..

  3. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Suzanne Russell

    Thanks for the list, Darlene! It is always helpful to see what others are using on great cards. What a wonderful resource for the beginning stamper. Happy Tuesday!

  4. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm


    Love the list of your faves, Darlene. Now I’ll have to view some of the videos. Thanks for sharing.

  5. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 12:54 pm


    Hello Darlene: Goodnes!!!!! Long list of favorite things…..Some I have, some I need and some I will get ASAP. This ASAP items are the Ink Blender Tools and that big ATG gun. I’ve gotten some of your favorite stamp sets after seeing you create your amazing cards. Thanks for taking the time to post this list. It will help a lot when I go shopping, Yippy!!!!!
    PS. As always, I can’t wait to see your Wednesday creation.

  6. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Terri Z

    Wow! Love your favorties! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  7. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Karen S

    Thank you so much, Darlene. I love your videos, and I’ve already taken your advice from many of them in my product choices. They’re working out beautifully. Keep ’em coming!

  8. wrote on April 24th, 2012 at 8:38 pm


    Darlene – your tutorial on the use of the Ranger pads for distressing the card stock is really helpful. I always have trouble getting smooth coverage and I think I know what to do now. Thank you so much for sharing all your ideas and suggestions with us. You’re the best!

  9. wrote on April 26th, 2012 at 9:33 am


    Thank you for taking the time to make that list. There are so many products out there and as a beginner it can get overwhelming.

  10. wrote on April 29th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Renee VanEpps

    Awesome list, can’t believe Copics are that cheap there! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  11. wrote on June 8th, 2012 at 9:08 pm


    1- does anyone know how to find a list of Copic Filling Stations? I live in Southeast Michigan and need refills.

    2 – What paper do you like for Copic markers – I’ve mostly used Copic paper

    • wrote on June 8th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      @Pam – I use Neenah Solar White cardstock for Copics.

  12. wrote on July 14th, 2012 at 6:59 am


    Hi i wanna now is there a web page like ebay or something that i could buy this items/products?

    • wrote on July 15th, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Aneta – there is “Supply List” at the end of each blog post that contains links to buy the products.

  13. wrote on August 11th, 2012 at 3:10 pm


    Thank you for telling me about Stampin` Up cardstock and inks are being made to work together! I have used S.U. products for years and not one Demonstrater has ever brought that to my attention . I know about all the Copic markers and the best products to use with them and Close To My Heart makes their stamp cleaner to work best on their acrylic stamps . Now I guess I will be buying Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock .

  14. wrote on November 17th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Judy Boyd

    Thank you so much for the Favorites list. I am contemplating signing up to be an S U demonstrator under my S U demonstrator who is fairly new. So this list has really helped me to know what to order.

  15. wrote on December 31st, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Van Gryebet

    Merry Christmas Darlene! It’s New Year’s Eve and I am running through ur favorite things again…for the 120,432th time! LOL. So, I noticed you said u r trying a new company other than SU/ Hero Arts. I am now very intrigued. When was your last update? Or am I behind? HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • wrote on December 31st, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Van! Actually, I just updated this page yesterday, but I guess I forgot to take that part out – it was about a year ago when I wrote that. I’ve used several other companies since then and reported during my weekly posts. Thanks for the catch!

  16. wrote on January 2nd, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Mary Ann Huntington

    Thank you for taking the time to make this list. I’ve bought most of what’s listed since I watch you all year and note what to buy after each of your videos. You are so helpful and I love your tutorials. Thank you Darlene for sharing your talent. You are so amazing.

  17. wrote on February 3rd, 2013 at 8:38 pm


    I wanted to get into crafting of some sort, so first I checked out Pinterest to get some ideas. Found great ones and stumbled across your link and can’t stop watching your card making creations! I love the videos where you also explain what your doing while your doing the card. I am a beginner (really beginning beginner) and I just want to go nuts and buy EVERYTHING for every card you make so I can be equally prepared as you always are. So far I have a collection of 2 memento inks, 3 stamps, 2 packages of multiple card stock colors, AND thanks to you I ordered a few things on stampin’ up! Obviously I’m not a millionaire to go get everything in one day (unfortunately) haha but it takes time and I can’t wait until the time is where I have an extensive of a collection as you! Thank you for your videos! Truly inspirational!!

  18. wrote on April 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am


    Hihi…thank you so much for sharing. It’s really useful for a 1st timer like me. Your art pieces are so wonderful…hope to see more of your crafts.

  19. wrote on April 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Meli Isen

    love the list….wish i would have had it sooner lol…i have a bunch of miss match stuff that i have used once and never seem to use again….and my hubby said (after i have filled a china hutch and about 6 totes ) that i have a problem πŸ™‚ ….lol maybe i do…but really it combines to of my fav things…. crafts and shopping πŸ™‚ thanks again for the list!!!

  20. wrote on May 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Mary in Iowa

    Thanks for the list of copics. Do you have a short list of Intense pencils that you keep gravitating to? If t he go with SU paper, it would be even better. Thanks. I love your videos.

    • wrote on May 25th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Mary, so far I think I’ve used Poppy Red and Fushia the most. I haven’t used them enough to have go-to’s for the other colors. Because I haven’t had a good experience with Prismacolor and SU, I haven’t really tried SU with Inktense.

  21. wrote on June 5th, 2013 at 12:00 pm


    I too have made my order with the new catalog. I should have waited …. would have liked to maybe buy the same stamps as you. will you be posting your list ? Thanks again for your creations. You have followers !

  22. wrote on July 27th, 2013 at 2:05 pm


    Darlene, love all your work. It inspires me to the fullest and thank you so much for it! I had a question about embossing powders. In your opinion which brand do you believe gives the best results?
    Thanks so much!

    • wrote on July 31st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks Mateena! I used to use the cheap ones at JoAnn’s, then I upgraded to Stampin’ Up! and could really tell a difference – especially with the black. I have tried American Crafts with good results, but honestly, I haven’t purchased any other brands because I’ve been happy with SU.

  23. wrote on November 19th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Cynthia Tuttle

    I just love that adorable reindeer paper too!! I would have a hard time cutting into that gorgeous paper, it’s too cute to use!!

  24. wrote on February 11th, 2014 at 4:16 am


    Hi Darlene, I just wanted to ask what is the best brand or website to get stamp sets that come together with its own die cuts….. and the best coloured ink pad brand…. TQ

  25. wrote on February 21st, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Iman Suraya

    Thnx! Darlene and I seriously love ur stamps:) Ps I’m only 12!β—οΈβ˜ΊοΈHehhe thnx again!

  26. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 10:56 pm


    Love the list of Favorites! I have some of it but will definitely be adding a lot more.

  27. wrote on April 19th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Thank you, Darlene for these awesome tips & ideas. It is also good to read the “get started” because sometimes we can forget how we started in this great & fun hobby!

  28. wrote on May 30th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Cherie Costar

    I have just started collecting art supplies to do art Journalling. I don’t scrapbook or make cards. Many cards I see are just not my style – overdone & old fashioned. But I really like what you do. Simple and clean. I appreciate your informative videos. Easy to follow and professional. Thank you very much, all the way from New Zealand. πŸ™‚

  29. wrote on June 22nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Julie L

    Hi, Darlene: I am just getting into card making (did scrapbooking in past). I find your videos are the best for the way I like to be taught.. I especially like the calm quiet way you share info. Thank you for all your great work! You are SO creative!!! Julie

  30. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 5:06 am


    When did you include this section? I must’ve missed it. It is very helpful though and uncanny how a lot of your faves are mine too, especially the Stampin Up stuff. I reckon you’ll be adding a few new things to this list pretty soon too!

    • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Connie, it’s tough to keep this list updated, with how new products are released constantly. I definitely will update it after the new SU catalog releases. πŸ™‚

      • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 3:48 pm


        No complaints! You do a great job.

        • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 6:54 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Thank you Connie. πŸ™‚

  31. wrote on May 22nd, 2015 at 1:42 pm


    Hello, since I LOVE recreating your cards, sometimes I can use stamps that look like yours, but not alway’s. Just wondering do you think you can put on your site the products you will buy. The new catalogue for stamping up is coming soon and I would like maybe to order the some products as you, and the same for simon say’s. Just an idea. Still love your work. Lisa from Quebec Canada.

    • wrote on May 23rd, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Sure, Lisa. I can definitely do that!

  32. wrote on November 7th, 2016 at 2:57 pm


    You are such a help to all of us, Darlene and my heart is happy when I see one of your posts on my email. Thanks for the great lists, and your cards are always WONDERFUL! Thanks for everything and for being my cyber friend!

    • wrote on November 9th, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Aw, thank you Bev! πŸ™‚

  33. wrote on November 7th, 2016 at 4:12 pm


    Thanks for the update! I’ve been looking at my black inks trying to decide which ones I can eliminate, so your refresher is quite handy. Thanks.

  34. wrote on November 8th, 2016 at 5:46 am


    Thank you so much for the refresh. There is so much information to absorb that I’ll be a frequent visitor to this page! Always delighted to have a pro’s recommendations!

  35. wrote on November 8th, 2016 at 8:08 pm


    Thanks for the update!

  36. wrote on September 2nd, 2017 at 12:09 pm


    Hi Darlene,

    I have a question about the Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 250 Sheet Ream. Is the Neenah cardstock 80# or 110#? Does it have a smooth or a super smooth finish? I looked on Amazon, not sure they have the right paper. Love your blog. Will be investing in Copics. Thanks.

  37. wrote on November 21st, 2017 at 10:57 pm


    So much goodness!!! Thanks for sharing, countdown is onπŸ˜‰

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