Got a Cinch!

Hey all

Just wanted to let you all know that I got the Cinch! It was a surprise gift from a friend and I am sooooooooooooo happy to have it. I got the blue one, which is the latest one. I think this one cuts thicker items. I really like We R Memory Keepers gadgets. I also have their Big Bite and Crop A Dile.

The Bind It All was my first binding tool. I love it to pieces, but now that I have the Cinch, I may have to give the BIA away or sell it. The only problem I really have with the BIA is the fact that I have to stand my paper up instead of lying the paper down flat like with the Cinch. If the BIA had allowed for me to lay paper down flat, I would not have the Cinch, but oh well. Now I will make many more mini albums, so stop back by because I will have many more mini albums and other binding projects to show ya.


Steampunk Foam Board

Hey there

I finally finished this project.

A while back I bought this really cute paper - Antiquities (GCD Studios) from Hobby Lobby.  I bought it because of the Steampunk look.

The backing of this project is a black foamboard.  I used 3M spray adhesive to adhere the paper, then cut the edges of the foam board.

The bike and steampunk flourish are photos I found online and altered in my software.  The top photo is another print out from the internet.  The bottom photo is of my daughter when she was 6.

The key stamp was added before and after I added the embellishments.

The silver plated chain is attached by brads (from the back of the foam board).

I found the butterflies last year in the floral section at Michael's.

I'm not sure what I'll do with it just yet.  I was thinking of hanging ribbon at the top to hang it on the wall, but then again I may use foam tape.  Just not sure yet.  :-)

Hope you like it.  :-)



Christmas Cards 2011 Created by Gina

Hey folks
Here are some Christmas cards I made for 2011.
Enjoy and have very happy holidays!

Still photos below:

Colored the little Pug with my Copic Markers

The house is a cut from the Cricut Christmas cartridge.

The ribbon on this card is actually a deep purple.

Colored the next two little houses using my Copic markers.  I also like to heat emboss images to give them a little shine.

These presents were fun to color with my Copic markers.  It's actually a coloring page I found on Google.

The deer is from the Cricut Christmas cartridge.  I heat embossed the deer and handwrote the greeting.

This image I found online, altered it using my die cut machine, then cut it out on silver vinyl.  There was a rope with the image but it was too thin, so I added brown embroidery thread (added red Stickles to keep the thread secure).

So, here's some others:


Copic Markers

Hey folks
I have been using my Copic (pronounced Co-Pick) markers again!  Yayyy!  I am having to retrain myself all over again, so I’ve been looking at YouTube a lot, again.
My new task is to learn how to color red hair.  I was watching a video on Youtube and a young lady colored red hair in such a really neat way.  The copic colors she used were YR04, YR07, YR09, and R29 for the highlights.
Tomorrow I am going to do a little shopping to get the YR04 and YR09.  I thought I had all the Copic colors I wanted, but after I saw how the red hair was colored, I just can’t resist trying to color that way.
I don’t have a video making software anymore.  Somehow my MuveeReveal stopped working and I can’t seem to get it back.  I think they did something to it because MuveeReveal is no longer on their website.  Arrrggghh!  I do have screen capture software, which is great for making tutorials while I am working on screen, but now I have to find another video making software so I can make vids to share on my blog and on YouTube.
If you have any ideas on good video software, let me know so I can go and check it out.
Take Care.


Smokers and Crafting (Swaps and RAKs)

Hi everyone

I just watched a video of someone stating the do’s and don’ts while swapping items and RAKs. One of the don’ts was sending packages that smell like cigarette smoke. Well, I have an idea for smokers…………….scent the inside of your packaging with something that will take away that smell! Of course be careful since the oil could stain your item inside, which in that case you should probably put your gift in a baggie/zip lock bag. I don’t know if this will work, but you may want to pour the oil on your finger, then rub it around in the box or envelope, then place your item in the packaging.

If you try this, let us know how it worked out for you. Also, ask the recipient if they smelled the smoke when they opened the package, then you’ll know what works for you and you can adjust the scent.

This is also a great way to scent your items even if you're not a smoker. Imagine someone opening your gift and taking in a really nice smelling scent. They will associate you with that scent for a long time. :-)

My favorite scent is Peppermint! I eat it too and it's my fav mint of all time.

Hope that helps.

Pazzle's Supplies, Wal-Mart, and Amazon

Here is an updated list of the prices for Pazzles supplies on Walmart.com and Amazon.com.  Keep in mind that you don't have to pay shipping cost with Walmart if you use Site to Store.  Prices include shipping to my area in GA.
                            Walmart               Amazon                  Date
Mats (12x12)         14.88                     18.58                      July 11, 2012
Blades                    13.14                     15.48                     July 11, 2012
Machine               477.19                   487.49                    July 11, 2012
Pen Tool                 23.96                     28.98                     July 11, 2012
So, with shipping, Amazon is more expensive than Walmart, at least for July 2012.  Trust me, the prices change frequently with these two vendors.
Tip:  I bought a set of Cricut 12x24 original mats from Amazon and paid less than $19 with shipping. I cut both mats in half and now I have 4 12x12 mats.  I'll let you do the math on that one.


Pentel Pen Reviews (Slicci and Sunburst)

I have been on the hunt for a good writing White ink pen, but can’t seem to find one. I was using the Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen, but it leaves small pools of ink. I had another white ink pen too, but can’t remember the name of it because I really didn’t like it either.
On Saturday I went to Hobby Lobby to see if I could find some decent pens and ran across some Pentel pens. I hesitated to buy another White gel pen, but did it anyway.

The Pentel Sunburst White Gel Pen is better than the Sakura White Gel pen I have, but it still leaves ink in places I don’t want. Overall, I would say that if I have no other choice, I would buy this pen again. To be honest, I wonder if there are any smooth writing White Gel pens out there (maybe I will see if a smaller mm will work, I bought the 0.8 mm).

I also bought the Pentel Arts Slicci Metallic Silver Pen. I LOVE this pen! It writes smooth and is awesome is all I can say.

Later, I will buy the whole set. Just as a tip, if you do buy the whole set of the Slicci’s you will pay less per pen (Mine was $3.99). I didn’t know about these pens until I went to Hobby Lobby, but when I purchase again it will be from Amazon. Aaaarrrggghhh!


Shopping at Hobby Lobby Today - Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies

Today I went to Hobby Lobby to look at some paper collections to see what they had new on the shelves.  My first surprise was Graphic 45 paper.  I had never seen G45 at Hobby Lobby and had given up on it and continued to buy it online.  Now it’s local.  Yayyy!!
I also saw more of 7Gypsies than I’ve ever seen at Hobby Lobby.  I didn’t buy this pack today, but I will soon (bought another pack - GCD Studios, Sweet Surrender).
If you like Steampunk, the 7Gypsies Paddington paper and stamps would be a good choice.  I LOVE Steampunk, so you know this will be my next purchase.


Things I do with Scrap Paper and Paper Pad Covers

I use my paper pad covers for many different reasons, but they don’t make it to the trash.
Here are some things I’ve used my paper pad covers for:
--Books covers and inserts
--Handmade embellishments (dressforms, shoes, purses, etc)
--Background for paper embellishments
--Made pencil and pen boxes
--Greeting Cards (my hardcover cards)
Many times my scrap paper will find itself in many projects.  I’ve used up scraps to make layered flowers and other embellishments, especially for me to write or stamp a sentiment on.  When the paper scraps get really small I will either add them into a collage on a canvas with mod podge or shred all of them together and use them as padding in something like a dress form (instead of batting) or to stuff a santa image (anything that needs some puffiness).  There are tons of things to do with scraps than trashing them.  I don’t know about you, but my dollars are short, so I make the best out of all paper and covers I have on hand.
What do you do with yours?


Hand Drawn Updo Hairstyle colored with Copic markers

Hey folks

One of my SOC sisters said I should decorate the image I drew and colored using my copic markers (she's looking down to show you the top of her head).  I had never thought to use my practice drawings on anything, so I am happy Scrap.n.Sista gave me the idea.  :-)

Here is the image before I added the bling:

Here are the images once I added it to the card:

I handwrote the "Princess"; it was really an afterthought because I made a boo boo with the chaulk ink.  :-)

For the hair color, I used these C-Family of Copic markers.  I don't have ALL of the C-Family, but most of them.  They are wonderful for getting a shine to black hair:

Well, I will check back in later.  Take Care.



Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

This is a really cool machine.  I almost bought the Cuttle Bug before I saw this little machine.  The truth is that I have a Cricut Expressions and felt there was no need for another machine for die-cuts.  Also, this machine is inexpensive.

The Texture Boutique Embosser only embosses, no cutting AND you can use the cuttle bug folders.  The cuttle bug folders can't be any wider than 4".  I don't emboss huge objects, so this is a perfect little embossing machine for me and it's soooooooooooo cute.

The Paper Studio Line - Simple Elegance with Foil

Just made a birthday card using the Paper Studio Simple Elegance paper with foil.  I've had this paper for a LONG time.  It's one of those paper collections I like to hoard.  :-)  The pack I have is 4.5" x 6.5".  I usually buy this size paper for the front of greeting cards so I don't have to cut much.  The ribbon is paper from the same sheet.

My Pazzles Inspiration don't like the Paper Studios cardstock pack (both black and white).  The paper weight is definitely different between these two types of paper.

I used my lovely Sizzix Texture Boutique embossing machine to emboss the paper and the script cuttle bug folder.  If something was to happen to this machine, I would buy another one!  The ONLY thing I don't like about it is that it has no suction, but that's not a deal breaker.

Hope you like it.  :-)

Cutting Dictionary Pages or Thin Paper on the Pazzles Inspiration

Have you ever tried to cut thin paper on your Pazzles Inspiration machine?  Yikes!
I tried using the Pen tool with my blade set at 1 with a pressure of 50, but the machine made no cut at all.  I then tried the Pen tool setting again by changing the blade to 1.5, but it wouldn’t work with a pressure of 5 (too weak) and 6 (too much - the paper ripped up).
So, I went back to what I was doing before to cut these thin sheets of paper.  I take some printer paper, lay the dictionary paper on top of it, then put a piece of my recollections card stock on top.  Tape all three pieces together to ensure a hold, then I tape this sandwich down on my mat on all four sides so that the paper doesn’t move while cutting.  My blade is dull already, so my blade setting is 2.5 with a pressure of 17-18.  I use two passes with the same settings to make sure my design is cutting out completely.
Hope that helps with cutting out thin paper. 

Cricut Expressions and Pazzles Inspiration Classes

Hi everyone

Just a reminder that I am available to teach Cricut Expressions and Pazzles Inspiration classes in the Conyers, GA area (Rockdale and Newton County).

I am also available to teach these classes at parties and events.

If you're interested, just leave me a comment with your email address and I will contact you to ask for a phone number. Don't leave your phone number in the comments section.



Ketle One Birthday Card

Hey all

Here's a card I made using my Pazzles Inspiration Software.  I had this idea for a birthday for my male cousin, but ran out of time, so I made him a different card and mailed it yesterday.

This card base is, folded 4.25 x a little over 5.5" (I'll update it later to get the right height).

The bottle, top, white label, and the base behind the K is chipboard.

For the bottle, I added some textured gray paper on top of the cardboard, then I used embossing powder and a heat gun to make it look a little liquidy.  The black bottle cap cardboard is covered with black paper.

If I make this one again, I won't use Sharpies for such small text.  The text is Ketle One

The red material behind the K is vinyl.

The card base is a sheet of paper from a Tim Holtz collection.  It's not too thick, but not thin either.  The metal book corners are made by Tim Holtz too.

I'm not sure of the brand of the brads, but I used the brads inside and outside of the card.

I found the label of the man on Google.

Hope you like it.  :-)


Steampunk Male Birthday Card

I am late, again, making a birthday for my cousin's birthday this year.  His b-day is on the 6th and I can't mail it until tomorrow.

I made the card base in my Pazzles studio software.  I wasn't sure what I wanted, but I ended up making the card into a tri-fold card. I added some metal to it and made a paper belt.  The embossed piece is a belt piece, purely for decoration.  It started out as a white piece of 110 lb cardstock paper made by Wassau.  The metal pieces are from various places.  The letter and numbers were cut from my Pazzles Studio Software as well.

The paper is from a Tim Holtz collection.  I thought I would add velcro for the closing of the card.

Hope you like it.  :-)



Vinyl Supplies

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Giraffe Card Base - Pazzles Inspiration File

Hey folks

I made this card base using a giraffee head.  I added an "earring" in the ear and a googly eye.  I then used some fluid chalk around the edges of the card and around the Happy Birthday tag.  I used my Pazzles Pen tool to write the text.  The bling is hot-fix rhinestuds.  I put them on using my i-rock hot fix tool (this thing gets really hot and the rhinestones stick in like a second!).


Don't Cut Through Your Pazzles Mat

When I first starting cutting with my Pazzles Inspiration, I cut right through the mat!  Imagine the horror!  I was thinking about cutting on my Cricut Expressions I guess.  I had never cut through a mat with my E.  Well I am here to tell you that the Pazzles Inspiration has a LOT more cutting force than the E.

To avoid cutting through your mat, always start with a blade pressure of 1.5 and a pressure of like 13-18 for test cuts.  Trust me, you will save mats this way.  I learned the hard way to start low and work my way up.  My first mat was rendered unusable the first day!

Also, even now, when I change to a new blade, I take that blade length back down to 1.5 and do test cuts until I get the right combination of blade length and pressure.  Also, when I am changing pressure, I increase it by 2 numbers until I get the cut I want.  If I had practiced this from the start, I could have saved LOTS of paper.  I have wasted so much paper it is downright criminal.

Anyway, I hope this post will help you in not wasting paper and not shredding your Pazzles mats.



3D Shoe Display and Other Stuff

I got a request from my buddy at Busy Hands Ceramics at our local flea market in Conyers, GA to make some shoes to display nail polish. I also made a page of Delta Sigma Theta symbols, cut from red glossy vinyl, for her ceramic shoes that sell like hotcakes!  This vinyl, I just noticed yesterday, has a life expectancy of like 5 years, which is cool.  I made a vinyl wall design a year or two years ago and it still looks great and there is no residue when I pull it from the wall to check on it.  This stuff is awesome and very easy to cut and weed.  I hesitated to buy it when I saw the price, but once I took the plunge.......well worth the money for sure.

I found this shoe template from Skip to My Lou to use to hold the nail polish. My buddy’s shoe displays won’t be decorated; I just used K&Company’s Brenda Walton Designer Paper, which is double-sided. Sarah wanted her shoes to have a solid color inside so the pattern wouldn’t interfere with the nail polish colors, so I used Michael’s Black Recollections cardstock.

Here are the two files you will need:
Witch Shoe
Witch Shoe Inside

I tried to make my own version of this template.  I wanted a closed toe shoe so I added a front toe flap.  I also added a flower cut out on the sides.

Anyway, hope you like them.

I have some faux stitching ideas for the shoes too, but I have to wait until I can get a hold of a pen tool holder that allow me to use my Ultra Fine Mini Sharpies. So far I have been using the pencil grips to hold the markers, but I haven't perfected that yet.

On my shoe, I used Color Box Fluid Chalk. This stuff is awesome when you need dimension. Depending on your project, you can get an old world look too. I use brown a lot on ripped edges to make pages look worn.  I use the color chalk that coordinates with the paper for the shoe I decorated.  When I use Black paper, I use a fluid chalk color based on the bling or other embellishments I will be using.

Anyway folks, happy craftin'. Chat with ya soon. :-)



Things I Miss About the Cricut

Ok, never thought I would say this, but I miss the Cricut Community!  There were so many people to interact with on a daily basis and so much inspiration!  I was in swaps and challenges and meeting a LOT of nice people on YouTube and other places.  I really miss the community involvement more than the machine and cartridges. I do not miss buying those cartridges and the Angel Policy restrictions on what I can do with the images after I’ve created a project.

I really like my Pazzles Inspiration and I’ve met some really nice people in the Pazzles Craft Room, but the community involvement is nowhere near as hoppin’ as the Cricut community.  Darn.  It sure would be nice.  Unfortunately, I have no clue on how to get a hoppin’ community started on my own.  Are there any Pazzles people out there that can think of some things to do to make our community the happenin’ place to be for Pazzles users?

I am a newbie with the Pazzles Inspiration machine and the software, but I’m working on it.  I’ve been using both since the end of July 2011.  So far I have attempted quite a few things and loving the fact that I can accomplish some things with the software I couldn’t accomplish with my Cricut software.

Initially, I had decided to put my Cricut machine away and only use my Pazzles, but now I have decided to use both.  UPDATE 2013:  I sold my Cricut and Gypsy because I was not using them at all.

I really do want a good community involvement.  It would be even nicer if I could find some people in my neighborhood that use the Pazzles.  That would be super!

Anyway, hopefully, things will get better with the Pazzles community as far as exposure and things, but until then I will just have to wait.  Darn.  My main wish is to be able to buy their supplies locally!

If you live in or near Hampton, GA, let me know and we can get together to create!  I am also open to teach the basics of the Pazzles Inspiration machine if you live in my area.  Don’t be shy, leave a comment!

Take Care



Help, how do I stop tearing paper in my Pazzles?!

If you are new to the Pazzles world, join the rest of us with that question.

In the beginning I wasted so much paper it should have been a crime.  It seemed like no matter what I did I kept wasting tons of paper.  I would set the blade at this and a pressure of that and still disaster was near me.  I wanted to throw the machine out of the window.  I think I was expecting the ease of the Cricut cutting.  One thing to note, you had better not use a blade depth of 2 or 3 with a new blade; it will cut through your mat if you’re not using Chipboard or Acrylic.   Yikes!

I’ve been using my Pazzles Inspiration since July 28, 2011, so I am very new to using both the machine and the software.  I took the plunge and bought the Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 software and I am kind of happy I did (only because I think there are some glitches. but I hear there may be some updates soon).

Oh, if you just got your machine, be sure to do the firmware and software updates before you start cutting or you will get undesired results.  If you have a new machine and you purchased the Pro 2010 software, do all the updates (there are updates for the Pro 2010 software too).  Once you load your software, click on Help, Internet Pazzles Online, then Software Updates (or something like that, not sure if this is the same way in the basic software.  Just in case, here is the link to the updates for the firmware and basic software updates: Pazzles Updates.

Another thing:  If you have a MAC you will need some way to use the PI software in a Windows environment.  I’ve seen members use VMFusion, or something like that, so they can use their PI Software, so not all is lost for MAC users.

Anyway, here is the lesson I learned: cut out stars for test cuts at the bottom of whatever type of paper you are using.  This will save SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much paper!  I use stars because of the angles.  If the angles cut good, then all else is a piece of cake.

I basically use three kinds of papers; Michael’s Recollections, Kay & Co. (or K & Co.), and Walmart's ColorBok.  They seem like different weights of paper, but I can use the same blade settings for them.

Anyway, with a new blade I start out with a blade length of 1 and a pressure of 18 for the papers I mentioned above.  For vinyl and a new blade, I start out with blade length of 1.5 and 13.  If I don’t get good cuts, I increase the pressure by two numbers and continue to do test cuts until I get the ease of getting the design off without straggly paper left over.
DEC 2011 UPDATE:  My machine had to be replaced again.  I am now on my 3rd machine since July 2011!  Not cutting on the right side was ONE of the machine flaws.

And…………….you will find that you will have to change the blade length and pressure over a short time because the blades dull very fast (but I cut every day, so it’s fast to me).  One thing I have been thinking about, but have not tried, is what my grandma used to do with her scissors - get them sharpened.  I wonder if that will work with these tiny blades.  Hmmmmm.  Knowing me I would muck them up, but it’s worth a try.  I’ll just go and find my little pumice stone and see how it works.  I’ll get back to ya on that one.

Hope this information helps ya.



Pazzles Crowd

Hey there people

Got a question.  Where can I find a blog or forum that is "hoppin" all the time for people who use the Pazzles Inspiration machine?

I've been looking on the internet for weeks now and have not found a single place where Pazzles users are constantly doing things with their machines!  I feel so alone!  :-)

Are there any places where groups are constantly challenged with designs?

I've visited various yahoo groups and I am a member of the Pazzles Craft Room, but I need more.  I am looking for a place to join so that I can see at least weekly happenings.  I guess I am expecting the same type of social activities I saw when I was using my Cricut.  Could this be why the Pazzles community is not so social; because we don't have access to the exact same things used on the Cricut cartridges?  I am wondering.

Initially, I thought I would never use my Cricut E again, but if I can't find an active social Pazzles crowd, I guess I will have to bring out the E again and just use my Pazzles for designing my own things when I want to be in my own world.  I don't know, I'm confused.  :-)

I can't wait until I can have a craft room again.  I can then set up both my E and my PI.

I made this Guitar Overlay the other day using my Pazzles Inspiration.  I can't wait to use this overlay!

Anyway, I will post later.  Have a great weekend (or the rest of it).  :-)


Cricut Mats vs Pazzles Mats

Recently I’ve seen posts stating that you can’t use the Cricut Mats with the Pazzles Inspiration.  Who knew?!  I’ve been using Cricut 12 x 12 mats with my Pazzles Inspiration without a problem.  As a matter of fact, I bought some Cricut Imagine mats and I use those too.  The looks of these mats are different, but to me, that is it.  They are 12 x 12 and that is all I need.

There is one thing I would like to point out and I don’t know if I just bought a bad set, but the Cricut mats I bought that have the black border are not as sticky as the original mats (VERDICT:  I had a bad set.  The Imagine mats are just as sticky as the other mats).  I know that some people don’t like really sticky mats, but I do. I use the hand method because I feel it works really good, but it's time consuming.

The only thing I can think that would not make using the Cricut mat with the Pazzles Inspiration a good idea is if you want to use the mat guidelines based on the mat on the screen.  I like using the Cricut mats also because I can buy them locally and not have to wait a week to get Pazzles mats in the mail.
I thought that when I bought my Pazzles I wouldn’t have to buy anything else made by Provocraft, but I was wrong!  I have to buy Cricut mats or order my Pazzles mats online!  I really wish I could buy Pazzles supplies locally.  This is the only downside I can think of about Pazzles - can’t buy their supplies locally!  You also gamble big time when you buy replacement blades online.  I bought blades twice from Amazon and both blade sets are not as sharp as the blade that came with my machine!  I feel so stuck now that I can’t readily find supplies like I was able to do with my Cricut.


African Bride Overlay - Pazzles

Hey all

Here is an African Bride overlay design I made using my Pazzles Inspiration software.  The first image is from the software.

Brads are in the flowers and I used the bling stickers for the diamonds and AB Crystals.



Re-using your Cricut and Pazzles Mats

Hey there

Just wanted to share a little tip regarding your Cricut and Pazzles Inspiration mats.  In the past I’ve used Goo Gone to clean the sticky stuff off my mat, and then wash it down with Dawn dish detergent.  You can use any citrus oily cleaner (at least in my case this has worked great).  I use Goo Gone for everything that is gummy and needs to be taken off.  I first used Goo Gone when I had a tag on a piece of glass that wouldn’t come off.  Goo Gone is great for getting bubble gum off things too, but I’ve never used it on fabric (I’m thinking that wouldn’t be such a good idea, but not sure).  The other thing about Goo Gone is that although it works great, I’m impatient and don’t want to wait 30 minutes to take off the gunk.  For some small things it works faster.

Others have used Stick Away, which makes it extremely easy to take off the gunk.  Then use Stick & Spray to put the repositionable glue back on.

Here’s an even cheaper way:

Use Brake Cleaner to get the gunk off!  Very cheap and you can find it at any car parts store or even Walmart.

I would suggest you go outside to do this too.

First, spray the mat with the Brake Cleaner; let it sit for a few minutes, then scrape off with something like an old credit card or spatula.  Once you’ve got all the gunk off, wash the mat with soapy warm water and lay it flat to air dry.

Next, take some painter’s tape or masking tape and tape off the sides (you don’t want to spray on these areas because you’ll gunk up your rollers with glue.

After you’ve taped all sides, go back outside and spray a nice even coat of repositionable glue onto the mat.  Don’t spray too close or you’ll get too much glue on the mat. Also, spray in a back and forth even motion if you can.  Let dry overnight.

Hope this tip helps you save on money!  I know it has helped me.

Paper Collections I Like To Use

I don’t know about you all, but I love paper!

I was just sitting here looking at all the paper I have accumulated since I started crafting over a year ago.  I have paper everywhere!  A lot of it I forgot I had.

I have noticed that I buy the following paper:

Recollections (Found at Michael's)
Wassau 110 lb White (good for use with Copic Markers too)
Die Cuts With A View (DCWV)
Tim Holtz


Graphic 45

I love Graphic 45, but I can’t afford too much of that paper.  I really like the fact they are so Steampunk-ish.

I like Tim Holtz paper collection because of the grunge look.  I have two pads of his, which is Lost and Found and Crowded Attic.  I also have a ton of his embellishments!

Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) has tons of styles and the paper collection is just awesome.  The only thing I don’t like about DCWV is that the paper is usually one-sided.  I would rather have double-sided paper, especially for the envelopes I like to make.  The Once Upon A Time Collection is the best!  This is the type of paper you must see in person to appreciate it.  All the glitter and storytime themes are awesome!
7Gypsies is just super.  They also have a grunge look like Tim Holtz.  When I look at their paper it seems the paper has a lot going on, but not overwhelming.  It just makes me happy to have it near me. J  The only pad I have so far is Avignon, but I have two pads of it!

I mostly buy black cardstock from Recollections, but I have tried other colors.  I think their paper is sturdy without being too thin or too thick.

K & Co is my favorite of all times.  This paper is superb!  I like the fact it is double-sided, they are not too expensive and they go on sale quite often.  If I am not mistaken, K & Co have various artists designing their paper.  One example would be the Faded China paper pad designed by Amy Butler. K & Co’s paper colors are very rich.  I also have the Que Sera Sera paper pad.  Love the Paris themes.  I use this paper a lot when I'm creating something that should have a feminine look to it.  Especially for someone who loves pink.  The only thing about K & Co is that I wish there was a performated edge after the white strip in the pad so I can easily take the paper off.

Anyway, just want to share my fav paper collections.

Take Care