What stamp companies do you buy from? I was actually posting this as a thread on Embellish Online's forum... but thought it was be a great blog topic as well. Just running down a mental list of what I *think* is in my studio and my general thoughts about these companies...
Stampin Up - I've been buying their stamps for the longest amount of time, so they make up almost half of my collection. I love the quality of SU and the wonderful sets they put together. I have to admit that I haven't been adding as many of these sets to my collection since I dropped my demo status 6 months ago.
My Favorite Things - I bought a bunch of these sets before I joined the design team, but since joining I easily have as many sets of MFT stamps as I have SU now! MFT has a fanstatic collection of stamps for all occasions - I particularly love the "Who's that girl?" line (yeah, those are the headless ones!), but there are also some adorable kid's sets and all occasion sets.
Papertrey - I have about 7 papertrey sets - love them, but haven't purchased any lately 'cause I've been so into other lines such as...
Lizzie Anne Designs - I've had their Shapes & Stitches set for ages and I use the zig zag stitch all the time. I just added a bunch of their spring release sets. Love that they are rubber, but used on acrylic blocks. I don't think they stick very well though so I coat the back with Multi Mono and let it dry so it's removable.
Gina K - Is a relative newcomer to my stamping arsenal - but I have been buying a set or two from each of her new relases. She has really cute images that are perfect for coloring (I love coloring!!) paired up with really great sayings & sentiments! These sets are red rubber to mounted on cling foam - they stick great to acrylic blocks.
Fancy Pants - I have a couple of the large FP sets. These sets are so huge that can easily count as 2-3 "normal" sets! Out of the FP sets, Pollen Dust is my favorite because of the cute flowers and nice flourishes. These are clear stamps to mount on acrylic blocks.
CTMH - I have about 7-8 sets from CTMH. I was in a monthly club about 2 years ago, so I collected a bunch a stamps. I like the sets but find that I hardly ever use them - I wonder why? I haven't seen any of their new catalogs, so I don't even know what in their current line.
Basic Grey - I'm a HUGE fan of Basic Grey paper!!! I'm still deciding how much I like their stamps though. I have 2 sets (Heart Smudge & Winterland) and have used both of them quite a bit for background stamping. These sets seem to be steered more toward the scrapbooking stamper than the cardmaking stamper. I do LOVE the dinosaur stamps in the new Archaic line though and plan on buying those!
Green Grass Stamps - I was absolutely IN LOVE with their fun images when I discovered them about a year ago. I have almost all of the sets and have used them quite a bit. My all time favorite is Li'l Monsters. I'm kinda disappointed that they haven't come out with new sets in ages though!
Crafty Secrets - I have 3 of their sets that I've nearly forgotten about! I theory I love these sets... I like vintage, distressed, shabby chic things, but for some reason I just can't get them to look good for me. I may have to dig them out and give them another try!
The Cat's Pajamas - I have 3 of these sets and think they are the cutest things!! All 3 sets are their clear Xmas sets... so you'll only see them at Xmas. I know they released some new sets not too long ago that were just adorable!! The dog in the clearly swanky sets is so cute!
Hero Arts, Stampendous, Inkadinkadoo, Amuse, CHF & Others - I don't usually buy stand alone stamps... I'm a matched set girl! I only own 1 or maybe 2 individual stamps from these companies.
Bellas, Elzybelles, TAC, and many more... Don't own a single stamp from these companies - not that I don't like them.... I just haven't taken the plunge yet. My LSS did just send an email saying they'll be carrying Elzybelles... so that may change! What other lines do you like that I haven't even mentioned?
Sorry for this LONG post... I didn't realize I had so much to say about stamps - lol! I'd love to know what your stamping collection is made up of.... what are your favorite "small" companies? Are you a SU only stamper? Share your details in a comment below. Don't forget about my new forum - if you have a question you'd like to ask me just post it in the forum and I'll get an answer to you as soon a I can! You'll need to register, but it's quick & easy - visit the forum on Embellish Online
One LAST thing... I just posted a One Sheet Wonder Challenge in my forum - take a peek HERE.... it should be fun!
Thanks for reading and sticking with this 'til the end!