Throwback Thursday - 12 of our favourite products from 2019
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- Written by: Crafter's Companion
Is it just us or has 2019 totally flown by? We can’t quite believe that we’re only days away from entering 2020, but to reminisce on 2019 a bit, we’ve decided to put a list together of our favourite product launches from the year. Take a look and see which ones you remember or have tried!
1. Double-Sided Dies
2019 was a huge year for our product design team as we patented the brand new Double-Sided Dies. The concept behind these dies is that one die features a design on each side to help you create layered images with ease. They will help you to save time, whilst giving you that precise and accurate cut that you know and love from our range of dies. Instead of having to roll two individual dies through the machine to create two layers, you will only need to use the one. Throughout 2020, we’ll be updating this range, but we’ve created Double-Sided Flowers for layering and Double-Sided Boxes, which are ideal for weddings and birthdays.
2. Gemini Mini
Our newest and cutest addition to the Gemini family took the crafting world and social media by storm. The Gemini Mini was also our first manually-powered machine, making it brilliant for introducing beginners to die-cutting. There were a whole host of accessories too, like teeny dies, embossing folders, cutting plates and more – great things really do come in small packages! Make sure you say hello to this pint-sized product before the year is out!
3. Spectrum Noir TriBlend
One of our biggest Spectrum Noir launches of the year was the innovative TriBlend Markers. These 3-in-1 pens made it so easy for artists of any ability to blend like a pro, and with each pen containing three complementary shades, you’re able to carry more shades on the go without compromising on space! They’re ideal for creating realistic shadows and depth, so make sure you check them out.
4. Shaker Card Stamp and Dies
In the summer, we released our fabulous Shaker Card Stamp and Die sets, and allowed you all to create fun shakers for the fronts of your cards without all of the fiddly mess. With fun occasional designs and Christmas designs, there were so many to choose from and we absolutely loved seeing all your finished card photos! There’s just something about a shaker card that sets a card apart, isn’t there? Make sure you take a look and see which design you like best!
5. Flower Forming Foam
A huge launch for us in 2019 was the Flower Forming Foam collection, which was a massive hit in our head office! The whole idea behind this range was to make foam flower creation simple, so we designed dies, specialised foam, stamens and tools to help you craft the most realistic-looking flowers possible. With foam that is pliable when heated and designed to keep its shape through stretching, distressing and manipulating, this is a range that was perfect for beginners and experts alike.
6. Sara Signature Sew Retro
We’ve loved marrying papercraft with needlecraft through 2019, but our favourite collection from the year was the Sara Signature Sew Retro range. With 70s-themed stamps, dies and papers, fused with a collection of punchy Sara Davies x Riley Blake collaboration fabrics, purse making tools and the funkiest pair of fabric scissors, this was a range that was ideal for absolutely any type of crafter. No matter if you’re making cards, a quilt or a piece of mixed media artwork, this is a range that just demands to be seen!
7. Precious Memories
In 2019, we were stepping up our memory book and scrapbook games with the Precious Memories Dies. This huge collection was all about helping you to create interactive pages for your books, so if you want twist and pop pages, small envelopes or waterfall pages, then this is the range for you. There’s also a Spine Die, so you can easily attach all of your pages together to complete the book! It has absolutely everything you’d need to preserve your important moments.
The cutest cuddly toys were brought to life with our brilliant Build-a-Buddy Multi Media Dies! Each of the sets that we released were designed to work with the Body Base Die Set to help you make four different characters, each with their own personality, accessories and clothes. They really were adorable, so if you’ve been looking to create a gift for a little one, these dies might be the perfect thing for you!
9. Nature’s Garden Peony
This year, we launched out new Crafter’s Companion brand, Nature’s Garden, which is about all things floral. The first range was Peony, a perfectly pretty and delicate collection that was absolutely perfect for spring! The line included all you’d need to produce completely cohesive projects, including a paper pad, dies, stamp and dies, and an embossing folder, so it’s one to check out if you want to get ahead on your spring crafting.
10. Gemini Stitch Pro
The Stitch Pro sewing machine is the perfect companion to begin or continue your sewing journey. This machine is designed to grow with you as you develop your skills and you’ll be totally spoiled for choice with all the features and functions that are included! There’s also a whole host of accessories to help you take your stitching to the next level, so if you want to get started with sewing in the New Year, this is the perfect machine!
11. FOILPRESS Monogram Foil Stamp Dies
We were totally inspired by the monogram trend that dominated Pinterest over 2019 and released our very own range of Foil Stamp Dies to help you recreate the look with total ease. Perfect for cards, invitations, journal covers, clothing and so much more, our Monogram Foil Stamp Dies were specially designed to work on pretty much any project to give that personal touch. You can find out more about how they work and the concept here!
12. Spectrum Noir Classiques
Last, but certainly not least, on our list of favourite products of the year, we’ve got the Spectrum Noir Classiques. If you loved our original Spectrum Noir Marker, you’re going to be head over heels for the Classique Markers! With durability, Japanese quality nibs and smooth, blendable colours, this is a range that demands the limelight. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or love colouring as a hobby, collect the whole Classiques range and see how it can transform your work.
That rounds up our 12 favourite products from the year! Of course, there were many other exciting launches (special shoutout to the Cascading Alphabet Dies, Sara Signature Vintage Lace and Build-a-Block Curves), so it was very difficult to pick our top faves. Do you agree with our list? Or is there a launch that you would add?