Allrighty gals, in the theme of the thread about things that you wish you never had bought, I think it's time to list some things that you are super happy you have every time you use them!
1) Alvin GM1218 self-healing cutting mat.
These are sold at quilt stores everywhere for CHEAP. I mean like $8 for a 12"x20" mat. They're made out of the same stuff as the MM mats and have handy grid lines and inches marked out, as well as lines for 45 and 60 degree angles.
2) Tidy Tray for embossing powder
Coat this baby with some cornstarch and two years later I still have mostly full bottles of powder because little to none is wasted!
3) Double sided tape
I use this to attach everything to everything. It's my adhesive of choice!
4) My Xyron X
I haven't found a need for the bigger ones... yet. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Xyron .. some things just need to be turned into stickers!
5) Matte fixer
Some things just need a shot of fixative before going out the door. There's only one way to ensure that your metallic pigment ink isn't going to come off on someone's $300 white cashmere sweater, and that's a bottle of fixative.
6) Spool of hemp twine
Looks great on everything, is a faboo around the house twine, great for hanging up stuff in the studio- love this stuff!