Monday, January 30, 2012

Updated - Where IS it made??

Hello Crafty Friends,

Recently, I have been feeling more like i should be more aware of what I'm buying and where it comes from.  Why you might ask?  One of the local Grocery stores is going out of business.  I can only imagine it is because of the Walmart down at the next exit.  I started to think...what could I have been doing any different?  My answer is I could be more aware of what I'm buying and where it's made.  Even non-crafty products we pick up.  So, I made a decision that I am going to be more aware.  If I buy American Made...and I pass the word along...maybe we can help boost our economy?  We as the craft community have the power to do so!  I was a little discouraged when I started looking on the web today for companies that make their craft products here.  More than a few of the ones I found...have gone out of business.  This was so sad to me!!  I know that the craft explosion to me anyway...seems to have just gotten bigger and the big name companies of course will most likely continue to manufacture overseas.  I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the product names that I recognize and now will be trying to support those companies more than I have in the past. 

So, I'm asking you...if you are an American and you want to help our economy...look at the label before you buy it.  I'm not asking for a complete boycott of your favorite products...but be more aware.  Yesterday when I went to the store, I picked up items just to take a peek! I was shocked.  The stores brand was made in South Carolina and the name brand...that I won't name...was made in China.  These were non-crafty items, but goes for all the things that we as consumers pick up and need for daily lives.  Even some TOOTHPASTE if you can imagine that!!

So, here's my list of products that I've been able to verify are American Made...some of them have split products.  I did my best to list these as well. 

Graphic 45 -
Technique Tuesday -
Mrs. Grossman's -
Fancy Pants - some made here...rub ons i have are made in China -
Luxe Designs Inc. - closed but I found websites that still have some of their products - Here's 2 places I found them online -
My Mind's Eye (unsure if all are USA still trying to verify what products the die cuts i have are made in China) -
Rusty Pickle(They have closed :( according to a post on their blog as of Feb 3, 2010, still some of their
products out there to be bought)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and adirondack felts for aplicator - unsure of other products by Tim Holtz at this time -
Hero Arts -
Some Pink Paiselee products
Stampin Up -
StazOn All Purpose Cleaner
Basic Grey - - I have noticed my newer stuff says made in China, might be a split product as well...some here some over seas
Bazzill -
Cosmo Cricket -
Echo Park -
Karen Foster -
StampingStation -
Creative Options -
Beacon Adhesives -
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Boxer Papers (also liquidating) -
Keller Creations -
Paper Trey Ink Dies -
MFT Dies and stamps -
Shimmerz Paints - Verified with rep ALL PRODUCTS are made in USA - - i prefer these to Glimmer mist.  I've never had a Shimmerz clog on  me.  :)
Paper Trunk - Closed :(
Daisy Bucket Designs - Closed/liquidating
Piggy Tales - unable to verify this so far - Thanks to Tinacome on looks like they are closed
Glue Arts -
Jillibean Soup - papers, stickers, soup labels and die cut seets (peapods are made in the USA) all
others come from overseas - verified with Jillibean rep -
Three Bugs in A Rug - verified with rep -
Offray Ribbon
Bella Blvd - from owner - papers and stickers printed in USA, other over seas -
We R Memory Keepers - website says albums made in United States...leads you to believe all are, but I'm not sure...gonna check my stamps! - checked my stamps they are made in China
Scotch - ATG Refills
October Afternoon - got this from board, but has not been verified with the company yet.  :)
Websters Pages - got this from board, but has not been verified with the company yet. :)
Authentique - got this from board, but has not been verified with the company yet. :)
Clear Scraps -
Leaky Shed Studios -
Red Line Tape and dimensional boosters from TexasJodyLynn! - check her out guys!
Sugar Tree Papers -
Folk Art Products -
Bow Maker from Cathie -
Paper Bliss / Paperbilities - couldn't find a website for them.  Not sure they are still in business but I have some of their older items such as tags that say MADE IN USA. 
Sad to see that some of my favorites were made in China.  Like Bo Bunny and K&Company.  I have been told that Bo Bunny is also split.  Part in the US part overseas. I'm trying to verify more products.  I've sent emails to some of the companies with no response yet.  I think that most of the ones that are made in the USA will proudly display it, but I did have to dig for a few places to find on their websites.  The ones I couldn't find...I am only assuming they are not made in the USA.  There are some great companies in foreign countries!!  But, I'd like to buy as much Made in the USA that I can.  I realize Canadian scrappers don't have much of a choice in products.  Most of their products have to come from outside of Canada.  I do also purchase Canadian products such as Forever in Time.

I have emailed the following companies to try and verify where their products are made:

October Afternoon
Simple Stories
Crate Paper
Lily Bee
Teresa Collins

There's also several that I'm still Researching:

Lindy Stamp Gang
7 Gypsies
Daisy D's
Hampton Art(Caron International, South Carolina)
Adorn It
Anna Griffin
This list could go on forever, but you get the idea

Here are some I know are made in China/overseas:

The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby (This one HURT for sure!!  I have tons of this product at home now)
Part of Bo Bunny
Part of Pink Paislee
Part of Jillibean Soup
Part of We R Memory Keepers
Part of Bella Blvd
Zva - confirmed email
Making Memories - China
American Crafts - China
Creative Memories - looked on my punches I have
Tim Holtz Reinforcers - China
Prima vines - Thailand
Petaloo - Thailand (Petaloo International - wasn't expecting those to be made here)
Basic Grey Bling
Fancy Pants Rub Ons - Taiwan
Mark Richards
My Minds Eye - checked on some die cuts I had lastnight - China
My Little Yellow Bicycle - China and Taiwan
Martha Stewart Punches - Taiwain

If you know of anymore products that are made in the USA...please comment.  Or if there's a correction that needs to be made to my list above.  There's also a running thread for updates on  Please click here if you'd like to keep up!  I will also try to keep a running list and add it to my links section when I get more responses.  Thank you so much!


  1. MFT stamps are also made in the USA.

    Prima is definitely overseas.

    Thanks for compiling this info. :)

  2. Thank you for the info texasjodylynn!! :) I have updated the post.

  3. Thanks for sharing this great info. This is good information. My new product the Bow Maker made in my home by my hubby. It's nice when we can do some of the small stuff for ourselves.

  4. Thanks so much!! I will add you to the list. :)

  5. Close To My Heart is mostly made in USA. I know papers are, inks and stamps.

  6. Me & my boyfriend have been doing this for years with everything we buy. Unfortunately, there are lots of products you just can't find American made even if you want to, such as clothing. The next best thing then is to ensure that what you're buying is fair trade [always labeled on food] or research the country it is made in so you know how the people who actually made the product were treated. If we can't support Americans, at least it would be nice to know that the items we are buying weren't made by underpaid workers that are badly mistreated, or by child labor. Thanks for sharing this list of craft suppliers!!