Video: Some Favoite Tools + TWO Giveaways


I get a ton of questions about my favorite tools, so I thought I would share a video and links.  Please note that these are products I have found and LOVE.  No company is paying me to promote these.  It is just me sharing with you all the products that make me happy.  Also, for each product I link to a few online stores that I love dearly, trust and respect so you can buy them easily.  So, yes, this is enabling at it’s best. πŸ™‚

Be sure to watch the video and then read the points for each.  I share a lot of my reasons for loving them each.


Craft Premium Portable Paper Trimmer from Fiskars

  • I have been looking for a trimmer forEVER.  FINALLY, I found my soul mate.  I love this trimmer.
  • The base is wider than most trimmers – 6.25″.  This is great for scrapbookers (who cut 6″ wide often) and cardmarkers (who cut 5.5″ wide often)… no need to swing out the arm all the time.
  • Has a cut-line indicator – a wire that shows exactly where the blade will cut.  LOVE this.  Great for when you are cutting strips of journaling apart or matting something.  You can see it perfectly.
  • There is a finish over the trimmer, preventing the grid and measurements from wearing off.
  • Triple track system – cuts straight for me.
  • Arm swings out to over 15″.
  • Cuts multiple sheets at once.
  • Uses I-Blade replacement blades.
  • As Fiskars says, “Built in paper clamp and photo smudge protector on the cutting rail.”  In other words, easy to hold as you cut. πŸ™‚

If you are interested in buying this trimmer, click HERE.


Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors


  • I use these scissors for EVERYTHING. Truly.  Even the garden. Get a few pairs.  You will thank me when all of your family steals them.  (My husband, son and mom are guilty.)
  • They are self-sharpening so they don’t dull.  I cut wire with these, and ribbon.  No need to have separate pairs.  Really.  Believe it.  It is true.  As Tim says, “cuts wire, craft metal, shanks of buttons, chipboard, grungepaper, paper, fabric, and ribbon.”
  • Non-stick – no more yuck building up on them.
  • Kushgrip handles are easy on the hands.  For both lefties and righties.
  • Micro serrated edges keep them sharp.
  • Protective cap.

If you are interested in buying these scissors, you can go HERE or HERE or HERE.


Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Knife


  • Retractable blade – no more accidents when shuffling through stuff.  (Yes, experience talking.)
  • Comes with two replacement blades and you can buy extras.  But, honestly, I haven’t changed mine yet.  Stays sharp.

If you want to get this craft knife, go HERE or HERE or HERE.


Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick


  • High quality piercer. 
  • I got rid of all my others because this one retracts (see reason above) and extends to a long 1 1/4″.  Perfection.

You can get the pick HERE or HERE or HERE.


Tim Holtz Paper Distresser


  • Safe – can’t cut yourself on it.  (Again, a good thing.)
  • Just run along the edge of the paper for distressing like no other.  Great texture.  Doesn’t have to be just for a “distressed” look, but rather anywhere you want a bit of texture.

You can get the distresser HERE or HERE or HERE.


Craft Sheets from Ranger


  • This big guy (15″x18″, but it does come in a smaller size) is a reusable, protective sheet that you can do any craft on.
  • Non-porous, withstands high heat, cleans easily.  You can just peel, wipe or scrape things off.
  • Get this: If you use a dot adhesive roller, this craft sheet is a must.  When you go to put adhesive on something thin, the adhesive doesn’t stick to this surface, so your workspace won’t get sticky.  So cool.
  • The only thing you can’t do on this?  Cut with a knife. It will cut through.
  • I have one of these for whenever my son does crafts – PERFECT surface for that.
  • It doesn’t distort.

You must get this craft sheet.  Try HERE or HERE or HERE.


Ink Blending Tool from Ranger


  • This dude applies ink to projects better than anything.
  • The foam soaks up the color and holds it – love that – so I like to get extra foam and have a foam per color.
  • You want to use FOAM for ink blending.  However, you can get felt and use it with this tool for use with alcohol inks, which is a different ball game. πŸ™‚

This must-have inking tool can be found HERE or HERE or HERE.  You can find refills HERE or HERE or HERE.  And the spin rack to hold them is HERE.


Compact Stamp Press from Fiskars...

  • You can use this instead of an acrylic mount.  I find myself reaching for this over anything else now.
  • Has little foam feet that let you perfectly line up your inked stamp before pressing it down to stamp.  SO good for lining things up.
  • FABULOUS when stamping on acetate/transparency – keeps you from shifting and messing up.
  • You can squeeze a big cling stamp on here even… or put lots of smaller images.
  • Has a tiny bit of “give” to it, which is a good thing.  You can press at the center and be sure all the ink transfers.
  • I use this one a bit more than the bigger one, but it is up to your personal preference.

If you are interested in buying this stamp press, click HERE.  If you want the bigger one, which is shown in the video too, click HERE.


Tim Holtz / Sizzix Alteration Dies


  • These are VERY high quality dies that can be used on your Sizzix or Cuttlebug machines. 
  • They can cut through many layers of cardstock, grungeboard, etc.
  • There are many great and fancy things you can do with these dies that you can’t do with others.  Tim shows this all in his videos HERE.
  • If you aren’t into a grungy-look, no worries.  These dies give perfect, smooth cuts – can be used for any style.
  • THIS die fits nicely on the center of a card.  Delightful.
  • The edge dies are perfect for cards.  Just sayin’.

Looking for the Alterations Dies?  Try HERE and HERE and HERE.


Neenah White Cardstock

Solar White Large

  • This is the white cardstock I use for EVERYTHING.  It is 8.5×11, super smooth, crisp white.  PERFECT for stamping. 
  • The price is good, so it is all I use.  Even for matting.
  • Perfect for use with Copic Markers and Distress Inks.
  • 80 lb. cardstock, which is a great weight.

To purchase Neenah White Paper 250 sheet packs, go HERE.  For 25 sheets, go HERE.



OK… I think that is enough enabling for today.  So, how about TWO giveaways?

Just leave a comment on this post telling me if you have tried any of these goodies.  Do so by Sunday, May 9 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win either a Compact Fiskars Stamp Press or the big Fiskars Stamp Press…


(When I emailed Fiskars telling them how much I loved their stamp presses, they sent me extras to give away here!  Thanks, Fiskars.)

Have a great day.  Come back tomorrow for another giveaway.  (And a much shorter post. πŸ™‚

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861 thoughts on “Video: Some Favoite Tools + TWO Giveaways”

  1. I just love the Craft Premium Portable Paper Trimmer from Fiskars. I use it all the time too. It’s the best. I also love the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser. I use it all the time too. I will have to try the Tonic Scissors. Thanks again for the video. Love your website.

  2. Yes Please, One of Each!
    I haven’t used any of these products;{ But I am off to get a few right now… gotta have those scissors, the ink blending tool, paper distresser and the compact stamp set;}
    Thank you for the opprotunity!

  3. i have and love all those tim holtz tools-really like the scissors especially.
    Thinking i might need that fiskars trimmer!!

  4. I’m a big fan of Tim Holtz so I have used some of his products…they are great!
    Thanks for sharing your favourite tools, this is really helpful..
    It feels so good to know people like you whose generosity is such a blessing and an inspiration!

    Nova πŸ™‚

  5. I love my craft mat! Tim’s scissors are my most recent purchase, (you recommended them not to long ago) and I love them. I did not know about the stamp press. I was excited when you said it was great to stamp on acetate, because no matter how hard I try it always ends up a mess. I haven’t tried the craft knife either. Have everything else and love all of them!

  6. I have the blending tool and love it. I have been looking for a new paper trimmer and the Fiskars one looks like it might be the one. Of course all of the products might now be the one!

  7. I have the same Fiskars trimmer and LOVE it. I also love all things Ranger – especially the craft mat!

  8. Thanks for the tool suggestions! I’ve been looking for a new trimmer and that Fiskars one looks amazing. I’ve seen a lot of these products, but have only used the foam tool. Love it. I, too, like to have a different one for each color of ink, but I’m running out of handles. I’ll definitely try the velcro under the pad trick.

  9. I have that trimmer and LOVE it! Its my baby, makes me happy lol! I’ve always wondered about the stamp press, it looks really neat. The craft sheet is AMAZING, use it ALL the time. I think im gonna have to get those scissors, you’ve been talking about it for so long… Love the enabling! πŸ˜‰

  10. I love all of the Ranger products also! I am going to have to get me one of those paper trimmers!

  11. So cool! I have never heard of/seen one of these babies, but it sounds absolutely lovely – no more smudged/misplaced stamps. I love it!! Thanks so much for the heads up on this one, it’s definitely going on my ‘need’ list πŸ™‚

  12. I have the blender tool and the craft sheet- got them after I watched your videos on two peas last fall! The stamp press looks neat- also the design of the TH knife and stiletto are great!

  13. I haven’t tried any of these products, but I have been wanting to get the Ranger blending tools. I love it when you use those in your videos. The craft mat is next on my “must have” list too!

  14. I have used my daughters craft mat, love it! I have Tim Holtzs tonic scissors, they are wonderful. I have the blending tool also, I find it indispensible if you like to distress! (one day maybe I could have more than one with the holder – would be wonderful not to have to change my pads so often πŸ™‚ Thanks for letting us know the tried and true! It saves time and money, appreciate it!

  15. I have the Tim Holtz scissors and I the ranger craft sheet. I liked the craft sheet so much I got one for a friend.

  16. My husband is going to kill you! Whenever you give suggetions, I always listen and the next thing you know I’ve got a package coming to the door!! Thanks for all you do. There are so many products out there to purchase, and it is nice to hear from someone I trust on what really works.

  17. I have the Tonic scissors and the Ranger ink blending tool and hope to someday have a few more of these great tools. Thanks for the suggestions!

  18. I have both the Craft Sheets and the Ink Blending Tool. Love them both! I am definitely going to look at that Fiskars trimmer. I have wanted to get the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors for a while so I think it is time to pick them up!

  19. I haven’t used any of those products yet, but I will now! I JUST got into distress inks — I’ve got four colors so far (Peeled Paint, Broken China, Dusty Concord, and Tea Dye) but they don’t have the foam applicator around here so I’ve just been using makeup sponges so far. I bought the Ranger craft sheet just the other day, but I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I’m excited to though! And I will definitely pick up those scissors now that I’ve seen how great they are. Thanks so much for all your tips!

  20. I own several of the Tim Holtz products and I have tried a friends’ Fiskars Stamp Press – pretty darn cool!!

  21. Did not get a chance to try out these great products yet. I am saving up to buy them. I would love to try out the big Fiskars Stamp Press. I do have other Fiskar products, rotary cutter and board and the self healing mat (I love using them.Also, I have Tim holtz ink pads and they are great. thank you for the giveaway!

  22. I absolutely love my Tim Holtz scissors… I reach for them all the time when doing small work and those tough-to-cut items. Fantastic scissors. THey cut through most anything.

  23. I got the craft sheet and ink blending tool after watching many of your videos. I love them!!

  24. I do have the smaller stmp n’ press and it worked wonderfully for me, that is till it got cracked, Otherwise I agree this is a perfect tool. one of the things I like most about it is thats its large enough you could create a scene on it to stamp.

  25. I love all my distresser stuff…the craft sheet, inks, applicators, blending pads and the scissors. Don’t have the stamping press – Neat tool

  26. Jennifer, I had the opportunity to use Tim’s tools from Tonic and Ranger at his classes in Akron a couple of weeks ago! Definitely fell in love with them and they are on my wish list. I do have several of the ink blending tools, they are fantastic! I also have some of his alterations dies and the craft mat and absolutely love them. Haven’t had the chance to see a stamp press in person, but it looks pretty cool. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  27. I don’t think I have tried any of your fave products. But, I will now after your rave reviews. Thanks for a chance to win the Fiskars stamp press.

  28. I love the Fiskars paper cutter, but have not used the other products that you reviewed. I certainly would love the chance to try them all. Thanks for all the great info on your blog.

  29. awesome stuff! but i’m embarrased to say that i dont own any of them, nor have i ever used them. i am practicing “use your stash” a lot more now since the economy is so tough…so i havent been purchasing many tools lately. thanks for the chance to win! xoxo andie…

  30. LOVE the ink blending tool for all of those addictive distress inks! I don’t have a blending tool for each color, but I definitely have a foam piece for each one! And I LOVE the idea of sticking each foam piece underneath the ink pad–definitely will be switching to that in the future since I couldn’t come up with a good system myself πŸ™‚

  31. I only have a couple of your favorites, but I absolutely love them—TH scissors, TH craft sheet and TH Distress Inks. Oh, I think I have an older version of the Fiskars Stamp Press (gotta dig that one out, now). I don’t think that I’ve even taken it out of the package. Your videos are fantastic–always entertaining, educational and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  32. I use the ink blending tool and the craft mat. I find that that is a must have combination.

  33. I LOVE all the tim holtz tonic tools! I have them all & I couldn’t agree with you more on how wonderful they are! They are so wonderful that I’ve been thinking about getting a second set of all of them since I craft in a group and there have been some (mock) fights over the tools.
    I think the stamp press idea sounds wonderful. Something I’ve never tried. Thanks so much for all the suggestions.

  34. I’ve used the blending tool with both kinds of pads; for distress inks and alcohol inks. Your “thinking inking” videos are great.
    Just bought the new Fiskars trimmer after reading several recommendations, but havent’t used it yet.
    I hadn’t seen the stamp press before…would love to win one.

  35. Hi Jennifer I just want to say that I really like te use the paper distresser. It is really easy to use and it gives so much karakter to cards as well as on mats on scrapbooklayouts. Love to read all your suggestions and links.
    Greetings from the Netherlands

  36. The only product I have tried is the trimmer… and I love it! I am definitely going to try the craft mat soon, though. It looks super cool! Thanks for doing a give-away!

  37. I haven’t tried any except the distress inks but everything looks fabulous and I want to try everything out!!! I saw the stamp presses but had no idea what they were for, so passed them up, now I will have to go back!

  38. I love my Ranger Craft sheet. I originally bought it for alcohol inks, but I use it for everything now. I clean it with rubbing alcohol and it looks great after 3 years of use. I also love embossing folders.

  39. No I have never used any of these products, but would love to try the ink blending tool sometime! I also like the idea of the retractable craft knife.

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