My Favorite Crafty Things 2016: Crafting Tools

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2016! Today is all about crafting tools.

Throughout this series, I am sharing my favorite crafty products of the year… with each day sharing a different topic. If you see anything you want to purchase, be sure to use this discount:

Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more! Use the code “JENFAVES” through 11:59pmEST on 11/24/16 when shopping HERE.

Dayspring is offering my readers $5 off any $30 purchase plus free shipping! Use “MYFAVES” at checkout through 12/2/16. (I recommend an apron from there in today’s video, but you can use the code on anything there… including their craft products HERE. You can instead use the code “FRIDAY16” for 30% off site-wide through 11/27/16.)

Today is all about tools!


Excuse the long video! Lots to share…

[Wall products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Affiliate links may be used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

Remember – this list of Favorite Crafty Things makes a great gift guide. Feel free to give this link to to a family member… or Santa. ?

You can see all of the topics of My Favorite Crafty Things 2016 HERE… and for my lists from 2015, click HERE.


Giveaways! Today I have giveaways for TWO lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

  • $50 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp (Thanks, Heidi!)
  • A Hero Arts Heat Gun. You will love it!

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/5/16 telling me your favorite crafting tool. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too.)

See you soon!


[Most products in this post were personally purchased. The decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies.]

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907 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2016: Crafting Tools”

  1. I use the Fiskars Trimmer with the wire guide. Lately my husband has been using it and really likes it. I like using the Press N Seal in the kitchen, now I will be using it in my craft room also. I just purchased the Tweezers…can’t wait to use them. Also, I ordered the shammy, masking paper and the mini MISTI. Can’t wait for my order to come and use these items. I really need to clean my craft room so that I can have places for my new purchases ?

  2. My favorite crafting tool is the MISTI. I got it for a birthday gift in June of 2015 & I have not made a card since then without using it! It makes stamping SOOOOOOOOO much better! If it ever broke or got lost, I would buy another immediately!

  3. My favorite crafting tool is the Tim Holtz scissors. I bought them after you recommended them and I use them for all sorts of stuff now 🙂 They work great for cutting old credit cards and do not hurt your hand.

  4. I couldn’t live without my Tonic guillotine paper trimmer. It’s not glamorous, but its a workhorse in my craft room.

  5. My favorite tool is the fiskars paper trimmer. Love that trimmer and had it for years. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love my Fiskars wire trimmer and have no problem with the wire. I also use anti static pouch for embossing but also to destickey cards and such. Like the tweezers, mini inking tool and the Press N Seal.

  7. This is always my favorite section because these are the things I don’t like buying for myself so I can send this list to family as a wish list!! Thanks for doing this!!

  8. One of my favorite tools is my bone folder. It’s so easy to make nice cards with it! I’ve been wanting to get a heat gun…thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  9. My favorite tool is my Big Shot. Since that was part of your die cut tools series, I’ll pick another from your tools. I will go with my Teflon bone folder. I remember thinking when I got it “How did I live without this?”. LOL It is by far superior over a regular bone folder. Of course, a good paper cutter and good scissors are a must. I am intrigued with the Shammy Holder. It just might have to go on my Christmas wish list.

  10. My favorite crafting tool is the MISTI. It makes it so much easier when you are stamping with a larger stamp or with a stamp that has a lot of surface to cover.

  11. THANK YOU for sharing these with us Jennifer … I have LOTS on my list to look out for!!!
    My current favourite tool is my MISTI, it has opened up my heart to stamping (which used to frustrate me with failure) and I HAVE to include my Fiskars self healing craft mat too, it’s part of every project, even when I use my MISTI 🙂

  12. You have enabled me with a lot of my crafting tools! One of my favorites is my Mini Misti and my other is the micropore tape.

  13. I have wanted the Hero Arts heat tool forever but haven’t broken down to buy one yet. I think it may be time now! As for my favourite tool… tough question but I think it would have to be my Minc right now. I love the look of foil and use it all the time!

  14. It’s hard to say which tool I like best – it’s like picking a favorite child. I love the trimmer with the wire because it makes cutting so easy and precise. I have it in 2 sizes and one of them is used every time I do any crafting.

  15. My misti is mine, not on your list here though. I’m thankful for the ek success powder tool at the moment with all the Christmas shaker cards I’ve been making.

  16. Currently my favorite craft took is the mini blending tool. I just got into using distressed inks and the blending is so fun and easy with this tool!

  17. I use the Fiskars wire guide trimmer every time I craft and have it in both sizes. Just got the Teflon bone folder but haven’t busted it out yet.

  18. The most helpful tool in my stash is my Misti. It’s definitely helped improve my stamping, especially when making many of the same items! But, my favorite is my pair of Ek success tweezers because they save me from burnt fingers when heat embossing!
    Happy Crafting!

  19. Someone above me mentioned this already, I consider (youtube) videos a tool. I get ideas and learn so many techniques and tricks how to achieve better effects more easily.

  20. I can’t thank you enough for recommending that paper trimmer! I love it! Thank you for really putting a lot of thought into everything you do for us.

  21. Hard to choose just one since I would be lost without so many of my tools. I would say my Fiskars trimmer is my most used and favourite tool. Thanks for all the info Jennifer, just added a few more items to my wish list.

  22. Jennifer I love everything that you do and your videos are fantastic -never boring or dull and always informative. These 2016 videos are great also and I now have a list a mile long!!!!! Just need some cash now. You inspire me very much and I thank you for doing this for us.


  23. There are so many great tools but I really love my Misti! I would love to try the Crystal Ninja. That tool makes it look so easy. Gonna have to get me one!



  24. A Good paper cutter has to be the most useful thing ever. I can’t cut a strait line to save my life and have been using an inexpensive trimmer for a while that cut even less strait. Finally upgrade to a good Fiskers and oh, my.

  25. Bought the pivot vaccume for my husband. He LOVES it!!!!! Thanks for sharing your love with us so we can share it with those we love ;->

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