5 New Must-Have Crafty Tools + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Back in November, I shared My Favorite Crafty Tools of 2016. Many of these still hold true today! However, I recently found several new must-have tools that I can’t get enough of. I think you will like them! Today I share five.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Here are five inexpensive tools that I have found very helpful in the craft room lately…

#1: Jewel Picker

Sequins and such are very popular right now, but can be tricky to pick up and place in just the right spot. Until recently, I was using the Crystal Ninja Katana Pick Up Tool. It worked well, but one of my blog readers told me about the Jewel Picker. And boy is it amazing! You can use either end to pick up small embellishments and put them exactly where you want them. And the price is great!

#2: Darice Liquid Adhesive Tips

Last year I shared a video on several fine-tip, anti-clogging, liquid-adhesive tips. (You can see the video HERE.) I really liked using the Quilled Precision Tip Glue Bottle and never had problems, but I know many people still had issues with it. So I revisited my options and found the Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicators works well with small Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents bottles.

One thing I found helpful: I replace the color-topped pins with plain pins. I found the colored ones would bleed and change the product color. Corsage Pins work great.

Please be careful when using this due to the sharp point. I have not had problems with rust or anything and have used it for 4 months. So far, so great! Also, if you have the Quilled Precision Tip Glue Bottle, you can always use a pin in it, too, instead of the attached lid.

#3: Mono Sand Eraser

I shared this in My Favorite Crafty Tools of 2016, but I had to share it again. The Tombow Mono Sand Eraser is a must-have for every card I make. I often get ink boo-boos on my cards but never want to start over. I can easily sand and erase away many boo-boos with the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser. Get it. You won’t be sorry! (The one I link to is a bit different – it has the sand on both ends. I show THIS one in the video but use both. But tools work great!)

#4: Pen Blades

I have been using the PenBlades craft knives for quite some time and am very happy with them. I like that they are very sharp, have three tip options, and retract for safety. Another must-have.

#5: Gina K Clear Boxes

Oh. My. Goodness. These boxes are SO helpful! I used to keep my upcoming projects in pouches but they were hard to stack and label. The Gina K Storage Boxes are the perfect solution! There is enough room inside for 8.5×11 cardstock, embellishments, inks, stamps, etc. If you are a project planner like me, you must give them a try. I have 12 boxes with planned projects stacked up! You can also use them for storage. Oh – use a dry erase pens to label them and erase when done. Boom!

I hope these tool ideas are helpful. I have a few more that I will share in another video soon.


How would you like to win a Jewel Picker, Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Set and Tombow Mono Sand Eraser? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/29/17 telling me a crafty tool you recommend. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Personally donated.)


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.)

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827 thoughts on “5 New Must-Have Crafty Tools + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I would recommend a Teflon bone folder. I purchased from mftstamps.com an Ergonomic Teflon Square Bone Folder. It fits very comfortably in my hand. ?

  2. i love the sand eraser! There are so many times i have completed a card and i accidentally get a smudge of ink on it which can be so frustrating!!! Would love to win this item along with the other two. Would be great projects to have in my stmaping stash. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. I love my EK tweezers, a shammy I bought at the dollar store to clean my stamps (working really well) and my paper trimmer(same Cutterpede since 10 years and still working well). I rely on you for all the new stuff and I was never disappointed with the articles I bought based your recommendation. Thanks a lot!

  4. My Misti- a tool that has changed the way I do everything!!! I’ve got my eye on the Jewel Picker… think I need one!

  5. Thanks for this! All added to my wish list, they seem really great 🙂
    There are a lot of tools I can’t see myself without (it’s an addiction haha), but one of the newcomers is the Lawn Fawn shammy. For a long time I used baby wipes (I still do with pigment inks), but they sometimes left bits on the stamps that were a pain to get rid off, the shammy works perfectly and leaves nothing behind but a clean stamp, and of course being reusable it good for the planet too 😉

  6. OH MY, Jennifer! You have me wanting each of these items! I know that this tool isn’t conventional… or made by a popular company… but I love using my painted muffin tin to hold all of my supplies that I’m using while making a project. I made it myself (well I painted an tin! LOL!)! <3

    THANKS for the chance to win <3 savannahland2 at comcast dot net

  7. I really like hearing about all your favorite things. I usually end up getting most of them. Thanks, Jennifer.

  8. It may sound strange but every creative project I’ve ever worked on…scrapbooking, stamping, etc., I use my ruler, click pencil and eraser. Thanks for all the great tips and tutorials.

  9. Hi Jennifer,
    Great video, I always watch “my favorite…” at the end of the year.
    My favorite tool is my Teflon bone folder.
    Thanks, Michal

  10. My favorite tool right now is the Misti…..I don’t ever want to stamp without it again.

  11. Thank you for the recommendations. I will be looking to get the sand eraser soon. My mist have is my paper cutter. I find I am using it for all kinds of projects and it is so much easier than using scissors.

  12. Thanks for the updates on the newer tools. I really like my Stamping Up Paper Trimmer. It cuts well, it scores, and has a space underneath to hold new blades. I also really like an extra strong tape runner and some good shape scissors for cutting ribbon.

  13. I really like that jewel picker!
    My must have is the Tim Holtz Tonic guillotine paper trimmer.

  14. Thanks for all the inspiration Jennifer! I would love to win these awesome tools! My favorite craft tool has been the Misti stamping tool. It has been a game-changer for stamping multiple times and getting it right every time!

  15. Wow, I love new tool ideas! The jewelry picker looks very useful and I never her of the Tombow eraser! Will definitely get one of those! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful tool ideas Jennifer!!

  16. My Scotch adhesive runner (I’m pretty sure it’s Scotch) is something I use constantly and love. I have had problems with bottles with fine tips on them, so I am anxious to try the Darice fine tip – my glossy accents always gets clogged so I’ve all but given up on using it and have started using Elmer’s Mini Glue Dots to stick sequins and pearls to my cards. Love all your videos and ideas – I enjoy making cards, I just don’t have the imagination to create a layout I am satisfied with.

  17. There are so many great tools to use and recommend to other people. Of the ones you listed, I like glossy accents as they enhance my work and add good deminstion and also adds shine. The product that I have found the most helpful recently is the Misti. A great value and a must have for card making, especially for producing several cards at a time. A great tool and saves so much time with complete accuracy.

  18. I think the Misti would be my top choice for my favorite tool. I don’t think I could go back to stamping without it! I have problems getting full coverage on some more solids stamps and it’s really saved me a lot of time (and paper!) to be able to just stamp it again in the exact same spot. Game changer for me!!

  19. I love my absorber! It comes in a large piece so I was able to cut it into 8 pieces and share with friends! I am amazed at that jewel picker! It looks like it picks up and lets go with ease.

  20. My favorite tool at the moment is my simply scored scoring tool. I like the ease of laying out the cardstock and scoring all of the score lines without moving the paper after each score line. This really cuts down on the number of mistakes I make. I thank you for sharing these fabulous tools with me. I would love to have them all, especially the jewel picker. Currently, I use my fingers and I get more glue on my fingers than I do on the embellishment. Ugh! LOL! Someday, I’ll be as proficient as those of you making all of these wonderful videos.

  21. My favourite right now is the coffee filters when using glitter, finally able to do stamens on flowers without getting showered in glitter!

  22. My OLD standby is a burnisher that I used to transfer letters for newsletters headlines. (This was before word processing on the computer). It’s been with me for so many years since one tip scores a fold line and the other end flattens the card stock fold.
    I always have post it notes on my craft desk!

  23. The Mono Sand Eraser and the MISTI are my absolute favorites! I’ve had the Crystal Ninja on my wishlist for a while. Glad to know,there’s a cheaper alternative… now it’s going on my wishlist! ?

  24. Hi Jennifer, I love your blog and videos and of corse your cards! Thank you for all your hints, tips and instructions. I like organizing as much as crafting, and you are beyond inspirational. Thanks so much.

  25. I have been looking for an eraser that works on ink. The one I have just doesn’t cut it.

    Thanks so much for the information!

  26. One of my favourite tools is the small guillotine cutter from Fiskars. Thank you for offering such a great giveaway.

  27. Thanks!! I found every tool you shared VERY helpful. My Absorber is one of my favorite tools.

  28. I recommend a craft spatula. I use it for lifting items from adhesive. It comes in very handy when I need to adjust a panel for whatever reason.

  29. I recommend the
    Lashes and Cosmetics Eyelash Extensions Disposable Micro Brushes 100 Pack on Amazon. They are amazing for putting liquid glue on very small areas and each brush lasts for a very long time.

  30. my go-to tool I use most frequently would probably be my Fiskars cutter. not only is the product t’riffic but the company’s customer service is GREAT and they’ve replaced parts over the years … all I had to do is send them a pic of the part that broke!

  31. I love and use most of my tools and seem to always need my fine point tweezers for so many little things.

  32. One of my favorite tools is my JudiKins tiny exacto knife. I love it for fussy cutting small spaces. I think the 3 knives you recommend would be great also. I’m always searching for an embellishment picker that I truly like. I would love to win these items. Thanks for the chance.

  33. I’m still loving my Misti since my kids gave it to me (still need the corners tho). Now to get that picker thingy.

  34. I would so like to try the Mono eraser! I have a habit of dripping and dropping goop right at the end of a project! So irritating to start over and waste a great card! lol

  35. How to choose a must have tool! I love the Tonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Trimmer. It cuts beautifully with no fuzzy edges. The Misti is incredible, and I’m using it more and more. I use the Tim Holtz die pick on almost every card, for transferring small jewels, and the HoneyBee Coated Tweezers. And I couldn’t do without stamping blocks that have a grid on them. That Jewel Picker and Mono Sand Eraser look fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win them!

  36. Favorite tool is my MISTI, I hesitated on buying it but wow! The sand eraser is a must have too and very inexpensive. The tool I have that I didn’t think I needed is the tonic retractable craft pick…I grab for it all of the time.

  37. Once I finally bought it, I don’t know how I lived without it. Scotch Tape Runner for sure. I waited forever and that was just silly!

  38. Fun and useful items. I want all of them. Thanks for the opportunity to win. One of my favorite tools that I have used for several years is “Perfect Layers Rulers.” I use it to make perfect mats and borders on cards or photos. Check it out.

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