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. Everyone likes to re-use or find different use for objects we don’t seem to use for their intended purpose. One of my favorites is the brushes you get with you face powders, blushes, bronzers… I like to use them to brush away extra embossing powders.

  2. I still love my Tonic 8 1/2 inch trimmer. It is the perfect size for cutting letter-size paper in half for cardmaking and great for trimming cardstock and photos for scrapbooking.

  3. I just love these lists you come out with! I recently got a sand eraser, and it saved the day many times on the 6X6 scrapbook style sign-in book I made for my sister’s wedding. Thanks for sharing the trick to use a pin with the quilled precision tip. I have been having issues with it, and will try that before trying the darice option! I think my favorite must have is my sizzix big kick/big shot. I have had a silhouette cameo for years and really didn’t see the need for the big kick but waited for a good sale and did it! I honestly love that I can whip something out really quick on the big shot and I am so amazed by the intricate cuts it can do compared to an electronic machine!

  4. The crafty tool that I would recommend is my Teflon Bone Folder. I love to use it to score the folds on my cards and to burnish Scor Tape. Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck everyone.

  5. Hi Jennifer, I would say my must have tool is the multipurpose tool by creative memories. It has saved me lots of time with repositioning and also helps to stir and organize little bits of embellishments. It has a thin spatula on one side and a pointed tip on the other. It also has a nice place to grip it. That and my tweezer bee by ek success. Thank you for the chance to win these awesome tools.

  6. So happy I just managed to catch this post in time for your very generous giveaway. I had a jewel picker and loved it but it must have been an older one b/c it just had the one green end. The double ended one is super exciting to me. Lately I’ve been using a Stix 2 pick up pencil, which does the same thing, you just have to sharpen it like a regular colored pencil and voila then it works exactly the same as the jewel picker. I have never used the pen blades but those look interesting too. Reading some of the comments – I may just have to get me a shammy to help clean my stamps. Right now I do rely on my wet wipes. Not only to clean my stamps but my hands (which funny enough get ink on them frequently!)

  7. I love the Mono Sand Eraser. A great idea. I am forever making little boo boos.and this comes to the rescue.

  8. I normally use layers on my cards ~~ base, mat layer, sentiment or focal point layer. And, I use a very narrow border ~~ 1/8″ difference for a 1/16″ border. But I don’t always get them adhered straight. My go-to tool is a spatula that, I believe, came out of a Cricut tool kit. It has a very thin “blade” and can easily slip between the layers and separate them without tearing ~~ at least most of the time! I don’t know how many projects I would have had to throw away without it!

  9. Love your ideas! Recently got the sand eraser and it works exactly as you say. The one tool I just CAN’T live without are my readers : ( The stronger the better…………

  10. I just got a Misti for Christmas and oh my what did I ever do without it. I will have to check out these new tools.

  11. I would highly recommend a Teflon bone folder. No more marks when you fold card stock. Thanks for doing the your favorite crafty things videos. Ii always fun to learn about new things.

  12. Thanks for this post, Jennifer.
    I really need that jewel picker, and the sand eraser is completely new to me! The storage kit is also a “LOVE” on my list.
    For me, I love my Big Shot

  13. Love the jewel picker – currently use my exacto for adhesive items and fingernails for sequins. Thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

  14. I love seeing all your favorite tools. I will be getting one of the Mono Sand Erasers. My favorite crafting tool is my ATG 700. I can’t make cards or scrapbook pages with out it.

  15. Really like using the Tim Holz Tonic Paper Distresser Altered Aged Edges tool. It’s great for a textured paper edge and the recessed blades work well.

  16. Hi there.
    Sorry to point out, but in the video you show & explain about the blue tombow mono sand & rubbed eraser and both it’s sides, but the link to shop is for the green one that is only the sand eraser.
    I know you like to be very precise and maybe people will be disappointed if they ordered something different then you showed.
    I love you ideas, cards and videos. Thank you for sharing

  17. Finally got me some of those Darice bottles but I couldn’t remember what it was about the pins that you said you didn’t like so I had to come back and find this video and rewatch it!! The pin colors bleed! So I wrote it on the packaging because I only plan on using 2 of them for right now. Thanks Jennifer (again!), you are a rockstar!! =)

  18. My most wanted tool would be the Mono sand eraser because like most people I just goof a lot I guess and it works wonderfully. Thanks for the video it was so very helpful.

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