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My Favorite Crafty Things 2017 — Tools

Hi! It’s time for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017. Today is all about tools… including stamping, die cutting, and more.

If you haven’t checked out THIS video about this series, please do so – it explains a lot.

I have lots to share today, including giveaways (see below) and store discounts. Who doesn’t love a crafty deal!?

  • Ellen Hutson is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JensFaves17” through 12/13/17 when shopping HERE.
    (Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Excludes BCRF Fundraiser set and Mama Elephant releases within the last 90 days. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Simon Says Stamp is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more during 12/11/17 to 12/18/17! Use the code “JENFAVES” when shopping HERE.
    (Note the dates. Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Gina K. Designs is offering a FREE stamp set to my viewers!! Shop HERE.
    (Good for orders over $50 – just add “JENNIFER” into the instruction box at checkout.)

Let’s talk crafty tools…

[Warning: This video is VERY long. You can instead just check out the products below. All 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 store icons under the product images.

BASIC TOOLS

Here are some tools that are essentials or very helpful when cardmaking:

Penblades
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips
[ SSS | ELH ]
Fiskars Titanium Micro Tip Scissors
[ SSS | ELH ]
T-Ruler
[ SSS ]
Large Black Work Surface
[ AMZUS ]
Tonic Easy Clean Mat
[ SSS ]
Cutting Board
[ AMZUS ]
Scor Buddy
[ ELH | SSS ]
Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS | ELH ]
Micropore Tape
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Tombow Monosand Eraser
[ SSS ]
Adhesive Eraser
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
Embossing Magic Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Coffee Filters
[ SSS ]
Swiffer Dusting Cloths
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Handvac
[ AMZUS ]
Handvac Option 2
[ AMZUS ]
Jewel Picker
[ SSS | ELH ]
Bead Tray
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Sprayer
[ SSS | ELH ]
Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Blending Sponges
[ SSS ]
Full Sticky Post It Notes
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Post It Tape
[ SSS ]
Avery Removable Ahdesive Sheets
[ AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS | ELH ]
Fiskars Premium Cut Line Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
[ SSS | ELH ]
Carl Heavy Duty Rotary Trimmer
[ SSS | AMZUS ]

STAMPING TOOLS

Here are the tools I find most helpful when stamping…

MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH | MSW ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ MSW ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH | MSW ]
MISTI Stickers
[ SSS | MSW ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH | MSW ]
Gina K Longer Acrylic Block
[ GNK ]
Catherine Pooler Acrylic Blocks
[ CTH ]
Studio Katia Round Acrylic Block
[ SHR ]
Simon Says Stamp Acrylic Blocks
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Ultra Clean
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
[ SSS | ELH | LWN ]
Salt Box for Shammy
[ AMZUS ]
Salt Cellar for Shammy
[ AMZUS ]
Kirklands Baby Wipes
[ AMZUS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS | AMZUS ]

DIE CUTTING TOOLS

I use die cutting as much as I use stamping on my cards. Here are some helpful tools to consider…

Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Plates
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Embossing Mat
[ SSS ]
Gemini Die Cutting Machine
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Sidekick Die Cutting Machine
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
[ SSS | ELH ]
Flush Wire Cutters
[ SSS ]
Your Next Die Wire Cutters
[ SSS ]
Handvac
[ AMZUS ]
Handvac Option 2
[ AMZUS ]
Micropore Tape
[ SSS | AMZUS ]

GIFT GUIDE

This list of Favorite Crafty Things makes a great gift guide for holiday shopping. Just forward on this link or print the page and circle what you are interested in. Don’t forget the discount codes above, too!

I have a few more days of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2016, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Throughout this series, I will have prizes!

Today I have a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/17 telling me what crafty tool you could not craft without. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post on my blog 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! Prizes are personally donated.)

See you soon!

[Please note that I purchased most of the products in this post personally, but not all. Regardless, the decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies. For more info, visit HERE. If you have questions, please email me.]


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490 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2017 — Tools”

  1. My all time favourite crafting tool that I just can’t live without are my fiskers titanium micro tip scissors. Mine are years old and still going strong.

  2. I watched your video and then noticed the fiskers scissors on sale when I was out shopping. Wow, I love them and am not sure how I lived without them now.

  3. Jennifer, it’s the MISTI without a doubt. I use it every time I make a card!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!…. and thank you for all of your videos!

  4. My misti stamping tool has become my most used tool i’ve ever had. I’ve never been a very good stamper and this has saved me endless frustration.

  5. I love my Fiskers cutter that purchase several years ago after seeing you using one. I also love my Gemini, I was starting to have pain in my hands when I had to do a lot of die cutting and this machine has saved me! Thanks so much!

  6. THANK YOU for sharing – I really appreciate learning what really works from your experience!
    I confess that I am torn, my creative world changed when I got my Big Shot and it changed again when I got my MISTI, BOTH are now ESSENTIALS. I think I would have to say my MISTI, because it has made my stamping both fun and neat and allowed me to be even more adventurous with my ink blending and give my Copic markers a good workout too 🙂

  7. I couldn’t stamp straight if my life depended on it… nor would I get a perfectly inked image. I love my MISTI… I never stamp without it! I enjoyed this video and have added many suggestions to my wish list. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Jennifer!

  8. Thank you for your video on your favorite Tools. All your videos are informative and inspiring. My basic crafting tools are the Cuttlebug die cutting machine, Fiskar Paper Trimmer, and the MISTI. These are my go to tools for each card project.

  9. Oh…. my early Christmas gift from my husband has been a life saver and has allowed me to get some Christmas gifts completed. My Tim Holtz stamping platform! I am not the best stamper and I always have issues lining the blocks up for a second time. This tool is by far a “can not live without.”

  10. My favorite crafty tool that I can’t live without would have to be my paper trimmer. I can’t cut straight to save my life so having one makes my card making less stressful. After watching your videos I’m going to purchase a Misti so I think that might be my favorite tool next year.

  11. The Misti is just a fantastic tool! I love seeing all the techniques it can be used for but the main benefit for me is that I can restamp if I mess up!

  12. Hi Jennifer,
    I am using the Fiskars Premium Cut Paper Trimmer you recommended and am looking for the replacement blades. Can you share which should I go for? The Titanum or the Triple Track Cutting blades or the refill Blades. I found so many on Simon Says Stamp site, I am now confused. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family.

  13. Gosh, I just couldn’t decide on one item, so I picked two! My MISTI and the teflon bone folder are fabulous. I purchased both with your recommendation and you did not steer me wrong. Thank you so much.

  14. I could not craft without my Big Shot. Love, love, love it! I have recently purchased a Misti Mini also and really love it. I am so enjoying your blog and Youtube videos. Your tips and techniques are so inspiring. Thanks Jennifer!

  15. Regarding the Salt Saver, if you google “Prepara – ‘Pop Savor’ Salt or Herb Saver with Spoon” there are a few places that it is available, some are different colours but they are this same style with the pop down silicone lid like your red one. I purchased one from Victorias Basement on ebay in Australia 🙂

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