Brenda left a comment and asked me about the tools I use the most - the ones that survived the Big Tool Purge of '14. Thanks, Brenda, for asking!
So here are the tools I use 90% of the time - the first three are on my desk, the Vag is on a table to my right, and the MISTI is in a rolling storage cart on my left:
- Daylight Lamp
- Making Memories 17" x 23" craft mat
- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer
- Vagabond die-cutting machine
- Martha Stewart mini-scoring board
I love my MISTI so much, the paper trimmer is beginning to get nervous!
All these bad boys are in my Making Memories tool carousel (I LOVE this caddy!):
- Tim Holtz scissors by Tonic
- Awl (Cathy Andronicou calls this her "little pokey tool")
- Non-Stick Silicone Mat for glue tape (keeps tape runner adhesive from getting everywhere)
- CutterBee detail scissors
- Teflon Bone folder (accept no substitute!)
- EK Success tweezers
- Centering ruler
- Water brush
- Clean tooth brush (for removing chads from dies)
Here are the tools I use 50% of the time:
- Milwaukee Heat Gun
- Glass cutting mat
- Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife
- Mini Perfect Layers
- Creating Memories spatula
- Small acrylic stamp mounts
- Pencil sharpener
- Electric eraser
- Packet of needles (in various sizes)
I also have technique-specific tools that don't have an "absolute" rating. I get on these kicks where I'll do nothing but one technique for a few weeks until I over-stuff myself on it. (During these times, they're 90%-er tools.) But then I'll move onto another thing and these tools will promptly lie dormant for awhile (0%-ers). However, I know I'll need them again, so purging them would be impractical. I use them enough, though, that they average out to 50%-er tools, I suspect.
- 1 set Claudine Hellmuth Studio Brushes
- Silver Black Velvet squirrel brushes
- Tim Holtz mini-round foam ink applicators
- Inky toothbrush (for spattering)
- Marker Spritzer
- Ranger Mini-Misters
And here are the tools that I don't use in the actual production of cards but are necessary:
- Button Shank remover (to separate dies)
- Kai scissors (for sheets of red rubber stamps I cut and mount myself)
- Husqvarna sewing machine and serger (once a seamstress, always a seamstress)
- Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (I use those tiny little staples with other things in my life.)
Not included in the list above (because they aren't a part of yesterday's Box Challenge) are:
- Embossing folders
Their time is coming, but it's not today - lol! Purging is hard enough without trying to start off with the most fun stuff, you know?
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!
This is a series of articles concerning some changes I've made to increase the quality of my papercrafting experience. I hope something here will speak to you!
- Maximizing the Papercrafting Experience
- MPE: Cardstock and Ink Reformation
- MPE: Box Challenge #1 - Tools
- MPE: My Box Challenge #1 Tools