Tools I Use Currently

I just updated my FAQ page with this info, but thought it also might need a post by itself for those of you who read my blog feed and don’t make it to the ole blog too often. :)

What tools do you use?

Cutting Mat – Cutting Mat from Stampin’ Up! (everyday use); Magnetic Precision Cutting Mat from BasciGrey (scrapbooking)
Corner Rounder PunchCorner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers
Scissors for ribbon – Craft & Paper Scissors from Stampin’ Up!
Scissors for everything else – Paper Snips from Stampin’ Up!
AdhesivesTombow Mono (tape runner), Tombow Mono Multi Glue (liquid glue), Mini Glue Dots (for buttons and small items), and Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dimensional adhesive)
Bone Folder – Bone Folder from Stampin’ Up!
Scoring Tool: Scoring Board from Martha Stewart Crafts
Cutting Knife – Hobby Blade from Stampin’ Up!
Circle Cutter: Simple Circle Cutter from Martha Stewart Crafts
Paper Cutter12″ Guillotine Trimmer from Tonic
White Gel PenUni-Ball Signo Broad
T-Square Ruler - See this entry
Digital Cutting MachineSilhouette
Diecut MachineSizzix Big Shot

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  1. Wow thanks I was just asking about that!!

  2. Hey .. I was just wondering .. I see you use alot of rubber stamps and you have some sort of black thing that you help you to line things up … can you please tell me what that is?

  3. Hey Kristina…would you mind doing a post about why you switched from the Silhouette to the Cricut? I’m in the market for a Digital Cutting Machine and would LOVE to hear your input on it. Thanks!

    • Purely just because the Cricut cuts 12″ wide. That’s the main reason. :)

      • Hey Katie!
        I have the Silhouette and i really love love it! The cool thing about the silhouette is that you buy and download the images from and when u open the program they’re in your inbox….it’s awesome! And believe me, they have the CUTEST images!!

        The only thing is it doesn’t do 12′ wide paper. I’m sorta kinda in a way want a cricut for that reason.

  4. Thanks Kristina! I took your advice on the Tombo Multi Glue that I asked you about last week…I ordered 4 bottles! Thanks! :)

  5. Thank you! I was just wondering what adhessive I should be using…I’m starting to sell my cards and want a secure bond…is this the best hold for the money, you think?

    I just discovered SU!’s dimensionals…i’ve been missin out! BTW, i’m Brandi White-you inspire me :)

    i’ll be @

    happy stamping!

    • I use Tombow Mono tape runner and haven’t had any problems. However, other people who use the same adhesive do have problems with it not holding. I think it works for me because I’m not shy about slapping lots of adhesive on there. And then I press the pieces of card stock together really well. Just my experience. :)

  6. Your tutorials have sold me on the Cricut Expression! I got one this week, and I can’t stop playing with it! Thanks!

  7. Thank you so much!!! That´s exactly what I was looking for. Now I´ll try to find them in Spain.
    Thanks again for sharing your art and your tips, always fantastic!!!!

  8. At last! Have been looking everywhere in the UK for the T square rule, they’re either massive or ridiculously expensive. It was cheaper for me to order 2 from Blicks, with Int shipping, than it was to buy one here! Thanks so much. C x

  9. Thank you for telling us your supply list! I was really wondering which paper trimmer you are using and how do you think about it! I am bothered by the fact that I can tell that my trimmer isn’t trimming straight… I have heard good things about the Tonic one that you are using and am thinking about switching to it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. My must haves for stamping are:

    Cutting Mat from SU
    Cuttlebug and Nesties.
    Versa Mark
    Tombo Adhesive
    Fiskars corner rounder squeeze punch

    Finally the most essential item for me is what I call my “magic box”. It’s a simple pencil box found at Wal-Mart; but I keep all my most needed tools in it. My bone folder, my white gel pen, my blender pens and aqua painters, my 5″ ruler (junk drawer find that has become invaluable to me), edge distresser, tiny acrylic block, white crayon, rub on tool and finally my pencil. This way they are all together and I don’t have to search for them individually.
    Many of my tools have been inspired by you…thanks so much!

  11. With all the different tools you use, I’m curious to know what you think of Stampin’ Up!’s new IDA?

  12. Ok I am really between the Cricut and the Slice (leaning toward the Slice it is cheaper and what I can afford right now). I have gotten a few cards from my friend (she has a Cricut) and I don’t love how the thing seems to cut. I am really in between…what should a card maker…soon to be scrapbooker like me really need!

    • It’s completely up to you. I also have a Slice and haven’t used it in nearly a year. But that’s because I like to design my own things and then cut them. Currently, the Slice doesn’t allow you to hook it up to a computer, so the Cricut was the best bet for me. Although… the Slice cartridges are getting better and better. They’re super cute! :)

      • So, one last question! I am really looking to not spend a bunch of cash. Would the personal or create Cricut be a good bet for someone like me who will use it but doesn’t need a large cutting surface?

  13. ok! so i gotta question for ya K!

    Have you seen the new Gypsy by Cricut?

    Are you planning to get it?

    I was wondering & hoping that it would be compatible with The Silhouette but I did my research and it’s not…….bummer! (It would be super exciting if it did! Because i would just buy the cartridges and download it on the Gypsy and upload it to my pc and wa-la start cutting away!…lol!) But it’s not compatible! Bummer….oh! Well!

    Just thought I share with you!
    Let us know if you do get it!


    • I don’t think I would use a Gypsy enough to justify the cost. I only have a few cartridges as it is. But for people out there who have a TON of cartridges, I could totally see the appeal.

  14. Hi Cristina

    I’m looking for a chalk applicator you use in your cards. Where can I buy it?

    • Chalk applicator? I think I’ve only used chalks once and it was a super long time ago. Which card used the tool you’re asking about?

  15. What do you think of your paper trimmer. I’ve been wanting to get away from the typical blade that you run down the paper on a track. I have a guillotine trimmer at work and it works great (doesn’t pull your paper or anything) and I wonder if it would stay sharp with all the cutting I have to do.

  16. Hi Kristina, I’ve been on the hunt for white gel pens since your video. I found a Sukura white gel pen & a silver Sharpie. The Sukura is a little to fine a point for faux stitiching & the Sharpie is too thick for writing, but together they make a very nice pair of pens to have. Thank you for your demo or else I would not have known what to look for. It was a lot of help. Thanks very much. :-)

  17. First of all….love love love you! You are soo inspiring!
    Question – where do you find the white signo broad? I can only seem to find it available to buy on the net. I live in Vancouver, Canada – so wherever you buy it I probably won’t have the store here..but just thought I’d give it a shot!
    Thanks :)

  18. Ok…one more tool question… your circle stincle thingy…. not sure what its called. But it’s what you use to cut circles when your not using the punches. You use it with a cutting tool… what is the name and sizeof the one you use? I believe the last time I saw you use it was on the blue “just a note” card… I loved that card by the way… anyway, cant wait to get a T-squared ruler too! Thanks Kristina!

    • I use ProvoCraft’s Coluzzle circle cutting system. They’ve discontinued it, so it you find it somewhere, snatch it up!


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