New Tools

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     After years of trying to make the correct sizes for matte cards and fed up with rising costs of pre-made folded cardstock, I finally broke down and bought a scoreboard. As usual, I researched the different ones out in the marketplace: ScorePal, Martha Stewarts’s Scoring Board, Crafters Companion Ultimate Tool.

     I first saw the Crafters Companion ScoreBoard while TV channel surfing and ultimately watched the demonstration on HSN. It all seemed so easy! But the cost seemed a tad too high. I searched my favorite on-line stores and “brick and mortar” and ultimately ordered and have since received Martha Stewart’s Scoring Board.

     What I like:     not overly big in size, 1/8” channels, stylus and envelope maker storage, crisp, clean lines, tutorial videos and finally price.

     What I didn’t like:  hardly anything so far!

‘Til next time,



PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting. Tools

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     While researching this article, I discovered that the world of scrapbooking/stamping tools had grown while I was doing other things!  The category is long:  paper trimmers, punches, template and stencils, sticker machines, scissors, light boxes, crimpers. The most prominent manufactures are Martha Stewart, EK success HotofPress, Ranger, WeR Memory Xyron,  and Marvy.  Because the list Is long, I am going to talk about punches, scissors and paper trimmers.

New on the market is the AdvantEdge from Fiskars. More information is on their website: According to their site, “Magnetic paper clamp secures paper during punching ” and works with a variety of border punches. The prices look pretty reasonable.

     Their Everwhere Punch Window System cam be found on http://www I refer to this tool as an early die cut. It creates window cards with magnetic base and locks in place. The punches are circle, honey-comb, lattice, and heart.

Intricate shape punches look a little like Spellbinders dies.

Border Punches are quite unique. The types are weave, lace heart, grass (one of my favorites)  and are priced at about $15 each.

Squeeze Punches are handheld and are medium, large and extra large. Some of their types are scallop, hearts and are priced at about $19 each.

Corner Punches really spark your cardstock. They make decorative edges or rounded ones.

Paper Trimmers -There are many different ones out there. There are different features to each one. Some questions town ask yourself to determine which one Is practical for you are:

  •      Is it easy to store?
  •      Is it light enough to carry?
  •      Is it easy to use?
  •      Does it give a really good precise finish to your card?
  •      How many blades and are they easy to change?

My favorite is the Fiskar Portable Rotary Trimmer. It comes width a straight blade but you can buy scallop, perforating, and scoring.

Scissors -buy paper scissors AND cuticle scissors for fussy cutting. Decorative scissors have lots of different edge.

More next time.