Did You Know? Fun Facts and Crafty Tips! August 2019 Edition

Welcome! It’s Shari Carroll here bring you the August 2019 edition of our Did You Know series. 

If it’s your first time seeing this feature, each month we bring you fun facts, creative tips and even crafty hacks about your favorite supplies and brands; you can then use these awesome tips that you learn in your next crafting projects! Are you ready to learn some fun tricks? Keep on reading!

I’ve chosen a few of my favorite card making and painting products to share, plus some fun NEW tools!!


Yes!! I’m so thrilled that Tim is thinking of us lefties!! There are many tools that we have had to adjust to, scissors being one of them. These are a new item and there are two sizes available. The 7″ Snips, and the 5″ Mini Snips.  Tim has even included “Lefty” on the base of the blades.

These snips have the same non-stick coating to minimize adhesive build-up and serrated blades as the regular Tim Holtz snips. I use mine to cut through foam tape and have never had them get sticky. 

Suzy Plantamura Watercolor Cards

A new set of these exclusively designed cards comes out with every Simon Says Stamp release. Each themed pack comes with 12 designs printed on Tim Holtz Watercolor 4.25″x 5.5″ (A2) cards. You can color these cards with watercolors, watercolor brush pens, Copic markers, color pencils, and more. Whatever your favorite means of adding color to your projects, these cards can handle it. 

These are great for “on the go” painting and creating. 

To go with the Watercolor cards, I’ve also included Simon Says Stamp White A2 Side Fold and A2 Top fold pre-scored cards. Once you’ve colored your cards, you can adhere them to these 120# notecards. 

American Crafts Paper Fashion METALLICS Watercolors Set 

Do you like metallics? I sure do, especially with the holidays fast approaching. It’s always fun to add a little shimmer and shine to your cards and envelopes. 

This Watercolor set comes in a pretty gold-toned travel case, ready to add water and use and contains 12 beautiful translucent colors in Midnight Black, Shimmering Silver, Diamond White, Shimmering Pale Gold, Shimmering Gold Deep, Shimmering Summer, Shimmering Magenta, Shimmering Rose, Shimmering Lilac, Shimmering Blue, Shimmering Mint, and Shimmering Tropic. 

To go with these paints, I also really like the American Crafts Paper Fashion ROUND Paint Brush Set 1 and Assorted Paint Brush Set 2. I use them both depending on what I’m painting. The round brushes come in sizes 2, 4, 8, and 12. The assorted includes a round in size 1, a Filbert in size 2, and two Shaders in sizes 4 and 6.  

PhotoPlay A2 CARDBOX Maker’s Series

How fun are these? Boxes to hold cards!! Each kit comes with a decorative edge hinged box, 3 cards, and envelopes. The box comes all in one piece, prescored, lays flat and is ready to dress up with stamps, dies, and pattern papers. These boxes come in Black, White, and Kraft. 

I think they make a great holder for giving a set of handmade cards or to give to a friend with crafty supplies. 

We hope you have enjoyed this month’s installment of Did You Know?! Tune in again next month for a brand new edition of this fun series!

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  1. Such elegant card boxes! A great way to present handmade cards. I always love metallic or pearlescent water colours and love that Tonic has a set of lefty scissors – I have several of the Tim Holtz scissors and would love to get a set for my lefty, crafting friend too!

  2. Ahhh…I had no idea that Tim had come out with scissors for lefties! My hubby will be over the moon excited to learn this as he loves these scissors for cutting wallpaper! Thanks for all the great info, Shari!

  3. I always enjoy these crafty tips. I’m especially excited about the metallic watercolor set. I may have to give those a try.

  4. It is a fun fact to know that there are scissors for lefties. Though my left-handed daughter is not into paper crafting, these would be a fun little gift for her use. The American Crafts Metallic Watercolors look interesting too!

  5. Thanks for all the good notes on products. Glad they are making good left handed scissors! I am going to check out those cool watercolors, too. Love them on black. Have a good week-end!!

  6. My sister is a leftie. The scissors would make a great Christmas gift. he paintbrush set have great sizes for watercoloring and of course the set of Suzie’s watercolor cards are s useful and fun to paint. Thanks, Shari!!

  7. I have purchased MANY different left handed scissors, and have always been disappointed. I just might give these a try since they are from Tim Holtz and he always puts a lot of research and testing into products with his name on them.

  8. Love the left handed snipper scissors- perfect for family members that are lefties! I love the premade box for giving cards- great idea!

  9. I love this feature as it tells what we can do and how much you like certain items. I purchased the colored pencil sharpener as a result and just love it. I have several other items on my wish list. Thanks for all you do, SSS!

  10. Thank you so much for these tips! I have similar set of metallic watercolors and you’ve inspired me to play with them more. Thanks Shari!

  11. FINALLY! A product for me that I don’t have to turn upside down to use! Why hasn’t the world woken up for us lefties? Super happy for the scissors – now if Tim actually read my note about the Glass Media Mat – he’d get my $$! :)

  12. Suzy’s cards are my favorite!! I love the convenience of being able to take them and my color media anywhere. Plus she has a wide variety of card sets to pick from!

  13. Just ordered the left handed scissors a couple of days ago! Can’t wait to give them a try. Thank you, Shari, for being a great inspiration to us all!!

  14. Thanks for the tips! Just received my Suzy Plantamura Watercolor Cards today can’t wait to create with them.

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