Did You Know? Fun Facts & Crafty Tips! March 2019 Edition

Hello crafters, it’s Nina-Marie here with you today, bringing the latest edition of Did You Know?!

If it’s your first time seeing this feature, each month we will be bringing 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!


While this may look like a standard ruler, the details included in this MISTI Cut-Align are not to be overlooked! Not only are there accurate measuring guides, such as a centering ruler, a standard inch measurement and a grid, but there is one specific feature of this tool that makes it even more amazing! The Cut-Align has a groove designed specifically to keep a hand-held craft knife in place when cutting; no more imperfect cuts from your knife skipping off a standard ruler!


Our Simon exclusive Sentiment Strips are a 4-sheet assortment of greetings, each sheet with its own collection of themed sentiments. These greetings can be cut with scissors or a trimmer, but did you know that you could also use our Simon exclusive Sentiment Labels die set to cut them out with one easy pass through your die cutting machine?! 


You may want to consider looking at your paper trimmer differently! The Fiskars Trimmer has a blade groove that can be doubled as a scoring tool! Simply line up your paper and run your stylus or bone folder overtop… Voila!


If you love to cut textiles, ribbons and more, Tim Holtz has unveiled his latest tool; The Haberdashery Scissors! Did you know that these snips are designed especially for those of you who could use a pair of scissors dedicated to those supplies? No more struggling to cut with scissors that have been worn down by paper! 


Altenew’s Watercolor Palette is an inexpensive tool that has so many uses! A few of my favorite ways to utilize this palette are: 

  1. as a palette for watercolors and inks, because the surface is clear and shows the true colors
  2. to use as a board for coloring a project when I am away from my desk 
  3. as a slick surface for ink smooshing techniques; the large palette is especially handy for this! 

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. Wow…great info! It helps have an ah-hah moment. Thanks so much for helping us crafters to extend our supplies :-)

  2. I LOVE this segment on SSS! THANKS NINA! You are keeping us up to date on the latest in tools, AND giving us Quick Tips that help us do the craft we love! ;)

  3. I have the Misti tool but have to
    confess that I’ve not used it yet.
    I’m looking forward to doing so,
    I have trouble keeping my lines
    straight when I’m cutting a
    sentiment. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Thank you very much for these monthly tip emails. They not only offer good tips to use in crafting but also brings to the forefront tools and supplies we don’t that would make great additions to our craft rooms.

  5. My husband, Dennis, Purchased a Fiskars Trimmer, to replace a worn – out 17 year old trimmer. I only used it to trim cards. Then, I would pull out my Scoring tool, to score. Now, I can leave that last step out. Score one for Dennis!

  6. I look forward to each month’s tips. Sometimes we just don’t think outside the box and it is nice to have someone point it out to us. It also sheds light on tools I already have and neglect to use. Please keep this going! Thanks!

  7. Thanks so much for these crafty tips! The Misti Cut-Align ruler just shot to the top of my wish list!

  8. Love this new feature! I have learned several new ideas from reading this one and can’t wait to put them to use. Thanks, Nina-Marie!

  9. Just purchased the large memory misti from your store and can’t wait to try. Love all the ideas especially the new ruler! A real must-have! Thanks for sharing all those tips!

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