Did You Know? Fun Facts and Crafty Tips! December 2018 Edition

Hello crafters!!! It’s Shari Carroll here bringing you the December 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!


Oxide DIY Pad

We all love our Oxide Distress inks, and now there is a NEW uninked custom pad that you can fill with your favorite colors. Create a custom blend ink pad using your Distress Oxide Reinkers. Select a couple of coordinating colors and apply the ink directly to the dry felt pad. Allow ink to absorb into the ink pad; re-ink as needed.

The DIY Oxide Ink Pad can be easily indexed by inking top label with a brayer, Ink Blending Tool or swiping with the inked pad.  Have fun creating your own custom color ink pad to use with some of your favorite techniques.


Fiskars Trimmer, Bone Folder

This is not just a paper trimmer to me, I use it all the time to score my papers. It’s especially handy for larger sheets. There is a track that the cutting blade follows, I use this track with my bone folder to crease my cardstock.  For precise scoring increments, use the ruler as a guide.


T Square Ruler

This is one of those tools that I really need. As much as I stamp and create projects I really struggle with lining things up. Do you have the same battles?  I use a T Square ruler all the time. Place the T Square on the edge of your card or project and use the ruler as a guide for perfect alignment!


Post It Roll

This Post-it tape is ideal for masking stamped images, especially with the 2-inch width, thin paper, and repositionable tack. If you want to make masks for larger stamp images, just overlap the tape to create the size you need.  I also use this tape to hold dies in place for die cutting and to block out areas of my stencils. I reuse the tape over and over again. The packaging comes with a cutting blade so you can pull out as much as you need and cut it away from the roll. 


Silicone Holster

Using hot tools in your craft space can be tricky and possibly dangerous. The Silicone Holster is my answer to storing my heat tool once I’ve used it. I drop it hot side down into the heat resistant pocket. It has vents at the bottom that allows the heat to escape. The top portion has a shiny side that sticks to work surfaces so you can place it close by for easy access.


Did you know that in 2008, Simon Says Stamp started producing stamps?  One of the first sets made was Terra’s Penguins named after Terra, the then President of Sales who had a love for all things Penguins! It’s enjoyable to look back to see where the Simon brand of stamps began and where we are today.

Terra's Penguins


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!


Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad DIY…
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  1. I like this “Did You Know?” feature and the suggestions! The Teflon Bone Folder is definitely on my wish list! My original one has seen better days! Thanks for the tips!

  2. I love my Fiskars trimmer – and my Fiskars everything, especially their heavy duty craft scissors. I just got the holster – I am using it for my hot glue gun which has been getting more use lately. I should look into the post it tape as I am doing more masks lately! Thanks!

  3. We love having you around and sharing your tips! I’m only sad because I just found you in the last year or so! You’ve got great stamps and great ideas! Thank you

  4. Great tips Shari, I also can’t without my Fiskars paper trimmer and my T Ruler, that is such a simple tool but ohh so useful.
    Love the bonus fact, who doesn’t love Penguins and I almost can’t believe that SSS already started 10 years ago with making awesome stamps. Congrats with that anniversary and and I hope that many years will follow with beautiful stamps.
    Thank you for sharing and have a great Holiday Season.

  5. I just reintroduced the glue gun into my craftroom. We haven’t been on speaking terms for quite a while. I can see how that holster might save us more disagreements. Thanks, Shari!

  6. Thanks for sharing this informative info! I just purchased a Teflon bone folder, after finding one at a reasonable sale price. I couldn’t believe the difference it made, as I folded 76 Christmas cards! Easier to fold, crisp folds, it’s awesome.I hadn’t seen the heat tool holder, I have a drawer right night to my work surface that I have a Teflon mat on the inside, I put all my heat producing tools here, ones I use frequently I can even leave plugged in, leave the drawer part way open when I’m working and check the tool before closing the drawer.

  7. Ohhh…what great tips, especially using the trimmer to score and the post-it notes as masks. Thank you…and Merry Christmas!

  8. These are all great products and ideas, I would love to have the holster and the T-square ruler was something I needed for a long time, finally got it last year and use it ALL the time. Thanks for sharing.

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