1. Stampin' Scrub (102642) (and Stampin' Mist-102394)
I tell everyone I talk to about stamping, you need an easy way to clean your stamps or you won't be as likely to use them. The Stampin' Scrub (and mist) makes cleaning easy and FAST so you can change stamps and/or ink colors quickly. Spritz one side of the scrub with the mist to clean your stamp, then dry it quickly on the other side.
2. Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (101049)
I was a stamper for a number of years before I realized what a useful tool the SAMJ really is… and a customer convinced me that I needed one! Ever since, I highly recommend this tool for precise stamping and 2-step stamping. You won't know how you stamped without one!
3. Grid Paper (102787)
I used to only use my grid paper to protect my work surface from ink and adhesive, but more and more I find myself using the "grid" itself for measuring and lining up my projects. And one pad lasts forever… it comes with 100 sheets!
4. Scissors: Paper Snips (103579) & Craft Scissors (108360)
I am putting two different types of scissors together just because they are both so handy. The paper snips are great for nearly every type of cutting you will need to do, especially small areas. However, the craft scissors are perfect for cutting ribbon… so much so that you will sometimes hear them referred to as "ribbon scissors!"
4b. Paper Cutter (104152)
Also an important cutting tool, I can't live without my paper cutter (sometimes called a paper trimmer). It makes quick and precise work of larger cutting projects.
5. Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
A week or so ago, when my first Big Shot was broken and I was waiting for my new one to arrive, I really really realized just how often I use this die-cutting machine. Whether I'm using dies or embossing folders, there aren't many projects I make without this tool.
Honorable Mention: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
The Simply Scored Tool is a new item offered by Stampin' Up!, and honestly I wasnt' sure how much I would use it. I had gone so many years already without a scoring tool, so I figured it wouldn't be something I used very often. I don't make tons of 3D projects that need scoring. I use this tool ALL the TIME now that I have it. Even just to quickly score a card base.
If you have any questions about any of the above tools, shoot me an email or leave me a comment. You can also tell me in the comments what tools YOU can't live without in your crafting!