This is my list of recommended tools for scrapbooking and cardmaking. 

Whenever I create a card or altered project, these are the basic list of tools that I have on hand to help me get things done.

Inkssentials Craft Mat
Ranger Inkssentials Craft Mat

Ranger Industries Inkssentials Craft Mat
A nonstick heat resistant mat for all of your embossing, distressing, and craft needs.
This mat should be the first thing any beginner picks up if they're interested in embossing or distressing techniques.

Glass Cutting Mat
Slice Glass Cutting Mat 12x12

Slice Glass Cutting Mat
This cutting mat is impressive and smooth! The glass is durable and versatile. This mat can be used with craft knives and is recommended for circle cutters.

The mat I use is 12x12, but come in other sizes specifically for the Slice machine. I do not use the slice machine, but use the mat that was made for it.

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Wanting to round corners of thick chipboard or other materials?

This heavy duty corner rounder can do it all. Cut both corners of a card (front and back) at the same time, or cut thick materials such as acrylic or chipboard.

Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Scissors
Tonic Spring-cut Scissors

Tonic micro tip scissors
Hand cutting items can be such a pain.
These ergonomically designed micro tipped scissors makes cutting easy and pain free.

Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Big Shot by Sizzix

Big Shot by Sizzix
Die cutting machine - perfect for thin or medium thickness material.  Use with dies from different companies by using the multi-purpose platform tool.

Copic Markers
Copic Markers

Copic Markers
I use Copic Markers to color stamped images after stamping with a waterproof ink such as Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black or Stazon Jet Black inks.

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Cameo
This item is by far one of the most expensive tools on this list, it is also the most versatile.

You can design your own cuts or download templates die direct from the Silhouette Online Store.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus and Craft Knife
These handles are soft on hands and tough on paper.  The ergonomic grips are easy to hold and nestle in your fingers just right.

Handles are interchangeable with their other tools, such as a piercer, stylus, art knife, and more.

Disclaimer: The tools or products listed are items that I have purchased for my own use. I have not received these items to review or endorse. As with any product, you should do your research first by looking at prices, reviews, and demonstrations before purchasing.