No card today, folks. I spent yesterday working my real job and sleeping in my chair. My husband has been sick with a head cold and, in a gesture of pure spousal selflessness, shared it with me! As a result, I can’t breathe and my nose is dripping. Except when it’s completely plogged up. Which it is. Except when it isn’t. It a wondrous cycle of drip-plog-drip-plog….on and on. It’s a plumber’s nightmare. Or dream, depending on your perspective. Making a card requires breathing – and dripping on a card requires more Pearls and Rhinestones.
So I decided to just skip it.
Instead, I decided to share some of the items that I consider my “must-have-go-to” tools. If my craft table was a kitchen, these would be the utensils that I reach for every day. In the drawer closest to the stove! We’re talking the perfect wooden spoons. No the ravioli roller thingy that’s buried in a drawer somewhere. The rice paddle (yes, I keep that where I can find it – we do rice a lot!). Not the foley-steamer basket that I use approximately once every 5 years!
These are the things I keep where I can always find them. 🙂 These are in no particular order – just as I think of them:
- Ruler. I have a crafting ruler made by Tim Holtz. Well, it has his name on it, at least! It’s an awesome ruler – with markings, down to the 1/16″! I use it for every single project and it works like a charm!
- Craft Tweezers. This is a great tool for all those little persnickety jobs that we card-makers do every day. I love them for picking up and placing my Pearl and Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I use them to pick up little punched flowers. Or hold items while I put Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue on them. Couldn’t do without it!
- SU! Paper Snips. This Stampin’ Up! item simply rocks. I have a larger set of paper crafting scissors from Tim Holtz – and they’re great. But these little dudes are even better. For fussy cutting, they just can’t be beat! I confess that my Tim Holtz scissors don’t get a lot of use since I got these from Stampin’ Up! Not sure why they’re so much better except they’re smaller. They actually look a little like children’s safety scissors, but they’re sharp sharp sharp! Small size and good sharp blades – is an excellent combination!
- SU! Paper Trimmer. I first bought a Fiskars trimmer way back when I first started card making. And it worked…..pretty good! It took me the longest time to take the plunge and buy the Stampin’ Up version. And – Oh. My. Goodness! Who knew?? The cutting platform is a couple of inches wider than the Fiskars – which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it means that you don’t have to open the extension arm for every card (unlike the Fiskars – which I was always opening!). It has a scoring tool integrated right in it – on the Fiskars, I was trying to score lines with my bone folder…..not so bueno! This was definitely one of my best purchases and it holds a permanent spot on my crowded crafting table! And – you can even add a rotary attachment to it – which I’ve bought, but have yet to put on. One of these days!
- Sanding Block. This is another Tim Holtz branded item. Can you tell where/how I got my card-making start? Yes. You-Tube and Amazon. Then I found Stampin’ Up! and Amy Koenders. Anywho – this sander is super handy. It will smooth out rough cuts if your paper trimmer blade is a little past its prime – and who doesn’t push THAT as far as they can make it go? In Distress-land, it can help you add vintage touches to your card. I don’t do that very much, but I always have it nearby to tidy up the edges of my card bases and card front!
- SU! Grid Paper. When I started this crafting adventure, I bought a Ranger Silicone mat. Used it forever. Thought – “Oh, I don’t need paper under my craft area. I have my silicone mat!”. Well, I was a little misguided on that one! Now that I have the paper with the grid – I can stamp off any time – no looking for a piece of scrap paper. I can write down measurements as I take them, anytime. When I get ink on it (not that I ever do, since I’m so very neat and tidy when I stamp!), the ink dries right now – unlike the silicone mat which let it stay nice and juicy and…well, you know! So, I love this tool! I feel confident when I say that I’ll never NOT have a SU! Grid Page under my work area! 🙂
- SU! Embossing Buddy. This thing is a life-saver. Or a card-saver, at the very least! I love to heat emboss – and this little bag o’ powder will make all the difference in the world between having a clean emboss or having stray powder in places you don’t want it! Don’t emboss without it!
- Sponge Daubers. I like to sponge my cards. And edge the card stock. And I like to do it with the little sponge daubers. They’re easy to control and put pretty much where I want them. I have lots of them! And I recently bought a great little box to keep them in! It’s made by Darice and I got it from Amazon. Gotta love that Prime! 🙂
That’s a good start. Now – this is my list of UTENSILS! Not my APPLIANCES. Not my PANTRY. That’s a whole ‘nuther couple of lists of stuff. Includes things like my Big Shot (the work-horse of the whole shootin’ match!). The Heat Tool. My Many Marvelous Markers (oh, I can’t imagine my crafting life without them!) My Ott Lights. My go-to ink pad colors. My Pearls and Rhinestones!!! You know – things like that. Are you beginning to get a picture of the relative size of my crafting area? Or – the size my crafting area SHOULD be?! 🙂
Sorry to not have a card – but hopefully this list has been….informative, at least.
TTFN and I’ll see you tomorrow with a new project to share – I promise!
P.S. I counted 36 exclamation points in my 1608 word post. This is only in this section and doesn’t include the “!” at the end of Stampin’ Up! Which I have to put cause it’s a logo requirement. Can you say surfeit of enthusiasm? Sheesh. 🙁
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