Notes From The Edge…#1

Just a bunch of odd and ends running through my head….

01. Today in the mail I received three Cricut Lite cartridges that I ordered via I added ‘Cupcake Wrappers’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, and ‘Handy Man’ to my collection. I am now only missing one of the Lite cartridges–‘Wildlife’–which is also on order from Walmart. I wasn’t sure I was going to get them all (or so goes the delusion I tell myself), but like everything else I cave.

02. I also received my set of Fall 2010 Limited Edition Mini-Cartridges (‘H2O’, ‘Pumpkin Carving’ and ‘October 31st’) that I ordered from Scrapper’s Must Haves. There are some great images that will be ultra fun for Halloween cards and decorations.

03. When I went to register my new cartridges and enter my Cricut Rewards certificates, my point total crossed that magical line. I had 8010 points. I stopped and thought for about ten minutes before I did it. I placed an order for the infamous Gold Cricut Expression machine. I hesitated for a moment, since I already have two Expression machines (the original, and a green one). But, I knew that if I didn’t order one, I’d be kicking myself. Not to mention, it would be my luck that they would go out of stock tomorrow. So, I figured I shouldn’t wait. So, I placed the order and it went through. So, I’m hoping that I’ll be finding a golden box (lol) on my doorstep in the near future. When I get him, I’ll be sure to let you know. Now, the dilemma becomes: Should I use it?

04. I also received a box of some the new 2010-2011 stamp set offerings and ink colors from Stampin’ Up! So, I’ll have plenty of new images to play with. But, one of my favorite things I received is the new storage case for the Stampin’ Up! acrylic block set. I’ll share some pictures and information about it in an upcoming posts. It is a handy and useful storage case though–and I think I’m really going to love it.

05. Have a wonderful Tuesday wherever you are. The humidity is terrible here at the moment. I hope that provides the impetus for me to stay in and craft. Make something for someone who isn’t expecting it. It’s the best feeling when you know that someone is thinking about you in this dog-eat-dog World we all live in.


Stampin’ Up! Pretties Kit

Several people have asked questions about the stick pin on one of the cards in my previous entry (the “Adore” card). It was actually made by me using a Stampin’ Up! kit that is highly underrated, yet offers so many opportunities to enhance your crafting projects. It is called the “Pretties Kit” and the item number is #109114.

I have to admit that I love jewelry–both design and collecting. Stick pins have always been a favorite even though they are not as popular as they once were. Stick pins are the perfect accessory to add to a card or scrapbook page. They add immense sparkle and visual interest with very little additional bulk. Of course, you don’t really want to use vintage stickpins for such purposes. That is where this kit comes in handy.

Included in the Stampin’ Up! Pretties kit are the following:

■ White fabric flowers: 50 (5 sizes, 10 each)
■ Halfback White pearls: 60 (30 small, 20 medium, 10 large)
■ Halfback Cream pearls: 60 (30 small, 20 medium, 10 large)
■ Round White pearls with holes: 45 (30 small, 15 large)
■ Round Cream pearls with holes: 45 (30 small, 15 large)
■ Clear beads: 40 (10 round beads with center hole, 10 round beads with side hole, 20 tear drop beads)
■ Round Rhinestone brads: 50 (20 small, 15 medium, 15 large)
■ Hat pins with clutches: 10
■ Spacer beads: 30

All of the items come packaged in a handy storage tin. The ten (10) hat pins and clutches allow you to create your own stickpins using either the pearls and crystals that come in the kit–or using your own favorite or special beads. I have to admit, playing with this kit is almost as fun as actually making a finished project. The Pretties Kit (#109114) is available from your favorite Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for $ 29.95. (You are also more than welcome to shop my on-line boutique–a link to which can be found under the “Contact Me” link on the right sidebar of my website).

As always, have fun playing and crafting!

Organizational Tip #234

As crafters, we all share one seemingly dwindling resource: space. Space as in storage space. We move, resort, reshuffle, organize, stack, file, and container ourselves to death. But, I suppose that’s one of the hazards of the daring sport that is paper crafting. 🙂

Last night, I spent a “few” hours reorganizing some of my storage shelves in anticipation of the arrival of a huge order of Stampin’ Up! cardstock that UPS should be leaving on my doorstep later today. Of course, that meant I had to purchase more Cropper Hopper paper organizers. Then to make room for the new organizers, I had to sort through my boxes of rubber and acrylic stamps to pull out the sets that can be stored elsewhere as they are not needed in this particular season. Sorting the stamps, led to more labels, more jewel cases. This led to reorganizing my Scraponizer paper storage boxes, which then…..I’m already exhausted again just typing this! But, you get the picture…and more importantly…I’m sure you can relate. Why can’t we all just have endless space and ever-expanding rooms?

This all reminded me that I had a storage tip some of you might find handy to tame your beasty craft rooms/spaces. This particular idea is for storing (what I’m sure) is a massive collection of Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders (and even some A2 dies). When I first started out with the Cuttlebug, I knew almost immediately that buying embossing folders was going to be as addictive as every other crack craft habit I have. Then, of course, ProvoCraft couldn’t leave well enough alone and decided I needed 5″ x 7″ and border embossing folders as well. This was followed by exclusive Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folders….and there you go. The world once again tips on its axis.

Of course, I started out putting my embossing folders in “a” basket. This basket soon behaved inappropriately and multiplied. Then they became unruly and easy to tip over and clumsy to manipulate. Then, I took notice of the storage binder designed specifically to hold Cuttlebug folders and related paraphernalia. Of course, I quickly calculated that I’d need more storage pages than would fit in one binder…or two…or. So, I went on a search for the perfect storage solution. I’m not sure if it is perfect, but it compact, sturdy and most definitely functional.

My solution was actually found at the Sizzix website. One day, while browsing for storage options for my Bigz and Bigz XL dies (that an entirely different horror story for another time), I came upon these nifty cloth covered wooden boxes that were designed to store such dies. However, by the time my order arrived, I had planned a completely different use for the boxes. It turns out that the large Sizzix Accessory storage boxes will hold all shapes and sizes of embossing folders quite perfectly. The large storage box measures 6 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ x 9 1/4″ and will hold the standard A2 embossing folders vertically and the lid fits right on the box. Well a bit of playing around and I discovered the 5″ x 7″ folders will fit perfectly on their sides stored horizontally. Additionally, the Cuttlebug A2 dies fit as well. The boxes are available in brown, pink, tan and black. I chose the brown (#655392). The boxes retail for $17.99 a piece–which when you consider they are sturdy wooden boxes that are then covered in cloth–is not that bad of a price point. The best thing is that if your patient, the storage boxes are continually on sale on the website. I actually purchased mine for $5.99. I’ve also seen them, at various times, in the $7.99-$9.99 range on sale. (More on that in a second.)

To organize my Cuttlebug/Sizzix folders, I write the names of the particular design on the front of the folder itself in permanent marker. This makes it easy to find and remember what you are looking for. I then alphabetize them according to size and store them in the Sizzix boxes.

Well, I hope that may have given someone an idea or a storage solution to make your life a bit easier as your constantly strive to rearrange and reorganize. I fear I may be an organizational junkie. Which begs the question: Just how many addictions can one man have? Which, in turn, begs the answer: Don’t answer.

Check back tomorrow for Giveaway #4 and may your day be filled with organization and less stress. KC!

{P.S.: It just so happens when I was writing this post, I realized there is a current coupon code (for today only) to use on these storage boxes. If you use the code “SC39” at check-out, you can get the boxes for $9.00, instead of the usual $17.99. Talk about serendipity…}