Saturday, November 5, 2011
It's all about the tools....and how you use them!
Today, I have been diligently working on some Thanksgiving cards. I saw this super-cute idea while I was at a Stampin' Up party at Deb's, and had to see if I could scrap-lift it! :o)
As I busily began cutting, punching, scoring, assembling, etc., the tools I was using really started to add up, and I felt like they needed their own post. It's hard to pick ONE favorite tool, but I would have to say that definitely my MOST USED tool is my guillotine-style paper cutter. I gave up the notion that one of the "travel" paper cutters would be my best friend a long time ago, especially since I work in a school, and use the guillotine-style ones all the time. I LOVE them!!! My husband bought me mine for my birthday,about 9 years ago, and it's heavy-duty and going strong (yes, he looked at me like I was crazy then, and asked if I didn't want something prettier. LOL)!
Another favorite tool of mine is the Martha Stewart Score Board. This handy tool allows you to score cards, projects, envelopes, etc. (pretty much anything you want to make), with ease!
Today, I happened to be using the Stampin' Up Owl and Butterfly punches, along with two other EK Success border punches, a Stampin' Up ink pad with sponge (to add soft brown to the project), the Xyron sticker-maker (adhesive), reverse tweezers, regular wet and dry adhesives, and a white uni-ball pen to add accents.
Because I knew that I was making around 20 of these cards, I rummaged the kitchen, and found my neat square divided tray, so that I could punch, assemble and organize everything instead of having a mess on my table and searching for pieces later. I would really recommend some kind of tray or divided storage when working on mass-production projects to keep everything where it needs to be.
Hope you enjoy your tools as much as I do! Crafting really IS all about the cool tools, even though they rarely get the spotlight. I can't wait to share what all these fun pieces turned into! :o) ~Hoppy Crafting!!!