Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cuttlebug Folder Storage

How do you store your Cuttlebug embossing plates? A while back, I decided with a growing collection I needed a more practical way to store them than keeping them in the cardboard and plastic sleeves and dragging them out each time. I saw several really great ideas on the internet, but I couldn't find any of the exact materials, or they required cricut design studio, which I do not have or plan to have. So I came up with my own idea!

I have to give Mr. Fiance the credit for this one - I showed him the size I needed and he found the perfect storage box. (Hobby Lobby). I have found that this method works really well and looks nice too. :)

* I begin by cutting kraft cardstock to 8 3/4" x 6". Score it at 4 3/8". You can do this using any scoring tool. This will form a folder.
* Round the top 2 corners of the folder at 1/2".
* Run one side of the folder through the Cuttlebug, with whatever plate you are going to store in that folder. NOTE: This must be matched up and done twice, as the embossing plate size is larger than the kraft folder.
* Cut tabs from From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridge. I use the round tab on page 55, (Row 3, # 8), cut at 1 1/2" with Real Dial Size ON.
* Score tabs in half and adhere to one folder at a time using ATG tape or similar adhesive. I alternate the colors of mine, and also stagger them in 3 rows.
* Insert each embossing plate in it's new folder.


I store my A, B, and C plates and a few dies behind the folders. I keep an index card with these measurements taped to the bottom of the box (in the photo, the wrong cricut information is written - please disregard). I also keep a small bag of extra tabs for when I get a new embossing plate.

Hope this helps someone! Thanks for reading.

Friday, July 8, 2011


Today is Friday. It's one of those Fridays where I completely, totally,100% grasp the momentum of the phrase, "TGIF!!!!!!!". (omg, what a week.)

I have been on a fanatical mini-card-kick this week. They're small and therefore adorable, and much quicker to whip up - what's not to love? Here are a couple:

Materials for WHAT'S UP mini card:
- Lemon Bliss Smoothies cardstock (Bazzill)
- Scoring Board & bone folder (Martha Stewart/EK Success)
- Grid Background stamp (Prima) & Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (Ranger)
- Tiny Alpha stamps (Stampendous) & Archival Jet Black Ink (Ranger)
- white, black, blue, and lt. blue scraps (Wausau Paper)
- Cricut Expression & From My Kitchen cartridge (Provo Craft)
- Ink Blending Tool & Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
- 2-way Glue Pen (Zig)
- Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)

Materials for MATRYOSHKA mini card:
- Green Tea Cardstock (Bazzill)
- Scoring Board & bone folder (Martha Stewart/EK Success)
- Cuttlebug & Perfectly Paisley Embossing folder (Provo Craft)
- navy, pink, brown, and flesh scraps (Wausau Paper)
- Cricut Expression & Simply Charmed cartridge (Provo Craft)
- 2-way Glue Pen (Zig)
- Glam Pink and True Blue Stickles (Ranger)

I'm undecided if I'm going to send these or create a little package for Etsy. Hrmmmm....either way, they're loads of fun. :) And OH! I almost forgot - they fit in these envelopes!! Love.

Thank 'smuch for reading! Happy Friday, ya'll.

Monday, July 4, 2011


Here's a Graduation card I did recently -- I also made decorations that coordinate with this card, for Josh's grad open house. It turned out really clean and sophisticated!

That's homemade baker's twine (!) for the 'tassle', and black enamel accents to distinguish the spelling of 'grad'.

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Josh and I took a mini-trip to our old college town and Little Nashville this weekend. Pretty sure it goes without saying that I spent the majority of my visit in Wishful Thinking and Papertrix (my two favorite craft stores EVER!). Seriously, if you're ever in the area, you have to check them both out. They are both so amazingly unique and packed with so many goodies.

I want to send out a special 'HELLO' to Amy, a new follower of my blog! I met Amy while I was shopping in one of my 2 favorite crafty stores, Papertrix, where she works. YAY, Amy, thanks for a great visit to Papertrix, and for following my blogging journey. I can't WAIT to come visit Nashville again!

thanks for reading!