I love my crafting tools and really get annoyed when they let me down. I was busily working on Christmas cards last week when my Cuttlebug gave out. I was mass producing cards and it was working fine cutting my circle dies then all of a sudden it wasn’t! The “sandwich” wouldn’t feed. I hadn’t done anything differently; it just stopped feeding.
I checked with my old pal, Google. Apparently, one of the gears worked itself out of place. Google led me to a YouTube showing how to fix it. I didn’t know where to find the allen wrench or Loctite, so I asked my husband to do it when he got home from work. (Luckily, I have an electronic die cutter, the eBosser, and was able to keep working on my cards.) The YouTube is excellent, by the way, and easy to follow. My husband had my Cuttlebug up and running in no time! Here’s the YouTube in case your Cuttlebug breaks.
Secondly, I was annoyed at my new Tim Holtz Tonic paper trimmer. I watch Kristie Marcotte’s videos and her paper trimmer looked like exactly what I wanted for a portable paper trimmer — small enough to fit on my lap desk while watching TV but long enough to handle 12 x 12 paper, and durable. She’s had the same one for years and it really gets a workout. Kristie places her trimmer on the right side of her work space, just like I do. She trims off tiny slivers of her cardstock mats when she doesn’t place the patterned paper exactly centered. That’s what I need to do, too. I asked for the same one for Christmas.
It makes a nice, sharp cut, but my problem was the handle didn’t go up far enough for me to see where the blade would hit on the paper. The blade got in the way of my view. I had to look from directly above the blade to see where the cut would be. The problem was in the design. There was a metal and plastic “stop” that inhibited the movement of the blade any higher. Again I asked my husband to help. I asked him to cut or shave off the stop using his sanding and cutting tools. Now it works perfectly!
The blade no longer impedes my view! I’m able to craft comfortably right on my lap desk!
The project I was tackling was to use up this paper pack + finish my 2022 Christmas cards.
I said here that I would watch one of Kristie’s 6 x 6 paper pad tutorials and just follow along with the sketches she’s using but with my own paper and supplies, but instead I chose a few sketches that I already had printed out and did my own thing. Back when Sandy Allnock ran Operation Write Home, I remember one tip she said, something like find a sketch you like and make as many cards with it as you can stand, then choose another sketch. That’s what I did. I wound up with 73 cards from this paper pack.
You see those little wavy sentiment strips? They’re the coolest thing. There’s a stamp that has twelve Christmas sentiments on it and the coordinating die cuts them all out at once! LDRS Creative – Clear Photopolymer Stamps – Christmas Wishes and LDRS CReateive Designer Dies Wave Ribbon Stack.
I guess that’s it for my Christmas cards this year, the bulk of them anyway. I’ll probably make special cards for my family members, individual ones. We’ll see!!