Organizing Cricut Items, Die Cutting, & Tools

Welcome back to my craft space! I hope you enjoyed last week’s tour of my Desk Space showing where I work as a Maker, create projects, and record videos and live classes. If you missed it, you can view it on My Craft Space page.

This week, I am showing you how I organize my Cricut tools & materials, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and where I store the tools within my space. Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I organize the items within it.

My original plan was to create a single video showing a general overview of my space, but I know that many of you are wanting organization ideas so I decided to break it down into several videos. After you watch this week’s tour, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about each of the areas cricut crafting area.

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Seven years ago, I joined CTMH as a Maker because of the Cricut items they offered. Creating with my Cricut machines and showing others how to use theirs is how I spend most of my days in my craft space, so it only made sense that my second video would be about my Cricut Crafting area.

The large solid piece of wood furniture shown above was a salvaged find. It was originally designed to be a changing table for a nursery, but, the minute I saw it, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my craft space.

It has a place for my Cricut Maker, my Cricut tools & materials, my idea books, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and so much more. There is even room on top to add a few decorations representing my personality.

One of my favorite pieces in this area is the Cricut Tool holder my husband created from a salvaged piece of barn wood, some small pipes, and hooks. Not only is it beautiful and functional, but it also fits my space perfectly.

In the video, I talk about how I keep “like items” together. When I began organizing my craft space, I wanted a functional space where everything had a place.

On this large shelf, I keep all the items I need for my Cricut and die-cutting machine. One drawer holds all my Cricut mats, EasyPress Mats, and some tools. The other drawer contains all my Cricut materials.

I also keep all my die-cutting items nearby. In the drawer below the machine, I have my cutting plates and mats. Embossing folders sit on a shelf above, and metal dies are organized in small albums on the top shelf. Everything I need to create with my Cricut or Sizzix are kept in one space. By keeping like-items together, I don’t have to search for a cutting plate or Cricut mat in the middle of a project.


So many items in one little space! Before you go, I do need your opinion on something. For years, I have been debating if I should stain this piece of furniture or paint it a distressed black. I think it would update the piece, but it would also be A LOT of work. Let me know what you think I should do.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Craft Space tour and that it gave you a few ideas for organizing your own space. Next week, I will be sharing my paper and cardstock organization with you. If you have any questions about the items I have in my space, feel free to comment below.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

It’s A Dazzling Dimension Technique Blog Hop!

Lovely layers of Dazzling Dimension. This month’s Technique blog hop will be full of projects showing you methods of adding dimension to your projects. Whether you are starting here or have come from Maz Wood’s blog, you are in the right place. When you are finished taking a look at how I used embossing folders to add dimension, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


I enjoy adding dimension to my projects with texture paste, foam tape, embellishments, and, my favorite, embossing folders. There are so many fun ways to use embossing folders on your projects. Today, I am going to show you how I used some embossing folder techniques on my two Life is Cherry cards.

After I share my cardmaking techniques, I have a little Five Minute video for you. In this video, I will show you three fun ways that you can use your embossing folders to add some interesting dimension to your projects.

On my first card, I used watercolors to shade the debossed side of a piece of cardstock that had been embossed with our Spring Blossoms embossing folder. Each embossing folder has an embossed side and a debossed side, or inset image. On this card, I applied paint to the inset images and shaded them to match the paper patterns I chose.

After shading the images, I used a pattern from our new Make It From Your Heart idea book to create the card using papers from our Mix-In collection and Eat, Play, Love paper pack. One of the patterns in this paper pack is a Lagoon and white mix of stripes, dots, and lace. I cut and trimmed the lace strip and tucked it under the embossed piece of cardstock. How cute is that??

I also used some Stickers and Wood Shapes from the Eat, Play, Love collection to embellish my card. I added more dimension on my project with foam tape and wooden hearts.

This type of card will have to be hand-delivered or hand-canceled because of the additional elements, but they are just too cute and I can’t help myself.

I also used the elements from the Eat, Play, Love collection to create my second card. On this card, I used a piece of embossed cardstock that had been heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

In the video, I show how to add ink to your embossing folder using a brayer. To create the glossy look on this card, I applied VersaMark Ink to the Floral Lace embossing folder instead of dye ink.

Before placing my cardstock in the folder, I wiped it down with an anti-static pouch. After embossing my image, I sprinkled on some Clear Embossing Powder and heat set the powder using a heat tool. This gives your cardstock a beautiful three-dimensional look with a glossy background and raised matte design.

The pattern for this card also comes from the Make It From Your Heart book. I cut the embossed cardstock into squares to fit the stitched pattern on the Cherry paper, then added some fun little Eat, Play, Love elements. When I saw the little “Roll with It” sticker, I knew that I need to add the wooden rolling pin. Punny cards are my favorite to send.

Now that you have seen how I used embossing folder techniques to add dimension to my cards, you can view how to recreate these three-dimensional looks in my Five Minute Find video.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for adding Dazzling Dimension to your projects using embossing folders. Now hop on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other Dazzling Dimensional ideas.

Don’t forget, a few of the products shown here will be retiring on April 30th. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Welcome to the Blossom Blog Hop

Are you ready to be inspired?  Today, we are going to show you a variety of ways to use our Blossom paper, stickers, and stamps.  This collection is a Bring Back My Pack which has been refreshed with a updated color palette and several coordinating products.

What is a blog hop? 139369971_10158132079777686_3401564074364702012_nWell, if you have come here from Kimberly Loewen’s blog, then you are in the right place.  As you travel from blog to blog, you will be inspired by projects created by our talented team.  When you are finished viewing my Beautiful Blossom card, you can click the link at the end to “hop” on over to the next creation.  If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I have to admit, the colors in Blossom are not ones that I usually use. When this paper pack came around the first time, I only made a handful of projects because that bright color palette threw me for a loop. This time, I am so glad that I ordered it.  I love how they updated the color combinations and added the stickers to the collection because they were the perfect addition to this card.

Who knew that orange and blue would make such a lovely creation? I never pictured myself using nectarine as a background, but, on this card, it works so well. I am going to share with you a few things I learned while I was creating with the Bloom collection.


Break the patterns with neutrals

To break up the bright colors, I stitched a piece of white cardstock onto the background. You are more than welcome to place those blues directly onto the nectarine, but, to me, it was a bit overwhelming.

Adding a layer of white onto the card gave my eyes a place to rest and prevented the patterns from competing with each other. To give the card some texture, I embossed the white daisy cardstock with a stitched circle pattern. I chose this embossing pattern to match the circular shape of the flowers.


choose Less Colors

Since there are so many lively colors in Blossom, I knew that I needed to stick to only two or three colors on this card. The diamonds on the nectarine background were a lagoon color, so I chose lagoon paper patterns.

At first, I only used the nectarine and lagoon flowers on the card. After adding them, I decided I needed one more color around the flowers, so I chose the smoothie accents. Now that I am looking at these photos, I realized I used two different leaves – I should have used just the blue.


I hope that these little tips help you the next time you use the Blossom papers and stickers. Now head on over to Wendy Kessler’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  Don’t forget! Blossom is only available until February 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can save 20% on your Blossom products. 

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