My husband asks me for a Christmas wishlist every year and there are always a few craft-related items on it. Usually, these are things that I have been wanting, but don’t want to splurge on! If you are a crafty mom, I found some fun gadgets to add to your Christmas list. I love to dabble in papercrafting, cardmaking, sewing, jewelry making and pretty much everything DIY and so there is a little of everything here.
The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting tool that uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, vellum, and fabric. It can cut up to 12 inches wide and up to 10 feet long. I got one for my birthday and this little machine is so versatile! It can cut 3D items like party favor boxes, gift bags, cards, and so much more! The best feature of this machine is it’s ability to die-cut printed items like tags or scrapbook die-cuts. You can buy cutting files for just $.99 or less from the Silhouette online store or you can create your own files by using their software that comes with your machine. It also has the ability to cut from SVG files. There are lots of independent online stores that sell fun SVG files. I love being able to buy just the images I want or need for my project. Click for more information and to buy the Silhouette Cameo.
Do you need a smaller Silhouette machine? Silhouette America is releasing the new Silhouette Portrait machine in late November. It has all of the cutting power of the Cameo, but it has a lower price point and it still cuts up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long.
The Cricut Expression 2 is an electronic die-cutting machine that cuts paper, cardstock, vellum, vinyl, fabric and light chipboard. It has a cool LCD screen and it can cut up to 12 by 24 inches. Cartridges are required to die-cut a variety of images and 3D items. Two cartridges come pre-loaded onto your machine and additional cartridges are available for purchase. No computer is required to use cartridges with your machine, but if you wish to connect your machine to your computer, Cricut offers their Cricut Craftroom online software. The software is free, but you will need to purchase any downloaded images or cartridges that you wish to use with your software or use the cartridges you already own. Click for more information and to shop for the Cricut Expression 2.
I have the original Cricut Expression and it’s also a great machine and I have to say, even my 9-year old can use it! She can create fun cards for her friends and she finds the cartridges easy to use.
I love this fun little gadget! It’s definitely a must-have for cardmakers. The Martha Stewart scoreboard helps you score clean lines quickly when making your invitations, cards, boxes and projects. I use it with my Cricut and Silhouette projects! You can score lines every 1/8th inch and it comes with a bone folder tool and an envelope guide to help you create envelopes. Click for more information or to shop for the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.
If you are a scrapbooker or cardmaker, chances are you have purchased a corner punch in the past to create rounded corners on your photos, cards and projects. I have had a few corner rounder punches and they have broken or they get stuck on thicker cardstock. The Corner Chomper is the ultimate corner rounding tool. This bad boy can cut the corners of paper, cardstock, paper, leather and I have even used it on some thin sheet metal for a project! Click for more information or to shop for the Corner Chomper.
I am always cutting cardstock for my projects and cards and I have several papercutters at home. The Fiskars LED Papercutter is easy to use and cuts with the most precision. The best feature of this cutter is the LED light that shows you exactly where your cut will be, so no surprises. I also love that it folds up and locks when not in use. Click to find out for information and to shop for the Fiskars LED Papercutter.
Xyron sticker and adhesive machines come in all sizes to fit your project. You feed your cardstock cutout into the Xyron and it makes it a sticker. I found that the 5-inch machine is most versatile and it doesn’t waste too much if you feed smaller items through your machine. I use it for my scrapbooking and cards, but it can be used for other projects too. Another fun way to use this machine is with Martha Stewart glitter. You can send your item through the machine so the front is all sticky and then sprinkle on glitter! It gives your item a nice even coating of glitter. Send your already-glittered cutout through the machine again and make it a sticker! Click to find out more information or to shop for the Xyron Sticker and Adhesive Machine.
These are on my wishlist this year and I hope Santa stuffs them in my stocking! Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors help you quickly add fringe to your projects or you can quickly whip up some confetti. My kids would love these for their art projects. I also noticed that some people use these for quickly shredding mail and papers, so no need for that big, pricey paper shredder. Click to find out more information or to shop for the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors.
I love this very affordable mix and match jewelry line that allows you to be stylish without spending a fortune. Components range from $2.99-19.99. You buy a necklace top,
a necklace bottom, and connectors , and voila, you have your own DIY jewelry piece with no tools required. You can make a jewelry piece for yourself or the finished pieces would make great gifts. There are accessories that you can add to the necklaces you put together to jazz it up. There are bracelets and earrings that you can create too! Tori offers four collections: Boho, Glam, Glitz and Noir. Each collection has it’s own style! Find out more information and buy the full Styled collection at Joann.com.
Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley) is famous for her baking blog and she was one of the first creators of the decorated cake pop. These books are so much fun. She was the one to first show me how to make them and cakepops are a hit when I make them for my kids’ parties. Both books show you so many fun ways to create and decorate your own cake pops. Click for more information on Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats and Cake Pops Holidays.
Bling, bling, bling! Add bling to any of your projects with this battery-powered hot fix tool. I have one of these cool hot fix tools and it allows you to add crystals to hats, jeans, hair accessories, t-shirts, handmade cards and so much more! Jolee’s also sells their own line of hot fix crystals to go with this tool and many colors and sizes. This is the perfect stocking stuffer for any crafty person in your life. Click for more information on the Jolee’s Hot Fix tool.
These very bright lamps are perfect for those crafters that love to make jewelry, cards and need extra light to see their projects. This lamp won’t distort the colors of your project by shining too bright or not bright enough. It folds up easily for storage. I will definitely have this on my list this year! Click for more information or to shop for the Ottlite Task Lamp.
If you are a Silhouette or Cricut user, or if you make projects with hot fix gems, this tool is a must-have. It’s shaped like a pen, but has a gummy end to help you both pick up and position your items right where you want them. When I am picking up small Cricut or Silhouette cuts and I’m trying to place them onto my project, this little tool helps me grab items that are too big for my fingers to grasp. I, then, add my glue on the underside of the cut and I push them into place with my Pick Me Up. Click to find out more information or to buy the Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool.
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