Now that Christmas is over and I’m back to my usual routine, I’m doing my annual craft room clean out.

This is the time of year where I gather up the supplies I don’t/won’t use anymore and sell, toss, or donate them as applicable.  Like most people, I don’t find it easy to get rid of things that I’ve spent my hard-earned money on but there’s no point holding on to things that take up valuable space in my craft room.

Because I do find it hard to edit the room, I take frequent breaks (i.e. procrastinate!)  My latest break had me trying out my new flush cutters and I though I’d take a moment to “review” them.

Xcelite General Purpose Cutter (170cm/5″)  THUMBS UP!

xcelite

I asked for these as a Christmas gift because I have a lot of trouble separating cutting dies without leaving a lot of sharp little “barbs” of metal and I sometimes can’t even fit my regular wire cutters between two dies to snip the joins.

While the cutters don’t cut all the barbs completely flush, they do cut them enough so that the remaining bits of metal are not sharp and I also found it relatively easy to fit the blade between dies so I’m quite pleased with the purchase.  The cutters were less than $9 CAD on Amazon and I think they are well worth the time I’ll save and the frustration I will avoid when separating dies.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Snowman and Penguin dies (Penguin not pictured): THUMBS DOWN.

little bits

When I saw these dies, I thought they were so cute and would make great magnets for Christmas gifts but the pieces are so tiny and fiddly that they are not particularly fun to work with and I doubt I’ll ever use them again.  Unless you enjoy working with teeny, tiny pieces of cardstock (and trying to pry them off the plate of your die cutter without damaging them), I’d give the whole “Little Bits” line a miss.

Doodlebug Sweet Things Collection: THUMBS UP!

sweet things sweet things stickers

These are adorable!  I haven’t started crafting with them yet but the colours are so cute and I can’t wait to make a batch of little notebooks/cards with the stickers (they are flat paper stickers – not puffy or shiny – but the price is very reasonable)

That’s it for reviews today.  Must get back to organizing the room so I can use it again.

Enjoy your Saturday.