What craft supply or tool is the one that you just can’t live without? I would have to say that mine has to be my sewing machine because I have been sewing a lot longer than I have been paper crafting. I have tried various different crafts during my lifetime: including making my own clothes, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch embroidery, paper mache, decoupage, wreath making, scrapbooking and card making. I have to say that the paper mache bit was short-lived; I don’t like the feel of wet paper and it was also during my childhood.
Knitting and crochet were my traveling hobbies. I managed to knit myself a sweater once when I was on vacation in England. I bought the pattern, yarn and knitting needles in a shop in England and knitted when the weather was too bad to go sightseeing. This does not mean that I am afraid of a little rain. I’m from Arizona and rain is a rarity and the rain was usually very light and it would take a long time before I actually felt like I had gotten wet. I did prepare myself and brought extra socks with me, just in case of puddles.
I started quilting as a side line to my sewing my own clothes. I started out with baby quilts. I had one pattern of a sleeping bear that was frequently requested. They were perfect starting projects for my leftover fabric scraps. When quality fabric for making my clothes started to become scarce, I bought fabric from quilt shops and eventually just started to make quilts. I still make quilts, but they are small quilted projects like wall hangings and table runners.
During the 1990s I got some software for making my own greeting cards. After about a year or two I started to embellish my cards with additional bits of ribbon and stickers. Scrapbooking was really taking off as a hobby and I went to quite a few home parties for scrapbook products. I tried my hand at it, but found myself using my scrapbook paper and stickers for making cards. I started looking at scrapbook paper the way I did with fabric; admiring the color, pattern and texture. I also discovered that commercially printed paper appealed more to me than anything I could print out from my printer.
So, while I still manage to make one or two quilted projects a year, most of my creative effort is with card making. It gives me instant gratification and I can try all kinds of new techniques on my cards.
So, next to my sewing machine my favorite supplies and tools are:
- Rotary cutter, acrylic rulers and self-healing mat
- Designer scrapbook paper and cardstock
- Printed die-cuts
- Computer (for printing out text and patterns)
- Adobe Illustrator software program for creating my own digital designs
- Stamps, inks and embossing powder
- My Sizzix BigKick, embossing folders and cutting dies
What are your favorites?