Favorite Craft Supplies and Tools


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?

3 thoughts on “Favorite Craft Supplies and Tools

  1. I still use my Cricut and so does my oldest daughter. The other day my youngest daughter pulled out my stamps, inks and embossing powders and embossed for the first time, using my embossing tool. I like to craft with scrapbook paper, using mod-podge for example.

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