Crafty housework

I don’t treat my art supplies like precious items – for me, they’re tools. My favourite brushes sit in a container of water on my desk 90% of the time. I don’t clean my stamps except for a quick swipe with a baby wipe (sometimes…). Sometimes I wipe my stencils as I use them, sometimes I don’t clean them until the finer details start to get lost. They’re tools so use ’em.

Today I decided to clean my fav Dyan Reaveley red rubber alphabet because I felt I was losing some details. Might also be just my imagination! Anyway, I used StazOn cleaner, then wiped them with a baby wipe. They’re not spotless, but way better. And that’s enough crafty housework for one day…

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Christmas gift tags

I’ve started my Christmas shopping. Not because I like the fact there’s Christmas ‘stuff’ in the shops already, in fact, I hate seeing it all out so early; I think it dilutes the excitement. But I prefer to shop slowly, so start early.  Christmas crafting takes time, particularly as I make a lot of cards so, again, I start early.

This year’s gift tags are done with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Distress mica spray in antique gold, Simon Says Stamp intense black ink, and rubber stamps by (umm, someone…). I’ll finish them off with fibre & ribbon through the hole, and write on them with a calligraphy pen.

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