Lessons from my Fairy Craft Mother

In a previous post, I shared a two year old lament to be able to create artwork like my experienced and talented craft sisters of Scraps of Color.  I was the little novice who wanted to run with the big girls!  Like good big sisters, my experienced craft sisters were tolerant and encouraging. But the truth is I simply did not have the supplies, equipment or skills to produce what they did.  Well, over a two year period, my fairy craft mother came and offers me three papercrafting wishes.  (She only makes her appearances via my journal.)  Here’s a peek at what I requested.

Card created with basic supplies.

Card created with basic supplies.

Dear Fairy Craft Mother, my first wish is for a complete set of basic supplies which include adhesives (you need more than one kind), cardstock, designer papers, a good paper trimmer, sharp scissors, a variety of embellishments, corner rounder, Micron pens, a self-healing mat, and a non-stick craft sheet.  If you’re a cardmaker, you would want a metal ruler (or score-pad), a bone folder, rubber or digital image and sentiment stamps, dye-based inks, micro-fine embossing powder, and a heat gun. Whew! See why you need a fairy craft mother? Let no one tell you this hobby is inexpensive.

Dear Fairy Craft Mother, my second wish is for a portable multi-purpose die cutting machine that both cuts and embosses shapes, designs, and fonts for your project. You will also need a starter set of dies and embossing sheets or folders to use with the machine of your choice.  Some machines are manual. Others are electric. After seeing what my craft sisters used, I asked my fairy craft mother for a Sizzix Vagabond and Christina Griffiths’ Spellbinder starter set.  The Vagabond was a disaster the very first time I used it.  Three months later, my fairy craft mother got me an eBosser.

First card created with eBosser and Spellbinder starter set suggested by Christina Griffiths, Card-Making-Magic.com.

First card created with eBosser and Spellbinder starter set suggested by Christina Griffiths, Card-Making-Magic.com.

Dear Fairy Craft Mother, my third wish is for guidance. (And I know some of you thought I’d ask for Copics! LOL!) Help me to identify my craft style and then point me toward mentors and videos that will help me develop my creative abilities to produce the artwork I desire.  I am blessed to have local and online craft sisters who generously share their expertise to help me sharpen my skills. I’ve also been fortunate to find instructional blogs and YouTube videos that teach whatever I desire to learn.

Fancy supplies and equipment in the hands of a novice will never produce the results the same tools will in the hands for the more experienced.  Fairy Craft Mother did not permit me to get my coveted multi-purpose die cutting machine right away.  I had to “make do” with the basics and learn how to maximize their use.  In the process, I discovered which creative styles I preferred. This awareness influences the type of papers and embellies I purchase.  I also learned to color digital and stamped images using Copic sketch markers. In the absence of “toys”, one develops creative skills.

2012 Pastor's Bday Card-ANPI am blessed to have acquired all the supplies and equipment mentioned.  However, it’s confidence born of experience and skills that will allow you to “play with the big girls!” And if anything said or done by Fairy Craft Mother sounds like it came from you, it probably did!

Thank You!

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