The Craft Cat – Blog

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The BIG order

Hi all,

So, I know that many of you might be based near the US and therefore pay no shipping from the land of joy that is officially titled, Simon Says Stamp… BUT, here in Aus, the shipping is always $50USD. Now, that’s fine, but the little spending fairy on my shoulder says, “Well then you have to make the shipping worthwhile.”

This evil fairy is OF COURSE CORRECT! So it just meant that I had to buy LOTS of gorgeousness from the lovely Simon. I won’t even tell you how much I spent, because to me, it was pretty OTT. Having said that, I thought I would try to make it feel like I had made lots of little orders. So, I thought, I will open little collections of products at a time. That way, the delayed gratification will last the rest of the year, because I had spend my entire crafting budget for the year IN MARCH! lol.

I thought you might be interested in joining me along the way, as I open small groups of product and try them out. I will be making lots of different cards and hopefully having a total blast.

Another thing I wanted to mention, I had started my “cart” with Simon last November. I am a weird combo of attempted minimalist and lover of crafty stuff. I don’t want to buy surplus things which I cannot use in my lifetime, but I ADORE my colouring and crafty stuff. This means I really reflect and consider my purchases carefully. I never purchase on the spur of the moment, and I try not to “collect” supplies. I try to ensure that all supplies and goodies get lots of love and attention. I think that de-stashing is one good way to share goodies around, but another is simply to purchase slowly in the first place. So, perhaps start a wishlist, like a Simon cart, and go crazy. Add in every item that floats your boat. Then, over time, just start deleting things that are sort of duplicates or perhaps involve a technique you’ve never even experimented with. How many of us have thought “Ooooh, I’d love to quilt/macrame/cross stitch/crochet/garden…” etc. and then have discovered that those mediums just aren’t for us? So rather than investing heavily on new techniques, try dipping your toe in the water. Unless, it’s a medium you adore.

For me, some of my most beloved items are watercolour related. So I know, that if I purchase something which is a watercolour medium, chances are, I will use it plenty. Hence, when I bought my Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker set, I bought ALL 80 AT ONCE. It was a tiny risk, but if they’re good enough for Sandy Allnock, then they’re good enough for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope this helps you to make some purchases and have no regrets. I can’t wait to show you my gorgeous Simon Says haul over the next few posts.


Cathy aka The Craft Cat



The Zig Delivery

So. It was a Thursday in March… No seriously, my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers got delivered last Thursday and I was SO EXCITED. I’d been watching Sandy Allnock, Amy Rysavy, Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire use these pens for months, and I decided to commit.ย This was a couple of weeks ago and I had been waiting impatiently ever since.

I rushed them home after tearing open the envelope and I tried them on the paper I was sure would work; a beautiful Arches hot press… DISASTER. The pens would not blend. It was bad. Then, I tried them on the watercolour paper I have in abundance, thinking the pens would fight it every step… THEY BLENDED BEAUTIFULLY. Apologies for all the caps, but it was a stunning thing to see. I could not have been more thrilled with the way the colours blended with each other and with water.

I’ve been posting heaps of images to my Facebook and Insta accounts and getting a few likes. They are even more beautiful in real life. These pens are gorgeous on the right paper and I was fortunate enough to buy the set of 80 (all the delicious shades) for a very reasonable price on eBay. I paid AUD$165 with free postage from Japan. I’m aware that people living on other continents might not be so lucky because they’re further away. Given that the pens are made in Japan, they seem to have pretty nice prices for Aus.

Anyway, I wanted to share my Zig joy with you, and assure you, that while you don’t need all the colours, all of them are gorgeous, even the flouros, which I assumed I would loathe. The flouros look amazingly brilliant when blended with other colours. I have a navy and flouro yellow combo which I think is pretty hot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a lovely day y’all.

Cathy aka The Craft Cat


First blog post

And then she thought, let’s write a blog!

Eeeeek, the terror! The idea of having to write regularly and having other people READ my writing is a terrifying one. But perhaps this will be good for me. At least I’ll be writing and have an excuse to share my crafty adventures. Plus, I’ll finally dust off my beautiful SLR and show her the love that she very much deserves.

So join me on my foray into the inter webs. And wish me luck!



a.k.a. TheCraftCat