Anyway, the workdesk.
The spray bottle with the orange stuff in is homemade stamp cleaner. All that is, is some baby bath, water, and a few drops of glycerine. Again, dirt cheap and works like a charm.
This is as far as I'd got, not entirely sure about the brown one, maybe I've used too many colours? It looks a bit busy at the moment, but I'll see what it looks like when I've matted it. I think I may try this again, using less 'boxes' next time. I'll blog them when I've finished them off.
The two I've matted up so far.
This is definitely a good way to use those small 'filler' stamps that most sets seem to have.
There are some Christmas cards again in the post below, but something I discovered while doing them may be of use to anyone else with Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax pots.
EDIT: Just done another search, as I wanted to find out how they tell you to use it, as my bottle has no instructions- and actually discovered now a whole list of places came up that have it in stock, so it's not unavailable at all, my mistake. On the CE site, it says to mix a little wax with the blending solution to create a paint, which isn't what I wanted at all, so I will try a few drops in a pot and report next week!
So, I had a think, and wondered if the Low Odour Thinners I have ( Daler-Rowney) would be any help,as it's intended for blending wax pencils amongst other things. So, I decided I had nothing to lose, and added a couple of ml- I have some small syringes for glue- to the pale blue. Put the lid on and left it overnight. Went back to it the next day, and it had indeed started to soften it up, so I gave it a good mixing with a plastic palette knife, and I think it's as good as new. If you can't tolerate chemical smells- although I really can't smell this one- there is another brand available from Amazon called Zest-it, which as the name suggests, has a citrus smell to it. I'm also guessing Gamsol, which is just a brand name, would do the same thing.
Funniest part of all this, I was looking for my bottle of stamp cleaner- I'm not exactly much of a cleaner of stamps,- and what did I find but a bottle of that Blending solution for the waxes, so she must have bought it with the waxes, and gifted me that too. I'll try it on a pot and see if it's any different to the thinners.
And look who we have here! LLJ and her lovely Hubby Gordon were up in Worcester at the weekend, so we drove over- it's only about half an hour from us- and we had a lovely Carvery lunch. Was lovely to see them both, it's been ages, especially as we didn't make it to the September crop last year. My hair is a bit redder than that picture makes it look, lol, I don't do pink! And just a few hundred yards away was a Garden Centre, so yes, plants were bought!