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new directions in 2015 and the truth about blogging

3 Jan

 

Hello all and Happy New Year to you!  A brand spanking new year is an amazing gift isn’t it?  A huge blank slate.  A time to plan, to start over, and to dream of all the wonderful things you can accomplish this year.

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I have been thinking a lot in the past six months about this blog, whether to continue doing it, feeling guilty about not posting frequently enough, toying with the idea of creating other blogs for other topics, wondering if anyone still reads this one?

If you’ve been here before you’ll know that my blog is predominantly a craft blog with a few wee sprinkles of other parts of my life.  I’ve read a lot of blog tips and advice and one major point has always been to find your niche and stick to it like glue.  I always thought crafts, particular paper crafts was my niche and my passion but honestly I have many passions and I really want to share them with anyone who will listen (or read them).

So I have made the executive decision to write about all my passions right here on this single blog.  The truth about blogging is that you are the owner of your blog, it’s yours, you are in controland you have absolute power.  I like the sound of that.  It really comes down to this – if I want to write about plucking my eyebrows then I can and will, even though it’s not craft related (or it could be if I plucked them into a pretty pattern I suppose).  In life there is always going to lots of advice around about anything and everything but in the end you need to go with your gut or your heart or whichever body part you wish.  This to ME feels like the right thing.

Yes my dear friends there will be a shift of focus in 2015, but don’t worry I still intend on posting lots of crafty goodness, after all it is a rather large passion of mine!

Wondering what to expect from now on?  Here’s a list of some of the topics I’d like to talk about in 2015…

Simplifying

Cooking/Baking

Decluttering

Organising

Finance and Saving Money

Cleaning

Gardening (or my poor attempts at it)

Relationships

Careers/Early Retirement

Arts and Crafts

Blogging

Health

It’s a pretty big list I know but I’m hoping there will be enough variety for everyone.  Are you planning any big changes in 2015?  Which direction are you going in?  I’d love to hear about it and if you’re a fellow blogger please leave a comment so I can come visit!

 

krismakes giveaway time

31 Dec

Hi all just a quick note to let you know I’m having a giveaway – you can check it out through my instagram feed ~ krismakes or through my facebook page ~ krismakes !

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I am just asking your opinion on a new product I want to put in my zibbet shop so please join in the fun.  Hurry as entries close tonight New Years Eve2014 at midnight.  Good luck everyone.

No More Christmas Card Guilt – Send A New Years Card

30 Dec

Have you ever been caught out at Christmas, receiving a card from someone you didn’t have on your Christmas card list?  It’s happened to me a few times over the years and boy does it give you a guilt trip (if you’re so inclined – unfortunately  I am!)  So you know the solution right?  Send a New Years card!  This is a fantastic little trick and the great part is you don’t have to make sure it’s going to arrive before New Years like you do with Christmas cards, as long as it get’s there in the first two weeks of the New Year then I think that’s perfectly acceptable.

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But hang on a second, don’t go rushing to the shops to spend money on New Years cards – make your own!  The recipient will totally forget that you didn’t send them a Christmas card once they have your gorgeous, handmade News Years card in their hot little hands.  The added bonus is it’s a great way to get your mojo going again after the frazzle and stress of Christmas.  If you have little ones be sure to get them in on the act…can’t you just hear your relatives ooohing and ahhhing over their cute hand drawn cards?

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Unfortunately I don’t have any little helpers so the creativity is all down to me.  I’ve made a variety of cards to show you that you don’t really even need any New Year specific stamps, just think of all the wonderful things you associate with it and raid your stamp folders.  Think fancy drinks, sparkly things, clocks, stars, balloons, party hats, flowers, just about anything will do.  If you’ve got a set of numerical stamps even better – you can use them every year.

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I think nice bright party colour card bases work well and don’t forget that special New Years sparkle, a bit of sticky bling or iridescent heat embossing will add some extra wow.

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And you don’t have to spend all day (or all week) making your cards.  I’ve kept mine pretty simple as you can see but they are still very effective and with a lovely message inside wishing your friends and family a wonderful 2015 these New Years cards are the perfect solution to a holiday guilt trip.  So spill the beans, who did you forget to send a Christmas card to this year?

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krismakes Zibbet shop

30 Dec

Want to buy some handmade goodness from krismakes? Now you can, simply head to my Zibbet shop krismakes, make yourself a cuppa and settle in for some fun online retail therapy!

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Right now you can choose from handmade cards and button badges and soon I will be adding button flairs, stationary and envelopes, bags and lots more so be sure to stop by the blog regularly to find out about the latest product releases.

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finishing things off

24 Mar

Whilst decluttering my craft stuff a while ago I came across several unfinished projects – shock – horror – gasp – namely a few scrapbook albums that I had started in earnest then just forgot about or more likely found something newer and more exciting to make! So I pulled a few out of the stack and got stuck in.

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So far I’ve finished a mini family album to about 95%, just need to print out two more photos and I’m 70% done on my school album. Here’s a peek at both…

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This album is far from glamorous or fully embellished but I’m happy that it’s practically done and that’s what matters (to me anyway). It’s nice to have something to pick up and flick through.

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And here’s a lovely photo of a very cute girl…me!

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who then went through a thoroughly dorky stage…

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Did you have any wild hair styles when you were a young teenager? I really did think I looked fabulous. Erh-hem.

The Heart Tag Swap

20 Mar

I’ve been having some fun of Swap-bot lately and I wanted to share an art tag I made for a heart theme tag swap for one of the Aussie groups I’m in.

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I love making tags, they are just the right size that you can let your artist flair loose without being overwhelmed by a big blank canvas or page – which happens a lot to me.  Genius idea using tags, thanks Tim Holtz.  I used distress inks, rub-ons, stamping, pen, paint dabbers, chipboard, crackle paint and glossy accents and I’m so happy with how it turned out.

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Here’s a close up of the heart chipboard I made.  I inked it with Fired Brick distress ink first then covered it in Rock Candy distress crackle paint.  Once it was thoroughly dry and super crackled I rubbed some Black Soot distress ink over the top and really squished it into the cracks to bring out the contrast with the red.  It’s such an awesome technique that needs very little skill to achieve great results.

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I made some fat polka dots with Copper paint dabber – I love the metallic paint dabbers, the never seem to dry out and add so much interest to whatever you’re working on.  The pearl one is a favorite of mine!

20140227-200305.jpgI like to put a little extra in my swaps so I well and truly got stuck into the heart theme.  I think my swap partner appreciated it as she gave me a 5 (top rating) plus a heart, yay.

Do you part take in any art or craft swaps?

 

Handmade Postcards

27 Feb

Lately I have been going postal – in a good snailmaily kind of way! Where I live there’s not a lot of places you can find nice postcards, you know the arty, cool kind not the tourist kind.  So I decided to make my own, oh yes I did.

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I tried searching on line for some ideas and instructions but came up pretty empty handed except for pradaforbreakfast ‘s great post about how to make your own.

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I basically winged it most of the time but you know what’s good about being creative like that?  You have fun and often end up with a host of new ideas or techniques to stash in your head for later.  You can really go to town when making your own postcards, I can’t draw or paint so I stuck to what I know – collage, stamping, stickers and other papery goodness.

20140227-195206.jpgI think next time I will try a bit less glue (homemade mod podge) or a different type as the postcards did curl a little too much for my liking when they dried.  I coated the fronts when they were finished as I wanted them to travel safe and sound to their destination.  Anyway it was a lot of fun and you can bet I’ll be making more postcards very soon.

Have you made your own postcards?  Do you have links to handmade postcards?  I’d love to see more, Pinterest wasn’t very forthcoming when I tried looking for inspiration!

 

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