krismakes is getting a shop!

29 Sep

That’s right is going to have a shop where you can buy all your favorite krismakes goodies like button badges, greeting cards, magnets, stickers, notebooks, button flairs, handmade envelopes, penpal supplies and much more!

Currently the site is undergoing some reconstructive surgery so please bear with me as I get everything set up for you.  The blog may look funny and not behave how it should right now but I promise it will be better than ever very soon.

Thanks so much for your patience – I really appreciate it.




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.


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…



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.


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


who then went through a thoroughly dorky stage…


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.


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.


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.


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?


Lovely Letters

27 Feb

Hello World!

Lately I have been writing my little heart out – yes snail mail is in people.  And it’s back for good too.  After receiving so many nice letters from my new friend Jayne I decided to place a little ad on Instagram seeking penpals.  I had a great response and have started building new friendships.  If you haven’t seen all the superb snail mail on IG you must go check them out, search for #penpals #snailmail #happymail and so on.  Some of the letters are simply stunning.  Anyway I thought I’d share some of the nice mail I have been receiving, if you want more follow me on IG – I’m easy to find just look for krismakes.20140227-191307.jpg

I was very spoilt by my generous friend Jayne at Christmas, look at all the pressies she sent me.  Don’t worry I spoilt her right back with a Happy New Year package.

Chantelle is one of my new penpals and we have a lot of common interests like Thermomixing and healthy eating.  Love that baby doll bookmark.

Here’s more awesome mail from Jayne, you should hear me squeel when I see mail from her in my letterbox.  Mind you it’s not just about the goodies she includes – she writes the best letters and I feel like we’ve been friends all my life.

20140227-191821.jpgAnd this is a recent letter I sent to Jayne.  It’s so much fun finding all the cute bits and bobs to send with the letter.

So do you write letters to anyone?

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.


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.


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!


Penpal and Correspondence Organization

19 Jan

Howdy lovely folks!

Today I’m going to share a little folder I made to help me stay organised with my correspondence to friends.  Recently I got back into penpalling thanks to looking at all the lovely mail going on at Instagram.  Have you checked it out?  Look under the hashtags #snailmail #penpals #happymail and so on and you’ll find a plethora of creative arty envelopes and mailings.  It’s very inspiring.  So I have about 10 penpals including my best friend, this is new for us and I’m quite excited as she lives 4 and a half hours away so we usually chat via text messages.  Later on I’d also like to write to my niece and my god daughter as I think it would be fun and exciting for them to receive some good old snail mail.

20140111-165409.jpgSo with getting to know all these wonderful new people in my life I thought it would be nice to keep a bit of a record on each of them, just with some basic info like birthdays, children or partners names, pets etc as well as likes and dislikes.  This way if I forget, say, what their fave colour is I can go straight to their little profile and check rather than trying to find it in goodness knows how many letters they might have sent me.


I just think this is a super cool way to keep track of lots of penpals or if like me if you have a cruddy memory and forget these sorts of things.  I just made it on a spreadsheet (my fave way to do things) and tried to think about what the important info is that I need handy.  I have a bunch of A5 binders for some reason, so I made my forms so that I can fold them in half and slot them into a plastic pocket in the folder.


I also wanted a way to make sure I replied in a timely manner.  I try to reply straight away but sometimes life gets in the way and before you know it it’s been three weeks and you still have written back.  So I made some columns to fill in when I received my penpal’s letter and when I sent one back.  As soon as I get a letter and read it I pop the letter in the front of the pocket for that person and write the date received in the back, then when I get a chance to do some correspondence writing I just grab my folder and start writing to the person who’s letter has been there the longest.  I’ll also pop small things in the front pocket ready to send with my next letter like stickers, tea sachets, stationary and so on.

I’ve only been using this system a few weeks so time will tell if anything needs tweaking, but it’s been really fabulous so far.  I’m getting my letters sent out in a timely manner, I know who’s birthday it is and I can collect little odds and ends relevant to my penpal’s likes and dislikes.

Happy New Year

10 Jan

Welcome to krismakes 2014!

Change is in the air – can you feel it? Last year was a bit all over the place (for me anyway) so my intentions for 2014 are to SIMPLIFY. I think this will be a popular goal for many people this year. There is a lot going on out there in blogland about people wanting to change their lives for the better, slow down, get back to basics, and I for one, love it …so let’s go!

Do you have a word for 2014? Many creative types have taken on this yearly ritual of selecting a word that they want to use in their year through everything they do. I think this lady started the trend, but it’s actually a nice trend to follow I think. I’ve not really had a word for the year before, I’ve certainly thought about it but not been able to pin down the perfect word. Is there a perfect word? Probably not, so I should just pick one and not succumb to my inevitable analysis paralysis. This year I will pick one word. I want to keep to my theme of simplifying, being deliberate, committed and intentional. I feel I need to think on this a little bit longer, not too much longer I promise.

This year I want to create a little something everyday and I’m hoping to use my new journal to make it happen. This is the Iconic Journal, they make all sorts of lovely booky things. I just found it on ebay after countless hours searching and deciding.


This journal or diary if you will is fairly plain which I thought would be good to start with and put my own stamp on it, pardon the pun. It has lovely smooth pages and plenty of room on each day as well as a large section at the bottom of the page for notes and what-not.


There’s also a whopping 26 blank pages at the back to play with.


Am I going to have enough bits and bobs to fill in this journal? Oh I forgot to mention it starts in November 2013 and I only got it last week so um yeah, more pages to fill up! I decided with the November month view to use the wee little squares as doodling squares. I can’t remember how big a Zentangle is but I’m sure these are smaller which is good for me – less pressure ha ha. I’m not very good at the freehand stuff, I feel much safer with a rubber stamp in my hand so this will be a good challenge for me.


That’s what I’ve done so far. The pens I ordered are so fine, I’ve never used any like these before and I didn’t think I’d like them but I can write really teeny tiny now and the ink does not bleed through the pages at all either. I’ll keep taking photo’s of my 2014 journal as I go. You may have noticed some of these pics on Instagram already but I wanted to put words to them and explain a bit more about my intentions. After discovering the filofax mania I’m already thinking about one of those but not until next year…simple remember?

See you next week


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