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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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Christmas cards in black

28 Nov

My sister in law and niece visited on the weekend and we decided to start making our Christmas cards – seeing as there’s only 27 sleeps to go. Yikes!
We copied an old workshop I had but Katherine came up with the idea of using black base cards. I think they look great and the black makes the colored chalk ink really pop. And she says she’s not creative!

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UPDATE:: here’s a link to the inspiration cards in kraft coloured card.

more Christmas cards…

2 Dec

Continuing on from my post last week here is some more last minute inspiration for you…

This is Kaszazz workshop 2H491.  I love the use of pink and green and you know I am fond of polka dots!  I was thinking these could be adapted for any occasion by swaping the Christmas tree stamp with something more generic.  Aren’t they lovely?

These ones below are workshop 2H425 and I think they are perfect for a modern Christmas.  Fluid chalks are used to give that lovely bright yet soft effect.

From the scraps I quickly whipped up two extra cards, so this is a great value workshop.

So what are your thoughts on these contemporary Christmas cards?  Are you more the tradition type?  Share your thoughts and links with us in the comments section.

Ho ho ho

Kris xox

thinking… christmas cards

27 Nov

It’s not too late to think about making your own Christmas cards.   Really, if you pull your socks up and hop to it you should have just enough time!

At a previous team training day we made these gorgeous blue and gold cards using some of the new Christmas stamps.  This is Kaszazz workshop 2H662.

I love seeing cards make in non tradition Christmas colours.  I have ear marked a couple of workshops I want to try out and I really need to get moving on them.

Here’s a couple of links to get us all inspired:

Alicia’s Creative Space – using new Kaszazz stamps

Scrap Knack – using Perfect Pearls

Bwokie – a variety of cards from a team training day

Mel Stampz – this site is full of gorgeous paper crafts with detailed instructions

Here’s some of my past Christmas creations:

embossed cards

glitter and design adhesives

cards and ornaments

more decorations

Have you started making your cards yet?  Maybe you’ve finished and posted them?  Pop a link to your cards in the comments so we can all have a squiz!

Kris xox

Handmade Christmas Cards and Tree Ornaments

10 Dec

Hiya folks

I finally started making my Christmas cards!  Yes I know I really need to hustle my butt and make more so I can get them posted in time but I wanted to show you what I’ve created so far.

I decided to use up this tan cardstock as it was part of Kaszazz’s Heritage pack that has now been discontinued.  At first I really didn’t know what to do to make this colour work for Christmas but a little gold embossing powder and ta-da!  Embossing really does work wonders and can be used with any colours or stamps designs.  And there is just so many combinations you can create like using coloured embossing powder with a clear ink like perfect medium or using a clear ep on a coloured pigment ink for a totally different look.

I’ve used some frayed burlap distress ink on the edges to soften the starkness of the ivory card and I applied some in the middle too using my ink blending tool.

These two tag ornaments were created for my handmade ornament swap I hosted on swap-bot.  I took the lead from the scallop ornaments I’d made earlier on.  I am loving the distress crackle paint at the moment.  I had quite a few tubs left from my prize at conference back in March so it was great to finally be able to put them to use.

Oh and here’s a great tip for anyone out there with gluggy, dried up tubs of crackle paint: grab a wooden stick (paddle pop style) and add a couple drops of water to your tub and get whippy.  Mix, mix, mix ’til your paint comes back to life.  Make sure to only start with a few drops of water at a time – you don’t want it too thin.  I did this to all my tubs even the ones I thought were destined for the rubbish bin and now they are smooth and lovely once again.

If you need some more ideas for Christmas cards have a look here, here and here!  Oh and I’ve finally started adding photos to my Flickr account so feel free to take a peek.

Kris

Embossed Christmas Cards

30 Oct

Well boys and girls it’s not too early to start making your Christmas cards!  I’ve been having a little play with some simple designs that I can whip up bulk style to cover all the card sending needs this Christmas.  Ahem not like last year when I didn’t make any…I know it’s unbeleivable isn’t it?  These three cards are all embossed and I’ve used distress inks on the base card with our new swirl stamp which is becoming a sure favorite.

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This first card I’ve used Verdigris embossing powder on the design adhesives (yes you can use them that way too – they are amazing).  The colours of the card is all wrong so I need to use the verdigris on something else but it is a beautiful finish, it’s a bit hard to see in the photo but the powder has greens and golds in it which melt together to give a lovely pattina.

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These two are just embossed with the gold ep.  They look quite pretty for a quick and simple card.  I think I’m onto a winner with these two.  So will you be making your own cards to send out this Christmas?  Do you even send cards?  I love receiving mail, it can really brighten your day so now I’ll take any excuse or holiday to post something out!

Happy Holidays (almost)

Kris

Blog Wars and cheaper Kaszazz products!

28 Oct

Hiya folks!

Today I have some cards to share with you that I made for the Blog War Challenge a week or so ago that I never got to post.  The Challenge was glitter and double sided sticker paper (jac paper).  Now I thought it would be a great opportunity to buy some of the new glitters that Kaszazz has brought out and to use them with the new Design Adhesives.  If you haven’t heard of Design Adhesives they are essentially a double sided sticky image, many of them are in our much loved rollergraph designs and there’s a few new ones too.  You get four sheets of them in a pack and most designs can be cut up to use individually which makes them terrific value.  I am really into these little beauties!

I bought two of the new glitters and let me tell you they are SPARKLY!  I got Sparkling Amethyst a dazzling, vibrant pinky purple and Peridot a knock-your-socks-off bright green.  The colours are so rich that I can’t wait to add more to my collection – especially now the price has been reduced!  Yes you read that right, don’t adjust your computer screens it is not a misprint ha ha.  Due to a few reasons Kaszazz has LOWERED the price on many products including glitters, design adhesives, embossing powders, ink pads, ribbons and lots more.  It mostly the things that come from the USA as our dollar is performing so superbly.  You will be happy to know that now as well as great service from your consultant you can get products that are on par or cheaper than the shops and on line.  How awesome is that?  Makes my job even easier not to mention more spare change for me to spend on more product!  If you need a copy of the new prices please drop me a line to krismarr(at)iprimus(dot)com(dot)au and i’ll email it to you pronto.

Okay now on to the cards…

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Aren’t these the most happy shiny Christmas cards you’ve ever seen?  It was a bit hard to get the detail and sparkles in the photo but you get the jist of it.  I love the bright fun colours, something a little different for Christmas cards eh?  So what do you think?  Love them?  Too bright?  Do you like traditional cards or modern when it comes to Christmas?  I like them all really but using different colours is a nice change.

aurevoir

Kris

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