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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

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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

February Workshops 2010

26 Jan

edit: unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances I have had to cancel the last two workshops.  If you were interested in coming to these please let me know so I can re-shedule them some time in the future. 

These are the workshops I will be running from home in February.  For workshop costs and more info please email me krismarr(at)iprimus(dot)com(dot)au. Info on Basic Toolkits can be found here.

Sat 6th ~ Perfect Pearls Party Cards by krismakes. If you haven’t tried Design Adhesives yet then this is the workshop for you.  We will make four bright and funky birthday cards with Perfect Pearls, stamping and Design Adhesives.  BYO basic tool kit.  10am start.

Wed 17th ~ Sparkle Cards 2H434 by Kaszazz. Forgotten how to emboss?  Come along and make this cute set of cards and wallet using the gorgeous Opalescent embossing powder.  This would make a sweet gift for a friend or keep it all to yourself (I won’t tell).  This is a fantastic class for embossing beginners – you will be a “pro” by the end of the workshop.  BYO basic tool kit.  10am start.

Sat 27th ~ Home Tweet Home Hanger by krismakes. We will be using a vast array of products and techniques in this one!  Includes Distress Crackle Paint, Rollergraph stamping, Paint Dabbers, Glitter and Glossy Accent embellishments.  You will go home with a “tweet” little hanger for your front door.  BYO basic tool kit and chipboard letters (or order a set from me). 10am start.

Hope to see you there!

February Workshops: card making and beyond the page!

18 Jan

Hello Creative Peeps!

I have been refining my workshop dates for the year, juggling things about and I think I’ve got it all set.  You can check out my workshop dates for the whole year by clicking here or click on the Workshops tab at the top of this page.

Here is a brief run down of the February workshops::

Sat 6th ~ Perfect Pearls Party Cards by krismakes. If you haven’t tried Design Adhesives yet then this is the workshop for you.  We will make four bright and funky birthday cards with Perfect Pearls and Design Adhesives.  BYO basic tool kit.  10am start.

Wed 17th ~ Sparkle Cards 2H434 by Kaszazz. Forgotten how to emboss?  Come along and make this cute set of cards and wallet using the gorgeous Opalescent embossing powder.  This would make a sweet gift for a friend or keep it all to yourself (I won’t tell).  BYO basic tool kit.  10am start.

Sat 27th ~ Home Tweet Home Hanger by krismakes. We will be using a vast array of products and techniques in this one!  Includes Distress Crackle Paint, Rollergraph stamping, Paint Dabbers and Glossy Accent embellishments.  You will go home with a “tweet” little hanger for your front door.  BYO basic tool kit and chipboard letters (or order a set from me). 10am start.

These workshops are run from my home in Shepparton if you’d like me to come to you that can also be arranged.  For info on what a basic tool kit includes click here.   I will post the workshops again with some sneek peak photos and more information, but if you can’t wait till then just drop me a line at krismarr(at)iprimus(dot)com(dot)au.  For workshop costs please email me.

I will be back soon with news from the Kaszazz January new release and the winner of the early bird RSVP draw!

Kris

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

Handmade Christmas Decorations

7 Dec

I wanted to share some decorations I made recently.  I had a lot of fun doing these and am rather chuffed with how they came out.  I took some inspiration from Naomi Elliot who featured a Christmas decoration made from the Kaszazz chipboard scallop.  I actually loathed these scallops when they came out as I thought they were pretty useless but now I will eat my words…I love them!  And now I have lots of ideas on how to use them.  Isn’t it funny, sometimes you just need to see something through another persons eyes.

This one I made for my Mum as her favorite colour is blue (sorry for the bluryness).  I love this and am thinking I need to make another one for me to keep!

This shabby chic style pink ornament is the first one I made and I will keep for myself.  I’m thinking of hanging it on the front door perhaps instead of the tradtional wreath, it’s looks nice there!  I love how the black takes the pink from girly girl to classic.

This last one I made in traditional Christmas colours and I am sending it to a swap-bot friend.  The colour is a bit off as I took the photo inside at night 😦

I used all Kaszazz products for these including the new Christmas stamps, design adhesives, glitter, embossing powders, distress crackle paint and distress ink.  I love them all and only wish I had time to make more before the big day!  I’d love to know what you think of my ornaments, so…

So how is your Christmas decorating going?  Do you put up a tree and lights?  Have you made any of your own decorations this year?  I plan on putting our tree up in the next few days as I want to be able to enjoy it for longer this year!  I am also thinking of whipping up some scrapbook paper garlands as they appear to be rather easy…I’ll let you know how that goes ha ha!

cheerio

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

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