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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

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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

Playing catch-up

25 Nov

Hi groovy peeps!

It seems I just cannot get enough hours in the day to do everything I want; either I need to start prioritising and dropping things that aren’t important or I need to get super efficient and organised.  Maybe a bit of from each column.

I did get very carried away with playing games on Facebook (farmville, cafe world, island paradise etc) which seemed to suck a lot of my time – I think if I were to play similar games on the Playstation (like sims) it would be less demanding as once you turn it off it stops whereas the Facebook games continue whether you’re logged on or not!  Does anyone else feel chained to their cafe or farm ha ha?  So really when I think about how important those games are to me……well it’s probably best to give them the boot!

What else has been filling my hours?  Well when I first joined swap-bot I was swapping like crazy and that was getting a bit out of hand so I’ve decided to slow down and only sign up for or host really good swaps that focus on things I really care about like crafting and so on.  I think that will make me much happier.

I’ve also taken November and December as active leave from Kaszazz so I don’t have to do any workshops or demo’s to retain my benefits.  This should be giving me heaps more time but so far I can’t find any!

I really don’t want to give up blogging but I realise that I need to commit to more posts if I want anyone to hang around and keep on reading.  This is something I must work on because I do love to blog!

Ahhhh what a conundrum to be in.  I’m sure most people feel they could do with a few more hours in the day.  What would you do if you had oh say and extra 2 hours a day up your sleeve?  And if you’ve got any tips for getting things done and how to prevent getting side tracked I would love to hear them please!

So apart from being a very wordy post today I did want to let you know that I have been crafting – yes, yes I have!  I’ve been working on some Christmas decorations; some for my swap-bot swap, some for me and a very pretty creation for my mum.  I’ve been having a lot of fun making these and trying out different techniques and styles.  They are almost all finished so I’ll be able to put some photos up very soon.  Also craft related; I once again have cleaned up my studio.  It was getting to the stage where the spare bed had become another dumping ground for papers, boxes and craft bits and pieces and the floorspace was shrinking before my very eyes!  I do try to be an organised person but usually things get out of hand and stay that way for longer than I’d like to admit.  I must say that this cleaning and tidying effort was spurred only the impeding visit of my dear mum …I didn’t think she’d appreciate having to heave a heap of junk off her bed before retiring for the night!  It’s mum’s birthday this week so we are planning to have a girls day out, shopping, lunch and perhaps a movie too.  I haven’t seen mum for a while so I am really looking forward to it.

Oh and Paperific went well!  My feet were ready to drop off by the end of the day but we had some lovely ladies stop in and visit.  And my wallet did not suffer too much, I was very good.  I also have a new recruit!!!  Hooorahhh.  A very nice lady in Warnambool has decided to join Kaszazz.  I am slightly excited by the prospect of a mini holiday to go see her hee hee.

Now I should mention a new goal of mine…it’s rather huge and I’m a bit scared to put it in writing but after going to Paperific and my big clean up in the studio I have come to the conclusion that I am a hoarder.  Eeeek I said it, phew that is hard to admit.  You see I have a strange addiction, I buy supplies and then cannot bring myself to use them for various reasons; some being they are too pretty (?) they are too good for any project I happen to be working on (!) or I am scared to use them because I may never get them again (what the?!?).  Now I do realise how silly this is, especially when I do a lot of crafts for myself which means I would still “own” these supplies and be able to look at them anytime I wanted.  So I am putting my foot down.  No more purchasing of supplies until I use most of what I have.  One of my friends kindly pointed out to me that if I didn’t use up my supplies they would become dated and there is always nice new shiny things to buy so I don’t really need to hang onto them so desperately.  There are some exceptions to this new rule of mine…I can still buy Kaszazz supplies for workshops and I can also buy myself new Kaszazz products with vouchers I have earned and of course I am allowed to buy adhesives.  That’s it.  No spending of cold card cash or cold hard plastic anymore lol!

So do you think I can do it?  Something seriously needed to be done as I could open a shop with all the supplies I own.  I tried to explain this weird addiction/obsession of mine to James and he finally “got” it when I showed him all the unopened reels of ribbon I had in the cupboard.  It really was becoming ridiculous.  Anyway that’s my goal and I’ll be uploading photos of all my creations using up my stash, I might even put a special tag on them so we can see just how many things I can make without buying anything.  This is the biggest challenge ever and I’m kind of looking forward to it!

Okay folks thanks for letting me bend your ear, so to speak, and don’t forget to share those organisational tips please!

hugs and more hugs

Kris

Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap

8 Nov

Hi folks

Well I’m still having a ball on Swap-bot getting and sending lots of lovely snail mail!  I have just created a swap for handmade Christmas ornaments, this is my first time hosting so I’m very excited.  This is an Aussies only one (sorry gals) to save postage costs and we will have two partners each.  It’s fairly simple and straightforward so if you want to join in hop along to swap-bot go to my profile under krismakes and look under hosting swaps.  You will need to be a member of swap-bot to join in though!  I will post photos once swaps are received.

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Oh and yesterday I made a mini album for all my swap-bot goodies.  I love it, it’s like a great big collage!  I will take a photo today and stick it in this post so stay tuned.  Edit:: will post separately!!!!

hugs

Kris

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