Gingerbread people 

So today was the day, I had base coated the remaining 38 gingerbread, cut 80 sets of clothes (3 goes to get the design right so I could use the cricut to cut out, still needed a small trim as I went but much easier than doing all by hand), raided the stash for ribbon, bling, buttons and anytng else we could use for decoration.

I ended up using a glue stick rather than the xyron after some advice from a friend to attach the clothes and pressed flat with my bone folder.  It took mum and I about 5 hours to dress and bling all of them.  Great to do a far bit of destashing.  They are all resting in a box until they are gifted to the lucky recipients safely layered with greaseproof.  Not what we had actually planned to do today but pleased to get this job done.

 
Happy crafting

Katrina

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Quick christmas cards – design then repeat!

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Currently I am churning out christmas cards for a local homeless charity op shop to sell to raise new funds to build new accommodation.  I am taking this opportunity to start destashing but also come up with some simple elegant angel policy compliant cards that can be made quickly and sold for a reasonable price.

Bit like my family christmas cards I like to create a design that I can then repeat quickly.  It is great to have beautifully designed cards but when you are making 150, even starting in October its a lot of work.

So I bought a 12×12 paper with christmas messages from kaisercraft and cut it up,  then die cut a stack of christmas trees with my cricut, found some green pattern paper and started tearing.  Top tip with tearing, tear on the wrong side facing you and toward you and you will not end up with white bits!  Assemble, tidy up the edges and add some bling.

Happy crafting

Katrina

Using chipboard albums to create an extra special card

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I have been making a lot of chipboard and mdf albums into special birthday and occasion cards. I started with two sets of mdf congratulations to make as memento for two close friends weddings where they requested no gifts then 10 60th birthday albums and now a baby one.  Once you get started you will be hooked!

There are a few tips floating around when working with these albums but here are mine:

  • Do choose a theme then pull out from your stash everything you have that relates.
  • Do buy a good quality spray adhesive to attach the paper to the base. It will attach firmly within five minutes and be smooth. I used 3M Super 77 Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive and would definately buy it again.
  • Layout your chosen papers numbering the back of each paper and the corresponding base. After you have taken the time you do not want to attach the wrong ones.
  • Use a scalpel to cut around the edge once you have stuck it down, one side at a time.
  • If you cut too much or tear the paper do not worry use a sanding block it will create a tear line and smooth your paper into the colour you painted around the edge.
  • If you nick the edge use coloured pens to blend, they are much easier to manage than paint.
  • When choosing your embellishments work out where to place then make sure to lay each piece on top of each other before attaching, ideally you want the finished pages to sit evenly not sit up on one side.
  • Use a scalpel to push through the paper and expose the hole, do not worry about being too neat the ring will cover these.
  • Do not forget to leave a space to write on the card or at least add a small open envelope that you can insert a personal message or if you are doing a word, make a note card to go in the box.
  • Paper or bakers twine is best to hold garlands together or metal hinged rings for album cards but that does not mean you cannot add a ribbon.
  • Buy or make a small box to put your creation in. Nestle it in some tissue paper because it is your gift to the recipient.

Here are photos of the rest of the album to give you a few ideas.

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Hanging christmas cards

A call went out from some lovely ladies who make up christmas stockings for Aussie soldiers serving abroad. Mum made the christmas stockings and I made a few cards. The requirements – must be 1/4 of an A4 sized page and not folded. A challenge indeed as not christmas cards but postcards and no sparkle, glitter or metal of any kind was to be used. Needed to be for men and women so no cutsey ones would suit.

Well I wanted to do something different and make sure they could be displayed. So how could they be displayed when must be flat? Of course, I thought after many hours pondering they could be decorations on the tree as well as a card. So I started by cutting a printed xmas paper to cover the front and wrap around to the back to give a little hint of colour. Then added chipboard embellishments, printed journal cards and stickers. Hole punched the top and threaded with some bakers twine. Here are the finished results.

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I love this design so much I am going to use for our family christmas cards this year. Well better get started!

Happy crafting
Kat

How to upcycle items for card making

I am always in search of ideas to upcycle or reuse items purchased for non-card making purposes. It is a small way to offset the reams of paper I seem to print on a daily basis when at work but also forces you to be more creative. Below is a list of 10 items I have used to create card friendly items:

1. Textured wool – combine normal wool, crochet metallic thread and one of the newer varieties of wools (feather, Pom Pom etc) and use these to loop through tags

2. Front covers of patterned paper pads – don’t throw these out, cut the pictures of what’s inside out and use a backgrounds. Also keep the back card to use in your die cutting or as a mat when you are stamping

3. Ribbons from your tops and dresses – those annoying little bits that really are useless for keeping you item on the hanger, cut them off and use as an embellishment

4. Sticker sheets – think about how you can use the negative, some times you can’t but even short little bits left over from cutting a piece the right width for you card can be used to create a pleasing pattern (eg arrange these at different angles down one side of the card)

5. Mail – keep an eye out for good quality envelopes particularly those with patterned paper on the inside and card. These make fabulous backgrounds.

6. Buttons – raid your stash of spare buttons even those cut off from inside shirts and use these in your card designs.

7. Stud earrings – go through your jewelry collection and pull out any you don’t wear or are missing its mate and the use these as you would a brad. You will need pliers to bend the back and add a spot of glue to the point end or cut off the back and glue directly to your card.

8. Cards you have received – Look for good quality cards with square or rectangular designs to cut out and use as an embellishment – use foam tape or wobble springs to make them a feature.

9. Wrapping paper – cheap wrapping paper from the dollar shop with a regular design which can but cut out also make great focal pieces as do patterned paper for backgrounds. Used wrapping paper and foil from your Easter chocolates also make great background paper. If these seem to light to use by themselves stick them to some card first.

10. Clear plastic in packaging – you often see these in toy boxes can be used to make shaker cards or embossed.

Till next time, happy crafting.

Katrina

Christmas project 6 – bauble xmas tree

Well I actually made this in October for my mum’s birthday so haven’t been able to post it in case she saw it. A few years ago I made a bauble tree its core, a foam cone has now disintegrated and as a result the poor tree collapsed. The cheap plastic balls also were starting to show their age.

Mum asked me to refurb the tree but I had a better idea, make a new one with modern colours (pink, purple, blue, green etc) for her birthday. The result it pretty good.

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To make, start with a small pot or bucket, add oasis core to fill the pot. If you want a nice symmetrical tree you should also add a cone insert however I recommend spray painting either gold or silver before inserting. This is so if you can see it between the balls it doesn’t stand out. Then starting from the bottom start gluing the balls around the tree. At the top add your choice of decoration. I decided on a star but as my tree is also a bit “organic” I also added a couple of cute decorations and some pink ribbon. To finish off I purchased some “diamonte” stick on letters to spell Joy.

Katrina

Christmas project 4… pipe cleaner gift tags

OK I am the first to admit this does rely on you having a family with first names that start with a different letter or being creative and using different colours for different family groups. I did this for some friends, I had a duplicate on the N so I made green and white for boys and red and white for girls.

Simple to make and easy for kids to help out. Just twist and turn the pipecleaners into the shape of the first letter of recipients name and make a small loop somewhere on it to make it easy to tie to the gift.

Perhaps you might have guessed by my recent post that I am a christmas tragic but I blame that on my mum for eating 5kg of cherries on xmas eve and thus my early arrival on xmas day, one month early!

Katrina