Winner of Blog Giveaway is.....

Hi Everyone - I just made a list of all commenters and new followers (they got 2 entries), numbered them and then found a cool random number generator thing. The winner is number....

45 - which is DAWN PERKINS! Congrats to Dawn - she has a new, cool blog with a funky style HERE and she is also on the Paper Issues team. Here is one of her creations - isn't it great!

Check us all out at There is some great inspiration from some seriously good scrappers, cardmakers and "other bits and pieces makers". You can link up your own project too to share you own great ideas and generate some traffic for your blog.

Dawn - I'll be in touch and look forward to making you some cards and sending you some goodies. ENJOY!

Christmas Tree Decorations

Hi Everyone - Christmas Tree Decorations is the theme this week on the Artfull Crafts Blog - take a look at these ideas and be sure to check out the other ladies posts - especially this great paper ornament from Tina.

Musical Kaisercraft Flourishes

I love these flourishes from Kaisercraft - one word of warning - they are VERY delicate! Even prizing them off the paper can be tricky so handle with care. They are so beautiful though..

I painted the tree with red paint and then stamped over the top with white ink using the Kaisercraft Sheet Music stamp. To give a little lift and sparkle I have added some rhinestones..

Here I gave the ornament a base coat of red and then dry-brushed white paint over the top to try and get a vintagey look. Again I used the music stamp and added some rhinestones for bling.

To demonstrate how delicate these are - my husband just this second stepped on this one by accident whereby it shattered into a hundred pieces LOL. He might be getting humbugs in his stocking this year...

Clay Ornaments

CuttleBug Stamping
These were so much fun to make. I have used some DAS white clay (from any craft store or the Warehouse here in NZ), rolled it out to about 1/4 inch and then rolled it on top of a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I have played around with using the embossed and de-bossed sides for different effects. I then used a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes

I have then painted them with 2 coats of acrylic paint, a light brush of metallic acrylic paint and then I have sanded off the top layer with sandpaper to reveal the embossed pattern.

You can make 70+ of so of these from a $10 pack of clay - so VERY cheap! Get the kids involved - think how excited the Grandparents would be to receive handmade ornaments from the Grandkids!!

Acrylic Stamp Stamping!

To make these ornaments I simply rolled the clay flat and pressed the Kaisercraft Be Merry Stamp hard into the clay using an acrylic block and then cut around it with a knife.  I saw something similar on the Kaiser blog and thought it would be a fun way to try and make a tree shape!

Once again I just slopped some paint on - left to dry overnight and then sanded off the top layer. You HAVE to try this - it's so simple and all the design work is done by the stamp. It takes a bit of practice to get the pressure right - but if you make a mistake you just re-roll and try again!

Paper Cones

These are pretty self explanatory! Make a cone of paper and fill it with goodies to hang on your tree. To make the cone I drew a circle and then cut it into quarters. I used strong double sided tape to hold it together and then threaded organza ribbon to hang.  HINT - you might want to put a little weight (just small garden stones) into the base of the cone to stop it flipping over when you hang it up!

I have used the Kaisercraft "Be Merry" papers here - they don't show up too well in the sunlight though..

Now I should also say that I don't have my Christmas tree up yet!  Both mine and my sisters birthdays are in early December and the rule when we were young was that the tree goes up after my sisters birthday on the 10th!
I used a few trees in my garden for the pics, including one in our forestry block that the kids have already marked out as this years tree for the lounge - I think we might have to raise the roof to get it in though!

Any questions - just post it in a comment and I will reply.

Christmas Music CD's

Hi Everyone - last week on the Artfull Crafts blog the theme was Stocking Stuffers and Scraps. You can see my complete post here and be sure to take a look at what the other ladies have come up with too!

Crate Paper "Snow Day" CD
OK - so who doesn't love Christmas Music!?  Also - who doesn't love this fabulous Snow Day Collection from Crate Paper. It has the most gorgeous colours and like all the Crate Paper products - they are of the highest quality. I have used the papers and additional elements to create this CD for my sister in the UK.

I have decorated a plain tin for the CD using papers, border and phrase stickers and die-cut elements from the Snow Day Collection. 


I have printed a playlist for the inside cover and I made a folded paper holder for the CD
The fabric brads are the perfect attachment for lifting the CD out, not to mention they are just gorgeous!  

I also just a got a new printer which prints directly onto CD's so I was desperate to give that a whirl too. I was a bit naughty and just copied and pasted an image of the Crate Paper from the internet (don't tell!)

Kaisercraft "Christmas Carnival" CD
One of my other fave Christmas Collections (and fave collections of all time in fact) has been Kaisercrafts' "Christmas Carnival" from last year. 

I have again decorated a plain tin for the CD using mostly bits and pieces from the Christmas Carnival Collection. The star is from an old Thickers pack and I have stamped music notes over it using StayzOn ink. I have been waiting to use that musical note Cuttlebug die for ages!

The buttons from the Christmas Carnival embellishment pack were great for lifting the CD out. 

Hope you enjoyed these - remember you have until tomorrow to enter my giveaway :-)

Leave a comment on any of my blog posts OR become a follower (before 5pm New Zealand time November 26th) and I will enter your name into the draw to win the prize. If you become a follower you get 2 entries into the draw and you get one entry for each comment.

Books, Bookmarks, Bits & Bobs!

Hi there - Am posting a few pics of bits and bobs I completed a while back - I am going to try and link the bookmarks up to the Paper Issues site for the Thanksgiving theme, so fingers crossed it works!

DIY Photo Albums

I made these books for friends of mine in Canada who are going through a rough time. I thought it might be fun for them to find some favourite family photos and stick them in a little album with the kids!

For the "boy" book I have used the Archaic range by Basic Grey

For the "girl" book I have used the Earth Love range from Cosmo Cricket - one of my all time faves!

Thank-You Bookmarks

Once again I have used the Earth Love range. It was also the only orange paper I had! 
These are so simple but would make a cute idea for teachers gifts, hostess thank-you notes etc. 

I miss the Fall and Winter in Canada - it still seems so weird to me to be having Christmas in the middle of summer!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US and Canada!

Exciting News, PLUS Blog Giveaway

Hi there - I have some exciting news - I have joined the Paper Issues Creative Team in the US for a 3 month period!

With Design Team members from some of the best in the business including Prima, Crate Paper, American Crafts to name just a few, this site is sure to be a place for some truly awesome inspiration. There is some seriously GREAT stuff on this new blog and I am thrilled to be a part of it.  Click here to check it out.

Here is a sneak peek of a Christmas Project I am keeping to post on the Blog later in the month :-)

You can link your own projects up to the blog and they are looking to attract ALL types of papercrafters - so whether layouts, cards, altered items or ANYTHING else using paper is your thing - head on over and take a look.

OK - so by way of celebration I am offering another AWESOME blog giveaway - and once again - yes I will mail this anywhere in the world!

WIN a handmade card set of your choice, with a cool folder to keep them in! To give you an idea - here are the last two I have made and given away.. Can you tell I love Cosmo Cricket!?! 

PLUS a $30 goodie bag! The last one had Thickers, Basic Grey rub-ons, Kaier Pearls, die cuts, Kaisercraft Brads, LYB clear stickers - and that's just what I can remember!!

Leave a comment on any of my blog posts OR become a follower (before 5pm New Zealand time November 26th) and I will enter your name into the draw to win the prize. If you become a follower you get 2 entries into the draw and you get one entry for each comment.

Finally - head over to the Artfull Crafts Blog to check out this week's Christmas Countdown entries. The theme was "Stocking Stuffers and Scraps". Here are a couple of my entries - more details to follow!

Christmas CD

Christmas Mini using Scraps

Folded Photo Wallet - Crate Paper 'Restoration'

Hi there - This week on the Artfull Crafts Blog the theme is Stocking Stuffers and Scraps. I have heaps of bits and pieces to post - but will restrict to one day at a time!

I made this photo wallet for my MIL this week as she spent some unexpected time in hospital. It's so simple and is slim-line enough to fit easily into a bag, purse or wallet. It measures 10cm x 7cm and has a magnetic snap closure (from Basic Grey).

It almost looks like a little purse!
 I have used one of my favourite ranges from the last year (well, from all time really) Restoration from Crate Paper.

The colours in this range are gorgeous. I have seen lots of heavily distressed projects using this range, but that's not really my style, so I wanted to show it can be used for a "clean lines" project too.

Needed to add the paper strip to hide the second magnet
I needed for strength!

These colours are just so stunning. Sepia photos were a great match!

The album opens up to reveal fold out flaps containing more photos. It's amazing how slim the wallet stays when folded, despite all the layers..

Lots of grandchildren pics to cheer up Nonnie!
A small album like this is a great way to showcase lots of photos and would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves to keep piccies close at hand...

Have used some of the wonderful accents and stickers in the Restoration line.
This is as close as I get to journaling!!

Make sure to keep an eye on the Artfull Crafts Blog where every week we are giving away a great prize for submitting your version of the weeks theme.

Stay tuned for some more great stocking stuffers ideas. Coming later in the week - make a great Christmas CD with all your fave songs, an awesome magnet set and HEAPS of kids party favour ideas....


Covered Lids Tutorial plus Homemade Christmas Gifts!

Hi Everyone

Here are a few ideas for Himemade Gifts this Holiday season.

Covered Lids Tutorial

I found this technique on a recycling blog - it's really simple if you know how! This tutorial below should show you everything you need to know - just leave me a comment if you need any more information.

I have used the Kaisercraft Be Merry Collection for these.  I also made a few of the paper flowers shown in my tutorial for extra decoration on these bottles.

Gift Tins
I have once again used the Imaginisce Cottage Christmas Collection for these tins. I bought them both really cheaply and loved the fact they had the clear lids so you can see the goodies inside.
It really was as simple as wrapping the paper and ribbon around the tins, just taking the time to get the pieces straight.

Gift Jars
These are so simple it's almost embarrassing to show them! I loved the idea of doing hot chocolate and marshmallows, until my husband reminded me that Christmas here is in Summer - which I had totally forgotten! Mulled wine sachets tied with a cinnamon stick and ribbon are great for an adult hostess gift too..


Leave a comment with any questions.

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