Set of Drawers - Kaisercraft / Cosmo Cricket "Material Girl"

Hi Everyone - remember how I said I was going to be posting another set of the Kaisercraft drawers available here from Artfull Crafts - well - here they are!

This time I have used the equally fabulous Material Girl collection from Cosmo Cricket - PERFECT for turning these drawers into a sewing box for my Mum (the previous writing desk was for my MIL)
All the drawers are fully lined with patterned paper, and the assembled shelves measure about 230mm x 160mm x 90mm (or if you are like me and think in inches - roughly 9 inches high, 6.5 inches wide and 4 inches deep!)
For those of you not familiar with Kaisercraft BTP projects, these come completely flat packed and you have to assemble them yourself. 

If you are in the US - these drawers are available from Scrapbook.com - http://store.scrapbook.com/kai-sb2088.html 
Don't forget to check out the new Paper Issues challenge - where you can link up your projects. 
The theme for the next three weeks is "New" - and anything goes. Take a look at http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-challenge.html 
Any questions - just leave a comment!
Lowri

Diary for 2011 plus "New" Paper Issues Challenge!

Hi Everyone - another project to share today.  This time I have taken the Kaisercraft 2011 Diary (available here from Artfull Crafts) and used Crate Paper's Brook Collection for the decoration.

I have created a "bookmark" using some of the patterned paper with some double sided adhesive chipboard in the middle for added strength.




Like most of the Kaisercraft BTP Projects I complete - I have sanded the edges and painted before covering in a base layer of paper.

I then cut around with a very sharp knife and lightly sand the paper along the edges for a neat finish.
A few of the beautiful Paper Clips from Basic Grey's Origins Collection match perfectly as page markers



Don't forget to check out the new Paper Issues challenge - where you can link up your projects. The theme for the next three weeks is "New" - and anything goes. Take a look at http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-challenge.html



Set of Drawers - Kaisercraft / Cosmo Cricket "Circa 1934"

Hi Everyone - hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day! Now that it's over, over the next few days, I get to share some of the Christmas Gifts I made without fear of anyone getting a sneak preview!

First off - this Kaisercraft Chest of Drawers (available here from Artfull Crafts). This is my favourite BTP release from Kaisercraft this year and  I have used the latest Cosmo Cricket Collection "Circa 1934" along with a couple of other "vintagey" bits and pieces to decorate it.
This collection from Cosmo Cricket was quite a small one but the Chipboard pieces are fantastic and so versatile.
All the drawers are fully lined with patterned paper, and the assembled shelves measure about 230mm x 160mm x 90mm (or if you are like me and think in inches - roughly 9 inches high, 6.5 inches wide and 4 inches deep!)

Here are some pictures of the drawers close up..




For those of you not familiar with Kaisercraft BTP projects, these come completely flat packed and you have to assemble them yourself. 
If you are in the US - these drawers are available from Scrapbook.com - http://store.scrapbook.com/kai-sb2088.html 
I have another one of these shelf sets to show you later in the week - so stay tuned for more!
Any questions - just leave a comment!
Lowri



Wine Glass Charms 3 ways & Placecards

Hi Everyone.
First off a big hello and thank-you to Liz and all her fantastic staff and customers who made me so welcome at the shop last weekend. I had so much fun and it was really great to meet so many of you.

I have a couple of ideas this week - SO easy to do and heaps of fun for a party

Wine Glass Markers

Baubles
Here I have used a cuttlebug die to cut paper, chipboard and acrylic and sandwiched them all together!


I have used the Christmas Carnival Collection from Kaisercraft for both the paper and the buttons. Liz has these at a fantastic price at the moment too. A printed name label and a couple of rhinestones and these are completed in under an hour!

Holly
These really could not be simpler!


This time I have used the Kaisercraft Tis the Season Chipboard Holly Leaves and added some red rhinestones and a painted chipboard letter.

Circles
I have used the packaging from the Imaginisce Cottage Christmas Stickers and cut 2 scalloped circles, used one of the Stickers to decorate the front and decorated with an eyelet for a neat finish. 

A few beads on the ring for extra sparkle and again, these are put together really quickly.

Placecards
One of the great things about visiting the shop at the weekend was being able to actually have a really good look at the products.


These Theresa Collins papers are of an amazing quality and I have used a spellbinders labels die to cut the shapes and simply folded them in half

Each of these are slightly different and again I have used the Cuttlebug die to create the notes.

I hope these have inspired you to have a go at creating your own wine glass markers! They are a great way to use up scraps and make a great keepsake from a party!
The rings are available from any bead store or you could just use a piece of wire tied around the base of the glass.
Any questions - just leave a comment!

Christmas Favours for the Kids!

Hi Everyone - a few more ideas today for Christmas Favours - for your kids this time!

Treat Bags

I just LOVE these. I saw the idea for creating these in the Creating Keepsakes magazine, but looking online there are heaps of versions of the same theme – so here is mine. 

My kids thought this was hilarious and now they ask for snowman poop instead of marshmallow! After I made these I thought of some non p**p related rhymes too. What about - “You are great and deserve good wishes, so here’s a bag of snowman kisses”

Lollipops
I have made these lollipop holders for the kids at my son’s daycare. They are basically a simple petal envelope template with a 2 inch base. 



I have punched a hole in the bottom for the lollipop stick and decorated the front with simple inked letters that came in my Christmas DT package. Simple and easy for kids to get at the lollipop!

Tic Tacs
I have seen these gorgeous little snowmen Tic-Tac holders on heaps of blogs, so I have recreated my version by using the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly Collection (digital version). 



These are so much fun and on most of the blogs I have seen the snowman has been stamped on the front and has a circle punched out of his “tummy” so you can see the tic-tacs through the hole – very coooool idea!

I hope you have enjoyed these - please leave a comment if you have any questions!
Must get back to the holiday planning.....





Paper "Sour Cream" Containers - with Tutorial

Hi Everyone
In North America they have these wonderful stripy mints at Christmas time.

As soon as I saw this paper from the Kaisercraft Be Merry Collection I knew what I wanted to do with it!. I have made a bucket of mints using a really simple technique which you can see below!


I used 3x4 inch rectangles meaning you can get 12 of these out of a single sheet of 12x12 paper. 






They would make great simple but elegant wrapping parcels for little presents. I have used another ruffle flower to decorate the front (you can see how these are made here)
I have made some chipboard buttons to decorate the "mints" and just tied them with organza ribbon.

I have filled these with mints and I think I will bring them down to Liz and the wonderful ladies in her shop over the weekend!

Tutorial

These are so simple - here's how I did it!


Stay tuned for heaps more Christmas Ideas over the weekend!
Linking to : http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/07/pretty-packages-party-11.html

Home Decoration - Paper Trees

Hi Everyone - Here are a couple of ideas I created for the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown. You can view the full post HERE.  You can create these easily with leftover bits and pieces from any of your papers. They certainly wouldn't have to be Christmas papers and in fact plain cardstock jazzed up with some gold or silver paints and sprays would look fantastic!

Border Punch Trees
I was inspired to create these by a picture I saw on a blog-post by Lolly Chessie - an AMAZING artist in the US who is on the DT for Crate Paper http://www.lollychops.com/lollychops/2010/07/warning-gratuitous-crafts-alert.html

Now she is a real artist and these trees she created are just awesome - so here is my version!

Kaisercraft "Be Merry" Tree


To create the tree I started with a four sided, tall triangle made of paper. I then glued pieces of border punched paper to each side in turn using double sided tape and trimmed off each side after glueing.
You could use any border punch and any paper for some really neat effects.
I cut a shorter cone from the same template to slip over the top - mainly because I couldn't figure out how to finish the top neatly! I also foolishly cut my paper cone out of scrap paper that did not at all blend in with the PP I was using on the tree, so I have attached some painted bamboo skewers down the sides to cover up! It actually gives a bit more definition to the tree too.






Cosmo Cricket "Jolly by Golly" Tree

This was the first one I made and really I learned from this that the pieces should not be too close together and look much better when more "random".



I also learned from this to cut each piece as I glued and NOT to leave it until I had done a complete side and then try and trim the sides!


Cone Paper Trees


OK - so my husband has said these look like three paper cones stacked on top of one another - and I have to say I agree with him!!! However - I think there is definitely a possibility of doing something a little more creative with them - I just ran out of time though! I found the template here and for the larger tree just enlarged it on the computer.  

I hope you enjoy these ideas and don;t forget to e-mail Liz your home decorations to be in to win this week's prize draw!
Lowri :-)
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