New Make & Take Projects

I am loving the New Kaszazz Catalogue…I’m also loving all the new Workshops and Projects for the FREE Make & Takes that have been created by some of the very talented Consultants across Australia.

Today I’m planning on featuring the New Make & Take Projects with you. These are the FREE Projects we do at Markets, Festivals, Events and for our own Open Houses. These are a great way for people to come along and discover they CAN craft. 🙂

Which is your favourite? Which one/s leap out at you for your attention?

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I’m asking as I’ve got no idea just yet as to a fave…they’re all just too cute and adorable and too perfect to pick one. Ahhh, First World Problem. 🙂

Till Tomorrow!! xxx

Holly Background

While I was skimming through YouTube last weekend I stumbled across a Tutorial showing different uses for Nesting Dies which intrigued me just a little.

So this week I made it my mission to ‘attempt’ a few of the Techniques that were shared. And I’ve got to say, I’m impressed.

Today I’m sharing with you a different Christmas Card using my Holly Die as the Background.

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I’ll share the Technique with you on the next Techie Tuesday. It’s certainly easier than I thought. It also opens up a world of possibilities for all the Dies that are in my Collection.

Till then, big weekend ahead in the Kaszazz World with the release of our newest Catalogue and Project Book which means our Retiring Products are heading to Tahiti as of tonight. Also means heaps to share with you next week!! 🍹🍹

Till Next Time, have an amazing Weekend!! xx

 

Techie Tuesday – Perfect Pearls in Colour

This week for Techie Tuesday I wanted to have some fun…some very messy, get down and dirty kinda fun. With a touch of glam thrown in for good measure. And this is where you now find me. 🙂

I saw a few clips last week while I was laid up that featured so many of the different colour palettes for Perfect Pearls by Ranger. And I love them!! Which got me to thinking about adding my own colour to suit whatever it is I want them to suit.

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Previously on other Projects I’ve applied Perfect Pearls directly to freshly stamped images to create a softer, shimmery tint to my image, blended in with watercolour pencils for the same effect and the oldie but goodie, mixed in my Mini Mister Bottle with water to create a very shimmery spray.

 Until today, I’ve never tried to colour Perfect Pearls with re-inkers, so this was my challenge for this Techie Tuesday Post. Goals were to see a) Can it be done? & b) How effective is the end result?  I can safely say….NAILED IT!!

 I’ve used only a smidge of Perfect Pearls on the end of a spatula, added a smidge of a smidge to a tiny plastic container (for my Archival Re-Inker) and separated the rest of the smidge into two hills. One for the beautiful and rich, Fired Brick; the other for my all time fave Distress Colour, Squeezed Lemonade.

For each smidge I’ve only added one teeny drop from the dropper. Archival’s Manganese Blue is in the container to save cleaning up later. A fair bit easier than working on cleaning it all off my Craft Mat I can assure you. If you want it darker, simply add more colour; lighter, add more Perfect Pearls.

To colour my stamped image (done earlier on watercolour card with Stayz On Jet Black) I’ve used a slightly damp, fine paintbrush to pick up some of the Manganese Blue Pearls and colour. Because the Archival Inks don’t react with water as the Distress Inks do, I’m doing this one first and foremost. It did appear to dry rather quickly too, which helps.

I’ve then spritzed water over the entire watercolour card prior to using another fine paintbrush (this time rather wet) to swirl the remaining colours around on their own. I’ve then spritzed some water onto my Craft Mat and ‘combined’ (loosely used) my two Distress Colours together.

 Because of the added moisture, when I applied my Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick PP’s to my card, there is a fair amount of….hmmm seepage sounds ugh, bleeding? It ran pretty much, which is fine as I was planning on Fussy Cutting the image at the end. If you’re not into Fussy Cutting, I advise you skip the spritzing of the card and just keep your brush damp, not wet.

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 With a very wet brush, I was able to blend all my colours on the image once I’d finished adding my Pearly Inks…the end result has honestly won me over in a big way.

 **When cleaning up afterwards, I’ve found using some Stamp Cleaner works a treat on the tips of my brush that’s been dipped and swirled in the Archival Blends. I kind of ‘massage’ it through the bristles, being gentle and mindful of the brush itself. After the massage, then I swirl in around in a glass of water to rinse and spin so to speak….ooh sounds more like a session at the Day Spa! J Lucky Brush! 😉

As always, if there’s any of the Kaszazz Products you’d like to Order for your own Crafty Play Time, please send me a Private Message, or email and I’ll be in touch. Oooh and I will ask for your forgiveness with the quality of the video. I’m not brilliant at painting while standing up, but was the only way I could manage it today.

Now over to  you…have you tried this? Are you now thinking of trying it? Any other hints or tips you’d love to share with me about Perfect Pearls? I’d love to hear from you and certainly learn some more great techniques for my next Crafty Play Time!

Till Next Time!! xx

Techie Tuesday – Cutting Stamp Sets

I’m a bit behind the eight ball this week. Nothing serious, just getting everything ready for tomorrow night’s online Father’s Day Event.

This week I thought we’d look at cutting Stamp Sets. The Mini Messages are such Sets. So how do you cut them so you don’t end up with ‘burn’ marks when you stamp? What are ‘burn’ marks you ask…those pesky ‘smudges’ from the edge of your stamps that nearly always pick up extra ink when you really don’t need them to. A lot of my early Stamping shows quite a number of them sadly. Oh well, live and learn.

One of the Kaszazz Team Leaders, Cheryl Devlin, made up a quick clip to show how she cuts her Stamps.

One tip from my Mum is to keep the backing paper on while cutting. Having done it both ways, I’m finding leaving the backing paper on is making it easier to cut and trim my new Stamps than when I would remove the backing first.

I’ve also become a lot braver about cutting my Stamps over the last 18 months or so. Not quite to the point of Cheryl (as above) but pretty close to. I’m still paranoid I’ll chop into the Stamp itself…I don’t want to explain to The Man why a brand new Stamp is suddenly useless!!

What little hints and tips have you discovered when it comes to cutting Stamps? Is there a difference between the rubber Stamps Kaszazz stock and the polymer Stamps (clear) many other Companies offer to separate/cut?

Would love to hear how you do this simple but necessary task.

Till Next Time!! xx (back to my online preps me thinks) 😉

 

 

The Week that Was

Wow, Friday already! Where on earth did this week go? Actually, where did July go? I’m sure I didn’t sleep through a few days on end anywhere in there…would’ve loved to, but pretty confident I didn’t.

How was your week? Did you tick everything off your To Do List that you’d planned, or did Life throw you a curveball along the way?

I planned on having a lot more done this week, I just can’t seem to figure out what happened to throw that all in the air. Oh well, onward and upward. 🙂 No use crying over spilt milk….do cry over spilt Glossy Accents! Not that I’ve spilt any…or cried over it yet.

I have managed to make up some more Samples this week, setting aside all the Cards at least for the Online Market I’m hosting on Wednesday night (Aussie Time) and arranged a revolving door Event for friends to join in making Christmas Cards for our Troops to send home to their loved ones this Festive Season. So I’ve managed to pop a few ticks on that To Do List…I just can’t seem to shake the feeling it just doesn’t feel enough.

Hope you enjoy the slides of this week’s creations and misadventures…actually not too sure on adding the misadventures only as I’m not sure any of the photos survived. 😉

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Have an awesome Weekend full of smiles and peace. Happy Crafting!!

Till Next Time!! xx

 

Here’s to being back on your feet…

I love quirky Cards, and when it comes to Get Well Soon ones, the quirkier the better. Not that I have anything against the flowers and ribbons everyone seems to give, or the ‘Naughty Dr/Nurse’ humour that sells by the truckloads. They’re all pretty awesome, but I love something that’s a little more personal, individual and quirky.

And when I saw today’s Card Inspiration on Pinterest (again…lol) I knew I had to make one using Kaszazz products. I needed to “Kaszazzify” it! 😀 And considering yesterday I was playing around with my Jungle Friends Turtle Stamp and my AIAMs, unintentionally or subconsciously, I was setting myself up for today.

I’ve used SB Essentials Keylime for the ‘grass’ (p. 188 in the online catalogue) and trimmed down to my 1cm score line so I had a) a cutting to point and b) somewhere to adhere my 6mm Super Tape to. I then used my Bone Scorer to add some curl to some of the blades. I’ve also used our Magic Mount to the back of the fussy cut Turtle so he had some dimension and height to him over the blades of grass.

My background (which I’ve been sitting on for nearly a month!) was created using our Clouds & Waves Stencil with Manganese Blue & Aquamarine Archival Ink Pads with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad ink blended to create some interest.

All in all, this Card fits the bill….quirky, fun and bright. For a Get Well Soon Card, I think this ticks all the boxes. If you’d like to make this Card yourself, or purchase any of the products I’ve used, please drop me a line. Would love to hear from you.

Till Next Time!! xx

Techie Tuesday ~ Paper Piecing Technique

I’ve been racking my brains all day yesterday to work out what to do this week’s Techie Tuesday Post about. It finally clicked late last night, so here goes nothing.

Last October I did a fundraiser Afternoon Tea to raise funds towards women’s cancers and prior to the Event I ran a Card Class making up some gorgeous 10x10cm cards which featured Paper Piecing. The ladies all made me promise to never, ever do a Class like this again…though every Card that was made looked amazing, it was fiddly and a bit daunting with the amount of blade work included.

Which brings me to today’s Post. Paper Piecing.

I don’t really do enough of it, and certainly nothing too fiddly pretty much since last October. So I thought for today I’d refresh my own memory whilst covering the Technique for you.

Basically Paper Piecing can be one of two Techniques; one is for quilting (so not my area of knowledge trust me!) and the other is for Scrapbooking and Cards, which is where we’re going to be focusing.

It involves ‘layering’ an image to add a more visually interesting component to your work.

A person working on a scrapbook may use several different types, colours, and styles of paper to create a paper pieced design….The primary tool a person needs to paper piece is a pair of scissors. She may also use a die cut machine, which stamps out shapes in paper using pre-made forms similar to cookie cutters. Some scrapbookers, especially those who are more experienced, prefer to design and cut their own patterns for piecing.  ~ via wiseGeek.com

Wow, wasn’t aware my diecut butterflies for my Butterfly Bling Card are pretty much, by technicality Paper Piecing…what do ya know!?!

For me, I’m still working on it being cutting up the same stamped image on different papers prior to layering and attaching with Multi Medium Matte Paste (as we did in the Kaszazz Workshop 2H1396 Pieces of Cake) to create a layered, 3D stamped image. That’s my simple explanation.:)

Either way you do it, the end result is stunning and certainly appealing for a variety of Cards and Scrap Pages. Plus the added bonus for those who may have a vision impairment, they can feel the multi layers. I like to keep that in mind when I make cards for my Gran. She is legally blind, though depending on the light she is able to ‘see’ more than we remember she can…but I love making her cards as I add a lot of texture elements so she gets as much enjoyment from feeling them as she would from seeing them.

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Would love to see any Paper Piecing that you’ve enjoyed making up, and as always, love to hear from you.

Till Next Time!! xx

30 Workshops in 6 weeks

I like a challenge as much as the next person….sometimes. Other times I’ve really gotta wonder what my Big Ideas have really gotten me into. This morning, I’m a mixture of both….excitement and “Oh My Goodness WHAT ON EARTH AM I DOING?!?!?!?

I’ve set the date to go into the Markets to peddle my wares so to speak..which is FANTASTIC!! Now to work out the finer details, like Public Liability Insurance (sorted), Co Consultants to help out on the Stall (sorted), Products to sell (sorting….lol) and Displays…..no brackets for this one; so not sorted!

I went through all the current Kaszazz Workshops last night to work out which ones I have supplies here for already that I can do up as Samples for future Classes. Turns out there’s 30 from over 400. Little drop, big ocean…but we all start somewhere. Actually considering up until the last few months, I’ve never really been focused on Workshops, just what I like and what works for upcoming Classes, I’m quite surprised with my own progress.

So now I have about 6 weeks to come up with as many Samples from the 30 Workshops that I possibly can. Actually, I’ll work out today how many I’ve already done up which will make my life a fraction easier. Just a fraction mind. 😉

On top of the Samples for my upcoming Father’s Day Online Party, Cards & Boxes to sell at aforementioned Market, personal Family & Friends Birthday Cards….The Man’s party invites. Ahhh, no rest for the wicked right. 😉

So today it starts….am about to sit down and work out which ones I can get cracking on today. The sooner the 30 are done up, the sooner I can focus on everything else including finding my halo and sanity somewhere along the way.

Fingers crossed.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

3 New Workshops & NEW PRODUCTS!!

Wow, Kaszazz really caught us all on the hop yesterday with the early release of our July Products! A whole week early! 

Which is great as now I don’t have to wait to see all our new goodies…and I can order them sooner than later. Not great in that I’m ill prepared this time around. Yikes!!! Can’t be upset though, there’s sparkly things to distract me in this Collection!! 😀

Winter Wonderland includes 1 New Die, 2 New Packs of Tapes, 3 New Workshops/Projects, 12 New Distress Paints…..and why do I feel like I’m singing the 12 Days of Christmas?

I’m gonna shut up now, and let you sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a cuppa while you peruse the latest Collection from Kaszazz. 🙂 Happy perusing.

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Till Next Time!! xx

 

Hot Off The Craft Mat

What an amazing Crafty Week it’s been! Nearly all the Projects I had planned to complete at the start of the week have been flipped around for other Projects as that’s the way the mood flowed. 🙂

I’m sure we’ve all been there before…it can be frustrating I guess. I choose to look at it as being flexible and ready for pretty much everything. Matter of perspective I guess. Glass half full or….

And looking back now at everything that has come off the Craft Mat this week (including my sudden recollection of how to video on the SLR camera!!) there has been a fair bit that I’ve accomplished! Patting self on the back time. If you’d like to see my exciting rediscovery, here it is. Hope you’re ready for a little giggle. 🙂

Which do you like? There’s been quite a few Cards going out this week though balance has been restored with boxes and Gifts made up for a customer.

Would love to hear from you with your thoughts.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead…and a safe one wherever you may be.

Till Next Time!!xx