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

NEW CATALOGUE IS HERE!!

It’s been a HUGE weekend in the Kaszazz World…Team Training Days (TTD) on both Saturday & Sunday depending on where you live, New Products released as happens at every TTD and the NEW 2016-2017 Catalogue was released!!

I’ve had a quick look through an online version and I have to admit I’m super dooper impressed with all the new products…so on trend with many of them. I’m also impressed with the price changes; I’m pretty sure the Dies have all dropped in price!! 😀

Now it’s time to stash away my Stamps that are retiring to Tahiti, that’s today’s first task; I’ll need to go through and work out which Workshops are no longer current and file them elsewhere on the computer. I enjoy having the Retired Workshops to refer to down the track, and this way I’ve also got a copy of the Instructions. 🙂

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Do you do that with older Workshops/Classes? File them away so you’ve got them for rainy days?

Over the next week or two I’ll be sharing plenty of the Catalogue items and the new Workshops as they come to light. It’s soooo exciting!!!

What do you think? What jumps out and grabs you right out of your seat? What doesn’t?

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Let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.

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Devouring my coffee and the New Catalogue in one go. 🙂

Till Next Time!! xx

How To Create It Yourself ~ Exploding Gift Box Tutorial

I’m sure this Tutorial didn’t want to be done today…that or the Universe was telling me to leave it today and try again tomorrow, but tomorrow I’m focusing on other things, so today it is. My frustration at the constant interruptions, phone calls, Google Docs dictation translations (some of them just make me laugh) and then not saving over 3/4 of my dictation..I think I’ve managed to pull it altogether pretty well. Fingers crossed…after all, you’re the Judge on this one. 😉

The original clip I saw for this Box/Card was from Pootles Papercraft, and I loved it enough to Kaszazz it and share the results with you. Time to buckle in and enjoy the ride. Would love to see what you create yourself, so please share your photos on my Facebook Page. 🙂

You’ll Need:

15.2cm X 15.2cm of SB Essentials Card for your Base. (6” x 6”)

10.1cm x 101cm of SB Essentials Card for your Lid. (4” x 4”)

20cm x 4cm SB Paper trimmed to 5 Square pieces each measuring 4cm x 4cm. (7 7/8” x 1 5/8”)

20 ½ cm x 4 ½ cm Co-ordinating SB Essentials Card for Matting trimmed to 5 Square pieces each measuring 4 ½ cm x 4 ½ cm (8 1/8 “ x 1 7/8”)

Super Tape 6mm

Glossy Accents

Paper Trimmer

Envelope Punch Board or Corner Rounder Punch

Scissors

Bone Folder or other Scoring Tool

Supplies for Exploding Gift Box

How To:

Creating the Base & Lid

For your Base, Score one side at 5cm (2”). Turn your Card 90° and repeat until all four sides have been Scored. For your Lid, Score each side at 2 ½ cm (1”) Fold & Burnish your Score Lines to create crisp, sharp lines.

For your Base: Cut away the four outside corner Squares on the Score Lines to create a Cross Shape.

For your Lid: Create Wedged Tabs on the four outside Corners. I find the wedge shape makes for a neater finished product and is easier to ‘line up’ your edges.

I’ve used Glossy Accents to attach my Tabs to the create the Lid, though you are able to achieve the same result by using the Super Tape as an alternative. I find when I’m adhering Card to Card, Glossy Accents shows me some ‘wiggle room’ and allows me to make the necessary adjustments so everything is square and just right.

Line up each Tab with the edge of the piece it will be adhered to and ‘wriggle’ around till everything is lined up perfectly. This is possible with Glossy Accents. With Super Tape, line your corners up prior to adhering together.

You can now set your Lid aside and move onto Punching and creating your decorations.

Punching & Decorating:

Using either your Envelope Punch Board or Corner Rounder Punch, Punch the top two corners on each side of your Base to create a curved finish.

Repeat this Step with each of the 4cm x 4cm pieces of SB Paper for the inside, plus the 4 ½ cm x 4 ½ cm SB Essentials Card you’ll be using for Matting. For the piece of SB Paper and SB Essentials Card for the Lid, punch and round all four corners.

Using Super Tape, adhere an SB Paper Square with a piece of SB Essentials Card, ensuring your rounded corners are at the top. Repeat till all your individual pieces are “paired up”. Attach each Mat to an inside ‘wall’ of your Box using Super Tape. You should now have an elegant looking border around your SB Paper on the inside of your Box Base.

Adhere the remaining Mat (with all four corners rounded) to the middle of the top of your Lid.

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Fold up each side of your Box Base and slip the Lid over the top till it sits flush. You’ve now finished your own Exploding Gift Box. Decorate as you desire to suit the purpose required. This makes a great little gift for Teachers, Co workers, Hostess Gifts and will be perfect for little Christmas Presents.

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I’ve adapted this Tutorial to suit Kaszazz Products. The inspiration has come from Pootles Papercraft originally.

If you’d like a PDF version of this Tutorial please send me a message with your email address. 🙂

Adapted by Cari Neill, CraftyCAN, Independent Kaszazz Consultant #109477

 

What makes for a great Pin?

Another awesome Blogger on here (PaperPuff) recently posted about one of her most popular, Pinned cards and her wonderment at the reaction people have had to it.

Which raises the question…what makes for a great Pin?

When you’re on Pinterest what appeals to you? Do you search for a particular subject or just browse and see what catches your eye?

I’m honestly a mixture of both. More times than not I’m actually using the search function to find Pins relating to my current interests. An example of this is over the weekend when The Man asked me to find some ideas for him to create for me re: Craft Storage. He’d kept coming across images that had the little “Pin It” button and wanted to know what the heck was going on in with ‘The Net’ and what on earth is this Pin stuff? Shows how much he hasn’t listened over the years when I’ve been yapping on about Pinterest this and that….lol. Honestly, can’t blame him…hehehehe.

So I showed him just how amazing Pinterest really is for finding inspiration and getting ideas on prices at the same time. One of the searches we undertook was for DIY Craft Storage and the amount of information that opened up on the laptop before our very eyes had him looking like Aladdin the first time he entered the Cave. 🙂

But it made me think again on what makes for a great Pin? What is it about certain Pins that get them re-pinned so many more times than others? Is it the keywords, tags and phrases used in the description? You’d think that would have a fair bit to do with it. But then you have to have a decent image as well to back it all up right?

With cardmaking, what makes it so popular for repins? Is this the measure we should be considering when making cards for markets and events to sell to the public? Does it really give us a temperature gauge of public needs/desires?

My little ‘experiment’ are these two cards I made up for Christmas. I know how popular the Christmas hashtag is….unless you want to loose yourself in Pinterest for an entire afternoon you’ll need to add more in your Search Bar than just Christmas….unless the plan is to loose an afternoon in Pinterest in which case….Christmas it is! 😀

I’ve used the same basic design and the same SB Paper by Kaszazz. I have changed the embellishments I’ve used this time. I am thinking of making up another two cards with everything the mirror image except changing the SB Paper I use. :/ Hmmm, worth considering.

I’ve used the same Tags for both Pins, popped them in the same Board and done them at the same time as much as you possibly can with Pinterest. 🙂 Now to sit back and wait….and wait….and lose an afternoon in Pinterest while I’m at it. All in the name of research of course. 😉

Hope you have an amzing Thursday ahead!!

Till Next Time! xx

 

 

How To…make your own Gift Card Wallet

One Card I’ve seen a lot of on Pinterest and Instagram lately are Wallet Cards. Yet finding easily understood and usable instructions has been a little trickier, so the other day I decided to just ‘wing it’ and see how I went.

Then I got to thinking while my Online Event was happening the other night “I can’t be the only person out there looking for instructions…” and the rest…well, not quite History yet, but I’m working on it! 😉 For now, I’ll just share my notes on making these pretty awesome, snazzy Gift Card wrapping option with you…then we can all take over the World.

Gift Card Wallet

To make this up you’ll need;

1 Sheet of SB Essentials 12″ x 12″ Card

Paper Trimmer

Bone Scorer

Fine Liner Pen or Gel Pen

Ruler

Corner Rounder Punch

Glossy Accents

6mm Super Tape Double Sided Tape

Scissors

How To:

  1. Trim your Card pieces first. Cut one piece to measure 28cm x 10cm (Score at 14cm), one piece to measure 30cm x 9cm (Score at 13.8cm), one piece to measure 12cm x 9cm, one piece to measure 10cm x 2½cm and the final piece to measure 6cm x 1cm.
  2. Round the Corners on the 28cm x 10cm piece of Card. Fold and Burnish your Score Line. This is the Main Body of your Wallet.
  3. Score the 30cm x 9cm and the 12cm x 9cm pieces on both sides and on the bottom 1½cm from the edge of the Card. Fold and Burnish all Score Lines. This creates the Flaps to attach these sections to your Main Body. On both pieces you’ll have a little square on the bottom corner; remove and mitre your corners to sit nicer when the little flaps are folded in.
  4. Attach your larger Card piece to the Main Body using either Super Tape or Glossy Accents. This piece should sit in a smidge from the edge of your Main Body. IMG_6639 (2)
  5. Repeat Step 4 to Attach the Gift Card Pocket on the Right Hand Side of your Inner Wallet. *Tip – I actually positioned my credit card in the pocket to ensure I had a Pocket at the end of the day.*
  6. Flip your Wallet over so the outside is facing up towards you. Now the fun part of positioning where you’d like your ‘tongue’ to go. This will depend on how you wish the Wallet to open. I’ve positioned my ‘tongue’ on the Left Side with the Hoop on the Right. The choice, as always, is yours.
    1. Curl your ‘tongue’ with your Bone Scorer so it’s easier to work with. Hold your ‘tongue’ where you would like to position and gently bend over the open edge of your Wallet. When you’re happy with the positioning, Attach to the back of your Wallet with Super Tape.
    2. Curl your smallest piece of Card (6cm x 1cm) and gently fold the ends under. Position so your ‘tongue’ is sitting inside the Hoop. I attached mine 2cm from the edge. Once you’re satisfied with the position, attach with Super Tape.
  7. Now to decorate! You can add a photo on the inside of your Wallet along with the Gift Card of choice and any little notes inside. Using either a Fine Liner or Gel Pen, draw small dashes around the edges as ‘seams’ or ‘stitches’ on the inside and around the edges of your ‘tongue’ and Hoop on the outside.
  8. Close and gift! 

This really is a quick and easy Project. I’m thinking of adding some Dry Embossing on one using a Stencil and my Ezy Press to see how that goes. I’ll also be doing some Ink Blending around the edges and folds for the next one to add some ‘age’ to the overall look and feel. You can also Heat Emboss the initials on the Front or on the Inside Pockets. The options are nearly endless. And it pretty much goes without saying all Products used are Kaszazz.

If you do make this up, please brag and show us how awesome you and your Wallet are! Would love to see what you come up with. 🙂

Till Next Time….Happy Crafting!! xx

 

PS….Bling Gift Tags

I worked it out today!! I’ve used one the new Winter Wonderland SB Papers to make up a little Envelope/Pouch to hold these little Tags in!!!

Easy enough to make up….follow the instructions on the Envelope Punch Board for the smallest Envelope (I think it’s 12.7cm x 12.7cm; punch & score at 5.1cm) and after punching and scoring, trim off one of the narrow end flaps.

Close up your sides, loosely. You still want to be able to slide all 4 Tags into the same envelope after all.

To decorate I’ve used a length of the Metallic Tape Silver Glitter around the middle of the closed Pouch (The Man calls these Glam Bands….not Belly Bands), then I cut a 4cm x 4cm piece of Pool SB Essentials and a piece of White Basics Card (scraps) punched out with our Large Square Punch. I’ve stamped the ‘Sparkle and Shine’ Stamp in Archival Aquamarine Ink on the White Square before Mounting both Squares using our Magic Mount Double Sided Foam.

Pop the Gift Tags inside and step back to pat yourself on the back. 🙂 I certainly did a Happy Shuffle when I’d finished today.

On that note, seeing as it’s nearly midnight local time I better grab some zzzzz’s.

Till Next Time….Happy Crafting!! xx

How To: Bling Gift Tags

I’ve done it!!! I’m no fan of writing up instructions for projects…it’s a big speed bump for me, yet I have no idea why. So when I can successfully sit down and type up instructions with very little effort I’m over the moon! Either that or I’m instantly suspicious that I’ve left something out or something else isn’t adding up. Hence my excitement to kick off today’s Post.

I really enjoyed making up these Gift Tags. These are actually the Prize for playing Alphabet Soup during my Online Event last night. Once I finished making them though I just kept going. They are THAT fun to make! 

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All Products I’ve used for these Tags is from the Winter Wonderland Collection recently released by Kaszazz. Contact me directly if you’d like further information on the Winter Wonderland Stamps or SB Papers.

Bling Gift Tags

To make these up you’ll need;

  • 4 pieces of White Card measuring 9cm x 5cm
  • Winter Wonderland Word Montage Stamp Set
  • Alice Uncut Stamp Set
  • Wonderland Deer Uncut Stamp Set
  • Archival Ink Pads
    • Viridian, Aquamarine and Rose Madder
  • Alcohol Ink Art Markers
    • Blush and Powder
  • Metallic Tape, Silver Glitter 2 lengths approx 10cm each
  • Corner Rounder Punch or Envelope Punch Board
  • Single Hole Punch
  • 4 lengths of Seam Binding Ribbon measuring approx 15cms each

How To;

  1. Using the Chisel Point of the Alcohol Ink Art Markers colour one length of Metallic Tape, Silver Glitter with Blush and the other with the Powder AIAMs. Set aside.
  2. Stamping your Tags
    1. Tag 1) Stamp your Celebrate along the Right Edge in Rose Madder Archival Ink. Imagine you’ve already attached your Glitter Tape to position your Oval Shape Hanging Baubles on the Upper Left Side of your Tag. Use the Rose Madder Archival Ink to stamp. Set aside.
    2. Tag 2) Again using the Rose Madder Archival Ink, stamp your Eat, Drink & Be Happy close to the centre of your Tag. To stamp the little Pine Tree from the Alice Uncut Stamp Set, use Viridian Archival Ink Pad and position in the Lower Left corner of your Tag. Set aside.
    3. Tag 3) Use your Sparkle & Shine Stamp in Aquamarine Archival Ink closer to the bottom of your Tag and slightly off centre. Using the same Aquamarine, stamp the Round Hanging Baubles on the Upper Left Side (same as for Tag 1). Set aside.
    4. Tag 4) Stamp your Hugs & Kisses stamp in Aquamarine Archival Ink in the Bottom Left Corner of your Tag. In the opposite Upper Right Corner (position as Tags 1 & 3) stamp the Birds Hanging Baubles also in Aquamarine Archival Ink. Set aside.
  3. Trim your Metallic Tape Glitter lengths to measure approx 5cm each. Position and attach each Powder coloured piece on Tags 3 & 4 along the Top Edge. Repeat with the Blush pieces for Tags 1 & 2.
  4. Using either the Envelope Punch Board or a Corner Rounder Punch, punch the corners on each Tag so all four Tags have nicely rounded corners and no sharp edges. There should be virtually no resistance from your Punch when using it on the Metallic Tape sections.
  5. Punch a single hole in the Glitter area at the top of each Tag so you are able to thread your Ribbon through and complete your Tags. Again, there should be virtually no resistance while you’re punching through the Glitter. Thread a Pre Cut Ribbon length through each Tag one at a time. Tie off with either a knot or bow, whichever you prefer.

YAY…you’re now the proud owner of some rather snazzy Bling Gift Tags!!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed making these Gift Tags…as I said, super easy and a lot of fun. I haven’t added the small Envelope in this tutorial as the SB Paper I used (Elegance Collection) is heading to ‘Tahiti’ when the current Catalogue expires in mid September. I’ll work out an alternative in the near future and let you know the details. 🙂

Please drop me a line and share a pic of your completed Tags either here in the Comments or on my Facebook Page. Would love to see your creations!

Till Next Time!! xx Happy Crafting!!

 

 

 

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

 

Flourish Bonbonniere

One of the reasons I love being an independent consultant with Kaszazz is how easy and versatile so many of the Projects are. Between that and the right tools, my crafting looks pretty good. 🙂

The Flourish Bonbonniere (MT326) is one of the free Make & Take projects Kaszazz has on offer. This was designed originally by another independent consultant, Meredith Lane.I love how simple, easy, quick and wow this looks when completed. Quick? You bet it is. I whipped 3 up in less than 15 minutes. 🙂

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For one of these little triangle boxes I’ve used the Fancy Flourish Stamp (4222KK) as instructed in Wilted Violet Distress Ink. For the other two I’ve used the Snowflake Stamp from the new Snowy & Friends Set (4943Q) as part of the Winter Wonderland Collection recently released. I must admit, I am in love with the Snowflake Stamp after using it today. I hadn’t thought of using it on two of the boxes, but after stamping the first one in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink I just knew I had to do a second one with it. So I used Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and repeated stamping the background.

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For the Sentiments I’ve used our large Circle Hole Punch (4857) to punch out the phrases from both the Mini Messages Winter Wonderland (4934K) and Word Montage Winter Wonderland (4935M) Sets. I’m now thinking how adorable these are going to look on my table on Christmas Day with little goodies inside for the family to enjoy. Especially with the Silver Edge Ribbon (5528) which I can colour to suit the decor. (haven’t decided on our colour scheme for this year yet)

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Measurements are 13cm x 15cm x 7cm, so a decent size for some little treats. The idea behind this Bonbonniere is for traditional wedding setting through to birthday parties, Christmas Day dinners, small gifts for Teachers, Co-Workers, Neighbours or Secret Santa.

Well, that’s another of the Samples done up before I go to the Markets at the end of August. I’ll have to tally up how many more I have to recreate, but I can assure you, this one will be making an appearance before much longer around our home. IMG_6262 (2)

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the Flourish Bonbonniere. Drop me a line if you want to know more about any of the Kaszazz free Make & Takes, Workshops, Classes or products. Or even to find out more about these cute boxes.

Till Next Time!! xx

 

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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