Card Making · Christmas Crafts · Crafts by K-Mart · Great for a Craft Group · Paper Crafts

Christmas is Coming! K-Mart Christmas Cards Part 2

Hey Everyone! Here is another Christmas card idea made exclusively with craft suppliers from K-Mart. Its so easy as well as being affordable!

This is what you will need  – all of it can be purchased from the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the Washi tape which you will find in the stationary area.

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Here is how you wake them:

With the gold paint pump bottles spray the cards carefully with paint. Make sure you have a good drop sheet to help protect everything else in your work area from the over spray. Don’t worry if the spray looks uneven or there are some bigger splatters here and there as the finished effect will look fine. The cards will curl a little because of the moisture but they should flatten out as they dry. If you are impatient like me use a small desk fan to quicken up the drying process

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Baby Crafts · Beginner Sewing Group · Christmas Crafts · Simple Gift Ideas · Simple Machine Sewing

Christmas is Coming! – Christmas Baby Bib

Hey everyone! This is a really simple machine sewing project for beginners sewers but also a great, quick and easy project for the more experienced sewers out there. Makes a great Christmas gift tor the new baby! This is a repeat on a previous blog but with a Christmas theme! I just love all the beautiful fabrics you can get at this time of year!!

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They don’t need much fabric so I have used up a lot of my quilting scraps for this project. The backing is made of toweling so it makes them nice and soft and absorbent. You can purchase this on the roll at Spotlight or any fabric store, however I just purchased some cheap towels from the supermarket or department stores. If you use a darker colour they wont show up stains as easy. I just bought these at Spotlight the other day. They will often have out of season towels on sale

You will need a piece of cotton fabric and toweling ~25cm x 35cm and 2 large press studs to complete this project. And of course you need the pattern – please click here to download it for free.

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Christmas is Coming! Musical Christmas Cards

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Hey everyone, Here is another Christmas card idea using a range of different media but with the common theme of the Music score as the background. One of my friends gave me an old music book that she had picked up in a second hand store – and not because I am very musical but because she knew I liked using old music in my craft projects! Thanks Tanya!

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It’s only a thin book and I knew I would run out of this awesome paper real quick. So I thought rather than use the actual sheets of music (which are way to precious!) I decided to photocopying them and use the photocopies – they almost look the same!!. It may not be quite as authentic but it means I could make a heap more cards!!

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Here is what I used to decorate the cards. You can buy lots of great Christmas craft supplies at those cheap variety stores, like Variety 1, Choice, Bargains Plus etc. That is where I purchased most of this

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A definite embellishment that always works on cards is buttons. I think I bought these at Spotlight. You can buy them in packets of red/green especially for Christmas themed projects

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Anything glittery is always a winner, especially at Christmas time. You can purchase rhinestones of all shaped, colours and sizes from craft stores, K-Mart and cheap discount stores.

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Gift tags are also handy for card projects. Again you can purchase these in all sorts of shapes and sizes from a range of sources – I’d go try the cheap, discount stores first!

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And just to add that finishing touch a bit of twine, string or raffia always does the trick. Purchased at the usual places!

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Now how do you make them?

I like the raw, ripped edge for the music background to give the cards that raw/rustic look. You can just cut yours with a scissors if you’d rather. To keep the pieces even sizes use a ruler to help you with the measuring and ripping. The measurements given are for a standard size card (I bought mine from K-Mart). You may need to adjust if your cards are a different size.

First rip a thin strip from one side of the photocopied sheet

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Measure in from ripped edge at top an bottom of sheet – 9 and 1/2 cm and mark with a pencil

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Using ruler rip the page in half lining up ruler with pencil marks

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Measure 9 and 1/2cm from middle on top and bottom and mark with a pencil

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Using ruler, line up pencil marks and gently rip along edge

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Now you have 2 pieces with ripped long edges

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Using ruler rip a small strip off the top edge of both pieces

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Measure from top ripped edge about 13 and 1/2cm and mark and rip using ruler as a guide

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Do the same for the second piece. Measure 13 and 1/2cm from ripped edge and rip off strip from bottom edge

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Repeat for other half so that you have 4 pieces all the same size

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Glue these onto the front of your cards

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Spray cards with gold and/or silver paint.  You can make your own spray paint by mixing some paint with a little water and using small pump bottle to spray the paint. I used paint already in pump bottles which you can buy from K-Mart. The music paper will bubble up a bit because of the moisture but this should flatten as it dries. If it doesn’t flatten out altogether don’t worry too much as this just adds to the rustic/raw look.

I use a small pedestal fan to quicken the drying process.

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Now it’s time for the embellishing. I just used my glue gun to attach the tags, motifs, wooden shapes, rhinestones, buttons etc. You can use double sided to if you want. Here are some sample cards to inspire you.

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Crafts by K-Mart · Paper Crafts · Simple Gift Ideas

Birthday Scrapbook for Photos or Messages, K-Mart Craft Part 6

Hey everyone. Here is another simple and affordable craft idea using materials and equipment purchased at K-Mart. This is a great idea to have at a Birthday Part for people to write their well wishes to the birthday boy/girl. A lot of people nowadays hire those photo booth set ups for guests to take photos of themselves at their party. This would be a great book to display all those photo! They would look great with those Polaroid pictures in them too! Or if you are not the party type you could just fill with some great photos and give it to someone on their birthday as a gift. Anyway I had a lot of fun making it!

Here is what you need. Most of the supplies can be found in the K-Mart craft department except for the Washi tape which is located in the stationary area. 95176299-e2e8-4b05-b4a2-58bca3620477

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Because you are going to spray the paint onto the book front use some tape to cover the ribbon so that it doesn’t get paint on it

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Carefully spray the front of the book with the gold and silver paint. Make sure you have a good cover sheet to protect everything else from the paint as there will be a bit of over spray!

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Allow to dry. I use a small pedestal fan to speed up the drying process

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Remove the tape

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While you book is drying cut out a square sheet of paper from the ‘Designer Papers’ pad

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Spray the page with the gold or silver paint. Allow to dry

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Choose another page from the ‘Designer Paper’ pad and cut out a smaller square measuring 9cm x 9cm. Use a ruler or make a template if you like and draw around it

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Cut out the square

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Stick the number stickers in place in the middle of the small square

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When the paint is dry attach the large square to the book front with double sided tape

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Attach the small square in the middle of the large square with double sided tape

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Now you can start decorating the inside pages with the designers papers, heart punch, stickers and Washi tape

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Here are a whole heap of sample pages to help inspire you.

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Bead Projects · Christmas Crafts · Decorating Ideas · Great for a Craft Group

Christmas is Coming! – Beaded Crystal Angel

Hey everyone,

Here is a great craft to do with a group of people. All the beads, wire etc is included in this handy kit. There is enough to make 6 angels. I purchased these from Ebay and they are a bit expensive but if you do them in a group you can share the cost.

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This is the list of materials included in the kit

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Instructions are simple and easy to follow

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You will need to provide scissors, small pairs of pliers and craft glue to complete the angel. Some gold/silver ribbon or string is also needed to make a loop it you want to hang the angel as a decoration

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If you are planning to do this craft in a group I found that separating the beads and putting them into small containers made it easier for participants.

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The finished product is really cool

I have taught this craft in a small group on a number of occasions and the participants always enjoy the making and are really impressed with the finished result

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Card Making · Christmas Crafts · Crafts by K-Mart · Great for a Craft Group · Paper Crafts

Christmas is Coming! – K-Mart, Handmade Christmas Cards

Hello everyone, It’s hard to believe it is already October and Christmas is less that 2 and a half months away. It’s time to start thinking about those handmade Christmas projects, gifts and decorations. Christmas Cards is a good place to start as you need to be organised with these so that you get them posted on time!!

Here is an easy Christmas card idea that is set to impress your fiends and family. All the materials and equipment you need you can find in K-Mart so its easy and cheap. You can come up with your own Christmas designs or download my pattern if you want.

This is what you will need  – all of it can be purchased from the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the Washi tape which you will find in the stationary area.

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Here is how you wake them:

With the silver and gold paint pump bottles spray the cards carefully with paint. Make sure you have a good drop sheet to help protect everything else in your work area from the over spray. Don’t worry if the spray looks uneven or there are some bigger splatters here and there as the finished effect will look fine. The cards will curl a little because of the moisture but they should flatten out as they dry. If you are impatient like me use a small desk fan to quicken up the drying process

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Using my pattern sheet trace the shapes onto some plastic sheeting, cut them out carefully

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Trace around the templates onto the back of the green and/or red textured card and cut out.

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You can spray the coloured card shapes if you want to or just leave them plain

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Attach the Washi tape to the card placing it so that it goes over the edges and only trim neatly after it is stuck down. See photos of sample cards for ideas on placement.

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Attach Christmas shape with double sided tape. See photos to check position

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Embellish with rhinestones

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Your card is now complete

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Here are the instructions for the card with the 3 trees.

Repeat instructions for the preparing the card with the paint spray. When the paint is dry stick 3 small pieces of tape in place for the tree trunks. See photo below for placement. Don’t worry if the placement isn’t accurate.

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Attach trees using double sided tape

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Embellish with rhinestones

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Your card is now complete

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Here a some more samples to inspire you.

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Crafts by K-Mart · Kids Craft · Simple Gift Ideas · Simple Painting Projects

Fun and Colourful Loot Bags, K-Mart Crafts Part 5

Hey everyone. Another fun and easy craft made with suppliers that are cheap and easy to find in K-Mart. A great craft to involve the kids in creating their own loot bags for their Birthday Party. Fill them with toys or wrapped lollies as a take home treat.

NOTE: Please use wrapped lollies – I’m sure the paint is non toxic but better to be safe that sorry!

Here is what you will need to make the loot bags. The Pump Paint Set and Muslin Bags you will find in the craft department at K-Mart. You will find the Wooden Beads Kit in the kids craft section near the Toy Department. You will also need some scissors and tape. And just a warning – this craft involves paint so a good drop sheet and old clothes to protect your furniture and yourself will be helpful. Especially if there are kids involved!!

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This is how you make them:

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Baby Crafts · Beginner Sewing Group · Great for a Craft Group · Simple Gift Ideas · Simple Machine Sewing

‘Flat Fat Bundle’ (FFB) Draw String Gift Bag

Hello everyone. Here is another simple machine sewing idea that’s cute as well as useful. I am always attracted to all those beautiful bundles of fabric where each piece is already cut to size and you don’t have to worry about deciding on colours because all that is done for you. They are great for quilting and applique projects but also perfect for making small, easy projects like this one.

The ‘FFB’ (Fat Flat Bundle) as they are often called in stores is made up of 5 or 6 pieces of fabric each measuring around 45cm x 55cm. Measurements will vary – some will be 50cm x 54xm others 49cm x 52cm, however it doesn’t matter for this project, you will just end up with slightly different size bags.

They are not only easy to make but can be very useful. I like the idea of using them to ‘wrap’ a gift instead of using wrapping paper. The bag can then be used by the recipient to carry and store their new gift. Much more useful, innovative and eco friendly than using wrapping paper. Here are some pics of gift ideas you could use the bags for – great to hold gifts for adults, babies, boys and girls. And great to hold the gift for any occasion – birthdays, baby showers, kitchen teas, thank yous etc etc

Here is how you make them. First you need to choose your fabric – try and choose fabrics where the patterns are facing all directions, so you don’t need to worry about them being the right way up on your finished product.

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Simple Crochet Baby Blanket

Look what I made! I found these beautiful bundles of yarn a Big W (pictured below). The bundles are made up of 4 different yarns – different colours and textures so its fun to work with and you come up with this cool result. Also saves a bit of time as you don’t need to finish off any threads which is the annoying part when you are working with lots of different colours.

My finished blankets measure 125cm X 100cm and required 4 balls of yarn. This is quite a large blanket. A blanket half the size would be great for a pram blanket and will only use 2 balls.

Here is the crochet pattern I used but you can make your blanket smaller if you wish.

Row 1: make a chain 86 stitches long

Row 2: miss 3 chain, 1 treble in each chain to end (84 trebles), turn

Row 3: 1 double chain, 1 chain in first treble, 1 treble in each of the next 2 treble, *miss 1 treble, 2 treble in next treble, repeat from* to last 3 treble, 1 treble in each of the last 3 treble, turn

Repeat Row 3 until you have you have made the desired size you want

Finish with double chain in each treble to the end.

Finish of ends.

Baby Crafts · Card Making · Crafts by K-Mart · Great for a Craft Group · Paper Crafts

‘Welcome Baby’ Cards – K-Mart Craft Revisited, Part 4

Another simple handmade card idea to welcome the new baby. You can find everything you need in the Craft Department at K-Mart. Come up with your own baby themed designs or you can download my pattern for three card designs for free. Thank you to my sister, Cathy who inspired me with the ‘pram’ card that she designed.

Here is what you will need to purchase to make these cards. You will also need some scissors, a glue gun and some double sided tape (the normal variety and the mounting tape which has a bit of thickness to it). See pictures below of the materials and equipment you will need.

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Here are some simple step by step instructions with photographs to show you how to make them. Have fun!

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Baby Owl/ Bird Wall Hanging

This is a cute, unique gift for the new baby. Just add the blue or pink fabric depending one whether you are making it for a new baby girl or boy. These ones are made with a natural coloured homespun or calico with a few scraps of quilters cotton for the wings/eyes. But you can make the birds/owls from any kind of patterned fabric you like to make them really funky. You can purchase and download my pattern if you need to.

They are pretty easy to make but watch this space because I’ve got an idea to make them even simpler. This simpler option would be great for those who don’t like to use the sewing machine.

Anyway here is how you make the owl hanging. Don’t worry, if you like the bird I’ve posted them together but on separate posts just so the posts don’t get too long. Continue reading “Baby Owl/ Bird Wall Hanging”

Baby Crafts · Decorating Ideas · Great for a Craft Group · Simple Machine Sewing

Bird/ Owl Wall Hanging Part 2

Here are the instructions for the Bird Hanging. It is very simple just like the owl but there are some differences so here are some step by step instructions to help you out. If you need a pattern you can purchase and download mine.

Make your templates using my pattern or your own with plastic sheeting or card board. You will need 2 pattern pieces for the body and the wing

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