Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Are you the winner?

Forgive me for posting the winner so late. I have had a sick family & so haven't had a chance to do it yet!

Drum roll please...the winner is:



Congratulations to Letitia Guelpa.....could you please send me your postal details so we can get your parcel sent out to you!

Many thanks to ALL of my lovely visitors, both old & new, who stopped by my blog!
I appreciate your support... here's to a year of new & exciting crafty endeavours!

XOXO

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Handmade tree Ornaments #4- Cornflour Clay Ornaments

As I mentioned the other day...I decided to make all my tree ornaments this year because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before & wonder of all wonders I actually got myself organised enough to take photos of my creative process.

Here is no. 4: (Scandinavian style)

#4 handmade cornflour clay ornaments!



Supplies:
  • Cornflour
  • White School glue
  • Mixture of letter stamps
  • Motif stamps or wood veneer
  • Straw to make a threading hole
  • Cookie cutters
  • Decorative twine for hanging

  • Measure out glue & cornflour using the ratio 2:1
  • Mix well together in an old dish. It will be super sticky.
  • Once mixed, tip out and knead well with extra cornflour to coat your hands.
  • Roll out to desired thickness. 
  • You have to work quickly not to obtain well defined imprints.
  • Push doily or doily stamp into clay, making a sharp impression.
  • Using cookies cutters, cut into a variety of shapes.
  • Use a drinking straw to make a threading hole at the top of the shape.
  • Using letter stamps & motifs decorate shapes.
  • Allow to air try for 24 hours.
  • Take glass sand paper smooth off any rough edges, thread with twine & hang.
So glad you stopped by!

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you all!


Season's Giving Blog Hop


Hi! And welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Judy Hayes blog (If you’re following the list in order.)
The Seasons Givings Blog Hop is about all of you  and how much we love our readers. Without all of YOU I suppose blogging wouldn't quite be the same it’s so much more fun to have an audience. So THANK-YOU!
Here is a little Christmas inspiration using +Fancy Pants Designs, Oh, Deer! collection:
My Wish List by Kim Watson 


I have a mixed product package to giveaway!


Here's the scoop for a chance to win:

1) You can leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win.

2) For a second chance, you can "follow" my blog and leave another comment to let me know if you already follow or are a new follower. You can follow my blog by clicking Google's "Join this Site" on the sidebar and/or following by e-mail.

The giveaway will end at 6am ET on 1/7, and I'll announce winners here.

Here is the full list of participants...which means 133 prizes up for grabs. Oh yeah! 
Kim Watson--> you are here

Happy New Year crafty friends!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Handmade tree Ornaments #3- Cork Reindeer.

As I mentioned the other day...I decided to make all my tree ornaments this year because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before & wonder of all wonders I actually got myself organised enough to take photos of my creative process.

Here is no. 3: (Scandinavian style)

#3 cork reindeer!


Supplies:
  • A selection of wine bottle corks
  • Twigs
  • Gold ribbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue
  • Sparkly dot for the nose
  • Sharp scissors
  • Gold twine
  • Stapler

  • Snip the twigs into x4 pieces to be used as legs
  • Snip the twigs into x2 antler shapes
  • Cut some of the corks in half to be used as heads
  • Using a tooth pick, secure the head to the body
  • Push twig legs into the underside of the body cork
  • Using hot glue, push the antlers & tail into the correct positions
  • Tie gold ribbon around the reindeers neck
  • Stick the nose onto the head
  • Tie a gold twine loop for hanging & staple to the back of the head
  • Slip them onto your twig tree adding a sophisticated pop of black.
    Remember to visit tomorrow for another tutorial.

    So glad you stopped by!

    Merry Christmas to you all!

Monday, December 22, 2014

FREE cutfile: Painted Circles & published layout.

I was so honoured to have had this page published in the Autumn issue of +SCTMagazine. It is a page about my niece who is beautiful both inside & out!


I used a combination of die-cut painted circles & watercolor washes to create the background page, teamed up with the beautiful Me-ology collection from +Fancy Pants Designs, buy the whole collection online HERE or here online at Get Fancy Studio

Sparkle & Shine by Kim Watson
As mentioned in my social media yesterday!

I have a BONUS FREEBIE for you.... 

FREE Painted Circle cut-file by Kim Watson
The cut-file I created for this page FREE for your personal use!
Painted circles cut-file by Kim Watson

Have a wonderful week of preparation for Christmas. May things go smoothly & your days be filled with remembrance of why we celebrate this special time!

Merry Christmas to you all! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Handmade tree Ornaments #2- Straw diamonds.

Welcome back from my next Christmas ornament tutorial.

As I mentioned the other day...I decided to make all my tree ornaments this year because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before & wonder of all wonders I actually got myself organised enough to take photos of my creative process.

Here is no. 2: (Scandinavian style)

#2 straw diamonds!



























































Our tree.....not quite finished yet...but almost there :D

Supplies:
  • Black plastic drinking straws
  • Strong twine or yarn of some kind
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sharp scissors

  • Snip the straws into x9 pieces to your preferred length
  • Using a single piece of yarn, thread x3 pieces of straw & position into a triangle shape
  • Secure at the point where the straws meet
  • Add another x2 straws making x2 triangles
  • Repeat the process until you can make a mini pyramid shape
  • Tie off the yard at the apex leaving long threads loose
  • Using another piece of yard, add triangles to the bottom of the shape creating a diamond
  • Once completed,, tie off yarn securely
  • Knot the loose threads at the apex to create a loop
  • Your diamond is ready to hang

Slip them onto your twig tree adding a sophisticated pop of black.
Remember to visit tomorrow for another tutorial.

So glad you stopped by!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Handmade tree Ornaments #1- Mini pom-poms.

I love this time of year!

Happy, craft filled days, hand making tree ornaments & gifts. This year I actually took photos of my process for many of the craft projects, wonder of all wonders! Mostly because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before.

I will be posting tutorials for how I made them over the next week or so, so make sure to stop by my blog for all the details.

#1 mini, yarn pom-poms!

This is our almost completed tree.....follow the journey!

Supplies:
  • Plastic picnic fork
  • Medium weight knitting yarn
  • Embroidery scissors 


  • Thread a loose piece of yarn through the middle of the fork.
  • Wind thread around the middle of the fork until at least an inch thick.
  • Using the loose piece of yarn in the middle, tie securely through the middle.
  • Slip the whole yarn bundle off the fork.
  • Slip the loops either side to release the pile of the pom-pom.
  • Tie a loop at the top for hanging.
Slip them onto your twig tree adding a gorgeous splash of color!
Remember to visit tomorrow for another tutorial.

So glad you stopped by!

Merry Christmas to you all! 




Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas layout + a FREE cut-file!

Sometimes Christmas scrapping needs to be about the real reason we even celebrate Christmas....Jesus & his selfless gift on eternal life, instead of only the chubby guy in the red suit & the sparkly tree that dominated most of our living rooms around this time of year. 

I designed my page to look like a gift to support my title & journaling theme using three random photos from the week before Christmas. Nothing posed, or ostentatious, no fancy filters or unreal settings. The first one is a 'just woken up on Christmas Day & we're still in our PJ's' kinda pic. The next one is Max with his school class giving out some love & carols at a local old age home . And the next one is a pic of our humble tree & few gifts. Santa wasn't too much of a hero last year, Mom & Dad were- hahaha. 


The Real Gift by Kim Watson

Supplies: Papers & embellishments: +Fancy Pants Designs ; Christmas themed stamps & circle Dies: +Technique Tuesday; Snowflake dies: +echoparkpaper; Bow tie cut file: My own, Electronic die-cut machine: +Silhouette America; Adhesives: +TombowUSA 




(Feel free to use the cut-file for your personal use only!)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 01, 2014

FREE download + a Christmas e-magazine!

And so another month rolls by! Can you believe it is just over 3 weeks until Christmas? If you still have Christmas cards & gifts to make, I have just the thing for you 

The 7th issue of my +Fancy Pants Designs digital E-magazine is out & ready for download! I am pleased to say this months Nov/ Dec issue is the best so far. With amazing content from +Fancy Pants Designs retail fans, scrapbookers, card makers & paper crafters from all over the world. Inside you will find it is full of all sorts of crafty ideas, cards, cards...(did I mention) CARDS, scrapbook layouts, tutorials, a FREE DOWNLOAD and much more. 

It is an issue you are NOT going to want to miss Fancy Pants Designs free e-publication! 
So I urge you to grab a copy, check it out & let me know what you think!

Here is the LINK:


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Paper Crafting Ideas!

I hope you are having a super week & enjoying some beautiful fall weather where ever you are?

With the richness of fall leaves & trees heavy with color, it goes without saying that it would be the perfect place to go to for crafty inspiration! 

Autumn branches3+FP

This is a fun project I worked on last year for Fancy pants Designs, but never posted it here on my blog. I just love this wall-art...especially all those cute letterpress/ printed leaves using the +Fiskars FUSE, letterpress & die cutting system, and thought you might find it inspiring for your fall decor. 

Autumn Wall-Art by +Kim Watson 


You will need the following supplies:
  •    Happy Go Lucky 6x6 Paper Pad
  •    Happy Go Lucky Ephemera Pack
  •    Leaf & Flower dies
  •    Die-cutting machine (I used the FUSE from my friends at Fiskars)
  •    Ink (if you are letter pressing your shapes)
  •    A dried Twig
  •    Brown & cream twine
  •    Fishing gut
  •    Glue 
  •    Tape

Whilst I was busy making leaves, I made a whole bunch extra, enabling me to create this fall page too :)

FALL by +Kim Watson 

 A mixture of Letterpress & die-cut and ephemera shapes layered together to create a fall leaf border for my enlarged photograph. Fal





So glad you stopped by! Have a super Thursday!