Getting organised in many ways

I’m still trying to reduce the storage space my stash needs by working at actually using up sheets in kits. So far I’m two sheets of A4 down…

As His Lordship and I work most weekends, I never really managed to get into a routine of doing craft fairs. I do, however, do a fair for the local hospice at the end of November. My mum pointed out when I last saw her that I won’t really be able to man my stall this year as I’ll have a teeny baby in tow, but she is going to step in because she’s wonderful.

She also made another good point: as Dot grows, making cards and other treats is going to get less easy, so it’s going be a year of Christmas crafting with as needed fun in between.

The kit I picked up to use today was the Kanban Vintage Christmas collection. I love this, the colours are muted and vintage, with gorgeous old fashioned, traditional images which are perfect for Christmas and the season in general, and the sentiments are lovely, including Happy New Year as well as more typical ones. The set includes toppers, backing papers and inserts. 

I have mainly used Kanban gold card for matting and layering. I like that it’s subtle but festive. I do like mirri board, but it can be a bit too much for some projects, a bit too shiny and in your face.

One of the great things about this kit is that there are sheets with loads (12) relatively simple toppers, as well as sheets with fewer but more complex designs. I picked out a couple of toppers I liked to play first, then chose a sheet to try to use up, so the photos should show the order. I have added a few stash essentials, but these are mainly using the kit.

Using a sweet Santa I liked and a sentiment

Simple pyramage, only decorated with a ribbon but I love this

The sheet I chose to try to use up today

Replaced the front with acetate so the inset could take centre stage

Punched snowflakes from the waste from the toppers sheet, and the horizontal ribbon was also from this waste. The vertical ‘ribbon’ was cut from the front sheet introducing the collection

And this is what’s left of the toppers sheet

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6 thoughts on “Getting organised in many ways

  1. littleamanda7609

    I think its a great idea to do Christmas all year round anyway and I do see why you have to as well. I have toms of Christmas stash that I need to use up and I’ll make some cards as the weeks go by anyway. Thanks for sharing your makes and take care.

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  2. Kim M

    Well done you, I promised myself to make these all year round, as I ran out last year, but I still haven’t made one yet! It won’t be long before you could be sitting around the table with a little helper and lots of sticky fingers 🙂

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  3. Nancee56

    Oh these are great! I always say I’m going to start early, but life seems to get in the way! Your life will change, for sure, but you will enjoy every minute of it! A little crafting here and there will be a great relaxation for you in the coming years! Enjoy! 🙂

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  4. Sandie

    Its so fun to make Christmas cards all year round, so I do hope you’re going to find time to make your own as well as the ones for the Christmas Fair! BTW, congrats on the growing bump! You’re going to love being a mum! xx

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