The 'Three Sisters' & the Jameison Valley ...... one of the 'touristy' spots in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Whose 'Creative Corner' I hear you ask???

Hi, I'm Chris Bennett AKA 'Chris in Oz'. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (affectionately known as 'Oz' or 'The Land Down-Under'). I'm in my mid-50's, have been married for 30+ years to THE most wonderful man and I'm the PROUDEST MUM of 2 grown children. My DS is into photography and has taken some amazing shots. You can see some of them in 'Simon's Gallery'. My DD is a High School teacher who is committed to educating our youth of today. I was a Teacher/Assistant Principal in the field of Special Education for over 16 years until I retired in June 2004.

I've been involved in art and craft activities for most of my life and I became a 'stampaholic' and 'technique junkie' to 'save my sanity' after an injury in 2003. I began by making cards and slowly, but surely, became addicted to ATCs, hand-made books, altered books, boxes, bottles, tins, jigsaw puzzles and anything else that stands still long enough to be altered. I love texture and colour and I'm gradually stepping outside my comfort zone to experiment and explore other media and styles. Check out 'My Gallery' to see some more of my work.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I also take photos, I don't know how 'good' my photos are, but I just love to take them ...... so every now and then I might just sneak one in ...... I hope you don't mind!!! Well, not too much!!! LOL!!!

Monday, 3 December 2007

'Twelve Days of Christmas' on CCSwaps

Over on CCSwaps I joined a swap to make Christmas gifts for twelve other members of the group, in return for 12 different gifts. Of course, I HAD to join twice.

My first gift was a Date Folio. I made these using trimmed and decorated C6 envelopes (7), black card, hot pink marble paper from Lizzed Creations, Stampin' Up punches, brads, gold thread and beads. The idea was adapted from a template I found on Phillipa Barr's Lime Tart Blog. I designed and included several copies of a template to keep track of those special dates that require us to make that extra special card and/or gift for. I made sure I included a template indictaing MY birthday in every folio!!! LOL!!!

Date Folio - Open

Date Folio - Open
Jan - June

Date Folio - Open
July - Dec

My second gift was a Key Chain. I used mat board, trimmed to the shape of a tag, for the backing and made a key hole mould from one of my favourite Krafty Lady Art Moulds. I painted it with a mixture of Old Brass and Metallic Gold Lumiere paint with a touch of Indigo 'Treasure Gold' (like Rub 'n Buff) smeared across the surface.

I used one of my favourite stamps from Stampers Anonymous to decorate the back of the tag.

The swaps were due by 30th November and have now been swapped out and are winging their way to their new homes as I post this message. 'Santa' Sweet Pea, 'Christmas Elf' Chrissy and 'Christmas Elf' Maggi have done a wonderful job swapping all of the gifts and deserve to be congratulated on all counts. You girls ROCK!!! LOL!!!

Until next time......

Chris in Oz


Dawn said...

Your date folio is fabulous and I love the key too. Lucky girlies who will be receiving these!

Carol said...

Fantastic! Love them, have to go over to ccswaps to see if I'm in any of your groups. I hope so!!!