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!!!

Friday, 21 December 2007

Gift for my "desert dwelling friend"

Jackie is a wonderful 'cyber-friend' from the US who I 'met' through one of my Yahoo groups. She has sent me many cards and a gorgeous birthday gift this year. Unfortunately, I've had a really hectic year and have been unable to respond/reply to her as I would have liked. So, I had this great idea for a Christmas 'pressie' for her. Of course, I'm running behind, again, and although Jackie's gift is finally finished, I probably won't post it 'til after Christmas now - after all the work involved in making it, I'd be distraught if it got 'gobbled up or lost' in all the Christmas mail.

I love 'star books' and really enjoy creating them. I decided to adapt the measurements that I had, to make a smaller version that would store ATCs. I've called it an 'ATC Keeper'. When I'd finished, I looked for an appropriate sized box to decorate and store it in, but I couldn't find one in my stash. I can hear Jessie (my 'bestest' stamping buddy in Oz) saying, 'What no box among those 132 boxes you keep, just in case, you need one, one day!!!" LOL!!! Well, she's right, I do keep boxes - just in case, BUT I couldn't find one to fit. I was almost ready to go out to buy one, when I thought to myself - "self, why don't you make one to match???" So, I did. I have no idea what they're called, who to credit the idea to or where I even initially saw the idea. It's a box that contains 3 layers and when the lid is removed the sides open out and are decorated with messages/drawings/photos etc. I know, clear as mud. I took photos and put them in a slide show to let you see my newest project. I really hope that Jackie is going to love this gift as much as I do. I love it so much, I'm having trouble taking it to the Post Office!!! LOL!!! Does anybody else have trouble sending their creations out into the big wide world like I do??? LOL!!! Anyway, what do you think???

Until next time......

Cheers
Chris in Oz


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......

Cheers
Chris in Oz