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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ornament Envelopes

Hi everyone!
I know it's way after Christmas and these are Christmas
envelopes, but they can be used at any time of the year,
just use different papers.
I wanted something to put these ornaments
in to give them to my family and friends.
showing how to make little gift bags.
That video gave me the inspiration for these little
I made them from Christmas papers from my stash.

Some were made with plain card stock and
pieces of handmade background papers.

Some I used strips of Christmas paper to decorate
They were simple to make,
I measured them to fit the ornaments 
and followed the example in the video that
I linked above.

Thanks for spending some time with me today,
come again soon.
Until then
watch some videos and try something new.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Christmas Day Ornaments

Hello!  Welcome to Kristie Kreates!
The last few years I've hosted Christmas dinner
for my immediate family and have a tradition
that I make an ornament for each person that
comes to dinner.
This year we changed to brunch at
Jaryd and Sara's, but I continued my tradition 
of ornaments.
I picked up a puzzle at the Dollar Tree that
had larger pieces.
I peeled the picture off the pieces of the puzzle.
I put the puzzle back together and used
Gel Medium to "glue" a napkin to one side
of the puzzle.
To do this, I took the napkin apart, it was a 3 ply
napkin, I simply peeled off the top layer with the
picture on it.
I made sure it was flat on the puzzle and 
added another layer of the Gel Medium to seal it.
Using a sharp blade, I carefully cut the pieces apart.
On the back of the pieces I used
and wrote each persons name on the back
along with the year, using a Sharpie.
I punched a hole in each piece and added a
ribbon for hanging.
When I gave these out, I explained that the group of us
are just like this puzzle and we fit together to make
a whole as a family.
Every person is an important part of that puzzle.
I was  very happy with the way these turned out
and hopefully everyone will hang them on their trees for
years to come.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you have been inspired in some way
and will come again soon.
Until next time,
enjoy all the pieces of your puzzle!

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Friday, January 10, 2020


Hello blog friends!
Today I'm showing you some prints I made.
I was outside with the dog and saw a leaf that I thought
was pretty, so I picked it up along with a couple others.
I used the leaves as stamps with some craft paint.
I simply painted some of the paint onto the leaves and 
pressed them onto the paper.
I love how the prints turned out and have them in my stash
of backgrounds to use when the mood hits me.
Have you ever used something out of the ordinary
as a stamp?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until next time:
Step outside the box and try something
a little different.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Twin Onesies

Hello everyone!
Today I have a pair of onesies I made for 
my friends twin grandsons.
They are identical twins,
so it if definitely hard to tell them
apart.  They do have their
differences, but to people who don't
know them well, it's hard to tell them
apart.  So here is the solution.

I'm glad you stopped in to see what I've been up to.
Thanks for spending your time here.
Come again soon.
Until next time,
create something you love.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Christmas shirts

Hello and Welcome!
Since my daughter was born, every Christmas
I gave her, and my son, Christmas pajamas.
Even when they got to be adults, I still gave them
Christmas pajamas.
This year I got a text from my daughter in law saying
that if I planned on giving them pajamas, they liked
these and included a picture.
So of course, I made my version of what she liked
with heat transfer vinyl.
The ones she showed me just had the words,
I chose what font I wanted and added the hat.
For Sara's I made the O into an ornament.
And for Marie I added the string of Christmas bulbs
 and the hat.
I think they are going to be the cutest family around
for Christmas.
(By the time this is posted, they will have been
the cutest family.  Sorry it's so late.)
For Jaryd, I added a pair of fleece pants and for
Sara a pair of leggings with Christmas dogs on them.
I didn't make a shirt for Kelsie, but I did give her 
leggings with Christmas sloths and a top to go with them.
I may be keeping this tradition going with my 
granddaughter now.
It was always fun to get the kids dressed in their pj's and
have them come down the stairs and surprise their Dad.
Then they would sit on the sofa with me and I'd read
Twas the Night Before Christmas to them.
Hopefully I'll have the chance to do that
with Marie in future years.
Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Ornaments for Anthony and Andrea

Hi everyone!
I hope you've been having a wonderful 
holiday season.
Today I'd like to show you a couple
ornaments I made for some special kids.
My great niece and God daughter Andrea
loves unicorns, so I found a couple patterns
online, combined them and created this one for her.
It was really quite easy, but those eyelashes
were tough.  I tried several different 
ways to make them and they just didn't work out.
I finally was at a craft store and found some 
yarn that is a kind of eyelash yarn.
It's actually intended to be used to make
scrubby dish clothes, but it worked perfect for 
unicorn eyelashes.
Andrea's older brother is a big
Harry Potter fan, so I crochet him this
"Snitch"  I found this pattern on the internet
and it was quick and easy.
I try to make them an ornament every year
connecting with what their interests are at 
that time.  One day they will have a tree 
of their own filled with memories from their 

Thanks for stopping in and spending time with me.
Come again soon, 
you never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates.

Friday, December 27, 2019


Hello crafty people!
Today I have some ornaments to show you.
I made these for my family this
Christmas. Each "family unit" received one.
We also had a ornament exchange with 
our scrapbooking/crafting group and
I decided that I would give one of these 
for that.
When I had to clean out my Aunt Marilyn's
apartment, when she went into a nursing home,
I found an old dresser scarf that I'm pretty sure
her Mom crocheted.
It had some torn spots, but I didn't want to
get rid of it, so I brought it home with me.
I took the pieces apart and made these ornaments
with the crocheted circles.
Everything else came from my stash in my
craft room, so every ornament is different.
I used chip board coasters for the base,
some were covered with

These darker ones were covered with 
I made the flower on this one with a 
scrap of fabric and colored it with 
some of the Nuvo paste.
This flowers and the other ones this
style, I made using Washi tape.

Some of them have buttons from
my button box, like this gold flower button.
Some have charms and this one
has some actual wool which I 
brought back from one of our trips to the
UK. I found it along a fence that was 
around a pasture for the sheep.

I absolutely LOVE how these turned out
and my family loved them too.
I still have plenty of the crochet circles left,
so I'm sure I'll be coming up with another way 
to use them.
They make a wonderful memory of some
family history for me.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
think about using something 
out of the ordinary to make something

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.