Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Cards Link Party

Hi everyone,

As promised we're starting a series of posts dedicated to all things Christmassy, just to get you inspired and in the mood for this festive season.

From today and until the end of the month we're collecting links to all the fantastic handmade Christmas cards out there. So if you make your own Christmas cards or know someone who does all you need to do to take part is to add the link to the relevant blog post, web site, Flickr pool, etc.

There will be more Christmas related link parties so watch this space :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Zentangle challenge

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a fun Halloween, we certainly did over at KCAA swapping all manner of things "scary".

Also, we have a winner for the Zentangle Challenge and that's Lisa. Congratulations!

We had 5 entries, 4 from Lisa and 1 from Jen and they are all amazing as you can see below.

Entry 1 from Lisa and the one most voted for.

Entry 2 from Lisa.

Entry 3 from Lisa.

Entry 4 from Lisa.

Jen's entry and the second most voted.

If you've never heard of Zentangles and would like to know more there's plenty of information on the Web starting with the Zentangle Home Page.

Now about Christmas. It is fast approaching so the next few posts will be about all things Christmasy to get you in the mood for the season. Don't forget to drop by :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's scary times at KCAA

It's that time of the year again when KCAA members go crazy making all sorts of scary crafts for Halloween.

There's a Halloween card swap going on and Lisa has made this funtastic Halloween plaque. Notice how some of the elements are 3D.

Below are some of the cards made and swapped last year at KCAA in case you're looking for inspiration.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cows in bed

Sometime ago Jen set us a challenge, to post a recipe that we had either invented or given our very own personal twist to and Lisa presented us with this great recipe because as she said:

"I needed something for supper but was tired of all the usual prospects, While this is just a “hamburger” the taste is changed so it does not taste like the “typical hamburger/cheeseburger”. It is completely an original!".

If you'd like to give this recipe a go just follow Lisa's instructions and pictures below to make your own Cows in Bed.

What you will need

1 ½ lb hamburger

1 medium onion peeled and minced

1 pkg of premade biscuits

1-2 slices of Cheese quartered (optional)

hot sauce (optional)

1 knife, 1 cutting board

1 medium sized bowl

1 fry pan and 1 flipper

1 cookie sheet and 1 cooling rack

~mustard and ketchup


take 1 ½ pounds of hamburger place in bowl take your minced onions in with the hamburger and with your hands blend well...

then roll into 10 roughly the same size balls, once you have the balls you will need to flatten them slightly (but not too thin) place in your frying pan.

 Fry your hamburger for 8-10 minutes flipping once (DO NOT FLATTEN as they are cooking). Once they are done remove from pan and place on the cooling rack that is sitting inside your cookie sheet- this will allow the burgers to cool and drain DO NOT touch them.

Once they are completely cooled about an hour. Then take the biscuits out of the refrigerator and open them as package discribes remove buscuits from its container and seperate them, then take them ONE at a time and flatten them within your hands at the same time you are flattening them you should be also making them bigger once you have done this look at your burgers and find one that looks like it will fit within your buscuit.

Now if you want cheese on them place chees on buscuit then hamburger on top now pull the buscuit around your burger completely covering the burger and cheese. Place on the baking sheet you had them draining on (but first wipe the tray off to remove fat DO NOT wash it).

Once you have done this to ALL your burgers place a tooth pick in all the ones with cheese (I do this step as I am placing them on the cookie sheet so I do not forget.) bake as per directions for the buscuits. Dont worry the time is plenty of time to make the burger hot again.

When they are done remove them from the oven and let cool for a few minutes then place them on a serving platter. I take mustard and ketchup and mix them together (¼ c catsup to 1/3 cup of mustard mixed well) place a dollup of the mixture on your plate and enjoy. You can serve this with what ever side dishes you enjoy- but since this is a “finger”meal I usually serve with chips and carrot and celery sticks or what ever is available.

To reheat do not reheat in your microwave as it makes the buscuit moist again and too chewy I recommend they be placed in your toaster oven or back in your oven. For 10-12 minutes

You do not have to use cheese, if you prefer not too. careful tho as to which cheese you use,because some are wetter then others and this will alter the buscuit, I use what is considered yellow american cheese.

This makes an AWESOME on-the-go food

I wait til the are cooled to place inside the buscuit because I do not want it too cook the inside of the buscuit too much to make mushy,which is also why I drain them. Also,these tend to be filling.

Enjoy :-)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Be inspired: Cross stitching

Hi, I hope you're all having a great Summer.

Today's "Be inspired" is all about the art of cross stitching and at KCAA we're lucky to have some very talented people who often share with us their cross stitch projects as you can see below.

The 1st set of pictures shows some of Pam's work and the 2nd a sample of Mrs Dag's embroidery. Aren't they just beautiful?

Some of these projects have taken a long time to finish but are so well worth the effort when they're finally done and ready to be shown off.

If you're new to cross stitching and would like to give it a go, have a look at the useful links below.

Learn to cross stitch in 5 minutes

How to cross stitch in 5 steps (with video)

How to cross stitch

How to do cross stitch

And here's a list of places on the Web where you'll find plenty of free patterns.

Cross Stitch Centre

Free Cross Stitch Patterns

Ellen Maurer-Stroh

Cross Stitching

Happy crafting :-)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Be inspired: Handcrafted jewellery

Today I want to share with you some of the fantastic jewellery Jen and Pam have made. The picture above is only a small sample of what these 2 very talented ladies can do, you'll find more photos of their work on the Kool Crafts and Arts forum.
If you like wearing jewellery and you're crafty it might be a good idea to make your own. This way you'll be able to create exclusive pieces for your personal use and at a fraction of the price. You can also make customised pieces to give your friends and family whenever you want to gift them with something special.
The links below have plenty of useful information on how to get started, different techniques, ideas for projects, etc. I hope you find them useful whether you're a beginner or a more experienced jewellery maker.
Beadage - all about beading!
eHow - lots of jewellery making videos

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Be inspired: Recycling crafts

It's time for another instalment of the "Be inspired" series of posts and this time I want to share with you some of Donna's fantastic recycling crafts.

I hope her projects will inspire you to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible and as a picture is worth a thousand words here are some of the amazing things Donna has made using everyday items she had around the house. Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Swaps Mosaic

Hi everyone,

Just a very quick post to show you a small sample of the amazing handmade items we've been swapping at Kool Crafts and Arts.

There are many more photos on the forum, so just click on the link above to see what we've been up to ;-)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Rota for swaps on KCAA

As promised, here's more info on the swaps we're having on the Kool Crafts and Arts forum.

If you'd like to join us and take part in any or all of these swaps please click on the link above to register.

We've created a rota for the swaps to be held up to September as below:

Craft Magazine Swap - July
Inspirational Swap - July
Card Toppers Swap - August
Stuffed Envelope Swap - September

Rules and deadlines are posted on the forum.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Be inspired: Wood burning

Wikipedia describes pyrography or wood burning as the art of decorating wood with burn marks made with a heated object such as a poker.

We're lucky that we have on Kool Crafts and Arts someone that does woodburning and after you see the beautiful projects Lisa has created you might want to try this craft for yourself.

Here are photos of some of Lisa's wood burning.

And if you feel inspired to give this craft a go you can check the links below for more information on tools, supplies, techniques and even patterns.


Carving Patterns

Monday, May 17, 2010

Be inspired: Parchment craft

Parchment craft is an ancient papercraft dating as far back as the 16th Century in Europe. In this craft you use parchment paper many different tools to create a lace-like effect. It is thought this was a craft used by catholic monks and nuns to create communion cards and also borders for religious pictures.

info taken from

Debs, one of our newest members, has recently passed her exams to become a qualified pergamano tutor and no wonder as her work is truly wonderful as you can see below.

We all admire her talent and she's even inspired some of us to give this craft a go.

Below are pictures of Pam´s first parchment craft projects, aren't they beautiful?

If you'd like to try your hand at parchment craft there are some very useful sites/blogs on the Web with plenty of information on the basic techniques, supplies and even some free patterns.

Please click on the links below to read more about this papercraft.

- (free patterns and tutorials)

- (techniques, tips and a free design gallery)

- (basic techniques)

- (basic techniques in parchment craft)

- (patterns for free download)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Swaps for 2010 at KCAA

Spring seems to have given everyone at KCAA a new lease of life after a very long, very cold and very snowy Winter. We also have very talented new members and we're planning lots of exciting swaps for this year. If you' d like to join in the fun why don't you become a member of Kool Crafts and Arts?

Some ideas we had at KCAA for future swaps are:

- Bookmark swap

- Craft magazine swap

- Stuffed envelope swap

- Card toppers swap, etc.

More info on these will be posted both here and on the forum when available so don't forget to check back if you'd like to take part.