Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Home is where you store your Krafts.

No, I did not fall into the great abyss of not blogging.  I was critter watching.  My Mom went on vacation with my brother and my niece to Texas.  It was probably the first time they were on vacation together since high school, a few years ago.  I stayed at Mom's house to take care of her critters, Pam, Lucy and Otis.  Pam and Luce are felines and Otis is canine.  It was a crowded twin size bed at Mom's house!  Pammy actually slept on my back most of the night.  And Luce??  Well, she was my krafting buddy.......  from hell!

She, ever so kindly, allowed me to have part of my table.  I spent 10 days there and could not imagine being without my kraft supplies.  Paper, adhesives, Copic markers, glitter pens and my Cricut...  these are a few of my favorite things!!

During the times that I was not running home when my upstairs bathroom toilet sprung a leak and soaked the downstairs bathroom and basement,  running home to head to work, running home to toss in a load of laundry because Amanda worked in pigs that day....  I was able to get a bunch of kards done.

These are thank you notes for a school teacher who's classroom is done in Patriotic Red, White and Blue.  I have 9 done and 11 to go.  They will end up being some of my favorites.

A birthday kard, complete with a blue haired little lady!

                                                      I am a big fan of polka spots.

My Chicago Bears Football Kard.  He can be made to represent any football team, college (Go    GREEN!) or professional.

Little bit of a fun kard.  The inside bra matches the outside bra, except it glitters!!

While I did get a ton done and I was beyond glad to be able to help Mom so that she could go enjoy 10 days with my brother, I was happy to come home today.  I missed my husband.  I missed my daughter. I missed my dog.  I missed my handy dandy kraft room.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

And so it begins.....

I keep getting asked, more and more, about my blog.  Truth is, I don't blog. Well, I didn't blog.  I don't have the time, I feel, it takes to have a successful blog.  That being said, I am going to give it a try.  If I don't have the time I want to dedicate to it...  I will blog how sorry I am that I am not blogging on a regular basis.

That all said....  Welcome to my blog.    Krafts by Kondrot.  

Krafts by Kondrot started many many years ago.  I would cross-stitch designs on baby clothes and baby bibs and sell them.  I then pulled out a sewing machine and made story books and crayon and coloring book holders.  I think I sold about a thousand of those.  My eyes were crossed!  Then I started making photo boards.  And eventually, I started making my own Kards.  I still cross-stitch, but my love of paper has taken over the house!

When Amanda went off to Michigan State University (Go GREEN!), I desperately needed something to do.  I was crying every day and the blue funk around here was wearing me down.  I decided to jump feet first into kard making and I have never looked back!  I still cried every time we left her at school, for 4 years, but, at least when I got home, I had something to do.

Amanda's thank you notes from graduation.

The stamp used is by my favorite digital stamp company - Bugaboo Stamps.  You will see them a lot in my kards.  I love them!!

I guess that about sums up how KBK came to be.  I will be adding more and more kards to this blog, but you can find the majority of my work at facebook.com/KraftsByKondrot.  Or you can even purchase kards at kraftsbykondrot.storenvy.com

All kards are made to order and can be customized to your liking.
Have a Krafty Day!

No Power? No Problem!

Today I am posting some of the newer kards that I have made.  We lost our power at noon on the first of July and were without until noon on the 4th.  Boy did I get a boatload of kards made!

I am always looking for different ideas, be them in nature or my own weird brain.  I take a bit of heat for being online at my computer all of the time and truth is, I am there a ton of time.  I am at my little desk, where I make most of my kards, and it has my computer on it so that I can go to different websites looking at ideas and supplies.  It never stops me from having fun or going out though!

All of the kards I will post today were done with Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  They are my favorite and I love to work with them.  I print them out on white card stock and color them with my Copic markers... another favorite!   Sadly, I am not as talented with my Copics as many other paper crafters are, but I am happy with the results and I love to use them.  I am on the lookout for a class on Copics.  :-)

I tend to be a "simple" kard maker.  I love layers and colors.  Usually I will make a kard base, add a layer of solid card stock and then a layer of patterned paper.  I pull it all together with a layered embellishment of some kind.  Sometimes it is a stamp or digital stamp that I have colored and layered or it can be a die cut that I used my Cricut for!  And don't even get me started on how much I LOVE MY CRICUT!
I am pretty sure that you will learn, and hear, a lot about my favorite items.  I have things that I will not trade for anything and I am loyal to a fault!

These kards shown above are all for an order.  I think she will like them.  I have a bunch more to make for the Bolingbrook and Aurora Farmer's Market.  And to put in my stash!

If  you see something you like, please let me know.  I will be more than happy to make something for you.  
Have a Krafty Day!