Needle and Thread by Emma Williams

Today, is my last post as a member of the Merly Impressions Design Team. I am so very sad to be leaving because I have loved every minute of working alongside Chrissy and creating with all the gorgeous Kaisercraft collections but the time has come for me to step down and explore new adventures… Of course, I will still be working with lots of Kaisercraft goodies because I really do love them so much and please do come and visit me at my blog, click HERE, where you can see any future projects. I also have lots of upcoming projects using Kaisercraft products from Merly Impressions, in forthcoming issues of Making Cards Magazine, where you can see my work on a monthly basis.

So, here it is my final card as a member of the lovely Merly DT, using the gorgeous Needle & Thread collection of papers, etc and as always…I hope you like it!

To create this card, I used a kraft card blank and covered it with a piece of the Hem 12″ x 12″ paper, cut to size and matted onto Stone Weave Kaisercard. The edges are blended with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I used a Sizzix die to die cut my mannequin, which I then painted with Kaisercolour Paints and covered with a piece of paper from the 6″ x 6″ paper pad. I added the die cut mannequin to my covered card front, together with various die cuts from the Needle and Thread Collectables pack.

Because I wanted to make this card really special and a statement piece, I decided to add a flower to the dress and I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to die cut some chiffon that I had in my stash and made a fabric flower from the die cuts, which I then added with some twine to the mannequin.

I then wrapped some more twine around one of the die cuts from the Collectables pack and added two decorative pins.

Finally, I used one of the Needle & Thread rub ons from the pack and added the “Sew Simple” wording to the bottom left hand corner…

So, that really is it from me and my time at Merly Impressions. I just want to say a very big THANK YOU to Chrissy for everything and I wish her, and the team all the luck in the future!!

Thank you to everyone who has popped by over the last 18 months and left such lovely comments and I hope to see you all again soon, somewhere in the world of craft…

Emma xx

Ladies That Lunch by Emma Williams

Hello everyone, it’s Emma here!! This month, I was very  lucky to be able to work with the Needle & Thread collection of papers and embellishments and I can honestly say, this is one of the most gorgeous Kaisercraft collections that I have worked with and it is so, me!! The colours, the theme, the vintage feel…it’s is stunning!

So, without further ado…here are the first of the cards that I made using this collection and as always, I really hope you like it…

For this card, I chose a card blank from my stash which I thought worked really well with the theme and I decided to go with an elegant vintage feel to my project. I chose to use the paper from the Paper Pad to cover my card blank and blended the edges with Distress Ink.

I then used a message from the Cotton 12″ x 12″ paper and added die cut flowers from the Collectables Pack of die cuts, together with one of the ladies and a die cut button. To complete the card, I blended and aged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and finally, I added small adhesive pearls.

For my second card, I made a larger 8″ x 8″ card and covered the front of the card with another of the sheets of paper from the 6″ x 6″ paper pad, matted onto a piece of Ballet Weave Kaisercard.

I then used a further two pieces of paper from the paper pad and I cut these to size and using a pair of pinking shears, I cut the edges to give the look of material. Next, I took another of the messages from the Cotton 12″ x 12″ paper and again matted this onto Ballet Weave Kaisercard.

I attached the two pieces of paper that I’ve just cut onto my card front and then placed the message over the top of these.

I used some more of the gorgeous die cuts from the Collectables pack, including a pair of scissors that I attached to a piece of paper which again, I cut using the pinking shears to give the appearance of  material. I arranged and added all the die cuts around the message and finished the card with a seam binding bow and a safety pin.

That’s it from me for today and I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas to make cards using this fabulous Needle & Thread collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to reading all your comments..

Bye for now, Emma x

Little Boy Blue…by Emma

Hello, Emma here and it’s time for me to share my second post of the month. As I mentioned in my previous post, this time I’m sharing the little boy card, that I made using the adorable Bundle of Joy collection.

…and this is the card I’ve made ~ as always, I hope you like it!

To make this card, I began by  matting and layering paper one of the decorative papers from the 6×6 pad onto a piece of Fuzzy Peach Kaisercard and a further matt of a piece of the Ivory Kaisercard, which I used a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punch to give a decorative edge to my cardstock.

I then stamped the image from the New Arrival stamp set onto a piece of cream card and coloured it using Tim Holtz, Distress Marker pens.

I stamped the message onto my image and then matted it onto some more of the card before attaching it to my covered card blank.

To complete my card, I then added some of the die cuts from the Collectables pack. I actually used the “girl” pack, which has die cuts to suit both boys, and girls…

So, that’s it from me for this month and as always, I hope I’ve inspired you to think of these collections as not just paper collections for scrapbooking because they are also perfect for all your cardmaking and other various projects.

See you all again very soon and thank you so much for stopping by to take a look at what I’ve created.

Bye for now…Emma x

Pretty In Pink… by Emma

Hi everyone!! Well, it’s another new month, which means it’s another new share and this month I was really lucky to be able to work with the gorgeous Bundle of Joy collection of papers. The minute I saw these, I just loved these papers and what’s even better is there’s a collection for a boy and for a girl. So, in my first share for this month, I’m showing you what I made with the little girl collection ~ as always, I hope you like it!

A gift box

A Card

Together with a few added bits and pieces from my stash, I made the gift box using papers from the Bundle of Joy 6×6 Paper Pad, the 12×12 Sticker Sheet, die cuts from the Girl Collectables pack, Ivory Kaisercard and lace from the White Lace Pack.

I added some die cut flowers which I made myself using the papers from the pad and a Sizzix die. In the centre of one of my flowers, I added one of the Mini Paper Blooms and popped some small buttons from my stash into the centre of the other flowers.

I tied some of the lace into a bow and added that to my cluster of flowers and the die cuts.

I lined the inside of the box, with some more of the gorgeous papers from the pad.

I then made my card, using a Kraft card blank as my base card.

Again, I used the Ivory Kaisercard for matting and layering, papers from the Paper pad and die cuts from the Collectables pack. I added a punched border strip and some more of the lace as decoration.

I added Liquid Pearls onto the die cut heart and a bow made from seam binding.

So, I really hope you like the first of my shares this month and that you’re inspired to use this fabulous collection for your own cards and projects.

Thank you for stopping by and looking forward to reading all your comments.

See you again very soon with my third project for this month…

Emma xx

Happy Days

Hi again!! I’m back with my second card for this month, using the fabulous Suga Pop collection from Kaisercraft.

For this card, I decided to make a wardrobe style card and I hope you like it…

To begin with, I created the basic wardrobe style card and then I used papers from the 6.5″ Suga Pop paper pad and matted these onto Ballet Weave Kaisercard, to cover the outside “doors” of the card. I made and added pinwheel rosettes onto the front of the card and I also used the bunting, a message and owl die cuts from the Collectables pack.

To create the inside of the card, I began by using the owl on the tree scene from the Raspberry Drops 12 x 12″ paper and matted this onto a piece of the Soda Paper before sticking the completed matts and layers onto the back of my card. I then added papers on either side from the 6.5″ paper pad.

As finishing touches to the inside of the card, I added the trees and bunting from the Collectables pack and a little birdie from the 12′ Sticker Sheet. Finally, I added Aqua adhesive rhinestones onto the trees and I stamped a message from the YOU clear stamp set.

As always, I really hope you’ve liked what I’ve created and I’ll look forward to reading all your comments.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you again, next month…

Emma xx

Spring Has Sprung…

Hi everyone!! Can you believe that we’re already in March, and that it’s already time to share this month’s creations with you all…where does time fly to? This month, I got to work with another must have collection from Kaisercraft ~ Suga Pop and if you like, owls, hearts and gorgeous Spring colours, this collection will not disappoint you!!

Here’s the first of the cards that I made…as always, I hope you like it!

To create this card, I used a piece of the Soda 12″ x 12″ paper and I cut an aperture window into the paper but where I diagonally cut to create the window, I rolled back the paper, to give a paper roll frame. I then added the I<3U message into the aperture and matted it all onto a piece of Pistachio Weave Kaisercard.

Using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, I made and added handmade paper flowers, using paper in the 6.5 x 6.5″ Paper Pad. I also created pinwheel rosettes from a piece of the Rock Candy 12×12″ paper and added these, together with die cuts from the Collectables pack.

To complete the card, I found some bottle caps in my huge stash of “things to use” and I added some of the collectable die cuts from the pack, into the centres of the bottle caps, and then applied Glossy Accents over the top, leaving them to dry and harden before attaching them to the front of my card.

So, I hope this card has inspired you to make cards using this very versatile collection, that is just perfect for this time of year.

See you all soon with another creation…

Emma x

Club Tropicana…by Emma

For my next project using the Tropicana collection, I wanted to show you how these kits are not just for scrapbooking and mini albums and how you can make cards using them. As always, I hope you like the card I’ve made…

…and here’s how I made it:

To begin with I covered an 8″ square card blank with a piece of Licorice Weave Kaisercard. I then took a piece of cream card and using Antique Linen Distress Ink and the Tropicana Stamp Set, I’ve stamped around the edge of the card, to make my very own subtle backing paper design. I hope you can pick this up on the photo below.

I then matted a piece of the paper onto the covered card front, from the 6″ Paper Pad and added die cuts from the Collectables pack, which add dimension to my card.

Finally, I rolled up a piece of the paper into a scroll and tied a piece of twine around this before, attaching a tag from the Collectables pack and sticking it to complete the card.

So, I hope this card inspires you and I can’t wait to read your comments and hear what you think!!

See you all again very soon,

Emma x

Wish You Were Here…by Emma

As soon as I saw the Tropicana collection from Kaisercraft, I was blown away…it’s just so beautiful and if you’ve got holiday photos and memories that you want to treasure forever, then this is definitely the collection for you!

For my first post of this month, I decided to make a mini album for all those special moments and memories and I really hope you like what I’ve created….

To make my album, I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations Vintage Valise die to cut some chipboard panels before covering them with various 12″ x 12″ papers and papers from the 6 x 6 paper pad, all from the Tropicana collection.

I added die cuts to all the pages from the Collectables pack and also added Latte pearls and Honey Paper Blooms onto the cover.

I punched holes into each of the pages using the Crop-A-Dile and added Album rings to hold it together.

I added various colours of seam binding around the album rings and finally, I tied a piece of twine around a small Tim Holtz Corked Vial, filled with Mica flakes and hung it from the handle.

So, that’s it from me and I really hope you like my mini album, all that’s left for me to do it fill it full of memories!!

See you soon with another creation using the Tropicana collection…

Emma x

Class of 2013 by Emma

For my second project of this month, using the fab Class Act Collection, I decided to make an easel card and create the feel of a blackboard with this card. This actually means that you can personalise your card, with any message that you choose…I added “Class of 2013” onto my card project but on your creations, you choose ~ the choice is endless and, you can decide what message you want to write!

I created an 8″ square card blank from kraft card to give me my card base to work with and then made an easel card from this card blank. I used the blackboard sheet of paper from the Class Act paper pad and matted it onto layers of yellow, kraft and black Kaisercard before attaching it to the upright section of my easel card blank.

I added some of the die cuts from the Collectables pack onto the front of my card blank, together with one of the “report cards” that can be found on the Superstar 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper. Next, I attached a piece of seam binding across the front of my card and tied it into a bow, before adding a button, threaded with Baker’s Twine. I then painted one of the cute little Awards Wood Flourishes using the Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber and attached it to my card.

Next, I matted a piece of the Fulfill 12″ x 12″ paper onto a piece of kraft card and then layered this onto black Kaisercard and adhered it to the base of my easel card. Using 3D foam pads, I added some more of the die cuts from the Collectables pack to the base and these will act as a stopper, so that the upright section doesn’t fall forward.

Finally, I took a white pen and wrote ” Class of 2013″ onto the front of my card, and using a black pen, I filled in the report card…

So, as always…thank you so much for stopping by and I really hope you have been inspired by my make and I can’t wait to see what you will create using this fun and fabulous, Class Act collection.

See you next month and bye for now!

Emma xx

Explore by Emma

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you’re now looking forward to the new year ahead!!

Today, I’m sharing my first post of 2013 and what a fabulous collection to have kickstarted my crafting year with. I was lucky enough to get to work with the Class Act collection of papers and embellishments and this is just such a fun and colourful selection of goodies and will be perfect to make those scrapbook layouts and cards for the coming school year….

…and this is the first of my projects that I made, as always ~ I hope you like it!!

To make this card, I started by cutting my card blank into a tag shape and punched two holes through the top of the card. I then covered the front of the card with a piece of the Fulfill 12″ x 12″ paper, and trimmed away the excess.

I used the quote from the Class Act 12″ x 12″ paper and matted this onto a piece of yellow cardstock and before adhering it to the front of my card, I distressed the edges of the paper slightly to give an aged, worn look to the paper. Next, I added the Explore banner from the Collectables pack of die cuts and tied a piece of Baker’s Twine into a bow on either end of the banner.

I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Wordplay Die to die cut my numbers from chipboard and painted them with Adirondack Paint Dabbers in Red and Pool. Once the paint was dry, I applied Glossy Accents over the top to give a raised epoxy look to the chipboard numbers. I then attached my numbers 2 & 3 down the side of the front of the card, using 3D foam and added the 1 onto a die cut medal shape from the Collectables Pack.

I attached and added the cup onto the front of my card and then adhered some of the banners from the Collectables pack down the right hand side of my card, slightly overlapping the edge and stuck small buttons onto each piece.  Finally, last but not least, I threaded some yellow seam binding through the holes in the top of my card and tied it into a bow.

So, that’s my card for today and I hope it’s given you some inspiration and ideas of how to make cards using this kit.

Thank you for taking the time to come and visit and I’ll look forward to reading all your comments…

See you soon with another creation using the Class Act collection,

bye for now, Emma xx