A Huge Thank You to all our Retreat Guests

We just want to say a big thank you to everyone that attended our first ever Merly Impressions retreat – we had an absolute blast and we really hope you did to.

We are truely touched by all your kind comments but in truth it was you, our guests (who we are now proud to call our friends), that made the weekend so special. We never expected to be part of a weekend filled with quite so much fun, laughter, positivity, creativity and friendship. Yes, there were hiccups along the way but we are truely grateful that our guests always filled the room with smiles and simply had fun.

All our guests had four kits (although many added bought more from the shop) and we were amazed by the variety of projects created from them. Many people did not finish all the kits – we hope you will continue to enjoy them at home. A few guests also managed to create a special journal from the fifth (surprise) kit.

We have many people to thank and we apologise if we miss someone out…

Firstly Emilie – your classes were inspirational and your energy boundless !  We hope that you will continue to inspire readers on our blog and that you will continue to be our friend for a very long time.

Thank you to Chloe & Merley who were absoloute stars working away in the shop and thank you to Mim & Anna for helping us set up on the Friday.

And thank you to everyone who made us laugh – Cathy (that’s with a “C” not a “K”), (not so mad) Jean, Chris (we’ll get you a lower chair next time), Lynne (one day you really will jump off a mountain), Margaret (who kept us all amused in the “refurbished” dining room), Val (we’ll sort out a label for your ham sandwiches next time), Gwyneth (thanks for the Marmite), and so many more (we are really sorry that we cannot mention everyone who made us laugh).

And thanks to the one who made me cry as well – Sarah – I was so touched by the surprise card you organised on Sunday.

We also want to say a special Hi to Janet who couldn’t make the retreat – you were missed and hope you feel better soon.

Lots of you have asked about “the next one”. Nothing is decided yet (we are too tired) but your positivity is tempting us to do it all again next year. We’ll keep everyone in touch with plans when they develop.

Thank you again everyone. Any comments are very much appreciated.

Chrissy, Paul & Merley xXx

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Merly Impressions New Design Team!!!

We have had so many entries for our Design Team call that we had the most difficult job to select just a few to join our team! Had we had our way we would have chosen all of you as you are all so talented!!!

But we are so honoured to announce that our new design team is:

Ali Parris

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 Marley Van Der Heijden who will be designing for us every two months

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Linda Iswariah

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Pam Thorburn

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And still there to inspire you:

Morag Cutts who will be designing every two months

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And yours truly, myself Emilie Chamel

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Now that’s an a-list line-up and let me tell you that from the first of July you will want to keep popping here as we have some great plans for this blog!!! The new design team will all introduce themselves when their first blog post goes live but in the meantime do not hesitate to visit their amazing blogs!

Emilie xxx

Merly Impressions Design Team Call

We are looking for some very talented ladies (and gents) to join our expanding Design Team! Do you want a monthly goodie box filled with yummy coordinating Kaisercraft products and embellishments galore?? Do you have a love of paper crafting, challenges and sharing your talent?

So this your chance to show us what you’ve got!! 

We are looking for Scrapbookers and Card-makers.

Here’s how to be part of this new team….

Deadline: May the 15th midnight

How to Apply

Please email us at designs(at)emiliechamel.com with the following information (copy and paste into an email):

  1. First, tell us about you. Give us a short bio.
  2. Link to your blog and/or online gallery. We’d also love to know if you are on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and/or Twitter.
  3. Send us samples…  Scan/photograph and send us: 3 Layouts if you are applying for the Scrapbooker position or 3 Cards and a layout if you are applying for the Card-making design team. Be sure to send us your strongest creations!!
  4. What do you consider your specialty (favourite techniques, products,…)?
  5. Tell us about the CRAFTY you…Link to your scrapbook resume if you have one? Do you teach? Have you been published? Do you or have you ever worked at a craft store?
  6. What other Design Teams are you part of and when does their term end? (Note: No previous DT experience is required, we are just curious.)
  7. Tell us about YOU….what do you love about scrapbooking? What do you love about Kaisercraft products and how do you think your style fits with the products we sell. Why do you want to be on our design team?

All Design Team applications must be received by May 15th midnight to be considered. If selected you will be notified via email and the new team will be announced here on our blog.

Design Team Requirements

  1. You will be required to submit 3 projects per month for the Scrapbooking Team and 4 projects for the Card-making team. You will be asked to create one tutorial per month (photo or video) and to take part in the monthly challenge.
  2. Team members are asked to repost their projects on two different sites minimum (those can include UKScrapper, Pinterest, your Blog and/or your Facebook) and tag or link to Merly Impressions.
  3. Design Team term will be for a six month period, Jul. 2013 to Dec. 2013, renewable.

Questions, email us at designs(at)emiliechamel.com

Emilie xx

Welcome Emilie…

I recently gave you a little tease about another designer joining the Merly Impressions mix. So now I’m thrilled to introduce to you… Emilie Chamel.  It has taken a while but we are over the moon that it has finally happened. Welcome Emilie !!!

I stumbled upon Emilie’s blog some time ago and something about her work caught my eye.  I love her style and I think she will bring a totally different and unique way of using our lovely Kaisercraft products to the blog. She is very talented, has bags of energy and tons of brilliant ideas which you will all be seeing over the coming months. We are very honoured to have her design for us.

If you would like to see more of  Emilie’s stunning work including Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, Mini Books and some fabulous tutorials which are well worth a look, please visit her blog at – http://emiliesscrapbook.blogspot.co.uk/

We will be posting some of Emilie’s lovely work quite soon. All your comments are very much appreciated.

Enjoy and happy crafting,

Chrissy xXx

July Giveaway

With the increasing popularity of vintage style scrapbooking, we thought we would put together a big bundle of vintage style goodies for our July Facebook Giveaway.

All you need to do is pop over to our Merly Impressions Facebook page, become a Fan (by clicking the Like button at the top of the page) and then leave a comment on our “July Facebook Giveaway” post. The winner will be randomly chosen after 9:00am on the morning of Sunday 31st July.

Remember, you must be a fan to enter and you must also be a resident of either the UK, Ireland or Mainland Europe.

The prize is a brilliant bundle of Vintage style goodies worth over £55 including brand new Timeless Paper Pads and Journal Tags (released 1st August). The full contents of the prize box are :

  • Two Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 Timeless Paper Pads (Black & White and Vintage)
  • Six Kaisercraft 12×12 Timeless papers
  • Three Kaisercraft Alpha Stamp Sets (Vintage, Grunge and Typewriter)
  • Five Kaisercraft Timeless Rub-ons
  • Three Kaisercraft Mini Alpha Sticker Sets
  • One Kaisercraft Timeless Journal Tag book
  • Five sheets of Bazzill Kraft cardstock

July Giveaway Prize

Good Luck to everyone !

July Crop Kit

We’ve been working on preparations for the Merly Impressions Crop on 16th July and we thought we would give you some idea about the kit we will be offering.

The kit will include four papers, a sticker sheet and colour rub-ons from the newly released Blae and Ivy Collection from Kaisercraft. It will also include Bazzill cardstock and Kaisercraft Rhinestones to match the papers. During the crop we will be using some tools (which we will provide) to create matching flower embellishments, a title and maybe even some stitched effects. We’ll post some images to give more idea of the finished projects over the next week.

July Crop Kit

The individual parts of the kit are valued at over £11 but, for those attending the crop, we will be charging only £9.00. Note that the kit is entirely optional – if you prefer to work on your own projects, please feel free to do so.

The crop will take place on Saturday 16th July 10am – 4pm at Renhold Village Hall, Wilden Road, Renhold, Bedford, MK41 OLY. The hall is set in a lovely village location surrounded by open fields and has windows on both sides which let in loads of natural light ideal for crafting.

The cost is £5.00 per person – this includes your crafting space, together with tea, coffee and refreshments. Please feel free to bring any other snacks to nibble on. You will also need to bring your own packed lunch.

If you are interested in booking a place at the crop please email us at info@merlyimpressions.co.uk. Please also let us know if you would be interested in purchasing the optional kit and if you are coming with a friend or two let us know and we will seat you all together.

We will of course be bringing our lovely Kaisercraft & non Kaisercraft goodies for you to purchase. We stock a HUGE selcetion of Kaisercraft products so if there is anything in particular you would like to see, please feel free to email and we will bring it (we stock hundreds of products and may not be able to bring them all).

We will also have a tool table which will include the new Cricut Expression 2 and a few carts, a Big Shot and some dies and a few other bits and pieces.

Time for a Fabulous Facebook Giveaway

With the first signs of spring in the air we think its time for a springtime giveaway. We’ve put together a big bundle of fabulously flowery Hippy Girl goodies (plus some other coordinating products) for the winner of a random Facebook Giveaway.

All you need to do is pop over to our Merly Impressions Facebook page, become a Fan (by clicking the Like button at the top of the page) and then either “Like” or leave a comment on our “Fabulous Facebook Giveaway” post. The winner will be randomly chosen after 11:00pm in the evening on Wednesday 30th March.

Remember, you must be a fan to enter and you must also be a resident of either the UK, Ireland or Mainland Europe.

The prize is a brilliant bundle of Hippy Girl themed goodies worth well over £40 and which includes:

  • All six 12×12 Hippy Girl papers
  • 12×12 Delilah Glitter paper and 12×12 Fern die-cut paper
  • Hippy Girl Clear Stamps
  • Hippy Girl Colour and Black Rub-ons
  • Hippy Girl Printed Chipboard
  • Hippy Girl Die-cuts
  • Hippy Girl Journal Tag Book
  • Two packs of matching 12inch Rhinestone Strips
  • Three sheets of matching Bazzill cardstock
  • Wood Flourishes – Vines (FL303)
  • Beyond-the-Page Handbag Storage (SB124)
  • One 12×12 ziplock storage pocket
  • A copy of the Workshop Magazine including layouts based on the Hippy Girl Collection

Hippy Girl Facebook Giveaway Prize

Stampotique Originals Stamps – Fun and Funky

We are pleased to now stock some wonderful stamps from Stampotique Originals. We’ve chosen more than 60 designs from three different artists each with their own characteristic style.

From the versatile designs of the British artist Jo Capper-Sandon and the cute, flowery designs of Janet Klein to the funky and somewhat gothic style of Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente, these fabulous stamps include something for everyone.

Stampotique Originals stamps

Each of these highly detailed Stampotique Originals stamps are produced from deeply etched rubber mounted onto solid maple wood blocks for stability and long-life. You can find these beautiful stamps on the Merly Impressions website in there own special Stampotique section.