Life is the Best Fairytale with Fairy Land

Hi everyone,
Today I would like to share with you a step by step process to how I have created this gorgeous layout using Fairy Land by ScrapBoys. I fell in love with flower sheet in this collection and decided to create a layout that incorporated all the colours of the flowers.

To create this layout I have followed the steps below:
1. Trim KAISERCARD OATMEAL WEAVE CARDSTOCK to 29 x 29 cm and round the corners.
2. Using a deep ivory (for example: Ranger Distress Oxide- Antique Linen) stamp the keys from CLEAR STAMPS – ENCHANTED COLLECTION all over the cardstock to create the background.

3. Take KAISERCARD WHITE PREMIUM CARDSTOCK and cut into a heat shape (~24 wide and ~20 cm high).
4. Apply some Ranger Distress Oxide- Shaded Lilac onto an INKSSENTIALS CRAFT SHEET, spray some water onto the ink and apply onto the white heart. Use a heat gun to dry and reapply more ink until satisfied (see my previous post for a more detailed description).
5. Using Ranger Distress Oxide- Shaded Lilac and an ink blending tool through the STARS MINI DESIGNER STENCIL onto the purple heart.

6. Take KAISERCARD MAROON PREMIUM CARDSTOCK, trim to 12 x 12 inch and round the corners
7. Adhere the prepared Oatmeal cardstock to the Maroon cardstock and adhere the purple heart in the middle of the layout.

8. Take a 15.4 x 10.2 cm photo, round the corners and adhere to the centre of the heart.
9. Fussy cut flowers from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 04 and layer them around the central heart.
10. Stamp the sentiment from the CLEAR STAMPS – ENCHANTED COLLECTION onto a spare piece of white cardstock in Versa Fine-Black Ink, trim and frame with a piece of Maroon cardstock.

11. Apply liquid glue in the four corners of the layout, around the photo and in the corners of the sentiment.
12. Apply DAZZLE COCKTAIL – MANHATTAN, 15ML to the wet glue and allowed time to dry.
13. Adhere a set of fussy cut flowers to each golden corner.
14. Add WHITE ZIG WINK OF STELLA BRUSH MARKER to the white flowers and RHINESTONES – SILVER to their centres.

I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this gorgeous collection.
Stay safe and keep crafting!
Xx Roxii xX

Believe in your Dreams with Fairy Land

Hi everyone,
Today I would like to share a layout that I have created with the very, very last pieces that I had left over from the Fairy Land Collection by ScrapBoys. Do you end up with lots of left over pieces from a collection? But never have a whole sheet of the collection left to add them to? Well here is a layout I have created in that exact situation! I collected all the pieces and simply added them to a piece of card stock that I had prepared with a little bit of texture paste.

To create this layout I have started with a sheet of KAISERCARD CINNAMON WEAVE CARDSTOCK and unevenly painted the left hand side with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – BROWN 50ML.

Then I have tinted some TEXTURE PASTE with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – BROWN 50ML and applied it through a brick stencil (COBBLESTONE 12X12 DESIGNER STENCIL would look even better!) to the left hand side of the page. I also used Bark ink to add more colour to the bricks.

Next I applied all my fussy cut and other left over pieces from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 01, FAIRY LAND – PAPER 02, FAIRY LAND – PAPER 05, FAIRY LAND – PAPER 06 and FAIRY LAND – PAPER 07 to the layout. Finally, I embellished with some Ribbon, CHEESECLOTH GAUZE, Stamped sentiment from CLEAR STAMPS – ENCHANTED COLLECTION, the laser cut word “believe” and RHINESTONES – LIPPY RED.

I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this gorgeous collection.
Stay safe and keep crafting!
Xx Roxii xX

Twist and Pop Cards using The Uniquely Creative Tropical Dreams Collection

Hi everyone,
Today I would like to share with you a set of 4 twist and pop cards that I have created using the Tropical Dreams Collection by Uniquely Creative. As soon as I opened the Creative Cuts I knew they were just perfect for clustering on the front of my cards. The VITAMIN SEA paper from this lovely collection is just perfect for the inside of a set of pop and twist cards. Continue reading if you would like to see how I created these beach themed twist and pop cards.

To create these cards, I followed the steps below:


  • Make 4 cards from one piece of Lipstick Cardstock and one piece of Peacock Cardstock (this is a deleted cardstock but could be replaced with Coastal Weave Cardstock)
  • Adhere one stamped Ivory piece to the inside of each card (matching colours)
  • Take SEASHELLS and cut 4x pieces at 14 x 14 cm and adhere to the other side of the inside of each card
  • To create the mechanism, begin with cutting 4 pieces of spare card stock to 20 x 8.5 cm
  • Measure 5.5 cm from each end of the long side and using a scoring board to create diagonal folding lines from these points
  • Turn mechanism strip over and fold lengthways through the centre (this fold should be a valley when compared to diagonal folds as mountains)
  • Fold along all the lines to bring mechanism into a house shape
  • Repeat for all 4 mechanisms
  • Measure 3 cm form the bottom of the right leg of each house and fill with double sided tape as well as the roof of the house
  • Repeat on the other side
  • Take 2x VITAMIN SEA papers and cut horizontally to from 6 strips
  • Select four strips and fold into quarters with the rectangles on the inside
  • Prepare the double sided sticky tape on the “legs” of the houses
  • Slip the folded sections in between the house “legs”, making sure that the rectangles will open to point away from the mechanism
  • Remove the backing from the double sided tape adhered to the “roof” on the back
  • Adhere to the middle of bottom section, inside of the card, about 1 mm down from the fold
  • Repeat steps above for the other side
  • After closing the card, press on the mechanism firmly and open the card to observe the mechanism working
  • The inside of the cards are now complete!

Time to create the front of these cards!

  • Apply some Ranger Oxide Ink- Faded Jeans to an Inkssentials Craft Sheet, apply some water
  • Dip the blue stamps pieces into the diluted ink and allow to dry
  • Repeat the above steps using Ranger Oxide Ink- Antique Linen onto the pink stamped pieces
  • Cut 2x squares at 14 x 14cm from UNDER THE SEA and adhere to the pink cards
  • Adhere the pink stamped pieces on top of these
  • Repeat the above steps with WAVES, the blue cards and the blue stamped pieces
  • Create clusters of burlap and Creative Cuts, either directly onto the cards or separately and adhere to the cards

I hope you have enjoyed reading about how I created these beach themed twist and pop cards! I definitely recommend creating some fun projects using the Tropical Dreams Collection, especially the Creative Cuts. Keep an eye out for the recycled layout that I have also created this month using this gorgeous collection.
Be safe, stay healthy and keep crafting!
Roxanne xX

Enjoy the Sea using The Uniquely Creative Tropical Dreams Collection

Hi Everyone,
Today I would like to share a fun layout that I have created using the Tropical Dreams Collection by Uniquely Creative. I absolutely love this collection, it is so bright and cheery with the beautiful blue and pink hues. I have many beach photo’s from our Portugal trip last year that suit these papers perfectly. The photo I have used is actually one of me trying to imitate a photo of me that was taken when I was much younger.

This layout actually had an alternative beginning, I have taken an old card board box and cut to 30. 5 x 30.5 cm to form the background. Then I ripped part of the top layer off before painting it in white Gesso and inking over this with Old Paper- Ranger Oxide.

For the next step, I cut UNDER THE SEA – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION to 23.5 cm and ripped the edges before adhering to the centre of the cardboard background. Next, I cut TROPICAL – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION to 20 cm x 30.5 and adhered to the centre of the layout too. For the final preparation of the background I added some texture paste through a Uniquely Creative Stencil.

Next I cut the beige and blue striped rectangles from OCEAN BREEZE – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION two rectangles to frame the photo (10 x 13 cm photo) before adhering to the layout.

For the final set of steps, I have fussy cut the flowers from PARADISE – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION and layered them below the photo and at the top right of the photo. I have also added “Enjoy” from the CREATIVE CUTS – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION, some Blue Ice Rhinestones, lace butterflies and splatters of the Candy KaiserMist.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my fun and “recycled” layout! I definitely recommend creating some fun projects using the Tropical Dreams Collection. Keep an eye out for the fancy fold cards that I have also created this month using this collection.
Be safe, stay healthy and keep crafting!
Roxanne xX

Mixed Media Cards using ScrapBoys-Industrial Romance

Hi everyone,
Today I would like to share with you a set of three, mixed media cards that I created using the Industrial Romance Collection by the ScrapBoys. I just love the cogs and industrial theme of this collection and thought it would be perfect for a set of heavily clustered, mixed media cards. Many of you would have noticed that I do not usually cluster so heavily in my projects but I thought it was the perfect point in time to push my limits and learn something new. Check out how I went below!

To create these cards, I started with square 3 kraft cards (12.8 x 12.8 cm), 3 squares of Marrekesh Cardstock (12 x 12 cm) and 3 squares of Oatmeal Cardstock (11 x 11 cm). I added the mixed media background to the Oatmeal squares before adhering them to the Marrakesh squares and the kraft cards. Firstly, I stamped the music background stamp in Bark Ink. Secondly, I painted sections with white Gesso with a little bit of orange acrylic paint and Nuvo Crystal Drops- Brown. Next I stamped a mix of the Factory 42 and Time Machine Collections cog stamps in Spiced Marmalade- Ranger Distress Oxide onto the painted sections. Following this, I tinted some Texture Paste with Brown KaiserMist and applied it through the Linear Lines Stencil onto the cards. Lastly, I spray the Brown KaiserMist over the texture paste to finalise the mixed media background.

To begin the clustered sections of the cards, I coloured Cheese Cloth with Black KaiserMist and glued it to the cards. Next I added some fussy cut elements from INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 07, INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 03 and INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 01. Then I added more and more of these elements on top of each other, followed by some yellow and orange Flower Blooms.

To finalise these cards, I added some Wooden Cogs and splattered some extra Brown KaiserMist.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about how I created these heavily clustered, industrial style, mixed media cards. I also hope I have inspired you to have a go at using this stunning collection and some mixed media techniques in the near future. Stay happy, healthy and crafty!
Best wishes,
Roxanne xX

Angel in Disguise using the ScrapBoys-Industrial Romance Collection

Hi everyone,
I would like to share with you this mixed media layout that I have created using the Industrial Romance Collection by the ScrapBoys. I love cogs and industrial themed papers so this one really caught my eye. I don’t usually gravitate towards orange as a colour so this one was a nice challenge for me.

I decided that I would go for a mixed media background for this layout. I have used the Spiced Marmalade- Ranger Distress Oxide to stamp a mix of the Factory 42 and Time Machine Collection cog stamps. Following this I added some watered down Oxide Ink, Brown KaiserMist and acrylic paint spatters to the background before adhering to a sheet of Marrakesh Cardstock.

Next I took two copies of my photo ( 8.7 x 14.2 cm) and cut the subject from one photo and foam taped it onto the same place of the second photo, creating a 3D effect. I also added the wings from INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 07 between the two photo layers. After adding a Marrakesh Cardstock frame to my photo I adhered it to the centre of my layout. Then I created a layered frame around the layout using fussy cut elements from INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 07, 2x INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 03 and INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 01.

To finalise the layout, I embellished with MINI PAPER BLOOMS – CORAL and Black Rhinestones.

I hope I have managed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone today and try a new colour in your next project, or just create a project using this amazing ScrapBoys Collection. I hope you are staying safe, healthy and enjoying some extra craft time.
All the best,
Roxanne xX

Quick and Easy Layout with Sunkissed by Kaisercraft

Hi crafty friends,

Popping in to share an extra layout that I have made using my “left-overs” from the SUNKISSED Collection. I started by fussy cutting many of the elements in this collection and I didn’t end up using them on my first three layouts so I have used them here. I think this is a very basic layout that turned out very effective. If you were to to try out this layout you could add more or less layers, depending on your taste or how much time you have. MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Quick and Easy Layout-Picture1

To create this layout I have used the steps below:

  1. Take MARTINI – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and trim the bottom strip (keep for later). Ink edges with MINI INK PAD – VINE and splatter with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – BLACK 50ML.
  2. Cut KAISERCARD INK WEAVE CARDSTOCK 13.5 x 10.7 cm and frame a photo with dimensions of 13 x 10.2 cm. Adhere matted photo the the right side of the pre-formed circle of MARTINI.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Quick and Easy Layout-Picture2
  3. Fussy cut Leaves and flowers TUTTI FRUTTI – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and matching mini sheet from PAPER PAD – SUNKISSED COLLECTION, also take these items from the COLLECTABLES – SUNKISSED COLLECTION.
  4. Adhere leaves around the printed circle to start giving it a 3D effect.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Quick and Easy Layout-Picture4
  5. Adhere some of the flowers around the printed circle.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Quick and Easy Layout-Picture3
  6. Adhere some more flowers.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Quick and Easy Layout-Picture5
  7. Take the bottom strip from MARTINI – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and adhere about 2 cm from the bottom of the layout.
  8. Embellish with a title from the COLLECTABLES and SEQUINS – TROPICAL SEA.

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I hope this post inspires you to purchase this bright and fun collection. I also hope you enjoy using it as much as I have!

Happy Crafting!

Xx Roxii xX

March 21st 2020 – Merly Crop Layouts & kit Sneak Peeks

Hi Everyone,

With just about a week to go until our next crop, here are the details of the crop and sneak peeks and details of the Double Page layout that you will be able to create using the kit. For the kit I have used the lovely “Rosabella” Kaisercraft collection.

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In the kit you will get the Rosabella Paper Pack which includes 12 sheets of paper and a bonus sticker sheet, you will also receive 1 skein of DMC thread and some Kaisercard……and the usual detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow, so you can create the Double Page layout that I have designed, at your own pace.

Below are some sneak peeks & details of the Double Page layout which I’ve called Beauty is in the Heart”

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This Double Page layout features flowers and patterns highlighted in vintage inspired natural tones and also features three black & white photo’s all measuring about 9.5cm wide x 14cm high, It also features fussy cut flowers, stitching & some stamping, the lace border stamp will be available to use at the crop – It is from the “Rosabella’ stamp set, we do have a few in stock, or use the sticker sheet enclosed in the kit which has a doily border – you will need to bring your own butterfly stamp.  have also added detail using some black & red Kaisermists, these will be available to use at the crop as well. I have added my own black rhinestones from my own stash to the butterflies. 

Other items used which you may want to bring are a needle for sewing (if you want to do it) foam pads and a small pair of scissors as there is some fussy cutting on the layout. We will however have a selection of Foam dots/roll, available to purchase in the on site Merly shop.

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I have used the WRMK Sew Easy Tool, we will however bring this item to the crop for people to use.

The location of the crop, together with other details and future dates can be found on our Crop Dates page. We also have a crop/retreat facebook page, where you can see more sneak peeks of these layouts – and details of up and coming events and where you can also post your finished layouts.

At the crop we will also have our usual FABULOUS Merly Impressions Shop where you can purchase all the latest Kaisercraft goodies, including the new February & March Kaisercraft collections and the brand New collections from the beautiful Uniquely Creative including Wise & Free, Urban Garden and the stunning Tropical Dreams

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Extra crop kits will also be available to purchase at the crop. Just ask Paul for them. The usual supply of tea, coffee and a selection of biscuits & snacks will be available throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools.

See you all on Saturday 21st March 2020!!! at 10am (not before, unless you have been asked to help, as we will be very, very busy getting ready, please wait outside if you do turn up early) – until 4pm.  The cost for the day & kit is £30.00 payable on the day, we take cash and/or cards.

For anyone who can not attend the crop, the kit will be available to purchase the day after the crop over on the website. The cost for this kit is £17.00

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Happy scrapping, hugs,

Chrissy xXx xXx

Handmade with Love- Crafternoon Mini Album

Hello Everyone,

Today I am sharing a Mini Album that I have created using Kaisercraft’s CRAFTERNOON Collection. I was excited to use this collection! I think it is very versatile and it just perfect to capture and record those creative memories, especially for those photos that are a little more difficult to use with “just any collection”. I have used the great mix of colours in this collection to create this Mini Album, to display a bunch of photos taken on a painting day with my partners nephew, nieces and Dalmatian.
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To create this Mini Album I have followed the instructions below:

  1. To from the pages of the Mini Album, take KAISERCARD LEMONADE WEAVE CARDSTOCKKAISERCARD ANCHOR WEAVE CARDSTOCK and KAISERCARD SNOW WEAVE CARDSTOCK, cut two rectangles (17.5 x 14.5 cm) from each colour. From the top-right and bottom-left cut out a 1.5 x 3.5 cm rectangle from each corner. In the remaining 1.5 x 10 cm section on the right, punch two holes 8 cm apart. Ink the edges of each pages with an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SMOKEKAISERINK PAD – BLUSH or KAISERINK PAD – AMBER20191013_192753
  2. Take 11 sheets from PAPER PAD – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION and cut down to 16.5 x 12 cm. Ink the edges of each pages with an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SMOKEKAISERINK PAD – BLUSH or KAISERINK PAD – AMBER.   20191013_192609
  3. Spray KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – BLACK 50ML onto a mixed media mat or backing paper. place the patterned papers, patterned side down into the mist and allow to dry.   20191013_193817
  4. Attach the patterned papers to the the cardstock pages. Transfer the stitch pattern of  QUILTED 6X6 DESIGNER STENCIL randomly onto the patterned papers using TEXTURE PASTE.20191013_223336
  5. To form photo backings, take KAISERCARD LEMONADE WEAVE CARDSTOCKKAISERCARD ANCHOR WEAVE CARDSTOCK and KAISERCARD SNOW WEAVE CARDSTOCK, cut as listed below and ink edges with an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SMOKEKAISERINK PAD – BLUSH or KAISERINK PAD – AMBER.
    1. Three 11 x 11 cm squares
    2. Four 11 x 8.5 cm rectangles
    3. Two 22 x 11 rectangles, folded in half
    4. Two 11 x 25.5 rectangles, folded at 8.5 cm and 17 cm
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  6. Attach photo backings as desired to the pages of the Mini Album. Attach photos of sizes 10 x 10 cm (x9) and 7.5 x 10 cm (x10). Embellish the pages with elements from PAPER PAD – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, stickers from STICKER BOOK – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONCOLLECTABLES – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, CURIOS – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONFLOURISH PACK – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, doilies from CROCHET – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONRHINESTONES – ICE BLUERHINESTONES – DEEP YELLOW, and PEARLS – BLUSH.
  7. Use foam tape between the tabs on the edges of the pages to form the binding. Thread ribbon through holes of the binding and tie a bow.20191027_20184420191027_15504320191027_155058
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I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and full instructions to recreate this Mini Album.

Happy Scrapbooking!

Xx Roxii xX

Creative Happiness

Hello Everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout that I have created using Kaisercraft’s CRAFTERNOON Collection. I was excited to use this collection! I think it is very versatile and it just perfect to capture and record those creative memories, especially for those photos that are a little more difficult to use with “just any collection”. The photo I have used in this layout is the perfect example, it shows a gorgeous creative moment between an cheeky uncle and his sweet niece. I was able to easily use a more mixed media style for this photo which also complements the busy patterned background paper. The CRAFTERNOON Collection incorporates a great mix of colours, again making it very versatile, and for this layout I have chosen to focus mainly on a peachy orange colour and black to perfectly contrast it.

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To create this layout I have followed the instructions below:

  1. Cut DECOUPAGE – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION to 27 x 27 cm. Randomly stamp CLEAR TEXTURE STAMP – GRID in KAISERINK PAD – LICORICE to the middle of the background. Using KAISERCOLOUR PAINT – BLACK 75ML and a wide paint brush randomly paint the middle of the background leaving some of the stamping visible. Distress the edges of the paper using a PAPER DISTRESSER.    20191027_173921
  2. Cut KAISERCARD INK WEAVE CARDSTOCK to 30.5 x 30.5 cm. Stitch a frame in peach coloured thread at ~1.5 cm in from the edge. Colour some TEXTURE PASTE with KAISERCOLOUR PAINT – ORANGE 75ML and transfer through a “Paint Splatter” Stencil (or any of your choice) onto the middle of your layout. Use MOUNTING FOAM TAPE to attach the main background of your layout onto the Ink Cardstock.20191027_173825
  3. Take a 10 x 14 cm photo and frame with 11.5 x 15.5 cm piece of KAISERCARD INK WEAVE CARDSTOCK. Distress the edges of the paper using a PAPER DISTRESSER. Stitch the frame in peach coloured thread on the edge of the photo. Foam tape photo to the centre of the layout. Embellish the top-right and bottom-left corners of the photo with peach/orange coloured doilies from PAPER PAD – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION and CROCHET – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION. Embellish further with COLLECTABLES – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONCURIOS – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION and peach coloured twine. Take the bottom strip from EMBROIDERY – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, trim to 27 cm and distress the edges of the paper using a PAPER DISTRESSER. Attach this strip to a strip of KAISERCARD INK WEAVE CARDSTOCK with dimensions of 1.3 x 27 cm, that has been distressed. Foam tape these combined strips to a peach colour ruler from MEASURED – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION which has been trimmed to 27 cm and distressed. Attach this combined strip ~0.5 cm from the bottom of the coloured background.  20191027_173710
  4. Embellish the layout with RHINESTONES – BLACK and add some light splattering of KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – BLACK 50ML to the layout.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and full instructions to recreate this layout.

Happy Scrapbooking!

Xx Roxii xX