Horsing Around

Hi there!

Here’s a layout using the fabulous Off the Wall Collection.  For the background I used two sheets of Kaisercraft cardstock in Elephant Ears and Coconut. The background stars were from the Clear Stamp set.  The stars were stamped using Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Peacock Feather,  Mustard Seed and Pumice Stone.  Over the top of the stamped stars, I used a section of Superstar die-cut paper.

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The patterned paper used was Attitude, my photo was mounted on the back of a piece of Attitude paper as well.  Black stars were stamped, then over this was a die cut using a sheet of small patterned paper from the 6.5×6.5 Paper Pad.  Stickers from the Sticker sheet and the rest of the embellishments are from the Collectables.

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I hope you enjoyed my post!

Debs x

Marker Storage Unit

I love making the Kaisercraft Beyond-the-Page products especially the Storage so as soon as I saw the BTP Marker Storage Unit I had to put one together.

I changed my mind a few times when choosing the paper I wanted to use but then the ‘Attitude’ Collection was released and one paper caught my eye the – reverse of the ‘Rebel’ paper. I loved the look of the paper with it’s wood effect so used this for the main frame of the Unit and the Drawer.

Kaisercraft Marker Pen Storage

The paper seemed quite masculine and I wanted to make the unit more feminine so decided to add some bright pink paint splats. For this I watered down some of the Kaisercolour ‘Hot Pink’ Acrylic paint so I could splatter it all over the unit.

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For the front of the Unit I used another Attitude paper – the reverse of the ‘Dude’ paper. I like the subtle distressed effect on this paper and it was ideal for what I had in mind – stamping!!  Before I started the stamping I first cut out all the holes as I wanted to make sure some of the butterflies from the ‘Botanical’ stamp were placed around the holes. I used the Kaisercraft ‘Checker Plate’ Texture Stamp & ‘Botanical’ Timeless Stamp. I began by stamping the ‘Checker Plate’ Stamp all over the ‘Dude’ paper using the Kaisercraft ‘Hot Pink’ Mini Ink Pad making sure that I kept the effect quite light and random. I then used the Botanical Stamp and the Kaisercraft ‘Black’ Mini Ink Pad and again stamped over the paper. The Botanical Stamp is one of my favourite Kaisercraft Stamps, the detail in this little stamp is gorgeous, I love the Butterflies and and tiny script writing.

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I decided not to cut out all the Tiny Pen holes – I left the top right hand corner ones uncut because I wanted to add some more detail there with another stamp. I used the ‘Cherish’ Vintage Stamp in the corner, stamped on the ‘Dude’ paper then again on a spare piece of the paper and cut out some bits to get a layered effect. I also stamped and cut out extra Butterflies to add dimension around some of the pen holes. Again I then splattered with the Hot pink paint and added a few Hot pink Rhinestones. I also stamped the Botanical Stamp on the Drawer and on top of the unit. To finish off the drawer I added a Tim Holtz ‘Label Pull’ and I used the Hot pink ink pad around the edges of the unit and the pen holes.

Here’s a list of the items I used that are available from the Merly Impressions shop:

I hope you like my Marker Storage Unit.

Happy Crafting!!
Chrissy xXx

More Male Cards

If you saw my previous post, then I’ve already admitted to not being a card maker! Having lots of male birthdays meant that I had to overcome my fear of card making and create some cards for friends and family.

My card designs are always very basic (therein lies my problem!)  The Attitude! 6 1/2″ paper pad has 24 patterned papers and 12 speciality papers. I love the camouflage paper that I used to wrap the pocket. It has black glossy areas giving it a very tactile finish.

The pocket features a die-cut from the Attitude! Collectables, I then added a sentiment and alpha stickers from Attitude! Sticker Sheet.

A simple tag is decorated using the very lush Graffiti background stamp.  This adds great texture allowing me to top off the tag with another die-cut from the Collectables.

Again, layering the papers and other textures makes a very simple card stylish!

Having made so many cards, I did have lots of off-cut pieces.  Banners are a brilliant way to make use of those precious leftovers.  As the 6 1/2″ paper pad has so many glazed papers, it makes the banner really stand out.

For my last card – I used the banner idea again but made it much smaller.  The metallic background paper from the 6 1/2″ paper pad makes a perfect base to add more layers.

This super-easy design can be made quickly if needed.  For a more complex card, you could always add more layers to the banner.

Well five cards in one month is a world record for me!  I think I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so many if it weren’t for the Attitude! collection which I adore.  The beauty of these papers is that they can be layered so easily together and won’t date, so it’s a really good idea to hoard the left over pieces to use on projects in the future!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Male Birthday Cards

I have to confess that I am not a card maker (as you’ll see), but at this time of year, it can’t be helped for me.  My son celebrated his birthday last month as do many of his friends.  So the fantastic Attitude! collection came in handy and actually made card making easy.

I’ll start off with the card for my DS.  I used the Attitude! 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″ Paper Pad.  There are lots of designs to choose from – I chose a selection of patterned, embossed and metallic papers.

My main idea with this card was to use lots of layers to get a luxurious look. Using different textures is perfect to give the card a ‘grunge’ feel. You can see the metallic first, then the glazed number sheet.  This is brilliant to swipe a little ink over to really accent the glazed numbers. The white mesh came from a DIY shop.

It’s a great idea to save a pair of old jeans.  Rip a strip of denim off the jeans to make a great tactile embellishment.

I used a couple of the die cuts from the Attitude! Collectables pack. I love these packs as there are always so many to choose from.

This card was even easier to make but I think looks effective.  I cut out the journal card from the Prank paper before matting it onto several layers of cardstock.  I used a couple of sheets from the 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″ paper pad as the base.

I layered the graffiti style paper over the polka dot and then added a row of staples.

I also decorated the inside of the card with more papers from the 6 1/2″ paper pad and created an easy pocket to hold the money or gift card.

I have a few more cards to share so be sure to pop back for more inspiration soon.

Morag x

Overlay with Attitude!

I have never used overlays too much. One reason is that I am not sure of the best way to attach it to a background or how to use it creatively.

I adore Kaisercraft’s Attitude! collection which does exactly what it says on the tin!  For my layout I wanted to use the cool graffiti images on the Independent Acetate Sheet as an overlay on top of a base layer. I started with Dude which has a fine grid pattern – perfect for altering. I used a brickwork stencil and worked Faded Jeans Distress Ink here and there.

To get the affect that I was after, I lightly inked through the stencil making sure that some bits where uneven and faded out. I lightly drew around some edges with a very fine black liner. A few splodges of ink and paint to finish it all off.

I added bits of the rub-ons here and there for more texture. I also found some ‘texture’ elements by way of some sequin waste and metal mesh.

I layered up the background using off-cuts of papers from the Attitude! 6.5″ Paper Pad. This is a great way to stretch your papers for more layouts. There are more papers than the standard collection and like the standard collection there are embossed and metallic papers too! I’ll look forward to making more projects with the little pieces I’ve saved!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Time for Messy!

I do love texture and grunge, but as I don’t have a scrap room of my own, I do worry about ink and paint in the dining room! Still, sometimes the urge becomes too much and I bite the bullet!

This layout is all about texture and paint.  I wanted to experiment with different things too whilst I was playing.  I started off with Attitude! – Rebel paper (just love the worn wood look). I spread paint and gesso through various stencils to add some grunge.

I picked out some random bits of chipboard and metal embellishments and painted with gesso. As I only have cheap gesso from The Works, I needed several coats to get a good chalky finish.

Next I sprayed different inks – some I let run and other I kept static. If it goes a bit too much, just add more gesso over the top. I also added some rub-ons bits here and there – a look I really love. If you don’t have rub-ons, try stamps for a similar effect.

Add more ink layers and gesso as needed. I also arranged some bandage and some tape I found at the DIY for more texture. A gel medium is a great way to get things to stick down. Add more gesso over the top to get everything to blend.

I added some hessian fabric under layers of scrunched papers which have altered with more gesso and inks (I used several sheets from the 6.5″ Paper Pad). I layered up more collectable die-cuts which have been sanded.

I added some brads to the numbers which have been distressed with paint and ink. It’s a good idea to collect found objects such as washers, beaded chain (from a clothing tag), old coins, buttons, etc. They will all add great texture to your page.

I think this is one of my favourite layouts and certainly worth the mess!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

My ‘Little’ Boy

It is very cliche but where does the time go?  Seems only yesterday that my ‘little’ boy was born and now he’s a strapping twelve year old who is almost as tall as me!

I got to play with Kaisercraft’s Attitude! Collection which is perfect for him.  He’s no longer that little boy but a pre-teen.

For this layout I kept things fairly simple making the most of the die-cuts from the Attitude! Collectables. I started with the embossed speciality paper – Industrial.  This really cool paper has a great texture ready for what goes on top!

As always, there are heaps of die-cuts to choose from in great colours and shapes.  I layered mine over some ‘tape’ in a kind of border fashion.

There are nine papers in the collection and some feature photo mats and journal cards.  These are really handy to mat photos quickly and effectively. I used  Teenager (the cool number paper) and  What’s Up? (photo mat).

To customise the background, I stamped a border using the Graffiti clear stamp using Archival Ink.  A few  blobs of white ink really show up against the dark background.

Sanding or inking the edges gives great definition to the layers.

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

July collections available

This month we have two new Kaisercraft collections, new colours of Rhinestone Strips and a new Beyond-the-Page Tower Storage unit.

Firstly we have the Miss Match collection – featuring flowers, polaroid pictures and even crossword puzzles in very versatile colours including coral, green and marine blue. This large collection features nine double-sided 12×12 papers as well as collectables, two speciality papers and a sticker sheet. There also two clear stamp sets (one of which features bingo cards) and two embellishment packs (a set of bingo cards and a set of Polaroid frames). The Miss Match collection is great fun to work with !

The Miss Match collection

We also have the brand new Attitude collection – a very masculine range featuring graffiti and army camouflage in strong shades of green, black and red. This collection includes nine 12×12 double-sided papers, a sticker sheet, two speciality papers (one acetate and one embossed), collectables, rub-ons and a 6.5inch Paper Pad. Attitude is the perfect collection for your most masculine projects !

The Attitude collection

We also have six new colours of Rhinestone Strips (including Tangerine and Antique Gold) and a new Beyond-the-Page Tower Storage unit (shown below decorated with last months Lake House collection papers).

Beyond-the-Page Tower Storage

We hope you enjoy all the new Kaisercraft products !