Paradise with Sunkissed

Hello, Karen here with another layout using the amazingly fun and colourful Sunkissed range for which I had the perfect photo of Gracia from a few years ago. 

With the lockdown in progress I found I had loads of time on my hands for some fussy cutting and this range provides ample opportunity for this.  So I settled down to watch a film and fussy cut all the elements from Pina Colada, Pineapple Sour and Tutti Fruitti. Although, I knew I wouldn’t use all of these on one layout I would have them prepared for future projects.

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I started this layout with a piece of Lime Weave Kaisercard and onto this I added a piece of Long Island paper which I had trimmed .25in from the bottom and right. I then added a sheet of green polka dot paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad. Next I fussy cut the flower borders from a piece of paper from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad which matched the Long Island paper and added this to the left of the polka dot paper.

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To the right and left of my page I added some of my fussy cut elements along with some pieces from the Collectables pack.

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Next I used the Clear Stamps  and black ink to stamp some additional butterflies onto the pineapple paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and fussy cut these out too.

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They were then tucked in and around my two large clusters on either side of my page.

To finish my page I added the word Paradise and and two phrases – from the Collectables pack and a ticket from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad .

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The final touch was to add the wording from the branding strip of the Pineapple Sour paper.

Hope you all stay safe and are able to take your mind of things with a little crafting

Karen xxx

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Relax with Sunkissed

Hello, Karen here and I have to ask you “How gorgeous is this months Kaisercraft collection – Sunkissed“?  I think it is stunning with all it’s bright colours and beautiful tropical flowers, birds and flamingos.

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I knew I had the perfect photo to showcase the flamingo theme and so built my page around that.

I started by cutting a 1 in frame from the Hibiscus weave cardstock.  Then cut the remaining piece to an 8 ins square and gutted a 1.5 in frame from this – you will be left with two frames and a 5 in square piece.

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Trim .75 in from the bottom and right of the Mojito paper  and add to the Hibiscus frame.

Cut a piece of Daiquiri paper to measure 5.5 ins from the bottom.  Lay, but do not stick 1 in from the bottom of your page.  Lay, but do not stick the 8 in Hibiscus frame on top of this, 2 ins from the bottom and 2 ins from the left.

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Mark with a pencil where it covers the flamingos and carefully cut the overlapped sections.

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You can now stick down the piece of Daiquiri  but don’t stick the parts you have trimmed as these are going over the 8 in Hibiscus frame.

Add a fussy cut spray of flowers cut from Pina Colada to the top left of your page, then add the 8 in Hibiscus frame 2 ins from the left and 2 ins from the bottom

Add another spring of flowers from Pina Colada to the top left of your page, overlapping the Hibiscus frame. To the centre of the Hibiscus frame add the green and white polka dot paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad then stick the flamingos over that.

Add the sheet of paper with flamingos and green stripes, also from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad,  to the bottom right of your page .75 from right and 1.5 from bottom.  Add the 5 in square of Hibiscus to the centre of this.

A third spring cut from Pina Colada  is added to the top right of your page.

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I added phrases from the Collectables pack to the top left of the green and white polka dot paper and a tab from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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To finish I used ‘Relax’ and two flamingos , from the Collectables pack, at the bottom of my photograph.

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This page came together so easily and it turned out to be such a fun page with all those cute flamingos!

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Stay safe and I hope you can find time to do some crafting to take your mind of this crazy time we are in at the moment.

Karen xxx

Virtual Crop Sketch – 4th April

Hello,

Karen here.  I hope you are all keeping safe and well and Roxanne and I are bringing you something a little different today.  We have each designed a sketch and then used each other’s sketch to produce a page.

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I took inspiration for my sketch from this page, that I made last year.

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Hi everyone, I am hoping you are all staying safe and healthy- Roxanne here to show you what I created using Karens lovely sketch.

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I used the MORNING DEW collection by Kasiercraft for this challenge. I choose the stones (BREATHE – MORNING DEW COLLECTION) as the background because our dog, Pluto, loves to pick up stones and carry them around. I then couldn’t resist using the spotted page (INHALE – MORNING DEW COLLECTION) to compliment Pluto spots! When comparing my layout to Karen’s sketch I have added an extra border, moved the horizontal strip from the top to the bottom and I have still used three sets of flowers but the larger one is not clustered.

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Hi Roxanne here,

Below is a layout I created last year, so took inspiration from it to produce my sketch.

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Below is the sketch that I came up with, it is somewhat simplified compare to the original layout but I think this makes it easier to move around.

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I then provided this sketch to Karen and she has created a beautiful layout using this sketch. I hope to see many other gorgeous layouts using this sketch over the next two weeks!

Karen here – I have used this sketch and Ladylike to make my page.  I turned her sketch a quarter turn to the left and used portrait photos rather than landscape ones.

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As we said last week – you can interpret the sketch any way you wish.

Have fun!!!!!

Inspiration for Chrissy’s Virtual Crop Sketch March 28th

Hi Chrissy’s Crafty Challengers,

Karen and Roxanne from the Merly Impressions Design Team have some inspiration for this weeks sketch challenge! We have both had a go at this challenge and here is what we have created:

Karen – I have chosen this sketch from the two Chrissy posted and I have used the Native Breeze collection for this page.

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I was amazed how different this page looked to the others I made with this range, just goes to show how versatile Native Breeze is.

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As you can see I swapped out the hearts for stars and cut double the amount so that I could fold the top ones to give dimension.

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I also swapped out the two smaller photos for some journaling, not my handwriting but written with my Silhouette – I wish my handwriting was that neat.

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I am really excited to see your versions of this sketch – remember you can flip it, make elements larger or smaller – make your photo larger or smaller (as I have) and add or remove elements.  Just go for it and make it your own x

 

Roxanne- I decided to go with the sketch that has the large heart, see below. I choose this one because I have many “love” photo’s of me and my fiancé.

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Many years ago I bought a lot of the MINT WISHES Collection by Kaisercraft and carted it all the way to Germany with me. So I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to use it! I also found this snow photo that I absolutely adore and thought it suited perfectly. I have titled this layout “Snow Love”.

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I had been saving this stunning Uniquely Creative laser cut heart for the perfect project, which just happened to be this one! I have sprayed it with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – WHITE 50ML to make it sparkle.Picture4I have used a large lace in the middle of my punched strip with some ribbon as the central strip from the sketch. 
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Amongst my stash I found many Die Cut leave and branch pieces, as well as this beautiful circle! I clustered these die cut pieces with the collectables in a similar place to on the sketch.   Picture2

I have also includes some white felt snowflakes and some blue-gray painted wooden snowflakes into my clusters for extra dimension.
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Finally, I have embellished with my favourite- RHINESTONES – SILVER.

We hope we have inspired you to have a go at this wonderful challenge ! As Karen said, you can stick strictly to a sketch or you can change it up as much as you like. We saw many gorgeous designs entered into last weeks challenge and hope to see just as many, if not more this week!

Stay home, stay safe and crafts lots!
Karen and Roxanne xX

Birthday Tea Party with Oh Happy Day

Hello, Karen here with my final project for January using the Oh Happy Day collection from Kaisercraft.

This time I decided to make a multi-photo layout using lots of Curios, Collectables, Stickers and pop-outs from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  They were perfect for clustering in a circle around my five photos.

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For this layout I have used Party Popper, 100’s and 1000’s and Starlight 12 x 12 papers,  Curios, collectables, sticker book, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Lemonade Kaisercard,   Sea Breeze Alpha silver rhinestones  and Fireworks stencil.

I started by cutting the  Party Popper and 100’s and 1000’s paper diagonally and then cutting .25 in from both the straight sides.  This was adhered to the Lemonade Kaisercard with a .5 in wide piece of Starlight covering the join.  I drew a pencil circle on the middle of my page and added the words ‘Birthday Tea’ using Sea Breeze Alpha.IMG_1952

I added my five photos to the circle then used the  Fireworks stencil and some texture paste to add little bursts to my page.  I only spread the paste through individual bursts so that I was able to easily determine where they would be placed.

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All that remained was to fill in the circle around my photos using stickers, pop outs from the 6.5 x 6.5 sticker book, collectables, elements cut from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and I cut the words from some of the bingo cards on the 100’s and 1000’s paper.  I also dotted some silver rhinestones around the page. IMG_2060

To finish my page I added three Curios to the centre of three of the bursts.

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The ‘Party’ banner, from the collectables pack, was a perfect finish to my page.

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Karen x

The Best Dad Ever with Workshop

I really liked the phrases and sentiments that are the basis of the stunning Workshop range.  I knew straight away that I wanted to make a layout with photos of my daughter growing up with my husband as they have always had such a beautiful and loving relationship.  Although this could be perceived as a masculine range I think it worked really well for this layout.

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For this project I used Dusty Blue Kaiserweave cardstock, Dashing and Strapping 12 x 12 papers, Sticker Book, Collectables, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad,  Linear Lines Stencil, Decorative Dies – Cogs and some Little Birdie Flowers.

I started by cutting .5 in from the bottom and right of the Dashing paper and sticking it to the Dusty Blue Kaiserweave cardstock.  Next I used the  Linear Lines Stencil and some gold glitter paste to add some sparkly detail to this.

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I then punched the blue half of the Strapping  paper with a border punch and accentuated the border with a white gel pen – this was added to the centre of the layout.

I cut a piece of Coal Kaiserweave card to measure 3 ins x 9.5 ins and added three squares stitched with gold thread. Then I cut three 2.5 squares using the paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad that matched the stencil pattern. Finally I added three photos which measured 2.25 square.

This was added to the centre of the  Strapping  strip with a small border from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad added either end and two rulers from the Collectables pack cut in half and added either side.  After adding a ticket from the Collectables pack and a phrase sticker from the Sticker Book my centre stack was finished.

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The next step was to cut some cogs using the Decorative Dies – Cogs – I actually cut these from the pizza box that my kit came in as this gave them an interesting texture.  I painted them with some bronze paint and set aside to dry.

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I added a long cog sticker, from the Sticker Book to the top left and bottom right of my centre stack.  I then added the painted cogs, some additional  stickers and some Collectables to each cluster, tucking some flowers amongst the elements.

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The final touch was to add my title.  I used stickers from Sticker Book and added them to a scrap of white card then fussy cut them out, giving them a slight border so they stood out from the Dashing paper.  These were then added to the top right of my page.

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I was delighted with the result, the painted cogs and flowers ‘peeking’ out from among the Stickers and Collectables gave my page a little touch of femininity but it still remained quite ‘rough and tough’ in keeping with the overall feel of this collection.

Karen x

Remember with Whisper

Hello,

Karen here with my last project using the delicious Whisper range.

I love the versatility of this paper range and for my first page, this month, scrapped a photo that was only a few months old.  For my second page I scrapped a photo that was over 50 years old and for this one am using a photo that is nearly 90 years old!  Each photo has been perfectly complimented by this collection.

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For this page I have used the reverse side of Bisque, the smooth side of Kaisercard Snow Weave, Whisper clear stamps, mini ink pad – Bark, Whisper flourish pack, Sticker Sheet, Collectables, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, alpha stickers – Ebony Soft Pink rhinestones, mini paper blooms Sage, paper blooms Honey and Little Birdie Symphony Flowers – Coffee Bean.  I also used a cream tag from my own supplies.

To start I trimmed .5 in from the top and one side of my Kaisercard Snow Weave, I then used a plate to draw a circle in the centre and stamped the large fern from the Whisper clear stamps, using mini ink pad – Bark,  in each corner.  I then fussy cut around the circle and the leaves that extended over the circle.

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This was adhered to the centre of the Bisque paper.  My photo was double mounted onto two pieces of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  The photo mounts were slid under the white card and the photo layered over the top, under one of the fern fronds.

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I added my tag,  two watch faces and a circular sentiment, from the Collectables pack, to the top right of my photo with the ‘Choose Happy’ phrase , also from the Collectables pack.

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On each side of my page I added the wooden leaves from the Whisper flourish pack,  mini paper blooms Sage, paper blooms Honey and Little Birdie Symphony Flowers – Coffee Bean with stamped butterflies and butterflies from the Sticker Sheet and Collectables, tucked in amongst the flowers.

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A phrase fro the Sticker Sheet was trimmed into sections and added to the right of the photo.   I added a title to the top of the tag using alpha stickers – Ebony.

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All that remained was to add a few Soft Pink rhinestones at the top and bottom of my circle and under my title on the tag.

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So there we have my final Whisper page, don’t forget to pop back to see what Denise and Emmy have made this month.

Karen xxx

Christmas Banner with First Noel

Hello –

Karen here with my final, and by far my favourite, project from this month’s First Noel collection, a Christmas Banner.

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I used a pre-cut Kraft banner as my base but it would really easy to make your own from Kraft card.

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I started each pennant by adding a slightly smaller piece of paper to the front.  The papers were from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and I also used a small piece of the foiled side of Evergreen.

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I then punched a 2.5 inch circle from a selection of papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  I adhered these to the back of my doilies (from my own supplies) and placed that at the centre top of my pennants .

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Now came the fun part!  Adding pieces cut from Wrapped, Hark, Evergreen and Calm.  I also used elements from the Sticker Sheet6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and Collectables Pack adding Deep Yellow rhinestones as lights to my trees.

This was such a quick and enjoyable project to make – one that I left out in my Kitchen and just added bits to whilst making dinner one evening.

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I hope my photos do this gorgeous paper range justice and you can see the lovely shiny gold accents.

I will be back again next month and until then hope you have a scrapalicious time xxx

 

Christmas Memories Mini Album with Sparkle

Hello,

Karen here with the last of my projects using Kaisercraft’s Sparkle range.  I am sooooo excited to show you this one as it took a while to work out how to make it and even longer to make but I must admit I loved every minute spent doing this.

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Here it is – a mini album all ready for my Christmas photos and there had better be plenty of those because this little album can hold more than 50!

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I made the album from chipboard, for the covers, which I painted black and Licorice cardstock. Once I had assembled my book it was time for the fun part – the decoration.  For the covers I added a piece of Aglow paper to which I added rose gold texture paste through  a 6 x 6 stencil – Geo Lines. Next I added some flowers from Glint, a title block from Luster and a phrase from the Sticker Sheet.IMG_4035 IMG_4036 IMG_4037

To cover the inside pages I used a mixture of papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and scraps of 12 x 12 papers that I had left over from my previous projects.   I have listed below the supplies I have used for this project.

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6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Collectables, Washi Tape,Sticker Sheet., Sticker Pad, Champagne Gems, Wooden FlourishesGeo Lines Stencil  Illuminate, Luste,  and Glistening.
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If you would like to see a ‘walk through’ of this project follow this link to a YouTube showing all the interactive pages in this album.
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I have another lovely Christmas range to work on next month and am really excited to get started designing with it xxx

Thankful Everyday

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Hello,

Karen here with the second of my projects using the Full Bloom collection.

For this page I wanted to use the lovely clear stamps but am not a confident stamper.  Then I remembered I have a stamping gadget that would make all the difference.  It looks like a large CD case and you place your stamps on the inside, ink them up and close it onto your project, ensuring that the image is in exactly the same place every time.

First I arranged my stamps to make a floral corner

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and then inked some of the leaves with a Vine ink pad.

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I used the corner of a baby wipe to wipe clean any bits that had ink where I didn’t want it.  I then stamped on all four corners of the smooth side of my Coconut Weave cardstock, which I had trimmed down to 11.5ins x 11.5ins. I did the same to the remaining leaves and flowers using Avocado, Berry and Petal Pink.

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Next I mounted this onto a piece of Ballet Weave cardstock. To this I added an eight inch circle of Garden Bed paper with the large floral cluster, from the sticker sheet, horizontally across the middle.

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I spent a happy evening watching a film and fussy cutting all the flowers from a sheet of Posy paper and then arranged them around my circle – attaching with foam dots.

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I cut the ‘Thankful Everyday’ from the Blooming Foil paper, which as the title suggests has beautiful foiled accents in rose gold, and placed this centre top of my circle of flowers.

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Next, I mounted my photo on three layers of paper taken from the 6.5ins x 6.5ins paper pad, using foam dots between each layer and the photograph.

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My final touches were to add a heart from the Collectables Pack, three  Dusty Pink paper blooms, two little sprigs cut from the Posy paper and some glitter glue to the centre of my flowers.

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I hope this inspires you to use this gorgeous range to create something and to even step out of your comfort zone and stamp directly on a page!

I will be back soon with my third project for this month.