Snow Cute with First Noel

Hello,

Karen here with my second project for November using the First Noel Kaisercraft collection.  For this page I wanted to focus on the snowy elements in the range to highlight the photo of my daughter and her, then, new puppy.

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I started with a piece of Licorice cardstock and added some texture using Transparent Gloss Texture Paste mixed with some glitter and the Snowy 6 x 6 Designer stencil.  I used the stencil at a slight angle twice across my page.

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Whilst I waited for this to dry I die cut some snowflakes and my title from the gold sheets found in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad. You could also used these Kaisercraft Woodflourish Snowflakes.  Once dry I assembled my page, starting by adding a piece of paper (black with gold dots from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad) to the centre of my page.  I used Mounting Foam Tape which gave me a gap between the paper and cardstock.  Onto this I added a 5.5 x 5.5 piece of Holy Night.  I then cut the black grid paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to 5in x 4in and added a piece of black card 4.5 x 3.5.  Finally I added my 3 x 4 in photo.  All layers were adhered with Mounting Foam Tape.

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I added my snowflakes, tucking some in between my photo mount layers and one at the top left and another at the bottom right of my page.  My title was added at the bottom left.

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The final touch was to adhere a piece of the black and white snow border, from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to the top left of my page to which I added the word Joyful that was from the Collectables pack.  All that was left was to add a tag, from the Collectables pack with three small punched snowflakes.

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I really loved using the gold foil from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and found that it die cut and punched beautifully.

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I already have my third project for this month made and it is a piece of Christmas decor which I can’t wait to show you.  Until then don’t forget to pop back to see what Chrissy, Denise and Emmy have made this month x

Cards and Tags with First Noel

Hi everyone,

Denise here with my first project using The First Noel Kaisercrft collection.IMG_5077 resized banner

My assignment for the first project was free and when I saw the many greetings and images in the collectables it made me want to make some cards and tags.

I decided to use Kraft card for the bases  and started by creating two 6×6 cards .

The first card was  covered with a mustard dotty paper from the paper pad then I simply added a Three Kings image from the Starry paper and a gold nativity star and sentiment from the Collectables  and finally some gold gems.

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The next card was again a 6 inch x 6 inch size. I matted and layered some kraft and black card together with some papers from the 6.5 x 6.5  paper pad. The presents were a mix of collectables and fussy cut from the 6×6 paper pad. I used a sticker from  the Sticker Sheet on the background.

The last little card is something a bit different, I started with three 4 inch squares and scored diagonally across each one.IMG_5092

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I then stuck the middle one across the other two as shown below.IMG_4985

Your pyramid is now made.

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I decorated all three sides of the pyramid, but you could leave one side clear to write your own greeting on.

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Finally I made some co- ordinating tags from the same kraft card, which were decorated with papers from the main collection,sticker sheet and the paper pad and collectables. To finish off I edged all the cards and the tags with a gold pen. To finish off I added some Bakers Twine.

There are some gorgeous projects coming up from the team with this collection. I hope you have enjoyed these !

~ Denise ~

With Love with First Noel

Hello,

Karen here with my first page using the First Noel collection (I have a YouTube of my unboxing of this luscious kit here) which is the final Kaisercraft Christmas range for 2018.  Again this has a very different and contemporary look focusing on gold, gray, black and white with gold foil accents.

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As soon as I saw that the range featured presents I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use – one taken of Gracia when she was three.

I decided to try using my present embossing folder as a letterpress and inked the debossed side with black ink and run it through my Big Shot.  It didn’t give a perfect print but I really liked that some areas were a little faded and distressed.  Next I cut out the two piles of presents .

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I cut two rows of presents from Wrapped and was ready to start assembling my page.  I started with a piece of Elephant Ears card to which I added the gray side of Starry, having cut half an inch from one side and the bottom.

To this I added the Wrapped piece at the bottom of the page.  I added my photo on foam tape to the back of my photo, leaving about 1 inch clear on all sides and placed it on the right side of my page.  I tucked the two embossed piles of gifts either side.  At the bottom of my photo I added a border from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad, which I tied around with a piece of gold and white baker’s twine (from my own supplies) and added a tag, also from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.

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I then stuck another piece of gold and white baker’s twine to the top of my page and added pieces from the Collectables pack and the wooden flourish pack to make a garland across the top of my page.

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Finally, I used a piece of Celebrate Tape for my title and added three deep yellow rhinestones to either side of the border at the bottom of my photo.

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So there we have my first project this month.  I have already made my second one to show you later in the month and that one has a very different feel to it!

Karen xxx

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Peace and Joy

Hello,

Karen here with my third project using the wonderfully traditional Peace and Joy Collection. 

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Hello, hello – Karen here with my third project using the wonderfully traditional Peace and Joy Collection. 

I wanted to use this range for a non Christmas page to show how versatile it is and decided to use a photo of my husband and our dog taking an Autumn walk.  I really do think Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year!

I started with a piece of Fern Weave Cardstock and added the reverse side of Frolic (which I had trimmed half an inch from the bottom and one side) as the brush strokes look a forest of pine trees.

Next I added a piece of Elation, two ins from the left,  cut to 12 ins tall and 4 ins wide.  On top of this I added a piece of Comfort, 2 and a half ins from the top, cut to four ins tall and 12 ins wide.

Next I dabbed Vine ink through the stripes stencil at the top left and bottom right of my page.

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I then took two pages from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and added them to my page.

I used two 4 in strips of the the tree border sticker, from the sticker sheet, across the bottom of the Comfort paper and then cut a border, from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad and added it either side of my page below the sticker border.

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I added my 5 x 7 photo to the top of these leaving a small border of the green and gold paper at the top and two sides.

To embellish my page I cut the two birds and foliage from one of the 6.5 x 6.5 papers and added to the top right and bottom left of my page.  I used another border from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad underneath my photo to which I added the word ‘Together’ from the Collectables pack.   The remaining piece of tree border sticker was placed at the bottom right of my page with three trees from the Collectables pack on top.  I then layered up a tag from the Collectables pack, a tag from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad – with a sticker from the sticker sheet added at the bottom, and a robin from the Collectables pack on the right of my photo.  Finally I added a little cardinal at the top of my photo and the title , which is from the sticker sheet.

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The last thing to do was to add my journaling, using a Kaisercolour Gel Pen which was the perfect colour.

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I hope this gives you an idea on how to use a Christmas range in a non Christmassy way x

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Christmas Blessings with Peace and Joy

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Hello, hello – Karen here with my second Peace and Joy project  For this one I really wanted to emphasise the lovely Christmassy feel that the papers convey and so decided to focus on the all the poinsettias that feature in this range.

First I took the Joyful gloss speciality paper and inked it with green and red ink – see video below.

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Once I had coloured my paper I cut a piece of Rejoicing to 8ins tall and 11 ins wide and added this to my Joyful paper.

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I mounted my photograph onto two pieces of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  I stuck a  Gold paper doily to the centre of my page 2 ins from the top and added the photo stack to the top of this, I then added a circular embellishment from the Collectables Pack , tucking it between the two paper photo mounts.

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Next I used the Poinsettia embossing folder and embossed three pieces of 6 x 4 white card. I cut the flowers from two of them and added them to the join at the top of the Rejoicing paper.  I added the third piece of embossed card centrally underneath my photo.

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To the top of the embossed card I placed the swag of foliage and flowers from the sticker sheet.  On top of this I added some flowers cut from Cheer and Merry papers and from the corresponding papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.

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I took one of the border strips from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad and added it to the bottom of my piece of embossed card.  I used a piece from the Collectables Pack at the centre bottom and then added three Fire Red Paper Blooms to my page.  All that was left to do was to add a title using the Red Alpha Sticker Sheet. 

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I think I have achieved what I set out to do and have a lovely Christmassy page featuring Gracia at her second Christmas when she was 19months.  Note the Holly hair bobble that I made and she had to wear – poor girl :0)

Christmas Home Decor with Peace and Joy

Hello,

Karen here with the first of my projects for October using the beautiful Peace and Joy collection which is very traditional in its colouring with a watercolor feel to all the papers.  You can see the unboxing of my DT goodies in the YouTube here.

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For this project I decided to use the collection with a Large Heart Silhouette Wall Art off the page (on special offer at the moment and only £7.97).  I think my project would have been better if I had painted the frame with Gesso first as I will explain later in this post.

The frame comes in three pieces – a square back, a square with a heart cut out and a heart.  I started by covering the square back with the spot side of Festivity.   I then drew around the heart onto a piece of Ruby Glitter Cardstock and cut the heart out.  The heart frame was then added to the square with the heart cut out.  I found that the card was reluctant to stick to the wood and this is when I thought it would have been better to have primed the wood with a little gesso.

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After I had stuck the card to the cut out heart I then put double sided tape around the outside of the frame and the heart shape and added red glitter tape to this.

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Finally, I covered the heart with the stripy side of Gladness. I used foam tape to stick the heart to the top right of the glitter frame.

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As I wanted to be able to change the photo on this project each year I made four photo corners from the scraps of red glitter card and added a 6 x 4 in piece of white card as placement for my photograph.

Next I cut lots of flowers from Cheer and Merry papers and from the corresponding papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.  I also cut the birds from one of the 6.5 x 6.5 papers.

I placed the Leafy Wreath die cut so that my heart was tucked underneath on the top left but over the top on the right.  I did have to snip it apart to make it lay flat.

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The fussy cut flowers and birds were placed around the wreath with a few added to the bottom left of the frame.  I added some black rhinestones and a couple of tags from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.

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So there we have it – a lovely piece of home decor to get out every Christmas and add my favourite photograph from the year before.

I will be back soon with my next project using this lovely collection.

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

September 2018 Merly Crop Kit

Hi Everyone,
What a lovely crop we had yesterday and thank you so much to everyone who attended and made the day so very special. What a fun day we had of crafting, chatting and catching up with everyone, we also had a few new people, we hope they and everyone else who attended enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from September Kit.

For the kit I used the beautiful “Sparkle” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the Crop Kit, were detailed instructions and stash to make two layouts.

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Below are photo’s of the two layouts I created for the kit. Here is the first layout which I called: “Leave a little Sparkle wherever you go”  – My layout features beautiful fussy cut poinsettia flowers, some cutting out of the geometric shapes and a little stitching.

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…….and here is the second layout which I’ve called: “Sparkle” – it features beautiful fussy cut rose gold foiled snow flakes, stitching and punched out colour coordinating butterflies.

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The kit is now available to purchase in the Merly Impressions on-line shop – it can be found in the Layout Kits section of the website.

I just want to say a massive thank you!!!! to everyone that attended our September  crop which made it such a very special day. We look forward to seeing your finished layouts using my kit over on the Merly Crop Facebook page.

Below are a few photo’s of the day.

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You can find details and dates of our future crops here. We look forward to seeing you all in November for our last crop of the year. This is our crop/kit fb page where I add all the sneak peeks leading up to each crop and you can post your finished crop kit layouts to it or any other Kaiser related projects and general chat. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Merlyretreat/

Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Hugs – Chrissy

xXx

Christmas Joy with Sparkle

Hello,

Karen here with the second of my projects using the Sparkle collection and this one couldn’t be more sparkly.  I have used a photo of my dog Kiera who really loves Christmas.  She adores to open presents and if you don’t watch her she will open them all and not just hers!

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I started with a sheet of very glittery Blush Glitter Cardstock, which I gutted a 1.5 inch frame.  To this I added a piece of Coconut Weave Cardstock, trimmed to slightly larger than 10.5 ins square.

I then added strips of printed tape between the stripes of glitter on a piece of Vavacity paper which I then cut to 10.5 ins square.

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I used a piece of  Blush Glitter Cardstock, measuring 8ins x 6ins as the base of my photo mat. I added a piece of Coconut Weave Cardstock – 7.5 x 5.5 and to the top of this I added a piece of Auroral cut to slightly smaller than 7.5 x 5.5.  I used mounting foam pads to attach the white card to the sparkle card and my photo to the Auroral paper.  I used more mounting foam pads to attach the whole stack to my page making sure that I had room at both edges to tuck elements underneath.

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Next I added a small doily (from my own supplies) at the bottom left corner and the bottom right edge. I arranged flowers cut from Glint and flower stickers from the Sticker Pad to each side of my photograph, tucking some under each of the layers.

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I cut one of the scalloped borders from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad in two and placed at the bottom left and top right of my photo stack.

I painted two of the trees from the flourish pack rose gold and added them to the bottom right of my page along with three trees from the Collectables.

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I used stickers, also from the Sticker Pad as my title and at the top right of my photo along with three Champange rhinestones either side of the sticker.

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The final touch was to cut the ‘Spreading Christmas Cheer’ sticker (from the sticker sheet) into three and back with a piece of Illuminate paper and to add to the top of my page.

So there we have my second project using this gorgeous range and I have almost finished my third which I can’t wait to show you!

Believe In The Magic Of Christmas with Sparkle

Hello,

Karen here with my first post for September and where has this year gone to?  This month I have the first of Kaisercraft’s Christmas collections to work with and it is the totally stunning Sparkle collection which is filled with pinks, black and rose gold foiling.  Every sheet of paper in this collection is either glittered or foiled.

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If you would like to see some of the collection I have a YouTube video here which shows the beautiful items I had in my Merly Impressions delivery.

I wanted to focus on the use the Sparkle Clear Stamp Set for this page and so stamped the large tree six times, using black ink, onto a page from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad,  I chose the one with gold spots as I thought that would look as though the trees had baubles on. I cut the trees out and as I wanted to make the trees 3d I scored and folded each tree along the centre and then adhered them together – see photo below .

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I then cut .25in from the top and left of a piece of Radiance paper and added to some Licorice card.

I matted a 5in x 7in photo onto a piece of Glistening and then onto a piece of Auroral (black side). I adhered this to my page with foam dots, ensuring that I left room to tuck elements underneath.  I clustered flowers cut from Glint, Baubles and trees from the Collectables pack, tags and borders from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad around my photo along with the two 3d trees.

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I also added a phrase from the Sticker pad and placed a Champagne rhinestone in the centre of each of the snowflakes on the scalloped border.

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To finish my page I stamped the small trees, from the Sparkle Clear Stamp Set, several times onto the same paper as I had used for the large trees.  Then I snipped off the trunks, turned them upside down and used them as pennants for the bunting at the top of my page.  I finished by adding a Dusty Pink paper bloom between each of the pennants.

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I can hardly wait, for later this month, to show you what else I have made with this gorgeous range.

Karen xxxxx