Memories Documented with Anthology

Hi everyone,

Denise here with my first layout using the Anthology Kaisercraft Collection.

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This collection is beautiful, I love the way it is botanical but also has an old fashioned vintage look to it. As soon as I saw the map and nautical elements I knew I wanted to use a photo of my dad when he was in the navy.

I decided to use the Ornithology paper as the background to my layout and also decided to leave the strip at the bottom with the wording. I was sent a lovely Filmstrip stencil to use so I Inked  through it down one side of the layout with Bark brown ink. I gutted the paper so there was an approximate 8 inch square to use for matting my photo and also to make a banner.

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After this, I took the paper with the map on and cut it out, then mounted it on to the background after distressing the edges with a Paper Distresser.

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The compass at the bottom looks almost 3 dimensional.

Once this was done I matted my photo with the paper I had gutted from the middle and added the banner, I only adhered three sides of the mat as I wanted to tuck  some of the Collectables die cuts inside  for my journalling.

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I tore a triangle roughly on the edge of the map then tucked some of the collectables underneath it.

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Finally I added some Crystal Laquer to the compass and watch faces around the photo and added some journalling to the bottom and used Memories Documented from the Sticker Sheet as my title .

I really did enjoy making this layout and can’t wait to use some more of it.

~ Denise ~

Mr Snoozems with Miss Betty

Hi everyone,

Denise here with my final layout using the Miss Betty Kaisercraft collection.

File 19-03-2018, 18 49 15-Banner resizedI have used lots of Collectables on this layout together with stickers from the Sticker Sheet.

Firstly I started off with a sheet of Flamingo Kaisercard, then cut a strip of the pink woodgrain side of the Quilted paper then placed it on the left side of the layout. Next I took a larger rectangle of the gorgeous Needlework paper and placed this to the right of the woodgrain strip.

Next I sewed along the long edges top and bottom . I used a long sticker from the Sticker Sheet to hide the join of the two papers.

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I then took the two pink flower clusters, inked around them with Petal Pink Ink , mounted them on to card then foam pads and added them to the side of the layout on the woodgrain paper.

File 19-03-2018, 20 06 32My photos were added at an angle with some of the woodgrain paper as a mount.

Now it was time to add lots of clusters of flowers and cards from the Collectables pack.

File 19-03-2018, 18 46 04 File 19-03-2018, 18 44 59 File 19-03-2018, 18 44 20I used some Crystal Laquer on one of the butterflies to highlight it.

File 19-03-2018, 18 47 24Finally I added some Hot Pink Rhinestones to the flowers on the left hand side.

Thank you for popping by and the team will be back soon with some more inspiration .

~ Denise ~

March 17th 2018 – Merly Crop Kit layout preview

Hi Everyone,

The March 2018 Merly Crop will soon be upon us so here are the details and sneak peeks of the layouts that you will be able to create using the kit. For this kit I have used papers from the beautiful “Fairy Garden” Kaisercraft collection.

27459720_10154958224125356_7653578358126599317_nAlso supplied in the kit are DMC cotton, green & pink Kaisercard, pearls, a paper heart  template and detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow, so you can then create the two layouts that I have designed at your own pace.

Below are some sneak peeks of the first layout which I’ve called “I just want pretty things” I have used a coloured photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 11cm high. The layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers & leaves, fairies and butterflies, layered onto a large cut out and stitched heart. (a template will be supplied in the kit for the heart). I have used the gorgeous Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker on the cut out flower buds, butterflies and fairy wings. I have also used pink & green Kaisermist from my own stash.

IMG_9411IMG_9416IMG_9410 (1)IMG_9420……….and below are some sneak peeks of the second layout, which I’ve called “Your Wings already exist ” it uses one coloured photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 11.5cm high . This layout also features beautiful fussy cut flowers, butterflies and birds & Die-Cut flourishes & a little stitching. I have used some crystal lacquer on all of the butterflies and the Wink of Stella Glear Glitter Brush Marker. The pink Kaisermist is from my own stash.

File 18-02-2018, 14 17 14File 18-02-2018, 14 15 41File 18-02-2018, 14 11 15File 18-02-2018, 14 14 05There is also a little punching, the Martha Stewart punch will be available to use at the crop.

2018-03-03 11.40.13-1Other items used on the layouts which you may want to bring are colour coordinating ink pads, I have used the “Vine” & “Petal Pink” Kaisercraft mini ink pads for inking around the edges, Crystal Lacquer (or similar) The Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker,  a needle for sewing (if you want to do it) foam pads and a small pair of scissors as there is a lot of fussy cutting on both layouts. We will however have a selection of ink pads & Foam dots/roll, crystal lacquer & the Wink of Stella Brush Markers available to purchase in the on site Merly shop.

I have also used the WRMK Sew Easy Tool – and a Martha Stewart edge punch, these will be available to use at the crop along with our usual supply of tools including the Big Shot machine & a small selection of other punches.

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 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 Feb & March releases and all our other Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, ScrapFX,  G45 & Little Birdie goodies. Extra kits will also be available to purchase at the crop. Just ask Paul for them.

Tea, coffee and a selection of biscuits, chocolates & snacks will be available throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools. We will not be bringing the box of mugs any more to save space in our cars, so please bring a cup/mug for your drinks. There are tiny cups available to use at the hall if you don’t want to bring one, you will need to wash, dry & put away what you use.

See you all on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 10am (not before 9.55 unless you have been asked to help, as we will be very busy getting ready, please wait outside if you do turn up really early) – until 4pm. The cost for the day & kit is £25.00, 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.

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Hugs,

xXx Chrissy xXx

January 13th 2018 – Merly Crop Kit layout preview

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year to you all.

The January 2018 Merly Crop will soon be upon us so here are the details and sneak peeks of the layouts that you will be able to create using the kit. For this kit I have used papers from the beautiful “Wandering Ivy” Kaisercraft collection.

23915823_10154817758675356_1000910507636200995_nAlso supplied in the kit are DMC white cotton, white Kaisercard, rhinestones, paper templates and detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow, so you can then create the two layouts that I have designed at your own pace.

Below are some sneak peeks of the first layout which I’ve called “Reasons To Be Happy” I have used a black & white photo measuring 13cm wide x 9cm high. The layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, leaves and some stitched swirls. (a template will be supplied in the kit for the stitched swirls and a template for the paper flourishes).

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File 03-01-2018, 18 02 40File 03-01-2018, 18 00 12File 03-01-2018, 17 59 27File 03-01-2018, 17 58 50Other items used on the layouts which you may want to bring are colour coordinating ink pads, I have used the “Vine” & “Island” Kaisercraft mini ink pads for inking around the edges, Crystal Lacquer (or similar) a needle for sewing (if you want to do it) foam pads and a small pair of scissors as there is a lot of fussy cutting on both layouts. We will however have a selection of ink pads & Foam dots/roll & the crystal lacquer available to purchase in the on site Merly shop. A swirl pricking paper template is provided in the kit, but you will need to bring a pricking tool and a mat.

I have also used the WRMK Sew Easy Tool – and a Martha Stewart Vintage Doily edge punch, these will be available to use at the crop along with our usual supply of tools including the Big Shot machine & other punches.

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 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 December & January releases and all our other Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, ScrapFX,  G45 & Little Birdie goodies. Extra kits will also be available to purchase at the crop. Just ask Paul for them.

2017-11-18 09.33.48Tea, coffee and a selection of biscuits, chocolates & snacks will be available throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools.

2017-11-18 09.35.43See you all on Saturday 13th January 2017 at 10am (not before as we will be very busy getting ready, please wait outside if you do turn up really early) – until 4pm. The cost for the day & kit is £25.00, 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.

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Hugs,

xXx Chrissy xXx

November Merly Crop & Kit.

Hi Everyone,
It was another fabulous packed crop with 45 people attending. It was an amazing day with lots of chat and crafting. It was lovely catching up with everyone and seeing some new faces. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from the September kit.
For the September kit I used the beautiful “Romantique” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the Crop Kit, were detailed instructions and stash to make two layouts. Below you will see the first layout which I created using the kit which I’ve called: We are never far apart .

File 13-11-2017, 10 53 45………and the second layout which I called: Beauty-Believe-Happiness.

File 17-11-2017, 09 57 12The 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 the 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.

2017-11-18 09.33.482017-11-18 15.22.312017-11-18 15.22.342017-11-18 09.40.562017-11-18 09.35.43You can find details and dates of our future crops here. We look forward to seeing you all in 2018.

Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Hugs – Chrissy xXx

November 18th 2017 – Merly Crop Kit layout preview

Hi Everyone,

The November Merly Crop will soon be upon us so here are the details and sneak peeks of the layouts that you will be able to create using the kit. For this kit I have used papers from the beautiful “Romantique” Kaisercraft collection.

Also supplied in the kit are DMC cotton, Kaisercard, rhinestones, gauze and detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow, so you can then create the two layouts that I have designed at your own pace.

home-romantiqueBelow are some sneak peeks of the first layout which I’ve called “We are never far apart” it uses one black & white photo measuring 8.5cm wide x 10.5cm high. The layout features beautiful fussy cut birds, flowers and butterflies with a little gauze tucked in and around the embellishments,  there is also a little bit of stitching and punching and I have used crystal lacquer on some of the fussy cut elements. I have also added some misting using product from my own stash.

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File 03-11-2017, 16 31 57File 03-11-2017, 16 24 11File 03-11-2017, 16 34 58Other items used on the layouts which you may want to bring are colour coordinating ink pads, I have used the “Petal Pink” & “Island” Kaisercraft mini ink pads for inking around the edges, Crystal Lacquer (or similar) a needle for sewing (if you want to do it) foam pads and a small pair of scissors as there is fussy cutting on both layouts. We will however have a selection of ink pads & Foam dots/roll & the crystal lacquer available to purchase in the on site Merly shop.

I have also used the Kaisercraft “Fleur de lis ” Embossing folder, the WRMK Sew Easy Tool – and the Martha Stewart PATP set “Eyelet Lace”, these will be available to use at the crop along with our usual supply of tools including the Big Shot machine.

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 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 November releases and all our other Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, ScrapFX,  G45 & Little Birdie goodies.

2017-09-23 09.37.59Tea, coffee and a selection of biscuits, chocolates & snacks will be available throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools.

2017-09-23 09.39.05See you all on Saturday 18th November 2017 at 10am (not before as we will be very busy getting ready, please wait outside if you do turn up early) – until 4pm. The cost for the day & kit is £25.00, 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 over on the website.

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Hugs,

xXx Chrissy xXx

Favourite Memories with Rose Avenue

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my first project using the lovely  Rose Avenue Kaisercraft Collection.2959A

This lovely collection is perfect for one of my son’s wedding photos.

I started by using a sheet of Suite paper. I ripped it downwards on two sides then placed some strips of the pink side of Wood Panels paper behind the torn pieces.

Next I stencilled with some rose gold texture paste through the Waffle designer stencil in diagonal corners.

Waffle 6x6 Designer Stencil

Once this was dry I flicked some Peach Kaisermist over the page.

My photo was matted on to some of the papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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I then took two strips from the Sticker Sheet and placed them either side of the layout.

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I also used some of the Collectables to layer around the photo for embellishments.

2955 I used some Crystal Lacquer on the flowers.2943

I am really enjoying this collection, and hope you are inspired by the projects from the team,  do pop back soon to see some more fabulous inspiration.

Denise xx

Merly July 2017 Retreat info & sneak peeks

Hi Everyone,

Not long to go now until the 2017 Merly Retreat. I hope you all have seen the extra sneak peeks over on the Merly Crop/Retreat facebook page. This post will give you detail of each project that is included in the retreat and a list of anything else you may want to bring to the retreat to finish them. Each project will include a photo and detailed instructions for you to follow.

Here is the first layout project which I have called – Selfie.

File 29-06-2017, 14 52 03For this layout I have used the gorgeous “Keepsake” Kaisercraft collection. The layout features layers of film strips, tickets, vintage cameras and photography words & sayings. The cute kraft envelope holds a stash of hidden photos measuring 7 cm wide x 4.5 cm high. I have actually cut the envelope down so you could have taller photo’s in there if you keep to the envelope size of 10 cm high. The teeny tiny photo to the right of the layout in the film strip measures 3 cm wide by 2 cm high. This layout is all about capturing some fun moments. The larger photo measures 8.5 cm wide x 9 cm high, I have also used a vintage tone on my photos so they coordinate with the collection, but a coloured or sepia photo would also work and you could use a slightly larger photo if you wish.

Other items used on the layout are the EK Success Edger Punch – Round Binding Edge, Kaisercraft Autumn Leaves Decorative Die, (released July) the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Antique Gold Kaisermist,  these items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are  Crystal Lacquer, Or a similar product like Glossy Accents would also work.

Here is the second layout project which I have called: Life is measured by moments.

File 29-06-2017, 14 53 16For this layout I have used the beautiful “Golden Grove” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny buttercups and butterflies, splashes of Kaisermist, stitching, punching and diecut flourishes. I have used one colour coordinating photo measuring 8cm wide x 12.5cm high. A sepia or black & white photo would also work well.

Other items used on the layout are the Kaisercraft Swirl Flourish Decorative Die, MS PATP set Vintage Doily, Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, white, yellow & Apple Kaisermists. These items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, yellow ink pad, I have used the Kaisercraft Saffron mini ink pad.

Here is the third layout project which I have called: The creation of beauty is art.

File 29-06-2017, 14 54 04For this layout I have used the beautiful “Lilac Whisper” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny florals, a splash of  Kaisermist, diecut interlocking circles, stitching and one of the main features – the stamping around the edge. For this I have used the fabulous “Daydreamer” word stamp and created a message around the layout edge. I have used a colour coordinating photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 12cm high. A black & white photo would also work.

Other items used on the layout are the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Kaisercraft Daydreamer stamp set, black ink pad for stamping & stamp block, Kaisercraft Interlocking Circles Decorative Die, Denim Kaisermist. These items & tools will be available to use at the retreat. We do have the Daydreamer stamp on the website for anyone who would rather purchase their own.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, or similar.

Here is the beyond-the-page 3 Panel Frame project.

19030381_10212297066529261_1268421374879663440_nFor this project I have used the lovely Kaisercraft “3 Piece (MDF) Panel frame” and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous “Indigo Skies” Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers & butterflies adorn the frame and for extra detail I have used Kaisermist, cheese cloth & rhinestones, the three panels are then tied together using some beautiful blue organza ribbon. I have used three coordinating photo’s which measure 8.7cm wide x 12.5cm high. Black & white photos would also work.

Other items used on the project are Denim Kaisermist, Wood Glue, to glue the project together, these items will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes as there is a little bit of painting and (optional) a file/light sand paper if you want your MDF edges smooth. The white paint is included in the kit.

The Bonus project – Art plaque

File 29-06-2017, 15 01 40For this project I have used a BTP plaque and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous Sage & Grace Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers from the blush paper and the gorgeous Rose Bouquet Foil paper, frames, Kaisermist and Chipboard letters create the words with a layer of Crackle Accents. This project could also be a room plaque, you could put a name on it, add a photo, mine started out as “Chrissy’s Craft Room” but I then decided to just add crafty words.

Other items used on the project are Candy & Charcoal Kaisermists, these will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes, as there is a little painting of the edges of the BTP, Crackle Accents or Crystal Lacquer & a pencil.

There will also be an extra layout project to purchase at the retreat for this project I have used the gorgeous bright and funky Bombay Sunset Kaisercraft collection. Here is a little sneak peek of the papers I have used. So bring extra photos that will coordinate.

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Here is a little list of tools and anything else you might want to bring

Craft mat,
Sharp craft knife,
Small scissors for fussy cutting,
Craft scissors,
Wipes,
Ruler,
Paper cutter/Guillotine,
Foam pads, double sided tape, or your choice of adhesives,
Portable table lamp for night time crafting,
Crystal lacquer/Glossy Accents or similar,
Paper distresser,
Black ink pad,
journaling pens if you want to journal.
Bull Dog Clips or similar to hold the BTP frame together.
Paint brushes,
file/sander/sandpaper,
Crackle Accents,
Pencil,
Photos, photos & extra photos, as you may change your mind about what photo to use
A little alcoholic beverage of your choice. xXx

bfcb25a9e81df9e0268c99ee6205efa7Any other craft item you like to take when you go to crops, if you do forget anything, don’t stress, there will be 74 other people there to borrow things from…….and a well packed shop 😀

Feel free to also bring your own extra projects to do. We all craft differently, so at the very relaxed Merly retreat you can all craft at your own pace, I personally wouldn’t finish any of the projects, I am a very slow crafter, I like to take my time, a layout from me can take up to a few weeks to finish, I enjoy putting the layout or project together, I like to move things around see how they look, take my time, for me it is not about finishing the layout or project it is about creating it.

Starting time of the retreat: The retreat will start at midday Friday (not before) please make your way to the Oakley Suite from midday on wards. Anyone arriving early, please feel free to have a tea or coffee at the training Centre, there are plenty of areas to relax and have a drink, please do not come over to the Oakley Suite before the time stated!! We have a lot to set up and want it to be perfect for you. The first hour will be about settling in, then lunch will start at 1pm-ish. I will give you more info on that when you arrive.

I think that is it for now, I am really looking forward to seeing you all.

Hugs,

Chrissy xXx xXx

Shine with Boho Dreams

Hello everyone,

Denise here with two layered cards made using the fabulous Boho Dreams Kaisercraft Collection.

115-2 113-2I have always been fascinated with the concept of ‘dream catchers’ so I was really happy when this collection was released.

I started off using a piece of Coconut Weave Kaisercard. I cut it in half then folded the two halves to make two 6 x 6 card bases .

115-2For the first card I used Wild paper as my base. Next I layered strips of Wanderer using the lacy and floral sides on top of a layer of Toffee Weave Kaisercard.

I then took some of the collectables and layered the flowers, leaves, dreamcatcher and sentiments on to the card using foam tape .

collectables-boho-dreams-collectionFinally although you can’t see it very well on the photo I went over the flowers with Crystal Lacquer.

My second card was a 6 x 6; using the  white Kaisercard card as above.

113-2Next I used alternating layers of Free and Feathers papers onto the base. I then tore some of the papers and layered at the side of the card to add dimension.114I love feathers which are really popular at the moment so I used a couple of die cut feathers from the collectables pack. one of them I painted with watered down distress ink Cracked Pistachio to bring the green in, I also cut some out from what was left of the Feathers paper.

113-2I punched scallopped circles and cut banners from these papers too in order to add dimension. Finally I added sentiments and frames from the collectables using foam tape to finish off.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards and do pop back soon for some more inspiration from the team.

~ Denise ~