Refuse to be Average with Workshop

When I saw the brick pattern and torn poster papers from the Workshop collection I knew I wanted to use them with a photo of Gracia, dressed as a punk for a fancy dress party (from 12 years ago) and to make it look like she was on a poster on a wall.

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For this layout the papers I have used are Kaisercard Biscuit Weave Cardstock, Fearless, Courageous, Handsome – 12 x 12 papers, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, and Collectables.

I started by using the Linear Stencil to emboss a scrap of white card by running it through my BigShot with a piece of foam on top of the stencil. I cut this to 7 x 5 to use as my photo mount.

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I trimmed .25in from the top and ones side of the Fearless paper and added it to the Kaisercard Biscuit Weave Cardstock, I then tore away each side of the Courageous paper and inked the edges with a Licorice ink pad and added it the centre of the Fearless paper.   The embossed photomount was added to the centre of this, using Mounting Foam Dots.

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I used the Decorative Die – Cogs to cut two of each size from a pizza box and gently removed sections of the top paper to reveal the corrugated card beneath.  I then added Licorice ink to the exposed ribbed parts.

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I also cut two Decorative Die Floral Frames from scraps of black card and added these to the top left and bottom right of my photo mount. I also added two squares of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to the top right and bottom left of my photo mount but after reflection decided to remove these.

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I used Navy and Lagoon Art Foam and Decorative Die – DIY Flora Peony to make some flowers and  Decorative Die – Rose and Leaves for the leaves.  After forming the flowers I added a sparkly silver sticker (from my own supplies) and coloured the leaves using  Licorice and Avocado  inks and Gold Shimmer spray.

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Then I made clusters at the top left and bottom right using my foam flowers, die cut cogs , a sticker and a circular phrase from the Collectables pack, mini paper blooms and Paper Blooms – Honey. 

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The final touch was to add a border from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and my title from the Handsome paper.

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I am really pleased with how this page turned out and think that I achieved the effect I had wanted to – a torn poster on a brick wall.

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

Kaisercraft DT Post – Great Grandad & his Motorbike

Hello,

Chrissy here with another Technique Tuesday for my Kaisercraft DT project, using the fabulous Workshop Kaisercraft collection. Today I am sharing with you how I created some Mixed Media cogs using the Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish pack Workshop, ink pads and paint.

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Workshop Collection: P2793 Tough|P2797 Gallant|P2799 Strapping|P2800 Handsome|P2801 Chivalrous|CT967 Workshop Collectables|FL654 Flourish Pack

Other: SB792 Chocolate Pearls|KC048 Mud Puddle Acrylic Paint|IP756 Ink Pad Gold Pigment|IP755 Ink Pad Silver Pigment|IP719 Black Mini Ink Pad|IP723 Vintage Mini Ink Pad|DD3342 Texture Cogs Decorative Die|CD606 Navy Card Stock|KM129 Navy KAISERmist|KM132 Gold Shimmer KAISERmist

Other: Texture Paste|Crystal Lacquer

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I started off by painting all the Wood Flourish Cogs in Mud Puddle paint, it doesn’t have to be precise, it is like an undercoat. Next I lightly dabbed on random bits of texture paste, then left to dry for a few mins. The next bit is fun, adding layers of ink using the Silver, Black & Vintage ink pads, lastly adding the Gold ink pad on top.

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I also die cut some cogs from the Navy Kaiser card and used the same process without the texture paste.

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Now to create the rest of the layout, I started off by building up my base using navy card and a selection of the Workshop papers.

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I LOVE stitching on my layouts, so added some extra interest by hand stitching along the length of some of the papers. Then started to build up my layout by adding layers around my photo.

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I’ve added the cogs around my photo, adding foam pads to some to give height and dimension.

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I have had a typewriter sat on my desk for a very long time and have never really used it, I decided to type some of the lovely sayings from the collection onto a strip of paper and added that to my layout.

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To finish off my layout I have added a few tiny metal embellishments and pearls to the centre of my cogs.

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I hope this has inspired you to have ago at Mixed Media cogs, this was my first time, it was fun so I will be doing it again very soon.

xXx Happy crafting – Chrissy xXx

You can download the pdf instructions here

Believe with Enchanted

As soon as I saw the paper, aptly named Fairytale, with little toadstools on it , from the Enchanted Collection, reminded me of a fairy grotto and so that gave me the idea of adding ‘fairy wings’ to a full length photo of Gracia and building a fairy grotto around the photo.

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For this layout I have used Fairytale, Mystical and Utopia 12 x 12 papers, Caramel Weave cardstockCollectables, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Make a Wish stamp and die set, Rhinestones – Silver and Mounting Foam Tape.

I started by cutting 1.5 ins from the top of the Fairytale paper and stuck this to a piece of Caramel Weave cardstock. I then used a plate to draw a semi circle onto the top part of the Mystical, fussy cut this out and added to the top of my page using Mounting Foam Tape to give it dimension.

Next I fussy cut a full length photo of Gracia  and used the wings from the stamp set to stamp and heat emboss onto a piece of vellum to create her fairy wings.

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I added a toadstool, from the Collectables to the centre of my page approx 1 in from the bottom, using Mounting Foam Dots and added Gracia’s photo to the top of this to look as though she was standing on it.  I then fussy cut some more toadstalls from the Utopia paper and added them, with some small ones from the Collectables  either side of my page.

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I used the butterfly stamp from the Make a Wish stamp and die set and heat embossed and cut butterflies from the red with white spots paper in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad , scattering these around my page. I added one to cover up Gracia’s feet as on the photo she is standing in the sea and her feet looked strange.

I embellished the fairy wings and butterflies with Rhinestones – Silver , also adding three to Gracia’s head to make a ‘fairy crown’.

Finally I mounted the ‘Believe’, from the Collectables  pack onto a scrap of the paper I used for my butterflies and added a phrase, also from the Collectables pack.

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I had so much fun creating this layout and love that it was so different to my previous one.  This is certainly a very versatile paper range suitable for both genders.

Karen xxx

Happy Together with Magenta

Hello Kaisercraft fans,

Emmy here today sharing my first project for August, featuring the wonderful Magenta Collection from Kaisercraft’s July release  (available at Merly Impressions’ online store).

MI-happy-together-web530To create my background I used Flamingo pattern paper and a pattern paper from the Paper Pad matching the collection. I cut the smaller pattern paper in two and adhered the two halves on top of the pattern paper as shown. Then using Kaisercraft Butterfly Skies Mini Template and Texture Paste I created the white dimensional pattern.

Once the paste has dried, I stamped the dotted pattern using Ink Pad – Black and Kaisercraft Tiny Dot Texture StampMI-happy-together-det-a530MI-happy-together-det-bI used a slightly larger panel of Kaisercard Magenta Weave Cardstock to frame my picture. Then I created the layers under is using different pattern papers from the Paper Pad. MI-happy-together-det-cI fussy cut different blossoms from the Pink pattern paper and from pattern papers from the Paper Pad. I used them in combination with die cut flowers from the Collectables pack and Kaisercraft blooms (Paper Blooms – Fuchsia) to create the flower corners. MI-happy-together-det-d MI-happy-together-det-eI added die cut bubbles (Decorative Die – Double Bubble) and cute sayings (Collectables pack). I adhered all the embellishments as shown using Mounting Foam TapeMI-happy-together-det-f MI-happy-together-det-gFor my title I used the pre cut words from the Collectables pack. I adhered them to my page using Mounting Foam TapeMI-happy-together-det-hMI-happy-together-det-i

As a final touch I added more Rhinestones – Hot Pink and Rhinestones – Black.MI-happy-together-det-jI hope I managed to inspire you today! Come back soon for more creative projects from our design team!

Emmy xxx

Be Fearless layout with Antiquities

Hello Kaisercraft fans,

Emmy here today sharing my last project for June, featuring of course the amazing Antiquities Collection from Kaisercraft  (available at Merly Impressions’ online store) and Kaisercraft Designer StencilMI-Be-fearless-web530For my background I used Rare pattern paper and Treasured pattern paper. I cut a 17 x 30,5 cm stripe from the Rare pattern paper and a 13,5 x 30,5 cm stripe from the Treasured pattern paper, distressed three of their edges using a Paper Distresser and adhered both stripes on top of Kaisercard Dove Weave Cardstock.

Using Kaisercraft Distressed Dots 6×6 Designer Stencil and Texture Paste I created the white dimensional pattern. Once the paste has dried, I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Gold Shimmer on top. 
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I used a slightly larger panel of Kaisercard Snow Weave Cardstock to frame my picture. Then I created the layers under is using glossy and foil paper from the Paper Pad and stickers from the Sticker book. MI-Be-fearless-det-bTip! Use the pattern of the different pattern papers to fussy cut your own tailor made edges and shapes!

Using the One of a Kind pattern paper and a pattern papers from the Paper Pad I fussy cut different colours flowers. I added die cut flowers from the Collectables pack and Kaisercraft blooms (Paper Blooms – Honey and Paper Blooms – Sage) to create the flower corners. MI-Be-fearless-det-c MI-Be-fearless-det-dI added die cut bubbles (Decorative Die – Double Bubble and Kaisercard Snow Weave Cardstock) and cute sayings (Collectables pack). I inked the edges of the pre cut embellishments with Ink Pad – Bark and adhered them as shown using Mounting Foam TapeMI-Be-fearless-det-e MI-Be-fearless-det-fFor my title I used the cut off stripe from one of the pattern papers. I divided the quote in four pieces, inked the edges of the stripes with Ink Pad – Bark and adhered it to my page using Mounting Foam TapeMI-Be-fearless-det-gAs a final touch I added more Rhinestones – Orange and Pearls – Pewter.MI-Be-fearless-det-hI hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have a very creative week!

Emmy xxx

Perfect 7 layout with Antiquities

Hello Kaisercraft fans,

Emmy here today sharing my second project for June, featuring the Antiquities Collection from Kaisercraft’s May 2019 release (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). This time I decided to create a boyish layout using both fussy cut and die cut embellishments. MI-perfect-seven-web530For my background I used Kaisercard Concrete Weave Cardstock and the Limited Edition pattern paper. I cut the pattern paper in stripes and inked their edges with Ink Pad – Bark. Then I distressed the long edges of the stripes using a Paper Distresser and adhered them to the cardstock using Mounting Foam TapeMI-perfect-seven-det-a530

Using Kaisercraft Distressed Dots 6×6 Designer Stencil and Texture Paste I created the white dimensional pattern. Once the paste has dried, I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Gold Shimmer on top. MI-perfect-seven-det-b530MI-perfect-seven-det-cTo decorate my page I die cut distressed burlap using Decorative Die – Texture Burlap and Kaisercard Concrete Weave Cardstock. Then i fussy cut the decorative edge from a glossy paper from the Paper Pad. Then I created a 3D-effect adhering fussy cut rhomboids using Mounting Foam Tape. As a final touch I added Rhinestones – Orange.MI-perfect-seven-det-d MI-perfect-seven-det-e MI-perfect-seven-det-f

I added also pre cut embellishments from the Collectables pack and the Paper Pad, and stickers from the Sticker book matching the collection. Before adhering them with  Mounting Foam Tape, I inked their edges using Ink Pad – BarkMI-perfect-seven-det-g MI-perfect-seven-det-h MI-perfect-seven-det-i MI-perfect-seven-det-jAs a final touch I added more Rhinestones – Orange and Pearls – Pewter.

I hope you enjoyed my post today! Come back soon for more inspirational projects from our design team!

Emmy xxx

May Your Days with With Love

Hello Karen here with my second project using the gorgeous and shiny With Love collection.  The collectables in this range are very much geared towards card making with many referring to birthday celebrations.  How fortunate that my daughter’s Birthday is in April and as a treat her boyfriend took her away for the weekend and took some lovely photos of her!

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To make this layout I used Just for You, Sending Love, Best Wishes and Hugs and Kisses papers, Snow Weave cardstock, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Collectables and decorative die Rose and Leaves. 

I started by trimming .25in from the top and right of the Sending Love paper and then, with a scalpel, carefully cutting along the top edge of the cluster of flowers and leaves from about 1 inch from the left to the berries on the right. I then adhered it to the Snow Weave cardstock along the outer edges only.

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Next I carefully cut the two circular shapes from the Hugs and Kisses paper and tucked these underneath the flowers and leaves.

I added two circular Collectables  to the centre of the circles and tucked my photo underneath these.

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I used the Rose and Leaves die to cut two roses from the gold paper that can be found in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and a selection of leaves from the Best Wishes paper. I also fussy cut some rose clusters from Just for You.  To finish my page I arranged the die cuts at the top left and bottom right of my circles and added the fussy cut roses and collectables either side of my photo.

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I am busy working on my next page and am really excited to show it to you.  Until then I hope I have given you an idea of how gorgeous this paper range is and inspired you to buy some to play with.

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Favourite Snapshot layout with Antiquities

Hello Kaisercraft fans,

Emmy here today sharing my first project for June, featuring the Antiquities Collection from Kaisercraft’s May 2019 release (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). MI-Blessed-web530For my background I used the Antique pattern paper. Using Kaisercraft Distressed Dots 6×6 Designer Stencil and Texture Paste I created the white dimensional pattern. Once the paste has dried, I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Gold Shimmer on top of all layers.  MI-Blessed-det-a530I cut paper stripes from a shabby wood pattern paper from the Paper Pad, inked their edges with Ink Pad – Bark and distressed their edges using a Paper Distresser. I adhered the stripes next to each other as shown (using Mounting Foam Tape) to create the base for my picture.MI-Blessed-det-bTo decorate my page I used pre-cut images from different pattern papers from the Paper Pad and from the Collectables pack. I fussy cut the yellow flowers from the One of a Kind pattern paper and arranged them around my picture as shown. I used Mounting Foam Tape to adhere them.MI-Blessed-det-c MI-Blessed-det-dI added also die cut embellishments (Decorative Die – Texture Burlap and pattern papers from the Paper Pad)… MI-Blessed-det-e.. and stickers from the Sticker book matching the collection. MI-Blessed-det-f MI-Blessed-det-gAs a final touch I added Rhinestones – Orange and little wooden birds from Kaisercraft’s little packs with Wood FlourishesMI-Blessed-det-h
I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have a wonderful creative week!

Emmy xxx

Thankful with With Love

Hello lovely scrappers, Karen here with my first project using Kaisercraft’s With Love Collection.  Every sheet of this beautiful collection, featuring lots of pink and teal, is gold foiled.

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For this page I have used Just for You and Best Wishes papers, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pack, Collectables in white and gold and coloured, Snow Weave and Coal cardstock, small damask 6 x 6 designer stencil and decorative die Fine Line Flower. 

I started with a piece of Snow Weave card and taped small damask 6 x 6 designer stencil to one corner, masking off a section of the stencil.  I then added texture paste to the exposed area.

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The piece of Best Wishes paper was cut to 9.5 ins square and added to the centre of my page.

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I then added a whole sheet Just for You paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pack and to the top of this a piece of Coal cardstock to 5.5 ins square.  Finally I cut a sheet of Best Wishes paper, from the paper pad, to 5.25 ins square and added my 5 in square photo to the top of this stack.

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Next, for the fun part, I fussy cut lots of flowers from Best Wishes paper and used the decorative die Fine Line Flower and Coal cardstock to cut some flowers and leaves.

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I tucked these at the bottom left and top right of my photo.

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Using the ‘Thankful’ label from the coloured collectables I added my title to the top left of my page.

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As a final touch I added two borders from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pack and the ‘Just Because’ label from the white and gold  collectables.

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This range is so pretty and pages seem to come together really easy with all the beautiful papers and elements – if I have inspired you to buy some to play with please share as we would love to see what you make.

Karen