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.

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Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Hugs – Chrissy xXx

Merly Impressions Retreat: A card class

Hello everybody! Let me tell you, I have just come back from the Merly Impressions retreat and I am still buzzing with excitement!!! I had so much  fun and met some amazing people!

Chrissy and I had a surprise class up our sleeve and had planned a simple and informal card class. I was overwhelmed with the response from the delegates! During the class, everybody was able to create three gorgeous cards following a few tips and guidelines to reproduce my designs but still making them “their own”! I was gobsmacked with the sheer talents present and I too have learned immensely as well as have been inspired by brand new ideas.

So let me show you the cards I designed during this class:

As a base kit everybody had three cards and envelopes, four tags from the First Love sheet of the Secret Admirer collection,  a few blooms in Sea Breeze, Hot Pink and Grape as well as some gorgeous sparklets in Sea Breeze, Crimson and Coral.
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For this card I decided to use the Arty Background stamp do add drama.

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For this card I decided to create an explosion of colours with distress stains in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves as well as adding a little “Je ne sais quoi” to the flowers by blinging them with some Antiqued Bronze stain. I also added a bit of detail with the lacy stamp from the Miss Match set.

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For this last card I went for the Check-in stamp as my background and some splashes of Picked Raspberry stain.

I had a lot of fun designing those cards and I hope I was able to inspire you to get creative with just a few bits of stash!

Product Focus: New Distress Stains – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of this Product Focus on the New Distress Stains!

Today I am sharing a simple card.

For this card I used the Distress Stains in Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade. I then stamped a flourish design from the Botanical Odyssey Stamp set and the “Birthday” word from the 365 Collection Stamp Set. The “Happy” label come from the Botanical Odyssey Paper Pad. I finished off the card with a few blooms in Hot Pink and Amethyst as well as a black Resin Flower.

I love the happy colours of this card!

I hope this Product Focus inspired you! I can’t wait to see you all use your Distress Stains!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: New Distress Stains – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my Product Focus on the new shades of Distress Stains.

In a moment of brightness I thought “Could I write with my stains in order to create my background?” Usually those moments of so called “brightness” turn into disasters but on this occasion I really liked the result so decided to go through with it and use the sheet of 12×12 created for a background.

I first inked the edges with some Spun Sugar Distress Ink and a blending tool. I then wrote my words with the Stains in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Dusty Concord (Yep, picked-up an older shade by mistake but still, it looks good!) and traced a black line around them with a black pen. I then layered my photo onto squares of papers I did cut-out from the Botanical Odyssey Paper Pad, added a sticker strip from the Sticker Sheet and finished off with blooms in Sea Breeze, Hot Pink and Amethyst as well as a wood Bee. There you go! A different take on the Distress Stains!

I hope this inspired you and that I will see you around of the third and last part of this Product Focus!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: New Distress Stains – Part 1

Well, you know my deep love for the Distress Stains from Ranger and when I received a few new shades in my goodie box I decided to use them for my product focus!

So I hear you say, what is different or new from any other Distress Stains? Well, the colours are A-mazing!!! So bright and cheerful!!! But as you can use them exactly the same way as you use any other shades of stains I decided to show you three different uses for them. I hope you will come along for this three parts Product focus and that you will find some inspiration to use your stains!

Let’s start this part 1. Here I am sharing a very quick and simple yet effective layout. Perfect for a quick scrapping fix!

I used the shades Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers. Fabulous colours! I applied them by tapping rapidly the heads of each stains directly onto my background to create big splashes of colours. I decided to marry them with some words vignettes from the collectables from the Botanical Odyssey as the colours worked so well together. You know me, a layout isn’t complete without a few blooms so I added three flowers in Sea Breeze, Amethyst and Hot Pink. I finished the layout off with a few stamped images from the Botanical Odyssey Stamp Set. Gosh I love this little bird!

So there it is for part 1! I hope that this inspired you and that I will see you around for part 2!

Emilie xxx