Tranquillity – with Uniquely Creative Tropical Dreams & Sea Blue

Hi Everyone, today I am sharing with you a layout I’ve created using papers from the beautiful Tropical Dreams & Sea Blue Uniquely Creative collections. I just love this photo of Merley sitting looking out to sea, it is very peaceful – I hope we can go back there one day.

Products Used: – UCP1776, Sea Blue Paper Pack – UCP-SBCS, Sea blue Cut-a-part Sheet – UCP2021, Paradise Paper x 2 – UCP2028, Ocean Breeze Paper x 2 – UCP2027, Vitamin Sea Paper, UCE1724, Crystal Rhinestones – Cinnamon Kaisercard

I started by layering up all my base papers, once I decided which ones to use I then cut out a circle from the centre of the top two, for the inner rim of the circle I added a layer of brown card.

I love to fussy cut all my embellishments from the papers, so spend a few evenings fussy cutting all the flowers from the Tropical Dreams papers.

…….and some elements from the Cut-a-part Sheet

You can add and layer as much as you like, I like to make my layouts more 3D, so I add lots of layers to my flowers, I have even doubled up on the Sea Horses. You do not need to do all the layering if you like to store your layouts in an album.

As you can see from this photo, I have layered up this flower three times, getting smaller in size until the centre piece, I also like to shape my elements, I love the overall look.

You can find even more close-ups of my layout over on my Instagram page – The Fussy Cutter

Happy crafting!!!!!

Chrissy xXx

Uniquely Creative – Tropical Dreams

Hi Everyone,

Here is a layout I’ve created using the gorgeous Tropical Dreams collection from Uniquely Creative. This is a new company we are now stocking, I just love their beautiful scrapbooking collections and coordinating products.

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I have created this layout using a few papers from the collection, I would advise purchasing the paper pack as you get two of each paper and you will need a couple of extra sheets of some and I also have another layout on the go using this collection.

Below are some brief instructions on how to re-create my layout.

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Products used: Uniquely Creative, Tropical Dreams: Sunset UCP2022 x 2|Under The Sea UCP2023 x 2|Paradise UCP2021|Pearls Iridescent UCE1728|Bubbles Texture Die UCD1896|White Smooth Cardstock CD650 x 3|White DMC Cotton

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I have used the Tropical Dreams Paper Pack

1.) Cut in half (horizontal) the two Sunset papers, I have then used the two top sections from both papers, put together to form my base as I wanted the top and bottom of my base paper to be pale.

2.) – Cut the white card down to 29.5cm x29.5cm, mat this onto your base.

3.) – Do the same as in step 1.) with the two Under The Sea papers, as I just wanted the pale pink script showing, it doesn’t matter if one half of the script is up side down, this section should then measure 28.5cm x 28.5cm. Sew around the edge with white cotton, mat onto your layout.

4.) – Cut a circle from another sheet of white card, sew using white cotton, mat onto your layout.

5.) – Use the Bubbles Die, cut about 4 from a white piece of card.

6.) – Fussy cut lots of flowers from the Paradise papers.

7.) – Mat your photo onto your layout, arrange the flowers and bubbles die-cuts around the white frame and your photo. Add in the left over little circles from the die-cut around your photo.

Back in stock is the Wise & Free collection, below are two layouts I’ve created using the Paper Pack & on the second one, I’ve used the Arty doodles stamp set.

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I have also used the gorgeous Doily Elements Metal Die, which is now in stock.

You can find more of my projects and sneak peeks of new collections and products over on my Instagram page – The Fussy Cutter. Please credit me when posting any of my creations on social media, thank you.

Happy Scrapping!!!!!!!

Chrissy xXx

Wise & Free – Uniquely Creative

Hi Everyone,

Chrissy here sharing a layout I created using the gorgeous “Wise & Free” collection from Uniquely Creative.

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Uniquely Creative is an Australian brand that have just started to design their own paper collections. I love the first two ranges they have bought out, “Wise & Free” and  “Urban Garden”, they are perfect for fussy cutting!!!!!! So of course I love them.

Here is my layout I created using Wise and Free

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Here are some quick instructions if you want to re-create my layout using the Wise & Free Paper Pack.

1.) Cut a piece of “Snow” Kaisercard down to 12 x 12 to form your base

2.) Cut the “Loved” UCP1906 paper down to 29.5 x 29.5cm, sew down the left hand edge, mat onto your layout.

3.) Cut the “Dream” UCP1902 paper (reverse side) down to 20cm wide x 29.5cm high, sew along the left & right hand edges, mat onto your layout.

4.) Cut a little strip from “Strong” UCP1905 paper spotty side about 5cm wide x 29.5cm high, mat onto your layout towards the left hand side.

5.) I have added a die cut doily border, if you have a punch add a punched border down the left hand side.

6.) Mat your photo onto some spare paper, then mat onto your layout.

7.) Fussy cut the pale flowers from “Fearless” UCP1903 papers & feathers and banners from “Potential” UCP1908. Arrange them around your photo, use foam pads to give some height, add Crystal bling to finish.

Here are some close ups…

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Another layout will follow later using the rest of the paper pack.

Check out all our recently added Uniquely Creative products here, each collection has added matching card stock and extra embellishments.

Check out my personal Instagram page for lots of new sneak peeks!!!

Happy Crafting!!!

Chrissy

xXx

November 16th Merly Crop Layouts & kit Sneak Peeks

Hi Everyone,

There is just about a week to go until our November 16th 2019 Merly Crop, the last one for this year, so here are the details of the crop and sneak peeks of the layouts that you will be able to create using the kit. For the kit I have used papers from the beautiful Lady Like Kaisercraft collection.

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As well as the papers in the kit there are also two sheets of Kaisercard, DMC thread  and detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow, so you can create the two layouts that I have designed, at your own pace.

Below are some sneak peeks & details of the first layout which I’ve called “Beautiful”

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This layout features the lovely black paper and the pink fussy cut roses, stitching & punching all arranged around a kind of patchwork base. My black & white photo measures 9cm wide x 13cm high. The butterfly stamp will be available to use at the crop or feel free to bring your own – it is the butterfly from the Lady Like stamp set, but any will do. If you have a similar edge punch please bring that as well, but I will bring mine for you to use.

Below are some sneak peeks of the second layout which I’ve called “Having it all”

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This layout features the pinks and greens from the collection, lots of beautiful fussy cutting, stitching and a little punching. My coloured photo measures about 8.5cm wide by 10.5cm high.

Other items used which you may want to bring are 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, a pink ink pad. We will however have a selection of Foam dots/roll, available to purchase in the on site Merly shop.

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I have also used the WRMK Sew Easy Tool, Martha Stewart “Eyelet Lace” Edge Punch, the butterfly from the “Lady Like” coordinating Stamp set –  we will however bring these items to the crop for people to use and our other usual supply of tools including the Big Shot machine & a small selection of other punches and dies.

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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 of these layouts – 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 October & November Kaisercraft collections and the fabulous New ScrapBoys goodies.

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Extra kits will also be available to purchase at the crop. Just ask Paul for them. The usual supply of tea, coffee and a selection of Christmas themed biscuits, chocolates, snacks & cakes will be available throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools.

This will be our Christmas crop, please bring a Christmas mug & wear your favourite Christmas jumper/clothes.

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See you all on Saturday 16th November 2019 at 10am (not before 9.55 unless you have been asked to help, as we will be very, very busy getting ready, please wait outside if you do turn up early) – until 4pm.  The cost for the day & kit is £30.00 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. The cost for this kit is £20.00

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Happy scrapping, hugs,

Chrissy xXx xXx

May 18th 2019 – Merly Crop & Layout kit preview

Hi Everyone,

There is just under a week to go until our May 18th 2019 Merly Crop, so here are the details of the crop and sneak peeks of the layouts that you will be able to create using the kit. For the kit I have used papers from the beautiful Paisley Days Kaisercraft collection.

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As well as the papers in the kit there are also three sheets of Kaisercard, DMC thread and rhinestones. Also supplied are detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow, so you can 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 “Life is full of choices”

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For this layout I have focused on the pink, yellow & white papers. It features lots of very intricate fussy cutting, (mainly from the Gypsy, paper) stitching and lots of layers. I have used a black & white photo measuring 12cm wide x 10cm high, a coloured photo would also work.

Below are some sneak peeks of the second layout which I’ve called “Believe in your dreams”

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For this layout I have focused on using the beautiful teal/blue tones. I have fussy cut the delicate florals and paisley designs, there is also colour coordinating stitching and I have used the paisley embossing folder behind the photo which measures 10cm wide x 13cm high.

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Other items used on the layouts which you may want to bring are colour coordinating ink pads, I have used the Kaisercraft Saffron mini ink pad & the Kaisercraft Sea Breeze ink pad for inking around the edges. 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, available to purchase in the on site Merly shop.

I have also used the WRMK Sew Easy Tool. A Martha Stewart Edge Punch and the Paisley Embossing folder. We will however bring these items to the crop for people to use and our other usual supply of tools including the Big Shot machine & a small selection of other punches and dies.

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 of these layouts – 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 April & May Kaisercraft collections.

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Extra kits will also be available to purchase at the crop. Just ask Paul for them. The usual supply of tea, coffee and a selection of biscuits, chocolates, snacks & home made cakes will be available throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools. Important: this crop will be an extra long one, we will finish at 6pm, we are bringing a little treat for the afternoon, so please bring a pretty tea cup, saucer & side plate. 

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See you all on Saturday 18th May 2019 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 early) – until 6pm.  The cost for the day & kit is £40.00 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. The cost for this kit is £17.00.

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Happy scrapping, hugs,

Chrissy xXx xXx

May 2018 Merly Crop Kit

Hi Everyone,
What a right royal crop we had, thank you so much to everyone who attended and made the day so special. What a fun day we had of crafting, chatting and eating fabulous cakes and a most enjoyable afternoon cream tea. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from May Kit.

For the kit I used the beautiful “Miss Betty” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the Crop Kit, were detailed instructions and stash to make two layouts and a third bonus layout that you can complete if you like. Below are photos of all three layouts and some instructions to complete the third layout.

Here is the first layout which I called: Forever Friends.

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………and the second layout which I called: We Remember Moments.

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Here is the third layout and some brief instructions.

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Cut the green Kaisercard down to 12 x 12 to form your base, then gut the centre leaving about a 4cm edge all around. Cut the PP2479 Thread paper down to 28cm wide, then mat this onto your green base edge. Cut the blue/green coloured rulers from P2480 Patterns paper, add these to the left hand side of your layout, in all different lengths. Mat your photo onto some of the gutted green Kaisercard, mat this onto your layout. I have also cut out the green section from P2484 Handcerchief paper, cut in half and mat top and bottom of your photo, also add a blue coloured ruler. for the title I have used wording from one of the info strips. I have stamped flowers on the rest of the green card, fussy cut them and added them to the layout with some die cut flourishes.

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 May 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 September at our next crop. 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

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March 2018 Merly Crop & Kit

Hi Everyone,
It was another fabulous crop, we had an amazing day with lots of chat and crafting and it was lovely catching up with everyone. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from March Kit.

For the kit I used the beautiful “Fairy Garden” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the Crop Kit, were detailed instructions, a template and stash to make two layouts. Below you will see the first layout which I created using the kit which I’ve called: I just want pretty things

IMG_9780………and the second layout which I called: Your Wings already exist.

image-wings-1000The 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 March 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

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January 2018 Merly Crop & Kit

Hi Everyone,
It was a fabulous first crop in 2018, with 50 people attending. We had an amazing day with lots of chat and crafting and it was lovely catching up with everyone. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from the January kit.

File 14-01-2018, 13 00 41For the kit I used the beautiful “Wandering Ivy” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the Crop Kit, were detailed instructions, templates and stash to make two layouts. Below you will see the first layout which I created using the kit which I’ve called: Reasons to be Happy

2018-01-11 14.55.32………and the second layout which I called: Best Days.

2018-01-11 16.49.30The 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 first crop of 2018 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

September 23rd 2017 – Merly Crop Kit layout preview

Hi Everyone,

The September 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 “Rose Avenue” & “Mint Wishes” Kaisercraft collections.

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Below are some sneak peeks of the first layout which I’ve called “Laugh, Love, Live” it uses one coloured photo measuring 8cm wide x 10.7cm high. The main feature of the layout is the pretty Diecut paper and lots of fussy cut flowers & stitching.

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I have also used the Kaisercraft “Pine Sprig” decorative Die, & “You Make Me smile” die & the WRMK Sew Easy Tool – these will be available to use at the crop along with our usual supply of tools including the Big Shot machine & other Dies.

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.

18619975_10212110385822360_1232176313927408820_nAt the crop we will also have our usual FABULOUS Merly Impressions Shop where you can purchase all the latest Kaisercraft goodies, including the new October releases and all our other Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, ScrapFX & Little Birdie goodies.

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.

See you all on Saturday 23rd September 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.

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Hugs, Chrissy, Paul & Merley xXx