Enjoy the Sea using The Uniquely Creative Tropical Dreams Collection

Hi Everyone,
Today I would like to share a fun layout that I have created using the Tropical Dreams Collection by Uniquely Creative. I absolutely love this collection, it is so bright and cheery with the beautiful blue and pink hues. I have many beach photo’s from our Portugal trip last year that suit these papers perfectly. The photo I have used is actually one of me trying to imitate a photo of me that was taken when I was much younger.

This layout actually had an alternative beginning, I have taken an old card board box and cut to 30. 5 x 30.5 cm to form the background. Then I ripped part of the top layer off before painting it in white Gesso and inking over this with Old Paper- Ranger Oxide.

For the next step, I cut UNDER THE SEA – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION to 23.5 cm and ripped the edges before adhering to the centre of the cardboard background. Next, I cut TROPICAL – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION to 20 cm x 30.5 and adhered to the centre of the layout too. For the final preparation of the background I added some texture paste through a Uniquely Creative Stencil.

Next I cut the beige and blue striped rectangles from OCEAN BREEZE – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION two rectangles to frame the photo (10 x 13 cm photo) before adhering to the layout.

For the final set of steps, I have fussy cut the flowers from PARADISE – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION and layered them below the photo and at the top right of the photo. I have also added “Enjoy” from the CREATIVE CUTS – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION, some Blue Ice Rhinestones, lace butterflies and splatters of the Candy KaiserMist.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my fun and “recycled” layout! I definitely recommend creating some fun projects using the Tropical Dreams Collection. Keep an eye out for the fancy fold cards that I have also created this month using this collection.
Be safe, stay healthy and keep crafting!
Roxanne xX

Mixed Media Cards using ScrapBoys-Industrial Romance

Hi everyone,
Today I would like to share with you a set of three, mixed media cards that I created using the Industrial Romance Collection by the ScrapBoys. I just love the cogs and industrial theme of this collection and thought it would be perfect for a set of heavily clustered, mixed media cards. Many of you would have noticed that I do not usually cluster so heavily in my projects but I thought it was the perfect point in time to push my limits and learn something new. Check out how I went below!

To create these cards, I started with square 3 kraft cards (12.8 x 12.8 cm), 3 squares of Marrekesh Cardstock (12 x 12 cm) and 3 squares of Oatmeal Cardstock (11 x 11 cm). I added the mixed media background to the Oatmeal squares before adhering them to the Marrakesh squares and the kraft cards. Firstly, I stamped the music background stamp in Bark Ink. Secondly, I painted sections with white Gesso with a little bit of orange acrylic paint and Nuvo Crystal Drops- Brown. Next I stamped a mix of the Factory 42 and Time Machine Collections cog stamps in Spiced Marmalade- Ranger Distress Oxide onto the painted sections. Following this, I tinted some Texture Paste with Brown KaiserMist and applied it through the Linear Lines Stencil onto the cards. Lastly, I spray the Brown KaiserMist over the texture paste to finalise the mixed media background.

To begin the clustered sections of the cards, I coloured Cheese Cloth with Black KaiserMist and glued it to the cards. Next I added some fussy cut elements from INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 07, INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 03 and INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 01. Then I added more and more of these elements on top of each other, followed by some yellow and orange Flower Blooms.

To finalise these cards, I added some Wooden Cogs and splattered some extra Brown KaiserMist.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about how I created these heavily clustered, industrial style, mixed media cards. I also hope I have inspired you to have a go at using this stunning collection and some mixed media techniques in the near future. Stay happy, healthy and crafty!
Best wishes,
Roxanne xX

‘M for Merly’ Beyond the Page Initial

Good morning all,

Elaine here again bringing you an altered initial for a beyond the page project.


Firstly I took the letter (which I purchased from a well known High Street chain of craft shops) and covered it in White Gesso  (don’t worry if it bubble like mine did. It will pull back tight once it’s dry)


Next I took a sheet of Jade paper and the Echo Paper from the Lilac Whisper collection and adhered them using PVA glue to the initial.


Once dried I used a sanding block to smooth off the edges and then I used texture paste with the Damask Quarters stencil on the front side of the letter.

I then added some torn corrugated card and two stamped and fussy cut doilies from the Doily Texture stamp and some cheesecloth and sprayed it with Wisteria Kaisermist. (At this point I was a little worried it was too dark..but don’t worry..it comes good in the next stage!)


I then used fussy cut flowers from the Hydrangea sheet and layered them using Foam Mounting tape. I also added inked wooden flourishes from the Garden PackSea Breeze Sparklets, butterflies from the collectables pack, Sea Breeze Blooms and Little Birdie Water Colour flowers.


To finish I added sprinkles of watered down white acrylic paint to the whole thing..see what a difference it makes?



I am loving this pretty new collection and I hope you will too! See you in the shop!

Here’s how it ended up once I’d added a title (which I took from one of the Lilac Whipers sheets).




Wall hanging using High Tide collection

Today I am delighted to bring you this wedding frame made using the Kaisercraft 3D wall art round frame.

imageTo start with I painted the MDF with two coats of Gesso. Once I’d done this I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap ink.

imageOnce the paint and ink was dry I used the Overboard sheet from the High Tide collection to cover the MDF palings. After  they were dried I added the hangers to the back of the frame with the twine to hang it from. This gave it the stability to work on the front of the wall art.

imageNext I took the actual photo frame and also covered it in gesso, Kaisercolour gold paint and finally a layer of white Deco crackle paint.  Once it was dry I didn’t feel the colour was quite right so I used KC Antique gold Mist and Aqua KaiserMist . I then added some light misting in the same colours to the paper covered palings to co-ordinate the two elements.

Once I was happy with the colours I  took some 10cm Burlap Roll and added in the main central cluster and the smaller top right cluster. I then layered cheesecloth over it.

imageOnce I added the photo behind the frame I then glued the frame to the Burlap and cheesecloth mats. Once dried I started adding the embellishments. I started with some cream rope on the large cluster adding Kaisercraft Paper Blooms in Iceberg and Ruby. I also added some mini Iceberg blooms to fill in the gaps with a couple of other flowers from my stash.

imageI then added some elements I had fussy cut from an embossed sheet from the High Tide 6″ paper pad : The starfish and the desert island in the top cluster. The two seagulls were cut from the same paper too. I also added the anchor, some seashells, another starfish and a couple of sentiments from the High Tide collectable pack within the clusters.

imageI finally added some wired pearls, wooden anchors and some Prima Art Stones with cracked shells to give the final beach-like theme. To finish it all off I added a twist of Dark Blue Hemp Twine.

imageI plan on giving the frame to my niece (the bride) for a wedding gift after marrying in the Dominican Republic at Christmas. Perhaps you could try to make one too?



Celebrate with Party Time!

Today I’m bringing you a mixed media scrapbook layout using the pretty Party Time  Kaisercraft collection .


Using the Double Scoop paper from the Party Time collection, I  created a mixed media background by dry brushing Dina Wakely gesso and adding Ranger’s modelling paste similar to the Tim Holtz layering stencil. I then added Kaisermists Antique gold, White and Winter Grey with some additional Tattered Angel shimmer mist and edged the whole page with a Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap inkpad. I then used the Festive Quarters stencil with another Tim Holtz ink pad, Peeled Paint to create the pattern on the right.

Using the same ink pads I used the Kaisercraft ‘Crackle’ and ‘Flutter’ stamps and randomly stamped them over the misting and the strips of paper from the Party Time 6″ paper pad. I also used the Party Time embossing folder on some Kaisercard smooth White card stock and punched some circles and some strips too.

imageI then layered some of the hessian from the burlap roll in the lucky dip range beneath the photo. I matted the photo (of my Daughter in Law as a bridesmaid – 2nd left) on more of the white Kaisercard and embellished it with KC paper blooms, more flowers and KC wooden flourish bows that I inked with the KC Red Gum ink pad.

Using the Party Time sticker sheet I added the hearts, chevrons and zig zags and I used a few of the elements from the collectables pack including the ‘Smile’ title together with the ‘Celebrate’ sub-title that I cut from the Hooray sheet from the collection. I also punched some of the circle words from the Confetti 12″ sheet.

Cropped imageTo highlight the modelling paste I used the Kaisercraft Gel Pens to edge the raised parts and then to finish it all off. (I can’t tell you how much I love these pens..you should pop some on your Christmas wish list now!) Finally I added some coordinating buttons, pearls and Kaisercraft Sunshine epoxy stickers.

When I first looked at this collection I thought that it leant itself to birthday celebrations yet both of the layouts I have created with the collection have not been birthday related..it just goes to show how versatile it is!





Mixed Media Background Tutorial by Pam

I wonder how many of you have chosen ONE LITTLE WORD for 2014?  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about One Little Word is a concept made popular in the scrapbooking world by Ali Edwards. The idea is to choose a word to live by which will make your life more rewarding. I’ve chosen ‘Connect’ as my word. I think sometimes I need to make more of an effort to connect with my family and friends, to connect with by body by eating better,  to connect with nature by getting out and walking more and to connect with myself through reflection and creativity.

As a little reminder of my word, I made this layout using the Paradiso collection from Kaisercraft. This is one of my all time favourite Kaisercraft collections. I love the colours, I love the retro feel, and I love the textures too. I thought I would enjoy getting a bit messy with this layout, and wanted to share with you how I created the background for this page.


1. Cut random strips of patterned paper from the collection and adhere to the background page. I wanted two distinct parts to the page as I knew I wanted to ‘connect’ them, so I lay my strips out as shown:


2. Using an old plastic card, or a spatula scrape gesso over the strips of paper. Allow to dry.

3. Lightly spray with water, then mists. Hold the paper vertically to allow the mists to run down the page in drips. Merly Impressions stocks Perfect Pearls Mists, and  Dylusions Spray Inks. See how you get some fine spray as well as those lovely runs of ink? Allow to dry.


4. Randomly stamp a background texture stamp over the page. I used the Kaisercraft Hessian clear stamp with Stazon Ink. Don’t be too fussy – you are after a random grungy look so ink up your stamp roughly and just dab it around the page.


5. Build up interest by adding more stamps, again randomly without undue care. Unfortunately the stamps I used are now retired, but I think the Decorative Tape Pieces Clear stamps would work fantastically well instead!


So, that’s it. After that it’s just a matter of layering up some more of those fabulous papers, Paradiso Collectables die cuts, lace trim and a title!!


I hope I have inspired you to create your own mixed media background paper.