Seaside Adventures with Uncharted Waters

Hello, Karen here with the first of my projects using Uncharted Waters. It seems strange working with seaside photos when its cold and frosty outside!  For my first project I decided to use an embroidery hoop as a frame for my home decore – I have seen several of these used in this way recently, and was itching to have a go.

IMG_1351 I cut a circle from Pelagic which was .5 inch larger than my inside hoop. To this I added a torn piece of Seashore to the bottom, I though this would look like sand.   Than I snipped all around the edge of the circle and secured it into my hoop.

I used White Iridescent Kaisermist to add splatters all over the papers.

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I placed a frame, from the collectables pack, to the top left of my photo and  a ‘Wild and Free’ sticker from the Sticker Book.

I then used phrases from the collectables pack and the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to create a cluster at the top left of my photo, finishing the cluster with a curio.

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On the top left of my frame I used starfish and shells from the collectables pack and the Sticker Book.  I used a die, from my own stash, to cut some ‘seaweed’ from a page out of the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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At the bottom of my frame I used collectables and wooden fluorishes, which were raised on foam pads, together with two more pieces of seaweed.

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Finally I used a phrase from the Shallows paper for my title.

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I really enjoyed making this project and can’t wait to show you what I have made for my second project this month.

Until than I hope you can find some crafty time and I hope I have inspired you to try something different with the Uncharted Waters collection.

Karen

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Christmas Banner with First Noel

Hello –

Karen here with my final, and by far my favourite, project from this month’s First Noel collection, a Christmas Banner.

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I used a pre-cut Kraft banner as my base but it would really easy to make your own from Kraft card.

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I started each pennant by adding a slightly smaller piece of paper to the front.  The papers were from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and I also used a small piece of the foiled side of Evergreen.

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I then punched a 2.5 inch circle from a selection of papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  I adhered these to the back of my doilies (from my own supplies) and placed that at the centre top of my pennants .

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Now came the fun part!  Adding pieces cut from Wrapped, Hark, Evergreen and Calm.  I also used elements from the Sticker Sheet6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and Collectables Pack adding Deep Yellow rhinestones as lights to my trees.

This was such a quick and enjoyable project to make – one that I left out in my Kitchen and just added bits to whilst making dinner one evening.

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I hope my photos do this gorgeous paper range justice and you can see the lovely shiny gold accents.

I will be back again next month and until then hope you have a scrapalicious time xxx

 

Christmas Home Decor with Peace and Joy

Hello,

Karen here with the first of my projects for October using the beautiful Peace and Joy collection which is very traditional in its colouring with a watercolor feel to all the papers.  You can see the unboxing of my DT goodies in the YouTube here.

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For this project I decided to use the collection with a Large Heart Silhouette Wall Art off the page (on special offer at the moment and only £7.97).  I think my project would have been better if I had painted the frame with Gesso first as I will explain later in this post.

The frame comes in three pieces – a square back, a square with a heart cut out and a heart.  I started by covering the square back with the spot side of Festivity.   I then drew around the heart onto a piece of Ruby Glitter Cardstock and cut the heart out.  The heart frame was then added to the square with the heart cut out.  I found that the card was reluctant to stick to the wood and this is when I thought it would have been better to have primed the wood with a little gesso.

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After I had stuck the card to the cut out heart I then put double sided tape around the outside of the frame and the heart shape and added red glitter tape to this.

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Finally, I covered the heart with the stripy side of Gladness. I used foam tape to stick the heart to the top right of the glitter frame.

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As I wanted to be able to change the photo on this project each year I made four photo corners from the scraps of red glitter card and added a 6 x 4 in piece of white card as placement for my photograph.

Next I cut lots of flowers from Cheer and Merry papers and from the corresponding papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.  I also cut the birds from one of the 6.5 x 6.5 papers.

I placed the Leafy Wreath die cut so that my heart was tucked underneath on the top left but over the top on the right.  I did have to snip it apart to make it lay flat.

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The fussy cut flowers and birds were placed around the wreath with a few added to the bottom left of the frame.  I added some black rhinestones and a couple of tags from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.

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So there we have it – a lovely piece of home decor to get out every Christmas and add my favourite photograph from the year before.

I will be back soon with my next project using this lovely collection.

This is me! #Me

Hi All,

Linda here with the gorgeous #Me collection from Kaisercraft – just loving these papers! I have made a wall hanging using part of a Beyond the Page item.

IMG_9927 smallIt’s the back panel from the Gift Album.

IMG_9921 small I used it horizontally with the holes along the top edge and covered it with beautiful papers from the paper pad. Approximately 5″ of the lacey paper and 2 1/2″ of the woodgrain. I poked the 2nd and 4th holes through and ink all the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

IMG_9924 smallA strip of black lace covered the join, then I mounted my photo 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″ onto Licorice Kaisercard and a piece of Goals grid paper.  I cut a leaf with a Sizzix die in Licorice card and frayed a piece of Burlap from the roll and placed these to the left of the photo.

IMG_9925 smallSmall roses were made using Dreams paper, I added these along with some thread from the Burlap,

IMG_9928 smallPunched fronds were added with some Diamond Stickles. The leaf was painted with Wink of Stella, clear sparkle. I had a little white lattice die-cut which I tucked behind too.

IMG_9929 smallTo the woodgrain side, I added some words from the Sticker Sheet, outlined with a Black Micron Pen. To finish I added a button from my collection, some knotted string as a hanger and some Black Rhinestones.

Take care,

~ Linda ~

Velvet Ensemble Trinket Chest

I changed my mind a few times on how I wanted to decorate this new Kaisercraft Trinket Chest but in the end I chose to use the lovely (and also new) Velvet Ensemble papers.

After painting the chest in Antique White Kaisercolour paint I covered the whole chest (drawers, sides and back) in the costume paper and inked round all the edges to give an aged look. I cut the mask on the lid from the ‘Stage Show’ paper and added a few little embellishments – a feather, a flower and some rhinestones – to it. The Black Organza bow finishes the chest off.

I wanted the feel of the chest to be one of opulence and I hope I have achieved it.

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I used the following products to make the chest:

A Chapter One Storage Unit

I started this project just before we went to a recent Retreat and managed to get some quality time at the Retreat to finish it off. I have used the new (and absolutely gorgeous) Chapter One Collection to cover the lovely Storage Unit and some of Kaisercraft’s beautiful Blooms to decorate it.

For some time I’ve been wanting to make some storage to hold all my Kaisercraft flowers and Blooms and this unit is perfect since its a good size and I can simply empty out all my half used packets of flowers and Blooms into the drawers.

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I used a single sheet of the Chapter One Motivate paper to cover all three drawers. I wanted the design to continue all the way up the drawer fronts and I think it has worked quite well. I used the reverse of the Afresh paper to cover the sides and some black Bazzill cardstock to cover the top. I wanted to keep the unit clean and simple to show off the gorgeous design of the paper so just added a few Kaisercraft Blooms, a Rhinestone flourish and some Wood Flourish Leaves to the top and three Blooms and a rub-on to the bottom drawer.

I used the following products to make the storage unit:

Beyond-the-Page Jewellery Storage

While I was tidying up a bedroom recently I decided we needed something to keep a few bits of jewellery neat and tidy and had a crazy idea of making the Kaisercraft Advent Calendar / Bits’n pieces drawers into a Jewellery Box.

I decided to use the After Five collection as this will match the new colour scheme in the bedroom. I could not find any colour matched fancy hooks to hang the necklaces and bracelets on so decided to cut up some wood flourishes and fix them to the inside of the unit using Crystal Lacquer (which makes a very effective glue). I really like the end result – they are perfect for my little bits of jewellery.

Jewellery Storage Unit made from Kaisercraft Advent Calendar

The drawers are perfect for rings and larger heavier necklaces and brooches – I’ve covered the outside of each one in a strip of paper from the After Five collection and added pearls to decorate them. I left the inside of the drawers plain but you could line them with felt to protect your jewellery if preferred.

I added strips of the Debutante flocked paper from the After Five collection around the edges of the unit and a small vanity mirror in the corner (if you prefer you could add a larger mirror to cover the full size of the inside panel of the unit).

Here is a list of the products used in this project:

A Christmas Holly Wreath

I know it’s a bit early but I’ve decided to get into the spirit of Christmas, so my first Christmassy project this year just had to be the Holly Wreath made with some of the papers from the Be Merry Collection.

Kaisercraft Holly WreathAfter separating and lightly sanding down all the pieces of the Kaisercraft Holly Wreath (SB2078) I arranged all the Holly leaves on the circle frame and, once I was happy with the layout of them, I then thought about which papers to use on the leaves. I decided that I wanted to use more than one colour of paper on the wreath and that I definitely wanted to incorporate the very cute reindeer from the fabulous Chirpy paper.

I used the back of the Chirpy paper (P559) to cover the largest of the three pronged leaves and then used a brown ink pad (IP708) to stamp with the Script Background stamp (CS752) over them. On the smaller three pronged leaves I used the Cheer paper (P558) and on the large long leaves with the berries I used the green side of the Happy paper (P560). I finished the edges of the all of the leaves using a brown ink pad. I then cut out some berries, approximately 25mm across, from a scrap of red card and used Crystal Lacquer on them. I also cut out two large Reindeer, two smaller reindeer and one Christmas Tree from the Chirpy paper, finished them all with a coat of Crystal Lacquer and then added some red Rhinestones (SB711) for a little sparkle.

Holly Wreath close-upThe next bit may seem a little obsessive but its a great way of making sure you are happy with the final effect. Once all the pieces were decorated I rearranged them back onto the wooden inner circle and took a photo of the finished wreath. I then took a couple more photos removing a few pieces each time. I then used the pictures I had taken to reassemble the wreath, gluing each piece with PVA adhesive. Once all the leaves were glued down I used foam pads to attach the Reindeer and the Christmas Tree.

The finished wreath is a modern looking take on the traditional Holly Wreath. For a slightly different look, here is the Kaisercraft Star Wreath (SB2064) I made last year using the papers of the Belle Collection.

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Family Tree with Peachy Keen birds

After a recent holiday to Italy to visit relatives and learn more about my Italian ancestors I was inspired to make the Kaisercraft Family Tree as a way to display images of past generations of my family.

I wanted a fairly traditional, slightly European look for my Family Tree so chose the Duchess collection highlighted with stamped elements from the Peachy Keen collection.

Kaisercraft Family TreeOnce all the MDF pieces of the Family Tree (SB2059) were separated and sanded down I painted the trunk and branches of the tree in Kaisercolour Raw Umber acrylic paint (KC032). I covered the front and back of the tree canopy with the Empire paper (DS204) from the Duchess Collection (the tree is fairly large so one sheet is needed for each side). I then randomly stamped the canopy using the Script background stamp (CS752) and the Flourishes clear stamps (CS721) and inked round the edge of the canopy with a Brown ink pad (IP708).

I am loving using the Peachy Keen Clear Stamps (CS739) at the moment, so decided to use the cute little birds and leaves on the Family Tree. I stamped about 10 of the leaves using the Kaisercraft Forest and Sepia Ink Pads and then cut them out. I also stamped the little birds in various colours and then cut out the wings and body separately and layered them to give the birds different coloured body parts.

Kaisercraft Family Tree close-upOnce I had chosen my family photos, printed them, cut them out and stuck them on the cameos, I used the frames from the Heiress paper (DS201) to finish of the cameos. I also added three small Chocolate Pearls (SB792) to the bottom of each cameo. For the centre of the tree I cut out a frame shape from a piece of scrap card and added the word “Family” in the middle.

Finally I arranged the leaves and birds on the tree and stuck them all down using foam tape ensuring that they neatly framed the cameos on the tree.

My Italian themed Family Tree now provides a long-lasting reminder of my trip to meet my relatives and my Italian family heritage.

Prairie Lane coasters

Beyond-the-page offers a great way to match bits of home decor with the colour theme in your house. These coasters where made to coordinate with the scheme in a chocolate and cream coloured room.

I’ve used the Kaisercraft Round Coaster Pack (SB2056) and painted all the edges and the base in Kaisercraft Raw Umber Acrylic Paint (KC032). I’ve then just used circles of the Pine Arbour (P445) and Elm Point (P442) papers from the Prairie Lane collection. I’ve finished some of the coasters using a stamp from the Prairie Lane Clear Stamp set (CS732). By the way, each coaster has different colours on each side so that I can mix and match them.

Kaisercraft Round Coaster Pack

I’ve finished the edge of the base with a strip of Prairie Lane paper and a few bronze rhinestones (SB776).

A project like this is a great way to start out with beyond-the-page – it’s quick and easy and you cannot really go far wrong.