Life Itself is the Most Wonderful Fairytale with Flowers Story

Hello, Karen here with my final project for February using the lovely Flowers Story range from ScrapBoys.  IMG_2540

This time I decided to make a double layout – mainly because the paper pack has two of every paper and it would would be a shame not to utalise them ( the paper pack is an absolute bargain  – 12 papers, plus a fussy cutting sheet, for £9.95).

The final page was a happy accident as I had planned for the two pages to be the opposite way round (with the small centre cluster in the middle) but when I laid them down to photograph put them the opposite way round and liked it better – the joy of double pages :0).

For this page I have used the Flowers Story paper pack, one piece of Paper 07  Mandela 12 x 12 Stencil, Red Gum Ink Pad and two sheets of Oatmeal Kaisercard.

I started by trimming .5 in from one side and the bottom of two pieces of Paper 05 and adding it to my Oatmeal Kaisercard. I laid them side by side and used the Mandela 12 x 12 Stencil and the Red Gum Ink Pad to add a pattern to the centre.

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Next I cut the cluster of flowers from both pieces of Paper 03 and added them to the centre of the Mandela. I cut Paper 02 in half vertically and fussy cut around the flowers, adding this to the far left and far right of my pages.

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From Paper 07 and the corresponding sheet from the paper pack I cut Four butterflies, two large and two small watch faces and four black and white flowers. I added these to the small cluster and top and bottom of the cascade of flowers down the centre.

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From Paper 06, I cut four large frames and added them to my page, with my photos on top.

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I used ‘Life itself is the most WONDERFUL FAIRYTALE stamp and a scrap of paper for my title.

I have really enjoyed working with this paper range this month and have found it so versatile, it is the perfect range for both male and female projects.

Karen

 

Love with Whisper

Hello,

Karen here with my first project using Whisper Kaisercraft collection.  This range has so much potential, all types of photographs will look gorgeous when used with this collection – coloured, black and white and sepia.

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For this page I have used Kaisercard Pebble cardstock, Fern Bracket Die Cut, Earthy paper, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Collectables, Ferns 6 x 6 Stencil, Decorative Fern Leaf Die, Whisper Clear Stamps and Kaisercraft Chocolate Ink Pad.

I started by cutting .5 in from top and one side of the Earthy paper and mounting this onto  Kaisercard Pebble cardstock.  I added the Fern Bracket Die Cut using foam pads to lift it slightly from the Earthy paper.

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Using the Kaisercraft Chocolate Ink Pad and Whisper Clear Stamps I stamped some ferns along the bottom of the die cut.  I then used a blending tool to add ink through the  Ferns 6 x 6 Stencil.  Next, I dabbed some of the ink onto a silicone sheet and mixed some texture paste to make some cream coloured texture paste and used this with the  Ferns 6 x 6 Stencil but this time spread it through the large fern.  Finally I used the Decorative Fern Leaf Die to cut some ferns from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and added them at the bottom of the page with some ferns from the Collectables pack.

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I matted my photo onto two pieces of paper from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and placed at the top right of my page, using the word ‘love’ as a title, adding a butterfly and a phrase to the top of my photo and a butterfly and phrase to the bottom left of my photo – all from the Collectables  pack.

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The final touch was to stamp some butterflies from the Whispers stamp set onto white card, fussy cut them out and tuck them behind elements on the left and bottom of my page.

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I am really pleased with this page as it evolved without me having any real plans as to how it would look.

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Karen xXx

Under The Sea with Deep Sea

Hello,

Karen here with my last project using the Deep Sea collection. I have had this photo for seven years waiting to scrap.  It’s of Gracia and Josh when they were 18 and went travelling around Europe between finising their A Levels and starting University.  I think they were staying on a Greek Island but no matter it’s a lovely photo and this range is perfect for scrapbooking it.

Under the Sea layout

For this layout I have used Kaisercard in Caribbean, Sea Floor and Snorkel papers, Collectables, border strips from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad, Turtles 6 x 6 designer stencil, Kaisercraft ink pad – Peacock and Bliss pearls.

I started by cutting .25 inch from the top and right side of the Sea Floor paper and adhering it to the  Caribbean card.  I then used the Turtles 6 x 6 designer stencil and Peacock ink pad to add seaweed to the bottom of my page.  I used a scrap of paper to mask off the areas of the stencil I didn’t want to use.  I think this gives the illusion of the turtle swimming behind the seaweed.

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I then created a ‘sea bed’ using two border strips from the  6.5 x 6.5 pad and a branding strip from one of the papers (sorry can’t remember which one) and added shells, starfish, seaweed and turtles from the Collectables pack.
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I added my photo and used more Collectables and a turtle cut from the Snorkel paper to make a cluster at the top right of my photo.

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Finally I added more turtles from the Collectables and Snorkel paper with little Bliss pearl bubbles rising from their mouths.

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This was the perfect paper range for my photo and I am delighted with the finished page.

Karen x

Beautiful with Misty Mountains

Hello,

Karen here with second of my April pages using  Misty Mountains Kaisercraft collection .  I can’t get enough of this range as each and every sheet is so pretty.

BeautifulFor this page I featured the Damask Mini Stencil, Paint Strokes Stamp, Orchid Ink Pad and Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste.

I cut ½ in from the top and one side of the Marbled paper.  I then used the Damask Mini Stencil and Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste in four areas of the paper.  Once this was dried I gave it a light coat of Gesso and wiped over the areas with the texture paste with a baby wipe to reveal the colour of the paper below.  As I thought this worked in the same way as transparent embossing powder but with less faff!

Detail 1Once the Gesso had dried I stamped with the Paint Strokes Stamp and  Orchid Ink Pad across the texture paste areas but in the opposite direction.  I also ‘dabbed’ the ink pad through the stencil in areas.

Detail 2I cut a 5¾ x 7¾ rectangle from a piece of Lilac Weave Cardstock  and adhered the Marbled paper to the centre of the remaining piece.

Detail 4Cut branding strips from two of your papers and the Devine paper to add around the outside of your page.

To complete my page I added two pieces of paper from the Misty Mountain Paper Pad , stuck together and trimmed to 6½ x 5¼, to the piece of Lilac card from  above and then my photo was added to this.  I also cut some of the phrases from the Misty Mountain Paper Pad to add, with some phrases and the word ‘beautiful from the Collectables pack, at the top right and bottom left of my page.

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Looking forward to showing you my next project

Karen

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.

2018-03-17 09.25.432018-03-17 13.55.092018-03-17 13.57.382018-03-17 09.24.552018-03-17 13.55.34You can find details and dates of our future crops here. We look forward to seeing you all in May for our extended 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

xXx

Tea Time in Wonderland

Hello everyone,

Denise here, I hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday. I’m back today with a layout using the very gorgeous High Tea Kaisercraft Collection.

146BBThe team have been focusing on the many rubber stamps this month and I used the lovely

Floral Wallpaper texture background stamp.

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I started by using the grey side of the Afternoon Tea paper and stamped over half of it with a kaisercraft  mini black ink pad.

132I then cut this and the Tea Time paper down to measure 11 x 11 and stuck them on to the  Cuppa paper. I also cut round the teapot and flowers at the bottom right hand corner with a craft knife then raised the teapot with foam pads to add some interest at the bottom.

135Next I used some Candy Kaisermist ( one of my favourites at the moment) and flicked over the layout.139I added a border strip from the sticker sheet across the middle .

My photos were matted on to white kaisercard then layered on to some more of the papers.

I used some of the many die cuts from the Collectables Pack to embellish around the layout

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147Together with some gems and heart stickers from the sticker sheet.

I also drew around the edges with a Kaiser Gel Pen to finish off.  There are certainly some amazing collections being released constantly and I am so loving working with these – hope you are enjoying the inspiration from the team.

~ Denise ~

Notelet and card holder using High Tea collection

Hi everyone,

Elaine here again and this time I’m bringing you a notelet/card holder and 11 notelets made using the gorgeous High Tea Kaisercraft collection.

image imageTo make this I scoured You Tube to find a good tutorial and I finally came across this tutorial here which will give you all the dimensions you need to replicate the item.

To make the cover I used white cardstock and folded it as per the instructions in the video and ended up with these pieces.

image imageThen I set about covering them with the papers from the High Tea collection. The inside I covered using the Tea Time sheet mounted on to Kaisercard Flamingo and a piece of floral patterned paper from the 6.5 x 6.5″ paper pad on the spine.

For the outside I used more of the Tea Time paper mounted on to the same card.. (please ignore the pink spotty background..it’s my desk!)

imageAfter covering the outside I made a belly band using more of the Flamingo card and added two of the collectables from the pack. I also used the Berry Mini Ink Pad to edge the patterned paper and card.imageTo make the notelets I used this wonderful tutorial from Kaisercrafts design team member, Colette Mitrega where she uses a One Sheet Wonder template here

TemplateThere will be a little bit of trimming to make your template fit the cards as the cards I made were slightly smaller than the ones in Colette’s tutorial.  I ended up with this selection of cards.

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image image imageI chose the Tea Leaves paper as my ‘one sheet’  and on each of the notes or cards I have used a collectable from the collectables pack or a pop out die cut from the 6.5 x 6.5 ” paper pad and finished off with stickers from the sticker sheet together with Hot Pink Rhinestones.

I hope you like this set.. I think they would make a wonderful gift for someone!

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Enjoy!

Elaine

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May 20th 2017 – Merly Crop Kit layout preview

Hi Everyone,

The May Merly Crop will soon be upon us, so here are the details and some sneak peeks of the layouts that you will be able to create using the kit. The kit will also be available to purchase online the day after the crop for anyone who can not attend. For this kit I have mostly used papers from the beautiful “High Tea” Kaisercraft collection.

17498628_10154192992675356_3469873055415457929_nThe complete collection features beautifully illustrated roses, teacups and doilies in a soft whitewashed colour palette. Also supplied in the kit are rhinestones, DMC cotton, Kaisercard and detailed instructions with coloured photo’s for you to follow so you can create the two layouts that I have designed.

Below are some sneak peeks of the first layout which I’ve called “Tea Time” it uses three (of the same) coloured photo measuring 6.5 cm wide x 8.5cm high. The layout features fussy cut roses & tea cups on a base of coordinating hexagons.

File 13-05-2017, 17 41 02File 13-05-2017, 17 39 53File 13-05-2017, 17 40 40……….and below are some sneak peeks of the second layout, which I’ve called “Love” it uses one black & white photo measuring 9cm wide x 12 cm high, the tone of the photo  compliments the grey/pale blue tones of the papers used on this layout.

File 13-05-2017, 17 41 20 File 13-05-2017, 17 41 37File 13-05-2017, 17 41 55Other items used on the layouts which you will need to bring are colour coordinating ink pads, I have used the “Berry” & “Island” Kaisercraft mini ink pads for inking around the edges, Crystal Lacquer (or similar) a needle for sewing, foam pads  and a small pair of scissors as there is some 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 a Martha Stewart punch around the page set, Hexagon SU punch, pink/candy Kaisermist, Double Vine Kaisercraft Metal Die & Sew Easy Tool – these will be available to use at the crop along with our usual supply of tools including Big Shot & Dies.

2017-05-13 19.23.15The 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 sneek peeks 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 May releases and all our other Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, ScrapFX & Little Birdie goodies.

Paul will be making a selection of yummy cakes and we will also bring biscuits, chocolates & snacks, a selection of tea and coffee. You will need to bring your own lunch and your usual supply of crafting tools.

File 13-05-2017, 12 17 43See you all on Saturday 20thth May 2017 at 10am (not before as we will be very busy getting ready) until 5pm. The cost for the day & kit is £22.50, payable on the day, we take cash and/or cards.

See you all next Saturday

Hugs, Chrissy, Paul & Merley xXx

Top Dog with Pawfect

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my final project using the gorgeous Pawfect Kaisercraft Collection.

Photo 22-04-2017, 22 58 50-2aI started with a real favourite of mine, Coconut Weave Kaisercard.

Photo 22-04-2017, 22 58 29Next I used the Dots and Dashes stencil to add some texture to the background. I also flicked some Olive Kaisermist  all over.

Dots and Dashes Mini Designer Stencil

Photo 22-04-2017, 22 54 19 (1)I layered some of the Burlap Stack under my photo together with some of the Kitty paper.

Burlap Stack - 6x6 Paper Pad

Next I embellished the layout using  lots of stickers from the Sticker Sheet.

Sticker Sheet, Dog - Pawfect Collection

Some of the Collectables were used as embellishments too. I wrapped some  Metallic Hemp Cord around the burlap to add some more texture and to embellish further.

Finally I went over the stenciled paste with some Bark Ink Pad.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the projects from the team this month and are feeling inspired !

~ Denise ~ 

Dogs Rule with Pawfect

Hello everyone,

Denise here with something a little different this time, a heart shaped wall hanging using the lovely Pawfect Kaisercraft collection.

Photo 12-04-2017, 16 47 28I saw this heart wall art below  in the Merly Impressions shop and loved it so I decided to use it across two collections.

Beyond the Page - Large Heart Silhouette Wall Art

I took the heart out of the middle and am going to use the frame at a later date. ( watch this space !)

First off I drew around the heart using Puppy paper then covered the heart with it to give it a base.

Photo 12-04-2017, 09 53 33I then chose two other papers – the furry side of cats and the tan chevron side of Pawsome.

I cut these into two sections and covered the heart.

I used a polaroid type frame mounted on foam tape from the Collectables Pack to frame my photo.

Photo 12-04-2017, 16 47 28I used some elements from the Sticker Sheet to embellish the heart.

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Photo 12-04-2017, 14 51 59I loved the big paw so I mounted it onto a heart then used some of the smaller paws from the sticker sheet to dot around.

Photo 12-04-2017, 14 52 04Finally I cut one of the sayings from the journalling cards on the Ruff paper, inked around the edges with the very aptly named Bark Ink pad and added some Epoxy Stickers, then drew some faux stitches just inside the heart with the paw on with a  Kaisercolour Gel Pen.

I am really enjoying using this collection as my dogs are very precious to me and I don’t scrapbook them as often as I should really, so its given me a chance to !

~ Denise ~