‘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).




Our Story with Lilac Whisper

Hello everyone,

Denise here with another layout using the gorgeous Lilac Whisper Kaisercraft Collection.


I started by using a sheet of Coconut Weave cardstock, I painted a light coating of White Gesso over so that the mist didn’t sink in to the paper too much.

Next I cut it down by 1/4 inch on two sides then mounted this onto the darker side of Echo paper.

I then used the ‘packaging technique’, (sprayed some Aqua Kaisermist onto some packaging ) then sprayed some water on and literally swooshed it together. Next I turned the packaging over and swooshed  all over the white card. This makes a nice background .

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I also flicked some Kaisermist over.

Next, I added some papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad layered up some doilies on top across the middle.



I used some of the gorgeous Daydreamer Clear Stamps to add some sentiments around the layout.

My photos were matted onto three layers of papers from the paper pad with lots of foam tape 

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I also layered some die cuts from the Collectables Pack around the layout and added some Lilac Rhinestones, and a border from the Sticker Sheet054 (2)

This is a really lovely collection – I hope we have inspired you!



Adventure with Lilac Whisper

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my first layout using the lovely Lilac Whisper Kaisercraft Collection.

Photo 07-08-2017, 18 44 04This is a beautiful collection with much more than lilac in it. There are beautiful jades and greens and also blues to add to the mix.

I started by using the Jade paper as my base, leaving the manufacturer’s strip on the bottom as I liked the sentiment. I also sprayed some Grey Kaisermist onto the background paper.

Next I took the speciality Hydrangea Wreath Die Cut  and cut the inner circle out.

033After cutting the centre out, I pierced with a pokey tool all round the edge of the circle then sewed around it.040

058I placed my larger photo on the background then added the die cut over it mounted on foam tape.

I punched some flowers from the blue Echo paper and used some of the collectables to embellish the layout together with some rhinestones dotted in the flowers.055I like the way the colours are very easy to mix together and change hues to go with your photos in this collection Something Kaisercraft are extremely good at !

The team will be back soon with more from this month’s collections

~ Denise ~

Lilac Whispers Scrapbook Layout

Good morning all

Today it absolute pleasure to bring you this layout using the, oh so pretty, Lilac Whispers collection. Despite its name of Lilac Whispers, all those that have seen it have agreed it is a subtle collection of mint and aquas with a hint of Lilac, so if you don’t like Lilac (as I don’t) please don’t let its name deter you from buying it! Lol

imageTo make this layout, first I took a sheet of Elephant Ears grey Kaisercard for the background and gutted the reverse to save for later. I then took the sheet of Illusion paper from the pack and cut it in half, after trimming one inch from two sides. I then reversed one side and joined it to the front side and adhered it to the card. I used a 12″ sticker from the sticker sheet to cover the join.

imageI then took a retired butterfly stamp set, (very similar to this one here) and added some random stamping on the background.

I then took pieces of the Mauve paper and the reverse side of the Jade paper and added the first layer using Mounting Foam tape. I also added a further layer using the front side of the Jade paper.

I then mounted the photograph on to the gutted piece of Elephant Ears Kaisercard and mounted that using the mounting tape too.

I then took a large section of the floral cluster from the sticker sheet and mounted it on foam pads for extra dimension. I also tucked several leaves for the collectables pack under the floral cluster and also a small piece of punched trim from the Illusion paper beneath the photo together with another collectable from the pack.

imageI then used a collectable clock face (cut in two) to poke out from behind the photo layers and I addd three butterflies and the title from the collectables pack.

imageFinally I added the mounted expression and a flourish of Rhinestones and some individual rhinestones to give the flowers a little sparkle.

imageThis super pretty collection is a must to add to any stash..I do hope you like what you see.




Merly July 2017 Retreat info & sneak peeks

Hi Everyone,

Not long to go now until the 2017 Merly Retreat. I hope you all have seen the extra sneak peeks over on the Merly Crop/Retreat facebook page. This post will give you detail of each project that is included in the retreat and a list of anything else you may want to bring to the retreat to finish them. Each project will include a photo and detailed instructions for you to follow.

Here is the first layout project which I have called – Selfie.

File 29-06-2017, 14 52 03For this layout I have used the gorgeous “Keepsake” Kaisercraft collection. The layout features layers of film strips, tickets, vintage cameras and photography words & sayings. The cute kraft envelope holds a stash of hidden photos measuring 7 cm wide x 4.5 cm high. I have actually cut the envelope down so you could have taller photo’s in there if you keep to the envelope size of 10 cm high. The teeny tiny photo to the right of the layout in the film strip measures 3 cm wide by 2 cm high. This layout is all about capturing some fun moments. The larger photo measures 8.5 cm wide x 9 cm high, I have also used a vintage tone on my photos so they coordinate with the collection, but a coloured or sepia photo would also work and you could use a slightly larger photo if you wish.

Other items used on the layout are the EK Success Edger Punch – Round Binding Edge, Kaisercraft Autumn Leaves Decorative Die, (released July) the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Antique Gold Kaisermist,  these items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are  Crystal Lacquer, Or a similar product like Glossy Accents would also work.

Here is the second layout project which I have called: Life is measured by moments.

File 29-06-2017, 14 53 16For this layout I have used the beautiful “Golden Grove” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny buttercups and butterflies, splashes of Kaisermist, stitching, punching and diecut flourishes. I have used one colour coordinating photo measuring 8cm wide x 12.5cm high. A sepia or black & white photo would also work well.

Other items used on the layout are the Kaisercraft Swirl Flourish Decorative Die, MS PATP set Vintage Doily, Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, white, yellow & Apple Kaisermists. These items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, yellow ink pad, I have used the Kaisercraft Saffron mini ink pad.

Here is the third layout project which I have called: The creation of beauty is art.

File 29-06-2017, 14 54 04For this layout I have used the beautiful “Lilac Whisper” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny florals, a splash of  Kaisermist, diecut interlocking circles, stitching and one of the main features – the stamping around the edge. For this I have used the fabulous “Daydreamer” word stamp and created a message around the layout edge. I have used a colour coordinating photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 12cm high. A black & white photo would also work.

Other items used on the layout are the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Kaisercraft Daydreamer stamp set, black ink pad for stamping & stamp block, Kaisercraft Interlocking Circles Decorative Die, Denim Kaisermist. These items & tools will be available to use at the retreat. We do have the Daydreamer stamp on the website for anyone who would rather purchase their own.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, or similar.

Here is the beyond-the-page 3 Panel Frame project.

19030381_10212297066529261_1268421374879663440_nFor this project I have used the lovely Kaisercraft “3 Piece (MDF) Panel frame” and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous “Indigo Skies” Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers & butterflies adorn the frame and for extra detail I have used Kaisermist, cheese cloth & rhinestones, the three panels are then tied together using some beautiful blue organza ribbon. I have used three coordinating photo’s which measure 8.7cm wide x 12.5cm high. Black & white photos would also work.

Other items used on the project are Denim Kaisermist, Wood Glue, to glue the project together, these items will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes as there is a little bit of painting and (optional) a file/light sand paper if you want your MDF edges smooth. The white paint is included in the kit.

The Bonus project – Art plaque

File 29-06-2017, 15 01 40For this project I have used a BTP plaque and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous Sage & Grace Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers from the blush paper and the gorgeous Rose Bouquet Foil paper, frames, Kaisermist and Chipboard letters create the words with a layer of Crackle Accents. This project could also be a room plaque, you could put a name on it, add a photo, mine started out as “Chrissy’s Craft Room” but I then decided to just add crafty words.

Other items used on the project are Candy & Charcoal Kaisermists, these will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes, as there is a little painting of the edges of the BTP, Crackle Accents or Crystal Lacquer & a pencil.

There will also be an extra layout project to purchase at the retreat for this project I have used the gorgeous bright and funky Bombay Sunset Kaisercraft collection. Here is a little sneak peek of the papers I have used. So bring extra photos that will coordinate.

File 01-07-2017, 14 38 11Tools List:

Here is a little list of tools and anything else you might want to bring

Craft mat,
Sharp craft knife,
Small scissors for fussy cutting,
Craft scissors,
Paper cutter/Guillotine,
Foam pads, double sided tape, or your choice of adhesives,
Portable table lamp for night time crafting,
Crystal lacquer/Glossy Accents or similar,
Paper distresser,
Black ink pad,
journaling pens if you want to journal.
Bull Dog Clips or similar to hold the BTP frame together.
Paint brushes,
Crackle Accents,
Photos, photos & extra photos, as you may change your mind about what photo to use
A little alcoholic beverage of your choice. xXx

bfcb25a9e81df9e0268c99ee6205efa7Any other craft item you like to take when you go to crops, if you do forget anything, don’t stress, there will be 74 other people there to borrow things from…….and a well packed shop 😀

Feel free to also bring your own extra projects to do. We all craft differently, so at the very relaxed Merly retreat you can all craft at your own pace, I personally wouldn’t finish any of the projects, I am a very slow crafter, I like to take my time, a layout from me can take up to a few weeks to finish, I enjoy putting the layout or project together, I like to move things around see how they look, take my time, for me it is not about finishing the layout or project it is about creating it.

Starting time of the retreat: The retreat will start at midday Friday (not before) please make your way to the Oakley Suite from midday on wards. Anyone arriving early, please feel free to have a tea or coffee at the training Centre, there are plenty of areas to relax and have a drink, please do not come over to the Oakley Suite before the time stated!! We have a lot to set up and want it to be perfect for you. The first hour will be about settling in, then lunch will start at 1pm-ish. I will give you more info on that when you arrive.

I think that is it for now, I am really looking forward to seeing you all.


Chrissy xXx xXx