Thankful For You with Premaveera

Hello, Karen here with my third project using ScrapBoys Primavera collection. I love all the pinks and greens that feature in this range and again, this layout features lots of fussy cutting, which the collection ‘cries out’ for.

I started by cutting an eighth of an inch from all four sides of Paper 02 and then cutting out the centre, using a scalpel, (I kept the centre to use on another layout).

Next, I cut the two patterned corners from Paper 01. I added the Paper 02 to a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard, only sticking the outer edges down, and then tucked the two corners from Paper 02 under the top right and bottom left of the Paper 01 . I added mounting foam dots under some of the flowers and leaves to give some dimension to my page.

From Paper 06 I cut two identical frames, trimming the right side border from one and the left side border from the other. I then placed them side by side in the centre of my page. I added lots of birds from Paper 07.

I used the phrase stamps from Clear Stamps Anthology to add my title using Cotton Candy ink, at the top left and bottom right of my photo mounts. I also added some Rose pearls under my phases and scattered a few around the page, to add interest to my page.

To finish my page, after adding two 3in x 4in photos, I placed a curio under my left photo and above the right one.

I have one more project this month, using ScrapBoys Primavera collection and this one only has a tiny amount of fussy cutting :0)

Karen x

Hello Love with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my second layout using the stunning Premavera range from ScrapBoys. This range is perfect to use for any page that requires a soft delicate touch – like this one of my puppy Darcey!

I started by trimming .5 inch from Paper 03 and cutting it in half horizontally. I then stuck it onto a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard, with the pattern across the centre of the page. I used the Stonewall 6×6 Designer Stencil and some crackle texture paste to add some interest to the top left and bottom right of my page – absolutely love the effect this has on the page.

To cover the join I added some flowers fussy cut from Paper 04 to each side of my page.

Next I cut one of the circle frames from Paper 05, removing the centre also. In addition, I cut two small circle frames from Paper 06. These were added diagonally to my page.

I used Decorative Die Textured Criss Cross and some scraps from Paper 05 to cut two pieces which I placed overlapping the top of my centre strip on the left and the bottom of my centre strip on the right.

My title was die cut from a scrap of Paper 05.

Finally I embellished my page with some Champagne Pearls.

Another page, using the Premavera range, that I am delighted with!

Karen

Favourite Day with Native Breeze

Hello, Karen here with my third page using Native Breeze.  I was particularly struck by the gorgeous Sundown paper in this range and wanted to use it to showcase a photo of my daughter and her partner, when they got engaged in Italy on a beach at sunset.

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I started by trimming 5ins from the top and .5 in from the right of the Sundown paper. I then stuck this to the top of a piece of Shadow Weave Kaisercard leaving a .25 border at the top and both sides.

Next I tore 4 in piece of the reverse of Eucalyptus paper, vertically – to give it an uneven top, trimmed .5 in from one side and added to the bottom of my page to give the illusion of a landscape similar to that of my chosen photo.

I double mounted my photo onto two pieces of paper taken from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and added this to my page, slightly overlapping the torn piece at the bottom.

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At the top right of my photo I tucked a phrase from the  Southern Sky paper with a ticket phrase from the Collectables Pack at the top right and bottom left of the  Southern Sky phrase.

Under my photo I placed two border stickers, a large circular phrase sticker and seven pennant stickers in an arc – all from the Sticker Book.

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The cluster at the top left of my photo was made up of leaves, flowers and birds, from the Collectables Pack, along with a flower cut from Banksia Bouquet paper and two fern leaves, die cut using a die similar to this one and a piece of Eucalyptus paper .

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My title ‘Favourite Day’, also from the Collectables Pack was added to the bottom left of my photo and as a final flourish I added a Rose Pearl to each of the banner stickers.

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This was the perfect paper for the perfect photo.

Karen x

 

Specially For You with Flowers Story

Hello, Karen here with my second layout using ScrapBoys Flowers Story range plus one sheet from Victorian Home, also from ScrapBoys.  I was really pleased with how the two ranges worked so well together, with the pink and blue butterflies from Victorian Home perfectly complimenting the orange and brown ones from the Flowers Story papers.

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For this layout I started with a piece of Coal Weave Kaisercard and onto this I added a piece of Paper 02 which I had trimmed 1/8 in from each side.  I then added a 9 in square of Paper 04, black and white side showing, adding texture paste through the Distressed Dots Stencil at the bottom left and top right of my page.

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From the Paper 06 I cut a large frame and the bird and rose centres from two of the other large frames. These were mounted onto a piece of Oatmeal Weave Kaisercard .  I added the frame to the centre of my page, the bird below that to the right and the rose above to the left.

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Next I decided to add some butterflies to the top left and bottom right of my layout using more texture paste  and a butterfly mini stencil.

After adding my photo to the centre frame I cut four large butterflies from Paper 07 and all the pink and blue butterflies from Victorian Home Paper 07.

I added these, giving the appearance that they were flying from the bottom right to the top left of my page.

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To finish my page I added the title ‘Specially for You’ which was on one of the manufacturer’s strips , some journalling on a scrap of Coal Weave Kaisercard and dotted some Bronze Rhinestones and white pearls in with the butterflies.

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Karen

Handmade with Love- Crafternoon Mini Album

Hello Everyone,

Today I am sharing a Mini Album that I have created using Kaisercraft’s CRAFTERNOON Collection. I was excited to use this collection! I think it is very versatile and it just perfect to capture and record those creative memories, especially for those photos that are a little more difficult to use with “just any collection”. I have used the great mix of colours in this collection to create this Mini Album, to display a bunch of photos taken on a painting day with my partners nephew, nieces and Dalmatian.
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To create this Mini Album I have followed the instructions below:

  1. To from the pages of the Mini Album, take KAISERCARD LEMONADE WEAVE CARDSTOCKKAISERCARD ANCHOR WEAVE CARDSTOCK and KAISERCARD SNOW WEAVE CARDSTOCK, cut two rectangles (17.5 x 14.5 cm) from each colour. From the top-right and bottom-left cut out a 1.5 x 3.5 cm rectangle from each corner. In the remaining 1.5 x 10 cm section on the right, punch two holes 8 cm apart. Ink the edges of each pages with an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SMOKEKAISERINK PAD – BLUSH or KAISERINK PAD – AMBER20191013_192753
  2. Take 11 sheets from PAPER PAD – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION and cut down to 16.5 x 12 cm. Ink the edges of each pages with an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SMOKEKAISERINK PAD – BLUSH or KAISERINK PAD – AMBER.   20191013_192609
  3. Spray KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – BLACK 50ML onto a mixed media mat or backing paper. place the patterned papers, patterned side down into the mist and allow to dry.   20191013_193817
  4. Attach the patterned papers to the the cardstock pages. Transfer the stitch pattern of  QUILTED 6X6 DESIGNER STENCIL randomly onto the patterned papers using TEXTURE PASTE.20191013_223336
  5. To form photo backings, take KAISERCARD LEMONADE WEAVE CARDSTOCKKAISERCARD ANCHOR WEAVE CARDSTOCK and KAISERCARD SNOW WEAVE CARDSTOCK, cut as listed below and ink edges with an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SMOKEKAISERINK PAD – BLUSH or KAISERINK PAD – AMBER.
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    2. Four 11 x 8.5 cm rectangles
    3. Two 22 x 11 rectangles, folded in half
    4. Two 11 x 25.5 rectangles, folded at 8.5 cm and 17 cm
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  6. Attach photo backings as desired to the pages of the Mini Album. Attach photos of sizes 10 x 10 cm (x9) and 7.5 x 10 cm (x10). Embellish the pages with elements from PAPER PAD – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, stickers from STICKER BOOK – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONCOLLECTABLES – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, CURIOS – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONFLOURISH PACK – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTION, doilies from CROCHET – CRAFTERNOON COLLECTIONRHINESTONES – ICE BLUERHINESTONES – DEEP YELLOW, and PEARLS – BLUSH.
  7. Use foam tape between the tabs on the edges of the pages to form the binding. Thread ribbon through holes of the binding and tie a bow.20191027_20184420191027_15504320191027_155058
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I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and full instructions to recreate this Mini Album.

Happy Scrapbooking!

Xx Roxii xX

Be Happy with Paisley Days

Hello,

Karen here with my first May project and for this page I have used the very bright and bold Paisley Days collection.

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The items I have used are Snow Weave cardstock, Groovy paper (reverse side), Positivity paper, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Collectables, Clear Stamps, Flower Cluster die, Teal PearlsDeep Yellow Rhinestones, KaiserMist in Rose Gold, Kaiser Ink Pads and Kaiserfusion Pens.

I started by gutting a 1.5 inch frame from the Positivity paper.  I then cut 1 inch from the bottom and one side of the Snow Weave cardstock and mounted this on top of the Positivity frame. The next step was to cut 1.5 inches from the bottom and one side of the Groovy paper (reverse side), which was mounted on top of the white card. I also cut a 5in and a 4 in circle from two papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and stuck these centrally to my page.

I flicked Rose Gold Kaisermist liberally onto my page.

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Next, I die cut six Flower Clusters from white card and arrange them around the 5 inch circle. I stamped one of the flowers from the Clear Stamps six times with black ink and coloured with  Kaiserfusion Pens.

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The stamp set has a really fun butterfly which you build up using three stamps in different colours.

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I stamped three different colourways of the butterfly, fussy cut and added these, and the flowers to the outside of the circle of die cut Flower Clusters.   I added a 4in x 4in photograph to the centre and embellished the diecuts with Teal Pearls and Deep Yellow Rhinestones.

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Finally, I used  Collectables to add my title to the top left of the page and a small cluster to the bottom right. 

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I hope I have inspired you to buy some of this gorgeous collection to play with and will be back soon with another project using Paisley Days.

Be You with Breathe

Hello,

Karen here with my second post for April.  Now I know I say it every month about the collection I am working with and every month it’s true – I really, really love this month’s range – Breathe.

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For this layout I have used Kaisercard Anchor Weave Cardstock, Floral Twilight paper, Sticker Book, Collectables, 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad, Curios, Leaves Mini Designer Stencil and Chocolate Pearls. 

I especially like how so many of the items in this range have the same cute leaf pattern and wanted to focus on that.

I started by cutting the Floral Twilight paper to 6in x 11/5 ins and added to the top of my cardstock, leaving a .25 border at each side and the top.

Next I cut one of the border stickers from the Sticker Book, in half and added both sides at the bottom of my paper.

I then used the Leaves Mini Designer Stencil and a white gel pen to draw the leaf pattern four times at the bottom of my page – moving the stencil down a little each time to give some verity to the pattern.

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I used two sheets of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad to mount my photo and then added a phrase sticker from the Sticker Book under my photo. This was added to the centre of my page above the drawn leaf pattern.

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I used a doily, from my own supplies, at the top left of my photo and then built up clusters of embellishments at the top left and bottom right of my photo using stickers, die cuts from the paper pad, collectables, and a Curio. The final touch was to add some Chocolate Pearls to the centre of the small flowers and as ‘berries’ to the sprigs.

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This layout came together really quickly and I am busy plotting and planning my next two projects.

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Until next time I hope you find the time to be a bit crafty this month.

Karen x

Live Laugh Love Pocket Page with Breathe

Hello,

Karen here with my first project using the beautiful Breathe collection.  How gorgeous is this range with its subtle tones of pink, grey, navy and black?

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I was so inspired by the collection that I have scrapped four photos that were taken last Saturday.  Often, I take photos and they languish on my phone for months before they are used but I thought these ones went so perfectly with the Breathe paper range I printed them out immediately and used them in a pocket page.  Chrissy has pocket/project life pages here.

For this project I have used the Breathe Sticker Book, 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad, Breathe Curios, Leaves Mini Designer Stencil, Chocolate Pearls, Anchor Weave Cardstock and Snow Weave Cardstock.

I started by cutting two pieces of  Anchor Weave Cardstock and six pieces of Snow Weave Cardstock measuring 4 ins x 3 ins.  From the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad I cut six pieces of paper,  measuring 3.75 x 2.75 and four measuring 3.5in x 2.5in.  I mounted the six 3.75 x 2.75 peices  onto the smooth side of the Snow Weave Cardstock rctangles and then added the smaller pieces onto four of these.

Onto one of the cards, with only one piece of paper, I used stickers from the Breathe Sticker Book to add my title, embellishing with flower stickers and Chocolate Pearls.

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I then used stickers from the Breathe Sticker Book  to further embellish my remaining white cards, adding a couple of Curios and Chocolate Pearls.  I added some Mounting Foam Dots behind some of the stickers to give them some dimension.

6 53 1 8 Next I used a pencil and the Leaves Mini Designer Stencil to draw part of the design onto the two Anchor Weave Cardstock cards.  I flipped the stencil over so that the designs were facing the opposite way.

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I then used a fine needle to prick out the pattern and sewed it with two strands of embroidery floss.

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Once assembled I think this page has a lot of interest due to the abundance of stickers which would have looked ‘over the top’ if I had used that many on a 12 x 12 page.

I already have my next page, using this collection, ready and it has another way to use the Leaves Mini Designer Stencil together with several papers and embellishments from the Breathe collection which have the same pretty flower design.

Karen x

One of a Kind with Rosabella

Hello,

Karen here with another layout featuring the absolutely gorgeous Rosabella collection.

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For this page I have used Sombre Botanic, Darling Flush, Miss Classic, Anaztasia, Balletic , Angelic and Beauteous papers, Kaisercard Dove Weave cardstock, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Collectables, Curios, Wooden Flourishes, Clear Stamps, Decorative Rose Die, Mini Paper Blooms Black, Paper Blooms – Honey and Pearls – Latte.

I started by drawing lines .5 in from the top and bottom of my Dove Weave cardstock.  I then cut 10 strips from the papers measuring 11 ins x 1.5 ins and one strip 11 ins x 1 in.  Starting at the bottom, only adding adhesive at the top of each strip,  adhere one of the 11 x 1.5 strips, aligning it to the bottom pencil line.  Then add the remaining 1.5 in strips, overlapping each one .5in , finishing with the 1 in strip which is aligned with the pencil line at the top of the page.

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I then run my thumbnail along the bottom of each of the strips to distress them.

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I added a quote from the Angelic paper to the top left of my page and embellished it with a tab and small scallop border from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, some die cut roses, using the Decorative Rose Die, flowers from the Collectables pack, a phrase from the Wooden FlourishesMini Paper Blooms Black and Pearls – Latte. To the right of this I added a tag from the Collectables pack and a Curio

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I then made a cluster around my photo using all of the above but substituted the black flowers for Paper Blooms – Honey  and also added a Stamped butterfly to the top right of my photo.

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I think that this is one of my most favourite pages that I have made in a long time.

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I will be back next week with my third, and final, project using this utterly beautiful collection.

Karen x

March 16th 2019 – Merly Crop & Layout kit preview

Hi Everyone,

There is just under a week to go until our March 16th 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  Greenhouse” Kaisercraft collection.

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Also supplied in the kit are pale pink & pale green DMC thread, 3 x Kaiser card in pale green, pink & light blue, green rhinestones, and a circle template. For those buying the kit online after the crop – added die-cut butterflies, succulents & title. 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 “There is always something to be thankful for”

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This layout features lots of beautiful fussy cut blue/green blooms, succulents, and foliage, punched butterflies in pale pink and green, I have distressed the paper edges and added colour coordinating hand stitching all over the layout. To finish off I’ve added scrunched up cotton & pearls to some of the centres of the succulents. My coloured photo (printed 3 times), measures 8.5cm wide x 10.5cm high. I have added a title to the bottom of my layout which came from one of the info strips on the papers. 

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

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This layout features pretty punch around the page edges, hand stitching in pastel pink & green and lots of beautiful fussy cut succulents, cacti, blooms and a terrarium, I have also used the Kaisercraft coordinating die cut: Outline Succulent. Other elements on the layout are  pretty punched butterflies and ice green pearls. My coloured photo measures 13.5cm square – it is matted behind the inward circle layers.

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Other items used on the layouts which you may want to bring are a paper edge distresser,  colour coordinating ink pads, I have used the Kaisercraft Petal Pink mini ink pad & the Kaisercraft Cotton Candy 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 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 the WRMK Sew Easy Tool, the Kaisercraft Outline Succulents die a butterfly punch (large & small). A Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page 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 February & March releases and all our other Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, ScrapFX  & Little Birdie 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 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.

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See you all on Saturday 16th March 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 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 £17.00.

See you all on Saturday 10am.

Happy scrapping, hugs,

Chrissy xXx xXx