Like A Butterfly with Butterfly Meadow

Hello, Karen here with my first project for September using the Butterfly Meadow collection from ScrapBoys and Uniqolour Paint Markers from Uniquely Creative. These are water soluble real brush tip markers and a joy to use. The Butterfly Meadow is filled with flowers, fruit and butterfly papers – scrumptious.

I started by stamping a verity of butterflies from lots of different Kaisercraft clear stamp sets, using a Stazon ink pad.

In then coloured them by using a Uniqolour Paint Marker by using a marker to add some colour to an acrylic stamping block and then picking the colour up with a water brush to add to my butterflies. This is an excellent video showing this technique.

Once I was happy with my stamped butterflies I then cut all the butterflies (and there were a lot) from the Butterfly Meadow Paper 07. I also cut all the clusters of figs and flowers from Paper 05.

The next step was to lightly draw a circle onto a piece of Kaisercraft white smooth cardstock, with a pencil.

I placed my clusters of flowers and figs around the circle to make a garland and added a 5in x 7 in photo to the centre. The fussy cut and painted butterflies were added to the outside and inside of the garland of flowers with the outer ones flying clockwise and the inner ones flying counter-clockwise.

All that remained for me to do was to add my title (cut from a piece of Orchid Weave cardstock using my Silhouette) and I could call this page finished.

The Uniqolour Paint Markers worked perfectly for this project and I am looking forward to experimenting with different ways of using them on my next page.

Karen x

Love Your Smile with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my fourth page using Primavera by Scrapboys. I had some scraps left over from my other three pages which were too gorgeous to be left in my scraps box so I decided to see what I could make.

I started with a piece of Bloom Kaisercraft weave cardstock and then added a piece of Snow weave cardstock, which I had cut .5 in from the bottom and one side.

From a piece of Kaisercraft Smooth White cardstock I cut a 5.5 square and a using Smoke Kaiserink pad and a Text Backgound Stamp I stamped randomly over the card – I didn’t put the stamp onto an acrylic block but held it and gently rolled it over the card.

and a Text Backgound Stamp I stamped randomly over the card – I didn’t put the stamp onto an acrylic block but held it and gently rolled it over the card.

I cut two pieces of Paper 01 to 11ins x 1.5ins and two pieces 5.5 ins x 1.5 ins and punched one edge with a border punch. A piece of Paper 06 was trimmed to 12 ins x 8 and added to the centre of my cardstock. I tucked the two longest pieces of punched paper under each side. Next I added two frames cut from Paper 06 to the top right and bottom left of my page. Onto this I placed a piece of Paper 02, which I had gutted from the frame used on a previous page – this measured 7ins square, I gutted a 4.5 in square from the centre of this. .My stamped square was placed on the centre of this with the two smaller pieces of punched paper at the top and bottom. Finally I stuck a strip of Paper 05 measuring 2ins x 8ins over the centre of this stack with a final piece of Paper 02, gutted from the 8 in square in the centre as my photo mount.

To finish my page I used I added a die cut title, some Champagne Pearls and some Little Birdie flowers.

I hope I have inspired you to try this gorgeous paper range and look forward to showing you what I make next month.

Karen x

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

September 2019 Merly Crop & Kit

Hi Everyone,
What a fabulous September Crop we had and thank you so very much to everyone who attended and made the day so very special indeed. There was lots of crafting, chatting and cake eating (as usual) and It was lovely catching up with everyone.

For the kit I used papers from the beautiful “Starry Night” Kaisercraft collection pictured below. Included in the crop kit were detailed instructions and stash to make two layouts.

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Below are photo’s of the layouts I created for the kit. Here is the first layout which I’ve called “You are my Starburst” the main focus for this layout is the Starburst pattern, there is a template in the kit to create this. The layout also features lots of fussy cutting, stitching and lots of layers. I have used a black & white photo measuring 12cm wide x 12cm high. I have also stamped and fussy cut the little poinsettia from the coordinating stamp set and arranged these on the centres of the larger poinsettia.

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……and here is the second layout which I’ve called: “Gorgeous” – for this layout I have I have fussy cut the pretty poinsettia from the “Daring” paper and arranged them underneath my photo which measures 13.5 x 10.5cm, the layout also features a punched border and lots of layers.

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The 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 September  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.

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The calm before the storm……

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The fabulous Kaisercraft goodies.

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Our fabulous croppers……

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Extra layouts and cards I created…..

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Yummy Goodies to eat….

You can find details and dates of our future crops here. We look forward to seeing you all in November for the last crop of the year. 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

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Exploding Box with Rosabella

Hello,
Karen here with my last project using the beautiful Rosabella collection. I have made a hexagonal exploding box and am thrilled with the results.  Be warned this post is very photo heavy.

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For this project I have used Coal cardstock (4 sheets),  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Collectables, Clear Stamps, Wooden Flourishes, Decorative Die – Rose and Leaves, Kaiserink Pad – Licorice and paper blooms in Black and Dusty Pink.

I cut my box from Coal cardstock on my Silhouette from a design I had made several years ago but there is a tutorial for making a similar box here.  Once I had made my box I and lid I used papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to cover the top of the lid, base of the bottom and the pages.

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I then used some more pages from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to stamp the lace pattern from the Clear Stamps set, using Kaiserink Pad – Licorice , and used these to cover the sides of my lid.IMG_5905

I decorated my pages with tags and sentiments from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and flowers from the Collectables pack.
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I used the Clear Stamps and Kaiserink Pad – Licorice  to stamp some butterflies and added them on strips of acetate to the bottom of my box and then decorated with Black and Dusty Pink paper blooms, I used the Decorative Die – Rose and Leaves to cut leaves from 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and tucked these around the flowers .

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Finally, I used more die cut leaves and Black and Dusty Pink paper blooms to decorate the top of the lid adding Wooden Flourishes to finish off.

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I loved making this and am going to add photos of my daughter as a Mother’s Day present for my mother-in-law.

See you again next month

Karen x

Stay Wild Moon Child with Stargazer

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Hello,

Karen here with my last Stargazer page for this month.

For this page, not only did I want to use as much of this gorgeous range as possible but I also wanted to experiment with Kaiserfusion pens (which are on sale at the moment).

I started with a piece of Navy Weave card and to this added a piece of Milky Way paper which I had trimmed .25 of an inch from the top and one side.

I used the Stars and Moon mini stencil as a template to draw the stars on either side of my page – I flipped it over so that the pattern was mirrored.

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I then coloured the stars with a Denim Kaiserfusion pen and outlined them with a silver gel pen.

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Next I cut a strip of feathers from Universe paper and adhered to the bottom of my page. I also cut a strip from the two corresponding papers in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.   I stuck these on top of the feathers, using foam tape but being careful not to place the tape so high that I would be unable to add my photo.

My photo is 7 x 5 in  and I chose two pieces of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad, stuck them together side by side and then cut this piece down to 6 x 8 ins.  I tucked my photo underneath the blue and silver feathers.

I used the butterfly stamps from the Ma Cherie range (also on sale at the moment) and ‘scribbled’ on them with the large tip of an Alaska Kaiserfusion pen.  When I stamped it gave me a beautiful water colour effect. IMG_2751I tucked four butterflies into the top of the blue and silver feathers.

Next I had four mdf feathers, from my own supplies, and coloured these blue with a Denim Kaiserfusion pen, I outlined them with a silver gel pen. I cut four flowers from two of the papers in the 6.5 x 6.5 in pad and also coloured three white flowers, from my own supplies,  with my Alaska Kaiserfusion pen.  These white flowers would look beautiful coloured with the Kaiserfusion pens – Mini Paper Blooms and Paper Blooms. I like the idea that you can colour the blooms the exact colour you wish.

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I added the three blue flowers at the top of my photo with the fussy cut ones at each side.  I placed two feathers each side and my final two butterflies.

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My title was added, at the bottom of my page using phrases from the Collectables pack and I finished off by adding Dark Blue rhinestones to my flowers and scattering a few of the smallest ones amongst the stars.

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So there we have four different ways to use Kaiserfusion pens but I am sure there are many, many more.

Karen.

Documented Scrapbook Layout

Good morning everyone.

Today I’m delighted to be bringing you a scrapbook layout using the wonderful sepia toned ‘Documented’ collection. I just love the warm tones of this collection and it’s just perfect for heritage layouts and school photo’s.. I’m sure we’ve all got plenty of those lying around just waiting to be scrapped.

However, today I’ve chosen to scrap some completely up to date photos to show how versatile this gorgeous set of papers are.

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First, I took a page of Latte Weave Kaisercard and I used my  WRMK Stitch Piercer to create a grid pattern on the page. I then stitched it using two strands of the Brown Easy Floss. This left me with three square in each row measuring approximately 3.5″ x 3’5 inches.

I then took a sheet of Kraft Kaisercard and cut it into 3″ squares and stamped a few pieces using the Kaisercraft Vintage Ink Pad and the Documented Clear Stamp Set.

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I then cut more layers of paper to place in stacks in each block measuring approximately 3 1/4″ . For these layers I used the 6″ paper pad and I selected the tape measures page, the typewriter keys, the library ephemera and the plain sepia leatherette page. I also punched one of the stamped pieces into a heart shape and used two photos to create the final layers on the opposite corner blocks and finished the other blocks with the stamped Kraft card. In addition I stamped a small piece of vellum to place over the finished clusters.

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To finish I used lots of embellishments including Lucky Dip Wooden Shapes, buttons from my stash, stickers from the sticker sheet, a page from the paper pad, hemp cord, Natural Lace (currently in the sale) and some Sparklets from the Daffodil collection and some Natural Epoxy Stickers and some collectables from the Collectable Pack. I then finished it off with some heat embossed cardboard Thickers from my stash.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tutorial and that you’ll pop back next week to see my next layout using this collection..until then… Have a good week!

Elaine x

Living the dream with Havana Nights

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my first project using the Havana Nights Kaisercraft collection.

IMG_8721I love the summery tones in this collection and have used the stamps that go with the collection around the layout.

I started by using the pastel stripy side of the Exotic paper as my base, then cut down a piece of  Coconut Weave Kaisercard by 1/4 of an inch on two adjacent sides.

Next I used the Sew Easy Tool stitch piercer to pierce around two corners, then stitched with some pale green thread.

I  stuck my card to the base, then used lots of rectangles of papers from the 6.5 x 6.5  pad to mat across the top half of the page. Trying them in all sorts of different orders together with one of the sentiments from the Ferns paper.  I like to use the pad for this quite often as the patterns are the same as the main collection but on a smaller scale so it gives more variety to your page,then matted my photo on some of the same papers then placed on the layers.

IMG_8677When I was happy with the order I started stamping with the lovely co – ordinating stamp set .

I used the outline flower and solid flower and one of the mosaic type squares to stamp around the layout with a variety of distress inks, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick.

IMG_8680 IMG_8691I used a piece of card to mask off where I didn’t want to stamp on the papers, cut the little solid flower out and tucked it under a triangular piece of mosaic paper in the left hand bottom corner. I also fussy cut some of the flowers from the paper pad and layered them with foam tape on this corner.

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IMG_8700 IMG_8718I also used some of the die cuts from the Collectables to embellish the layout and some pink hearts from the Epoxy Stickers .

IMG_8699I hope you have been inspired by this collection, happy crafting !

~ Denise ~

Celebrate with Party Time!

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

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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!

Enjoy!

Elaine

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Thankful with Cottage Rose

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my first layout using the Cottage Rose Kaisercraft collection. This is one of my favourite collections from Kaisercraft – such beautiful colours with the muted greys and pinks.

059I started by using the pink and grey side of the Weatherboard  as the base of my layout. I cut the grey and white lacy manufacturer’s  strip from the bottom of  Wallpaper then stuck it along the top of the page.

I then cut a piece from the Quilt paper measuring 12″ x 6″ and placed this below the lacy strip. Next I cut a 2″ x 12″ strip from the black and white swirly side of the Crochet paper and placed it across the middle.

Now for some stamping. I decided to use one of the frames from the Framed paper. This particular paper is great as it has such a lot of frames of all sizes that can be used as they are or have the middles cut out to be used as frames for photos. For this one I decided to use  one of the larger ones and cut the middle out. I then took some Black Soot Distress Ink  and inked up the Memory Clear Stamp – firstly lots of light tapping over the stamp then I did a tester on a piece of scrap paper to make sure the coverage was good.

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Next to stamp over the frame044I then cut a strip 1/2″ deep  and 12″ wide from the Crochet paper pink side and stamped across it with the memory stamp and Black Soot Distress Ink 046Next I placed the narrow strip across the middle of the black and white crochet strip and the frame to the left of the crochet strip.

My photo was a 4 x 6 ” and was placed across the stamped frame.

Now it was time to embellish with lots of lovely die cut elements from the Collectables Pack

These were layered around my photo using foam tape – some of the leaves were highlighted with some Stickles 052I also die cut and layered some flowers using the Botanical Decorative Die to place on opposite sides of the layout using the Quilt paper.

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This is an amazing collection and I can’t wait to get started on another layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and thanks for visiting !

~ Denise ~