Dream with Enchanted

Today I have my third and favourite page using the Enchanted range.  This one is again, very different to my previous ones which emphasises how versatile this paper collection is and I had the perfect photo of Gracia blowing a dandelion clock to compliment it.  Main

For this layout I have used Imagine, Utopia and two pieces of Picturesque 12 x 12 paper, Kaisercard Coal Weave CardstockCollectables, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Enchanted Stamps, Make a Wish Stamps, silver rhinestones and mounting foam dots.

I started by cutting .5 in from the bottom and one side of the Imagine paper and stuck this to one of my pieces of Picturesque.  Then I cut .75 from the bottom and one side of the  Coal Weave Cardstock and adhered this to the piece of Imagine paper.

Next I used a compass to draw a circle onto the Coal Cardstock .  I stamped the dandelion from the  Enchanted Stamp set and added little seeds flying off using a stamp from the Make a Wish stamp set.  I then drew over the circle with a white pen.


I added some of the smallest gemstones from the pack of  silver rhinestones,


I cut a piece of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, measuring 5.5 ins square and mounted my photo onto this, I then cut a 6 in square of paper from my second piece of Picturesque paper and added this to the bottom of my stack.


This was placed to the top right of my drawn circle.


All that remained was to cut some flowers and leaves from the Utopia paper and 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and, along with some flowers from the Collectables pack, arrange them around my circle sticking them down with mounting foam dots adding a silver rhinestone to the centre of each one.  My title was also from the collectables pack.


I am not someone who is comfortable stamping straight onto a layout but pushed myself out of my comfort zone and it is something I would totally recommend trying.

Until next time, hope you have been inspired by the projects we have made with Enchanted (Denise and Chrissy have made beautiful layouts using it this month) and we would love to see what you make with this range.

One of a Kind with Rosabella


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

One of a Kind

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.


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


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


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.


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

Little Mermaid with Deep Sea


Karen here with my second project using the Deep Sea collection.  When I saw the  Sea Shell gloss paper I knew I wanted to use this photo of Gracia when she was 5.  It isn’t a very clear photo as it was taken before the emergence of digital cameras so then you only had one chance at a photo and didn’t know if it was ok or not until you got it printed.

Little Mermaid Layout

For this layout I have used –  Pebble card stock,  Sea Shell gloss paper, Mermaid Scales foil paper, Deep Sea Dive paper, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Sticker Sheet and Collectables pack.

I started by trimming .25in from the top and one side of the Deep Sea Dive paper and adhered this to the Pebble card stock. I then cut out the shell from the Sea Shell gloss paper.  I cut some sections from Mermaid Scales foil paper.  I stuck these to the bottom of my page, with the scallops pointing upwards to look like waves.  Next I added the seashell, over the top of the Mermaid Scale sections.  To give my page more dimension I placed foam pads under each strip of Mermaid Scales, where they extended at either side of the shell.


I added the shell and seaweed stickers from the Sticker Sheet  either side of the shell, tucking the bottom of the stickers under the top strip of Mermaid Scales and overlapping the shell.

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The little fish were ‘fussy cut’ from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and the larger ones and mermaids were from the Collectables pack.  Also from the Collectables pack were the little square phrase, seahorse scallop border and row of little fishes.

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I cur around my photo as there were other little girls standing either side of Gracia and added this to my page with a piece of seaweed from the Collectables pack.


To finish my page I cut the title and wrote the journaling with my Silhouette machine onto a piece of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.



Pop back later in the week to see what the other talented DT have been making with their Kaisercraft goodies this month xxx

Christmas Joy with Sparkle


Karen here with the second of my projects using the Sparkle collection and this one couldn’t be more sparkly.  I have used a photo of my dog Kiera who really loves Christmas.  She adores to open presents and if you don’t watch her she will open them all and not just hers!


I started with a sheet of very glittery Blush Glitter Cardstock, which I gutted a 1.5 inch frame.  To this I added a piece of Coconut Weave Cardstock, trimmed to slightly larger than 10.5 ins square.

I then added strips of printed tape between the stripes of glitter on a piece of Vavacity paper which I then cut to 10.5 ins square.


I used a piece of  Blush Glitter Cardstock, measuring 8ins x 6ins as the base of my photo mat. I added a piece of Coconut Weave Cardstock – 7.5 x 5.5 and to the top of this I added a piece of Auroral cut to slightly smaller than 7.5 x 5.5.  I used mounting foam pads to attach the white card to the sparkle card and my photo to the Auroral paper.  I used more mounting foam pads to attach the whole stack to my page making sure that I had room at both edges to tuck elements underneath.


Next I added a small doily (from my own supplies) at the bottom left corner and the bottom right edge. I arranged flowers cut from Glint and flower stickers from the Sticker Pad to each side of my photograph, tucking some under each of the layers.


I cut one of the scalloped borders from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad in two and placed at the bottom left and top right of my photo stack.

I painted two of the trees from the flourish pack rose gold and added them to the bottom right of my page along with three trees from the Collectables.


I used stickers, also from the Sticker Pad as my title and at the top right of my photo along with three Champange rhinestones either side of the sticker.


The final touch was to cut the ‘Spreading Christmas Cheer’ sticker (from the sticker sheet) into three and back with a piece of Illuminate paper and to add to the top of my page.

So there we have my second project using this gorgeous range and I have almost finished my third which I can’t wait to show you!

Factory 42 Scrapbook layout

Hello again,

IMG_0955 (1)Elaine here bringing you a layout I enjoyed creating using the new Factory 42 collection. This is a wonderful collection for heritage layouts and I have chosen to make one featuring my Dad as there are several expressions relating to Fathers out there.

Firstly I  took a sheet of the Metal Gears paper and used the reverse for the background. I then took the Automated Sheet and I cut two full 12″ strips of the front side (the cogs and pipes) and put to one side to use later. I then cut a large piece from the remainder of the sheet and cut it to 5″ x 10″ long. I then took the Assembly Line paper and cut a piece 10″ x 4″.

IMG_1070I then inked the edges using a Kaisercraft  Vintage Ink Pad and centrally mounted them on the Metal Gears paper and cut the expression from the Workshop 42 paper that I wanted to use and put to one side. With the remainder of the sheet of Workshop 42, I cut a large panel and mounted it over the two pieces of joined paper after first punching the top and bottom of the paper.

I then took the two strips of paper I had cut earlier and inked them using the same Vintage Ink Pad and mounted them over the join of the Automated sheet and the Assembly Line sheet. I used the full 12″ strips over  Metal Gear Paper.

Using Mounting Foam Tape I added three photos, one at the top, one to the top left of the double strip and one in a central position slightly overlapping the second photo. I then took several gears, pulleys and cogs from the Factory 42 collectables pack  and tucked them beneath the photos. I then die cut some more cogs using the Decorative Die Mini Cogs and gave some of the the rust patina effect I described HERE in my first September Blog Post and finished it off with a tiny tag which I managed some journalling on and a few bronze sequins from my stash.

IMG_1073 IMG_1071I hope this gives you some inspiration to try some of my techniques this month and look forward to seeing you back here again soon.




Factory 42 beyond the page room plaque

Good morning all,

Today I am bringing you a beyond the page room plaque made using the Factory 42 collection and some mixed media techniques. imageFirstly though I would like to show you how I made the cogs on my plaque look like they are ‘rusty’. It’s a very simple tutorial but the theme runs through my three design team projects for September so I do hope you will have a go at creating these yourselves.. you’ll be surprised how easy they are to do..and we use the most unusual of ingredients too!

To begin with I took several chipboard dies  and I also cut some dies using this Decorative Cog die then I used a couple of the Factory 42 collectable pack cogs and altered these too (yet left some of the gears and cogs as they came from the pack).

imageTo make the rust effect you take a mix of three ‘rusty’ coloured acrylic paints..in this case I used Terracotta, Black and Raw Umber and I then took a, fairly stiffish, paintbrush and gently ‘dabbed’ the three different coloured paints over the die cuts ensuring a good, thick coverage. (You do not want to blend the three colours to make one colour, rather dab them individually until the dies are liberally covered.)

imageNext I took some mixed spice from my pantry (yes that’s right..mixed spice..that’s not some new colour from a well known designer!) or any ground spice you may have in your pantry. I can honestly say that this is unlikely to be acid free so don’t use the only copy you have of a precious photo..but it will smell nice!

Next sprinkle the spice over the wet paint and tap it with the wet paintbrush to adhere to the wet paint..and leave to dry. That’s it! A five minute technique that gives a wonderful effect that would fool most people until they actually touch it.

imageTo continue with the plaque, I covered the plaque sides and moulded edges with the rust effect.  I then took a sheet of Assembly Line Paper from the collection and adherred it with PVA glue and left to dry. Don’t worry if it bubbles, as it dries it will pull back tight. Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait for drying time you can use the Kaisercraft Glue Stick. When dry I then sanded the edges using the Sanding Block and inked them using the Vintage Ink Pad.

imageI then tore a section of corrugated card to fit the bottom right hand corner and inked the ridges with the same Kaisercraft Vintage Ink pad. I then arranged a selection of the cogs and gears from the collectables pack and used Kaisercraft chipboard letters to spell out the name I required. Of course the title is up to you but these chipboard letters are plentiful in the pack and once they have also been given the rust treatment they can be used for any name you choose!

TIP: do not stick down all the elements until you have ensured there is room for the title you want to use.

imageI also used some of my own die cuts and cut them to fit.

Once the bottom ‘layer’ was dried I added the gears on the top of the collectable dies and rusty cogs.

To finish I added the expression to the top left.

imageI hope you’ll agree that the tutorial is very easy to follow and the techniques of covering the plaque and using all the Factory 42 die cuts from the collectables is a fabulous effect..that would fool most people from a distance.





Beautiful & Adored

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here today with my first post for June. This month I have the absolute pleasure to work with Kaisercraft’s “Sage and Grace”collection (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). The shabby chic images and the lovely colour palette of this collection, makes it perfect for any girly picture you might have.MI-Beautiful-and-adored-web - CopyAnd here are some tips & tricks on how I did it.

For my background I used Kaisercard Coconut Weave Cardstock, which I altered with Cherry Blossom Mini Designer Template and KaiserMist (WhitePeach and Antique Gold).


MI-Beautiful-det-a (1)I positioned the template, where I wanted the cherry pattern, covered the rest of the sheet with paper and sprayed directly on the template. Then I cleaned the template, turned it around and sprayed again finishing the design. Allow it to dry.MI-Beautiful-det-a (2)Once the mist has dried, I started arranging the pattern papers I decided to use from the Paper Pad and a torn off stripe of Corrugated Cardboard SheetMI-Beautiful-det-a (3)I smudged Distress Ink Pad – Tattered Rose around the stenciled pattern and using Clear Stamp Honeycomb stamped the extra pattern around it.   MI-Beautiful-det-a (4)I altered the Corrugated Cardboard  with Dina Wakley White Gesso and sprinkled KaiserMist on top of all the layers. MI-Beautiful-det-a (6)I matted my picture on a slightly bigger panel of Kaisercard Coconut Weave Cardstock and adhered it using Mounting Foam Tape in the top middle of my layout on top of a cheese cloth layer.
MI-beautiful-and-adored-det-c (3)To decorate my page I used various die cut elements from the Collectables packMI-Beautiful-and-adored-det-b (3) MI-beautiful-and-adored-det-c (2)… various Rub-ons and die cut embellishments (Decorative Die – Texture Woven) …MI-Beautiful-and-adored-det-b (1) MI-Beautiful-and-adored-det-b (5)… and flowers (Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink). To cut the foliage I used Decorative Die -Mini Foliage, Coconut Cardstock and  Kraft A4 Cardstock.MI-Beautiful-and-adored-det-b (4) MI-beautiful-and-adored-det-c (1)For my title I used a die cut word from the Collectables pack and a sticker word from Sticker Sheet. I doodled a frame around the sticker work using Kaisercolour Gel Pens – brown with glitter.MI-Beautiful-and-adored-det-b (2)As a final touch I added Pearls – Rose and Rhinestones – Champagne.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emmy xxx

Happy Memories with Indigo Skies

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with my last post for May. As you may know this month I had the pleasure of working with one of Kaisercraft’s most beautiful collections “Indigo Skies” (available at Merly Impressions’ online store) and today I’ve prepared a layout  featuring Clear Texture & Background Stamps and pattern paper from “Indigo Skies”

MI-Happy-memories-web-530To create my background I ruffled the edges of the Misty pattern paper and layered it on top of the Midnight pattern paper. After adhering the layers with Kaisercraft 12mm Double-sided Tape, I stamped the brick pattern using Clear Texture Stamp – Brick Wall with Ink Pad – Black. Once the ink has dried I sprinkled  KaiserMist Spray Ink – Aqua and KaiserMist Spray Ink – Charcoal, and liquid silver ink on top. 
MI-Happy-memories-det-a (1)I matted my picture on a slightly larger piece of Kaisercard Navy Weave Cardstock and adhered it in the middle of the background paper using Mounting Foam Tape.

To decorate my page I stamped the brick pattern on pattern paper from the Paper Pad using embossing ink and then I heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder. MI-Happy-memories-det-a (3)Then I used the Decorative Die – Texture Woven with Kaisercard Navy Weave Cardstock to create another layer of embellishments. For the flower cluster I used Paper Blooms – Iceberg, Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut, blue hemp (Mixed Hemp Cord – Ocean) and die cut foliage (Decorative Die – Mini Foliage), as well as pre-cut embellishments from the Collectables pack and the Sticker Sheet.MI-Happy-memories-det-b (2) MI-Happy-memories-det-c (2) MI-Happy-memories-det-a (4)For my title I used a die cut word form the Collectables pack and a sticker from the Sticker Sheet.MI-Happy-memories-det-b (4)Then I fussy cut the butterflies from the Chambray pattern paper and the foil paper from the Paper Pad, embellished them with Rhinestones – Silver and adhered them to my background paper using Mounting Foam TapeMI-Happy-memories-det-b (3)As a final touch I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – White in top of all layers, while covering my picture with a piece of paper.MI-Happy-memories-det-c (1) MI-Happy-memories-det-b (1)I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emmy xxx

Birthday Butterfly card with Indigo Skies

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here today with a brand new project featuring the lovely Kaisercraft collection “Indigo Skies” (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). For today’s post I decided to create an “exploding box” card filled with butterflies and birthday wishes.MI-Birthday-card - Copy MI-Birthday-card-a - Copy MI-Birthday-card-c - CopyAnd here is a short step-by-step on how I did it.

Step 1: Using Kaisercard Navy Weave Cardstock create the base for the card-box. Draw nine squares, 10 cm each and cut out the corner ones. Score the middle square on each side. MI-Birdthay-card-det-aStep 2: Cut nine white squares (9,5 cm each) from Kaisercard Coconut Weave Cardstock and nine 9 cm squares from pattern paper. Ink their edges with Black ink pad before adhering them together. MI-birthday-card-det-bStep 3: Using a nesting die cut different sized layers from cardstock and pattern paper.MI-birthday-card-det-cStep 4: Assemble the side panels by adhering the layers using Mounting Foam Tape. Add a sentiment from the Paper Pad and the Sticker Sheet as a final layer. Sprinkle KaiserMist Spray Ink – White and KaiserMist Spray Ink – Antique Gold on top of all the layers. MI-birthday-card-det-dStep 4: To create the lid, cut a 16×16 cm square from Kaisercard Navy Weave Cardstock. Score at 1,3 cm from each side and again at 2,5 cm. Make a cut only on 2 of the sides and glue the corners in place. Fold and glue the second layer to secure the lid. MI-birthday-card-det-eStep 6: Decorate the lid as shown on the image below using die cuts from the Paper Pad and Collectables pack. For the flower cluster use Paper Blooms – Iceberg, blue hemp (Mixed Hemp Cord – Ocean) and die cut foliage (Decorative Die – Mini Foliage).MI-Birthday-card-lidAnd here are some more close ups of my project: MI-Birthday-card-det-e (1) MI-Birthday-card-det-e (2) MI-Birthday-card-det-e (3)Add Glitter glue to enhance words on the sentiments.

MI-Birthday-card-c - Copy (2)I hope you enjoyed today’s post!


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.


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!