Going Pink with Havana Nights

Hi everyone,

Denise here with  two projects using the Havana Nights Kaisercraft Collection.

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My first is a layout concentrating on the pinks in the collection. I used a sheet of Lollipop Kaisercard for my base .

Next I took the sheet of Ceramic paper and cut out lots of the squares.Ceramic - Havana Nights Collection

I laid them out on the right hand side of the page in a grid type format. Next I matted my photo on to some Coconut Weave Kaisercard then placed it to the left of the squares.

I fussy cut some big flowers from the Tropic paper and tucked them under left side of the photo.

I used lots of die cuts from the Collectables pack around my photo and on the squares.IMG_8935

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I also used some Epoxy Stickers and some Hot Pink Rhinestones to embellish

My second project was some gift boxes.IMG_8958-resized banner

These were made using the Ferns and Balmy 12 x 12  papers  and Exotic from the 6.5 x6.5  pad.

Ferns - Havana Nights Collection Balmy - Havana Nights Collection

I used some of the tags from the 6.5 x 6.5  pad too.

These were fun to  make for a change and the quality of the papers endures they are strong enoughIMG_8956 resizedIMG_8953 resized

Thank you for popping by and do come back to see some more lovely inspiration from the team very soon!


Travel Journal using the Documented collection

Hello everyone,

Today is tinged with a little sadness as I say goodbye to the design team. It has been a privilege to get to know you all and I hope you have been inspired by some of the projects I have shared. However, it is time to move on and I have every confidence that the next designer will also inspire you with their wonderful projects.

As my final piece for you I was lucky enough to be sent the wonderfully versatile, Documented collection to work with. On this occassion I took inspiration from the travel themed collectables and the Documented stamp set to create this travel journal.


To create this I used a plain A6 notebook and covered it in White Gesso and Kaisercraft white acrylic paint for good coverage.



I then used the 6.5″ paper pad to cover the painted base. I chose the small letters sheet for the front and the foiled grid paper for the rear. On each piece I had a small piece left over and I used these strips for the opposite edges of the front and rear. I stuck it all down firmly using PVA glue. (Don’t worry if it bubbles a bit, when it dries it will all pull back tight!)


Next I stamped the large globe onto a piece of grey paper from the pad using the Documented Stamp Set and a Kaisercraft Black Ink Pad

I then mounted this on to foam tape and used two collectables from the pack as further embellishments. For the title across the front I cut the letters from the Notebook Ledger sheet of the 12″ paper.


I also used a strip of Natural Lace to cover the wire spiral binding and I chose several travel related collectables to make a swing tag for the journal. I added them to the Metallic Hemp cord and tied them to the spiral binding along with a couple of charms from my stash.



To finish I added some organza ribbon to the spiral and my travel journey is now ready to go..I wonder where it will take me?

Thank you for your support during my time with Merly Impressions and all that remains is to say goodbye! I hope to see you around on our crafting journeys together!



Letters to Santa banner

Hi all..

Elaine here again today bringing you my last piece using the fabulous, traditional Letters to Santa Kaisercraft collection.

imageTo create this banner I first cut some flags from the Carolers paper from the collection using a stitched die from my stash..although hand cutting would, of course, be perfectly acceptable. Also if you think this shape isn’t to your liking..a simpler triangle could be used to add the cluster on top instead. I then punched small holes in the corner of each flag for ribbon to be threaded through later.

imageNext I made some rosettes using the scoring method. First I cut three strips of 1.5″ by 12″ Christmas Traditions paper and you should end up with this after these first two steps.

imageI then scored the strips at 1/4″ intervals (shown at half inch but I did it at 1/4″ after all)  and folded them in a valley and mountain fold securing them at the end with double sided tape and then pushing them down in the centre. I punched two 1.5″ Circles for the top and bottom to secure in place with wet glue. I then weighted these down overnight to allow to set properly. (There are many tutorials on You Tube to help you if you get stuck)

imageOnce the rosettes had set, I added them to the centre of the three middle flags and embellished them with the Kaisercraft Chipboard Alphas letters spelling out JOY.. although,  of course, if you want to make a longer banner you could have MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEACE etc. too. I inked the letters with a Kaisercraft Cherry Red ink pad and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder from my stash to give them a little twinkle. I then added a wooden flourish to each rosette that I first inked with either the Cherry Red or Vine Ink pads and highlighted each of them with  Lippy Red Rhinestones and a Fire Red Mini Bloom. I also added an organza ribbon tail using ribbon from my stash.

imageTo create the left end flag I took some Cherry Weave Kaisercard and cut two poinsettias using the Decorative Die and added a couple of collectables from the collectables pack too. I used a Daffodil Sparklet  as the centre for the flowers and added a smudge of Kaisercraft glue stick before sprinkling on some Stickles gold glitter.

imageTo create the right hand flag I took a large collectable and fussy cut some holly leaves from the Holly and Berries paper tucking them in behind the rose and the poinsettia collectables adding a smaller Daffodil Sparklet. I also embellished these with gold glitter and added a couple more red rhinestones for a final bit of sparkle. I also, at this stage, touched the roses on the central flags with glue and added a light dusting of glitter.

imageTo finish I used the same organza ribbon as the tails to thread the five flags on to. All in all I think these are very festive and I can’t wait to start decorating my new home with these..this collection certainly makes it easier.. Show us what you’ve made with it too why don’t you?

Have fun creating!



Elegant ornaments with Christmas Jewel

Hello Kaisercraft fans,

Emmy here today with my last post featuring the lovely Christmas Jewel collection from Kaisercraft (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). For this week my assignment was to create off-the-page project and since this collection is filled with foil papers and silver embellishments, I’ve decided to create elegant paper ornaments for the Christmas tree.  MI-ornaments-web-530For the base of the ornaments I used a shape die and Kaisercard Coconut Weave Cardstock. Once I’ve due-cut the base, I coloured it with Mini Ink Pad – Orchid and left it aside to dry. Then I die-cut the same share, but from a foil paper from the Paper Pad, removed the swirls and adhered it with Kaisercraft 12mm Double-sided Tape to the base. MI-ornaments-det-a (1)I die-cut the rosettes using Tim Holtz die and Prancing foil paper. I attached them to the ornaments using Mounting Foam Tape.MI-ornaments-det-a (3) MI-ornaments-det-a (2)

To decorate the ornaments further, I’ve used die-cut foil embellishments from the Collectables pack, pre-cut quotes from the  Paper Pad and and sticker words from the Sticker SheetMI-ornaments-det-a (5) MI-ornaments-det-a (4)As a final touch I’ve added Rhinestones – Silver and Rhinestones – Lilac and a bow from white organza ribbon. MI-ornaments-det-a (7) MI-ornaments-det-a (6)I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Come back soon for more inspirational projects from our design team!

Emmy xxx


Festive Box Frame with Christmas Jewel

Hello everyone,

Denise here with a free project of a little festive frame using the lovely Christmas Jewel Kaisercraft  Collection.

Merly take three 001AI actually had a frame at home that was perfect for this, I painted it first with some white Kaiserpaint.

Next I took the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and chose a paper to go at the back together with some of the die cuts from the Collectables Pack.

collectables-christmas-jewel-collectionI used one of the Christmas trees to draw around to make some more from the papers in the paper pad.

020Next I laid them out roughly how I wanted them to be on the background. I then covered the frame with the beautiful Silver Swirl Foil paper.


Photo 04-09-2017, 14 53 31I fussy cut some of the silver flowers from the paper pad and inked around them with some of the Orchid Mini Ink Pad.

019I glittered the big tree and the stars with some  Crystal Stickles. I’m one of those people who likes a bit of glitter if at all possible !

021Finally I went over some of the elements with some ink from the Orchid Mini Ink Pad .

This will be out on show in my house this year at Christmas time.

~ Denise ~

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.





‘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).




A Trio of Mixed Media Tags


Elaine here again..this time bringing you a selection of mixed media tags to give you a flavour of all the exciting things you can do with your Kaisercraft collections and mixed media products.

imageTo make these tags I have used a similar process for each one and rather than describe all three (which would be an incredibly long post) I will describe one and apply the same principles to each. A product list will be added beneath each tag with lots of close ups. Each of these ideas can be applied to scrapbook pages, cards and, of course, tags amongst other Beyond The Page products too. 

In this instance, firstly, I took a tag and covered each with one of the wonderfully versatile Basecoat IV collection. I then used a stencil on each one to create depth and interest on each tag. On two of them I used Ranger texture paste and on the other I used ink through the stencil instead showing two different ways you can use your stencils. To get the coloured texture pasted I added a dab or two of ink from an ink pad (any of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks will work) and the texture paste to a cutting mat and mixed the two together to create the colour of my choice. (Just add more ink to intensify the depth of colour.)


imageOn each I then created a cluster of embellishments using papers and collectables from different collections and on one I added dies too. I then incorporated some fussy cutting from the collections where necessary. In amongst the clusters I added various embellishments including pearls, cheesecloth, Kaisercraft blooms, die cuts, burlap, twine, sparklets, rhinestones and even some of the pretty pink tissue paper that Chrissy at Merly Impressions uses to send your purchases out in..I even recycled some inexpensive plastic straws and some corrugated card.. it just goes to show how much of your stash and other products you can use when making mixed media scrapbook pages, cards, tags and Beyond the Page products too.

When I was happy with the clusters I took Kaisermist and sprayed onto my cutting mat and added water. I then loaded a very wet paintbrush and flicked onto the clusters giving a mottled, splattered, look.

For the more masculine ‘Brick Tag’ I used

imageBase coat IV Collection Backyard Fence paper, Brick Mini Mix Stencil, Corrugated card, Decorative Cogs Die , Burlap roll, Twine, Red Gum Ink Pad (for the brick stencil) Generations collectables, Daffodil Sparklets, Bronze Rhinestones, Storyteller Collectable, White Kaisermist


For the Indigo Skies Blue Butterfly tag I used


Basecoat IV Jeans paper, Stained Glass stencil with coloured texture paste (using the method above), Indigo Skies collection, (for the fussy cut butterfly and flowers together with a die cut flower) Coconut Blooms (highlighted with a light touch of Apple Kaisermist on a small paintbrush). Twine, Cheesecloth, Pearls, Button,Indigo Skies collectables, Apple Kaisermist splatters


For the High Tea tag I used


Basecoat IV Metal Panels (reverse) paper

Floral Wreath stencil with the coloured texture paste- using the method above and Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Ink Pad

White crackle paint (or any thickly applied acrylic paint will suffice beneath the cluster or you can leave this step out if preferred)

High Tea collectables, Straws, Pink wrapping tissue, Flowers and leaves from my own stash, Pink Rhinestones

imageI think these will look great adorning a special gift and I hope my tutorial has given you the inspiration to try these techniques on your own mixed media projects using the wonderfully adaptable Basecoat IV collection. Have fun.. and do let us know how you get on



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

Beautiful with Bombay Sunset

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my last project using the lovely  Bombay Sunset Kaisercraft collection .

Photo 20-06-2017, 18 57 07This time I have used a Kaisercraft BTP  Wall Art Heart .beyond-the-page-large-heart-silhouette-wall-artI used the inside heart a while ago on another project so am using the frame and background base this time.

I painted around the inside of the heart shape with some white Kaisercolour paint

This time I used the minty green colourway papers showing how versatile this collection can be, although vibrant and bright it can be cool and restful too.

I started by taking  some of  the Music paper  and using the green side covered the back base.

Next I covered the front with the Rosewood paper, again using the green side.

My photo was matted on to some of the green side of Mumbai paper and placed in the middle of the background .

Before sticking the top frame to the base I went round the edges of the heart and the outside with some Tumbled Glass Distress ink

Once this was done it was time to embellish.

I die  cut some foliage from some of the papers from the 6.5 x 6.5  pad.

Photo 20-06-2017, 18 56 24Fussy cut some of the leaves and punched some flowers out. These were all layered up with foam tape.

Photo 20-06-2017, 18 56 21I also used some paper flowers, rhinestones and cheesecloth amongst the flowers which were sprayed with some pink Kaisermist.

I hope you like this project and have been inspired to go and have a play !