Christmas Home Decor with Peace and Joy


Karen here with the first of my projects for October using the beautiful Peace and Joy collection which is very traditional in its colouring with a watercolor feel to all the papers.  You can see the unboxing of my DT goodies in the YouTube here.


For this project I decided to use the collection with a Large Heart Silhouette Wall Art off the page (on special offer at the moment and only £7.97).  I think my project would have been better if I had painted the frame with Gesso first as I will explain later in this post.

The frame comes in three pieces – a square back, a square with a heart cut out and a heart.  I started by covering the square back with the spot side of Festivity.   I then drew around the heart onto a piece of Ruby Glitter Cardstock and cut the heart out.  The heart frame was then added to the square with the heart cut out.  I found that the card was reluctant to stick to the wood and this is when I thought it would have been better to have primed the wood with a little gesso.


After I had stuck the card to the cut out heart I then put double sided tape around the outside of the frame and the heart shape and added red glitter tape to this.


Finally, I covered the heart with the stripy side of Gladness. I used foam tape to stick the heart to the top right of the glitter frame.


As I wanted to be able to change the photo on this project each year I made four photo corners from the scraps of red glitter card and added a 6 x 4 in piece of white card as placement for my photograph.

Next I cut lots of flowers from Cheer and Merry papers and from the corresponding papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.  I also cut the birds from one of the 6.5 x 6.5 papers.

I placed the Leafy Wreath die cut so that my heart was tucked underneath on the top left but over the top on the right.  I did have to snip it apart to make it lay flat.


The fussy cut flowers and birds were placed around the wreath with a few added to the bottom left of the frame.  I added some black rhinestones and a couple of tags from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.

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So there we have it – a lovely piece of home decor to get out every Christmas and add my favourite photograph from the year before.

I will be back soon with my next project using this lovely collection.

Inspirational Journal with Memory lane

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here today with a brand new creation to share with you. As you may remember from my previous post, this month I have the pleasure to design with Kaisercraft’s most recent collection Memory Lane (available at Merly Impressions’ online store).

This collection has an amazing Shutters die-cut paper. I decided to use a part from this paper and many lovely quotes to decorate the front of a custom-made inspirational journal.

MI-journal-web530For my background I used a  panel from Villawood pattern paper, slightly bigger than the front cover of a normal notepad. I inked its edges with Ink Pad – Bark, distressed its edges using Paper distresser and a piercing tool. Then I adhered the pattern paper using Kaisercraft 12mm Double-sided Tape.

I added a cut-off quote at the bottom of the cover and stamped the brown pattern using Ink Pad – Bark and Clear Stamp – Diamonds.


While waiting for the ink to dry, I cut off a similar size panel from the Shutters die-cut paper, adhered White Lace behind the ‘windows’ and adhered it using Mounting Foam Tape to the background.

I took the quotes from the Lakeside pattern paper and the Paper padMI-journal-det-c MI-journal-det-b

To decorate the front cover, I used pre-cut elements from the Collectables Pack and the Paper pad. I shaped the green blossoms with an Embossing Tool and adhered them around my design using Mounting Foam Dots.MI-journal-det-d MI-journal-det-eAs a final touch I added Pearls – Pearl  and wooden shapes from Flourish Pack – Antiques.MI-journal-det-f MI-journal-det-g

I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have a wonderful creative week!

Emmy xx

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


Altered Trading card frame using Bombay Sunset

Hi everyone

Elaine here today to bring you an altered Trading Card Frame using the beautiful Bombay Sunset collection. 

imageTo make this I first covered my Trading Card Frame with Dina Wakley Gesso to hide the MDF at the back and the sides. Next I took the Indian Summer Gold Foil Paper and and used the two strips at the bottom and top to cover the frame. It was wider than the frame but I made a conscious decision to leave the width intact and left it to overhang it to create a shadow box effect.  There was a fair amount of cutting to get all the parts to fit, and,  I confess there wasn’t enough for each side of the frame but I knew that I was going to be creating a large cluster in the bottom right hand corner so I didn’t worry about that.  I again took the gold foil paper and fussy cut a large mandala and a smaller one of fill in the gaps on the paper and diagonally cut the corners. Again, I knew these were going to be covered so I didn’t stress about lining them up etc. I used the remaining paper to cover the background of the frame too to give the option of placing an object rather than a photo inside.


imageNext I took several elements from the Bombay Sunset collectables pack and arranged these in large clusters at the top and bottom. I also took a piece of gold paper from the 6.5″ paper pad and punched two sizes of circles from it to add to the clusters. I also fussy cut several extra flowers from the paper pad to add amongst them too.


imageOnce I was happy with the arrangement I took the Kaisermist White spray and sprayed it all over the clusters. Now, for anyone that has never tried the white Kaisermist, I must give it a shout out. So often white mists are more miss than hit, but in this case the white is brilliant and it really shows up nicely.. which is a real bonus! If you’re looking for a really good white mist you can’t go wrong with the Kaisermist..its very satisfying! lol

imageI then used a little Kaisercolour white acrylic paint to splatter over the whole frame to give it a slightly more distressed look too.

Finally I tucked in some pieces of cheesecloth around the clusters and stuck them in with gel glue and I added some of my favourite bling.. the beautiful Sea Breeze Rhinestone Sparklets. If anyone hasn’t tried these I can heartily recommend them too!

imageI eventually settled on a photo of my Granddaughter to put in the frame, which will now go in her bedroom, and I then added some Metallic Gold hemp cord to hang it from. I think its perfect for a little girls room..don’t you?

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial- if you have a little girl to make it for, do give it a go..she will love it.. as did my GD.

Have fun!



Dogs Rule with Pawfect

Hello everyone,

Denise here with something a little different this time, a heart shaped wall hanging using the lovely Pawfect Kaisercraft collection.

Photo 12-04-2017, 16 47 28I saw this heart wall art below  in the Merly Impressions shop and loved it so I decided to use it across two collections.

Beyond the Page - Large Heart Silhouette Wall Art

I took the heart out of the middle and am going to use the frame at a later date. ( watch this space !)

First off I drew around the heart using Puppy paper then covered the heart with it to give it a base.

Photo 12-04-2017, 09 53 33I then chose two other papers – the furry side of cats and the tan chevron side of Pawsome.

I cut these into two sections and covered the heart.

I used a polaroid type frame mounted on foam tape from the Collectables Pack to frame my photo.

Photo 12-04-2017, 16 47 28I used some elements from the Sticker Sheet to embellish the heart.


Photo 12-04-2017, 14 51 59I loved the big paw so I mounted it onto a heart then used some of the smaller paws from the sticker sheet to dot around.

Photo 12-04-2017, 14 52 04Finally I cut one of the sayings from the journalling cards on the Ruff paper, inked around the edges with the very aptly named Bark Ink pad and added some Epoxy Stickers, then drew some faux stitches just inside the heart with the paw on with a  Kaisercolour Gel Pen.

I am really enjoying using this collection as my dogs are very precious to me and I don’t scrapbook them as often as I should really, so its given me a chance to !

~ Denise ~

Memory Journal with Cherry Tree Lane

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with today and I’ve prepared something different to share with you. As you may know this month I have the pleasure to work with the truly amazing Cherry Tree Lane collection from Kaisercraft (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). I just love the vintage look and feel of this collection and I’ve decided to create a special journal for myself, decorated with all my favourite images and quotes.MI-notebook-web -530For my background I used Postcards pattern paper. I added the scalloped borders from the pre-cut embellishments from the mini Paper Pad.MI-notebook-det-a (1)For the flower cluster I used different colour paper blooms (Paper Blooms – Sage and Paper Blooms – Terracotta)… MI-notebook-det-a (6)… and I die cut the foliage using Kiasercard Weave Cardstock (Coconut and Olive) and various Decorative Dies (Foliage and mini Foliage). I aged the Coconut die cuts using Mini Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen to match better the colour palette of this collection. MI-notebook-det-a (7) MI-notebook-det-a (4) MI-notebook-det-a (5)I used different embellishments from the Letters perforated paper and the Collectables pack to assemble the design on the notepad. MI-notebook-det-a (9)Did you know that Kaisercraft released a brad new collection of Texture dies, which are perfect for adding texture to your projects any place you like? I used Texture Woven on my project. MI-notebook-det-a (3)To finish off my design I added Rhinestone Sparklets – Coral and a vintage key.MI-notebook-det-a (10)I hope you enjoyed today’s project!

Have a lovey creative week!

Emmy xxx

Hooray layout and BTP project with Party Time

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here and I’ve got a new project to share with you today. As you may know this month I’m designing with the Party Time collection from Kaisercraft (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). It is the perfect collection for all the birthday pictures from my kids.MI-Hooray-web-530To create my background I used two pattern papers (Fireworks and Streamers) and Kaisercard Powder Blue Weave Cardstock. Once everything was glued in place, I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Orange on top of all layers. MI-hooray-det-a (1)To hide the “stitch” between the two papers, I used a swirly border from the Sticker Sheet.

MI-hooray-det-a (6)I fussy cut the banners next to the picture from the cut off strips from different pattern papers, curled their edges and adhered them using Mounting Foam Tape. MI-hooray-det-a (4)The picture with balloons is from Carousel pattern paper and the second layer of title is fussy cut from Hooray pattern paper.MI-hooray-det-a (7)For the Party time banner I used the quote from Streamers patter paper, which I framed with die cut stripes (Decorative Die – Ornate Charm) and one candle (Collectables pack), because Theo was turning one. MI-hooray-det-a (5)To finish off my layout I added a few more fun quotes and Rhinestones – Black. MI-hooray-det-a (3) MI-hooray-det-a (2)And today I’ve got an extra project to share with you. Using the Party Time collection, I altered a Beyond the Page – Mini Tall Boy storage solution from Kaisercraft. DSC06737Here is a detailed list with all the different products used to dress up this little cutie:

Kaisercraft Beyond the Page – Mini Tall Boy
Kaisercraft Party Time – 12×12” Paper Pack
Kaisercraft Party Time – Collectables pack
Kaisercraft Party Time – 12” Sticker Sheet
Kaisercolour Paint – White 75 ml, Spearmint 75 ml, Pistachio 75 ml
Kaisercraft Ink Pad – Black
Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Aqua, Yellow, Rose, Champagne,
Ranger – Crackle Accents 0.5oz
10mm white pearls
3 flathead pins and 3 caps silver
Bead caps silver – 6mm and 21mm
Kaisercraft Die Release Tool
Mounting foam dots
Double-sided adhesive tape

And here are two more pictures of my project:DSC06740 DSC06742

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Have a lovely creative week!

Emmy xxx

Love Adore and Cherish with P S In Love You

Hi everyone,

Denise here with a lovely Beyond The Page Frame  project using the P S I Love You Kaisercraft collection.

063I started by using some sheets of Courtship paper. I drew round each individual frame then cut out the inside.032Then covered the front frames.

034Next, I took a rectangle of the paper and covered the back base of each

035 (2)Then I stuck one on top of the other once they were dry.

036 (2)My photos were matted on to some of the same paper but using the other side.062Next, I used some items from the Collectables Pack to embellish – these were layered using foam tape


069I also took some of the flowers from the Collectables and cut round them for more detail


070I used another of the papers Relationship to cut and punch some flowers butterflies and leaves.

A border sticker from the Sticker Sheet was mounted onto foam tape and placed underneath the bottom of the frames and one of the words ‘Adore’ was placed above the middle frame.

063Finally, I went round all the edges of the frames with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. This was used throughout to ink around the edges of the embellishments and the frames were joined together with some pink ribbon which was tied at the back.

I really enjoyed making this home decor piece and hope you are inspired to have a play !

~ Denise ~