An altered Trading Card Frame

Hi everyone..

welcome to my first ever post as a DT Member for Merly Impressions. I’m honoured to be among so many talented designers and artists and hope you will like my work.

Today I am bringing you an altered Trading Card Frame using the Bon Appetit collection.

Frame finishedFirst I took the MDF frame and coated it with a coat of Gesso and two coats of Cream matt paint on both the background and the outer frame. Once it was dry I added strips of wood effect paper cut from the 6 1/2″ paper pad to make it look like a ‘real’ wooden frame. I inked the edges with a Red Gum ink pad to cover all the blank MDF.

Pic 1I then mixed the same ink pad with some texture paste and added it to the frame through the Mixed Media Designer 12″ stencil to create three areas that look like ‘sieve’ marks.Close up top clusterI then used the paper pad to create the Trading Card element for the centre. First I covered the frames mat in the green leafy paper from the pad. I then used the linen paper, the black brick paper and the red check paper to create a layered mat and added a piece of hessian as a base to add some of the collectable die cuts with a swirl of decorative ribbon mesh.  I then used the same hessian to create the two further clusters on the corners.  I then sprayed a fine layer of white paint over the frame and embellishment clusters to make it look like flour flicks then I added the ‘Yum’ title.

Close up bottom clusterFinally I added the twine hanger and adhered the two layers of MDF together and it was finished.. I think it would look great hanging in the kitchen or dining room don’t you?



The Secret Ingredients with Bon Appetit

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my last Bon Appetit Collection layout.

069This layout is all about a recipe of a different kind – my middle son has just got married ..when I looked through the papers the green florally one together with some beautiful paper flowers  matched really well with my photo.

I used Vanilla  Weave Kaisercard as my base, I covered it with a sheet of Floured paper. I then cut a piece of Knead paper to 5.5 x 12 and stuck it to the left of the layout.

Next I used some texture paste  through a cross stencil – then sprinkled glitter into it .

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046I then placed the foiled Plate Die Cut paper onto the layout once the texture paste was dry.

I matted my photo which was 6 x 4 onto a piece of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad. The paper was a little dark so I sprayed it with some White Kaisermist 070I die cut a heart from a script paper in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad using the Decorative Heart die

Some bracket shapes were used at the side of the mat from the 6×6 pad 

I also used a lovely flourish die to add some more embellishment to the of them which I cut down as it was too long accidentally caught and made a heart shape – so I left it !

056The paper roses were sprayed with Antique Gold Kaisermist, I then tapped some glue over the petals and dipped into some glitter 047

051the photo doesn’t show the glitter off too well but they look lovely and sparkly.

069I used quite a lot of stickers from the Sticker Sheet on the layout too, the tabs, the wording and some of the bracket squares.

The plants and leaves were from the Collectables Pack.

Finally I inked around the edges with Bundled Sage Distress Ink .

I hope you’ve enjoyed our projects with the collection and do pop back for some more inspiration soon

~ Denise ~

Fresh Baked – Bon Appetit

Hello everyone,

Linda here with my last layout for Merly Impressions. I like to Thank Chrissy and team for having me – it’s been a blast!  And all of you for sharing my journey – what a ride!

So, my brief here was to feature the Plate die cut from the Bon Appetit collection from Kaisercraft. I wanted to make it look like a picnic quilt, so cut 3″ squares from Fresh, Recipe, Prep, Floured and others from the paper pad.

IMG_1532 smallAll the edges were inked with Black Soot and a blending tool, then assembled onto a sheet of Latte Kaisercard. I laid the plate on bottom right and trimmed to fit.

IMG_1533 smallThe “Stir” paper has a lovely cook book so I found the equivalent in the paper pad and cut two out, joined them together and added a ribbon bookmark. This was fixed in the centre but raised either side on mounting foam tape, and placed onto the plate along with 2 circular photographs of the cakes I had made – one 1 x 2 1/2 and 1 x 3 1/2 – both backed with Scarlet Kaisercard. I wrote part of the recipe onto one side with a Black Micron pen. The “baked for you” is from the sticker sheet and the mixer from the Collectables. I also tucked a folded piece of paper from the paper pad under the edge.

IMG_1535 smallI die-cut some large flourishes from Floured and tucked the edge under the book, and added some punched flowers from Fresh with pearls in the centres.

IMG_1536 smallMy other photograph is 4″ square, matted with Scarlet Kaisercard as before. Another flourish with flowers was added here. Little dots were added around the photo’s and on the flowers using a white gel pen and DMC thread was used to “stitch” the squares together in places.

IMG_1542 smallAt the top I added some words from a cut-off strip and the Bon Appetit sticker from the sheet, these were outlined with a micron pen and dotted with the white gel pen.

IMG_1543 smallFinally I added some words from the Collectables along with some black pearls (from my stash).

I’ve also made an extra layout this month as I couldn’t decide which photographs to use – so – just to share this one too……

IMG_1537 small IMG_1538 small IMG_1539 small IMG_1540 (2) smallThank-you again for sharing my journey, I’m sure Elaine will be made very welcome to the team and I’m really looking forward to seeing her projects. Check back in a few days for more inspirational layouts.

So farewell from me, take care,

~ Linda ~





Recipe for a happy childhood – Bon Appetit

Hi Everyone,

Linda here with the lovely Bon Appetit Collection from Kaisercraft.

This is a fabulous collection for all the bakers out there especially with The Great British Bake-Off being so popular. With my first layout though, I wanted to show that it doesn’t have to be about cooking so used the recipe cards for a different idea.

IMG_1400 smallI began with Stir which features an open book, trimmed around the top and left of the spoon with a craft knife and also the middle on the right, and added 3 x recipe cards so they looked as if they were inside.

IMG_1414 smallI found a recipe online for “a happy childhood” and wrote it onto the top card with a Micron pen and tucked it under the spoon. Next came a piece of Cool 4 x 12″ which I folded and twisted to replicate a tea-towel, then cut along the edge of the tea-towel on the base page and inserted and arranged underneath.

IMG_1413 smallMy photo is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2″ matted onto a piece of red check paper from the paper pad. I added a piece to reverse too and folded the corner back, fastening with a brad.

IMG_1415 smallThis was then tucked under the spoon handle too.

IMG_1416 smallBake has lots of utensils on it so I cut them all out. The top of this sheet is like a chopping board so I laid it over the bottom corner and trimmed to fit.

IMG_1417 smallThe utensils were then added using mounting foam tape for definition & height. The jar is from the collectables pack. A few Chocolate pearls were added top right and a dusting of watered down white acrylic paint (or should I say “flour”) completed the page.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this, don’t forget to pop back soon for more fabulous ideas from my teamies.

Until then, take care,

~ Linda ~



Recipes with Bon Appetit

Hello everyone,

Denise here with a little mini book using the Bon Appetit Kaisercraft collection.

076 (2)I’m one of those people who has a little ‘stash’ of recipes that are  all pushed into an old school recipe book of mine which I’ve had since I left school a very long time ago! Ahem about 40 years to be precise !

074So when I received this kit I decided to use the Recipe Cards to record some of the favourite recipes of mine that are scribbled on bits of paper – then I thought ‘Why not make a mini book’…

I started off with some Licorice Kaisercard, measuring two pieces to a tiny bit more than 6 x 4 inches. I then took a piece of Kaisercard Kraft cardstock and measured it to 6 x 4, then scored from one inch in every half an inch to one inch from the other end. Next I concertina folded it on the half inch scores to make the hinge as below.

063I stuck the one inch end pieces  to the edge of the black card. I then cut some more of the Kraft card into 6 x 4 to make the pages. These were then stuck onto one side of each hinge

The pages were made using lots of pieces from  the papers together with some from the 6.5  x 6.5  pad  and lots of items from the Collectables pack.

077 (2)I used some of the gorgeous Cool paper (the black checked) to make a triangular pocket inside the front cover and back so I can tuck some little bits and more recipe cards in.

I stuck some recipe cards onto some of the pages to record some of my special recipes.

078Some of the elements were raised up on foam tape. I also used some of the papers from the 6.5 x 6.5  paper pad to cover the pages and use as little strips and corners.

079I used some of the index tabs from the sticker sheet to label the pages and some of the borders.080I drew some faux stitching around some of the Kraft card pages and cut around the collectables to define them a bit more. On this page I used a flower pot and some herbs.

Some Kraft tags came in very useful too as extra embellishments .

081Inside back cover showing the pocket for tucking extra recipe cards into

082 (2)I also used some Black Soot Distress Ink to go round some of the edges.

I really enjoyed cutting and snipping and using the many elements in this collection and now my recipes are tidy !

I hope you can pop back to see some more inspiration very soon form the team.

~ Denise ~



Recipe box with greeting card – with Bon Appetit

Hi Everyone,

Linda here with something a little different using Kaisercrafts Bon Appetit Collection – a recipe box to hold the fabulous cards that come with the collection.

IMG_1423 smallIt began life as an A4 piece of 300gsm white card – I chose this because of the strength required and cut it as follows –

IMG_1418 smallThe recipe cards are 6×4″ and fit perfectly inside – I have trimmed the top edge so its more even.

IMG_1419 smallNext comes the fun bit – decorating it! I began with the paper pad using the Bake sheet, cut into 2″ strips and covered each side, thenFresh to cover the remainder of the outside. All of the edges were inked withWalnut Stain Distress Ink and a mini blending tool.

To create the dividers, I cut Stone & Scarlet Kaisercard into pieces 6×4″ and added the tab tops from the Sticker sheet, 5 of which are already named, the others were added from the words. The fronts were then decorated using items from The Collectables, papers from the paper pad and some 12×12 papers, plus the sticker sheet.

IMG_1425 smallI created 10 in total, 5 Stone and 5 Scarlet. 

IMG_1426 smallEach with a different title –

IMG_1427 smallThese worked perfectly with the recipe cards

IMG_1429 smallTo create a fastening, I used to die-cuts from the paper pad – one on the front of the box and one on the lid. These are attached using brads. A ribbon tied to the lower one wraps around the top to close. I then added some scraps to the inside top of the box to cover the brad and to finish the edge.

IMG_1421 smallThe index cards sitting inside –

IMG_1424 smallI decided this would make a great gift for a friend who loves to cook so made an accompanying card –

IMG_1430 smallIt’s a 6 x 4″ tentfold card made from Stone Kaisercard, a matt of Scarlet Kaisercard, then a piece of Fresh. The message, the pot and the utensils are from the Collectables pack. Raised on mounting foam tape and a squidge of glue gel to hold the tools in place. It sits inside the box too –

IMG_1432 smallHere’s hoping she likes it! Thank-you for taking the time to read, check back later for more fabulous designs from the DT.

Until then, take care,





Tennis Anyone ? with Bon Appetit

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my fist layout using the Bon Appetit Kaisercraft collection.

024Although this collection is very ”cooking and baking’ based, I’ve used it today to record  a lovely memory of going to Wimbledon for the tennis this year and also to keep the ticket. We  had a lovely three course buffet meal together with of course yummy strawberries and cream.

Firstly I used Coconut Weave Kaisercard as my base. I then took a  sheet of Fresh paper and used a cut file to cut a strawberry background.

008I then cut a circle from the green side of Prep paper and used some Texture Paste  through a stencil to add some texture.027Next I used two of the papers from the 6.5  x6.5 paper pad at the top and bottom of the circle. I used two of the Recipe Cards, one at the top and one for journalling at the bottom .

024My 6 x 4 photo was matted onto white Kaiser cardstock and placed to the right of the circle on top of the papers and recipe cards.

The word ‘Yum’ and the circles with sentiments on them were from the Collectables Pack.

I used the script side of the Bon Appetit paper to die cut some flowers as embellishments around the layout.

Finally I heat embossed  the words ‘Bon Appetit’ and ‘Enjoy’ from the rubber stamp set with white detail embossing powder.

I really wanted to save the memory of this lovely day and meal out and think this collection works really well with it.

Thanks for popping by and do check back for some great inspiration from the team

~ Denise ~