I Love You with Victorian Home

Hello fellow crafters,

Emmy here today sharing another project I created using the amazing Victorian Home collection from ScrapBoys (available at Merly Impressions online store).MI-Love-you-web530For my background I used Victorian Home – Paper 05. Using a foam brush I smudged Dina Wakley White Gesso on top of the design to soften the colours. Once the gesso has dries, I added extra texture using Clear Stamp – Lattice and Ink Pad – Bark (but you can use KaiserInk Pad – Chocolate as well). MI-Love-you-det-a530

Then I took the flowery edges from Victorian Home – Paper 01 and adhered them on top of the altered background paper. Using Decorative Die – Texture Burlap and Kaisercard Tutu Weave Cardstock I added a decorative edge between the background paper and the flower panel. Once everything was in place, I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Rose Gold on top. MI-Love-you-det-b530MI-Love-you-det-d

I matted my picture on a slightly larger panel of Kaisercard Snow Weave Cardstock and then I adhered it using Mounting Foam Tape

To decorate my layout I used fussy cut images from Victorian Home – Paper 04Victorian Home – Paper 07 and Victorian Home – Paper 06.MI-Love-you-det-cMI-Love-you-det-eFor my title I used banners, which I created from the cut-off stripes of the pattern paper. I also used a chipboard word, which I coloured with KaiserInk Pad – Flamingo. Once the ink has dried, I adhered it using ZIG 2 way Glue Fine PointMI-Love-you-det-f


As a final touch I added Rhinestones – Soft PinkRhinestones – Silver and Stickles Glitter Glue. MI-Love-you-det-g

Thank you for stopping by today!

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

Emmy xx

Inspiration for Chrissy’s Virtual Crop Sketch March 28th

Hi Chrissy’s Crafty Challengers,

Karen and Roxanne from the Merly Impressions Design Team have some inspiration for this weeks sketch challenge! We have both had a go at this challenge and here is what we have created:

Karen – I have chosen this sketch from the two Chrissy posted and I have used the Native Breeze collection for this page.


I was amazed how different this page looked to the others I made with this range, just goes to show how versatile Native Breeze is.

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As you can see I swapped out the hearts for stars and cut double the amount so that I could fold the top ones to give dimension.

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I also swapped out the two smaller photos for some journaling, not my handwriting but written with my Silhouette – I wish my handwriting was that neat.

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I am really excited to see your versions of this sketch – remember you can flip it, make elements larger or smaller – make your photo larger or smaller (as I have) and add or remove elements.  Just go for it and make it your own x


Roxanne- I decided to go with the sketch that has the large heart, see below. I choose this one because I have many “love” photo’s of me and my fiancé.


Many years ago I bought a lot of the MINT WISHES Collection by Kaisercraft and carted it all the way to Germany with me. So I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to use it! I also found this snow photo that I absolutely adore and thought it suited perfectly. I have titled this layout “Snow Love”.


I had been saving this stunning Uniquely Creative laser cut heart for the perfect project, which just happened to be this one! I have sprayed it with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – WHITE 50ML to make it sparkle.Picture4I have used a large lace in the middle of my punched strip with some ribbon as the central strip from the sketch. 

Amongst my stash I found many Die Cut leave and branch pieces, as well as this beautiful circle! I clustered these die cut pieces with the collectables in a similar place to on the sketch.   Picture2

I have also includes some white felt snowflakes and some blue-gray painted wooden snowflakes into my clusters for extra dimension.

Finally, I have embellished with my favourite- RHINESTONES – SILVER.

We hope we have inspired you to have a go at this wonderful challenge ! As Karen said, you can stick strictly to a sketch or you can change it up as much as you like. We saw many gorgeous designs entered into last weeks challenge and hope to see just as many, if not more this week!

Stay home, stay safe and crafts lots!
Karen and Roxanne xX

Favourite Day with Native Breeze

Hello, Karen here with my third page using Native Breeze.  I was particularly struck by the gorgeous Sundown paper in this range and wanted to use it to showcase a photo of my daughter and her partner, when they got engaged in Italy on a beach at sunset.

Favourite Day

I started by trimming 5ins from the top and .5 in from the right of the Sundown paper. I then stuck this to the top of a piece of Shadow Weave Kaisercard leaving a .25 border at the top and both sides.

Next I tore 4 in piece of the reverse of Eucalyptus paper, vertically – to give it an uneven top, trimmed .5 in from one side and added to the bottom of my page to give the illusion of a landscape similar to that of my chosen photo.

I double mounted my photo onto two pieces of paper taken from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and added this to my page, slightly overlapping the torn piece at the bottom.


At the top right of my photo I tucked a phrase from the  Southern Sky paper with a ticket phrase from the Collectables Pack at the top right and bottom left of the  Southern Sky phrase.

Under my photo I placed two border stickers, a large circular phrase sticker and seven pennant stickers in an arc – all from the Sticker Book.


The cluster at the top left of my photo was made up of leaves, flowers and birds, from the Collectables Pack, along with a flower cut from Banksia Bouquet paper and two fern leaves, die cut using a die similar to this one and a piece of Eucalyptus paper .


My title ‘Favourite Day’, also from the Collectables Pack was added to the bottom left of my photo and as a final flourish I added a Rose Pearl to each of the banner stickers.

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This was the perfect paper for the perfect photo.

Karen x


Wise & Free – Uniquely Creative

Hi Everyone,

Chrissy here sharing a layout I created using the gorgeous “Wise & Free” collection from Uniquely Creative.


Uniquely Creative is an Australian brand that have just started to design their own paper collections. I love the first two ranges they have bought out, “Wise & Free” and  “Urban Garden”, they are perfect for fussy cutting!!!!!! So of course I love them.

Here is my layout I created using Wise and Free


Here are some quick instructions if you want to re-create my layout using the Wise & Free Paper Pack.

1.) Cut a piece of “Snow” Kaisercard down to 12 x 12 to form your base

2.) Cut the “Loved” UCP1906 paper down to 29.5 x 29.5cm, sew down the left hand edge, mat onto your layout.

3.) Cut the “Dream” UCP1902 paper (reverse side) down to 20cm wide x 29.5cm high, sew along the left & right hand edges, mat onto your layout.

4.) Cut a little strip from “Strong” UCP1905 paper spotty side about 5cm wide x 29.5cm high, mat onto your layout towards the left hand side.

5.) I have added a die cut doily border, if you have a punch add a punched border down the left hand side.

6.) Mat your photo onto some spare paper, then mat onto your layout.

7.) Fussy cut the pale flowers from “Fearless” UCP1903 papers & feathers and banners from “Potential” UCP1908. Arrange them around your photo, use foam pads to give some height, add Crystal bling to finish.

Here are some close ups…






Another layout will follow later using the rest of the paper pack.

Check out all our recently added Uniquely Creative products here, each collection has added matching card stock and extra embellishments.

Check out my personal Instagram page for lots of new sneak peeks!!!

Happy Crafting!!!



Beach Days are the Best Days with Uncharted Waters

Hello, Karen here with my last project using the lovely Uncharted Waters collection.  This time I have made a beach themed layout.


I started by trimming .5 ins from the bottom and one side of  the Droplet paper and attached it to a piece of Dewdrop Kaisercard.  I then added some splatters of White Iridescent KaiserMist spray. I used the pennant stickers from the Sticker Book to make an arc at the top left of my page.  I used Sea Breeze pad and the seashell stamp from the clear stamps to create a border and fussy cut this out.  Next I cut along the waves on the Pelagic paper which I added to my page with the seashells added below lifted with some mounting foam dots.


I added a ships wheel, from the Collectables pack, and a Curio to the top left corner. Then I cut a 6.5 x 4.5 piece of Sea Shore paper and stuck it to and a 7in x 5in piece of Swallows paper. These were then tucked, centrally, under the stamped seashells. I used Decorative Dies – Texture Criss Cross and Double Bubble to cut some pieces, to tuck under my photo mount, from the Frost Foil Paper Pad.  At the top of my photo mount I stuck some tabs from the Sticker Book and 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  I also cut some little crabs from a sheet from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and a large crab sticker from the Sticker Book tucked under the stamped seashells.  I then added some Collectables to the bottom right and top left of my photo mount.


I finished off with a sticker from the Sticker Book and some Aqua Rhinestones.


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This is such a super range for your summer photos and perfect for beach ones.


The Makers of Pretty Things with Crafternoon


Karen here with my last project, this month, using the Crafternoon Range.  This time I wanted to celebrate a group of friends who craft together and we call ourselves ‘The Makers of Pretty Things’.  There is a story behind the name which I can’t reveal – suffice to say it makes us giggle whenever we think about it.


I started by cutting out three hearts, in decreasing sizes, from Crafty, Measured and Back Stitch. I stitched around the smallest (Back Stitch) heart with white embroidery floss and then stuck them all to the centre of a piece of Snow Weave cardstock.  My 5in x 7in photo was added on centrally on the right and I used my Silhouette to cut a title from a scrap of Back Stitch and backed it with a scrap of Snow Weave cardstock which I also cut a tag from.


Next I fussy cut some doilies from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and placed these at the bottom left and top right of my hearts. 


Then I cut some flowers and leaves using Decorative Die – DIY Flora Peony to make some flowers and  Decorative Die – Rose and Leaves for the leaves from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, these were added on top of the doilies, with Aqua rhinestones for centres.


To finish my page I added a selection of Collectables.


Some stickers from the Sticker Book and a Curio.

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I have been able to make such a verity of projects from this range celebrating my daughter’s first venture into dressmaking, my favourite scrapbook pages and a crafting friendship.  I absolutely adore the colour palette of this range and hope we have inspired you to use it on some of your projects.

Karen x

Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Crafternoon

Hello, Karen here with my first project using Kaisercraft’s Crafternoon range.  When I saw the gingham paper from the Crafternoon range I knew I wanted to make a multi photo page about a Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz, costume my daughter and I made. 
IMG_0792I often take part in a challenge from a group called Scrap Squad and they have a weekly scraplift, this week’s scraplift from Scrap Squad was perfect for this.

I started by working out the size of my grid and then used blue embroidery thread to stitch the lines I had drawn onto a piece of Kaisercard Snow Weave

IMG_0777Next I used  DIY paper for two of the 3in x 4in sections and the reverse (gingham) for the two 3in x 8in sections. I then cut two 3in x 4in sections from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to fill in two more sections.  I used one of the gingham pages from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad for the central 6in x 4in section and made a pocket using another page from the pad.


I added my photographs and then stamped the stitched heart, from the Crafternoon stamp set,  using  a Lagoon Mini Ink Pad.


I pricked each end of the ‘stitches’ and stitched them with the same blue thread as before and trimmed around the edge.


I added my photos and used flowers from the Sticker Book and some Collectables to make two clusters on my page, adding a Curio to each cluster. I used the middle sized die from the Fancy Doily die to cut a white doily and after cutting this in half added to the top of the far left photo and the bottom of the far right.



I used the alphabet stickers from the Sticker Book for my title and added my journaling onto a piece of plain card, which I popped into the pocket, using a border punch along the top.



The Crafternoon  collection was perfect for this page, especially as the DIY paper matched the fabric used for Gracia’s costume.




Under the Tree with Peppermint Kisses

Hello Kaisercraft fans,

Emmy here today sharing another layout I’ve created using the most adorable Christmas collection – Peppermint Kisses – from Kaisercraft’s September release (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). MI-under-the-tree-web530For my background I used two 12″ pattern papers – Combi Christmas and Holly Jolly. I cut 15 x 30.5 cm panels from both pattern papers and adhered them on top of Kaisercard Snow Weave Cardstock. To hide the “stitch” between the pattern papers, I used the cut-off stirpe from Santa and Co pattern paper.

For the sarklong red stars I used glitter paste and Scattered Stars 6×6 Designer Stencil. Once  the glitter paste has dried, I sprayed some KaiserMist Spray Ink – White on top. MI-under-the-tree-det-a530 MI-under-the-tree-det-b

To decorate my picture I used a lot of different embellishments. I added pre-cut shapes from the Collectables pack and the Paper PadMI-under-the-tree-det-c MI-under-the-tree-det-d

… fussy cut images from Santa and Co pattern paper and stickers from the Sticker BookMI-under-the-tree-det-e MI-under-the-tree-det-f

I used Kaisercard Snow Weave Cardstock and Decorative Die – Texture Burlap to lighten the background behind the large Christmas tree and the Nutcracker (Santa and Co pattern paper). Then I added a smaller Christmas tree from the Flourish Pack matching the collection. MI-under-the-tree-det-gThe cute little Christmas bell button comes from the Curios pack and I added also extra rhinestones to decorate my embellishments (Rhinestones – Island LagoonRhinestones – Deep Yellow and Rhinestones – Red). MI-under-the-tree-det-h MI-under-the-tree-det-i

I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have a wonderful creative week!

Emmy xxx

Christmas Album with Starry Night

Hello, Karen here with my third project using Kaisercraft’s Starry Night collection.  This range has a navy and creamy grey pallet with gold foil highlights and is just perfect for a Christmas Album.  At the moment, I am totally besotted with Travellers Notebooks and decided that I would use that size for my album.  I cut 16 pieces of card measuring 4.5 x 8 and punched them with a two hole punch – just an ordinary office one, nothing fancy.  I have an A5 ringbinder, from The Range, which I am going to cut down to fit my pages.

I have used the Metallic Number Sheet for the numbers and a parcel tag (also from The Range), cut to 4ins tall on each page.  All patterned paper added to the tags measures 2in x 3in.

Page 1

I cut a piece of Radiant, 7.5ins x 3.5ins and added to one of my black pages. Onto my tag I added a piece of music paper measuring 2in x 3in and one of the phrases, from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad. To the right of this I placed a flower cut from Daring, a holly leaf from the Collectables and two pieces of gold bling strip.


Page 2

This time I cut a piece of Magic 7.5 ins x 3.5 ins and added to the adjoining page.  I added a piece from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad to a tag along with a number two pieces from the Collectables  and a sticker from the Sticker Book.


Page 3

Again I cut a piece of paper 7.5in x 3.5in and this time I used Glowing, after adding a piece of paper to my tag, form the  6.5 x 6.5 pad I used the Starry Night stamp set and gold ink to stamp the holly, added two stickers from the Sticker Book and the gold lines, also from the Sticker Book.


Page 4

After adding a piece of Glowing to my page I stamped a Poinsettia using the same stamp set and ink as I used above, adding Deep Yellow gems to the centre of the flower, added a phrase and sticker from the Sticker Book and die cut two flourishes using a sheet from the Gold and Silver Foil Paper pad. 


Page 5
I started by cutting a piece of paper from the  6.5 x 6.5 pad  and added to the centre of my page.  In the top left and bottom right I added a flower which I fussy cut from Daring paper.  I topped my tag with a tag from the Collectables pack and a sticker from the Sticker Book. I added Deep Yellow gems to the centre of the flowers.


Page 6

Again I used a piece from the  6.5 x 6.5 pad  cut to 3.5 ins wide.  My tag was embellished with a star and Circle from the  Collectables pack, a scalloped square from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad and a border sticker from the  Sticker Book.


Page 7

This time I used a piece of Modern as the base of my page with a border sticker from the  Sticker Book at the top and bottom.  To my tag I added a large holly leaf from the Collectables pack and a couple of phrase stickers from the  Sticker Book.


Page 8

The base of this page was Magic with a border from the Sticker Book at the bottom.  My tag was embellished with two poinsettias made using the Starry Night stamp set and gold ink .  I added a pennant from the Collectables pack and a small phrase from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad.  I added Deep Yellow gems to the centre of the flowers.


Page 9

I started by using a piece of Striking as my base and then to my tag I added three strips and a banner from the Sticker Book and three little trees from the Wooden Flourish pack. The number was backed by a circle sticker.


Page 10

A piece of Modern was used as the base with a border of poinsettias cut from a page from the  6.5 x 6.5 pad.  I added a small piece of Magic to my tag with a phrase cut from one of the pages from the  6.5 x 6.5 pad, the circle underneath the number was also from this pad.  I used a Decorative Die to cut my poinsettia from the Gold and Silver Foil Paper pad and added a Deep Yellow gem to the centre.


I love my little Christmas mini and can’t wait to make some more pages.  Keep an eye on the Merly Crop Facebook page for the next set of pages.  I may even make a little ‘walk through’ video once I have finished it.







Love with Starry Night

Hello, Karen here again with my second project using the beautiful Starry Night collection.  Again, I decided to make another non-Christmas layout to showcase how versatile this range is.

Love Layout

For this layout I have used Kaisercard in Anchor, Modern, Magic, Miraculous, Astounding and Radiant 12 x 12 papers, Sticker Book, Foil Paper Pad, Rhinestone Strips, Deep Yellow Rhinestones, Kaisermist in Gold, Kaisermist in NavyDecorative Die Poinsettia and Decorative Dies – Festive Frames.

I started by trimming .25in from the bottom and one side of my Modern paper, adding to the centre of the  Kaisercard and spattered  Kaisermist in Gold and Navy onto it.  IMG_0429

I cut a strip of   Anchor Kaisercard  1.5 ins wide and used a border punch on one long edge.  From the Astounding paper I cut the strip with large gold spots and the one with gold stars.  I also cut a piece of Magic 1.25 wide which I added the to the left of my page and the card strip 3.25 from the left. The gold spot paper was then added on top of this.


Next I cut a piece of Modern measuring 5.5 ins and used the border punch, used previously, on both long edges.  To this I added a piece of Magic  (foiled side down) which measured 3.5 x 10 and stuck this to the piece of Modern .75 from the left.  My final piece of Astounding  was added over this vertically along the middle of the gold spot strip with a strip of rhinestones  Onto these I layered the Rhinestone Strips either side and a piece of punched paper from the Foil Paper Pad to the right of this strip. This was stuck to my page 1 in from the top.


I cut a heart, freehand, from a piece from the Foil Paper Pad and a smaller one from Radiant I layered them up with a Rhinestone Strip around the edge. This was placed at the bottom right of my page.


I added a 5 x 7 in photo to the left of my page with stickers from the Sticker Book along the right of my photo extending them slightly around the top and bottom, adding a Deep Yellow Rhinestone to the centre of each flower.


From Foil Paper Pad I used the Decorative Die Poinsettia to cut two flowers which I added to the top and bottom left of my photo.  As a final touch I used the ‘Love’ from the Decorative Dies – Festive Frames was used for my title.


This is such a beautiful range and I am really pleased with the results.


Karen x