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 ~



Perfect Paint!

Hi it’s Ali here with you today.

I ADORE paint, in fact if someone said to me you can only ever have one medium to play with I would choose paint every time. It is sooo versatile and can transform anything and everything. So today I am going to show what you mean 🙂


All the stars on this layout have been spritzed with paint, and each one is as unique as, erm, the stars in the sky!


Gather your chosen colours. I am using the Mister Fox paper; Powerful and a selection of Kaisercolour paints – Spearmint, Green Grass, Turquoise, Sea Breeze, Sage and Pistachio.


The KC paints are translucent so you could use them as they come and still ensure that the pattern on your paper shows through. I didn’t want a block colour so I mixed each paint with water in a misting bottle (approx 1 part paint to 10 parts water)


I started with the palest colours and built up from there; just experiment until you get a result you like.


This was my rough bit of card to test each of the sprays and I love the result! I will be using that 🙂


Next job was to die cut my stars. If you have a punch use that it will be a whole lot quicker!! The cool thing is that you get to cherry pick the bits of the paper you like the best!


Once they were all cut I glued them in place (just the centre) as I then ran the rows through a sewing machine.


I wanted to do a bit of flicking onto my page and thought a bit of mica spray would be just the ticket but it kind of melted into the black 🙁 Paints to the rescue again!


You want to really dilute the paint to be able to flick it successfully. The KC paint has plenty of pigment so don’t be afraid.


See how much better the mica looks now with a lift of Spearmint?


I didn’t have the right coloured numbers so out came the Turquoise; perfect!


Now all I needed to add to my layout was some gorgeous little Collectables, a fabulous wooden flourish and some gorgeous paper from the 6.5″x6.5″ pad. Job done!!




Thanks for sticking with this exceptionally long post! I hope you agree that paint really is a must have for your stash!

Ali x

Needle and Thread by Emma Williams

Today, is my last post as a member of the Merly Impressions Design Team. I am so very sad to be leaving because I have loved every minute of working alongside Chrissy and creating with all the gorgeous Kaisercraft collections but the time has come for me to step down and explore new adventures… Of course, I will still be working with lots of Kaisercraft goodies because I really do love them so much and please do come and visit me at my blog, click HERE, where you can see any future projects. I also have lots of upcoming projects using Kaisercraft products from Merly Impressions, in forthcoming issues of Making Cards Magazine, where you can see my work on a monthly basis.

So, here it is my final card as a member of the lovely Merly DT, using the gorgeous Needle & Thread collection of papers, etc and as always…I hope you like it!

To create this card, I used a kraft card blank and covered it with a piece of the Hem 12″ x 12″ paper, cut to size and matted onto Stone Weave Kaisercard. The edges are blended with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I used a Sizzix die to die cut my mannequin, which I then painted with Kaisercolour Paints and covered with a piece of paper from the 6″ x 6″ paper pad. I added the die cut mannequin to my covered card front, together with various die cuts from the Needle and Thread Collectables pack.

Because I wanted to make this card really special and a statement piece, I decided to add a flower to the dress and I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to die cut some chiffon that I had in my stash and made a fabric flower from the die cuts, which I then added with some twine to the mannequin.

I then wrapped some more twine around one of the die cuts from the Collectables pack and added two decorative pins.

Finally, I used one of the Needle & Thread rub ons from the pack and added the “Sew Simple” wording to the bottom left hand corner…

So, that really is it from me and my time at Merly Impressions. I just want to say a very big THANK YOU to Chrissy for everything and I wish her, and the team all the luck in the future!!

Thank you to everyone who has popped by over the last 18 months and left such lovely comments and I hope to see you all again soon, somewhere in the world of craft…

Emma xx