Monday, August 15, 2016

Betsy - Three Different cards

Betsy here this morning to share three cards I have made recently.
I know I have been keeping rather quite lately but as I have already said on my blog, life does keep getting in the way. It is all fun though and it does keep one out of mischief.

There is no rhythm or reason for these cards, just some I have had orders for etc. Trust you enjoy the viewing.

For Marion's card I have used the lovely Sue Wilson Die, Lattice Arched Adornment, CED6302. It is a super die and can be purchased at Artfull Crafts.There are many different ways to use this die so it does make it rather versatile.

Another gorgeous collection for Anne's card - Kaisercraft's Always and Forever has been a tremendous hit, the colours and combinations are stunning. For cutting this card I have used Cherry Lynn Step Card Die which is a firm Favourite. I have fussy cut the roses from one of the papers to adhere to the side edges. It is a Spelllbinder's Labels 20 Die that I have used, to make the frame round the sentiment.

Peter's card was a bit more difficult, being a male and I was not too sure what his interests were. Anyway, after a bit of detective work I came up with this one. I printed off a picture of London, from Pinterest, as they have just returned from an overseas holiday and for the base card I have gone with Kaisercraft's Wanderlust Collection and collectables. Apparently, it met with his approval.

That's it ladies, happy crafting and many blessings,


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Michelle - Bon Appetit

I am so looking forward to catching up with Graham and Liz at the NZ Craft and Design show out in Christchurch tomorrow. Its on all weekend - hope to see some of you down there!

Today I am showcasing a layout made with the lovely Kaisercraft Bon Appetit range. Looking at the papers - one really wants to rush out and go and bake a cake to photograph, just to do a layout - this range is fabulous! Ok admittedly - I did not bake (let's say my culinary skills are somewhat lacking) - but I did have this fabulous photo of a chocolate cupcake that I bought to celebrate hubby's birthday - and it deserved being shown off!

I cut down the Bake paper, inked the edge and adhered this to cream cardstock, I then used a page out of the 6x6 Bon Appetit paper pad, and mounted the photo on red card stock and onto the Cool paper. Then adorned with ribbon and flowers to finish off the layout. There are also the Bon Appetit collectables on the page. The "YUM!" is chipboard letters that I have inked and painted in ranges of reds and black - and then adhered Glossy Accents. The tag "Cakes" is a tag off the sticker sheet.

It's a lovely range with all sorts of lovely papers and embellishments - just love the reds and the browns. 

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Michelle - Mademoiselle

Goodness did winter make itself felt this weekend ... the snow fortunately (and maybe unfortunately?) skipped over the Christchurch region. But ... did get to see some flurries!
So with cold weather outside and warm indoors - what else better to do than get some creativity on the go..... and here is my take on the beautiful Kaisercraft Mademoiselle collection. This photo is of my daughter and I on a "girls day out"............

Using a pink Bazzill cardstock as my base, I used the Timepiece paper as the next layer. This was cut down about 1cm all around and the edges distressed. I then cut different rectangular sizes of papers from the Blossoms, Floral Sprays, Couture and LadyLike papers, distressed the edges and layered these behind the photo.  The green square paper is from the 6x6 pad

I used some flowers,and then the Collectables (these are just gorgeous!) and Stickers from the Mademoiselle range to finish off the layout. Just love the butterfly paper Flutter in this collection - ideal for fussy cutting and adding among the flowers!

Have a lovely week - and keep warm!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bon Appetit - Pocket Scrapbooking

August already!!!

I hope this post finds everyone well. Not feeling so great myself at the moment. I feel like I've had this dreaded flu forever and it just wont stop raining. On the plus side, I've had some time to work on my albums. I am finally up to

For my project today I've made some filler cards for my pocket style pages using the  Kaisercraft 'Bon Appetit' collection. I've used the 6x6 paper pad and the die cut collectables to help me make some fast layouts. 

6x6 Filler Card

 4x6 Filler Card

The Bon Appetit collection would make a great little family recipe album, recipe cards, or a fun layout of those who love getting messy in the kitchen.

Pocket Pages are from We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by. Stay warm, dry & healthy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Debi Ryan: Boho Dreams

I am still in love with this Kaisercraft collection Boho Dreams, its pretty, savy and just a little hippy.

Today, I'm sharing a 12 x 12 scrapbook page.

To jazz it up and to add to the boho feel I also used the new Color Burst powders from Ken Oliver- I love these too ! so easy to use and the colours are popping bright. I will definitely be getting more of these.

Color Burst Close Up 

Wishing you all a fab week, Debi x

Friday, July 29, 2016

Debi Ryan : Pocket Letter Fun

Debi here, I've been missing in action all month, I've had to move my studio space from one place to another; and I had to wait for some work to be done, before I could move, its's been a long month. Still a work in progress, I have a lot of untouched stash goodies- which I forgot I even had, I'm sure you can relate ;)

Today I'm sharing with you a Kaisercraft  Mermaid Tails Pocket Letter, Pocket letters are such fun to create, and are made for sharing. They are currently the latest thing, check it out here: if you want to know all about them.

Basically they are 9 ATC cards, they can match or not, in the back of the pockets goes a letter and crafting goodies for your pen pal.
There are quite a few international and New Zealand groups around- you can find them in blogging land or on Facebook.

I hope you are all getting in some crafty time, have a great weekend everyone, Debi x

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Diane - Kaisercraft Boho Dreams

Hi all. Hope the school holidays are treating you well, the kids aren't driving you nuts and the weather isn't too cold for you. When I first saw this paper I fell in love with it as did my soon to be a teen daughter so it seemed only fitting that I do a page for her. The Boho Dreams by Kaisercraft is a wonderful array of colours that just seem to work but I would never of thought to put together.
I cut the centre of the dream catcher out to use as a fame for the photo and added Finnabair Micro Beads 'Splash' along with feathers to help bling it up a bit.
 To give the layout some depth I raised some of the die cuts and not others. I coloured some white string with a paste made from Gelato 'Guava' to try match it to the colour of the paper.
 My next layout is a little different but I am more that pleased with the outcome. I had recently purchased Lindy Stamp Gangs 'Buccaneer Bay Blue' and wanted to try it out. Along with 3 other sprays, 'Clam Bake Beige', 'Whale Watch Blue' and a little 'Delphinium Turquoise' the effect was stunning if I do say so myself.
I have a huge stash of Washi Tape but never know quiet the right place to use them so thought I should give one of them a go with this layout. It seems to work but I will let you decide.
My last layout was a little more conservative. I love the mix of apricot with the rich blue. As I said before I would never have mixed these colours but they seem to work.
As always I hope you find some inspiration from my layouts. If I have any advice to anyone, don't be afraid to give it a go. If it doesn't work it can almost always be covered up or turned into something spectacular. Keep scrapping. Diane

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lisa - mixed media canvas

Good morning! Today I have a mixed media project to share: a canvas I made recently using some of the fabulous products that are available in the shop. This post is a little text-heavy, because I'll explain what I did, in case anyone else wants to have a try at this fun project. :)

I started off with a simple 6x6 canvas, and I turned it over to the reverse side in order to utilise the little recess at the back.
I covered the edges with strips of wet wipes that had dried after being used in my studio to wipe up spills, blot inks, clean stencils etc. They were stained with various colours, but as they were going to eventually be covered over, it didn't matter. To adhere them to the frame, I used soft gloss gel, which acts as both a glue medium and a sealant. They added a lovely soft texture to the background.

Once the gel was dry, I used 3D gloss gel to stencil the frame surround. The 3D gloss gel is nice and thick and holds the shape of the stencil pattern as it dries.

Once that layer was dry, I painted the entire frame with a layer of black gesso. This has a great chalky texture when it's dry.

Next, I added colour to the frame in the form of metallic acrylic paint (applied with a fingertip), touches of mica spray (I unscrew the bottle and apply using the thin plastic tube inside for more control over where the colour goes), chalks, and a selection of pigment powders, until I was happy with the effect. I had no set plan, but just played and experimented until it looked "right." The base of black gesso works brilliantly to highlight the colours on top, and the texture of the stencil adds some amazing dimension.

I added selection of cogs to the frame, first painting them with the black gesso and then colouring them with metallic acrylic paint, and adding a few touches of black ink (blended with a fingertip) to give them an aged look. I adhered them with Helmar 450 glue, which I find is brilliant for fixing in place embellishments with a bit of heft to them.

In the centre recess, I added a piece of scrunched muslin, carefully attached at the edges to the frame with more of the Helmar glue. The vintage girl figure was found on the internet- originally she was standing by a piano, but I trimmed her out from the rest of the photo and added her wings-- made of chipboard and from an ancient Tim Holtz range of goodies which I have had in my stash forever. I knew they'd come in useful one day! :) The wings were coloured with the same metallic acrylic paint, and aged with black ink once again.

I wrapped thin gold wire (a gift from a lovely florist in town) around the frame on a rough diagonal in two directions, in order to form a delicate base for the winged girl to rest against. This part took a little bit of doing, because there wasn't much of anything for her to be adhered to, but luckily I was able to fix her feet in place, and then gather a little bit of the muslin behind her and glue it in the centre of her back. I love the impression that she's just barely floating there-- exactly what I was hoping to achieve. :)

Lastly, I added some bling gems around the frame, as well as a couple of teeny-tiny vintage numbers on each side. (Tim Holtz again, from an older range. I'm not sure if it's still available.)

And that's it! This was purely an experiment when I started-- I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to make, and to my delight, it turned out pretty much how I'd visualised it. I love it when that happens, don't you? I hope you enjoyed my long, wordy explanation, and that maybe I've inspired you to make a mixed-media piece of your own. There are plenty of great supplies both instore and online here. Have fun!

Lisa :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cards with Mademoiselle - Megan

Hello Again :)

Today Ive got three cards to show you using the Mademoiselle Collection - I loved the colours and theme behind this collection, beautiful.
I went with tried and true for these cards, nothing fussy, no mixed media, just let the paper and embellishments speak for themselves :)

First up I took a piece of 12x12 gold embossed paper and cut it to 6x6, distressing and inking along the edges. You can't tell in the photo but Ive curled the top corner over and used that as the basis of my cluster.

The quote is popped on chipboard and then the other embellishments are layered around that - sometimes you might only have one of something but chopping it half and tucking in between layers will stretch supplies further - I did that with my cog and flowers :)

I always decorate the insides of my cards as well, particularly if they're embellishment heavy on the front, the inside then stops it from being top heavy and falling over ;)

This next card I kept pretty simple, mainly because I loved these two pieces of paper :)

The cluster was created with some flat flowers and a couple of pieces from the collections pack.  The chipboard mannequin is from my stash, painted with gesso and then stamped with pinecone ink.  Ive also use pinecone for some subtle stamping in the background of the cluster.  A simple card, but really effective!

The inspiration for my third card came from the Kaisercraft blog challenge for this month, which was a sketch challenge.

Ive pretty much stuck to the sketch and just layered up different pieces from the collections pack and the cut aparts -  the 12x12 sheets with 3x4 cards on them.

Theres a few card ideas for you to end the week :)  Enjoy the weekend of craftiness ahead!
See you next time!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lisa - Always and Forever

Hi again. :) Today I'm sharing a couple of layouts made using the Always & Forever range by Kaisercraft, which is available instore and online now.

The first layout has a piece of kraft cardstock as a base, upon which I have stencilled a design using a combination of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (which I admit I have quite an addiction to!) I fussy-cut around the photo, placing it in the centre, and surrounding it with a selection of Collectables, as well as a few of the gorgeous roses I hand-cut from the Eternal sheet of paper.

A patterned strip cut from the selvedge edge of one of the 12x12 sheets is placed underneath the cluster of embellishments, and I added a strip of copper washi tape along with a metallic doily shape and a veneer word, "family." The word quote Collectable on the right was added last, to finish everything off.

A couple of closer detail shots are below:

My second layout also features stencilling in the background, but this time it's done using 3D gloss gel which was left over on the stencil from another project. Instead of wiping it off and wasting it, I placed the stencil on the paper to transfer the leftover gel, and then once it was dry, sprayed over it with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray for a subtle resist effect.

I hand-tore a strip from the Commitment paper to use for the border on the left, and then added my photo to the right, layering some more of the Commitment paper underneath, along with a piece of muslin to add a little texture and dimension.

I added some Collectables, and touches of bling here and there, as well as a spatter of white Tim Holtz ink to finish things off. At first glance, Always & Forever looks to be quite a feminine range, so I wanted to challenge myself to make a more masculine-themed layout using it, and I think I was successful. :)

You can find the range online here, as well as instore now.

See you again soon!