Monday, September 28, 2015

Betsy - October's Ma Cherie Cards

Good morning all. Betsy here this morning and I am going to jump the gun ( it's not many days until the end of September!) and share with you the cards I have made with Kaisercraft's absolutely stunning, Ma Cherie Collection, which is coming out for October. When I saw this collection displayed at the Retailer's Days, I must admit I really fell in love immediately. The colour palette is beautiful. Wine, Pink and Grey go so well together. I seem to have a thing going for grey at the moment - just love it.

For the border of this card I have used Spellbinders A2 Scallop Border One and then the lattice was Spellbinders Grateful Lattice. A cluster of flowers, a double bow and a collectable's sentiment complete the card.

A 5 1/4" square card this time using one of the lovely papers to layer to the main card. The lattice for this one was cut using Cherry Lyn Design FRM115. The butterfly has been cut from one of the papers in the collection. Again a collectable sentiment. Using these, makes card making so easy.

Another 5 1/4" square card which is very simple. The flowers have been cut using Spellbinder's Daisy Heads Die - just thought to do something a bit different. The leaves for this one were cut also using a Spellbinder's Foliage Die.

This collection is available at Artfull Crafts but I feel you may need to be quick to get it! It will sure be popular, I think.

Thanks for stopping by, would love to know your thoughts ladies. Do remember the competitions that are going on, at Artfull Crafts, at the moment. There are prizes to be won, so do check out the web site.

Happy crafting and blessings to all,


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Time Machine

Good morning crafters.

This morning I am sharing with you three layouts I have made with the lovely Kaisercraft range Time Machine . I adore the colours of this range, as I am always a sucker for teal. The papers are very suitable for masculine or heritage type pages.

In this first page, I used the acetate 12x12 paper from the collection as my base. This is why its totally see through. I quite like the effect!! I have cut circles from supporting papers in the collection and used die cuts, to add a pop of colour here and there under the clock face, following the pattern.

 For the second page, I used lots of layering of metal and die cuts, and used a metallic texture paste through a stencil. I decided to keep this fairly simple and just use the die cuts and a few scraps of paper to frame the photo, along with a piece of corrugated card.
 To be honest, I will probably re visit this page again, and add some more stamping in the background, and to add a dark brown frame around the outside. ( Thats the great thing about creating with can tweak it til you are happy.....)

This third page is my favourite!!!
I used lots of scraps of paper which were layered up, then had texture paste through a stencil applied over the top. I used diluted twinkling h2o in several different shades to add shadow around the papers. These are great to add a little pop to your page and this is one here that I used with the page.

I used a more concentrated twinkling h20 to splatter the ink after the original layer was dry.
I find its better to give the little tub a spritz with water and leave it to soften for 5 minutes before I dive into it, then I can get good concentration of colour. If I want to dilute it, I put a little onto my craft mat, and add water with my brush to get the desired colour intensity.
I also utilised the tags and tabs from the die cut set to layer under the photo and on the right hand cluster. A piece of looped twine links the two sides of the page together to get a unified design.

Thanks for looking, and I will be back soon to show you  some more pages I have been creating with the new Kaisercraft ranges.

Ciao for now


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Its been a LONG LONG time......but I"m back!!!!

Hi everyone.

Hope your scrappy adventures have been full of magic lately. I have been busy behind the scenes with my scrapbooking, and have a number of layouts to share with you today.

These pages were made quite some time ago, for the Kaiser reveal back in JUNE!!!! Some of you who have been in to the shop may have seen these layouts on display.
( I misplaced my SD card for a little while, and was so happy to find it again....hence the belated reveal!)

So....lets get started.

These first layouts are using the Secret Garden Collection found here
A very pretty feminine collection with lots of florals and pinks.

The second of my layouts is from the Botanica collection. I loved the freshness of the greens in this collection. Lots of layers and texture in these layouts. 

Just a wee technique to note in the following two layouts
Often when we are using a stencil with spray inks, we just wash off the stencil and discard the ink down the drain......why not use the ink on the stencil and make an impression with another piece of paper to use on another layout? Means your beautiful inks wont be wasted....and you have another background ready made for your next layout, all ready to go!!

Thats it for today!

Looking forward to showing you some pages I have made with the new collections from Kaiser!! They are delicious!!!



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Melissa - Another Home for Christmas Layout

Good morning, its Melissa here!  Today I have a second layout to share that I made with Kaisercraft's Home for Christmas collection.  Its featuring my oldest child and only son Sam on Christmas Day last year.  It's tradition in our family for the kids to open their Christmas stockings before we go to church on Christmas morning.  Sam was dressed with a suit and red bow tie to sing in our special church service.  So super cute so of course I had to take some photos!

The background paper is from the collection, and has faint polka dots on it.  I decided to go with a central design, and used a strip of the large woodgrain to anchor my photo and elements.  I loved adding bits and pieces until I was done, and finished with some gold Heidi Swapp Colourshine.

The "merry christmas" is a transparent sticker, and I adore the font!

This beautiful banner piece is one of the Collectables in the collection.

This collection has lovely tags, and I tucked one in behind the photo.  The star is a sticker, and the "fave memory" is a Collectable".

You can purchase the collection in the shop here.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back next month. 

Bless you

Friday, September 18, 2015

Louise - Colouring Tutorial with Spectrum Noir Markers

Hi Louise here with you today - Since I my official title on the Design team for Artfull Crafts is Colouring Specialist I thought I should share something about how I colour.

I have chosen to colour up an image from Wild Rose called Bluebell with Hedgehog which is no longer in the online store but there are lots of other adorable stamps from the range available.  I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I will list the colours as I go through the instructions.  I stamped the image in Memento Ink Grey Flannel.  It is important to stamp your image with an ink that is alcohol marker friendly to avoid bleeding and ruining your markers.

I started by colouring Bluebell over most of her body with GB8, leaving the areas which will be coloured in lighter shades.

I then added texture with a flicking motion from the outside of the head to the inside leaving it untouched in the middle of the face and ears.  The marker was EB5.

I then went back with GB8 and blended the flicks out using first a flicking motion again over the EB5, then I went over lightly in a circular motion with the GB8

Once I was happy with how the blend of the two markers looked I added in my darker shadowed areas with EB8. I then blended over again using GB5

I then coloured my lighter areas with TN2 and using the same techniques as above added GB7 & GB10 respectively.

To add further definition I went over some of the areas of the image that had disappeared during colouring such as the eye, leg and the ear definition,

And here is the finished image (before adding a dot of red liquid pearls for the nose)
Here is a list of the markers....

Deer - GB8, EB5, EB8 and TN2 GB7 &GB10

Hedgehog - TN1, TN7, TN8

Present - DG2, JG2, JG6
CR8, CR9, DR7

Grass - LG2, CG2, CG3

Bachground - BT2, BT4

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope I have helped a little with blending your alcohol markers.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lisa - Home For Christmas layouts & canvas

Good morning! It's Lisa here, with a couple of layouts and a canvas to share, all made using the Home For Christmas range from Kaisercraft. It seems strange to be thinking of Christmas already, but I guess it's creeping ever-closer and will be here before we know it. This year really has whizzed by at the speed of light!

This collection is a little different from the usual traditional Christmas fare: lighter colours and more folk-art based designs. It almost has a kind of Scandi-vibe to it, and I really like the uniqueness of it. :) There is still the expected red & green colourways, but they're paired with black, white and blonde wood elements. Very cool!

My first layout is based around the Mistletoe paper- I hand-tore a couple of strips and layered them onto white cardstock, rolling the torn edges to add a little dimension. Behind them is a piece of the Sugar Plum paper (the woodgrain side.) My photo is attached on top of that on an angle. (Not a super-Christmassy photo, I know-- I don't seem to take many pictures on the actual day, oddly enough. Maybe that can be this year's aim, huh?)

On the left, I added two poinsettia die cuts, which are actually from an older Kaisercraft range, but matched the poinsettia sticker from the sticker sheet perfectly. I raised one of the die cuts with some dimensional foam, and added a few paper leaves in and around it as well. The little bird die cut is also from an older Kaisercraft Christmas range as well, but seemed to fit in perfectly. :)

To finish off, I added some bling, some red sequins, and some touches of sparkle in the form of Crystalina Kindy Glitz in various areas. A couple of close up shots are below:

My  second layout is non-Christmas themed, and shows how versatile this range is. I started with a base of kraft cardstock, and layered pieces of the Sugarplum (both sides) and Eggnog papers on top, hand-tearing a couple of them to get a layered look. I added some indian ink splatters, and once they were dry, I fussy-cut my photograph (my husband, enjoying a coffee at a local cafe) and slipped it in between a couple of the layers. 

I added a variety of embellishments (some Collectables, some gold washi, a kraft tag, a copper brad, some wood veneer pieces and a couple of vellum transparencies) and also fussy-cut a couple of the trees from the Decoration sheet. I'm pretty sure that sheet is my absolute favourite in the range-- the trees are so cute!

My last project is a square canvas made using one of the panels from the Warm Wishes sheet. It was so quick and easy-- I simply cut out my selected panel (the circle design, to contrast with the square canvas) and adhered it using mod podge. Once that had dried, I layered a couple of the Collectables (the burlap-patterned bird and the "holiday cheer" sentiment), using some foam tape to add some dimension.

I then added a paper leaf and a red gingham bow, along with some green and bronze bling. I used dimensional magic to highlight the little sprays of red berries on the inner circle, and finally, added some Ice Crystal Glamour Dust to the outside white circle. A detail shot is below:

And that's it for today! I hope you've enjoyed these projects, and maybe found some inspiration to start getting ready for the festive season-- if so, you can find the lovely Home for Christmas range here. Thanks so much for looking, and I will see you again soon!


Lisa :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Hi there, Christine S. here.  How are you today? Only three months to go before Christmas...eek! Where did the time go?!

Speaking of Christmas, today I'm sharing with you 5 cards to celebrate the silly season & the coming new year with Kaisercraft's Touch of Gold & Silver Bells collections.  Yep, for some reason I went card making crazy one night & these are what I came up with. ..& I'm giving them away to five different people! Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment which one is your favorite, & you'll be in the draw to win that card (wherever you are in the world :))! Winners will be announced first week of October, which gives three weeks time to comment.

These two collections are very different from each other which I both equally love.  Let's start with the modern A Touch of Gold collection with the first & second cards.

"Christmas Peace"

Peace, Christmas Card

Black & gold is always a winning combination, & you can't go wrong with all the shiny touches of gold foil in the specialty papers.

"Joy Filled Year"

Christmas Joy Card

This card is great as a New Year's or a Birthday card.  In here I've added some sentiments from the Birthday Wishes Clear Stickers.  These clear stickers are very handy for card makers & are great for layering too.

The next three cards are from the pretty Silver Bells collection.

"Merry & Bright Christmas"

Merry & Bright Christmas

It's great how you can create something pink & feminine for Christmas projects with this collection, & there's nothing more pink & feminine than the Organza Ruffled Ribbon at the bottom of this card.

" Merry Christmas"

Merry Christmas

It's time to bring out those Stickles/Kindy Glitz...they're perfect for anything "Silver Bells".  The True Blue Stickles that I've added as a finishing touch in this card complements the blue baubles from the papers.  You can add some Crystalina Kindy Glitz instead for a more subtle finish.

"Twas The Night Before Christmas"

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

As soon as I saw the flowers in this collection, it instantly became a favorite! The Stainless Steel Kilt Pin has been added behind the sentiment, & topped with a small bow & a Kaisercraft Mini Paper Bloom.

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? Which card out of the lot do you like best? Don't forget to comment which one is your favorite & I could be posting that card to you :)

If you'd like to add glam touches of gold to your projects, then check out A Touch of Gold collection here.  Or if you're dreaming of a white & pink Christmas, then do check out the Silver Bells collection here.  Thanks so much for dropping in & I look forward to hear from you.


Christine S.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Betsy - Tattered Lace Dies

Betsy here today ladies and sorry I am a bit late posting this but the day has got away on me.

I have had a lot of fun lately playing with the Tattered Lace Dies and there are some lovely ones on the market. The magazines comes out fairly frequently and there is always a free die with them. They are available to purchase at Artfull Crafts - there is also a number of different ideas in the catalogue, as well as some lovely papers. A very good buy really, well that's my idea!

This lady is stunning and she was a free die that came with the book. We actually made this card at one of the classes at Artfull Crafts  and the ladies really enjoyed doing it. It is a bow fronted card. The lattice die is a Spellbinders.

All ladies love shoes and this is no exception, you will agree, although I am well past this heel height! A very simple card and the gold and black looks terrific. My older punches were used to cut the flowers etc.

This is another die that came with the magazine.. I cut it out three times and layered it onto the card side by side. The colour showing through is just gorgeous. The verse I have I used is lovely and as I have had the stamp for some considerable time now, my memory has let me down as to where it comes from. Memories are like that, as one gets older!

There are some lovely Christmas collections coming through the shop now, so do keep your eyes and ears open, as no doubt you will be wanting some for your Christmas cards etc. A bit tempting when you are in the shop every week!!

All today ladies, happy crafting and blessings to all.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Melissa - Home For Christmas Layout

Good morning its Melissa here!  Hope you are enjoying the lovely Spring weather.  Today I'm sharing a layout I made with Kaisercraft's Home for Christmas collection.  This collection is perfect for Southern Hemisphere Christmas because it isn't overrun with snow!

I decided to scrap a photo of my oldest two on Christmas Eve 2014. Every night they would hang out under the Christmas tree, enjoying the atmosphere.  If you've wondering why the tree is on our coffee table, its to keep the presents from our youngest (who was 8 months old and crawling everywhere).

I cut apart the sentiment on one of the 12x12 papers and used it for journalling.

I love that Christmas tree paper, it was the perfect match for my photo.  I used India ink to tie in the black letter stickers.

I used an old wood veneer tag from an old Paper Bakery kit, and Amy Tangerine thickers.

You can purchase the collection here in the shop.

Thanks for looking!
Melissa :)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Louise - Home For Christmas Collection

Hi, Louise here with you today/evening ;) sorry this post is a little late in the afternoon, I have been distracted by calves and lambs today and hadn't typed up my post to schedule, but I am here now :)

I have been playing with my distress markers on this card and boy do I need some practice!  As I am sure you will agree, but cardmaking is all about keeping it real so I am using it on a card anyway.

As you can see the image is pretty rough.  I used a magnolia image from some time ago,  guess she is called present tilda or something similar.   

The papers are from a new release KaiserCraft Christmas collection called Home for Christmas as are the embellishments which are some of the collectables from this collection.

I machine stitched around a few of the layers with gold thread to add some texture and also distressed the edge of the tag with ink and added some gold fibre.

Thanks so much for joining me today :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September/October Challenge

It's challenge time for the months of September/October! There are plenty of ways to win so we encourage you to join in and see if you can win some prizes...

September/October Challenge

Submit a papercrafting project that has used either something old or something new. It could be a craft product, a photo of a new arrival, a tool or something you've hoarded and haven't got around to using yet. 

Alternatively, you can use colours from the pallete below and design a card, project or layout based on them. Failing that, use the sketch below as inspiration. So many options!

Colour Challenge

This month's colour palette is inspired by the start of spring. Use any of these colours to create a papercrafting project and upload it to the Gallery. Be sure to let us know you're entering the Colour Challenge.

Sketch Challenge

Sketches in Thyme have teamed with Artfull Crafts and have provided a sketch that you may want to use for inspiration. You don't have to stick to the monthly theme if you use these. Sketches are great for cards or layouts - and are perfect for the time-poor crafter, or for late at night when inspiration is lacking...


From Kaisercraft's new Silver Bells collection, we will create a mixed pack of papers and embellishments for each of the winners from the categories below:

1) Overall Challenge Winner
2) Colour Challenge Winner
3) Sketch Winner
4) First Time Entrant

How to Enter

Entry is SIMPLE!! Click here, upload your image, include a sentence or two and voila - you're entered! Your entry will NOT appear immediately. We will have to activate it from our end - which may take a day or two.

Alternatively, from our website homepage, you can find the challenges and enter by clicking the Gallery Tab along the top menu bar, then click into Competitions. They are all listed there for you to view and enter.

We look forward to being inspired by your work!

Entries close midnight Friday 30th October
Maximum of 3 entries per person 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Christine S. - Generations

Hi there, how's it going? I hope you've had a great weekend celebrating dads' special day.  Christine S. here posting an album with the lovely Generations collection today.  It's got a heritage & vintage feel to it, which is not my usual style but I did enjoy creating with it.  I like that it has some soft pretty colors mixed in it, rather than having too much brown which some heritage papers may have.  Here's the front cover:

Sister, My Greatest Joy

The Generations collection comes with a 12x12 Paper Pad (48 sheets) which I've used in each page of this album.  Aren't the Wooden Babushka Dolls adorable?


The pretty corals, blues & greens are what attracted me to create with this collection, & the inspiring words & quotes that come with it as well.  Perfect for all family & geneaology projects.


A few bits of ribbons & lace have been snuck in the pages & tied to the album ring.


Having the photos printed sepia works well with this collection & gave a lovely nostalgic feel to the whole album.  I'll surely reminisce when looking at this album every time the girls grow up.


There's a variety of Artfull Embellies throughout: Pastel Polka Dots Wooden Button; Antique Bronze Small Key; Pocket Watch Charm; Antique Bronze Clock Face Charm; Antique Bronze Small Flower Charm; Wooden Colored Peg; Silver Heart Charm; & White Waxed Cord.


There's also some old school Kaisercraft rub ons & wooden flourishes on some of the pages.


Of course there are some lovely die cut pieces from the Collectables & phrases from the Sticker Sheet as well.


Last is the back of the album:


So take a step back in time to remember family memories, past and present with the beautiful Generations collection.  If you love vintage timepieces, keys and floral patterns, you have to take a good look at this collection here.

Thanks so much for dropping by & having a look at the album with me.  Have a great week!


Christine S.