Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Christine - Boho Dream Cards

Hi there,  Christine here today, I have some cards to share using Kaisercraft's Boho Dreams Collection...

 I started with this card, love this feather paper and decided to use it as the background on kraft card to showcase this birdhouse stamp. I used my copics to colour in the birdhouses. I used some of the kraft coloured collectables to embellish.

 For this card I carried on the theme of birdhouses and used my dies to cut 3 out, to put in a row on this fence paper.

For this card I used my bigger MFT birdhouse die to use on my card. I framed it using the Kaisercraft Circle vines die (which I love!!!) and added a few rolled flowers at the bottom.

This card also used the Circle vines die as a frame for this Matilda image to sit in. I had to add in a little metal birdhouse to keep in with the theme of birdhouses!

So there you have it - my collection of Boho Dream Birdhouse cards!


Happy Creating!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Debi Ryan: Boho Cards

Hi, Debi here, it's been a while but I'm back today with some quick cards I put together using the new Kaisercraft Boho Dreams collection. I love this collection, I know I think I might say that about every new release- but I really do like this one, its a little different a little quirky and pretty.

These cards were quick and super easy to make, i just used cardstock, patterned paper and the die cuts- a bit of ribbon and we are sorted. Got to love the Kaisercraft die cuts for making card super easy.
That's all from me today, see you next time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Betsy - Mademoiselle Cards

Betsy on deck this morning to share some cards made with the stunning Mademoiselle Collection from Kaisercraft. Again, they have exceeded all expectations with this new range. I love the colours and the vintage feel.

Lately, I have been playing with some stunning new dies - Liz is in the process of securing this new product and will be having them at SENZ. I am really in my happy space when using these!! Sorry I am unable to give you the number of this die, as I left it in with Liz last week. It is a Sue Wilson die and it can be used two different ways. Lovely! The flowers are from Prima.

This is a super one! In the pack are seven dies, so there is certainly a number of various ways of using it. CED8101, Australian Collection, Background, again making a simple card but so effective I think you will agree. I have again used Mademoiselle Collection for the background paper under the die.

My third card today, using another Sue Wilson Die and the same collection as previously. CED6302, Configurations- Lattice Arched Adornment. There are certainly many ways of using this die, this is just one. The collection and the dies go so well together in my opinion!

Not long now until we are on our way North, so looking for ward to catching up with you all at SENZ. Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting and many blessings to all, until next time.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Christine - Mermaid Tales Cards

Hi there Christine here today with some cards I have made using Kaisercraft's Mermaid Tales paper pad....

I recently added to my stash of Copic markers so was keen to put them to good use. I thought this Artfull Inkling -Miranda Mermaid, would be good coloured up to co-ordinate with the Mermaid Tales paper. I then layered her up on the paper and used the bits and pieces found at the back of the paper pad to embellish, as well as some twine and bling rhinestones!

I had to colour her again to put on this card!

For this card I coloured in the Artfull Inklings - Sailing Boat, to go on my card. I love the wave like paper and the fishes one! I used some more labels from the back of the pad to embellish and this time used some enamel dots rather than the blingy rhinestones! It means it could be used for a male recipient - I never have enough cards for  males!


Happy Creatimg!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Michelle Reeves - Guest Designer

Hi everyone. Michelle Reeves was the lucky winner of our blog competition recently and she had a parcel delivered and the opportunity to create projects! She's certainly been busy!

Tell us about yourself:
My name is Michelle Reeves and I live in St Martins, Christchurch with my husband Neville and daughter Chelsea. We all enjoy camping - well camping for Chelsea as she is in a tent and has been since she was about 8 years old. Neville and I go 'glamping' as we have a 9.5 mtr articulated camper (5th wheeler) - toilet, shower, kitchen and comfy bed. Some of my best photos have been taken while we have been away, usually at Lake Aviemore - no power, no internet or cell 'phones...what more could one want! The camper is a work in progress as Neville has built it from scratch and every good man must have at least one project to keep him out of trouble!

Earthquakes and Crafting
I bought Chelsea a new camera about 7 years ago and booked us both into scrap booking classes so she could get more out of using it. We were both hooked! After the 3 classes finished, we started going to crop nights once a month on a Friday, 6pm to midnight. It was a great environment to learn from others, stretch ourselves and meet a great bunch of ladies. The last night we attended a crop night was 4.9.2010 - we arrived home just after midnight and were then rudely woken at 4.35am by the ground shaking quite violently. Although I have taken a lot of photos since then, it has taken me until now to get back into my crafts. After the February earthquakes, we remained in our home, but it was seriously damaged. We moved out in March 2013, living in two different rentals until we finally moved back into our new home July 2015. My craft room is coming together and I mentally feel good about life, so getting back into all sorts of projects!

My favourite style
I enjoy scrap booking and creating layouts to show off my photos, although a lot of my pages are plain with a few embellishments, etc as I want the photos to be the main feature. Landscapes are my main work environment, but occasionally friends and family pop up. I don't what my inspiration is, but I love showing off photos in a different way. I have done a lot with cards yet,  but I really want to do more 'beyond the page' work. I have a couple of projects to do and have been waiting to settle in our house as there is one I want to start for our bedroom. With winter coming I don't feel guilty spending time on my crafts!

Kit Contents (Kaiser's True Love collection)
The kit that Artfull Crafts sent me had these goodies inside and I tried to restrict my page to the items in the kit, but I did end up using some mini pegs for the bunting and a green ribbon rather than the pink as it fitted my theme better.

My layout
I had loads of fun with this layout. When I received the kit I knew exactly what photos I was going to use. The photo's are of my daughter, Chelsea, in the South T-shirt, and her very close friend, Georgia, in the North t-shirt. Georgia is from Auckland and is like my second daughter. The 2 girls met in 2008 at a Guide jamboree in Christchurch and have been to 2 more jamboree's since then while in Guides and Rangers. Thank goodness for cheap airfares as they see each other 2-3 times a year either here in Christchurch or in Auckland. Georgia's parents were fantastic to Chelsea after the earthquakes, offering her a place to chill out. They are now 20 and 19 respectively and are as close as ever.

The main image is the girls looking at a digital camera screen and were totally oblivious of me taking their photo. In the smaller images they are wearing tie dyed shirts created on one of our camping trips and picked up the colours in the kit. I laid out the items with the photos and shuffled things around, taking some off, putting them back, until I was happy. The bunting was created using three of the smaller sheets of paper stock cut into triangles and pegged to the string in the kit.

Favourite Projects
The other layouts I have included were a lot of fun to create, especially the one of my mum, her sisters and their mum. Again the papers, etc jumped out at me as I looked through my stash and it was a very easy one to complete. (I have had pages that just sit there and I had to really work at the layout...they usually come together in the end!). It is quite special as my grandmother and one of my aunts have passed away and the page brings back a lot of memories. 
The second page I have included is of my husband and daughter at Lake Aviemore, opposite Cave Stream. I picked the papers and embellishments for these photos as they epitomise the colours of the area and the reason we are there! I have also included a snapshot of my next project - can't wait to get into this one! I'm envisaging blacks, silvers and a splash of red. I have some really cool wee knobs to act as the hangars for my jewellery. 

My stash
When I first started scrapbooking I wasn't fussy and bought papers, embellishments, etc that I liked the look of. I also used to buy the occasional kit that came with all the pieces and a suggested layout. This was another great way to learn what to out with what and things can look. Now my stash is at a reasonable size I am a lot more selective and my favourite brand would have to be Kaiser craft. I love the variety of themes, colours with matching bits and pieces. 

Techniques I use
I feel I'm still a novice and learning techniques as I go, but one I learnt a while ago still gives me a buzz - I don't use it often as I keep it for that special layout. I tear the size paper I need and dampen the edges, one at a time. Then using a piece of sandpaper I gently rub/roughen the edges, also rolling up the edges a little. I can't decide whether I love rub-ons or brads/eyelets the most - they are both great in their own way and can make that ordinary looking page absolutely pop!

This year I hope to spend more time on my crafting and maybe try new techniques/products such as glitters and washi tape.... and be more adventurous.

For anyone starting out I would highly recommend Midnight Madness (I knew them as crop nights in Christchurch) as a way of meeting people, learning techniques, but most of all, just have fun....you can't go wrong because it is your layout! Thanks everyone for reading!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Kaisercraft 'Mermaid Tails' Mini Accordion Album

Hi everyone. Vonni here with another Design Team project.

Kaisercraft have some fun collections out at the moment and I have been lucky enough to have a play with them. Today, I am sharing a mini album that I created using Mermaid Tails.

The album is an accordion mini and measures 3" x 4". I have used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the album cover and gusseted pages. I'm not a huge fan of measuring and scoring. There are of course instructions on various websites if you would like to make it yourself without a cutting machine.

When you open the mini, the pages pop out so I tied a bit of twine around them to hold it all in place.

I matted each page in white cardstock & made my own pockets & tags for the pages. There is loads of room in this mini for recording special moments & adding mini photos.

I just love the colours in this collection. I've used papers from the 12x12 Paper Pack, which comes with a bonus sticker sheet, the 6x6 mini pad and elements from the gorgeous Collectables pack.

Thanks for stopping by :)