Saturday, April 30, 2011

Liz Gregory's Kaisercraft Design Team Entry

Here it is! My Kaisercraft Design Team entry. I've thoroughly enjoyed putting the post together - but that's no surprise! I love Kaiser products, the people and the company. I've been privileged to meet the staff on a few occasions and if you've followed my business (Artfull Crafts) you'd know that Kaiser is my favourite brand. I love their products and would be thrilled and excited to be on their Design Team.

Every time a new range comes in store I take one of everything (I now have a lovely little stash.) I love creating layouts, cards and Beyond the Page - and I can't decide which I enjoy the most - so this post has a collection of all three. I also have fun experimenting with different styles - so sit back and enjoy a mix of clean lines and vintagey projects!!!

Firstly I'll showcase an English Rose layout - one of my favourite collections.

Materials used: English Rose Papers - Estelle (P598), Lillian (P599), Frieda (P600), Pearl (P601), Thelma (p597), Florence (P596), Classic Latte Pearl Flourish (PL512), Wooden Flourish Keys (FL306), White Doilies (EM949). Other - Cardstock, chipboard leaves, lace, organza, mini roses.

I created this layout for a class of keen Cantabrians who came to Timaru to escape the earthquake rumbles. The "curtain" theme is a great way to frame a photo and the antique nature of the papers lent itself well to older photos.

Use cardstock and Lillan as the base. Distress edges and place photo onto Frieda (15cm x 20cm) and adhere to page.

To create the curtain effect, cut two pieces of Estelle paper 20cm x 15cm. Score them at 1cm intervals (lengthwise) and create two fans. Tie with organza in the middle. Adhere to the page on either side of your photo. Cut a strip from Pearl paper adhere to the top of the curtains. Cut 15cm of the lace and use ribbon glue to adhere on top of the strip.

Create a cluster on the bottom left of the layout. Colour the pearl flourishes with alcohol inks, cut out roses from Florence, spray some glimmer mist and scrunch them. Ink the edges and adhere with mounting foam. Colour the chipboard leaves and adhere. Put some gloss onto the wooden key and after it’s dry feed organza through the top. Adhere with mounting foam. Place some mini roses onto the cluster. Add doily, die cuts and roses to the top right.
Chanteuse Layout

Materials: Chanteuse Papers - Rhonda (PS142), Marcato (p643), Soprano (P642), Vivo (P640), Eco (p641), Tremelo (P639), Stacatto (P638), Chipboard (CB125), Posies (EM960). Other - Ribbon, plastic netting.

What another great collection. I've been having some fun doing some serious ripping of paper - so I've placed the photo in behind a ripped, rolled and inked frame inside the die cut. To get this effect rip out a large circle in the middle of the Chanteuse die cut. Then make another 15 tears around the outer edge. Wet and roll back those edges until you are happy that a photo can fit inside this area. Ink the edges in pink and brown colours.

Adhere a large square of Vivo behind the ripped opening to the brown cardstock, add plastic chicken netting, photo and then the Rhonda die cut on top.

Cut out some floral elements from Stacatto to place on the top right corner. Layer up the large chipboard frame element and cut out the chandelier from Marcato to layer on top.

Place the large chipboard flower in the bottom left corner of the die cut, place the smaller chipboard floral element on top of that and then cut out the centre of two flowers and build them on top.

Tie ribbon around a posy of stems and tuck under the chipboard. Adhere pearl bling strips around the edge of the frame.

Cut out words from Marcato, ink them and stick to the layout where desired.

Chanteuse Card

Chanteuse was also the feature at last week's card class. I love the way the flowers are easily able to be cut out and layered up on this Cascade card.


Bubble Gum Hills Circle of Friends layout

This range really sums me up - I love bright colours and I make a lot of noise too! I've been creating this layout for a special class (I'd better not reveal it here) - but let's just say we're going to have a lot of fun and entertainment in this class...

Materials: Bubble Gum Hills Paper - Tropical Twist (p630), Blue Lemonade (P631), Orange Pop (P634), Nectar Blast (PS139), Berry Surprise (P363), Fruit Galaxy (PS140), Printed Chipboard (CB124), Mini Journal Tags (JT615), Classic Island Lagoon Rhinestones (RS462). Other: Brads, diamond dust, mini roses, alphas.

I've created a collection of flowers with Kaiser doilies, scallop punch, Kaiser blooms, glubers and more and adhere them up the side of the die-cut paper.

Bubblegum Trinket Box
I've used some of the left-overs to create a "Make Up" box from the Trinket Box. My dresser will look a bit tidier now! I've used a Kaisercraft wooden leaf flourish and have painted Smooch on it to make it sparkle. I really enjoy Kaiser wooden flourishes. You can paint them, ink them, smooch them, add dimensional magic, glitter them and put embossing powders and opals on them.

Materials: Bubblegum Hills Paper Collection - Fruit Galaxy (PS140), Tropical Twist (P630), (Trinket Box (W238), Leaves (FL301), Printed Chipboard (CB124), Journal Tags (JT615). Other Ribbon, paper gerbera.


Timeless Album

Timeless Papers (P652, P653, P654, P655, P656, P657), Occasion Planner, Kaiser Blooms (F635), Twin Lamp Post (FL325), Mini Alphas, Black Album Rings (M020), Alphas CB108

What a classy set of papers. They look awesome with the new paper blooms and wooden flourishes. The Kaiser blog showcased some wonderful projects and I was inspired to create a Heritage Album. I have the photos for the project - but I need to go and chat to an elderly aunt and get the stories written down. At the end of the day I think scrapbooking is a fabulous opportunity to capture memories whilst indulging in an art form. This lamp post was too long for the album, so I took the top off and worked with the one lamp. The grain of the wood comes out quite clearly when you ink up the flourish. To create a scroll, simply rip your paper, wet the edges, roll and then ink. Add mini alphas.


Love Notes Layout and Cards

This range came out around the same time as our Wedding Anniversary - and the layout was an attempt to do a fairly clean-line layout without too much fuss. It's great what you can do with just a piece of Kaiser paper! A variety of hearts have been cut out, glossed and some have had diamond dust added on top. The journal tags are a brilliant idea for adding important and memorable details.

And of course you can't give a gift without a card. But I liked these cards so much I didn't want to write in them (is anyone else like that?!). The chipboard designs were stylish and a great size for these 6x6" cards.


Secret Bird Society Tissue Box

Materials: Secret Bird Society Paper - Mystery (P544), Shh (P546) Conceal (P549), Chipboard (CB112), Leaves (EM921), Vintage Crochet Doilies (EM951), Lace Cream Doily (EM948), Pearl Latte Brads (PL505), Peachy Keen Embellishment Pack.

Hubby has taken up hunting and so this range seemed perfect - plenty of tissues might be needed if he comes home empty-handed...!

To recreate this project glue Shh paper to the top of the box and trim off with a craft knife. Glue Mystery paper around the sides and create a landscape by clustering elements around the sides - forest, leaves, birds, trees with deer etc. Ink the leaves, colour the chipboard stems and cut out two butterflies and layer them on top of each other to give the effect of motion. Layer up a mini doily with a Peachy Keen fabric embellishment on top.

Finally slit a vintage crochet doily in 6 places and stretch it under the top of the box, leaving a hole in the middle for the tissues. Add pearl bling strips around the edges.

Use when necessary!


Up, Up and Away Cards
The 6x6 Kaiser paper pads are one of my favourite products. They are filled with interesting papers and useful die cuts. This set of cards features the matching chipboard and some good old fashioned twine.

Materials: Up, Up and Away Paper Pad (PP826), Chipboard (CB111), Journal Tags (JT602). Other: Twine, alphas, stickers

I hope you've enjoyed the application. Best wishes to all the entrants - there is so much talent out there!

:-) Liz

Some creations from Tina

Hi, it's Tina here with some of my creations to share with you.

I made my album by die-cutting the edges of my chipboard and acetate using Tim Holtz dies, and Zuttering it all together.  I  then painted, and Glimmer Misted, then added Glimmer Glam and heat embossing.  Then I embellished and added photos.  It was a major mission, but I absolutely love how it turned out.


 Sorry about the blue tinge , we've had a lot of cloudy days lately!

 The tiny birdcage was made using Shrink Plastic and Tim Holtz dies.  The pieces with spritzed with Glimmer Mist before heating.

Here's a layout I've done using Kaisercraft English Rose.  I stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder on the corners.

I've used a Kutalicious acrylic word for my title and coloured it with Tim Holtz Alcohol inks and added some Metallic Mixatives.
If you've never used Alcohol inks before, they are an amazing product.  They work well on all glossy/non-porous surfaces, but can also be used to colour seam binding, fabric and ribbons.  They come in small bottles which last forever, because you only need to use a few drops.  I use them to colour flowers & rhinestones, on acetate and metal foil, you can "age" metal embellishments, & re-colour well as a heap of other things!  I love the amazing  effects you get with them, especially on metal and acetate.  There's a nice tutorial  here, otherwise if you Google 'Tim Holtz alcohol ink tutorial' you'll get lots of You-tube  links to watch Tim do his magic.   

 I love this Gabrielle collection by Bo Bunny.......and I've added a dash of Tim Holtz' new Kraft Resist paper.

I'm off to dance Eisteddfods all weekend, watching my darling daughters.   Still have to sew sequins on costumes so I'm off....
Have a great weekend

Friday, April 29, 2011

"Travel and Treats" Challenge Round-up and WINNER!!

Hi Everyone

What a busy month this has been! The blog has been very active with some great posts from all the Design Team, and today we announce who will join our Design Team for the next month!!

We really do appreciate you taking the time to submit these to us - we all look at each one and we are thrilled you are keen to participate!

Let's take a look at some of the entries we have received.

Easter and Treats!
Fabulous cards from Sandy Ang

Treat Boxes from Stacey Donalsdson

Fun Bunny cards from Kathy and Kaye

Beyond the Page

Pretty Treasure Box from Sarah Howey

Look at this train from Shania  - Awesome to see it in pink!
Look at this detailed Travel Journal from Ngaere Bennetts

Great Selection of Cards
Jan, Viv and Bev sent us these lovely cards
More great cards from Viv and Kathy

Fun layout from Kim Ahern

Beautiful baby layout from Stacey Donaldson
We love this simple but striking LO from Paula Breen

Liz had the very unenviable task of choosing a winner from these wonderful entries - BUT there has to be one.

Ngaere Bennetts will be joining our
Design Team for the next month.

Ngaere has entered each of our challenges and has produced some wonderful work. We are really pleased to announce her as the winner again this month.

A huge thank-you to all who participated - will be announcing our next Challenge THIS Sunday (Just in time for Mothers Day) and I know you will all have some work past and present to enter....

Lowri :-)