Friday, July 10, 2015

July DT Reveal with Kaisercraft

Hi everyone Cathy here,
I’m so happy to be back on the Kaisercraft Design Team for another year!!  It’s a dream job being able to play with all their fabulous products and gorgeous paper ranges, and I hope to be able to inspire you with my upcoming creations.
Today I am sharing my Kaisercraft DT reveal showcasing the 3 beautiful new Collections for this month!!

Botanica Collection
First up is the gorgeous “Botanica” Collection, which as the names suggests has a beautiful botanical theme full of greenery and flowers in shades of green, brown, creamy white with a hint of lavender.
If you have seen my creations, you will have probably noticed that I love taking photos of my daughter in amongst flowers or greenery, and one of my recent pics just happened to go beautifully with the Botanica range.

“All Things Grow Better With Love” Layout

The background for my LO was created by using the reverse of the “Seed” pp which is patterned in a lovely script writing.  I masked the paper with Derivan light modelling paste using the Damask Quarters Template diagonally across the paper and once dry, misted over the top with Antique Gold Kaisermist applied with a brush, then flicked the Denim Kaisermist randomly around the masked area.
As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I would be pulling out my trusty scissors for some serious fussy cutting!  I was immediately drawn to the leafy branches and blossoms on the “Pollen” pp and went to work with my scissors to create a wreath to surround my photo, and I love how it came out!  I also fussy cut a few smaller blossoms to tuck in amongst my cluster. To tie in with the wreath and add a little texture I cut my photo in a circle and used natural string to frame my photo.

Kaiser Product: Botanica - Paper – P1872 Plant, P1874 Pollen, P1875 Seed, P1877 Stem | CT831 Collectables | T621 Template – Damask Quarters | Kaisermist – KM102 Antique Gold, KM106 Denim | DD504 Decorative Die – Doilies |  EF214 Embossing Folder – Leaves | T331 Sanding Block | EM406 String Natural | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  DM-1MM2M32 Derivan Matisse Light Modelling Paste

“Live Laugh Love” Layout

For my 2nd LO, I cut a square section from the “Plant” pp, which  I scrunched, punched and distressed, then adhered centrally to the beautiful weatherboard “Leaf” pp.  I overlayed this with a piece cut from the reverse side of “Stem” pp which I punched and inked in bark to create a frame for my photo.
Bot LO2 cl1
I love mixing my mists to create different colours, so I made an olive mist to match my papers by blending the Lime Kaisermist with a touch of Antique Gold Kaisermist.  I applied the mist by soaking up onto a wet ones and lightly dabbing over my background, then stamped in random areas with the pretty “Flutter” texture stamp.
I did say this range was calling out to be fussy cut!!! ...  so for this LO I fussy cut the delicate flower stalks from the “Air” pp… very fiddly, but a great way to add dimension to your pages and well worth the effort!!   I finished off by flicking the olive mist over my LO, making sure to cover my photo in the process.
Tip:  If you don’t have the right colour mist for your project, try mixing some of your existing colours.

Kaiser Product: Botanica - Paper – P1872 Plant, P1873 Leaf, P1877 Stem, P1878 Air | CT831 Collectables | Kaisermist – KM102 Antique Gold, KM104 Lime | CS853 Texture Stamp – Flutter | T331 Sanding Block | IP724 Ink – Bark | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  border punch | archival ink

“Making A Memory” Card

To create a shabby effect on this card I softened my background by coating the pretty leafy pattern with  Derivan Gesso and white crackle medium.  Once dry I used my finger to apply a touch of mauve ink.  How fabulous is this C6 Brick Decorative Die!! Randomly cut out sections from the diecut, for a rustic/shabby look.

Kaiser Product: Botanica – PP973 6.5” Paper Pad | CS223 Clear Stamp Set | DD713 Decorative Die – C6 Bricks | F660 Mini Paper Blooms – Amethyst | IP733 Ink – Vine | CD511 Card Pack C6 – White | T303 Foam Tape | | Other Product:  DM-1MM2M10 MM10 Derivan Gesso | crackle medium | ink

“Friends” Card

The Paper Pad and Collectables were used to create this card.  I couldn't resist adding a few fussy cut flowers from the “Roots” pp.
I love to sand my edges, as it’s a lovely way to soften and add a touch of shabbiness.  Kaisercraft now have a set of Sanding Blocks, which are so much easier to use than a bit of sandpaper and have a different grade on each side!!
Tip:  Use a sanding block to soften the edges of a dark pp or photo.  It also add a lovely distressed feel.

Kaiser Product: Botanica – Paper P1876 Roots |PP973 6.5” Paper Pad | CT831 Collectables | CD511  Card Pack C6 – White | IP733 Ink – Vine | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  ink

Fly Free Collection
The 2nd Collection for this month is called “Fly Free”.  Such a vibrant collection and really packs a punch with its beautiful teal, hot pink and green colour palette.  This range has gorgeous florals interspersed with pretty birds and butterflies… so delicious!!
Another pretty photo of Brittany in amongst some Bougainvillea, and no I didn’t plan this photo to go with this paper range, but it is another perfect match, don’t you think!!

 “Dare to Dream” Layout

For this LO, I have mixed various pp’s in torn strippy sections at the top of my LO and used the lovely “QT” floral pp with a white background, so that I could spray it with Kaisermist to add a drippy effect, then randomly stamped over the top with Believe Texture Stamp.  To match the teal colour from the reverse of the Besties pp I mixed the Turquoise Kaisermist with a touch of the Lime Kaisermist... it came out close a pretty close match!!
I framed my photo, by fussy cutting a few flowers and leaves and teamed them with a few Collectables.  To create a little dimension I added a few of the fussy cut leaves and flowers with foam tape here and there, then finished off with a smattering of Split Pea Rhinestones.

Kaiser Product: Fly Free - Paper – P1890 QT, P1894 Bestie, P1895 Gal Pal| CT833 Collectables | KM102 Kaisermists – KM105 Turquoise, KM104 Lime | CS891 Texture Stamp – Believe | RS407 Rhinestones – Split Pea | T331 Sanding Block | IP917 Ink – Black | T303 Foam Tape

“Dream Big” Card
A pretty card created using the Paper Pad, Collectables and the reverse of "Kindred" pp which was fussy cut, then highlighted with a touch of bling, using Rhinestones.
Tip:  To make a vibrant coloured papers pop, ink your edges in black.

Kaiser Product: Fly Free - Paper – P1898 Kindred Spirit | PP975 6.5” Paper Pad | CT833 Collectables | SS289 12x12 Sticker Sheet | Rhinestones – RS407 Split Pea, SB775 Aqua Marine, SB702 Hot Pink | CD511 Card Pack C6  – White | IP917 Ink – Black | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  DM-1MM2M10 MM10 Derivan Gesso

Little One Collection
The final Collection is an adorable baby-themed collection called “Little One” which has the cutest images of  owls, elephant and hot air ballons with fluffy clouds and is a total must for creating LO’s with your precious baby boy or girl photos or why not use this range to create a cute projects for a baby shower gift or that special card for a new arrival.

 “Precious Baby Girl” Layout

This adorable pic of my niece Ella inspired me to use the Zoe and Noah pp’s from this cute collection.   The background was created by masking Derivan light modelling paste with the sweet floral section of the Flora Quarters Template, then randomly stamping over the masking with the “so precious” stamp from the matching Stamp Set.
Collectables and Stickers are a quick and easy way to make clusters of embellishments… omg how cute are those little owls!!  Just play around with grouping together various pieces until you are happy with your clusters, then adhere with foam tape to create dimension.
The Modern Doily Decorative Die is so pretty with the little hearts and flower cutouts.  I thought it tied in beautifully with this sweet baby page.  I also used the Love Hearts Decorative Die in amongst my cluster and backed it with smooth white cardstock for a softer look and to make sure it wasn’t lost in amongst the other embellishments.
Tip:  Keep the negative cut outs from your diecuts to use as embellishements (eg the little flowers and hearts from the Modern Doily Die)

Kaiser Product: Little One - Paper – P1883 Zoe, P1886 Noah, P1888 Chloe |PP974 6.5” Paper Pad | CT832 Collectables | SS288 12x12 Girl Sticker Sheet | CS Stamp Set | CD650 Cardstock – Smooth White | T620 Template - Flora Quarters | Decorative Dies – DD527 Modern Doily, DD105 Love Hearts | SB701 Rhinestones –Soft Pink | T303 Foam Tape
Other Product:  DM-1MM2M32 Derivan Matisse Light Modelling Paste

 Two sweet cards… one for a baby boy and one for a baby girl.  Here I have used the lovely Stained Glass Embossing Folder and Rhinestones to accent both cards.

“Hello Little One” Card

Kaiser Product: Little One - PP974 6.5” Paper Pad | CT832 Collectables | SS288 12x12 Girl Sticker Sheet | CD650 Cardstock – Smooth White | EF213 Embossing Folder – Stained Glass | SB701 Rhinestones –Soft Pink | IP726 Ink – Island | CD501 Card Pack Square – White | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape

“Baby Boy” Card

Kaiser Product: Little One - PP974 6.5” Paper Pad | CT832 Collectables | CD650 Cardstock – Smooth White | EF213 Embossing Folder – Stained Glass | SB774 Rhinestones – Ice Blue | CD511 Card Pack C6  – White | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape
Other Product:  Thread | Machine Stitching

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kaisercraft DT - Botanica Collection

Hi Everyone,

I am totally in love with the new "Botanica" Collection from Kaisercraft!! This range has so many beautiful pp's in pretty florals and lush greenery.... it's become one of my new favs!  Today I have a pretty card and a masculine LO to share with you using this fabulous collection.

The Design Team were asked to create a card showcasing the 6.5" Paper Pad and Stamp Set and to use the range to create a masculine layout.  Make sure you pop in to the Kaisercraft blog to ooh and aah over the gorgeous projects created by our super-talented Design Team.

“Treasure These Moments” LO

First up is my masculine LO.  At first glance this Collection has a very feminine look, but there are really quite a lot of pp's that can be used to create a great masculine page.  I choose a few of the green pp's with a hint of brown and the gorgeous weatherboard paper was cut down to create a frame for my photo.

Kaiser Product: Botanica – Paper P1873 Leaf, P1875 Seed, P1878 Air, P1880 Habitat | CT831 Collectables | SS286 12x12 Sticker Sheet |T620 Template – Flora Quarters | Kaisermists – KM102 Antique Gold, KM104 Lime |EM406 String Natural | Ink Pads - IP730 Avocado, IP724 Bark | T303 Foam Tape
Other Product:  mist | mini brads

“Friends” Card
This card was created using the Botanica 6.5" Paper Pad and Stamp Set.  The only other materials used are a bit of twine and an embossing folder.
Kaiser Product: Botanica – PP973 6.5” Paper Pad | CS223 Clear Stamp Set | EF214 Embossing Folder – Leaves | T331 Sanding Block | EM406 String Natural | CD511 Card Pack C6 – White | Ink Pads - IP719 Black, IP733 Vine | T303 Foam Tape
Other: circle punch

Kaisercraft "Botanica" Collection

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kaisercraft July Mood Board Challenge

Hi Everyone,

How would you like to WIN one of the latest paper collections from Kaisercraft!
Each month there will be a different type of Inspirational challenge to follow here on the Kaisercraft blog, All you have to do is create a layout and you could WIN one of 2 prizes each month.

The rules:  Each month of the first or second Thursday of every month a different challenge will be posted here on the Kaiser craft blog.  All you have to do is create a layout (12″ x 12″ or 12″ x 8.5″) using at least 80% of Kaisercraft papers and products. They can be of any Kaisercraft paper collection. Upload it to any gallery of your choice or in your own blog post. Once done, link your project into the INLINKZ section at  the end of the Kaisercraft Challenge blog post or in the comments sections below and tell us what inspired you to create your layout and your entry is complete.

The deadline: Comments with linked entries for each monthly challenge will close on the last day of that month at 11.59 (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10/Daylight Savings Time UTC +11)

The prizes: 1st PLACE: A full Kaisercraft collection of your choice.
2nd PLACE: A Kaisercraft Paper Pack 
Winners will be announced at the beginning of August.

Here is this month’s Inspirational Challenge,  it’s a Mood Board Challenge.  Inspired by the July paper collection “BOTANICA”
July challenge mood boar
What is a Mood Board? Well, it is an arrangement of images, materials or pieces of text intended to evoke a project of any particular style or concept.
Just create a layout using any part of the Inspirational Mood Board and with at least 80% Kaisercraft Products from any Kaisercraft paper collection.
Link your project at the end of the Kaisercraft Challenge post, in the comments section, or on the Kaisercraft Facebook page.        

Make sure to pop in to the link HERE to see all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team members, based on this month's challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge using the gorgeous new "Botanica" Collection.

BeYOUtiful - Botanica Collection
Kaiser Materials: Botanica – Paper – P1872 Plant, P1876 Roots, P1877 Stem, CT831 Collectables, CS223 Clear Stamp Set, T620 Template – Flora Quarters, DD500 Decorative Die – Script Words,  F660 Mini Paper Blooms – Amethyst, IP733 Ink – Vine, T303 Foam Tape.
Other: DM-1MM2M32 Derivan Matisse Light Modelling Paste, doily, ink.

Can't wait to see your creations for this month's Challenge!!
Thanks so much for stopping by  :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scrap Africa Guest Designer - July 1st Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I was very excited to have been invited by the lovely Denise van Deventer to be this month's Guest Designer for Scrap Africa Challenge Site.

The challenge for the 1st of the month  is to use this beautiful sketch designed by Denise.
You can create a card, tag, layout, an altered project, journal pages or even a digital project! You can create whatever you like!   Click on the link HERE to take you to the Scrap Africa blog site and be inspired by all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team and Guest Artists.

You can also find a  link at the bottom of the post to add your challenge creation.

You have until 14 July to upload your projects.

Here is my take on the sketch..  I decided to flip the sketch once to the right,

Oh So Pretty
I really enjoyed creating with this sketch and pretty much stayed true to it other than flipping it once to the right, as it was so pretty, but you can interpret the sketch any way you like.
I created the background  by starting with a couple of mists, then stenciling with Viva Inca Gold metallic mediums and for a little more texture, some microbeads.
The pretty chipboard flourish from Imaginarium Designs was altered with aged embossing powders from Stampendous.  They create a lovely depth with their multi-toned colours.
Materials Used:  Prima, Ruby Rock It and Donna Salazar pp's, Prima Mask, Heidi Swapp glitter stickers, Imaginarium chipboard, KaiserMist, Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists, Stampendous aged embossing powders, lace, jute twine,  buttons, microbeads, Girls Paperie Alpha stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kaisercraft Tuesday Tip - Colouring Mediums with Kaisermists

Hi Everyone,

I have the Tuesday Tip for this week at Kaisercraft, and today and I am going to share a technique using the delicious new Kaisermists!

I love my Kaisermists and use them on my creations all the time, they come in 10 gorgeous colours and have a beautiful shimmer to them.  Today I am going to show you how to use your mists to make your own coloured mediums.  Because Kaisermists have intense colour pigment in them, they mix beautifully with gel mediums to create your own vibrant textured mediums.

Here is a sample created by mixing the Glitter Bead Gel Medium, Gel Medium and Clear Crackle Medium with the Lime Kaisermist... don't they look fabulous!!

You can also use white-based mediums like Modelling Paste and Gesso, but will get more of a pastel shade.  You do need a bit more mist than used with Gel Mediums to achieve good colour results   Just have a play around and experiment by adding colour a little at a time, until you have achieved your desired shade.

Here is a sample of  Kaisermists mixed with white-based mediums and different coloured mists.  The White Opaque Flakes Medium has white flakes but is gel-based so you can see the colour is more intense.

To colour the crackle medium, I placed enough of the medium for my project on a craft sheet and added a little of the mist.  You want to make sure you have enough mixed for your project, as unless you use the exact same amounts of medium to mist ratio, you may not be able to replicate the colour.

 I then mixed with a palette knife until all the mist is blended through.   How easy is that!!

 Here is a little canvas I created using some Crackle Medium mixed with Orange Kaisermist and Glitter Bead Gel Medium mixed with Yellow Kaisermist.

Kaisercraft Product:  Fiesta Collection - PP971 Paper Pad, SS284 12x12 Sticker Sheet, CM130 Sunny Siesta 3x4" Captured Moments Cards. CM330 Sunny Siesta 4x6"  Captured Moments Cards, Kaisermist - KM Orange, KM  Yellow, KM Pink, T621 Template Damask Quarters
Other Product:  canvas, sequins, doily, thread, corner punch

 I applied the orange crackle and left overnight to dry.  The medium does dry darker.  I then applied the Yellow Glitter Bead Gel Medium with the Damask Quarters Template.  

Once dry, I sprayed the canvas with water around the masked area and applied Pink Kaisermist mixed with a touch of Red Kaisermist with a brush for a watercolour effect.

I embellished the canvas with Paper, Stickers and Captured Moments Cards from the "Fiesta" Collection.

Hope you enjoyed my tip and have fun creating your own mediums.
Thanks so much for stopping by :)


Monday, June 29, 2015

Kaisercaft Design Team - 2014-2015 Year in Review

Hi Everyone,

Well my term for this year at Kaisercraft is at an end, but I am thrilled to have been invited back for another year on this incredible Design Team!!  To finish off my term I am sharing projects created with some of  my favourite collections.  There were so many to choose from and it was very difficult to narrow it down, but here it goes.

“Everything Beautiful Has Its Moment” - Blue Bay Collection

The “Blue Bay” Collection has to be one of my all time favourite ranges… I can’t go past beautiful teals colours and when you mix it with creamy white, it’s a winner in my eyes!!  This canvas was created for my 2015-2016 DT application.

“Smiles” - Blue Bay Collection

“Timeless Moments” - Betsy's Couture Collection

Loved the mix of beautiful blues and greens teamed with the traditional cream and brown colour palette of vintage inspired “Betsy’s Couture”.

“This Life is Pretty Amazing” Shine Bright Collection

Geometric patterns and the bold colour palette of yellow black and white from the “Shine Bright” Collection really give your creations that WOW factor. Had a lot of fun creating this masculine LO.

“Life is Beautiful" Oh So Lovely Collection 
The title of this collection says it all “Oh So Lovely”. Adored creating with this gorgeous floral-themed range… another firm favourite!!

Shabby Chic Card - Oh So Lovely Collection 

“Smile” - Chase Rainbows Collection

So many vibrant colours and bold patterns in the fun and funky “Chase Rainbows” Collection, but of course I couldn’t resist the teals and blues!!

Extreme Gamer - Off The Wall Collection
Having a teenage son, I am always on the lookout for masculine ranges and was thrilled when Kaisercraft designed this cool collection.  I am in my element when I create beautiful feminine LO's , but love it when I get a chance to go grunge with a masculine LO.

I Am Who I Am - Close Up Collection
Another masculine LO created with the fabulous and versatile "Close Up" Collection which has a beautiful range of masculine and feminine pp's to choose from.

“Adore” - Rustic Harmony Collection

“Rustic Harmony” another gorgeous collection in pretty peach and greens and a lovely old world feel, just the thing if you love creating in a shabby chic style!!

“Special Moment” - Rustic Harmony Collection

“Hello Beautiful” - Tropical Punch Collection

“Tropical Punch” was right up my alley, so many gorgeous florals to fussy cut and those doilies… absolute heaven!!

BTP Altered Lantern - All That Glitters Collection
This pretty altered lantern was created using one of the many fabulous BTP wooden pieces from Kaisercraft using the delicious "All That Glitters" Collection!

“Christmas Tags” - North Pole Collection

Last on my list of favs, I had to add a Christmas range and I have picked “North Pole” for its non-traditional  colour palette and oh so cute designs!

Christmas Time - Yuletide Collection
"Yuletide - a more traditional Christmas range with gorgeous greenery and hints of old gold.

I hope you enjoyed looking back at some of the gorgeous collections released by Kaisercraft in the past year.  I know I had a fabulous time creating with them and can't wait to be able to inspire you with all the beautiful collections Kaisercraft have in store for you for the coming year.!!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)