Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kaisercraft Tuesday Tutorial - Mermaid Tails and Always and Forever Collections

Hi everyone, Cathy here sharing my Kaisercraft DT projects for the month, as well as a step by step layout tutorial using the lovely ‘Mermaid Tails' and the newly released ‘Underwater’ Stamp and Die Set as well as one of the new Decorative Word Dies.

 “Young Wild and Free” Step by Step Layout Tutorial
Tutorial MT LO
Kaisercraft Product:  Mermaid Tails – Paper – P2079 Dolphin x2, P2082 Sea Turtle, P2084 Sea Foam | SS313 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CT855 Collectables | CS263 Mermaid Tails Stamp Set | GC111 Glitter Cardstock – Frost | DD155 Decorative Die Words – Young Wild and Free | DD917 Decorative Die and Stamp Set – Underwater | IT904 Designer Template – Fading Dots | KM105 Kaisermist – Turquoise | RS402 Rhinestones - Island Lagoon | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: DM-1MM2M02 Derivan Matisse Impasto Medium | embossing powder, superfine glitter

How gorgeous are the shades of teal and mauve in this collection… so pretty!! and the Glitter Cardstock is to die for and just happens to go beautifully with this underwater themed collection, by adding a touch of sparkle that you would see in the ocean waves shining on a beautiful Summer’s day.
MT Tut 1
To create this layout, start by roughly tearing diagonally down from the top left to ¾ down to the bottom right of the Sea Foam pp.  This section will be rotated so that the 12” length of the corner will be on the left hand side of the layout.  Fussy cut the bottom coral section of the Sea Foam pp and cut into 2 sections.  From the remaining piece cut a section measuring 12cm long x 7cm high and tear on a diagonal – refer to photograph.
MT Tut 2Using the torn sections as a guide, roughly tear two pieces from the Frost Glitter Cardstock to create a second layer. Diecut the Young Wild and Free Decorative Die title from the Glitter Cardstock.
MT Tut 3
There is a lovely new release ‘Underwater’ Stamp and Die Set which matches beautifully with the ‘Mermaid Tails’ Collection.  I have stamped the seaweed fronds and one of the tropical fish with Versamark on the teal green section of the ‘Dolphin’ pp and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I have also used the coral section from the Mermaid Tails Stamp Set which I stamped 3 times, then embossed in silver and fussy cut.  Cut the coral sections into pieces, refer to photograph.
MT Tut 4
Using the photograph as a guide, adhere the torn glitter sections under torn sections of the mauve corners.  Adhere 3 sides of the large and small torn corners to the mermaid side of the ‘Dolphin’ pp. leaving the torn side free, so that you can tuck in the fussy cut and stamped sections.  The ‘Dolphin’ pp will be turned upside down so that the mermaid is covered over and you only see the teal green section of the paper.  If you want to reuse the pretty mermaid section, use the corner to mark where to tear before adhering your corners.  If you are not saving, the large corner is adhered to the top left and the smaller corner to the bottom right.
Arrange the fussy cut coral sections, silver stamped sections and the mauve coral diecut from the matching Collectables under the torn edges.  When you are happy with positioning, adhere with tape.
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Using the dots section from the Christmas Quarters Template, mask around the coral with Impasto Medium and whilst wet, sprinkle with glitter.  Shake off excess and dry with heat gun.
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MT Tut stencil
Splatter turquoise Kaisermist around the coral.  The fine splatters can be achieved by applying mist to an old toothbrush, and flicking the mist by drawing your finger over the brush.  Have a little practice first, to get an idea of how to direct the flicks where you would like them on your background.

Using the photo as a guide, adhere your photo, seaweed and fish stamped diecuts, and the strip from the bottom of the ‘Sea Turtle’ pp with foam tape and the Glitter diecut title with glue.
MT Tutorial ed
Pre-sand the edges of the seahorse diecut collectable and the seashell sticker border to make them pop.  Tuck in seahorse and seashell collectables and adhere with foam tape.  Adhere the seashell sticker border under the phrase strip and the Live Love Dream Sticker to the side of the seaweed with foam tape.  Randomly adhere the island lagoon rhinestones around the coral borders.  I decided to add the little  stamped and embossed diecut tropical fish created with the Underwater Stamp and Die set to the bottom right corner and stamped some of the bubbles coming out of his mouth... too cute!!
Tutorial MT LO

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To finish off I have lightly sanded around the edges of my layout with the Sanding Block to create a grungy white border.
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and that perhaps it has inspired you to create your own version of this layout :)

I have created a Birthday and Thank You card with the Mermaid Tails Collection and again teamed it with the new Glitter Cardstock for a bit of added sparkle and shine.  This glitter cardstock diecuts beautifully and the best bit is no messy glitter to clean up!!

“Thank You” Card
MT TY Card
Kaisercraft Product:  Sea Breeze – Paper – P2081 Sea Grass, P2086 Deep Sea | PP996 6.5” Paper Pad | GC111 Glitter Cardstock – Frost | DD349 Decorative Dies – Oval Ornate Frame | RS402 Rhinestones – Island Lagoon | CD501 Square Card Pack – White | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape

“Happy Birthday Beautiful” Card
MT HB Card
Kaisercraft Product:  Mermaid Tails – Paper – P2080 Coral Reef, P2081 Sea Grass, | PP996 6.5” Paper Pad | CT855 Collectables | GC111 Glitter Cardstock – Frost | Decorative Dies – DD510 Nesting Frames, DD516 Vines | EF230 Embossing Folder – Circles | RS402 Rhinestones – Island Lagoon | CD511 C6 Card Pack – White | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape

The second release for this month is the gorgeous ‘Always and Forever’ rustic and romantic themed Collection which perfectly captures the true meaning of everlasting love.

“You Make My Heart Smile” Layout
AF Layout
You don’t necessarily need to create a romantic layout with this collection.  As you can see, I decided to create a layout showing how much my daughter means to me, by using an overall heart theme, teamed with gorgeous roses and doilies diecut Collectables and Stickers.  I fell in love the the beautiful foil paper from the 6.5” matching Paper Pad and used this with the Heart Frame Embossing Folder to create the main heart embellishment.  I also used the embossing folder to add some texture to the heart diecuts from the Collectables, which I lightly sanded to create a distressed shabby look.  The foil paper was also used with the Vintage Keys Decorative Die.
AF LO cl1 - Copy
Keeping in theme with the hearts I masked my background with metallic champagne metallic paste and the new ‘Love’ Designer Template.  Once dry I applied mist by spraying onto a piece of acetate then applying to my background paper to create a mottled shabby effect, and finished off by randomly stamping with the PS I love you stamp from the matching stamp set.
AF LO cl3 - Copy
Kaisercraft Product:  Always and Forever – PP997 6.5” Paper Pad | CT856 Collectables | SS313 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CS264 Always and Forever Stamp Set | EF240 Embossing Folder – Heart Frame | IT910 Designer Template – Love | DD738 Decorative Die – Vintage Keys | Kaisermist –KM117 Peach | F628 Paper Blooms - Honey | F667 Mini Paper Blooms - Coral | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: ink, metallic paste

“I Love you” Diamond Fold Card
AF Folded Card front
You may have noticed that I have been playing around with various folded box cards this month and I was having so much fun, that I decided to make another.  This one has an origami feel to it and opens up to reveal a greeting and is secured with a belly band.  I found this tutorial created by Beate Johns at Splitcoast Stampers http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/diamondfoldcard/.
AF Folded Card open
All you need is the 6.5 inch paper pad and a bit of cardstock to create the simple version of this card.  I chose to use the collectables to embellish the belly band, but you could easily fussy cut your own embellishments from the paper pad.  The front panels of the card were embossed with the pretty Butterfly Flourish embossing folder, then lightly sanded to make the embossed detail pop.

Kaisercraft Product:  Always and Forever – PP997 6.5” Paper Pad | CT856 Collectables | CD101 Cardstock Weave – Coconut | EF237 Embossing Folder – Butterfly Flourish | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape

I received one of the new Standing Word beyond the page pieces in my kit this month. I have covered this in paper from the Always and Forever Collection and left it fairly clean and simple, but it could be jazzed up to create a gorgeous centre piece for a wedding.

“Always and Forever” Altered Standing Word

Kaisercraft Product:   Always and Forever – SB2416 Always and Forever Standing Word | Paper P2091 Lovable, P2094 Endless Love | SS313 12x12 Sticker Sheet | T322 PVA Craft Glue | KC001 Kaisercolour Paint – White

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Scrapbook Store - Bo Bunny Secret Garden Collection

 Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing my final layout for the month for The Scrapbook Store created with the beautiful Bo Bunny 'Secret Garden' Collection.  Why not pop in to the The Scrapbook Store and check out this gorgeous collection of papers while they are still in store.

Take Time to Smell The Roses
I love to look through Pinterest for inspiration photos and came across this lovely pic which I thought would go beautifully with the Bo Bunny Secret Garden range.  I have fussy cut the pretty flowers from the 'Roses' pp and layered them with a couple of Doodlebug mini paper doiles to frame my photo.

I have to admit that I adore Blue Fern chippies and have used the gorgeous Collage Border which I cut up into 3 separate pieces.  I sponged the pieces with Liquitex surface prep gesso and whilst still wet I applied a mix of Stampendous aged shabby pink and aged rose embossing powders.  I love the vintage/shabby effect you can create with these embossing powders!!

The colours in this range a really vibrant, so to achieve a softer and dreamier effect I have lightly sponged over the background papers with Liquitex gesso, and used the Tim Holtz latticework stencil with Prima Modelling Paste.

The Scrapbook Store Product
Other: lace flowers, mini brads

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kaisercraft DT - Sea Breeze and Cottage Rose Collections

Hi Cathy here sharing my creations with this month’s gorgeous new Collections from Kaisercraft – Cottage Rose and Sea Breeze. 

I am loving the Cottage Rose collection, which has a pretty shabby chic feel with beautiful floral, damask and weatherboard patterned papers… just a gorgeous collection all around!!

“Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”
For this layout I went to town with fussy cut flowers from the beautiful ‘Floral Bouquet’ pp, which I layered with a few Collectables and stickers from the 12x12 Sticker Sheet, creating a pretty cluster to surround my photo.
background paper with Derivan modelling paste using the beautiful Floral Lace Designer Template, and randomly stamped around the edges with the lace border from the Cottage Rose stamp set.  I finished off with some flicks of candy Kaisermist and diecut butterflies from the C6 Butterflies Decorative Die.
Kaisercraft Product:  Cottage Rose - Paper | P2070 Floral Bouquet, P2073 Crochet, P2074 Garden | CT854 Collectables | SS311 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CS254 Clear Stamp Set | Decorative Dies – DD725 C6 Butterflies, DD556 Rectangle Fancy Frames | IT906 Designer  Template – Floral Lace | KM115 Kaisermist – Candy | SB786 Pearls – Rose | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: DM-1MM2M32 Derivan Matisse Light Modelling Paste, ink

“Happy Birthday to You”

A quick and simple card with a few distressed layers and a touch of fussy cutting created with the 6.5” Paper Pad and one of the frames from the Collectables.

Kaisercraft Product:  Cottage Rose – PP995 6.5” Paper Pad | CT854 Collectables | DD725 Decorative Dies – C6 Butterflies | CD507 Card Pack Square – Baby Pink | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape

“Wedding Day” - Altered 8”x10” Frame
The papers from the Cottage Rose collection have a lovely old-world dreaminess to them, and just perfect for creating an altered frame to showcase a wedding photo. The new glitter cardstock adds a lovely touch of sparkle to the main flower cluster… so many gorgeous colours to choose from!! I diecut the Berry Vine Decorative Die from the pistachio glitter cardstock.  Looks so much prettier in real life!
Kaisercraft Product:  Cottage Rose - Paper | P2070 Floral Bouquet, P2071 Welcome, P2075 Weatherboards, P2077 Framed | SS311 12x12 Sticker Sheet | GC108 Glitter Cardstock – Pistachio | CS257 Background Stamp - Script | Decorative Dies – DD DD522 Berry Vine, DD738 Vintage Keys, DD764 Words – Occasions Pack | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: DM-1MM2M10 Derivan Matisse Gesso, ink

“In These Moments”
This layout was created for this month’s sketch challenge.  You still have time to enter!! Click on the link HERE for details.

Kaisercraft April Sketch Challenge

Kaisercraft Product:  Cottage Rose - Paper | P2074 Rose Garden, P2075 Weatherboards, P2076 Quilt, PS448 Gloss Lace Specialty Paper | CT854 Collectables | SS311 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CS254 Clear Stamp Set | Decorative Dies – DD372 Hydrangea Flower, DD901 Stamp and Die – Rose | EF240 Embossing Folder – Heart Frame | Kaisermist – KM111 White, KM115 Candy, KM117 Apple | SB786 Pearls – Rose | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: white embossing powder, gesso

 “This Is Me” Layout

The pretty vintage frame collectable was the inspiration behind this layout.
Kaisercraft Product:  Cottage Rose - Paper | P2074 Garden, P2076 Quilt | CT854 Collectables | SS311 12x12 Sticker Sheet | EF241 Embossing Folder – Sketched Rose | DD726 Decorative Die – Butterflies C6 | T628 Template – Floral Quarters | KM115 Kaisermist - Candy | SB794 Pearls –Snow | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  DM-1MM2M32 Derivan Matisse Light Modelling Paste, Vellum

I have to admit that teal is one of my all-time favourite colours, so when I clapped my eyes on the Sea Breeze collection, I was in love!!  Beautiful flowers mixed in with a lovely variety of pretty patterned papers and contrasting black and white to make the teal colours pop and you have a collection which is a pure delight!!

OMG how gorgeous is the Speciality Ripple Gloss Paper from the Sea Breeze Collection!!  Pull out a couple of co-ordinating mists and you have a stunning background created in an instant!!  I chose to combine the Turquoise with the Wisteria Kaisermists to create a luscious contrast against the white background, then flicked over this with the Winter Grey Kaisermist to create a little more depth, and a touch of sparkle with some lilac rhinestones.
For my title I diecut the happiness word from the new release Decorative Die Word Set  – Happiness in violet Weave Cardstock to make it pop and tie in with the wisteria Kaisermist.
Kaisercraft Product: Sea Breeze – Paper – P2016 Waterlily, P2021 Raindrop, P2022 Swirl, PS448 Speciality Gloss Paper – Ripple | SS310 12x12 Sticker Sheet, CT853 Collectables | CD177 Cardstock Weave - Violet | DD758 Decorative Die Words – Happiness | Kaisermist KM120 Wisteria, KM112 Winter Grey, KM105 Turquoise | SB705 Rhinestones – Lilac | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape Other Product: Ink

”Special Memory”
I chose to use the other gorgeous Specialty Diecut paper from this range to create my second layout, as I loved the weatherboard teamed with the pretty blooms… no need to pull out my scissors for fussy cutting here, as I used some of the beautiful blooms from the Collectables.
I love to distress and grunge up my creations, as it adds a layer of texture and dimension, so for this layout I cut random slits in the Specialty Paper and distressed the edges so that you can see the pretty background paper peeking through.  The Paper Blooms were given distressed finish by flicking with a touch of turquoise Kaisermist, then dipping the edges of the flower in gesso and sprinkling the wet gesso with aged embossing powder… hard to see in the pictures, but it looks really pretty and very shabby chic. 
One of the other techniques I love to use to create a distressed/shabby look, is to sand the edges of my papers and photos to expose the white core using one of my favourite tools – the Kaisercraft Sanding Block!!  I love the illusion of dimension this creates on my layouts.

 Kaisercraft Product: Sea Breeze – Paper – P2023 Splash, PS447 Speciality Gloss Paper – Pond | SS310 12x12 Sticker Sheet, CT853 Collectables | CS257 Background Clear Stamp – Script | KM105 Kaisermist - Turquoise | F627 Paper Bloom – Coconut | F649 Mini Paper Bloom – Sage | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape  Other Product: Embossing Powder, DM-1MM2M32 Derivan Matisse Light Modelling Paste, ink

”Celebrate Your Day”
How fabulous is the new release Decorative Die Words – Occasions Pack… it has all the basic greetings covered to create handmade cards for the special people in your life.

Kaisercraft Product: Sea Breeze - PP99 6.5” Paper Pad | DD764 Decorative Die Words – Occasions Pack | KM111 Kaisermist – White | F648 Mini Paper Blooms – Sea Breeze | CD511 C6 Card Pack – White | IP719 Ink Pad - Black| T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  DM-1MM2M10 Derivan Matisse Gesso

”Be Happy and Smile”
This card was created using the 6.5” Paper Pad and matching Clear Stamp Set.

Kaisercraft Product: Sea Breeze - PP99 6.5” Paper Pad | CS353 Clear Stamp Set | Kaisermist KM111 White, KM105 Turquoise | EM926 Lace Pack – White | SB786 Pearls – Teal | CD501 Card Pack Square – White | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: muslin, grey ink

Thanks for stopping by J

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Scrapbook Store DT - Bo Bunny Secret Garden

Hi all,

This month for The Scrapbook Store I am creating with the beautiful Bo Bunny 'Secret Garden' Collection.

This collection has a pretty Spring garden theme in shades of purples, blues and pinks, with hints of silver foil.

The Whole World is a Garden
For this layout I chose to go with the pink toned patterned papers and sourced my photo from Pinterest.

The Green Tara azaleas were the perfect fit with these pp's and the fussy cut blossoms.

How gorgeous is the new Blue Fern Serendipity Medley background stamp!!  I have randomly stamped with this and embossed in Stampendous metallic sterling silver to tie in with the lovely foil paper accents.