Friday, June 17, 2016

The Scrapbook Store - Blue Fern Studios 'Tranquility'

Hi Everyone,

I have my 2nd layout of the month to share for The Scrapbook Store created with the beautiful Blue Fern Studios 'Tranquility' Collection.

Picture Perfect

I was attracted to the sweet poppies from the 'Serenity' pp and went straight for my scissors for a bit of fussy cutting to create elements to layer around my photo of Brittany.  I used the creamy centre of the pp to diecut the Spellbinders lacey frame to add to my layers.

To create my background I stencilled diagonally across the 'Peaceful' pp with Faber Castell Whipped Spackle using the Tim Holtz flourish stencil which is one of my all time favs!! then misted over the top with Lindys Starburst Bougainvillea Fuchsia mist.

For added depth and dimension, I flicked over with Lindys Rusty Lantern Lime, My Mojito Green and Antique Gold Kaisermist. then highlighted the masked flourishes with Berry Nice Prills.

I wanted a bit of greenery to add to my fussy cut flower, so I diecut the Native Flourish Kaisercraft Decorative Die several times from Kaisercraft Olive Textured Cardstock, then misted with the Lindys Rusty Lantern Lime and My Mohito Green and highlighted with touches of Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold to create a mottled effect.

I love Viva Inka Gold to alter metal charms and have used the copper on my butterfly, which I topped with a Petaloo Teastained Butterfly and a little heart charm.

TSS Products Used:
Other Product: Spellbinders Card Creator Die, Kaisercraft Be Yourself Word Pack Decorative Die, metal charms, lace

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Scrapbook Store - Blue Fern Tranquility

Hi Everyone,

This month for The Scrapbook Store, I get to play with the beautiful new Blue Fern 'Tranquility' collection.  This range has a lovely vintage/shabby feel to it in neutrals and soft muted colours with a beautiful range of damask, floral and weathered pp's.

For my first DT layout I chose a couple of the cream and soft brown pp's from the collection to go with this gorgeous photo of my nephew's newborn baby.  

I tore and layered the papers with some corrugated cardstock. which I coated with Liquitex gesso and accented the pp's by spraying the background denim Kaisermist.

I mixed modeling paste with a spray of antique gold Kaisermist, and a touch of coffee Kaisermist which I stencilled over my background with the Tim Holtz Burlap stencil.  Once dry, I sponged over lightly with gesso to soften, then flicked over with Pearlex brilliant gold and white Kaisermist to highlight.


Tim Holtz Burlap Stencil

To create a frame for my photo I fussy cut one of the labels from the Calling Cards pp.  I also fussy cut the peaceful label for my title.  The greenery was fussy cut from the Patience pp and layered with some of the new Mini Lillies in white and Green Tara Gardenias.

TSS Mini Lillies - White

Blue Fern - Tranquility pp's

TSS Products Used:

Other Product: metal embellishments, Prima flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kaisercraft DT - June Creations with Boho Dreams and Just Landed

Hi everyone, Cathy here sharing my creations for Kaisercraft today, with this month’s newly released collections – the fun and funky ‘Boho Dreams’ and the fabulous travel themed ‘Just Landed’ range.

First up is ‘Boho Chic’ and I have created a layout and 2 cards with this Collection, using a fresh and crisp white background to accent the pretty mint green and peach papers from this gorgeous range.

“Chase Your Dreams”
My beautiful Brittany has recently updated her look by chopping off all her luscious locks.  I have to admit, I was a bit upset at the thought of her cutting off her gorgeous hair, but it does suit her! A new look, to coincide with the new direction and changes in her life at the moment.
I love combining peach and mint green together, and when accented with white, you create a lovely fresh and crisp feel.  To create a bit of dimension I tore and layered my pp’s, then added some stamped elements, which I softened by flicking over with Apple and Peach Kaisermist.

Boho Dreams Stamp Set

I am totally in love with the Large Flourishes Decorative Die… just perfect to create a touch of greenery to add to your flower clusters!!

Kaisercraft Product:  Boho Dreams – Paper – P2107 Feathers, P2108 Young, P2114 Adventurer | SS315 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CT858 Collectables | CS266 Boho Dreams Stamp Set | CS853 Texture Stamp – Flutter | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | Kaisermists – KM117 Apple, KM107 Peach | IP719 Ink Pad – Black | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape |

I have created 2 pretty cards with matching envelopes, again using the peach, mint green and white colour combo.

“Kind Heart”
OMG how gorgeous are the feather elements in this range… to die for!!  I tied a length of the Natural String around the feathers from the 12x12 Sticker Sheet and knotted the ends.  I then added a couple of the fussy cut feathers from the Dreamcatcher pp to the ends to create the illusion of movement.

Boho Dreams 12x12 Sticker Sheet

Kaisercraft Product:  Boho Dreams – Paper – P2106 Dreamcatcher | PP999 6.5” Paper Pad | SS315 12x12 Sticker Sheet | EM406 String Natural | CD511 C6 Card Pack – White | T303 Foam Tape |

“Always in my Heart”
I was drawn to the boho girl in the pack of matching Collectables and decided to use her to create my 2nd card.  To make her pop I backed her with the tag from new Thank You Tag Decorative Die which I topped with a Natural String bow.  

Decorative Die - Thank You Tag
I have also used the new Tiny Hearts Embossing Folder which I sanded back to accent the hearts and tie in with the sentiment on my card.  The boho girl is actually holding a camera, so to keep to the heart theme, I backed the wooden Heart Flourish with pp and covered the camera… isn’t she just so sweet!!

Embossing Folder - Tiny Hearts

Kaisercraft Product:  Boho Dreams – PP999 6.5” Paper Pad | CT858 Collectables | SS315 12x12 Sticker Sheet | DD376 Decorative Die – Thank You Tag | EF243 Embossing Folder – Tiny Hearts | FL439 Flourish Pack – Flourish Hearts | EM406 String Natural | CD511 C6 Card Pack – White | T331 Sanding Block | T303 Foam Tape |

My son Luke recently went overseas to Japan and I have been meaning to scrap some of his holiday pics, so when the ‘Just Landed’ collection showed up in my parcel of goodies, I was thrilled!

“Big City Fun"
I love a black and white colour combo, but couldn’t resist adding a hint of fun colour to the Subway pp, by colouring in the station stops with gel pens in a few vibrant primary colours.  Keep a look out for the release of new Kaisercraft Gel Pens in July.  They will come in a set of 48 gorgeous colours, packs of 12 colours or single pens, so you can choose the colours you would use most!!

Kaisercraft Gel Pens

Kaisercraft Product:   Just Landed - Paper – P2101 Polaroids, P2102 Subway, P2103 Sign Posts, P2015 Passports | SS314 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CT857 Collectables | FL576 Flourish Pack – Travel | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product: Gel Pens

“Favourite Places"

The new co-ordinating Wooden Flourish Packs are fabulous… you get 5 of each of the 9 designs and a cute reusable container to boot!! I have used the Travel Flourish Pack, which co-ordinates with the Just Landed collection… so cute!!

Travel Flourish Pack
Kaisercraft Product:  – Just Landed - Paper – P2097 Journal, P2102 Subway, P2015 Passports | SS314 12x12 Sticker Sheet | CT857 Collectables | FL576 Flourish Pack – Travel | DD300 Decorative Dies – Film Strip | KM106 Kaisermist – Denim | Texture Stamps - CS755 Grid, CS154 Film Edges | ST909 Epoxy Stickers – Natural | PT212 Printed Tape – Arrows Black | IP719 Ink Pad – Black | T303 Foam Tape |

This Collection has a great selection of modern and vintage styled pp’s... what a bonus and so versatile!  Here I have created 2 Bon Voyage cards – one featuring the modern pp’s  and one featuring the vintage styled pp’s from the 6.5” Paper Pad.

“Bon Voyage”

Just Landed 6.5" Paper Pad

Kaisercraft Product:  – Just Landed - Paper – P2015 Passports | PP998 6.5” Paper Pad | CD102 Cardstock Weave – Licorice | DD314 Decorative Dies –Hot Air Balloons | KM106 Kaisermist – Denim | ST909 Epoxy Stickers – Natural | PT212 Printed Tape – Arrows Black | CD512 C6 Card Pack – Kraft | IP719 Ink Pad – Black | T303 Foam Tape |

Just Landed Stamp Set
Kaisercraft Product:  – Just Landed - Paper – P2013 Sign Posts, P2015 Passports | PP998 6.5” Paper Pad | CS265 Just Landed Stamp Set | CS876 Texture Stamp – Crackle | Kaisermist - KM106 Denim, KM102 Antique Gold | CD511 C6 Card Pack – White | T303 Foam Tape | Other Product:  Ink, Fineliner Pen 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting J

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.
MT Tut 5
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.
MT Tut 6


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

MT Tut cl2
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
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 :)