Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Explosion Box

Explosion Boxes have been around for a while and this is a fun way to use one to document travel photos and memorabilia. Decorate it as a travelling case and your friends and family will certainly be keen to share what is inside!

This explosion box has two layers which means there is lots of room for photos, journalling plus places to tuck in any small items such as ticket stubs etc that may have been collected from a special trip.
The sticker book offers many options in personalising the embellishments.

 This project can use a lot of paper, so don't throw away the scraps, as they can be used to create photo mats, mini books, tags and photo inserts for the pockets that have been created.

PAPERS: JOURNEY Collection: P2766 Traveller | P2676 Nomad| P2772 Voyager| P2773 Globe Trotter| P2769 Adventure| CD651 Kraft Cardstock
KC PRODUCTS: SK810 Journey Sticker Book | IP724 Bark Ink Pad
OTHER: Brads| Hemp| Circle Punch| Corner Rounder| Eyelets

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Monday, 3 June 2019

You Are Special To Me

PAPERS: Morning Dew Collection – P2759 Rejuvinate |P2758 Breathe | P2764 Exhale

KC PRODUCTS: CT963 Morning Dew Collectables |IP743 Ink Pad - Spearmint |Art Foam – SF901 White and SF920 Sage |DD811 Decorative Die- 3D Layered Peony | IT469 Designer Template -Lattice |SB700 Rhinestones - Silver |T321 Craft Glue| T303 Foam Tape

OTHER: Stamens |Modelling Paste.

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be able to share my latest layout which features papers and products from Kaisercraft's Morning Dew Collection. It has many aqua/turquoise coloured papers and elements which is a colour that is a favourite of mine.

I created two art foam peony flowers to compliment the flowers from the collectables and also to add some dimension to my layout.

I made use of the preprinted designs of one of the collections papers and fussy cut out what I needed and used it as an embellishment around my photo. By using mounting foam to adhere elements, you can tuck things in as you go to build up your design which is what I did with this floral cluster.

To finish of my layout, I added some rhinestones in random spots just to add a little bit of bling!

To create this layout, you can visit the Kaisercraft blog to download the full instruction.

To purchase any of the products in this collection of layout, be sure to visit your local stockist or visit the Kaisercraft online store.

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

The Best Thing To Hold On To

Hello everyone! I am sharing a mixed media layout that I have created using a technique which is something that I admire in other crafters. I have mixed feelings with how my projects turn out when I use mists in my background, but I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and create something in a different style. 
One thing that I have discovered that when using mists, is that I find it very difficult to control how much mist goes onto my background when I spray it OR having the mist land where I would like it to go. In my layout (after preparing my paper with clear and then white gesso). I applied the mist straight from the bottle with a paintbrush. I had control of where and how much colour I used.
Once I had added my colour, I could start add my layers of paper. I inked the edges and used mounting foam for definition. I also place the mounting foam only in the centre of the papers in case I want to tuck something in later.
I print my photos at home for my layouts. By adjusting the filter or adding a filter to my photo, it also adds to the overall feel I wanting to capture. As the tones of this collection are muted, I toned things down in my photo.
The collectables provide so many wonderful embellishments to each collection. I always open my packet and pull out what I want to use and go from there. You can tuck them in and behind your papers to add layers and interest to your layout.

I hope that my thoughts and discoveries may help you try to step outside of your comfort zone when you decide to create next. I hope my suggestions about mists might encourage you to try and use them on a card or even on your next layout!

 To download full step by step instructions, visit the Kaisercraft blog.
To purchase any of the products used, visit your local stockist or visit the Kaisercraft online store.

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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Birthday Card Ideas

Stuck for some card ideas? Look no further. Here are two birthday cards that use dies, flowers and gorgeous papers from the With Love Collection. Handmade cards always give any recipient joy and a feeling of how special they are. Having cards in your stash ready to go is always a bonus!

To showcase the birthday greeting, I framed it with some handmade flowers which I made using Kaisercraft artfoam. I also added some pearls to accent the frame which is detailed. The coloured collectables are a great addition of adding layers and details to any creation.

If you would like to create these flowers, click here to view the full tutorial.

This card has a similar design as the previous except by changing some of the elements, it has a completely different look. The frame was created by using glitter cardstock. The birthday wishes stamp was accented with the glitter and once again the glitter was used as one of the mats.

I hope that today you have some ideas and some inspiration of how you can create some birthday cards to give or to have in your stash, ready to have on hand for that special someone when they are celebrating a birthday. 

If you would like to purchase any of the products from this collection, be sure to visit your local stockist or visit the Kaisercraft online store.

If you would like to make these cards, visit the Kaisercraft blog and download the full instructions.

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Tags ~ Spring Flowers

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. Today I am sharing two tags. Meg's Garden has a new collection called Art Tags. They are a collection of tags that you cut out and embellish.

To create my first tag, I cut out one tag then traced around it onto some chipboard to add some stability. I inked the edges using walnut stain distress ink and used a TCW stencil for some texture. I also used some papers from the Spring Flowers Collection to embellish.

For my second tag I once again reinforced my tag with some chipboard. I had this chipboard frame from an earlier release and I felt it coordinated beautifully with one of the Spring Flowers papers. I altered it using some embossing powder.

I used a combination of blooms and lace to add a vintage feel to this tag.
Using the ticket labels also adds to the vintage feel of the tag. I used foam tape to adhere
 it to the tag for extra dimension.


Paper: Art Tags, Spring Flowers
Other: TCW Mini ledger, Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Modelling Paste, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Lindy's Stamp Gang Midnight Bronze Embossing Powder, Doily, Chipboard Frame, Flowers

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Find Joy ~ Kaisercraft

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. Today I am sharing a layout that I have created using Kaisercraft's Paisley Days Collection. It's fun and fresh and perfect to create layouts that feature spring time photos, children and family outings. If you would like to view the instructions on how to create this layout, stop by the new Kaisercraft blog where you can download full instructions.

I used this photo as a springboard to customise my embellishments. The little girl's dress coordinated with the collections and the innocence of playing with bubbles just was just adorable!

There is still time to enter a competition over on the Kaisercraft blog. Make a comment about the current collections for a chance to win one of two new collections to be released next month. Just click here .

That is all from me. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Charity Knitting

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. Recently I have decided to use up my scraps of wool that I have accumulated over the years from different crafting projects. I had started crocheting a blanket (WIP) but I get really bad cramps in my hand. I discovered the addi machine on Youtube but then discovered that Lincraft had their own version. I the US it is called the loops and threads machine. There are different types of hand crank machines on the market but I went into Lincraft and bought one.

Looking down, this is what you see. It has 40 needles and essentially knits tubes and can also knit panels. Once I started, it was easy to create the tube...I haven't made a flat panel yet.

This machine is certainly making it easy to create knitted projects...but as I am discovering you need the right wool and also to play around with the tension guide.

These are my most successful beanies so far. The wool is 8ply and is silky to touch. The machine didn't have any issues knitting it and the stitches are consistently knitted.
My first scarf on the lincraft machine. Each section was 30 rows, nine sections in total. It liked the plain wool but not the patterned wool which was a bit thinner...both were 8ply acrylic. Machine handle made a clunking sound...need to play with the tension I think.

Football scarf....some issued with the black wool...clunking sound..perhaps the tension needed adjusting. Will make a matching beanie soon. Will try with different wool to see if it makes a difference.
Experimenting with styles of beanies. Tried rib stitch and a reversible beanie. They look better on...might try to do a crochet border for the ribbing next time.

My verdict....I think from my first attempts that the wool type is definitely a major factor in the success rate. I have just ordered a Sentro machine which has more needles and will make the beanies bigger. Will be interesting to compare how it takes the wool. However, for my purpose of making charity items and for using up my wool....a great buy!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Happy Birthday

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. Today I am sharing a shabby chic/vintage styled card which I created using the French Roses Collection from Meg's Garden. While planning my design for my card, I gave myself a challenge to use some products from my stash that I haven't used in a long while.  

The results: border punches and paper clay frame (handmade). I went through a phase when I bought some moulds and made some frames. I haven't used any yet but I used one (yeah) on my card. I fussy cut an image from one of the cut and create papers from the collection and adhered it to the back of the frame. To age the frame, I dabbed my finger into some Prima white gold metallique wax and rubbed it over the edges of the frame.

 Lastly, I added lots of flowers and foliage to complete my card. I also added some drops of Nuvo crystal glaze on some of the petals of the flowers and in some random spots of the card to add some interest.


Papers: Meg's Garden French Roses 

Other: Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, Tim Holtx Garden Greens, Martha Stewart Vintage Doily Punch, Prima Art Alchmeny White Gold Metallique Wax, Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders, Nuvo Crystal Glaze, Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers

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Sunday, 10 March 2019


Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. I cannot believe that it is March!! Today I am sharing a layout that I created using papers and products from the Breathe Collection which is one the releases this month from Kaisercraft.

To view more information including full step by step instructions, click here to view the original blog post over on the Kaisercraft blog.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Shabby Chic Explosion Box

Hello everyone! I hope that yo are having a wonderful week. Today I am sharing a project that I have created using  the French Roses Collection from Megs Garden.

 I decided to create an explosion box, as I wanted to feature the ephemera (cut and create elements of the collection), lace and also beautiful flowers that coordinate so beautifully with this collection.

The centrepiece of my project is the cake. It features lace, pearls and flowers from Megs Garden.
On all of my panels, I used a circular Marianne Design die as my base and built up from it. Here I added a clock ephemera element as my focal image and added some flowers and a butterfly.

 Adding a flourish and flowers adds a a softness to each page and an overall cohesion to the panels.

When selecting my images, I selected pairs...two florals and two non florals...for balance.


Megs Garden French Roses
Bundle Pinks Shabby Chic

Other: Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies, Memory Box Amira Flourish, Botannical Stem and Whimsical Flourish, Marianne Design CR1201.

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