2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team Application.

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Hi everyone…as a new month dawns let me introduce you to the yet to be released Kaisercraft Collection Lilac Whisper, available in July only.
Why did I get to work with this stunning collection now, well because I am ecstatic to announce that I made it through to round 2 of the Kaisercraft Design Team application process.
Everyone knows what an amazing brand Kaisercraft is to work with and for, and it would be such an honour to design with their amazing products.
But for now let me share with you what I created…

I wanted to do something really way out, but every time I do it just doesn’t feel right. What feels right is staying true to my style – and so I made this lovely single page layout
The paper was just right for this stunning photo, to capture the mood, but it is my home decor recycled items that really speaks to me at the monent…. so I simply had to keep on creating…
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I love how you can layer and cluster the Collectable elements together for a stunning grouping with just the right amount of dimension.

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So the layout morphed and merged and became a storage item recycled from an empty paint tin.

I love recycling used things into useful things and this paper collection was perfect to create with. Maybe its plain, maybe its not as elaborate, but maybe it just showcases the true
beauty of this lovely range – and it is definitely true to my style. Turning scrapbooking product into something unique, combined with my home decor and painting adventures – this truly is the perfect way to craft.
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step 1 – Clean an empty paint tin and then paint the outside using chalk paint. I chose this turqoiuse colour, a perfect match for this range.
Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the surface to remove some of the chalk and create scratches and texture.
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step 2 – Die-cut a shape out of some of the patterned papers using any die-cutting machine like your Silhouette.
I chose this shape because it look very similar to the pattern on the “Mist” sheet which I really love.
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step 3 – Adhere the shapes to the outside of the tin using gel medium. First paint a layer of gel medium onto the tin, then position the shapes, and then seal them with another layer of gel medium. Leave to dry completely.
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step 4 – To make the paper last longer, and waterproof the tin I cover the outside with a layer of furniture wax made for chalk paint.
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step 5 – Use a stipple brush to add white wax to the entire surface. Rub the wax into all the scratches and all around the paper shapes.
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step 6 – Use an old t-shirt or soft cloth to buff the wax to a nice shine, working the wax into the paint.
The wax forms a waterproofed layer over the paper making it durable and long lasting.
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step 7 – Use your wooden embellishments, flowers and cardstock die-cuts to decorate the front of your tin.
I love the combination of wooden flowers, paper and cardstock combined with the paint. Its a feast of texture and patterns.
Notice how the white wax sits inside the texture on the paint and around the paper die-cuts.

The paper gives a softness to the otherwise industrial feel of the metal tin – making it a perfect combination for industrial chic.
I am sure I can find a few more empty tins to decorate using the same paper range – and they would be perfect for some storage on my work table.
The colouring is just perfect – tranquil and serene.

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Keep an eye out for all this Lilac goodness coming to a craft store near you in July.

And here’s holding thumbs …

Products used:
Lilac Whisper P2348 | White Wood
Lilac Whisper P2346 | Opal
Lilac Whisper P2347 | Mist
Lilac Whisper IT017 | Blossom Mini Template
Lilac Whisper F643 | Amethyst
Lilac Whisper CT885 | Collectables
Lilac Whisper 12×12 Weave | CD101 | Coconut
Other: Texture Paste, tin, chalk paint, wax, old cloth, stipple brush, diamante.

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Bombay Sunset from Kaisercraft …. for the love of colour.

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when i first saw this gorgeous range from Kaisercraft I had visions of what I can achieve with the amazing patterns and fun bright colours.
But how do you not take away from the gorgeous patterns or loose track of your photos on a scrapbook page in the process.
well you simply fussy cut an entire sheet of paper!

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… and then add a beautifully cut silhouette title coloured in All Purpose inks
These inks are simply amazing and you can achieve the most gorgeous effects with them.
I also used the All Purpose Inks on my background to mimic the paper  – the effect is soft and gorgeous and blends in perfectly with the patterned papers.
3The fussy cut flowers are supported by some fun embellishments to match the theme, stamping on the background and some bling

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I think this is such a gorgeous range and can see myself using it a few more times.
#TheWholesaler #ShortCutsCraft #Carabella #IllustartedFaith #BellaBlvd #AllPurposeInk #Imagine

Products used:
TAPI-016 All-Purpose Ink – Peony Purple
TAPI-040 All-Purpose Ink – Mint Green
TAPI-058 All-Purpose Ink – Sky Mist
ADCO 724871 Anna Griffin Acrylic Gesso – White (250ml)
KCP2316 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Daybreak
KCP2324 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Sundown
KCP2319 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Sari

Kaisercraft Cats and Dogs…the love of furry kids

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The month of March was all about cats and dogs at Short Cuts Craft. with 2 beautiful layouts and kits available in store the ladies had great fun scrapping their beautiful pets.
Kaisercraft is proudly distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa and available from Short Cuts Craft in Johannesburg.

1How gorgeous is that paw print stamp embossed in WOW embossing powder.

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in class the ladies could pick their layouts – cats or dogs and create 2 double page layouts using the single kit.

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we love the gorgeous Kaisercraft papers, embellishments, stamps and now their amazing ranges of die-cuts.
Shop local and support your scrapbooking store today!

Scrap Affairs Sketch Challenge issue 52

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What an honour to be asked by our local scrapbooking magazine to create a layout for their sketch challenge in their latest issue here in South Africa.
I love working with sketches, and I love creating sketches for layouts. Its a quick starting point for a lot of people and a guide to get some creative time into our busy schedules.
Sketches can come from anywhere and I have even been inspired by the local Mugg & Bean counters to draw a quick sketch.

This was the layout I created using my sketch for the challenge.

I absolutely loved how it turned out – and as many other layouts this must be one of my most favourite layouts ever! The colours, the imperfect inky goodness and the plain artistic input offers a good mix texture and pattern.
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I used some scrap experimental papers with paint on them and cut freehand triangles to use on my layout.
The silver splats is irRESISTible spray from Imagine crafts – enamel goodness in a spray bottle – pure perfection!

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Random strips of more self created papers with some sewing on top and scattered diamante.

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You have until the 22nd March to enter and get your layout published and receive a free magazine! I would love to see what you create with your sketch! So don’t delay enter today!

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Twinkle Toes Range | Lady Pattern Paper

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When you hear the name Twinkle Toes you automatically think baby right? Well in my case that is the last thing I think about! For me I see an amazing paper design that is just too beautiful for words. So when I finally got around to working with this beautiful new Twinkle Toes range from Lady Pattern Paper I wanted to create a layout that will inspire not only beautiful baby pages but something that will inspire any paper crafternew-paper-layout-2

So I created a layout that is perfect for a boy with pink and hearts and it turned out to be really cool. Yes I know I am a little biased, but how cool are these papers!

For me the combination of buff, pink and teal worked really well together with the photos I chose to use. It offers the perfect amount of macho, neutral and pretty that this layout needed.

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The Fluffy Clouds So Buff was used for the biggest piece on my background when I created my layout. The beautiful and neutral essential basic paper with the lines on was busy enough and yet offered a neutral palette for my enlarged photo to be placed on.

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The back of the Baby Hearts in Pink Mary was used together with its barcode strip – the perfect combination complimented with some sewing for texture.

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The Baby Hearts in Intense Teal is supported by using similar teal coloured elements cut from patterned papers. I also added some text paper and love how adding typography elements to a project just totally change the look.

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Supporting elements and accents in yellow include cut outs from paper, stickers, buttons, flowers, diamante, die-cut elements and chipboard hearts.

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I used this beautiful technique die-cut heart in shades of teal that I made to match the paper and other elements on this layout.

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In the end all these elements worked together to create a beautiful layout fit for any little Twinkle Toes – big or small. And once again Lady Pattern Paper delivers on her promise of bringing us the perfect basic essentials that can stand along or work together with anything in your stash.

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Classic Layout With A Pop Of Neon

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Every now and again the wild side of creativity takes hold and I find myself drawn to neon colours bright and bold – but only so often. And so it was on this occasion that I had some left-overs on my desk with some really bright and bold and colours, a newly acquired bright pink embossing powder and some printed photos…well what else to do than create and use all those beautiful stash.neon-pop-layout

What inspired me was to combine all of those gorgeous colours with the classic feel and Basic Essentials Egyptian Gold paper from Lady Pattern Paper.
I love how this layout turned out – simple, classic but with a touch of oh-my-gosh added.

The barcode strip in gold hearts was perfect as a side border to balance the gold chevron paper strip on the left hand side of my layout. Repetition after all is a good design principle.
detail1Over the gold chevron I added a layer of green paint using a credit card to smooth out the paint and give me a nice thin application.
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The pink embossed chipboard title looks great and completes my visual triangle by picking up the lighter shades of pink in my stars.
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But at the end of the day it is the Lady Pattern Paper that shines brightest on this classic layout even against the bright and bold colours and accents used – the gold enables me to create a busy layout without overwhelming the design of distracting from my photos and the story I am telling – and after all that is what this visual storytelling is all about.
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imagine crafts and Echo Park blog hop.

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Welcome to the imagine and Echo Park blog hop.

You should have arrived here from Monica’s blog
Hop along with us and stand the chance of winning some amazing give-aways from imagine and echo park.

our blog hop order is as follows
Echo Park Paper
Jana Eubank
Mary Prasad
Terre Fry
Kimberly Crawford
Alison Heikkila
Jennifer Vanderbeek
Wendy Sue Anderson
Roni Johnson
Nadine Carlier
Anya Lunchenko
Mark Melnick
Neva Cole
Becki Adams
Monica Edwards

We are celebrating creativity by combining the wonderful products from  Imagine crafts and Echo Park showcasing how well they work together.
I created a quick and easy layout – I was inspired by the colors in the paper range as well as the beautiful die-cut.
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I used a combination of irRESISTible Pico Embellishers and irRESISTible sprays to create a fun background on my layout.
Different colors combined to create a beautiful effect.
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step 1 – Add a stencil design to your cardstock using texture paste and sprinkle with glitter. Leave the paste to dry completely and shake off the excess glitter.

step 2 – Spray the background with irRESISTible Texture spray in white across the stenciled design and the background. Leave to dry completely.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step1step 3 – Die-cut the doily out of white cardstock and mist with Yellow Fireworks spray. Let dry.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step2step 4 – Cut a variety of paper strips and ink the edges.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step3step 5 – Create your layout. Adhere the paper strips to the left edge of your layout. Trim off overlapping pieces and ink the edge.
2016_october_jn_ephop_step6step 6 – Layer your photo, die-cut doily, flower stickers from the sticker sheet and thread under your photo.
Add the ampersand sticker and additional flower stickers on top of the layers.2016_october_jn_ephop_step4step 7 – Create colored confetti using punched circles from your scrap papers and a combination of diamante and irRESISTible dots.
TIP: Remove the top of the spray bottle from the bottle and carefully splat and drop irRESISTible dots onto your layout.
Set aside to dry completely before finishing off your layout.
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Products used
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher  Bahama Blue
irRESISTible Texture Spray
Wedding Dress
irRESISTible Texture Spray  Electric Coral
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher  Silver
Fireworks! Dandelion
Echo Petticoats Paper Pack
Echo Park Doily die-cut

Remember to hop along to all the designers taking part, there are some awesome PRIZES up for grabs!
thank you to Echo park for their generosity and stunning products.

Next hop on over to the Imagine blog….

Hello Life | Sea Breeze layout for Couture Creations

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Up on the blog today with another Guest Post using the wonderful Sea Breeze Collection from Couture Creations.
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For today’s project I created a single page layout with a beach theme of course. This range of papers and embellishments are simply amazing, and so very versatile.
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step 1 – Cut your patterned papers to form your background. Use a nautical themed stencil and apply
Embossing Paste through the stencil. Leave to dry.
Tip: I repeated the stenciled design 3 times on my background creating repetition.
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step 2 – Use a selection of mists and sprays to add colour to the stenciled image.
Mist 2-3 shades of blue onto your stenciled area, then mist with water and leave to dry naturally.
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step 3 – Use walnut stain ink and add additional ink splats onto the background overlapping onto the stenciled area.
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To set the scene I cut out the lighthouse from the patterned paper and adhered it to the background.
Overlapping the lighthouse image, I used a combination of die-cuts and netting from the range.

TIP: I sewed the netting onto the layout using thin gold thread. This helps keep the netting in place and adds a nice touch of detail.

On top of my shell elements, I added some gold glitter. Cover the shell with a layer of dimensional glaze and then sprinkle with glitter and leave to dry.
Shake off the excess glitter and return it to the original container.
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A simple printed filed {Ali Edwards} was used a title at the top of the layout and stapled in place.
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Add your photo to the right hand side of your layout with a chipboard element overlapping onto the photo.
A few torn pieces of washi tape adds a fun accent to the background.
Scattered beads, sequins, stars, diamante and other elements add dimension and texture.
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It’s always an honor and so much fun Designing with the beautiful and versatile products from Couture Creations.
This range particularly is one of my favorites released.
I hope you are inspired by this gorgeous range and create a few of your own Sea Breeze treasures….
Thank you once again Couture Creations for having me on your blog….and to Kerrie for delivering the products in person all the way in South Africa.
Lets do this again – soon {hint hint}

Shimmering Tsukineko Delicata, Beautiful Memories.

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Tsukineko Delicata is the latest generation of metallic inkpad. Remarkably true and bright, it outshines other inkpads and provides stamping results that resemble the true effects of gold and silver leafing without the mess. Yes you heard me, without the mess of using actual foil you can achieve the look of those gorgeous metals in a few easy steps.
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These inkpads feature a substantially raised inkpad surface to accommodate even the largest stamps without interference from the inkpad case. A Water-based, acid-free and archival ink that is perfect for cardmakers and scrapbookers and any one just feeling the need to add some bling to their creative life.

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This truly is a remarkable ink pad that can stand on its own but combined with other inks will shine even brighter.

In all my years of stamping and using inks I have never come across another ink that truly shimmers and shines like Delicata.

And of course it would be great for the holidays but also for year-round bling.

Characteristics

  • Pigment ink
  • Acid Free
  • Archival
  • Best left to dry naturally to bring out the shimmer

Here’s how I used Delicata to create this gorgeous shining layout.

Delicata Copper

I used the copper re-inker to create a die-cut background. Squeeze a small amount of re-inker onto an old credit card or applicator tool like the lift-off tool and then drag the ink across plain cardstock for an even layer of metallic. Leave the ink to dry naturally. Once dry, use a Kaisercraft die cut and cut out the image out of the inked cardstock piece.

Delicata Black

Use your ink pad and lightly in a circular movement add ink to cardstock using the direct to paper technique to add Black Shimmer to the cardstock. Leave to dry naturally – (heat setting seems to take away some of the beautiful and incredible shine).

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Use Golden Glitz Delicata and a stencil and ink a pattern onto the background cardstock. Use a single colour or layer different colours over each other using a clean sponge dauber for each colour to avoid contamination. Leave to dry.

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Use a second stencil and a clean dauber with the White shimmer Delicata ink pad and stencil another pattern onto the background. Use Silver Delicata and the same stencil with a clean dauber and ink silver over the background for a two tone effect. The white leaves a gorgeous shimmer while the silver gives off a soft glow.

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Add shimmery ink splats to your background. Press the ink pad onto your craft sheet and mist with water. Use a small paint brush to pick up some of the ink, mix the water into it to make it liquidy and then splat ink onto your background. The ink leaves a beautiful shimmer that is really hard to capture on photos – but truly spectacular in real life.

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The shimmer and lustre is truly amazing on white, but on black it is even more spectacular – opening up a whole new world for cardmakers and wedding invitations – adding the perfect amount of lustre to any occasion.

 

Layout Inspired By An Art Journaling Page | Lady Pattern Paper

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Being creative never is a one sided affair. For me being creative is the constant thinking of how you can use scraps, samples, or experiments. Creativity is evolving and growing into different things, creating multiple things at any given time. This of course brings me to my next project…
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This art journaling page was created for a class and evolved into something that I really love! And while demoing how to create the background on a 12” background I created a gorgeous effect using pretty much the same colours of paint. And of course the natural progression would be to turn the sample page into a layout – mimicking everything from the art journal page onto the layout.

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The only thing I needed was some pretty patterned paper. And when looking at the bright and beautiful background I could definitely use something that is neutral but also blue at the same time. This calls for some Kraft Essentials paper – matching up a perfect blue from the photo used with the necessary neutral needed.

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It just goes to show, that inspiration is everywhere, that creativity is only an opportunity waiting to be taken and that Lady Pattern Paper papers are the perfect match in any situation. And that’s why it should be part of your crafting stash basics – fulfilling every creative need imaginable.

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Have you tried creating an art journaling page using the versatile Kraft Essentials?