Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Le Chateau..

....of all the collections Kaisercrafts produced this last year my favourite is this line. Le Chateau-the colours are so subtle, the designs are elegant and the papers are so versatile. Combined with the new wooden flourishes, designing with these products really is a breeze.
This layout is about Emily about to leave home in the Autumn to go to university. The birdcage motif was the inspiration for this page:

Here are some details:
The large flower is simply made by cutting some circles (of decreasing sizes) from chiffon. Heat the edges with a heat gun. The edges will crinkle up giving the circles some dimension. Sew the circles together and add a button, brad, or pearl centre. Easy-and so pretty!

And how do you get a bird rub-on to soar above your page? That’s easy too! Apply the rub on to a piece of acetate-I used old clear packaging. Cut out around the bird. Now cut a thin strip of acetate about 0.5 cm by 6 cm. Fold this acetate strip to form a Z shape. Cut a slot in your page and feed one end of the strip through to the first crease mark, Adhere to the back of the page. Glue the back of the bird to the other end of the strip, using clear adhesive like Glossy Accents.

And add a bit of colour to the wooden embellishments using watercolour paint and some Stickles glitter glue.

Here is a card I made for a friend's daughter's graduation.-Note a floating butterfly!
The 6x6 paper pads make card making a breeze!
This would make a lovely wedding card, don't you think?

I'm really gonna miss designing for Kaisercrafts!

This is my last post until who knows when. I leave tomorrow for 5 weeks in Australia!
Going home to see my mum, and sisters, and brothers, in laws, cousins, neices, nephews, friends...
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My year...

...designing for Kaisercrafts is over, which is very sad. I've enjoyed designing for this company so much. They have been so generous with their product, and so easy to get along with. I'm really gonna miss those packages coming through my door-the anticipation as I rip open the packages to see what delights are inside. I'm gonna miss the other DT girls too-they have all been so friendly and supportive over the past year.
SO I wonder who will be on the new DT-if it's you, then you are one lucky ducky!!

Anyway, here's a layout using the Jungle Bug collection-a great collection for all things boy and all things outdoorsy! This layout features the scalloped circle paper adhered down towards the bottom of the page, rather than centrally like my previous post. I love the shot of colour provided by the orange in this caollection.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Hey Birdie...

....is one of Kaisercraft's latest releases. It is a fantastic range. the colours are great-pink, nicely balanced with creams, olive greens and browns. And the design is so cute, with trees, leaves and birds. These designs are so easy to use and lend themselves beautifully to cutting out and layering up.
Here's a layout I made using this range.

Don't you just love the circle paper? As well as papers the range includes stamps, rub ons and felt embellishments.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Back with a 'How to'...

....I was asked to make a layout for the 'SCRAPLIFT CHALLENGE' in the latest edition of The Scrapbook Magazine. I wanted to do a layout that require people to look quite closely to work out how to copy it, but for all you blog readers I have broken down the process a little.

1. Swipe a round the edge of cardstock with acrylic paint and allow the dry.
2. Tear 4 strips of patterned paper about 2" x 10". Ink edges and machine stitch to the page.
3. Tear a large rectangle of patterned paper, ink edges, machine stitch to the centre of the page.
4. Doodle around the edge of the photos and work out photo placement, but do NOT adhere yet.

5. Add stamped design bearing in mind the photo placement. Start to build up page elements-rub on journalling, stitch banner across the page.
6. Add photos

7. Continue to add elements-doodled bracket, title. This title is painted chipboard, doodled with a uniball signo white pen. Embellishments include rub on flowers, felt flowers, chipboard buttons covered with patterned papers, ribbon, tag, brads.
Here is the completed layout:

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I really love this page-it's so busy, bright and cheery-very appropriate for a kids page!

There are two design element that tie this page together-Firstly, the paper-although it's all different colours the papers are unified by all being spotty.

I LOVE spotted paper!! These are all Kaisercrafts.

And, secondly the black of the stitching, the journalling, the title and the doodling around the photo.