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A little vintage with Velvet Ensemble

June 6, 2011

Goodmorning and welcome to another week.

Karen and Camilla are here today to share with you some layouts we have made using this beautiful, vintage inspired Velvet Ensemble.

Karen says ” This paper range is beautiful. As soon as I saw all the musical elements, I knew the perfect photo I could use. My Nan loved to sing, in this photo she is singing at the Royal Mail Hotel in Melbourne, she was around 25. I have used a paper doily for the background for my photo, doilys add a beautiful, feminine vintage feel to a layout.

TIP: Ive soaked the doily (and the lace) in a tea solution, then added some gold based glimmermist to it. Finally, I added some distress ink around the edges to give it more of an aged appearance.

‘Live your dream’ by Karen Shady

Materials used: Velvet ensemble patterned papers, performance (P675), costume (P674), Matinee (P672), sticker sheet (SS103), Rub ons (RB921), pearl flourish-decorative latte (PL516), Paper bloom-Aubergine (F637) and Honey (F628), Wooden flourish-frame, rub ons- inner self.  OTHER: lace, paper doily, distress ink, glimmer mist, metallic rub on, dimensional magic, leaf die, ornate die, green paper.

Camilla says: I really love the bold colours of the Velvet Ensemble collection. I choose to make the photo b/w to get a bit old feeling to it. The photo was taken a few weeks back when we celebrated our mother’s 60th birthday. In a few weeks I will turn 40…

Layout “60 &40” by Camilla Ekman: Velvet Ensemble papers: Performance (P675), Costume (674), Interval (P673); Speciality acetate Theatre (PS151); Wooden Flourishes – Manequins (FL335)

Other: flowers, flower vine, leaves, stickles, thickers, border punch

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Creative Cards!

June 2, 2011

Hi Everyone..Hope your week is going well.

Today we have Kirsty and Karen from our Contributing Design Team showing us their absolutely so-too-pretty-to-give-away-I’ll-keep-them-for-myself-cards!!


“Envelope Card” By Karen Shady

Materials list: Pink gelato collection, paper-Vanilla (P680), sticker sheet (SS104), paper pad (PP845), Paper bloom-buttercream, pearls-snow, rub on-wedding.
OTHER: business envelope, white cardstock, border punch, gel pen


Open out the envelope, lie flat, and trace around it, onto white cardstock.

Cut out the envelope, and score the folds, using the original envelope as a guide. Assemble using double sided tape.

Cut to size the ‘Vanilla reverse’ paper for the front and the flap of the envelope, adhere to envelope.
Attach punched lace border under envelope flap. Cut leaf pieces from the sticker sheet, and adhere under flap, then stick the flap down using a glue dot in the centre.
Add a paper bloom and some flowers cut from the paper pad to the centre of the flap. Finish your envelope with some scattered pearls, and a rub on sentiment.


“Postage Friendly Cards” By Kirsty Piper

I have been trying more and more often lately to actually use my ever increasing card stash! As this ‘usage’ often involves posting my often bulky cards, my postage costs have kind of skyrocketed! Just last week I sent three cards that had to be posted as small parcels :O
With this in mind I have tried to create some flatter cards using the gorgeous new Velvet Ensemble and Pink Gelato collections! This was easier than I expected, as the collections both have some gorgeous flat embellishments in their Sticker Sheets, Printed Chipbaord, Rubon sheets and 6 1/2″ Paper pads.

Materials Used: Velvet Ensemble Collection: Matinee(P672), Performance(P675), 6 1/2″ paper pad(PP844), Rubons(RB921) KaiserCraft Other: Rubons: Moments(RB904), Grosgarin Ribbon: Lovely(RI605), Pearl Strip: Latte(PL505) Pink Gelato Collection:Pink Grapefruit(P681), Rubons(RB922), 6 1/2″ Paper Pad(PP845), Printed Chipboard(CB129), Pearls Bliss(SB718), Tiny Alphas: White(MA509)

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Beyond the Page Tuesday Tips Tutorials

Tuesday Tip: Flower Vines

May 31, 2011

Flower Vines By Karen Shady

Materials required:
1 pack of Kaisercraft paper blooms (must have wire stems).
Paper leaves with wire stems
Florist wire, florist tape, skewer, wire cutters.

1.    You need to have all your supplies ready, and on hand before beginning this project.

2.    Take 3 pieces of florist wire approximately 10-15cm in length, and wrap the top half of each around the skewer to form the tendrils.

3.    Begin with one of your tendrils, just below where the spiral stops, place the start of the florist tape, on a slight angle, and begin to twist it around the wire

4.    After a few twists, introduce one of the flowers, and repeat the twisting until the flower is secure, then add a leaf.  TIP: stretch the florist tape slightly while twisting, it will hold better on the wire

5.    Repeat this process, adding leaves, flowers and tendrils until happy with the overall look. Continue the florist tape to the end of the wire, and cut the end.

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Mini Clear Stamps Week: BTP!!

May 22, 2011

Hello everyone!! Hopefully you are having a great weekend!

For our last post on our ‘Mini Clear Stamps Week” we thought we’d go out with a BANG…and what better way to , then by showing some goregous BTP projects using Kaisercrafts ever so versatile Mini Clear Stamps!!


“Match the Animal” Card Game by Leanne Allinson

My youngest son is almost two and he loves learning about animal and the sounds they make. When I saw these gorgeous mini stamps from the Party Animals collection I knew exactly what I wanted to create! A matching card game for toddlers! I have kept the game really simple using only four mini clear stamp animals – tiger, elephant, hippo and frog. The cards themselves have texture and height for his little fingers to feel and there’s plenty of room on the animal sheet for him to move the cards around to get them into position, allowing him to practice his motor skills. The bonus is, I can help him learn about the animals as he learns about colours, sounds and shapes.

Materials: mini clearstamps – elephant (cs959), tiger (cs955), hippo (cs958), frog (cs962); patterned papers – Nan’s Favourites: marmalade (p613); Bubblegum Hills: berry surprise (p636), orange pop (p634), 6.5” paper pad (pp839); Lullaby: 6.5” paper pad (pp841), die-cut elements (dc338); ink – antique blue (ip716), corn (ip711), black (ip707), rose (ip712), forest (ip718), sepia (ip709). Other – machine stitching, foam tape, black pen, corner rounder punch, watercolour pencil.

“Party Train” By Trudi Harrison

I have incorporated mini clear stamps – Tiger, Giraffe and Elephant with cut out patterned elements to create a fun ‘Party Train’ project.

To add dimension, I stamped the images twice, cut out and attached together with foam tape.

Materials Used: Party Animals Collection – Patterned Papers P660 Surprise, P661 Jive, P662 Hooray, P664 Bop!,  PS147 Chuckle, PP842 Paper Pad, Mini Clear Stamps – CS955 Tiger, CS957 Giraffe & CS959 Elephant, SB2003 Panorarma Frame, Black Ink.  Other: Cardstock, Black Pen, Red Ink, Chipboard Train


“Animal Key Cover  Necklaces” by Lesley Cooper

These stamps are just the cutest and so versatile. I know I am going to use them in lots of projects.

Here I have made some key covers. These little covers are perfect for a child to hide a key and wear it around their neck. The cover slides up and down the ribbon or cord to hide or display the key.

1.    Choose your stamp and stamp onto a piece of felt with Staz On. When you stamp your image make sure you can fold your felt in half to cut out your shape so that you cut two shapes at once.
2.    Cut out your shape leaving a slight border.
3.    Pin your 2 shapes together with the ribbon running through the middle of the image. Using blanket stitch, stitch around the edge leaving a small space at the top (stitch on the top piece of felt only to leave the gap) so the cover can slide up and down your ribbon.

Material List: Mini clear Stamps (CS955), (CS959); Organza Ribbon (RI616); Other: felt, staz on, embroidery floss, cord


“Happy Birthday Tags” By Karen Shady

To get this look, I used a paper piecing technique. To make the penguin, I stamped out my image in black ink, twice onto white cardstock, I cut around the first image entirely, then cut out the face and tummy of the second image. I mounted the face and tummy image onto the  base using mounting foam. Then stamped the image again onto yellow paper for the beak, and orange paper for the hat, and cut these pieces out individually, and adhered them using mounting foam also. I used the same technique for the Hippo.

Materials: Mini clear stamps-Penguin (CS956) and Hippo (CS958), ink-black, party animals patterned papers, Jive (P661), Celebrate (P659), Yippee (P658), paper pad (PP842), birthday rub ons, pearls-snow, Kaisercraft grosgrain ribbon, other: cricut, snowflake punch, flower punch, spellbinders die, string, buttons.

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A gift of love with Chanteuse

April 8, 2011

Good evening Ladies,

I just wanted to squeeze in one more project Ive made using this stunning range. I really do think this one is my favorite. LOL. OK, I know, Ive said that so many times before. Well, maybe its my equal favorite, alongside English rose, oh, and Devonshire, and …..  he he he !!

For my last blog post for the week, I wanted to show you a cute little gift tag Ive made. I ve used some old cardboard as the base for this tag, and randomly added some white paint, and brown ink to further enhance the rustic look of it. I think its a perfect match with the prettiness of the florals, and the cream and brown colours that feature in the Chanteuse range.

‘A gift of love tag’ by Karen Shady

Materials used: Chanteuse collection patterned paper, staccato (P638), 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad (PP840), Kaisercraft paint-white, Kaisercraft ink-brown. Martha Stewart punch, lace, string, ribbon, button.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and for those little people starting school holidays today HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY :)

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