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Nikki Antonello

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Le Chateau BTP Birthday Book and Framed Album

June 27, 2010

I have a terrible habit of missing birthdays. It’s not intentional, I just completely forget until it’s too late. I have been meaning to make myself one of these birthday books for the longest time and when I saw Melissa Kennedy’s address and birthday book in the May 2010 Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine I just knew I had to make a birthday book for myself. I downloaded the birthday book template from the Kaisercraft website here, and printed them off at 75% (because the  Bracket Album (SB2053) I have used as my base is a bit smaller than the Ocassions Organiser (SB146) that the template was made for). I love the colours in the Le Chateau collection, and I particularly loved the textured birdcage and chandelier paper in the 6×6 paper pad – it fits this album perfectly.

“Birthdays” by Christine Rumley – Bracket Album (SB2053), Le Chateau paper collection, 6×6 paper pad, Die-cut elements, Black Rub Ons (RB865), Colour Rub Ons (RB866), Black alpha stickers, Black Ink Pad (IP707), Silver Album Rings 3.5cm (M009)

Nikki has created a lovely keepsake for her home also using the Le Chateau collection.  Here’s what she had to say…

I have always been one to collect beautiful quotes and verses when I see them, sometimes to use later on a layout or better still to create a btp item with.  I have used the gorgeous Framed album(SB2061) to create a free standing frame of one of my favourite poems…”The Desiderata”.  I chose several different lines from the poem and placed each in a different section of the frame.  In the larger section in the middle I wrote the first line from the poem and them used wooden flourishes to embellish the outer edges”.

Desiderata by Nikki Antonello – Le Chateau Paper collection, 6×6 Paper pad,  Framed Album (SB2061), Die cut elements, Black rubons, Rhinestones, Flowers, Organza ribbon and Wooden flourishes (SB724)

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Tuesday Tips

Kaisercraft card creations…

June 26, 2010

Happy Saturday! If you find yourself with some scrapping time over the weekend, why not catch up on some card making???

In the next six months I have both a niece and nephew turning 21!  Aside from making me feel very old…it provides a lovely opportunity to use some of Kaisercraft’s new wooden keys to create a boys and girls card for each. This first card uses the Konstrukt papers and keeps to a very simple design.  I added an organza bow to soften the overall look of the card and some rhinestones on the numbers.

 21 by Nikki Antonello– Konstrukt 6×6 paper pad, Wooden keys, Large Chipboard numbers, Black rhinestones, Organza ribbon and foam dots.

I chose the beautiful Le Chateau paper pad for my neice’s card and combined flowers, ribbons and rhinestones for a pretty feminine version.

21 by Nikki Antonello – Le Chateau 6×6 paper pad, Die cut elements, Wooden keys, Cream flowers, Rhinestones, Organza ribbon, Chipboard alphabet, Alphabet stickers and foam dots.

Hope you enjoy a ‘scrapping good’ weekend!

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Kaisercraft’s Konstrukt Kreations….

June 23, 2010

Are you one of those poeple who tend to scrap generally in the one size???? 

Well today Christine, Fran and I are bringing you some Konstrukt layouts in 3 different sizes, the traditional 12×12″, an 8 1/2 x11″ ,a double page layout in 12×12″ and a 6×12″. Hopefully we may be able to tempt you to try something a little different.

Here is my double page layout.  I decided to use the beautiful blues and greens of this collection to showcase some portrait photos of Master Joshua…age 2!

“Picture Perfect” by Nikki Antonello- Konstrukt paper collection, Die-cut elements, Fozz Felt alpha stickers, Small uppercase chipboard alphabet, White alpha stickers, Chipboard Alphabet #2, Organza Ribbon.

On both pages I kept to a simple  design adding some circles to break up all the straight lines and some doodling for defintion.  I didn’t want the double page to be too busy as these photos of Joshua are really cute!


Christine used the black, purple, green and whites from the Konstrukt range to create this 8 1/2 x11″ page of her daughter.  She says “The colours in the Konstrukt paper collection matched the colours in this photo of Bec so well. I tore the edge of the purple paper to add to the grungy feel of the page and used a punch on the edge of the Work Bench paper (P525) to give the feeling that my journaling had been ripped out of a notebook. I also added a recycled butterfly postage stamp and a yellow flower that I hand cut from felt to incorporate a touch of girliness to my page”.

“Play Like A Boy” by Christine Rumley – Konstrukt paper collection, 6×6 paper pad, Die-cut elements, Black and Avocado alpha stickers, Chipboard alphabets #2 and #3.

Fran has also used the black as the background for her layout, scrapping in the 6×12″ size. This is what Fran has to say about her layout.

“I find the 6×12″ size is a great alternative when you have one photo without wanting to put too much on the page, but still have the focus completely on the photo as it takes up so much of the page. I loved this photo of a friend after her team lost the Grand Final, with her nails painted in the team colours clasped around the neck of a champagne bottle – and I thought the bold colours of the Konstrukt range were really suitable for this ‘sporty’ layout.”

“So defeated” layout by Fran Tynan – using Konstrukt papers, die-cut elements and rub-ons, Kaisercraft “Numbered” stamps, cream alphabet stickers.

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Inspired by the 2009-2010 Kaisercraft Design Team

June 21, 2010

Since the current design team is about to step aside to allow the new design team to take over with their fresh ideas we thought it would be fun to do some layouts that have been inspired by techniques used by other members of the current design team. Personally, Fran Tynan is one of my absolute favourite scrapbookers.  I love her minimalist style and her layouts that typically utilise spots, a circle or two, a bit of vintage book paper and some masking tape.  She has this uncanny ability to create a page that looks like it has just been thrown together, yet it is so classy and it always just ‘works’. In my page “G.P.” I’ve tried to incorporate a few of Fran’s trademark design elements. Fran, thank you for a year of inspiration!

“G.P.” by Christine Rumley – Le Chateau paper collection, 6×6 paper pad, Die-cut elements, Black alpha stickers, Chipboard Alphabet #2, RB810 Life’s Moments rub-ons, Dated clear stamps, IP702 Brown Ink.

Nikki has decided to use Renee Ludlow’s work as inspiration for her Le Chateau layout.  Here’s what Nikki had to say…

“I have long admired Renee Ludow’s ability to create the most stunning pieces of art that contain so many little elements and treasures that it takes me some time to fully appreciate all the intricate details. Renee’s  spectacular work usually incorporates two key elements onto her page.  There is always texture……sometimes in the form of beautiful lace and ever so neatly tied bows of ribbon and twine and a very vintage – kind of – shabby chiche feel.  That is certainly what I was inspired by when creating the layout below.  To add some texture to my page, I decided to use some muslin fabric as a mat for my photo and also incorporated some lace and organza ribbon.  Fortunately the beautiful Le Chateau papers provide a vintage feel, so I just distressed and inked all the edges to add to the theme.

always by Nikki Antonello – Le Chateau paper colection, 6×6 paper pad, Coloured rubons, Pearls, Wooden keys, Kaisercraft Ink pads, Cream paper flowers, Organza ribbon and Cream alphabet stickers.

Nancy has chosen Elizna as her inspiration for a more clean and simple approach to her page.

“I was inspired by a recent page created by Elizna using the Konstrukt collection in last week’s blog posts. It was a simple page that for some reason, really caught my eye. I have always chosen to do lots of textures and layers on my pages, but the clean, straight  lines of Elizna’s page just drew me in. By doing a more clean and simple page, Elizna chose to keep the focus on the adorable photo of  her son, making him the true star of her layout. I chose to use the more vintage-inspired papers of the Le Chateau collection, yet kept the overall design of Elizna’s page the same.”

“This House” by Nancy Burke. Le Chateau paper collection, 6×6 paper pad, alpha rub-ons,  die cut elements. Other: sewing machine, thread.

Thanks ladies, for inspiring us all!!!

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Beyond the Page

Kaisercraft Trinket Box – 2 ways…

May 29, 2010

To echo Pam’s earlier sentiments, Kaisercraft really do make the most beautiful AND versatile Beyond the Page items  that can be adapted and modified to suit any creative purpose.  I know I’ve been guilty of totally altering the intended purpose of many  BTP items, but that’s half of the creative fun!

Today Christine and I have both decorated a  gorgeous little trinket box.  Initially I thought I’d use the Hey Birdie collection and decorate this for my daughter, but as I started decorating it, I decided it would look really lovely in my scrap room on my desk instead ……(good Mum, I know…)

Trinket Box by Nikki Antonello – BTP Trinket Box, Hey Birdie Papers, Organza Ribbon, Kaisercraft Brown ink pad and Rhinestones.

I kept the design very simple and decided to use lots of diferent patterned paper strips to cover the box.  I’ve left space to add a title if need be, but I haven’t settled upon a purpose just yet. Christine covered her trinket box using the Jungle Bug collection for her son.  Here’s what she had to say…….

“My son is often rather envious of his big sister’s collection of jewellery boxes for hiding her treasures, so I decided to decorate the trinket box for him. He is such a typical boy and loves collecting things outside. He’s already filled his box with acorns! Like Nikki, I also kept the design really simple and I made sure that all the papers and the ribbon cord were all sewn or stuck down firmly, otherwise Will would probably pull it all off! I mixed a bit of Black Kaisercolor paint in with some Mud Puddle paint to create a brown that matched the papers. “

“William’s Trinket Box” by Christine Rumley – BTP Trinket Box, Jungle Bug paper collection, 6×6 Paper pad, Cream alpha stickers, Rewind collection embellishment pack, Mud Puddle and Black paint.

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