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Alicia McNamara Card Making Havana Nights

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards

January 25, 2018

Do you love the colours in the new Havana Nights collection? They are so tropically colourful and I am a colour lover, are you?   The Havana Nights collection makes me think of what it would be like to live on an island…soaking up the sun rays all day by the pool and at the beach, sipping coconut drinks, wearing flowers in my hair…of course I would always have a lovely tan and look amazing in a bikini as well ; )

Today I am sharing a Process Video and I’m stepping you through how I made a set of bright and cheery Havana Nights cards.  This set of four cards is guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and maybe have them dreaming about an island lifestyle too!

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Havana Nights ~ Set of Four Bright and Cheery Cards

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products You Will Need:

12 x 12 Papers

P2451 Tropic

P2457 Ceramic

P2458 Exotic

PS512 Bamboo Die Cut

SS354 Sticker Sheet

CT897 Collectables

 

FL616 Flourish pack – Tropics

SB710 Orange Rhinestones

DD469 Hanami Flowers Decorative Die

CD511 C6 Card Pack – White

Other Products:

Navy Sewing Thread

Orange Misting Spray

White Misting Spray

Process to Make the Cards:

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Cut Exotic Reverse Paper to 10cm x 15cm and adhere to base of card.

Cut strips of three tiles from Ceramic Paper  layer to left-hand side of card with Foam tape.

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Fussy Cut flowers from Tropic Paper and diecut four Hanami Flowers die from Tropic Reverse.

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Cut four squares from Bamboo Die Cut Specialty Paper.  Glue to centre of cards.

Layer Green leaves from Sticker Sheet and Collectables onto centre of cards.

Layer Hanami Flowers Die, Fussy-cut flowers and Navy Sewing Thread onto centre of cards.

Choose four sentiments from Collectables and position in bottom right-hand corner of cluster.

Add two flowers and one tile from Collectable pack to cards.

Embellish with Wooden Flourishes, Orange Rhinestones, and white and orange Misting Spray splatters.

 How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara How to Make 4 Havana Nights Cards by Alicia McNamara

Watch the Process Video here:

I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial.  Have a lovely, crafty day!

Alicia xxoo

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Alicia McNamara Christmas Open Road

DIY Australian Themed Christmas Cards Tutorial

December 19, 2017

Do you send any Christmas Cards Overseas?  Have you ever bought Australian Themed Christmas Cards or made any of your own? I have a few special Overseas friends and family members I like to send Christmas cards to.  A quick search on Google doesn’t bring up a huge selection of hand made Australian Themed Christmas Cards.  I searched the archives of my blog and found some Australian Themed cards from several years ago.  I have a fond spot for the Aussie Christmas Card, but not many people seem to make them.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

This week I have been shopping and wrapping along with everyone else in this mad rush of Christmas preparations.  So Christmas has certainly been on my mind, and while I was deciding what to make for my Tutorial today, I thought of the possibility of combining the very Australian, Open Road Collection with a Christmas Card Theme.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

 

When I make a set of cards I like to try and make ten cards.  This is a nice round number and gives you a good stash of cards to send out to family and friends and also is a nice number to sell if you decide to sell your cards.  Sometimes it is hard to create such a large number and I stop at four or five or six.  Today I managed the full ten set.  I tried to keep the cards fairly simple because I know people often prefer to make Christmas Cards in bulk.  These took me about a day to make, but could be quicker for you if you follow this tutorial.  I have included a Video Tutorial for you as well if you are more of a Visual person.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Tutorial to make a Set of Ten Australian Themed Christmas Cards

Step One – Gather Your Supplies

I like to collect all my Kaisercraft Supplies that I think I might use in my project and have them on my desk ready to go.  This saves me having to rummage through my craft room looking for things and it reminds me what I have.  Even if I don’t use all the supplies that is ok…it is just handy to have them within reach and for inspiration.

Step Two – Prepare the Base Cards

For these card I worked from the Base up.  I chose ten papers from the Paper Pad to decorate the base of each card and I inked everything with Bark Ink.  Once the base was ready I could concentrate on the design elements.

Step Three – Decide on Focal Point

I love the Australian Map Decorative Die and I really wanted to use this in the card set.  I decided to cut it from Corrugated Card to give a Rustic effect.  I also wanted the Sentiment – Merry Christmas, to be a part of the Focal Point.  First I cut all of these sentiments out in Orange paper from the Paper Pad, but once I had them on the card I realised the orange was not a strong enough colour so I cut them all again from red card stock.  The red made the sentiment pop out more and added a touch of red for a more Christmassy feel to the cards.

Step Four – Layer the Background

I felt the Australian Map die needed something to anchor onto so I decided to create a 9cm x 9cm square.  I didn’t want the square to be completely plain so I stamped it with some gum leaves and Australian flowers.  Then I fussy-cut leaves from two 12×12 Papers P2447 Bushwalk and P2442 Roaming.  I arranged these with some Collectables in a diagonal fashion from corner to corner of the square.

Step Five – Embellish

Next I decorated my cards with Wooden Flourishes, Natural Twine and Mini Paper Blooms to add some texture to the cards.  Finally I finished with a few splashes of brown misting spray.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Video Tutorial

Here is the Process Video I made while making my Australian Themed Christmas Cards:

Kaisercraft Supplies: P2442 Roaming | P2447 Bushwalk | CS317 Clear Stamps | PP1034 Paper Pd | CT896 Collectables | FL615 Flourish Pack – Australiana | CD512 C6 Card Pack – Kraft | IP724 Ink Pad – Bark | CD113 12 x 12 Card Stock – Vanilla | CD133 12 x 12 Card Stock – Cherry | CB153 Corrugated Cardboard | LDB1059 Natural Twine | F650 Mini Paper Blooms – Olive |

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

I hope you have enjoyed my Australian Themed Christmas Cards.  This is my last personal post on the blog before “The Big Day” so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a magical 2018.  Take time to enjoy the peaceful moments and remember to snap some photos to scrap!  We will be needing them ; )

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Don’t make Christmas Cards? Check out my Kaisercraft Mini Album and Advent Calendar from another Christmas here.

Happy Crafting,

Alicia

xxoo

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Alicia McNamara Card Making Romantique

Romantique Set of Six Cards with Instructions

November 23, 2017

I love to make co-ordinating sets of cards.  Once I have the design I think it makes good sense to repeat it and make multiples.  This way I have more cards to share with family and friends.  Today I am sharing the instructions to make a set of six cards using the Romantique Collection.  Each card follows the same basic design, but is slightly different.  These cards are found in this month’s Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine which can be dowloaded here.  Full instructions are also include in the magazine.

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products you Will Need:

  • PP1032 Paper Pad
  • CT894 Collectables
  • Decorative Dies – DD705 Swirl Flourish, DD547 Circle Vines, DD757 Large Flourishes, DD753 Nesting Stitched Rectangle, DD793 Ornate Pack 1
  • DD793Pearls – Chino,
  • F658 Mini Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink,
  • BRB606 Organza Ribbon,
  • PT227 Glitter Tape – Gold,
  • CD511 C6 Card pack – White,
  • GC105 Glitter Card Stock – Champagne.
  • Other: Cheese Cloth

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

Steps to Make the Set of Six Cards:

  1. Select 5 papers from the Paper Pad and cut out with the largest Nesting Stitched Rectangle Die. Adhere to the front cover of each of the C6 Card bases and trim the Card Base to fit the Nesting Die exactly.
  2. Take gold foil lace paper from Paper Pad and cut into strips. Adhere one lace strip onto each card next to some gold Glitter tape vertically to the left-hand side of the page.
  3. Select another 5 papers from the Paper Pad and cut out with the 8cm x 10cm (3 inches x 4 inches) Nesting Stitched Rectangle Die. Layer onto the centre left-hand side of the card with foam tape.
  4. Cut six photo corners from the Ornate Pack 1 Decorative Die out of Champagne Glitter Card Stock and adhere to each card in the top right-hand corner.
  5. Fussy cut six gold frames from GOLD FRAMES – GOLD FOIL 12×12 paper
  6. Cut 2 x Large Flourish Dies, 1 Swirl Flourish Die and 1 Circle Vine Die from paper in Paper Pad. Layer dies under gold frames with cheese cloth. Mount gold fames with foam tape.
  7. Fussy cut some floral clusters, birds on a branch and butterflies from PARISIAN. Layer fussy cut images and collectables onto front of cards. Choose a sentiment for each card from the Paper Pad or Collectables and adhere to card in the bottom right hand corner of the card.
  8. Embellish with Dusty Pink Mini Paper Blooms, Chino Pearls and Organza Bows.

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

The Romantique Collection is just the prettiest…I adore the gold touches and the romantic images.

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Romantique Set of Six Cards by Alicia McNamara

 

Let me know if you decide to re-create these cards or use them as inspiration for your own design.  I would love to see what you make.

Happy crafting,

Alicia : )

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Alicia McNamara Romantique Scrapbooking layout

Romantique Layout with Process Video by Alicia

November 17, 2017

Are you loving the Romantique Collection as much as I am?

There are lots of lovely pastel colours in this collection, but today I picked out the more natural tones to suit my photograph.

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

This collection has a beautiful page of butterflies.  I adore butterflies and I love to use them in my projects.  They make creating so easy.  I fussy cut some from this paper and then used them in my Layout.

P2426 Primrose

Templates

I also wanted to use a new Template:

IT455 6×6 Designer Template – Fleur Damask

and one of my old favourites:

IT001 Designer Templates – Cherry Blossom

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

I filmed a Process Video of how I made the layout if you would like to take a look…

Decorative Dies

I used two Decorative Dies in my Layout:

DD547 – Circle Vines

and my trusty favourite:

DD757 Large Flourishes

I wove these dies in and out of the butterflies in my diagonal design.

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara
Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Wooden Flourishes

I painted some Wooden Flourishes with Gold paint and added them into the design.

FL613 Flourish Pack – Pretty

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

Mini Paper Blooms

I also added in some Mini Paper Blooms for added texture:

F645 – Honey

F644 – Coconut

Kaisercraft Romantique Layout by Alicia McNamara

I hope you like the layout.  I am in love with the Romantique Collection and I had a lovely time putting together my layout.

Have you visited my You Tube channel? If you love Kaisercraft products like me you might enjoy my videos.  See them all here.

Happy Crafting,

Alicia : )

Kaisercraft Products: P2426 Primrose | P2428 Boutique | P2425 Bourdoir | FL613 Flourish Pack – Pretty | DD547 Decorative Die – Circle Vines | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | F645 Mini Paper Blooms – Honey | F644 Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut | CD110 12 x 12 Card Stock – Mocha | CB153 Corrugated Cardboard | KC050 Kaiser Colour – Metallic Gold Paint | IT455 6×6 Designer Template – Fleur Damask | IT001 Designer Templates – Cherry Blossom |

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Alicia McNamara Mini Album Rose Avenue

Rose Avenue Mini Album with Process Video

October 16, 2017

Do you ever have a few memorable photos that you think deserve a special Album? Do you ever create or decorate Mini Albums? Mini Albums are perfect for showcasing little collections of photographs.  Today I am sharing how to make a Small Polaroid Mini Album for four photos using Kaisercraft’s Rose Avenue Collection.  I filmed the process for making this Album so you can see exactly how it came together.

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Being a Mum of two precious boys I don’t have a lot of pink girly photographs in my personal collection or a lot of pink girly things in my home.  Even though I am a girly-girl at heart, most of my photos have blue-t-shirts, caps, balls and boys toys in them.  Luckily I do have friends that have little girls and I do happen to have some friends that are very talented at hosting amazing birthday parties.

When one of my friend’s said her little girl’s first birthday party was going to be a ballerina theme I did get a little bit excited.  Especially as this particular friend is an amazing cook as well and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The party was gorgeous and the food just blew me away.  My friend hand-made everything (including the cake) and I took lots of photographs on the day of all the lovely pink, ballerina food.  All of this meant that I had a collection of yummy pink party food photographs and I thought they deserved a special place in a Mini Album.

Rose Avenue Collection

The Rose Avenue Collection is perfect for scrapping those girly-girl photos.  It is filled with Shabby Chic gorgeousness – roses, butterflies and lots of pretty pastel colours.  For this Mini Album I chose to use Kaisercraft’s Small Polaroid Album.  It is just the right design for whipping up a quick Mini Album to showcase four special photographs.  I used one 12×12 Paper for this project and one page from the Paper Pad.

How I made the Album

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

To begin with I inked the chipboard album in Pink ink.  Then I used paint and texture paste to paint over the top of the pink ink through this template to create a textured pattern on the chipboard album.I’m a big fan of swirls and flourishes…there is something that I love about them…and this new Template from Kaisercraft SWIRL FLOURISH is just divine.

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

I adhered my photographs onto 12×12 Paper WOOD PANELS and then it was just a simple matter of gluing the photo and the frame together.

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Once the pages of the Album were assembled I was up to the decorating part.  I used a variety of Mini Paper Blooms, Fussy-cut Roses, Wooden Flourishes, Flourish Die Cuts and Cheese Cloth scraps to decorate each page.  Here is the Process Video that shows exactly how I made the Album:

This Mini Album will be the perfect gift for my friend….I hope she likes it : )

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

  Kaisercraft Products:

P2409 Wood Panels | PP1030 Paper Pad | IP725 Ink Pad – Petal Pink | FL600 Garden Flourish Pack | 6×6 Designer Template – Swirl Flourish | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | KC013 Kaiser Colour – Dusty Pink Paint | F658 Mini Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink | F657 Mini Paper Blooms – Fairy Floss | F644 Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut | GC104 Glitter Card Stock – Crystal | M008 Album Rings – Silver | BRB606 Organza Ribbon | Other: Texture Paste | Cheese Cloth | 

What are your thoughts?  Do you like to make Mini Albums?  Are you loving the new Rose Avenue Collection?

Let me know in the comments.

Happy Crafting : )

Alicia xoxo

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