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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,



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Christmas Competition Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAYS!

December 5, 2017

Our annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways kicks off this Thursday and we’ve got plenty of goodies for you to get your hands on! We’re giving away 12 AMAZING Kaisercraft goodie packs to celebrate the silly season and say a very big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful followers!

If you’re a self confessed scrapbooking, card making, colouring or planner addict then listen up! Our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways kicks off at 12pm on our Facebook and Instagram pages this Thursday 7th December until Monday 18th December. Follow the prompts and you could be one of our 12 lucky winners.

Below is a rundown of the amazing goodies on offer!


DAY 1 – Thursday 7th December 100 Individual Kaisercraft Paper Bundle

DAY 2 – Friday 8th December Kaiser Style Lunar Stationery Bundle

DAY 3 – Saturday 9th December Rose Avenue Paper Collection Pack

DAY 4 – Sunday 10th December Large Kaiser Style Planner & Accessories Pack

DAY 5 – Monday 11th December Ghost of Christmas Past Collection Bundle (Silent Night, Frosted, Glisten and Christmas Wishes)

DAY 6 – Tuesday 12th December Kaiser Cutter with Replacement Accessories

DAY 7 – Wednesday 13th December 16 Clear Stamp Bundle

DAY 8 – Thursday 14th December 5 Paper Pack Bundle (Hanami Garden,

DAY 9 – Friday 15th December 6 Paper Pads & 7 Collectable Packs

DAY 10 – Saturday 16th December 2 KaiserColour Colouring Book & 24pk Artist Coloured Pencils, 24pk Gel Pens, Postcard Book and Greeting Cards

DAY 11 – Sunday 17th December Letters to Santa Advent House DIY Kit

DAY 12 – Monday 18th December DIY Cuts Machine with 2 Kaisercraft Decorative Dies.


Terms & Conditions

1. You can enter via our Facebook or Instagram pages.

2. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook/Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of the Facebook/Instagram page and not to Facebook/Instagram.

3. Each giveaway will run for 24 hours from 12pm until 12pm (AEDT) from Thursday 7th December until Monday 18th December.

4. Day 10 cannot be shipped to the USA.

5. Winners will be chosen at random and announced at the end of each day and notified via Facebook and Instagram.

6. Winners are to email with address details to claim prize.

7. This is a worldwide giveaway.



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Christmas Layouts Mint Wishes Tatiana Yemelyaneko

Layout by Tatiana Yemelyanenko

October 20, 2017


Tatiana is here with you today and I have new Christmas layout featuring ‘Mint Wishes’ collection.  For my project I chose last year Chistmas photography with me and my daughter.

I used Forest as the background for this layout. I also used a lot of fussy cut elements – flowers from Forest, Christmas balls from Flannelette, and the branches from Fresh Pine and Shiver. I also used flower and leaves from the collectable pack.

I used Merry Christmas flourish as the title of the layout.

On the final steps I adhered perals and rhinestones and added random splashes with mists.

Kaisercraft products used: Mint Wishes Collection – P2397 Frosted, P2398 Fresh Pine, P2399 Flannelette, P2404 Shiver, P2405 Forest, CT891 Mint Wishes Collectables, FL610 Flourish Pack – Jolly Christmas, F649 Mini Paper Blooms – Sage, Pearls – SB713 Pearl, SB718 Bliss, SB783 Teal, RS406 Rhinestones – Blue Grey, Kaiser Mists – KM101 Charcoal, KM105 Turquoise, KM111 White

Thank you for the visit! Hope you enjoyed my project.


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Card Making Christmas Mint Wishes

Kaisercraft Mint Wishes Christmas Cards

October 18, 2017

How are your Christmas Cards progressing? Have you started yet? Are you still searching for Inspiration?  Today the Design Team have just the motivation you need to create some beautiful Kaisercraft Mint Wishes Christmas Cards.  Mint Wishes is such a refreshing collection with its mint green colour scheme and natural woody textures.  Let’s take a look at the lovely Christmas Cards the Design team has created…


“Love ” Mint Wishes Christmas Card ~ by Rikki Graziani

Kaisercraft Products: Mint Wishes Collections: P2397 Frosted | PP1029 Paper Pad | CT891 Collectables |DD802 Festive Circle Decorative Dies | RS402 Island Lagoon Rhinestones

“Merry Christmas” Mint Wishes Christmas Card ~ by Tatiana Yemelyanenko

Kaisercraft Products: Mint Wishes Collection – P2397 Frosted, P2398 Fresh Pine, P2399 Flannelette, P2401 Cabin, P2404 Shiver | CT891 Mint Wishes Collectables, FL610 Flourish Pack – Jolly Christmas, F632 Paper Blooms – Sage, SB718 Pearls Bliss, RS406 Rhinestones – Blue Grey, Kaiser Mists – KM105 Turquoise, KM111 White, CD512 C6 Card Pack – Kraft

“Seasons Greetings” Mint Wishes Christmas ~ By Kylie Kingham.

Kaisercraft Products: P2399 Flannelette | SS348 Sticker Sheet | PP1029 Paper Pad | CT891 Collectables | CD512 Kraft | DD787 Mandala | RS445 Ice | Pl501 White.

Other: String.

Merry and Bright Mint Wishes Christmas Cards ~ by Jowilna Nolte

Kaisercraft Products: Mint Wishes | PP1029 Paper Pad | CT891 Collectables | SB718 Pearls Bliss | CD511 White Cards | SB715 Latte
Other: Walnut ink stain

“Joy” Mint Wishes Christmas Card ~ By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Mint Wishes Christmas Cards By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Mint Wishes Christmas Card By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Mint Wishes Christmas Card By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products: PP1029 Paper Pad | P2397 Frosted | CT891 Collectables | FL610 Flourish Pack – Jolly Christmas | LDB1059 Natural Twine | SB796 Pearls – Green | GC104 Glitter Card Stock – Crystal | DD757 Decorative Die –  Large Flourishes | EM405 Paper Doily | Other: White Misting Spray | Cheese Cloth |

“3 Christmas Cards ” using Mint Wishes ~ By Renee Aslette

Kaisercraft Products: PP1029 Paper Pad | CT891 Collectables | CD509 Card Pack Square – Kraft | LDB1059 Natural Twine

“Mint Wishes Christmas Cards ” ~ By Donna Espiritu

Kaisercraft Products: PP1029 Paper Pad | CT891 Collectables | CD512 Card C6 Kraft | GC108 Glitter Cardstock Pistachio| SB796 Green

Other: Crochet thread, Doily


And now it’s over to you, what lovely Christmas Cards will you create with the Mint Wishes Collection?  Remember to share with us on Social Media by tagging #Kaisergallery.  Or pop in for a chat in Kaisercraft Corner.  It’s our own private Facebook group where we encourage Kaisercraft Lovers from all over the world to share their creations.

Happy Crafting : )

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Christmas Mini Album Tutorial Tuesday Videos

Christmas Envelope Mini Album Tutorial

October 17, 2017

Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a great week viewing the new collections from Kaisercraft. As you have seen, Kaisercraft have released some beautiful Christmas collections this year and the Mint Wishes Collection certainly doesn’t disappoint. Today I am sharing an envelope mini album that I created using this collection. This album is a gift for a dear friend of mine who is a proud ‘poppy.’ He enjoys sharing pictures of his grandson from his phone, so my gift to him is this album. As he is a non crafter, the album is straight forward therefore it is easy to construct.

I have two videos to share with you. One is a walk through of the completed album and the second is the tutorial. So grab a cuppa and enjoy!


The Video Walk Through

The next video is the tutorial. This is a lengthy video as it was filmed in real time. To assist you in your viewing, you can fast forward to the following sections:

33m matting the covers

39min hinges

51min pages and inserts

57min matting pages and inserts

1hr 1min attaching pages to album

1hr 3 min creating the pocket and belly band





The format of the album was deliberate. I didn’t want it to be too difficult for my friend, as some mini albums have a lot of interactions. However there are still lots of spaces for photos.


Mini books are great inserts into mini albums. You can journal and add small photos. The sentiments from the cut a part sheet are great for creating these.

The papers in the collection coordinate beautifully! You can mix and match so all of the components of your album effortlessly. By limiting the colour palet, it makes the designing the album less complicated and it makes the whole experience enjoyable.


Kaisercraft Products:  PP234 Mint Wishes 12 x 12 Paper Pad| SS348 Sticker Sheet | CT891 Collectables | Cardstock CD102 Licorice and CD651 Kraft |CD509 Card Pack Square | Rhinestones RS445 Ice and SB700 Silver| T321 Glue| T318 Craft Knife| T317 Craft Scissors

Other: Distress Ink Vintage Photo |Scor-Tape| Crop-o-dile Corner Chomper Tool Deco and Stub and Corner Rounder Tools.


I hope you’ll try and create an envelope mini album with one of the Kaisercraft Collections.

With one pack of envelopes, you can make two mini albums. These are great as gifts and also Christmas is coming!

Happy crafting!

Hugs from Cathy













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