Four Seasons, Four Sentiments

A lady asked me to create four double-layout cards for her, one for each season. She also provided me with four seasonal sentiments to incorporate. What a fun challenge that proved to be! ūüôā

I also used four brands by the way, so I really saw all four ūüė鬆corners of my craft supply room. Here’s the collections I used:

  • Spring: Graphic 45, Time to Flourish
  • Summer: Kaisercraft, Fly Free
  • Autumn: Bo Bunny, Autumn Song
  • Winter: Studiolight, Frozen Forest

Let me know what you think!

 

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Three cards with 2¬Ĺ sheets of PS I Love You papers

Sometimes I like newly brought out design papers but don’t necessarily want to buy the entire collection. This is why I only bought two sheets of Kaisercraft’s recent¬†PS I Love You¬†(double-sided) collection, so I could still savour their gorgeous new design patterns, wondering what I could make with them.

As it turns out, 2 entire sheets with 2 extra 6×6″ pieces¬†are enough to create three lovely cards, matted on the front, the back¬†and¬†the inside ūüôā

So hopefully you find this as encouraging as I Рfor now you can perhaps also more easily enjoy more of these gorgeous new design paper collections that come out evert month! (yea!)

 

A Double-paged Keepsake Album

I designed this new mini album around three¬†criteria: its dimensions should be¬†something like 15×15 cm (6×6″),¬†¬†it should have two spines and each spine should hold¬†its own set of pages.

My creative process ended up with me coming up with¬†this 14.5×17 cm (5¬ĺ x 6¬ĺ”) gatefold mini album, in the fresh colors of Kaisercraft’s Ubud Dreams¬†collection¬†– colors that¬†remind me of the sea and small mediterranean villages ūüôā Which is why I’m dubbing¬†this my Holiday Dreams keepsake album.
And guess what,¬†Ubud¬†turns out to be a town on the Indonesian island of Bali! Okay, so not the Mediterranean but still: Holidays galore ūüôā

The album holds seven interactive page assemblies with all new page designs, four attached to the left spine and three to the right; the inside covers offer even more room for pictures.

If you can’t wait to make this album yourself, check out the (written)¬†tutorial¬†which is available in¬†my Etsy shop. ūüôā

NEW: There’s also a¬†kit available at Photographs & Memories online webshop! This¬†includes my tutorial¬†at no additional cost!

Enjoy the video and pictures below and let me know what you think in the comment section! See you next week! :-).

 

Tri-shutter Birthday Card for a Guy

Hi all!

Today I’m sharing another idea for a birthday card to send to a man¬†in your life. As for its shape, it’s a so-called tri-shutter¬†card. I cut this one with a special die, but you can cut these yourself as well, just check out¬†my free video tutorial, which I’ll embed again at the end of this blog post for your convenience.

For decoration I used Oxford, a nicely colorful collection by Basic Grey with mostly masculine overtones. I also did some stamping: a circle-shaped Happy Birthday stamp on the front, and some smaller gift-wrapped presents on the other panels which I fussy-cut and then lifted with some dimensional tape. And last but not least a Kaisercraft birthday sentiment which I stamped in two colors on the center panel.

 

A tri-shutter card fits into a regular envelope
Kaisercraft sentiment stamp on the center panel, stamped in two colors

My video tutorial on how to make a tri-shutter card:

 

Fun2craft: Two Box Cards

A superfun type of card is the so-called¬†Box Card.¬†Its design has been around for quite some time I think, and I don’t know who originally came up with it. This kind of card looks like a box but behaves like a card, in that it is made from cardstock and fits perfectly into an envelope!
By the way, it’s in no way comparable to a so-called¬†explosion box,¬†of which you can view some examples here.

Using the richly colored¬†Fly Free paper collection by¬†Kaisercraft,¬†I created two: one as a birthday card, the other as a New Baby card. If you like die-cutting, fussy-cutting and overall embellishing, this is an absolute Must Try for you! ūüôā To help you along check out my very affordable¬†Tutorial #26, containing easy-to-follow instructions with 69 very clear pictures, which you can acquire here.

Have fun watching the video and do let me know what kind of box cards you would like to see, or for which occasions you have created one yourself! ūüôā

 

 

 

Craft Until the Last Scrap!

I’ve heard some scrapbookers say that they immediately throw out their leftovers once a project is finished, no matter how much paper real estate they would still be able to get out of it.¬†I’m not one of them! ūüôā ¬†On the contrary, I challenge myself to have as little leftovers as possible in the end, so I keep creating until there’s only some last feeble imitation of a heap of little scraps left.

This card is one of such projects, created with the last remnants of my Be-You-Tiful papers, of which I only had a few sheets to begin with.

Hoping to inspire you to craft until the last scrap, so have fun! ūüôā

 

Timeless – a Fun & Unique Wallet Card

A while ago I designed an interactive wallet card that perfectly fits your 6×6″ paper pads. It takes 9-10 sheets of paper for one card – which is perfect especially if you like projects that help you destash a bit (for all of you Paper Hoarders in denial out there ūüôā ).

For the first edition of this card I used a Kaisercraft paper collection, which I like because practically all of their collections come with die-cuts and sentiment ATC cards. That is why I chose Kaisercraft for this second wallet card as well. The Time Machine collection is a mostly masculine collection Рstunning with its sophisticated darks and teals and beautiful specialty papers.

So go ahead and take a look; if you’d like to create it yourself, check out my¬†tutorial on Etsy.

 

 

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Really Mini File Folio! (Kaisercraft Exchange)

Not too long ago I participated in Kaisercraft’s brand new international snail mail project called¬†Kaisercraft Exchange,¬†which I really enjoyed. You send out anything you created with Kaisercraft products to someone around the world you don’t know, and likewise you receive something – from someone else entirely. Kaisercraft¬†functions as the trustworthy middleman to swap all of the addresses.

It was so, so much fun to participate the first time! So when they announced their second run of this worldwide surprise swap, I was game!

This time I used the¬†Lush¬†design papers, a¬†Kaisercraft¬†paper collection from 2010, of which I had also miraculously still been able to find the rubons.¬†I designed something completely new (well, to me at least): a¬†Mini File Folder,¬†or¬†Mini Collection Folio¬†if you will. I was absolutely engrossed in designing and creating this project, it really scratched all of the right itches for me, especially after finishing a larger project (coming up soon…) ūüôā

So without much further ado, here’s the video. Enjoy, let me know what you think, and do participate in¬†Kaisercraft Exchange¬†next time! Who knows, maybe¬†I’ll be sending¬†you¬†something! ūüôā

 

 

 

Some Photo Embellishment Tips

A short while ago I designed what I called the Easiest Mini Albums Ever Made. Today I’m showing you two more iterations of this kind of wire-bound album, filled with pictures, to demonstrate how you can easily embellish your pictures with some punches, dies and glitter glue.

This way it’s even more fun to peruse your little mini albums again and again, and though it might take you some time, it’s really very easy to do ūüôā

 

Stamping a sentiment (stamp by Kaisercraft) on top of the picture! Use ink for non-porous surfaces for this.
Punches come in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes and are a great way to add interest!

Hiding a bystander with some die-cuts helps pulling the focus to the main subject of your picture.

Using a little glitter glue here and there helps to add that little Something Extra!

Two different examples¬†of embellishing the same picture ūüôā

 

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My Entry for #kaisercraftexchange!

Last May Kaisercraft announced their Kaisercraft Exchange project, aimed at sending and receiving Happy (snail) Mail to and from people around the world, without knowing anything about them except their name and address.

I immediately signed up, for it’s always a lot of fun to create specifically with someone else in mind!

I chose the¬†Be-You-Tiful¬†collection and designed¬†a new wallet card, to be sent to a lady called Kirstie, in Pacific Pines in Australia (hi Kirstie, hope you’re reading this! ūüôā ) I also added a small¬†a mini album to keep pictures of her loved ones, to keep in her purse.

For both of these designs together I only needed 2 sheets of 12×12″¬†cardstock¬†and 5 sheets of 12×12″ double-sided design paper (including two¬†cutapart sheets with some lovely sentiments).

I also wrote a 29-page tutorial for the wallet card, which you can find in my Etsy shop for a small price, to help me keep doing what I do.

 

 

Two Butterfly Cards with Kaisercraft’s Ma Cherie

The soft burgundy’s of¬†Kaisercraft’s Ma Cherie¬†collection have held me captivated for a while; after having created a dimensional layout and a mini layout, I still wasn’t ‘done’ with the fussy-cutting of butterflies and the layering of die-cuts from the collection. I even wanted to use the leftover scraps, for this paper was gorgeous!

So, even though I never owned the complete paper collection, all of the separate papers I did gather were enough to add two more cards before I had reached this paper’s End-of-Stash.

Both sport one or more dimensional fussy-cut butterflies of course. A tip to get their wings to stay up, is to use hot glue instead of normal wet glue or tape. The hot glue causes some tension in the paper which helps the wings to stay up (after you gently folded them up).

Try this yourself and share the results!

 

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Laugh Love Forever – a Ma Cherie Butterflies Layout

Hello everyone!

This week I’m sharing a¬†layout with you, for which I chose the beautiful Ma Cherie collection by Kaisercraft –¬†with its soft burgundy color scheme, full of lovely florals. Of this collection, the Exquisite¬†sheet, covered in¬†absolutely gorgeous butterflies, simply demanded to be fussy-cut – even though that’s¬†not my favorite thing to do.

The layout is centered around my mother, who as¬†an Autumn Type was the perfect subject for this project since she can really rock¬†an¬†ocre jacket like no one else, especially when standing next to her own Burgundy & Gold acryllic painting ūüôā

Materials used:

  • Kaisercraft Ma Cherie¬†paper collection, 12×12 sheets: Darling, Exquisite¬†and¬†Glamour
  • Kaisercraft Ma Cherie¬†Collectables die-cuts
  • Kaisercraft paper blooms (Ruby)
  • Kaisercraft flowers (Sepia)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp Scallop Lace
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden¬†collection,¬†Mixed Blossoms – Antique Rose
  • Bo Bunny clear¬†stamp¬†Curly Q

Enjoy the show & tell video – and don’t forget to¬†check out the lovely close up pictures below!

 

Altered a frame with metallic (red copper) paint and some flowers

On the wall, next to one of my other layouts! ūüôā

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