Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kaisercraft Tuesday Tutorial

Coastal Escape Layout Tutorial - Steps and Materials listed by Alicia McNamara

Hello beautiful Kaisercrafters! Alicia here with you and today its Tutorial Tuesday.  I am sharing three tutorials; A Beachy Layout,  some February Journal Planner Inspiration and a video on the new Kaisercraft Colour Gel Pens and Colouring Books!! Its an exciting post! So make yourself a cup/glass of something, relax…and take a look!
Tutorial One – Beachy Layout
The gorgeous Coastal Escape Collection is perfect for scrapping all your lovely beachy photos from Summer.  These are the steps I took to make a layout of my beautiful niece at the beach.
Step One – Choose your photos and your Colour Focus
 I just happened to have this lovely photo already printed and waiting in my cupboard for the right papers.  This little girl lives in the country and doesn’t make it to the beach very often at all…but she does have a real love for the beach and on this particular day she was having a lovely time collecting shells.  She just so happened to be wearing a blue dress which stood out to me as a dominant colour in the photo and the sand, her skin tone and her hair colour were all neutral colours surrounding the blue of the dress.  Also there are some lighter blue flowers in her dress so I chose three colours for this layout; a dark blue, a light blue and a neutral sandy colour.  I chose papers to reflect this colour scheme from the 12×12 collection and the 6 1/2 inch Paper pad.
Step Two – Have fun with some Kaisermist!
Now I don’t use Kaisermists in every layout, but in this case I chose one of the lovely Gloss papers that Kaisercraft make and they respond so well with the Kaisermists.  I chose three Kaisermist colours to use; Aqua, Turquoise and Denim.  I sprayed these randomly onto the paper and then waited a few seconds before spreading over the sprayed areas with a tissue.
Step Three – Choose a Border
I decided to mat my gloss paper and photo in a matching design P2053 Shells.  This gives a coordinating border on both pages.
Step Four – Make some Strip Banners
At the moment I am quite obsessed with something horizontal on my layouts…I don’t know if you have noticed, but I tend to often use some straight horizontal lines.  For this layout I thought I would make some thin banners.  I cut my banners from P2059 Water which is the perfect paper for this and another banner from P2055 Netting.  I inked them in IP727 Lagoon ink and positioned them across the middle of the page.
Step Five – Layer your Papers
I ended up choosing another paper to add in the PS442 Woven Die Cut.  When I layer my photo and papers I alternate between mounting tape and double sided tape for the layers to create a variety of depth in the layout.  I also only place one strip down the centre of each paper not around all the sides.  I do this so I can easily add in little layers as I go or if I don’t like where I have placed the paper I can rip it off quite easily and reposition it.  I wanted the photo to be centred and straight, but I chose to angle all the other layers. (I also inked the edges with Lagoon Ink.)
Step Six – Add some Die cuts and Collectables
I chose the gorgeous new DD747 Circle Scribble Die to add to this layout.  I cut it in half and positioned the two halves on either side of the photo.  I chose a sticker from ST928 – Life and mounted it on paper and then again on a banner (to keep with the banner theme) and layered it on top of the photo.  I chose some collectables (a shell and a star fish) and layered them between the paper layers on my page.  This is where it is helpful to not stick down all the edges of your papers because you can slide little die cuts in here and there to see how they look.
Step Seven – Add some Texture
When it comes to embellishing a layout (or a card) I like to include embellishments with a range of textures.  If you have all die cuts or just all collectables it can be a bit too much paper (in my opinion).  So I like to incorporate some different surface textures for example a ribbon, a paper bloom, a wooden flourish etc.  In this photo above you can see one embellishment cluster where I added another die cut, the gorgeous new release DD757 Large Flourishes, some paper blooms, a couple more collectables (with edges inked) and some lovely shells from the FL574 Flourish pack – Sea Life.  These little wooden flourishes are a must-have for your ocean layouts and cards!
I made a second cluster of embellishments in the bottom corner of the photo where I used DD550 Decorative Die – Coral, cut from two different papers, some more collectables (a shell and the boat steering wheel) another paper bloom and some more wooden shell flourishes.  I chose shells to accentuate the shells my niece is holding in the photo, but in the pack there are all sorts of lovely flourishes including boats, star fish, fish and anchors.
Finally I added a shell and coral die cut behind the title for my page and a silver paperclip.
And that is the finished layout!  I have listed all the supplies you will need below:
Kaisercraft Products: P2059 Water | PS443 Sea Shells – Gloss | PS442 Woven – Die Cut | PP991 Paper Pad | CT850 Collectables | FL574 Flourish Pack – Sea Life | IP727 Ink – Lagoon | ST928 Clear Stickers – Life | F630 Paper Blooms – Iceberg |DD550 Decorative Die – Coral |DD747 Decorative Die – Circle Scribble | DD757 Large Flourishes | KM105 Kaisermists – Turquoise | KM106 Kaisermists – Denim | KM 116 Kaisermists – Aqua |
Tutorial Two – Journal Planner Inspiration for February
I don’t know if you are like me, but January went a little too fast for me, and before I knew it February was here!! My January birthday cards still aren’t sent out : ( and my Journal Planner was not ready to go for the month.  This month I wanted to think simply…I felt last month in my planner things were a little too busy and my eyes were struggling to find my appointments amongst all  the lovely decorations I had done ha ha! So due to less time and me craving for a more simplified approach, I have prepared a tutorial for decorating your planner using a simple approach and the gorgeous Coastal Escape Collection.  I hope you enjoy it : )
Step One – Add Glitter Tape
I love adding some glitter tape to my planner…it gives such a lovely sparkle and its so easy to apply.  Simply apply a strip to the top section of each planning page.
Step Two – Strips for the Centre
 Cut strips for the centre of your planning page.  Attach to the middle and hole punch the holes.
Step Three – Design the Opposite Page
   In keeping with my “simple” design for February I decided to cover this whole page with one paper.  Then I used the quotes from the dividers to layer onto P2055 Netting paper and attach to the page.  You could easily add some stamping or collectables to these pages as well to decorate them a little more.
Step Four – Time for Embellishments!
 I used two dies; DD368 Square Vintage Frames and DD757 Large Flourishes along with some quotes from the Collectables to layer onto a strip of paper down the side of the planning page.  I cut the die flourishes in half and taped them behind the quote.
Step Five – Glitter Mist and Stickers
 Finally I added a gentle mist of Aqua Glitter mist and a sprinkling of stickers from the CM604 Sunkissed Captured Moments Kit.  Reminding myself not to get carried away here.  I want to be able to see my appointments remember!  I wrote the dates in with the Black Glitter Kaiser Colour Gel Pen.
Coastal EscapeJournal Planner Tutorial - Steps and Materials listed by Alicia McNamara
I went back and added a little PS442 Woven Die Cut for a bit of texture…and thats February complete! Ready for a new month now!!
Kaisercraft Products: P2052 Palms | P2053 Shells | P2055 Netting | P2056 Sea Grass | P2057 Coral | P2060 Discovery | PS442 Woven – Die Cut | PP991 Paper Pad | CM604 Sunkissed Captured Moments Kit | KM116 Kaisermists – Aqua | DD368 Decorative Die – Square Vintage Frame | DD757 Large Flourishes | PT229 Glitter Tape – Ice Blue |
Tutorial Three – Kaiser Colour Gel Pens and Colouring Books
Have you coloured with the new Kaiser Colour Gel Pens yet or bought yourself a Kaiser Colour Colouring Book? This video talks you through these new products and shows me colouring a page in the Mystic Treasures Colouring Book.  It is always confronting listening to yourself on video…but bear with me here…

Kaisercraft Products: CL101 Kaisercolour – Gel Pens 24 pk | CL510 Mystic Treasures | CL502 Free Spirit | CL515 Folk Dance | 
If you have any questions about these tutorials please fell free to ask in the comments below or on the Facebook page.  If you decide to give one of these tutorials a go I would love to see your interpretation! Please let me know so I can pop on over and see your work.
Thanks for your time today, I look forward to seeing you again next month : )
Alicia xx
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kaisercraft Old Mac Wide Open Spaces Layout

Kaisercraft Old Mac Layout by Alicia McNamara

I'm playing catch-up today! This layout went live on the Kaisercraft Blog yesterday.  It was made using a new February Kaisercraft Collection called "Old Mac".  I used a picture of my niece with her horse "Buddy".

For this layout we had to showcase the new gum nut die.  I cut the leaves out of green paper and the little nuts out of brown paper from the Paper pad.
Kaisercraft Old Mac Layout by Alicia McNamara

I added them in little clusters around the corners of my photo.

Kaisercraft Old Mac Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products:
P2044 Horseshoe | P2048 Rusty | PP990 Paper Pad | DD359 Decorative Die – Gum Nuts | CS249 Clear Stamps | CT849 Collectables | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | LDB1042 Burlap Roll – 1 Inch | IP723 Ink – Vintage | F628 Paper Blooms – Honey | EM405 Paper Doily | ST909 Epoxy Stickers – Natural |LDB1053 Wooden Shapes – Butterflies |IT902 Designer Template – Fishing Net | KM113 Kaisermists – Coffee

Thanks for stopping by,
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Kaisercraft February Mood Board Challenge - Coastal Escape

Kaisercraft Coastal Escape Layout by Alicia McNamara

Its time for another Monthly challenge over at the Kaisercraft Blog.  Just create a layout using this Mood Board as inspiration, with at least 80% Kaisercraft Products from any Kaisercraft paper collection. This month’s mood board is inspired by the latest release paper collection,
I had a lovely time creating this layout of little Nicky jumping in a sand hole puddle at the beach.  I love that background paper...the colours are so dreamy!

You might like to pop on over to Kaisercraft and enter!

Kaisercraft February 2016 Challenge - Coastal escape by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Product: P2056 Sea Grass | P2059 Water | PP991 Paper Pad | SS307 Sticker Sheet | PS442 Woven - Die Cut | CT850 Collectables | FL574 Flourish Pack - Sea Life | DD747 Decorative Die - Circle Scribble | LDB1059 Natural Twine | ST928 Clear Sticker - Life | PT229 Glitter Tape - Ice Blue |
Other: Paper Clip

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Publication - Kaisercraft "Fly Free" Set of Cards

Publication - Kaisercraft "Fly Free" Set of Cards by Alicia McNamara

Another Publication I am sharing today this one is from Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft Vol 22 No 5.

I made this set of cards with the Kaisercraft "Fly Free" Collection.  These cards were simple to construct using the Kaisercraft card panels.  I like the birds and the pretty colours.

Again they were photographed beautifully by the wonderful team at the magazine...how cute is that little nest with eggs!

I recently gave one of these cards to my Mum for her birthday and she loved it : )

Thanks for stopping by,

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Publication - Amy Tangerine "Stitched"

Amy Tangerine Stitched Quick 10 by Alicia McNamara

Just popping by today to share a newish Publication in Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft Magazine Vol 22 No 4.  

I made this set of 10 Quick Cards using the Amy Tangerine "Stitched" Collection.  I was also super honoured to write a few paragraphs for the Inspiration Board in this magazine on Page 49 if you have a copy of the issue.  

I really admire the way these cards were photographed.  I love the spools of colourful thread in the background.  It is such a thrill to see your own cards published in a magazine...every time I have to pinch myself...I find it so hard to believe they are mine : )

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kaisercraft True Love Valentines Card

Kaisercraft True Love Valentines Card by Alicia McNamara

Over at the Kaisercraft Blog today its all about Valentines cards!
I suppose Valentines day will be here before we know it! January has whizzed past.
I'm still very much feeling like I am at the beginning of January...but not according to the calendar lol!  Have to get myself a bit more organised ; )

This was the card I made using the True Love Collection.  I went for untraditional Valentines Colours...black, white, green and peach with a touch of baby pink in the doily.

I'm working hard behind the scenes on my February Kaisercraft projects...two lovely collections coming up soon...can't wait to share them with you.

Kaisercraft True Love Valentines Card by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products: PP988 Paper Pad | CD102 12x12 Weave Card Stock - Liquorice | CT847 Collectables | DD522 Decorative Die - Berry Vine | DD527 Decorative Die - Modern Doily | BRB601 Double Satin Ribbon - Neutrals | F662 Paper Blooms - Coral |
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