I'm so happy to be sharing some creative projects for the month of November! Today I'm talking cards, a Beyond the Page Project and some new Kaisercraft Planner inspiration . I'm jumping around today between the two gorgeous November Kaisercraft collections, Provincial and Sail Away.
First up lets talk card making! I made two cards featuring the Provincial Collection.
I love the different colour combinations in these two cards. It is hard to believe these cards are made with the same collection. I love the brightness of these papers...the freshness of the blue and the green teamed with the white. These cards follow a similar sketch with the horizontal strip across the middle of the card. It is a very simple sketch, but can be prettied up with embellishments and it gives the papers an opportunity to shine.
Until I joined the Kaisercraft Design Team I was never really a fan of the metal dies...not because I didn't like them, more so because I just had never really used them. I only had a couple and some of the ones I did have I had to spend hours popping out the holes with a pin after running it through the die cutter. It took so long, I wasn't really keen on using them. Now I cant get enough of the Kaisercraft dies! I love them. They are quick and easy to use and produce fantastic results every time! My growing collection is such a valued part of my crafting goodies. I don't want to create without them. On the card above I used five different dies. I love them because they can be used with any papers to match any creations that you are making. They are an excellent investment that can be used over and over again. I certainly "overuse" them! Each month I seem to find a favourite and use it on nearly every creation I make! Can you spot the dies I've used in these two cards? Here they are below...
DD522 Berry Vine | DD705 Swirl Flourish | DD544 3 Butterflies | DD506 Foliage | DD101 Lacey Borders | DD504 Doilies
This second card features a quote for the centre sentiment, some leaves underneath and a die cut doily. Then it is very simply embellished with some paper blooms, some twine and a die cut butterfly.
Kaisercraft Supplies used for Provincial Cards:
P1972 Hedge | P1977 Porcelain | PP984 Paper Pad | DD504 Decorative Dies Doilies | DD544 3 Butterflies | CT843 Collectables | F633 Paper Blooms - Olive | F630 Paper Blooms - Iceberg | F627 Paper Blooms - Coconut |DD522 Berry Vine | DD705 Swirl Flourish | DD544 3 Butterflies | DD506 Foliage | DD101 Lacey Borders | SB713 Pearls - Pearl | SS299 Sticker Sheet | P1975 Chaise | CD101 12x12 Weave - Coconut | PT229 Glitter Tape - Ice Blue |
I was really low on my male birthday cards and needed four for this month's birthdays to send out to family and friends. I thought Sail Away would be perfect for some Male cards. I don't send Bon Voyage cards out very often, so I grabbed a "Happy Birthday" sentiment stamp from the "A Touch of Gold" Collection to team up with the gorgeous nautical themes in "Sail Away".
Hot Tip: When you make a bulk set of cards, repeat the same design and just change each card slightly to suit the materials that you have available. This saves you having to come up with a new design every time and allows you to use up your stash as well.
I started these two cards with the Nautical Embossing Folder. I folded my base card and embossed the whole card. The Kaisercraft embossing folders are the perfect size for your 4x6 cards. You want have any gaps around the edges from the embossing folder being too small like you get with some other brands. I loved the nautical look of the arrows on the white card. It provided a clean and fresh background for the navy and blue papers. I inked the edges in black ink.
EF231 Embossing Folder 4x6 - Anchors
I chose two rectangles to overlap on the front of the card. Then I stamped the sentiment onto plain white card, cut it into a banner shape and used a black pen to add some stitching around. I popped up some collectables on mounting tape and added a row of Square Steel Epoxy Stickers. Then I repeated the whole design for another card.
I like to keep my bulk cards clean and simple. Especially when I make masculine cards. With some clever die cuts from Kaisercraft you can have these cards whipped up in minutes without having to stress over how to embellish a male card. These are the die cuts I used that made these cards super easy and super fast to make:
DD705 Interlock Circles | DD545 Ship | DD731 Sailing Collage C6
These three cards all followed the same design. I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment onto the wood panelling paper from the 6 1/2 inch Paper Pad. I chose two papers to fill the top and bottom half of each card. (For some of these papers I used the Decorative Die - Sailing Collage.) I used the interlocking circle die to layer over the base papers and then stapled the wooden sentiment over the top. Finally I embellished with a few collectables.
Lastly I made this card with the gorgeous Ship die cut. I love this die! It is such a great size, its all you need for a lovely simple, masculine card. I also love the map paper at the back. I inked all the edges with Dark Bark ink for a bit of rustic contrast.
Kaisercraft Materials for Sail Away Male Cards:
CD101 12x12 Weave - Coconut | PP985 Paper Pad | CT844 Collectables | P1988 Map | P1987 Cruise | P1983 Nautical | DD705 Interlock Circles | DD545 Ship | DD731 Sailing Collage C6 | IP724 Bark | IP719 Black | CS234 A Touch of Gold Clear Stamp | ST913 Steel Epoxy Stickers |
Other: Stapler and staples
This card makes me want to sail away...and these balloons make me want to fly away! Any destination suggestions?? A remote tropical island sounds nice, would you agree?
This is my Beyond the Page project for you this month..the Hot Air Balloon Wall Art. I decided to keep to a blue and white colour scheme. I do love the freshness of blue and white. The balloons matched in perfectly with some cloud wall decals I borrowed from our toy room. The hot air balloons are a quick and easy project. A little paint and some 12x12 paper quickly has these balloons ready to fly.
I embellished with some stickers, die cuts and collectables.
I really love how you can personalise these Beyond the Page projects to make them suit your home decor by using colours and papers that appeal to you.
Kaisercraft Products Used for Hot Air Balloons:
SB2391 Wall Art - Hot Air Balloon | P1980 Ship | P1981 Compass | P1986 Starfish | SS300 Sticker Sheet | CT844 Collectables |DD705 Interlock Circles |DD705 Swirl Flourish | KC001 Kaisercolour White |
So after a little sailing and a little hot-air ballooning I'm going to leave you with some Planner inspiration. Have you purchased your Kaisercraft planner for 2016 yet? This is a must-have product to keep you organised and inspired for the new year. The decorating I did this month really was very relaxing and a little break from the every day. I admit to being pretty new to the whole planner thing. Although I have often kept a diary, calendar or organiser, I have never really got into art of decorating of it. I'm not sure if there are any rules to planner decorating...if there are any I don't know them! I just had fun using the beautiful Provincial Collection to decorate to my heart's content.
The Provincial collection is full of beautiful and inspiring quotes. I used a lot of these on the pages in my planner.
Then I embellished with collectables, die cuts, stamps and stickers.
The Kaisercraft planners come with 9 clear plastic pockets which are perfect for adding photos into your planner of the people and things you care about.
Can you spot my colouring in on the photo below?? On the back side of my plastic pockets I added some colouring in I completed from the Kaisercolour Wild Flowers Colouring Book. I coloured the flowers and butterfly to match the colours in the Provincial Collection. A little bit of relaxed colouring...good for the mind and soul they say. Your planner is the perfect spot to store your finished coloured masterpieces!
Lastly, I'm leaving you with a little quote "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much" surrounded by a cluster of Kaisercraft goodness...may we all keep this in mind as we head into the busy season coming up. Fly away or sail away to your planner or your colouring-in book if the Christmas preparations are getting just a bit too hectic for you (I'm taking my own advice right now!) I'll see you again soon with more inspiration.
Until then, happy crafting,
Alicia : )
Kaisercraft Products Used for the Planner:
SA052 Journal Planner Blush | PP984 | CT843 Collectables | CS243 Clear Stamps | SS2299 Sticker Sheet | IP719 Black Ink | DD522 Berry Vine | DD705 Swirl Flourish | | DD506 Foliage | DD355 Damask Border | ST909 Natural Epoxy Stickers | DD504 Doilies | P1977 Porcelain | P1971 Hydrangea | P1979 Willow | DD705 Interlock Circles | P1972 Hedge | CL500 The Wildflowers Colouring Book | P1974 Hampton | PT229 Glitter Tape - Ice Blue |