Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Father's Day Cards using Kaisercraft's Factory 42

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Ive been making Father's Day cards...and now I'm all set to celebrate the wonderful Husband, Dad, Grandfather and Father-in-Law I have in my life.  Its not like me to be so organised! But, I have already ordered Ben's present and the other's I always buy the Darrel Lea Dad's Bags for.  Australia Post does a free shipping option on these Dad Bags so I usually order them online and have them sent directly to each address.

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

I used Kaisercraft's Factory 42 Collection to make my cards and these actually came together quite quickly.  I followed the same sketch for each card and just altered them all slightly.  Lot's of mounting tape, for dimension, added in : )

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

What are your Father's Day plans? I need some ides for how to spend the day : )

Kaisercraft Products: P2378 Workshop | PP1026 Paper Pad | SS345 Sticker Sheet | CT888 Collectables | DD798 Decorative Die - Cutout Textures | FL580 Flourish Pack - Cogs | SB776 Rhinestones - Bronze | IP722 Ink Pad - Red Gum | IP727 Ink Pad - Lagoon |

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kaisercraft August Challenge - Coggs Father's Day Card

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Happy Father's Day Card by Alicia McNamara

This was my card I made for the Kaisercraft blog challenge.  I chose to make a Father's Day Card in preparation for Father's Day coming up.

This month's theme for the challenge is...

COGS!

Create any papercraft project you like using cogs as your inspiration!! 

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Happy Father's Day Card by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products: PP1026 Paper Pad | CT888 Collectables | SS345 Sticker Sheet | FL580 Cogs | SB776 Rhinestones - Bronze | DD792 Decorative Die - Nesting Scalloped Stitched Ovals





Housekeeping for those who wish to play along…
 1. Feel free to enter as many times as you like!
 2. Your creation must feature at least 80% Kaisercraft products.
 3. You may use any current or previous release Kaisercraft paper collection.
 4. Link your finished project by creating a blog post on your personal blog or Facebook page, copy the link and add your name and link to the comments section at the bottom of this post. Alternatively, you can post your entry directly to our Facebook wall or send it via email to sales@kaisercraft.com.au.

Entries close Thursday 31st August at 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC +11)
You could be one of two luck winners to receive a Kaisercraft goodie pack.
Winners will be announced Friday 8th September 2017.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tour of My Craft Room

My Creative Space by Alicia McNamara

I am lucky to have my own craft room in our current house.  We have lived in many different houses and sometimes I have been blessed with a craft room and sometimes I haven't.  On one wall in the room I have a white cube shelf with colourful Kaisercraft products out on display.  I purchased the little shelf from Spotlight.  On either side of the shelf I have two organisers where I store the current collections for the month.  The organisers are Kaisercraft Beyond the Page Kits that I made up myself.

My Creative Space by Alicia McNamara

On the cube shelving I have everything tucked away in boxes.  The white boxes and magazine holders are from Ikea.  The pink boxes are from Bunnings.

My Creative Space by Alicia McNamara

I have a round table in the centre of the room that I work on.  I keep this tin on the table with the tools I am always reaching for.  The tin and the mug are from K-mart.

My CreativeSpace by Alicia McNamara

I keep some of my layouts and cards up for ideas and inspiration.  I peg them to the blinds on the window.  Then I change them as I make new ones.  I find these really helpful to look at when I am starting a new Layout or a Card.

My Creative Space by Alicia McNamara

On the other side of the room I have another shelf filled with boxes for storage.  On top of this shelf I keep my die cutting tools, current stamps and my sewing machine.
I wish I could say my space is always this tidy, but that would be a complete lie.  I'm glad I took the photos to prove that I can clean this room up lol!  I often have multiple projects going on in this room and there often isn't time to clean up in between, well thats what I tell myself anyway!
I filmed a video tour of my craft room if you would like to take a look while it is clean...


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Daydreamer Publication and Tutorial - Set of 12 Cards



I was privileged to have this set of cards published in the Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine for the month of June.  Download your free copy here.  These cards were featured on the front page of the magazine too! What an honour!  Made using the Kaisercraft Dreamer Collection they are modern and fresh and perfect for any occasion.

Thanks for stopping by today,

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kaisercraft "Christmas Jewel" Christmas Card

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Card by Alicia McNamara

Hello Crafty Friends,

It's August and that means Kaisercraft has started introducing their Christmas Collections for 2017!  This card I made with the lovely Christmas Jewel Collection.  I was going for a Mixed Media Card with lots of layers.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Card by Alicia McNamara

I do love the purples in this collection and the white and silver, so fresh and pretty.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Card by Alicia McNamara

 I used a mixture of Collectables, Decorative Dies and Wooden Flourishes to achieve the layered look on this card.  The sentiment is from the Collectables pack.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Card by Alicia McNamara

Have you started your Christmas Cards yet? Leave me a comment and tell me how many do you plan to make and send out this year.

Thanks for stopping by : )

Kaisercraft Products: PP1025 Paper Pad | P2365 Ornate Garland | CT887 Collectables | FL606 Flourish Pack - Fancy Christmas | PT225 Silver Glitter Tape | IP732 Orchid Ink Pad | DD388 Decorative Die - Poinsettia | DD793 Decorative Die - Ornate Frames 1 | DD757 Decorative Die - Large Flourishes | SB700 Silver Rhinestones | RS465 Lilac Rhinestones Strips | KC014 Kaisercolour Paint - Mauve | KM111 Kaiser Mists - White | KM119 Kaiser Mists - Blackberry | KM120 Kaiser Mists - Wisteria | GC103 Glitter Card Stock - Platinum | 
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

5 Tips to Make a Mini Album

Do you share my love for making Mini Albums?  They are such a fun, short project and are perfect for gifting to a friend or family member.  Today I am sharing a Mini Album that I made and Five Tips on how to make a Mini Album.  I also have included a video that demonstrates exactly how I put this Album together using Kaisercraft's gorgeous new "Christmas Jewel" Collection.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I have had some Graduation photographs on my desktop waiting and waiting for the right paper collection.  When I saw the beautiful purple shades in "Christmas Jewel" I knew they would be a perfect match.  Even though this is a Christmas Collection there are some "un-Christmas like" papers included that could be utilised in an "un-Christmas like" project.  If you have been waiting for a purple collection, this is such a beautiful set, so many lovely shades of purple and with silver trimmings.  It really is divine.  Alternatively, if you have some lovely Christmas Photos that you would love to make into a Mini Album, you could easily choose the more "Christmassy themed" papers from the collection.  You could make a Christmas Mini Album instead of a Graduation Mini Album.

Mini Album Tip #1 - Gather Your Materials

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

This tip might seem very obvious but, if you know what collection you are using and you have most of the bits and pieces from that collection it makes the creating process a whole lot easier!!  I chose the "Christmas Jewel" Collection because it matched the Graduation Gown of our friend in the photographs.  (Isn't she a little cutie.)  I then went through and searched my craft room for purple and silver glitter tape, co-ordinating Ink Pad and album rings.  The easiest Mini Albums I have made are when I start with a base that is already prepared for me.  This time I chose the Kaisercraft "Ticket Album".  It is a great size for 4x6 photos.

Mini Album Tip #2 - Keep Your Design Simple

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

To make creating a Mini Album a quicker task it helps to keep your design nice and simple.  For my Album I chose to use 3 12x12 Papers: P2362 Gilded Snowflakes, P2364 Winter Wonderland, and P2369 Glimmering for my base pages.  The Polka-dots were for the front and back Covers of the Album.  The other two papers were for the two opening spreads in the Album.  I simply cut these with a blade and glued them to the base pages of the Album.

Mini Album Tip #3 - Repeat the Same Design For Every Page

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Sometimes it can be hard to think of different ideas to decorate every page of your Mini Album.  I suggest keeping the same design for every page.  This creates a lovely co-ordinating effect throughout the album and allows you to enjoy creating without too much brain strain!! For my Album I chose IT448 Ornate Damask Template and used that to decorate the pages of my album.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I also chose to cut P2365 Ornate Garden into strips and use that with Glitter Tape to decorate the middle of each page.

Mini Album Tip #4 - Select Meaningful Quotes

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I do love the lovely quotes Kaisercraft use in their products and collections.  I love the look of a  meaningful quote alongside a photograph.  For this Album I used Kaisercraft's "Clear Stickers" ST928 Life and ST925 Family to fill the page opposite my photograph.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Mini Album Tip #5 - Embellish with Decorative Dies

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I love Kaisercraft Decorative Dies. Every month there is a new die that I am just longing to collect.  In this project I used numerous dies to decorate and embellish the pages of this album.  Decorating with Dies is such a quick and easy way to fill space on a project.  I have listed the dies I used in this Album below, just in case you would also like to make these part of your die collection ; )

DD589 - Hydrangea Rectangle

DD793 - Ornate Pack 1

DD388 - Poinsettia

DD757 - Large Flourishes

DD347 - Numbers

Mini Album Tutorial/Process Video

Finally, here is my Tutorial/Process Video.  I would love you to take a look and see exactly how I put my Album together from beginning to end.  You might even like to subscribe to my You Tube Channel.   On my channel there are over 20 videos of projects I have made with Kaisercraft Products.


Kaisercraft Products: 2362 Gilded Snowflakes| P2364 Winter Wonderland | P2369 Glimmering |P2365 Ornate Garden | P2361 Silver Poinsettia | IP732 Orchid Ink Pad | IT448 Ornate Damask 6x6 Designer Template | ST928 Clear Stickers - Life | ST925 Clear Stickers - Family | GC101 Glitter Card Stock - Midnight | GC103 Glitter Card Stock - Platinum | RS456 Rhinestone Strips - Lilac | F643 Paper Blooms - Amethyst | KC051 Kaiser Colour - Metallic Silver | PT226 Glitter Tape - Steel | PT225 Glitter tape - Silver | SB2359 Ticket Album | DD589 Decorative Die - Hydrangea Rectangle | DD793 Decorative Die - Ornate Pack 1 | DD388 Decorative Die - Poinsettia |DD757 Decorative Die  - Large Flourishes | DD347 Decorative Die - Numbers |

Feel free to leave me a comment and give me some feedback on my Blog Post today.

You might like to tell me what are you interested in seeing more of this year?

Until next time, happy crafting!
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Dream Continues...

I'm very excited and super honoured to announce I have made it through to the 2017/2018 Kaisercraft Design Team.  This will be my third year on the team and I am so grateful for this opportunity.  I absolutely adore Kaisercraft products and am so very happy to have the opportunity to work with the products and the amazing team at Kaisercraft.  
There is a very talented line up of artists on the team again this year, some new faces and some familiar faces.  I can promise you that you will LOVE this new team.  The projects that they have already created and are waiting to share are so beautiful and the new Kaisercraft Collections are to die for!  This year is going to be amazing!!

Thank you so much to Kaisercraft for having me on the team for another year and thank you to YOU for reading my blog and supporting me on this crafty journey.  I really appreciate it.

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