Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Love Cookies!

Sharing a fun layout using the Kaisercraft Silly Season collection today. I love the pinks and greens in the collection. There’s something sweet and fun about the patterns and colors. It’s perfect to highlight photos of sweets, as I did here, with home-baked cookies… a sure sign of Christmas and the winter days! To play off of the sweet factor, I used the pink design from the “Fairy Lights” pattern paper as the background. To play off of the fun factor, I created hanging ornaments and a skewed title.


Materials Used: Silly Season Jingle Bell (P722), Fruit Cake (P723), Fairy Lights (P727), Paper Pad (PP851), Journal Tag (JT626); Other: Making Memories Slice, Kate's Paperie ribbon, Whisker Graphics twine, gloss

Hope you like the layout and be sure to check out the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Christmas Mini Book

Happy Friday! Want to make something fun this weekend? How about a quick mini album with just one sheet of paper?

To make sure I keep my head above water come the busy holiday season, I made this Christmas mini book ahead of time. I used the Kaisercraft Silly Season collection for its fun pinks, greens and pops of reds. I can't wait to start filling it out in December!


Tip: The Kaisercraft Silly Season “Milk & Cookies” pattern paper is perfect for a mini book because it comes printed with natural 16 mini page delineations. You can Google for all the different ways of making a mini book, but my favorite is the meander mini book because it’s the easiest to make (in my opinion).

1. Trim paper down to a 4×4 grid, then score at lines shown below:


2. Cut paper at dotted lines shown below:


3. Beginning at either end, fold at each scored line in a zig zag accordian pattern until you get to the fourth block where you fold up or down instead of left or right. Simply repeat this until the entire page is folded into a book.

4. There will be natural “pockets” where the up and down folds are made. You’ll have the option of gluing down the entire pocket or just apply glue in a “U” shape around 3 edges of the page to make a pocket. I made pockets to store journaling tags.

5. Finally, embellish the mini book with Jewels, Journal Tags, Printed Chipboard, and die-cuts from the back of the 6.5″x6.5″ Paper Pad.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Silly Season Milk & Cookies (P728), Gingerbread (P729), Journal Tags (JT626), Printed Chipboard (CB133), Paper Pad (PP851), Jewels (RS424); Other: Ribbon

It’s super easy and fun to make, so I hope you’ll make one for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

December 25th on September 20th

It's time to share some more holiday creations using the Kaisercraft December 25th collection.

I made a little "peace" sign holiday mobile mixing a bit of both the December 25th and Silly Season collections just to show that the two work great together. I covered each letter with “Noel” from the December 25th collection. To bring some of the Silly Season pink, I added pink pearls to the pattern. I then embellished further and created the ornament mobile arrangement with the Silly Season Printed Chipboard pieces.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft December 25th Noel (P718), Silly Season Printed Chipboard (CB133), Lace in Cream (EM927), Pearls in Pink Champagne (PL503); Other: Graphic Whiskers Twine

I then made a card. I love the vintage feel of the December 25th collection and it’s one of the reasons I’m so drawn to it. But I wanted to show the line in a more contemporary light by adding lots of white space and paper-piecing the window. The back side of “Festive” is a lovely white polka dot on green which gives the illusion of snow falling. Add a wreath, a couple layers of matting, and just like that, a simple and contemporary take on a vintage collection.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft December 25th Festive (P717), Wish (P719), Clear Stamp (CS790); Other: Copic Sketch markers, Memento ink pad

Hope you like what you see here and don't forget to visit the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Christmas in September

While fall is still days away, Christmas and the holiday season are already on my mind. To help get a head start, Kaisercraft released some awesome collections perfect for the holidays. The December 25th collection is traditional with vintage designs and classic reds, greens, and golds. While the Silly Season collection is fun with funky pinks and chartreuse greens.

Here, I'm sharing a layout using the December 25th collection.

One of my favorites from the collection is the Foil Specialty Hark pattern paper. It's hard to tell but it has a nice metallic shimmer of foiled accents on the stars and angels. The gold is perfect to compliment the pretty lights of the Rockafeller Christmas tree in my photos.

To add some contrast to the vintage feel of the papers, I added bright punches of red in form of the satin ribbon and red & white twine. And to further play on the gold lights, I chose one of the gold polka dot pattern papers in the 6.5″x6.5″ paper pad to create the title using Making Memories' Slice.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft December 25th Foil Specialty – Hark (PS162), Paper Pad (PP850), Collectables Sticker Sheet (SS109), Journal Tag (JT625), Lace in Cream (EM927)
Other: Graphic Whiskers Twine, Making Memories Slice, Kate's Paperie Satin Ribbon

Hope you like what you see here and don't forget to visit the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Timeless Dream

Vacations are always on my mind, a timeless dream, if you will. Here's a layout using Kaisercraft's, appropriately named, Timeless collection.

The Timeless 6.5" x 6.5" paper pads and rub-ons are gorgeous. The paper pads come in a lovely black & white deck and a vintage deck. The pattern papers have very classic, timeless and versatile designs on them. For my "Dream" layout, I thought I would go for the black & white patterns to contrast with the lovely pastels in my photo.

I used the Slice cut the title out of one of the pattern papers in the deck. I then applied a mix of navy and spearmint acrylic paint to it as well as the mini journal tag. I created the same effect with the punched flowers, applying a mix of pink and yellow acrylic paint. To create some additional depth and texture, I dry impressed polka dots around the flowers.

I then added some finishing touches by tying some white twine around the mini journal tag, and applying rub-ons, pearls and pearl brads.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Timeless Paper Pad - Black & White (PP855), Timeless Mini Journaling Tags (JT629), Timeless Rub-ons; Pearls in Blush (SB716), Lush (SB717), Bliss (SB718); Pearl Brad in Pink Ice (EM932); Other: twine, Martha Stewart punch, Making Memories Slice

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Love You, Miss Nelly

I'm blogging all the way from Aruba today. Ok, no, I'm not. This is a scheduled post that I have timed perfectly with my dear friends' wedding day. This couple consists of some of the nicest people I know and I wish them everlasting love. And the card I am sharing today is all about love!

I really adore the Kaisercraft Miss Nelly range! I particularly like how it is shabby-chic with lots of pretty floral patterns but it's still so bright and vibrant.

I created this card by using the pattern paper, Her Eyes as the background of the card. I then stamped and hand wrote the sentiment, pleated a strip of the pattern paper, Her Style, and added finishing touches with a pearl brad and tag with a flower rub-on.

So whaddaya think? Do you love Miss Nelly as much as I do? Stop by the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Miss Nelly Her Eyes (P707), Her Style (P710), Rub-on (RB934); Alpha Clear Stamps in Typewriter Font (CS785); Tag in Raw Kraft (EM925); Pearl Brads in Pink Ice (EM932); Other: Nestabilities die, Memento stamp pad

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dressing Miss Nelly

Happy Monday!

One of my favorite Kaisercraft recent releases is the Large Mannequin! The dress form is gorgeous, especially paired with the Kaisercraft Miss Nelly collection.

I really wanted to highlight all the different pattern papers in the Miss Nelly collection - I love each pattern! So I cut strips of different pattern papers and adhered them to the back of the dressform. I also painted the dressform in a light spearmint color and embellished with red and white twine, clothespins and tags.

I had so much fun putting this project together!

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Large Mannequin (SB2123); Miss Nelly Her Dreams (P712), Her Style (P710), Her Eyes (P707), Canvas Tags (EM964), Rubon (RB934); Tag in Raw Kraft (EM925) and White (EM923); Acrylic Paint in Spearmint (KC044); Pearl Brads in Pearl (EM930); Other: clothes pins, Whisker Graphics twine, Martha Stewart punch

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Big Hooray & Happy Birthday!

Hooray! It's been tough keeping the official news under wraps the last couple of weeks but I'm glad I can finally share that I made the 2012 SEI design team! I still can't believe it but I am very thankful and thrilled to join the team. Some of my first scrapbooking papers were actually from SEI, so I feel as though I've come full circle. Read all about the 8 design team members here. I am honored to be on the team with the super talented ladies.

Happy Birthday! Recently, I made a simple card for a very special someone's birthday and I thought I'd share it here. I have been meaning to use the Whipper Snapper elephant stamp for a while, but I couldn't get the smooth details coloring with watercolors, so I held off... until my bestie introduced me to Copics. I know Copic markers have been around for a while but I just couldn't justify the investment. Last month, we took a certified designer class for fun and I was immediately hooked. I took the dive and bought a few of my favorite and frequently used colors. Whaddaya think of one of my first coloring projects?

Materials Used: Whipper Snapper stamp, Zig marker, Kaisercraft sparklets, Copics markers, Memento ink, Canson 150 lb. Artist Series paper, Bazzill cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl