Monday, July 18, 2011

Two Takes on Blae & Ivy

I really love the pretty Kaisercraft Blae & Ivy collection because it's so versatile.

Take 1: Elegant

The Kaisercraft Blae & Ivy has an elegant style to it in addition to its shappy-chic and romantic feel. It's perfect for an elegant thank you card!

Materials Used: Blae & Ivy Sky (P698), Mystic Cove (P697); BASICS Pearls in Snow; B/W Rub-ons Friends (RB891)

I stamped the image on white cardstock, cut and glue pennants to the cardstock in form of a banner, added pearls to tie the banner together, cut and glue a small strip of Mystic Cove pattern paper to the bottom right of the card and rubbed on the sentiment, "Thank You". I then matted the white cardstock to the Sky pattern paper and finally matted it to the white card base. So simple, yet fun and elegant!


Take 2: Contemporary

As you may have noticed by now, I like punches of bright colors to give my projects a more contemporary look. That's exactly what I did with this frame by adding a striking hot pink color to contrast with the soft elegant Blae & Ivy colors.

Inspired by practically matching baby photos, I used the frame to compare my guy and I as toddlers and how we, at the time, haven't met yet.

Here's a more detailed look at the hearts. To create a clean collage feel, I "camouflaged" hearts in the backgrounds by punching hearts from the same pattern paper as the background, curling them and adhering in form of a banner and background texture.

Materials Used: Small Photo Display (SB2110); Blae & Ivy Meadow (P695), Mystic Cove (P697), Sky (P698), Mini Journal Tags (JT623), Sticker Sheet (SS106); Alpha Clear Stamps in Typewriter Font (CS785); Acrylic Paint in Hot Pink (KC1010), Pretty Pink (KC038); BASICS Pearls in Snow; Others: heart punch

So there you have it, two different takes on the same collection! And don't forget to continue to check out the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Toot: Great for Road Trips!

Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to the weekend! So it's the perfect time to show how the Kaisercraft Little Toot collection is also perfect for vacations and road trips!

I used a combination of Honk and Bang pattern papers to create this layout featuring a recent road trip, where we took the scenic route around the Hudson Valley area in upstate New York. The different winds and scenes on the road reminded me of the pattern on Honk which perfectly compliment the layout.

I used a craft knife to carefully cut the road and pond out, layering it on top of a dome-trimmed Bang pattern paper, and further layering a rounded-corner photo of the Hudson Valley. To embellish, I layered a smaller photo (shaped by the road) with foam squares to add dimension, punched a border from Bang pattern paper to mimic washi tape, added a hot air balloon Layered Printed Chipboard, wrote on a snip of journaling tag, and added sparkle with Stickles to various graphics on the layout.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Little Toot Honk (P686), Bang (P687), Layered Printed Chipboard (CB130); Chipboard Letters (CB107); Acrylic Paint in Deep Yellow (KC006); Others: Fiskars craft knife, EK Success corner punch, Martha Stewart border punch, Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock, Stickles

Isn't the Little Toot collection so versatile? And, more Blae & Ivy creations later this week!

Check out the Kaisercraft blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Little Toot: Great for Kids and More!

With airplanes, trucks and trains in bright primary colors, the Kaisercraft Little Toot collection is perfect for kids, especially little boys! But it's not just for kids! Today I'll show you two ways to use the collection!

Here, I made a clean and simple birthday card for little boys today.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Little Toot Paper Pad (PP846) and Clear Stamps (CS780); Stickles; Memento in Tuxedo Black; Pentel white pen

I stamped the airplane image on two different pieces of pattern paper and cut the entire airplane out of one and cutting only the wings and tails from the second stamped image and glued them onto the first stamped and cut airplane image. Then I added some sparkle to the polka dots decorating the plane wings with glitter glue. Next, I cut (free-hand) a little cloud out of another piece of pattern paper and glued it to cardstock, then I layered the airplane above the cloud using 3-D foam adhesive. Next, I used an white opaque pen to doodle the skywriting "happy birthday". Lastly, I matted the card with another piece of pattern paper before matting it finally on the white cardstock base. It's as simple as that!

Next, I want to share the Train Frame decorated with the fun Little Toot collection. Like I said, although the Little Toot collection is perfect for kids, it's not just for little boys!

My parents went on an amazing trip to Peru, a trip they love so much that they can't stop talking about all the memorable moments, such as conquering the Machu Picchu hike and taking the Peru Rail, so I thought, why not make them a literal "conversation piece"!

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Train Frame (SB2113); Kaisercraft Little Toot Paper Pad (PP846), Clear Stamps (CS780); Kaisercraft Acrylic Paint in Deep Yellow (KC006); Layered Printed Chipboard (CB130); Mod Podge

What's great about Beyond The Page items is that they're alterable so you can personalize them in any way you wish. Here, there was no need for the second train cart, so I didn't use it! Instead, I let their gorgeous photos coupled with the Little Toot pattern papers speak for themselves.

I painted the pieces in yellow, adhered Putt and Bang pattern papers with Mod Podge, trimmed 5"x7" photos down to best highlight the perspective of the train in the photo and the peaks of Machu Picchu, and adhered the photos. I embellished the tip of the background peak with a Layered Printed Chipboard cloud and added some sparkle with glitter glue.

And just like that, my parents have a cute photo frame keepsake to remind them of their wonderful adventures in Peru! Hope you’re inspired to create your own Train Frame!

Check out what the rest of the Kaisercraft design team is up to on the blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Blae & Ivy Day in Albany

As promised from my last post, I've been working on several Kaisercraft projects using new July releases, Little Toot collection and Blae & Ivy collection.

Today, I share with you a layout using the Blae & Ivy collection, my very first layout as a Kaisercraft design team member! How very exciting!

I love the gorgeous soft blues and neutral greens. Great for shabby-chic and romantic layouts but also great when combined with a bright punch of red borrowed from the Little Toot journal tags for a more contemporary feel.

I really love the pattern and color of Field, so I kept the layout clean and light to let the gorgeous pattern show through. Perfect to highlight a beautiful, care-free day in the capital city of New York, Albany! I embellished with snips of Little Toot Mini Journal Tags, edge-curled Blae & Ivy cardstock stickers, acrylic painted Chipboard Letters, and Mini Alpha stickers.

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Blae & Ivy Field (P696), Sky (P698), Sticker Sheet (SS106); Little Toot Mini Journal Tags (JT622); Acrylic Paint in Red (KC009); Chipboard Letters (CB107); Mini Alphas in Cherry Red (MA508); Others: Martha Stewart twine, Zig Memory marker

So whaddaya think? I hope you likes! And I hope you'll stop by the Kaisercraft blog and check out what the rest of the design team created!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl