“Close Up” with Collette, Maggie, Cathy and Michelle

“Captured” by Collette

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPS375 Negative; P1683 Fish Eye; P1680 Flash; CT 812 Collectables; ST910 Epoxy Stickers Sunshine; F633 Paper Blooms Mini Ruby; F652 Paper Blooms mini Terroccota; F633 Paper Blooms Olive; EM995 Assorted Paper Leaves.

Other Products Used: Bronze and Green Mists.

“Photo Storage Box” by Collette

One of my goals this year is to sort my photos, only six weeks of the year left and I have not yet started. When I saw this great collection I immediately knew what I would make…they are strong, hold around 160 4″ x 6″ photos and are very practical. When I designed the boxes I made a strong center core – (three layers of card) and the printed paper tape hides any paper walk! I have a little army of them made now and am ready to start filing my photos away! I am going to be a busy beaver!!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACD187 Pebble; P1675 Focus; P1680 Flash; P1678 Film; PT212 Printed Tape Arrows Black; MA503 Alpha Stickers Mini.

“Button Box” by Collette

I have made many of these little boxes in smaller sizes and thought a bigger version would be a good storage solution for buttons. A little bit of re-working and I am happy with this inexpensive and very practical little storage box! I have made a video tuorial so that you can make one, (or two) yourself! Just click on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qCSSIiCdb4

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACD1897 Pebble; P1676 Capture; P1682 Apperture; P1680 Flash; SS264 Sticker Sheet; PP955 Paper Pad (for punched buttons and lace trim inside box); TM804 Metal Bookplates – Brass; TM808 Metal Corners – Brass; IP723 Vintage; KFE02 Kaiser Fusion Black (for colouring dental floss and edging stickers).

Other Products Used: Button Punch; Lace Border Punch; Dental Floss (for threading through punched buttons).

“I Am Who I Am” LO by Cathy

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Close Up paper – P1678 Film, P1675 Focus, P1681 Shutter, P1682 Aperture, P1683 Fisheye, P1679 Lens, PP955 Paper Pad, SS264 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT812 Collectables, CS196 Clear Stamp Set, CB152 12×12 Cork Sheets, CS149 Clear Texture Stamp Chevron, Ink – IP729 Tangello, IP719 Black, EM404 Mix and Match Chevron Tag Pack, T303 Foam Tape

“Life Is” LO by Cathy

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Close Up paper – P1680 Flash, P1682 Aperture, P1679 Lens, P1678 Flash,  SS264 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT812 Collectables, CB152 12×12 Cork Sheets, DD506 Decorative Die Foilage, CS890 Clear Texture Stamp Dictionary, RS418 Sparklets Sea Breeze, PT210 Printed Tape Filmstrip, IP727 Ink Lagoon, Rhinestones RS405 Lippy Red, SB775 Aqua Marine, EM406 Mix and Match Natural String, T303 Foam Tape

Mixed Media Journal Page by Cathy

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Close Up paper – P1676 Capture – front and back, P1682 Aperture, PP955 Paper Pad, EM422 Journal Kraft, CB152 12×12 Cork Sheets, T613 Template Quarters, CS161 Clear Texture Stamp Honeycomb, DM-1MM2M10 MM10 Derivan Matisse 250ML Gesso

Other Products: crackle medium, lace flowers, border punch, ink

“Happy Birthday” Card by Cathy

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 Close Up paper – PP955 Paper Pad, CT812 Collectables, SS264 12×12 Sticker Sheet, Rhinestones SB776 Bronze, SB775 Aqua Marine, EM406 Mix and Match Natural String, CD516 Card Pack C6 Kraft, CS913 Mini Clear Stamp Birthday, T303 Foam Tape, DM-1MM2M10 MM10 Derivan Matisse 250ML Gesso

“Smile” Card by Cathy

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Close Up paper – PP955 Paper Pad, CT812 Collectables, SB775 Rhinestones Aqua Marine,  CS152 Clear Texture Stamp Diamonds, EM405  Mix and Match Paper Doilies, PT216 Printed Tape Ornate, CD501 Card Pack Square White, IP719 Ink Black, T303 Foam Tape

Other Products: corner punch

“Happy Together” Layout  by Michelle Grant
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Close Up paper – P1677, P1676, P1679, P1678, Collectables
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Other Products :-  Lindys Stamp Gang Spray – Steampunk Sepia, And Studio 490 Crackle Texture Paste.
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“Friends” Gift Bag – OTP by Michelle Grant
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P1679, Paper Blooms – Honey, Collectables CT812

Other Products – Gauze
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“Off the Wall” with Collette, Maggie, Cathy and Michelle

“My Boy” by Collette

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1666 Loud; P1670 Awesome; P1668 Attitude; P1673 Extreme; P1671 Rad; P1674 Wicked; SS263 Sticker Set; CT811 Collectables; ST913 Epoxy Stickers Steel; KFE02 Kaiser Fusion Black; SA302 Multi Pocket Pages 2.

Other Products Used: Glossy Accents.

“Drawers” by Collette

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASB2298 Horizontal Drawer Unit; P1668 Attitude;P1667 Game Time; P1674 Wicked; P1672 Unique; SS263 Sticker Sheet; K029 “J”; K002 “A”; K008 “C”; K032 “K”; FL399 Cogs; Kaiser Colour KC018 Royal Blue mixed with KC001 White.

Other Products Used: Screw Brads; Modge Podge.

“Extreme Gamer” LO by Cathy

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Off The Wall paper –P1667 Game Time, P1669 Tag, P1673 Extreme, SS263 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT811 Collectables, CS195 Clear Stamp Set, CD134 Cardstock Tomato, CS784 Clear Stamp Set Grunge Font, Clear Texture Stamp – CS151 tiny Dot, CS149 Chevron, IP734 Red, T303 Foam Tape

Other Products:  punch, mist, gesso, fineliner pen

“Birthday Wishes” LO by Cathy

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Off The Wall paper – PS373 Speciality Paper Superstar, P1666 Loud, P1667 Game Time, P1669 Tag, P1672 Unique, P1673 Extreme, P1674 Wicked, SS263 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT811 Collectables, CS195 Clear Stamp Set, CD101 Cardstock Coconut, ST913 Epoxy Stickers Steel, CS838 Clear Texture Stamp Numbers, CS913 Mini Stamp Birthday, MA523 Dymo Alpha Sitckers White, AS251 Alpha Stickers Ebony, IP719 Black, T303 Foam Tape

“Awesome” Card by Cathy

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Off The Wall paper – PP954 Paper Pad, SS263 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT811 Collectables,  ST913 Epoxy Stickers Steel, Alpha Stickers Ebony, CD516 Card Pack 36 Kraft, PT205 Printed Tape Happiness, IP719 Black, T303 Foam Tape

Other Products:  punch

“Twelve” Card by Cathy

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 Off The Wall paper – P1674 Wicked, PP954 Paper Pad, SS263 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CS150 Clear Texture Stamp Triangles, MA523 Dymo Alpha Stickers White, CD501 Card Pack Square White, T303 Foam Tape

Other Products:  distress ink

“My Boy” Layout by Michelle Grant
My-Boy--by-Michelle-GrantPaper – P1666, P1667, P1669, P1674, Sticker Sheet – SS263, Collectables – CT811, Template T613, Ink IP719

Other Products Used: Whipped Spackle, Lindys Stamp Gang Steel Shimmer Magicals.My-Boy-1-by-Michelle-Grant

 “Boys will be Boys” Card by Michelle GrantSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Paper – P1667, P1669, Sticker Sheet – SS263, Collectables – CT811, Ink IP719

 

 

 

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tuesday tip Naomi – Art Journaling 101

The latest crafting trend  to hit the industry is ‘Art Journalling’…. So what is it? How do I start? what do I need? can I do it? I have a lot of people ask me these questions all the time as they try to make the leap from scrapbooking into art Journalling.

Simply it is using multiple  products and techniques to create a picture, record a sentiment or doodle. An Art Journal is a working collection of thoughts and experiments with new products and techniques… Art Journalling is basically whatever you need it to be, permission to have fun…. it is not perfection and it is not a place to berate yourself with thoughts of not good enough. It is FUN!!! and now is your chance to jump on the band wagon and give it a go. I cant wait to see what you get up to.

Kaisercraft have created a really good sturdy journal… i have bought 2 of these one to play in and one to list all my products so that I don’t double up on products

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Where to start

Step 1 –   Strengthen pages

Art journalling is typically messy and includes lots of water and watery type of products so to make sure your pages are sturdy enough to cope with all that water I tend to glue 2 or three pages together. To getting the pages prepared for a mixed media content  I use a  matt gel  medium

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 (Use a matt over a gloss because it leaves a better surface for your other mediums to work on top of.)

Cover the entire page in gel medium then sandwich the adjacent page and glue page together and use a brayer to even out any wrinkles. Gel mediums dry clear and relatively quickly

DSC_0004the result is a thick page. this means that you can get the most out of all those glorious pages in the journal too she you fill them up with bulk.

 

Step two…To gesso or not to gesso is the question

DM-1MM2M10This would have to be the most asked question..and one that people are usually embarrassed about asking, but don’t…. some people do and some people don’t. It is a matter of choice , so don’t stress  it.

Gesso is a gritty medium that will turn a smooth glassy paper surface rough so watercolours, pencils and pastels can grab and stick.

The other is how do I say it?   It is said with a soft G so it is pronounced ‘Jesso’

To get the most out of your Kaisercraft journal I say yes,  it will strengthen the pages and  act as a gritty surface so that your pencil, ink,paint and markers have something to stick too.. and I love the sound the pages make once it has a coat on. Try it if you don’t believe me.

DSC_0005Cover it entirely. Keep your brush strokes all going the one way. You can water it down slightly if it is too thick…

TIP : WASH YOUR BRUSH IMMEDIATELY… and keep a brush purely for gesso. Many a brush has died a hard death from being left with gesso on its bristles.

Step 3….FUN FUN FUN.

Gather supplies… You really don’t need too much, honestly. Some paint, pencils, makers and paper some stamps…. some texture paste that is it.

Lets go … Just start by getting rid of that white space that can be incredibly daunting when you are just starting

DSC_0001I like to make marks…. I will ink and randomly fill the background with half stamped images and words. Not looking for your best stamping here, random. I use a stazon for this so the ink doesn’t run.

Then paint a light blue wash (paint and water mix the consistency that is like coconut cream) and then use a dry brush green paint and blend them together..

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DSC_0010Cut out a rough circle and a triangular shape out of patterned paper… I use what ever happens to be round on my desk to trace and then roughly cut a circle. With cute little girls go with a big head. (Mine is about 9 cm diameter)

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PS like a true girl I changed my mind on the dress … I decided that I was in a floral mood.DSC_0015make a waste band and collar… roughly sketch in some hair.

DSC_0016gesso in some hair and give her face a light coat so that it retains some of the text paper..

Eyes placement is half way down the head and for a cute little girl they are set far apart…. give her rosy red cheeks and a tiny little button mouth and nose. the less detail the better.

DSC_0018start shading in face and hair… make sure the foreground is blending into her to ground her into the page…

start filling in the final details.. make some clouds and use your fingers to make dots in the foreground to be flowers.. I love to use a grey pencil at this stage  making rough doodles and lines… shadowing and creating depths … Be bold and try.DSC_0001_2Stamp you favourite sentiment…

Congratulations you have done you first page!

Kaiser Products used : Tropical punch 6″ Paper pad PP951, Quarters template T613, paint Grass Green KC027, Pretty Pink KC038, Sea Breeze KC043

Gesso, Gel Medium, grey Prisma colour

 

 

 

 

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“Hello Today” with Collette, Maggie, Cathy

“Laugh” by Collette

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“Jack You Are Loved” by Collette

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASB2281 Mini Window Shadow Frame; PP953 Paper Pad; SS260 Sticker Sheet; SS261 Sticker Sheet Quotes; L522 Wooded Flourishes Borders; FL406 Wooden Flourishes Vines.

Other Products Used: Bronze Mist.

“Box of Cards” by Collette

Nice and simple, but what a lovely gift to give to a special friend….

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPP953 Paper Pad; CD187 Pebble Cardstock;  CD512 Card Pack C6 Kraft; CT 810 Collectables; EM406 String Natural; Kaisercraft Fusion KFE02.

“Snapshots” LO by Cathy Cafun

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Hello Today  paper –P1658 Current, P1657 Present, P1660 Document, P1662 Nowadays, P1665 New, SS260 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT810 Collectables, CS876 Clear Texture Stamp – Crackle, T613 Template – Quarters, RS411 Sparklets – Cameo, SB776 Rhinestones – Bronze, Ink – IP723 Vintage, IP733 Green, T303 Foam Tape

other: punch, mist, metallic texture paste, charm, distress stain

“Live Life 24/7” LO by Cathy

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Hello Today  paper – P1657 Present, P1661 Right Now, P1662 Nowadays, P1665 New, 12×12 Sticker Sheet SS260 SS261, CT810 Collectables, CS194 Clear Stamp Set Hello Today, RS409 Sparklets Ebony, Clear Texture Stamps – CS162 Stains, CS154 Film Edges, IP719 Ink Black, T303 Foam Tape

Other: punch, distress ink

“You Are Loved” Card by Cathy

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Hello Today – PP953 Paper Pad, SS261 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT810 Collectables, CD178  Cardstock Flamingo, F663 Paper Blooms Hot Pink, F644 Mini Paper Blooms Coconut, CD511Card Pack C6 White, IP719 Ink Black, T302 Foam Dots

Other: leaf die, mist, embossing folder, ribbon, lace

Happy Birthday” Card by Cathy

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Hello Today – PP953 Paper Pad, SS261 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT810 Collectables, CD173  Cardstock Neptune, Paper Blooms – F666 Black, F627 Coconut, Mini Paper Blooms F648 Sea Breeze, RS418 Sparklets Sea Breeze, CD511Card Pack C6 White, MA523 Dymo Alpha Stickers White, IP719 Ink Black, T302 Foam Dots

Other: leaf die, mist, embossing folder, ribbon, lace

“Altered Mail Holder” BTP by Cathy

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Hello Today Paper – P1657 present, P1660 Documented, P1664 Mod, PP953 Paper Pad, SS261 12×12 Sticker Sheet, CT810 Collectables, SB2322 BTP Mail Holder, SB154 12×12 Chipboard Sheets

Other: clip

’2015 Memories’ – A Mini Album by Maggie Armstrong

aLBUM cOLLAGE Page1-2 page 15-16 page 11-12 Page 9-10 Page 7-8 Page 5-6 Page 3-4 FrontHello Today Paper – P1657 present, P1660 Document, P1664 Mod, P1658 Current, P1659 Latest, P1661 Right Now, P1662 Nowadays, P1663 Everyday, P1665 New, PP953 Paper Pad, CT810 Collectables,  SB154 12×12 Chipboard Sheets, CS194 Clear Stamps

Other: Zutter Bind It All

‘Snapshots’ – Layout by Maggie Armstrong

Vietnam LayoutHello Today Paper – P1658 Current, P1655 New, P1661 Right Now,  P1662 Nowadays

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“Close UP” with Amanda, Adriana, Naomi & LindaE

“Amazing Smile” Layout by Amanda Baldwin

2014-11-02 14.10.53P1676 | Capture, PP955 | Paper Pad, CT812 | Collectables-Close Up!, SS264 | Close Up! – Sticker Sheet

Other: Doily, Ribbon, Gesso.

“You Together” Layout by Amanda Baldwin

2014-11-02 14.12.23P1677 | Develop, P1681 | Shutter, PP955 | Paper Pad, CT812 | Collectables-Close Up!, F651 | Mini Paper Blooms-Sunset, F634 | Paper Blooms-Sunset, ST908 | Epoxy Stickers-Sea Breeze.  

Other: Ribbon

“Mini Flip Album” by Amanda Baldwin

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2014-11-03 18.53.42 2014-11-03 18.54.26P1682 | Apperture, PP955 | Paper Pad, CT812 | Collectables-Close Up!, EM418 | Photo Overlays- Party Time! Other: Doily, Ring, & Ribbons.

“Capture” layout by Adriana Bolzon

Capture-layout-adriana bolzonPS375 Negative, PS376 Picture,  P1682 Apperture, P1678 Film, SS264 sticker sheet, CT812 Collectables, clear stamp CS191 Morocco..

 Other materials: inks, foam tape.

“Love Life” layout by Adriana Bolzon

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layout-adriana bolzon-cloP1679 Lens, Black card stock, P1683 Fish eye, CT812 Collectables, PS376 Picture acetate, P1682 Apperture, Paper blooms Red fire FF664, Sea Breeze F631,  Clear stamp CS191 Morocco. FL461 Love wooden flourishes, SB777 Black rhinestones, paints, and inks, twine.

“Up Close” layout by Naomi Cox....

This range is seriously appealing to the retro girl within, old cameras and beautiful tones… love it.

DSCN3138 DSCN3142P1679 Lens, P1676 Capture, CT812 Collectables, Ornate frame FL368, Blossoms -resin flowers Dahlia EM969,Lattice Template T610, Pop up cards -

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Me I am a sucker for a pop up book or card it is like a little ‘Surprise’ moment! So I made them so so easy to do.. promise

DSCN3151It is simple you just need to make two equal cuts either side of the centre fold… for these folded the card in half and made two cuts that were 1 inch either side of the fold and they were an inch apart.

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 then folded it and attached embellishments… to make sure the embellishment was fully contained within the card I then attached it within a pretty card… DoneDSCN3146 DSCN3148 DSCN3149then I had some fun and did a polaroid type camera that was spitting out a tag… I just made a little incision on the camera and attached the tag… so cute. too cute to give away! sorry keeping them

DSCN3152Kaiser products used – Fish-Eye P1683, Capture -P1676, Collectables CT812, card stock White CD601

“Titanic Pump House” Layout – By Linda Eggleton

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IMG_1606Close Up! – Lens paper P1679, Paper Pad PP955, Collectables CT812, Sticker Sheet SS264, Sage paper blooms F632, Sunset paper blooms F634, Buttercream paper blooms F629, Grid Stamp CS755, Tiny Dot stamp CS151, Arty Stamp CS879, Saffron Ink pad IP728, Lagoon Ink pad IP727, Vintage Ink pad IP723, Tangello Ink pad IP729, Sea Breeze alpha stickers AS255, Natural alpha stickers AS254, Ebony alpha stickers AS251, Black ink pad IP719

Other – Leaf punch, zipper, mists

“Do what you love – Love what you do” Canvas – By Linda Eggleton

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IMG_1614Close Up! – Shutter paper P1681, Paper Pad PP955, Sticker Sheet SS264, Collectables CT812, Triangles Template T615, Crackle stamp CS876, Black Ink pad IP719, Lagoon Ink pad IP727, Saffron Ink pad IP728, Terracotta paper blooms F636, Honey paper blooms F628, Sage paper blooms F632, Honey mini paper blooms F645, Sage mini paper blooms F649.

Other – Canvas, leaf die & leaf punch, Flair button, distress ink

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