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Kerryn Lawson


Kitchen Attire

March 31, 2011

Hello Again!

Trudi, Lesley and Kerryn here and today we are in the kitchen with the delightful Nan’s Favourites Collection.

Trudi : I had a touch of nostalgia when I first saw this collection.  It did remind me so much of my late Nan – especially the lemons.  No she wasn’t sour by any means (LOL) but she had this huge lemon tree in the back yard and when the lemons were ripe she was always making lemonade, lemon slice and lemon butter.  My Nan was a terrific cook and whenever you visited she always seemed to be in the kitchen.  Without a doubt, she always wore an apron or a piny as she referred to them as.  My Nan was also a dressmaker so they were of course hand made.  Always made with a little ruffle, gathered at the waist and a big pocket on the front.

So today I have gone back into the kitchen and I figure that if I am going to cook up a storm, I might need one of these – an apron!

For me,  Nan’s Favourites and Aprons went hand in hand, though this one is in the form of a decoration rather than practicability.

During my Internet travels a while back, I recall  seeing a card that had an apron die cut attached to the front of it.  I adapted this idea and made a template in the shape of an apron.

The base of the apron has been cut from the Apple Pie P611 patterned paper.

I have created faux pockets from Marmalade and again Apple Pie.  My Nan used to carry a handkerchief in hers, but for this one, I found the wooden kitchen utensils and spoon were a perfect accompaniment to sit inside the smaller pocket.  To dress it up – a  little bit of paper pleating to represent some faux lace around the arm holes.

I  found  the new Kaisercraft Layout Stand a perfect support for my apron to sit on.  The Layout Stand has also been altered with Nan’s Favourites patterned paper ‘Cookie Dough’.

‘My Kitchen Rules’ by Trudi Harrison.  Materials Used: Nan’s Favourites Collection Patterned Papers Apple Pies P611, Cookie Dough P614 & Marmalade P613, Paper Pad PP836, Embellishment Pack – Recipe Card EM956, Wooden Flourishes – Kitchen Utensils FL344 & Fork, Knife & Spoon FL343, Alpha Stickers – A218 & A224, Grosgrain Ribbon, Layout Stand SB2104.  Other: Ink, Button, Twine, Border Punch.


Lesley here: The recipe cards are absolutely fabulous and I decided to create a Recipe Mini Album for my daughter. She loves cooking, eating cooking and decorating cooking!   I thought I could put together her favourite recipes on the cards and then laminate them to make them more robust for the kitchen. Cooking often ends up slightly messy in our household! The layout stand is also perfect to hold her little collection of recipes. I covered this in paptterned paper and then used a glaze paste over top to seal the paper so it can be easily wiped if necessary. Because I wanted to laminate the recipe cards I had to keep the cards flat so to add embellishments I used the clear stamps and stamped them with versamark and then brushed on perfect pearls.

“Recipe Mini Album and Stand” by Lesley Cooper

Materials used: Layout Stand (SB2104); Recipe Cards (EM956); Patterned Paper Marmalade (P613), Lemon Slice (P615); Journal Tags (JT613); Die Cut Elements (DC333); Paper Pad (PP836); Mini Alphas (MA503); Wooden Flourishes Kitchen Utensils (FL344); Paint (KC002); Clear Stamps (CS770), (CS954); Printed Chipboard (CB121); Other bath plug chain, versamark, perfect pearls, gesso, chalk ink


Kerryn : We have had an empty shelf in our kitchen for some time so I decided that with the help of the Nans Favourites collection I would create something to fill that empty space.

From a couple of different angles.

I didn’t overcomplicate the project because I wanted the focus to remain on the kitchen theme of the piece.  I teamed the fun Nans Favourites embellishments with twine and 2 different colours of paper blooms.  I added a bit of stitching and distressing too, just because I wanted to :).

It is now sitting pretty on my (no longer empty) shelf.

“Kitchen cubes” by Kerryn Lawson

Products Used : Nans Favourites Journal Tags (JT613), Die Cut Elements (DC333), Printed chipboard (CB121), Paper pad (PP836), Patterned paper – Apple Pie (P611), Cookie Dough (P614), Marmalade (P613), Lemon Slice (P615), Paper Blooms – Terracotta (F635) & Ruby (F636), Rhinestones – Deep Yellow (SB712), Wooden flourishes – Locks & Hinges (FL330), Padlocks (FL333), Cubes – Large (SB2100), Medium (SB2099), Small (SB2098).

Other products used : Twine, leaves.

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The right amount of sweetness

March 30, 2011


Trudi, Kerryn and Lesley here with our layout shares created with the new Nan’s Favourite Collection.

Trudi : This collection has just the right amount of sweetness for my liking and it reminds me of  happy days gone by.

Layout ‘Sweetness” by Trudi Harrison

Materials Used: Nan’s Favourites Patterned Papers Shortbread P610, Apple Pie P611, Cherry Tart P612, Marmalade P613, Paper Pad P836, Printed Chipboard CB121; English Rose Clear Stamps CS768; Wood Flourishes –  Hanging Plaque FL334, Funky Butterflies FL342; B/W Rub-ons Inner Self RB907; Flutterby – Bubblegum EM962; Pearl Chocolate Flourishes – Elegant PL513 & Elegant PL509; Mini Alpha Stickers MA503.  Other: Border Punch, Quickutz Die, Flower Punches, Computer Font, Shimmer Mist,  Dimensional Magic, Brown Ink

To create the stamped rose blooms,  I have revisited the English Rose Clear Stamps. The rose image  has been stamped numerous times on the reverse sides of Nan’s Favourites patterned papers Shortbread P610 and Cherry Tart P612.  The images were then cut out and then arranged and layered under and around the photo.  To add a little dimension, attach some of the images with foam dots or tape.

I created my hand cut ‘sweetness’ title with the help of my computer and an enlarged font.  I printed it onto cardstock and then cut it out.  To add some shine, Dimensional Magic was applied to the letters.  The title has been combined with mini alpha stickers and the sentiment is one from the new ‘Inner Self’ rub-ons.


Kerryn : The Nans Favourites collection was just the recipe I needed for photos I had taken of my children while they were decorating my daughters 5th birthday cake.  The photos aren’t the greatest but I love that it captures them working together.

Did you know that each Kaisercraft collection comes with a fantastic set of stamps?  I must admit I don’t use them nearly enough but for this layout it was just what I was after.  I have made my own patterned paper by stamping the cherries repeatedly on the reverse side of the Marmalade paper (P613).  By using a similar coloured ink to the paper I have added depth to the paper without it taking over.  I wanted it to enhance the page not become the focal point.

The mini alphas are perfect when it comes to adding journalling to your layout.  If you have alot of journalling it can take a little bit of time, but it is worth it.  I have added rows of stitching for extra definition.

“Making a grub of it” by Kerryn Lawson

Products Used :  Nans Favourites patterned paper – Apple Pie (P611), Marmalade (P613), Cherry Tart (P612), Lemon Slice (P615), Nans Favourites Paper Pad (PP836), Nans favourites Diecut elements (DC333), Nans Favourites – Printed Chipboard (CB121), Nans Favourites Clear Stamps (CS770), Paper Blooms – Honey (F629), Pearls – Teal (SB783), Alpha Stickers – Avocado (AS218), Mini Alpha Stickers – White & Chocolate (MA504), Tiny alpha stickers – white (MA509), Ink – Sandstone (IP710).

Other Products Used : Punches, buttons, mini alpha stickers.


Lesley here: Nan’s Favourites is a fabulous collection. I love the muted colours and all those awesome graphics and sayings. I created a simple but effective layout using just the Journal Tags, Printed Chipboard and Die Cut Elements. I have used the Journal Tags as my patterned paper to create a background for my photo. I printed my journaling onto transparency as I wanted the background to show through. I adhered the transparency using white paint which also highlights the key part of my journaling. I punched a hole in the chipboard elements and hung them with string around the tab. I used staples to adhere certain elements to my layout as well. 

“Decorate” by Lesley Cooper

Products Used :  Nan’s Favourites Journal Tags (JT603); Die Cut Elements (DC333); Printed Chipboard (CB121); Mini Alpha Stickers (MA503); Alpha Stickers (AS225); Other: string, stazon, white paint, transparency, staples

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Inspired by Bubblegum Hills

March 28, 2011


Trudi, Lesley and Kerryn here with with our layout shares using the gorgeous new Bubblegum Hills Collection.  We were inspired to create layouts that evoked joy and happiness.

Trudi: “I have to say that the Bubblegum Hills Collection is so much fun.  The colours are  bright and happy, you cannot help but smile.   They were perfect to match the happy delight of my littlest girl.

I was also inspired by the ‘Life’s lessons cannot be learned until you learn to live life’ sentiment from the ‘Berry Surprise’ patterned paper and wanted to make this a focal point of the layout along with the photo.  The new ‘Life Rub-On’ sentiments worked really with this and I have added one for a journalling prompt.

Layered chipboard elements and floral elements cut from the ‘Calipso Punch’ patterned paper have been arranged around the photo and the sentiment.  Coloured rub -ons and a little ‘Bubblegum ‘Flutterby’ magic finishes it off.”

Layout ‘Live’ by Trudi Harrison

And a closer look

Materials Used: Bubblegum Hills Collection Patterned Papers Calipso Punch P633, Orange Pop P634, Candy Confetti P635, Berry Surprise P636, Layered Printed Chipboard CB124, Rub-ons RB898, Die Cut Elements DC336;  Flutterby’s – Bubblegum EM961; Rub-ons Life RB903; Chipboard Alpha #3.  Other: Border Punch, Black Pen, Black Ink


Lesley here: I love the colours of Bubblegum Hills collection. This whole collection is just so vibrant and fun. It was perfect for this photo of my daughter and the ‘Pink’ quote from the Girls Rub Ons. This layout is a bit of graphic meets shabby with regards to style. Just to add to the attitude! I used the outer part of the speciality paper by tearing out the middle and then tore other parts of the layout for visual effect. Strategically placed rub ons add to the design as well as providing the ‘journalling’ for the layout.

“Pink” by Lesley Cooper: Materials Used –  Bubblegum Hills Collection Patterned Paper Tropical Twist (P630), Candy Confetti (P635), Speciality Diecut & Foil (PS139), Calipso Punch (P633); Rub Ons (RB897); Printed Chipboard (CB897); Rub Ons Girls (RB916); Wooden Flourishes Butterflies (FL341); Ink (IP713), (IP717); other: circle punch distress ink.


Kerryn : The bright and happy colours from the Bubblegum Hills papers and embellishments worked perfectly with photos of my daughter wearing one of her favourite dresses.  Although she is happy to be mucking in the dirt with the best of them, she does love her dresses.

A closer look at some of the details.

“Dressing Up” by Kerryn Lawson

Products Used : Bubblegum Hills patterned paper – Blue Lemonade (P631), Calipso Punch (P633), Orange Pop (P634), Candy Confetti (P635), Berry Surprise (P636), Specialty Diecut/foil (PS139), Specialty fruit galaxy glitter.  Bubblegum Hills layered printed chipboard (CB124), Bubblegum Hills Diecut Elements (DC336), Bubblegum Hills Colour rubons (RB898), Bubblegum Hills paper pad (PP839), Alpha Stickers – Hot Pink (AS216), Pearl flourish – Decorative Pearl (PL515), Rhinestones – Hot Pink (SB702), Wood flourishes – Square bookplates (FL332), Homemade – printed ribbon (EM937), Organza ribbon – Pink (RI614).

Other Products Used : String, buttons

How will Bubblegum Hills inspire you?

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Beyond the Page

I do believe in fairies

February 26, 2011

Last year I started to make some canvases for my Mother-in-Law’s bedroom.  I guess I was taking too long because she ended up making something herself LOL.  They have sat on a shelf under my desk ever since.

Seeing all of the fairies and butterflies in the Magic Happens collection I started to wonder whether I could “clean slate” these canvases for a new purpose.

And so a fairy garden was born. 

Full of fairies,

full of butterflies,

full of magic.

The only problem now is figuring out how I’m going to hang them up in my daughter’s bedroom!!

“Fairy garden canvases” by Kerryn Lawson

Products Used : Magic Happens patterned paper – Fairy tale (P625), Topaz (P629), Magic Happens paper pad (PP838), Magic Happens rubons (RB896), Magic Happens diecut elements (DC335), Paper blooms – Misty (F642), Fuchsia (F639), Amethyst (F643), Pearl strips – White (PL501), Rhinestone strips – Lime (RS455), Rhinestones – Ice Blue (SB774), Champagne (RS404), Lilac (SB705), Dark Purple (SB706), Pearls – Lavender (SB785), Ink – Lilac (IP715), Wood flourishes – Bird cages (FL302), Iron Fence (FL329), Hanging Plaque (FL334), Organza Ribbon – blue (RI617), Paint – White (KC001), Turquoise (KC021).

Other Products Used : tissue paper, canvases, distress paint, leaf ribbon, flowers, kindyglitz

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Beyond the Page

A mini of memories

February 22, 2011

When my son finished kindergarten last year I was given some photos that had been taken during his year there.  I was a little unsure what to do with them, until now that is.

The Class of 87 collection worked perfectly.  There was a paper that worked with every single photo.  Mind you it helped that most of them were taken in the sandpit LOL.

(The dymo strip along the bottom has the name of my sons kindy on it, which is why it’s been distorted).

I kept the inside pages of the album relatively simple with a photo on one side and journalling on the other.  (I don’t have his best mates parents permission to use his photo here which is why it has been covered).

Mini albums are a great way to record a special event and with such a great variety to choose from there is sure to be a Kaisercraft collection to suit.

“Class of 87 mini album” by Kerryn Lawson

Products Used : Class of 87 patterned paper Sports Day (P621), Book week (P618), Science Project (P617), Assembly (P619), Times Tables (P620), Show & Tell (P616), Class of 87 Clear stamps (CS771), Class of 87 Reward Stickers (EM957), Class of 87 rubons – Black (RB894) & Colour (RB895), Class of 87 Printed Chipboard (CB122), Class of 87 Diecut elements (DC334), Class of 87 Paper Pad (Pp837), Class of 87 Report Cards (EM958), Long Tabbed album (SB2016).

Other Products Used : Dymo labeller, twine, buttons.

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