Thursday, September 27, 2012

Turtle Dove Cards

Today I have some cards made using the divine Turtle Dove Collection ... I love this traditional Christmas collection... it reminds me of all the old English Christmas cards I grew up with!! LOL

Pearls and ribbons are of course the perfect companion to these papers... the only difficulty I encountered in making these cards was that I was constantly tempted to go over the top and decorate them to death!! I only wanted to make simple cards and sticking to that manifesto was an effort with such gorgeous coordinating embellishments.... it's good problem to have! LOL
Have a great day...
Smiles from Kel.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Sat. Sketch #4 Sep 2012

For todays Saturday Sketch I've used some paper from the Turtle Dove Collection and a patterned paper from the Madam Boutique Collection. This sketch had quite a specific shape to it that I didn't have a hope of copying so I just went for the circle instead... here is the original sketch

I kept as many of the main features as I could and in the ned I was really pleased with the feel of the whole page, and I've also clocked up another non-Christmas layout using a Christmas paper rage!!

I was a bit slow to get into the Kaisercraft Ribbon roses, but now I've got the gist of them, I'm just in love!! LOL

The photo in this layout of myself and Caroline Kaiser was taken in July while I was down in Melbourne at the big trade day that Kaisercraft held.

Thanks for looking,
smiles from Kel.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sat. Sketch #3 Sep. 2012

For this weeks Saturday Sketch I have used the beautiful new Turtle Dove Collection... How divine these rich traditional colours are... this particular collection embodies everything I love about Christmas. It has a bit of the modern mixed with a touch of the traditional English Christmas. 

For this layout I knew I was going to have to make something a bit special as this photo of my little one is soooo bad ... its a bit fuzzy, the top of her head is missing and the flash has over exposed the whole thing ... but I LOVED this photo, I remember how fascinated my little girl was with the angles on the Christmas tree, so I was determined to use it!

 I call this technique
 'Making a Mountain out of a Molehill'! 

My theory here is that it doesn't matter how bad your original photo is if you build the feel of the theme you are presenting with your layout then then the photo will look fabulous anyway....
I'll let you know how that theory works out LOL...
Have a great weekend

This is the Sketch the layout was based on.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Mint Twist Layout

I couldn't resist one final Layout using the Mint Twist Collection... this time a soft girly one that is actually about Christmas! This was a very simple page to make... There's a few bits of patterned paper but mostly the border punces are the heros of this layout. A few of the matching embellishments and some of Kaisercraft's beautiful Ribbon Roses completes the whole thing. It's been fun doing all these bright  Christmas projects, but I'm looking forward to getting into the more traditional tones of the Turtle Dove Collection now! 
Have a great day, Kel.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mint Twist Christmas Stocking

The Mint Twist Collection was just too bright and fun not to have a bit of a play with ... I don't usually do a lot of Beyond the Page projects, but I couldn't resist this gorgeous Christmas stocking ... it was a bit of fun to make and in the end all I used to decorate all 5 stockings was the collectables pack, the paper pad and some bling!
Now I have cards, layouts and decorations made for Christmas 2012 ... I feel like I'm definitely going to  be prepared this Christmas for a change !! LOL
Cheers from Kel.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sat. Sketch #2 Sep 2012

Well the Saturday Sketch for this week was a hard one ... lots of stripes!! And to make it just that bit harder on myself I was determined to use another of the Christmas ranges to create a non Christmas layout!!!???[rolls eyes at self] LOL

So for this NON-CHRISTMAS  layout I have used the 'Mint Twist' Collection  ... And I'm not afraid to say I found this a real challenge! But I'm happy with the results, so I guess alls well that ends well.

Here is the sketch its all based on...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mint Twist Cards

Well today I'm back with more Christmas cards ... this time made from the Mint Twist Collection These are very basic cards that were quick and easy to put together ( Just the way Christmas cards should be!!) using the Paper Pad and the Collectables from this fun collection. Of course I added the obligatory Christmas Bling and some ribbons here and there, but mostly the papers and collectables did all the work for me! LOL
I hope you have been gearing up for the up and coming silly season... I'm thrilled to have made over 20 cards already and feeling like I'll actually be organised this year! 
Have a great day, smiles from Kel.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Saturday Sketch #1 Sep 2012

For this Sat. Sketch I have given the 'Twig and Berry' Collection another try ... this time I was keen to try my hand at using a Christmas collection to make a non-Christmas page! I'm quite happy with how it all worked out too ... I love the earthy greens in this particular range and couldn't resist leaning towards them when I found this Sketch. It's a great Sketch ... I stuck quite closely to it as I thought that the paper-inside-the-same-paper effect was a brilliant one! The big metal piece on the page was just something I picked up on e-bay one day that I thought looked cool ... I love the hidden treasures that you can find on e-bay! LOL
Thanks for stopping by for a look. Cheers from Kel.

This is the Sketch it was based on ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Twig and Berry Cards

Well I'm back with more Twig and Berry Collection ... this time it's cards ... you can NEVER start to early when it comes to Christmas Cards!! 
This would have to be my favourite collection this year, with the rich reds and greens I love in Christmas but not too European or American in it's themes either!
I had quite a go at that Tim Holtz rosette die as you can see from these cards and my previous layout... thats because I think these concertina flowers are the perfect compromise for flowers at Christmas!
These were incredibly easy cards to put together as they are just made fron one piece of paper for the back grounds and some collectables raised up on 3D tape, add a little bit of ribbon or bling and there you have it!
Thanks for dropping by for a look... Smiles from Kel : )



Monday, September 3, 2012

Twig and Berry Layout

This layout made with the new Twig & Berry Collection is just the beginning of a wave of Christmas ideas coming our way over the next month!

I must admit I feel panic set in at the thought of Christmas being brought up already ... but then I console myself with the idea that if I get onto it now, I'll be more than ready by the time December the first rolls around! LOL

So with this layout I have used the die cut paper from the collection and made the rosettes from a Tim holtz die. most of the bits and bobs added to the page are from the collectables pack and I have used the lovely flourish stamp from this range to create the green swirls you can see in the background.

I have loads of Christmas photos and it's just one of my favourite times of the year so I'm looking forward to sharing loads more of these layouts with you in the next few weeks!
Cheers from Kelly-ann.