Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hi there - it's a mystery technique!

I'll be away for a few weeks and when I come back, we're doing this layout in class:

I'm not going to tell you how we make the rose (brownie points if you figure it out in the meantime!). After all, I need you all to come back to class.

Don't worry, it's easy and you won't believe what we'll use. It's not something that's usually found in your papercraft stash.

 Stamping on a background with clear embossing powder gives a very classy, subtle look. You can use a different colour too, but everyone's rose will have to be pink or red. You'll find out why.

If you would like to come along to my class, we start again on July 16. You can find all the info and timetables in the right column under "Scrapbooking classes".

Blast Off - What every boy needs

Every boy needs a monster / alien or two! And the new Kaisercraft "Blast Off" collection is absolutely perfect for the big or little boy in your life. The colours are funky and bright, in orange, green and blues and the little aliens are adorable. 
I had a bit of a play with the papers and collectables. With bright colours like these and chunky designs it's best to keep it simple and let the little monsters shine.

(No, it's not a spelling mistake, it's German and it means - tada- knee monster. Sounds just like the English version, except you hear the k.)

 "You have saved our lives, we are eternally grateful..." 

Find the blue velvet ribbon here
If you want to make a knee monster too, here is a link to a how-to blog post. 

You will find it impossible to resist making cards with these cute collectables. I whipped up 3 in no time:

This one is a get-well card with a twirling "germ": 

Here is goes, round and round...

 You can find step-by-step instructions on how to make a twirling card in this post here. It's super easy. Add some "nose drips" with Liquid Pearls. Yuck. Perfect for flu season.

The next card has a rocket blasting off! 

Simply curl some craft wire around a pen and attach one end under the rocket, the other under the round tag. So simple and it looks great! 

The puffy metallic stars (I just love them!) are available here and the star charm here. Baker's twine is here, the most versatile product in the world! If you haven't got any, get back to Earth and grab some.

This little critter is just too cute. I added a googly eye and some feathers, just to make him even more awesome. If you don't know any little boys, give the card to a friend who's been a stranger lately.

To make a card like this, cut a piece of blue cardstock to 12x5" and score at 4", 8" and 10". Fold like a flight of stairs and decorate with more stuff from the full-to-the-brim collectables pack, some ribbon and some more puffy stars, this time in blue. They're only $1.00 for 10, you'll want them in black and pink too.

Now if the boys in your life are all grown up and hubby doesn't appreciate rockets flying through space, don't despair, this collection is awesome on the flipside too. 

 I created this layout with a kraft cardstock and the backs of a couple of papers. 
(This is a shameless copy of my own sandcastle wars layout

 starfish charm is all it takes to make it beachy. The crackled letters are simply craft cardstock with Crackle Accents.


To achieve this look, spread some texture past over any of the wonderful masks with a credit card (an old one, I would hope), let it dry, then place the mask over it again and spray with the glimmer mist of your choice.

 Find lots of yummy colours here!

I hope you enjoyed my bit of crazy fun with Kaisercraft and my2angels.