Layouts & Photos from the Merly March 2016 Crop

Many thanks to everyone who attended our March 2016 Merly crop.

We had another really fabulous day with lots of crafting, chatting more chatting and eating Paul’s fabulous cakes. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day as much as we did and enjoyed making the double page layout.

For the March kit I decided to use the beautiful “Story Book” Kaisercraft collection and a couple of papers from the older “In the Attic” collection. Included in the kit are instructions and stash to make the layouts that I called:

“Break the Rules”

My idea from the start was to create a double page layout and when I put the pages together the embellishments formed a heart shape that wrapped around the photo’s of (Merley) my daughter, I hope I have achieved that, so here is the left hand layout……


and right hand layout……


………..and here is the completed double page layout – I think it worked.

double-layout-1400It was another very busy crop and it was good to catch up with everyone. We also had some new ladies attend this month and we hope to see them again soon.

Many thanks to Paul for making his fabulous Lemon & Cherry cakes for us to snack on they all went down a treat.

See you all again in May and we look forward to seeing your finished layouts using this kit over on the Merly Crop Facebook page.

Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Chrissy   xXx

Layouts & photo’s from the January Merly impressions crop.

We had such a fabulous day with lots of crafting, chatting and eating cake. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day and the kit.

The kit for January was based on the beautiful “Treasured Moments” collection from Kaisercraft and included instructions and stash to make two layouts that we called:

“Time is Precious”Photo-05-01-2016-15-45-24And “Times like These”


It was another very busy, full crop and it was good to catch up with everyone again for our first crop of the new year. We also had some new ladies attend this month and we hope to see them again soon. We have also taken some photo’s of the day, which you can see below.

Many thanks to Paul for making his fabulous Lemon & Chocolate cakes for us to snack on and a big thank you to Anna-Bella for her lovely Tray bake & fruit loaf, they all went down a treat.

Do check out the Merly Impressions blog to see some photo’s of the day.

Happy crafting

Chrissy xXx

January 2016 Merly Crop Sneak Peeks

The first Merly Crop of 2016 is this Saturday, so here are the sneak Peeks of the layouts that our croppers will be completing. The kit uses some of the papers from the lovely “Treasured Moments” Kaisercraft collection. The complete collection features beautiful butterflies, florals, damask patterns and gilded antiques for a feminine and romantic feel. Also supplied in the kit are black rhinestones, Kaisercard, cotton and two embossed card panels.

Here is a sneak peek of the first layout, which I’ve called “Time is precious” it uses one black & white photo measuring  9cm wide x 12.5cm high. A coloured photo would also work.

Photo-07-01-2016-14-04-11 …..and here is the sneak peek of the second layout which I’ve called “Times like These” this uses one coloured photo measuring 8cm wide x 10cm high.  A black & white or sepia photo would also work.


We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again, we have a full house, 46 people attending.

One last photo of the name place cards, loved making these.

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I’ll be back with the full images of the layouts and some photo’s of the day after the crop.


Happy Crafting,

Chrissy xXx

Merly Impressions November Crop & Kit.

We had such a fabulous day at the November Merly Crop, with lots of crafting, chatting and cake eating. It was lovely catching up with everyone again and  even had a few new ladies.

This month for the name cards I used my all time favourite  Lavinia Stamp the  “Tree Goddess Luna”

2015-11-12-16.01.37So here is the kit – which can be purchased on-line at Merly Impressions, it uses papers and embellishments from the beautiful “Fairy Dust” Kaisercraft collection.

layout-kit-november-2015Here are the two layouts I created with these gorgeous products.

2015-11-21-15.53.43……..and here are some of the lovely ladies that attend the crop.

2015-11-21-12.07.32Hope you enjoyed my post,

I’ll be back soon,

Happy crafting,

Chrissy xXx


An arty day with Dina Wakley

What a fabulous weekend!!!

So when Chris Moore asked – “Do you want to come and do a Dina Wakley class” – urrrr yeah!!!!! was my answer. But I was actually quite nervous, anyone who knows me will know I don’t really do messy or paint. But blinking hell, you have to try these things. So despite the nerves we traveled up to “Art From the Heart” for our day of  “Versatility of acrylic paint”.

2015-10-25 10.01.09So we started off with these blank pieces of card and pages from a book and what looked like tracing paper, I can’t remember what it is called.

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Acrylic paint is a very versatile medium. After applying Gesso to each of the pieces of paper, we learnt how to apply the acrylic paint to the paper and tags in both thick (impasto) and thin (watercolour) layers. It was fun.

2015-10-25 11.24.36Loved this, we applyed the acrylic paint in short brush strokes, but leaving lots of the brush marks behind, then when it was dry, we painted over it in another colour, then rubbed/buffed it off. As you can see the first colour shows through along with all the brush strokes. What a great base for a journal page.

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We also had to do some stamping I of course choose zombies as my main stamped image, we stamped using ink pads, acrylic paint & Gesso, to give different effects. I didn’t quite finish my pages, they are in progress.

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I had a fabulous time and will be using the techniques we learnt in the rest of my Art Journalling.

Many thanks,


Chrissy xXx

November Crop Sneak Peek!!

The next Merly Impressions crop will be on Saturday 21st November 2015, so I have made a start on the two layouts that will be in the optional crop kit. I am using a few of the papers & the collectable pack from the  gorgeous “Fairy Dust” Kaisercraft collection – it is an absolutely beautiful collection which features whimsical images of butterflies, dandelions & fairies in teals & lilacs.

12042663_10152999856735356_7384970995345896676_nSo after some fussy cutting, die cutting & sewing and layout no one almost complete, here is a little sneak peek.

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Just some crystal lacquer and a bit of glitter glue here and there will finish it off.

I will have a sneak peek of the second layout very soon.

Happy crafting,


Chrissy xXx

Having fun with stamps & ink pads

I had a fabulous crafty day with some lovely friends last week, we all meet in a village hall on a  Thursday and do our own crafty thing. I normally take my Merly Crop kit to do, but this time I thought I would just do something just for fun.

2015-10-08 12.52.02I’m not normally one for getting inky & messy, but had so much fun doing this. I used some Ranger Mini Distress ink pads and some Kaisercraft background Texture Stamps. The Zombie (or Walker if you are a Walking Dead fan 😀 ) was stamped directly onto the white card, then stamped again onto plain paper this one was then cut out and placed over the one that was stamped directly onto the card, this way when you do all the inking & stamping you don’t get any on your image. When you have finished just peel of the mask to reveal the one underneath.

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The finished piece was then layered onto some co-ordinating Kaisercraft card stock. I will be getting messy again!

I hope you enjoyed my post.

Happy Crafting,

Chrissy xXx

Merly Crop 19th September

We had such a fabulous day today at the Merly Crop. Lots of chatting, crafting and eating yummy cakes. It was lovely catching up with everyone and wellcoming  a few new people to the crop as well.

So here are the two layouts which I created for the crop kit  using the beautiful Kaisercraft Bontanica collection. The first layout is called “Moments Together” and the photo was taken in July on a family holiday to Yorkshire. We had a day out in Harrogate, done the usual shopping and had tea in the gorgeous Bettys Tea Rooms.


The second layout is called “Things grow better with love. This photo was taken at my nieces wedding, love this photo of Merley. xXx


I really enjoyed using this beautiful collection and doing all the fussy cutting. The kit is now available to purchase over on the Merly Impressions website.



Chrissy xXx

Walker Stalker Con London 2016

I am so very excited…… year on Sunday 21st february 2016 early in the morning I will be on my way (with Paul & Merley) to Walker Stalker Con in London. We get to meet the cast of The Walking Dead!!! and get to immerse ourrself’s  in the world of walkers!!!!


Fingers crossed I get to book a photo Shoot with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) 😀 I already have this fabulous signed photo of him which I absolutely love, thanks to a very special friend who cannot be named for this awesome present – I love you xXx

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I will be counting down the weeks and days until this fabulous event.

Thanks for dropping by,

Chrissy xXx



September Crop Name Place Cards

I really enjoyed making these name place cards for the September Merly Crop and had a lot of fun with the Pink Kaisermist, my table top looks kinda cool now it is covered in pink spots. Here is a close up of the finished Name Place Card.


The Butterflies were stamped onto the pink reverse side of P1892 Partner paper from the beautiful “Fly Free” Kaisercraft collection, for the centre section I  used the Dictionary Meanings Kaisercraft Clear Stamp – love this stamp. Some Kaisercraft black Rhinestones finished off the cards.

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All ready for the Merly Impressions September crop. I hope everyone likes them.

Many thanks, enjoy,

Chrissy xXx