March Crop kit


Here are the layouts I created for the March Merly Crop. For this kit I used the gorgeous Hanami Garden Kaisercraft Collection which features intricate patterns, cherry blossom images in bold, striking colours.

Here is the first layout.

life-1600…….and here are some close ups.


again lots of fussy cutting.

Here is the second layout featuring mainly the gold tones of the collection, I also added some detail using the gorgeous Kaisercraft Gel pens to the base paper and the embossed black card. Check out the close ups for the detail.

dearm-1600…….and some close ups.

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Happy Scrapping,

Chrissy xXx

November crop kit


Where has the time gone, again I am a bit behind with my posts.

But here are the two layouts I created for the November Merly Crop. I used the gorgeous Ubud Dreams Kaisercraft collection, one of my favourites in 2016. Here is the first layout, I just love these colours and the beautiful Mandalas.


……and some close ups.


…….and here is the second layout, I had so much fun fussy cutting all the flowers and just the the Kemala paper with all those tiles on.


…..and here are some close ups of this layout.

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Happy Scrapping!!

Chrissy xXx

Getting ready for the Merly Retreat!!

Hi Everyone,

The next couple of posts will be about the July Merly Retreat, getting ready for it then the actual retreat. Once these posts are done then hopefully I will be able to keep up to date with my blogging. The retreat took up so much time that I fell behind.

I actually started organising the retreat way back at the beginning of the year. There were some other bits of prep before this, but starting to think about and planning the kits etc started in January.

Here is the table setting for one of my delegates.

13516306_10209116658981060_1664907084816259505_nSo inside the box were three layout kits & a BTP, MDF kit. On top of the box in book form were all the instructions for each kit. At my crops and Retreats I do the method of “crafting at your own pace”, with detailed instructions and everything supplied in the kits, the delegates can get on and craft at their own pace and start with what ever project they want to, it all results in a very relaxed but fun weekend – no running to classes and tring to keep up with everyone else.  In the kraft bag was a bonus surprise kit for the delegates.

The jar in front of the box had each of the delegates name on it, so they knew where they were sitting (it was their name placement) and for this retreat I decided to do – not a journal jar as such but some fun (I hope) questions, quotes etc they could read out and have a chat about at the retreat to who ever they were sitting near to. At the last retreat it was full of embellishments. 2016-06-14 12.12.46………..and yes, we had 65 delegates and I stamped and hand cut out all the flowers & butterflies, I think in total there were almost 600 plus pieces to cut out, maybe 700. But anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE fussy cutting!!!!!!

So here are a few more photo’s of the prep of the name jars etc.

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13418825_10208939013140025_7636159705416143101_nThe questions/quotes all in the jars.


13406938_10208977703907270_7111665805898889109_nOh and the kraft bags, I stamped on these and added some more fussy cut butterflies and a few Kaisercraft Rhinestones to finish off.


That’s it for now, the next post will be about setting up for the retreat at Wyboston Lakes.

Happy crafting,


Chrissy xXx

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

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

September Crop Kit Sneak Peeks

With the September Merly Crop nearly upon us, I thought I would post the sneak peeks of the layouts in the kit. For the September Kit I have been using the beautiful Kaisercraft Botanica collection. I have loved using this collection as there is a lot I can cut out and anyone that knows me, will know I LOVE fussy cutting.

I have called the first layout – Moments Together.

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You can check out the Merly Blog for more info on the September Crop & Kit. I will post full images of the layouts after the crop, the kit will also be available to purchase on the Merly Impressions Website the day after the crop.

Many thanks,


Chrissy xXx