Friday, April 22, 2011

Kaisercraft Design Team Call

I was very excited to see this DT Call come up as I've always loved Kaisercraft products and what a bonus that they are very reasonably priced coupled with high quality which for me makes them excellent value. Living just an hour away from the Geelong store means I've had the opportunity to wander through taking in all the amazing products on display many times. You truly don't get a real sense of how immense the range is until you see it all on its own in one store.

I've had the opportunity to contribute to a few DT's before, but nothing like the calibre of this one. I have always loved the challenge to push myself beyond my comfort zone, trying new things and also sharing tips and techniques with others. I believe I have the ability and the dedication to contribute and so the opportunity to be on the Kaisercraft team is something I would love to be part of.

The items I am submitting below are all works which I have completed over approximately the past year, mostly endeavouring to select items which display my use of Kaisercraft products. Anyway - here are my entries and all I can do is hope they are worthy enough of consideration.

My first project is a layout of my daughter when she was just 5 months of age. Entitled "Bloomin' Gorgeous", this layout came about as my entry in the October 2010 Kaisercraft Mix It Up challenge and was the eventual winner of the competition. I used the gorgeous "Candy Lane" collection in this LO.








My second project is another layout entitled "You Me Us". The photo is of my daughter and her dog Bundy who is an Australian Champion Fox Terrier. I've used papers from the "Offshore" collection together with Rhinestones, and some handmade flowers from scraps of paper. I've also used a Prima bird and made the faux gemstones using a fabulous tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco. This layout won a 1st Prize at the 2010 Royal Melbourne Show.







My third project is an OTP number created for Bec Miller's Altered Challenge at Challenge Masters. The challenge was to take some thing from the kitchen/dining room and alter it. I've had this cookie jar sitting around doing nothing so I thought it was perfect. I've used Kaisercraft English Rose Collection papers, journaling tag, pearls, pearl flourish, wood heart, mini alphas, rhinestones and rhinestone words. I sponged "Pretty Pink" KC paint both inside and out to give it a more dimensional feel and finished off with some hand made bead stems, handmade blooms from the leftover papers, a Prima flower and butterfly, some Stickles and ribbons from my stash. I recycled the material inside the jar which was actually wrapped around some beautiful Gerberas that my gorgeous partner Shane bought me.








My fourth project is another OTP - a mini bookcase. I made this one last year to enter in the Royal Melbourne Show OTP Section where it was awarded 1st prize by judge Lyn Dwyer from Fiskars. There are 6 books, each have a few of my favourite photos of various subjects including holidays, my daughter, my partner Shane, Shane's son, Shane and myself and finally one of me. I've used the "Shaken Not Stirred" range with a few other bits thrown in to make up the albums and a Wood Flourish on the top, as well as some flowers and gems from my stash.


















My fifth project is a card using some scraps of the Shaken Not Stirred range.





I love making these suit cards. Here are a couple of photos of others I have made in the past as well.





My sixth project is also a card. Just for something different I made my daughter's boyfriend (who is a bit of a laptop fan) a birthday card with a play on the Hewlett Packard logo. On the inside I altered a photo of him from a trip to Queensland by adding a few computer icons and also printed off a picture of a laptop keyboard adding the personal message to the keys. It was all matted and mounted on a thick sheet of transparency and I added a few brads and a bit of creative pen work to finish it off.





My seventh project is another layout using "Esther's Guest List" paper and lots of cutting & layering. I embossed a Kaisercraft stamp from the "Pina Colada" collection, used Rhinestones and Mini Alphas and included some rubbish bag twist ties as part of the floral cluster as well as some miscellaneous flowers from my stash.








My eighth project is another layout entitled "Flower Girl". Although the papers used in this one are Cosmo Cricket, I have also used a Kaisercraft corner flourish.









And finally I would also like to display a some of my other projects for consideration.





A shabby style layout featuring a Kaisercraft text stamp, "Miss 4" took out BEST IN SHOW at the Royal Melbourne Show (Scrapbooking Section) at in 2010.





This frame is one of a pair created from the actual wedding invitation to Shane's son's wedding held in India. The pair of frames went BEST IN SHOW at the Royal Melbourne Show (Scrapbooking Section) in 2009.

Below are a few of my other favourite creations from the past year.














Thank you for taking the time to look through all of these photos. I'm sure like many many other hopefully scrapbookers around the world, I will be eagerly awaiting the news of the finalists for the Kaisercraft Design Team.

cheers
Maree

4 Comments:

Blogger Colette Bate said...

O.M.G.

I am simply blown away at how creative and inspiring these projects are, Maree! Holy cow! There's so much here to see ... to study ... I couldn't possibly comment on each of them properly. But, just let me say that if you're NOT chosen to serve on the Kaiser DT then there's SOMETHING WRONG in this world!

I absolutely LOVE the variety you've shared. Your layouts are well crafted, full of fun little details and so GORGEOUS! Look at you go with the altered items! Holy moley ... LOVE your mini-book collection. Brilliant work there! And, your cards are simply SPECTACULAR! Right down to every little detail ... the folded pocket square in the pocket? Adorable!

I'm rooting for you! Huge congratulations for 'trying out'! I'm sure it's a bit intimidating, knowing that designers and crafters from around the world will be submitting their work for consideration. But, don't worry one bit. You've got some amazing examples of your talent here ... and if I were you, I'd be feeling pretty confident!

Good Luck! Fingers crossed!

12:55 am  
Blogger Melissa said...

HEHE ...Colette with her supportive and wise words beat me to it...you know how I feel about your scrappy creativity Hun, and I think you have what it takes, but if they don't choose you...then they are the ones missing out!!!!
Big hugs and I will be keeping positive vibes going for a positive result...you deserve it!!!!!!

7:49 pm  
Blogger Tassie Deb said...

Oh wow Maree - all these projects are sen-freakin-sational. Well done on giving it your best shot. Fingers and toes are all crossed for you. Good luck

Deb xox

8:33 pm  
Blogger Mrs Frizz said...

gorgeous creativity - I absolutely adore your suit cards ...

3:09 pm  

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