Kaisercraft – December 25th

Oh my goodness – it can’t really be that time of year yet?? I am so not ready for Christmas ranges to start coming out. Kaisercraft’s December 25th is one of the earliest releases – but don’t pass it by thinking that you can wait until closer to Christmas before buying – you just might miss out – this is one of the nicer Xmas ranges and is selling fast. The colours can only be described as sumptuous – lush golds, deep reds and greens, rich creams and browns – all with a richness and elegance that makes creating with them an absolute delight.

 

For Little Red Hat I used the red reverse side of Peace as the base for the layout – but from it I cut out the music section and the santa/little girl design to use later. A large piece of Faith was centred in the middle (just hiding all the bits that were cut out) with a strip of Noel (striped side) running slightly off-centre behind it and the music section from Peace over it. That stunning gold patterned square is a paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad and I matted it on a little dark brown cardstock for contrast. A border punch design along one edge provides a small touch of whimsy.

The alphas are some old ones from my stash (SheHeidi Swapp and I forget what the little ones are), given a coat of Memento Rich Cocoa ink and lashings of Vintage Photo Distress Stickles. The tag is from the Mini Journal Tags – and I have tucked the edge of the cardstock under the design to help integrate the paper layers together. The star is an old Kaiser wooden Christmas flourish and has a soft gold ink (Maya Road) on it that makes it shimmer slightly.

This embellishment cluster has another of the Mini Journal Tags, over which I have placed a cut out section of the design from the Faith patterned paper. The 25 is a sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Collectibles sheet and I have popped it up on a bit of Couture Creations Foam Mounting Tape to give it some dimension. The chipboard branch piece (Leafy Stems) is by Dusty Attic and again, it has just been given a coat of the shimmery gold ink.

The red chipboard flowers though are by Scrapware and they have been sprayed with Red Velvet Glimmermist, before being ‘roughed up’ to pull the chipboard apart into layers. The pearl centre comes from the December 25th Jewels pack. I’ll do a separate post to explain how to do the flower roughing up technique.

 

The pearl flourish (Classic Chocolate Flourish) is also from Kaiser, but I have cut it up so that I could place it to suit the layout better. I’ve also matted the photo onto some dark brown cardstock and used a border punch to create an interesting edge to it. The complete design is a little wide – so I have used the photo to cover up about half the design – giving me just a thin, but still attractive pattern along the matt edge.

The smaller embellishment cluster has another of the chipboard foliage pieces partially hidden by a tag sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Collectibles sheet. A couple more of the altered chipboard flowers finish it off.

 Hmmm – I imagine now I will be fielding demands to get said hat out of storage ready for the silly season. Small someone was very excited to see them putting up decorations and toys in Big W today. All Hubby and I could do was roll our eyes and comment on the irritation caused by stores doing so MONTHS before Christmas. How to make parents love shopping – NOT.

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