Friday, November 21

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS {kaisercraft & merly impressions}

hello scrappy friends! 

can you believe that it is just one month until CHRISTMAS... again... and this year we will take our family photo... again... but i haven't put even the pictures of ELISE's first CHRISTMAS (from about 12 year ago) in an album yet... 

 so, i rolled up my sleeves, got KAISERCRAFT's newest YULETIDE collection on my craft table, pictures from ELISE's first christmas and this is the result - 


i used two different papers to create the background. for the first layer i used KAISERCARD stone wave cardstock. to alter the cardstock i stamped the corner pattern TIM HOLTZ distress ink pad tea dye and KAISERCRAFT clear stamp lattice. then i added a second layer with KAISERCRAFT clear stamp bubble wrap and KAISERCOLOUR paint mocha.

for second layer of my background i used the MERRY die-cut paper from the same collection. i sprayed it with DYLUSIONS red spray and added extra dimension with modelling paste and TIM HOLTZ layering stencil. after everything has dried, i stamped the sentiment from the YULETIDE collection clear stamp set and separated the holly leaves carefully from the upper side.

to create the large poinsettia i used TIM HOLTZ poinsettia die and red and green pattern papers from the small paper pad. i inked the edges of the leaves and stamped the brown pattern on the green layer with KAISERCRAFT distress clear stamp. to create the center of the flower i used LIQUID PEARLS.

the holly branches around my picture i cut from the papers from the small PAPER PAD and the FESTIVE 12 x 12″ patter paper. i shaped them using an embossing tool and adhered them to the background using mounting foam tape and KAISERCRAFT mounting foam dots.

the cute SANTA CLAUS next to my picture is from the COLLECTABLES pack matching the collection as well as most of the other die cut embellishments.

for my title and subtitles i used stickers from the 12″ sticker sheet, which i adhered with mounting foam tape.

and finally i added red rhinestones to finish off my design. 

i hope i managed to inspire you today! 

have a lovely scrappy weekend! 

hugs 'n smiles,

Saturday, November 15

merry and bright {MERLY IMPRESSIONS}

hello scrappy friends!

it is almost CHRISTMAS and all the paper craft companies are releasing the most amazing CHRISTMAS collections! KAISERCAFT is no exception! you can find the very merry and really beautiful YULETIDE collection at MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store

and here is a bit of inspiration from me - 


the shabby vintage look and feel of this paper line is just what i was looking for to create layouts with all the pictures i have from CHRISTMAS past!

i created this layout for the NOVEMBER sketch challenge at MERLY IMPRESSIONS. this month the sketch is design by our very own DEBORAH WOOD:

for my background i used KAISERCARD stone wave cardstock. i softened the colour in the middle by adding a thin layer of RANGER gesso and then i sprinkled red spray on top of it. after the gesso has dried, i stamped the frame using TIM HOLTZ distress ink pad tea dye and KAISERCRAFT clear stamp grundge background. then i added a second layer with KAISERCARFT clear stamp bubble wrap and KAISERCOLOUR paint mocha

to finish off my background i added two red 12″ pattern stripes with different motives.

i used stickers from the 12″ sticker sheet matching the collection, which i adhered with mounting foam tape.

i used RANGER STICKLES gold and christmas red to finish off the background design and to alter some of the die cut elements.

after all the ink and paints have dried, i started arranging my page. i used two small pictures (7,5 x 10 cm) and an image from the TRADITIONS foil pattern paper as a central point of my design. i decorated the pictures with die cut elements from the COLLECTABLES pack matching the collection…

… fussy cut elements from the pattern papers from the small PAPER PAD

and ribbon from the KAISERCRAFT lace pack – natural. i adhered my embellishments using mounting foam tape and KAISERCRAFT mounting foam dots.

i hope i managed to inspire you today! 

don’t forget you’ve got until 1 pm on 13th of december, 2014 to add your creation to the gallery under the MERLY IMPRESSIONS' november sketch challenge. we will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the merly impressions online store. how awesome is that!

have a great scrappy day! 

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, November 12


hello crafty friends!


we hope you are ready for some great inspiration - our theme is 'ANYTHING GOES', and what awesome creations there are to see! 

and...what's a blog hop without prizes? 

there will be one lucky winner of a $20 gift card from REPEAT IMPRESSIONS, and one lucky winner for a $20 gift card from DIE-VERSIONS

so, let's get hopping! 

 if you followed the right path, you should have arrived here from DEONNA BEMISH's blog. if you didn't, and you'd like to start at the beginning, you can find the entire hop list on the DIE-VERSIONS and REPEAT IMPRESSIONS' blogs.

be sure to start at the beginning, so you have the maximum chances of winning! the more you comment along the way, the more chances you have of winning! 

you will have until midnight CST on saturday, november 15th, to comment. WINNERS will be announced on the DIE-VERSIONS and REPEAT IMPRESSIONS' blogs on sunday, november 16th. 

and here is something crafty from me -

for my card i used while and craft coloured cardstock and pattern paper.

i stamped the lovely daisies using brown ink and REPEAT IMPRESSIONS' 9203-P, Daisies & Butterfly. then i coloured the image with TIM HOLTZ' distress markers and COPIC CIAO markers. after i finished i added STICKLES gold to embellish the image.  

for the frame around the image i used DIE-VERSIONS' sweet frames HELLO die with craft cardstock.

the sweet sentiment is from REPEAT IMPRESSIONS as well - 9206-H, Beautiful Days.

we hope that we have inspired you to be creative, and that we showed the amazing possibilities with the DIE-VERSIONS and REPEAT IMPRESSIONS' products! 

your next stop on the hop is GERI UTTERBACK's blog

have FUN hopping!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, October 29


hello crafty friends! 

today is my last post for CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS! i’m so grateful for my time as a CE design team member! i really loved working with NICOLLE’s wonderful designs and being able to create side by side with the most amazing and talented fellow designers! 

so, i've decided to create a shabby chic – steam punk for this post in honour of the two of my favourite chippies, designed by CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS:

to create my card i used PRIMA marketing EPIPHANY collection and ATC cards.

the gorgeous butterfly comes from CE butterflies set. i altered the chippie with RANGER pink embossing powder first and then i added the onyx decoration using LIQUID PEARLS.

to give the steam punk effect i used various sizes gear wheels. i used CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS’ gears 11/2″ and gears 1″ sets. i altered the chippies with a brown embossing powder.

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

make sure to visit CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS' blog regularly since the new design team will make their debut very soon!
have a crafty week!
hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, October 28

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers OCTOBER blog hop


and WELCOME to the HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers OCTOBER blog hop!

with the holiday season approaching fast, there is nothing better to create than CHRISTMAS cards, of course:

for the base of my card i used a vintage CHRISTMAS collection from MAKING MEMORIES. i altered the front part using HCPC3473 tattered background precut set with brown ink.

then i stamped the evergreen branch from the HCPC3490 holiday mail precut set onto a green shimmering cardstock and fussy cut the image. i added it to the card base using 3d mounting tape.

then i stamped the bird house on a white cardstock. i used HCPC3491 holiday haven precut set, colored it with COPIC CHAO markers and fussy cut the image. after i adhered it to my card, i added extra glimmer and glam by coloring the poinsettia with RANGER christmas red and golden glitter glue and adding the red berries.

for my sentiment i used HCPC3562 christmas sentiment circles precut set. for the frame around the sentiment i used SPELLBINDERS classic scallop circle small die.

i hope you enjoyed today's creation!

from here you go to selma stevenson's blog.

in case you got lost, here is the complete list of the participants in this blog hop:
giovana smith
vicki dutcher
glenda brooks
caroline duncan
amarilys doria
alissa wells
emilia van den heuvel --> ME
selma stevenson
tesa broman
sarah miller
lisa nazario-gregory
lisa allen

this hop starts today, august 28th and closes friday, october 31st at midnight EST.

and as usual, the winner will be chosen randomly from one of the participating blogs. all you have to do is leave a comment on every blog and you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to shop at HEARTFELT CREATIONS.

the winner will be announced on the participating blogs at noon on saturday, november 1st, 2014.

have fun hopping!

hugs 'n smiles,

Thursday, October 2

BEST FRIENDS {sparkle n sprinkle}

hello sparkly friends! 

i would like to share with my last post as a design team member for SPARKLE N SPRINKLE. and though it fills me with sadness that all good things must come to an end, just thinking about my time in this amazing team will brighten my days as i go and explore the new challenges in front of me!

so, without further ado, here it is my final project for SPARKLE N SPRINKLE {but of course i won’t stop using their amazing products and you will see many more sparkly projects on my blog} -


this picture is one of many from our last photo shoot in BULGARIA. i really love all of the pictures we got that day and working with them is so easy and enjoyable!
 for this layout i used WEBSTER'S PAGES "best friends" collection, CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS chipboard pieces and white cardstock {for the flowers}, as well as a lot of sparkly embossing powder and glitters from SPARKLE N SPRINKLE.

 to create the pattern on the background i used a masking template with a mixture of G1030 fascination glitter and EP429 Mediterranean Star embossing powder.

 for the flowers i used HEARTFELT CREATIONS stamps and dies. i stamped the flowers with VERSAMARK ink onto white cardstock using HCPC3608 arianna blooms precut set. then i heat embossed the set using SNS EP332 country blue embossing powder.
after the embossing powder has cooled down, i die cut the blossoms using HCD748 arianna blooms die.

 for the leaves i used white cardstock, VERSAMARK ink and EP351 sage embossing powder. the stamp set and cutting die are from HEARTFELT CREATIONS - HCPC3545 open leaf precut set and HCD736 classic leaf die.

  for my title i used a chipboard frame with the word TOGETHER cut into it {the chippie is from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS' together frame set}. i filled in the letters with EP429 mediterranean star sparkly embossing powder.

i hope you enjoyed today’s post!

come back soon!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, September 30


hello scrappy friends, 

i've got a brand new layout to share with you today. 
i designed this one for MERLY IMPRESSIONS using the amazing KAISERCRAFT "something blue" collection.

if you have followed the MERLY IMPRESSIONS' blog {and mine}, probably you’ve noticed that so far i used the black/white colour palette from this collection, the blue/black palette and today i’m sharing a page created with the brown/beige papers.

it is one paper line, but the possibilities are endless! 


for my background i used the true love pattern paper. i didn't alter it further, because i really like the design on it – the rhyme is so sweet and perfect for the wedding pictures i used.

to create the cardstock edge with the large hearts i used MARTHA STEWART deep edge punch "scroll heart" and KAISERCARD vanilla cardstock. i added a second layer with a piece of lace from the cream lace package and finished off my design with a stripe of pattern paper from the 6.5 x 6.5″ paper pad matching the collection.

i die cut the paper bow using TIM HOLTZ "bow-tied" decorative strip die.

 for the lovely blossoms i used KAISERCRAFT paper blooms coral. i needed two packages to get all the similar flowers, but i believe that it is worth it! these blooms are simply amazing! 

i added a bit of RANGER liquid pearls white opal to decorate the petals. for the smaller flowers, i used KAISERCARD vanilla cardstock. i cut the stripes and created the buds by hand.
to finish off my flower clusters i added die cut foliage and KAISERCRAFT pearls lush colour.

for my title i used a die cut from the collectables pack.

and for my sentiment i used again a die cut from the collectables pack, but this time i layered it on patter paper from the 6.5 x 6.5″ paper pad.

 i hope you enjoyed today’s post!

have a fabulous day!

hugs 'n smiles,