Wednesday, February 10

CHALLENGE guest designer for SCRAP WITH US

hello crafty friends!

did you know that the very talented and super sweet FIA UITERWIJK has opened a very cool and inspirational challenge site called SCRAP WITH US?
the site is packed with interesting challenges, amazing projects and crafty chats.

she invited me to be a GUEST DESIGNER for february and to play along in their design team challenge
the challenge with month is a sketch and a colour combo one.

there is a card sketch and a layout sketch, which you need to follow:

and there is also an optional colour palette that you can use for an extra entry in the random draw:

easy-peasy, right?! :-)

to create my card i used KAISERCRAFT's XO collection {available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS'  online store}. 

i used white card base, which i altered with TIM HOLTZ tea dye distress ink. the colorful background paper is from the mini PAPER PAD matching the collection.

i used also a paper doily and fussy cut the banners from pattern paper from the mini PAPER PAD. the rest of the die cut embellishments are from  the COLLECTABLES pack.

as well as my sentiment - 

i added a few pinkish flowers and die cut swirls and leaves {MARIANNE DESIGN dies} to finish my design.

i hope you enjoyed today's post and i can't wait to see your creations in the GALLERY!

have fun creating!

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, February 5

i've been published!

hello scrappy friends!

i've got a HAPPY news to share with you today! i've been published in SIMPLY CARDS and PAPERCRAFT #145 magazine!

it is always a special moment when you open the magazine and you see your own work printed on paper!

for this issue AMY chose three of my recent CHRISTMAS layouts i created for MERLY IMPRESSIONS, featuring KAISERCRAFT's HOLY NIGHT collection.

i'm a happy crafter today!

have a nice weekend everyone!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, February 2

FEBRUARY collections now available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS

hello KAISERCRAFT fans! 

a new month and of course a brand new products from KAISERCARFT are available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS store


featuring a fresh colour pallet of beautiful blue hues, palm trees, white sandy beaches and seashells.

TIP! make sure to visit my bog in MARCH for some creative inspiration feat. seashells and palm trees!


features outdoor imagery, lucky horseshoes, farm animals and earthy colour tones to bring the outdoors to your scrapbooking.!


and as usual there are also FABULOUS dies, matching the new collections:


this month there are also new gorgeous DIE and STAMPS sets matching the paper lines, new TEMPLATES, new ODP products and many different wood and burlap CREATIVE LUCKY DIP products.


also KAISERCRAFT had a surprise for us this month - they released their own line of KAISERCOLOUR gel pens.

and many more wonderful products - just have a peek in the RECENTLY ADDED tab.

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, January 26

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers JANUARY blog hop


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

it is our first blog hop for this year and i thought of creating a cheerful and bright project with HEARTFELT CREATIONS' last january {2015} release -

HCPC3644 birds and blooms cling stamp set
HCD1-756 birds and blooms die
ZVA CREATIVE crystal flourish clear
RANGER embossing powder - gold
HCST1-401 deluxe flower shaping kit
double dots 100pc. -3D foam squares

and here are some close ups:

i hope you enjoyed my project!

if you followed the right path you came here from glenda brooks' blog and
your next stop is amarilys doria's blog.

and in case you get lost, here is the complete list of the participants in this blog hop:
alissa wells
vicki dutcher
caroline duncan
glenda brooks
emilia van den heuvel --> ME
amarilys doria
ujjwal gupta
kathy clement
mary faus
sarah miller
gini cagle
lisa allen

this hop starts today, january 26th, 2016 at 8 am and closes friday, january 29th, 2016 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, january 30st, 2016. 

NB! the winner of the blog hop will have 72 hours to claim their prize otherwise another name will be drawn.

have fun hopping!

and GOOD luck!

hugs 'n smiles,

Sunday, January 24

CHERISH TODAY {kaisercraft & merly impressions}

hello crafty peeps!

i would like to share my latest layout with you, which i designed using KAISERCRAFT's treasured moments collection {available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS’ online store}. there is also a short tutorial on how to alter your background using CLEAR stamps and KAISERMISTS at the beginning of this post -


for my background i used WONDER pattern paper. i placed my picture on the paper and marked its position using a pencil. then i took RANGER archival ink black and KAISERCRAFT clear stamp " BOTANICAL" and started stamping around my marks. i didn’t use the stamp design completely instead i stamped random parts to create the frame-like image.

 after the black ink has dried, i took the flower stamp from the clear stamp set matching the collection, TIM HOLTZ mini distress ink pad – WORN LIPSTICK and SHABBY SHUTTERS, and stamped the image several times on my frame.

after that i took the clock face and the dictionary words from the same stamp set and stamped them randomly onto my background paper.

as a final touch i sprinkled KAISERMIST spray ink – PINK, CANDY and ANTIQUE GOLD on top.
to create the layers under my picture i used different pattern papers from the mini PAPER PAD and die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack. i shaped the edges of the pattern papers using MARTHA STEWART edge punch and adhered them with MOUNTING foam tape.

the wooden heart is from KAISERCRAFT’s lucky dip wooden shapes – HEARTHS. i altered it with STAMPENDOUS copper embossing enamel.

 for the flowers cluster i used stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet, die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack and fussy cut images from the mini PAPER PAD. before adhering them to my design i shaped them with EMBOSSING tool and altered them with STICKLES star dust.

 i used stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet also as subtitles or random quotes.

the intricate design under the sticker word is made with KAISERCRAFT’s charlotte dream rub-ons set. i used the same set to add the leafy edges to the background paper.

as a final touch i added few gems from RHINESTONE sparklets – CORAL pack.

here is a list with all products available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS’ online store:

i hope i managed to inspire you today! have an amazing weekend! and don't forget to scrap! :-)

hugs 'n smiles,