Tuesday, April 26

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers APRIL blog hop


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

i really love the new BERRY CAFE collection  - it is so sweet and beautiful! perfect for all kinds of projects!

HCDP1-265 berry cafe paper collection
HCPC3732 blooming berries cling stamp set
HCPC3731 berry blossoms cling stamp set
HCD1-793 berry blossoms die
HCD1-779 regal borders and pockets die
HCST1-401 deluxe flower shaping kit

other products:
double dots 100pc. -3D foam squares
ART INSTITUE GLUE -dries clear
COPIC CIAO - cadmium yellow {Y15}
COPIC CIAO - moss {YG67}
COPIC CIAO - nile green {G07}
TIM HOLTZ distress marker - festive berries
self adhesive pearls - red
yellow cardstock
white cardstock
SIZZIX cutting machine

and here are some close ups:

TIP! apply a layer of gesso on top of the card base to soften the colour of the cardstock.

i hope you enjoyed my project!

if you followed the right path you came here from caroline duncan's blog and
your next stop is loretta lock's blog.

and in case you get lost, here is the complete list of the participants in this blog hop:
regina m. hamilton
gloria stengel
gini cagle
amarilys doria
caroline duncan
emilia van den heuvel --> ME
loretta lock
sarah miller

this hop starts today, april 26th, 2016 at 8 am and closes friday, april 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, april 30th, 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,

Monday, April 25


happy MONDAY everyone!

i'm popping by to share another layout i created with KAISERCRAFT’s STORY BOOK collection {available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store}. this one is all about a very special boy. and who said that sparkles don't work well on a boyish page? :-)


CLOSE UPS of my project with few TIPS & TRICKS:

ruffle the edges of the PAPERBACK pattern paper and layer it on top of VANILLA cardstock
TIP! ink the edges of the VANILLA cardstock with the TEA DYE ink pad before adhering the pattern paperspray with KAISERMIST spray ink – ANTIQUE GOLD and sprinkle KAISERMIST spray ink - WHITE on top.

TIP! use the EMBOSSING folder to create a dimensional pattern on the cardstock layer under your picture. ink it afterwards.

use die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack and stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet as decoration for your project. 

fussy cut the book cover from the BOOK COVERS foil paper and adhere the sentiment using MOUNTING FOAM tape.

TIP! separate the letters from the die cut word 'today' and adhere them with MOUNTING FOAM tape.

the design of my page was inspired by this month's KASIERCRAFT sketch challenge:

thank you for stopping by today!

have a lovely creative week!

hugs 'n smiles,

Thursday, April 21

INDIGOBLU april challenge "SPRING is in the AIR"

hello crafty peeps! 

it is 21 of april and it is time for the new INDIGOBLU challenge - "SPRING in in the AIR"! we'd like to see anything SPRING like, colours, stamps, paints etc, as long as you use INDIGOBLU stamps in your work. 

here is some inspiration form me -

to create this card i used the following INDIGOBLU products-

LIVE LAUGH LOVE A5 red rubber stamp

if you need more inspiration, go to INDIGOBLU challenge blog where the rest of the design team is sharing their creativity. here is the direct link to the "SPRING in in the AIR" challenge post. 

check out the RULES and join us for the opportunity to win some fab stamps and a guest spot on the DT for the next challenge! 


hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, April 13


hello crafty peeps!

don't you just love the SPRING! it is sunny and warm in HOLLAND and i'm feeling so HAPPY! 
and of course, having the opportunity to create with the most amazing KAISERCRAFT collection helps a lot! ;-)

this month i have the privilege to work with KAISERCRAFT’s STORY BOOK collection {available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store}. i love the vintage look-and-feel of this paper line, but most of all i love the book covers and all the books hidden in the design papers. it is the perfect paper line for a book worm like me!

i'm also changing the layout of my posts - still trying to improve them and make them more understandable and easy to follow, so let me know what you think!


foliage dies (LR0192, LR0227, LR0271)

GOLD cardstock
GOLD embossing powder

CLOSE UPS of my project with few TIPS & TRICKS:

ruffle the edges of the BORROW pattern paper and layer it on top of VANILLA cardstock. use TIM HOLTZ stencil and TEA DYE ink pad to create the alphabet pattern and spray with KAISERMIST spray ink – ANTIQUE GOLD on top.

separate the large book cover from the BOOK COVERS foil paper and carefully remove the inner oval. arrange the foil paper stripes under the picture, mixing them with CREAM LACE stripes. sprinkle WHITE and AQUA spray ink on top.

TIP! remove the white edge from the die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack to have the focus on the image and match the colour of your project better! 

use die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack and stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet as decoration for your project. 

alter the wooden heart using gold embossing powder.

 TIP! separate the letters from the die cut words from and use them as title. adhere them with MOUNTING FOAM tape.

add CHOCOLATE and GOLD pearls as a final touch.

thank you for stopping by today!

please, leave a comment and/or a tip on what you think about my new post design!

hugs 'n smiles,

Monday, March 28


happy MONDAY everybody!

it is my turn over at MERLY IMPRESSIONS' blog and i'm sharing my last summer layout {for this month, of course :-)} feat. KAISERCRAFT’s COASTAL ESCAPE collection, BURLAP and KAISERMIST spray inks {available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS' online store} - 


for my background i used KAISERCARD coconut weave cardstock and KAISERCARD ballet weave cardstock. i cut off about 0.5cm from each side of the COCONUT cardstock, distressed its edges and adhered it to the BALLET cardstock using KAISERCRAFT 12mm double-sided tape.

i wanted to sprinkle a bit of KAISERMIST spray ink – AQUA on top of the background, but i accidentally spilled at one of the corners. so, i decided to use this misfortune and create more colourful and vibrant background paper. i spilled more ink at the opposite corner on purpose and sprinkled KAISERMIST spray ink – ANTIQUE GOLD on top.

then i stamped the compass from the SAIL AWAY clear stamp set with embossing ink and heat embossed the set using gold embossing powder. 

then i cut my pictures to 10x10cm squares and layered them on a slightly bigger burlap squares {BURLAP roll – 15cm}. i used MOUNTING foam tape to adhere them to the background.

to complete the pattern papers there is an amazing die cut paper available with the COASTAL ESCAPE collection – the WOVEN die-cut paper. i took about half of it and sprayed it with a water mister. 
TIP! use a mini mister, for example from TIM HOLTZ, to wet the paper just a bit, so you can shape it with your fingers. adding too much water may damage the paper. 

i fussy cut small shells from the SEA SHELLS gloss paper. then i adhered them to the already dried net, together with PEARLS – SNOW, to create an under the sea effect.
before adhering the shells i embossed them slightly with EMBOSSING tool.

to embellish my layout i used stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet matching the COASTAL ESCAPE collection. i outlined the separate stickers with WHITE gelly roll pen.

i also used die cuts and fussy cut elements from from the COLLECTABLES pack and the mini PAPER PAD.

as a finishing touch i added RHINESTONES – AQUA and mini paper blooms – COCONUT.

for my title I used the cut off strip from one of the pattern papers.

i hope i managed to inspire you today!

have a lovely CREATIVE week!

hugs 'n smiles,