Sunday, September 14

YOU & ME {merly impressions & kaisercraft}

hello crafty friends!

i've got a brand new layout to share with you today - 

"YOU & ME"

i really loved working with this sketch! it has all the best elements to create a fabulous layout!

the SOMETHING BLUE paper line is wedding themed, but i decided to use a picture of my hubby and me, still taken on a wedding, but not ours. we were invited to be first witnesses to my best friends wedding and this is one of the pictures we made on this day.

to create my layout i started with black pattern paper – mr & mrs. i drew the white frame along its edge and added the pre-punched sweet love pattern paper on top. i used MARTHA STEWART "cherish" punch-around-the-edge set. 

 i added different pattern paper layers under my picture to create a better visual spot for it. i used the mini paper pad from the same collection.

instead of a second pictures, as it is shown on the original sketch, i decided to add some of the lovely die cuts from the collectables pack matching this collection. i used RANGER liquid pearls - white opal and black onyx - to decorate most of them. 

then i adhered them onto my background using mounting foam tape.

to decorate my layout further i used KAISERCRAFT ribbon roses ivory, mini paper blooms coconut and mini paper blooms black. i die cut the foliage using pattern paper and various dies from MARIANNE DESIGN.

i drew the swirly design on the background paper using LIQUID PEARLS black onyx. for the spatters i used TATTERED ANGELS glimmer glaze oil slick. the pretty white lace is also from KAISERCRAFT lace pack - white.

to finish off my design i added KAISERCRAFT black rhinestones

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

and don’t forget you’ve got until 2nd of october, 2014 to add your creation to the gallery under the september challenge post. 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!

have a fabulous day!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, September 3

#cool #boy {creative embellishments & MME}

hello everybody!

i just came up with a brand new product combination - CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS & MY MIND'S EYE - doesn't it sounds like a lot of FUN?! and indeed - it is! 

here is what i created using products from these two amazing companies - 


when i went to BULGARIA - my home country - this summer i had booked a professional photo shoot for my kids. i mean, we all take pictures of our babies and i love doing it, but i really like to have professional pics as well.

so, i took my two monkeys and their little cousin to the studio and we had three hours of dressing up and a lot of fun! the end result - over 60 perfect pictures, which you will see in most of my layouts!

this one is with THEO - he wasn't posing, he was just laying tired on the floor, but i LOVE it!

the papers i used on this project are from MY MIND'S EYE lost and found portobello road collection. i know it is a bit old paper line, but i really like all the glittery papers and amazing colours in it.

to alter my chipboard pieces i used VERSAMARK ink and SPARKLE N SPRINKLE embossing powders.
for my title i used one of my favorite CE sets social hash tags – there are so many wonderful words to choose from! i decided to go with #COOL and #BOY - there is actually only #BOYS in the set, but you can easily remove the S.
i covered the chippies with white distress enamel first and then with SNS cappuccino [EP422] embossing powder.

then i used one of the newest additions in the rubber stamps range – the paint splat trio stamp – with blue ink to alter the background paper.

 to gather the different stars sizes i combined two chipboard sets – falling star border for the smaller ones …

 ... and stars frame set for the larger ones. i altered the chippies with SNS mediterranean star [EP429] embossing powder.

i also added an extra chipboard layer under my picture, using the circles background chipboard piece.

 i hope you enjoyed today’s post!

have an amazing weekend!

hugs 'n smiles,

Monday, September 1

CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS anniversary blog hop and september challenge

hello crafty peeps!

and WELCOME to CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS' 1st anniversary blog hop!

i am happy you are here with us today to celebrate our 1st ANNIVERSARY! 

we are celebrating with a hop and giving away FOUR $25.00 gift vouchers to the store. all you will need to do to be entered to win one of the voucher's is leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite CE product is. leave some love on each of our design team’s blog's and follow their blogs. each member of the design team is sharing a project with their favorite CE product on it. 

if you followed the right order you landed on my blog from doris widder's blog and your next stop is karan gerber's blog.

in case you got lost, here is the complete list of the participants in this blog hop:
nicolle kramer
 doris widder
emilia van den heuvel --> ME!
 karan gerber
michelle gallant
 sandi clarkson
 tammy henderson
 shona keehn
 creative embellishments blog

for extra entries like or follow us and let us know you did in the comments below on: (NOTE: it's not necessary to do them all. we understand not everyone has an account at all of these social media sites.)

the hop winner will be random draw. the winner will be announced on monday, september 8th.
(reminder: be sure to follow and leave some love on each of the design team members blogs.) 

4 WINNERS will receive $25 gift vouchers to the store.

now on to our SEPTEMBER'S CHALLENGE!!!



and here is a bit of inspiration from me -


the challenge this month is to use your FAVOURITE CE chippie on your project. well, the thing is that i LOVE them all! but the thing i love most about them is the way they compliment each other  on any type of project no matter how many different sets you are going yo use!

for my layout i used WEBSTER'S PAGES modern romance paper line. to alter my background i used TIM HOLTZ' layered stencil "hearts" and modelling paste. then i used RANGER INK "lemon drops" paint dabber with CE paint splat trio stamp to add more colour to my background.

the amazing butterfly is from CE flourish dragonflies chipboard set. i altered it using a pink embossing powder and then i added a second layer of a glittery one.

for my title i used one of my personal favourites  - the social hash tags chipboard sets. i altered the word happy using pink embossing powder. then i added another chippie on top of it to embellish my title. i used CE flourish 4

here are some more close ups of my project:

i hope you enjoyed to day's post!

here are the challenge rules: 
* create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of september 1st 2014.
* please add your entry to the inlinkz box below the original challenge post to be eligible for the prize. you have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
* it is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS together with a link back to our blog. please make sure to reference our challenge. please no back linking.
* combining with other challenges is permitted.
* PLEASE USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects.

i can't wait to see your creations!

have fun hopping!

hugs 'n smiles,

Sunday, August 31

SPARKLE 'n SPRINKLE spetember release party

hello crafty peeps!

and welcome to SPARKLE N SPRINKLE's september 1st reveal!

this month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced. these sets are 20% off their regular price, until september 3rd. all the new reveal sets are available on cling mounted rubber and as a digital image. the magic of the season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in this month's technique video

the sets are: 

autumn splendor #651 (digi version - DIGI651
farm sweet farm #652 (digi version - DIGI652
magic of the season #653 (digi version - DIGI653
thanksgiving friends #656 (digi version - DIGI656
bountiful blessings #658 (digi version - DIGI658
sweet holiday #655 (digi version - DIGI659

on september 3rd, one GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below. the grand prize winner will receive their choice of: 
1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets 
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

the new SNS creative challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

the winner of the blog hop will be announced on september 3rd on FACEBOOK, the SNS blog, and on our blogs: 
emilia van den heuvel --> ME! 

(TOP: if you have a problem with a particular link, try clicking on the person's blog title to send you to their home page.) 

don't forget to leave a comment with each DESIGNER to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE! we love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well. if you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or designer you are commenting about. 

we hope you enjoy the new reveals as much as we do! 
wonder which designer contains the GRAND PRIZE this month?

and here is what i've prepared with the sweet holiday #655 stamp set:

to create my card i used various SNS glitters, pattern papers and white cardstock.

to create the different layers i used SPELLBINDERS labels one nestabilities die.

i coloured the gingerbread house with COPIC SKETCH MARKERS. i added the sparkle effect using different color glitters. for the roof of the house i used GM2000 cloud nine velvet glitter microfine. then i added G1029 bridal glitter to the roof decorations. and finally i coloured the heart with G1022 shell pink glitter.

i die cut the fence using MARIANNE DESIGN die. for the pine tree i used TIM HOLTZ movers and shapers die CHRISTMAS mini. i decorated the tree with GM2000 cloud nine velvet glitter microfine and adhered it to my card using scrapbook adhesives - 3D foam squares - variety pack - white.

here is a list with some of the products you can find at SNS online store:

i hope you enjoyed my project!

have fun hoping!

hugs 'n smiles,

Thursday, August 28


hello crafty peeps!

i would like to share a layout i created for MERLY IMPRESSIONS.CO.UK, featuring KAISERCRAFT game on! collection -


i really like this collection! though the papers are designed for a specific sport, you can mix-match them and create your own set for any type of adventure! 

i started with kaisercard coconut weave cardstock, which i cut to 29 x 29 cm. then i sprayed the middle part of my cardstock with DYLUSIONS ink sprayslemon zest and melted chocolate. when the ink had dried, i added the stamped pattern at the edges using KAISERCRAFT film edges clear stamp with black ink and lattice clear stamp with TIM HOLTZ mini distress ink pads – salty ocean. to finish off my background design, i hand stitched the black frame and sprinkled some blue and brown DYLUSIONS ink sprays on top of it. 

when i was satisfied with the result, i adhered the already altered coconut weave cardstock onto KAISERCRAFT game on! – player pattern paper.

the coloured rub ons borders are from the TECHNOLOGIC collection.

 to give more dimension to my layout i added two layers under my picture – i used team mate and player patter papers. i distressed their edges using TIM HOLTZ paper distresser tool.

the paper die cuts and embellishments are from the COLLECTABLES packages matching the collection – equipment and awards.

for the journalling spot and some of the paper stripes, i used GAME ON attitude pattern paper.

the rest of the embellishments – banners, quotes – are from the sticker sheets – aussie rules and soccer sticker sheets.

 to finish off my design i added black lace and black rhinestones and some more of the coloured rub-ons from the TECHNOLOGIC collection.

i hope you enjoyed today’s post!

have a lovely week!

hugs 'n smiles,