Tuesday, September 1

FRIENDS {kaisercraft & merly impressions}

hello KAISERCRAFT fans,

i would like to share today a layout i created in JANUARY for MERLY IMPRESSIONS


i started with KAISERCRAFT latte weave cardstock. i added extra texture at the top and bottom edge using modelling paste and TIM HOLTZ bubble layering stencil. then i took the NEGATIVE die-cut paper, ruffled its edges with TIM HOLTZ paper distresser and adhered it to the cardstock with KAISERCRAFT 12mm double-sided tape in the middle and mounting foam tape to rise the edges.

i used KAISERCRAFT clear stamp diamonds with BLACK ink to decorate the corners of the pattern paper. when the ink was dry i added a small banner using die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack and stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet

to embellish my page i used fussy cut flowers from the 6.5″ PAPER PAD

… die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack and stickers from the 12″ STICKER sheet

… and quote cards from the APERTURE pattern paper.

to finish off my design i added KAISERCRAFT RHINESTONES blue grey

i hope i managed to inspire you today!

have a wonderful week! 

hugs 'n smiles,

Sunday, August 30


hello crafty friends! 

it is the end of AUGUST {where did the summer go, right?} and it is time for my latest post MERLY IMPRESSIONS. for today i’ve prepared a pink and girly layout using the amazing KAISERCRAFT's FLY FREE collection {available at the MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store}. 


my layout is inspired by KAISERCRAFT august sketch challenge:

to create my background i used PARTNER pattern paper, which i altered with GESSO and KAISERMIST spray ink ANTIQUE GOLD

to mat my picture i used a slightly bigger dark brown rectangle made of KAISERCARD coffee bean weave cardstock. for the layers under the picture i used different colours pattern papers from the mini PAPER PAD. i ruffled their edges with PAPER DISTRESSER and adhered them with MOUNTING FOAM TAPE

to decorate my picture further i used die cuts from the PAPER PAD and the COLLECTABLES pack and fussy cut butterflies and birds from the BOND gloss paper.

i even added a little pink butterfly in my niece hair, because she is so cute and pink :-)

and a lot more butterflies and RHINESTONES silver to my background. i slightly embossed the butterflies and adhered them with MOUNTING FOAM TAPE.

to finish off my design i added die cut blossoms and a few paper flowers – paper blooms HOT PINK and mini paper blooms – COCONUT.

i hope you enjoyed today’s post!

have an amazingly creative and a very happy week!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, August 25

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers AUGUST blog hop


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

and here is a card i made with stamps from the BLAZING POPPIES collection:

HCPC3674 blazing poppy cling stamp set
HCPC3363 inspire me sentiments precut set
HCD1-764 blazing poppy die
HCST1-401 deluxe flower shaping kit
double dots 100pc. -3D foam squares

and here are some close ups of my project:

i hope you enjoyed the hop so far! 

if you followed the right path, you came here from glenda brooks's blog.
you next stop is alissa wells's blog.

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

this hop starts today, august 25th, 2015 at 8 am and closes friday, august 28th, 2015 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, august 29th, 2015. 

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

have fun hopping! 

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, August 21

INDIGOBLU august challenge "frame it"

hello crafty friends!

it's another month and there is another challenge at INDIGOBLU challnege blog! this month it is a really easy one - all you have to do is "FRAME IT"! and use INDIGOBLU stamps for your creation of course!

here is a bit of inspiration from me - 

to create this card i used INDIGOBLU stamp sets -

LIVE LAUGH LOVE A5 red rubber stamp



and here are some more close ups:

for the background i used various TIM HOLTZ' distress ink pads - worn lipstick, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade and peeled paint. when the ink was dry i doodled the white border by hand.

then i stamped the grassy border with TIM HOLTZ embossing ink pad and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

 to die cut the frame i used SPELLBINDERS floral ovals die and silver cardstock.

i hope i managed to inspire you today!

if you wish to see more fabulous FRAMED projects from our design team, follow this LINK.

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!

i can't wait to see your creations in the gallery!

hugs 'n smiles,

Monday, August 3

AUGUST 2015 release {DIE-VERSIONS}

hello DIE-VERSIONS fans! 

it is still SUMMER, but we can already share our HOLIDAY collections with you!
the release this month is dedicated on two very different holidays - HALLOWEEN and CHRISTMAS! 

23 brand new dies - everything you need for you WINTER holidays! 

the first part is HALLOWEEN themed - just look at these spooky witches and spider hats!

 DV-501 whispers - witch hat
DV-502 whispers - spooky house
DV-503 whispers - witch shoe 
DV-504 whispers - witch legs
DV-505 whispers - skeleton
DV-506 whispers - RIP tombstone
DV-507 whispers - spider web 
DV-508 whispers - spooky fence
DV-509 whispers - pumpkin patch
DV-510 whispers - brewing friends


the second part is all about CHRISTMAS!!! 

 DV-511 whispers - o'christmas tree
DV-512 whispers - in the forest
DV-513 whispers - reindeer sleigh
DV-514 whispers - angelic
DV-515 whispers - partridge branch
DV-516 whispers - pine cone arrangement
 DV-517 whispers - whimsical town scene
DV-518 whispers - sweet nativity
DV-519 whispers - madonna ornament
DV-520 whispers - starry nativity ornament
DV-521 whispers - nativity ornament
DV-522 whispers - three kings
DV-523 whispers - bethlehem 

i hope we managed to inspire you! and i can't wait to see your HOLIDAY creations!

hugs 'n smiles,

Saturday, August 1

AUGUST collections now available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS

hello KAISERCRAFT fans! 

and welcome to AUGUST! it's another month and a fresh set of KAISERCARFT collections are available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS store!


features clocks, cogs, gadgets and steam engines with a beautiful chocolate and teal colour theme!



 features glitzy designs ideal for projects featuring all your champagne popping occasions.



the third collection, "HOLY NIGHT", is the first festive collection of the year. it features traditional CHRISTMAS imagery and colours for an old-fashioned festive look.


 this month there are brand new decorative dies, including some that perfectly match this months new collections, some new word dies and several new flip card dies (including CHRISTMAS designs).

decorative die - advent box
decorative die - layered poinsettia
decorative die - nesting stars
decorative die - nativity scene
decorative die - cogs and clocks
decorative die - wings
decorative die - dove
decorative die - words - beautiful
decorative die - words - for you
decorative die - words - congratulations
decorative die - words - together
decorative die - words - believe
decorative die - tree card flip
decorative die - bauble card flip
decorative die - snowflake card flip
decorative die - star card flip
decorative die - butterfly card flip


there are also new TIM HOLTZ products added including 15 new layering stencils and six new colours of distress ink pads: do-it-yourself, hickory smoke, fossilized amber, mermaid lagoonabandoned coral, twisted citron and blueprint sketch.

i hope you will enjoy these new products and i can't wait to see your creations with them!

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, July 31


hello lovelies!

SPARKLE N' SPRINKLE and DIE-VERSIONS are partnering up for a very special joint blog hop, called the AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the newly released DIE-VERSIONS dies and the stamp sets revealed in the joint blog hop will go to help with cancer research. Almost every one has been touched by cancer is one way or another. either you or a family member has had cancer or you know someone who has had cancer. 

the DESIGNERS from both teams are joining together to help the fight to eradicate all cancers by inspiring you. 

not only are we debuting NINE new DIE-VERSIONS low profile dies (JULY 2015 Reveal - scroll down to the end of the reveal), SPARKLE N' SPRINKLE is also revealing THREE stamp sets for this AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. 

 the SNS sets are: 
SURVIVOR 713 (digi version DIGI713T
AWARENESS 714 (digi version DIGI714T

a GRAND PRIZE winner will be chosen from comments left on the DESIGNERS' blogs and will be announced on august 4th. you won't know who the MYSTERY DESIGNER is until after the joint blog hop, so remember to leave a comment with each of the designers. 

the WINNER will be announced on the DIE-VERSIONS facebook page, the SPARKLE N SPRINKLE facebook page, the DIE-VERSIONS blog, and on the SNS blog and will receive a $25 gift certificate from BOTH DIE-VERSIONS and SPARKLE N' SPRINKLE

and here is what i prepared for this AWARENESS CAMPAIGN -

to create this cars i used dark pink and white cardstock, different embossing powders, a stamp and a die.

the card base is 10 x 15 cm. i cut out 9 x 14 cm rectangle from white cardstock and heat embossed the background using SNS AWARENESS 714 stamp set and SNS Petal Pink Embossing Powder [EP220]. i repeated the word awareness and the ribbon image as many times as necessary to complete the background. after the embossing powder had cooled down, i distressed the edges using TIM HOLTZ mini distress ink pad.

for the bra i used DIE-VERSIONS whispers SURVIVOR BRA die and white cardstock. to colour the die cut i used SNS Petal Pink Embossing Powder [EP220] and SNS Antiquities Embossing Powder [EP266].

   if you followed the right path, you should have come from ERET's blog. your next stop is DIANE's blog. if you get lost along the way, you can always head back to the DIE-VERSIONS blog or the SNS blog.

here is the list with all the participants:
Emmy --> YOU are here

(*tip: click on the designer's home tab or the title of her blog if you have any issues with the link.)

we hope you enjoy the AWARENESS joint blog hop as much as we have enjoyed creating new projects for it.
we also hope that we have inspired you as well!!!

thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the DESIGNERS' blogs to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE. (we love reading them too since your comments also inspire us.) 

hugs 'n smiles,