Monday, April 14


hello scrappy friends!

MERLY IMPRESSIONS april challenge is up!

this month we challenge you to cut your papers - use "punches, dies or die cuts" to create a stunning layout! 

here is my challenge sample layout, featuring the amazing new "BLUBELLE" collection from KAISERCRAFT.


for my background I used the KAISERCARD navy wave cardstock and the azure pattern paper from the KAISERCRAFT “blubelle” collection. i cut and distressed the edges of the pattern paper and drew a tiny border around it. 

and since the challenge this month is “punches, dies or die-cuts”, i used a lot of all three of them on my page!

for the flower clusters i used KAISERCRAFT paper blooms coral and printed flower die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack. i added die cut flourishes and leaves - i used MARIANNE design dies, KAISERCARD navy wave cardstock and oxford pattern paper.

i decorated some of my die cuts with KAISERCRAFT self adhesive rhinestones dark blue.

to embellish my layout i used various SPELLBINDERS dies {timeless rectangles}, sentiments from the COLLECTABLES pack and the large banner stickers from the BLUBELLE collection 12" sticker sheet.

to create the colourful border i used MARTHA STEWART "vintage doily" border punch with cardstock and pattern paper, die cuts from the 6.5″ paper pad and KAISERCRAFT lace pack white.

the 12″ sticker sheet and the 6,5″ PAPER PAD matching this collection, are perfect to create tailor made embellishments. i fussy cut and layered a lot of different elements from these products.

the banners and the cardstock doily are from the COLLECTABLES pack.

here is a list with all the products you can find in the MERLY IMPRESSIONS online shop:
i hope i managed to inspire you today! 

and don’t forget you’ve got until 1pm on MAY 2nd, 2014 to add your creation to the gallery under the MERLY IMPRESSIONS' april 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 lovely week!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, April 9

march blog hop prize winners announced {ZVA creative}

hello crafty friends! 

i've got a wonderful news to share with you today - the WINNERS from ZVA CREATIVE march blog hop have been announced!!!

HUGE CONGRATS to the following ladies who joined us and are listed below and won a prize! 

from emilia van den heuvel’s blog {ME}, ‪anne temple said…this is so pretty. love the colors. 
from irene tan’s blog, ‪darinda sant-reyes said…very creative, love all the textures! 
from anna zaprzelska’s blog, pattyo said… this card is beautiful, anna! i love the pretty pink flower, and the ZVA bling adds the perfect touch! 
from gine silveira’s blog, debbie stansell said… beautiful!! so pretty!! 
from camila borssoi’s blog, cindy gay said… how beautiful! 

each winner will receive a ZVA prize package worth $30.00!!!
CONGRATS winners! 

winners, please email our design team coordinator, windy robinson at to claim your prize! 

have a fabulous week! 

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, April 4

fancy tags with pretty ladies {susan k. weckesser inc.}

hello crafty friends!

it is APRIL already and this is my first monthly post for SUSAN K. WECKESSER INC. 

this week i decided to create a few fancy tags for some pretty ladies!

in this set there is one vintage paper doll with two dresses and a hat. and as you can imagine - the possibilities are endless!!! 

i cut the tags by hand - 3.5 x 6.5" and used a punch for the hole. then i added a few layers of pattern paper and paper doilies on top of the basis tag.

on the last layer i used the SUSAN K. WECKESSER alphabet washi stamp from the "abc.123.washi" stamp set with VERSAMARK ink and embossing powder to give extra dimension to the background.

i used SPARKLE N SPRINKLE white detail embossing powder...

i stamped the paper doll from the SUSAN K. WECKESSER & UNITY STAMPS "poised & pretty" stamp set two times on light pink pattern paper and then i used different pattern papers for the dresses.

i added cardstock die cuts {SPELLBINDERS labels twenty-nine die} and resin embellishments to decorate the tags.

for my sentiments i used the cut off strips from SUSAN K. WECKESSER INC. whimsical papers. i inked their edges and adhered them with mounting tape to the tags.

i added paper banners and liquid pearls to finish off my design.

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

have a wonderful weekend!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, April 2

THEO's rainbow {creative embellishments}

hello scrappy friends!

i can't believe it is APRIL already!!! where did the time go... but since it is a new month, there is also a new challenge over at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS with a BIG surprise this month! 

here is my a bit of inspiration from me - 


and here are the challenge details
since APRIL is NICOLLE's {the owner of creative embellishments} birthday month, the inspiration photo is filled with birthday themed images, but you can be interpret it in any way you would like. there are so many possibilities! and the twist is to use at least 4 of the 10 items in the list below on your project.

list of items {you must use at least 4 of them}:
* straws/rolled paper 
* trims - ribbon, lace, bakers twine or hemp 
* doodle 
* enamel dots or buttons 
* mist / paint 
* texture paste, gesso 
* a handmade flower 
* embossing - dry or heat 
* bling - rhinestones or pearls 
* a flourish

and to make things even more festive this month NICOLLE is giving away a $40.00 voucher to the store, instead of a $20.00 voucher! how about that!

all you have to do is come and join the FUN at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS!

here are some close ups of my project and a detailed product information:

i started with white cardstock, which i altered with CE distressed chicken wire background stamp and paint splashes. i added the arrow pattern with THE CRAFTER'S WORKSHOP "mini arrows chevron" masking template and TIM HOLTZ "broken china" distress ink. after the ink was dry i added another layer with THE CRAFTER'S WORKSHOP "mini harlequin" mask and texture paste {the 1st one of the 4 must use items}. 

i also used TCW "mini subway" mask with brown/red ink and to finish off my design i splattered a bit of green GLIMMER MIST {the 2nd of the 4 must use items} on my background paper. 

to gear up my page i used CE mini gears 3/4" set, gears 1" set and gears 1 1/2" set.

i altered them with RAGNER yellow pain dabber and SPARKLE N SPRINKLE "copper dreams" embossing powder

for my subtitle i used one of my favourite CE chippies - the social hash tag chipboard set. i embellished it with TIM HOLTZ idea-ology paper string stripes twine - orange {the 3rd one of the 4 must use items}. i also added black/white twine to my tag.

to create my layout i used KAISERCRAFT "garage days" collection. for my title i used letters from the sticker sheet, which i adhered with mounting tape.

for the large chipboard arrows i used CE chevron border/background set.

i layered different die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack to embellish my picture.

here is a list with all the CE products i used on my layout:
i hope you enjoyed today's post!

for more detailed description of the challenge and to submit your project, please visit CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS' blog.

and i can't wait to see your creations this month!

hugs 'n smiles,