Wednesday, June 27

rock star {DT work for heartfelt creations}

hello scrappy friends!

it's wednesday and it is time for another reveal at HEARTFELT CREATIONS. today i've got a little bit different {from my usual style} project to share - 


HEARTFELT CREATIONS products used on this project:
HCPC 3433 Book Frame 1 PreCut Set 
HCPC 3447 Window Accents PreCut Set 
HCPC 3473 Tattered Background PreCut Set 
HCPC 3458 Western Collage PreCut Set 
HCPC 3465 Palisade Farmstead PreCut Set 
HCPC 3470 Broken Cinder Blocks PreCut Set 
HCD 721 Rustic Western Elements Die 
HCD 718 Decorative Chateau Gate Die 
HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die 
Labels Seven Nestabilities 

i begun by covering a white cardstock by blending TIM HOLTZ" “fired birck”, “spiced marmalade” and “wild honey” distress inks in the middle. for the edges i used “peeled paint” and “weathered wood”. then i  stamped the cracked frame with HC broken cinder blocks set. 

when the ink dried i stamped the wood pattern from HC window accents set in the middle of the page and the guitar from HC western collage set at the left bottom corner. i colored the guitar with DERWENT aquarelle pencils and separated the grid of the standing one from the background.

i stamped and die cut a wooden fence using HC palisade farmstead set and HC rustic western elements die. then i stamped and cut the note book with HC rustic western elements die and spellbinders labels seven nestabilities and added them to my layout.

i then cut the window swirls with HC decorative chateau gate die and the decorative lace with HC decorative lace border die. i decorated the cardstock elements with RANGER liquid pearls.

for the past few weeks the team of HEARTFELT CREATIONS is bursting at the seams with a secret! we will be having a special sneak peek next wednesday, july 4th of a new product line that will be debuting at summer CHA 2012. we can't wait to let you in on this secret. make sure to take a break from your festivities next wednesday and visit the HEARTFELT CREATIONS blog!

have a scrappy day!
hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, June 26

on a personal note...

hello lovely friends!

today my post is not about my crafty creations, it's about ME.

you see, when i read the blogs of fellow crafters, i often wonder about how do they live, what do they do IRL... i see the fabulous work they are posting and i read about their latest scrapbooking adventures, but sometimes i'm just curious about what's beyond their traditional bio, posted on their profile...

so, to break the ice, here is a little bit about me and my personal paradise on earth.

i live in the center of a picturesque little town in the NETHERLANDS - 


i'm and i'll always be a city girl. i cannot imagine living away from the civilization. 

i grew up in SOFIA, the capital city of BULGARIA and i'll always miss the noise and busyness of the big city.

my husband {who i love wholeheartedly} and i met in SOFIA. but since he comes from the NETHERLANDS, eventually we moved here. together we have two little munchkins - ELISE - our 9 years old princess and THEO - 2 years old naughty monster. 

we also have two siamese cats - SPASKO - 11 years old

and AXL - a 2 months old cutie

we all live in a beautiful house from 16th century, which my hubby rebuild himself {if my hobby is scrapbooking, his is renovating} and he is much better in it, than i am in scrapping:-) 

some personal notes about me - i'm a coffee person - can't get through a day with less than 5 cups of coffee; i {LOVE} chocolate and i would never drink PEPSI. i'm addicted to books and to GILMORE GIRLS.

we love to travel! any minute we have free, we go to some new exotic place somewhere in the world. 
recently we discovered the wonder of cruising and this is our favourite way of travelling now! it's amazing how you go to bed in ITALY and you wake up in ISRAEL. the world looks much smaller these days...

this is just a tiny bit about me for the time being, but in the future i will be sharing more.

thank you for stopping by!

and i hope to learn some more about you!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, June 20

never stop DREAMING {DT work for heartfelt creations}

hello scrappy friends!

it's wednesday again and it is time for another reveal at HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

this time i've got something different for you - a mixed media project featuring my little ELISE - 

"never stop DREAMING"

heartfelt creations products used on this project
 HCPC 3480 brookside manor precut set 
 HCPC 3476 mailbox surprise precut set
 HCPC 3473 tattered background precut set
 HCPC 3433 book frame 1 precut set
 HCPC 3335 elegant snowflake medallions precut set 
HCPC 3363 inspire me sentiments precut set
 HCPC 3318 daisy patch flowers precut set
 HCPC 3303 posy patch flowers precut set
 HCPC 3376 distressed leaves precut set
 HCPC 3443 palace entry precut set
 HCPC 3354 classic message precut set
 HCPC 3323 large elegant word background precut set 
 HCD 723 garden romance die 
 HCD 703 daisy patch die 
 HCD 701 posy patch die 
 HCD 718 decorative chateau gate die 
 nested leaves nestabilities 

i started with 30 x 30 plain cardboard, which i covered with gesso and TIM HOLTZ distress ink. i blended three coloures to achieve the final result -  tea dye, weathered wood and peeled paint. 

then i used THE CRAFTER'S WORKSHOP "summer" stencil to outline my image. i glued ELISE's face onto the cardboard and repeated the stenciled image with brown COPIC CIAO marker.

when everything was dry i begun stamping! i used HC large elegant word background set and HC tattered background set with RANGER "coffee" archival ink pad and HC book frame 1 set with pink ink. i stamped the corner image from HC palace entry set with golden ink at the two top corners. when the ink was dry, i rubbed the edges of the cardboard with TIM HOLTZ' “tattered rose” distress ink to finish off  my background.

using HC elegant snowflake medallions set and green ink i created the garden at the bottom of the page. then i cut three garden fences with HC garden romance die, glued them on top of the stamped "flowers" and embellished them with white opal liquid pearls, stamped flowers and birds. 

i cut the window from HC decorative chateau gate die, but used only the swirl to embellish the my background. 

then i tore a sheet of creme mulberry paper in little pieces and glue them around ELISE'S face. when i finished, i outlined the hair one more time. 

i stamp the word SPECIAL from HC classic message set on the "hair" and the INSPIRE ME sentiment from HC inspire me sentiments set under the picture. and i added green pearls from the FWAB chloe olive green pearl flourish as a necklace. 

for the flowers i used HC daisy patch flowers set, HC posy patch flowers set and HC daisy patch die, HC posy patch die and four different colors mulberry paper. i shaped the petals by hand and added a pearl from FLOURISH WITH A BLING adhesive pearls 100 pack "pearl colour" to the center of the blooms. 

 i used green mulberry paper for the leaves {HC distressed leaves set and nested leaves nestabilities die}.

i took the small bird house {HC mailbox surprise set} and the small birds and butterflies {HC brookside manor set} and stamped few images directly on the background cardboard. then i took my mulberry papers and created colourful  birds and butterflies as well. 

for the title i used wooden letters, which i coloured with TIM HOLTZ’ "wild honey" and "tattered rose" distress ink pads.

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

come back tomorrow for more scrappy creations!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, June 19

good bye, LISA LYNNE

today i've got a sad news... 

i'm still in shock over the sudden passing of my friend and design team sister at heartfelt creations Lisa Lynne Wright. 

it is a terrible loss to her family and to the whole crafting community! everyone who knew LISA will be missing her amazing talent and her sunny spirit! she always had a smile and a kind word for everyone! she was always there when i needed guidance and advice...  

in her memory heartfelt creations, we, the design team members, and lisa’s crafting friends are hosting a tribute blog hop today:

would you please leave a comment on this blog entry or on lisa lynne's blog to let her friends, her husband joe, and family know how much she meant for everyone. 

rest in peace, LISA!


Monday, June 18

kaboodle doodles challenge #124

hello crafty friends!

it's KABOODLE DOODLES monday! this week the challenge is "celebrate you country's colours"!

we challenge you to create a project featuring the colours of your country!

i'm currently living in the netherlands and that's why i've decided to use red, white and blue on my card:

if you wish to see more of the design team examples, click HERE

the sponsor this week is DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS and the winner will receive a $10 voucher from them.

i look forward to seeing your creations for this week's challenge. please remember that your projects need to be posted by sunday, june 24th under kaboodle doodles original blog post and the winners will be announced on tuesday, 26th of june.

keep creating!

hugs 'n smiles,

Saturday, June 16

paris couture {DT work for SKETCHABILITIES}

hello lovely friends! 

it's 15th of the month again {boy! does the time fly!} and it is time for the design team reveal at SKETCHABILITIES!

"paris couture"

and here is the amazing sketch from KARAN GERBER:

i can't wait to see what you will create!

remember, you have until june 30th to upload your layouts under the SKETCHABILITIES original BLOG POST!

have a wonderful evening!

hugs 'n smiles,

Thursday, June 14

INORI final sale

good morning lovely friends!

an year ago the amazing tomoko takahashi started an amazing initiative, called INORI. she asked crafters from all over the word if we would like to donate some of our hand-made creations. then she would sale them online and the money will go to the japan red cross. this fund raising was meant to help people who were effected  by the earthquake in tohoku, japan. a very noble cause, which i could not pass!

in the last year, tomoko had regular sales at her online community. and today the final sale begins {i've sent hand-made cards for it}:

you can find more details about this cause and the final sale on TOMOKO's blog

it amazing to see that even with our hobby we can still make a difference in the world!

i'm glad that i could be a part of such an inspiring project!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, June 13

in the garden {DT work for HEARTFELT CREATIONS}

hello scrappy friends,

it's HEARTFELT CREATIONS wednesday, but this week we've got a special treat for you!

we're excited to show off the june release! the GARDEN ROMANCE COLLECTION is teeming with birdies, butterflies and blooming peonies. fun bird houses, mailboxes, and trellises dot the landscape of this new set. don't say you weren't warned- you may get butterflies in your stomach. there are 7 new precut stamp sets and one beautiful new exclusive SPELLBINDERS die designed for HEARTFELT CREATIONS.

as usual there is a chance to win: leave a comment on the HC blog by june 19th and you will be eligible to win the entire release valued at $141.99. the winner will be announced on next wednesday's blog.

for my layout this week i chose a picture of the newest member of our family - the Siamese cat AXL:

heartfelt creations products used on this project: 
HCPC 3470 broken cinder blocks precut set
HCPC 3405 leaf medley precut set
HCPC 3407 botanical floral 2 precut set
HCPC 3406 botanical floral 1 precut set
HCPC 3323 large elegant word background precut set
HCD 723 garden romance die
rose creations shapeabilities
elegant posts shapeabilities
fancy tags two shapeabilities
foliage shapeabilities

i begun stamping the cracked edge from HC broken cinder blocks set on a white cardstock. then i stitched the blue edge on top of it. i used the crafter’s workshop "bricks" mask to create the background. i stamped the manor house from HC brookside manor set and the large tree from HC birch tree set on both sides of the brick background. for the flowery heart i used HC twining roses set.

i die cut the circles with picot edge circles nestabilities die and stamped the wording from HC large elegant word background set on the large circle. to embellish them further i added small pearls.

then i cut AXL out and adhered it with 3d tape onto a blue rectangle. i cut 4 garden fences with HC garden romance die to create the long fence on which my cat is standing.

using the HC bird haven set and HC garden romance die i stamped and cut the bird house. i die cut one of the posts from the elegant posts shapeabilities die and “hang” the bird house on it. for the little birdies i used  HC brookside manor set and HC garden romance die.

i stamped the flowers with HC botanical floral 2 set and HC botanical floral 1 set, die cut them with the rose creations shapeabilities die, assembled the blossoms and attached them together with a pearl brad. i stamped and cut the leaves with HC leaf medley set and foliage shapeabilities die.

i wrote the title using the crafter’s workshop alphabet template “perky letters”. i cut two tags with the fancy tags two shapeabilities die to create the base for my title.

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

but wait - there is more:

purchase the entire collection by clicking HERE and save $15.99!

have a wonderful CREATIVE week!

hugs 'n smiles,

Monday, June 11

april showers bring may flowers

hello scrappy friends!

this month it is my turn to hold the COLOUR challenge at scrapbook challenges and here is what i cooked up for you:

i used MELON HUES colour palette from the design seeds website: 

my papers are from PRIMA's latest collection "sun kiss". i did a lot of fussy cutting, glittering and misting.

for the big sunflower i used heartfelt creations HCPC 3375 flora grande 1 precut set. i separated the petals and embossed them by hand. then i arranged them around my picture. 

the green pearly swirls are from flourish with a bling "chloe pearl flourish olive green". i cut it in few pieces and arranged the individual parts around my design. 

for the title i used the crafter's workshop alphabet template and PRIMA marketing alpha stickers. 

i used various flowers to complete my framing - PRIMA marketing, marianne design, etc.

i fussy cut. emboss and glittered the flowers from the papers and use them as embellishments as well.

i hope to see you at SCRAPBOOK CHALLENGES!

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, June 6

heartfelt creations wednesday

good morning scrappy friends!

it's wednesday and it is the day we share our newest projects at HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

with all the birthdays and celebrations last week, i was really in a mood for cards!

heartfelt creations products used on this project:
HCPC 3472 china fragments precut set
HCPC 3470 broken cinder blocks precut set
HCPC 3474 heartfelt expressions precut set
HCD 704 perfect petals die
nested tea cups shapeabilities

for the card i used terracotta and dark brown cardstock and marianne design “eline’s romantic nursery” paper pad.

i stamped the crackled background on the layer of yellow pattern paper using the HC broken cinder blocks set. then i glued the different laces on the card and the decorative corner, which i cut with the HC perfect petals die.

i stamped two large cups with handles and 3 middle-sized cups {HC china fragments set} on different pattern papers. i cut them with my cuttlebug and the nested tea cups shapeabilities die and stacked the ready cups on top of each other.

the sentiment comes from HC heartfelt expressions set. there are some amazing wishes in this set. to finish off my card i added few pearls. i used FWAB adhesive pearls 100 pack teal.

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

come back next week to see the newest heartfelt creations' collection "GARDEN ROMANCE"! 

the next release is teeming with birdies, butterflies and blooming peonies. fun bird houses, mailboxes and trellises dot the landscape of this new set. don't say you weren't warned- you may get butterflies in your stomach! 

the garden romance collection will be debuting on the HC website on june 12, at 12 midnight EST. there will be 7 new precut stamp sets and one beautiful new exclusive spellbinders die designed for HEARTFELT CREATIONS.

see you then!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, June 5

i've been published! YAY!

hello scrappy friends!

i've got a WONDERFUL NEWS to share today!

the june edition of the leading e-zine "SCRAPBOOKING.COM" is out and guess who's been published in their scrapbooking stories section - ME! YAY!!!

for this edition they chose my family themed layout "OUR FAMILY"

doing the HAPPY DANCE now!:-)

to view my original post, click HERE.

to view article and learn more about this AMAZING e-zine, click HERE

to view my youtube video {YES! i've got a video as well!}, click HERE

i'm pretty HAPPY today!

have a wonderful tuesday everybody!

hugs 'n smiles,