Monday, May 11

MEMORIES with antique bazaar {KAISERCRAFT & MERLY IMPRESSIONS}

hello crafty friends! 

it is the beginning of MAY and as usual it is time for the monthly KAISERCRAFT reveal on my blog - which collection i'm going to present this month... this month i've got a very special line to design with... my personal favourite of 2015 release {so far}... 

this month i’ve got the great pleasure to work with KAISERCRAFT’s antique bazaar collection {available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store}! 

the vintage look and feel, the classic frames and the time embellishments are just perfect for any heritage themed layout! and here is what i came up with - 

"MEMORIES"



this is a picture of my grandmother taken ca. 1934 when she was at school. i recently found a whole box full with pictures from my grand parents and their parents, and some of them are simply amazing! luckily i’ve got KAISERCRAFT’s antique bazaar collection to design with this month, so stay tuned – there will be more vintage layouts coming!

for my background i used RESTORE pattern paper – the grey side. i ruffled its edges using TIM HOLTZ paper distresser and then i mat the pattern paper onto KAISERCRAFT coffee bean weave cardstock.


to alter the background further i used different KAISERCRAFT clear stamps – “GRUNGE” and “POSTMARKS”. the word “memories” i stamped with the CLEAR STAMPS SET matching the collection and TIM HOLTZ mini distress ink pad TEA DYE.

to create the dimensional pattern i used KAISERCRAFT damask quarters 12×12 stencil and RANGER INK texture paste. once the paste has dried, i sprinkled a bit of KAISERMIST spray inks – RED and TURQUOISE.



i used the PAPER PAD to create the layers under my picture. at the end of every KAISERCRAFT paper pad you will find four sheets with exclusive die cuts. i find the borders really useful when creating different colour/shape layers.


 the clock faces, the framed quotes and the other embellishments are die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack or fussy cut elements from pattern papers from the small PAPER PAD or the SALVAGE 12″ pattern paper.




 i hope i managed to inspire you today!

have a lovely creative week!

hugs 'n smiles,

Saturday, May 9

GIGGLE {SA CRAFTERS}

hello scrappy friends!

it is a lovely sunny day in HOLLAND and before i'm going out to enjoy a cup of coffee with my girlfriends, i would like to share my newest layout with you.

i created this one using the amazing products of SA CRAFTERS and as usual there is a step-by-step YOUTUBE tutorial at the end of this post.

"GIGGLE HAPPILY"



to create my layout i used KAISERCRAFT "garage days"collection, available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store.

for my background i used SPARE PARTS pattern paper, texture paste and SA CRAFTERS 6x6 chevron mix sides stencil. after the paste has dried, i sprinkled TATTERED ANGELS glimmer mist on top of it - SUNFLOWER and JACK FROST.


i used various die cuts from the COLLECTABLE pack and fussy cut elements from the pattern papers to embellish my page.


the pretty gear-clock corner is from SA CRAFTERS "chipboard gears and cameo" set, but i cut off the cameo to use on a different girly project. to alter the chippie i used VERSAMARK watermark ink and STAMPENDOUS "aged copper" embossing powder.


the gear wheels are also from SA CRAFTERS - "chipboard gears" set.


i also used one of the "wood flag sentiments" to create my title.


some more close ups:



if you are interested in the step-by-step YOUTUBE tutorial follow this LINK or click on the image below:


i hope i managed to inspire you today!

have  a lovely weekend!

hugs 'n smiles,


Tuesday, May 5

DIE-VERSIONS mother's day card CHALLENGE

hello scrappy friends!

in honor of NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY and MOTHER's DAY, we on the DIE-VERSIONS design team have come up with a fun BLOG HOP and a card challenge!


the MOTHER's DAY card challenge will begin today, may 5th, and run thru may 11th, 2015. the design team will be picking 5 winners and they will be announced on the DIE-VERSIONS blog on may 15th.

the theme for this challenge is to make a MOTHER's DAY card.

to be eligible to win one of the FIVE $20.00 DIE-VERSIONS GIFT CARD you have to comply with the following:
* create a MOTHER's DAY themed card
* your card must be newly created and please, no back linking
* become a follower of the DIE-VERSIONS blog along with the design team members blogs (listed below)
* leave a comment on the DIE-VERSIONS blog and each of the design team members blogs (listed below)
* link your MOTHER's DAY card with the inlinkz link on the DIE-VERSIONS blog
* we would love it if you used the DIE-VERSIONS dies in your card, but that is not mandatory

here is what i've created to inspire you -

"#1 MOM"


to create my card i used two different DIE-VERSIONS dies -

"angel wing scallop circle"




and here are some more close ups:




if you came here from archana's blog, you follow the right path and your next stop will be lisa's blog. in case you get lost, here is the complete list with all participating designers:
 anne
 archana
emmy - that's ME!
lisa
lori
mary
patti

have fun hopping and don't forget to leave a comment on the DIE-VERSIONS blog and on the blogs of the design team members listed above! 
we look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations!

but wait, we've got even more surprises for you - we've got a brand new VINTAGE release for you:


19 amazing victorian/steam punk themed dies, fit for any romantic project!

have a wonderful MOTHER'S DAY and enjoy the NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK month!

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, May 1

MAY collections now available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS

hello KAISERCRAFT fans!

the new collections are finally available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS store! there are some amazing designs this month!



KAISERCRAFT's may 2015 "SAY ALOHA" collection features bright and beautiful designs with a splash of tropical paradise thrown in. and who can resist the cute pink flamingos? 


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"SCRAP YARD" is the second new release for the month featuring bricks, gears, iron, rust and roller doors - a real industrial affair! keep an eye out next month when i will post my designs with this collection!


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#3 for MAY is "BACK TO BASICS"…there are 4 patterns in 6 colours which equals the ideal collection to use as a stand alone or ideal to mix and match with others. it is a paper line that is very on trend right now and looks amazing used in so many ways!


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also, i'm not sure if you found out already, but KAISERCRAFT has released their own embossing folders in 13 amazing designs! a MUST HAVE for every crafter!


have a lovely creative weekend!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, April 28

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers APRIL blog hop

hello HEARTFELT CREATIONS friends! 

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

this month i thought of using spring flowers, butterflies and little birdies for my card. well, there was no place for the bird at the end, but i suppose it is the thought that counts:-)



HEARTFELT CREATIONS products used:
HCPC 3608 arianna blooms cling stamp set
HCPC 3474 heartfelt expressions cling stamp set
HCD1 748 arianna blooms die
HCD1-747 arianna lace die
HCST1-401 deluxe flower shaping kit
MEMENTO dye ink pad - toffee crunch
double dots 100pc.

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 vicki dutcher's blog.
you next stop is gini williams cagle's blog.

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

this hop starts today, april 28th, 2015 and closes friday, may 1st, 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, may 2nd, 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,

Tuesday, April 21

something special {KAISERCRAFT & MERLY IMPRESSIONS}

hello scrappy friends! 

i've got another KAISERCRAFT layout to share with you today! and because it is still APRIL i used their brand new “all that glitters” collection, available at MERLY IMPRESSIONS’ online store

"SOMETHING SPECIAL"



for the background i used the GOLDEN FLOWERS foil paper. to give it more colour i used KAISERCOLOUR PAINT – pretty pink and the new KAISERMIST SPRAY INKSantique gold.

the white bubble edges i made with TEXTURE PASTE and TIM HOLTZ’ layering stencil – bubble. when the paste and the paint were dry i stamped butterflies using KAISERCRAFT butterflies clear stamp and KAISERCARFT mini ink pad – black.



to embellish the picture i used die cuts from the PAPER PAD and the COLLECTABLES pack matching the ALL THAT GLITTERS collection. i inked the edges of the die cuts with mini ink pad VINTAGE.


to collect all the glossy butterflies i used a pattern sheet from the PAPER PAD and the GOLDEN BUTTERFLIES foil paper to fussy cut some of them and i also picked a few die cuts from the COLLECTABLES pack. i shaped all butterflies with the embossing tool and adhered them to my projects using mounting foam tape and mounting foam dots.



the sticker sayings are from the 12″ sticker sheet. i used a golden pen to outline them.


i hope you enjoyed today's post!

 have a wonderful scrappy afternoon!

hugs 'n smiles,