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,

Tuesday, August 26

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers AUGUST blog hop


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

i decided to go purple this months and here is what i've prepared for you:

i stamped the HCPC 3323 large elegant word background with versamark ink on green cardstock and heat emboss the set using SNS gold detail embossing powder [EP168]. after the embossing powder has cooled down, i ruffled the edges of the cardstock using TIM HOLTZ distressing tool and adhered it to the card base with mounting foam tape.

to create the oval layers for my card i used SPELLBINDERS floral ovals die and nestabilities ovals small die. i heat embossed the inner part of the second layer using HCPC 3323 large elegant word background stamp and SNS gold detail embossing powder [EP168]

for the sentiment banner i used HCPC3321 believe precut set with golden embossing powder.

to create the cardinal bird i used one of HEARTFELT CREATIONS vintage precut stamp set - HCPC3353 cardinla family. i stamped the image on creme coloured cardstock using RANGER brown archival ink and coloured it with PANPASTELS.

i created the branch, using HCPC3490 holiday mail precut set. i stamped the image on green cardstock and fussy cut the small details.

to create my card i used the following HC products:

i hope you enjoyed today's project!

from here you go to selma stevenson's blog.

in case you got lost, here is the complete list of the participants in this blog hop:
emilia van den heuvel --> ME
selma stevenson
amarilys doria
alissa wells
giovana smith
candy slabaugh
kerry urbatch
sarah miller
glenda brooks
lisa nazario-gregory
mary faus
vicki dutcher
debbie seyer
lisa allen

this hop starts today, august 26th and closes friday, august 29th 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 30th, 2014.

have fun hopping!

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, August 15


hello crafty friends!


the joint blog hop with DIE-VERSIONS and SPARKE N SPRINKLE begins today, august 15th {7am EST} and goes until august 17th {5pm EST}, so there will be plenty of time to check out all the great projects created by both teams.

the theme is CHRISTMAS, so you'll get lots of great inspiration for your upcoming HOLIDAY SEASON!!!

DIE-VERSIONS manufactures low profile dies made right here in the UNITED STATES and SPARKE N SPRINKLE manufactures rubber stamps, glitters, embossing powders, and flocking, also made in the US. this is like a match made in heaven - low profile dies combined with lots of bling!
doesn't get much better than that!

one winner will receive a GRAND PRIZE consisting of a $50 gift certificate from DIE-VERSIONS and a $50 gift certificate from SPARKE N SPRINKLE, for a total of $100. the WINNER will be announced on august 17th on both the DV blog and the SNS blog as well as their FACEBOOK pages.

 in order to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE, please:
* leave a comment on each designer's blog
* follow both companies on FACEBOOK {DV facebook page; SNS facebook page) if you haven't already ,so you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on. {I'm sure that all of the designers would love for you to Follow them too, but that isn't a requirement to win this prize.}

if you followed the right path, you should have arrived here from MAYRA's blog and you next stop is STEFF's blog.

if not, then you should begin at the DIE-VERSIONS blog and end at the SPARKLE N SPRINKLE blog. if you get lost along the way, you can go to either the DV blog or the SNS blog to see the complete list of participants.

we'd love it if you'd like to leave a comment at either the DV blog or the SNS blog telling us which projects were your favorites. :-)

here is what i've prepared for you today -

to create my card i used pattern paper, SPARKLE N SPRINKLE winter essentials collection embossing powders, silver dreams glitter [G1002], cloud nine velvet glitter [GM2000], SNS pine forest stamp and DIE-VERSIONS whispers delicate snowflake die, whispers SANTA's reindeers die and sweet wordlets season's greetings die.

and here are some close ups of my project:

i stamped the pine trees with  SNS pine forest stamp and versamark ink two times on pattern paper. then i heat embossed the sets using EP406 frosted juniper from the SNS winter essentials collection embossing powders. after the embossing powder has cooled down, i fussy cut some of the pine trees from the second image to create the 3d effect on my card.

for the large snowflake i used white cardstock, which i covered with 2 1/2"double sided tear-ific tape, and DIE-VERSIONS whispers delicate snowflake die. after i die cut the snowflake, i peeled off the protective layer and sprinkled SNS cloud nine velvet glitter [GM2000] on top of it. then i divided the glittery die cut in two parts and adhered it on my card.

for the SANTA sleigh embellishment i used reddish pattern paper and DIE-VERSIONS whispers SANTA's reindeers die. to create the vintage effect, i rubbed my die cut with VERSAMARK ink and heat embossed it with EP409 winter white from the winter essentials collection embossing powders.

for my sentiment i fussy cut the banners and then i used DIE-VERSIONS sweet wordlets season's greetings die and SNS cloud nine velvet glitter [GM2000] for the words.

we hope you enjoy this blog hop and it gives you lots of inspiration!
don't forget to leave each of us a comment and follow both DIE-VERSIONS and SPARKE N SPRINKLE on facebook!

have fun hopping!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, August 12

WARNING! GYMNAST! {merly impressions & kaisercraft}

hello crafty peeps!

i have another fun KAISERCRAFT project to share with you today, i made using a mix of two of KAISERCRAFT’s best collections – GAME ON and LAVENDAR HAZE. i chose this colour combination {black – lavender – aqua – white}, because i think it is perfect for the picture of my sweet goddaughter EMMA. 

 to create my background i used KAISERCARD coconut weave cardstock. i added a layer of lavender colour dotted pattern using KAISERCRAFT bubble wrap background clear stamp. then i added the edge pattern, using the KC lattice background stamp and film edges clear stamp, and the dimensional layer using modelling paste and THE CRAFTER'S WORKSHOP  "mini tile texture" masking template.

to finish off the design of my background i splattered DYLUSIONS ink sprays on the cardstock and added a purple edge with RANGER liquid pearls lavender lace

 i created the various paper strips and embellishments using different pattern papers – from the GAME ON collection: PERFORM, ATTITUDE; and from the LAVENDAR HAZE collection: AMETHYST, PUCE GLOSS PAPER and die cuts from the matching Collectables packages – GAME ON, equipment and LAVENDAR HAZE

for my title i used an aqua sentiment block from the PERFORM pattern paper.

after i arranged my embellishments, i doodled the arrows using TIM HOLTZ' layering stencil arrows and a black artistic pen. 

 i’ve added a hidden journalling tag on my page. i cut out the label from KAISERCARD coconut weave cardstock. for the purple lacey pattern i used the corner stamp from the KAISERCRAFT storyteller clear stamp set and for the sentiment – two of the phrases from the blubelle stamp set.

 and of course there can be no layout without rhinestones – black and lace. the pretty coloured baker twine is from WE R MEMORY KEEPERS – sew easy line. i used twine spool black and twine spool purple. 

here is a list with some of the products i used on this project:

i hope you enjoyed today’s post!

make sure to check MERLY IMPRESSIONS' blog for more inspirational projects!

hugs 'n smiles,