Thursday, October 31

5th annual CHRISTMAS LOVE campaign

hello scrappy friends!

as many of you know the 5th CHRISTMAS LOVE campaign, organised by the very talented SUSAN K. WECKESSER, starts tomorrow! 

the FIFTH one! WOW! we are all so SUPER excited! 

you can find more information about the CHRISTMAS LOVE campaign - how it all started and what it is about HERE

'Simple Acts of Creative Kindness is an AWESOME TOOL!' 

 this is the 5th annual CHRISTMAS LOVE campaign

when: november 1,2013 - january 7,2014 

the mission: create something (anything crafty),cards, sewing, editable art, beads, you name it, and then give it to someone. ANYONE....even a TOTAL STRANGER! 

instructions on HOW to enter: TAKE a picture of what you have created. GO over to the CHRISTMAS LOVE CAMPAIGN Facebook page. upload your picture. SHARE your christmas love story. invite a friend to join in and grab a CHRISTMAS LOVE campaign blinkie. your name will then be entered into win one of several random draws that will be happening during the duration of the christmas love campaign.

if you have problems and questions, please email 

there will be themed contests & dates announced every week, so be sure to always check. you can find out more information at 

  we have a lot of fun things planned including HAND MADE christmas event where susan k. weckesser inc. has partnered up with some amazing companies in order to show you some amazing and quick CHRISTMAS gifts, cards, and other things that you can make and give to someone to #CRAFTUPLOVE.

we also have some amazing designers invited to come, visit and be a part of our designer talk which is always a lot of fun! 

and we will be having a lot of contest and prize give always! 

once again we have some AMAZING sponsors that are helping to make this event AWESOME!!! you can see all of the sponsors HERE

grab a blinkie and join us! 

 SO, let’s see how many people that we can make smile this year and how many people can we make have a better and brighter day? 

let pick up are glitter, ink, glue, paper, flowers, yarn and anything else and create someone a smile! 

please follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and use the hashtags: #craftuplove & #christmaslovecampaign . 

thank you for all your support and here’s to another fantastic year of showing the world that we care!

hugs 'n smiles,

Tuesday, October 29

HEARTFELT CREATIONS alumni designers OCTOBER blog hop


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

here is a little bit of inspiration from me - a sparkly blue christmas card:

i hope you enjoyed my creation today! 

if you followed the right order you landed on my blog from cibele glazer's blog and your next stop is linda payne's blog.

in case you got lost, here is the complete list of the participants in this blog hop: 
selma stevenson
vicki dutcher
candy slabaugh
alissa wells
cibele glazer
emilia van den heuvel --> ME
linda payne
sarah miller
natalyia simpson
lisa allen

this hop starts today, october 28th and closes friday, november 1st 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, november 2nd.

hugs 'n smiles,

a joyful heart {merly impressions + kaisercraft}

hello scrappy friends!

today, i would like to share one more layout i created with the amazing KAISERCRAFT "curiosity" collection


to create my background i layered the peculiar double sided paper with its light side up onto the unique pattern paper. i distressed the edges of the upper layer and altered it with KAISERCOLOR red acrylic paint and modeling paste using a TIM HOLTZ rays layering stencil and a PRIMA marketing doily mask.

to embellish my page i used the COLLECTABLES pack from the same collection...

... paper roses and stamped images.

for my banner i used paper strips from the PECULIAR pattern paper, different images from the COLLECTABLES pack and paper flowers.

for my subtitle i used stamped strips of paper. i used the clear stamps from the curiosity collection.

my title was inspired from a saying on one of the ATC cards from the UNUSUAL pattern paper.

here is a list with all the products i used on my layout:

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, October 25

home is... {merly impressions}

hello scrappy friends!

as many of you know, there is a monthly challenge going on at MERLY IMPRESSIONS. this month's theme is "HOME - what is mean to me" and here is my interpretation - 

"HOME IS..."

i decided to do a double-pager for this challenge, because i could never explain what HOME means to me in one page.

to create my layout i used the "CURIOSITY" collection from KAISERCRAFT. 

for the first page i used KAISERCRAFT vanilla weave cardstock and different pattern papers from the CURIOSITY collection

the large background doily i made with WE R MEMORY KEEPERS lucky 8 punch, eccentric pattern paper and licorice weave cardstock. i spattered some red glimmer mist and added red rhinestones to give an artsy effect to my background.

for the banner i used stickers from the curiosity collection sticker sheet and the die cut key is from the COLLECTABLES pack from the same paper line.

the letters for my title i made from cardstock, using MAKING MEMORIES' foam stamps alphabet and KAISERCOLOUR paint - red. after the paint has dried, i fussy cut the letters and adhered them to my page with mounting foam type

the words for my jouranlling i fussy cut from the pattern paper. 

to embellish my layout i used fussy cut elements from pattern papers, die cut flourishes, paper roses and cardstock images from the COLLECTABLES pack.

the chipboard key is altered with black embossing powder. 

i decided to design the second page in PROJECT LIFE style. and the CURIOSITY collection has the perfect designs for it. i used the KAISERCRAFT d ring multi pocket pages for my layout. 

to create my 4 x 6" and 3 x 4" cards i used the RARE and the UNUSUAL pattern papers.

i inked the edges, decorated then with pretty pictures and wrote my own journalling on my tailor-made cards.

the collection is so easy to work with - you can mix and match pictures, papers and embellishments in any way you like! 

here is a list with the KAISERCRAFT products i used on this layout:

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

and don't forget - you have until november 12th to join the MERLY IMPRESSIONS october "home - what is means to me" challenge!

hugs 'n smiles,