Loving Easter Thoughts

Hello blog friends,

Glad to be back today to show my card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This challenge is all about Easter and the design team will love to see what you come up with this fortnight. Your project can be a card or other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. We are also lucky to have a very talented guest designer Nicola joining us this time. To see more of here stunning work visit her blog Paper Profusion.

For my card I used a vintage image from Bumble Button, one of my favorite blogs for antique and vintage graphics. I printed a few images and fussy cut the flowers and bird nest to do the layering and compilation with the Poppystamps grand gothic window.  To my surprise the little Forget-me-nots from Petaloo just fits perfectly with the printed flowers for added dimension. The chipboard doves were painted with Tim Holtz crackled paint and a bit of glitter glue added a lovely touch to their wings. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps.



A close-up of the doves


The flowers and bird nest


The window and sentiment


A close-up of the sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Princess”
  • Dovecraft designer paper “Garden Party”
  • Poppystamps “Grand Gothic Window” and “Grand Gothic Luminary” dies (Style no. 845 and 856)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Detailed Scallops”
  • Vintage image from Bumble Button
  • JustRite stamps “Heart to Heart” set
  • Chipboard doves
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz Crackle Paint “Picket fence”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tea Dye”
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden Collection “Forget me nots Antique Rose”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for sharing your time with me – your comments make me so happy. Remember to visit Sugar Creek Hollow to see the lovely Easter creations the other Design Team ladies did for our new challenge. Hope to see your card this fortnight. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa where autumn with its own beauty  is slowly introducing us to our winter season.


Butterfly Garden

Hello blog friends,

Today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme for our two weekly challenge is “Make your own background” We would love to see backgrounds you have made with stencils, masks, stamping, sprays, a Gelli plate, etc. Molossi is our generous sponsor and you can see a picture of the lovely prize for this challenge  on the Sugar Creek Hollow blog post. Molossi2Your project can be a card or any other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc.  but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. Projects which are not vintage or shabby chic will not be eligible to win the prize.

The beautiful Darkroom door collage stamp, lace flower and chipboard embellishment on my card are kindly sent to me by Molossi  to complete this card. For my background I used two shades of glimmer mists (Antique Rose from Cosmic Shimmer and Cherry Candy from Dazzles) and platinum embossing powder. I sprayed the two shades randomly on the cardstock and when dry, added some spots of ultrathick platinum embossing powder. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo black ink directly on the glimmer mist background. Several more images were stamped and fussy cut to add for dimension to the card. The die cut corner was done with the Spellbinders Shapeablities die “Fancy Lattice”. The chipboard embellishment was painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint. The lovely lace flower from Molossi was attached with two die cut leaves and black wax cord. Hope to see your card or project at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge.



A close-up of the background and stamp from Darkroom Door “Butterfly Garden”


The lace flower and chipboard embellishment


The butterflies


A peep at the inside also decorated with a butterfly and a fancy trellis die cut


Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Darkroom Door Collage rubber stamp “Butterfly Garden” (DDCS002)
  • Spellbinders Shapeablities “Foliage”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Patterns “Fancy Lattice”
  • Glimmer mists “Antique Rose” (Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist) and “Cherry Candy” (Dazzles)
  • Memento Fade-resistant dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Ultrathick platinum embossing powder
  • Lace flower from Molossi
  • Chipboard embellishment from Molossi
  • Black wax cord
  • Gem stones
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Spun Sugar”
  • Tim Holtz Crackle paint “Picket Fence”

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



From The Heart

Hello blog friends,

Today I am posting my guest designer card for the new challenge at Twisted Tuesdays. I won a challenge at Twisted Tuesdays a few weeks ago and was invited by Melina to do a card for the challenge  “Don’t Go Near the Edge!”  It’s all in the name already but to explain further : other than your base paper/card stock, don’t let anything else on  your project get very close to the outside edges. So that means no  ribbon going all the way to the edge or border strips, photos or images, etc. Keep everything clustered in the middle. And then the twist : Use dictionary, old book or script paper on your creation. You must include the challenge and the twist in your creation.

I really have fun to create this card because usually I go over the edge of the card with my lace , flowers or  sentiment. I first cut a square from old book paper as guide to cluster the image and embellishments in the middle. The chipboard image is from Faye Whittaker and it fits perfectly in a little resin frame. I added a Prima flower and die cut leaves and flourishes. The sentiment and banner die cut is from Marianne Design Collectables. Thank you Melina for the opportunity to join the talented Twisted Tuesday Design Team for this challenge.



The Faye Whittaker vintage card topper in the resin frame from Jani Projects


The sentiment stamped and die cut with a Marianne Design Collectables set


The Prima flower, fancy pin and flourishes


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and green cardstock
  • Script paper
  • Faye Whittaker vintage card topper “All Our Yesterdays”
  • Marianne Design Collectables  – sentiment stamp and die (COL1324)
  • Marianne Design Creatables Flourishes die (LR0271)
  • Spellbinders Shapeablilities “Foliage”
  • Prima flowers “Trellis roses” (Item #533137)
  • Fancy pin
  • Pearls
  • Resin frame
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Peeled Paint” and “Pumice Stone”
  • Skwiglues  “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today. Have a lovely week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Count The Sunny Hours

Hello everyone,

We had lots of rain in our country the past two weeks with very little sunshine. To see everything turn into all shades of green is such a blessing in our part of the world. However my card today is about Spring, sunshine and flowers. I have the privilege to be guest designer for My Sheri  Crafts new challenge “Celebrate Spring”.  I am sure most of us love springtime and the lovely flowers typical of this season, so come and join the challenge at My Sheri Crafts. You may use any supplies as long as it fits the theme.

I created a garden scene with some Graphic45 designer papers and a garden bench die cut from Marianne Design Creatables. The paper daisies are a new addition to my already huge collection of flowers. The lace stamp is from Stampendous and a favorite to add a vintage touch to my cards. Hope you like my take on the challenge. A big thank you to Sheri for the invitation to join the talented My Sheri Crafts design team as guest designer.



The garden bench cut from Tim Holtz distress paper and distressed with sanding paper.


A close-up of the chipboard sentiment and daisy.


The vintage scrap, pearls, daisies and rose buds.


The inside embellished with a leafy flourish.


Project details:

  • White and brown cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “Secret Garden Collection April Showers” (#4500659)
  • Graphic45 image from “Secret Garden Collection Springtime” (#4500650)
  • Graphis45 sentiment “Secret Garden Collection Chipboard 2″
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies “Garden bench”(LR0258) and “Leafy Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Stampendous clear stamp “Elegant borders” (SSC1122)
  • Pearls
  • Hug snug seam binding “Iced lime”
  • Brown wax cord
  • Paper daisies and rose buds
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for taking the time to visit and looking at my card. I really enjoy reading your comments and appreciate each one so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting




Hello blog friends,

 I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw on my calendar that today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.The days passed so quickly, sometimes I just wish I can slow down the time a little bit. baby-nursery-decorating-ideas-22The challenge for the coming two weeks is to use the inspiration picture to create your project. You can either use the colours or the theme of the picture. The only limitation is that your project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style or a combination of both.

For my card I choose to work with the colors in the inspiration photo. The image of the girl and her dog is from TuckDB Postcards and the flowers on her hat capture some of the colours in the photo. I framed the image in a green oval die cut and used some flowers from the Petaloo Botanica collection. The banner is a die cut from Joanna Sheen Signature range and the sentiment from Prima “Delight” chipboard pieces. I am always struggling with inspiration pictures so I hope I really captured some elements of the photo in my card. Hope you can join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow, we would love to see your creation using the photo as inspiration



The image from TuckDB Postcards


A close-up of the bunting. Love the little hearts!


The chipboard sentiment and flowers from Petaloo


A peep at the inside embellished with lace and a little heart.


Project details:

  • White, pink and green cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea-Thyme”
  • TuckDB Postcards image
  • Prima chipboard sentiment “Delight”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements “Floral Ovals”
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” (SD064)
  • Petaloo Botanica Collection” Faux dried minis”
  • Lace
  • Button
  • Blue wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Hearts
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


You’re “Sew” Special

Hello blog friends,

The 1st of March is the first day of autumn for us in South Africa and I can surely feel the change in weather since Wednesday. I just love the cool early mornings and evenings of this season. Today is also the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The challenge is to create a vintage or shabby style project that depicts sewing and/or fashion. You have two weeks for this challenge and the design team would love to see your creations. Zoe Sanderson is our guest designer for this challenge and you can see more of her lovely creations here

Vintage fashion is so beautiful and I enjoyed working through my images to select one for this card. My choice was an image of two lovely ladies from Janet K. Design - isn’t their hats just beautiful? I must admit  I am glad I don’t have to wear them! I stamped a mannequin image, cut it out and dressed it up with pearls, ribbon, a charm and vintage lace. I added the little cherub because he looks so pleased with the ladies admiring the mannequin’s  outfit. The sentiment is from a free stamp set I received with a magazine and the pretty roses are from Prima. Machine stitching and some glitter completed the card. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



Vintage image from Janet K. Design


The close-up of the cherub


The mannequin dressed up in vintage lace and pearls


The sentiment and roses


A peep at the inside decorated with cotton cards to match the sewing theme


Project details:

  • White and green cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Divine”
  • Vintage image from Janet K. Design
  • Chriswick clear stamp “A La Mode”
  • Sentiment stamp from Sew Pretty (Gift from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements “Radiant Rectangles”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Brass scissors charm
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Prima Cottage Blossoms “Pink Quartz”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting. I appreciate it so much and love to read your comments.

Regards from South Africa,


Up in the Sky …

Hello everyone,

I am here today with my designer card for the new fortnightly challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow with the theme “Dreaming of the Beach”.  For this challenge we want you to think of the seaside or the beach when you create your vintage or shabby chic card or other paper-crafted project. This week Marie Svensson is our guest designer and you can see more of her lovely vintage creations on her blog Primia.

As we are in the midst of summer in South Africa the beach is definitely the place to be during our hot summer days. I used a stamp from Joanna Sheen “Kite” from the Faye Whittaker All Our Yesterdays range. As this is a large stamp and I want the card to be masculine I kept the layout and design very simple. The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils. The layering was done with designer papers and a piece of frayed burlap. A few buttons from my old buttons tin completed the card.



A close-up of the image


The buttons and bows


The sentiment stamped with white embossing powder


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and dark brown cardstock
  • Designer paper from “K and Company” and “Scrapsheets”
  • Joanna Sheen stamp (Faye Whittaker All Our Yesterdays range) “Kite FW905″
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday Letter Seals” (10205)
  • Burlap
  • Buttons
  • Wax cord
  • Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils
  • Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir markers
  • White embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Stickles “Platinum”

Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments. Enjoy your day and happy crafting till next time.

Regards from South Africa,


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