Shabby Chic Holiday

Hello friends,

This will be my last post before Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your visits during 2014. I wish you all happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. Enjoy this very special and festive time with your family and loved ones.

I have another pink Christmas card I put together and want to share with you. Fortunately it is hand delivered and will still be in time. Once again I used the lovely inspirational picture at The Shabby Tea Room  to create this last-minute card. I love the soft pastel pink, aqua, silver and ivory and added  lots of glitter and silver mesh to bling it up for a shabby Christmas feel. I stamped and wet embossed the Christmas tree with silver , added some pearls, silver bling and roses and then layered the stamped image on a beautiful die cut from Wild Rose Studio. Two silver bells, aqua wax cord , a silver star and pink heart complete the card. The sentiment die cut is from Spellbinders.


WRS_ChristmasA close-up of the Christmas tree

WRS_Christmas1The Chritsmas bells

WRS_Christmas2The sentiment

WRS_Christmas3A peep at the inside

WRS_Christmas4Project details:

  • Ivory and aqua card-stock
  • Designer paper (Unknown)
  • Great Impressions (South Africa) rubber stamp (H906)
  • Wild Rose Studio Specialty die “Floral Frame” (SD004)
  • Spellbinders D-Lites die “Sentiments One” (S2-082)
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Silver bells
  • Pearls
  • Silver bling, mesh and star
  • Pink gem hearts
  • Paper roses
  • Aqua wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today and  I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Kind regards,


Waiting For Santa

Hello friends,

I am still busy with my Christmas cards and finalizing the last gifts. Time is running out now but I want to share another card with you. My inspiration for this card is from an inspirational picture at The Shabby Tea Room. I always have a soft spot for pink Christmas cards and creating with pink roses and lace are always a joy. I hand drawn the stockings and embellished them with lace, ribbon and bling for a festive feel. To finish off I attached the Christmas stockings to the rose wreath and add a chipboard sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the flowers


The sentiment


The Christmas stockings


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Shabby designer paper (Unknown)
  • Christmas stocking template
  • Chipboard sentiment
  • Joy Crafts Vintage Borders (6002/0162)
  • Lace
  • Paper roses in different sizes
  • Silver cord
  • Silver gemstones
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today and taking the time to look at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Kind regards,


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing …

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer day in South Africa. Today I am posting my last project for the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog as it is the closing challenge for this vintage/shabby blog. I joined the design team in November 2012 and what a wonderful creative journey it was. Thank you Cec and the wonderful design team ladies I worked with – I am going to miss you all. The theme for the last challenge is “No cards”  – the Design team would love to see gifts, home decor, altered items, etc. in the vintage or shabby chic style.

I made some Christmas ornaments with angel images for decorating my tree this year. For the baubles I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”  and added  flourishes to the top and bottom of each bauble. The bottom flourish is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Corner Flourish” and the top one from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities  “Lace Hearts” set. For embellishments I added paper roses, a crystal bead and lots of glitter.



I made a second one…

Christmas_Ornaments2A close-up of the images from Little Birdie Blessings and Wings of Whimsy

Christmas_Ornaments3  Christmas_Ornaments4

The flowers, tiny leaves, glitter and a crystal bead on one of the ornaments


Project details:

  • Gold card-stock
  • Vintage images from Wings of Whimsy  and Little Birdie Blessings
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites “Corner Flourish”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts”
  • Olba punch for tiny leaves
  • Paper rose
  • Crystal bead
  • Gold bead
  • Skwiglues “Gold”
  • Gold cord

Thank you for visiting today – I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



It’s Pink … For Christmas

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoying your day. Time for another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . The theme for the new challenge is vintage or shabby chic Christmas cards in non-traditional colors. Hope you will hop over and share your creation with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this fortnight.

I decided to make a pink shabby Christmas card with Christmas baubles, a few roses and lace. The Spellbinders Mix-n-Match Ornaments dies are one of my favorites to create with. I added lots of glitter to make it sparkle and a chipboard sentiment to complete the card.



 A close-up of the flowers


The Christmas baubles


The chipboard sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Upikit designer paper
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Mix-n-Match Ornaments”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” LR0271
  • Chipboard sentiment
  • Paper roses
  • Lace
  • Wax cord
  • Gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today, your visits and comments really makes my day. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from a warm and sunny South Africa,


Blue Birds and Red Berries

Hello friends,

I have the honor to be a guest designer for the My Artistic Adventures Challenge blog today. Heather asked me to play along with her Christmas/Thanksgiving challenge and also sponsored the lovely image used on my card. I enjoyed it so much to work with her beautiful collage sheets which is available in her Etsy store. Some more good news: Heather is also having a give away – a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for collage sheets she has for sale in her Etsy store. You can find all the details of the give away here.

When I browsed through the Christmas images in the My Artistic Adventures store these two lovely birds caught my eye immediately. I fell in love with the beautiful colors and old vintage look of the image.  To embellish the card I used a  Catalina wreath die cut and some pearl strings between the two layers of the tag, silk flowers, red berries, vintage ribbon and wax cord with two gold bells.  The inside of the card is also embellished with a smaller tag from the collage sheet.



The lovely tag


The flowers and bells


A close-up of the flowers and berries


A close up of the bells and sentiment


The Catalina wreath and pearl strings


A peep at the inside with a smaller tag


Project details:

  • Cream and light green card stockMAAGDNOV2014
  • FabScraps designer paper “Urban Chic Filigree (C31 001)
  • My Artistic Adventures Collage sheet “Victorian Christmas Blue Birds Music tags
  • Memory Box die “Catalina wreath” (no. 98189)
  • Gold pearl strings
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Turquoise”
  • Brown wax cord
  • Bells
  • Red berries
  • Silk flowers
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired by my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Pink Roses …

Hello friends,

Time today for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and the theme for this fortnight is “Recycling/Re-purposing” (re-use something or use something for a Prima_Packagingdifferent purpose than intended). 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. I always had lots of things in my craft room that I want to re-use and this challenge is the perfect opportunity.

My recycled item is a piece of card stock from a Prima flower package (picture on the left). The script on the card-stock creates a really pretty background for the KaiserCraft paper roses, a metal butterfly and some die-cuts. The lovely ribbon is from Ebony and Ivory and gives such an old world elegance to the card. Hope you like my take on the challenge. To accentuate the black script on the paper I added some black pearls, wax cord, flourishes and a Spellbinders die cut sentiment.



The roses and vintage ribbon


The butterfly and frame

Butterfly2 The sentiment, leaves and flourishes


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream, black and green card stock
  • FabScraps designer paper “Organic Tree” (C47 004)
  • Prima recycled packaging card stock
  • Memory Box die “Tiffany Frame” (No. 98401)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” (LR0271)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage”
  • Spellbinders Die D-Lites “Sentiments One” (S2-082)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilties Decorative Elements “Timeless Rectangle”
  • Ebony and Ivory ribbon “Pistachio”
  • Black wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Metal butterfly charm
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”
  • Memento ink “Grey Flannel”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for stopping by today and looking at my card, a comment will be so much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see your creation at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this fortnight.

Kind regards,



Your Special Day …

Hello everyone,

The days and weeks are running away with me and I could not believe it is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow! The theme for this challenge is “I can see clearly” and you therefore have to create a card or any paper crafting project using something like acetate  or clear packaging on your creation. Please remember your project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style.

I created my card  around a lovely piece of designer paper by Marion Smith Designs – I just love the basket of roses. I stamped a clock face and a sentiment on some clear packaging from a Spellbinders die with black StazOn “Tuxedo Black” ink. I assembled the clock face with mirror tape on the designer paper so that the lovely paper, image and leafy sprig border are still visible. The mirror tape is hidden with paper flowers glued strategically on the dots. I added some butterflies, gemstones and a bow to finish off.



 The basket with pretty roses


Butterflies and the sentiment


The clock face stamped on clear packaging to show off the leafy sprig border and designer paper


A close-up of the inside


Project details:

  • Cream , beige, green and blue cardstock
  • Marion Smith Designs “Mad Tea Party – Alice”
  • Plastic packaging material
  • Poppystamps die”Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Simply Irresistible stamps by Amanda (SiDesigns) “Clock”
  • Sentiment stamp (Country Crafts South Africa)
  • Paper flowers
  • StazOn ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Pink gemstones
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye”, “Peeled Paint”, “Victorian Velvet”
  • Skwiglues

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you like what you see – I appreciate your comments about my cards so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



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