Ring of Roses

Hello friends,

Today I share my final project as the July month-long guest designer at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for this week is “Ring around the Rosie” and TSTR #229Debbie and the design team asked that you create a round card or project inspired by the picture and include green/pink, a flourish/bling and flowers.  I altered an old round tin to keep all my pencils neat and at hand on my craft table. I covered the tin with green polka dot paper and use die cuts for the leaves, flourishes and trellis. I glued  the paper roses and die cut leaves on a cardboard circle and bend it to fit the round tin. I added a resin angel in the middle of the flower wreath. The edges of the tin were embellished with strings of rhinestones.

The Shabby Tea Room design team will love to see your project this week and I am sure with such a beautiful inspiration photo it won’t be difficult to come up with lovely shabby creations.



A close-up of the flower wreath


The angel, trellis and flourish


At the back of the tin I added another flourish and a leaf border at the top


Project details:

  • White , green and polka dot cardstock
  • Poppystamps die “Garden Trellis” no. 958
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” no. 1002
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Leaves” LR0117
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” LR0271
  • Paper roses and flowers
  • Resin angel
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Stick-on rhinestone strings
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and I appreciate a comment so much. Hope you will join in with the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room this week. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Shabby Flowers and Hearts

Hello blog friends,

Today I share my guest designer card for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room Week #228 with the theme “Sweet Shabby Flowers”. You can create a card or TSTR #228project inspired by the lovely photo and include lace and flowers. I decided to use a little basket filled with hearts as focal point for my card. The die cut was assembled on a tag and attached to a bouquet of tulips and rosebuds, tied together with shabby ribbon. A lace border, lattice die cut and tiny butterflies complete my shabby card. Hope you like the card. The  Shabby Tea Room design team would love to see your sweet shabby card this week – come and join in the fun.



 The basket filled with sweet little pink hearts


The flowers and sentiment


 The little butterflies on a lattice border


A peep at the inside with more butterflies


Project details:

  • White and blue cardstock
  • Designer paper from Iralamija
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Sizzix die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Paper tulips and rosebuds
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue” and “Pink Tulip”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Stormy Sky”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and see you again next week for another lovely challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.

Kind regards from South Africa,


A Vintage Journey

Hello blog friends,

There is a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today and just perfect for the holiday time. The theme is “On the Road’ and you can submit any vintage or shabby chic travel themed card or other paper craft project. Please make sure any focal image you use is vintage. The Sugar Creek Hollow design team created beautiful cards for inspiration  and we would love to see your creations this fortnight.

I never visited France but that is for sure on my bucket list. To keep my dream alive I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower with two ephemera cards of Paris as background. I added two chipboard swallows because these lovely little birds travel each year, long distances  to countries far away – they are for me world travellers in their own way! The designer paper is from Graphic45. As it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere I used a green leaf border at the top of the card for more color. The sentiment is framed in a gold bottle cap. The flowers are from KaiserCraft.



The Eiffel Tower silhouette, flowers and a swallow


The ephemera cards, swallows and lace flowers


 The sentiment framed in a bottle cap


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “French Country Collection”
  • Poppy Stamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp (Country Crafts)
  • Silhouette Eiffel Tower clip art image
  • Ephemera cards from The Graphics Fairy and The Cottage Market
  • Chipboard swallows
  • KaiserCraft paper blooms “Coconut” and “Honey”
  • Bottle cap
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Nu Red”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Vintage Photo”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you for visiting today, I always enjoy reading your comments about my cards. Thank you for taking the time, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting

Regards from South Africa,


Summer Fun

Hello friends,

To brighten up a blue Monday, and a cold one in our country, there is a new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. Just look at the beautiful inspiration picture and you TSTR #227will see it is all about summer. The theme is “Fun in the Sun” and the challenge is to create a card/project inspired by the photo with a summer theme, at least three colors from the photo and one or more of these items – vellum, polka dots and/or ribbon. For us in the Southern Hemisphere it is shivering time but soon winter will be over and we can enjoy some watermelon and ice cream again.

For my guest designer card at The Shabby Tea Room I used a Cottage Cutz die “Parfait with strawberries” as focal point. I coloured the cherries, spoon and parfait with my Spectrum Noir pencils and added some glitter to the topping for a yummy look. The background paper is from October Afternoon and was  for a long time hiding in my stash. Some bright coloured buttons in different shapes, sequins and flowers are added as embellishments. I also managed to incorporate all three items, vellum, polka dots and ribbon onto my card. This was for sure a challenge for me as bright colours are a bit difficult for me to work with but I hope you like my take on the challenge.



 A close-up of the parfait


The flowers


Bright buttons to add a summer feeling to the card


The sentiment stamped on vellum


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White, red and yellow cardstock
  • Designer paper from October Afternoon “Snickerdoodles”
  • Designer paper from Prime “Divine”
  • Cottage Cutz die “Parfait with Strawberries” (Scrapping Cottage)
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from set “Hedgie Friends”
  • Lace
  • Apple green sequins
  • Paper flowers
  • Fancy buttons
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick Red”
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pens for colouring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful and creative week.

Regards from South Africa,



Polka Dot Love

Hello blog friends,

Mondays are not my usual days to publish a blog post, but today is very special as I have the privilege to be the July special month-long guest designer for The Shabby TSTR #226Tea Room. Oh my,  never thought in my wildest dreams that I will have this opportunity to be part of this beautiful challenge blog. Thanks Debbie for your invitation to join the team this month. The theme for this week’s Shabby Tea Room challenge is “Polka Dot Love” and the challenge is to create a card or project inspired by the lovely photo and to include flowers and dots.

I decided to create a shabby card for a young girl with a free whimsical “Rain Boots” digital stamp from Broken Box Stock. After embellishing the boots with pearls and pink blossoms it reminds me of shoes little fairies would wear. After turning my craft room upside down to find a matching sentiment stamp I finally decided on this little treasure “Fairy Sweet” to match the boots. I added some die cut hearts in various sizes, fishtail banners , sweet blossoms, butterflies and a few sequins for bling. I had so much fun making this card and hope you will also join in at this week’s challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.



A close-up of the “fairy” boots


The sentiment and sequins


The flowers, banners and bow … and a tiny butterfly


A peep at the inside with more hearts and sequins


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper “Prima Divine paper pack” and Iralamija
  • Broken Box Stock digital image “Rain Boots”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp “Fairy Sweet stamp set”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Hearts”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts”
  • Upikit Butterly punch
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Sequins
  • Paper rose and blossoms
  • Wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip” and “Turquoise”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet”
  • Lyra -Rembrandt Aquarelle water-color pencils
  • Skwiglues

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a happy Monday and wonderful week.

Regards from South Africa,


It’s The Tiny Blessings …

Hello friends,

Today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is “How charming” and we would like to see some kind of metal embellishment on your creations. This can be metal charms or any other metal elements such as corners, frames etc. Your 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.

I  used three metal embellishments on my card to accentuate the bird and the lovely sentiment from JustRite stamps. The background papers are from an old Glitz paper pack and the flowers from various Prima ranges and  Kort and Godt. Hope you like my take on the challenge. I would love to see what you come up with.



The crowned bird


The corner embellishments


The sentiment


The flowers, metal trinket and flourish


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Glitz designer paper “French Kiss”
  •  JustRite sentiment stamp set “Song in my Heart”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Moroccan Accents”
  • Poppystamps die “Peaceful Bird” No. 929
  • Memory Box die “Forest Bird” No. 98340
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “Flourish” LR0271
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Metal trinkets
  • Prima flowers “Bellas” ; “Coventry Rose Romantique” ; “Princess Whimsical”
  • Kort and Godt flowers
  • Stamens
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Yellow Roses

Hello everyone,

So good to be back to show you my card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme for this fortnight is “Floral” and Doodle Pantry is sponsoring this challenge. The prize for one random winner is a $10 gift certificate to the Doodle Pantry store (can’t be combined with any other promo code). Grab those crafting stuff and enter, you can be the winner of this gift voucher! Please remember your project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style to be eligible to win the prize.

I chose the “Mini Roses” digital set from Doodle Pantry for my card. The image is coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils and then fussy cut. The background is wood grain designer paper from KaiserCraft and a trellis die from Marianne Design Craftables. The printed sentiment is also from the Mini roses digital set  and die cut on a little sign board from Marianne Design Creatables. I added some lace, pearls, ribbon and roses to finish off.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the yellow roses


 The bow and flower


The sentiment and some pearls


A peep at the inside embellished with lace, a bow and tiny pearls


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • KaiserCraft designer shabby chic paper “Base Coat Collection”
  • Doodle Pantry digital stamp “Mini Roses” and sentiment
  • Marianne Design Craftables CR1262
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR 0191
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold”
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils
  • Roses
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. I appreciate your visits so much. Hope you can join us at Sugar Creek Hollow for our “Floral” challenge. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



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