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.



Celebrate in Style

Hello blog friends,

A card to share for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  The theme for our two weekly challenge this time is “One, Two, Three” which means your card or project must include one vintage image, two patterned papers and three embellishments.  Your project can either 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. This recipe was so easy to follow I created this card in such a short time.

For my card I used two designer papers from the Prima paper pack “Annalee” and a vintage image from Tuck DB - the colors just match perfectly. My three kinds of embellishments are lace, ribbon and flowers. I created the sentiment on my computer and hand cut the fishtail banners. For a little more depth on the card, I used a Kaisercraft “Postmarks” stamp on the background. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



The stylish lady – the dress and hat are so stunning!


Vintage ribbon, roses, lace and some glitter for a shabby, vintage look …


The sentiment and fishtail banners


 A close-up of the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Annalee”
  • Tuck DB vintage image
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp “Postmarks”
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Romantic Rectangles”
  • Lace
  • Paper roses
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Memento ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen” and “Worn Lipstick”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I am so glad you took the time to look at my card. A comment will be much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and the design team would love to see your card at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge.




Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing a card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is “Hiding and Go Seek” which means there must be a hidden element on your project. 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. Hope you can join us this fortnight. Kerstin and Nina are our two guest designers for this challenge and you can also see their beautiful cards on the Sugar Creek Hollow blog.

For my card I used a Graphic45 vintage image from the Secret Garden collection – one of my favorite designer paper packs. To make the design a bit more interesting I cut the front 3 cm smaller than the back of the card to reveal the designer paper on the inside. I added a Spellbinders D-Lites “Flourish Trim” die cut to the edge as a finishing touch. The image was raised with adhesive foam squares to hide the two sentiment tags. As I am a detail junkie I added some little birdies, paper daisies, lace and pearls to ensure the recipient of this card have lots of things to look at!



A close-up of the Graphic45 vintage image


The daisies and lace


Little birdies


Two hidden tags



A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “Secret Garden Collection “Pretty Primrose”
  • Graphic45 vintage image Secret Garden Collection “Springtime”
  • Graphic45 Secret Garden Collection “Chipboard 2″
  • Raspberry Road designer paper “Victorian Bliss”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites die “Flourish Trim”
  • Memory Box die “Resting Birds” No. 98527
  • Die’sire die ‘Scalloped Tags”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Anna Griffen Foundry”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp “Lace Delight”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Heart embellishment
  • Paper daisies
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank for visiting today, I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful day and I hope you will join us at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this fortnight. Keep safe and happy crafting.



Today, Tomorrow and Always

Hello blog friends,

September is the start of spring time in South Africa and  we got warm weather since last week. Looking at the high temperatures already, it is going to be a warm summer for us. Today is also the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . The theme for this fortnight is Word play and the challenge is to use a sentiment on your shabby chic or vintage style card. We are honored  that two guest designers are  joining us at our Sugar Creek Hollow Word Play challenge – they are  Karien and Maya. Just click on their names to visit their blogs and see more of their lovely creations.

I received a Prima “Stationer’s Desk” paper pad and decided to build the colors of my card around these gorgeous designer paper. I used the Spellbinders Shapeablities die “Retro Mod Clocks” with a JustRite sentiment and frame stamp “Elegant Frames” as focus point. The sentiment is stamped directly on the designer paper with white embossing powder. The wine red roses is white washed with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint and dusted with crystal glitter. I added a chipboard flourish, some negative die cuts from a Marianne brick wall die, pearls and green leafy sprigs to complete the card.



The clock with some bling


Roses and bows


The elegant frame and sentiment


A close-up of the flourish, bird and leafy sprigs and roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White, green and wine red cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant frames”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Retro Mod Clocks”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Marianne Design Folders Extra DF3403
  • Memory Box die “Gold Finch” No. 98756
  • Prima Flowers “Stationer’s Desk” Item #57542
  • White embossing powder
  • Chipboard bird embellishment
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Oval gemstone
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,




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