Sweetest Little House …

Hello friends,

Not a card from me today but a cute little 3D house treat box. It was great fun making something different for a change. My project was designed for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room starting today. The challenge theme is “Swirls and Twirls” and using the inspiration photo on The Shabby Tea Room blog. This challenge is sponsored by The Cutting Cafe and you could be the lucky winner of a  credit to the store!

As Halloween is not a well-known event in South Africa I decided to use the colors of the inspiration photo to create my treat box. The 3D House Box set is kindly sponsored by The Cutting Cafe. It took time to assemble all the pieces and to decorate, but the when finished it is the sweetest little house! To enjoy whats inside the treat box you just lift the roof on the chimney’s side to see all the delicious toffees, chocolates and candy.

Entering the following challenges:


The back of the house decorated with a heart-shaped button


The sentiment hanging from the chimney


Flowers on the roof


The front  with roses, a heart-shaped button on the front door and lace


View from a different angle


A peep inside, filled with yummy treats


Project details:

  • White card stock for base
  • Black card stock for embellishments
  • Designer paper “My Mind”s Eye”, “Authentique” and “Graphic45”
  • The Cutting Cafe 3D House set template
  • Roses and blossoms
  • Martha Stewart punch “Arch Lattice”
  • Heart-shaped buttons
  • Lace
  • Wax cord

Thanks for your visit! The Shabby Tea Room blog is full of inspiration for this challenge, so be sure to treat yourself with a visit there. I’d love to see what you create!

 Kind regards,

Picture It!

Hello friends,

It’s time for another fun challenge at The Shabby Tea Room, unbelievable how the days go by. We are enjoying springtime in our country and our garden is spoiling us with lots of beautiful flowers. The past weekend we had our first rain to wash away the winter dust – everything looks so bright and beautiful. I am also glad to be back in blog land again after a short holiday. But back to the challenge – the theme for this challenge is “Picture It” with a lovely photo to inspire you to create a card or project. Our sponsor is Digital Paper by Janet and there is a lovely prize to win. The images on my card is from two digital sheets “Beautiful life” and “Photographer Girl” and kindly sponsored by Digital Paper by Janet.



A close up of the images


The bow and blossom


A little heart


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White card stock
  • Prima designer paper “Annalee”
  • Digital Paper by Janet images “Beautiful Life” and ‘Photographer Girl”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “”Fancy Lattice”
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Frame, Fancy” (657902)
  • Paper blossoms
  • Gemstones
  • Hug Snug seam binding
  • Wax cord

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your comments so much. Hope you can join us at The Shabby Tea Room challenge this fortnight. Have a wonderful week with lots of crafting.



Tiny Blessings

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room! This fortnight our theme is called ABC-123 and the challenge is to use the inspiration photo on The Shabby Tea Room blog to create a card or project. This week’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Paper Temptress! I was inspired by the chalk board and the lovely yellow sunflowers in the photo. I used a sentiment stamp from JustRite as the main focus on black paper. I distressed the edges with white craft paint for a chalk board effect. I layered the stamped sentiment, ink-pot and pen on a vellum banner and finished off with lots of sunflowers, twine, a butterfly and a yellow bow.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the sentiment


The writing set


The sunflowers


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Paper from the Paper Temptress ; Neenah Solar White ; Vellum Parchment White ;
    BASIS 80# Gold ; BASIS80# Black
  • Prima designer paper “Sun Kiss”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp set “Song in My Heart” (JB-09865)
  • Sizzix Sizzlits dies “Sewing and Writing set” (657752)
  • White embossing powder
  • White craft paint
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Sunflowers
  • Twine
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold”
  • Stickles glitter  “Gold”

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



Blooms and Butterflies

Hello blog friends,

It is a lovely day in South Africa although it is still winter and chilly. I am looking forward to springtime and therefore it was such fun to create my card with a spring flower for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. This fortnight’s challenge is called “Peaches and Cream” accompanied by a lovely photo for inspiration. Our sponsor this fortnight is Crafty Secrets and you could win a fabulous prize! For more details about the challenge, inspirational creations from the design team and the Crafty Secrets prize visit The Shabby Tea Room and please join in the fun. We would love to see your creation for this challenge.

I chose a beautiful gerberia daisy image and sentiment from the “Fairy Wishes” digital stamp set kindly sponsored by Crafty Secrets. I used watercolor pencils to color the image in bright orange and yellow. It was then layered on Spellbinders die cuts “Antique Corner”. I added two butterflies, some pearls, a heart embellishment and a bow to complete the card. Hope you like my take on the challenge – I really struggled to put this card together as this is not colors I usually work with!



A  close-up of the gerberia daisy


The sentiment


A butterfly


The inside


Project details:

  • Cream and orange card stock
  • Crafty Secrets digital stamp set “Fairy Wishes”
  • Spellbinders die D-Lites “Antique Corner”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Crealies dies “Butterflies”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Pearls
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting – I appreciate your comments so much.

Kind regards,




Celebrate …

Hello crafty friends,

This card is to join the birthday celebrations at Paper Sweeties who is turning three! During August Paper Sweeties have contests, prizes and giveaways to celebrate the occasion. Visit the Paper Sweeties blog to get more details about the festivities and the inspiration photo. For my card I used the Paper Sweeties “Party Time” stamp/die set and “You Make Me Smile” sentiment stamp set. I colored the pretty balloons with water-color pencils and added sequins for a little bit of bling. The balloons were layered on a little doily and rosy background paper for a shabby look. The sentiment is stamped on a banner from JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners”



Pretty balloons


The sentiment and pink roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White card stock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage Notes”
  • Paper Sweeties “Party Time” stamp/die set and “You Make Me Smile” sentiment stamp set
  • JustRite clear stamp set “Timely Banners” (CR-04920)
  • Cottage Cutz die “Tea Time Doily” (CC4X4-484)
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (No 1001)
  • Lyra Rembrandt water-color pencils
  • Sequins
  • Paper roses

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




Summer Picnic

Hello friends,

There is a new challenge starting today at The Shabby Tea Room and the theme for is “Summer Picnic”. The sponsor for this challenge is Dies R Us and the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at the DRU store. For more details about how to enter, the inspiration photo and to see more lovely design team cards visit the The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog. We would love to see your entry for this challenge!

In the southern hemisphere we are still in the midst of winter and the past few days were freezing cold in South Africa. Despite of this I enjoyed making this card with its summery feel. I used a lot of dies on this card and you can see the project details at the end of this post. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The picnic basket and jug


The flowers and bow


More flowers, a flourish and a tiny butterfly


The sentiment


Little butterflies


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Designer paper from Cart-Us paper pad “Roses” and Prima “Annalee” collection
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Romantic Rose”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Sprigs”
  • Marianne Designs Craftables “Basket” CR1208
  • Paper Smooches Wise dies “Birthday Words” FBD120
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Paper flowers
  • Gemstones
  • White craft paint

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



Sweet as Sunshine

Hello friends,

Today’s post I share with a happy dance – this is my first as design team member for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge blog! I am so honored and delighted to join the very talented team of ladies. This is going to be an incredible experience and a golden opportunity to learn more about card making and the shabby style. Thank you for holding thumbs for me and all your kind comments when I submitted my cards for the design team call. I appreciate it so much.

The theme for the The Shabby Tea Room challenge this fortnight is “Sweet as Sunshine”. Please hop over to The Shabby Tea Room to see the lovely inspiration photo and more details on how to enter the challenge. Our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps and they offer a lovely prize of 7 digi’s for this challenge!

For my card I was kindly sponsored with a yummy cupcake image that I layered on a paper doily. I coloured the image with my watercolor pencils and paper piece the cupcake layer and cream topping for more dimension. To embellish I added a gingham ribbon, some sequins, a red button and glitter. The sentiment is a a die cut from Marianne Designs Creatables.


The bow and button


The yummy cupcake


The sentiment


Project details:

  • White, yellow and red cardstock
  • October Afternoon designer paper “Confetti”
  • Bugaboo Stamps: Yummy Cupcake
  • Marianne Design Creatables sentiment die (LR0223)
  • Doily
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Star button
  • Sequins
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Please come and join in the fun at our challenge at The Shabby Tea room, I would love to see your take on the challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Kind regards,



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