Baobab Beauty

Hello everyone,

A few years ago I had a request to make a couple of cards featuring indigenous African plants and animals. One of the stamps I used was this African baobab tree image and ever since this stamp is one of my favourites to create landscape and ethnic cards. This week the challenge at One-Layer Wednesday (OLW36) – Barely There  is to create a card as in Jennifer’s words “using a bare tree, or bare vegetation of some kind – that means no leaves, no needles, no buds, no flowers.  You can use as many images/sentiments/colours as you like, but you must use one plant image that is “bare”. My baobab tree (without leaves in winter!) stamp just fits perfectly for this challenge! 

The baobab tree is regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world and the stem may reach proportions of up to 28 m in girt and a height of 25 m -30 m.  Recent research techniques implicated that a tree with a diameter of 10 m may be as old as 2000 years. The tree is also called the upside-down tree as the branches look like roots. In South Africa it is found only in the warm parts of the Limpopo Province and during sunset these magnificent trees have breathtaking silhouettes against the African skies. In 1941 the African baobab was declared a protected tree under the Forest Act in South Africa. (More information available at Plantzafrica). 

Sorry, I was carried away by all the interesting facts about these trees, so back to how I made this card. I decided on black cardstock and the bleaching technique to “pop” the image. The image was stamped with VersaMagic “Midnight Black” ink pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I added a line and sentiment with gold embossing powder. The stamp is from Great Impressions (South Africa)”Baobab Tree 831″ but unfortunately I don’t know the origin of the “Memories” sentiment stamp. I love how this card reflects the African  landscape.

I struggled to take a good photo as today is a cloudy and rainy day and I had to use the camera flash. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Zebra Chic

Hello everyone,

Firstly, I must share that Helen invited me to be part of her For Fun Challenges Design Team. What a wonderful opportunity to be part of this group of talented ladies and share ideas with them. Thanks for your warm welcome to let me feel at home.

This week at For Fun Challenges the theme is Patriotic Pride – lovely challenge to share things special about your place in the world with everyone. Come, join in the fun and let us all experience something of your part of the world.

As my country is South Africa I decided to showcase the wonderful wildlife our African continent is blessed with. One of my favourite animals is the zebra that roam the savannah fields of our national game parks and private game reserves. Their beautiful skin pattern is an inspiration for many fashion designers, artists and interior decorators throughout the world. To give the card an ethnic feel I created the background with mouldable foam and bronze metallic craft paint, added some beads and bronze craft wire.

I used the following:

Black and white cardstock
Jenni D (South Africa) stamp “Zebra”
BRS (South Africa) sentiment stamp OA10
Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink Pad “Graphite black”
Mouldable foam
Dala metallic craft paint “Bronze”
Bronze craft wire

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you at the For Fun Challenges blog. Enjoy your day.

Greetings from South Africa,


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