Flowers Galore

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Mood Board (2)Challenges with the theme “Flowers Galore”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo and we want to see lots of flowers! For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the fence, wood and lovely flowers in the mood board. I decided on wood grain designer paper and a layered iron gate die cut as basis for my flowers. The flower arrangement is made with Prima flowers and cherry blossoms in various colors. Some leafy sprigs, paper cord and glitter are the final touches to the arrangement. I finished off with a die cut sentiment, gemstones and a little swallow.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The flowers


The sentiment


A little bird for fun


Another bird on the verso


A peep at the inside


Project details:

Cream and green card-stock — Docrafts Papermania Wood grain designer paper — Spellbinders Shapeablities die D-Lites “Gilded Gate 2” (S3-202) — Poppystamps doe “Leafy Sprigs” (No. 1001) — Penny Black Creative die “For You” (51-105) — Cricut Cuttlebug die “Up in the Sky” (2002798) – Gemstones — Paper cord –Tim Holtz distress inks “Mowed Lawn” ; Tea Dye” and “Victorian Velvet” — Stickles

 I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. I love to read them! Enjoy a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things.



On The Bright Side

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the happy theme of “Neons / Brights”. Just look at the cheerful mood board – it will surely help you to get started. The team have created a bunch of bright cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. We have also a fun prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by

My card is a little bit different from what you usually see on my blog. Yes, I tried again to make a clean and simple card. It was not easy for me but I managed to put something together that in a way matches the mood board! I swiped five different distress inks on white card-stock, cut the hearts with a Memory Box die and then layered the colored hearts on a white panel. Some of the hearts as well as the top panel were lifted with mirror tape from the base card for dimension. I added tiny gemstones for sparkle and a red bow (because my card needs a bit of shabbiness!). I finished off with a die-cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The sentiment in bright red

The colorful waterfall of hearts

A peep at the inside

Project details.

Red and white card-stock — Memory Box die “Heart waterfall” (No. 99079) — Crealies Text Dies (CLTD 106) — Tim Holtz distress inks (Peacock feathers, Candied apple, Mustard seed, Mowed lawn, Spiced marmalade) — Tiny gemstones — Hug Snug seam binding for bow.

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this CAS creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.



Happy Anniversary

Hello friends,

It is Double D Challenges One Year anniversary and to celebrate we have a beautiful mood board to inspire you. The theme is to use anything ca-dd-anv3-tileyou want as long as it is in/on the mood board.

But there is more news about our prizes! It will run as normal but besides the Top 3, Winner & winner, Diane will choose two additional winners who will receive prizes. All the details about the prizes are on the Double D Challenge blog. Besides these additional prizes some Design Team members will also be offering a prize – so be sure to pop over to their blogs for inspiration and a chance to win a prize in celebration of our anniversary.

The celebration prize I have to offer is a sentiment die from Poppystamps “Fancy Hello” . To stand a chance prizeto win please leave a comment and your name and I will pick one lucky random winner that will be announced on my blog on the 18th January when our next challenge goes live. I hope you will be able to participate  in our challenge – we would love to see your project!

For my card to celebrate the Double D Anniversary I used the peach colors and flowers as inspiration.  I die cut my background paper with a Sizzix multi media die  and added lots of hearts. The flower bouquet is layered on some vintage lace for a shabby feel. To finish off I added a die cut sentiment, bow and some silver glitter stones.

I also entered my card in the following challenges:


The sentiment


A close-up of the flowers


The hearts and flourish background


A peep at the inside


Project details of my card

Cream, peach and green card-stock — Graphic45 designer paper — Sizzix Thinlits (Tim Holtz Alterations) Multimedia die (9661185) — Sizzix Thinlits (Tim Holtz Alterartions) sentiment die (660223) — Memory Box die “Heart Waterfall” (No. 99079) — Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (No. 1001) — Hug Snug seam binding “Cream” — Vintage lace — Paper roses and lilies — Silver glitter stones

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. Remember to enter for the prize draw on my blog and to submit your project for the Double D Anniversary Challenge! Have a wonderful day.



Best Wishes …

Hello friends,

I created this card in the shabby chic style for the challenge at The Card Concept. To celebrate their One Year Anniversary with them they gave this beautiful 26-One Year Celebrationinspirational picture to use. The pink flowers on the white, with the hint of blue in the background caught my eye and I took this as inspiration for my card. I started off with a layer I created with pink distress inks to create a watercolor effect as background. I then added a lattice layer to give more dimension to the hanging sign board and flower arrangement. The flowers are chosen for their different shades of pink as portrayed in the picture. Some aqua pearls and white stamens complete the card. I listed the dies I used in the project details at the end of the post. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following 3 challenges:

  • The Card Concept Challenge #26 (ends 01/19) – Happy One Year Anniversary (Shabby Chic Style)
  • Try It On Tuesdays Challenge (ends 01/20) – My Favourite Things (I love my flowers and dies)
  • Scrapy Land Challenges #9 (ends 01/21) – Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells. (Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice” ; Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments One” and Impression obsession die  “Heart Flourish 126-U”)


The sentiment on the hanging sign board


The flowers …


and sweet blossoms with a bit of blue


A peep at the inside, decorated with flourishes

SB_FancyLattice4Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments One”
  • Impression Obsession die  “Heart Flourish 126-U”
  • Chipboard sign board
  • Fabric flowers and sweet blossoms
  • White stamens
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks “Spun Sugar” ; “Victorian Velvet” ; “Worn Lipstick”

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



Hearts and Roses

Hello everyone,

Greeting you from a cold winter’s day in Pretoria. Yes finally we must put on our winter woollies for the next 3 months. I am one of those rare human beings who love the crisp cold air in my face when outside  and to snuggle up under a soft and warm blanket in the evenings. So for me this weather is not so bad. But today’s post is not about the weather but to tell you about the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme for the new challenge, “Here Comes The Bride” and we would love to see wedding cards this fortnight. 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 made my shabby card in shades of pink and with a lovely lace heart die cut. The sentiment was stamped on a tattered banner die cut. I used some vintage lace, ribbon, flowers, pearls and gem hearts to finish off. This card was really quick to make and I love the soft look with the contrasting bling hearts.



The flowers and bow


The lace heart and lots of bling


The sentiment stamped on a Tim Holtz tattered banner die cut


A peep at the inside


 Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  •  Melissa Francis designer paper “Classic Elegance”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Tattered Banners”
  • JustRite “All Occasion Nested Sentiments” stamp
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet”
  • Gem hearts in various sizes
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • KaiserCraft paper blooms “Dusty Pink”
  • Prima flowers “Serenade”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you can join us for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this time. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Winter White

Hello blog friends,

This week just flies and for me this weekend is the last of my holiday – Monday it’s back to work. Oh, I am going to miss these lazy days filled with crafting, reading and fun things to do. But for today we have a fun new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow .  The theme for the challenge is winter white although the focal image can have some colour. The only restriction is that your project must be made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. I love working with lots of colours on my cards and was really in the deep end with this challenge as I have never made an all white card. To make the banner pop on the white embossed background I used several layers of die cuts, lace, gemstones and pearls. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I also submitted my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the banner


The sentiment


A peep at the inside decorated with rose leaves


Front view of the envelobox for the card. The depth of the box is 180 mm so that the layered card can easily fit into the box.


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Go Kreate die XXL Square Frames “Frilly #1” (No. 360021)
  • Sizzix Sizzlits die “Banners and Keys Set”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Tags Two”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage”
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “Splendid”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Winter White”
  • Crystals
  • Crafter’s Companion Envelobox Creator to make envelobox for card

I would love to see your card or project at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this week. The design team ladies made stunning white on white cards this week with lots of inspiration.

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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