Butterfly Ribbon

Hello friends,

A clean and simple card to share today. My card features a die cut from Poppystamps “Bellina Butterfly Ribbon”. The flow of the ribbon and the butterfly are so beautiful that there is no need for much embellishments. I used my watercolor paint to highlight the butterfly and  added dimension to the card by lifting the panel off the card base with mirror tape. I finished off with a few gemstones and a stamped sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the butterfly ribbon and sentiment

Project details

White card-stock — Poppystamps die “Bellina Butterfly Ribbon” (No.1531) — JustRite All Occasion Nested Sentiments — Gemstones — Prme Art watercolor paint

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.



Black and White

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges  and we are still celebrating our one year anniversary. Team Darlene is hosting january-2017this challenge with the lovely theme of “Black and White”. Looking at the beautiful inspiration picture I decided to join in the fun. I just want to remind you that the anniversary celebration continues with this challenge and the team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.  Keep in mind you can still join in the second half of celebrating with us and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes!

It is also time to announce the winner of the Memory Box prize that I offered for celebration of our first anniversary at Double D Challenges.

The name of the lucky winner that was drawn from the hat is:
Petra L (Pleasure by Peet)

Congratulations Petra L – I will email you directly, notifying you of this win! Please be sure to email me back with your postal address and I will send out your prize as quickly as I can.

Many thanks to all of you that participated and leaving a comment. I wish I could give a prize to everyone!

My inspiration from the mood board for this challenge is the butterflies and patterns on the cushions. I chose the background paper and edge die cut to represent the stripes and patterns on the cushions. The top panel with the lace edge is lifted of the main card with mirror tape to give the card dimension. I added fluttering butterflies and finished off with a die cut sentiment and black pearl strings. Usually I love to use lots of color on my card so this black and white creation was  a challenge for me. It is really difficult to make an interesting and eye-catching card with just two colors. I would love to see your take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The butterflies and patterned background paper


A close-up of the sentiment and lace edge


A peep at the inside


Project details:

Black and white card-stock ; Designer background paper ; Crealies dies ‘Butterflies” (Set No. 5) ; Marianne Design Creatables “Lace border” (LR0396) ; Spellbinders die D-Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139) ; Pearl strings

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



A Delicate Flutter …

Hello friends,

When I saw the butterfly from the Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” set I immediately remembered the delicate oval die from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles” die set – it just matches the beautiful wings of the butterfly. For the vintage look lovers I used soft pink designer paper from BoBunny “Madeleine Collection” as background. A Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” is layered between the ovals to accentuate the butterfly. There is nothing outstanding about this card but for sure it was a creative journey to mix and match Spellbinders dies and to use the old and new ones together. You can see more creative ways to use your Spellbinders dies at Hope & Chances Creativity where Christine will inspire you with her beautiful creations.


  • Scrapy Land Challenges #11 (ends 02/15) – Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells (Dies: Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”, Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” and Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles”)
  • Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #265 (ends 02/11) – To Die For (Dies: Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”, Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” and Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles”)


The layers and butterfly


The roses and sprig


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and pink card-stock
  • BoBunny designer paper “Madeleine Collection”
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” (S2-048)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles” (S5-161)
  • Roses
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tattered Rose” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for looking at my cards today, I appreciate your comments so much. Thank you Christine for featuring my cards on your blog, what a wonderful opportunity you gave me.



Sending My Love

Hello friends,

Another card with a vintage feel, featuring my favourite colours pink and green, as guest designer at Hope & Chances Creativity. I used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front die “Floral” to create a delicate background for the lovely rose vintage scrap from Graphic45. I just love this die, it is so versatile for vintage, shabby and whimsical cards. A rose and a butterfly are also stunning on a card for me, so I added a butterfly from the Spellbinders D’Lites “Flutter Love” die set. I made a template of the die cut by tracing the outlines of the butterfly and sponged the layers with distress inks to match the colours of the rose. The banner and sentiment is from the JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners”. I was delighted when the banner perfectly slided onto the image. I cut little slits round the rosebud so that it pops up on the banner.



The Graphic45 image


The butterfly


The banner, sentiment and roses


The inside


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (Butterfly) (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral”  (S4-452)
  • Graphic45 designer paper and vintage scrap “Secret Garden”
  • JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners” for sentiment and banner
  • Wax cord
  • Roses
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen” and “Peeled Paint”

I enjoyed it so much making this card and I hope you love it too. On the way is my last card for Hope & Chances Creativity – a delicate card – so stayed tuned.



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.



Sweet Life

Hello blog friends,

A new card to share today for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  We are playing with a tic-tac-toe diagram this fortnight and you can choose any row in the diagram as long as it is horizontal, vertical or diagonal. 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. We also have Heidi Augustson (Filharmonica) as our guest designer this week and to see more of her lovely creation you can visit her blog Filharmonicas kreative verden

For my card I chose  to do a shabby Mother’s Day or Spring card with a lovely teacup filled with beautiful flowers, a blue butterfly and a pearl banner. I managed to accommodate 3 lines of the diagram in my card: horizontal, using lace, ribbon and pearls ; a vertical row with flowers, pearls and a die cut and also diagonal with bling, ribbon and a die cut. The lovely chipboard teacup is from the Prima range “Delight” – this stunning range is an absolute favourite of mine. I also used the Prima “Delight” papers and  journal cards for the design. The butterfly is cut with a Cheery Lynn die. The lovely sentiment is from K and Company and one of those items I have for ages in my stash.



The sentiment


and a teacup filled with lovely flowers ….


The blue butterfly


A peep at the inside



Project detail:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper  and journal cards”Delight” and “Annalee”
  • Prima Teacup chipboard embellishment “Delight”
  • K and Company sentiment “Brenda Walton Birds and Leaves”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR 0269”
  • Marianne Design Craftables “CR1253”
  • Cheery Lynn Designs “DL 113AB” Small Exotic Butterflies
  • Lace
  • Pearls and pearl string
  • Paper roses
  • Petaloo “Forget me nots” flowers (#Dl1835-005)
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye, Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, it is always an honor for me that you take the time to look at my card. Hope you will join us for our Tic Tac Toe challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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