From The Heart

Hello blog friends,

Today I am posting my guest designer card for the new challenge at Twisted Tuesdays. I won a challenge at Twisted Tuesdays a few weeks ago and was invited by Melina to do a card for the challenge  “Don’t Go Near the Edge!”  It’s all in the name already but to explain further : other than your base paper/card stock, don’t let anything else on  your project get very close to the outside edges. So that means no  ribbon going all the way to the edge or border strips, photos or images, etc. Keep everything clustered in the middle. And then the twist : Use dictionary, old book or script paper on your creation. You must include the challenge and the twist in your creation.

I really have fun to create this card because usually I go over the edge of the card with my lace , flowers or  sentiment. I first cut a square from old book paper as guide to cluster the image and embellishments in the middle. The chipboard image is from Faye Whittaker and it fits perfectly in a little resin frame. I added a Prima flower and die cut leaves and flourishes. The sentiment and banner die cut is from Marianne Design Collectables. Thank you Melina for the opportunity to join the talented Twisted Tuesday Design Team for this challenge.



The Faye Whittaker vintage card topper in the resin frame from Jani Projects


The sentiment stamped and die cut with a Marianne Design Collectables set


The Prima flower, fancy pin and flourishes


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and green cardstock
  • Script paper
  • Faye Whittaker vintage card topper “All Our Yesterdays”
  • Marianne Design Collectables  – sentiment stamp and die (COL1324)
  • Marianne Design Creatables Flourishes die (LR0271)
  • Spellbinders Shapeablilities “Foliage”
  • Prima flowers “Trellis roses” (Item #533137)
  • Fancy pin
  • Pearls
  • Resin frame
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Peeled Paint” and “Pumice Stone”
  • Skwiglues  “Crystal”

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

Regards from South Africa,


Rose Garden

Hello friends,

Spring arrived last Sunday for us in the Southern Hemisphere. We are already experiencing hot weather in Pretoria –  seems as we have skipped the crisp and cool spring days. In our garden the roses started blooming this week and seeing this I enjoyed it so much to create this card for  the  Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this forthnight. The theme is “My Rose Garden” and we would like to see roses on your vintage or shabby chic project. The sponsor for MyArtisticAdventures_Logothis challenge is Heather Hudson and you can visit her shop on Etsy at My Artistic Adventures. The prize for one random winner is three collage sheets from her Etsy shop. From Heather’s beautiful collection of digital sheets she kindly supplied me with the “shabby green vintage rose tags collage sheet” for the challenge. I used my new Spellbinders D’Lites die “Gazebo” to create a garden scene. The beautiful tag is embellished with pearls and lace. I then printed a few more tags and fuzzy cut the roses to use with the paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The inside of the card is also decorated with tags from the collage sheet.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The lovely image from My Artistic Adventures


The gazebo and a Whimsy sentiment


A close-up of the roses


A peep at the inside


The inside decorated with more tags from My Artistic Adventures


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima “Romantique” and Kaisercraft “Enchanted Garden”
  • Vintage images from My Artistic Adventures
  • Spellbinders D’Lites dies “Gazebo” and “Garden Weave”
  • Olba punch “Leaves”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp from “Vintage Seed Packets” stamp set
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Lace Delight” clear stamp set
  • Memento Dye ink “Toffee Crunch” for stamping
  • Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced lime”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Please join us at Sugar Creek Hollow “My Rose Garden” challenge this fortnight. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

As always, regards from South Africa,


A Friend is …

Hello blog friends,

A brand new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this Saturday. The theme is to use stencils or masks on your shabby, vintage or primitive creation. The talented Renee Matarese, our feature artist, has done a tutorial for this week on how to use stencils. There are also beautiful cards from the other design team ladies with lots of inspiration. Hope to see your entry at Sugar Creek Hollow Stencils and Mask Challenge this week.

I really had to put my thinking cap on for this one as I hardly ever work with stencils. I made the card for a very dear friend who celebrates her birthday in February. I did the flourishes with a stencil I bought a few years ago and Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”. The sentiment is so beautiful and from the JustRite sentiment set “Song in My Heart”. The birds are dimensional stickers from K & Company that I had for ages in my stash. The lovely roses are from Prima’s Fairy Tale Roses.



A close up of the JustRite sentiment


The lovely bird dimensional stickers from K & Company and Prima fairytale roses



The inside of the card, decorated with the same stencil as on the outside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea Thyme”
  • B-Craft templates “Doodle Shapes”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Song in My Heart set”
  • Dimensional stickers from K & Company Brenda Walton collection “Birds and Leaves”
  • Hug Snug seam binding ” Cameo Beige”
  • Gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Floral Ovals”
  • Prima flowers “Fairytale Roses Baby Pink”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

I hope you enjoy my card this week as much as I did in creating it. I am on summer holiday now and is looking forward to do more crafting during the day. I received a few new dies this past week and can’t wait to use them. Thanks so much for visiting today and taking the time to look at my card. Enjoy life and have a wonderful week.

Regards from South Africa,


Dressed Up in Lace

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoying your day. Time for another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today – time just flies. I decided to make a pink shabby Christmas card with a lace tree, a few roses and pearls for the challenge. The challenge theme is one of my favourites – we want to see the distress technique. Your project must be made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. Hope you will hop over and share your creation with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow Distressing Challenge this week. Thank you to the following challenge blogs I entered and their design teams, your hard work is much appreciated.



A close up of the lace Christmas tree decorated with roses and pearls


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Raspberry Road
  • Kaisercraft stamp  “Postmarks” CS802
  • Sentiment stamp  – Unknown
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Die  On the Edge “Distressed doily”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR 0111” for snowflakes
  • Cuttlebug die “Tiny Tags” 37-1222
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Spun Sugar” and “Worn Lipstick”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Pearl strings
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Rose Petal”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”
  • Silver tread

Thanks for visiting today – I love your visits and enjoy reading your comments. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Jemima, did you hear…

Hi everyone,

Well, I am a few days late on my regular posting schedule but today I want to share a card that was so much fun to make. The past couple of days was cloudy, rainy and cold, so my mojo for card making was just gone. I decided to go through my crafting stash to try to get  inspiration and then discovered this little treasures – Beatrix Potter card toppers! This was a bumper pack specially designed for Crafts Beautiful magazine in 2009. It was like a trip down memory lane to just scroll through all the little characters and remember each of then from my childhood – Peter Rabbit, Jemima the puddle duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, the tale of Tom Kitten and all the others.  For today’s card I chose two Jemimas, gossiping their hearts out. The challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is to create a card or project based on an inspiration photo and use pastel colours and stripes. The venise lace heart and galloon rosebuds I ordered about two months ago and this arrived in South Africa last Friday. I was over the moon as I love these petite embellishments and for this card it just fits perfectly.

I entered the card for the following challenges:


A peep at the inside

My favourite seam binding and paper roses with a bit of crystal glitz.

The gorgeous Venise lace heart and rosebuds. A small crystal on the button heart to bling it up.

I used the following to create the card:

  • White and aqua cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Steel Toe Mare Jane Collection Chintzy”
  • Beatrix Potter  card topper from Crafts Beautiful bumper pack
  • Lili of the Valley Circular Sentiment stamp “For You”
  • Venise lace heart
  • Venice tribud galloon roses
  • Seam binding
  • Spellbinders nestabilities “Lacey circles”
  • Heart button
  • Paper roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Broken China”

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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