Treasure Your Day

Hello blog friends,

A colleague asked me to make a birthday card for the organist of  their church. The requirements: the card must be for a male and definitely with a musical theme. Not good at making male cards I decided to keep it as simple as possible but still with a vintage feel. I used a sheet music image from The Graphics Fairy embellished with a G clef chipboard as my main focus point of the card. The postage sentiment from Whimsy stamps with the Victorian couple fits the musical theme so well and I just had to add it. The crown is cut from another sheet music cover from The Graphics Fairy. A few black pearls brings the crown to life and I popped it on mirror tape for dimension on the card. My favorite paper roses have to step back for three autumn leaves on this card. Hope you like this “minimalistic” creation!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

GF_MusicThe sentiment and crown

GF_Music1The autumn leaves

GF_Music2A peep at the inside embellished with a music note

GF_Music3Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from 7Gypsies and Melissa Francis
  • Sheet music cover and crown image from The Graphics Fairy
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday postage sentiment stamp set”
  • Pearls
  • Paper leaves
  • Chipboard G clef music note
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for stopping by today. I love to read your comments and  appreciate everyone  so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.


Live, Laugh, Love

Hello friends,

The challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight is to create a mixed media project or card  in the vintage or shabby chic style. Your card or project must reflect lots of different techniques and media like textures (such as lace, paper, texture paste) and embellishments (resin, chipboard, metal etc.). All the designers have created beautiful projects to inspire you and we would love to see your creations at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight

I decided to make two canvases in a shabby chic style. As this type of project was a first for me I must admit that it was a learning curve. For the background I used techniques such as masks with glimmer mist and acrylic texture paste, aquarelle pencils and layering with designer paper, doilies and  antique lace. For embellishments I chose  from a wide range  of media. The focus point is a charming resin cherub holding a little bird. This I purchased from our local Crazy Store for a quarter of the price in comparison to resin embellishments in craft stores!. Originally it was a wall hook but my dear husband altered it without any damage to this charming embellishment. I did some wet embossing with PSX embossing powder on the weathered clock, swirl corners and banners. The resin and metal embellishments, paper flowers and chipboard birds are all coated with a layer of gesso, glimmer mist and distress inks for the shabby look. The two canvases are going to be mounted together on glass and then framed in a large white  wooden frame to fill up the space where I want to display it in my craft room.


You can click on the  first  picture for a better view of all the details and embellishments on the canvases.  All supplies I used are listed below.


The canvas with the cherub and weathered clock. The background was first colored with Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils and then layered with designer paper, antique lace and doilies


A close up of the wet embossing on the clock


The chipboard bird and layered doilies


The canvas with the sentiment. The letters were cut with a Sizzix Sizzlits die  “Cute as a Button Alphabet”. The dots and swirl at the top and bottom were done with acrylic texture paste and a stencil. The background on the left hand corner was done with a mask and Cosmic Shimmer vintage mist “Antique Rose”. I added white painted resin corners to the edges of the banners.


A close up of another chipboard bird, flowers,  the fence and part of the Spellbinders corner swirl ‘”Garden weave”


The bird-cage decorated with pearls and tiny rose buds, more distressed flowers and a metal embellishment painted with gesso


Project details:

  • 2 Artist  canvases, size 5″ x 7″, 100% cotton, 380 g/m2
  • Designer paper of  color choice
  • Paper doilies
  • Lace
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Chipboard birds
  • Metal embellishments
  • Resin corners
  • Prima (“Coventry Rose Romantique”, “Belle Artes Novelty” and “Charme Rose Meadow Lark”), cherry blossoms and I am Roses paper roses.
  • Stamens
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die ” Weathered clock”
  • Sizzix Sizzlets alphabet die “Cute as  a Button”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Garden Weave”
  • Memory Box die “Rounded Fence”
  • Dala  acrylic gesso
  • Dale acrylic texture paste
  • Heritage modge podge
  • Background stencil (Unknown)
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-color pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and “Stormy sky”
  • PSX embossing powder “Verdigris” and “Rose”
  • Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist “Antique Rose”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks so much for visiting, I hope you like what you see. For everyone who so kindly leave a comment – this is so much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


For Dad

Hello everyone,

I’m here to share with you my newest card for the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge starting this week. Our theme is Father’s Day and we want to see cards in the vintage or shabby style. Father’s day is just around the corner and what a wonderful opportunity to create something special for him. We also have a guest designer who join us  for this challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  She is Ragnhild Øren  and you can see more of her beautiful work here

For my card I decided on a chipboard penny farthing bicycle. I decorated the wheel with a large gold button and was I surprised by the outcome. This bulky embellishment gave a sort of Moroccan feeling to the card which I love with the warm autumn colours. I mounted the penny farthing on a mini clipboard die cut from Tim Holtz and attached Tim Holtz tattered banners to the rear of the bicycle. For the background I used a Tim Holtz weathered clock die cut and a strip of May Arts netting.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the sentiment


The penny farthing on the mini clipboard. The front wheel is embellished with a gold button.


A peep at the inside decorated with a mini clipboard and flourish.


Project details:

  • Kraft, cream  and black cardstock
  • Designer paper from My Mind’s Eye “Kraft.funday” and Glitz “French Kiss”
  • Enmarc chipboard penny farthing die cut
  • JustRite sentiment stamp from “Heart to Heart” set
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers die “Mini clipboard Top & Bottom”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die “Weathered clock”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Decorative strip dies ” Tattered banners” and “Typeset Alphabet” 
  • Cuttlebug corner die
  • Buttons
  • Wax cord
  • May Arts champagne netting
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Happy crafting and have a wonderful day. Hope you will join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow Father’s Day Challenge.

Regards from South Africa,


Happy Together …

Hello blog friends,

I am back with another guest designer project for UnstampaBelles April Challenge today.  The theme this month is to create “Anything but a Card”.  As this is a “no stamps” challenge blog you can use chipboard, die cuts, paper punches, canvases, stickers, rub-ons, etc. I really enjoy doing challenges that stretches one’s creativity beyond the ordinary. Thanks so much Merry and the Unstampabelles design team for the chance to submit a project to your lovely inspirational blog. The UnstampaBelles April Challenge is sponsored by Sticker Store and there is a lovely prize to be won. You can see all the details and beautiful inspirational projects of the design team on the UnstampaBelles Challenge blog.

I decided to make a tag with two adorable chipboard cat silhouettes – I love those curly tails!. I punched the top and bottom of the tag with a Martha Stewart deep edge punch ” Scroll Hearts” and add two oval die cut layers “Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Petite Scalloped Ovals Small” to frame the cats. The flowers are from the Prima range “Soubrette C” and “Charme Rose MeadowLark” The cats are painted with gesso and dressed up with pink wax cord bows. The verso of the tag is also embellished with a  pink heart and an oval die cut to accommodate a short handwritten message for the recipient/s. I think this tag will be great on an engagement, anniversary or wedding gift bag or box.

I also entered my tag in the following challenges:


A close up of the bow, pearl heart and flowers on the top half


The cat silhouettes painted with gesso and dresses up with pink bows


A close up of the bottom of the tag with Prima flowers and punched edge. The flowers are dashed with gesso for the shabby look.


The verso of the tag with pink heart and an oval for a short message


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock for card base and oval die cuts
  • Prima designer paper “Meadow Lark” for background
  • Chipboard cat silhouettes
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Petite Scalloped Ovals Small “, Floral Ovals” and “Classic Hearts”
  • Martha Stewart deep edge punch “Scroll Hearts”
  • Prima flowers “Soubrette C” and “Charme Rose – Meadow Lark”
  • Dala acrylic gesso
  • Wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Pearl heart
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet”

A really busy weekend with the guest designer projects but I enjoyed every moment of making and sharing them on my blog. Thanks so much for your time visiting today – I appreciate and cherish every visit and comment so much. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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