Hello friends,

We are celebrating “Spring” at Double D Challenges and I hope you can join us this week DD_Springwith your flower creations. Although we are on the brink of winter in the southern hemisphere and the lovely autumn days are almost gone, I love to do cards with pretty flowers.With such a lovely inspiration photo you can just let the creative juices flow. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge – we would love to see your card.

I used a flowery background paper for my base layer and then added delicate die cut vines in a wreath pattern.  The flower bouquets are arranged on the vines to match the flower pattern of the designer paper. I added  vintage bird cages, silver bows and pearls. I finished off with a die cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The roses and bird cage


The sentiment


Another rose bouquet, pearls and bow


A peep at the inside


Project details:

Cream, black and greenish gray card-stock — Mintay Designer papers “Love Letters” — Couture Creations Intricutz die “Classic Vine” (CO724046) — Nellie’s Choice Vintasia Figurative die “Vintasia Birdcage” (VIND036) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “For You” (DIE383-C) — Paper roses — Silver tread for bows — Pearls — Tim Holtz distress ink “Pumice Stone”

Thanks for visiting today and for leaving comments – I really appreciate your time. Have a wonderful day and please come and join us at Double D Challenges.

Kind regards,



Hello friends,

“Bloom” is the prompt this week at Our Beautiful World – OBW164


and I also entered Floral Fridays Fotos – FFF251


I love to take photos of flowers and especially if they are from our garden. We live in a frost free area of Pretoria, South Africa and we do have flowers blooming all year round. So here is a few I want to share.

Click on the photos for a larger view.









Petrea (Purple wreath)


Thanks for visiting today!



Red and Gold

Hi there,

The Christmas hustle bustle is in full swing in my part of the world but I’ve got a new card to share with you today . I created this card for a special friend who loves the vintage look with a color combo of red and gold. For the background I used a beautiful CGull embossing folder that needs nothing more than a few embellishments for a lovely Christmas card. I added red flowers, gold twine and gold berries and a few sequins. The sentiment die is from Leane Creatief and cut from gold mirror board.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the flowers, sentiment and embossed background


Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Gold mirror board
  • CGull “Floral Leaf Swirl” embossing folder (12-0018)
  • LeCrea’3-D-die “Pigeons” (No.45.1222)
  • Flowers
  • Gold berries
  • Twine
  • Red sequins

Thanks for visiting today and wishing you a happy weekend coming!  I’m sure it will be a busy one for us all.



Count The Sunny Hours

Hello everyone,

We had lots of rain in our country the past two weeks with very little sunshine. To see everything turn into all shades of green is such a blessing in our part of the world. However my card today is about Spring, sunshine and flowers. I have the privilege to be guest designer for My Sheri  Crafts new challenge “Celebrate Spring”.  I am sure most of us love springtime and the lovely flowers typical of this season, so come and join the challenge at My Sheri Crafts. You may use any supplies as long as it fits the theme.

I created a garden scene with some Graphic45 designer papers and a garden bench die cut from Marianne Design Creatables. The paper daisies are a new addition to my already huge collection of flowers. The lace stamp is from Stampendous and a favorite to add a vintage touch to my cards. Hope you like my take on the challenge. A big thank you to Sheri for the invitation to join the talented My Sheri Crafts design team as guest designer.



The garden bench cut from Tim Holtz distress paper and distressed with sanding paper.


A close-up of the chipboard sentiment and daisy.


The vintage scrap, pearls, daisies and rose buds.


The inside embellished with a leafy flourish.


Project details:

  • White and brown cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “Secret Garden Collection April Showers” (#4500659)
  • Graphic45 image from “Secret Garden Collection Springtime” (#4500650)
  • Graphis45 sentiment “Secret Garden Collection Chipboard 2”
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies “Garden bench”(LR0258) and “Leafy Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Stampendous clear stamp “Elegant borders” (SSC1122)
  • Pearls
  • Hug snug seam binding “Iced lime”
  • Brown wax cord
  • Paper daisies and rose buds
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for taking the time to visit and looking at my card. I really enjoy reading your comments and appreciate each one so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting



Feeding The Birds

Hello blog friends,

ADFD_Button2Time for another fun challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this Saturday. The theme is A Child’s Life and we would love to see what you create this fortnight in the vintage or shabby chic paper crafting style. Our sponsor for this challenge is A Day for Daisies – I just love Tammy’s lovely designs. For my card I chose the adorable image “Feeding the Birds” so kindly sponsored by Tammy. As a child , and still as an adult, the birds always captivate me with their behaviour at our bird feeders in the backyard. So relaxing to watch their hustle and bustle around the garden. I used Prima “Romantique” paper for my background and lovely Prima and Petaloo flowers to embellish my card. The image is coloured with Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils, my favourite coloring medium for cards. The Design Team at Sugar Creek Hollow created beautiful cards with their ADFD images, please pop over and join in the fun. Your card could be the winner for this challenge.

Challenges I would love to enter  are:


The lovely “Feeding the Birds” image from A Day  for Daisies


The sentiment, a little pink gem heart and blue Petaloo For-get-me nots


The Prima and Petaloo flowers


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Romantique”
  • A Day for Daisies digital image “Feeding the Birds”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Fleur de Lis Squares”
  • Prima flowers “Bel Canto C”
  • Petaloo “Forget me nots”
  • Paper cord
  • Chipboard sentiment (Unknown)
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo beige”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-color pencils
  • McGill leaf punch ” Designer Leaf Spray”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink ” Bundled sage” and “Old Paper”
  • Gem heart

Thank you for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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,


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