Autumn Colours

Hello blog fiends,

The warm, splendid colours of autumn is the challenge theme at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight. Your project can also be about fall activities or scenes as long as it is  in the vintage or shabby style. I love the warm earthy tones of autumn and the image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics was so perfect for the theme.The lovely outdoor scene with the children just stole my heart. To enhance the shades of brown in the image I added a die cut garden fence and  bird-cage hanging from a brass chain. The roses are from ‘I am Roses’ and the Forget-me-nots from Petaloo.

Sue Butler is our guest designer at Sugar Creek Hollow  for this challenge. She created a beautiful card for our challenge and you can see more of her lovely work on her blog Scrumplescrunch. If you like to create in the vintage or shabby style and you need some inspiration for the fall colours or activities challenge a visit to Sugar Creek Hollow will be worthwhile. Hope to see your creation.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The flowers


The bird-cage


The lovely image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics


A peep at the inside embellished with lace and a die cut garden fence


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “A Ladies Dairy Collection”
  • Vintage image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies LR0205
  • Paper roses from “I am Roses”
  • Forget-me-nots from “Petaloo”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique gold”
  • Brass chain
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea dye” and “Walnut stain”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you so much for your visits and lovely comments, I love to read them. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Warm regards from South Africa,


School Days

Hello blog fiends,

Hope you are all well and still enjoying the summer weather in the Northern Hemisphere. For us in the Southern parts of the world winter is slowly losing its grip and there is already a hint of lovely spring days waiting for us. I can’t wait for the first raindrops to freshen up the dry earth. Well it’s also time for our second August challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and the theme is back to school. As always your card must be in the shabby chic or vintage style to qualify for the prize or guest designer spot in this fortnightly challenge. We would love to see what you came up with  this time. Joining us as guest designer for this challenge is Mynette Kitchen and you can see her lovely creations at On  A Stampage.

For my card I used an image for Rook No 17 vintage graphics collection – isn’t the Vintage Animal ABC Alphabet Cards just adorable? I used my Die-namics “Notebook Edge” die to transform the image into a page torn from a book. The daisies were a gift from a dear blog friend Carol. I am so sad that these are the last ones in the packet, they were so pretty I used them so sparingly. The buttons are from my Mom’s button tin that were collected over a period of 40-50 years. I hope you like my take on the challenge, this one didn’t come easy for me.



The image from Rook No 17

RookNo17_School1The sentiment

RookNo17_School2A close-up of the vintage alphabet blocks

RookNo17_School3A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Paper Explosion designer paper
  • Prima designer paper “Romantique”
  • Image from Rook No 17
  • Die-namics die “Notebook Edge”
  • K and Company “Daisies layered accents”
  • White tag
  • Sentiment stamp (unknown)
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold”
  • Paper clip
  • Pearl heart
  • Buttons
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your visits and comments so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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,


Spring Is Here

Hello blog friends,

We are celebrating Spring this week at Sugar Creek Hollow and I hope you can join us this week with your flower creations. The theme for our first fortnightly challenge is to create a shabby or vintage card with lots of flowers. The sponsor for this challenge is Heather Hudson and you can visit her shop on Etsy at My Artistic Adventures. The prize for one random winner is 3 collage sheets from her Etsy shop.


From Heather’s beautiful collection of digital sheets she kindly supplied me with the “Vintage chic Victorian Lilacs Envelope, Flowers Spring, Thank You, Birthday Card Digital Collage sheet”. The pink and turquoise colors did compliment the shabby style of the card well. I created a pocket with the envelope image to hide a tag stamped on a Spellbinders die cut. The flowers are mostly from Prima and the birdie a die cut from QuicKutz. For the decoration on the inside I used  the smaller version of the envelope and also the “Happy Birthday” sentiment that is also part of the digital sheet.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The little birdie

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The flowers from Prima and Petaloo


The hidden tag stamped with a Whimsy sentiment


A close up of the Spellbinders die cut tag decorated with a bow, lace, rose and a gemstone.


The butterflies and a glimpse of the Kaisercraft postage stamp in the background


A peep at the inside


Full view of the inside decorated with a lace flower, butterfly, small envelope and a birthday sentiment


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design designer paper “Birds and Flowers”
  • My Artistic Adventures digital collage sheet
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Tags Two”
  • QuicKutz die “Birds” REV-0144-S
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic butterfly”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Vintage Seed Packets”
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp “Postmarks”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “turquoise”
  • Prima Fairytale Roses “Baby Pink” and “Teal”
  • Prima Tasha “Ruby”
  • Prima Kennedy “Blueberry”
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden Collection Forget me nots “Slate Blue”
  • Pink stamens
  • Lace
  • Gems
  • Heart embellishment
  • Fancy heart pins
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by today. The Design Team at Sugar Creek Hollow created amazing inspirational cards and we will be so glad if you join us this fortnight in our spring celebration challenge. There is a wonderful prize to be won by one lucky participant. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

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,



Hello friends,

I am back with a card for the new Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge that starts today. This week the theme is to use metal on your project. We want your vintage or shabby chic cards or other paper-crafted projects to feature a charm or any metal embellishment on it. I decided to use a butterfly stamp for my main image and added a metal butterfly and  bronze chain as embellishments. The image is stamped on watercolor paper and I added only a few blotches of color with Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils to create a weathered vintage look. The butterfly stamp is a South African design from SiDesigns by Amanda and the sentiment is from the Whimsy  “Vintage Birthday Tabs” collection.

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


The stamped butterfly image


The metal butterfly


The roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima  designer paper “Botanical”
  • Watercolor paper
  • SiDesigns by Amanda (South Africa) clear stamp  “Si942”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Vintage Birthday Tabs”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream ” (dyed with Milled lavender distress ink)
  • Paper roses
  • Bronze chain
  • Bronze butterfly
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils for coloring
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Milled Lavender”

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy what you see. Come and play with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow “Use Metal” Challenge this week, we will love to see your creation. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

As always regards from South Africa,



Hello blog friends,

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and at Sugar Creek Hollow this week we are setting the scene for your projects made for this special day. The theme is Romantic Love and you can enter any paper project as long as it is made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. I decided to make my card in shades of cream with a hint of turquoise and gold. The French couple image is from The Graphics Fairy. The Die’sire tag die and KaiserCraft sentiment stamp are new additions to my ever-growing craft supplies. I always wonder if I will ever overcome this craft addiction!  



A close up of the vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy


The flowers


The sentiment with lace and pearls


A peep at the inside decorated with two pearl hearts


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock for base
  • Designer paper from Prima “Botanical collection” and “Sun Kiss collection”
  • Image “The Graphics Fairy
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamp “Secret Admirer – Definitions”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Decorative Labels Eight”
  • Die’sire die “Scalloped Tags”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Turquoise”
  • Pearl hearts
  • Paper roses
  • Gold tread
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye”
  •  Stickles “Golden Rod”

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I enjoy reading all your comments and appreciate the time you spend writing them. Have a great weekend and happy crafting. Hope to see your Valentine’s card this week at Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge – Romantic Love.

Regards from South Africa,


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