Succulent Trio

Hello friends,

Another clean and simple card to share today. I am joining the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge  for the first time as I am trying to improve on CAS skills. The clean and simple style is always difficult for me as I am a shabby crafter – hope this one is CAS enough!

I layered a piece of yellow plaid paper on my base card, then stamped the potted succulents and sentiment with distress inks in phases. To align the images I used my We R precision press. I finished off with a red gemstone on the flower. CTS_368

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the stamped images


A peep from the side


Project details

White card-stock — Yellow plaid paper — Lawn Fawn clear stamp set “Stuck on You” (LF850) — Tim Holtz distress inks:  Vintage photo, Mowed lawn, Peeled paint, Barn door, Mustard seed — Red gemstone

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments about my take on a CAS card. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,



Hello friends,

A clean and simple card to share today. I discovered a few days ago a Lili of the Valley stamp in my storage box and it is just perfect for the new challenge at CASology with the cue word “Juicy”. I stamped the image with Memento dye ink and colored it with Derwent Inktense water-color pencils. The sentiment is a combo of Spellbinders  and Impression Obsession word dies.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the image and sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and grey metallic card-stock — Lili of the Valley rubber stamp “Strawberries” — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase Set One”(S4-563) — Impression Obsession Word Die “Beste Wishes” (DIE 386-F) — Derwent Inktense water-color pencils for coloring

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.



Polka Dot Shoe

Hello everyone,

I am still struggling with clean and simple cards but decided not to give up so easily this time. This week the challenge at Less is More is the theme “Cut It Out”. Mandi and Chrissie  would like to see some kind of hole or aperture in the card. I decided on a shoe template to cut the aperture on the card blank and then used polka dot designer paper as my background layer.  For a little bit of glamour and glitz I added a red paper rose topped with crystal glitter. The sentiment is from Just Rite. Well, hopefully sometime in future my clean and simple cards will be as stunning as the cards entered in the Less is More challenge, I would love to make cards as elegant and stylish as the LIMettes.



The polka dot layer on the inside

A close-up of the shoe and sentiment

Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Polka Dot designer paper
  • Shoe template from “Simply Cards and Papercraft” magazine
  • JustRite “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Red paper rose
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

I hope you like my take on the challenges. Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Baobab Beauty

Hello everyone,

A few years ago I had a request to make a couple of cards featuring indigenous African plants and animals. One of the stamps I used was this African baobab tree image and ever since this stamp is one of my favourites to create landscape and ethnic cards. This week the challenge at One-Layer Wednesday (OLW36) – Barely There  is to create a card as in Jennifer’s words “using a bare tree, or bare vegetation of some kind – that means no leaves, no needles, no buds, no flowers.  You can use as many images/sentiments/colours as you like, but you must use one plant image that is “bare”. My baobab tree (without leaves in winter!) stamp just fits perfectly for this challenge! 

The baobab tree is regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world and the stem may reach proportions of up to 28 m in girt and a height of 25 m -30 m.  Recent research techniques implicated that a tree with a diameter of 10 m may be as old as 2000 years. The tree is also called the upside-down tree as the branches look like roots. In South Africa it is found only in the warm parts of the Limpopo Province and during sunset these magnificent trees have breathtaking silhouettes against the African skies. In 1941 the African baobab was declared a protected tree under the Forest Act in South Africa. (More information available at Plantzafrica). 

Sorry, I was carried away by all the interesting facts about these trees, so back to how I made this card. I decided on black cardstock and the bleaching technique to “pop” the image. The image was stamped with VersaMagic “Midnight Black” ink pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I added a line and sentiment with gold embossing powder. The stamp is from Great Impressions (South Africa)”Baobab Tree 831″ but unfortunately I don’t know the origin of the “Memories” sentiment stamp. I love how this card reflects the African  landscape.

I struggled to take a good photo as today is a cloudy and rainy day and I had to use the camera flash. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A Splash of Yellow

Hello dear friends,

On Wednesday Susan posted a new challenge on her blog, Simplicity. For this One Layer Wednesday challenge, OLW35 – Yellow, we must create a card where yellow is the main colour. You may use other colors as well, but the dominant color must be yellow. Embellishments must be kept to a minimum.

 At first I wanted to use a sunflower stamp but then decided on this rather plain and uncomplicated stamp. To give the image a little bit of depth I shaded some of the flowers with orange.  I opted for a narrow ribbon to accentuate  the thin stems of the flowers.  The embossing strip serves as  an “anchor” for the image. I must admit it is a little bit difficult for me to get used to such a minimalistic layout of a card!

I used the following to create the card:

  • White cardstock
  • Best Rubber Stamps (South Africa) stamp 6651
  • Yellow satin ribbon
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Just my type”
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolour pencils for colouring

Hope you like the card and thanks for stopping by. I would appreciate your comment so I can come visit you too. Have a wonderful weekend.



Purrfect Day…

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and wishing you a prosperous new year filled with peace, love and special memories.

On the last day of 2010 I am already taking on new kind of challenges. For several months I am following Jennifer Styles and Susan Raihala’s blogs showcasing their one layer cards. These cards really speak to me but I always hesitated to make them. But as we face a new year why not taking on new challenges – I devoted myself that in 2011 I will make an effort to learn lots of new cardmaking skills. This week’s challenge at One-Layer Wednesday 34 : Boot Camp! is to create  a one-layer card using only one image stamp and no more than two ink colours.  You may also use a sentiment stamp. NO  embellishments of any kind are allowed. Really tough for me who love flowers,  dainty embellishments and lots of detail!

Well, here is my attempt to become an expert on one-layer cards – one of my future dreams :-). For the first card I used caramel cardstock and stamped and coloured the image with Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage Photo”.

For those who don’t like a ginger kitty I made a grey one too with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink “Black Soot”.

I used the following to create the cards:

  • White and caramel cardstock
  • Penny Black Purrfect Day clear stamp set for image and sentiment
  • Tim Holtz Distressing Inks “Vintage Photo” and “Black Soot”

That’s all from me today and for 2010. Have a lovely evening and a happy New Year’s day.

Greetings from South Africa,


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