Sentimental …

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Sentiment/Quote”. Looking at the mood board it is all about feeling sentimental. Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from Double “D”s talented designers and join in the fun!

I was inspired by the white, black and grayish colors in the photo. I used Prima “Stationer’s Desk” designer paper for the background. I layered a black fishing net die cut on the background paper to accentuate my sentiment and flowers. I finished off with a wax cord bow, some silver gemstones, glitter on the flowers and a swallow.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The lovely sentiment

The flowers

A little swallow flying by

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and black card-stock — Spellbinders Botanical Bliss designer series “Twisted Floral Tags” (S4-642) — Amy Design Maritime “Fishing Net” ADD10101) — Nellie”s Choice Shape dies “leaves” (SD046) — Cricut Cuttlebug die “Up In The Sky” ( 2002798) — JustRite stamp set “Song in My Heart” (JB-09865) — Paper roses — Wax cord for bow — Tim Holtz distress ink “Pumice Stone” — Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

That’s it from me today! I hope you like my card. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.




A Windy Day

Hello friends,

There’s a new challenge up at the CASology Challenge blog and the cue word is “Weather”.

Week 190 - Weather

 I was picked as the winner of CASology Challenge Week 188 with this card. That was such a  surprise and then the cherry on top – Melissa asked me to be the guest designer for challenge 190. This is such an honor for me as I am not at all good with clean and simple!

I decided to use “a windy day” as theme for my card. I started by printing a sentiment on a white card panel. After masking the sentiment, I stamped a swirl to add some movement to match the falling leaves. I blended brown, yellow and orange watercolors on to card stock and then die cut the leaves from the water colored piece. After gluing the leaves to the swirl I lift the panel off the card base with mirror tape. Be sure to check out the CASology challenge and  have fun creating your CAS design.


A close-up of the sentiment and leaf


Project details: White card-stock, Computer generated sentiment, Inkadinkado clear stamp Dot flourishes”, Impression Obsession die  (DIE095-D) “Leaves”, Reeves water colors, Memento dye ink “Toffee Crunch”

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

Thanks, always, for the visit! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.




Hello friends,

A clean and simple card to share today. My card features a sentiment stamp from Celebr8, a South African company. To add dimension to the card I stamped the image twice, die cut a circle in the top layer and then lift the panel off the card base with mirror tape. I used my Derwent Inktense pencils to color the flowers in bright spring colors and added a few gemstones to finish off.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the sentiment


Project details:

  • White card stock
  • Celebrat8 stamps “Floral Stain”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Gemstones
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils

Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.



Today, Tomorrow and Always

Hello blog friends,

September is the start of spring time in South Africa and  we got warm weather since last week. Looking at the high temperatures already, it is going to be a warm summer for us. Today is also the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . The theme for this fortnight is Word play and the challenge is to use a sentiment on your shabby chic or vintage style card. We are honored  that two guest designers are  joining us at our Sugar Creek Hollow Word Play challenge – they are  Karien and Maya. Just click on their names to visit their blogs and see more of their lovely creations.

I received a Prima “Stationer’s Desk” paper pad and decided to build the colors of my card around these gorgeous designer paper. I used the Spellbinders Shapeablities die “Retro Mod Clocks” with a JustRite sentiment and frame stamp “Elegant Frames” as focus point. The sentiment is stamped directly on the designer paper with white embossing powder. The wine red roses is white washed with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint and dusted with crystal glitter. I added a chipboard flourish, some negative die cuts from a Marianne brick wall die, pearls and green leafy sprigs to complete the card.



The clock with some bling


Roses and bows


The elegant frame and sentiment


A close-up of the flourish, bird and leafy sprigs and roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White, green and wine red cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant frames”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Retro Mod Clocks”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Marianne Design Folders Extra DF3403
  • Memory Box die “Gold Finch” No. 98756
  • Prima Flowers “Stationer’s Desk” Item #57542
  • White embossing powder
  • Chipboard bird embellishment
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Oval gemstone
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,




It’s The Tiny Blessings …

Hello friends,

Today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is “How charming” and we would like to see some kind of metal embellishment on your creations. This can be metal charms or any other metal elements such as corners, frames etc. Your project can be a card or any other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style.

I  used three metal embellishments on my card to accentuate the bird and the lovely sentiment from JustRite stamps. The background papers are from an old Glitz paper pack and the flowers from various Prima ranges and  Kort and Godt. Hope you like my take on the challenge. I would love to see what you come up with.



The crowned bird


The corner embellishments


The sentiment


The flowers, metal trinket and flourish


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Glitz designer paper “French Kiss”
  •  JustRite sentiment stamp set “Song in my Heart”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Moroccan Accents”
  • Poppystamps die “Peaceful Bird” No. 929
  • Memory Box die “Forest Bird” No. 98340
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “Flourish” LR0271
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Metal trinkets
  • Prima flowers “Bellas” ; “Coventry Rose Romantique” ; “Princess Whimsical”
  • Kort and Godt flowers
  • Stamens
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



Hello blog friends,

We have a new fun challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this Saturday. The theme is to create a vintage or shabby chic card or project in the colors of your flag. I always admire the different flags at international meetings or sport gatherings – it is such a display of colors and designs. This week we are also pleased to introduce our monthly Guest Designer at Sugar Creek Hollow. She is  Sanja Grdinic from Croatia.

SA_FlagWe have six colors on our South African flag – black, white, red, blue, green and yellow. This became the first flag of a united South Africa on 27 April  1994, at the same time that South Africa held its first democratic  elections. Red, white and blue are common in historical flags of South Africa, including colonial flags of Britain and Holland, while green, black and yellow or gold were often colours of the African people. The main design of the flag, the green ‘Y’ starting at the flag post and coming together in the centre of the flag, can be seen  as the coming together of the different people of South Africa, who then take the road ahead together. (Source: Scouts South Africa)

This was quite a challenge for me to use so many bright colors on my card. The image of the beautiful and graceful swallows is from The Graphics Fairy. To achieve a shabby look to my card I painted the roses with gesso. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



A close up of the image from The Graphics Fairy


The flowers and swallows


The bow and bling on the bird-cage


A peep at the inside


Full view of the inside decorated with a doily and a sentiment


Project details:

  • White, green and black cardstock
  • White corrugated cardboard
  • Vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies “Bird cage LR0146” and “Flourish LR0151”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Picot Edge Circles”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Doillies
  • Paper roses and rosebuds
  • Lace
  • Red wax cord
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Broken China” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”
  • Resin corners
  • Bling embellishment

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. We would love to see the colors of your country’s flag at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this fortnight.  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,


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