Winter Wonderland

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer day in South Africa.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your visits during 2015. I wish you all happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. Enjoy this very special and festive time with your family and loved ones.

Today I am posting my project for The Shabby Tea Room. The challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is called “Winter Wonderland” and the winner of this challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate from the Paper Sweeties boutique!

For my card I used lovely blue rosettes and silver snowflakes layered on an embossed background. The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties layered on a Spellbinders die cut. Although it is mid-summer in South Africa I really love creating this card.



A close-up of the rosettes


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and blue card-stock
  • Silver mirror board
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder “Tweets and Twigs”(EL-023)
  • Sizzix Thinlits dies “Rosettes” (658932)
  • Marianne Design Craftables  “Snowflakes” (CR1335)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Snowflakes” (LR0393)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Detailes Scallops” (S6-004)
  • Paper Sweeties sentiment
  • Silver cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Broken China”

Thank you for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day!




Sweetest Little House …

Hello friends,

Not a card from me today but a cute little 3D house treat box. It was great fun making something different for a change. My project was designed for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room starting today. The challenge theme is “Swirls and Twirls” and using the inspiration photo on The Shabby Tea Room blog. This challenge is sponsored by The Cutting Cafe and you could be the lucky winner of a  credit to the store!

As Halloween is not a well-known event in South Africa I decided to use the colors of the inspiration photo to create my treat box. The 3D House Box set is kindly sponsored by The Cutting Cafe. It took time to assemble all the pieces and to decorate, but the when finished it is the sweetest little house! To enjoy whats inside the treat box you just lift the roof on the chimney’s side to see all the delicious toffees, chocolates and candy.

Entering the following challenges:


The back of the house decorated with a heart-shaped button


The sentiment hanging from the chimney


Flowers on the roof


The front  with roses, a heart-shaped button on the front door and lace


View from a different angle


A peep inside, filled with yummy treats


Project details:

  • White card stock for base
  • Black card stock for embellishments
  • Designer paper “My Mind”s Eye”, “Authentique” and “Graphic45”
  • The Cutting Cafe 3D House set template
  • Roses and blossoms
  • Martha Stewart punch “Arch Lattice”
  • Heart-shaped buttons
  • Lace
  • Wax cord

Thanks for your visit! The Shabby Tea Room blog is full of inspiration for this challenge, so be sure to treat yourself with a visit there. I’d love to see what you create!

 Kind regards,

Butterfly Doll Tag

Hello blog friends,

It is good to be back  with  my new creation for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today. The theme of this challenge is “Tag – You’re It” and the design team wants to see  your creations featuring tags or cards with tags in the shabby chic or vintage style. Hope you will join us this fortnight with your tag creations.

I love the Prima mixed media doll stamps and bought a few over the past months. They made such pretty, girly cards and tags and it is so much fun to dress them up with flowers, lace and bling. I used the swing doll stamp for my tag, cut the stamped image out, paper pieced her dress and add some bling to the frill of her skirt, the top and hair.For the background I added a Spellbinders D’Lites window die cut and corner flourish cut from kraft cardstock. The blue butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch and layered on kraft cardstock. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps.

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


A close-up of the doll and sentiment


The window and butterflies


The flowers and bow


The butterflies on the inside tag


I made a double tag to write a personal message


Project details:

  • Kraft, pink, blue and cream cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Prima mixed media doll stamp (Item #910198)
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant Frames” (CL02105)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites “Window Two”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites ‘Corner Flourish”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly”
  • Paper rose from “I am Roses”
  • Wax cord
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”
  • Skwiglues “Sweet Pink”

Thank you for visiting today. I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Kind regards from South Africa,


That’s Amore …

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and I am so glad you are here. It is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today. As February is the month of love the challenge is to create a card or paper-crafted project for Valentine’s day, or for an anniversary or wedding. We would love to see your entries but they must be either vintage or shabby chic (or a combination of both).

For my Valentine’s card I used a cupid image from Back Porch Graphics. The colours of the image matches the moss-green gingham paper so well it was  so easy to put the rest of the card together. I framed the image in a chipboard oval die cut for a little bit of depth on the card. For a vintage look the scalloped oval is painted with Tim Holtz distress paint to form little cracks. I added vintage lace, red paper roses, pearls and two little heart-shaped gemstones  for embellishments. The sentiment stamp is from a Penny Black stamp set “Raindrops and Kisses”.  Hope to see your card at the Sugar Creek Hollow “Love and Adore” challenge this fortnight.



The cupid image from Back Porch Graphics. I love the little winged hearts


The sentiment and heart-shaped gemstones


A close-up of the roses


The vintage lace. I took a little bit of  time to cut out.


A peep at the inside


Project details

  • Cream and red cardstock
  • Green gingham paper “Hazy Days”
  • Cupid image from Back Porch Graphics
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp “Raindrops & Kisses”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Ovals”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts” (Corner die)
  • Chipboard frame
  • Vintage lace
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Heart shaped gemstones
  • Paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Tim Holtz distress paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments  – I appreciate them so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Sweet Treats

Hello blog friends,

With Christmas and 2014 around the corner this is the last challenge for the year 2013 at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme for this challenge is to make cards or any other paper-crafted projects using items you have recycled or repurposed. You can make anything you wish but it must be in the vintage – or shabby chic style. We also have Laney Delaney as our guest designer for this challenge. You can see more of her  beautiful work at her blog Laney’s Place.

I decided to make gift boxes and fill them with chocolates. A Sizzix Birdhouse 3-D XL die was used to cut the shapes from empty  breakfast cereal boxes. I love to recycle these cardboard boxes as they are very sturdy. The roofs were cut from an old white corrugated gift box. The kraft side was then painted with Tim Holtz distress paint and leave to dry to form fine cracks on the surface. After completely dry, I distressed the boxes with Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo” for a weathered effect. After assembling the birdhouses the fun part was to decorate and embellish each one differently but to keep the red, white, green and silver theme. The boxes were filled with some yummy chocolate-coated coconut treats. The family and friends will definitely love what is inside and I hope they will love the outside as well! The 3 easy steps in photos:


I would love to enter my project in the following challenges:


Close ups of the individual gift boxes. I used die cut corners, seam binding, pearls, paper roses and a little wreath charm to decorate this little box.


This one is decorated with lace on the edge of the roof, a hanging pearl and crystal and a little sentiment banner. To me it looks like a little church.


A silver heart with a red rhinestone heart inside give this one a country feel. I added silver wire at the bottom for extra bling and texture with the pompom lace.


The boxes open at the bottom and are filled with chocolate coated coconut treats.


Project details:

  • Recycled cereal boxes
  • Recycled corrugated gift box
  • Sizzix Birdhouse, 3-D Scoreboards XL die (658451)
  • Tim Holtz distress paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Marianne Design Creatables (LR0106)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Antique Frame and Accents”
  • Sentiment stamp unknown
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Silver wire
  • Gemstones
  • Paper roses
  • Charms
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick Red”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate your visits and comments so much. Hope to see your recycled or repurposed project at Sugar Creek Hollow – there is plenty of time to enter as this challenge closes on January 3, 2014. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


The Papillon Boutique

Hello blog friends,

Time to check in for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today.This fortnight’s theme is “Anything Vintage Goes”.  I can’t wait to see all the lovely vintage or shabby style creations for this all time favorite theme! You can make anything you wish (cards, altered items. gifts, etc.) as long as it
is vintage – or shabby chic.

I spotted this mannequin image from Manualidades Facilisimo and it reminds me of my own wedding gown … although it is so many years ago!. I had so much fun embellishing this gown and the rest of the card. I printed two images and fuzzy cut the top of the skirt and bodice and used mirror tape to give dimension. The lace frills on the bodice and at the bottom of the skirt were highlighted with glitter glue … just love the bling.The base card was  cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator die “Detailed Scallops” to frame the beautiful image. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



A close-up of the beautiful dress


The flourish embellishment


A close-up of the bow and adorable little cherub


A peep at the inside embellished with a butterfly


Full view of the inside decorated on both sides


The sentiment on the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima “Tea Thyme” and “Botanical Garden”
  • Vintage image from Manualidades Facilisimo
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator “Detailed Scallops”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant Frames stamp set”
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Paper roses
  • Resin flourish embellishment
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Sky Mauve”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Milled Lavender” and “Dusty Concord”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”

Thanks so much for stopping by today and looking at my card – I really appreciate it so much. To see my team mates beautiful creations for this challenge and lots of inspiration please stop by at Sugar Creek Hollow. I hope you are having a great day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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