Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing a card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is “Hiding and Go Seek” which means there must be a hidden element on your project. 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. Hope you can join us this fortnight. Kerstin and Nina are our two guest designers for this challenge and you can also see their beautiful cards on the Sugar Creek Hollow blog.

For my card I used a Graphic45 vintage image from the Secret Garden collection – one of my favorite designer paper packs. To make the design a bit more interesting I cut the front 3 cm smaller than the back of the card to reveal the designer paper on the inside. I added a Spellbinders D-Lites “Flourish Trim” die cut to the edge as a finishing touch. The image was raised with adhesive foam squares to hide the two sentiment tags. As I am a detail junkie I added some little birdies, paper daisies, lace and pearls to ensure the recipient of this card have lots of things to look at!



A close-up of the Graphic45 vintage image


The daisies and lace


Little birdies


Two hidden tags



A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “Secret Garden Collection “Pretty Primrose”
  • Graphic45 vintage image Secret Garden Collection “Springtime”
  • Graphic45 Secret Garden Collection “Chipboard 2”
  • Raspberry Road designer paper “Victorian Bliss”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites die “Flourish Trim”
  • Memory Box die “Resting Birds” No. 98527
  • Die’sire die ‘Scalloped Tags”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Anna Griffen Foundry”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp “Lace Delight”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Heart embellishment
  • Paper daisies
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank for visiting today, I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful day and I hope you will join us at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this fortnight. Keep safe and happy crafting.



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,


Christmas Joy

Hello blog friends,

It’s time for another vintage/shabby chic challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow.  For this challenge we are looking for your beautiful tags and/or boxes (could be for Christmas) in the vintage or shabby style. Bonnie Garby is our guest designer this time and you can see her lovely work on her blog Make Time 2 Craft

With the festive season around the corner I took the opportunity to make a Christmas tag for this new challenge. For the tag I choose a stamp from Clearly Impressed which I bought from a local scrapbook company Scrapbook-Direct. I love to use gold on my Christmas creations, so I embossed the deer in gold  as well as the flourish on the back of the tag. To give dimension to the image I stamp a second deer, cut it out and pop it up with mirror tape. The tag shape was cut with a Spellbinders Nestablities Majestic Elements die “Radiant Rectangles”. The flowers are from the Petaloo Canterbury collection “Magnolia blossoms”. The sentiment letters on the small label are peel off stickers.Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo” around the edges and on the seam binding help to achieve a vintage look.



The flowers, bow, pearls and bells


The Clearly Impressed image “Xmas Deer” embossed with gold embossing powder


The tag with the sentiment


The back of the tag


Project details:

  • Cream and red cardstock
  • Clearly Impressed clear stamp sets “Xmas Deer” ( CI-2054) and “Vintage” (CI-2045)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements “Radiant Rectangles”
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire die “Scalloped tags”
  • Gold detail embossing powder
  • Petaloo Cabterbury collection “Magnolia blossoms” (Burgundy)
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick red”
  • Gold thread
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Peel Off stickers for sentiment.
  • Stickles “Gold”

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your visits and comments so much. I hope you’ll visit Sugar Creek Hollow and play along with our Tags and/or Boxes challenge this fortnight.  The Design Team made beautiful creations to give you inspiration. 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,


A Christmas Tag

Hello Friends,

We had wonderful spring rain this weekend and the temperature is a little bit chilly this afternoon, just perfect to keep busy with crafting. I made this Christmas tag for the Penny Black Holiday Tag challenge. As I have only two Penny Black Christmas stamps it was a bit challenging to come up with something. Shopping for Penny Black Christmas stamps will definitely be on my to-do list this week!


A close-up of hedgie and his friend

Against another background

Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Penny Black stamp “Xmas Kiss” 2754H
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities  dies “Floral Doily Motifs” and “Standard Circles Small”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Typeset”
  • McGill leaf punch
  • Crystal beads
  • Red gemstones
  • Skwiglues glitter
  • Spectrum Noir pens for colouring
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick Red”

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I am always glad for your kind comments and visits. May your week be wonderful with lots of crafting time.

Regards from South Africa,


Tea Cup Wishes

Hello dear blog friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoy watching the Olympic games on TV as much as I do. I put an hour or two aside to make this card yesterday which I like to share with you. The challenge at the Shabby Tea Room is the inspiration behind this card. I used one of my neglected Spellbinders dies, Nested Tea Cups, to create pockets for the sentiments. I love the way it turned out and I think in future I will definitely use this technique again.


The sentiment tags hidden in the tea cups

A peep at the inside decorated with fishtail banners

A close-up of the tea cups and flowers

Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Upikit Designer Paper
  • Prima Designer Paper “Flights of Fancy Collection”
  • K and Company Designer Paper
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Nested Tea Cups”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Vintage Lace”
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0116”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamps
  • Prima flower “Lilliput Roses Teaberry”
  • Fabric Rose buds
  • Pearls
  • Lace and ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tea Dye”

Thanks for visiting today, it is much appreciated. Enjoy your week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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