Flowers Galore

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Mood Board (2)Challenges with the theme “Flowers Galore”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo and we want to see lots of flowers! For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the fence, wood and lovely flowers in the mood board. I decided on wood grain designer paper and a layered iron gate die cut as basis for my flowers. The flower arrangement is made with Prima flowers and cherry blossoms in various colors. Some leafy sprigs, paper cord and glitter are the final touches to the arrangement. I finished off with a die cut sentiment, gemstones and a little swallow.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The flowers


The sentiment


A little bird for fun


Another bird on the verso


A peep at the inside


Project details:

Cream and green card-stock — Docrafts Papermania Wood grain designer paper — Spellbinders Shapeablities die D-Lites “Gilded Gate 2” (S3-202) — Poppystamps doe “Leafy Sprigs” (No. 1001) — Penny Black Creative die “For You” (51-105) — Cricut Cuttlebug die “Up in the Sky” (2002798) – Gemstones — Paper cord –Tim Holtz distress inks “Mowed Lawn” ; Tea Dye” and “Victorian Velvet” — Stickles

 I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. I love to read them! Enjoy a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things.




New Beginnings…

Hello there,

Sending you warm wishes for a blessed and Happy New Year. Thank you for the lovely support during 2015 and for the sweet comments and just for reading my blog. This means a lot for me!

It’s also time to share a new inspirational challenge blog with you. Yes, Double “D” Challenges is going live today and guess what — I am on the Design Team!


There is a theme and an inspiration board for each challenge to help inspire you. The fun begins with our first challenge on JANUARY 6th, 2016. You can check the sidebar on the Double “D” challenge blog for  a sneak peak of upcoming challenges and the rules to enter the challenges. Darlene and Diane, the blog owners, selected the following talented ladies on their teams:

Team Diane
Diane Hover
Ros Crawford
Amelia Breytenbach (Yes, it’s me between all these talented ladies!)
Rebecca Deeprose
Vicki Dutcher

Team Darlene

We hope you’ll come join in our fun!!

Beautiful Friend

Hello friends,

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season so far. My card today is a little bit different – a CAS kraft card with a homespun “feeling”. I followed the definition of “homespun” on the Less is More challenge blog to create this unsophisticated, plain and natural card with a Penny Black stamp.  I embossed the mannequin and sentiment with white embossing powder and did the coloring with my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I hope you like today’s creation.



Project details:

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Penny Black stamp set “Lace Delight” (30-115)
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils for coloring
  • White embossing powder
  • Twine

That’s it for today! Take care and have a great day.



Design Team Call

Sugar Creek Hollow is holding a Design Team call. We are looking for three (3) individuals to join the Sugar Creek Hollow Design Team. The successful applicant does not have to have Design Team experience but must have an active blog and be creative, enthusiastic and punctual. We will be moving to challenges every two weeks beginning in May.

The successful applicant must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Create in a vintage and/or shabby chic style
  • Commit to an initial term from May 4 to October 19, 2013, inclusive
  • Create and blog one project every two weeks (further requirements such as a blog hop may come up once in a while)
  • Take good photos and submit them on time (By 7:00 pm EST on the Wednesday prior to the challenge)
  • Use sponsor images when provided
  • Comment on assigned challenge entries (we have a rotation system so you will not be required to comment on every entry unless you wish to)
  • Respond to all emails and requests for information on time

To apply – send an email with Design Team Call in the subject line to with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Your blog URL and links to any online galleries you might have
  • Three (3) samples of your best vintage and/or shabby chic work
  • A list of your past and present Design Teams (if any)
  • A little bit about you
  • A brief note about why you would like to be part of the Sugar Creek Hollow team

This Design Team call will end on April 21st and successful applicants only will be notified by April 25th.


Hello everyone,

I have the privilege to be the guest designer for the August challenge at the Penny Black At Allsorts Challenge blog. I think all my regular followers know how much I love Penny Black stamps and when Brenda asked me to be a guest designer it was like striking a jackpot. The challenge this month is for everyone to enjoy as the theme is “Free and Easy” but you must incorporate a Penny Black image as the main feature.  For my card I decided on the image “Toot the flute”, can’t say it is a favourite as all Penny Black stamps are special to me. What fascinates me about this image is the absolute delightful expression on the cat’s face and his body pose – an adorable swing on the rhythm of the music. Such a dedicated musician needs to entertain his audience in a beautiful setting, so I staged him in a garden gazebo with little pink and white roses. The gazebo was made with Spellbinders Shapeabilities”Elegant posts” and a little rooftop. For a bit of elegance I added a lace curtain with climbing roses.

I entered my card in the following 10 challenges:

From another angle to see more dimension. I love the light and shadow of this photo

A close-up of the rose bush

A peep at the inside

Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • 7Gypsies designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp “Toot The Flute” 2376K
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Elegant Posts”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Ovals”
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0106
  • Paper roses
  • Guipere lace
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Old Paper”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water colour pencils

Please come and join in the fun at the Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge this month – some lovely prizes to be won in this challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I always enjoy reading your comments. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


The Essentials

Hello everyone,

My card today was inspired by the K and Company designer paper I had for a very long time in my stash. The dark blue and golden brown combination was so eye-catching that I searched through my tons of stamps to find an image to match the colours of the paper. Well, my choice was this adorable Penny Black kittens with the essential goodies for a “wow” birthday celebration … a greeting card (handmade for sure), bunch of flowers and a gift box.  What more can a birthday girl ask for? For all my followers or even if you stumble upon my blog today by accident, if it’s your birthday today, this week or even during this month – have a wonderful day and year filled with happiness and love.

Oh, and I almost forgot, I had several followers who wanted to know where to buy the lace I use on my cards. Fortunately for me, from a  haberdashery shop in Pretoria North, Gauteng, South Africa, named Habby Hyper. Unfortunately no online shop available … sorry, friends I can only refer you to Wild Orchid Crafts for online shopping regarding lace!

My card fits the following challenges:

A close-up of the kittens

The inside, decorated with punched flowers

Project details:

  • White, blue and brown cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp “The Essentials”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Banner Basics One
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Ovals”, “Scalloped ovals” and “Scalloped circles”
  • Flower punches
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Seam binding “Oloroso”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils

Thanks so much for visiting today and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


2010 in review

Hello friends,

I received this email from today and I really enjoyed to revive my blogging experience that started in 2010! Thanks to everyone who visited and all your kind comments – you make my crafting journey a wonderful experience.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 72 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 135 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 24th with 101 views. The most popular post that day was In the Country.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were:


Some visitors came searching, mostly for penny black cards, penny black, flower soft cards, clean and simple cards, and penny black card.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


In the CountryOctober 2010


Betsy BluebellSeptember 2010


Butterflies, Flowers and LaceAugust 2010


Shades of Brown and Animal MagicApril 2010


PoinsettiasNovember 2010



So glad to be part of the cardmaking, crafting and blogging family! Happy crafting and have a wonderful day.



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