Timeless Elegance

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the lovely theme of “Lavender and ca-dd-ll-tileLace”. The theme of beautiful lavender  colors and romantic lace speaks of timeless elegance for me. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. The prize to win for this challenge is a “Precious Marieke Flower Border die”  and absolutely gorgeous!

I was inspired by the colors and beautiful lace in the photo. I use a Tattered Lace die “Counting the moments” as focal point on my card. I  layered several papers and fancy lace to create a shabby background for the clock. The fun part for me is always to arrange the flowers and bows and I really like the outcome on this card. I finished off with a sentiment die cut from Impression Obsession, a little bit of glitter and sparkling sequins.

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the clock


The flowers and bow


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details

White and lilac card-stock —  FabScraps designer paper — Tattered Lace die “Counting the Moments” (0272) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “For You” (DIE383-C) — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Romantic Rose” (S5-230) for inside — Paper flowers in shades of purple — Wax cord — Hug Snug seam binding “Lilac” — Lace — Sequins — Stickles glitter “Lavender” — Tim Holtz distress ink “Milled Lavender” 

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.



Loaded with Love

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog .  Team Darlene is hosting this challenge and the theme is “Red and White”. The inspiration board is so lovely  and I uploaded it at the bottom of my post. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you, so a visit will be worthwhile.

As you know I prefer creating in pastel colors but sometimes a change is as good as a holiday! I used a red die cut truck from Cottage Cutz for a focal point and added lots of red hearts to do justice to the month of February. To finish off I added some grass in bright green, a wax cord bow and roses. The sentiment stamp is from KaiserCraft.



The red truck


Red roses and a bow


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


The inspiration photo

red and white

Project details:

  • White, green and red card-stock
  • Gingham and polka dot paper
  • Cottage Cutz die “Truck” (CCE-377)
  • Impression Obsession die “Grass” (DIE060-1)
  • PoppyStamps die “Heart Stack” (No. 1140)
  • KaiserCraft clear stamps “Me”
  • Wax cord
  • Roses

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




Pink Hearts

Hello everyone,

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with that in mind we have a new challenge at Double D Challenges . To celebrate this day of love our theme is “Pretty Pink Hearts” and we want to see lots of pink and hearts on your creations. The inspiration board is at the bottom of my post.

As the challenge requires pink, I always love to make it in the shabby style. I used Spellbinders die cut hearts and little gemstone hearts layered on a shabby background paper. For a bit of extra shabbiness I stamped some flourishes on the background with TH distress ink. To finish off I added pretty flowers in different shades of pink, white wax cord bows and lace for embellishments. The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments Three”.

Hope you can visit the Double D Challenge blog to read about the challenge and prize and to see the lovely creations of the design team ladies.



The flowers and fancy heart


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


The inspiration board for the challenge

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Project details:

  • White and pink card-stock
  • Designer paper
  • Spellbinders  Nestabilities “Classic Hearts”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D’Lites “Vines of Passion” (S2-022)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp set “Cherubs” (SM02)
  • Gemstone hearts
  • Flowers from I am Roses  (Soft Pink Paper Flowers R4 – 2 and Small White Pink Paper Flowers S10 – 32)
  • Wax cord
  • Lace

Thanks for visiting today and for leaving comments – I really appreciate your time. Have a wonderful day and please come and join us at Double D Challenges this fortnight.

Kind regards,



Love and Roses

Hello friends,

I have a one-layer CAS card to share today. I struggle with one-layer cards and after 2 cards landed in the dustbin I was satisfied with this one.  The rose stamp is from Prima cling stamps “Divine” and I have it for a long time – it is so beautiful I don’t know why I didn’t use it. It was really tricky to align the two stamped images on the card as I had to flip and rotate the stamp for the top and bottom. The sentiment stamp is from JustRite stamps. I coloured the images with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils and added pink gemstones for a little bit of sparkle. Hope you like my take on a one-layer card to master the clean and simple style of card making!



The sentiment, roses and gemstones


A close-up of the roses and rosebuds


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima cling stamps “Divine” Item# 950545
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Victorian Nested Frames & Occasions” set
  • Memento fade-resistant dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Gemstones

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

Kind regards,


A Pink Banner

Hello friends,

This shabby love card was so easy to make with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral” that Christine so kindly send to me. You can see more beautiful examples on how to use this die on Christine’s blog Hope & Chances Creativity. For the background I used glimmer mist  spray in Cherry Candy color and then just layered the card front die cut – it was so quick to create! The banner is stamped on shades of pink cardstock, attached to wax cord and some petite hot pink flowers. The little pink gem heart is the finishing touch.

Challenges I would like to enter with this card are:


The banner


The tiny pink flowers


The inside with more pink hearts and glimmer mist


Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral” (S4-452)
  • BoBunny stamp set “Love Letters”
  • Dazzles glimmer mist “Cherry Candy”
  • Wax cord
  • Flowers

Thank you for visiting and I would love to hear what you think of the card. I love the happy feel of the bright pink and white.



Be My Valentine

Hello friends,

I have some exciting news to share today – I have the privilege to be a guest at Christine Emberson’s blog Hope & Chances Creativity. Christine is the International Ambassador for Spellbinders in the United Kingdom. Last year Christine contacted me and asked if I am willing to create a card for her blog to show how Spellbinders dies are used around the world. Who will ever say no to such an invitation? She send me two stunning Spellbinders die sets and I created 5 cards for her blog. Please visit Hope & Chances Creativity to read Christine’s view about the cards and also to see her creativity with Spellbinders dies. It is amazing to see her wonderful creations and tips on how to use these dies. I created five separate blog posts to show the cards and this will be posted during today.

My first card is a Valentine’s card created with the Spellbinders die set ‘Flutter Love’. The “heart window” in the top layer was cut with a Spellbinders D’Lites die “Vines of Passion” to frame the lovely heart shape. I added some pearls around the edge for a vintage look. The lace stamp is from Stampendous and the sentiment stamp from Penny Black. The designer papers are from Prima “Stationer’s Desk”

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


A close-up of the lovely heart die


The sentiment embossed with “claret tapestry” embossing powder


The flower and stamped lace border


A peep at the inside decorated with smaller heart die cuts from the same set


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Vines of Passion” (S2-022)
  • Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Raindrops and Kisses” set
  • Stampendous stamp set “Elegant Borders”
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Roses
  • PSX embossing powder “Claret Tapestry”
  • Tim Holtz Stickles “Burgundy”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”

Thank you for visiting and I will be back soon with a card featuring the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die set “Floral”. Have a wonderful day.



Love Tale …

Hello friends,

It is quite a while since I last post a card. We are having such hot weather that I find it so difficult to sit in front of my craft table and create – the swimming pool is more inviting. I am still on my journey to improve on my clean and simple card making skills and I can tell you it is a difficult one for me. Today I am sharing a CAS card with a Penny Black stamp that I so much love. I also enjoyed to do some coloring again, I neglected it far too long this time. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did in creating it!

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


For a bit of sparkle I added glossy accents to the little hearts


The curved line is hand drawn – love how it matches the tails!


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Penny Black stamp “Love Tail”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Hugs” clear stamp set
  • Memento dye ink “Tuxedo black”
  • Ranger Glossy accents
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week en happy crafting.

Kind regards,



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