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,



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,


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