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,


Graceful Chandelier

Hello friends,

Thank you for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits so much.

Two weeks just flew and we have a new challenge starting today at Sugar Creek Hollow. This fortnight the theme is “Romance” and you have to use ribbon on your creation. Please remember that your creation must be in the vintage or shabby chic style. There is also  a lovely prize for the random winner of this challenge. The Really Reasonable Ribbon   shop sponsors a  $15 gift certificate to their store – such a fantastic prize.

My card is in a Victorian shabby chic style with a lovely image from Janet K Design. I added a chandelier die cut embellished with gemstones, two vintage corners and a cherub on a little lace heart to accentuate the Victorian feel of the image. I made the pink drape with May Arts wrinkled ribbon which you can buy from Really Reasonable Ribbon online store. I love this ribbon as it is much cheaper than silk ribbon, has a lovely shine and shapes very well. Hope you can join the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this time with a romantic creation.

Challenges I would like to enter:


The cherub, lace heart and flowers


A close up of the Victorian couple from Janet K Design.


The graceful chandelier embellished with gem stones hanging from the May Arts wrinkled ribbon drape


A peep at the inside with a Whimsy sentiment stamp


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage notes'”
  • Janet K Design vintage image
  • Memory Box die “Graceful Chandelier”
  • Whimsy Birthday postage sentiment stamp for inside
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • May Arts wrinkled ribbon
  • Vintage metal corners
  • Paper roses
  • Lace heart
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Gem stones
  • Vintage lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

The other ladies on the design team made stunning cards, so for more inspiration a visit to Sugar Creek Hollow will be worthwhile. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A “Shabby” Heart

Hello friends,

I was quite busy in my craft room this week. I managed to do a second guest designer card for In The Pink Challenge – Valentine’s Day. I did this one in the shabby style with scraps of paper and playing with dies and punches. The beautiful paper roses arrived about two weeks ago from Thailand and I just love them to bits. The hardest job to do on this card was to glue the pearls! Hope you like my “shabby “ Valentine’s heart.



A close up of the heart


The inside


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea Thyme”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities dies “Classic Hearts “
  • Martha Stewart border punch “Lace hearts”
  • Lifestyle QuicKutz die “Sugar Cookie” for letters
  • Paper roses
  • Paper doily
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Rose petal”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian velvet”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today – every visit is much appreciated. Come and join us at In The Pink for our pink Valentine’s day challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Regards from South Africa,


If Raindrops Were Hearts

Hello friends,

It is time for a new In The Pink Challenge this week. I have the privilege to guest design for two challenges at In The Pink and really enjoyed making my cards for this lovely challenge blog. For this fortnight  the theme is Valentine’s Day and the only restriction is that your card must have lots of pink. I love hearts, pink and hedgies and that was my recipe for this card. The image is a Penny Black stamp and I used paper piecing for the umbrella. The little hearts are punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.



The adorable hedgie


The sentiment stamped on heart


A peep at the inside decorated with another heart


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Digital designer paper from Iralamija
  • Penny Black clear stamp set “Hedgie Friends”
  • Penny Black clear stamp set “Piece of My Heart” for sentiment
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities dies “Hearts “ ; ‘Scalloped Ovals” ; “ Fancy Ovals”
  • Martha Stewart border punch “Lace hearts”
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord for bows
  • Pink gemstones
  • Lyra-Rembrandt  aquarelle pencils for colouring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian velvet”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Sweetpea pink”

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Hope to see your pink Valentine’s card at In The Pink challenge blog. Have a wonderful day.

Regards from South Africa,


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