Simply Neutrals

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge and the theme is “Neutral colors”. With Augustsuch a lovely inspiration photo I decided to join in the fun. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you, so a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I choose Kraft card-stock as a base for my card and layered the black birdcage die cut on a background of handmade music paper. The vine flourish is from Memory Box and the sentiment die from Penny Black. To finish off I added a twine bow, roses and some card candy. This card was so quick and easy to make and I love the outcome! Hope to see your “neutral colors” creation at Double D Challenges this fortnight.



The birdcage


The roses, bow and vine


The sentiment and music paper


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Kraft and brown card-stock
  • Handmade music paper
  • Birdcage chipboard die cut
  • Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No. 99299)
  • Penny Black craft die “For You” (No. 51-105)
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord
  • Card candy
  • Tim Holtz Stickles “Golden Rod”

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




For the Boys

Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a masculine card, inspired by the new Double D Challenge. I am joining Team Darlene for this challenges and the theme is “One for the Boys”. With such a lovely inspiration June Collagephoto you can create anything but we would like to see sports, cars, motorcycles, checks,or fishing. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I created a card in the vintage style using gears and a vintage car die cut. I layered everything on a red background, a strip of checkered paper,  an embossed panel and two tags cut from Kraft paper. I added some red and black buttons for interest. Please see the project details at the bottom of this post for the dies I used.

I entered my card in  the following challenges:


A close-up of the car and sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White , black and red card-stock
  • Checkered paper
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder (Sizzix) “”Postcard” (9656946)
  •  Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz die (Sizzix) “Gadget gears” (656636)
  • Cottage Cutz die “Vintage Car” (CCE-262)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs die “Clock and Gears” (917)
  • Nellie’s Multi Frames die “Tags-4” (MFD074)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase Set One” (S4-563)
  • Buttons
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

That’s it from me today! If you like today’s card, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.




Time To Say …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a maculine card I created. Male cards are a challenge for me and I always refrain doing these type of cards. I love flowers, lace and dainty embellishments and doing something bold didn’t come easy. I  have the beautiful script paper for years in my pile of papers and it was just perfect for a vintage background.  I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink for a  weathered look and to let the inlaid clock die cut stand out better. The die cut clock is a Nellie Snellen Vintasia  Figurative die and one of my favorites. To finish off I added some paper candy in shades of brown and white. The sentiment die cut is from Poppystamps “Vintage Happy Birthday”. I really love the final result – what do you think?



A close-up of the inlaid die cut


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and brown card stock
  • Script designer paper
  • Nellie Snellen Vintasia Figurative die “Clock” ( VIND013)
  • PoppyStamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday”  (No 1178)
  • Craftworkscards Candi “Choc-a-Mocha”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage photo”

That’s it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!



Vintage Flowers

Hello friends,

A vintage card today and  created for a dear friend celebrating her birthday in February.  The Double D Challenge inspiration photo and theme, to add blue and flowers, inspired me. By the way there is still time to enter the first Double D challenge, you have one day left to join us in our challenge! There are fabulous entries in the gallery so far and we’d love to see your creations. There is also a prize to be given out with a random draw. In addition to the prize offered, a Top Creative Winner and a Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team. International entries are welcome as well!

For my card I used a vintage scrap from Tuck DB and a sentiment stamp from JustRite. I layered the image on blue designer paper and vintage lace. I finished off with a few flourishes, vintage ribbon, cord, a pearl heart and flowers. I hope you like today’s creation.

Challenges entered:


The vintage image


A close-up of the sentiment and pearl heart


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream, blue and green card-stock
  • Designer paper
  • Vintage image from Tuck DB
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Timely Banners” (CR-04920)
  • Joy Crafts die “Vintage Flourish” (6002/0163)
  • Pearl heart
  • Wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Red and Gold

Hi there,

The Christmas hustle bustle is in full swing in my part of the world but I’ve got a new card to share with you today . I created this card for a special friend who loves the vintage look with a color combo of red and gold. For the background I used a beautiful CGull embossing folder that needs nothing more than a few embellishments for a lovely Christmas card. I added red flowers, gold twine and gold berries and a few sequins. The sentiment die is from Leane Creatief and cut from gold mirror board.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the flowers, sentiment and embossed background


Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Gold mirror board
  • CGull “Floral Leaf Swirl” embossing folder (12-0018)
  • LeCrea’3-D-die “Pigeons” (No.45.1222)
  • Flowers
  • Gold berries
  • Twine
  • Red sequins

Thanks for visiting today and wishing you a happy weekend coming!  I’m sure it will be a busy one for us all.



Just A Note …

Hello friends,

Sharing with you today my guest designer card for the Crafty Boots Challenge blog. What a wonderful opportunity to be featured on such a Guest DT Badgelovely challenge blog – thanks so much Dionne and the Crafty Boots design team for inviting me. The theme of the current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is ‘Black and White’. Your project can be a card, an altered box, a handmade gift, an album, in fact anything you like just as long as it has a colour combo of black and white.

I decided to create a vintage/shabby themed card with layers of black and white designer paper and a gramophone die cut. To frame the gramophone I used a Spellbinders die “Regal Frame” – for me the old vintage and intricate pattern complimented the paper and gramophone so well. To complete the card I added a JustRite sentiment, paper roses and bows

Challenges entered:


The gramophone


The sentiment and flowers


The inside


Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Polka dot and script designer paper
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Regal Frame” (S4-446)
  • Nellie’s Choice Vintasia Figurative die “Gramophones” (VIND005)
  • JustRite clear stamps “Timely Banners” (CR-04920)
  • Pearls
  • Chipboard music notes
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thank you for taking the time to visit and looking at my card. I really enjoy reading your comments and appreciate each one so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting



Springtime in Paris

Hello crafty friends,

It is a pleasure to share my post today as the guest designer at Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.  I have this honor following the winning of the Valentine challenge recently. You can see my winning entry here. Thank you for asking me to join the Frilly and Funky Challenges as a featured guest designer – your challenges always inspires me.

The theme of the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie  is  “It’s All About Vacation”. I decided to make a vintage card showing a vacation during springtime in Paris. I never visited France but one can always live your dreams in paper crafting! I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower and a lovely vintage image of two ladies as my focal point.


 To add some texture to my background I used delicate leaf die cuts for the top and bottom and then framed the image with a vintage clock die cut painted with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint. I love to add swallows to my travel themed cards because these lovely little birds travel each year, long distances to countries far away – they are for me world travellers in their own way.


The Eiffel Tower silhouette is cut from recycled cardboard and distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks.



The sentiment is attached with twine to the Tower and then cascading down to connect all the flowers on the card.


A close-up of the flowers


And finally, the inside with a miniature Eiffel Tower, a bow and a few pearls


Project details for the card:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Delight” and Sun Kiss” collections
  • Vintage image from Janet K. Designs
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz die “Weathered Clock”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy sprig border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp from Country Crafts (South Africa)
  • Eiffel Tower silhouette
  • Chipboard swallow
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

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

Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



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