You Warm My Heart

Hello blog friends,

A card to share for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme from Team Darlene for our two weekly challenge this time is “Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!”  Looking at the inspiration board it is all about kitchens and food. Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see the wonderful samples from Double “D”s talented designers and join in the fun! Remember we are continuing the anniversary celebration with this challenge  and with once again double prizes!

I was inspired by the brown, cream and white tones as well as the wood textures in the inspiration board.  For my card I used a wood grain background paper and added some lace and a hessian strip for more texture and depth on the card base.  For an old vintage feel I selected an image from  The Graphics Fairy   – the colors just match perfectly. A die cut cup and saucer, bow, pearl hearts and two white roses were added.  I finished off with a sentiment stamped on a little tag attached to the bow. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the vintage image from The Graphics Fairy


The cup and saucer


The sentiment and bow


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, brown and cream cardstock — Wood grain designer paper — Vintage image from The Graphics Fairy — Cottage Cutz die “Small teacup” (CC3x3-088) — SizzixFramelits die “Tags’ (659100) — Just Stamp It! sentiment stamp — Pearls — Pearl hearts — Lace — Burlap — Roses — Wax cord — Hug Snug seam binding “Cream” — Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage Photo”

Hope you like this vintage card – I had a great time making it! Thanks for stopping by and your comments are much appreciated.

Kind regards,



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.



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.



Sending My Love

Hello friends,

Another card with a vintage feel, featuring my favourite colours pink and green, as guest designer at Hope & Chances Creativity. I used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front die “Floral” to create a delicate background for the lovely rose vintage scrap from Graphic45. I just love this die, it is so versatile for vintage, shabby and whimsical cards. A rose and a butterfly are also stunning on a card for me, so I added a butterfly from the Spellbinders D’Lites “Flutter Love” die set. I made a template of the die cut by tracing the outlines of the butterfly and sponged the layers with distress inks to match the colours of the rose. The banner and sentiment is from the JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners”. I was delighted when the banner perfectly slided onto the image. I cut little slits round the rosebud so that it pops up on the banner.



The Graphic45 image


The butterfly


The banner, sentiment and roses


The inside


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (Butterfly) (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral”  (S4-452)
  • Graphic45 designer paper and vintage scrap “Secret Garden”
  • JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners” for sentiment and banner
  • Wax cord
  • Roses
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen” and “Peeled Paint”

I enjoyed it so much making this card and I hope you love it too. On the way is my last card for Hope & Chances Creativity – a delicate card – so stayed tuned.



A Floral Frame …

Hello friends,

My second card for Christine’s blog, Hope & Chances Creativity , features the beautiful Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die set “Floral”. I decided to add a vintage look to the card by trimming away the floral background to create a delicate frame for the vintage scrap from Graphic 45. I was so pleased with the outcome as it gives so much depth to the picture of the adorable girl in the garden. I also added some tiny butterflies from the Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”.



A close-up of the picture and floral frame


The daisies


The sentiment and tiny butterflies


The inside decorated with more daisies and butterflies


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage Notes”
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (Tiny butterflies) (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral” 9S4-452)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Framed Tags One” for sentiment oval (S4-377)
  • Graphic45 vintage scrap “Secret Garden”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp from “Fleur de Lis Labels Twenty” stamp set (CL-02210)
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Daisies
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Hope you like my take on how to use a card front die in a different way. My next post showcase a clean and simple shabby card I created with the same Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral”.



Hark! The Herald Angels Sing …

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer day in South Africa. Today I am posting my last project for the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog as it is the closing challenge for this vintage/shabby blog. I joined the design team in November 2012 and what a wonderful creative journey it was. Thank you Cec and the wonderful design team ladies I worked with – I am going to miss you all. The theme for the last challenge is “No cards”  – the Design team would love to see gifts, home decor, altered items, etc. in the vintage or shabby chic style.

I made some Christmas ornaments with angel images for decorating my tree this year. For the baubles I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”  and added  flourishes to the top and bottom of each bauble. The bottom flourish is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Corner Flourish” and the top one from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities  “Lace Hearts” set. For embellishments I added paper roses, a crystal bead and lots of glitter.



I made a second one…

Christmas_Ornaments2A close-up of the images from Little Birdie Blessings and Wings of Whimsy

Christmas_Ornaments3  Christmas_Ornaments4

The flowers, tiny leaves, glitter and a crystal bead on one of the ornaments


Project details:

  • Gold card-stock
  • Vintage images from Wings of Whimsy  and Little Birdie Blessings
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites “Corner Flourish”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts”
  • Olba punch for tiny leaves
  • Paper rose
  • Crystal bead
  • Gold bead
  • Skwiglues “Gold”
  • Gold cord

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



Celebrate in Style

Hello blog friends,

A card to share for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  The theme for our two weekly challenge this time is “One, Two, Three” which means your card or project must include one vintage image, two patterned papers and three embellishments.  Your project can either be a card or other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. This recipe was so easy to follow I created this card in such a short time.

For my card I used two designer papers from the Prima paper pack “Annalee” and a vintage image from Tuck DB – the colors just match perfectly. My three kinds of embellishments are lace, ribbon and flowers. I created the sentiment on my computer and hand cut the fishtail banners. For a little more depth on the card, I used a Kaisercraft “Postmarks” stamp on the background. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



The stylish lady – the dress and hat are so stunning!


Vintage ribbon, roses, lace and some glitter for a shabby, vintage look …


The sentiment and fishtail banners


 A close-up of the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Annalee”
  • Tuck DB vintage image
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp “Postmarks”
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Romantic Rectangles”
  • Lace
  • Paper roses
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Memento ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen” and “Worn Lipstick”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I am so glad you took the time to look at my card. A comment will be much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and the design team would love to see your card at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge.



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