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,


Treasure Your Day

Hello blog friends,

A colleague asked me to make a birthday card for the organist of  their church. The requirements: the card must be for a male and definitely with a musical theme. Not good at making male cards I decided to keep it as simple as possible but still with a vintage feel. I used a sheet music image from The Graphics Fairy embellished with a G clef chipboard as my main focus point of the card. The postage sentiment from Whimsy stamps with the Victorian couple fits the musical theme so well and I just had to add it. The crown is cut from another sheet music cover from The Graphics Fairy. A few black pearls brings the crown to life and I popped it on mirror tape for dimension on the card. My favorite paper roses have to step back for three autumn leaves on this card. Hope you like this “minimalistic” creation!

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

GF_MusicThe sentiment and crown

GF_Music1The autumn leaves

GF_Music2A peep at the inside embellished with a music note

GF_Music3Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from 7Gypsies and Melissa Francis
  • Sheet music cover and crown image from The Graphics Fairy
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday postage sentiment stamp set”
  • Pearls
  • Paper leaves
  • Chipboard G clef music note
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for stopping by today. I love to read your comments and  appreciate everyone  so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.


Cherish The Moments

Hello blog friends,

It is Saturday again and that means a new challenge  at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week’s challenge is to clean out your craft room by using nothing but scraps and other items already in your stash – a really easy one. I think most of us have bits and pieces laying round in our craft rooms waiting to be pasted on a pretty card. The only restrictions for the challenge is that your card must be in the vintage or shabby chic style.

I found scraps of my Graphic45 designer paper and decided to do some fussy cutting of the flowers and clock on one of the papers to build my image. The vintage garden urn is from The Graphics Fairy . I printed this beautiful image a long time ago but totally forgot about it ’till searching through my stuff to complete my card for this challenge. A metal corner painted white, piece of  guipure lace, a cherub,  bits and pieces of pearl string and left over Prima flowers complete the picture. I strung the ribbon through tiny holes in the front and back of the card  to give the idea of  two pages bound together. It looks really pretty with the ribbon also showing on the inside of the card. Hope to see your card at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight. Our challenges will be running every two weeks, so you have more time to complete your projects.

I also entered  my card in the following challenges:


The fussy cutting and dimension on the flowers from the Graphic45 designer paper


The clock, cherub and painted metal corner.


The Whimsy sentiment, lace and pearls


A close up of the cherub with a little bit of glitter added to the wings GF_VintageUrn5

The bows


A peep at the inside with more flowers


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “A Ladies Dairy Collection”
  • The Graphics Fairy image “Classic Garden Urn
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday Letter Seals”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Nested Lacey Pennants”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Fleur De Lis Squares”
  • Guipure lace
  • Pearl string
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Metal corner embellishment
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Prima flowers “Avon Rose Romantique” and “Camelot Roses Gwenlyn”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Stickles glitter glue “Golden Rod’

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

Regards from South Africa,


Lovely Lace

Hello blog friends,

Time just flies and I can’t believe it is Saturday again with a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want to see some lace on your vintage, shabby or primitive card. I have this 2 pieces of beautiful lace and the chipboard birdcage for a long time and I thought this was the right challenge doing something with it. As the birdcage is a little bit dull for me, I decided to glue different size pearls to it and also a few petite roses. Red isn’t one of my favorite colours to work with but I was surprised by the outcome of this card with the red roses combined with the off white lace.  The background paper is a journal card  (designed by Megan Berry) from Lilac and Lavender. This is it from me today, I hope you enjoy my take on the challenge.



A close up of the birdcage decorated with pearls and roses


The lace and roses


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream, red and green cardstock
  • Journal card from Lilac and Lavender for background and inside.
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Foliage”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Friendship Ticket Sentiments”
  • Chipboard birdcage
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Paper roses
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo” and “Peeled Paint”

Thanks a million for visiting today, I am always honoured that you drop by to see my creations. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Flowered Hat

Hello dear blog friends,

This week at Sugar Creek Hollow we are playing with fashion. Your vintage or shabby chic cards or other paper-crafted projects must include at least one of the following items –  vintage hats, shoes or purses. The super talented Brenda Brown is the guest designer this week and you can see her beautiful work here. I always admire the beautiful, dressed up hats of the eras gone by, although I am glad I didn’t have to wear it. For my card I found this pretty lady at Back Porch Graphics kindly uploaded by Polly as a freebie for us to use. I love the summery feel of her flowered hat and decided to choose a pink gingham paper to match this delightful image. I also played with my sentiment stamps and combined a Kanban and Whimsy stamp for the birthday greeting. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges I like to enter are:


The charming lady with the flowered hat from Back Porch Graphics


The sentiments and roses


The lace, bow and little butterfly


The inside decorated with striped paper and butterflies


Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Gingham and striped designer paper from Bird’s Cards (Free printable)
  • Vintage image from Back Porch Graphics
  • Kanban “Happy Birthday”  sentiment stamp from Annabel stamp set
  • Whimsy sentiment for dictionary script from “Celebration Pennants” stamp set
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities  “Floral Ovals” and “Classic  Ovals”
  • Upikit butterfly punch
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Paper roses
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

That’s all from me for today. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits so much. Hope to see your card at the Sugar Creek Hollow Vintage Hats, Shoes or Purses Challenge this week. Enjoy a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



Hello friends,

I am back with a card for the new Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge that starts today. This week the theme is to use metal on your project. We want your vintage or shabby chic cards or other paper-crafted projects to feature a charm or any metal embellishment on it. I decided to use a butterfly stamp for my main image and added a metal butterfly and  bronze chain as embellishments. The image is stamped on watercolor paper and I added only a few blotches of color with Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils to create a weathered vintage look. The butterfly stamp is a South African design from SiDesigns by Amanda and the sentiment is from the Whimsy  “Vintage Birthday Tabs” collection.

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


The stamped butterfly image


The metal butterfly


The roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima  designer paper “Botanical”
  • Watercolor paper
  • SiDesigns by Amanda (South Africa) clear stamp  “Si942”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Vintage Birthday Tabs”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream ” (dyed with Milled lavender distress ink)
  • Paper roses
  • Bronze chain
  • Bronze butterfly
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils for coloring
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Milled Lavender”

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy what you see. Come and play with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow “Use Metal” Challenge this week, we will love to see your creation. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

As always regards from South Africa,


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