O’ Christmas Tree

Hello friends,

November is here  … and Christmas is coming soon. I have my first Christmas card for this year to share today. The card was created for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room and the theme for this fortnight is “O’ Christmas Tree”. Our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps and you could be the winner of 7 Bugaboo digi stamps by just playing along. A visit to The Shabby Tea Room for the inspiration picture and more info on the prize and rules will be worthwhile.

For my card I used a Bugaboo stamp “Merry Christmas Tree”  so kindly sponsored by Jodie. As the Christmas tree is so cute with the pink gem stones and glitter as decorations I decided to keep the rest of the card clean and simply. To capture the rustic and shabby look of the inspiration picture, I layered the image on a wooden plank background, add a strip of burlap, some vintage seam binding and pink roses. The distressed edges adds a perfectly aged, weathered look. Hope you like my take on a non-traditional Christmas card.



A close up of the Christmas tree


The flowers and ribbon


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Wooden plank designer paper
  • Bugaboo stamp “Merry Christmas Tree”
  • Pink gem stones in various sizes
  • Skwiglues glitter
  • Derwent Inktense pencils for coloring
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Roses
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen”

I love having you stop by, thank you for visiting! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Sweet as Sunshine

Hello friends,

Today’s post I share with a happy dance – this is my first as design team member for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge blog! I am so honored and delighted to join the very talented team of ladies. This is going to be an incredible experience and a golden opportunity to learn more about card making and the shabby style. Thank you for holding thumbs for me and all your kind comments when I submitted my cards for the design team call. I appreciate it so much.

The theme for the The Shabby Tea Room challenge this fortnight is “Sweet as Sunshine”. Please hop over to The Shabby Tea Room to see the lovely inspiration photo and more details on how to enter the challenge. Our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps and they offer a lovely prize of 7 digi’s for this challenge!

For my card I was kindly sponsored with a yummy cupcake image that I layered on a paper doily. I coloured the image with my watercolor pencils and paper piece the cupcake layer and cream topping for more dimension. To embellish I added a gingham ribbon, some sequins, a red button and glitter. The sentiment is a a die cut from Marianne Designs Creatables.


The bow and button


The yummy cupcake


The sentiment


Project details:

  • White, yellow and red cardstock
  • October Afternoon designer paper “Confetti”
  • Bugaboo Stamps: Yummy Cupcake
  • Marianne Design Creatables sentiment die (LR0223)
  • Doily
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Star button
  • Sequins
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Please come and join in the fun at our challenge at The Shabby Tea room, I would love to see your take on the challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Kind regards,



Halloween Bling

Hello everyone,

Time for another great challenge at For Fun Challenges this week. The challenge is to create a Halloween card but the twist is to use no orange on your card. I used  free digital stamps for my card. The “Witch Feet” image is from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment “Best Witches Hat” from Robin’s Artful Musings. The image was coloured with black, lime green and purple Tombow pens and I added silver Stickles and purple gemstones on the shoe buckles and hat for a little bit of bling. For a sparkle in the eye I also added Silver Stickles to the little spiders. I must say I like the fashionable shoes and stockings, maybe the fashion gurus will describe it as a fashion disaster!

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • Bugaboo Stamps freebie “Witch feet”
  • Robin’s Artful Musings freebie “Best Witches Hat”
  • Black, lime green and purple cardstock
  • Silver mesh
  • Purple gemstones
  • Spider confetti
  • Silver Stickles
  • Black organza ribbon
  • Tombow pens for colouring
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades “Cracked” for background

 Hope to see your Halloween card at For Fun Challenges this week. Enjoy the rest of the week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,


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