Loving Easter Thoughts

Hello blog friends,

Glad to be back today to show my card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This challenge is all about Easter and the design team will love to see what you come up with this fortnight. Your project can 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. We are also lucky to have a very talented guest designer Nicola joining us this time. To see more of here stunning work visit her blog Paper Profusion.

For my card I used a vintage image from Bumble Button, one of my favorite blogs for antique and vintage graphics. I printed a few images and fussy cut the flowers and bird nest to do the layering and compilation with the Poppystamps grand gothic window.  To my surprise the little Forget-me-nots from Petaloo just fits perfectly with the printed flowers for added dimension. The chipboard doves were painted with Tim Holtz crackled paint and a bit of glitter glue added a lovely touch to their wings. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps.



A close-up of the doves


The flowers and bird nest


The window and sentiment


A close-up of the sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Princess”
  • Dovecraft designer paper “Garden Party”
  • Poppystamps “Grand Gothic Window” and “Grand Gothic Luminary” dies (Style no. 845 and 856)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Detailed Scallops”
  • Vintage image from Bumble Button
  • JustRite stamps “Heart to Heart” set
  • Chipboard doves
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz Crackle Paint “Picket fence”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tea Dye”
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden Collection “Forget me nots Antique Rose”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for sharing your time with me – your comments make me so happy. Remember to visit Sugar Creek Hollow to see the lovely Easter creations the other Design Team ladies did for our new challenge. Hope to see your card this fortnight. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa where autumn with its own beauty  is slowly introducing us to our winter season.


Little Blue Birds

Hello blog friends,

Thanks for stopping by, I am so glad you are here. It is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today and the theme for this fortnight is one of my favourites, Birds of  a Feather. For this challenge we want to see birds and nests featuring on your cards or any other  paper crafting project. Please remember your creation must be in the vintage or shabby chic style to qualify for the prize or guest designer spot.

It took me hours to search through the many vintage images in my folder (they are all so pretty!) and to make a decision on which one to use. The little blue birds from Bumble Button stole my heart and as there was no nest on this image I decided to do a bit of stamping too. The nest is from a Hot off the Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets” and to give dimension to the eggs I used glossy accents from Ranger. The beautiful lace is from The Vintage Suitcase.

A visit to Sugar Creek Hollow will be worthwhile for more inspiration to join us for this challenge. We also have a guest designer Anne Marie Governale and you can see her beautiful creations at her blog  My Eclectic Spirit .



The pretty bird picture


The flowers


The stamped bird nest with eggs


A peep at the inside decorated with lace and a sentiment


A close-up of the sentiment


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima “Delight” and FabScraps “Legends Harequin”
  • Image from Bumble Button
  • Bird nest stamp from Hot of  the Press clear stamp set “Sweet Tweets”
  • Sentiment stamp from JustRite stamp set “Heart to Heart”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator “Detailed Scallops”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Pearl hearts
  • Prima flowers “Tea Roses Santa Rosa” and “Fairytale Roses Baby Pink”
  • Velvet Fotget-me-nots
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo beige”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”
  • 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,


Autumn Colours

Hello blog fiends,

The warm, splendid colours of autumn is the challenge theme at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight. Your project can also be about fall activities or scenes as long as it is  in the vintage or shabby style. I love the warm earthy tones of autumn and the image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics was so perfect for the theme.The lovely outdoor scene with the children just stole my heart. To enhance the shades of brown in the image I added a die cut garden fence and  bird-cage hanging from a brass chain. The roses are from ‘I am Roses’ and the Forget-me-nots from Petaloo.

Sue Butler is our guest designer at Sugar Creek Hollow  for this challenge. She created a beautiful card for our challenge and you can see more of her lovely work on her blog Scrumplescrunch. If you like to create in the vintage or shabby style and you need some inspiration for the fall colours or activities challenge a visit to Sugar Creek Hollow will be worthwhile. Hope to see your creation.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The flowers


The bird-cage


The lovely image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics


A peep at the inside embellished with lace and a die cut garden fence


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “A Ladies Dairy Collection”
  • Vintage image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies LR0205
  • Paper roses from “I am Roses”
  • Forget-me-nots from “Petaloo”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique gold”
  • Brass chain
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea dye” and “Walnut stain”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you so much for your visits and lovely comments, I love to read them. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Warm regards from South Africa,



Hello blog friends,

Another hectic week is something of the past – time just flies or is it just me struggling to keep up! I am so glad it is Saturday so that I have the time to communicate with my blog friends again. Thanks for your visits the past week and all the kind comments that you left for me. I appreciate each one so much. Saturday is also the beginning of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want to see your easter cards with a vintage image. For my card I used a vintage angels image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics. The innocent faces of the little angels were so beautiful – it just complimented the sentiment so well. The sentiment letters were cut with a Sizzix Sizzlits decorative strip die “Cute as a Button Alphabet”. I chose this word as sentiment because this is what Easter means to me.  I also used a new Spellbinders Borderabilities die “A2 Curved Borders One” for the decorative edge on the card. The tassels were for ages in my stash and I was delighted to see it matches so well with the angel wings and colours of the image. Hope to see your vintage or shabby card at the Sugar Creek Hollow Easter Challenge this week.



The image from Bumble Button and curved edge done with one of the Spellbinders Borderabilities curved border dies.  The beautiful lace was a gift from my dear friend Sharon.


The sentiment cut with a Sizzlits decorative strip die and distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea dye” The embossed strip was done with the Sizzix “Birds and Lace” Textured Impressions set.


The cherry blossoms, ribbon and tassels


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White, cream and aqua cardstock
  • Vintage image from Bumble Button Antique and Vintage Graphics
  • Spellbinders Borderabilities “A2 Curved Borders One”
  • Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip die “Cute as a Button Alphabet”
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions “Birds and Lace Set”
  • Hug Snug seam binding ” Paradise Aqua”
  • Lace
  • Tassels
  • Cream cherry blossoms
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Tea Dye”

I am so glad for your visit today and hope  you enjoy what you see. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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