Sweet Sunflower

Hello fiends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Sunflowers”. This is such a fun challenge, and most of us love flowers, so I hope to see your card linked up at the Double D challenge blog. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I used a sunflower stamp I bought a while ago for this challenge. I coloured the stamped image with my watercolour pencils and then fussy cut the image. My background layers are a diagonal striped designer paper as well as a journal card for a bit of contrast. I layered the sunflower image on the background with mirror tape for dimension and then add a black die cut butterfly. I finished off with a a gold mirror board sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Crafts Galore Encore #92 (October) (ends 10/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#63 (ends 10/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Dies R Us Challenge #179 (ends 10/28) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs “Small Exotic Butterflies” (DL-113AB) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (Style no 1178))

The sunflower

The gold sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

Cream and black cardstock — Gold mirror board  — Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk” — Graphic 45 Journal card — Stampendous stamp “Cling Sweet Sunflower” (CRP221) — Cheery Lynn Designs “Small Exotic Butterflies” (DL-113AB) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (Style no 1178) — Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils — Wax cord for bow.

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.




Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a masculine card inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this challenge is “Twine” but hemp cord and jewelry cord will also be acceptable. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I created my card in the vintage style using a vintage car die cut as focal point. I created the background with a Tim Holtz layering stencil and distress ink. I added a few strands of twine and a tree branch for interest. As this card is for my hubby’s birthday I finish off  by adding a little red heart hanging from the tree. The top panel was  lifted from the card base with mirror tape for dimension. I finished off with a die cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Scrapy Land Challenges #87 (ends 04/18) – Anything Goes with a die cut from a brand that Scrapy Land sells. (Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs die “Old car” (CABD33) — Impression Obsession die  “Tree” (DIE219-P) — Elizabeth Craft Designs sentiment die “Happy Birthday” (717))
  • Inspiration Destination Challenge #147 (ends 04/10) – Anything goes
  • Always Fun Challenges #52 (ends 04/09) – Happy Birthday
  • Craftaholics R Us Challenge #14 (ends 04/11) – Birthday cards
  • Dies R Us Challenge #94 (ends 04/13) – Anything Goes with dies  that Dies R Us sells. (Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs die “Old car” (CABD33) — Impression Obsession die  “Tree” (DIE219-P) — Elizabeth Craft Designs sentiment die “Happy Birthday” (717))

A close-up of the car

The red heart hanging from the tree

The sentiment and twine

A peep at the inside

Project details

Beige, black and brown cardstock — Cheery Lynn Designs die “Old car” (CABD33) — Impression Obsession die  “Tree” (DIE219-P) — Elizabeth Craft Designs sentiment die “Happy Birthday” (717) — Tim Holtz Layering stencil “Burlap” (THS007) — Twine — Hearts — Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. I love to read them! Enjoy a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things.



Neutrals and Texture

Hello friends,

Today is the start of our new challenge at Double D Challenges. The challenge this fortnight is really easy with the theme “Tan neutrals with texture”.  The neutrals can be kraft, tan, cream, beige, etc and texture can be anything. The inspiration board is so beautiful – I just love all the colors and texture! Please visit the Double D Challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from our talented designers and join in the fun! We have a prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by Random.org. and a Top Creative Winner and Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team.

I was inspired by the cream colors in the photo and the beautiful textured ribbon. I layered the elements on tan designer paper and a die cut daisy background. The butterfly on the die cut tag is lifted from the base card with mirror tape for a bit of dimension. I kept the card simple, but still shabby, by adding some gem stones, paper roses and hessian and wax cord bows. The sentiment was cut with a Penny Black sentiment die.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The butterfly and tag

The flowers and bow

The sentiment

A close-up of the inside

Project details

Cream and kraft card-stock — Designer paper — Spellbinders Designer Series Venise Lace “Emmeline Treillage” (S5-311) — Spellbinders Designer Series Botanical Bliss “Twisted Floral Tags” (S4-642) — Penny Black Creative Dies “For You” (51-105) — Cheery Lynn Designs dies “Small Exotic Butterflies (DL 113AB) — Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly” (Inside of card) — Gemstones — Hessian ribbon — Wax cord — Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage photo”

Hope you like this shabby neutral colored card. I had a great time making it. Thanks for stopping by and your comments are much appreciated.

Kind regards,



Chloe Stems and More …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing my first CAS card for 2015 – yeah, hold on to your chairs as this is not usually my style! Sometimes it is good for me to just try something different from time to time. I decided to dig out my watercolor set and to create a clean and simple card. The chloe stems reminds me of fireworks going up in the air , so I layered them on the watercolor background of orange and yellow. For a bit of sparkle I added orange gemstones. Maybe I need much more practice with the watercolor effect – I tried a few more cards with different die cut and colors which I am also sharing. I always admire all the lovely CAS  cards and hopefully I can gain more confidence in creating them in future.

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

Project details:

  • White cardstock and Amedeo watercolor paper
  • Reeves watercolor paint
  • Memory Box die “Chloe Stem”  No 98321
  • JustRite sentiment stamp set “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Orange gemstones
  • VersaMagic Archival ink pad “Midnight Black”

Here are a couple more cards I tried with my watercolors. I love the shades of blue on this one. The butterfly die cut is from Cheery Lynn.


The muted autumn colors are great for a “sunset” feel for the silhouette birds. The “Birds on a Wire” die is from Spellbinders In’Spire.


For this card I used splashes of pink and a Marianne Design Creatables flower die cut.


Thank you for visiting and looking at my cards. I hope next time I show more improvement on the clean and simple style of card making! Have a wonderful day.




Sweet Life

Hello blog friends,

A new card to share today for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  We are playing with a tic-tac-toe diagram this fortnight and you can choose any row in the diagram as long as it is horizontal, vertical or diagonal. 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. We also have Heidi Augustson (Filharmonica) as our guest designer this week and to see more of her lovely creation you can visit her blog Filharmonicas kreative verden

For my card I chose  to do a shabby Mother’s Day or Spring card with a lovely teacup filled with beautiful flowers, a blue butterfly and a pearl banner. I managed to accommodate 3 lines of the diagram in my card: horizontal, using lace, ribbon and pearls ; a vertical row with flowers, pearls and a die cut and also diagonal with bling, ribbon and a die cut. The lovely chipboard teacup is from the Prima range “Delight” – this stunning range is an absolute favourite of mine. I also used the Prima “Delight” papers and  journal cards for the design. The butterfly is cut with a Cheery Lynn die. The lovely sentiment is from K and Company and one of those items I have for ages in my stash.



The sentiment


and a teacup filled with lovely flowers ….


The blue butterfly


A peep at the inside



Project detail:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper  and journal cards”Delight” and “Annalee”
  • Prima Teacup chipboard embellishment “Delight”
  • K and Company sentiment “Brenda Walton Birds and Leaves”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR 0269”
  • Marianne Design Craftables “CR1253”
  • Cheery Lynn Designs “DL 113AB” Small Exotic Butterflies
  • Lace
  • Pearls and pearl string
  • Paper roses
  • Petaloo “Forget me nots” flowers (#Dl1835-005)
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye, Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, it is always an honor for me that you take the time to look at my card. Hope you will join us for our Tic Tac Toe challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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