Simply Neutrals

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge and the theme is “Neutral colors”. With Augustsuch a lovely inspiration photo I decided to join in the fun. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you, so a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I choose Kraft card-stock as a base for my card and layered the black birdcage die cut on a background of handmade music paper. The vine flourish is from Memory Box and the sentiment die from Penny Black. To finish off I added a twine bow, roses and some card candy. This card was so quick and easy to make and I love the outcome! Hope to see your “neutral colors” creation at Double D Challenges this fortnight.



The birdcage


The roses, bow and vine


The sentiment and music paper


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Kraft and brown card-stock
  • Handmade music paper
  • Birdcage chipboard die cut
  • Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No. 99299)
  • Penny Black craft die “For You” (No. 51-105)
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord
  • Card candy
  • Tim Holtz Stickles “Golden Rod”

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



A Vintage Journey

Hello blog friends,

There is a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today and just perfect for the holiday time. The theme is “On the Road’ and you can submit any vintage or shabby chic travel themed card or other paper craft project. Please make sure any focal image you use is vintage. The Sugar Creek Hollow design team created beautiful cards for inspiration  and we would love to see your creations this fortnight.

I never visited France but that is for sure on my bucket list. To keep my dream alive I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower with two ephemera cards of Paris as background. I added two chipboard swallows 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 designer paper is from Graphic45. As it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere I used a green leaf border at the top of the card for more color. The sentiment is framed in a gold bottle cap. The flowers are from KaiserCraft.



The Eiffel Tower silhouette, flowers and a swallow


The ephemera cards, swallows and lace flowers


 The sentiment framed in a bottle cap


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “French Country Collection”
  • Poppy Stamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp (Country Crafts)
  • Silhouette Eiffel Tower clip art image
  • Ephemera cards from The Graphics Fairy and The Cottage Market
  • Chipboard swallows
  • KaiserCraft paper blooms “Coconut” and “Honey”
  • Bottle cap
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Nu Red”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Vintage Photo”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you for visiting today, I always enjoy reading your comments about my cards. Thank you for taking the time, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting

Regards from South Africa,


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,


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.


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.


For Dad

Hello everyone,

I’m here to share with you my newest card for the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge starting this week. Our theme is Father’s Day and we want to see cards in the vintage or shabby style. Father’s day is just around the corner and what a wonderful opportunity to create something special for him. We also have a guest designer who join us  for this challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  She is Ragnhild Øren  and you can see more of her beautiful work here

For my card I decided on a chipboard penny farthing bicycle. I decorated the wheel with a large gold button and was I surprised by the outcome. This bulky embellishment gave a sort of Moroccan feeling to the card which I love with the warm autumn colours. I mounted the penny farthing on a mini clipboard die cut from Tim Holtz and attached Tim Holtz tattered banners to the rear of the bicycle. For the background I used a Tim Holtz weathered clock die cut and a strip of May Arts netting.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the sentiment


The penny farthing on the mini clipboard. The front wheel is embellished with a gold button.


A peep at the inside decorated with a mini clipboard and flourish.


Project details:

  • Kraft, cream  and black cardstock
  • Designer paper from My Mind’s Eye “Kraft.funday” and Glitz “French Kiss”
  • Enmarc chipboard penny farthing die cut
  • JustRite sentiment stamp from “Heart to Heart” set
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers die “Mini clipboard Top & Bottom”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die “Weathered clock”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Decorative strip dies ” Tattered banners” and “Typeset Alphabet” 
  • Cuttlebug corner die
  • Buttons
  • Wax cord
  • May Arts champagne netting
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Happy crafting and have a wonderful day. Hope you will join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow Father’s Day Challenge.

Regards from South Africa,


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