Christmas Joy

Hello blog friends,

It’s time for another vintage/shabby chic challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow.  For this challenge we are looking for your beautiful tags and/or boxes (could be for Christmas) in the vintage or shabby style. Bonnie Garby is our guest designer this time and you can see her lovely work on her blog Make Time 2 Craft

With the festive season around the corner I took the opportunity to make a Christmas tag for this new challenge. For the tag I choose a stamp from Clearly Impressed which I bought from a local scrapbook company Scrapbook-Direct. I love to use gold on my Christmas creations, so I embossed the deer in gold  as well as the flourish on the back of the tag. To give dimension to the image I stamp a second deer, cut it out and pop it up with mirror tape. The tag shape was cut with a Spellbinders Nestablities Majestic Elements die “Radiant Rectangles”. The flowers are from the Petaloo Canterbury collection “Magnolia blossoms”. The sentiment letters on the small label are peel off stickers.Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo” around the edges and on the seam binding help to achieve a vintage look.



The flowers, bow, pearls and bells


The Clearly Impressed image “Xmas Deer” embossed with gold embossing powder


The tag with the sentiment


The back of the tag


Project details:

  • Cream and red cardstock
  • Clearly Impressed clear stamp sets “Xmas Deer” ( CI-2054) and “Vintage” (CI-2045)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements “Radiant Rectangles”
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire die “Scalloped tags”
  • Gold detail embossing powder
  • Petaloo Cabterbury collection “Magnolia blossoms” (Burgundy)
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick red”
  • Gold thread
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Peel Off stickers for sentiment.
  • Stickles “Gold”

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your visits and comments so much. I hope you’ll visit Sugar Creek Hollow and play along with our Tags and/or Boxes challenge this fortnight.  The Design Team made beautiful creations to give you inspiration. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Vintage Bird

Hello friends,

Saturdays is the time to share a vintage or shabby chic card. The new challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow  is Feathers and Fur in a vintage or shabby chic style. I made my card in a vintage, monochromatic style. I saw this image of  a bird in a glass cloche a few months ago on The Graphics Fairy blog and it caught my eye immediately. According to Karen’s description this stunning print comes from a natural history book (circa 1870). Such lovely detail the illustrator put into this. I used the original sepia toned image but Karen also made several other colored versions. The background paper is from an old dictionary I bought at an antique and collectables market. It is fallen apart and the pages were already turned a yellow-brownish color. I had to add just a little bit of distress ink to get the vintage look. The metal chain was glued to the card with glossy accents and I tested the grip to make sure it is fixed well. Maybe I must give the card to close family or friends – this will be safe as they won’t be angry if  it falls off!



A close up of the image “Bird in glass cloche” (The Graphics Fairy)


The flowers


The key trinket and sentiment


A peep at the inside decorated with a piece of lace


Project details:

  • White and tan cardstock
  • Old script paper
  • Image from The Graphics Fairy Bird in Glass Cloche
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire die ‘Tags”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty”
  • Resin corners
  • Paper roses
  • Bronze metal chain
  • Key charm
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Olorosa”
  • Crocheted lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for visiting and looking at my card. Your comment is much appreciated. The design team at Sugar Creek Hollow made beautiful cards for this week’s challenge, please hop over for inspiration and join us for our Feathers and Fur challenge. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy life and crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



Hello blog friends,

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and at Sugar Creek Hollow this week we are setting the scene for your projects made for this special day. The theme is Romantic Love and you can enter any paper project as long as it is made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. I decided to make my card in shades of cream with a hint of turquoise and gold. The French couple image is from The Graphics Fairy. The Die’sire tag die and KaiserCraft sentiment stamp are new additions to my ever-growing craft supplies. I always wonder if I will ever overcome this craft addiction!  



A close up of the vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy


The flowers


The sentiment with lace and pearls


A peep at the inside decorated with two pearl hearts


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock for base
  • Designer paper from Prima “Botanical collection” and “Sun Kiss collection”
  • Image “The Graphics Fairy
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamp “Secret Admirer – Definitions”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Decorative Labels Eight”
  • Die’sire die “Scalloped Tags”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Turquoise”
  • Pearl hearts
  • Paper roses
  • Gold tread
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye”
  •  Stickles “Golden Rod”

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I enjoy reading all your comments and appreciate the time you spend writing them. Have a great weekend and happy crafting. Hope to see your Valentine’s card this week at Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge – Romantic Love.

Regards from South Africa,


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