Polka Dot Fun

Hello friends,

Where did the time go? But I don’t mind because it is time for our new challenge at Double D Challenges. The challenge this fortnight is really easy with the theme “Anything Goes with Polka Dots”. The inspiration board  is so beautiful – I just love all the colors and dots! Please ca dd pd4-tilevisit the Double D Challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from our talented designers and join in the fun! We have a fun 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 different colors in the photo and decided on colorful polka dot paper and pink background. I used a Marianne Design Craftables “basket” die cut for the pretty paper roses and layered it on a pink paper doily. I kept the card simple, but still shabby, by adding some sequins, butterflies, an embossed dot strip and a wax cord bow.  The sentiment was cut with a  Spellbinders Shapeabilities  sentiment die.

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the basket, roses and sequins


The sentiment and butterflies


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and pink card-stock
  • Polka dot designer paper
  • Marianne Design Craftables “Basket” (CR1208)
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (No. 1001)
  • Crealies die “Butterflies”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase set one” (S4-563)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Paper doily
  • Paper roses
  • Sequins
  • Wax cord for bow
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old paper”

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

Kind regards,



Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing a card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is “Hiding and Go Seek” which means there must be a hidden element on your project. Your project can be a card or any other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. Hope you can join us this fortnight. Kerstin and Nina are our two guest designers for this challenge and you can also see their beautiful cards on the Sugar Creek Hollow blog.

For my card I used a Graphic45 vintage image from the Secret Garden collection – one of my favorite designer paper packs. To make the design a bit more interesting I cut the front 3 cm smaller than the back of the card to reveal the designer paper on the inside. I added a Spellbinders D-Lites “Flourish Trim” die cut to the edge as a finishing touch. The image was raised with adhesive foam squares to hide the two sentiment tags. As I am a detail junkie I added some little birdies, paper daisies, lace and pearls to ensure the recipient of this card have lots of things to look at!



A close-up of the Graphic45 vintage image


The daisies and lace


Little birdies


Two hidden tags



A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “Secret Garden Collection “Pretty Primrose”
  • Graphic45 vintage image Secret Garden Collection “Springtime”
  • Graphic45 Secret Garden Collection “Chipboard 2”
  • Raspberry Road designer paper “Victorian Bliss”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites die “Flourish Trim”
  • Memory Box die “Resting Birds” No. 98527
  • Die’sire die ‘Scalloped Tags”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Anna Griffen Foundry”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp “Lace Delight”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Heart embellishment
  • Paper daisies
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank for visiting today, I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful day and I hope you will join us at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this fortnight. Keep safe and happy crafting.



There’s No One Like You

Hello dear blog friends,

Saturday and a card to share with you for our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. For this challenge we have a guest designer that wowed us with her beautiful vintage cards. She is Heidi Augustson a.k.a. Filharmonica and you can see more of her work here. The challenge is Tic-Tac-Toe  and the card must be in the vintage, shabby or primitive style.


For my card I used several lines on the diagram. First line featured on my card is lace, ribbon and pearls – my favourite embellishments. The second line is embossing, ribbon and distressing and the third line flowers, pearls and a die cut. I love it when a plan comes tegether!  The images are from The House Across The Bay  “Come For Tea” digital collage sheet.  Aren’t they lovely, it was a difficult decision to choose which inchie to put on the card. The Spellbinders ” Decorative Labels Eight” die cut for the sentiment is a new addition to my stash.

 Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the digital images from The House Across The Bay


The JustRite sentiment stamped on a Spellbinders die cut, roses and ribbon


A peep at the inside with another image


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • WEbster’s Pages designer paper “Butterfly Kisses”
  • Making Memories designer paper “5th Avenue”
  • The House Across The Bay  “Come For Tea” Digital Collage
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant Frames”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Decorative Labels Eight”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fleur De Lis Motifs”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Textile”
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip” and “Turquoise”
  • Wax cord
  • Paper roses
  • Black pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal Gold”

Thanks for coming by and looking at my card – this is so much appreciated. Hope to see your tic-tac-toe card linked at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog. Enjoy your day.

Regards from South Africa,


Meet Fizzy Moon

Hello blog friends,

A cute card to share today featuring the adorable Fizzy Moon bear peeping from behind a table filled with flowers. When I saw this adorable bear stamp in the craft shop I decided he is going home with me. For a change I did not use designer paper but made an embossed background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and further embellished the card with Marianne Design die cuts, pearls and some Prima flowers I had for ages in my stash. So I had a little fun working with the dies, punches and embossing folders. Hope you enjoy the card as much as I did making it.


 A close-up of the flowers

Fizzy Moon between the flowers

A peep at the inside decorated with ivy

A view of the little bird house

Project details:

  • White and lilac cardstock
  • Fizzy Moon clear stamp “FM Special Wish” (FZCS07)
  • Just Rite sentiment stamp
  • Prima flowers
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0205” and “LR0206”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Vintage Floral”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks “Milled Lavender” and “Dusty Concord”
  • Pearls
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

I appreciate your visit and if you have time I would love to hear what you think of my card. Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Simply Sepia

Hello everyone,

Hope you  enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I managed to fit in a few hours crafting this weekend although I just want to be outside enjoying the wonderful spring weather that arrived in South Africa. The theme “Monochromatic” at The Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week captured my imagination. Monochromatic is challenging for me as I love to use lots of colours on my cards. I decided to take up the challenge and try a Penny Black critter on a vintage themed card! I used this same Penny Black stamp a few weeks ago with red, white, green and black colours but this week I gave the little guy a vintage look with sepia colours – I love brown and cream combinations. Unfortunately I couldn’t find brown flowers in my stash, but for a touch of softness to the dark brown background these cream organza flowers with lace was my choice. I don’t know if I do justice to the challenge but hopefully you will enjoy my creation.

I entered the card in the following challenges:

The sentiment on the inside

Project details:

  • Penny Black stamp (2376K)  “Toot the flute”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Cream cardstock
  • Designer paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Grace’s Frame”
  • Lace and organza flowers
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils for colouring
  • Pearls
  • Brilliance stamp pad “Jumbo Java”

For all my followers, irrespective coming a long way with me or those who joined recently, thanks  for your visits and comments. I appreciate  all of you so much. Have a wonderful day wherever you are in the world.

Regards from South Africa,


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