Festive in Pink

Hello everyone,

After a long absence from making cards I had something today to post – a shabby pink Christmas card. I successfully completed my online continuing education course in librarianship and received my certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  last week, so I am back in my craft room enjoying my favourite hobby. It was difficult to get my mojo back after not been creative for a while but hopefully that will improve soon. This year I decided to do my Christmas cards in pastel colours instead of the traditional colours of the festive season. I think the recipients will be a little bit stunned about the pinks so I hope they like what they see! For this card I used a template to glue the paper roses in the form of a Christmas tree. For more dimension on the tree I added strings of  gold pearls. The little snowflakes were die cut with a Marianne Design Creatables and is supposed to be part of a flower die cut.

I found a few challenges to enter my card:

A close-up of the Christmas tree and snowflakes

Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Tree template
  • Lili of the Valley circle sentiment
  • Whimsy postmark stamp
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Typeset” for numbers
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Reverse Wonky Rectangles”
  • Marianne Design Creatables (LR0111) for snowflakes
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Paper Lace”
  • Paper roses
  • Pearl strings
  • Lace
  • Seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal Gold”
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Spun Sugar”

Thanks for stopping by today, as always it is much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


From Milly …

Hello friends,

Well, it is such a long time since I last created a card, time just flies this time of the year. Crafting time is scarce for me the past few weeks as I enrolled in a two month continuing education course  in librarianship. Well, so far so good, although I think I have to work harder battling through all the assignments and lectures than my younger fellow students – you know it’s the age factor! Some of my followers emailed me asking if I am still well. I really appreciate your concern when noticing I am not active in blog land. This afternoon I decided to take a break from the studies and create this card in lilac colours. The colour choice is to celebrate Jacaranda time in Pretoria. The streets are covered in a purple carpet – a wonderful picture to guide us formally into summer.  Oh, and what an introduction we had into summer the past few days, a heat wave with temperatures 38-41 degrees Celsius. The sun is making barbecue out of us.

About my card today – it was not created with a specific challenge in mind although I made use of some guidelines from a few challenge blogs. I hope I make the deadlines to enter my card. The stamp is from Lili of the Valley “Milly Hello” and I love the kitten peeping from behind little Milly. The chair reminds me of our  kitchen chairs on the farm when I was a kid. I can still remember my feet swinging in the air when eating breakfast and then suddenly one day you are a grown-up and your feet can’t swing anymore. I would love to be a kid again!


Projects details:

  • White and lilac cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Milly Hello”
  • Whimsy circle postmark sentiment stamp
  • Marianne Design Creatables die
  • Sizzex embossing folder “Damask”
  • Prima flower
  • Pins
  • Seam binding “Lilac”
  • Lace
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress ink ” Dusty Concord”

Thanks for visiting again today and if it is a first time for you I hope you enjoy what you see. Your comments are so much appreciated and it brings me much happiness. Enjoy your crafting and  the rest of the week.

As always, greetings from South Africa,


Summer Fair

Hello blog friends,

This week Debbie gave me the wonderful opportunity to be guest designer for The Shabby Tea Room  Week 76. The theme of the challenge this week is ‘The Sweet Days of Summer’ – create a card or project inspired by the picture, featuring a handmade flower and the colours pink, peach, green and any neutral. The fabric roses on my card were made from abaca fabric and die cut with the Tim Holtz alterations die (large flower) and the Cuttlebug die “Quilled rose/carnation kit” (smaller flowers). The flowers and seam binding were dyed with Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and  “Spiced marmalade” to achieve the pink and peach colours. To complete the flower arrangement I added small pink and peach vintage Forget-me-not flowers and satin leaves. The gorgeous designer paper is from Pink Paislee.

I enter my card in the following challenges:

The handmade flowers made from abaca fabric and dyed with Tim Holtz distress inks

The inside of the card

A close-up of the Tim Holtz stamp and seam binding bow

Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Pink Paislee designer paper “Botanical gardens”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Tim Holtz stamp “Artful Flight”
  • Tim Holtz  Alterations die “Tattered Florals”
  • Cuttlebug die “Quilled rose/carnation kit”
  • Chipboard “sign post” embellishment
  • Abaca fabric for handmade flowers
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Spiced marmalade”
  • Vintage seam binding
  • Pearls for flowers
  • Forget-me-nots vintage flowers
  • Satin leaves
  • Guipere lace

Thanks for stopping by today and I always enjoy reading all your lovely comments. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Birdcage Elegance

Hello card making friends,

Today’s card featured colours I not usually worked with on my cards. When I saw the challenge at The Play Date Cafe this week I decided to take up the challenge to create a card with the colours grey, lime and red. I used my Cuttlebug “Caged bird” embossing folder for the bird-cages, then highlighted the lines with a Ranger Perfect Medium pen and dusted the embossed images with Perfect Pearls “Pewter” to let it really pop. I was quite surprise with the outcome and although the colours aren’t really my favourites I was glad that I tried something different.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A peep at the inside

I used the following to create the card:

  • White, lime and grey cardstock
  • 7Gypsies Designer paper “Venice paper Murano”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Garden trellis”
  •  Cuttlebug embossing folder “Caged bird”
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0151
  • Whimsy sentiment ticket stamp
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pen
  • Perfect Pearls “Pewter”
  • Red gemstones
  • Prima flower
  • Lace

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. I would love to know what you think of my card and to visiting you too. Have a wonderful week.

Regards from South Africa,


Love Grows

Hi dear friends,

I created this soft, pastel pink card for the Lili of the Valley challenge with the theme “Romance”. Holding thumbs that I am still in time to enter the challenge – time just flies, can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. As “love” is the buzz word this time of the year with Valentine’s Day coming up, the heart punches and dies, love sentiments and stamps have a permanent place on my crafting table. Hopefully from tomorrow I can stock up on birthday cards again!

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White, pink, green and gingham paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Love Grows”
  • Sissix embossing folder “Swirly Vines with Hearts”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doily Lace”
  • Marianne Design Creatables die for leaves
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Circles” and “Scalloped circles”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tattered Rose”
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Paper roses
  • Seam binding
  • Pearls
  • Peel Off’s

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week.

Greetings from South Africa,


Love is …

Hello friends,

The first weekly reader challenge at Penny Black Circle is to create a card using a sketch by the talented Jenyfur. I used one of my favourite Penny Black stamps (although all of them are favourites!) “Catnap” for my card. One of the amazing things about Penny Black stamps is the versatility of the images. I had used this particular stamp for a retirement, holiday and now also for a Valentine’s card. Here is my card:

I entered the card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White cream and blue cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp 4062K “Catnap”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doiley Lace”
  • Cuttlebug die “Heart and stamps”
  • Gemstones
  • Satin ribbon
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils

Hope to create another Valentine’s card this week for the Lili of the Valley challenge. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,


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