Happy Birthday To You

Hello blog friends,

It is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this Saturday, I can’t believe  how time flies. The theme of the challenge starting today is Let’s Celebrate. You can create a card or any other paper crafting project for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. as long as it is in the vintage or shabby chic style. Hope you can join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow.

I need a few cards for friends and family who are celebrating their birthdays in September, so I was really happy to make a birthday card. I used designer paper from the Prima Botanical collection and some tulle for the layered background. The birdcage is from Cottage Cutz and one of my favorites. It took a little bit of time to glue all the pieces together but I always love the  result of this beautiful die. The cream flowers are from the Prima Eminence collection and the dusty pink paper blooms from Kaisercraft. I used a lot of dies for this card and for a list please see the project details at the end of this post.



A close-up of the birdcage and flowers on a background of two die cut doilies


More flowers …


The die cut sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream  and mauve cardstock
  • Prima Botanical Collection designer paper
  • Cottage Cutz “Birdcage” die (CC4x4-219)
  • Cottage Cutz “Tea Time Doily” die (CC4x4-484)
  • Die’sire “Square Doilies” die (DS-SQUDOIL)
  • Memory Box “Catalina Wreath” die (No. 98189)
  • Sizzix “Card Phrases Set #3” die (657524)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage” die
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks ‘Dusty Concord”, “Milled Lavender”, “Antique Linen”
  • Prima flowers “Eminence Collection” (Item #546229)
  • Kaisercraft paper blooms “Dusty Pink”
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls

Thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Merry Christmas

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card to share today. This one is not in the traditional Christmas colors but in a color combo of aqua and brown – one of my favorite color combo’s. The image is from Little Birdie Blessings which I layered on a doily sprayed with Dazzles glimmer mist and distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”. I added some gold glitter to the edge to match the lovely flower from the Prima range “Bellas”. Hopefully I have enough cards now when I start to do my gift wrapping before Christmas eve!

To all my followers and blog friends – Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and for my Christian friends, have a blessed Christmas.



A close-up of the image from Little Birdie Blessings. I used a paper doily and a Memory Box die “Catalina wreath”  to frame the image


The sentiment from KaiserCraft


The lovely flower from the Prima collection “Bellas”


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and aqua cardstock
  • Vintage image from Little Birdie Blessings
  • KaiserCraft clear stamp set “This the Season”
  • Lili of the Valley Vintage corner stamp set
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Circles”
  • Crafters Companion Die’sire die “Scalloped tags”
  • Memory Box die “Catalina Wreath”
  • Paper doily
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Gold string
  • Prima flowers “Bellas”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Gold”

Thank you for visiting today, your visits and comments really makes my day.

Regards from a warm and sunny South Africa,


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,



Hello blogging friends,

From me a Mother’s Day card with some pretty daisies to share today. I am currently recovering from an eye operation, so I can call this card a “one healthy eye creation”. Hubby said everything is glued thoroughly and the papers are not crooked. I believe him and hope he has a “crafters’ eye”. I used the inspiration picture from the Shabby Tea Room Challenge this week to create my card. I had the pretty white daisies for ages in my stash and was delighted to see it fits the challenge theme so well. The teapot die cut is from Joy Crafts. This was such a fun card to make with its sunny yellow and summer green colours – hope you like it! Here is the inspiration picture:

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The label, teapot and bow with buttons


A close-up of the teapot embellished with daisies, pearls and lace


The little birdie


A peep at the inside



A full view of the inside decorated with a label, lace and a button


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer papers from My Mind’s Eye “Rosy Love Blossoms paper” and Graphic45 Secret Garden “Pretty Primrose”
  • Image from Lilac and Lavender
  • Joy Crafts teapot die “6002/0113”
  • Die’sire die (Crafters Companion)”Scalloped Tags”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Bird Sanctuary”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0151”
  • Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip die “Cute As A Button Alphabet”
  • Martha Stewart border punch “Garden Trellis”
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Winter White” and “Moss Green”
  • Paper daisies
  • Pearls
  • Buttons
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Mustard Seed”

Thank you so much for visiting today, I would love to know what you think of my card. I am sorry that I skipped visiting all of you the past week. Unfortunately the eye specialist reduced my computer time ’till my eye is fully recovered. Hope next week I will be fully operational in blog land again. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting,

Regards from South Africa,


Welcome Baby

Hello everyone,

Another lovely Saturday and time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we would love to see baby cards in the shabby or vintage style. The uber talented Starr Timmons is joining us as a Guest Designer this Saturday. You can visit her blog The Paper Chase to see more of her beautiful work.

For my take on the challenge this week I used an illustration from Antique Images for my background. The lovely  pastel colored vintage baby illustration is from a 1915 baby book. The baby carriage die cut is from Marianne Design Creatables. The sentiment is my own computer creation. The lovely velvet For-get-me nots were purchased from a local vintage craft market. Baby cards are a bit difficult for me  but I hope you like my creation.



The baby illustration from Antique Images


A close up of the sentiment


A paper rose, velvet For-get-me nots and pearls


The bow and wooden button


A peep at the inside decorated with lace  and butterflies


Project details:

  • Cream and turquoise cardstock
  • Antique Images  “Vintage baby illustration
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0218
  • Die’sire die “Scalloped Tags”
  • Upikit butterfly punch
  • Computer created sentiment
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Wooden button
  • Wax cord
  • Paper roses and velvet For-get-me  nots
  • Hug Snug seam binding “turquoise”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old Paper”

Thanks for visiting today, I am so happy you could stop by to look at my card. Your visit and comments make my day. If you have time to spare check out what beautiful cards my design teammates at Sugar Creek Hollow have created. Hope you can get your project in for our challenge this week. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A Birdhouse

Hello everyone,

It’s time for another fun challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow again, unbelievable how the days go by and we are already in the middle of April. We are enjoying the cooler autumn/fall weather in our country now and  our garden is still spoiling us with lots of flowers. I think the seeds in the field is getting less, as more and more wild birds are visiting my bird feeder in the back yard. While watching how they rummage to get the best spot for their daily meal I decided to capture something of the garden in my card today. The theme of the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is to use a rubber or clear stamp (no digital images) on your vintage or shabby project. My choice was a rubber stamp from Oricraft that I purchased at our local Hobby X Craft Show a month ago. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



The little birds and their house


A close up of the sentiment tag and flowers


More flowers, blooms and leaves


A peep at the inside with a leaf and doily


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Anna Griffen designer paper for background
  • Oricraft rubber stamp
  • Kanban sentiment stamp
  • Die’sire tag die “Scalloped Tags”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Foliage”
  • Wax cord
  • Paper roses
  • Petaloo “Forget Me Nots” (Slate Blue)
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-color pencils for coloring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

Thanks for visiting, hope you can join us this week at the Sugar Creek Hollow “Use A Rubber/Clear Stamp” Challenge this week. Have a wonderful week with lots of crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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