Winter White

Hello blog friends,

This week just flies and for me this weekend is the last of my holiday – Monday it’s back to work. Oh, I am going to miss these lazy days filled with crafting, reading and fun things to do. But for today we have a fun new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow .  The theme for the challenge is winter white although the focal image can have some colour. The only restriction is that your project must be made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. I love working with lots of colours on my cards and was really in the deep end with this challenge as I have never made an all white card. To make the banner pop on the white embossed background I used several layers of die cuts, lace, gemstones and pearls. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I also submitted my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the banner


The sentiment


A peep at the inside decorated with rose leaves


Front view of the envelobox for the card. The depth of the box is 180 mm so that the layered card can easily fit into the box.


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Go Kreate die XXL Square Frames “Frilly #1” (No. 360021)
  • Sizzix Sizzlits die “Banners and Keys Set”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Tags Two”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage”
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “Splendid”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Winter White”
  • Crystals
  • Crafter’s Companion Envelobox Creator to make envelobox for card

I would love to see your card or project at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this week. The design team ladies made stunning white on white cards this week with lots of inspiration.

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Pretty Emma

Hello dear blog friends,

I made this card with one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps “Emma with pot plant”. She is so cute with her little doggy and as I love roses I couldn’t resist to ink this little stamp as soon as possible. The little potted rose she holds  gave me the idea to use my Cottage Cutz dies for the garden pots and to fill them up with lots of little pink roses to match the image. Somehow I am not very happy how this card came out but I accept the fact that I never make a card that is perfect  in every way!

I enter my card in the following challenges:

The inside of the card with little butterflies and another fence.

A potted rose and little pink butterflies in Emma’s rose garden

And here is pretty Emma with one of her prize rose plants on her way to a friend’s birthday party. Patches her little dog is wondering if he can go with!

 Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Queen of Hearts pink polka dot paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Emma with Pot Plant”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Go Kreate Die No 360003 XXL Square Frame Frilly #3
  • Jeart Craft die Lace#53 “Fence”
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR 0106
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic butterflies”
  • Cottage Cutz die sets “Garden Bench” and “Topiary” (I used only the pots)
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils
  • Paper roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Gemstones

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you enjoy reading this blog post. I would love to know what you think about my card – I will also enjoy reading the “not so good” ones … LOL. Have a wonderful day and see you in blogland.

Regards from South Africa.


Special Delivery

Hello dear blog friends,

I enjoyed it so much making this card this weekend. Apart from  using a Penny Black stamp, I just love the bright pink and green colours. The paper roses and rosebuds are from Wild Orchid Crafts as this is one of my projects as guest designer for the month of May. As the challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts  and Totally Gorguss is to create a shaped card I decided on this lovely Go Kreate die “Frilly Frame” for the card.  This Penny Black stamp always fasinates me as I can see the detemination on the faces of the two little mice on top of the planters to delivery their letter – isn’t it cute?  Glad it isn’t me who is hanging between heaven and earth – I am so scared of heights! I also added the little banner, made with a Whimsy banner pennant die set, to give a cheerful and special feeling to the card.

I created the card for the following challenges:

The banner/bunting

 The roses

The inside decorated with a banner/bunting too

I used the following to create the card;

  • White and green cardstock
  • Penny Black stamp “Surprise!”  (1649K)
  • Prima Designer Paper Sweet Fairy Collection “Rosebud”
  • Whimsy banner pennant die set
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Leaves” LR0151
  • Martha Stewart border punch “Garden trellis”
  • Go Kreate XXL die Frilly #2 (No 380002) for shaped card
  • Guipere lace available from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Paper roses and buds available from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Peeled Paint”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle and Derwent Inktense water colour pencils for colouring

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting today. Hope you enjoy looking at my card as much as I had fun in making it.

Happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Me and My Best Friend

Hi everyone,

And it’s Sunday evening again … unbelievable how time flies before we start a new week tomorrow. I have a card for you today in peach and green colours as this is the challenge over at the Lili of the Valley Challenge blog this week. I love this stamp from Lili of the Valley as one can create a sort of tranquil scene. Hope I succeed in doing that! A new addition to my stamp collection is the postage stamp sentiments from Whimsy Stamps. I received these beauties from Bunny Zoe’s Crafts online store and the service is absolutely excellent –  worthwhile a visit for South African crafters as the shipping costs is minimal. I’m currently working on a few projects for May (will keep this as a surprise) but hopefully I can fit in another card for this week.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


I used the following to create the card:

  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Swing Time”
  • Whimsy Postage stamp sentiment
  • Whimsy Postage stamp die
  • Go Kreate dies “XXL Square Frame Frilly #1” (No 360021)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0151”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Deco Fans”
  • TowBow pens for colouring
  • Ribbon
  • Paper roses
  • White, peach and green cardstock
  • Designer paper

Thanks for visiting today – hope you have the time to leave a comment so that I can come visit you too. Have a wonderful week and keep crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A Red Rose

Hello everyone,

My American seam binding arrived!!! Although still a lot to learn on how to create stunning shabby chic bows and effects I have lots of fun creating cards with these seam binding. When I saw this amazing seam binding on cards featuring on blogs of so many card makers around the world I was hooked – the vintage look absolutely stunned me. The seam binding have a lovely sheer look and touch. It dye easily with glimmer mist, distress inks, Smooch, etc to match your project, scrapbook page or card. If you are a South African crafter  with a postal address in South Africa I can offer 5 meter bundles of this gorgeous seam binding for sale. If you are interested please email me at for more information on how to buy. The colours available are white, cream and rose petal – I have limited stock at this stage.  Please check back regularly as there is more colours to come soon.

For my card today I used my Go Kreate dies to create something different that the usually square card – the challenge at OSAAT for this week is Anything but square. I love the script designer paper and don’t want to cover it with another layer of paper so I stamped the bird silhouette directly on the script paper. I finished off with leaves, lace, white seam binding and a Prima rose. The sentiment is from Whimsy stamps.

I entered the card for the following challenges:


 I used the following to create the card:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Script designer paper
  • Whimsy Friendship Ticket sentiment
  •  Si Designs by Amanda stamp “Bird”
  • Go Kreate die “XXL Square Frame Frilly #3”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0150”
  • Prima flower
  • Stickles “Icicle”
  • White seam binding
  • Guipere lace
  • Wax cord

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week and check back in the next few days if you want to see more cards with this gorgeous seam binding.

Greetings and keep well,


Little Things

Hello friends,

Today I want to share a card I made for the Lili of the Valley Challenge “Anything but a Square”.  I used some of my brand new crafting stuff to create this card –  my hubby spoiled me with a Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting machine and on my January budget was the XXL dies from Go Kreate to use with the Grand Calibur. I received the XXL Go Kreate dies from the UK about two weeks ago and they are gorgeous and tons of fun to cut card shapes.  I was so impressed with the service received from Go Kreate as they really walked that extra mile for me to get the dies to South Africa. I can recommend the company with confidence to South African crafters  – and they stock really gorgeous dies in their online shop. The image is from the new stamp release of Lili of the Valley and just perfect for Valentine’s day – tooo cute!

The card seems fit for the following challenges:


I used the following to create the card:

  • White and red cardstock
  • Graphic 45 designer paper “Potpourri”
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Little Things”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp “Circular Sentiments For You”
  • Go Kreate XXL dies “XXL Frame Frilly #2” No. 380002 
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Ovals” and “Labels Ten” 
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “LR0116”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Oak leaf”
  • Paper roses
  • Pearls
  • Satin ribbon
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,


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