Little Treasures

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Let’s Go to the Beach”. You can use the colours or anything DD_Beachyou see in the mood board as inspiration for your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My card was inspired by the brown colours and sea shells in the inspiration photo. I decided to  create a masculine card with a stamped image which I coloured with my watercolour pencils.  I added a strip of netting on the base card for texture and then lifted the top layer from the base card with mirror tape for dimension.  I finished off by embellishing the water with a aqua shimmer pen, a few gemstones and a wax cord bow

I also entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up  of the image


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details

Cream and sand-coloured card-stock — Inkadinkado clear stamp set “Down by the Seaside” (60-30059) — Prima watercolour pencils — Memento ink pad “Tuxedo Black” — Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen “Glitter Gloss” — “Wax cord for bow — Gemstones — Netting — Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,


Time …

Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a masculine card, inspired by the new Double D Challenge. I am joining Team Darlene for this challenges and the theme is “Black and White”. With such DD_BlackandWhitea lovely inspiration photo you can create anything but we would like to see only black and white colors on your project. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I created a card in the vintage style using a die cut clock  and two stamped images. I stamped a postmark on white cardstock  and then layered the clock die cut on top of the stamped background. I added my stamped circle sentiment with mirror tape for dimension as well as the clock handles. I finished off with a few black and white buttons  for interest.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The clock and postage mark


The circle sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details

Black and white cardstock — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die “Weathered Clock” (657190) — Inkadinkado clear stamp ” Distinguished Gentleman” (60-30829) — Kaisercraft clear stamp “Postmarks” (CS802) — Buttons — Memento Dye Ink “Tuxedo Black” for stamping

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,


A Windy Day

Hello friends,

There’s a new challenge up at the CASology Challenge blog and the cue word is “Weather”.

Week 190 - Weather

 I was picked as the winner of CASology Challenge Week 188 with this card. That was such a  surprise and then the cherry on top – Melissa asked me to be the guest designer for challenge 190. This is such an honor for me as I am not at all good with clean and simple!

I decided to use “a windy day” as theme for my card. I started by printing a sentiment on a white card panel. After masking the sentiment, I stamped a swirl to add some movement to match the falling leaves. I blended brown, yellow and orange watercolors on to card stock and then die cut the leaves from the water colored piece. After gluing the leaves to the swirl I lift the panel off the card base with mirror tape. Be sure to check out the CASology challenge and  have fun creating your CAS design.


A close-up of the sentiment and leaf


Project details: White card-stock, Computer generated sentiment, Inkadinkado clear stamp Dot flourishes”, Impression Obsession die  (DIE095-D) “Leaves”, Reeves water colors, Memento dye ink “Toffee Crunch”

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Thanks, always, for the visit! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



The Distinguished Gentleman

Hello dear blog friends,

This week we have another fun challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is to create a vintage, shabby or primitive card or  paper craft  project with both numbers and letters. For me this was a chance to challenge myself with a male card as I always refrain doing these type of cards. I love flowers, lace and dainty embellishments and doing something bold didn’t come easy. The beautiful background paper from 7Gypsies and already printed with script, makes the task easier to meet the theme. I cut the Spellbinders Retro Mod Clock from Tim Holtz Core’dinations Core Color Cardstock and sanded it for a weathered look. To give the clock a little more depth I embellished it further with bronze chain and gold number stickers. The sentiment stamp is a favorite and from Inkadinkado.

We also say goodbye to two  of our designers, Patti Painter and Heather Hudson. Their beautiful creations will be missed each week. We have three new designers joining our team next week. They are Sherry Hickey, Cathi O’Neill and Moz Roberts. We are looking forward to see their lovely cards on the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog.  More news is that beginning next week, May 4th, our challenges will be running every two weeks so you have more time to show us your creations.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges as well:

SB_RetroModClocks A close-up of the retro mod clock


The gorgeous sentiment from Inkadinkado


The hanging sign cut from the 7Gypsies design paper and attached to the button with a bronze chain


A peep at the inside decorated with a mini postage sentiment stamp from Whimsy


Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Core’dinations CorColor cardstock
  • 7Gypsies designer paper “Abundance”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Retro Mod Clocks”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers die “Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow Set”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits die “Typeset Alphabet”
  • Inkadinkado clear mini stamp distinguished Gentleman” 60-30829
  • Whimsy stamps “Adventure mini postage stamp”
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Button
  • Wax cord
  • Gold number stickers
  • Bronze chain
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate your visits and comments so much. I can’t wait to see your cards with numbers and letters at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this week. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A Vintage Christmas

Hello friends,

Saturday again and we have a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . Christmas is around the corner, only 32 days to go, and then we  celebrate again this wonderous time.   The challenge this week is to create a vintage Christmas card. I can remember when I was a little girl (way back in the sixties) we received the most beautiful Christmas cards from friends and family. These cards were all glittery with the most amazing images. My face was permanently covered in glitter because of the many times I pick them up to look closely at this little pieces of art. For my card today I tried to capture those memories with a sweet vintage image from Graphic45 and lots of gold glitter. Hope you like it!


The Graphic 45 vintage image

A close up of the hidden tag

The tag with sentiment

The rosettes dressed up with glitter, gold netting, pearls and numbers

A peep at the inside

Project details:

  • Designer paper and vintage scrap from Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection “Victorian Greetings #4500240”
  • Canson cardstock “Sierra Sand”
  • Velvet paper
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Mini Paper Rosettes” and “Typescript”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fleur De Lis Rectangles”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Antique Frame and Accents”
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamp “60-30271 Gifts”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Nu Red”
  • Gold netting
  • Bells
  • Pearls
  • Skwiglues glitter “Gold”

There are beautiful cards from the design team at the Sugar Creek Hollow blog, worthwhile to visit. Come and play along , we would love to see your vintage Christmas card. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. I enjoy reading all your comments and they are much appreciated.

Regards from South Africa,


Lantern Charm

Hello dear friends,

No, no, this is not a bird-cage again, but a lantern image from an Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set. With the cold front sweeping through South Africa this week I rather feel like making cards with heaters, fireplaces or any thing that can produce more warmth than a lantern. Anyway,  I love the images from this stamp set as it will also look beautiful on Christmas cards – will give it a try this year om my Christmas cards. My card was inspired by the challenge at The Play Date Cafe this week. The colour challenge is to create a card with black and white with just one colour of your choice and just a splash.  You can see the inspiration photo here. I used my new Martha Stewart punch ‘Ironworks’ as this punch compliments the silhouette image of the lantern beautifully.

I entered the card in the following challenges:

The lace and flowers

The inside with two butterflies

Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Polka Dot designer paper (Unkown)
  • Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set “Lanterns”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart punch “Ironworks”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Ovals”
  • Upikit punch “Butterfly”
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord
  • Lace
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting and may you have a wonderful week packed with creativity and crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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