Spring Is Here

Hello blog friends,

We are celebrating Spring this week at Sugar Creek Hollow and I hope you can join us this week with your flower creations. The theme for our first fortnightly challenge is to create a shabby or vintage card with lots of flowers. The sponsor for this challenge is Heather Hudson and you can visit her shop on Etsy at My Artistic Adventures. The prize for one random winner is 3 collage sheets from her Etsy shop.


From Heather’s beautiful collection of digital sheets she kindly supplied me with the “Vintage chic Victorian Lilacs Envelope, Flowers Spring, Thank You, Birthday Card Digital Collage sheet”. The pink and turquoise colors did compliment the shabby style of the card well. I created a pocket with the envelope image to hide a tag stamped on a Spellbinders die cut. The flowers are mostly from Prima and the birdie a die cut from QuicKutz. For the decoration on the inside I used  the smaller version of the envelope and also the “Happy Birthday” sentiment that is also part of the digital sheet.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The little birdie

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The flowers from Prima and Petaloo


The hidden tag stamped with a Whimsy sentiment


A close up of the Spellbinders die cut tag decorated with a bow, lace, rose and a gemstone.


The butterflies and a glimpse of the Kaisercraft postage stamp in the background


A peep at the inside


Full view of the inside decorated with a lace flower, butterfly, small envelope and a birthday sentiment


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design designer paper “Birds and Flowers”
  • My Artistic Adventures digital collage sheet
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Tags Two”
  • QuicKutz die “Birds” REV-0144-S
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic butterfly”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Vintage Seed Packets”
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp “Postmarks”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “turquoise”
  • Prima Fairytale Roses “Baby Pink” and “Teal”
  • Prima Tasha “Ruby”
  • Prima Kennedy “Blueberry”
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden Collection Forget me nots “Slate Blue”
  • Pink stamens
  • Lace
  • Gems
  • Heart embellishment
  • Fancy heart pins
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by today. The Design Team at Sugar Creek Hollow created amazing inspirational cards and we will be so glad if you join us this fortnight in our spring celebration challenge. There is a wonderful prize to be won by one lucky participant. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A “Shabby” Heart

Hello friends,

I was quite busy in my craft room this week. I managed to do a second guest designer card for In The Pink Challenge – Valentine’s Day. I did this one in the shabby style with scraps of paper and playing with dies and punches. The beautiful paper roses arrived about two weeks ago from Thailand and I just love them to bits. The hardest job to do on this card was to glue the pearls! Hope you like my “shabby “ Valentine’s heart.



A close up of the heart


The inside


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea Thyme”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities dies “Classic Hearts “
  • Martha Stewart border punch “Lace hearts”
  • Lifestyle QuicKutz die “Sugar Cookie” for letters
  • Paper roses
  • Paper doily
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Rose petal”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian velvet”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today – every visit is much appreciated. Come and join us at In The Pink for our pink Valentine’s day challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Regards from South Africa,


A Shabby Holiday

Hello blog friends,

Well, just as one think you have enough boxes and gift bags there is always the last-minute surprise that you actually need one more. This little shabby bag is such a head over heels project. The corrugated cardboard bag is decorated with some of my Memory box dies, “Catalina wreath” and “Perched reed bird”. The letters on the tags were cut with a Lifestyle QuicKutz cutting die “Sugar Cookie”. This was so quick to make, I think I will make some more bags to keep at hand for emergencies.

Probably this will be my last post before Christmas so I’m wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful and prosperous New Year! May you be blessed with love and joy. For my followers not celebrating Christmas, happy holidays. Thank you all for your support and comments during this year, I appreciate it so much. 

I am entering my gift bag in the following challenges:


The catalina wreath, paper roses and perched reed bird


The little tag and sentiment


Project details:

  • White corrugated gift bag
  • Memory Box dies ” Catalina Wreath” and “Perched Reed Bird”
  • Lifestyle QuicKutz die “Sugar Cookie”
  • Paper roses
  • Gemstones
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip” and “Paradise Aqua”
  • Silver thread
  • Silver star embellishment
  • VersaMagic chalk ink “Malted Mauve”

Thanks for coming by today. Have a wonderful day.

Regards from South Africa,


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