All White

Hello friends,

Today we have a fun new challenge at Double D Challenges . The theme for this fortnight is “All White”. I love working with lots of colors on my cards and is always in the deep end with “white” challenges. For my creation I decided on a shabby card with texture, layering, embossing and a few embellishments. To make the birdie, wreath and leaves pop on the white embossed background I used mirror tape to give some dimension. For embellishments I added two bows and a little music tag to match the embossed music background.  To bring the little birdie to life a pearl necklace was the finishing touch. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the bird, wreath and leaves

The sentiment

The music tag

A peep at the inside

Project details

White card-stock — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder ” Postcard and Sheet Music Set” (656946) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Wreath” (S4-572) — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations  Thinlits die “Foliage” (661206) — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations  Thinlits die “Celebrate” (660223) — Memory Box die “Meadow Bird” (98339) — Nellie’s Multi Frames “Tags” (MFD074) — Marianne Design Craftables “Music Notes” (CR1367) — Wax cord for bows — Pearls

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I appreciate it so much. To see more inspiring “All White” cards, a visit to Double D Challenge is worthwhile. Enjoy a wonderful day and happy crafting.




Fall Plaids

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the lovely theme of “Fall Plaids”. fallplaidsLooking at the beautiful inspiration picture I decided to join in the fun. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you  – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I love to make cards with autumn colors – the browns, oranges, reds and yellows are so warm and earthy. I chose a Spellbinders embossing folder to create a rustic background for my card. I painted a few scraps of papers with my watercolor paints and then die cut the leaves with an Impression Obsession die. The basket is then filled with leaves and layered on a strip of plaid paper. To finished off I added some tiny gold pearls and a bow. The sentiment die cut is from Spellbinders. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



A close-up of the basket


The autumn leaves and embossed background


The sentiment on plaid paper


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream, brown and ochre card-stock
  • Plaid designer paper
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “Bricks and Bark” (EL-015)
  • Impression Obsession die “Leaves” (DIE095-D)
  • Spellbinders Die D-Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • MarianneDesign Craftables “Basket” (CR1208)
  • Gold card and stones
  • Watercolor paints for leaves
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage Photo” ; “Tea Dye” and “Walnut Stain”

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

Kind regards,


Polka Dot Fun

Hello friends,

Where did the time go? But I don’t mind because it is time for our new challenge at Double D Challenges. The challenge this fortnight is really easy with the theme “Anything Goes with Polka Dots”. The inspiration board  is so beautiful – I just love all the colors and dots! Please ca dd pd4-tilevisit the Double D Challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from our talented designers and join in the fun! We have a fun prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by and a Top Creative Winner and Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team.

I was inspired by the different colors in the photo and decided on colorful polka dot paper and pink background. I used a Marianne Design Craftables “basket” die cut for the pretty paper roses and layered it on a pink paper doily. I kept the card simple, but still shabby, by adding some sequins, butterflies, an embossed dot strip and a wax cord bow.  The sentiment was cut with a  Spellbinders Shapeabilities  sentiment die.

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the basket, roses and sequins


The sentiment and butterflies


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and pink card-stock
  • Polka dot designer paper
  • Marianne Design Craftables “Basket” (CR1208)
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (No. 1001)
  • Crealies die “Butterflies”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase set one” (S4-563)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Paper doily
  • Paper roses
  • Sequins
  • Wax cord for bow
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old paper”

Hope you like this shabby polka dot card. I had a great time making it. Thanks for stopping by and your comments are much appreciated.

Kind regards,


Yellow Roses

Hello everyone,

So good to be back to show you my card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme for this fortnight is “Floral” and Doodle Pantry is sponsoring this challenge. The prize for one random winner is a $10 gift certificate to the Doodle Pantry store (can’t be combined with any other promo code). Grab those crafting stuff and enter, you can be the winner of this gift voucher! Please remember your project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style to be eligible to win the prize.

I chose the “Mini Roses” digital set from Doodle Pantry for my card. The image is coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils and then fussy cut. The background is wood grain designer paper from KaiserCraft and a trellis die from Marianne Design Craftables. The printed sentiment is also from the Mini roses digital set  and die cut on a little sign board from Marianne Design Creatables. I added some lace, pearls, ribbon and roses to finish off.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the yellow roses


 The bow and flower


The sentiment and some pearls


A peep at the inside embellished with lace, a bow and tiny pearls


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • KaiserCraft designer shabby chic paper “Base Coat Collection”
  • Doodle Pantry digital stamp “Mini Roses” and sentiment
  • Marianne Design Craftables CR1262
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR 0191
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold”
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils
  • Roses
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. I appreciate your visits so much. Hope you can join us at Sugar Creek Hollow for our “Floral” challenge. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



Sweet Life

Hello blog friends,

A new card to share today for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  We are playing with a tic-tac-toe diagram this fortnight and you can choose any row in the diagram as long as it is horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Your project can either be a card or other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. We also have Heidi Augustson (Filharmonica) as our guest designer this week and to see more of her lovely creation you can visit her blog Filharmonicas kreative verden

For my card I chose  to do a shabby Mother’s Day or Spring card with a lovely teacup filled with beautiful flowers, a blue butterfly and a pearl banner. I managed to accommodate 3 lines of the diagram in my card: horizontal, using lace, ribbon and pearls ; a vertical row with flowers, pearls and a die cut and also diagonal with bling, ribbon and a die cut. The lovely chipboard teacup is from the Prima range “Delight” – this stunning range is an absolute favourite of mine. I also used the Prima “Delight” papers and  journal cards for the design. The butterfly is cut with a Cheery Lynn die. The lovely sentiment is from K and Company and one of those items I have for ages in my stash.



The sentiment


and a teacup filled with lovely flowers ….


The blue butterfly


A peep at the inside



Project detail:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper  and journal cards”Delight” and “Annalee”
  • Prima Teacup chipboard embellishment “Delight”
  • K and Company sentiment “Brenda Walton Birds and Leaves”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR 0269”
  • Marianne Design Craftables “CR1253”
  • Cheery Lynn Designs “DL 113AB” Small Exotic Butterflies
  • Lace
  • Pearls and pearl string
  • Paper roses
  • Petaloo “Forget me nots” flowers (#Dl1835-005)
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye, Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, it is always an honor for me that you take the time to look at my card. Hope you will join us for our Tic Tac Toe challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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