Hi there and welcome!

A card to share for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for our challenge this time is “Thankful” with a beautiful photo for inspiration. You are welcome to submit any type of project and remember only our name is ‘shabby’, your design need not be! Our sponsor for this challenge is Great Impressions Rubber Stamps , but for more information hop over to The Shabby Tea Room.

For my card I used a stamp from Impression Obsession to create the wooden planks for the background .Taking inspiration from the photo, I used the autumn colors and also burlap and cord. I’ve used several different dies on this card for the embellishments and listed them in my project details. I added some flourishes, leaves, butterflies and roses in shades of brown. The sentiment is from a Sizzix stamp and Framelits die set and the lovely window die from Spellbinders. Hope this card will inspire you to create something for our challenge!



The window


The sentiment and tag


A close-up of the roses and leaves


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and brown card-stock
  • Prima designer paper “Romantique”
  • Impression Obsession cover-a-card background stamp “Wooden Plank” (CC177)
  • Impression Obsession die “Leaves” (DIE095-D)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Window Two” (S2-016)
  • Spellbinders die D-Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Sizzix Stamp and Framelits die set “Tags and sentiments” (659100)
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage photo” and “Walnut Stain”
  • Burlap
  • Roses
  • Wax cord
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Pearls

Thanks for stopping by and your comment is much appreciated! Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Kind regards,


Summer Picnic

Hello friends,

There is a new challenge starting today at The Shabby Tea Room and the theme for is “Summer Picnic”. The sponsor for this challenge is Dies R Us and the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at the DRU store. For more details about how to enter, the inspiration photo and to see more lovely design team cards visit the The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog. We would love to see your entry for this challenge!

In the southern hemisphere we are still in the midst of winter and the past few days were freezing cold in South Africa. Despite of this I enjoyed making this card with its summery feel. I used a lot of dies on this card and you can see the project details at the end of this post. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The picnic basket and jug


The flowers and bow


More flowers, a flourish and a tiny butterfly


The sentiment


Little butterflies


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Designer paper from Cart-Us paper pad “Roses” and Prima “Annalee” collection
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Romantic Rose”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Sprigs”
  • Marianne Designs Craftables “Basket” CR1208
  • Paper Smooches Wise dies “Birthday Words” FBD120
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Paper flowers
  • Gemstones
  • White craft paint

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



Sweet as Sunshine

Hello friends,

Today’s post I share with a happy dance – this is my first as design team member for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge blog! I am so honored and delighted to join the very talented team of ladies. This is going to be an incredible experience and a golden opportunity to learn more about card making and the shabby style. Thank you for holding thumbs for me and all your kind comments when I submitted my cards for the design team call. I appreciate it so much.

The theme for the The Shabby Tea Room challenge this fortnight is “Sweet as Sunshine”. Please hop over to The Shabby Tea Room to see the lovely inspiration photo and more details on how to enter the challenge. Our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps and they offer a lovely prize of 7 digi’s for this challenge!

For my card I was kindly sponsored with a yummy cupcake image that I layered on a paper doily. I coloured the image with my watercolor pencils and paper piece the cupcake layer and cream topping for more dimension. To embellish I added a gingham ribbon, some sequins, a red button and glitter. The sentiment is a a die cut from Marianne Designs Creatables.


The bow and button


The yummy cupcake


The sentiment


Project details:

  • White, yellow and red cardstock
  • October Afternoon designer paper “Confetti”
  • Bugaboo Stamps: Yummy Cupcake
  • Marianne Design Creatables sentiment die (LR0223)
  • Doily
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Star button
  • Sequins
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Please come and join in the fun at our challenge at The Shabby Tea room, I would love to see your take on the challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Kind regards,



Sweet Roses

Hello there,

A shabby chic card to share for the latest challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. I used the lovely inspiration photo to create this card with a faux chalkboard background. I used  a piece of designer paper from Prima  “Tea Thyme” collection which I distressed with white craft paint. I stamped and wet embossed a JustRite sentiment with white embossing powder on the background paper. The die cut basket is from Marianne Design Craftables and filled with lots of pink and white roses. The wood texture strip at the bottom is stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp and TH distress ink “Vintage photo”.To finished off I added some greenery, a piece of lace and a few tiny butterflies and pink gemstones. The card will be presented in a envelobox because of the many flowers.



 A close-up of the basket and roses


The sentiment on the chalkboard background


The roses, lace and the stamped wood texture strip


The inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea Thyme”
  • Marianne Design Craftables “Basket” (CR1208)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Leaf flourish” (LR0151)
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (No. 1001)
  • JustRite All Occasion Nested Sentiments (JB-09210)
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly”
  • Impression Obsession rubber stamp “Wood Texture” (CC178)
  • White embossing powder
  • Lace
  • Wax cord
  • Gemstones
  • VersaMagic chalk ink “Pixie Dust”
  • White craft paint
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for visiting – I appreciate it so much.



Chloe Stems and More …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing my first CAS card for 2015 – yeah, hold on to your chairs as this is not usually my style! Sometimes it is good for me to just try something different from time to time. I decided to dig out my watercolor set and to create a clean and simple card. The chloe stems reminds me of fireworks going up in the air , so I layered them on the watercolor background of orange and yellow. For a bit of sparkle I added orange gemstones. Maybe I need much more practice with the watercolor effect – I tried a few more cards with different die cut and colors which I am also sharing. I always admire all the lovely CAS  cards and hopefully I can gain more confidence in creating them in future.

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

Project details:

  • White cardstock and Amedeo watercolor paper
  • Reeves watercolor paint
  • Memory Box die “Chloe Stem”  No 98321
  • JustRite sentiment stamp set “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Orange gemstones
  • VersaMagic Archival ink pad “Midnight Black”

Here are a couple more cards I tried with my watercolors. I love the shades of blue on this one. The butterfly die cut is from Cheery Lynn.


The muted autumn colors are great for a “sunset” feel for the silhouette birds. The “Birds on a Wire” die is from Spellbinders In’Spire.


For this card I used splashes of pink and a Marianne Design Creatables flower die cut.


Thank you for visiting and looking at my cards. I hope next time I show more improvement on the clean and simple style of card making! Have a wonderful day.




Welcome Baby

Hello friends,

Happy New Year to all my followers and visitors. Your visits and comments during 2014 are greatly appreciated and never once taken for granted. Thank you so much for sharing my passion and I wish you all good health, peace and fulfillment in the coming year.

Today I am sharing a baby card I made for a friend’s neighbour who was blessed with a baby girl. I used one of my favourite color combo’s – green and pink – and did some paper piecing for the Marianne Design Creatables vintage pram die cut. Some fancy buttons, a cheerful bunting, bows and Prima roses were added as embellishments. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.



 A close-up of the vintage pram


The sentiment


Pink roses and buttons for a little girl


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and green cardstock
  • Designer paper : Prima “Annalee” ; “Romantique”  and Authentique “Delightful”
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” SD064
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0218
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fancy Ovals”
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Prima flowers “Encore” Item #561345
  • Buttons
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet” and “Bundled Sage”

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

Kind regards,


It’s Pink … For Christmas

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoying your day. Time for another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . The theme for the new challenge is vintage or shabby chic Christmas cards in non-traditional colors. Hope you will hop over and share your creation with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this fortnight.

I decided to make a pink shabby Christmas card with Christmas baubles, a few roses and lace. The Spellbinders Mix-n-Match Ornaments dies are one of my favorites to create with. I added lots of glitter to make it sparkle and a chipboard sentiment to complete the card.



 A close-up of the flowers


The Christmas baubles


The chipboard sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Upikit designer paper
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Mix-n-Match Ornaments”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” LR0271
  • Chipboard sentiment
  • Paper roses
  • Lace
  • Wax cord
  • Gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today, your visits and comments really makes my day. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from a warm and sunny South Africa,


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