Sail Away, Sail Away …

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful week so far and that you are looking forward to the weekend. Can’t wait for Friday afternoons as this means 2 wonderful days I can craft and enjoy the lovely summer days  with the family and dogs.  It is already very hot in South Africa and the Jacaranda trees are slowly displaying their lovely purple flowers. October is indeed one of the most beautiful months in  Pretoria.

Today I want to share a card I made for several challenges inspired by a photo, autumn colours, leaves, ribbon and lace and anything else!  Autumn colours are a favourite of mine and I really had lots of fun to create this card. The image was stamped for me by a dear blog friend Moz who knows how much I love my Penny Black stamps. For the sentiment I used my new Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits die “Typeset”. I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. The card is a bit bigger than the normal 15 X 15 cm so a handmade envelope was part of this creation. Hope you like my card.


An autumn leaf for the inside too

Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Raspberry Road
  • Penny Black stamp “Gone Fishing”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits die “Typeset”
  • Seam Binding “Paradise Aqua”
  • Paper leaves
  • Crocheted lace
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Tea Dye”

Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments makes my day. Can’t wait to see what you were doing in your  craft room this weekend, will for sure pay you a visit too.

Have a wonderful day.

Greetings 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,


Sweet Dreams

Hello everyone,

What a hectic week, but I was determined to complete my card for the challenge at The Shabby Tearoom before Sunday evening. The challenge is to create a card or project based on an inspiration photo and use blue, white (or cream) and a neutral (kraft, brown, black, tan). The colour combination is one of my favourites and well, I just love to do shabby chic cards. This little Penny Black stamp is the only stamp in my collection that really fits the challenge “sweet dreams”. That little mouse really must have sweet dreams after he indulged in two cupcakes!

I entered the card in the following challenge:

A close-up of the rose, seam binding bow and pearls. The lovely pearl stamens (streamers) were made by my dear blog friend, Moz.

I used the following to create the card:

  • White and brown cardstock
  • NitWit designer paper “Cottage Charm Too”
  • Penny Black clear stamp set “Piece of my Heart”
  • Penny Black clear stamp set for sentiment “Betsy Bluebell”
  • Si Designs by Amanda clear stamp set for corners
  • Marianne Design Creatables for tag “LR0154”
  • Marianne Design Creatables for flower centres “LR0106”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Pop-up butterflies”
  • Pearls and pearl streamers
  • Guipere lace
  • Seam binding “Queen blue”
  • Paper roses and hydrangeas
  • Heart pearls
  • Stickles “Icicle”
  • Derwent Inktense and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks so much for stopping over today and enjoy a wonderful weekend.

Regards from South Africa,


Thanks a Bunch

Hello everyone,

Today I am posting a card I made for the Penny Black Circle Challenge. The challenge is to create a thank you card using Penny Black stamps. I chose one of my new stamps from the spring catalogue “Scented garden” and a sentiment stamp from the clear stamp set “Betsy Bluebell”. I made the pennants with a Whimsy die and the little butterflies is punched with a Martha Stewart punch “Pop-up butterflies”. The old-fashioned flocked paper forget-me-not flowers I’ve ordered from my favourite Etsy shop, 32 Degrees North Supplies. Beware, if you visit your bank account is in big danger, they’ve got beautiful crafting stuff! And here is my card, hope you like it:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White cardstock
  • K and Company Designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp “Scented Garden” (4133J)
  •  Penny Black sentiment stamp from Betsy Bluebell clear stamp set
  • Whimsy Pennants die
  • Waxed cord
  • Martha Stewart punch “Pop-up butterflies”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doily Lace”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Ovals”
  • Skwiglues “Sweet pink”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
  • Old fashioned flocked paper forget-me-not flowers

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



Being Fabulous

Hello card maker friends,

I created this card for a friend’s birthday who just love to have a good laugh – that’s what she is fabulous for! The sentiment is a TLC Creations freebie from Paulette. I discovered the Create with TLC blog yesterday when searching for a sentiment  – wonderful and fabulous digi’s and WordArt that can be used for scrapbooking and cards. This is worth a visit and thanks Paulette for sharing your wonderful work.

I am entering my card for the following challenges:


I used the following to create the card:

  • Penny Black stamp “Catnap” 4062K
  • Create with TLC WordArt sentiment by Paulette
  • Small paper flowers
  • Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
  • Yellow dotted ribbon
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Plus “Fanciful Labels”
  • Brilliance Inkpad “Graphite Black”
  • White cardstock
  • Stickels “Diamond”

Have a wonderful week,

Blessings from South Africa,


Break for Cake

Hello everyone,

Received my Penny Black stamps from Sue (one of our local distributors of PB stamps) last weekend  and I am in Penny Black heaven again. These stamps are absolutely my favourite and I can spent hours making cards with them. This week I made this card for the For Fun Challenges using the following recipe: 1 ribbon, 2 designer papers and 3 embellishments.  The ladies from the Design team came up with some beautiful cards with lots of new ideas  – worthwhile to stop by.

I am also entering my card for the following challenges:

 I used the following to created the card:

  • Penny Black stamp “Break for cake” 4083K
  • White, green and orange cardstock
  • Designer papers: Fancy Pants Designs (Shabby Floral) and Queen of Hearts Design (Spring Baby Collection – Lettuce)
  • Martha Stewart punch (Deco Shells)
  • 3 Prima flowers “Sugar Blooms”
  • Icicile Stickles
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp “Happy Birthday”
  • Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
  • Organza ribbon
  • Brilliance inkpad “Graphite Black”

Hope to see your card at the For Fun challenges this week. Have a great week and happy card making.

Regards from South Africa,


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