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,


Graceful Chandelier

Hello friends,

Thank you for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits so much.

Two weeks just flew and we have a new challenge starting today at Sugar Creek Hollow. This fortnight the theme is “Romance” and you have to use ribbon on your creation. Please remember that your creation must be in the vintage or shabby chic style. There is also  a lovely prize for the random winner of this challenge. The Really Reasonable Ribbon   shop sponsors a  $15 gift certificate to their store – such a fantastic prize.

My card is in a Victorian shabby chic style with a lovely image from Janet K Design. I added a chandelier die cut embellished with gemstones, two vintage corners and a cherub on a little lace heart to accentuate the Victorian feel of the image. I made the pink drape with May Arts wrinkled ribbon which you can buy from Really Reasonable Ribbon online store. I love this ribbon as it is much cheaper than silk ribbon, has a lovely shine and shapes very well. Hope you can join the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this time with a romantic creation.

Challenges I would like to enter:


The cherub, lace heart and flowers


A close up of the Victorian couple from Janet K Design.


The graceful chandelier embellished with gem stones hanging from the May Arts wrinkled ribbon drape


A peep at the inside with a Whimsy sentiment stamp


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage notes'”
  • Janet K Design vintage image
  • Memory Box die “Graceful Chandelier”
  • Whimsy Birthday postage sentiment stamp for inside
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • May Arts wrinkled ribbon
  • Vintage metal corners
  • Paper roses
  • Lace heart
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Gem stones
  • Vintage lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

The other ladies on the design team made stunning cards, so for more inspiration a visit to Sugar Creek Hollow will be worthwhile. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Rose Garden

Hello friends,

Spring arrived last Sunday for us in the Southern Hemisphere. We are already experiencing hot weather in Pretoria –  seems as we have skipped the crisp and cool spring days. In our garden the roses started blooming this week and seeing this I enjoyed it so much to create this card for  the  Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this forthnight. The theme is “My Rose Garden” and we would like to see roses on your vintage or shabby chic project. The sponsor for MyArtisticAdventures_Logothis challenge is Heather Hudson and you can visit her shop on Etsy at My Artistic Adventures. The prize for one random winner is three collage sheets from her Etsy shop. From Heather’s beautiful collection of digital sheets she kindly supplied me with the “shabby green vintage rose tags collage sheet” for the challenge. I used my new Spellbinders D’Lites die “Gazebo” to create a garden scene. The beautiful tag is embellished with pearls and lace. I then printed a few more tags and fuzzy cut the roses to use with the paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The inside of the card is also decorated with tags from the collage sheet.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The lovely image from My Artistic Adventures


The gazebo and a Whimsy sentiment


A close-up of the roses


A peep at the inside


The inside decorated with more tags from My Artistic Adventures


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima “Romantique” and Kaisercraft “Enchanted Garden”
  • Vintage images from My Artistic Adventures
  • Spellbinders D’Lites dies “Gazebo” and “Garden Weave”
  • Olba punch “Leaves”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp from “Vintage Seed Packets” stamp set
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Lace Delight” clear stamp set
  • Memento Dye ink “Toffee Crunch” for stamping
  • Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced lime”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Please join us at Sugar Creek Hollow “My Rose Garden” challenge this fortnight. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

As always, regards from South Africa,


Precious Load

Hi blog friends,

This guest designer card is featuring at 613 Avenue Create Challenge blog this week. Chana invited me to be their guest designer for the Anything Goes – (Optional) Use Flowers challenge and what an honour for me to design with this very talented group of ladies. Their challenges are  such fun as it is always Anything Goes with an optional twist – for me this means to just let go on creativity. I used one of my all time favorite stamps from Penny Black “Hitchin’ A Ride” to create a card with a spring feeling. I really like the older Penny Black stamps as these stamps speak more to the vintage and shabby look that I so much love.  The corner die and vintage flourish die are new additions to my crafting stuff. They are so pretty I couldn’t resist buying them!



A close up of the adorable kitties in the wheelbarrow


The sign post with the sentiment


The roses


A peep at the inside decorated with a vintage border


Project details:

  • White and aqua cardstock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage Notes”
  • Penny Black stamp “Hitchin’ A Ride” 1460K
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty”
  • Joy Crafts dies ” Vintage borders” 6002/0162 and  Vintage corners” 6002/0135
  • Olba punch for the leaves
  • Cottage Cutz die “Marker sign”
  • Lace
  • Paper roses
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Broken China”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”

Thanks so much for visiting today and the kind comments you so kindly write each week – I appreciate each one so much. Hope to see your creation at 613 Avenue Create Challenge this week. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


If Raindrops Were Hearts

Hello friends,

It is time for a new In The Pink Challenge this week. I have the privilege to guest design for two challenges at In The Pink and really enjoyed making my cards for this lovely challenge blog. For this fortnight  the theme is Valentine’s Day and the only restriction is that your card must have lots of pink. I love hearts, pink and hedgies and that was my recipe for this card. The image is a Penny Black stamp and I used paper piecing for the umbrella. The little hearts are punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.



The adorable hedgie


The sentiment stamped on heart


A peep at the inside decorated with another heart


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Digital designer paper from Iralamija
  • Penny Black clear stamp set “Hedgie Friends”
  • Penny Black clear stamp set “Piece of My Heart” for sentiment
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities dies “Hearts “ ; ‘Scalloped Ovals” ; “ Fancy Ovals”
  • Martha Stewart border punch “Lace hearts”
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord for bows
  • Pink gemstones
  • Lyra-Rembrandt  aquarelle pencils for colouring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian velvet”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Sweetpea pink”

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Hope to see your pink Valentine’s card at In The Pink challenge blog. Have a wonderful day.

Regards from South Africa,


Let’s Drink Some Tea

Hello friends,

Hope you are well and thanks for visiting. I have a vintage/shabby card to share with you today. I used some of my new craft purchases I made from a recent craft show that was held in Kempton park. The tiny leaves,  I so much love to use on my cards, were punched with my new Olba multipunch. I am really glad that I invested in one of these punches and I think this was the spark for my mojo again! The tag was cut with a new Sizzix Framelits die and the background paper embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave” . The lovely vintage image is from the Clearly Vintage blog and it is always a difficult decision to choose an image from Cora’s beautiful collection. I created the card with a few challenges in mind, so here is my list.


A close-up of the image from the Clearly Vintage blog 


A peep at the inside  with an embossed border and butterflies

Project details:

  • White, pink and green cardstock
  • Vintage image from Clearly Vintage
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Paper doily
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Fancy tags”  (657911)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave”
  • Olba flower-multipunch
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Pearl heart
  • Paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Paradise Aqua”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks so much for looking at my card and I would love to read what you think about it. Have a  wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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