Umbrella Trio

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Darlene is hosting this with the theme “Showers and Flowers”. You can use anything in the picture as inspiration for DD_Showers&Flowersyour creation – we would love to see what you come up with. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. The prize to win for this challenge is a beautiful umbrella die!

I was inspired by the bright colours, flowers and umbrellas in the photo. I used a floral designer paper which I layered onto vibrant yellow card-stock for my background. I die cut three umbrellas in colours to match the background paper and then embellished them with die cuts, wax cord bows and roses. The umbrellas were then added with mirror tape for dimension on a oval border for interest. I finished off with a stamped sentiment a few raindrop shaped gem stones.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The umbrella trio


A close-up of the flowers and bow


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, yellow, purple and pink card-stock — Prima designer paper “Meadow  Lark” — Spellbinders “In’spire” die “Umbrella Trio” (IN035) — Nellie Snellen filling die “Eastern Oval Border” (QD008) — KaiserCraft clear stamp “Antiquities” (CS352) — Roses — Wax cord for bows — Raindrop shaped gemstones — Tim Holtz distress inks “Mustard Seed”, “Victoria Velvet” and “Milled Lavender” — Glitter glue.

I hope you get inspired to create something beautiful today and you enjoy today’s post. Take care and thank you for stopping by!



Wooden Hearts

Hello friends,

Thank you for visiting today, I am so glad that you are here to look at my card. Today I share another wedding card in the shabby chic style. I used soft pastel colors with distressing on the paper edges for a bit of a vintage look too. I added a lovely flourish die cut as a background for the flowers and wooden hearts. A piece of lace, pearls and two-layered butterflies completed the card. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps. I would love to enter my card in the following challenges:


The hearts and roses against a flourish background


The butterflies and sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Delight”
  • Impression Obsession  die “Heart Flourish” (Die 126-U)
  • JustRite sentiment stamp from the “Victorian Nested Frames and Occasions” stamp set
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punches
  • Wooden hearts
  • Cord
  • Pearls
  • Prima paper roses
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Today, Tomorrow and Always

Hello blog friends,

September is the start of spring time in South Africa and  we got warm weather since last week. Looking at the high temperatures already, it is going to be a warm summer for us. Today is also the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . The theme for this fortnight is Word play and the challenge is to use a sentiment on your shabby chic or vintage style card. We are honored  that two guest designers are  joining us at our Sugar Creek Hollow Word Play challenge – they are  Karien and Maya. Just click on their names to visit their blogs and see more of their lovely creations.

I received a Prima “Stationer’s Desk” paper pad and decided to build the colors of my card around these gorgeous designer paper. I used the Spellbinders Shapeablities die “Retro Mod Clocks” with a JustRite sentiment and frame stamp “Elegant Frames” as focus point. The sentiment is stamped directly on the designer paper with white embossing powder. The wine red roses is white washed with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint and dusted with crystal glitter. I added a chipboard flourish, some negative die cuts from a Marianne brick wall die, pearls and green leafy sprigs to complete the card.



The clock with some bling


Roses and bows


The elegant frame and sentiment


A close-up of the flourish, bird and leafy sprigs and roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White, green and wine red cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant frames”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Retro Mod Clocks”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Marianne Design Folders Extra DF3403
  • Memory Box die “Gold Finch” No. 98756
  • Prima Flowers “Stationer’s Desk” Item #57542
  • White embossing powder
  • Chipboard bird embellishment
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Oval gemstone
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,




Graceful Fairy

Hello everyone,

Today is the start of a new Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge  and we have a wonderful sponsor this fortnight,  the A Day for Daisies digital shop. The theme is fairies or angels (no birds or butterflies) and your projects must be in a vintage or shabby style. Your project  can be a card or any other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc.  The prize for one lucky participant is a  $12 gift certificate to the A Day for Daisies shop –  this is the equivalent of 3 images. What a wonderful opportunity to get some of Tammy’s beautiful images.

I chose the image “Graceful Fairy of Flowers” to use on my card. I really like ADFD beautiful images, they just speak to my style. The fairy was coloured with my water-colour pencils, fussy cut and then assembled on my card. The background for the fairy was created with Marianne Design Craftables lattice fence die and ivy corner die. I add several layers of the ivy to the corners. To add a magical touch I randomly glued some pearls to the card and some glitter on her dress. The sentiment is from Whimsy stamps.



A close-up of the fairy


The Whimsy sentiment stamped on a Spellbinders nestabilities “Lacey circle”


The flowers and lattice fence


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and green cardstock
  • Prima Designer Paper “Princess”
  • A Day for Daisies digital image “Graceful Fairy of Flowers”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Magical Mini Letter Seals”
  • Mariannne Design Craftables “Ivy corners” (CR1253)
  • Marianne Design Craftables “Lattice fence” (CR1262)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Circles”
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils for coloring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Peeled paint” and “Bundled sage”
  • Lace
  • Stamens
  • Prima and Petaloo flowers
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Winter White”
  • Pearls
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you enjoy what you see and I would love to know what you think of my card. Remember to enter the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge and maybe you could be the winner of the fabulous prize.

Today is also my birthday, so I am leaving now for my “fairy” happy birthday party with family and friends. Have a wonderful 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,


The Papillon Boutique

Hello blog friends,

Time to check in for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today.This fortnight’s theme is “Anything Vintage Goes”.  I can’t wait to see all the lovely vintage or shabby style creations for this all time favorite theme! You can make anything you wish (cards, altered items. gifts, etc.) as long as it
is vintage – or shabby chic.

I spotted this mannequin image from Manualidades Facilisimo and it reminds me of my own wedding gown … although it is so many years ago!. I had so much fun embellishing this gown and the rest of the card. I printed two images and fuzzy cut the top of the skirt and bodice and used mirror tape to give dimension. The lace frills on the bodice and at the bottom of the skirt were highlighted with glitter glue … just love the bling.The base card was  cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator die “Detailed Scallops” to frame the beautiful image. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



A close-up of the beautiful dress


The flourish embellishment


A close-up of the bow and adorable little cherub


A peep at the inside embellished with a butterfly


Full view of the inside decorated on both sides


The sentiment on the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima “Tea Thyme” and “Botanical Garden”
  • Vintage image from Manualidades Facilisimo
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator “Detailed Scallops”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Elegant Frames stamp set”
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Paper roses
  • Resin flourish embellishment
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Sky Mauve”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Milled Lavender” and “Dusty Concord”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”

Thanks so much for stopping by today and looking at my card – I really appreciate it so much. To see my team mates beautiful creations for this challenge and lots of inspiration please stop by at Sugar Creek Hollow. I hope you are having a great day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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