Flowers Galore

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Mood Board (2)Challenges with the theme “Flowers Galore”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo and we want to see lots of flowers! For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the fence, wood and lovely flowers in the mood board. I decided on wood grain designer paper and a layered iron gate die cut as basis for my flowers. The flower arrangement is made with Prima flowers and cherry blossoms in various colors. Some leafy sprigs, paper cord and glitter are the final touches to the arrangement. I finished off with a die cut sentiment, gemstones and a little swallow.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The flowers


The sentiment


A little bird for fun


Another bird on the verso


A peep at the inside


Project details:

Cream and green card-stock — Docrafts Papermania Wood grain designer paper — Spellbinders Shapeablities die D-Lites “Gilded Gate 2” (S3-202) — Poppystamps doe “Leafy Sprigs” (No. 1001) — Penny Black Creative die “For You” (51-105) — Cricut Cuttlebug die “Up in the Sky” (2002798) – Gemstones — Paper cord –Tim Holtz distress inks “Mowed Lawn” ; Tea Dye” and “Victorian Velvet” — Stickles

 I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. I love to read them! Enjoy a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things.




Happy Birthday To You

Hello blog friends,

It is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this Saturday, I can’t believe  how time flies. The theme of the challenge starting today is Let’s Celebrate. You can create a card or any other paper crafting project for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. as long as it is in the vintage or shabby chic style. Hope you can join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow.

I need a few cards for friends and family who are celebrating their birthdays in September, so I was really happy to make a birthday card. I used designer paper from the Prima Botanical collection and some tulle for the layered background. The birdcage is from Cottage Cutz and one of my favorites. It took a little bit of time to glue all the pieces together but I always love the  result of this beautiful die. The cream flowers are from the Prima Eminence collection and the dusty pink paper blooms from Kaisercraft. I used a lot of dies for this card and for a list please see the project details at the end of this post.



A close-up of the birdcage and flowers on a background of two die cut doilies


More flowers …


The die cut sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream  and mauve cardstock
  • Prima Botanical Collection designer paper
  • Cottage Cutz “Birdcage” die (CC4x4-219)
  • Cottage Cutz “Tea Time Doily” die (CC4x4-484)
  • Die’sire “Square Doilies” die (DS-SQUDOIL)
  • Memory Box “Catalina Wreath” die (No. 98189)
  • Sizzix “Card Phrases Set #3” die (657524)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage” die
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks ‘Dusty Concord”, “Milled Lavender”, “Antique Linen”
  • Prima flowers “Eminence Collection” (Item #546229)
  • Kaisercraft paper blooms “Dusty Pink”
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls

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

Regards from South Africa,


Pick of the Bunch

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a lovely, mild winter’s day in South Africa. August is usually a “dusty” month for us with lots of windy days to ensure that we have some must needed spring showers in September. Yeah, this is the last month of  winter and with this in mind I created my card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow with the theme “Summer Sunshine”. We would like to see cards or any other paper craft project with bright, summery colours. The card/project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style.

I used a colourful vintage image from TuckDB for my card. I layered it on bright yellow and blue designer paper to match the flowers in the image. The chipboard butterfly is from Prima and the sentiment is from a free magazine cover gift I received a long time ago. Some lace, bright flower buttons, green wax cord, blue ribbon and flowers added a summery feel to the card. Hope you like my take on the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.



The sentiment and butterfly


The little girl


A close-up of the flowers and lace


A peep at the inside



Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from “Queen of Hearts” and “Jennifer Ellory”
  • Vintage image form TuckDB
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Large labels”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Floral Doily Motifs”
  • Chipboard butterfly (Prima) and sentiment (Unknown)
  • Lace
  • Flower buttons
  • Wax cord
  • Paper flowers
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Flower Blue”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

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

Regards from South Africa,



It’s The Tiny Blessings …

Hello friends,

Today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme is “How charming” and we would like to see some kind of metal embellishment on your creations. This can be metal charms or any other metal elements such as corners, frames etc. Your project can be a card or any other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style.

I  used three metal embellishments on my card to accentuate the bird and the lovely sentiment from JustRite stamps. The background papers are from an old Glitz paper pack and the flowers from various Prima ranges and  Kort and Godt. Hope you like my take on the challenge. I would love to see what you come up with.



The crowned bird


The corner embellishments


The sentiment


The flowers, metal trinket and flourish


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Glitz designer paper “French Kiss”
  •  JustRite sentiment stamp set “Song in my Heart”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Moroccan Accents”
  • Poppystamps die “Peaceful Bird” No. 929
  • Memory Box die “Forest Bird” No. 98340
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “Flourish” LR0271
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Metal trinkets
  • Prima flowers “Bellas” ; “Coventry Rose Romantique” ; “Princess Whimsical”
  • Kort and Godt flowers
  • Stamens
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”

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

Regards from South Africa,


From The Heart

Hello blog friends,

Today I am posting my guest designer card for the new challenge at Twisted Tuesdays. I won a challenge at Twisted Tuesdays a few weeks ago and was invited by Melina to do a card for the challenge  “Don’t Go Near the Edge!”  It’s all in the name already but to explain further : other than your base paper/card stock, don’t let anything else on  your project get very close to the outside edges. So that means no  ribbon going all the way to the edge or border strips, photos or images, etc. Keep everything clustered in the middle. And then the twist : Use dictionary, old book or script paper on your creation. You must include the challenge and the twist in your creation.

I really have fun to create this card because usually I go over the edge of the card with my lace , flowers or  sentiment. I first cut a square from old book paper as guide to cluster the image and embellishments in the middle. The chipboard image is from Faye Whittaker and it fits perfectly in a little resin frame. I added a Prima flower and die cut leaves and flourishes. The sentiment and banner die cut is from Marianne Design Collectables. Thank you Melina for the opportunity to join the talented Twisted Tuesday Design Team for this challenge.



The Faye Whittaker vintage card topper in the resin frame from Jani Projects


The sentiment stamped and die cut with a Marianne Design Collectables set


The Prima flower, fancy pin and flourishes


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and green cardstock
  • Script paper
  • Faye Whittaker vintage card topper “All Our Yesterdays”
  • Marianne Design Collectables  – sentiment stamp and die (COL1324)
  • Marianne Design Creatables Flourishes die (LR0271)
  • Spellbinders Shapeablilities “Foliage”
  • Prima flowers “Trellis roses” (Item #533137)
  • Fancy pin
  • Pearls
  • Resin frame
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Peeled Paint” and “Pumice Stone”
  • Skwiglues  “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today. Have a lovely week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


You’re Tea-rrific

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summers day in South Africa, We are midst a heat wave with temperatures rising during daytime to 38 – 40 degrees Celsius. I can tell ya the sun is making barbecue out of us and the best place to be is in the swimming pool or in front of an air cooler. But despite the heat I am excited to share my card with you for the new challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow  today. The challenge is to use fibres and texture, not just ribbon and lace, on your shabby chic or vintage project.

I found a pretty piece of Granny print cotton fabric in one of my numerous craft boxes and decided to use it as background for my “Victorian tea” theme card. For more texture I also added a strip of frayed unbleached cotton and lace. The filigree teapot from Cottage Cutz is one of my favorite dies – it is so elegant and stylish with the  intrinsic details. The little pink resin roses just fits perfectly with the theme of the card. The Sugar Creek Hollow challenge will run for two weeks, thus leaving you with lots of time to show us your fabric themed card or project.



The oval frame and lady silhouette


The sentiment, roses and corner flourish


A close-up of the filigree teapot and teacup embellished with little resin roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and olive-green cardstock
  • Clearly Impressed clear stamp set “Vintage” (CI-2045)
  • Hot off the Press clear stamp “You’re Tea-rrific” (HOTP-1115)
  • Joy Crafts Teacup die (6002/0113)
  • Joy Crafts Vintage flourishes die (6003/0015)
  • Marianne Design Creatables Flourish die (LR0271)
  • Cottage Cutz die “Filigree Teapot” (CC4x4-480)
  • Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die (37-1222)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die (Labels Twenty” (S5-026)
  • Granny print cotton fabric
  • Unbleached linen fabric
  • Lace
  • Prima flowers “Encore B” (#561345)
  • Paper roses from “I am Roses”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Resin roses
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old Paper”
  • Chipboard oval
  •  Tim Holtz distress paint ‘Picket Fence”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Brand New Bicycle

Hello friends,

Wishing you all of the best for 2014, may it be a great year. At Sugar Creek Hollow we are back with a new challenge this fortnight and the theme is “Something New”. We would love to see your projects using new supply or a new technique but your creation must be either in the vintage or shabby chic style (or a combination of both). Make sure you describe your “something new”.

Usually I spend too much money on new crafting stuff but it is always such fun to use all the new items for the first time. I decided on my Memory Box die “Brand new bicycle”, my new Prima paper pack “Delight” and a Stampendous stamp “Elegant borders”  to put this card together. I so love  the lacy touch of the “Elegant borders” stamp  on the Prima paper, as background for the bicycle. The bunting was made with my Whimsy Shapeology “Banner pennant die set” – not new but still so useful. Hope you like my shabby take on this challenge.



A close-up of the Memory Box bicycle die cut and the background, stamped with Stampendous “Elegant borders”


The flower border and vintage lace


The stamped sentiment layered on a Spellbinders die cut tag


The bunting and butterflies


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White  and kraft cardstock
  • Prima paper pack “Delight”
  • Stampendous clear stamp set “Elegant borders” (SSC1122)
  • Whimsy stamp set “Friendship ticket sentiments”  for sentiment and butterfly
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Antique Frame and Accents” for tag
  • Memory Box die “Brand new bicycle” (98404)
  • Whimsy Shapeology “Banner pennant die set” (WSD104)
  • Prima flowers “Delight” (570873)
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Turquoise”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Wax cord
  • Memento fade-resistant dye ink “Toffee crunch” for stamping and distressing
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and I always appreciate and read all your comments. I hope you will join us at Sugar Creek Hollow for our two weekly challenge “Something new”.

Regards from South Africa,


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