On Your Special Day

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a card inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “Wedding” and with such a lovely inspiration photo from Team Darlene I DD_Weddingdecided to play along. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your wedding cards!

My card was inspired by the beautiful flowers and the gold accents in the inspiration picture. I used a beige script designer paper as background for the die cut frame. From the same designer paper I cut a heart and lifted it off the base card with mirror tape for dimension. The edges of the heart and the base layer are distress with gold texture paste. I added my die cut sentiment on the heart and finished off with flowers, die cut leaves, a gold cord bow and tiny gold pearls. Hope you like my take on the challenge!

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the heart and sentiment


The flowers, leaves and bow


A peep at the inside


Project details

Cream and kraft card-stock — Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk” — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Regal Frame” (S4-446) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Romantic Vines” (S4-531) — Creative Expressions Mini Expressions “On your Special Day” (CEDME030) — Heidi Swapp Metallic texture paste “Gold” — Little Birdie flowers “Wendy Ivory” — Gold cord for bow — Gold pearls — Tim Holtz Distress ink “Antique Linen”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,


Shades of Purple

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme of “Lavenders-Lilac-Purple”. You can include any other colours  DD_Lavenderon the mood board but with ‘purples’ as the main focus. 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 “Memory Box Small Lavender Butterfly Right Corner die” and absolutely gorgeous!

I was inspired by the colours – purple, green and white – and the hearts in the photo. I used designer paper in shades of purple for my background and then added an intrinsic die cut layer as base for the heart, teapot and teacup. I stamped the teapot and cup with purple ink, die cut each piece and then added the pieces with mirror tape for dimension to the base card. I embellished the heart with gemstone hearts and glitter stones in shades of purple for added interest. The fun part for me is always to arrange the flowers, leaves and bows. I finished off with a sentiment stamped on a tag and a few glitter stones. I really like the outcome of this card.

Challenges I entered:


The teapot and teacup


The sentiment and flowers


The flowers and glitter stones


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, green and purple card-stock — Prima designer paper “Meadow Lark” — Craft Easy English Boutique collection die “Ornate Frame” (CR000020) — Craft Easy English Boutique collection stamp and die set “Tea Set” (CR000003) —  Craft Easy English Boutique  collection stamp set “Sentiments” (CR000004) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts” (S5-204) — Nellie’s Multi Frame’s “Tags-4” (MFD074) — Unbranded die “Leaves” — Gemstone hearts — Glitter stones in shades of purple — Flowers — Wax cord for bows — Tim Holtz distress inks “Dusty Concord” and “Peeled Paint”

That’s it from me today! I hope you like my card. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.



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,



Hello friends,

I am back with a card for the new Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge that starts today. This week the theme is to use metal on your project. We want your vintage or shabby chic cards or other paper-crafted projects to feature a charm or any metal embellishment on it. I decided to use a butterfly stamp for my main image and added a metal butterfly and  bronze chain as embellishments. The image is stamped on watercolor paper and I added only a few blotches of color with Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils to create a weathered vintage look. The butterfly stamp is a South African design from SiDesigns by Amanda and the sentiment is from the Whimsy  “Vintage Birthday Tabs” collection.

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


The stamped butterfly image


The metal butterfly


The roses


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima  designer paper “Botanical”
  • Watercolor paper
  • SiDesigns by Amanda (South Africa) clear stamp  “Si942”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Vintage Birthday Tabs”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream ” (dyed with Milled lavender distress ink)
  • Paper roses
  • Bronze chain
  • Bronze butterfly
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils for coloring
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Milled Lavender”

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy what you see. Come and play with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow “Use Metal” Challenge this week, we will love to see your creation. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

As always regards from South Africa,


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