A Bird House

Hello friends,

Another card to share today, featuring stamps from Hot Off The Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets”. I have this stamp set for a long time and never used it  until a few weeks ago. Since then I have so much fun making cards with all the little “birdie” stamps in the set.  For this card I used the bird house and a fancy swirl  to create the foliage at the bottom. The image is colored with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and a few pink gemstones were added. A few pink paper roses and a bow completed the card. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps.

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


A close-up of the bird house and sentiment


The flowers and bow


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Hot Off The Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Heart To Heart” set
  • Paper roses
  • Hug Snug seam binding
  • Gemstones
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card – I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Shabby Flowers and Hearts

Hello blog friends,

Today I share my guest designer card for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room Week #228 with the theme “Sweet Shabby Flowers”. You can create a card or TSTR #228project inspired by the lovely photo and include lace and flowers. I decided to use a little basket filled with hearts as focal point for my card. The die cut was assembled on a tag and attached to a bouquet of tulips and rosebuds, tied together with shabby ribbon. A lace border, lattice die cut and tiny butterflies complete my shabby card. Hope you like the card. The  Shabby Tea Room design team would love to see your sweet shabby card this week – come and join in the fun.



 The basket filled with sweet little pink hearts


The flowers and sentiment


 The little butterflies on a lattice border


A peep at the inside with more butterflies


Project details:

  • White and blue cardstock
  • Designer paper from Iralamija
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Sizzix die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Paper tulips and rosebuds
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue” and “Pink Tulip”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Stormy Sky”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and see you again next week for another lovely challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.

Kind regards from South Africa,


Summer Fun

Hello friends,

To brighten up a blue Monday, and a cold one in our country, there is a new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. Just look at the beautiful inspiration picture and you TSTR #227will see it is all about summer. The theme is “Fun in the Sun” and the challenge is to create a card/project inspired by the photo with a summer theme, at least three colors from the photo and one or more of these items – vellum, polka dots and/or ribbon. For us in the Southern Hemisphere it is shivering time but soon winter will be over and we can enjoy some watermelon and ice cream again.

For my guest designer card at The Shabby Tea Room I used a Cottage Cutz die “Parfait with strawberries” as focal point. I coloured the cherries, spoon and parfait with my Spectrum Noir pencils and added some glitter to the topping for a yummy look. The background paper is from October Afternoon and was  for a long time hiding in my stash. Some bright coloured buttons in different shapes, sequins and flowers are added as embellishments. I also managed to incorporate all three items, vellum, polka dots and ribbon onto my card. This was for sure a challenge for me as bright colours are a bit difficult for me to work with but I hope you like my take on the challenge.



 A close-up of the parfait


The flowers


Bright buttons to add a summer feeling to the card


The sentiment stamped on vellum


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White, red and yellow cardstock
  • Designer paper from October Afternoon “Snickerdoodles”
  • Designer paper from Prime “Divine”
  • Cottage Cutz die “Parfait with Strawberries” (Scrapping Cottage)
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from set “Hedgie Friends”
  • Lace
  • Apple green sequins
  • Paper flowers
  • Fancy buttons
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick Red”
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pens for colouring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful and creative week.

Regards from South Africa,



Count The Sunny Hours

Hello everyone,

We had lots of rain in our country the past two weeks with very little sunshine. To see everything turn into all shades of green is such a blessing in our part of the world. However my card today is about Spring, sunshine and flowers. I have the privilege to be guest designer for My Sheri  Crafts new challenge “Celebrate Spring”.  I am sure most of us love springtime and the lovely flowers typical of this season, so come and join the challenge at My Sheri Crafts. You may use any supplies as long as it fits the theme.

I created a garden scene with some Graphic45 designer papers and a garden bench die cut from Marianne Design Creatables. The paper daisies are a new addition to my already huge collection of flowers. The lace stamp is from Stampendous and a favorite to add a vintage touch to my cards. Hope you like my take on the challenge. A big thank you to Sheri for the invitation to join the talented My Sheri Crafts design team as guest designer.



The garden bench cut from Tim Holtz distress paper and distressed with sanding paper.


A close-up of the chipboard sentiment and daisy.


The vintage scrap, pearls, daisies and rose buds.


The inside embellished with a leafy flourish.


Project details:

  • White and brown cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “Secret Garden Collection April Showers” (#4500659)
  • Graphic45 image from “Secret Garden Collection Springtime” (#4500650)
  • Graphis45 sentiment “Secret Garden Collection Chipboard 2”
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies “Garden bench”(LR0258) and “Leafy Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Stampendous clear stamp “Elegant borders” (SSC1122)
  • Pearls
  • Hug snug seam binding “Iced lime”
  • Brown wax cord
  • Paper daisies and rose buds
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for taking the time to visit and looking at my card. I really enjoy reading your comments and appreciate each one so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting



You’re “Sew” Special

Hello blog friends,

The 1st of March is the first day of autumn for us in South Africa and I can surely feel the change in weather since Wednesday. I just love the cool early mornings and evenings of this season. Today is also the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The challenge is to create a vintage or shabby style project that depicts sewing and/or fashion. You have two weeks for this challenge and the design team would love to see your creations. Zoe Sanderson is our guest designer for this challenge and you can see more of her lovely creations here

Vintage fashion is so beautiful and I enjoyed working through my images to select one for this card. My choice was an image of two lovely ladies from Janet K. Design – isn’t their hats just beautiful? I must admit  I am glad I don’t have to wear them! I stamped a mannequin image, cut it out and dressed it up with pearls, ribbon, a charm and vintage lace. I added the little cherub because he looks so pleased with the ladies admiring the mannequin’s  outfit. The sentiment is from a free stamp set I received with a magazine and the pretty roses are from Prima. Machine stitching and some glitter completed the card. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



Vintage image from Janet K. Design


The close-up of the cherub


The mannequin dressed up in vintage lace and pearls


The sentiment and roses


A peep at the inside decorated with cotton cards to match the sewing theme


Project details:

  • White and green cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Divine”
  • Vintage image from Janet K. Design
  • Chriswick clear stamp “A La Mode”
  • Sentiment stamp from Sew Pretty (Gift from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements “Radiant Rectangles”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Brass scissors charm
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Prima Cottage Blossoms “Pink Quartz”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting. I appreciate it so much and love to read your comments.

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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