Pumpkin Time

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Challenges with the theme “Pumpkin Time”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo and we want to see those pumpkins! For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the ca-dd-oct-insp3-tileDouble D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the colors and beautiful pumpkin decorations in the photo.I use a stone urn die cut for one of the pumpkins and layered several leaf die cuts to make a wreath on the edge of the urn. The pumpkins are a free coloring page from Co-good.com and you can download it here. I colored the images with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils and fussy cut the leaves and pumpkins. I the layered the images on designer background paper and strips of washi and lace tape. The sentiment die cut is from Spellbinders.



The pumpkin  and leaf wreath


The sentiment and washi tape


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Designer paper in black and cream
  • Pumpkin digital image from Co-good.com Pumpkin Coloring Pages for Kids
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Stone Urn” (SD 035)
  • PoppyStamps die “Leafy Sprig” (no. 1001)
  • Impression Obsession die  “Leaves” (DIE066-C)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities sentiment die “Phrase Set One” (S4-563)
  • Washi tape
  • Lace tape
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old Paper” and “Mowed Lawn”

Although it is the beginning of summer in my part of the world I hope you’re all enjoying a beautiful fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Thanks for visiting today  I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day.

Kind regards,


Beautiful Blooms …

Hello everyone,

I was surprised to see it was three weeks ago since I last posted a card on my blog – time just flies! But it is good to be back today and share a card that I created for the current challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The inspiration picture is so beautiful and I tried to capture as many elements in the photo as possible: the bicycle, blooms, banner and wooden planks. The background paper is from the Prima “Tea-Thyme” collection. I stamped the wooden planks  with an Impression Obsession background stamp, cut it in small strips, distressed the pieces and glued them onto the background paper. The die cuts and flowers are distressed with white paint to give the card a shabby look. As springtime is the most loved season for me, I added some hearts, bling and a sentiment “Celebrate” to welcome this wonderful time of the year.



The banner, birds and roses

MB_SpringBicycle1The bicycle loaded with beautiful roses

MB_SpringBicycle2The sentiment, hearts and gemstones

MB_SpringBicycle3A peep at the inside

MB_SpringBicycle4Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea-Thyme”
  • Impression Obsession background stamp “Wooden Plank” (CC177)
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” (SD064)
  • Memory Box die “Resting Birds” (No. 98527)
  • Memory Box die “Brand New Bicycle” (No.98404)
  • Paper Smooches wise die “Birthday Words” (FBD120)
  • White paint
  • Paper roses
  • Gemstones

Thank you for visiting today and I would love to know your thoughts about my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



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,


Time To …

Hello friends,

I was playing with my dies yesterday and the result is a happy shabby card to share with you today.  The die cut clock is from Joy Crafts and the little bird from Memory box. I painted the bird with my watercolor pencils to match the colors on the card. The speech bubble sentiment is made with my computer as I  don’t have a speech bubble die – something I must remember when going on a shopping spree again!  I added my favorite bunting from the Johanna Sheen signature die range. The rose printed fabric tape  at the bottom is a new addition to my crafting stuff and this is the first time I used some of it on a card. Maybe the card is a little busy but in a way I love the happy feeling of it.

I made the card with the following challenges in mind:


A close-up of the clock


The flower, bow, lace and fabric tape


The sentiment, bird and banner


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock and scraps of blue, pink and green
  • Designer paper (Unknown)
  • Joy Crafts clock die “Back in Time” (6002/0219)
  • Memory Box bird die “Perched Reed Bird” (98160)
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” (SD064)
  • McGill punch “Designer Leaf Spray” (P/N 92079L)
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Paper doily
  • Stick on fabric ribbon
  • Doodlebug design Dooddle Twine “Bubble Blue”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue”
  • Lace
  • Roses
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet”, “Peeled Paint” and “Stormy Sky”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Tomorrow I am back to work, my little vacation is over. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa where we enjoy lovely autumn weather.




Hello blog friends,

 I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw on my calendar that today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.The days passed so quickly, sometimes I just wish I can slow down the time a little bit. baby-nursery-decorating-ideas-22The challenge for the coming two weeks is to use the inspiration picture to create your project. You can either use the colours or the theme of the picture. The only limitation is that your project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style or a combination of both.

For my card I choose to work with the colors in the inspiration photo. The image of the girl and her dog is from TuckDB Postcards and the flowers on her hat capture some of the colours in the photo. I framed the image in a green oval die cut and used some flowers from the Petaloo Botanica collection. The banner is a die cut from Joanna Sheen Signature range and the sentiment from Prima “Delight” chipboard pieces. I am always struggling with inspiration pictures so I hope I really captured some elements of the photo in my card. Hope you can join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow, we would love to see your creation using the photo as inspiration



The image from TuckDB Postcards


A close-up of the bunting. Love the little hearts!


The chipboard sentiment and flowers from Petaloo


A peep at the inside embellished with lace and a little heart.


Project details:

  • White, pink and green cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea-Thyme”
  • TuckDB Postcards image
  • Prima chipboard sentiment “Delight”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements “Floral Ovals”
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” (SD064)
  • Petaloo Botanica Collection” Faux dried minis”
  • Lace
  • Button
  • Blue wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Hearts
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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