You Warm My Heart

Hello blog friends,

A card to share for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme from Team Darlene for our two weekly challenge this time is “Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!”  Looking at the inspiration board it is all about kitchens and food. Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see the wonderful samples from Double “D”s talented designers and join in the fun! Remember we are continuing the anniversary celebration with this challenge  and with once again double prizes!

I was inspired by the brown, cream and white tones as well as the wood textures in the inspiration board.  For my card I used a wood grain background paper and added some lace and a hessian strip for more texture and depth on the card base.  For an old vintage feel I selected an image from  The Graphics Fairy   – the colors just match perfectly. A die cut cup and saucer, bow, pearl hearts and two white roses were added.  I finished off with a sentiment stamped on a little tag attached to the bow. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the vintage image from The Graphics Fairy


The cup and saucer


The sentiment and bow


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, brown and cream cardstock — Wood grain designer paper — Vintage image from The Graphics Fairy — Cottage Cutz die “Small teacup” (CC3x3-088) — SizzixFramelits die “Tags’ (659100) — Just Stamp It! sentiment stamp — Pearls — Pearl hearts — Lace — Burlap — Roses — Wax cord — Hug Snug seam binding “Cream” — Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage Photo”

Hope you like this vintage card – I had a great time making it! Thanks for stopping by and your comments are much appreciated.

Kind regards,



Happy Birthday

Hello friends,

It is Double D Challenges 2nd anniversary and to celebrate we have a beautiful mood board to inspire you. The theme is “Anything Birthday/Anniversary Goes using Mood board”.

But there is more news about our prizes! It will run as normal but besides the Top 3, Winner & winner, there will be two winners who will receive prizes. All the details about the prizes are on the Double D Challenge blog. Besides these prizes some Design Team members will also be offering a prize – so be sure to pop over to their blogs for inspiration and a chance to win a prize in celebration of our anniversary. Unfortunately due to problems with our postal services I will not offer a prize.

For my card to celebrate the Double D Anniversary I used the colors, flowers and the cake as inspiration for my card. I used a stamped and die cut fancy cake as focal point. I layered the elements on floral and gingham background paper. I added gemstones, a  banner, hearts and lace for a shabby feel. To finish off I added a die cut sentiment, bow and pretty pink roses.

I entered the following challenges:

The pink cake stamped with pink embossing powder

The sentiment and banner

The flowers, lace and hearts

The bow and flowers

A peep at the inside

Project details

White card-stock — Floral and gingham designer paper — Sizzix Framelets stamp and die set “Birthday Cake” (658697) — Signature dies “Bunting” (SD064) — Poppystamps die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (No. 1178) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase Set One” (S4-563) — Pink embossing powder — Gemstones — Lace — Paper roses — Seam binding — Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian velvet”

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. Please submit your project for the Double D Anniversary Challenge – I can’t wait to see what you created! Have a wonderful day.




Hi there and welcome!

A card to share for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for our challenge this time is “Thankful” with a beautiful photo for inspiration. You are welcome to submit any type of project and remember only our name is ‘shabby’, your design need not be! Our sponsor for this challenge is Great Impressions Rubber Stamps , but for more information hop over to The Shabby Tea Room.

For my card I used a stamp from Impression Obsession to create the wooden planks for the background .Taking inspiration from the photo, I used the autumn colors and also burlap and cord. I’ve used several different dies on this card for the embellishments and listed them in my project details. I added some flourishes, leaves, butterflies and roses in shades of brown. The sentiment is from a Sizzix stamp and Framelits die set and the lovely window die from Spellbinders. Hope this card will inspire you to create something for our challenge!



The window


The sentiment and tag


A close-up of the roses and leaves


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream and brown card-stock
  • Prima designer paper “Romantique”
  • Impression Obsession cover-a-card background stamp “Wooden Plank” (CC177)
  • Impression Obsession die “Leaves” (DIE095-D)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Window Two” (S2-016)
  • Spellbinders die D-Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Sizzix Stamp and Framelits die set “Tags and sentiments” (659100)
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage photo” and “Walnut Stain”
  • Burlap
  • Roses
  • Wax cord
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Pearls

Thanks for stopping by and your comment is much appreciated! Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Kind regards,


Picture It!

Hello friends,

It’s time for another fun challenge at The Shabby Tea Room, unbelievable how the days go by. We are enjoying springtime in our country and our garden is spoiling us with lots of beautiful flowers. The past weekend we had our first rain to wash away the winter dust – everything looks so bright and beautiful. I am also glad to be back in blog land again after a short holiday. But back to the challenge – the theme for this challenge is “Picture It” with a lovely photo to inspire you to create a card or project. Our sponsor is Digital Paper by Janet and there is a lovely prize to win. The images on my card is from two digital sheets “Beautiful life” and “Photographer Girl” and kindly sponsored by Digital Paper by Janet.



A close up of the images


The bow and blossom


A little heart


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White card stock
  • Prima designer paper “Annalee”
  • Digital Paper by Janet images “Beautiful Life” and ‘Photographer Girl”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “”Fancy Lattice”
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Frame, Fancy” (657902)
  • Paper blossoms
  • Gemstones
  • Hug Snug seam binding
  • Wax cord

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your comments so much. Hope you can join us at The Shabby Tea Room challenge this fortnight. Have a wonderful week with lots of crafting.



Lovely Lace

Hello blog friends,

Time just flies and I can’t believe it is Saturday again with a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want to see some lace on your vintage, shabby or primitive card. I have this 2 pieces of beautiful lace and the chipboard birdcage for a long time and I thought this was the right challenge doing something with it. As the birdcage is a little bit dull for me, I decided to glue different size pearls to it and also a few petite roses. Red isn’t one of my favorite colours to work with but I was surprised by the outcome of this card with the red roses combined with the off white lace.  The background paper is a journal card  (designed by Megan Berry) from Lilac and Lavender. This is it from me today, I hope you enjoy my take on the challenge.



A close up of the birdcage decorated with pearls and roses


The lace and roses


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream, red and green cardstock
  • Journal card from Lilac and Lavender for background and inside.
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Foliage”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Friendship Ticket Sentiments”
  • Chipboard birdcage
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Paper roses
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo” and “Peeled Paint”

Thanks a million for visiting today, I am always honoured that you drop by to see my creations. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


A Baby Girl!

Hello friends,

I am glad to be back in blog land again after the hustle and bustle of the festive season. I enjoyed  spending time with friends and family, reading and doing holiday things so much that there wasn’t any time left for crafting during the past two weeks. Everything is back to normal here and  I still have one week for myself before going back to work (happy me!). Hope you all had a wonderful time too and that the new year will be filled with joy, love and laughter for you and your loved ones. Today is also time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and the theme for this week’s challenge is Celebrate Something New. We want you to create vintage or shabby chic cards that reflect either the New Year or perhaps a new home, or new job, or new baby. I decided to make a card for a new baby. I used a Cottage Cutz die  for the carousel and embellished the card in the shabby style.  The sentiment was computer generated and framed in a Sizzix Framelits die cut – a new addition to my crafting stuff.

I submitted my card in the following challenges:


The carousel


A close-up of the sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea-Thyme” and First Edition “Spring Feast”
  • Cottage Cutz die “Carousel Silhouette”
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Fancy Oval Frame”
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Paper roses
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Lace
  • Buttons
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet”

Thanks for visiting today and  also for your continued visits, lovely comments and care about me the past year.  You help me keep my crafting dreams alive and sharing my ideas on my blog. Have a wonderful day!

Regards from South Africa,


Tea Cup Wishes

Hello dear blog friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoy watching the Olympic games on TV as much as I do. I put an hour or two aside to make this card yesterday which I like to share with you. The challenge at the Shabby Tea Room is the inspiration behind this card. I used one of my neglected Spellbinders dies, Nested Tea Cups, to create pockets for the sentiments. I love the way it turned out and I think in future I will definitely use this technique again.


The sentiment tags hidden in the tea cups

A peep at the inside decorated with fishtail banners

A close-up of the tea cups and flowers

Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Upikit Designer Paper
  • Prima Designer Paper “Flights of Fancy Collection”
  • K and Company Designer Paper
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Nested Tea Cups”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Vintage Lace”
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0116”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamps
  • Prima flower “Lilliput Roses Teaberry”
  • Fabric Rose buds
  • Pearls
  • Lace and ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tea Dye”

Thanks for visiting today, it is much appreciated. Enjoy your week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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