Think Spring

Hello blog friends,

We are celebrating Spring at Double D Challenges and I hope you can join us this week with your flower creations. With such a lovely ca-dd-spr1-tileinspiration photo you can just let the creative juices flow. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog and start creating – we would love to see your card this fortnight.

I was inspired by the wood-grain chair, the flowers, green, pink and yellow colors and the birds. I used a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder “Bark” for the background.This was distressed with white acrylic paint for a shabby look. After layering an oval wreath on the background I added lots of flowers and bows. The final touches are a stamped die cut bird, pink hearts and a sentiment. I also made an envelobox  and embellished it to match my card. All the supplies are listed below. Hope you like my take on the inspiration picture.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The bird


The flowers and close-up of the stamping and embossing


More flowers…


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


The matching envelobox


Project details

White, green and kraft card-stock ; Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder “Bricks and Bark” (EL-015) ; Tattered Lace die “Starlight Oval” (D610) ; Memory Box die “Forest Bird” (No. 98340) ; Spellbinders Shapeabilities sentiment die “Phrase Set One” (S4-563) ; Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold” ; White acrylic paint for distressing ; White wax cord ; Hearts ; Tim Holtz distress inks ‘Peeled Paint” , “Victorian Velvet”, “Tattered Rose”, “Tea Dye” ; Flowers  (I am Roses products used: S10-2 (Small Pale Pink Paper Flowers), S15-00 (Small Mixed Pink Paper Flowers ), S10-401 (Small Yellow Paper Flowers) and Prima roses)

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

Kind regards,



Fall Plaids

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the lovely theme of “Fall Plaids”. fallplaidsLooking at the beautiful inspiration picture I decided to join in the fun. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you  – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I love to make cards with autumn colors – the browns, oranges, reds and yellows are so warm and earthy. I chose a Spellbinders embossing folder to create a rustic background for my card. I painted a few scraps of papers with my watercolor paints and then die cut the leaves with an Impression Obsession die. The basket is then filled with leaves and layered on a strip of plaid paper. To finished off I added some tiny gold pearls and a bow. The sentiment die cut is from Spellbinders. Hope you like my take on the challenge.



A close-up of the basket


The autumn leaves and embossed background


The sentiment on plaid paper


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • Cream, brown and ochre card-stock
  • Plaid designer paper
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “Bricks and Bark” (EL-015)
  • Impression Obsession die “Leaves” (DIE095-D)
  • Spellbinders Die D-Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • MarianneDesign Craftables “Basket” (CR1208)
  • Gold card and stones
  • Watercolor paints for leaves
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage Photo” ; “Tea Dye” and “Walnut Stain”

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

Kind regards,


Winter Wonderland

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer day in South Africa.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your visits during 2015. I wish you all happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. Enjoy this very special and festive time with your family and loved ones.

Today I am posting my project for The Shabby Tea Room. The challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is called “Winter Wonderland” and the winner of this challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate from the Paper Sweeties boutique!

For my card I used lovely blue rosettes and silver snowflakes layered on an embossed background. The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties layered on a Spellbinders die cut. Although it is mid-summer in South Africa I really love creating this card.



A close-up of the rosettes


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and blue card-stock
  • Silver mirror board
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder “Tweets and Twigs”(EL-023)
  • Sizzix Thinlits dies “Rosettes” (658932)
  • Marianne Design Craftables  “Snowflakes” (CR1335)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Snowflakes” (LR0393)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Detailes Scallops” (S6-004)
  • Paper Sweeties sentiment
  • Silver cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Broken China”

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




Winter White

Hello blog friends,

This week just flies and for me this weekend is the last of my holiday – Monday it’s back to work. Oh, I am going to miss these lazy days filled with crafting, reading and fun things to do. But for today we have a fun new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow .  The theme for the challenge is winter white although the focal image can have some colour. The only restriction is that your project must be made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. I love working with lots of colours on my cards and was really in the deep end with this challenge as I have never made an all white card. To make the banner pop on the white embossed background I used several layers of die cuts, lace, gemstones and pearls. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I also submitted my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the banner


The sentiment


A peep at the inside decorated with rose leaves


Front view of the envelobox for the card. The depth of the box is 180 mm so that the layered card can easily fit into the box.


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Go Kreate die XXL Square Frames “Frilly #1” (No. 360021)
  • Sizzix Sizzlits die “Banners and Keys Set”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Tags Two”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage”
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “Splendid”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Winter White”
  • Crystals
  • Crafter’s Companion Envelobox Creator to make envelobox for card

I would love to see your card or project at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this week. The design team ladies made stunning white on white cards this week with lots of inspiration.

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

Regards from South Africa,


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