Sweet Sunflower

Hello fiends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Sunflowers”. This is such a fun challenge, and most of us love flowers, so I hope to see your card linked up at the Double D challenge blog. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I used a sunflower stamp I bought a while ago for this challenge. I coloured the stamped image with my watercolour pencils and then fussy cut the image. My background layers are a diagonal striped designer paper as well as a journal card for a bit of contrast. I layered the sunflower image on the background with mirror tape for dimension and then add a black die cut butterfly. I finished off with a a gold mirror board sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Crafts Galore Encore #92 (October) (ends 10/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#63 (ends 10/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Dies R Us Challenge #179 (ends 10/28) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs “Small Exotic Butterflies” (DL-113AB) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (Style no 1178))

The sunflower

The gold sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

Cream and black cardstock — Gold mirror board  — Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk” — Graphic 45 Journal card — Stampendous stamp “Cling Sweet Sunflower” (CRP221) — Cheery Lynn Designs “Small Exotic Butterflies” (DL-113AB) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (Style no 1178) — Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils — Wax cord for bow.

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.



Set Sail …

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme  “Nautical”. You can use the colors or patterns, or the images or anything you see in the mood board as inspiration for your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My card was inspired by the red, blue and white colors in the photo. I decided to mix some nautical stamps and dies to create a masculine card. The sailboat was stamped on white  card-stock and colored with Derwent Inktense pencils. The layer was then lifted from the blue base layer with mirror tape.  For more dimension I cut a circle in the top layer to form a porthole frame for the sentiment. I embellished the top layer with die cuts, glitter, gemstones  and a strip of hessian.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The sentiment and sailboat


A close-up of the nautical die cuts


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, blue and red card-stock — Stampendous clear stamp set “Nautical Anchor” (SSC1261) — Joy Crafts dies “Seashore” (6002/0418) — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small” — Hessian strip — Gemstones — Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils — Tim Holtz Distress ink “Faded Jeans”

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

Kind regards,


Be My Valentine

Hello friends,

I have some exciting news to share today – I have the privilege to be a guest at Christine Emberson’s blog Hope & Chances Creativity. Christine is the International Ambassador for Spellbinders in the United Kingdom. Last year Christine contacted me and asked if I am willing to create a card for her blog to show how Spellbinders dies are used around the world. Who will ever say no to such an invitation? She send me two stunning Spellbinders die sets and I created 5 cards for her blog. Please visit Hope & Chances Creativity to read Christine’s view about the cards and also to see her creativity with Spellbinders dies. It is amazing to see her wonderful creations and tips on how to use these dies. I created five separate blog posts to show the cards and this will be posted during today.

My first card is a Valentine’s card created with the Spellbinders die set ‘Flutter Love’. The “heart window” in the top layer was cut with a Spellbinders D’Lites die “Vines of Passion” to frame the lovely heart shape. I added some pearls around the edge for a vintage look. The lace stamp is from Stampendous and the sentiment stamp from Penny Black. The designer papers are from Prima “Stationer’s Desk”

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


A close-up of the lovely heart die


The sentiment embossed with “claret tapestry” embossing powder


The flower and stamped lace border


A peep at the inside decorated with smaller heart die cuts from the same set


Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Vines of Passion” (S2-022)
  • Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Raindrops and Kisses” set
  • Stampendous stamp set “Elegant Borders”
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Roses
  • PSX embossing powder “Claret Tapestry”
  • Tim Holtz Stickles “Burgundy”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”

Thank you for visiting and I will be back soon with a card featuring the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die set “Floral”. Have a wonderful day.



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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