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,


Treasure Your Day

Hello blog friends,

A colleague asked me to make a birthday card for the organist of  their church. The requirements: the card must be for a male and definitely with a musical theme. Not good at making male cards I decided to keep it as simple as possible but still with a vintage feel. I used a sheet music image from The Graphics Fairy embellished with a G clef chipboard as my main focus point of the card. The postage sentiment from Whimsy stamps with the Victorian couple fits the musical theme so well and I just had to add it. The crown is cut from another sheet music cover from The Graphics Fairy. A few black pearls brings the crown to life and I popped it on mirror tape for dimension on the card. My favorite paper roses have to step back for three autumn leaves on this card. Hope you like this “minimalistic” creation!

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

GF_MusicThe sentiment and crown

GF_Music1The autumn leaves

GF_Music2A peep at the inside embellished with a music note

GF_Music3Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from 7Gypsies and Melissa Francis
  • Sheet music cover and crown image from The Graphics Fairy
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday postage sentiment stamp set”
  • Pearls
  • Paper leaves
  • Chipboard G clef music note
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for stopping by today. I love to read your comments and  appreciate everyone  so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.


Cherish The Moments

Hello blog friends,

It is Saturday again and that means a new challenge  at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week’s challenge is to clean out your craft room by using nothing but scraps and other items already in your stash – a really easy one. I think most of us have bits and pieces laying round in our craft rooms waiting to be pasted on a pretty card. The only restrictions for the challenge is that your card must be in the vintage or shabby chic style.

I found scraps of my Graphic45 designer paper and decided to do some fussy cutting of the flowers and clock on one of the papers to build my image. The vintage garden urn is from The Graphics Fairy . I printed this beautiful image a long time ago but totally forgot about it ’till searching through my stuff to complete my card for this challenge. A metal corner painted white, piece of  guipure lace, a cherub,  bits and pieces of pearl string and left over Prima flowers complete the picture. I strung the ribbon through tiny holes in the front and back of the card  to give the idea of  two pages bound together. It looks really pretty with the ribbon also showing on the inside of the card. Hope to see your card at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight. Our challenges will be running every two weeks, so you have more time to complete your projects.

I also entered  my card in the following challenges:


The fussy cutting and dimension on the flowers from the Graphic45 designer paper


The clock, cherub and painted metal corner.


The Whimsy sentiment, lace and pearls


A close up of the cherub with a little bit of glitter added to the wings GF_VintageUrn5

The bows


A peep at the inside with more flowers


Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “A Ladies Dairy Collection”
  • The Graphics Fairy image “Classic Garden Urn
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday Letter Seals”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Nested Lacey Pennants”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Fleur De Lis Squares”
  • Guipure lace
  • Pearl string
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Metal corner embellishment
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Prima flowers “Avon Rose Romantique” and “Camelot Roses Gwenlyn”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Stickles glitter glue “Golden Rod’

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Vintage Bird

Hello friends,

Saturdays is the time to share a vintage or shabby chic card. The new challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow  is Feathers and Fur in a vintage or shabby chic style. I made my card in a vintage, monochromatic style. I saw this image of  a bird in a glass cloche a few months ago on The Graphics Fairy blog and it caught my eye immediately. According to Karen’s description this stunning print comes from a natural history book (circa 1870). Such lovely detail the illustrator put into this. I used the original sepia toned image but Karen also made several other colored versions. The background paper is from an old dictionary I bought at an antique and collectables market. It is fallen apart and the pages were already turned a yellow-brownish color. I had to add just a little bit of distress ink to get the vintage look. The metal chain was glued to the card with glossy accents and I tested the grip to make sure it is fixed well. Maybe I must give the card to close family or friends – this will be safe as they won’t be angry if  it falls off!



A close up of the image “Bird in glass cloche” (The Graphics Fairy)


The flowers


The key trinket and sentiment


A peep at the inside decorated with a piece of lace


Project details:

  • White and tan cardstock
  • Old script paper
  • Image from The Graphics Fairy Bird in Glass Cloche
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire die ‘Tags”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty”
  • Resin corners
  • Paper roses
  • Bronze metal chain
  • Key charm
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Olorosa”
  • Crocheted lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thanks for visiting and looking at my card. Your comment is much appreciated. The design team at Sugar Creek Hollow made beautiful cards for this week’s challenge, please hop over for inspiration and join us for our Feathers and Fur challenge. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy life and crafting.

Regards from South Africa,



Hello dear blog friends,

Well, a New Year is on its way for us and I made this card today to celebrate 2012. It is with a bit of hesitation that I posted the card  as when I asked DH what he thinks he stared a moment  and the reply was “… a little bit different but it is OK to post” . The vintage image is from The Graphics Fairy and I absolutely love the carnival atmosphere this picture creates. You can find the vintage printable here. The clowns, music instruments and the dancing couple with all the lovely detail on their costumes pictures New Year celebrations way back in history. I tried to capture some of the festive colours of the image in my red flowers and pearls, yellow ribbon and green flourishes. The blue background papers were distressed using a Zutter Distress-It-All tool and then painted with gesso.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

 The inside decorated with a green flourish

Project details:

  • White and blue cardstock
  • Blue striped designer paper
  • Vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy (Vintage printable – Remarkable Masquerade Ball)
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Petaloo Canterbury collection paper flowers
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold”
  • Red pearls
  • Marianne Design Creatables die for flourishes
  • Skwiglues “Crystal Gold”
  • Dala acrylic gesso for distressing

And that’s from me for today – hope my card brings back memories from long ago and an almost past 2011. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day.

Regards from South Africa,


Blue Swallow

Hello everyone,

A lovely sketch at the Papercraft Star challenge blog inspired me to make this card. The Papercraft Star challenge blog became one of my favourite challenge blogs with their fantastic design team cards and inspirational challenges. What I love the most is that the challenges are posted well in advance so no rush to create a card for a challenge that you really want to enter. For my card I used a free vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy . What a lovely collection of vintage images Karen have on her fantastic blog. This image is a chocolate advertising card and called “Pretty swallow with roses”. The lovely flowers were send to me from Singapore by Viola Mahr – a wonderful and very talented card maker whose creations I admire a lot.


Project details:

  • White and light blue cardstock
  • White corrugated cardboard
  • Vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp
  • Lace
  • Heart embellishment
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Tattered Banners”
  • Marianne Design Creatables die for flourish “LR0116”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink ‘Faded Jeans”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue”
  • Paper flowers
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for stopping by today. May you have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,


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