Summer Flowers

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Summer DD_SummerGingham_July17Gingham”. The team have created a bunch of beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. We have also a fun prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by

Now onto the details of my summer card for the new challenge. I used my brushstroke flower dies to created 3 different flowers for my floral arrangement. I die cut the flowers from white cardstock, colour them with distress inks and then assemble all the small pieces to create depth and dimension. I spray the coloured flowers with a little bit of water to get the watercolour effect. While still damp I shaped the leaves to add a little more dimension to the flowers.  The leaves were die cut from two shades of green card-stock, glued together and then distress with ink. The floral arrangement was then layered on pink gingham paper.  I finished off with a die cut sentiment which was die-cut several times from white and pink cardstock to give a raised effect. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Dies R Us Challenge #172 (ends 07/13) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #3” (665360) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #2” (665210) — Sizzix Thinlits Colorize die “Bloom, Colorize” (665208) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “Best Wishes” (DIE386-F)
  • Let’s Craft & Create Challenge #173 (ends 07/31) – Anything Goe
  • Love to Craft #60 (ends 07/31) – Always Anything Goes
  • Crafts Galore Encore #89 (June) (ends 07/31) – Always Anything Goes
  • Sparkles Forum Challenges #141 (ends 07/15) – Floral Extravaganza

A close-up of the flowers on the gingham background

The sentiment

The inside with more flowers

Project details

White and pink card-stock — Pink gingham paper — Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #3” (665360) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #2” (665210) — Sizzix Thinlits Colorize die “Bloom, Colorize” (665208) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “Best Wishes” (DIE386-F) — Tim Holtz distress inks.

I hope you get inspired to create something beautiful for our challenge and that you enjoy today’s post. Take care and thank you for stopping by! I love reading your thoughts in the comments.



Bunny Hop

Hello friends,

Today’s card is for the Cut It Up Challenge with the theme “Hopping Down the Bunny Trail (Easter)”. Actually there is a story behind this card as it is also part of another challenge – so let me explain. As most of us are in isolation, lock-down, quarantine, etc around the world, an awesome group of ladies challenged each other to do a Covid-19 Relief challenge. What a great idea to lift our spirits, get us out of our daily routines and  do some crafting to help us mentally and emotionally. At the bottom of my post you will find the names of these awesome group of ladies and links to there blogs that participate in this challenge. Please visit and share some love during this time when we all need a “cyber” hug!

I created my card in the shabby chic style in my favourite colours, cream, pink and green. The cheerful bunnies are part of a new die set I purchased recently and I love them.  They are so happy and to do them justice I layered them on a pastel floral background. The doodling on the die cut bunnies was inspired by a card I saw at sarascloset. I  added  two layers of entwined green circles to frame the happy couple. For a “Spring” feeling I added soft pink roses, leaves and gemstones. I finished of with a marker sign and sentiment.

Challenges I entered:


A close-up of the bunnies


The roses and leaves


The marker sign and sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details

Cream, green and pink card-stock — Couture Creations designer paper “Peaceful Peonies” — Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits “Bunny Hop” (664421) — Elizabeth Craft Designs “Entwined Circles” (1254) — Cottage Cutz “Marker Sign” (CC-MINI-055) — Leane Creatief sentiment die  Pigeons” (45.1222) — Cheery Lynn Designs “Build a Snowman” for bows (B844) — Unbranded die “Leaves” — Prima flowers (Item #639839) — Gemstones — Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen”, “Bundled Sage”, “Victorian Velvet”, “Pumice Stone”

The group of ladies who joined the challenge are:










That’s it from today! I hope you like my card. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.




Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a shabby card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “Silhouettes” and with such a lovely mood board from Team Darlene I decided to play along. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the colors and children in the picture. I wanted to create something different and choose to make a shabby style card by added flowers in the colors of the sky pictured in the top left tile on the mood board. The adorable vintage image  is from Flonz Craft. I layered the silhouette image on a black background to let the flowers pop. I finished off with pieces of lace and some pink sequins. The sentiment is a Crealies text die. This card was so quick and easy to make and I love the outcome!

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the image

The flowers

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and black cardstock — Flonz Craft clear stamp “Children Swinging”– Crealies Text die (CLTD 09) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Swirly Leaf Trio” (CED1468) — Prima Flowers — Lace — Sequins — Hug Snug seam binding — Tim Holtz Distress Inks “Worn Lipstick” and “Spun Sugar”

I hope you like today’s creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.



Time To Say …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a maculine card I created. Male cards are a challenge for me and I always refrain doing these type of cards. I love flowers, lace and dainty embellishments and doing something bold didn’t come easy. I  have the beautiful script paper for years in my pile of papers and it was just perfect for a vintage background.  I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink for a  weathered look and to let the inlaid clock die cut stand out better. The die cut clock is a Nellie Snellen Vintasia  Figurative die and one of my favorites. To finish off I added some paper candy in shades of brown and white. The sentiment die cut is from Poppystamps “Vintage Happy Birthday”. I really love the final result – what do you think?



A close-up of the inlaid die cut


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and brown card stock
  • Script designer paper
  • Nellie Snellen Vintasia Figurative die “Clock” ( VIND013)
  • PoppyStamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday”  (No 1178)
  • Craftworkscards Candi “Choc-a-Mocha”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage photo”

That’s it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!



Springtime in Paris

Hello crafty friends,

It is a pleasure to share my post today as the guest designer at Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.  I have this honor following the winning of the Valentine challenge recently. You can see my winning entry here. Thank you for asking me to join the Frilly and Funky Challenges as a featured guest designer – your challenges always inspires me.

The theme of the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie  is  “It’s All About Vacation”. I decided to make a vintage card showing a vacation during springtime in Paris. I never visited France but one can always live your dreams in paper crafting! I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower and a lovely vintage image of two ladies as my focal point.


 To add some texture to my background I used delicate leaf die cuts for the top and bottom and then framed the image with a vintage clock die cut painted with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint. I love to add swallows to my travel themed cards because these lovely little birds travel each year, long distances to countries far away – they are for me world travellers in their own way.


The Eiffel Tower silhouette is cut from recycled cardboard and distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks.



The sentiment is attached with twine to the Tower and then cascading down to connect all the flowers on the card.


A close-up of the flowers


And finally, the inside with a miniature Eiffel Tower, a bow and a few pearls


Project details for the card:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Delight” and Sun Kiss” collections
  • Vintage image from Janet K. Designs
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz die “Weathered Clock”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy sprig border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp from Country Crafts (South Africa)
  • Eiffel Tower silhouette
  • Chipboard swallow
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

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

Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Best Wishes …

Hello friends,

I created this card in the shabby chic style for the challenge at The Card Concept. To celebrate their One Year Anniversary with them they gave this beautiful 26-One Year Celebrationinspirational picture to use. The pink flowers on the white, with the hint of blue in the background caught my eye and I took this as inspiration for my card. I started off with a layer I created with pink distress inks to create a watercolor effect as background. I then added a lattice layer to give more dimension to the hanging sign board and flower arrangement. The flowers are chosen for their different shades of pink as portrayed in the picture. Some aqua pearls and white stamens complete the card. I listed the dies I used in the project details at the end of the post. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following 3 challenges:

  • The Card Concept Challenge #26 (ends 01/19) – Happy One Year Anniversary (Shabby Chic Style)
  • Try It On Tuesdays Challenge (ends 01/20) – My Favourite Things (I love my flowers and dies)
  • Scrapy Land Challenges #9 (ends 01/21) – Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells. (Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice” ; Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments One” and Impression obsession die  “Heart Flourish 126-U”)


The sentiment on the hanging sign board


The flowers …


and sweet blossoms with a bit of blue


A peep at the inside, decorated with flourishes

SB_FancyLattice4Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments One”
  • Impression Obsession die  “Heart Flourish 126-U”
  • Chipboard sign board
  • Fabric flowers and sweet blossoms
  • White stamens
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks “Spun Sugar” ; “Victorian Velvet” ; “Worn Lipstick”

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



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