O’ Christmas Tree

Hello friends,

November is here  … and Christmas is coming soon. I have my first Christmas card for this year to share today. The card was created for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room and the theme for this fortnight is “O’ Christmas Tree”. Our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps and you could be the winner of 7 Bugaboo digi stamps by just playing along. A visit to The Shabby Tea Room for the inspiration picture and more info on the prize and rules will be worthwhile.

For my card I used a Bugaboo stamp “Merry Christmas Tree”  so kindly sponsored by Jodie. As the Christmas tree is so cute with the pink gem stones and glitter as decorations I decided to keep the rest of the card clean and simply. To capture the rustic and shabby look of the inspiration picture, I layered the image on a wooden plank background, add a strip of burlap, some vintage seam binding and pink roses. The distressed edges adds a perfectly aged, weathered look. Hope you like my take on a non-traditional Christmas card.



A close up of the Christmas tree


The flowers and ribbon


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Wooden plank designer paper
  • Bugaboo stamp “Merry Christmas Tree”
  • Pink gem stones in various sizes
  • Skwiglues glitter
  • Derwent Inktense pencils for coloring
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Roses
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen”

I love having you stop by, thank you for visiting! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Pretty in Purple

Hello friends,

It’s Monday and time for a new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room! Our challenge is called ‘BOO-riffic” and you can create a card or any project inspired by the inspiration photo on The Shabby Tea Room blog. The sponsor is Paper Sweeties and the winner will receive a $20 gift certificate from the Paper Sweeties boutique!

I’ve got something created in purple and black to share for this challenge – lace, pearls and lots of stamped roses. This is some of my favorite things to use on cards. The stamped roses, leaves and sentiment are from the Paper Sweeties Party Time bundle (stamps and dies set) & “You make Me Smile” sentiment set. Hope you’ll allow yourself some time to play along this fortnight at The Shabby Tea Room.



The sentiment


A close-up of the roses and leaves


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and black card-stock
  • Designer paper in purple and black (Unknown)
  • Paper Sweeties : Party Time bundle & “You make Me Smile” sentiment
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Frame One”
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Lace
  • Washi Tape
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Sky Mauve”

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



Sweet as Sunshine

Hello friends,

Today’s post I share with a happy dance – this is my first as design team member for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge blog! I am so honored and delighted to join the very talented team of ladies. This is going to be an incredible experience and a golden opportunity to learn more about card making and the shabby style. Thank you for holding thumbs for me and all your kind comments when I submitted my cards for the design team call. I appreciate it so much.

The theme for the The Shabby Tea Room challenge this fortnight is “Sweet as Sunshine”. Please hop over to The Shabby Tea Room to see the lovely inspiration photo and more details on how to enter the challenge. Our sponsor is Bugaboo stamps and they offer a lovely prize of 7 digi’s for this challenge!

For my card I was kindly sponsored with a yummy cupcake image that I layered on a paper doily. I coloured the image with my watercolor pencils and paper piece the cupcake layer and cream topping for more dimension. To embellish I added a gingham ribbon, some sequins, a red button and glitter. The sentiment is a a die cut from Marianne Designs Creatables.


The bow and button


The yummy cupcake


The sentiment


Project details:

  • White, yellow and red cardstock
  • October Afternoon designer paper “Confetti”
  • Bugaboo Stamps: Yummy Cupcake
  • Marianne Design Creatables sentiment die (LR0223)
  • Doily
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Star button
  • Sequins
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today. Please come and join in the fun at our challenge at The Shabby Tea room, I would love to see your take on the challenge. Have a wonderful day.

Kind regards,



A Bird House

Hello friends,

Another card to share today, featuring stamps from Hot Off The Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets”. I have this stamp set for a long time and never used it  until a few weeks ago. Since then I have so much fun making cards with all the little “birdie” stamps in the set.  For this card I used the bird house and a fancy swirl  to create the foliage at the bottom. The image is colored with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and a few pink gemstones were added. A few pink paper roses and a bow completed the card. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps.

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


A close-up of the bird house and sentiment


The flowers and bow


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Hot Off The Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Heart To Heart” set
  • Paper roses
  • Hug Snug seam binding
  • Gemstones
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card – I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.



For The Birds …

Hello friends,

A quick CAS card to share today. I discovered a few days ago an old Hot off the Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets” in my storage box. I enjoyed it so much to make a few cards with the beautiful birdie stamps again. I used an adorable birdhouse image, which I stamped triple, for today’s card. I did the colouring with my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and then added some cherry blossoms for a springtime look. The sentiment stamp is from JustRite stamps. I will share more cards featuring this stamp set in the coming weeks – I so love the sweet images from this stamp set!



A close-up of the birdhouses


The sentiment on a fishtail banner


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Hot off the Press clear stamp set “Sweet Tweets”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp set “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Memento dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today – I really appreciate the time you take to look at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards till next time,


Forever Yours …

Hello friends,

Today I have a cute card to share  with you. It feels like ages since I last used my aquarelle pencils for coloring and worked with cute images. I have the image stamped ages ago but never sat down to make a card with it. It is really busy at work since the beginning of the year and time for my hobby is so limited – hopefully things will calm down.

I am an animal lover and working in a Veterinary Science Library, animal stamps are always a popular choice for me. This cute stamp is from the Crafter’s Companion range Everyday with Barkley “Special Friend”. Those two adorable faces really portray a perfect animal heaven on earth. For the layers I used designer paper from Iralamija and a Spellbinders die cut “Fancy Lattice”. The leafy branch is from Marianne Design Creatables. Hope you enjoy my card as much as I have in creating it.

I  entered my card in the following challenges:


A close-up of the stamped image from Crafter’s Companion “Special Friend” and the ribbon roses


The sentiment


The roses


A peep at the inside with another two bling hearts and a fancy lattice


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Designer paper from  Iralamija
  • Crafter’s Companion stamp Everyday with Barkley “Special Friend”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0150”
  • Cuttlebug die “Tiny Tags” (37-1222)
  • Gemstones
  • Wax cord
  • Paper roses
  • Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”
  • Lyra Rembrandt aquarelle watercolor pencils

Thanks for visiting today, it is always such a pleasure to read your comments. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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