Hello blog friends,

Sharing with you today is my guest designer card for the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog. What a wonderful opportunity to be featured on such a lovely challenge blog – thanks so much Sheryl and the Fussy and Fancy design team  for inviting me. The card is for the featured guest designer post for Challenge #116 – Things with Wings.

I chose a resin angel from Prima and two butterflies as my “things with wings”. The background is an awesome Spellbinders D-Lites die  “Gilded Gate 2” – I love the way it matches up with the resin angel. The lovely flowers is a mixture of a Prima rose and two Petaloo flowers from their Botanica Mini Flower collection. The Whimsy stamp “Celebration pennants” is a goldie but still one of my favourite sentiment stamps.



 A close-up of the angel, lace and flowers


The pennants and butterflies


The flowers – love the rose with the glass glitter


A peep at the inside with a butterfly and flourish


Project details:

  • White and light brown cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Princess”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites “Gilded Gate 2”
  • Joy Crafts “Vintage Borders” (6002/0162)
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Prima rose
  • Petaloo Botanica flower collection “Peach”
  • Prima “Resin angels” (Item #573546)
  • Whimsy stamps “Celebration Pennants”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea dye”

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

Regards from South Africa,


Up in the Sky …

Hello everyone,

I am here today with my designer card for the new fortnightly challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow with the theme “Dreaming of the Beach”.  For this challenge we want you to think of the seaside or the beach when you create your vintage or shabby chic card or other paper-crafted project. This week Marie Svensson is our guest designer and you can see more of her lovely vintage creations on her blog Primia.

As we are in the midst of summer in South Africa the beach is definitely the place to be during our hot summer days. I used a stamp from Joanna Sheen “Kite” from the Faye Whittaker All Our Yesterdays range. As this is a large stamp and I want the card to be masculine I kept the layout and design very simple. The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils. The layering was done with designer papers and a piece of frayed burlap. A few buttons from my old buttons tin completed the card.



A close-up of the image


The buttons and bows


The sentiment stamped with white embossing powder


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and dark brown cardstock
  • Designer paper from “K and Company” and “Scrapsheets”
  • Joanna Sheen stamp (Faye Whittaker All Our Yesterdays range) “Kite FW905”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Birthday Letter Seals” (10205)
  • Burlap
  • Buttons
  • Wax cord
  • Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle pencils
  • Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir markers
  • White embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Stickles “Platinum”

Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments. Enjoy your day and happy crafting till next time.

Regards from South Africa,


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,


Graceful Chandelier

Hello friends,

Thank you for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits so much.

Two weeks just flew and we have a new challenge starting today at Sugar Creek Hollow. This fortnight the theme is “Romance” and you have to use ribbon on your creation. Please remember that your creation must be in the vintage or shabby chic style. There is also  a lovely prize for the random winner of this challenge. The Really Reasonable Ribbon   shop sponsors a  $15 gift certificate to their store – such a fantastic prize.

My card is in a Victorian shabby chic style with a lovely image from Janet K Design. I added a chandelier die cut embellished with gemstones, two vintage corners and a cherub on a little lace heart to accentuate the Victorian feel of the image. I made the pink drape with May Arts wrinkled ribbon which you can buy from Really Reasonable Ribbon online store. I love this ribbon as it is much cheaper than silk ribbon, has a lovely shine and shapes very well. Hope you can join the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this time with a romantic creation.

Challenges I would like to enter:


The cherub, lace heart and flowers


A close up of the Victorian couple from Janet K Design.


The graceful chandelier embellished with gem stones hanging from the May Arts wrinkled ribbon drape


A peep at the inside with a Whimsy sentiment stamp


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage notes'”
  • Janet K Design vintage image
  • Memory Box die “Graceful Chandelier”
  • Whimsy Birthday postage sentiment stamp for inside
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • May Arts wrinkled ribbon
  • Vintage metal corners
  • Paper roses
  • Lace heart
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Gem stones
  • Vintage lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

The other ladies on the design team made stunning cards, so for more inspiration a visit to Sugar Creek Hollow will be worthwhile. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


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.


Rose Garden

Hello friends,

Spring arrived last Sunday for us in the Southern Hemisphere. We are already experiencing hot weather in Pretoria –  seems as we have skipped the crisp and cool spring days. In our garden the roses started blooming this week and seeing this I enjoyed it so much to create this card for  the  Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this forthnight. The theme is “My Rose Garden” and we would like to see roses on your vintage or shabby chic project. The sponsor for MyArtisticAdventures_Logothis challenge is Heather Hudson and you can visit her shop on Etsy at My Artistic Adventures. The prize for one random winner is three collage sheets from her Etsy shop. From Heather’s beautiful collection of digital sheets she kindly supplied me with the “shabby green vintage rose tags collage sheet” for the challenge. I used my new Spellbinders D’Lites die “Gazebo” to create a garden scene. The beautiful tag is embellished with pearls and lace. I then printed a few more tags and fuzzy cut the roses to use with the paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The inside of the card is also decorated with tags from the collage sheet.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The lovely image from My Artistic Adventures


The gazebo and a Whimsy sentiment


A close-up of the roses


A peep at the inside


The inside decorated with more tags from My Artistic Adventures


Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima “Romantique” and Kaisercraft “Enchanted Garden”
  • Vintage images from My Artistic Adventures
  • Spellbinders D’Lites dies “Gazebo” and “Garden Weave”
  • Olba punch “Leaves”
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp from “Vintage Seed Packets” stamp set
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Lace Delight” clear stamp set
  • Memento Dye ink “Toffee Crunch” for stamping
  • Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced lime”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Please join us at Sugar Creek Hollow “My Rose Garden” challenge this fortnight. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

As always, regards from South Africa,


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