Wednesday, 30 September 2015


I have another Christmas card for you today and I will be entering it into the challenge at Split coast stampers 2015 Christmas card challenge and the one at Simply less is moore which is 'Shiny'

I'm not sure how I feel about this card, it's certainly won't be added to my favourites list but here goes anyway

I backed it with shiny green card stock and added some glitter glue for good measure.
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Red: Bargain bin find, no brand or colour code available
             Green: No colour code or brand available
Glitzin' Glamour in red and crystalina
Card Stock: White and green in 160gsm
2 gold beads   

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Silk Ribbon Fushias

CAS(e) this sketch have a new sketch
and here is my card. I made this a long time ago but have never shown it, hence the not so great photo.
It's made with ribbon and embroidery thread. The vellum hasn't turned out that great but I've learnt a bit about sticking that since then.

Pattern: Silk Ribbon Greeting cards by Ann Cox 
Ribbon: Silk ribbon 4mm in yellow, mustard and apricot
Thread: Yellow, apricot and green Brand and colour codes unknown
Yellow Vellum
Card Stock: White 160gsm
Paper: Orange 80gsm


Monday, 28 September 2015

Red, Black and mint

Well it's nearly holiday time for the schools, one week to go and boy is it going to be a busy one. Tomorrow I have to finalize the roles for the school concert so that the boys can learn their lines during the time off and then we can start practising in earnest when we get back. I'm not looking forward to that!

TGIF challenges have there usual
and I have chosen to combined these two.

This is a card I photographed a long time ago but have never shown so apologies for the bad photograph.
You will need to look quite closely to see the Watermelon and mint colours but they are there as flat backed gems.

Pattern: My own I was inspired by a stamped card
             Sentiment: Stitching Cards Bookmark Words
Threads: All brands and colour codes unknown
Flat backed gems in champagne, mint, watermelon, blue and pink
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in black

Saturday, 26 September 2015


Boy has it been hot. Thursday was a public holiday so schools got Friday off too. I went to a Garden Show about 45 mins from my home town and this place was scorching. 36 degrees when we arrived at 10am and up to 43 at midday. Hope this isn't an indication of what summer is going to be!
The new challenge at  CASology  is circles

 and here is my card

I stitched the butterfly onto a circle and then placed a thin fishing line over the back and backed it with a second circle.
I cut a larger circle out of the yellow card front and a smaller piece of card stock in the same yellow colour as the card. I then lined the fishing line up onto the yellow card, secured it and stuck the second pink piece down to neaten it.
To complete I outlined the larger circle with some glitter.

I will also be entering this over at Share joy challenge where the cue is

My Inspiration

Source:Debra Simonis

Thread: Colour code and brand unknown
Thin fishing line
Die: Sizzix 8 circle die
Derivan Kindy Glitz in Crystalina
Three clear flat backed gems


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Christmas Bells

It's a public holiday here in South Africa today, Heritage Day. That meant that I could sleep late, my best!

When I first saw the new sketch at Sweet Sunday Sketch I thought I'd have to give this one a miss but then I remembered this Christmas card I made recently and I think it's perfect, what do you think?

I will also be entering this over at Split Coast Stampers Christmas Cards Challenge
Thread: Gold DMC E 436
            All others brand and colour code unknown
Kindy Glitz in Crystalina
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Free download but not sure who from
Rolfes metallic pen in gold 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

White Hearts

This weeks challenge at CAS(e) this Sketch is

and my card

My inspiration was this lovely card

Source: Hannelie
Dies: 2 Die 4 hearts
metal dots
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Scrap of mesh
Pentel Dotliner 8.4mm x 16m

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


At Share joy challenge this week our inspiration is

I choose to do the Tic Tac Toe section and my key words where Stitching, embossing and balloons

Here is my card

The balloons are hand embossed.

Thread: Gold: DMC E 436
             All other colours: Brand and colour codes unknown
Rolfes mettallic pen in gold
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm butterfly blue
Stencil: A freebie with a magazine from years ago

Monday, 21 September 2015

Butterflies for Lucie

challenge and Time Out Challenges inspiration is this beautiful card

The two came together very well in this card which a colleague asked me to make for her sister

I focused on the colours in the card inspiration

Pattern: Pintrest
             Sentiment: Home made
Thread: Dark Pink: DMC 007
             Light Pink: Unknown
             Dark Blue: DMC 809
             Light Blue: DMC 506
             Silver: DMC E168
             Light Grey: Unknown 
Card Stock: White 160gsm
Paper: Free Download from Crafty Ferret
Foam Squares
Small glass beads


Sunday, 20 September 2015


We are having the most beautiful rain. The first of spring and boy do we need it! Been raining for 4 days now. I'm a happy girl and so is my garden, happy that is not a girl!!!
Today's challenge is very apt given the rain.

Addicted to CAS have a new challenge and I decided to use it to add to my Christmas card stash

I will also be entering this over at Splitcoast Stampers Christmas Cards Challenge.

My Inspiration

Source: Maskerade


Remember this card?

I entered it in a challenge here and I won!!!
They (being Time Out Challenges) have asked me to be a Guest Designer for their October challenge so watch this space.

Pattern: Chomikuj Narodzenie,18
             Sentiment: Stitching Cards Bookmark Words
Thread: Light Green: DMC 0254
             Dark Green: Brand and colour code unknown
Flat backed gems in red
Paper: Free download from Activity Village.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Autumn Flowers

Well I survived our overnight excursion. Unfortunately for the boys it was rainy and cold the whole time so they only got to do one outside activity. They still had lots of fun and made plenty of noise and mess!

For today's card I combined two challenges
Freshly made Sketches

 and Uniko Studio where the challenge is Autumn/Fall.

I probably took some liberties with both the sketch and the theme. I choose to use Autumn colours in my card as it is actually spring where I live and not autumn at all,
here is my card

and then a spring version with some hand embossing. I coloured the vases with pastel pencils and then smudged them with an ear bud.

Pattern: New Designs, New projects for embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Threads: All brands and colour codes unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm white
                    200gsm cream
Pastel pencils
Ear buds
Embossing tool
Rolfes metallic pen in rose and gold
Pearl beads

Friday, 18 September 2015

Agapanthus flower

I am away at the moment on an overnight excursion with the school. We have taken all 88 nine year olds to what is essentially a farm. As a school we have visited this place twice before and the boys have always had an absolute ball. Got extremely dirty and wet but it was all good, wholesome, clean fun. The kind I had as a child but which today's city kids sadly don't get. Hopefully I managed to get some sleep last night!

This is the new sketch at Sweet Sunday Sketch

and my take on it

Pattern:Prick 'n Stitch. Agapanthuses
Thread: Green DMC 254
             Violet: House Of Embroidery 14
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    Scrap of yellow
Paper: Green check: Activity Village

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hopeful Change

This weeks Splitcoast Stampers Free 4 All #290 is all about Hopeful Change. It is their way of remembering that sad day which happened in American History this month a couple of years ago. 

I have interpreted this as a gradual change in colour from light pink to cerise (as in ombre), symbolising hope.

Here is my card

Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Beads from my stash
Card Stock: 200gsm in pink
                    160gsm in white

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

An oval of flowers

This week's challenge at TGIF Challenges is this sketch

and my take on it

Pattern: Easy Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: Petrol Blue
Self adhesive paper strip with words in blue
Flat Backed gems in blue and champagne
Border punch

Monday, 14 September 2015

Butterflies on a thread

Well I did my last early morning hockey duty
on Saturday, yeah. No more leaving the house while it's still dark on a weekend morning until next year, at least.

The fortnightly challenge at Butterfly Challenge is Butterfly and 'Y' for yarn. You may use yarn or some form of embroidery thread. Just up my ally!!!
and as fortune would have it the challenge at Clean and Simple on Sunday is "Stitching"!

So here is my card

I embossed a piece of paper with a brick pattern and adhered it to my card stock before adding my butterfly topper. Flat backed gems complete the layout.

Some small cards using half the original pattern.

Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Large card: Apricot DMC 340
                                Pink DMC 730
                                Blue DMC 3766
                                Green DMC 368
             All other colours; Brands and codes unknown
Cuttlebug brick embossing folder
Flat backed gems in pink, blue and yellow
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Black 80gsm
           Yellow squiggle: paper Pizzazz Soft tints
            Purple: Activity Village

Sunday, 13 September 2015


Freshly made Sketches's new sketch is

and my take on it

My inspiration
Love the white and green combination

Source: Gillian at Made with Sparkle
Pattern: 101 patterns for Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: DMC in Blanche
Heart Button
Flat backed pearls
Card stock: 160gsm in light green

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Baby Dress

This is my second post for today because this sketch at Share Joy Challenge just happened to match a card I made a while ago but have never shown.
This is the sketch.

and here is my card

I did something with this card which I don't usually do and that is to stitch onto paper. I did this as I didn't have any card stock vaguely the right colour. I chose not to do this too often as the paper bends and is inclined to tear but I got luck with this one and had no dramas.
I loved the pink paper, it had the amazing ability to match with both pinks and peaches. Unfortunately it is now finished and as I have no idea where I got it from I guess that's the end of it for me. The butterflies at the bottom are on a little metal self adhesive strip.

Pattern: New Designs, New Projects for Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: DMC Antique Copper
Gold beads
Card Stock: white 160gsm
Paper: 80gsm in mauve and pink
Metal strip 


So what do you think of when you hear the word 

romantic walks? Well this is what I thought of

and I will be entering it into the challenge at CASology

Pattern: Stitching Cards Lantern
Card Stock: 200gsm in kraft
Thread: DMC black and read
Small glass bead for eye
Sizzix 8 circle die
Red and white Washi tape
Corner punch
flat backed gems in black

Friday, 11 September 2015

Put your mark on it.

Time out Challenges is Monochrome with put your mark on it. That means using a pen, pencil, water colours, felt tipped pen etc on your design.

Here is my card
The lines are hand drawn using a fine liner and the corners are rounded with the help of a punch.

It was a really quick design to stitch so I made another two.


Pattern:Stitching Cards Christening Church
Threads: Brand and colour codes unknown
Pentel Fine liner
Flat backed gems in blue and green
Flat backed paerls in wine
Corner punch

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Green and Gold

Green and Gold are the colours of our national Rugby team "The Springboks". I'm  a great fan of the game and will definitely be rooting for them in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in England but it's also the challenge over at Simply less is Moore
 While I didn't make a rugby inspired card I did make this


The sentiment is computer generated and the card is hand cut.
I will be entering the second card in CAS(e) this sketch where the sketch is

My inspiration

Card Stock: white 160gsm
Flat backed gems in black
Copper metal dots
Paper: Check Free download from Activity Village
           Stars: Free download from Crafty Ferret
           Scrap of black embossed paper