Saturday, 31 October 2015

Arium Lilies

Clean and simple on Sunday have a new sketch
 Here is my interpretation

Pattern: Easy Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: Brands and colour codes unknown
Scrap of ribbon
White brads
Card stock: cream and white in 160gsm

Friday, 30 October 2015


TGIF challenges has a remix challenge and I have chosen to combined the following  two
and here is my  card
This is actually not variegated thread but rather a whole lot of scraps which I had left over. I just put them all together on a card and stitched whatever came off. I rather like the effect it made and it's a great way to use up scrapes.
I will also be entering this over at Split coast stampers. Free for all #297  where the challenge is Fall Colours
Pattern: Bloemen Borduren op Papier by Erica Fortgens
Threads: scraps
card Stock: 200gsm in kraft
                   160gsm in white
Paper: scrap of green and white check

Thursday, 29 October 2015

No Stamps

Split coast stampers free4 all 296 challenge is to make a holiday card or tag with no stamps. Easy for me
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Red DMC 30326
Gold: DMC E436
Card stock: Red and white 160gsm
Gpld Stars
Red glass beads

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Geometric Christmas Tree

Uniko studio have a new challenge and it's
Geometrics with an option of circles, squares or triangles
and here is mine. It's a tag, just for a change
Washi tape: red and white strip
                    Red with flowers
Scrap of stripes green and white paper
Scrap of green snowflake
Scrap of blue and white
Card stock: White 160gsm
                   Scrap of kraft
Clear gem

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


The featured stamper over at Split coast stampers Featured stamper #455 is Jamieruthp.
I have decided to CASe her little tag with Hedgehogs on it.
Here is my card

This was given as an engagement card.
Pattern:Stitching cards Hedgehogs
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                    Rose Embossed card stock in white
Paper: Scrap of dot spots
Black beads
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Scrap book butterfly embellishmeent


Monday, 26 October 2015

Go to Layout

Freshly made sketches have a sketch this week which is always my 'go to' layout. Love it
 For this card I turned it on it's head
Pattern: Pintrest
              Sentiment:Stitching cards Free words for card stitching
Thread: Colour and Brand unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in aqua and white
Silver mirror paper
Glass beads

Friday, 23 October 2015

Black and white bird

This is the inspirational photo over at Time out challenges.
We don't really celebrate Halloween here in South Africa so I decided to focus on the black and white section and the bird.
Here is my card
I have also used a portion of this pattern to make a small card
Pattern:Stitching Cards Lantern
Thread: Black: DMC Noir
             White: DMC Blanch
Card Stock: 160gsm im white
Paper: Black 80gsm
Scrap of white organza ribbon
Black bead

Thursday, 22 October 2015


 The challenge at Simply less is moore is Masculine
This is a card made for my youngest nephew's birthday. He is nuts about mechanized vehicles in any formate
My inspiration
Source: Stress Free Stamping

Card Stock: 160gsm in white, red, yellow and blue
Paper: 80gsm in black
Peel off sentiment
Die: Cuttlebug Truck

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Flower wedge

This is the illustration challenge at TGIF challenges
I concentrated on the pink and green colours in the picture.
This is what I cam up with
My inspiration

Source: La Laffatty

Pattern: 101 Ideas for embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Thread: Green DMC 699
             Pink: colour code and brand unknown
Satin polka dot ribbon
Liquid Pearls in gold

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Shadow box butterflies

Here is the new challenge at CASe this sketch
I used it to make some small (6.5cm x 7cm) cards using up some paper scraps.

I propped the second layer up with foam squares to give it some dimension.
My inspiration
Source: Made with Sparkle blog
Sizzix square die (8piece)
Martha Steward Butterfly punch
Liquid pearls in platinuim
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Scraps of paper
Foam squares

Monday, 19 October 2015


CASology has a new look and so do their cue cards. This weeks cue is
I don't often use words/sentiments on my cards but here is one that foots the bill.
Thread: All brand and colour codes unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap of mauve embossed paper
           Green marbled paper

Sunday, 18 October 2015


Addicted to CAS have a new challenge
 My Sparkle is the gold thread and the gems
I will also be entering this at Splitcoast Stampers. Christmas Cards Challenge 2105 and Split coast stampers Featured Stamper

Thread: White: DMC Blanc
              Gold: DMC E436
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Flat backed gems in champagne


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Washi Tape

Washi Tape is the new challenge at Clean and Simple on Sunday
This card was made for my Father-in-law for his birthday this year. Sadly we lost him about a month ago so I'm really pleased that I can share his card today
  and a different colour combination
My inspiration
Source: Suzanne Dahlberg. The cardyard

Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Button from my stash
Washi Tape: Green with white stars
                     Green chevron
                     Aqua and white checks
                     Red and white stripes

Friday, 16 October 2015


Simply less is moore have a challenge and it's one layer "Autumn"
I have made quite a few autumn cards recently, 4 to be exact. I needed 2 for my guest designer stint at Time out Challenges but I actually made 4 and then chose the two I wanted to use. So today is one of the cards that I didn't use. It fits the challenge perfectly.

Thread: Blue: DMC 0131
             Orange: DMC 0314
              Red: Anchor 029
             Black: DMC
             Silver: DMC 415
             All other brands and colour codes unknown
Copper metal dots
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper:  Activity Village

Thursday, 15 October 2015

50 shades of ......Purple

That's the new challenge at  Split Coast Stampers Free 4 All #294 and I have the perfect card for this challenge.

I have actually used a variegated thread but I'm sure it still qualifies
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: House of Embroidery Violet no 14
             Gold: DMC E436
Glitzin' Glamour Crystalina
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Gingham Paper: Activity village

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Bookmark flower

 and this is my take on it.
and a different colour combination using a variegated thread.
Card stock 160gsm in white
                   Scrap of pink
Rolfes metallic pen in pink and gold
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


This is the new challenge at TGIF Challenges

and here is my take
It's another previously unshown card made a while ago for a friend's birthday. She loves owls.
Pattern: Owl: Pintrest  
              Sentiment: Stitching Cards Free words
Thread: Brands and colour codes unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Brand unknown. Scrap booking supply


Monday, 12 October 2015

Butterfly and Embossing

Back to school today, it's going to be a busy term!!!

I got a really lovely surprise yesterday. I am the featured 'stamper' over at Splitcoast Stampers Featured stamper. What a privilege.

Butterflies and Embossing is the new challenge at Butterfly spot challenge and here is my card. It was made for a friend of my sister when she turned 40.
I hand embossed the background butterflies.
Thread: Silver: DMC 415
Peel off sentiment
Martha Steward butterfly stencil
Embossing tool
Butterfly Punch
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Scrap of aqua linen card stock 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Car Boot Sale

It's the last day of my holidays today. Am very sad. I'm spending it at a car boot sale . It's not my favourite thing to do but my youngest sister had a lot of stuff stored at my Mother's house. I told her that if she cleaned it out I would keep her company while she disposed of it. She did her part of the bargain so today I have to do mine. Just hope it's not too hot out there in the sun!!!

This is the sketch at Freshly made sketches

and my take on it.
Card stock: White 160gsm
Paper: 80gsm in white
Embossing folder: Cuttle bug Swiss Dot
Thread: All makes and colours unknown
Scrap of green organza ribbon
Rolfes metallic pen in blue

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Nine Trees

This is the new sketch at CAS(e) this sketch
and here is my take on it.

I will also be entering this over at Simon says stamp.Wednesday challenge where it's Christmas Clean and Simple
             Sentiment: Stitching cards Free words
Thread: Brand and colour codes unknown
Glitzin' Glamour in Crystalina
Card stock: 160gsm in white

Friday, 9 October 2015

Jewel colours

The great thing about the holidays is time spent with friends. I had lunch with three ex colleagues yesterday, always a memorable time.
Simply less is moore. have a new challenge and it's Jewel colours
and here is my card made with those colours

Pattern: Received when I completed a survey so not available from any sites
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Border punch
Card Stock: Kraft 200gsm
                    White: 160gsm
Paper: 80gsm in red

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Puppy Love

The new challenge at Split Coast Stampers. Free 4 All #293 is Puppy Love (or love for your favourite pet).
Considering the name of my blog of course I had to do a cat card!
This second one was specifically made for my sister. It has the same colouring as her beloved kitty "Cruise" who she sadly lost earlier this year.
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Black and white DMC
Buttons: from my stash.
Card Stock: White 160gsm
Paper: Top card free with a craft magazine
            Bottom card:  Free download from Crafty Ferret

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Guest designer #2

I'm the Guest Designer over at Time out Challenges and here is my second card for their challenge

Autumn... The year's last, lovliest smile
This was actually not what I was originally planning on making. I had in my head something along these lines
Source: I'm in Haven blog
however I didn't measure my panel for stitching very carefully (that's what happens when you save your scraps to be used later!) and it was too short. After a quick panic I remembered these dies which I have never used before and they saved the day. 
Some crochet cotton, glitter on the leaves and faux stitching complete the card.
Thread: Light orange: DMC 352
             Other colour codes and brands unknown
Glitzing Glamour Crystalina
Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Curved Matting Basics S5-171
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                     Cream : Linen effect
Crochet cotton in white
Pentel Fine Liner

At an angle

My holidays are going by far to quickly. I spent yesterday making clothes for little girls out of left over bits of fabric which I had. I am planning on giving them to a local orphanage. I'm on a bit of a De cluttering binge at the moment and even though I have cut out 5 dresses and 3 little tops they have hardly made a dent in my pile of left overs. Wish there where more hours in the day or more days in my holiday!!!
Sweet Sunday Sketch have a new sketch

and this is my take on it

I love how dainty these flowers are.
I also made some small cards with the same flower.

Thread: Purple: DMC 3837
             Red: DMC 629
Rolfes' metallic marker in blue
Liquid Pearls in Gold
Clear flat backed gems
Card Stock: 160gsm white
Paper: Blue; Free download Source Unknown
           Purple:Activity Village