Thursday, 31 March 2016


I had a great day yesterday. I met up with some ex colleagues for lunch. It's always great catching up.

Addicted to CAS have this as their cue word

I choose to stitch a delicate arum lily and then use some delicate lace as an embellishment

I experimented with some rayon thread which has a lovely shine to it. To make the lace a bit wider I placed two pieces back to back and used some ribbon to cover the join.

Pattern: East Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: DMC Rayon in lime green and yellow
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Scrap of nylon lace
Satin ribbon


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Silk Ribbon Daisies

CAS colours and sketches have this sketch
This is the card I made using silk ribbon for the flowers

I worked on the base of the navy card stock and then used some fancy scissors to cut the white paper which I stuck onto the navy.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    200gsm in navy
Paper: 80gsm in white
Pattern: Silk Ribbon greeting cards by AnnCox
Silk Ribbon in white 
Yellow embroidery thread

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A row of flowers

Well hope everyone had a good Easter weekend. I even managed to get some time in my craft room to prick card toppers, something I have been wanting to do for a while now. I played around with watercolour and tried some creative ways of using my dies, so all in all a good day.

 Time out challenges have this beautiful card as inspiration this time

I decided to recreate the row of flowers but decided to concentrate on the colour green alone.

I picked up on the green in Inspired by all the little things' challenge and so will be entering  it there too.

pattern: Stitching cards. Free flower bookmark
Thread: Brands and colour codes unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in green
Paper: Emerald green and pale marble effect in green
Flat backed pearls

(30 March)

Monday, 28 March 2016

Mariner's Compass

Color throw down have this new inspiration for us
 I was asked to make a card suitable for a quilter. I figured that the mariner's compass is a common design for quilts, so made a stitched version of one adding some quilting fabric for good measure.
Pattern" New Designs, new projects for embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: all brands and colour codes unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                   Oatmeal is upscaled from an old calendar
Rolfes metallic pen in blue
Button from my stash
Scrap of fabric

 (28 March)

Sunday, 27 March 2016

A second attempt

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate this special occasion. We are having a family get together at my Mother's house with the traditional South African braai (barbeque). Looking forward to that.

Tic tac toe challenge have this board
I wanted to give this pattern a second go as I wanted to improve on some things and realized that it would fit perfectly with the diagonal row of Umbrella, clean and simple and all I had to do was add the patterned paper. So here is my card.

I'm a lot happier with the umbrella but seemed to lose my way a bit with the skirt!
I will also be entering this over at  CASology were the cue card is

Card stock: 160gsm in white
Double sided foam squares
Washi tape in pink dots
Thread: Light Pink: DMC 4108
             Flesh: Anchor 501
Clear flat backed gems

(31 March)

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Something Pink

Always playing with paper  have this challenge
and here is my card

I love this pattern and haven't stitched it in a while. I chose it because the roundness of the flower matches that of the peonies in the photo.
I will also be entering this over at Share joy challenge where they have this challenge

I'm doing the Clean  and simple side.
Thread: Colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Rolfes metallic pen in green
clear flat backed gems
Scrap of reversible pink paper

Friday, 25 March 2016

Going to pot

Split coast stampers Free 4 all 317 challenge is 'Going to pot'. Some kind of container needs to be included on your card.
I chose to do one of my old favourites
I omitted the stitched flowers from the pattern and added some bought punched ones instead.
This card was given to a friend for her birthday and she loved it so much that she has asked me to teacher her how to do the 'Prick and stitch' method of embroidery. I always love sharing my passion with others.

I will also be entering this over at Simply less is moore where the challenge is
"Outside my window".
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                   recycled calendar in oatmeal
Paper: scrap of floral scarp booking paper
           Grey sugar paper
Bought punched flowers 
(24 March)

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Paint chip birthday wishes

CASe this sketch has this sketch
Initially I thought that I would opt out of this challenge as I had no idea what to make but then I remembered these cards I made a while ago for an order. As I have never shown it, it's perfect for this challenge
They where made for male birthdays and are actually paint chip cards cut into strips and adhered unevenly to the base.
The sentiment is computer generated and I layered the topper onto a piece of black paper. Very simple but lots of fun to make.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paint chip swatches
Paper: Black
(24 March)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Pants suit for a baby boy

CAS colours and sketches has these colours this week
 I decided to add to my ever diminishing stash of baby cards and made this cute little pants suit

Pattern: New Designs, New projects for Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: All brands names and colour codes unknown
Satin ribbon in red
Old shirt buttons
Blue glass beads 

(23 march)

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sweet Tooth

An Easter egg seemed season appropriate to me

Thread: Pink rayon
             All other colours and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in blue and white
Flat backed gems
Glitzing' Glam in crystalina

Monday, 21 March 2016

Cute and cuddly

I used this to make another Easter card.

Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Gold and green marble like
Thread: Black: DMC 310
             Brown" DMC 4140
             All other codes and brands unknown
Pattern: Kaartborduren.115
(22 March)

Sunday, 20 March 2016


CASology have this cue card
I made some small cards. 
and some gift tags too.
I raided my button stash for these. Then I doodled the string and around the edge of the cards and added a bow. Some faux stitching completed the tags
Cardstock: 160gsm in white
Penel fine liner in blck
Gel pens in red and green
Narrow satin ribbon
Assorted Buttons
(21 March)

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Lucky stars


is to use some lucky stars.
I made this card for our God Daughter.

 It's the quick cousin of a shaker card. The sequins move but not as freely as in the real deal. First I did the stamping, then I made a little mound of sequins and stars. I carefully laid the vellum star over them and then holding everything as straight as possible I machine stitched around the star. To complete I added the sentiment and a couple of sequins.
My inspiration

Card board: 200gsm in kraft
Sizzixx star die
Chsetnut inkbox ink
Stamp: Kaisercraft bubble wrap
Assortment of sequins and stars from my stash
( 20 march) 

Friday, 18 March 2016

Butterfly button gift tag

Butterfly spot challenge have a butterfly, button and /or bronze challenge
I decided to make a gift tag for a change.
I got very literal and used a butterfly button

I actually made a set of three tags, here they are all together

The tags are hand cut. I added some faux stitches to complete
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap of green and light blue
          Spots: paper pizzazz soft tints
Pentel fine tipped liner in black
Sentiments: computer generated
Ornamental buttons
Circular punch

(22 March)

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Organic flourish

CASe this sketch has a rather difficult sketch this week
I finally came up with this design
I used the same design to make some smaller cards
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Brand and colour codes unknown
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug organic flourish
Flat backed clear gems
Liquid pearls in gold
Pearl beads
Card stock: 160gsm in white
(17 march)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Addicted to CAS have this word as a cue
 and Share joy challenge have this photo
  and I made this card to enter for both challenges
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap book paper.
(18 March and 16 march

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Easter Bunny

Time out challenges. have an Easter or Spring challenge this fortnight.
I have chosen Easter and here is my card

I love this little bunny, so cute. The white rabbit is actually a button which has had the shank removed. I bought an assorted card of buttons a couple of years ago from a fete and this is one of them. By the look of the card board backing and the quality of the buttons I reckon that they are probably nearly as old as me!
Pattern: Pintrest
Card Stock: Blue 180gsm
                    White 160gsm
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Button: from my stash 
(15 March)

Monday, 14 March 2016

Yellow and black flowers

TGIF challenges have this sketch

I turned it on it's side and made this card

I outlined the topper, very badly I might add, with a black copic pen.

My inspiration

Source: Shauna Cundick

Pattern: Large flowers: Stitching cards Free flowering vine
             Small flowers: Pinbroidery Free flower corners square
Thread: DMC in noir
            All other colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    180gsm in yellow
Copics in black
Yellow satin thead
(16 march)

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Bright Green

Tic tac toe challenge has a new challenge
I choose to do the top row which is Green, beads and geometric shapes.
Here is my card
(it's a bit bright but it is all about St Patrick's day so I guess it's acceptable!)
I edged the topper with a metallic pen 
Pattern: New Designs, New Projects for Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens
Card stock: 60gsm in emerald green
Thread: Gold DMC
             Other colour codes and brands unknown
Blue glass beads
Rolfes metallic pen in gold
(15 March)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Feather inspired butterflies

Pinterest inspired challenge have this challenge for March

I decided to pick up on the colours for my card

 I will be entering this over at
Splitcoaststampers Free for all 315 where the challenge is "Reading Recommendations".
I have recently finished reading a book called "Flight Patterns" by Barbara Kingsolver. It's about a time when the migration of the Monarch Butterflies takes them very off course and they end up in Rural America instead of their native Mexico. The story is about how this effects the farming community where they settle. It's all fiction but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
So even though Monarch butterflies are orange and black this card is to recommend this book.
Thread: Pink: Colour code and brand unknown
             Blue: Light: DMC 506
                      Dark: DMC 809
             Silver: DMC E168
Card stock: 200gsm in kraft
                   160gsm in white
Paper: Free download : Sorry I have forgotten the source.
  1. (25 March)

Friday, 11 March 2016

Apricot Wreath

Stamplorations CASeplorations March have this gorgeous card as inspiration

I stuck with the idea of a wreath and kept to the same shades of the flowers.
Here is my card. Previously I have done this in blue here.

I will also be entering this over at Simply less is moore where the challenge is 'Citrus colours' , Color throw down were the cue card is

and Split coast stampers Free 4 all 316 were it is 'Mellow Yellow"
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Apricot: Light: DMC 3824
                           Dark: DMC 3340
              Green: Anchor 704
Card stock: Salmon 200gsm
                   White 160gsm
Flat backed pearls 
Liquid Pearls in gold
(31 March)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Tea cup

 I will be entering this over at Inspired by all the little things where they have this gorgeous inspiration

We are a family that firmly believes a cup of tea will solve all sorts of ills. This philosophy is particularly true of one of my sisters so I made this card especially for her.
I do not have a teacup die so this is hand cut. I hand drew a double line in silver around the white section, deliberately making it uneven and even overlap in places.

P.S. What I was dreading yesterday did not come to pass. It rained and so the outing was postponed until next term! (hopefully it will be a little cooler then)
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Paper pizzazz soft tints
Ribbon: Satin apricot and scarp of white organza
Flat backed pearls
Pentel gel pen in silver
Double sided tape