Thursday, 30 June 2016

A tranquil scene

I love the airy, fresh feel of this photo over at Inspired by all the little things
I tried to capture those qualities in my card


Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Free download from Crafty ferret
White satin ribbon
Flat backed gems in yellow, pink and blue 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Lisa Somerville is this weeks Split coast stampers Featured Stamper 489
While looking at her gallery I noticed that she had a couple of cards with elephants on them so I decided to use that as my inspiration.
A couple of years ago I made this card for my husband's birthday
His company sponsored a helicopter which was to be used as part of a darting and tagging conservation exercise with some elephants. He got to watch the entire thing and even touch this beautiful mammoth while she was unconscious. All of this happened on his birthday, hence the subject matter for the card. What an experience! Needless to say the gift that I gave him that year sort of paled in comparison!
Pattern: Elephant: Prick 'n stitch.Big Five
             Sentiment: Stitching cards Free-words-for-card-stitching
Card stock: 160gsm in white
button from my stash
Ink: Color box in chestnut

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Watercoloured Dragonfly

CAS(e) this sketch have a great sketch this week.

As I mentioned a little while ago I have been experimenting with watercolour. Here is another one.
I am really enjoying stitching this dragonfly at the moment.
I pricked the pattern first and then applied the watercolour. Lastly I did the stitching.

I will also be entering this over at Addicted to cas  were the cue is

My inspiration
Source: Joanne Allison
Ink: Artic in Sky Blue and Mint
Thread: Green DMC E3849
             Blue: DMC 0134
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Double sided foam squares
Enamel dots in blue

30 June

Monday, 27 June 2016

Silk ribbon wreath

Curtain call challenge have a real summer cue card this week
I decided to concentrate on the colours
Silk Ribbon in green, variegated purple and yellow
Thread: Pink for centre of flower and yellow for sentiment
Fancy scalloped scissors
Card stock: Mauve linen effect 180gsm
Pattern: Silk Embroidery on paper by Ann Cox
27 June

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Soap wrappers

For the month of June Stamplorations. have this cue
Here is my card
The paper that I used as a background is actually something which a soap factory didn't need anymore. They have changed their packaging and so donated the papers to the work place of a friend. Once everyone had taken what they needed so brought me the left overs. They are perfect for my cards.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Pattern: Ann's paper art
Champagne coloured flat backed gems
Paper: unwanted soap wrappers
Thread: Blue DMC 460

30 june

Saturday, 25 June 2016

A circle of purple flowers


Here is my card

I made a whole range of colours using this pattern and layout. I'll share the rest with you another time.
I was lucky to get these brads at a closing down sale for a very reasonable price.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Thread: House of Embroidery violet
Brad: Uspirit Scrapbooking Brads
Double sided foam

30 June

Friday, 24 June 2016


CAS on Sunday have "Butterflies" as their cue this fortnight.
I never have a problem making a butterfly card!!!

I'm sure that you will remember this layout from this card.
I actually made the one above first and it was on the strength of seeing this card that I was asked to make another one using school colours.
 Supplies: Pattern: Large Butterfly Stitching cards Free butterfly
             Small Butterflies: 101 ideas for Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                   200gsm in silver
Pink enamel dots
Flat backed pearls
Clear glass beads.
24 June

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Watercolour heart

Inspired by all the little things have a blue and white challenge
Here is my card.
I also made a pink version here.
Ink: Artic Aqua
Border punch
Flat backed gems
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Thread: DMC blanche 
23 June

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Flower corner

CAS colours and sketches have these lovely colours

Here is my card 

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

I think my card fits both the sketch and the CAS requirements this week.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in pink and light blue


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Two tortoises

'Animal Magic'

and here is my card. Made for a good friend who loves shoes (and animals too).

Growing up my Dad had a tortoise called 'Spunky'. Evidently when Spunky was still rather young, and his shell still soft, he used to escape from the garden by climbing through a hole in the fence. One day the dog spotted him doing so and hauled him back with his mouth. This left a very distinct set of teeth marks on his shell which never went away. Spunky also never stopped trying to escape and as he got bigger this became a problem. Eventually he was given to the local zoo. As a child I used to go and visit Spunky at the zoo and when I became a teacher I even took my class there and Spunky was still around. It has only been in the last couple of years that he was no longer in the tortoise enclosure so I can only assume that he has gone to the big cabbage patch in the sky. He must have been at least 70 years old by then.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    180gsm in pale green
Paper: Scrap book scrap
          Pink 80gsm
22 June

Monday, 20 June 2016

A pink jersey

Freshly made sketches have this sketch
I used it to make a card for a new baby girl 
It's always such fun knitting these little jerseys form scraps of wool. As a teenager I knitted them in an assortment of colours and turned them into broaches.
To compete I added a pearl bead to the end of each toothpick and machine stitched around the edges.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
paper: Scrap of pink flower embossed
          Striped scrap book paper
2 x toothpicks
Wool: scraps of 4 ply wool in pink
pearl beads for end of 'needles'
Silver sentiment peel off

20 June

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Gardening anyone?

Color throw down has these colours this week.
 and here is my card
This button is actually one I was given by a very dear friend. She bought me a card of assorted buttons at a market. A great gift for someone like me.

It was like unpacking a treasure trove! Isn't this a great idea for packaging an assortment of buttons.
Card stock: 200gsm in kraft
                   160gsm in white
Pattern: My studio 3D
Thread: Green DMC 703
Button: from my stash
Twine: Saved from a price tag on a shirt my husband bought

20 June

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Braaing Weather

'Weather or not.....'
Here is South Africa we love to braai ( or BBQ as the rest of the world calls it) and we'll do it in pretty much any kind of weather. But a braai on a beautiful summers day, preferably late afternoon into the evening, is still the best for me.
So here is my 'fine weather' card.

 I'll also be entering this over at Time out challenges were the challenge is
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Hand made mulberry paper in wine
Rolfes metallic pen in blue
17 june

Friday, 17 June 2016

Baby Bear

TGIF challenges. have a sketch this week. Here it is
and here is my card

Pattern: Prick 'n stitch Teddy_owl
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Free download from Phillipmartin
Wobbly eyes
Satin ribbon for bow

17 june

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A bowl of flowers

Inspired by all the little things have this great picture this week
Here is my card

Card stock: 160gsm in white
                   160gsm in silver
Thread: Mauve: House of Embroidery 14
             Silver: DMC 415
Pentel fine liner

16 June

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Pink Parousel

CAS colours and sketches have this sketch
For my card I went back to an old favourite
The art work down the right hand side is a rub on. I made the flowers.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in pearlised pink
Glitter glue
Flowers: Olba Bloemenponstang punch with attachment Q006 and Q007 for flowers

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Moving Truck

'Father's day or for a guy'
Here is my for a guy card. It's for my nephew's 11th birthday.

My inspiration

Source: Sharon
I will also be entering this over at Split coast stampers featured-stamper 488. The stamper is Robin Lee and this is the card that I took my inspiration from I did you Grandson.
and at CASology were it's something

Truck: Scrap book embellishment Jolee's Boutique
Washi Tape
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                   200gsm in kraft
Paper: 80gsm in black

14 june

Monday, 13 June 2016

First Impressions

Freshly made sketches have what I initially thought of as a sketch which would be too 'busy' and layered for my style
but then I realized that with this pattern the sentiment could be the smallest box, the stitched border could be the second, the card stock the third and I only needed one more. Just goes to show that first impressions can often be misleading!
            Sentiment: My own
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    Up cycled calendar for the oatmeal
Paper: scrapbooking
Rolfes metallic pen in rose

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Pastel hearts

Time out challenges  have this great inspiration

I decided to use the lineal layout of these stained glass panes and the colours for my card.
Here it is

Card stock: 160gsm in white
Pattern: Stitching cards border-1--valentine-hearts
Rolfes metallic pen in blue
15 june

Saturday, 11 June 2016



and there Simon says stampblog Monday Challenge is

'Summer garden'

For me very little says Sunshine better than a great big Sunflower. They always look so happy and well... sunny and summer! 
I added a bit of texture to the strips of colour that I used behind my Flowers.
I will also be entering it at Addicted to CAS where the cue is
  and at CASology were it's
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: scraps of lime green, red and blue in 80gsm
Embossing roller
Rolfes metallic pen in gold
(25 June)

Friday, 10 June 2016

Beads and threads

Inspired by all the little things have this photo inspiration
Once, a very long time ago, I was a bridesmaid who did wear navy. I thought it was a very odd colour choice when I was first told about it but it was stunning in reality. We wore pale pink and not these brightly coloured flowers. The photos were lovely too. The dark colour really made the bride stand out.
Here is my interpretation. I decided against incorporating the navy after all.

These are little cards and the thread used is embroidery thread. I used 4 threads at a time.
My inspiration
Source: Unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Die: Sizzix Square
Double sided foam
Thread: Scraps
Brass beads
Pearl beads

10 June

Thursday, 9 June 2016


I have been playing around with Watercolour recently so was very happy to have an excuse to do some more.
Here is my card
I will also enter this over at  Sugarpea designs where the cue is

Card stock: 160gsm in white
Border punch
Flat backed gems clear
Double sided foam squares
Ink: Colorbox pink
K craft Piston Fill Water Brush
Thread: DMC in blanch
10 june

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Happy Birthday Paper Cat

Happy 2nd Birthday Paper Cat
Wow my blog is 2 years old today and I've had even more fun this year than last.
Thanks to all you lovely folks who take the time to stop by. I really appreciate it especially when you leave a comment.
To celebrate I'm going to do a round up of my favourite cards from each month.
If you click on the month above the picture it will take you to the original post.

The first card I ever made as a Guest Designer. A real thrill.

Not a great photo I'm afraid but I love the movement in the skirts of these dances.

I love the elongated look of the tree in this one.

One of my all time favourite Christmas cards from last year.

I enjoy the colour combination on this card.

Although this card didn't need much in the way of skill to stitch, I like the quirkiness of it.

A great way to use up scraps of coloured thread.

This card won a challenge for me.

Making use of left overs.

This is a favourite pattern at the moment. I have stitched it in three different colours to date and I'm sure that I will do it again in the not so distant future.


A save that turned out better than the original.


I seem to have had quite a thing for birds this last month. She's my favourite!
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your support over the last two years.
Cheers and here's to another great year.