23 October 2014

Guest Designer at CTS!

Hi there!

Today it is my absolute privilege and joy to be the guest designer at Case this sketch!

Sketches are my BIG inspiration in design... without a sketch I feel kinda 'lost' !

CTS provides weekly inspiration in a fabulous way! No difference this week ...

Here it is :

This is what I came up with:

I normally don't stick to the given shape/ shapes in a sketch... but I found the partial image of the butterfly so interesting, so I decided to go for the butterfly... completing the negative shape with a polka dotted -stencilled- masked image in one of my favorite color combinations ~ white, gold and turquoise.

As (almost) always, I have a sentiment to share:

Thanks so much for looking! Hope to see you play along this week!

Freshly made baby cards!

Hi there!

I must agree with Jen about this week's sketch at Freshly made sketches. It is so versatile and the DT's gallery shows just that!

I can see myself using it many times in the future.

Two of my husband's colleagues' daughters recently became mothers for the first time. This gave me the opportunity to make a 'new boy' and 'new girl' card respectively.

After I made the baby girl card, I decided to add a little frame to the sentiment...

This is the sketch:


I saved the sentiments... you are welcome to use them!

Thanks for looking!

21 October 2014

You are someone special!

Hi there!

The Paper players have a silver/ gold CAS challenge this week!

I found some silver hologram paper in my (never ending) stash of paper... and this is what I made:

...and another angle

I was so tempted a while ago to get rid of this paper... so glad I didn't!
Flower was cut with my Silhouette, sentiment stamped with Hero arts distress ink (charcoal).
A square rhinestone to finish it off,


Thanks for looking!

20 October 2014


I have another card to show you today... using the inspiration provided by Retro sketches .

LOVE the sketch and just had to take part in this week's challenge!

The 'hi' is a Silhouette cutting file. It was 'welded' into the frame, and that's about it!

Patterned paper in the background : Fancy pants designs ~ wonderful day


Thanks for looking!

Sunflowers and burlap.

Hi there!

Do you agree that sunflowers and burlap are perfect for each other?

I love the combination... and when I saw that The card concept has a sunflower theme , and Curtain call  has a burlap challenge, I was so excited!

I am also entering the make your mark challenge at Addicted to stamps.

This is what I made in a clean and layered style this time.

The sunflower is a digital stamp, colored with my promarkers.

The "burlap" is paper, printed from a seamless texture, similar to the  ones you can find here.

I opened the sunflower image in my Silhouette program, traced it, and applied the offset and divide function to get the cut out around the image. I popped it up with foam tape for dimension.

Afrikaans sentiment : Congratulations!

               GRAB OUR BADGE!

Thanks so much for looking!

19 October 2014

Little creatures / creepy crawlies .

Hi there!

Chrissie and the team at Less is more challenge us this week to use little creatures as design inspiration.

The challenge at Crafts 4 eternity is also looking for some creepy crawlies!

They provided us with fabulous inspiration cards , and even though I seldom make cards with cute little creatures on it...  I was so inspired or should I say , bitten by the bug ... I made 3 cards!

The images are digi's I found online  ( saved them some time ago) . I added my own sentiment, and colored the images with markers and added black enamel accents to the antennae.

I decided to leave it as is, with no embellishment, just seemed fine without anything added!

It is true that a picture can tell a thousand words... and the image of the 2 insect friends are a perfect example ~ that arm around the shoulder!!! I experimented with some sentiments and will share them all!

Here they are:

Thanks for looking... hope you will have fun with my sentiments!

18 October 2014

ATCAS ~ Vellum

Hi there!

It is time to show you my second card as guest designer at Addicted to CAS!

This time the challenge is to use vellum !

Vellum is so versatile!

I focused on the beautiful effect you can achieve by tearing , layering , as well as using both the right and 'wrong' side of it!

I used 2 different colors... dark blue and the lovely 'iris iridescent' .

The  'hello' was cut with my Silhouette, and I was pleasantly surprised by the way the machine cuts such a delicate medium.

The 'hello' is  a free cutting file I found here!

A BIG thanks to the team at ATCAS for having me as guest designer! I had a lot of fun!

 ... and a BIG thanks for visiting me today!