25 September 2016

The Paper Players #314 : A sketch by Joanne

Hi there!

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The paper players !

This week is a sketch week, and the sketch was designed by Joanne... I hope you will play along!


My take:

altenew henna elements congrats

I you follow me on  Instagram, you will know how excited I was about new stamps from Altenew which was delivered at my doorstep last week.

I discovered an online craft supplier situated in Dubai, our neighbor city, and they stock Altenew stamps. This means I don't have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping costs from far away places!


They do ship worldwide, so you might want to take a look at Pretty Paper Studios !

Of course I had to ink up those stamps immediately... !

I used my Silhouette (of course :) to create the cutting file to hug this pretty flower from the Henna Elements set.

Kept it very simple , just adding the border stamp to frame the popped up  panel. Stamped a few dots as accents and a sentiment and jewel center to finish off the design.

Oh yes, almost forgot the gold strips (peel offs) I added to the borders.

I think the reason I love this set so much, is because henna tattoos are something associated with this part of the world where we live in. I am always amazed by the effortless way the ladies draw this designs, with such a steady hand!

To end my post today, I am adding a photo of a henna tattoo I got on a desert safari we went on some time ago.
The pigment were just painted, and was busy drying, so sorry I don't have a picture to show how it looked after the henna dried and were washed off !

After curing, the pigment fades in about a 7-10 days time.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Have a great day

22 September 2016

CAS(e) this sketch #191

Hi there!

So happy to bring you my CAS(e) this sketch inspiration card!

I stared and stared at Chrissy's sketch... and then I remembered this card I made some time ago... it was one of those light bulb moments! Love it when that happens!

autumn geometric rose card
A close up:

autumn geometric rose card

I stacked 4 layers of an octagon die set (Sizzix I think) to create a geometric rose using foam tape for dimension.

I used the 5th largest die to cut an aperture in the top layer of the card. 

Added 2 leaves  (from MFT daisy Die-namics set) in dark brown, and a sentiment from a Casual Friday stamp set called Loving thoughts.

What do you see in the sketch? I can't wait to see!

I am adding my link to the following challenges:

Uniko studio ~ Autumn


Happy little stampers ~ Anything goes with dies

Thanks for visiting me today!


21 September 2016

Just for YOU!

Hi there!

Just a very quick hello with a card I made for the Inspired by all the little things challenge.

Look at this beautiful inspiration photo:


I was inspired by the lovely colors, wood grain, and of course the coffee!

My clean and graphic take on the photo:

... and a closer look:

I fell in love with this design from the Silhouette store the moment I saw it, and was looking for the right opportunity to use it .

It's from Hero arts (Design ID #23906)

I added interest in the form of the wood grain hearts and enamel dots inspired by the color palette.

... and of course ... my own sentiment:

That's it, short and sweet for today!


20 September 2016

CASology : Frame

Hi there!

I am popping in for the 2nd time today... this time to bring you the detail about this week's CASology challenge:


I used 2 interlocking frames to create a 3rd frame for my flower focal point.

framed flower birthday card

framed flower birthday card

I designed the interlocking frames in the Silhouette studio, using the welding tool.

  • The frame was cut and layered 3 times, to add dimension to the design.
  • The daisy is my all time favorite called Upsy-daisy from mft stamps, cut in gold textured paper.
  • Leaves are from Miss Kate Cuttables and were cut with my cameo.
  • Rhinestones for finishing touches
  • Sentiment once again, my own design , and here for you to download:

For more inspiration, please click the links below, to visit the rest of my amazing teammates:

Guest designer: ohhh snap !

Sponsor: Stamplorations

I am sharing my card at the following challenges:

Cas-ual fridays ~ Dimension and bling
Less is more  ~ Diamonds (Diamond patterned paper and gems)

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Thanks for visiting me today!
Hope to see you play along with FRAME cue card this week at CASology!



Hi there!

I've been waiting for an opportunity to share a couple of our holiday photos. Sorry Facebook friends, you already saw this!

We returned a week ago after 4 days of total bliss on Paradise island resort Maldives. If you ever have the opportunity to go on an island vacation, I will recommend the Maldives, with no hesitation!

But before we get to the photos, I have a card to share, inspired by the beautiful island experience, and 2 blogland challenges! When I saw the inspiration photo provided by The Challenge, it took me right back to Paradise island!

Jenni at Muse card club also provided a beautiful flower card as inspiration.

I used the following elements as inspiration for my card:
  • Flower theme
  • Color scheme (I just used more saturated hues to go with the tropical theme)
  • Layout applied to rectangular card

tropical inspired aloha card

A closer look:

tropical inspired aloha card

All elements were cut with my Silhouette cameo from free clipart images found on the web.
I copied it to the Studio, and traced it to obtain cut lines.

The name of the font is watermelon script . You are welcome to use my digi :


The photos as promised:


Thanks so much for visiting me today!


18 September 2016

The Paper Players # 313 : CAS - Taste of Fall

Hi there!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with lots of crafty time!

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players !


Although we don't really have Fall weather in this part of the world, I remember Fall/Autumn in South-Africa to be my favorite time of the year. Crisp blue skies and the most amazing colors of nature, just the way I like it!

Laurie is hosting this week's challenge, asking us to make a CAS card and use a Fall treat such as apples, pumpkins etc.

Here's my card :

apple thank you card

A closer look:

apple thank you card

Let's start at the black & white checkered pattern. It's a template or 'digital stamp' from The Pixel scrapper. I opened it in the Silhouette studio and cropped it to fit my design.

I then added my sentiment using the font Aprilla script as well as the Silhouette cut elements.

Basic chevron shape from my library of shapes, and the apple from Miss kate cuttables.

A few enamel dots to finish off the design.

I used the layout provided by Freshly made sketches.


Also adding my link to the CAS challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge


Happy little stampers  ~ Anything goes with dies.


Thank you so much for visiting me today!

Wishing you a great week!


16 September 2016

Rainbow hello!

Hi there!

One of my favorite challenges is back after Summer, and I couldn't resist the gorgeous rainbow inspiration photo they have this week!

Yes it's The card concept !

As most of my cards, this one falls in the clean and simple graphic category.

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge has a CAS challenge going on this week, adding my link there as well :)

I used only (Silhouette) die cuts so am adding my link to the Happy little stampers anything goes with dies challenge.

Here it is:

hello rainbow card

... and a closer look:

hello rainbow card

I designed the cutting file in the Silhouette studio ( I use the Designer edition).

I started off with one large circle and used the internal offset function to create the smaller circles. I copied the stack of offset circles, rotated 45 degrees, and cropped it to a rectangular shape. I then cut every ring in a different rainbow color. I glued it to the card base and added the sentiment, cut in black and layered it over an offset cut from vellum.

The sentiment is this week's free file from the Silhouette online store Design ID #150293. I only used the 'hello' part of it.

Enamel dots to finish off the design.


Thanks for visiting me today !