Markings

Hello friends,

“Markings” is the prompt this week at Our Beautiful World.

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The definition of the word on Merriam-Webster is a mark, shape, or word that is written or drawn on something; a pattern of marks or coloration as on a plant or animal and the act or process of giving a grade to a student’s work.  With this in mind I share the following photos this week. (Click on the image for a larger view)

I photographed these road markings in the Golden Gate  National Park, Free State, South Africa. This beautiful park is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains and covers an area of 340 kilometers (130 sq mi).

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What a beautiful pattern of coloration on this Amaryllis photographed in my garden!

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These words are written on the outside wall of the St. Peter’s Church, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The church was constructed and completed in 1913 and has been used for Sunday worship every Sunday since then.

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Zebra markings on this South African taxi I spotted when attending a conference in Pretoria.

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Thanks for visiting today. I hope to see more “markings” in future to capture with my camera. Have a wonderful day.

Regards,

Amelia

 

Pink Hearts

Hello everyone,

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with that in mind we have a new challenge at Double D Challenges . To celebrate this day of love our theme is “Pretty Pink Hearts” and we want to see lots of pink and hearts on your creations. The inspiration board is at the bottom of my post.

As the challenge requires pink, I always love to make it in the shabby style. I used Spellbinders die cut hearts and little gemstone hearts layered on a shabby background paper. For a bit of extra shabbiness I stamped some flourishes on the background with TH distress ink. To finish off I added pretty flowers in different shades of pink, white wax cord bows and lace for embellishments. The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments Three”.

Hope you can visit the Double D Challenge blog to read about the challenge and prize and to see the lovely creations of the design team ladies.

Challenges:

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The flowers and fancy heart

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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The inspiration board for the challenge

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Project details:

  • White and pink card-stock
  • Designer paper
  • Spellbinders  Nestabilities “Classic Hearts”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D’Lites “Vines of Passion” (S2-022)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp set “Cherubs” (SM02)
  • Gemstone hearts
  • Flowers from I am Roses  (Soft Pink Paper Flowers R4 – 2 and Small White Pink Paper Flowers S10 – 32)
  • Wax cord
  • Lace

Thanks for visiting today and for leaving comments – I really appreciate your time. Have a wonderful day and please come and join us at Double D Challenges this fortnight.

Kind regards,

Amelia

 

Birds

Hello everyone,

The cue word for this week at Our Beautiful World is “Birds”. I don’t have many photographs of birds as they are too quick for me! But after searching my files I came across these – hope you will enjoy them.

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I photographed this row of seagulls in Hout Bay harbor, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Seagulls photographed in Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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I bought this guinea fowl mum and babies at a local craft market years ago and they are still close to my heart – love the bright, happy colors.

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A wire chicken

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When we were on holiday in the Drakensberg Mountains (2015) I tried to take a picture of these two chaps visiting us at our chalet, but they just walked away!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week .

Regards,

Amelia

Bright

Hello friends,

As much as I love card making I am also  passionate about photography – but I must admit I am not a professional. I decided to join in the fun at Our Beautiful World where the word of the week is “Bright”. South Africa is experiencing its hottest weather and worst drought in many decades and gardening becomes very difficult with tight water restrictions. Last week we had some lovely rain in Pretoria and I was so happy to see how the flowers start to bloom in my garden again after some extremely hot days of 38 to 44 degrees Celsius. I photographed this dahlia flower a few days ago – its color just pops!

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Thanks for visiting and enjoy a wonderful day.

Kind regards,

Amelia

Winter Time …

Hello friends,

Time for our second challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Brrr! Winter” The inspiration board (see bottom of my post) is so beautiful it inspired me to created a card. Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from Team Darlene’s talented designers and join in the fun!

I was inspired by the trees, birds and the brown, white and red colors in the photo. I used an Impression Obsession “wood texture” stamp for the background. I kept the card simple by adding a branch and red bird layered on a white oval as focus point. “Snowflakes” in the form of pearls were added to complete the winter scene. The sentiment was cut with a Marianne Design Creatables die.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the little red birdie

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White, red and brown card-stock
  • Impression Obsession rubber stamp “Wood Texture” (CC178)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” (LR0151)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Sentiment” (LR0224)
  • Poppystamps die “Peaceful Bird” (No. 929)
  • Impression Obsession die “Little birds” (DIE154-A) (inside of card)
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

I hope you like today’s creation. If you do, please let me know in the comments down below. Thanks for stopping by.

Regards,

Amelia

 

Vintage Flowers

Hello friends,

A vintage card today and  created for a dear friend celebrating her birthday in February.  The Double D Challenge inspiration photo and theme, to add blue and flowers, inspired me. By the way there is still time to enter the first Double D challenge, you have one day left to join us in our challenge! There are fabulous entries in the gallery so far and we’d love to see your creations. There is also a prize to be given out with a random draw. In addition to the prize offered, a Top Creative Winner and a Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team. International entries are welcome as well!

For my card I used a vintage scrap from Tuck DB and a sentiment stamp from JustRite. I layered the image on blue designer paper and vintage lace. I finished off with a few flourishes, vintage ribbon, cord, a pearl heart and flowers. I hope you like today’s creation.

Challenges entered:

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The vintage image

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A close-up of the sentiment and pearl heart

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream, blue and green card-stock
  • Designer paper
  • Vintage image from Tuck DB
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Timely Banners” (CR-04920)
  • Joy Crafts die “Vintage Flourish” (6002/0163)
  • Pearl heart
  • Wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cream”
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Forget Me Not …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing my first card as design team member of the new Double “D” Challenge blog! The theme for this challenge is “Forget Me Not” accompanied by a lovely inspiration board you can see at the bottom of this post. Cards, altered projects, scrapbook pages, etc will be welcomed as long as the theme (of blue and flowers) is followed!

I used different dies to create my card for this challenge and keep it quite simple. The blue flowers are from “Little Birdie” and new to my stash. I just love the color and sparkling gemstones. I adhere the flowers to green flourishes and layered the two clusters on a white trellis background. The sentiment is a Spellbinders die cut. Hope you will get some inspiration from me to enter your creation for the first challenge at Double “D” Challenges.

Challenges I entered:

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A close-up of the flowers

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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The inspiration photo for my card

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Project details:

  • White, blue and green cardstock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Patterns “Fancy Lattice” (S5-152)
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • Marianne Design Creatables  (LR0151)
  • Little Birdie Boutique Elements “Jewelled Florettes Jamaican Sea (CR45816)
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Broken China”

Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

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