Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is “Dreaming of a White Christmas”. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile and as always there is a lovely ca-dd-white-4-tileprize to win!

I used the white and silver colors in the tile as inspiration for my card. For my white creation I decided on lots of texture, layering, embossing, embellishments and also distressing. The star is cut with a Spellbinders die and layered on an embossed music background. To give a soft feel to the card I added a piece of lace and a white bow. For sparkle I covered the star with crystal glitter, add some silver die cut snowflakes and berries. The sentiment is cut with a Paper Smooches die.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the sparkling star and sentiment

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The bow and silver berries

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The inside with music and snowflakes

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Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Music designer paper
  • Silver mirror board
  • Spellbinders Holiday die ” Shining star 1″ (S2-181)
  • Paper Smooches die “Christmas Words” (OCD087
  • Marianne Design Craftables “Snowflakes” (CR1335)
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder “Postcard & Sheet Music set (Sizzix 656946)
  • Silver berries and string pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “White”
  • Vintage lace
  • Teddy glitter “Rainbow crystal”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

 

 

Christmas Time

Hello friends,

A Christmas card to share – my first one this year.  I have the honor to be a guest designer for Let’s Craft and Create Challenges today. Mary asked me to play along with the Christmas/ New Year challenge starting today on the blog. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of  this lovely challenge.

My card is created in traditional Christmas colors of green red and gold. To capture our summer Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere I used some kraft, brown and cream colors as well for a more rustic look. I layered the Christmas tree on music paper and added a bow with berries and little tags. To add a fun and festive feel to the card I used lots of red and gold stars. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges I entered:

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A close-up of the Christmas tree

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The bow and labels with little stars

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The sentiment in rustic brown

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Kraft and brown card-stock
  • Music paper
  • Leane Creatief Paper Patch die “Tree” (no. 45.2335)
  • Paper Smooches sentiment die “Christmas Words” (OCD087)
  • Crealies Text dies “Merry Christmas” (CLTD 101)
  • Small labels
  • Berries
  • Red and gold stars
  • Hug Snug seam binding ‘Lipstick red”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things!

Regards,

Amelia

Peaceful

Hello friends,

“Peaceful” is the prompt this week at Our Beautiful World – OBW176

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Peaceful to me is ….

my cat sitting peacefully on the garden wall

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a walk on a lonely beach on a cloudy and windy day,

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sitting outside on a warm summer’s day… and

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burning candles.

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

Regards,

Amelia

Harvest Blessings

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summers day in South Africa, We are midst a heat wave with temperatures rising during daytime to 38 degree ca-dd-nov-insp2-tileCelsius. I think the best place to be is in the swimming pool or in front of an air cooler. But despite the heat I am excited to share my card with you for the new challenge over at Double D Challenges today. The theme of the challenge is “Harvest Blessings and Give Thanks”.

I was inspired by the acorns and leaves as well as the colors in the picture. The pretty background paper on my card is from Lilac and Lavender and although you can’t see much of it I love the colors and letters popping through the die cut leaves. For dimension on the card I added layers of autumn colored and green  leaves. For embellishments I used some copper acorns and gold pearls and finished of with a wax cord bow. Hope you like today’s card

Challenges:

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A close-up of the leaves and acorns

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream, kraft and green cardstock
  • Designer paper from Lilac and Lavender
  • BoBunny craft die “”Lovely Leaf Dies”
  • Spellbinders Shapeablilities “Romantic Vines”
  • Copper acorns
  • Gold pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage Photo”, “Tea Dye” and “Mowed Lawn”
  • Prime Watercolor paint for leaves

Thank you for stopping by today, I really appreciated your time.  I would love to read what you think.about the card. Have a wonderful day.

Regards,

Amelia

Fall Plaids

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the lovely theme of “Fall Plaids”. fallplaidsLooking at the beautiful inspiration picture I decided to join in the fun. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you  – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I love to make cards with autumn colors – the browns, oranges, reds and yellows are so warm and earthy. I chose a Spellbinders embossing folder to create a rustic background for my card. I painted a few scraps of papers with my watercolor paints and then die cut the leaves with an Impression Obsession die. The basket is then filled with leaves and layered on a strip of plaid paper. To finished off I added some tiny gold pearls and a bow. The sentiment die cut is from Spellbinders. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the basket

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The autumn leaves and embossed background

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The sentiment on plaid paper

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream, brown and ochre card-stock
  • Plaid designer paper
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities “Bricks and Bark” (EL-015)
  • Impression Obsession die “Leaves” (DIE095-D)
  • Spellbinders Die D-Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • MarianneDesign Craftables “Basket” (CR1208)
  • Gold card and stones
  • Watercolor paints for leaves
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage Photo” ; “Tea Dye” and “Walnut Stain”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

Pumpkin Time

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Challenges with the theme “Pumpkin Time”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo and we want to see those pumpkins! For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the ca-dd-oct-insp3-tileDouble D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the colors and beautiful pumpkin decorations in the photo.I use a stone urn die cut for one of the pumpkins and layered several leaf die cuts to make a wreath on the edge of the urn. The pumpkins are a free coloring page from Co-good.com and you can download it here. I colored the images with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils and fussy cut the leaves and pumpkins. I the layered the images on designer background paper and strips of washi and lace tape. The sentiment die cut is from Spellbinders.

Challenges:

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The pumpkin  and leaf wreath

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The sentiment and washi tape

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Designer paper in black and cream
  • Pumpkin digital image from Co-good.com Pumpkin Coloring Pages for Kids
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Stone Urn” (SD 035)
  • PoppyStamps die “Leafy Sprig” (no. 1001)
  • Impression Obsession die  “Leaves” (DIE066-C)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities sentiment die “Phrase Set One” (S4-563)
  • Washi tape
  • Lace tape
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old Paper” and “Mowed Lawn”

Although it is the beginning of summer in my part of the world I hope you’re all enjoying a beautiful fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Thanks for visiting today  I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day.

Kind regards,

Amelia

Bloom

Hello friends,

“Bloom” is the prompt this week at Our Beautiful World – OBW164

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and I also entered Floral Fridays Fotos – FFF251

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I love to take photos of flowers and especially if they are from our garden. We live in a frost free area of Pretoria, South Africa and we do have flowers blooming all year round. So here is a few I want to share.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

Agapathus

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Pelargonium

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Azalea

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Roses

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Petrea (Purple wreath)

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Thanks for visiting today!

Regards,

Amelia

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