Springtime in Paris

Hello crafty friends,

It is a pleasure to share my post today as the guest designer at Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.  I have this honor following the winning of the Valentine challenge recently. You can see my winning entry here. Thank you for asking me to join the Frilly and Funky Challenges as a featured guest designer – your challenges always inspires me.

The theme of the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie  is  “It’s All About Vacation”. I decided to make a vintage card showing a vacation during springtime in Paris. I never visited France but one can always live your dreams in paper crafting! I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower and a lovely vintage image of two ladies as my focal point.

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 To add some texture to my background I used delicate leaf die cuts for the top and bottom and then framed the image with a vintage clock die cut painted with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint. I love to add swallows to my travel themed cards because these lovely little birds travel each year, long distances to countries far away – they are for me world travellers in their own way.

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The Eiffel Tower silhouette is cut from recycled cardboard and distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks.

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The sentiment is attached with twine to the Tower and then cascading down to connect all the flowers on the card.

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A close-up of the flowers

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And finally, the inside with a miniature Eiffel Tower, a bow and a few pearls

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Project details for the card:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Delight” and Sun Kiss” collections
  • Vintage image from Janet K. Designs
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz die “Weathered Clock”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy sprig border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp from Country Crafts (South Africa)
  • Eiffel Tower silhouette
  • Chipboard swallow
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Love and Roses

Hello friends,

I have a one-layer CAS card to share today. I struggle with one-layer cards and after 2 cards landed in the dustbin I was satisfied with this one.  The rose stamp is from Prima cling stamps “Divine” and I have it for a long time – it is so beautiful I don’t know why I didn’t use it. It was really tricky to align the two stamped images on the card as I had to flip and rotate the stamp for the top and bottom. The sentiment stamp is from JustRite stamps. I coloured the images with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils and added pink gemstones for a little bit of sparkle. Hope you like my take on a one-layer card to master the clean and simple style of card making!

Challenges:

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The sentiment, roses and gemstones

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A close-up of the roses and rosebuds

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Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima cling stamps “Divine” Item# 950545
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Victorian Nested Frames & Occasions” set
  • Memento fade-resistant dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Gemstones

Thank you for visiting today and I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Kind regards,

Amelia

A Delicate Flutter …

Hello friends,

When I saw the butterfly from the Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” set I immediately remembered the delicate oval die from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles” die set – it just matches the beautiful wings of the butterfly. For the vintage look lovers I used soft pink designer paper from BoBunny “Madeleine Collection” as background. A Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” is layered between the ovals to accentuate the butterfly. There is nothing outstanding about this card but for sure it was a creative journey to mix and match Spellbinders dies and to use the old and new ones together. You can see more creative ways to use your Spellbinders dies at Hope & Chances Creativity where Christine will inspire you with her beautiful creations.

Challenges:

  • Scrapy Land Challenges #11 (ends 02/15) – Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells (Dies: Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”, Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” and Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles”)
  • Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #265 (ends 02/11) – To Die For (Dies: Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”, Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” and Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles”)

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The layers and butterfly

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The roses and sprig

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White and pink card-stock
  • BoBunny designer paper “Madeleine Collection”
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” (S2-048)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles” (S5-161)
  • Roses
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tattered Rose” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for looking at my cards today, I appreciate your comments so much. Thank you Christine for featuring my cards on your blog, what a wonderful opportunity you gave me.

Regards,

Amelia

Sending My Love

Hello friends,

Another card with a vintage feel, featuring my favourite colours pink and green, as guest designer at Hope & Chances Creativity. I used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front die “Floral” to create a delicate background for the lovely rose vintage scrap from Graphic45. I just love this die, it is so versatile for vintage, shabby and whimsical cards. A rose and a butterfly are also stunning on a card for me, so I added a butterfly from the Spellbinders D’Lites “Flutter Love” die set. I made a template of the die cut by tracing the outlines of the butterfly and sponged the layers with distress inks to match the colours of the rose. The banner and sentiment is from the JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners”. I was delighted when the banner perfectly slided onto the image. I cut little slits round the rosebud so that it pops up on the banner.

Challenges:

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The Graphic45 image

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The butterfly

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The banner, sentiment and roses

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The inside

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Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (Butterfly) (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral”  (S4-452)
  • Graphic45 designer paper and vintage scrap “Secret Garden”
  • JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners” for sentiment and banner
  • Wax cord
  • Roses
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen” and “Peeled Paint”

I enjoyed it so much making this card and I hope you love it too. On the way is my last card for Hope & Chances Creativity – a delicate card – so stayed tuned.

Regards,

Amelia

A Pink Banner

Hello friends,

This shabby love card was so easy to make with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral” that Christine so kindly send to me. You can see more beautiful examples on how to use this die on Christine’s blog Hope & Chances Creativity. For the background I used glimmer mist  spray in Cherry Candy color and then just layered the card front die cut – it was so quick to create! The banner is stamped on shades of pink cardstock, attached to wax cord and some petite hot pink flowers. The little pink gem heart is the finishing touch.

Challenges I would like to enter with this card are:

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The banner

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The tiny pink flowers

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The inside with more pink hearts and glimmer mist

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Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral” (S4-452)
  • BoBunny stamp set “Love Letters”
  • Dazzles glimmer mist “Cherry Candy”
  • Wax cord
  • Flowers

Thank you for visiting and I would love to hear what you think of the card. I love the happy feel of the bright pink and white.

Regards,

Amelia

A Floral Frame …

Hello friends,

My second card for Christine’s blog, Hope & Chances Creativity , features the beautiful Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die set “Floral”. I decided to add a vintage look to the card by trimming away the floral background to create a delicate frame for the vintage scrap from Graphic 45. I was so pleased with the outcome as it gives so much depth to the picture of the adorable girl in the garden. I also added some tiny butterflies from the Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the picture and floral frame

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The daisies

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The sentiment and tiny butterflies

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The inside decorated with more daisies and butterflies

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Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Docrafts Papermania designer paper “Vintage Notes”
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (Tiny butterflies) (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral” 9S4-452)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Fancy Framed Tags One” for sentiment oval (S4-377)
  • Graphic45 vintage scrap “Secret Garden”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp from “Fleur de Lis Labels Twenty” stamp set (CL-02210)
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Daisies
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Hope you like my take on how to use a card front die in a different way. My next post showcase a clean and simple shabby card I created with the same Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die “Floral”.

Regards,

Amelia

Be My Valentine

Hello friends,

I have some exciting news to share today – I have the privilege to be a guest at Christine Emberson’s blog Hope & Chances Creativity. Christine is the International Ambassador for Spellbinders in the United Kingdom. Last year Christine contacted me and asked if I am willing to create a card for her blog to show how Spellbinders dies are used around the world. Who will ever say no to such an invitation? She send me two stunning Spellbinders die sets and I created 5 cards for her blog. Please visit Hope & Chances Creativity to read Christine’s view about the cards and also to see her creativity with Spellbinders dies. It is amazing to see her wonderful creations and tips on how to use these dies. I created five separate blog posts to show the cards and this will be posted during today.

My first card is a Valentine’s card created with the Spellbinders die set ‘Flutter Love’. The “heart window” in the top layer was cut with a Spellbinders D’Lites die “Vines of Passion” to frame the lovely heart shape. I added some pearls around the edge for a vintage look. The lace stamp is from Stampendous and the sentiment stamp from Penny Black. The designer papers are from Prima “Stationer’s Desk”

I would like to enter the card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of the lovely heart die

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The sentiment embossed with “claret tapestry” embossing powder

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The flower and stamped lace border

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A peep at the inside decorated with smaller heart die cuts from the same set

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Project details:

  • Cream card-stock
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Vines of Passion” (S2-022)
  • Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from “Raindrops and Kisses” set
  • Stampendous stamp set “Elegant Borders”
  • Pearls
  • Wax cord
  • Roses
  • PSX embossing powder “Claret Tapestry”
  • Tim Holtz Stickles “Burgundy”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”

Thank you for visiting and I will be back soon with a card featuring the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Fronts die set “Floral”. Have a wonderful day.

Regards,

Amelia

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