Spring Bouquet

Hi everyone, My card today is for all the cat lovers  – a colourful spring bouquet delivered by an adorable kitty. I used the inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room’s latest challenge for my color choice  – it is so beautiful and bright. The stamp is from Penny Black and as the image is so striking I just layered it on a Sizzix die cut and embellished the card with a few sweet blossoms. The sentiment is stamped on a tiny die cut tag and tied with a little purple bow. Hope the card will bring a lot of happiness to the receiver. Challenges:

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 A close-up of the adorable cat

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The sentiment and bow

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The blossoms and daisies

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A peep at the inside with more daisies

PB_SpringBouquet4Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Sweet Fairy Collection” (Charmed)
  • Penny Black slapstick stamp “Merci Bouquet” (40-063)
  • Penny Black sentiment from “In the Garden” stamp set (30-044)
  • Sizzix Thinlits die “Frame, Garden Lattice” (659004)
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags” (659100)
  • Sweet blossoms
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Sky Mauve”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Memento Dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today – I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting. Regards, Amelia

For The Birds …

Hello friends,

A quick CAS card to share today. I discovered a few days ago an old Hot off the Press stamp set “Sweet Tweets” in my storage box. I enjoyed it so much to make a few cards with the beautiful birdie stamps again. I used an adorable birdhouse image, which I stamped triple, for today’s card. I did the colouring with my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and then added some cherry blossoms for a springtime look. The sentiment stamp is from JustRite stamps. I will share more cards featuring this stamp set in the coming weeks – I so love the sweet images from this stamp set!

Challenges:

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A close-up of the birdhouses

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The sentiment on a fishtail banner

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Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Hot off the Press clear stamp set “Sweet Tweets”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp set “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Memento dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today – I really appreciate the time you take to look at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards till next time,

Amelia

Beautiful Blooms …

Hello everyone,

I was surprised to see it was three weeks ago since I last posted a card on my blog – time just flies! But it is good to be back today and share a card that I created for the current challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The inspiration picture is so beautiful and I tried to capture as many elements in the photo as possible: the bicycle, blooms, banner and wooden planks. The background paper is from the Prima “Tea-Thyme” collection. I stamped the wooden planks  with an Impression Obsession background stamp, cut it in small strips, distressed the pieces and glued them onto the background paper. The die cuts and flowers are distressed with white paint to give the card a shabby look. As springtime is the most loved season for me, I added some hearts, bling and a sentiment “Celebrate” to welcome this wonderful time of the year.

Challenges:

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The banner, birds and roses

MB_SpringBicycle1The bicycle loaded with beautiful roses

MB_SpringBicycle2The sentiment, hearts and gemstones

MB_SpringBicycle3A peep at the inside

MB_SpringBicycle4Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea-Thyme”
  • Impression Obsession background stamp “Wooden Plank” (CC177)
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” (SD064)
  • Memory Box die “Resting Birds” (No. 98527)
  • Memory Box die “Brand New Bicycle” (No.98404)
  • Paper Smooches wise die “Birthday Words” (FBD120)
  • White paint
  • Paper roses
  • Gemstones

Thank you for visiting today and I would love to know your thoughts about my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Little Birdie …

Hello friends,

I have two clean and simple cards to share with you today.  A few weeks ago I bought my first Elizabeth Crafts dies and embossing folder from a local craft shop and what fun I had to play with these dies. I used the dies with some of my older Spellbinders dies and really like the outcome of this quick cards with a spring feel. It was ages since I last used an embossed background and doing so with these cards inspired me to take my forgotten stuff out of the cupboard and use them again.

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

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A close-up of the bird and button flowers

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My second card with more shabby elements

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A close-up of the distressing, roses and sequins

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Project details for both cards:

  • White, blue, green and yellow cardstock
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs dies: 709 – Birds ; 724 – Best Wishes ; 722 – Hello
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folder: 118 – Spring Leaves
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites “Sprigs”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small” (Card 1)
  • Buttons (Card 1)
  • Roses, sequins and wax cord (Card 2)
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Barn Door” (Card 1) and “Peacock Feathers” (Card 2)

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

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

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