The Essentials

Hello everyone,

My card today was inspired by the K and Company designer paper I had for a very long time in my stash. The dark blue and golden brown combination was so eye-catching that I searched through my tons of stamps to find an image to match the colours of the paper. Well, my choice was this adorable Penny Black kittens with the essential goodies for a “wow” birthday celebration … a greeting card (handmade for sure), bunch of flowers and a gift box.  What more can a birthday girl ask for? For all my followers or even if you stumble upon my blog today by accident, if it’s your birthday today, this week or even during this month – have a wonderful day and year filled with happiness and love.

Oh, and I almost forgot, I had several followers who wanted to know where to buy the lace I use on my cards. Fortunately for me, from a  haberdashery shop in Pretoria North, Gauteng, South Africa, named Habby Hyper. Unfortunately no online shop available … sorry, friends I can only refer you to Wild Orchid Crafts for online shopping regarding lace!

My card fits the following challenges:

A close-up of the kittens

The inside, decorated with punched flowers

Project details:

  • White, blue and brown cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp “The Essentials”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Banner Basics One
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Ovals”, “Scalloped ovals” and “Scalloped circles”
  • Flower punches
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Seam binding “Oloroso”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils

Thanks so much for visiting today and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alicia
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 04:29:39

    A great birthday card! Thanks for joining in our Birthday challenge at Southern Girls. I have Blog candy if you are interested.
    Alicia xx
    http://alicia-timetocreate.blogspot.com/

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  2. Sharron / Sharrahug
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 22:28:14

    What a gorgeous card & colored so beautifully! I love the rich colors you chose.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Craft Us Crazy and I hope you will join us again!
    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  3. Gry
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:47:38

    Adorable! Love everything about it!

    Thanks for joining CFAS in our Furry Friends Challenge!
    Hugs Gry!

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  4. Jocelyn
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 12:44:30

    Ohhh my goodness – this is GORGEOUS! Fantastic textures and I love the blue and brown combo.- love the pearls too.

    {{hugs}} Jocelyn

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  5. Shirley
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 11:56:13

    This is such a stunning card with so much dimension. The colour combination is fabulous and it looks very “touchy feely”. I love everything about it.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Penny Black at Assorts this month and we do hope you will join us next time.

    Shirley

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  6. kath
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 08:21:07

    wow amelia stunning card…love those papers and your bunting is gorgeous…..thanks for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday…hugs kath xxx

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  7. Mari Harpham
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 07:09:24

    This is breathtaking. I love K and Company paper too. Their colors are always so rich. I love the double banner in the gold and royal blue.

    Thanks for sharing this delightful card with us at Creative Card Crew.

    Mari

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  8. Helen Dooley
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 00:17:35

    This is beautiful! I miss your work I havent had time to visit. I also miss you. Take care!

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  9. Jan
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 21:40:41

    Adorable card thanks for joining us at CFAS xx Jan DT

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  10. Jani
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:35:09

    Wonderful card!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

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  11. Sarah
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 19:21:43

    A stunning card , the image is wonderful and the bunting is just perfect!

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  12. Maarit
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 13:45:00

    Gorgeous card Amelia, love it, many thanks for sharing at Penny Black at Allsorts.

    Hugs
    Maarit

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  13. debby4000
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 10:52:07

    Oh gorgeous card, beautiful details and so cute too.
    luv
    Debby

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  14. Shirley-Anne
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 08:04:45

    Wonderful project Amelia .Love the distressing and the colour combinations .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

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  15. Mary J
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 23:37:16

    Very pretty! Thx for linking it up to the Make It Monday party!

    Mary J x

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  16. sheila
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 22:06:55

    I love your color combination Amelia. It is simply gorgeous. And your added details are just wonderful. I am so glad that I found your blog!

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  17. Sharon Keanly
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 21:57:48

    Absolutely stunning Amelia. Lovely deep rich colours. Fabulous design and dimension. Superb colouring. Warm wishes, Sharon x

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  18. Tracey
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 21:33:58

    This is absolutely stunning Amelia 🙂
    I hope you are well.
    Hugs
    Tracey
    xx

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  19. Clare T
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 21:13:08

    Wow, such a fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts.
    Clare x

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  20. Moz
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 19:24:23

    Delightful Amelia! The colours are so rich and bright and the kitties, adorable.
    Many hugz
    Moz

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  21. Scatty Jan
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 19:03:15

    Hi there saw your lovely card on make it on monday so popped over for a closer look – its really fab those cats are so sweet
    Love Jan

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  22. Carol (Granny)
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 18:50:15

    Adorable and unique card Amelia. Wonderful color combination with gorgeous embellies. The banner is amazing with beautiful details and one I haven’t seen before. Your coloring of those sweet kittens is perfect for the dp and style of the card. Another masterpiece my friend. I’ll be sending you an email in a bit as life has been busy lately and haven’t been on the computer much. Have a wonderful day! “Love & Hugs” Carol

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  23. Anonymous
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 18:32:18

    Your colour combination is fabulous with so much dimension and texture. I love everything about it.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Penny Black at Allsorts and we hope you will join us again next month.

    Shirley

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  24. Kathycan
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 18:18:29

    So much to love about your gorgeous kitty card–the colors are strikingly beautiful, love all the dimension and the bunting with the golden pearls, and your coloring perfect. Linked over from MIM to say hi and thanks for sharing!!

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  25. ursula uphof
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 18:14:34

    What a super birthday card. Those kitties are just the best and they are coloured so beautifully. . Love all your detail. Thanks for sharing with us.

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