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Hello dear blog friends,

It is so good to be back in blog land after a three-week break. I was discharged from hospital about a week ago after my knee replacement surgery. After some setbacks and complications I am regaining strength to start my physio exercises and will  soon be walking effortlessly again.  I have the privilege to be the guest designer for The Shabby Tea Room Week #103 Challenge – Shabby Shutters. The challenge is to create a card or project inspired by a photo using navy and blues, neutrals and a distressed element. For my card I used a stamp from Make It Crafty, added shades of blue paper roses, seam binding and layers of distressed papers.

Challenges:

The inspiration photo:

 My take on the challenge:

A peep at the inside, decorated with butterflies

Project details:

  • White, navy and ivory paper
  • Navy and ivory polka dot designer paper
  • Make It Crafty stamp – Open Window
  • JustRite sentiment stamp
  • Crocheted lace
  • Seam binding “Queen Blue”
  • Heart charm
  • Paper roses
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punches
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Silver”
  • Leaf punch
  • Lyra-Rembrandt aquarelle water-colour pencils

Thanks for visiting today and have a wonderful crafty week.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mandy
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 15:44:24

    Just discovered your blog. LOVE the paris sign above!

    Best,
    Mandy
    http://littlemaison.com

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  2. chillipip SA
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 19:20:44

    Hope you are on the mend and raring to go > I love this card and need to see more of your work. Let me know how the knee is…

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  3. judy
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 10:15:14

    I have just nominated you for an award. I do hope you will accept it. Hop over to my blog for details. Happy Weekend, Judy x

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  4. Jen Leeflang
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:38:23

    How fabulous to meet a fellow South African on our challenge! You are the first I’ve met Amelia, and you are so welcome! Thanks so much for entering your really fabulous creation in our “Oscars” Challenge at the Jellypark Challenge Blog. Good luck and we hope to see you in the next challenge too!
    luv’n huggz
    Jen Leeflang
    Jellypark DT

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  5. Tip Top
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 18:02:50

    Beautiful card! Thank you for joining in at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge – hope you can join us again for the next challenge! Jellypark Challenges

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  6. Suzie
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 15:02:20

    What a beautiful card – love the butterflies and the gorgeous charm too x
    Thanks for playing along with us at jellypark friends & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

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  7. Daniele
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:43:06

    What a gorgeous card love the torn distressed edges and the inspirtaional pic is delightful
    So glad you joined us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week
    hugs

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  8. Patti Painter
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 21:42:18

    Amelia, what a beautiful card, love the tiny butterfly in the window above the flowers. Such a gorgeous color palette and so beautifully laid out. Thank you for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow and congrats on your GDT spot.
    Patti SCH/DT

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  9. MAGiALENA
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:21:39

    this is a masterpiece!

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  10. Christie B.
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:55:18

    Your card is just lovely!

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  11. Carol (Granny)
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 01:15:44

    Gorgeous creation Amelia. I love the 3D effect and the colors. Congrats on the GD spot. You are so deserving and such a fantastic designer. I’m sure they are as much in awe of this beauty as I am. Glad to hear you are doing well and one the mend. Thinking of you with lots of love and admiration. “Hugs”

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  12. Pami
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 17:36:15

    Wow, this is amazing Amelia, love everything about it! Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, hope to see you again soon. Pami x

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  13. princesskittencalligraphy
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 15:24:15

    Love that window look

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  14. linda p
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 06:24:21

    how gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous – and you used your photo so beautifully.
    Glad to hear your knee surgery was a success and you will be back to walking “pain free” very soon.
    thanks so much for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow (-:

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  15. Barbara
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 03:35:55

    so good to see you back and happy and on the mend. Lovely card, I’m really enjoying these, you are a very talented crafter.

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  16. Mary Jo
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 01:48:36

    Gorgeous card-inside and out. Love your interpretation of the photo. Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

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  17. georgia
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 00:04:46

    Beautiful… I love everything about it! Thanks for playing at Jellypark Friends for our movie/academy awards challenge.
    Hugs,
    Georgia

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  18. Wenche
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 20:50:33

    This is gorgeous. The colours are fabulous and I love the bow. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

    -Wenche

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  19. Laurie
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 18:02:51

    This is soooooo beautiful Amelia, I just love it!
    Thanks for joining in with Sandra’s lots of layers at MAWTT and Good Luck Hugs Laurie x

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  20. Jill
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 05:45:30

    What a fabulous card! So nicely done!

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  21. Jenn Borjeson
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 01:17:06

    Just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Jellypark Friends. 🙂

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  22. Joyce
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 23:40:26

    Dear Amelia
    So happy that you are making good progress after your operation.
    I wish you only better days and be walking effortlessly soon.
    Your card is beautiful and the colours are great.
    So happy that you are back in Blogland.
    Have lots of rest.
    Tons of TLC from Joyce.

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  23. Sue B
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 18:51:59

    Wow! this is gorgeous Amelia !! what a beautiful design – I love the window and flower box – it looks So pretty! Gorgeous papers and embellishments – it’s a really stunning card!
    Thank you for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

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  24. Moz
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 18:44:55

    Welcome back! We really have missed you and your inspiration!
    You must be on the mend as you have produced this awesome card. Just love the colours and the whole shabby look.
    Congrats on you GDT post – well deserved!!

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  25. Donna's Doodles
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 18:33:35

    Beautiful card and perfectly done using our blue and cream colour challenge this week…thanks for joining in the fun at CES 🙂 Donna ♥ x

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  26. Anonymous
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 18:25:57

    Love this framed look. Beautiful window and colours! //Pia

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  27. Anonymous
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 15:45:32

    Bly om te weet jy sien weer kans vir jou kreatiewe kant, baie sterkte en word gou gesond met kleur in die wange asb! Ria

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  28. butlersabroad
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 15:41:18

    Lovely to see you back Amelia and I hope you continue to improve too. Absolutely beautiful card, gorgeous colour scheme.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  29. Evgenia Petzer
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 13:58:09

    Happy to hear that you are back from hospital!

    Great card!

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  30. Heide D
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 13:53:28

    What a lovely card! Great distressing and love the lush bow. Very clever bringing the image to life with the flowers and butterflies. Thanks for joining us at the Oscar challenge here at Jellypark friends.
    Hugs, Heide JP-DT

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  31. Marie-Louiise
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 13:46:21

    Another of your beautiful cards Amelia. It is really pretty. Congratulations on your GD post. Glad to see that you are recovering well and hope that you will soon be back to full mobility.

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  32. hannelie
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 10:11:43

    Ahh… Amelia, net gisteraand vir jou n klein e-pos gestuur!
    Baie bly jys terug met n pragtige kaartjie.
    Ek is mal daaroor… soos altyd!

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  33. Sharon
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:44:03

    Welcome back Amelia, how stunning to see another beautiful card of yours. I’ve really missed them. Love the shabby, distressed look. A real winner. Congrats on your GDT post. Huge hugs and a speedy recovery, Sharon xx

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  34. ursulauphof
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:40:30

    Forgot to say congrats on being a GD.

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  35. ursulauphof
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:39:24

    Amelia, so pleased to hear you are on the mend. Take care and hope the knee will be as good as new soon. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. Love the colours.

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  36. judy
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:37:37

    Amelia this is beautiful! Congrats on the GDT post! I am pleased to hear you are recovering. Judy x

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