Swallows

Hello blog friends,

We have a new fun challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this Saturday. The theme is to create a vintage or shabby chic card or project in the colors of your flag. I always admire the different flags at international meetings or sport gatherings – it is such a display of colors and designs. This week we are also pleased to introduce our monthly Guest Designer at Sugar Creek Hollow. She is  Sanja Grdinic from Croatia.

SA_FlagWe have six colors on our South African flag – black, white, red, blue, green and yellow. This became the first flag of a united South Africa on 27 April  1994, at the same time that South Africa held its first democratic  elections. Red, white and blue are common in historical flags of South Africa, including colonial flags of Britain and Holland, while green, black and yellow or gold were often colours of the African people. The main design of the flag, the green ‘Y’ starting at the flag post and coming together in the centre of the flag, can be seen  as the coming together of the different people of South Africa, who then take the road ahead together. (Source: Scouts South Africa)

This was quite a challenge for me to use so many bright colors on my card. The image of the beautiful and graceful swallows is from The Graphics Fairy. To achieve a shabby look to my card I painted the roses with gesso. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges:

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A close up of the image from The Graphics Fairy

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The flowers and swallows

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The bow and bling on the bird-cage

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A peep at the inside

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Full view of the inside decorated with a doily and a sentiment

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Project details:

  • White, green and black cardstock
  • White corrugated cardboard
  • Vintage scrap from The Graphics Fairy
  • Marianne Design Creatables dies “Bird cage LR0146” and “Flourish LR0151”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Picot Edge Circles”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Doillies
  • Paper roses and rosebuds
  • Lace
  • Red wax cord
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Broken China” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Crystal”
  • Resin corners
  • Bling embellishment

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. We would love to see the colors of your country’s flag at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge this fortnight.  Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CardsByLeona
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 22:35:50

    Fantastic colour choices! Thank you for sharing at Creative moments.
    Leona (DT)

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  2. Maria Therese
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 21:02:05

    Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe’s crafts ♥

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  3. Beverley
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 23:54:35

    Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining in our “Things with Wings” challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Hugs
    Bev x

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  4. just4crafters
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 20:35:11

    Your cards are so gorgeous!!! I love seeing your creativity. Thank you for sharing 🙂 ~Sophia

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  5. gerda
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 21:40:18

    What a beautiful card! I love all the pretty flowers, the bling……I love all the details! Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too”, hope to see you next time again.

    DT-Member SCT
    Gerda
    http://cardscreations.blogspot.com

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  6. Marie-Louise
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 16:53:28

    Amelia this is absolutely gorgeous. I had saved this image from the Graphics Fairy some time ago but never thought it could look so fabulous. I love this card and ll the beautiful detail.

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  7. Cathi O'Neill
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 11:11:42

    Love your card Amelia, great colors and details!!

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  8. Abbie
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 23:41:44

    Wow this is stunning, love the beautiful colors and the design. Thank you for joining us at Creative this fortnight. Abbie xx

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  9. ctgirl2
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 10:33:59

    Oh my, Amelia, how fabulous when I opened your post and there is the SA flag…I felt so proud! Your creation is such a fabulous interpretation of our lovely flag!! I just LOVE it!

    Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Crafting by Designs!
    Do join us again!
    Hugs
    Rene
    Crafting By Designs DT
    PS I live in Cape Town

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  10. Sharon Seebacher Duff
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 03:24:04

    This is truly beautiful. Fantastic!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs.
    Hugs – Sharon

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  11. Alanna
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 18:23:32

    This is stunning. Love all the details and especially the flowers. Thanks for playing in this week’s anything goes challenge at A.R.T.

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  12. CherCroppin
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 16:37:35

    WOWZA! This is FANTASTIC! So many elements here….loving all of your textures and dimension! Thanks for playing along with us at the A.R.T. “Anything Goes” challenge, and we hope you’ll join us again this Thursday too for a new challenge! ~Cheryl, Senior DT

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  13. Carina Els
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 12:45:45

    Liewe Amelia

    Jou kaartjie is so pragtig, ek is mal oor alles! pragtig!

    Liefde
    Carina

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  14. Claire H
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 12:07:44

    Love your creation! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge this month!
    Claire xx
    CCC DT

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  15. Janette
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 11:54:54

    Your card is simply stunning, I love the way the bird is flying off the page, gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at CarftyCatz this week.x

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  16. Donna Ellis
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 13:56:30

    Hi, Amelia! Thank you for sharing your lovely card – but more – thank you for sharing about your country’s beautiful flag and the symbolism behind it. Knowing the symbolism makes it ever more beautiful than ever. (and as always, so is your card) 🙂 hugs, de

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  17. Cathy(Kraftykoolkat)
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 11:55:08

    Wow!! This is so gorgeous, a real work of art. Everything is fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.

    Hugs
    Cathy DT
    xxxxxx

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  18. Anonymous
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 11:31:43

    Pragtig Amelia!!

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  19. FranCine
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 02:27:26

    Stunning! Thanks for visiting us at 613 Avenue Create.

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  20. DIANEMONEYGOOLSBY
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 02:02:01

    Amelia: Your card is so beautiful! Your flag too

    Thank you for joining us at Simply Create Too for our 40th Challenge “Use the Colors in Your Country’s Flag”. Hope you enter our upcoming challenges too.

    Diane
    Simply Create Too Design Team Member
    http://DianesDigitalDesigns.blogspot

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  21. Mickie
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 00:30:49

    Holy Moly, that is one beautiful card. The recipient of that should frame it, I know I would!

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  22. Joyce Hessen
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 23:01:05

    Dear Amelia
    Beautiful card with bright colours and embellishments.
    Happy Stamping from Joyce.

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  23. Meggymay
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 22:46:05

    Gorgeous card, you did have a few colours to include and they all look beautiful together.
    Yvonne x

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  24. Marjo
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 20:48:50

    Gorgeous card Amelia, wonderful design. You have blended all the colors of your flag beautifully. Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Create Too.
    Hugz Marjo

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  25. Naomi
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 16:57:55

    A great card. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

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  26. Sharon
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 15:58:38

    Stunning Amelia. Love it all. Hugs Sharon x

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  27. marshallgal
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 15:36:26

    Oh my, only you could take such bright colors and turn them into a vintage creation. This is MAGNIFICENT. My comment would be enormous if I outlined every single thing I love about it, so suffice it to say I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. (Not shouting, just being emphatic.) And I always learn a little something new when I visit your work, this time putting gesso on roses (flowers) to tone them down. Thank you for another gorgeous creation and the inspiration! I’m pinning this for future enjoyment!

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  28. Carol (Granny)
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 15:02:57

    Another totally gorgeous creation! Hope all is well in Pretoria as the country prays for Mandela. Have a wonderful weekend! “Hugs”

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  29. MaryAnn
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 14:20:40

    WOW!Gorgeous card!!!

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