Don’t Fence Me In!

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Don’t Fence Me In”. The inspiration picture says it all, we want to see a fence on your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I decided to create a shabby birthday card. I used kraft card-stock and designer paper for the background layers. I added a white picket fence at the bottom of the card with mirror tape for dimension. To create a spring scene (it is spring in South Africa now) I added leaves, blossoms, rabbits, birds and birdhouses. I finished off with a die cut sentiment.

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

  • All Fun Challenges #15 (ends 09/27) – Anything Goes
  • Cuttlebug Mania Challenge (ends 09/29) – Anything Goes (Supplies: Marianne Design Creatables “Picket Fence and Birdhouse” (LR0205) — Fantasy die “Banweed Leaves” (FD510) — Impression Obsession die “Rabbits” (DIE168-C) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Necessities- A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024))
  • Always Fun Challenges #180 (ends 09/21) – Make A Scene
  • Allsorts Challenges Week #589 (ends 09/19) – I Love … (I love Shabby Chic, Flowers and Birdhouses)
  • Do-Al(l) Kreatives #45 (ends 09/ 30) – Inspiriert durch einen Song (Don’t Fence Me In – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters)

The sentiment and a little birdhouse

A close-up of the birdhouse and flowers

The picket fence and rabbits

Some of the flowers and leaves

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and kraft card-stock — Mintay designer paper “Beauty in Bloom” — Marianne Design Creatables “Picket Fence and Birdhouse” (LR0205) — Fantasy die “Banweed Leaves” (FD510) — Impression Obsession die “Rabbits” (DIE168-C) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Necessities- A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024) — Paper blossoms — Wax cord for bows — Tim Holtz distress inks ‘Mowed Lawn” and “Old Paper” — Glitter glue.

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

Colourful Mandalas

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the happy theme of “Colourful”. Just look at the cheerful mood board – it will surely help you to get started. The team have created a bunch of colourful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. We have also a fun prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by Random.org.

My card is a little bit different from what you usually see on my blog. It was not easy for me but I managed to put something together that in a way matches the mood board! I stamped a few mandalas on white card-stock and used my Stabilo pens to coloured the images. I fussy cut one of the mandalas and lifted it of the top panel with mirror tape for dimension. I finished off with a glitter die-cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the colourful mandalas

The glitter paper sentiment

The inside

Project details

White and black card-stock — DCWV Glitter Metallics paper for sentiment — American Crafts clear stamp set “Mandala” (348279) — BoBunny Craft dies “All Occasion Sentiments” (#7310504) — Stabilo pens for colouring

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this colourful creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Sunflowers

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Sunflowers”. This is such an easy challenge and most of us DD_Sunflowers_August19love flowers so I hope to see your card linked up at the Double D challenge blog. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I was surprised to see that I have only one sunflower stamp in my stash. Although it is a very old stamp I decided to create a watercolour card with it. I stamped the image on watercolour paper with distress ink and did the colouring with my Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils. I used a gingham paper as background and then lifted the top layer from the base card with mirror tape for dimension. I finished off with a die cut fence, a sentiment, gemstones and a wax cord bow.

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

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The stamped sunflower image

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

Cream and black card-stock — Gingham designer paper — Sunflower rubber stamp (Unknown company) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (No 1178) — Nellie Snellen Shape die “Heart Fence” (SD112) –Gemstones — Wax cord for bow — Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils — Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Beauty of a Butterfly

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the beautiful theme of “Butterflies”. Butterflies are always a favourite DD_Butterfliestheme for me – maybe it is their lovely colours and elegance. The team created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My inspiration from the picture was the lovely colours and so I tried to incorporated the yellow, pink, green and black into my card. I used a beautiful designer paper as background, then layered an intricate rose edge die cut on the one side for interest. I used watercolours to paint the butterflies to match the colours of the flowers on the designer paper. I finished off with pearl swirls and a sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of one of the butterflies

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

White and black card-stock — Mintay designer paper “Beauty in Bloom” — Precious Marieke die “Rose Edge” (PM10156) — Sizzix Thinlits (Tim Holtz Alterations) die “Detailed Butterflies, Mini” (661802) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Mini Expressions – You Are The Best” ( CEDME034) — Black pearl swirls — Tim Holtz distress ink “Worn Lipstick”

That’s it from me today! I hope you like my card. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Christmas in July

Hello friends,

It is a pleasure to share my post today as the guest designer at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. I have this honour following to be the Top Pick for the “Tickled Pink!” challenge recently. You can see my winning entry here. Thank you Funkie Junkie design team for asking me to join the  new challenge as a featured guest designer – your challenges always inspires me. The theme of the current challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog is “Christmas in July”.

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I decided to make a shabby card in non-traditional Christmas colours.  I added two layers of designer paper to the base card to create depth. The different layers were distressed with a distress tool and then aged with distress ink.

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I chose a lovely deer die cut as my focal point and decorated it with a wreath, a tiny bow and rose bud.

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To add some texture I used a strip of vintage lace to the bottom and a string of pearls to the top of the card. I covered a die cut music note border strip with gold texture paste and layered it on the lace.

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I added a die cut sentiment, a few pearls and a flower bouquet for more interest.

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A close up of the  leaves, flowers and wax cord bow.

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I always like to decorate the inside of my cards with some of the elements featured on the outside. For this card I repeat the music note border, leaves and pearls at the bottom of the card inside.

Project details

Beige, cream and green card-stock — Designer paper of choice — Spellbinders Holiday die “Reindeer and Sleigh” (S4-551) — Yvonne Creations “Holly Jolly Music Border” (YC010070) — Crealies Text die “Merry Christmas” (CLTD101) — Unbranded die “Leaves”Tim Holtz distress inks “Old Paper” & “Mowed Lawn” — Heidi Swapp metallic texture paste “Gold” — Pearl string — Pearls — Vintage lace — Wax cord for bows — Paper flowers.

I also entered this card in the following challenges

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

Little Treasures

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Let’s Go to the Beach”. You can use the colours or anything DD_Beachyou see in the mood board as inspiration for your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My card was inspired by the brown colours and sea shells in the inspiration photo. I decided to  create a masculine card with a stamped image which I coloured with my watercolour pencils.  I added a strip of netting on the base card for texture and then lifted the top layer from the base card with mirror tape for dimension.  I finished off by embellishing the water with a aqua shimmer pen, a few gemstones and a wax cord bow

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up  of the image

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

Cream and sand-coloured card-stock — Inkadinkado clear stamp set “Down by the Seaside” (60-30059) — Prima watercolour pencils — Memento ink pad “Tuxedo Black” — Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen “Glitter Gloss” — “Wax cord for bow — Gemstones — Netting — Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

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