Soar …

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this challenge with the theme “Stripes and Dots”. Please visit the Double D Challenge blog to DD_StripesDotssee more wonderful samples from Double “D”s talented designers. We have a prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by Random.org. A Top Creative Winner and Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team.

I like the black stripes and dots of the teapot and bowl from the mood board and used that as inspiration for my card. I layered the lovely stamped bird-cage on the polka dot and striped designer paper with mirror tape for dimension. I added a cute black cat and a little bird for interest. For a splash of color I embellished the card with pink roses, green leaves, gemstones and a strip of floral washi tape. I finished off with a die cut sentiment and some glitter on the roses. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

StripesDots

The pretty stamped bird cage

StripesDots1

A close-up of the flowers and cat

StripesDots2

The sentiment

StripesDots3

A peep at the inside with more cats

StripesDots4

Project details

White cardstock — Polka dot and striped designer paper — Prima Cling stamp “Soar” (Item #557126) — Amy Design die “Animal Medley: Cats and Dogs” (ADD10023) — Xcut Mini sentiment die ‘Just for You” (XCU504034) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Garden Greens” (#661206) — Creative Expressions Craft die “A Little Birdie told Me” (CED23024) for bird — Impression Obsession die “Cat set” (DIE083-K) (Inside of card) — Crealies Crea-Nest-Lies XXL die “Stitch rectangular” (CLNestXXL 24) — Paper roses — Floral washi tape — Gemstones — Skwiglues glitter “Pink”

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

Regards,

Amelia

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May Flowers

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this DD_flowerschallenge with the theme of “May flowers”. You can use any of the colors shown in the picture and flowers. The flowers can be stamped, handmade or purchased – such a beautiful and fun challenge. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. The prize to win for this challenge is a beautiful flower die and absolutely gorgeous!

I was inspired by the beautiful colors and of course the flowers in the photo. I painted some pink, purple and yellow watercolors on watercolor paper for my background. I die cut various leaves to created the strings of greenery for my flowers. The fun part for me was to arrange the flowers and wax cord bows.  I finished off with a sentiment die cut from Penny Black and a few sequins. I really like the shabby outcome of this card.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

FlowersWithLove

The strings of flowers

FlowersWithLove1

The sentiment in pink

FlowersWithLove2

The inside

FlowersWithLove3

Project details:

White, pink and green card-stock — Watercolor paper for background — Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No. 99299) — Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Alterations die “Garden Greens” (No.661206) —  Penny Black Creative dies “For You” (No. 51-105) — Prima flowers “Sherwood Rose” (No. 552718) — Pink wax cord for bows — Watercolor paint — Sequins

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

“Sweet” Heart

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer’s  day in Pretoria. On Monday I went back to work after a month-long holiday. I am going to miss the lazy days filled with crafting, reading and fun things to do. But today’s post is not about the weather or my holiday, it is about a card I created for a few challenges I saw on Paper Playful.

This card, in the shabby chic style, was inspired by the lovely photo at The Card Concept.  The little pink roses, pearls, bows and the grey, cream  and pink colors in the picture caught my eye and I took this as inspiration for my card. I also love the rustic feel of the picture and try to incorporate that as well in my card.

I made my shabby card in shades of pink, cream and grey and with a lovely lace heart die cut as focal point. The wood grain background paper was perfect to create the rustic feel. I added some pretty pink roses, wax cord bows, pearls and a die cut sentiment. This card was really quick to make and I love the soft look which make it suitable as a birthday, anniversary, valentine or wedding card.

Challenges I entered:

The “lace” heart and roses

The sentiment

A close-up of the roses and bow

A peep at the inside

Project details

Cream and pink card-stock — Designer paper — Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Lace Hearts” (S5-204) — Penny Black Creative die “For You” (51-105) — Roses — Pearls — Wax cord — Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

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

Regards,

Amelia

 

All White

Hello friends,

Today we have a fun new challenge at Double D Challenges . The theme for this fortnight is “All White”. I love working with lots of colors on my cards and is always in the deep end with “white” challenges. For my creation I decided on a shabby card with texture, layering, embossing and a few embellishments. To make the birdie, wreath and leaves pop on the white embossed background I used mirror tape to give some dimension. For embellishments I added two bows and a little music tag to match the embossed music background.  To bring the little birdie to life a pearl necklace was the finishing touch. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the bird, wreath and leaves

The sentiment

The music tag

A peep at the inside

Project details

White card-stock — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder ” Postcard and Sheet Music Set” (656946) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Wreath” (S4-572) — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations  Thinlits die “Foliage” (661206) — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations  Thinlits die “Celebrate” (660223) — Memory Box die “Meadow Bird” (98339) — Nellie’s Multi Frames “Tags” (MFD074) — Marianne Design Craftables “Music Notes” (CR1367) — Wax cord for bows — Pearls

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I appreciate it so much. To see more inspiring “All White” cards, a visit to Double D Challenge is worthwhile. Enjoy a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Butterfly Heart

Hello friends,

I am still on my journey to improve on my clean and simple card making skills and I can tell you it is a difficult style for me.  I was inspired by the sketch for the new challenge at CAS[E] this Sketch to create this card. I used a much neglected die to cut the pop up butterfly heart shape  and then added a few red butterflies to match the red polka dot washi tape. A gold die cut sentiment provided a little bit of bling.  I hope you enjoy this CAS card as much as I did in creating it!

Challenges I entered:

A close-up of the sentiment and butterflies

Project details

White and red card-stock — Gold mirror board — Polka dot washi tape — Memory Box die ” Butterfly Heart” ( No 98778) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Celebrate” (660223)

Thank you for visiting and looking at my card. I hope next time I show more improvement on the clean and simple style of card making! Have a wonderful day.

Regards,

Amelia

Neutrals and Texture

Hello friends,

Today is the start of our new challenge at Double D Challenges. The challenge this fortnight is really easy with the theme “Tan neutrals with texture”.  The neutrals can be kraft, tan, cream, beige, etc and texture can be anything. The inspiration board is so beautiful – I just love all the colors and texture! Please visit the Double D Challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from our talented designers and join in the fun! We have a prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by Random.org. and a Top Creative Winner and Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team.

I was inspired by the cream colors in the photo and the beautiful textured ribbon. I layered the elements on tan designer paper and a die cut daisy background. The butterfly on the die cut tag is lifted from the base card with mirror tape for a bit of dimension. I kept the card simple, but still shabby, by adding some gem stones, paper roses and hessian and wax cord bows. The sentiment was cut with a Penny Black sentiment die.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The butterfly and tag

The flowers and bow

The sentiment

A close-up of the inside

Project details

Cream and kraft card-stock — Designer paper — Spellbinders Designer Series Venise Lace “Emmeline Treillage” (S5-311) — Spellbinders Designer Series Botanical Bliss “Twisted Floral Tags” (S4-642) — Penny Black Creative Dies “For You” (51-105) — Cheery Lynn Designs dies “Small Exotic Butterflies (DL 113AB) — Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly” (Inside of card) — Gemstones — Hessian ribbon — Wax cord — Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage photo”

Hope you like this shabby neutral colored card. I had a great time making it. Thanks for stopping by and your comments are much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Amelia

 

Hearts, Hearts, Hearts ….

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a shabby card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “Weddings” and with such a lovely mood board from Team Darlene I decided to play along. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your wedding cards!

My card was inspired by the lovely pink and white colors in the photo and as always the beautiful roses. I used a soft pink and grey designer paper as background for the die cut oval which I embellished with roses and sweet blossoms. I added different shapes and sizes heart charms and finished off with a die cut sentiment. Glitter on the roses was the final touch to give lots of sparkle to this shabby wedding card. Hope you like my take on the challenge!

Challenges I entered:

WeddingHearts

The fancy die cut oval, roses and hearts

A close-up of the roses and sweet blossoms

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and pink card-stock — Designer paper — Poppystamps die “Woodland Oval” (No. 1125) — Penny Black Creative Sentiment die “For You” (No. 51-105) — Heart charms — Wax cord for bows — Roses and sweet blossoms (I Am Roses) — Skwiglues glitter “Crystal” — Tim Holtz distress ink “Tattered Rose”

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

Regards,

Amelia

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