A Sprinkle of Glitter

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoying your day. September is the start of spring time in South Africa and we got warm weather since last week. Looking at the high temperatures already, it is going to be a warm summer for us. It is also time for a new challenge at Double “D” Challenges. The theme for the new challenge is “Glitter” –  and lots of it! Hope you will share your “glittery” creation with us at the Double “D” Challenge this fortnight.

For my background I used a designer paper from an old First edition paper pad “Spring Feast” which already have a glitter effect. I tried to used some of the colors in the mood board like green, shades of pink and black in my design. I also dusted the frame for the cats with fairy dust and added glitter glue to the flower centers. I finished off with paper flowers, a wax cord bow and a heart charm. Well, I think there was more glitter on my face as on the card when everything was done and dusted!

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The glitter frame and cats

The flowers

The sentiment and leaf border

A peep at the inside

Project details of the card

White, green and black card-stock — First Edition designer paper “Spring Feast” — Impression Obsession die “Cat  Set” (DIE083-K) — Penny Black Creative die “For you” (51-105) — PoppyStamps die ‘Freida Curve” No 1784) — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fleur De Lis Squares” (S4-318) — Fairy Dust glitter — Skwiglues “Crystal” — Heart charm — Wax cord for bow — Paper flowers from “I am Roses” — Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Peeled Paint”

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you like what you see. I appreciate your comments about my cards so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

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Feeling Green …

Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a cute card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “Feeling Green” and with a lovely inspiration photo (see bottom of my post) you can create anything in shades of green and can even add an optional pop of red. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog and get inspired to link up your creation.

I love this stamp from Crafter’s Companion’s “Strawberry Kisses” range. The kitty is so cute taking a nap in the tea-cup! I did the coloring with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils, add a strip of polka dot paper and a bow – I think that is enough to do justice to this adorable image. The sentiment is cut with a Penny Black word die.

Challenges:

Cutie

A close-up of the image

Cutie1

The sentiment

Cutie2

A peep at the inside

Cutie3

The inspiration picture

DD_Green

Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Green polka dot paper
  • Crafter’s Companion “Strawberry Kisses” stamp “Cutie”
  • Penny Black creative die “For you” (51-105)
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Wax cord
  • Gemstones

I hope you like this card – I had a great time coloring the cute image. Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much.

Regards,

Amelia

Yellow Bouquet

Hello friends,

Today is bitterly cold in Pretoria and the only warm, sunny spot is in front of the window in my craft room, for sure the best place to be! Hope you are enjoying what you do whether it is warm sunny weather or in the grip of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter days. It feels like ages since I last coloured a Penny Black stamp and they are my favourite stamps! Well, yesterday I dug through my storage bin with PB stamps and this card is the result. Oh dear, I love that cat with his adorable smile so much. I decided to do a “yellow” card for a change as I am stuck on pinks lately.

Challenges:

 

A peep at the inside

The adorable Penny Black cat

The marker signs cut with Cottage Cutz dies

 Project details:

  • White and Sahara Sand cardstock
  • Simple Stories designer paper “Country Garden”
  • Penny Black slapstick stamp 40-015 “You Are The Bestest”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp
  • Cottage Cutz die  “Marker Sign” CC-Mini-055(The Scrapping Cottage)
  • Memory Box craft die “Puffy Clouds” 98172
  • Martha Stewart border punches “Pop-up Butterflies” and “Floral Lace”
  • Paper roses
  • Skwiglues “Lemon Buzz”
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

Hope you enjoyed what you see on my blog and thank you for visiting. I love to read your comments and appreciate each and everyone I receive. Happy crafting and may you have a wonderful and creative week.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Flowers For You

Hello dear blog friends,

Hope you are well today and enjoying the change of seasons. For us in the southern hemisphere we are entering the first month of autumn (fall). Today I have a card with a springtime feeling (dedicated to my friends in the northern hemisphere) to share with you. Since my knee replacement surgery I must admit I can’t get myself inspired for card making. Usually my day started with light rehabilitation exercises  in the morning with more advances physio later in the day.  Healing is such a slow process  and I am delighted every time I made a millimetre progress in bending the knee. I am still walking with two crutches which make those ordinary tasks we do everyday a little bit more difficult. Well, something I have learned the past five weeks is to have a lot of patience! The only thing I am hoping for now is to get my enthusiasm back for my beloved hobby of rubber stamping and card making – maybe this adorable cat with the flower bouquet will provide the necessary inspiration.

Challenges:

 A white daisy on the inside

A close-up of the adorable kitty and the pretty white daisies with dabs of glitter

Project details:

  • Penny Black slapstick stamp “Merci Bouquet” 40-063
  • Yellow and white cardstock
  • Designer paper
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Antique Gold”
  • Natural cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo”
  • Buttons
  • K and Company daisy flowers
  • Stickles glitter “Diamond”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate yor visit and each and every comment left. Have a wonderful and crafty week.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Cat-ti-tude

Hello dear blog friends,

The past two weeks were just hectic with all the preparation at work and at home before my knee replacement surgery. Oh yes, time flies and Monday morning I am admitted to hospital and on Tuesday , surgery will take place. I am afraid of what’s going to happen but I believe this is for the best.  Unfortunately I had not much time for crafting as I had to finalize work at the office and to make sure dear hubby and the dogs have everything at home to survive. I am going to miss you and all the wonderful creations  during the next week but I am back as soon as possible.

On Saturday morning I attended a Cricut class at one of our local craft stores and that took my mind a little bit away from the upcoming operation. I really enjoyed all the new things Tilla  showed us about the Cricut Imagine. I bought mine last year August and must confess that I haven’t had the time to play with this wonderful machine. She prepared for each of us a kit with pre-cut shapes to make 2 cards, a little box, booklet and flower pin. She is so talented with an enormous knowledge of Cricut machines  and her cards are gorgeous. The adorable cat is from the Cricut Imagine More cartridge and I cased the layout from her example.

For sure, after making this card I am going to use my Cricut Imagine more when getting back from hospital. I also discovered three clean and simple cards I made a few weeks ago for a CAS challenge but totally forgot to upload. Not the prettiest cards I made but will do for a notelet. The images are from a Inkadinkado stamp set I bought last year and never used. The sentiment stamp is from JustRite. The birds are really cute and I just added a few strokes of colour , dabs of glitter and embellishments to let them pop. For the first card I used little pink embroided rosebuds:

A feeder and little birdie hanging on a yellow ribbon:

The last card has pearls and splashes of blue:

Well this is all from me today, hope you like what you see. Thanks for visiting and I  hope you won’t leave my mailing list during my absence. Will soon be back with lots of cards. Have a wonderful week, keep well and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Simply Sepia

Hello everyone,

Hope you  enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I managed to fit in a few hours crafting this weekend although I just want to be outside enjoying the wonderful spring weather that arrived in South Africa. The theme “Monochromatic” at The Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week captured my imagination. Monochromatic is challenging for me as I love to use lots of colours on my cards. I decided to take up the challenge and try a Penny Black critter on a vintage themed card! I used this same Penny Black stamp a few weeks ago with red, white, green and black colours but this week I gave the little guy a vintage look with sepia colours – I love brown and cream combinations. Unfortunately I couldn’t find brown flowers in my stash, but for a touch of softness to the dark brown background these cream organza flowers with lace was my choice. I don’t know if I do justice to the challenge but hopefully you will enjoy my creation.

I entered the card in the following challenges:

The sentiment on the inside

Project details:

  • Penny Black stamp (2376K)  “Toot the flute”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Cream cardstock
  • Designer paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Grace’s Frame”
  • Lace and organza flowers
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils for colouring
  • Pearls
  • Brilliance stamp pad “Jumbo Java”

For all my followers, irrespective coming a long way with me or those who joined recently, thanks  for your visits and comments. I appreciate  all of you so much. Have a wonderful day wherever you are in the world.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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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