Simply Neutrals

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge and the theme is “Neutral colors”. With Augustsuch a lovely inspiration photo I decided to join in the fun. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you, so a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I choose Kraft card-stock as a base for my card and layered the black birdcage die cut on a background of handmade music paper. The vine flourish is from Memory Box and the sentiment die from Penny Black. To finish off I added a twine bow, roses and some card candy. This card was so quick and easy to make and I love the outcome! Hope to see your “neutral colors” creation at Double D Challenges this fortnight.

Challenges:

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The birdcage

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The roses, bow and vine

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The sentiment and music paper

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Kraft and brown card-stock
  • Handmade music paper
  • Birdcage chipboard die cut
  • Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No. 99299)
  • Penny Black craft die “For You” (No. 51-105)
  • Paper roses
  • Wax cord
  • Card candy
  • Tim Holtz Stickles “Golden Rod”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciated it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Springtime in Paris

Hello crafty friends,

It is a pleasure to share my post today as the guest designer at Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.  I have this honor following the winning of the Valentine challenge recently. You can see my winning entry here. Thank you for asking me to join the Frilly and Funky Challenges as a featured guest designer – your challenges always inspires me.

The theme of the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie  is  “It’s All About Vacation”. I decided to make a vintage card showing a vacation during springtime in Paris. I never visited France but one can always live your dreams in paper crafting! I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower and a lovely vintage image of two ladies as my focal point.

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 To add some texture to my background I used delicate leaf die cuts for the top and bottom and then framed the image with a vintage clock die cut painted with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint. I love to add swallows to my travel themed cards because these lovely little birds travel each year, long distances to countries far away – they are for me world travellers in their own way.

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The Eiffel Tower silhouette is cut from recycled cardboard and distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks.

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The sentiment is attached with twine to the Tower and then cascading down to connect all the flowers on the card.

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A close-up of the flowers

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And finally, the inside with a miniature Eiffel Tower, a bow and a few pearls

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Project details for the card:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Delight” and Sun Kiss” collections
  • Vintage image from Janet K. Designs
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz die “Weathered Clock”
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy sprig border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp from Country Crafts (South Africa)
  • Eiffel Tower silhouette
  • Chipboard swallow
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz distress crackle paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Best Wishes …

Hello friends,

I created this card in the shabby chic style for the challenge at The Card Concept. To celebrate their One Year Anniversary with them they gave this beautiful 26-One Year Celebrationinspirational picture to use. The pink flowers on the white, with the hint of blue in the background caught my eye and I took this as inspiration for my card. I started off with a layer I created with pink distress inks to create a watercolor effect as background. I then added a lattice layer to give more dimension to the hanging sign board and flower arrangement. The flowers are chosen for their different shades of pink as portrayed in the picture. Some aqua pearls and white stamens complete the card. I listed the dies I used in the project details at the end of the post. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following 3 challenges:

  • The Card Concept Challenge #26 (ends 01/19) – Happy One Year Anniversary (Shabby Chic Style)
  • Try It On Tuesdays Challenge (ends 01/20) – My Favourite Things (I love my flowers and dies)
  • Scrapy Land Challenges #9 (ends 01/21) – Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells. (Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice” ; Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments One” and Impression obsession die  “Heart Flourish 126-U”)

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The sentiment on the hanging sign board

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The flowers …

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and sweet blossoms with a bit of blue

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A peep at the inside, decorated with flourishes

SB_FancyLattice4Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Spellbinders die D’Lites “Sentiments One”
  • Impression Obsession die  “Heart Flourish 126-U”
  • Chipboard sign board
  • Fabric flowers and sweet blossoms
  • White stamens
  • Wax cord
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks “Spun Sugar” ; “Victorian Velvet” ; “Worn Lipstick”

Thank you for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

A Vintage Journey

Hello blog friends,

There is a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today and just perfect for the holiday time. The theme is “On the Road’ and you can submit any vintage or shabby chic travel themed card or other paper craft project. Please make sure any focal image you use is vintage. The Sugar Creek Hollow design team created beautiful cards for inspiration  and we would love to see your creations this fortnight.

I never visited France but that is for sure on my bucket list. To keep my dream alive I chose a silhouette image of the beautiful Eiffel Tower with two ephemera cards of Paris as background. I added two chipboard swallows because these lovely little birds travel each year, long distances  to countries far away – they are for me world travellers in their own way! The designer paper is from Graphic45. As it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere I used a green leaf border at the top of the card for more color. The sentiment is framed in a gold bottle cap. The flowers are from KaiserCraft.

Challenges:

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The Eiffel Tower silhouette, flowers and a swallow

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The ephemera cards, swallows and lace flowers

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 The sentiment framed in a bottle cap

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Graphic45 designer paper “French Country Collection”
  • Poppy Stamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” No. 1002
  • Sentiment stamp (Country Crafts)
  • Silhouette Eiffel Tower clip art image
  • Ephemera cards from The Graphics Fairy and The Cottage Market
  • Chipboard swallows
  • KaiserCraft paper blooms “Coconut” and “Honey”
  • Bottle cap
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Nu Red”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye” and “Vintage Photo”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you for visiting today, I always enjoy reading your comments about my cards. Thank you for taking the time, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Sweet Life

Hello blog friends,

A new card to share today for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  We are playing with a tic-tac-toe diagram this fortnight and you can choose any row in the diagram as long as it is horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Your project can either be a card or other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. We also have Heidi Augustson (Filharmonica) as our guest designer this week and to see more of her lovely creation you can visit her blog Filharmonicas kreative verden

For my card I chose  to do a shabby Mother’s Day or Spring card with a lovely teacup filled with beautiful flowers, a blue butterfly and a pearl banner. I managed to accommodate 3 lines of the diagram in my card: horizontal, using lace, ribbon and pearls ; a vertical row with flowers, pearls and a die cut and also diagonal with bling, ribbon and a die cut. The lovely chipboard teacup is from the Prima range “Delight” – this stunning range is an absolute favourite of mine. I also used the Prima “Delight” papers and  journal cards for the design. The butterfly is cut with a Cheery Lynn die. The lovely sentiment is from K and Company and one of those items I have for ages in my stash.

Challenges:

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The sentiment

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and a teacup filled with lovely flowers ….

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The blue butterfly

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A peep at the inside

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Project detail:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper  and journal cards”Delight” and “Annalee”
  • Prima Teacup chipboard embellishment “Delight”
  • K and Company sentiment “Brenda Walton Birds and Leaves”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR 0269”
  • Marianne Design Craftables “CR1253”
  • Cheery Lynn Designs “DL 113AB” Small Exotic Butterflies
  • Lace
  • Pearls and pearl string
  • Paper roses
  • Petaloo “Forget me nots” flowers (#Dl1835-005)
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tea Dye, Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, it is always an honor for me that you take the time to look at my card. Hope you will join us for our Tic Tac Toe challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Loving Easter Thoughts

Hello blog friends,

Glad to be back today to show my card for the new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This challenge is all about Easter and the design team will love to see what you come up with this fortnight. Your project can be a card or other paper crafting item, such as a scrapbook layout, box, tag, etc. but must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style. We are also lucky to have a very talented guest designer Nicola joining us this time. To see more of here stunning work visit her blog Paper Profusion.

For my card I used a vintage image from Bumble Button, one of my favorite blogs for antique and vintage graphics. I printed a few images and fussy cut the flowers and bird nest to do the layering and compilation with the Poppystamps grand gothic window.  To my surprise the little Forget-me-nots from Petaloo just fits perfectly with the printed flowers for added dimension. The chipboard doves were painted with Tim Holtz crackled paint and a bit of glitter glue added a lovely touch to their wings. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the doves

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The flowers and bird nest

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The window and sentiment

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A close-up of the sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Princess”
  • Dovecraft designer paper “Garden Party”
  • Poppystamps “Grand Gothic Window” and “Grand Gothic Luminary” dies (Style no. 845 and 856)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Detailed Scallops”
  • Vintage image from Bumble Button
  • JustRite stamps “Heart to Heart” set
  • Chipboard doves
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz Crackle Paint “Picket fence”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tea Dye”
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden Collection “Forget me nots Antique Rose”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for sharing your time with me – your comments make me so happy. Remember to visit Sugar Creek Hollow to see the lovely Easter creations the other Design Team ladies did for our new challenge. Hope to see your card this fortnight. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa where autumn with its own beauty  is slowly introducing us to our winter season.

Amelia

Cherish

Hello blog friends,

 I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw on my calendar that today is the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.The days passed so quickly, sometimes I just wish I can slow down the time a little bit. baby-nursery-decorating-ideas-22The challenge for the coming two weeks is to use the inspiration picture to create your project. You can either use the colours or the theme of the picture. The only limitation is that your project must be made in a vintage or shabby chic style or a combination of both.

For my card I choose to work with the colors in the inspiration photo. The image of the girl and her dog is from TuckDB Postcards and the flowers on her hat capture some of the colours in the photo. I framed the image in a green oval die cut and used some flowers from the Petaloo Botanica collection. The banner is a die cut from Joanna Sheen Signature range and the sentiment from Prima “Delight” chipboard pieces. I am always struggling with inspiration pictures so I hope I really captured some elements of the photo in my card. Hope you can join us this fortnight at Sugar Creek Hollow, we would love to see your creation using the photo as inspiration

Challenges:

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The image from TuckDB Postcards

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A close-up of the bunting. Love the little hearts!

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The chipboard sentiment and flowers from Petaloo

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A peep at the inside embellished with lace and a little heart.

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Project details:

  • White, pink and green cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Tea-Thyme”
  • TuckDB Postcards image
  • Prima chipboard sentiment “Delight”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements “Floral Ovals”
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” (SD064)
  • Petaloo Botanica Collection” Faux dried minis”
  • Lace
  • Button
  • Blue wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Hearts
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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