Poinsettia

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this challenge is “Poinsettia”. The team has created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile and as always there is a lovely prize to win!

To all my followers and blog friends: Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!.

I decided to create a card in my favourite colour combo, pink, grey and green, for this challenge. I used a silver circle on a soft grey background for the focal point on my card. I die cut several layers of the poinsettia for a bit more depth to the garland and also added some gemstones for berries . The poinsettia garland was then layered on the silver circle with mirror tape for dimension. I then added a silhouette sleigh and reindeer die cut to add a more festive feel to the card. The reindeer were further embellished with pink bows and gemstones.  I finished off with a silver mirror board die cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The poinsettia garland

The silhouette sleigh and reindeer

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, grey, pink and green cardstock — Silver mirror board — Grey designer paper for background — Elizabeth Craft Designs die “Entwined Circles” (1254) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Poinsettia Garland” (CED3134) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Village Christmastime” (662424) — Crealies Text die “Merry Christmas” (CLTD 101) — Pink gemstones —  Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Bundled Sage”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Peeking Santa Bear

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The challenge is hosted by Team Diane and the theme is “Santa Hats”. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. As always there is also a lovely prize to win!

I decided to create a cute Christmas card for this challenge. I used  a neglected curved stitch die to create a raised background with mirror tape. I then cut, colour and glue all the pieces together for the adorable peeking Santa bear. The bear was placed between the two curved edges and the fur and pom-pom of the hat were covered with glitter gloss. Unfortunately the glitter is not showing on the photo. I added red gem stones for berries and a few glitter stars. I finished off with a die cut sentiment. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up adorable peeking bear between the curved edges

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

Cream, brown, white, green and red card-stock — Designer paper — Penny Black Creative die “Curved Stitch” (51-435) — Cottage Cutz die “Peeking Santa Bear” (CC4x4-593) — Couture Creations Intricutz die “Merry Christmas set” (CO724947) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Swirling Stars” (663095) — Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen “Glitter Gloss” — Red gem stones — Tim Holtz distress inks “Mowed Lawn”, “Tea Dye”, “Walnut Stain”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Winter Blues

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Winter Blues”  Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from the talented designers and join in the fun!

I was inspired by the pale blue colours, tree branch, birds and the wreath in the inspiration photo. I used a lovely designer paper as background for the shuttered window die cut. I decorated the window with small wreaths and a garland, which is embellished with gemstones and silver bows. The two grey cats peeping through the window were added on second thought for more interest. To complete the wintery look I added some branches with tiny birds and a few silver snowflakes. To finished off the sentiment was then layered on an oval die-cut border to let it stand out a little bit more. Hope you like my take on the challenge!

Challenges I entered:

A close-up of the shuttered window and cats

The birds and branches

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, brown, grey and blue card-stock — Mintay designer paper “Happy Place” (MT-HAP-08) — Silver glitter paper — Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die-D-Lites “Shuttered Window” (S2-078) — Impression Obsession die “Cat Set” (DIE83-K) — Impression Obsession die “Tree / Branch” (DIE219-P) — Paper Smooches Wise die “Chrishtmas Wishes” (OCD087) — NellieSnellen Filling die “Eastern Oval Border” (QD008) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Village Christmastime” (662424) — Memory Box die “Resting Birds” (Style no 98527) — Marianne Design Craftables die “Snowflakes” (CR1335) –Tim Holtz distress ink “Stormy Sky”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Pine Trees

Hello friends,

A Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is “Pine Trees and/or Pine Cones”. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile and as always there is a lovely prize to win!

I decided to create a shabby Christmas card in my favourite colour combo, pink and green for this challenge. I used three pine trees as my focal point on a soft pink designer paper background. To add a festive feel to the card the pine trees were then embellished with silver bows, roses and silver gem stones. The reason why I used roses for embellishments is that roses are in full bloom in South Africa during Christmas time.  I added the reindeer and two of the pine trees to the background layer with mirror tape for dimension.  I finished of with a silver mirror board die cut sentiment and a few gem stones. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The reindeer

The roses on the pine trees

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, green and brown cardstock — Silver mirror board — LemonCraft designer paper “Yesterday” — Find It Yvonne Creations “Snowy Tree” — Cottage Cutz “Birch Trees & Deer” (CC-175) –Couture Creations Intricutz die “Merry Christmas set” (CO724947) — Roses — Silver thread for bows — Silver gem stones — Tim Holtz distress inks ” Tattered Rose” and “Pine Needles”

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

Kind 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.

ReindeerShabby2

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.

ReindeerShabby3

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

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 7-12

Hello friends,

The theme for our last 2019 challenge at Double D Challenges is “Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 7-12 ”. The team created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the DD_TwelveDays7-12Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile and as always there is a lovely prize to win! This will be my last post before Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your visits during 2019. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and for my Christian friends, have a Merry Christmas.

My card was inspired by the nine dancers, although I could only fit in three dancers on my card. I layered three Christmas trees on designer paper as background for my ballerinas. The tutus of the ballerinas were embellished with little die cut bows and then the ballerinas were layered with mirror tape to the background for dimension. I then added silver gemstones to create an illusion of falling snowflakes. Each tree was embellished with a silver star and some glitter glue. I finished off with a strip of lace, pink roses and silver cord. The sentiment is cut from silver shimmer card-stock.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

ChristmasDancers

The dancers

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A close-up of the flowers

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The sentiment in silver shimmer card-stock

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

White and green card-stock — Silver shimmer card-stock — LemonCraft designer paper ‘Yesterday” — Spellbinders Die G-Lites “Just Dances” (S3-294) — Paper Smooches Wise die “Christmas Words” (OCD 087) — Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Alterations die ” Village Christmastime” (662424) — Find It Trading Yvonne Creations Traditional Christmas die  “Snowy Tree” YCD10053) — Silver gemstones and stars — Pink roses — Silver cord — Lace — Glitter glue — Tim Holtz Distress inks “Peeled Paint” and “Victorian Velvet”

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this Christmas 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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