Music

Hello crafty friends,

It is a pleasure to share my post today as guest designer for the new challenge at Cuttlebug Mania. I have this honour following the winning of the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge recently. You can see my winning entry here. Thank you Jannie and the team for asking me to join the new challenge with the theme “Music”. Your challenges always inspires me.

Music

A close-up of the music notes

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The sentiment

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The butterfly

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The flowers and leaves

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

White, black, green and oyster card-stock — Music designer paper — Creative Expressions Craft die “Frames & Tags – Ava” (CED4350) — Memory Box die “Party Music” (98757) — Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (1001) — Marianne Design Creatables die “Clef symbol” (LR0167) — Nellie Snellen Hobby Solution die “Butterfly” (HSDJ024) — JustRite stamp set “Timely Banners” (CR 04920) — Roses — Wax cord for bow — Pearls — Tim Holtz distress inks “Peeled Paint” and “Tea Dye” — Gold glitter glue

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

You’re Tea-rrific

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summers day in South Africa, We are midst a heat wave with temperatures rising during daytime to 38 – 40 degrees Celsius. I can tell ya the sun is making barbecue out of us and the best place to be is in the swimming pool or in front of an air cooler. But despite the heat I am excited to share my card with you for the new challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow  today. The challenge is to use fibres and texture, not just ribbon and lace, on your shabby chic or vintage project.

I found a pretty piece of Granny print cotton fabric in one of my numerous craft boxes and decided to use it as background for my “Victorian tea” theme card. For more texture I also added a strip of frayed unbleached cotton and lace. The filigree teapot from Cottage Cutz is one of my favorite dies – it is so elegant and stylish with the  intrinsic details. The little pink resin roses just fits perfectly with the theme of the card. The Sugar Creek Hollow challenge will run for two weeks, thus leaving you with lots of time to show us your fabric themed card or project.

Challenges:

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The oval frame and lady silhouette

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The sentiment, roses and corner flourish

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A close-up of the filigree teapot and teacup embellished with little resin roses

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream and olive-green cardstock
  • Clearly Impressed clear stamp set “Vintage” (CI-2045)
  • Hot off the Press clear stamp “You’re Tea-rrific” (HOTP-1115)
  • Joy Crafts Teacup die (6002/0113)
  • Joy Crafts Vintage flourishes die (6003/0015)
  • Marianne Design Creatables Flourish die (LR0271)
  • Cottage Cutz die “Filigree Teapot” (CC4x4-480)
  • Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die (37-1222)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die (Labels Twenty” (S5-026)
  • Granny print cotton fabric
  • Unbleached linen fabric
  • Lace
  • Prima flowers “Encore B” (#561345)
  • Paper roses from “I am Roses”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Cameo Beige”
  • Resin roses
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old Paper”
  • Chipboard oval
  •  Tim Holtz distress paint ‘Picket Fence”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

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

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

White Baubles and Bling

Hello everyone,

My project today is a guest designer card for Crafting by Designs challenge blog. It is such a privilege to create a card for one of my favourite challenge blogs. The theme for this challenge is “White on White”, not so easy for me and definitely a challenge. If you want to join in Rene asked to create a white-on-white project and it can be any theme! White must be the main (or only) colour. The main image can be coloured (if you have an image).

For my white creation I decided on lots of texture, layering, embossing, embellishments and also a distressing.  I used a Sizzix die for the Christmas ornaments and a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die for the leaves. It took a little bit of time to do all the layering on the baubles but I really love the outcome. And with all my Christmas cards I added a lot of glitter to make it sparkle!

Challenges:

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The sentiment stamp is from Kaisercraft. I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing diffuser to create an oval for the sentiment.

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A close-up of one of the Christmas baubles

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A peep at the inside embellished with an embossed strip and a leaf

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Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Foliage”
  • Sizzix Sizzlits die “Ornament with Flowers” 657226
  • Tim Holtz Alterations embossing diffuser Set #1
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp set “Tis  The Season Collection”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Old Paper”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Winter White”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I appreciate it so much. To see more inspiring “White on White” projects a visit to Crafting by Designs is worthwhile. Enjoy a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Let’s Drink Some Tea

Hello friends,

Hope you are well and thanks for visiting. I have a vintage/shabby card to share with you today. I used some of my new craft purchases I made from a recent craft show that was held in Kempton park. The tiny leaves,  I so much love to use on my cards, were punched with my new Olba multipunch. I am really glad that I invested in one of these punches and I think this was the spark for my mojo again! The tag was cut with a new Sizzix Framelits die and the background paper embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave” . The lovely vintage image is from the Clearly Vintage blog and it is always a difficult decision to choose an image from Cora’s beautiful collection. I created the card with a few challenges in mind, so here is my list.

Challenges:

A close-up of the image from the Clearly Vintage blog 

 

A peep at the inside  with an embossed border and butterflies


Project details:

  • White, pink and green cardstock
  • Vintage image from Clearly Vintage
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Paper doily
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Fancy tags”  (657911)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave”
  • Olba flower-multipunch
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Pearl heart
  • Paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Paradise Aqua”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks so much for looking at my card and I would love to read what you think about it. Have a  wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Dubble in Purple

Hello everyone,

Today is my last day of summer holiday and I am truly going to miss all the time I had for crafting the past three weeks. Creating this card today I realised that I had already broken one of my New Year resolutions. Last year  I tried to master the clean and simple card making style but gave up after a few efforts. At the end of 2011 I decided it is not for me, I am over and done with clean and simple. I am a detail junkie and there is no remedy. After I saw the lovely CAS cards at Mandy and Chrissie’s blog “Less is More – Predominantly Purple” on Saturday morning I was tempted to try again. Unfortunately I don’t have many stamps to accommodate this style at the moment so I created the card with die cuts. It took me about three hours to figure out what I am going to do with so little elements for a card ( in comparison with what I usually worked with … LOL) but at the end it was lots of fun putting the card together. Here is my card (please don’t laugh) I am in a learning curve with this!

Challenges:

 Project details:

  • Three shades of purple cardstock
  • JeArt Craft paper die “Mushroom” 1401032
  • Cuttlebug “Friends Forever” die for sentiment
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder “Swirls”
  • Lilac pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Dusty Concord”

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits so much. Will be back later this week with one of my familiar type of cards. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

From Milly …

Hello friends,

Well, it is such a long time since I last created a card, time just flies this time of the year. Crafting time is scarce for me the past few weeks as I enrolled in a two month continuing education course  in librarianship. Well, so far so good, although I think I have to work harder battling through all the assignments and lectures than my younger fellow students – you know it’s the age factor! Some of my followers emailed me asking if I am still well. I really appreciate your concern when noticing I am not active in blog land. This afternoon I decided to take a break from the studies and create this card in lilac colours. The colour choice is to celebrate Jacaranda time in Pretoria. The streets are covered in a purple carpet – a wonderful picture to guide us formally into summer.  Oh, and what an introduction we had into summer the past few days, a heat wave with temperatures 38-41 degrees Celsius. The sun is making barbecue out of us.

About my card today – it was not created with a specific challenge in mind although I made use of some guidelines from a few challenge blogs. I hope I make the deadlines to enter my card. The stamp is from Lili of the Valley “Milly Hello” and I love the kitten peeping from behind little Milly. The chair reminds me of our  kitchen chairs on the farm when I was a kid. I can still remember my feet swinging in the air when eating breakfast and then suddenly one day you are a grown-up and your feet can’t swing anymore. I would love to be a kid again!

Challenges:

Projects details:

  • White and lilac cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Milly Hello”
  • Whimsy circle postmark sentiment stamp
  • Marianne Design Creatables die
  • Sizzex embossing folder “Damask”
  • Prima flower
  • Pins
  • Seam binding “Lilac”
  • Lace
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress ink ” Dusty Concord”

Thanks for visiting again today and if it is a first time for you I hope you enjoy what you see. Your comments are so much appreciated and it brings me much happiness. Enjoy your crafting and  the rest of the week.

As always, greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

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