Dream Forever

Hello friends,

Today’s post is my first as design team member at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge blog. I am so honored to be asked by Cec to join her blog and the very talented team of ladies. This is going to be an incredible experience as I love  the vintage/shabby card making style. The theme for this week’s challenge is to use kraft. For my card I pulled out all stops on the embellishments, texture and distressing. The Tim Holtz mannequin die is a personal favorite and  lend itself to so many ways to decorate it. I made the flower bouquet with velvet, satin and paper flowers.

Challenges:

A close-up of the mannequin

The sentiment flags

The flowers

A peep at the inside

Project details:

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Glitz designer paper “French Kiss”
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Die “Mini sewing room set”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiments stamps
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Oloroso” and “Rose Petal”
  • Silk, velvet and paper flowers
  • Fancy stick pins
  • Chipboard frame
  • Burlap
  • Crocheted lace
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks ” Vintage Photo” and “Walnut Stain”

Thank you for taking the time to visit today. I would love to see you join us at the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge – Use Kraft  this week. Have a wonderful day and keep well.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Dazzling Diamonds and Pretty Pearls

Hello dear blog friends,

The past couple of weeks was so busy and I couldn’t believe I wasn’t creating anything for about a month. It was such a joy to pick up some of my crafting stuff on Friday to do this card for The Shabby Tea  Room challenge. I have the privilege to guest design for The Shabby Tea room this week and the challenge theme is “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. The details of the challenge is to create a card or project inspired by the colours in the inspirational photo and include pearls and/or crystals. Hope you like my take on the challenge!

Challenges:

My card with the colours white, black, grey-blue and a hint of pink. I added pearls, crystals and glitter

 

A peep at the inside decorated with a flourish and crystals

The flowers with pearl centers

A close-up of the sentiment and dress form with crystals

 

Project details:

  • Black and white cardstock
  • 7Gypsey’s designer paper
  • Spellbinders  Shapeablilities dies “Bitty Blossoms”
  • Spellbinders Shapeablities dies “Decorative Dress Forms”
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0116 for Flourish
  • JustRite sentiment stamp
  • Paper doily
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Crystals
  • Muslin thread
  • Silver thread
  • Stickles glitter “Diamond”
  • White embossing powder
  • Hug Snug seam binding for bow “White”

Thanks for stopping by today and looking at my card, it is much appreciated. Have a wonderful week with lots and lots of crafting inspiration.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Meet Fizzy Moon

Hello blog friends,

A cute card to share today featuring the adorable Fizzy Moon bear peeping from behind a table filled with flowers. When I saw this adorable bear stamp in the craft shop I decided he is going home with me. For a change I did not use designer paper but made an embossed background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and further embellished the card with Marianne Design die cuts, pearls and some Prima flowers I had for ages in my stash. So I had a little fun working with the dies, punches and embossing folders. Hope you enjoy the card as much as I did making it.

Challenges:

 A close-up of the flowers

Fizzy Moon between the flowers

A peep at the inside decorated with ivy

A view of the little bird house

Project details:

  • White and lilac cardstock
  • Fizzy Moon clear stamp “FM Special Wish” (FZCS07)
  • Just Rite sentiment stamp
  • Prima flowers
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0205” and “LR0206”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Vintage Floral”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks “Milled Lavender” and “Dusty Concord”
  • Pearls
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

I appreciate your visit and if you have time I would love to hear what you think of my card. Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

The Spell of Spring

Hello dear blog friends,

Another card from me to celebrate springtime. Although we are on the brink of winter in the southern hemisphere and the lovely autumn days are almost gone, I love to do cards with pretty, bright colours. My inspiration for this card is from the beautiful photo for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge this week. I must admit it was quite a challenge for me to  incorporate some of the elements in the photo to give a true reflection of the image on my card. After several mistakes which landed in the dustbin, I hope you like the result.

Challenges:

The lovely inspiration photo:

Here is my card

The sentiment stamp

The paper flowers, vintage for-get-me nots and butterflies

A peep at the inside, decorated with butterflies

Project details:

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Designer paper from Prima
  • Marianne Design Creatables birdcage die (LR0146)
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punches (Classic butterflies and Small monarch butterfly)
  • Whimsy sentiment stamp “Postage stamp sentiments”
  • Paper flowers and vintage Forget-me-nots
  • Lace
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Mauve”
  • Brown wax cord
  • Skwiglues glitter glue “Lemon Buzz”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink ‘Dusty corduroy”
  • Acrylic gesso

Thanks for stopping by today and for your time to look at my card – this is much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Festive in Pink

Hello everyone,

After a long absence from making cards I had something today to post – a shabby pink Christmas card. I successfully completed my online continuing education course in librarianship and received my certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  last week, so I am back in my craft room enjoying my favourite hobby. It was difficult to get my mojo back after not been creative for a while but hopefully that will improve soon. This year I decided to do my Christmas cards in pastel colours instead of the traditional colours of the festive season. I think the recipients will be a little bit stunned about the pinks so I hope they like what they see! For this card I used a template to glue the paper roses in the form of a Christmas tree. For more dimension on the tree I added strings of  gold pearls. The little snowflakes were die cut with a Marianne Design Creatables and is supposed to be part of a flower die cut.

I found a few challenges to enter my card:

A close-up of the Christmas tree and snowflakes

Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Tree template
  • Lili of the Valley circle sentiment
  • Whimsy postmark stamp
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Typeset” for numbers
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Reverse Wonky Rectangles”
  • Marianne Design Creatables (LR0111) for snowflakes
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Paper Lace”
  • Paper roses
  • Pearl strings
  • Lace
  • Seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal Gold”
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Spun Sugar”

Thanks for stopping by today, as always it is much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

A Picket Fence

Hello blog friends,

Hope your day was as good as mine. Lovely summer weather in South Africa now with lots of sunshine and blue, blue skies. In my previous blog post I mentioned about the gardens that are so beautiful this time of the year. Well, for my card  today I was inspired by all the flowers blooming, so my choice was a white picket fence decorated with colourful cherry blossoms, a yellow rose and little forget-me-nots. This was such a quick and easy card there is nothing more to say about it but that I really love the country feel of this card. The lovely sentiment stamp is from JustRite “All occasion nested sentiments” set.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A little flower, leaves and lace on the inside

Projects details:

  • White cardstock and green gingham paper
  • Chipboard picket fence
  • Paper flowers
  • JustRite All Occasion Nested sentiment stamp
  • Lace
  • McGill designer leaf punch
  • Gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Narrow silk ribbon for bow

Thanks for stopping by today and that you took the time to look at my card. May the rest of the week be wonderful and enjoy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Summer Fair

Hello blog friends,

This week Debbie gave me the wonderful opportunity to be guest designer for The Shabby Tea Room  Week 76. The theme of the challenge this week is ‘The Sweet Days of Summer’ – create a card or project inspired by the picture, featuring a handmade flower and the colours pink, peach, green and any neutral. The fabric roses on my card were made from abaca fabric and die cut with the Tim Holtz alterations die (large flower) and the Cuttlebug die “Quilled rose/carnation kit” (smaller flowers). The flowers and seam binding were dyed with Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and  “Spiced marmalade” to achieve the pink and peach colours. To complete the flower arrangement I added small pink and peach vintage Forget-me-not flowers and satin leaves. The gorgeous designer paper is from Pink Paislee.

I enter my card in the following challenges:

The handmade flowers made from abaca fabric and dyed with Tim Holtz distress inks

The inside of the card

A close-up of the Tim Holtz stamp and seam binding bow

Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Pink Paislee designer paper “Botanical gardens”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Tim Holtz stamp “Artful Flight”
  • Tim Holtz  Alterations die “Tattered Florals”
  • Cuttlebug die “Quilled rose/carnation kit”
  • Chipboard “sign post” embellishment
  • Abaca fabric for handmade flowers
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Spiced marmalade”
  • Vintage seam binding
  • Pearls for flowers
  • Forget-me-nots vintage flowers
  • Satin leaves
  • Guipere lace

Thanks for stopping by today and I always enjoy reading all your lovely comments. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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