Halloween Bling

Hello everyone,

Time for another great challenge at For Fun Challenges this week. The challenge is to create a Halloween card but the twist is to use no orange on your card. I used  free digital stamps for my card. The “Witch Feet” image is from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment “Best Witches Hat” from Robin’s Artful Musings. The image was coloured with black, lime green and purple Tombow pens and I added silver Stickles and purple gemstones on the shoe buckles and hat for a little bit of bling. For a sparkle in the eye I also added Silver Stickles to the little spiders. I must say I like the fashionable shoes and stockings, maybe the fashion gurus will describe it as a fashion disaster!

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • Bugaboo Stamps freebie “Witch feet”
  • Robin’s Artful Musings freebie “Best Witches Hat”
  • Black, lime green and purple cardstock
  • Silver mesh
  • Purple gemstones
  • Spider confetti
  • Silver Stickles
  • Black organza ribbon
  • Tombow pens for colouring
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades “Cracked” for background

 Hope to see your Halloween card at For Fun Challenges this week. Enjoy the rest of the week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

In the Country

Hello everyone,

This week at For Fun Challenges we have a colour challenge. Show us your card with red, brown and cream at For Fun Challenges and you could be the winner of 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 digital paper set of your choice from Robyn’s Fetish. Robyn’s Fetish kindly sponsored the Design Team’s images and I used “Jake in the Country” on my card – isn’t he adorable! For a country look I added some paper leaves and wheat with a bow of jute.

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • Robyn’s Fetish digi stamp “Jake in the Country”
  • Red, brown and cream cardstock
  • Cream and brown script paper
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Striped ribbon
  • Wheat and paper leaves
  • Jute for bow
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Labels Four”
  • Derwent Coloursoft watercolour pencils
  • Odourless mineral spirits
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage Photo”

Have a wonderful week and keep crafting. We would love to see your red, brown and cream creation at For Fun Challenges this week.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Spooky Things

Hello everyone,

If you like all things spooky and scary, For Fun Challenges is the blog to be this week. The theme is to create a Halloween card and add something with googly eyes. I have never made a Halloween card as this is not a well-known event in South Africa. A tradition in South Africa is to tell ghosts stories and there are quite a few of these scary stories which is passed on from generation to generation, for example Lucy, who never checked out of her hotel room in Matjiesfontein and the ghosts of The Castle of Good Hope, one of the oldest and most haunted buildings (according to narration) in South Africa. If you like to shiver you can always visit the top ten scariest places in South Africa. In the early 1960’s the Afrikaans radio station always broadcasted ghost stories and legends on Wednesday nights. I was about 7 years old and can still remember how scared I was listening to these stories. Sometimes when the story telling was over my Mum asked me to fetch her knitting bag from the bedroom. As I grew up on a farm in the Bushveld without any electricity, we made use of candles. As I walked bravely into the dark bedroom, I got so scared of the “ghosts”that, by the time I got back to the lounge, I was completely out of breath and the candle was out as well!   I just ran so fast that there was only a thin trail of candle smoke behind me! Thus, my card for this week is a sort of memory of those happy childhood days long ago, scary or not. I made use of a lot of digital freebies for this challenge: the adorable ghosts image is from Spyder’s Corner  (Trick or treat), the spooky sentiment is from Nizzy’s Art Factory and the bats from I Love Clipart.

I enter my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • Black, purple, orange and white cardstock
  • Free digital image “Trick or Treat” (Spyder’s Corner )
  • Free digital sentiment “Spooky greetings” (Nizzy’s Art Factory )
  • Free digital clip art  “Bat” (I Love Clipart)
  • Paper daisies
  • Ribbon
  • Nestabilities round die for moon
  • Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge die “Scrollwork”
  • Brads
  • Twinkling H2O’s for colouring
  • Googly eyes for bats

To treat yourself hop over to For Fun Challenges and see the other Design team ladies booo cards – they are spooky masterpieces! Hope to see your spooky creation at For Fun Challenges this week.

Have a wonderful week.

Greetings from a warm South Africa,

Amelia

Thinking of You

Hello everyone,

It’s Wednesday and time for another great challenge at For Fun Challenges. This week the theme is to create a card or any other project using something new: something you bought and never used before. My card is very special to me for this challenge as I used an Elizabeth Bell’s stamp “Day dreaming” that a very dear blog friend, Sharon, kindly gave to me as a gift. This is the first Elizabeth Bell stamp I own and I just love the dainty and pretty image .  To do justice to this stamp I tried to create a card that looks like a picture from a little girl’s storybook. For dimension I layered the window shutters with mirror tape and added “Platinum” Stickles to the flourishes. The lace and Prima Lilliput flower are also new additions to my card – I bought the lace about 2 months ago and the Prima Liliput flowers at the opening of the walk-in Scrap-a-Doodles store, in South Arica, on Saturday. I hope you enjoy the look of my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.

I  entered the card for the following challenges:

 I used the following to create the card:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • K and Company designer papers
  • Elizabeth Bell rubberstamp “Day Dreaming”
  • Prima Lilliput flower and other paper flowers from my stash
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Stickels “Platinum”
  • Lyra Rembrandt-Aquarell watercolour pencils  for colouring
  • Computer-generated sentiment

I am sure all crafters have something in their stash they have never used before. We would love to see your creation at For Fun Challenges this week. The ladies of the For Fun Challenges design team created some amazing cards for this challenge – it’s  worthwhile a visit to get the necessary inspiration for this challenge.

Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Make A Wish …

Hello everyone, 
 
Another lovely challenge at For Fun Challenges posted this week and a great prize to be won.  Digi Doodle Shop is the sponsors for this challenge and the theme is Fall Ball. The prize: the winner gets a $10 gift certificate from Digi Doodle to spent in the shop! As it is autumn in the Northern Hemisphere all the lovely warm colours of this splendid season will be visible in nature and we would love to see your cards created with these colours. I live in the Southern Hemisphere and in September we enjoy spring in South Africa but that is not a problem to make my fall ball card! I was born in autumn (Southern Hemisphere in May!) and maybe that is why I love the warm and earthy colours of autumn and use these colours quite often in my card creations.
 
I enter my card for the following challenges:

Here is my card with the Digi Doodles image “Old Well” from their vintage collection:  

 

I used the following to create the card:

  •  Digi Doodle Shop  vintage image “Old Well”
  •  Great Impressions (South Africa) stamp (F600) “Leaves”
  •  Brown, Beige and Caramel cardstock
  • PSX gold detailed embossing powder
  •  Computer-generated sentiment
  •  Gold braid
  •  Derwent Coloursoft pencils
  •  Zellen Odourless Mineral Spirits
  •  Twinkling H2O’s
  • Gold cord

The ladies of the Design Team at For Fun Challenges created beautiful cards with the Digi Doodles images for this challenge. Please visit For Fun Challenges, get inspiration and join in the fun. Hope to see your card at the For Fun Challenges linked this week.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Fan’s Hat

Hello everyone, 

 The HamptonArt  range of stamps is one of my favourites. I just love their stamps and bought a long time ago my first Hampton stamp from a South African distributor. When I saw the challenge at For Fun Challenges to create a vintage card I reached immediately for my storage box marked Hampton. I don’t think this stamp is available anymore, but for me it is still an awesome stamp and perfect for the challenge. Fan’s face and the fabulous hat symbolizes an era long ago and to enhance the image further I used brown, blue and gold colours for that well-known vintage look. It is worthwhile visiting the HamptonArt website. They have an idea gallery, technique tutorials as well as a blog with a new designer each month. 

I enter my vintage card for the following challenges:

To create the card I used the following:

  • Brown, blue and beige cardstock
  • Designer paper from K and Company
  • HamptonArt stamp DF4513 “Fan’s Hat”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad “Vintage Photo”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder “Vintage Photo”
  • Krylon 18k gold leafing pen
  • Satin ribbon
  • Pearls
  • Gold heart charm
  • Derwent Inktense watersoluable ink pencils
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Doodle parts”

Hope you like my card and have a wonderful week.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Betsy Bluebell

Hello everyone,

This week I created a quick card for the For Fun Challenges. Time was just flying and somehow I misjudged myself  with getting everything done in time – so, this week nothing glamorous and detailed. The theme  is “Puttin’ on the Glitz”,  so grab that glitter, fairy dust, gemstones or Stickles and let your card sparkle. Although my face is usually covered in glitter when making these cards I always enjoy the end product. The background paper I used was already glittered (thanks for the creativity of the designers of scrapbook papers)and thus the creation of the card was quite simple. The little girl – as always one of my favourite Penny Black stamps – “Betsy Bluebell”.

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Glittered scrapbook paper (Upkit International GP 4087)
  • Peny Black Clear Stamp Set “Betsy Bluebell”
  • Sentiment stamp
  • White ribbon
  • Two metal hearts
  • Stickles “Diamond”
  • Twinkling H2O’s for colouring
  • Pink paper roses
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies

Hope to see your glittering creation at the For Fun Challenges this week!

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

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