Christmas Time

Hello friends,

A Christmas card to share – my first one this year.  I have the honor to be a guest designer for Let’s Craft and Create Challenges today. Mary asked me to play along with the Christmas/ New Year challenge starting today on the blog. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of  this lovely challenge.

My card is created in traditional Christmas colors of green red and gold. To capture our summer Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere I used some kraft, brown and cream colors as well for a more rustic look. I layered the Christmas tree on music paper and added a bow with berries and little tags. To add a fun and festive feel to the card I used lots of red and gold stars. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges I entered:

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A close-up of the Christmas tree

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The bow and labels with little stars

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The sentiment in rustic brown

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Kraft and brown card-stock
  • Music paper
  • Leane Creatief Paper Patch die “Tree” (no. 45.2335)
  • Paper Smooches sentiment die “Christmas Words” (OCD087)
  • Crealies Text dies “Merry Christmas” (CLTD 101)
  • Small labels
  • Berries
  • Red and gold stars
  • Hug Snug seam binding ‘Lipstick red”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things!

Regards,

Amelia

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A Windy Day

Hello friends,

There’s a new challenge up at the CASology Challenge blog and the cue word is “Weather”.

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 I was picked as the winner of CASology Challenge Week 188 with this card. That was such a  surprise and then the cherry on top – Melissa asked me to be the guest designer for challenge 190. This is such an honor for me as I am not at all good with clean and simple!

I decided to use “a windy day” as theme for my card. I started by printing a sentiment on a white card panel. After masking the sentiment, I stamped a swirl to add some movement to match the falling leaves. I blended brown, yellow and orange watercolors on to card stock and then die cut the leaves from the water colored piece. After gluing the leaves to the swirl I lift the panel off the card base with mirror tape. Be sure to check out the CASology challenge and  have fun creating your CAS design.

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A close-up of the sentiment and leaf

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Project details: White card-stock, Computer generated sentiment, Inkadinkado clear stamp Dot flourishes”, Impression Obsession die  (DIE095-D) “Leaves”, Reeves water colors, Memento dye ink “Toffee Crunch”

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

Thanks, always, for the visit! Have a wonderful day 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

Blue Birds and Red Berries

Hello friends,

I have the honor to be a guest designer for the My Artistic Adventures Challenge blog today. Heather asked me to play along with her Christmas/Thanksgiving challenge and also sponsored the lovely image used on my card. I enjoyed it so much to work with her beautiful collage sheets which is available in her Etsy store. Some more good news: Heather is also having a give away – a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for collage sheets she has for sale in her Etsy store. You can find all the details of the give away here.

When I browsed through the Christmas images in the My Artistic Adventures store these two lovely birds caught my eye immediately. I fell in love with the beautiful colors and old vintage look of the image.  To embellish the card I used a  Catalina wreath die cut and some pearl strings between the two layers of the tag, silk flowers, red berries, vintage ribbon and wax cord with two gold bells.  The inside of the card is also embellished with a smaller tag from the collage sheet.

Challenges:

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The lovely tag

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The flowers and bells

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A close-up of the flowers and berries

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A close up of the bells and sentiment

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The Catalina wreath and pearl strings

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A peep at the inside with a smaller tag

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Project details:

  • Cream and light green card stockMAAGDNOV2014
  • FabScraps designer paper “Urban Chic Filigree (C31 001)
  • My Artistic Adventures Collage sheet “Victorian Christmas Blue Birds Music tags
  • Memory Box die “Catalina wreath” (no. 98189)
  • Gold pearl strings
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Turquoise”
  • Brown wax cord
  • Bells
  • Red berries
  • Silk flowers
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues “Gold”

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired by my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Ring of Roses

Hello friends,

Today I share my final project as the July month-long guest designer at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for this week is “Ring around the Rosie” and TSTR #229Debbie and the design team asked that you create a round card or project inspired by the picture and include green/pink, a flourish/bling and flowers.  I altered an old round tin to keep all my pencils neat and at hand on my craft table. I covered the tin with green polka dot paper and use die cuts for the leaves, flourishes and trellis. I glued  the paper roses and die cut leaves on a cardboard circle and bend it to fit the round tin. I added a resin angel in the middle of the flower wreath. The edges of the tin were embellished with strings of rhinestones.

The Shabby Tea Room design team will love to see your project this week and I am sure with such a beautiful inspiration photo it won’t be difficult to come up with lovely shabby creations.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the flower wreath

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The angel, trellis and flourish

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At the back of the tin I added another flourish and a leaf border at the top

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Project details:

  • White , green and polka dot cardstock
  • Poppystamps die “Garden Trellis” no. 958
  • Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig Border” no. 1002
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Leaves” LR0117
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” LR0271
  • Paper roses and flowers
  • Resin angel
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Stick-on rhinestone strings
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today and I appreciate a comment so much. Hope you will join in with the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room this week. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Shabby Flowers and Hearts

Hello blog friends,

Today I share my guest designer card for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room Week #228 with the theme “Sweet Shabby Flowers”. You can create a card or TSTR #228project inspired by the lovely photo and include lace and flowers. I decided to use a little basket filled with hearts as focal point for my card. The die cut was assembled on a tag and attached to a bouquet of tulips and rosebuds, tied together with shabby ribbon. A lace border, lattice die cut and tiny butterflies complete my shabby card. Hope you like the card. The  Shabby Tea Room design team would love to see your sweet shabby card this week – come and join in the fun.

Challenges:

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 The basket filled with sweet little pink hearts

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The flowers and sentiment

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 The little butterflies on a lattice border

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A peep at the inside with more butterflies

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Project details:

  • White and blue cardstock
  • Designer paper from Iralamija
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Sizzix die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Paper tulips and rosebuds
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue” and “Pink Tulip”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Stormy Sky”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and see you again next week for another lovely challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.

Kind regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Summer Fun

Hello friends,

To brighten up a blue Monday, and a cold one in our country, there is a new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. Just look at the beautiful inspiration picture and you TSTR #227will see it is all about summer. The theme is “Fun in the Sun” and the challenge is to create a card/project inspired by the photo with a summer theme, at least three colors from the photo and one or more of these items – vellum, polka dots and/or ribbon. For us in the Southern Hemisphere it is shivering time but soon winter will be over and we can enjoy some watermelon and ice cream again.

For my guest designer card at The Shabby Tea Room I used a Cottage Cutz die “Parfait with strawberries” as focal point. I coloured the cherries, spoon and parfait with my Spectrum Noir pencils and added some glitter to the topping for a yummy look. The background paper is from October Afternoon and was  for a long time hiding in my stash. Some bright coloured buttons in different shapes, sequins and flowers are added as embellishments. I also managed to incorporate all three items, vellum, polka dots and ribbon onto my card. This was for sure a challenge for me as bright colours are a bit difficult for me to work with but I hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges:

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 A close-up of the parfait

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The flowers

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Bright buttons to add a summer feeling to the card

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The sentiment stamped on vellum

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White, red and yellow cardstock
  • Designer paper from October Afternoon “Snickerdoodles”
  • Designer paper from Prime “Divine”
  • Cottage Cutz die “Parfait with Strawberries” (Scrapping Cottage)
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp from set “Hedgie Friends”
  • Lace
  • Apple green sequins
  • Paper flowers
  • Fancy buttons
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick Red”
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pens for colouring
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful and creative week.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

 

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