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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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

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