Juicy…

Hello friends,

A clean and simple card to share today. I discovered a few days ago a Lili of the Valley stamp in my storage box and it is just perfect for the new challenge at CASology with the cue word “Juicy”. I stamped the image with Memento dye ink and colored it with Derwent Inktense water-color pencils. The sentiment is a combo of Spellbinders  and Impression Obsession word dies.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the image and sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and grey metallic card-stock — Lili of the Valley rubber stamp “Strawberries” — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase Set One”(S4-563) — Impression Obsession Word Die “Beste Wishes” (DIE 386-F) — Derwent Inktense water-color pencils for coloring

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like this CAS creation. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.

Regards,

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

Pretty Emma

Hello dear blog friends,

I made this card with one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps “Emma with pot plant”. She is so cute with her little doggy and as I love roses I couldn’t resist to ink this little stamp as soon as possible. The little potted rose she holds  gave me the idea to use my Cottage Cutz dies for the garden pots and to fill them up with lots of little pink roses to match the image. Somehow I am not very happy how this card came out but I accept the fact that I never make a card that is perfect  in every way!

I enter my card in the following challenges:

The inside of the card with little butterflies and another fence.

A potted rose and little pink butterflies in Emma’s rose garden

And here is pretty Emma with one of her prize rose plants on her way to a friend’s birthday party. Patches her little dog is wondering if he can go with!

 Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Queen of Hearts pink polka dot paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Emma with Pot Plant”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Go Kreate Die No 360003 XXL Square Frame Frilly #3
  • Jeart Craft die Lace#53 “Fence”
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR 0106
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic butterflies”
  • Cottage Cutz die sets “Garden Bench” and “Topiary” (I used only the pots)
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils
  • Paper roses
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Gemstones

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you enjoy reading this blog post. I would love to know what you think about my card – I will also enjoy reading the “not so good” ones … LOL. Have a wonderful day and see you in blogland.

Regards from South Africa.

Amelia

Hop Hop Hurrah!

Hello everyone,

This is my last project as guest designer for Wild Orchid Crafts. I absolutely love to create with their beautiful flowers and lace. Today’s card is created with some of my favourite autumn colours. Although the background paper is a warm rust colour I struggled to get a photo that do justice to the color combo – I think a photography course is one of the important things on my bucket list! The adorable image  (“Birthday bumps”) and sentiment is  from Lili of the Valley and the colouring was done with Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils. The wild roses, cherry blossoms, semi-open rosebuds and rosebuds are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I created the card with the following challenges in mind:

A peep at the inside

Such a fun image to colour

The lovely flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Project details:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Designer papers: Graphic 45 and My Mind’s Eye
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Birthday Bumps” and circular sentiment stamp “For You”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fleur De Lis Squares” and “Standard Circles Small”
  • Paper roses, rosebuds and cherry blossoms available from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Buttons
  • Paper leaves
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Spiced Marmalade”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

What a wonderful opportunity it was to showcase my cards during May on the WOC challenge blog and WOC inspiration blog.  Through this I met new card making friends and got tremendous exposure. It was a lot of fun to create with all the lovely products from Wild Orchid Crafts. Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you find some inspiration from my card today.

Have a wonderful week .

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Me and My Best Friend

Hi everyone,

And it’s Sunday evening again … unbelievable how time flies before we start a new week tomorrow. I have a card for you today in peach and green colours as this is the challenge over at the Lili of the Valley Challenge blog this week. I love this stamp from Lili of the Valley as one can create a sort of tranquil scene. Hope I succeed in doing that! A new addition to my stamp collection is the postage stamp sentiments from Whimsy Stamps. I received these beauties from Bunny Zoe’s Crafts online store and the service is absolutely excellent –  worthwhile a visit for South African crafters as the shipping costs is minimal. I’m currently working on a few projects for May (will keep this as a surprise) but hopefully I can fit in another card for this week.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

 

I used the following to create the card:

  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Swing Time”
  • Whimsy Postage stamp sentiment
  • Whimsy Postage stamp die
  • Go Kreate dies “XXL Square Frame Frilly #1” (No 360021)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0151”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Deco Fans”
  • TowBow pens for colouring
  • Ribbon
  • Paper roses
  • White, peach and green cardstock
  • Designer paper

Thanks for visiting today – hope you have the time to leave a comment so that I can come visit you too. Have a wonderful week and keep crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Love Grows

Hi dear friends,

I created this soft, pastel pink card for the Lili of the Valley challenge with the theme “Romance”. Holding thumbs that I am still in time to enter the challenge – time just flies, can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. As “love” is the buzz word this time of the year with Valentine’s Day coming up, the heart punches and dies, love sentiments and stamps have a permanent place on my crafting table. Hopefully from tomorrow I can stock up on birthday cards again!

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White, pink, green and gingham paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Love Grows”
  • Sissix embossing folder “Swirly Vines with Hearts”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doily Lace”
  • Marianne Design Creatables die for leaves
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Circles” and “Scalloped circles”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tattered Rose”
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Paper roses
  • Seam binding
  • Pearls
  • Peel Off’s

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Little Things

Hello friends,

Today I want to share a card I made for the Lili of the Valley Challenge “Anything but a Square”.  I used some of my brand new crafting stuff to create this card –  my hubby spoiled me with a Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting machine and on my January budget was the XXL dies from Go Kreate to use with the Grand Calibur. I received the XXL Go Kreate dies from the UK about two weeks ago and they are gorgeous and tons of fun to cut card shapes.  I was so impressed with the service received from Go Kreate as they really walked that extra mile for me to get the dies to South Africa. I can recommend the company with confidence to South African crafters  – and they stock really gorgeous dies in their online shop. The image is from the new stamp release of Lili of the Valley and just perfect for Valentine’s day – tooo cute!

The card seems fit for the following challenges:

 

I used the following to create the card:

  • White and red cardstock
  • Graphic 45 designer paper “Potpourri”
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Little Things”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp “Circular Sentiments For You”
  • Go Kreate XXL dies “XXL Frame Frilly #2” No. 380002 
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Ovals” and “Labels Ten” 
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “LR0116”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Oak leaf”
  • Paper roses
  • Pearls
  • Satin ribbon
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

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