Sweet Sunflower

Hello fiends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Sunflowers”. This is such a fun challenge, and most of us love flowers, so I hope to see your card linked up at the Double D challenge blog. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I used a sunflower stamp I bought a while ago for this challenge. I coloured the stamped image with my watercolour pencils and then fussy cut the image. My background layers are a diagonal striped designer paper as well as a journal card for a bit of contrast. I layered the sunflower image on the background with mirror tape for dimension and then add a black die cut butterfly. I finished off with a a gold mirror board sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Crafts Galore Encore #92 (October) (ends 10/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#63 (ends 10/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Dies R Us Challenge #179 (ends 10/28) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs “Small Exotic Butterflies” (DL-113AB) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (Style no 1178))

The sunflower

The gold sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

Cream and black cardstock — Gold mirror board  — Prima designer paper “Stationer’s Desk” — Graphic 45 Journal card — Stampendous stamp “Cling Sweet Sunflower” (CRP221) — Cheery Lynn Designs “Small Exotic Butterflies” (DL-113AB) — Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (Style no 1178) — Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils — Wax cord for bow.

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

Regards,

Amelia

You Look Fabulous

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Challenges with the theme “Owls and/or Pumpkins”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo and we want to see those owls or pumpkins! For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I don’t have any owl or pumpkin dies or stamps and found myself in trouble with this challenge. When visiting a local craft store I saw three beautiful owl embellishments from Tilla’s Handmade Embellishments. Tilla is one of South Africa’s very talented crafters and an absolute pro with electronic die-cutting machines. So these three cute owl embellishments with their googly eyes save my life for this challenge. I first stamp the sentiment on a striped background paper with black ink. I layered two die-cut branches on the designer paper, added green leaves and then the two owls with mirror tape for dimension.  The smallest owl I used to embellish the inside of the card. These three owls were just perfect for my card and all credit must go to Tilla’s  embellishments. I think it is time to open my electronic die-cutting machine again … but to be honest I like the manual machines more. I just need some more dies!

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the owls

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, brown and green card-stock — Brown striped designer paper — Tilla’s Handmade Embellishments “Three Owls” — Creative Expressions craft die “Necessities – A little birdie told me” (CED23024) — Pink Paislee sentiment stamp “And many more” (311060) — Memento Dye Ink “Tuxedo Black”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments below. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

Little Treasures

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Let’s Go to the Beach”. You can use the colours or anything DD_Beachyou see in the mood board as inspiration for your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My card was inspired by the brown colours and sea shells in the inspiration photo. I decided to  create a masculine card with a stamped image which I coloured with my watercolour pencils.  I added a strip of netting on the base card for texture and then lifted the top layer from the base card with mirror tape for dimension.  I finished off by embellishing the water with a aqua shimmer pen, a few gemstones and a wax cord bow

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

Treasures

A close-up  of the image

Treasures1

The sentiment

Treasures2

A peep at the inside

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Project details

Cream and sand-coloured card-stock — Inkadinkado clear stamp set “Down by the Seaside” (60-30059) — Prima watercolour pencils — Memento ink pad “Tuxedo Black” — Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen “Glitter Gloss” — “Wax cord for bow — Gemstones — Netting — Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

Succulent Trio

Hello friends,

Another clean and simple card to share today. I am joining the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge  for the first time as I am trying to improve on CAS skills. The clean and simple style is always difficult for me as I am a shabby crafter – hope this one is CAS enough!

I layered a piece of yellow plaid paper on my base card, then stamped the potted succulents and sentiment with distress inks in phases. To align the images I used my We R precision press. I finished off with a red gemstone on the flower. CTS_368

Challenges I entered:

SucculentTrio

A close-up of the stamped images

SucculentTrio1

A peep from the side

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Project details

White card-stock — Yellow plaid paper — Lawn Fawn clear stamp set “Stuck on You” (LF850) — Tim Holtz distress inks:  Vintage photo, Mowed lawn, Peeled paint, Barn door, Mustard seed — Red gemstone

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments about my take on a CAS card. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

Looking Back in Time

Hello friends,

A card to share for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme from Team Darlene for our two weekly challenge this time is “Looking Back in Time”.  You can dd_timecreate anything that reminds you of times gone by! Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see the wonderful samples from Double “D”s talented designers and join in the fun!

It is also time to announce the winner of the $10 gift certificate from 1-2-3 Stitch.com that I offered for the celebration of our third anniversary at Double D Challenges. The name of the random winner that was drawn from the entries on the Double D Challenge blog is #49 Ellie.

Congratulations, I will email you directly, notifying you of this win! Please be sure to email me back to get the details how to claim your gift certificate. Many thanks to all of you that participated – I wish I could give a prize to everyone!

Now onto the details of my card for the new challenge. I created my card in the vintage style using a vintage telephone die cut as focal point. I used script paper and a piece of hessian for my background layers  The vintage telephone was lifted from the fancy die cut  panel with mirror tape for dimension. The telephone is colored with distress inks. I finished off with a die cut sentiment, a bow and vintage buttons. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

vintagephone

A close-up of the vintage telephone

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The sentiment

vintagephone2

A few vintage buttons

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The inside with more buttons

vintagephone4

Project details

Cream and brown cardstock — Script designer paper — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Radiant Rectangles” (S5-161) — Creative Expressions Craft Mini Expressions die “Just wanted to say” (CEDME001) — Lea’bilities Die “Vintage Telephone” (Leane no 45.3028) — Hessian — Wax cord for bow — Buttons — Tim Holtz distress inks “Pumice Stone” and “Vintage Photo”

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

Regards,

Amelia

Set Sail …

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme  “Nautical”. You can use the colors or patterns, or the images or anything you see in the mood board as inspiration for your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My card was inspired by the red, blue and white colors in the photo. I decided to mix some nautical stamps and dies to create a masculine card. The sailboat was stamped on white  card-stock and colored with Derwent Inktense pencils. The layer was then lifted from the blue base layer with mirror tape.  For more dimension I cut a circle in the top layer to form a porthole frame for the sentiment. I embellished the top layer with die cuts, glitter, gemstones  and a strip of hessian.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

Nautical

The sentiment and sailboat

Nautical1

A close-up of the nautical die cuts

Nautical2

A peep at the inside

Nautical3

Project details

White, blue and red card-stock — Stampendous clear stamp set “Nautical Anchor” (SSC1261) — Joy Crafts dies “Seashore” (6002/0418) — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small” — Hessian strip — Gemstones — Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils — Tim Holtz Distress ink “Faded Jeans”

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful day!

Kind regards,

Amelia

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