Rustic Dreams

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Monochromatic”. Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from the talented designers and join in the fun!

Monochromatic cards are very difficult for me so I decided on neutral tones for my card to create a rustic look. I used a “pinkish” stone colour for my two background layers which I repeated in the leaves and butterflies. To give a brushstroke effect to the leaves and butterflies I used a darker hue of  the stone colour. I finished off with stone-coloured roses, a few pearls and a die cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Dies R Us Challenge #193 (ends 05/28) – Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Sizzix Thinlits ” Brushstroke Butterflies” (665848) — Sizzix Thinlits “Bloom, Colorize” (665208) — Memory Box die “Hutton Wreath” (94008) — Creative Expressions Mini Expressions ‘Stacked You Are So Special”(CEDME079))
  • Allsorts Challenge Week 676 (ends 05/21) — Add Some Sparkle
  • Crafts Galore Encore #99 (May) (ends 05/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#68 (ends 06/15) – Always Anything Goes
  • Dragonfly Dreams Challenge (May) – (ends 05/31) — Butterflies and/or Flowers
  • Crafty Calendar Challenge (May) (ends 05/31) — Anything Goes

The butterflies

The sentiment

The flowers and leaves

A close-up of the inside

Project details

White and shades of stone coloured cardstock — Memory Place designer paper “Rustic Dreams” (MP-60839) — Sizzix Thinlits ” Brushstroke Butterflies” (665848) — Sizzix Thinlits “Bloom, Colorize” (665208) — Memory Box die “Hutton Wreath” (94008) — Creative Expressions Mini Expressions ‘Stacked You Are So Special”(CEDME079) — Pearls  — Prima Flowers “Salvage District” (586416) — Tim Holtz Distress Ink ” Pumice Stone”

Thanks so much for visiting today and the kind comments you so kindly write each week – I appreciate each one so much. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Graceful

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Challenges with the theme “Birds/Nests/Birdhouses/Bird Cages”. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your creation!

I decided to create a shabby card in one of my favourite colour combo’s of pink, purple and kraft for this challenge. I used a shabby style designer paper as my background for the hanging bird cages. I added lots of leaves and roses to enhance the lovely image on the base layer. I finished off with a few clear bubble stones and a sentiment that overflow to the inside of the card. As the shabby style of cardmaking suits me more I really enjoyed to create this card. Hope you like it.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The bird cages

The flowers and leaves

The sentiment

The sentiment on the inside of the card

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, kraft and purple cardstock — Mintay by Karola Designer papers “Graceful” (MT Gra-08) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Garden Greens” (661206) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Necessities – A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024) — Nellie’s Choice Vintasia Figurative die “Bird Cage” (VIND036) — Paper roses — Candy Shoppe “Clear Bubbles” (CN1545) — Tim Holtz Distress inks “Antique Linen” and “Dusty Concord”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Purrfect Pocket

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Pockets”. The team have created a bunch of beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. We have also a fun prize to give away to one lucky player which will be chosen by Random.org.

My inspiration from the picture was the cream and blue colours and the lace. I decided to create a shabby style card with a hidden sentiment tag. I layered a die-cut pocket on my background layers and lace die-cut, then added a little kitty hanging from the rim of the pocket. The tag with the sentiment is hidden behind the hanging kitty. I finished off with another sleepy kitten, some flowers, bows and gemstones.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Crafts Galore Encore #97 (March) (ends 03/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Dies R Us Challenge #18 (ends 03/13) – Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: StudioLight Denim Saturdays die “Pocket” (STENCILDEN140) — SIzzix Thinlits “Crochet” (664128) — Crafter’s Companion Gemini stamp and die set “Cat” (GEM-STD-PABCAT) for sentiment)
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#67 (ends 04/15) – Always Anything Goes
  • Use Your Stuff #442 (ends 03/07)– Birthday
  • Crafty Animals #58 (ends 03/28) – Always Anything Goes with an Animal

A close-up of one of the kittens

The hidden sentiment tag

The flowers and bow

A peep at the inside

Project details

Cream and blue cardstock –Designer paper for background layer — StudioLight Denim Saturdays die “Pocket” (STENCILDEN140) — Marianne Design Collectables “Kitten” (COL1454) — SIzzix Thinlits “Crochet” (664128) — Nellie’s Multi Frames die “Tags-4” (MFD074) — Crafter’s Companion Gemini stamp and die set “Cat” (GEM-STD-PABCAT) for sentiment — Flowers — Wax cord for bows — Gemstones

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

 

Winter Wonderland

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Blue and White Winter” Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from the talented designers and join in the fun!

I was inspired by the blue gingham, snowflakes and bird in the inspiration photo. I used blue gingham paper as background layer for the bird cage die cut. I decorated the bird cage with leaves and bows, then added the bird with mirror tape for dimension. I die cut snowflakes from glitter paper  to add more interest to the background and for a wintery feel. I finished off with a die cut sentiment. Hope you like my take on the “winter” challenge!

Challenges I entered:

A close-up of the bird

The sentiment

The decorated inside

Project details:

White, blue and brown cardstock — Gingham designer paper — DCWV Glitter Metallics paper — Sizzix Thinlits die “Feathered Friends” (664433) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Garden Greens” (661206) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase Set One” (S4-563) — Precious Marieke “Winter Wonderland” (PR10052) — Marianne Design Creatables “Birdcage” (LR0146) — Marianne Design Craftables “Small Snowflakes” (CR1335) — Wax cord for bows — Tim Holtz Distress inks “Stormy Sky” & “Faded Jeans”.

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Christmas Joy

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The challenge is hosted by Team Diane and the theme is “Christmas Joy”. The only restriction for this challenge is that the word “Joy” must be on your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. As always there is also a lovely prize to win!

I was inspired by the traditional colours, red, green and gold, and the leaves in the picture for this Christmas card. I used a script designer paper for the background and then layered a cathedral window as a focal point. I added the deer family with mirror tape to create dimension on the card. My floral bouquet is made with poinsettias, leaves and golden berry twigs. I finished off with a gold sentiment and some pearls

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

  • The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #106 (ends 01/11) – Anything Christmas Goes
  • Merry Little Christmas Challenge MLCCB#41 (ends ) – December Anything Christmas Goes
  • Dies R Us Challenge #182 (ends 12/) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Sizzix Thinlits die “Festive Bouquet” (665565) — Sizzix Thinlits die ” Darling Deer “9664968” — Sizzix Thinlits die “Festive Greens” (662425) — PoppyStamps die ” Grand Gothic Window” (Style no 845) — PoppyStamps die “Grand Gothic Luminary” (Style no 856))
  • Crafts Galore Encore #94 (December) (ends 12/31) – Always Anything Goes
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#65 (ends 12/31) – Always Anything Goes

The poinsettia arrangement

The deer family

The sentiment and pearls

A close-up of the inside

Project details:

White, red, green and brown cardstock — Script designer paper — Gold mirror board — Sizzix Thinlits die “Festive Bouquet” (665565) — Sizzix Thinlits die ” Darling Deer “9664968” — Sizzix Thinlits die “Festive Greens” (662425) — PoppyStamps die ” Grand Gothic Window” (Style no 845) — PoppyStamps die “Grand Gothic Luminary” (Style no 856) — Lifestyle Crafts Alphabet die (DA0236) — Pearls

I hope you like my take on the challenge. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

In the Woods

Hello friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today’s post is about the new challenge at Double D Challenges with the theme “A Walk in the Woods”. You can create a card or project inspired by the photo or anything you might see while walking in the woods. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your creation!

I decided to create a Christmas card in my favourite colour combo, pink and green for this challenge. I used a landscape die of  pine trees on a soft pink polka dot designer paper as my background. I the added my reindeer with mirror tape for dimension. For a shabby feel I added pink bows to the stags, a crochet lace border, and pink pearls. I finished off with a gold die cut sentiment and a star. This is my first Christmas card for the year so there are a few more to create the coming weeks.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The reindeer with pretty pink bows

The sentiment and star

A close-up of the inside

Project details

White, green, pink and brown cardstock — Polka dot designer paper — Gold mirror board — Sizzix Thinlits die “Tall Pines” (665583) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Crochet” (664178) — Sizzix Thinlits die ” Festive Things” (664191) — Bo Bunny sentiment die ” All Occasion Sentiments” (Item# 7310504) —  Cottage Cutz die “Deer with Antlers” (CC-336) — XCut die “Mini Stars” (XCU 503617) — Tim Holtz distress inks “Mowed lawn” and “Victorian Velvet” – Pearl string.

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

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