Winter Blues

Hello friends,

Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Winter Blues”  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 pale blue colours, tree branch, birds and the wreath in the inspiration photo. I used a lovely designer paper as background for the shuttered window die cut. I decorated the window with small wreaths and a garland, which is embellished with gemstones and silver bows. The two grey cats peeping through the window were added on second thought for more interest. To complete the wintery look I added some branches with tiny birds and a few silver snowflakes. To finished off the sentiment was then layered on an oval die-cut border to let it stand out a little bit more. Hope you like my take on the challenge!

Challenges I entered:

A close-up of the shuttered window and cats

The birds and branches

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, brown, grey and blue card-stock — Mintay designer paper “Happy Place” (MT-HAP-08) — Silver glitter paper — Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die-D-Lites “Shuttered Window” (S2-078) — Impression Obsession die “Cat Set” (DIE83-K) — Impression Obsession die “Tree / Branch” (DIE219-P) — Paper Smooches Wise die “Chrishtmas Wishes” (OCD087) — NellieSnellen Filling die “Eastern Oval Border” (QD008) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Village Christmastime” (662424) — Memory Box die “Resting Birds” (Style no 98527) — Marianne Design Craftables die “Snowflakes” (CR1335) –Tim Holtz distress ink “Stormy Sky”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Pine Trees

Hello friends,

A Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is “Pine Trees and/or Pine Cones”. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile and as always there is a lovely prize to win!

I decided to create a shabby Christmas card in my favourite colour combo, pink and green for this challenge. I used three pine trees as my focal point on a soft pink designer paper background. To add a festive feel to the card the pine trees were then embellished with silver bows, roses and silver gem stones. The reason why I used roses for embellishments is that roses are in full bloom in South Africa during Christmas time.  I added the reindeer and two of the pine trees to the background layer with mirror tape for dimension.  I finished of with a silver mirror board die cut sentiment and a few gem stones. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The reindeer

The roses on the pine trees

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, green and brown cardstock — Silver mirror board — LemonCraft designer paper “Yesterday” — Find It Yvonne Creations “Snowy Tree” — Cottage Cutz “Birch Trees & Deer” (CC-175) –Couture Creations Intricutz die “Merry Christmas set” (CO724947) — Roses — Silver thread for bows — Silver gem stones — Tim Holtz distress inks ” Tattered Rose” and “Pine Needles”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Doodle Rose Wreaths

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Wreaths”. 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 lovely pink and green colours and I tried to incorporated these colours into my card. A few weeks ago I received a lovely wreath die from my team leaders, Diane and Darlene, and it was just perfect for this challenge. I used gingham paper as background, then layered my leaf border with mirror tape at the top of the card. I cut two wreaths and used my watercolour pencils to paint the doodle roses and leaves on the wreaths. I layered the two wreaths also with mirror tape for dimension. I also cut additional doodle roses and leaves to add on the leaf border for interest. I finished off with bows, small gem stones and a sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the rose wreaths, bows and gem stones

The sentiment

More doodle roses and leaves for interest

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and green card-stock — Gingham paper — Creative Expressions die “Frames and Tags – Doodle Rose wreath” (CED4320) — Poppystamps die ‘Freida Curve” (1784) — Impression Obsession die “Best Wishes” (DIE386-F) — Wax cord for bows — Watercolour pencils — Gemstones 

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Don’t Fence Me In!

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog. Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Don’t Fence Me In”. The inspiration picture says it all, we want to see a fence on your creation. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I decided to create a shabby birthday card. I used kraft card-stock and designer paper for the background layers. I added a white picket fence at the bottom of the card with mirror tape for dimension. To create a spring scene (it is spring in South Africa now) I added leaves, blossoms, rabbits, birds and birdhouses. I finished off with a die cut sentiment.

I also entered my card in the following challenges:

  • All Fun Challenges #15 (ends 09/27) – Anything Goes
  • Cuttlebug Mania Challenge (ends 09/29) – Anything Goes (Supplies: Marianne Design Creatables “Picket Fence and Birdhouse” (LR0205) — Fantasy die “Banweed Leaves” (FD510) — Impression Obsession die “Rabbits” (DIE168-C) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Necessities- A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024))
  • Always Fun Challenges #180 (ends 09/21) – Make A Scene
  • Allsorts Challenges Week #589 (ends 09/19) – I Love … (I love Shabby Chic, Flowers and Birdhouses)
  • Do-Al(l) Kreatives #45 (ends 09/ 30) – Inspiriert durch einen Song (Don’t Fence Me In – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters)

The sentiment and a little birdhouse

A close-up of the birdhouse and flowers

The picket fence and rabbits

Some of the flowers and leaves

A peep at the inside

Project details

White and kraft card-stock — Mintay designer paper “Beauty in Bloom” — Marianne Design Creatables “Picket Fence and Birdhouse” (LR0205) — Fantasy die “Banweed Leaves” (FD510) — Impression Obsession die “Rabbits” (DIE168-C) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Necessities- A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024) — Paper blossoms — Wax cord for bows — Tim Holtz distress inks ‘Mowed Lawn” and “Old Paper” — Glitter glue.

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

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”.

ReindeerShabby

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.

ReindeerShabby1

I chose a lovely deer die cut as my focal point and decorated it with a wreath, a tiny bow and rose bud.

ReindeerShabby2

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.

ReindeerShabby3

I added a die cut sentiment, a few pearls and a flower bouquet for more interest.

ReindeerShabby4

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

All About Stitches…

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Stitches”. You can include any kind of stitches … faux, real, DD_Stichesdies or stamps. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. The prize to win for this challenge is a “Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Square die set” and absolutely gorgeous!

I used designer paper with a stitched pattern for my background. I then added squared layers  which I framed with stamped rows of stitches.  The layers were then framed with pearl strings. For a luxurious and velvety look I cut the sentiment from black metallic glitter paper. To finish off I embellished the card with a small charm, paper roses, wax cord bows and pearl hearts.  Although not a favourite card of mine I really like the outcome of the sentiment cut from the glitter paper.

Challenges I entered:

Stitches

The mannequins

Stitches1

The sentiment in glitter metallic paper and the “stitched” frames

Stitches2

The flowers and charm

Stitches3

A peep at the inside

Stitches4

Project details

White, black and pink card-stock — ScrapBerry’s designer paper “Cherished Jewels” — DCWC Glitter Metallics paper — 49 and Market “Gabi’s Square Stitch” stamp set — Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers die “Mini Sewing Room Set” (657487) — Marianne Design Creatables “Mannequin” (LR0292) — Creative Expressions Craft Mini Expressions die “To a Dear Friend” (DEDME033) — Paper roses — Pearl strings — Wax cord for bows — Scissors charm — Pearl hearts — Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Antique Linen”

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

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