Forever Smile …

Hi everyone,

My card today is for all the cat lovers. How cute is this delicious birthday cake delivered by an adorable kitty! The stamp is from Penny Black and I stamped it on a scalloped stitched circle die cut. As the image is so sweet I just layered it on a pink floral background and embellished the card with a few die cut balloons. The sentiment is stamped on a smaller die cut circle. I finished off with a few silver gemstones. Hope the card will bring a lot of happiness to the receiver.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The adorable cat with the forever smile!


The sentiment


The “heart” balloons


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, pink, green and blue cardstock — My Mind’s Eye “Pretty Please Spring paper” — Penny Black stamp “Forever Smile” (4251K) — Kanban Crafts sentiment stamp (Stamp 9022) — Tutti Designs die “Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles” (TUTTI-419) — Marianne Design die “Balloons” (PP1401) — Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils for coloring — Tim Holtz Distress Inks “Victorian Velvet” ; “Stormy Sky” ; “Mowed Lawn”

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.



Feeling Green …

Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a cute card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “Feeling Green” and with a lovely inspiration photo (see bottom of my post) you can create anything in shades of green and can even add an optional pop of red. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog and get inspired to link up your creation.

I love this stamp from Crafter’s Companion’s “Strawberry Kisses” range. The kitty is so cute taking a nap in the tea-cup! I did the coloring with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils, add a strip of polka dot paper and a bow – I think that is enough to do justice to this adorable image. The sentiment is cut with a Penny Black word die.



A close-up of the image


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


The inspiration picture


Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Green polka dot paper
  • Crafter’s Companion “Strawberry Kisses” stamp “Cutie”
  • Penny Black creative die “For you” (51-105)
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils
  • Wax cord
  • Gemstones

I hope you like this card – I had a great time coloring the cute image. Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much.



Spring Bouquet

Hi everyone, My card today is for all the cat lovers  – a colourful spring bouquet delivered by an adorable kitty. I used the inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room’s latest challenge for my color choice  – it is so beautiful and bright. The stamp is from Penny Black and as the image is so striking I just layered it on a Sizzix die cut and embellished the card with a few sweet blossoms. The sentiment is stamped on a tiny die cut tag and tied with a little purple bow. Hope the card will bring a lot of happiness to the receiver. Challenges:


 A close-up of the adorable cat


The sentiment and bow


The blossoms and daisies


A peep at the inside with more daisies

PB_SpringBouquet4Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Sweet Fairy Collection” (Charmed)
  • Penny Black slapstick stamp “Merci Bouquet” (40-063)
  • Penny Black sentiment from “In the Garden” stamp set (30-044)
  • Sizzix Thinlits die “Frame, Garden Lattice” (659004)
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags” (659100)
  • Sweet blossoms
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Sky Mauve”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Memento Dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for visiting today – I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting. Regards, Amelia

Happy Together …

Hello blog friends,

I am back with another guest designer project for UnstampaBelles April Challenge today.  The theme this month is to create “Anything but a Card”.  As this is a “no stamps” challenge blog you can use chipboard, die cuts, paper punches, canvases, stickers, rub-ons, etc. I really enjoy doing challenges that stretches one’s creativity beyond the ordinary. Thanks so much Merry and the Unstampabelles design team for the chance to submit a project to your lovely inspirational blog. The UnstampaBelles April Challenge is sponsored by Sticker Store and there is a lovely prize to be won. You can see all the details and beautiful inspirational projects of the design team on the UnstampaBelles Challenge blog.

I decided to make a tag with two adorable chipboard cat silhouettes – I love those curly tails!. I punched the top and bottom of the tag with a Martha Stewart deep edge punch ” Scroll Hearts” and add two oval die cut layers “Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Petite Scalloped Ovals Small” to frame the cats. The flowers are from the Prima range “Soubrette C” and “Charme Rose MeadowLark” The cats are painted with gesso and dressed up with pink wax cord bows. The verso of the tag is also embellished with a  pink heart and an oval die cut to accommodate a short handwritten message for the recipient/s. I think this tag will be great on an engagement, anniversary or wedding gift bag or box.

I also entered my tag in the following challenges:


A close up of the bow, pearl heart and flowers on the top half


The cat silhouettes painted with gesso and dresses up with pink bows


A close up of the bottom of the tag with Prima flowers and punched edge. The flowers are dashed with gesso for the shabby look.


The verso of the tag with pink heart and an oval for a short message


Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock for card base and oval die cuts
  • Prima designer paper “Meadow Lark” for background
  • Chipboard cat silhouettes
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Petite Scalloped Ovals Small “, Floral Ovals” and “Classic Hearts”
  • Martha Stewart deep edge punch “Scroll Hearts”
  • Prima flowers “Soubrette C” and “Charme Rose – Meadow Lark”
  • Dala acrylic gesso
  • Wax cord
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Pearl heart
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet”

A really busy weekend with the guest designer projects but I enjoyed every moment of making and sharing them on my blog. Thanks so much for your time visiting today – I appreciate and cherish every visit and comment so much. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,


Yellow Bouquet

Hello friends,

Today is bitterly cold in Pretoria and the only warm, sunny spot is in front of the window in my craft room, for sure the best place to be! Hope you are enjoying what you do whether it is warm sunny weather or in the grip of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter days. It feels like ages since I last coloured a Penny Black stamp and they are my favourite stamps! Well, yesterday I dug through my storage bin with PB stamps and this card is the result. Oh dear, I love that cat with his adorable smile so much. I decided to do a “yellow” card for a change as I am stuck on pinks lately.



A peep at the inside

The adorable Penny Black cat

The marker signs cut with Cottage Cutz dies

 Project details:

  • White and Sahara Sand cardstock
  • Simple Stories designer paper “Country Garden”
  • Penny Black slapstick stamp 40-015 “You Are The Bestest”
  • Penny Black sentiment stamp
  • Cottage Cutz die  “Marker Sign” CC-Mini-055(The Scrapping Cottage)
  • Memory Box craft die “Puffy Clouds” 98172
  • Martha Stewart border punches “Pop-up Butterflies” and “Floral Lace”
  • Paper roses
  • Skwiglues “Lemon Buzz”
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Tea Dye”
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

Hope you enjoyed what you see on my blog and thank you for visiting. I love to read your comments and appreciate each and everyone I receive. Happy crafting and may you have a wonderful and creative week.

Regards from South Africa,


Hitchin’ A Ride

Hello blog friends,

Can’t believe it, but it is two weeks since I last posted a card. Most of my time is still devoted to physiotherapy since my knee replacement surgery. The latest news regarding the knee is that I am doing well although I still have a few stumbling blocks to overcome. With aggressive exercises and dry needling therapy last week the swelling is much better but bending the knee is still a huge problem. According to the orthopaedic surgeon the patella, that was injured during a previous sports injury, or the osteoarthritis that developed over years may cause the problem. Another knee operation to remove the patella or a manipulation of the knee under general anesthesia may be scheduled for me in future – I really hope this will not be necessary. Thanks to all my followers and blog visitors who so kindly leave messages and sent emails of support. This is so highly appreciated and a huge encouragement for me to keep on. Anyway, back to my card for today. This is my favourite of all the vintage cards I made this far. Just love the way the card comes together, hope you enjoy looking at this one.


The adorable little kittens, a Penny Black stamp I so much love

A close-up of the Lili of the Valley birthday sentiment

The heart embellishment decorated with pearls and hanging from a small rose wreath

The inside of the card decorated with ribbon and a postage mark

Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima and K and Co designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp “Hitchin’ A Ride” (1460K)
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Rose Petal”
  • Crochet Lace
  • Heart charm
  • Pearls
  • Paper roses
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo” and “Victorian Velvet”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal Gold”
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

Thanks so much for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think of the card. Your visits and comments are always so appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting till we meet again in blogland.

Regards from South Africa,


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