Shabby Flowers and Hearts

Hello blog friends,

Today I share my guest designer card for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room Week #228 with the theme “Sweet Shabby Flowers”. You can create a card or TSTR #228project inspired by the lovely photo and include lace and flowers. I decided to use a little basket filled with hearts as focal point for my card. The die cut was assembled on a tag and attached to a bouquet of tulips and rosebuds, tied together with shabby ribbon. A lace border, lattice die cut and tiny butterflies complete my shabby card. Hope you like the card. The  Shabby Tea Room design team would love to see your sweet shabby card this week – come and join in the fun.

Challenges:

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 The basket filled with sweet little pink hearts

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The flowers and sentiment

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 The little butterflies on a lattice border

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A peep at the inside with more butterflies

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Project details:

  • White and blue cardstock
  • Designer paper from Iralamija
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Lattice”
  • Sizzix die “Tags, Rounded”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Paper tulips and rosebuds
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Queen Blue” and “Pink Tulip”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian Velvet” and “Stormy Sky”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate it so much. Have a wonderful week and see you again next week for another lovely challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.

Kind regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Dressed Up in Lace

Hello friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoying your day. Time for another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow today – time just flies. I decided to make a pink shabby Christmas card with a lace tree, a few roses and pearls for the challenge. The challenge theme is one of my favourites – we want to see the distress technique. Your project must be made in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive inspired style. Hope you will hop over and share your creation with us at the Sugar Creek Hollow Distressing Challenge this week. Thank you to the following challenge blogs I entered and their design teams, your hard work is much appreciated.

Challenges:

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A close up of the lace Christmas tree decorated with roses and pearls

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Designer paper from Raspberry Road
  • Kaisercraft stamp  “Postmarks” CS802
  • Sentiment stamp  – Unknown
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Die  On the Edge “Distressed doily”
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR 0111” for snowflakes
  • Cuttlebug die “Tiny Tags” 37-1222
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink “Spun Sugar” and “Worn Lipstick”
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Pearl strings
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Rose Petal”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”
  • Silver tread

Thanks for visiting today – I love your visits and enjoy reading your comments. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Let’s Drink Some Tea

Hello friends,

Hope you are well and thanks for visiting. I have a vintage/shabby card to share with you today. I used some of my new craft purchases I made from a recent craft show that was held in Kempton park. The tiny leaves,  I so much love to use on my cards, were punched with my new Olba multipunch. I am really glad that I invested in one of these punches and I think this was the spark for my mojo again! The tag was cut with a new Sizzix Framelits die and the background paper embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave” . The lovely vintage image is from the Clearly Vintage blog and it is always a difficult decision to choose an image from Cora’s beautiful collection. I created the card with a few challenges in mind, so here is my list.

Challenges:

A close-up of the image from the Clearly Vintage blog 

 

A peep at the inside  with an embossed border and butterflies


Project details:

  • White, pink and green cardstock
  • Vintage image from Clearly Vintage
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Paper doily
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Fancy tags”  (657911)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Wicker Weave”
  • Olba flower-multipunch
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterfly”
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Pearl heart
  • Paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Paradise Aqua”
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and “Vintage photo”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks so much for looking at my card and I would love to read what you think about it. Have a  wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Meet Fizzy Moon

Hello blog friends,

A cute card to share today featuring the adorable Fizzy Moon bear peeping from behind a table filled with flowers. When I saw this adorable bear stamp in the craft shop I decided he is going home with me. For a change I did not use designer paper but made an embossed background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and further embellished the card with Marianne Design die cuts, pearls and some Prima flowers I had for ages in my stash. So I had a little fun working with the dies, punches and embossing folders. Hope you enjoy the card as much as I did making it.

Challenges:

 A close-up of the flowers

Fizzy Moon between the flowers

A peep at the inside decorated with ivy

A view of the little bird house

Project details:

  • White and lilac cardstock
  • Fizzy Moon clear stamp “FM Special Wish” (FZCS07)
  • Just Rite sentiment stamp
  • Prima flowers
  • Marianne Design Creatables “LR0205” and “LR0206”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Vintage Floral”
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks “Milled Lavender” and “Dusty Concord”
  • Pearls
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle water-colour pencils

I appreciate your visit and if you have time I would love to hear what you think of my card. Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Carousel Fun

Hello friends,

I appreciate it so much that you come visiting today, it is such a blessing that people still make time to visit my blog. My card today is in the shabby chic style inspired by the challenge photo at The Shabby Tea Room Challenge blog. Usually I don’t use so many  colours together, so this was quite a challenge for me. The Cottage Cutz die “Carousel Silhouette” and colour combination just fits perfectly together to create a cheerful carnival  atmosphere on this card. I can still remember how I enjoyed myself on the merry-go-round horses when I was a child. Such great fun to go up and down and round and around while Mum and Dad watching  from the side.

Challenges:

 A little pink horse and lace to decorate the inside


A close-up of the carousel

Project details:

  • White, red  and green cardstock
  • Designer paper (Upikit and Echo Park)
  • Cottage Cutz die “Carousel Silhouette”
  • JustRite sentiment stamp “Heart to Heart set”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Picot edge circles”
  • Paper doily
  • Paper roses
  • Buttons
  • Hug Snug seam binding (Paradise Aqua)
  • Baker’s twine
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea dye”

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Dubble in Purple

Hello everyone,

Today is my last day of summer holiday and I am truly going to miss all the time I had for crafting the past three weeks. Creating this card today I realised that I had already broken one of my New Year resolutions. Last year  I tried to master the clean and simple card making style but gave up after a few efforts. At the end of 2011 I decided it is not for me, I am over and done with clean and simple. I am a detail junkie and there is no remedy. After I saw the lovely CAS cards at Mandy and Chrissie’s blog “Less is More – Predominantly Purple” on Saturday morning I was tempted to try again. Unfortunately I don’t have many stamps to accommodate this style at the moment so I created the card with die cuts. It took me about three hours to figure out what I am going to do with so little elements for a card ( in comparison with what I usually worked with … LOL) but at the end it was lots of fun putting the card together. Here is my card (please don’t laugh) I am in a learning curve with this!

Challenges:

 Project details:

  • Three shades of purple cardstock
  • JeArt Craft paper die “Mushroom” 1401032
  • Cuttlebug “Friends Forever” die for sentiment
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder “Swirls”
  • Lilac pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Dusty Concord”

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits so much. Will be back later this week with one of my familiar type of cards. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

Festive in Pink

Hello everyone,

After a long absence from making cards I had something today to post – a shabby pink Christmas card. I successfully completed my online continuing education course in librarianship and received my certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  last week, so I am back in my craft room enjoying my favourite hobby. It was difficult to get my mojo back after not been creative for a while but hopefully that will improve soon. This year I decided to do my Christmas cards in pastel colours instead of the traditional colours of the festive season. I think the recipients will be a little bit stunned about the pinks so I hope they like what they see! For this card I used a template to glue the paper roses in the form of a Christmas tree. For more dimension on the tree I added strings of  gold pearls. The little snowflakes were die cut with a Marianne Design Creatables and is supposed to be part of a flower die cut.

I found a few challenges to enter my card:

A close-up of the Christmas tree and snowflakes

Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Tree template
  • Lili of the Valley circle sentiment
  • Whimsy postmark stamp
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die “Typeset” for numbers
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Reverse Wonky Rectangles”
  • Marianne Design Creatables (LR0111) for snowflakes
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Paper Lace”
  • Paper roses
  • Pearl strings
  • Lace
  • Seam binding “Pink Tulip”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal Gold”
  • Pink gemstones
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Spun Sugar”

Thanks for stopping by today, as always it is much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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