Love Grows

Hi dear friends,

I created this soft, pastel pink card for the Lili of the Valley challenge with the theme “Romance”. Holding thumbs that I am still in time to enter the challenge – time just flies, can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. As “love” is the buzz word this time of the year with Valentine’s Day coming up, the heart punches and dies, love sentiments and stamps have a permanent place on my crafting table. Hopefully from tomorrow I can stock up on birthday cards again!

I entered my card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White, pink, green and gingham paper
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Love Grows”
  • Sissix embossing folder “Swirly Vines with Hearts”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doily Lace”
  • Marianne Design Creatables die for leaves
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Circles” and “Scalloped circles”
  • Cuttlebug die “Hearts and Stamps”
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Tattered Rose”
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils
  • Paper roses
  • Seam binding
  • Pearls
  • Peel Off’s

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Love is …

Hello friends,

The first weekly reader challenge at Penny Black Circle is to create a card using a sketch by the talented Jenyfur. I used one of my favourite Penny Black stamps (although all of them are favourites!) “Catnap” for my card. One of the amazing things about Penny Black stamps is the versatility of the images. I had used this particular stamp for a retirement, holiday and now also for a Valentine’s card. Here is my card:

I entered the card for the following challenges:

I used the following to create the card:

  • White cream and blue cardstock
  • K and Company designer paper
  • Penny Black stamp 4062K “Catnap”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doiley Lace”
  • Cuttlebug die “Heart and stamps”
  • Gemstones
  • Satin ribbon
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolour pencils

Hope to create another Valentine’s card this week for the Lili of the Valley challenge. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Little Things

Hello friends,

Today I want to share a card I made for the Lili of the Valley Challenge “Anything but a Square”.  I used some of my brand new crafting stuff to create this card –  my hubby spoiled me with a Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting machine and on my January budget was the XXL dies from Go Kreate to use with the Grand Calibur. I received the XXL Go Kreate dies from the UK about two weeks ago and they are gorgeous and tons of fun to cut card shapes.  I was so impressed with the service received from Go Kreate as they really walked that extra mile for me to get the dies to South Africa. I can recommend the company with confidence to South African crafters  – and they stock really gorgeous dies in their online shop. The image is from the new stamp release of Lili of the Valley and just perfect for Valentine’s day – tooo cute!

The card seems fit for the following challenges:

 

I used the following to create the card:

  • White and red cardstock
  • Graphic 45 designer paper “Potpourri”
  • Lili of the Valley stamp “Little Things”
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp “Circular Sentiments For You”
  • Go Kreate XXL dies “XXL Frame Frilly #2” No. 380002 
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Ovals” and “Labels Ten” 
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “LR0116”
  • Martha Stewart punch “Oak leaf”
  • Paper roses
  • Pearls
  • Satin ribbon
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle and Lyra Rembrandt Aquarelle watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

Hello Cupcake

Hello everyone,

Today was my first day back at work. At ten o’ clock I was  missing my crafting spot and at lunch time  I was thinking about ways to replace my monthly salary so to have more time for crafting! Hopefully tomorrow I have adapt and life will go its normal routine again … urrgh.  Anyway, back from work I managed to complete this card based on a sketch by Lena at the Lili of the Valley challenge blog. As usual with me and sketches, I didn’t know what to do with the two corners ’till I found the two chipboard hearts in my stash. Love them as they look like the heart on top of the cake stand. The Lili of the Valley (LOTV) stamp is new and one of three stamps I ordered the end of last year. The little girlie stamps are so adorable and fun to colour.

The card is fit to enter in the following challenges:

 

A close up

I used the following stuff to create the card:

  • White, green and purple cardstock
  • BoBunny Designer papers (Glitter series) “Jazmyne Botanical” and “Jazmyne Mist”
  • Lili of the Valley stamps “Hello Cupcake” and “Calender” sentiment stamp
  • Paper roses
  • Heart embellishments
  • Chipboard hearts
  • Crystal glitter from The Glitter Factory
  • Martha Stewart Punches “Doiley Lace” and “Oak Leaf”
  • Faber Castell Aquarelle watercolour pencils for colouring
  • Satin ribbon 
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities dies “Circles” and “Scalloped Circles”

I chose the green colours as this is how our lawns and gardens are at this time of the year after we have been blessed with lovely summer rains the past weeks. Have a wonderful day and keep on crafting. I’ll appreciate a comment so that I can come visit you too.

Greetings from South Africa,

Amelia

A Splash of Yellow

Hello dear friends,

On Wednesday Susan posted a new challenge on her blog, Simplicity. For this One Layer Wednesday challenge, OLW35 – Yellow, we must create a card where yellow is the main colour. You may use other colors as well, but the dominant color must be yellow. Embellishments must be kept to a minimum.

 At first I wanted to use a sunflower stamp but then decided on this rather plain and uncomplicated stamp. To give the image a little bit of depth I shaded some of the flowers with orange.  I opted for a narrow ribbon to accentuate  the thin stems of the flowers.  The embossing strip serves as  an “anchor” for the image. I must admit it is a little bit difficult for me to get used to such a minimalistic layout of a card!

I used the following to create the card:

  • White cardstock
  • Best Rubber Stamps (South Africa) stamp 6651
  • Yellow satin ribbon
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder “Just my type”
  • Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolour pencils for colouring

Hope you like the card and thanks for stopping by. I would appreciate your comment so I can come visit you too. Have a wonderful weekend.

Greetings,

Amelia

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