Autumn Time

Hello friends

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

I love to make cards with autumn colours – the browns, oranges, reds and yellows are so warm and earthy. I decided to create a shabby card with a rustic feel for this challenge. I painted a few scraps of papers with my watercolour paints and then die cut the leaves with different sized dies. I layered a scribble circle on a rustic designer paper background and then added the autumn leaves with mirror tape for dimension.  A few green sprigs are also added for more interest. I finished off with a gold die cut sentiment and a wax cord bow. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Dies R Us Challenge #177 (ends 09/27) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Paper Rose die “Scribble Circle Large” (17394) — Lawn Cuts custom craft die “Stitched Leaves” (Item #LF577) — Impression Obsession dies “Small Leaves” (DIE095-D) — Poppy Stamps die “Leafy Sprig” (Style No 1001) — Creative Expressions Craft dies Mini Expressions “Stacked Happy Birthday” (CEDME074))
  • Crafts Galore Encore #91 (September) (ends 09/29) – Always Anything Goes
  • Love to Craft LTCCB#62 (ends 09/30) – Always Anything Goes
  • Crafter’s Castle September Challenge #45 (ends 09/30) – Anything Goes
  • Inkspirational Challenges #247 (ends 09/18) – Autumn Leaves
  • Make My Monday Challenge #157 (ends 09/27) – Autumn / Fall cards
  • The Paper Funday Challenges September #33 (ends 10/03) – Anything Goes with an Optional Twist: Autumn / Fall

A close-up of the autumn leaves

The sentiment cut from gold paper

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, green and brown card-stock — Gold card-stock — Mintay Papers “Fall Festival” (Mt-Fal-08) — Paper Rose die “Scribble Circle Large” (17394) — Lawn Cuts custom craft die “Stitched Leaves” (Item #LF577) — Impression Obsession dies “Small Leaves” (DIE095-D) — Poppy Stamps die “Leafy Sprig” (Style No 1001) — Creative Expressions Craft dies Mini Expressions “Stacked Happy Birthday” (CEDME074) — Yvonne Creations Fabulous Fall dies ‘Autumn Leaves” (YCD10149) — Wax cord for bow — Reeves water colour paint — Tim Holtz distress inks in various colours.

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Summer Flowers

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Summer DD_SummerGingham_July17Gingham”. 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.

Now onto the details of my summer card for the new challenge. I used my brushstroke flower dies to created 3 different flowers for my floral arrangement. I die cut the flowers from white cardstock, colour them with distress inks and then assemble all the small pieces to create depth and dimension. I spray the coloured flowers with a little bit of water to get the watercolour effect. While still damp I shaped the leaves to add a little more dimension to the flowers.  The leaves were die cut from two shades of green card-stock, glued together and then distress with ink. The floral arrangement was then layered on pink gingham paper.  I finished off with a die cut sentiment which was die-cut several times from white and pink cardstock to give a raised effect. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Dies R Us Challenge #172 (ends 07/13) – Always Anything Goes with a brand they sell (Dies: Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #3” (665360) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #2” (665210) — Sizzix Thinlits Colorize die “Bloom, Colorize” (665208) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “Best Wishes” (DIE386-F)
  • Let’s Craft & Create Challenge #173 (ends 07/31) – Anything Goe
  • Love to Craft #60 (ends 07/31) – Always Anything Goes
  • Crafts Galore Encore #89 (June) (ends 07/31) – Always Anything Goes
  • Sparkles Forum Challenges #141 (ends 07/15) – Floral Extravaganza

A close-up of the flowers on the gingham background

The sentiment

The inside with more flowers

Project details

White and pink card-stock — Pink gingham paper — Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #3” (665360) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Brushstroke flowers #2” (665210) — Sizzix Thinlits Colorize die “Bloom, Colorize” (665208) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “Best Wishes” (DIE386-F) — Tim Holtz distress inks.

I hope you get inspired to create something beautiful for our challenge and that you enjoy today’s post. Take care and thank you for stopping by! I love reading your thoughts in the comments.

Regards,

Amelia

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

Fall Leaves

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the lovely theme of “October – What does it mean to you?”. The team have created 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.

I love to make cards with autumn colours – the browns, oranges, reds and yellows are so warm and earthy. I decided to create a shabby card with a rustic feel for this challenge. I painted a few scraps of papers with my watercolour paints and then die cut the leaves with different sizes of dies. I layered branches on a “stone wall” background die cut. I then add the leaves with mirror tape for dimension and lightly dusted the edges of the leaves with gold glitter. I finished off with a die cut sentiment. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges:

A close-up of the water coloured leaves

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Projects details

Cream and brown card-stock — Designer paper for “stone wall” — Watercolour paper in fall colours — Crafter’ Companion Gemini die “Dry Stone Wall” (GEM-MD-CAD-DS) –Impression Obsession die “Tree/Branch” (DIE219-P) — Impression Obsession die “Small Leaves” (DIE095-D) — Lawn Fawn Cuts craft die ‘Stitched Leaves” (Item#LF577) — Find It Yvonne Creations die “Autumn Leaves” (YCD10149) — Penny Black Creative die “For You” (51-105) — Gold glitter — Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo” — Reeves watercolour paint.

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

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