Black and White

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges  and we are still celebrating our one year anniversary. Team Darlene is hosting january-2017this challenge with the lovely theme of “Black and White”. Looking at the beautiful inspiration picture I decided to join in the fun. I just want to remind you that the anniversary celebration continues with this challenge and the team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.  Keep in mind you can still join in the second half of celebrating with us and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes!

It is also time to announce the winner of the Memory Box prize that I offered for celebration of our first anniversary at Double D Challenges.

The name of the lucky winner that was drawn from the hat is:
Petra L (Pleasure by Peet)

Congratulations Petra L – I will email you directly, notifying you of this win! Please be sure to email me back with your postal address and I will send out your prize as quickly as I can.

Many thanks to all of you that participated and leaving a comment. I wish I could give a prize to everyone!

My inspiration from the mood board for this challenge is the butterflies and patterns on the cushions. I chose the background paper and edge die cut to represent the stripes and patterns on the cushions. The top panel with the lace edge is lifted of the main card with mirror tape to give the card dimension. I added fluttering butterflies and finished off with a die cut sentiment and black pearl strings. Usually I love to use lots of color on my card so this black and white creation was  a challenge for me. It is really difficult to make an interesting and eye-catching card with just two colors. I would love to see your take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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The butterflies and patterned background paper

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A close-up of the sentiment and lace edge

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

Black and white card-stock ; Designer background paper ; Crealies dies ‘Butterflies” (Set No. 5) ; Marianne Design Creatables “Lace border” (LR0396) ; Spellbinders die D-Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139) ; Pearl strings

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. I love to read them! Have a wonderful day and have fun creating beautiful things.

Regards,

Amelia

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On The Farm

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a fun card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “On the Farm” and with such a lovely mood board from Diane you can create anything as long as it is farm-related. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize Ca dd sep insp1-tilevisit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the colors and sunflowers in the picture. The adorable scarecrow is a Cottage Cutz die I purchased a long time ago. I love to put all the bits and pieces together (also a great way to use up little scraps of paper!) and to see how the guy just pop on the card. I added a little fence, some grass and a few sunflowers to complete the card. The sentiment is from Marianne Design Creatables. I think the card will bring much joy to a little kid.

Challenges:

Scarecrow

A friendly scarecrow

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Yellow sunflowers for a happy feeling …

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White, and blue  card-stock
  • Gingham paper
  • Scraps of paper for scarecrow, grass and fence
  • Cottage Cutz die “Scarecrow” (CC4X4-100-D)
  • Impression Obsession die “Grass” (DIE060-1)
  • Marianne Design Creatables die “Sentiment” (LR0223)
  • Lea’bilities die “Garden Fence” (45.0324)
  • Sunflowers
  • Gemstones
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Faded Jeans”, “Scattered Straw”, “Vintage Photo”

That’s it from me today! I hope you like my card. If you do, please leave a comment – I love reading them. Have a great day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Happy …

Hello friends,

A card to share for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for our two weekly challenge this time is “Anything Goes With Gingham”. For more information about the challenge and the prize up for grabs visit the Double D Challenge blog and start creating – we ca dd sg3-tilewould love to see your card.

I discovered this golden oldie in my Penny Black storage box and I love the dancing cow  and chickens – they sure are so happy! It feels like ages since I last made a card with a cute image so I had a lot of fun with this one. I kept the layout  simple with two strips of pink gingham paper to frame the image. To finish off I added pink gem hearts, paper flowers, green flourishes and wax cord bows. The coloring was done with my Derwent Inktense water-color pencils.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of the image

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The sentiment and flowers

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White and green card-stock
  • Pink gingham paper
  • Penny Black stamp “Skip & Romp” (2877L)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Phrase Set One (S4-563)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Paper flowers
  • Gem hearts
  • Wax cord
  • Derwent Inktense water-color pencils

Thanks so much for visiting today and the kind comments you so kindly write each week.  I appreciate each comment so much. Hope to see your card at Double D Challenges this fortnight. Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Winter Time …

Hello friends,

Time for our second challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fortnight’s challenge with the theme “Brrr! Winter” The inspiration board (see bottom of my post) is so beautiful it inspired me to created a card. Please visit the Double D challenge blog and see more wonderful samples from Team Darlene’s talented designers and join in the fun!

I was inspired by the trees, birds and the brown, white and red colors in the photo. I used an Impression Obsession “wood texture” stamp for the background. I kept the card simple by adding a branch and red bird layered on a white oval as focus point. “Snowflakes” in the form of pearls were added to complete the winter scene. The sentiment was cut with a Marianne Design Creatables die.

Challenges:

Bird

A close-up of the little red birdie

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White, red and brown card-stock
  • Impression Obsession rubber stamp “Wood Texture” (CC178)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourish” (LR0151)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Sentiment” (LR0224)
  • Poppystamps die “Peaceful Bird” (No. 929)
  • Impression Obsession die “Little birds” (DIE154-A) (inside of card)
  • Pearls
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

I hope you like today’s creation. If you do, please let me know in the comments down below. Thanks for stopping by.

Regards,

Amelia

 

Forget Me Not …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing my first card as design team member of the new Double “D” Challenge blog! The theme for this challenge is “Forget Me Not” accompanied by a lovely inspiration board you can see at the bottom of this post. Cards, altered projects, scrapbook pages, etc will be welcomed as long as the theme (of blue and flowers) is followed!

I used different dies to create my card for this challenge and keep it quite simple. The blue flowers are from “Little Birdie” and new to my stash. I just love the color and sparkling gemstones. I adhere the flowers to green flourishes and layered the two clusters on a white trellis background. The sentiment is a Spellbinders die cut. Hope you will get some inspiration from me to enter your creation for the first challenge at Double “D” Challenges.

Challenges I entered:

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A close-up of the flowers

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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The inspiration photo for my card

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Project details:

  • White, blue and green cardstock
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Patterns “Fancy Lattice” (S5-152)
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Sentiments Three” (S2-139)
  • Marianne Design Creatables  (LR0151)
  • Little Birdie Boutique Elements “Jewelled Florettes Jamaican Sea (CR45816)
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Broken China”

Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

Thankful

Hi there and welcome!

A card to share for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for our challenge this time is “Thankful” with a beautiful photo for inspiration. You are welcome to submit any type of project and remember only our name is ‘shabby’, your design need not be! Our sponsor for this challenge is Great Impressions Rubber Stamps , but for more information hop over to The Shabby Tea Room.

For my card I used a stamp from Impression Obsession to create the wooden planks for the background .Taking inspiration from the photo, I used the autumn colors and also burlap and cord. I’ve used several different dies on this card for the embellishments and listed them in my project details. I added some flourishes, leaves, butterflies and roses in shades of brown. The sentiment is from a Sizzix stamp and Framelits die set and the lovely window die from Spellbinders. Hope this card will inspire you to create something for our challenge!

Challenges:

Autumn

The window

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The sentiment and tag

Autumn2

A close-up of the roses and leaves

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream and brown card-stock
  • Prima designer paper “Romantique”
  • Impression Obsession cover-a-card background stamp “Wooden Plank” (CC177)
  • Impression Obsession die “Leaves” (DIE095-D)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Window Two” (S2-016)
  • Spellbinders die D-Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Flourishes” (LR0271)
  • Sizzix Stamp and Framelits die set “Tags and sentiments” (659100)
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Vintage photo” and “Walnut Stain”
  • Burlap
  • Roses
  • Wax cord
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Pearls

Thanks for stopping by and your comment is much appreciated! Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Kind regards,

Amelia

Summer Picnic

Hello friends,

There is a new challenge starting today at The Shabby Tea Room and the theme for is “Summer Picnic”. The sponsor for this challenge is Dies R Us and the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at the DRU store. For more details about how to enter, the inspiration photo and to see more lovely design team cards visit the The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog. We would love to see your entry for this challenge!

In the southern hemisphere we are still in the midst of winter and the past few days were freezing cold in South Africa. Despite of this I enjoyed making this card with its summery feel. I used a lot of dies on this card and you can see the project details at the end of this post. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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The picnic basket and jug

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The flowers and bow

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More flowers, a flourish and a tiny butterfly

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The sentiment

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Little butterflies

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White and pink cardstock
  • Designer paper from Cart-Us paper pad “Roses” and Prima “Annalee” collection
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Romantic Rose”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Homespun”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Sprigs”
  • Marianne Designs Craftables “Basket” CR1208
  • Paper Smooches Wise dies “Birthday Words” FBD120
  • Martha Stewart punch “Classic Butterflies”
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Paper flowers
  • Gemstones
  • White craft paint

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

Regards,

Amelia

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