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

Beauty of a Butterfly

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the beautiful theme of “Butterflies”. Butterflies are always a favourite DD_Butterfliestheme for me – maybe it is their lovely colours and elegance. The team created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

My inspiration from the picture was the lovely colours and so I tried to incorporated the yellow, pink, green and black into my card. I used a beautiful designer paper as background, then layered an intricate rose edge die cut on the one side for interest. I used watercolours to paint the butterflies to match the colours of the flowers on the designer paper. I finished off with pearl swirls and a sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of one of the butterflies

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The sentiment

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

White and black card-stock — Mintay designer paper “Beauty in Bloom” — Precious Marieke die “Rose Edge” (PM10156) — Sizzix Thinlits (Tim Holtz Alterations) die “Detailed Butterflies, Mini” (661802) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Mini Expressions – You Are The Best” ( CEDME034) — Black pearl swirls — Tim Holtz distress ink “Worn Lipstick”

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

Vintage Scraps

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Scraps” (Use your scraps).  The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you DD_Scraps– a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. The prize to win for this challenge is a “My Favourite Things – Notched Border die” and absolutely gorgeous!

I used left-over paper from a Mintay paper pad “Love Letters” to create a vintage card. I used the sheet with the small images and die cut each of them with a small scalloped rectangle die. I added the pieces with mirror tape, for dimension, to the base card to form a square of pictures. Each image is then embellished with a rose and leaves cut from scraps of green paper. I finished off with a sentiment, pearl strings, a bow, a bit of glitter and a little pearl heart. I love the outcome of this card!

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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Two of the images and embellishments

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The sentiment, bow and pearl heart

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

Cream card-stock for base card — Green and cream scraps of paper for sentiment and leaves — Mintay “Love Letters” polka dot designer paper — Mintay “Love Letters” sheet of designer images — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large”  — Poppystamps “Leafy Sprig” (No 1001) — Creative Expressions Craft die “Mini Expressions – Wishes Come True” (CEDME040) — Roses — Pearl strings — Wax cord for bow — Pearl heart — Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”  — Glitter glue.

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

Spring

Hello friends,

We are celebrating “Spring” at Double D Challenges and I hope you can join us this week DD_Springwith your flower creations. Although we are on the brink of winter in the southern hemisphere and the lovely autumn days are almost gone, I love to do cards with pretty flowers.With such a lovely inspiration photo you can just let the creative juices flow. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge – we would love to see your card.

I used a flowery background paper for my base layer and then added delicate die cut vines in a wreath pattern.  The flower bouquets are arranged on the vines to match the flower pattern of the designer paper. I added  vintage bird cages, silver bows and pearls. I finished off with a die cut sentiment.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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The roses and bird cage

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The sentiment

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Another rose bouquet, pearls and bow

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

Cream, black and greenish gray card-stock — Mintay Designer papers “Love Letters” — Couture Creations Intricutz die “Classic Vine” (CO724046) — Nellie’s Choice Vintasia Figurative die “Vintasia Birdcage” (VIND036) — Impression Obsession sentiment die “For You” (DIE383-C) — Paper roses — Silver tread for bows — Pearls — Tim Holtz distress ink “Pumice Stone”

Thanks for visiting today and for leaving comments – I really appreciate your time. Have a wonderful day and please come and join us at Double D Challenges.

Kind regards,

Amelia

Balloons

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme “Balloons”. The team created beautiful cards to inspire you DD_Balloons– a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. And as always there is a prize for one lucky random winner!

I like to make cards with a pink and green colour scheme – it is always so pretty and soft on the eye. I used  a lovely designer paper from Mintay  as a background for my die-cut hot air balloon. I cut the balloon twice from white and black card-stock, snip off the lower part of the white die-cut balloon and glue the white top part onto the upper part of the black die-cut. The balloon and basket were lightly coloured with grey ink. I embellished the balloon with pearls, paper flowers and leaves and layered it on the background paper with mirror tape for dimension.   I really love the outcome of this as the die-cut balloon matches the balloons on the background paper perfectly. I added a leaf flourish at the bottom for interest. I fussy cut some flowers from the same designer paper and layered this also with mirror tape for dimension. I finished of with a die-cut sentiment.  Hope you like my take on the challenge!

I entered my card in the following challenges:

  • Scrapy Land Challenges #130 (ends 02/05) – Anything Goes with a die cut from a brand that Scrapy Land sells (Dies:  Spellbinders In’spire die “Up and Away” (IN-050) — Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No 99299) — Creative Expressions Necessities die “A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024) — Creative Expressions Finishing Touches die “Swirly Leaf Trio” (CED 1468))
  • Dies R Us Challenge #137 (ends 01/28) – Birthdays (Dies: Spellbinders, Creative Expressions and Memory Box)
  • Use Your Stuff Challenge #389 (ends 01/18) – Anything Goes
  • Funky Junky Boutique Challenge  (ends 01/21) – Let’s Play Tic Tac Toe in Shabby Chic style (Layers (Background paper, Fussy cut flowers. Balloon) , Bling (Pearls) and Die-Cuts (Balloon, Sentiment, Vine))
  • The Paper Funday January Challenge #13 (01/31) –  Anything Goes

Balloons

A close-up of the hot air balloon

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The sentiment

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The flowers

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A peep at the inside

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Project details

White, green and black card-stock — Mintay by Karola designer paper “Secret Places”  (MT-SEC-08) — Spellbinders In’spire die “Up and Away” (IN-050) — Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No 99299) — Creative Expressions Necessities die “A Little Birdie Told Me” (CED23024) — Creative Expressions Finishing Touches die “Swirly Leaf Trio” (CED 1468) — Tim Holtz distress ink “Pumice Stone” — Paper flowers — Pearls

Thank you for stopping by today, I really appreciated your time. I would love to read what you think about the card. Have a wonderful day.

Regards,

Amelia

Christmas – Shabby Chic Style

Hello friends,

A Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is “What is Your Christmas Style”. Do you love Traditional, Modern, Elegant, All DD_ChristmasStyleWhite, Vintage?  Please add what style your card is in your blog post when entering the challenge.  The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile and as always there is a lovely prize to win!

I love the shabby chic style and of course lots of pink and bling for Christmas. I decided to use pink rose designer paper for my background and then layered it on kraft card-stock to add a rustic element. I added a kraft die cut wreath as frame for my reindeer picture. I attached the  wreath with a bow and roses to the leaves and lace border. The wreath is embellished with lots of gemstones and pearls for sparkle. I finished off with a sentiment and silver stars. I love the soft colours and shabby chic/rustic look of this Christmas card.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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The adorable image framed with a wreath

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The sentiment

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A close-up of the flowers

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A peep at the inside

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Projects details

White and kraft card-stock — Mintay by Karola designer paper and image “Cozy Evening” — Studio Light die (Winter Trails) “Christmas Wreath” (STENCILWT101) — Sizzix Thinlits dies “Crochet” (664178) — Paper Smooches Wise dies “Christmas Words” (OCD087) — Unbranded dies “Leaves” — Silver stars — Gemstones — Pearls — Wax cord for bows — Roses — Tim Holtz distress ink “Tea Dye”

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

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