Santa

Hello friends,

November is here … and Christmas is on our doorstep! I have my first Christmas card for this year to share today at the Double D Challenge blog . Team Darlene is hosting this challenge with the theme of “Here comes Santa”. I was inspired by the picture of Santa Claus  as well as the brown tones in the inspiration board. The team have created beautiful cards – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I decided to create a rustic Christmas card with kraft colors. The design is very easy and ideal for mass production. I layered a strip of music paper on my kraft base card. The stamped Santa image was layered on a lacey circle die cut and lifted of the base card with mirror tape. For the traditional Christmas colors I added some greenery and red “gem stone” berries. A sentiment, a little bit of gold glitter and a tiny gold bow are the final touches to my card. The distressed edges adds a perfectly aged, weathered look.   Hope you like my take on the Double D Challenge “Here comes Santa Claus”.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

The Santa Claus image layered on a lacey circle

The sentiment

A close-up of the inside

Project details

Kraft paper — Music designer paper — BoBunny clear stamp “Father Christmas: (Item #SFC671) — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey circles” — Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Alterations die ‘ Festive greens” ( 662425) — Couture Creations Intricutz die “Merry Christmas set” (CO724947) — Red gem stones — Gold glitter — Gold cord for bow — Tim Holtz distress inks ‘”Tea Dye” and “Mowed Lawn”

Thank you for visiting today. and I appreciate your time to leave a comment so much. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Kind regards,

Amelia

 

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Hearts and Stars

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Diane is hosting this challenge with the theme “Red/White/Blue AND/OR Stars & Stripes”. Just look at the lovely mood board – it will surely help you to get started. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile.

I decided to play with hearts in different shapes and sizes as the focal point of my card. As the card is for a teenage girl I choose background papers that create the idea of a denim look. I layered the hearts on the blue striped background paper and added little red stars for a cheerful look. I finished off with a paper lace border, red roses, glitter and bows. The sentiment die is from Spellbinders. This was a really quick and easy card to make and I hope the (teenager!) recipient will love it.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

Hearts with red inlays

More hearts and stars

The flowers and bow

The sentiment

A peep at the inside

Project details

White, red and blue card-stock — Designer paper  — Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Hearts” — Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Phrase Set One”  (S4-563) —  Crealies Decorette Die “Interlocking Hearts” (CLDR 14) — Paper Lace — Roses — Stars — Wax cord — Hug Snug seam binding — Tim Holtz distress ink “Faded Jeans”

Thanks for stopping by! If you enjoy today’s card and want to see more, please visit again.  Take care and have a wonderful day.

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

Little Birdie …

Hello friends,

I have two clean and simple cards to share with you today.  A few weeks ago I bought my first Elizabeth Crafts dies and embossing folder from a local craft shop and what fun I had to play with these dies. I used the dies with some of my older Spellbinders dies and really like the outcome of this quick cards with a spring feel. It was ages since I last used an embossed background and doing so with these cards inspired me to take my forgotten stuff out of the cupboard and use them again.

I would like to enter my first card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of the bird and button flowers

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My second card with more shabby elements

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A close-up of the distressing, roses and sequins

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Project details for both cards:

  • White, blue, green and yellow cardstock
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs dies: 709 – Birds ; 724 – Best Wishes ; 722 – Hello
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folder: 118 – Spring Leaves
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites “Sprigs”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small” (Card 1)
  • Buttons (Card 1)
  • Roses, sequins and wax cord (Card 2)
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Barn Door” (Card 1) and “Peacock Feathers” (Card 2)

Thanks for visiting today and looking at my card. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards,

Amelia

A Delicate Flutter …

Hello friends,

When I saw the butterfly from the Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” set I immediately remembered the delicate oval die from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles” die set – it just matches the beautiful wings of the butterfly. For the vintage look lovers I used soft pink designer paper from BoBunny “Madeleine Collection” as background. A Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” is layered between the ovals to accentuate the butterfly. There is nothing outstanding about this card but for sure it was a creative journey to mix and match Spellbinders dies and to use the old and new ones together. You can see more creative ways to use your Spellbinders dies at Hope & Chances Creativity where Christine will inspire you with her beautiful creations.

Challenges:

  • Scrapy Land Challenges #11 (ends 02/15) – Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells (Dies: Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”, Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” and Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles”)
  • Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #265 (ends 02/11) – To Die For (Dies: Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love”, Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” and Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles”)

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The layers and butterfly

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The roses and sprig

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White and pink card-stock
  • BoBunny designer paper “Madeleine Collection”
  • Spellbinders Die D’Lites “Flutter Love” (S3-211)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D’Lites “Sprigs” (S2-048)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements ‘Radiant Rectangles” (S5-161)
  • Roses
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Tattered Rose” and “Peeled Paint”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thank you for looking at my cards today, I appreciate your comments so much. Thank you Christine for featuring my cards on your blog, what a wonderful opportunity you gave me.

Regards,

Amelia

Welcome Baby

Hello friends,

Happy New Year to all my followers and visitors. Your visits and comments during 2014 are greatly appreciated and never once taken for granted. Thank you so much for sharing my passion and I wish you all good health, peace and fulfillment in the coming year.

Today I am sharing a baby card I made for a friend’s neighbour who was blessed with a baby girl. I used one of my favourite color combo’s – green and pink – and did some paper piecing for the Marianne Design Creatables vintage pram die cut. Some fancy buttons, a cheerful bunting, bows and Prima roses were added as embellishments. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Challenges:

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 A close-up of the vintage pram

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The sentiment

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Pink roses and buttons for a little girl

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White and green cardstock
  • Designer paper : Prima “Annalee” ; “Romantique”  and Authentique “Delightful”
  • Joanna Sheen Signature die “Bunting” SD064
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0218
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fancy Ovals”
  • Olba punch for leaves
  • Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp
  • Prima flowers “Encore” Item #561345
  • Buttons
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Iced Lime”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Victorian Velvet” and “Bundled Sage”

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Kind regards,

Amelia

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing …

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer day in South Africa. Today I am posting my last project for the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog as it is the closing challenge for this vintage/shabby blog. I joined the design team in November 2012 and what a wonderful creative journey it was. Thank you Cec and the wonderful design team ladies I worked with – I am going to miss you all. The theme for the last challenge is “No cards”  – the Design team would love to see gifts, home decor, altered items, etc. in the vintage or shabby chic style.

I made some Christmas ornaments with angel images for decorating my tree this year. For the baubles I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”  and added  flourishes to the top and bottom of each bauble. The bottom flourish is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Corner Flourish” and the top one from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities  “Lace Hearts” set. For embellishments I added paper roses, a crystal bead and lots of glitter.

Challenges:

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I made a second one…

Christmas_Ornaments2A close-up of the images from Little Birdie Blessings and Wings of Whimsy

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The flowers, tiny leaves, glitter and a crystal bead on one of the ornaments

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Project details:

  • Gold card-stock
  • Vintage images from Wings of Whimsy  and Little Birdie Blessings
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites “Corner Flourish”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Lace Hearts”
  • Olba punch for tiny leaves
  • Paper rose
  • Crystal bead
  • Gold bead
  • Skwiglues “Gold”
  • Gold cord

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

Regards,

Amelia

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