A Toast to 2017

Hello friends,

This is my last post for 2016 and my wish to all of you is:

May 2017 be filled with peace, warmth and togetherness in your family and much prosperity! Happy New Year!

Thank you for all your support and kind comments during 2016, I appreciate it so much. To celebrate 2017 I chose a cute mouse image from my new Penny Black stamp set “Critter Time”. I colored the image with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and added a little glitter to the cool drink for sparkle. The circle  is lifted from the card base with mirror tape to add dimension. The sentiment die cut is from Paper Smooches “Birthday Words”

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of the image

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Project details:

  • White and black cardstock
  • Penny Black stamp set “Critter Time” (30234)
  • Paper Smooches sentiment die ” Birthday words” (FBD120)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Small”
  • Glitter
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencil

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!

Regards,

Amelia

 

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Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card for the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is “Dreaming of a White Christmas”. 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 ca-dd-white-4-tileprize to win!

I used the white and silver colors in the tile as inspiration for my card. For my white creation I decided on lots of texture, layering, embossing, embellishments and also distressing. The star is cut with a Spellbinders die and layered on an embossed music background. To give a soft feel to the card I added a piece of lace and a white bow. For sparkle I covered the star with crystal glitter, add some silver die cut snowflakes and berries. The sentiment is cut with a Paper Smooches die.

Challenges:

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A close-up of the sparkling star and sentiment

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The bow and silver berries

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The inside with music and snowflakes

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Project details:

  • White card-stock
  • Music designer paper
  • Silver mirror board
  • Spellbinders Holiday die ” Shining star 1″ (S2-181)
  • Paper Smooches die “Christmas Words” (OCD087)
  • Marianne Design Craftables “Snowflakes” (CR1335)
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder “Postcard & Sheet Music set (Sizzix 656946)
  • Silver berries and string pearls
  • Hug Snug seam binding “White”
  • Vintage lace
  • Teddy glitter “Rainbow crystal”

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

Kind regards,

Amelia

Christmas Time

Hello friends,

A Christmas card to share – my first one this year.  I have the honor to be a guest designer for Let’s Craft and Create Challenges today. Mary asked me to play along with the Christmas/ New Year challenge starting today on the blog. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of  this lovely challenge.

My card is created in traditional Christmas colors of green red and gold. To capture our summer Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere I used some kraft, brown and cream colors as well for a more rustic look. I layered the Christmas tree on music paper and added a bow with berries and little tags. To add a fun and festive feel to the card I used lots of red and gold stars. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

Challenges I entered:

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A close-up of the Christmas tree

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The bow and labels with little stars

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The sentiment in rustic brown

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Kraft and brown card-stock
  • Music paper
  • Leane Creatief Paper Patch die “Tree” (no. 45.2335)
  • Paper Smooches sentiment die “Christmas Words” (OCD087)
  • Crealies Text dies “Merry Christmas” (CLTD 101)
  • Small labels
  • Berries
  • Red and gold stars
  • Hug Snug seam binding ‘Lipstick red”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”

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

Regards,

Amelia

A Happy Hello …

Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a sunny Spring card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. The theme is “Yellow – A Happy Place To Be!” Yellowand 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 blog and start creating – we would love to see your card this fortnight.

I love the beautiful bird house in the inspiration tile and decided to make  it the main focus of my card. I die cut three birdhouses with a Cottage Cutz die, layered them on yellow gingham paper and a paper doily. To finish of  I added green swirls, paper roses, a few birdies and a happy “hello” sentiment. Hope you are inspired by my card and will join in the fun at Double D Challenges.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of the birdhouses

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The sentiment and roses

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • White, yellow, green, orange and blue card-stock.
  • Gingham paper
  • Cottage Cutz die ‘Tall Birdhouse” (CC4x4-203)
  • Paper Smooches wise dies “Hello words” (J1D116)
  • Memory Box die “Tippington Vine” (No. 99299)
  • Memory Box die “Resting Birds” (No. 98527)
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Mustard Seed” ; “Dried Marigold”
  • Paper roses
  • Paper doily

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments!

Regards,

Amelia

Holiday Sparkle

Hello friends,

Another Christmas card for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for this fortnight is “Holiday Sparkle” and this week’s winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at the Dies R Us store. What an awesome prize!

I used the lovely shabby pink and silver colors in the photo as inspiration for my card. I just love pink Christmas cards! The Christmas tree is cut with a Memory Box die  and layered the tree on a pink triangle to provide a sturdy base for the “decorations”. I added my favorite pink roses, silver gemstones, stars and cord to create the sparkle on the tree. For the background I used rose paper and a piece of vintage lace. The sentiment is cut with a Paper Smooches Christmas Words die. There are beautiful cards from the design team at The Shabby Tea Room blog and a visit  to see them will be  worthwhile.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

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A close-up of the Christmas tree

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The flowers

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The sentiment in silver

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A peep at the inside

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Project details:

  • Cream, silver and pink cardstock
  • Memory Box die “Snowflake Tree” No. 98405
  • Paper Smooches “Christmas Words” OCD087
  • Lace
  • Silver gemstones, stars and cord
  • Paper roses
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. I enjoy reading all your comments and they are much appreciated.

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

In The Tea Room…

Hello friends,

I visited The Shabby Tea Room recently and saw they have a design team call for three new members. This is a six-month DT term June 2015 DT Callbeginning on July 1st, 2015. I so much love this challenge blog and always admires the lovely creations the Shabby girls showcased with each challenge – maybe this motivated me to enter the DT call with my card today. I used the beautiful inspiration picture to created a pink tea-themed card incorporating the colors, roses and teapot.

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The tea pot dressed up with  roses and pearls

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A close-up of the sentiment

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A little heart for more shabbiness

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A peep at the inside – and more hearts!

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Project details:

  • Cream and pink cardstock
  • Designer paper from Lilac and Lavender
  • Lea’bilities tea set die “Leane no 45.8862”
  • Paper Smooches Wise die “Birthday Words’ (FBO120)
  • Spellbinders die “Classic Hearts”
  • Paper doiley
  • Pearls
  • Gemstone hearts
  • Paper roses
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Rose Petal”
  • Wax cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”

Challenges entered:

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

Regards,

Amelia

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