All White

Hello friends,

Today we have a fun new challenge at Double D Challenges . The theme for this fortnight is “All White”. I love working with lots of colors on my cards and is always in the deep end with “white” challenges. For my creation I decided on a shabby card with texture, layering, embossing and a few embellishments. To make the birdie, wreath and leaves pop on the white embossed background I used mirror tape to give some dimension. For embellishments I added two bows and a little music tag to match the embossed music background.  To bring the little birdie to life a pearl necklace was the finishing touch. Hope you like my take on the challenge.

I entered my card in the following challenges:

A close-up of the bird, wreath and leaves

The sentiment

The music tag

A peep at the inside

Project details

White card-stock — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder ” Postcard and Sheet Music Set” (656946) — Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Wreath” (S4-572) — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations  Thinlits die “Foliage” (661206) — Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations  Thinlits die “Celebrate” (660223) — Memory Box die “Meadow Bird” (98339) — Nellie’s Multi Frames “Tags” (MFD074) — Marianne Design Craftables “Music Notes” (CR1367) — Wax cord for bows — Pearls

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I appreciate it so much. To see more inspiring “All White” cards, a visit to Double D Challenge is worthwhile. Enjoy a wonderful day and happy crafting.




Butterfly Heart

Hello friends,

I am still on my journey to improve on my clean and simple card making skills and I can tell you it is a difficult style for me.  I was inspired by the sketch for the new challenge at CAS[E] this Sketch to create this card. I used a much neglected die to cut the pop up butterfly heart shape  and then added a few red butterflies to match the red polka dot washi tape. A gold die cut sentiment provided a little bit of bling.  I hope you enjoy this CAS card as much as I did in creating it!

Challenges I entered:

A close-up of the sentiment and butterflies

Project details

White and red card-stock — Gold mirror board — Polka dot washi tape — Memory Box die ” Butterfly Heart” ( No 98778) — Sizzix Thinlits die “Celebrate” (660223)

Thank you for visiting and looking at my card. I hope next time I show more improvement on the clean and simple style of card making! Have a wonderful day.



Happy Anniversary

Hello friends,

It is Double D Challenges One Year anniversary and to celebrate we have a beautiful mood board to inspire you. The theme is to use anything ca-dd-anv3-tileyou want as long as it is in/on the mood board.

But there is more news about our prizes! It will run as normal but besides the Top 3, Winner & winner, Diane will choose two additional winners who will receive prizes. All the details about the prizes are on the Double D Challenge blog. Besides these additional prizes some Design Team members will also be offering a prize – so be sure to pop over to their blogs for inspiration and a chance to win a prize in celebration of our anniversary.

The celebration prize I have to offer is a sentiment die from Poppystamps “Fancy Hello” . To stand a chance prizeto win please leave a comment and your name and I will pick one lucky random winner that will be announced on my blog on the 18th January when our next challenge goes live. I hope you will be able to participate  in our challenge – we would love to see your project!

For my card to celebrate the Double D Anniversary I used the peach colors and flowers as inspiration.  I die cut my background paper with a Sizzix multi media die  and added lots of hearts. The flower bouquet is layered on some vintage lace for a shabby feel. To finish off I added a die cut sentiment, bow and some silver glitter stones.

I also entered my card in the following challenges:


The sentiment


A close-up of the flowers


The hearts and flourish background


A peep at the inside


Project details of my card

Cream, peach and green card-stock — Graphic45 designer paper — Sizzix Thinlits (Tim Holtz Alterations) Multimedia die (9661185) — Sizzix Thinlits (Tim Holtz Alterartions) sentiment die (660223) — Memory Box die “Heart Waterfall” (No. 99079) — Poppystamps die “Leafy Sprig” (No. 1001) — Hug Snug seam binding “Cream” — Vintage lace — Paper roses and lilies — Silver glitter stones

I hope you enjoy today´s card. If you do, please share your thoughts in the comments. Remember to enter for the prize draw on my blog and to submit your project for the Double D Anniversary Challenge! Have a wonderful day.



Summer Butterflies

Hello friends,

Today’s creation is a shabby chic card, inspired by the new challenge at Double D Challenges. I am joining Team Darlene for this fun Purplechallenge. The theme is “Shades of Purple”. With such a lovely inspiration photo you can create anything in shades of purple. For more information about the challenge and the lovely prize visit the Double D Challenge blog. Looking forward to see your card!

I was inspired by the rosettes and butterflies in the picture and made it my focal point on the card.I added lots of gemstones and glitter, some vines, lace and paper roses for a shabby/vintage feeling. The sentiment is a Poppystamp die and I just love the vintage font. For the project list of dies used please scroll down to the end of my post.



The rosettes and butterflies


A close-up of the flowers and rosette


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Projects details:

  • White and purple card-stock
  • Prima designer paper “Meadow Lark”
  • Sixxiz Thinlits die “Rosettes” (658932)
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlit die “Mini Paper Rosettes” (657177)
  • Poppystamps sentiment die “Vintage Happy Birthday” (No. 1178)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die “Romantic Vines” (S4-581)
  • Crealies Butterflies die (No. 5)
  • Paper roses
  • Gemstones
  • Lace
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Dusty Concord”

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



Winter Wonderland

Hello friends,

Greeting you from a very hot summer day in South Africa.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your visits during 2015. I wish you all happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. Enjoy this very special and festive time with your family and loved ones.

Today I am posting my project for The Shabby Tea Room. The challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is called “Winter Wonderland” and the winner of this challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate from the Paper Sweeties boutique!

For my card I used lovely blue rosettes and silver snowflakes layered on an embossed background. The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties layered on a Spellbinders die cut. Although it is mid-summer in South Africa I really love creating this card.



A close-up of the rosettes


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details:

  • White and blue card-stock
  • Silver mirror board
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder “Tweets and Twigs”(EL-023)
  • Sizzix Thinlits dies “Rosettes” (658932)
  • Marianne Design Craftables  “Snowflakes” (CR1335)
  • Marianne Design Creatables “Snowflakes” (LR0393)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die “Detailes Scallops” (S6-004)
  • Paper Sweeties sentiment
  • Silver cord
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Broken China”

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




Spring Bouquet

Hi everyone, My card today is for all the cat lovers  – a colourful spring bouquet delivered by an adorable kitty. I used the inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room’s latest challenge for my color choice  – it is so beautiful and bright. The stamp is from Penny Black and as the image is so striking I just layered it on a Sizzix die cut and embellished the card with a few sweet blossoms. The sentiment is stamped on a tiny die cut tag and tied with a little purple bow. Hope the card will bring a lot of happiness to the receiver. Challenges:


 A close-up of the adorable cat


The sentiment and bow


The blossoms and daisies


A peep at the inside with more daisies

PB_SpringBouquet4Project details:

  • White cardstock
  • Prima designer paper “Sweet Fairy Collection” (Charmed)
  • Penny Black slapstick stamp “Merci Bouquet” (40-063)
  • Penny Black sentiment from “In the Garden” stamp set (30-044)
  • Sizzix Thinlits die “Frame, Garden Lattice” (659004)
  • Sizzix Framelits die “Tags” (659100)
  • Sweet blossoms
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Sky Mauve”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Antique Linen”
  • Memento Dye ink “Tuxedo Black”
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

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

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