Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No Mouse in the House at DS4J

Good morning friends,
We have arrived at the last day of November and being a Wednesday time for a New challenge at  Digistamps4joy. So here's the challenge.  The theme is Christmas, but  NO animals...not even a MOUSE.

Here is what I did:
Paper....My minds eye..Snowed in range. It was a pack that was free with a magazine, red cardstock.
Image...3 Kings from DS4J, coloured with twinkling H2O's, added somedetail with a  metallic pen and glitter on the crowns.
Embellishment ... Star cut with a cuttlebug die and some glitter added.
Sentiment...Computer generated.

Now it's over to you. We would love to see what you create, so please visit  the challenge blog and have a look at the cards created by the rest of the DT, You may enter even if you do not have a DS4J image, but if you do have one you get an extra chance in the draw, but we have a BONUS for you this week. If you enter a Christmas...No Mouse card, then you will be permitted to enter an "Anything Goes" card as well,  BUT it MUST have a DS4J image

This challenge will run for 4 weeks, not the usual 2, so you have no excuse not to enter. Look forward to seeing your creations.
Have fun, and see you soon.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Last GD card ...but GREAT news.....

Hello friends,
Being Tuesday it is time for the Colour challenge over at The Outlawz, and this is my last card as Guest Designer for November. It has been fun and challenging.....BUT....the GOOD news is I have been invited to stay on and join the Design Team of The Outlawz.  What a surprise that was and I am still feeling like a new kid at school with all the graduates. So thank you to Colleen and the team for inviting  me.

My card for this week's challenge was designed with these colours in mind, and the twist was to add buttons.

Paper....Papermania...Hampstead collection
Image...   From The Paper Shelter   coloured with Distress inks, cut out with a Nestability and mounted on foam pads.
Finished off with 3 little buttons.
I left the sentiment off, and will add something inside when I know who the recipient will be..

Please go over and have a look at the lovely cards of the team and check out the variety of digis from our sponsors. They really are lovely.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Four flap card

Hello blogging friends.
Happy Monday to you all. I trust those that had a holiday weekend had a good time, celebrating, relaxing, shopping....whatever it was I hope you enjoyed and had fun.
The card today was made for a Scorpal challenge and I will be using it in a class in a few weeks time, so wanted to try it out. It is actually very easy to make.

Grrrrr!!!! Why can't the photos go where I want them to????

Here is what I used.
Paper...Winter Wonderland collection from Docrafts
Image...Tatty Teddy from the paper pack
Sentiment...local company
Embellishments...Star.....Marianne Design die and snowflakes from a cuttlebug die..
Added a touvh of glitter to the star and the snowflakes.
The inside allows for a gift card or something flat to be enclosed.
\A great birthday of anytime card.

Hope you all have a great week, the days are rushing by only 26 to go till Christmas and 3 less to our holiday. Take care,...but have fun.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Be thankful

Good evening fellow bloggers,
Firstly I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating and having fun with family and friends. Here in South Africa we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I do think it would be the right thing to do, just to take a few minutes and think of all that we have to be thankful for.  I for one have a wonderful family that means so much to me, and I am also very thankful for the friends that I have made all over the world, through this great hobby of cardmaking and paper crafting. So to each and every one wherever you may be ...Thank you, may you all be richly blessed.
My card today was my entry this week as GD at
The Outlawz...colour challenge. We were given this colour pallete and the twist was ..must have a  pumpkin..paper/stamp/

I seemed to be very wanting on this theme, but found that I did have something to use.

Here's what I used.

Cream cardstock, matted orange and brown card. Put a piece of cream through the cuttlebug with pumpkin folder. Coloured them slightly with distress inks, just to add a bit of colour.
The sentiment was a freebie and I don't have a name for the artist. It actually had an acorn on the centre, that I was able to remove and added the pumpkins instead....Barry all I have on this one.
Hope you all have a wonderful week further and a lovely holiday weekend for those lucky enough to have one. We have had some lovely rains over the last few days, very heavy at times, least the garden is smiling.
Take care and see you soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Post-it easel

Good eveing friends,
It's been a little busy around here. Had a class today, and also the end of year with markets and everyone wanting their glazing done for markets, gifts etc., so very busy and the kilns firing constantly,....working late, and up early......but only 4 weeks to go and then we will be off on our holiday.

This is one of the cards that we did at class today. This was definitely the more popular one. Please forgive the photo we had very dark skies with rain and a bit of hail, but needed to try and get this post up as tomorrow is a bit of a hectic day.

I had made a second sample, but everyone chose for the calendar option.

Paper ....Papermania...capsule collection
Marianne design dies for the flower, swirl and tag. Covered the post it notes with a small tag and a stamped sentiment.
I found the design on the Stampartic blog here.
That's all for now, will try and be back soon. Take care and have a good week further.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Freebie challenge

Good morning friends,
Happy Saturday and  I hope you get to have a great weekend. Over at The Outlaws there is a new Creative Freebie challenge. Anne & Sandi have offered images to use and enter in the challenge. If you enter at least one you get to play again. I had hoped to do a couple but only managed this one. You should go an pay them a visit, because the images are amazing....these ladies sure can draw..
This is my entry.
Paper...white cardstock, DP ..Papermania..Silent Night.
Cuttlebug embossing folder. Anne Easton...The Outlawz..Creative Freebie challenge, coloured with distress inkpads.
Finished off with 3 pears.

Hopefully I will have more time for he next part of this challenge...I do love their images.
Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Take care.

Edit Note: I only posted this today Sunday, as blogger was being very difficult yesterday and I couldn't get this up.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Card or tag

Good morning friends,
Wednesday morning so another challenge from DigiStamps4Joy. This week we are playing "Tic Tac Toe in full colour" So why not hop on over and have a look at the challenge.
For my entry this week I decided on a tag. This one fits over a wine bottle...very easy to make and can be your card at the same time.
Here is what I used. cardstock, DP...Papermania...Silent Night
Image...DS4J,,,Cchristmas Treee coloured with distress inkpads, added glitter and peeloff gold stars, cut it out and mounted with foam pads.
Sentiment...Do Crafts, embossed with gold
Embellishment...Marianne Creatables Die.

That's my entry so we would like to see what you can do this week. You have 2 weeks to enter so hop on over and have a go. You do not have to have a DS4J image, but it will increase your chances of winning if you do.
That's it from me, take care and have fun.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Frieda goes to town

Good evening blogging friends.
I have had a busy day with classes, so only posting my GDT card now for the OutlawzTuesday colour challenge. These were the colours we had to work with, and the  twist was add flowers.

For my card I used a digi image from Anne's cards4U Anne has some lovely froggy digital images which are free.
I coloured her with copics and then cut it out, mounted on the lilypad with foam pads. The rest of the picture I coloured with distress inks, and cut that out with a Nestibility, which I mounted over a Marianne die.
Paper: greeen cardstock and a spotted purple which was a piece, punched the corners.
Sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.
Made some flowers to put onto her hat and also for the corner of the card.
Bling for her necklace and pearls finished it all off.
Hope you all have a great week, almost half way and only 39 day to Christmas. Take care.

Monday, November 14, 2011

CDAC progressive challenge 6

Hello friends,
Hope everyone has had a good start to the week.It promises to be a very hectic one for me, so best I just get on with it.
This card is my first and also the last for this challenge, as I will only just make it again. Had hoped to do more, but all kinds of things got in the way.

The image is from  Inked Treasures and I thought it would make a lovely birthday card for my granddaughter Gabriella in New Zealand. I coloured it with Copics....still trying to use them more often.... Cut it out and mounted it onto a scalloped oval.
Design papers from Wilson & Maclagan.
Sentiment...a no name stamp and finished with a bow.
I am also entering this into the The Outlawz .....Wednesday sketch challenge.
That's it for now, have to get this into the challenge  before it closes. Will be back soon. Have a great week and take care.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fancy fold Star

Happy Friday friends,
Today being 11/11 we remember all those that have offered up their lives through the years.
It is another scorcher of a day here in this part of South Africa. Temps of 30 plus deg. for the 3rd day and the forecast is for more of the same for the weekend....and not a drop of rain in sight. Would love to be able to share some of our heat with those that need it...LOL
My card today was one I made for a class I taught last week.I did find the idea somewhere, just lost the link, but will look for it and add it in here.

I found the link:   Stamp Owl's Studio The link to the card doesn't seem to work, so this is the link to the blog and the post for this tutorial is 8 April
   It is actually not a difficult card to make, just needs acurate measuring. It went down well with the class
Here is what I used.
Paper....local cardstock, DP from the Papermania range...Blueberry Pie and some silver card for matting.
The swirls were cut from Marianne design dies. finished off with pearls and paper the class we punched out flowers and embossed and coloured them.
On the inside cut a circle with a Nellie Snellen die for the message.

I will enter this in the following challenge
Cooking with Katie...Fancy fold add some flowers

I have a number of cards for various project to complete this weekend, if I can find a cool spot to work in.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Outlawz colour challenge

Good evening friends.
 Hope the week has been good so far. I had a great class this morning, but a frustrating afternoon, sorting out internet problems. Hopefully all is resolved.
On the Out lawz colour challenge this week we were asked to use these colours with the twist being to use gingham or houndstooth paper.

My card was made again using an image from one of the sponsors The paper shelter I coloured with distress inks cut with an oval, mounted onto a scolloped oval. Used my cuttlebug to emboss Happy birthday.
Stamped the sentiment onto a tag and mounted with gingham ribbon. Finished off with some pearls.

I will be entering it in the following challenge:
Totally Gorjuss following their sketch.

Enjoy the rest of the week. We are in for a very hot day tomorrow, temps reachinng 33deg. C.
Take care and have fun.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November.......almost at the end

Good morning friends,
A beautiful Sunday morning here, blue skies, the birds are all happy and it promises to be a lovely summery day. No rain forecast so a great day for doing all the outdoor activites that are planned.
We are almost at the end of this year as far as months go, so here is my page for November.

It was made by  Marcelle (Moz) Roberts  in Pietermaritzburg, one of my RSA group friends. She has put together a stunning page and her cards are always a pleasure to look at. You might want to pop over to her blog to have a look for yourself. She also makes the most gorgeous Teddy Bears and knitted socks.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend wherevery ou are and take care.
See you soon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

With gratitude

Good morning friends,
Yes, Wednesday and today at Digistamps 4 Joy is a new challenge.....with gratitude. I think we all have something to be thankful for...   This is my card

Here is what I used.
Paper...white cardstock, DP  from Fabscraps...cracked porcelain
Image:  Flower heart  printed onto watercolour paper, coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2O's. handmade flowers, paper roses and beads. The bow has another one paper pieced onto the original. Cut out with a Nellie Snellen die, inked edges and mounted with foam pads over a doily cut with  a Marianne Creatables die.
Sentiment: computer generated and finished off with pearls.
Would love to hear from you.

We would love to see you join us for this challenge, and if you use a DS4J image you have extra chances in the draw, but you are also welcome to use any other image.
That's it from me for now, have a great week further and take care.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sew cute

Good morning friends,
Happy Tuesday to you all and for those that celebrate Halloween, hope you had fun.
Well here we are with a brand new month, not many left this year......and then also some news. I was invited to be guest designer for November at The Outlaws...Tuesday colour challenge.  These are the colours to use, and the "November novelty twist"  is to use twine.
I was thrilled ...accepted of course...and here is my first card.

 An actual challenge as I had to come up with my own ideas, No DT cards to guide me... Here's what I did.
Paper ...Papermania..different ranges
Image..  Cute dressmaker from The Paper Shelter     coloured with Distress inkapds I love this image, reminded me of when I was younger and my Mom helped me with making my clothes. I did some faux stitching round the edges
I didn't have any twine, but substituted some flate woven ribbon on a diecut cotton reel generated      and finished off with three buttons.

Hope you like pop over and show us what you make.  Have a great week. Now that Halloween is over, I guess it is full steam into Christmas. Take care and have fun.