Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Time for a cupcake

Good morning friends and a happy Wednesday to all,
Yes I think it is time to relax with a delicious cupcake and tea. Had a busy and frustrating woes, and classes and orders...won't bore you with details, I think a cupcake is just the right thing.
My card today was made last week, but due to some problems couldn't get it posted till now. It was made for the Duo challenge, if you have requested the template you have to submit a card, and I am getting in just before the deadline.

I used papers from my stash for layering the cupcake.
The image is a one of a number of new images from Digistams4Joy called Cupcake Cindy.   I thought she was so cute and decided to use her here. Coloured with watercolour pencils, cut out and popped us with foam dots.
The teapot is a new die from Joycrafts that I had  just received, and added a little tag.
The sentiment is from a set that I have, don't know the name.

I will be entering some challenges with this card;

Duo challenge
Celebrate the occassion no. 164..Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments..Anything goes
Creative Card Crew 11..Dimension
Party Time Tuesday..Anything goes.
Love to Create...Add a sentiment

That's all from me today. Thanks for visiting and would love to have your comments,
Take care, have fun and see you soon.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Happy Sunday to everyone.......
This morning over at
 there are about 22 new images being released...and what a variety. There is something for everyone... The card I have to show today is using the image.Chapel Window...and you can find it in the Wedding section

I wanted to keep it very simple. Coloured the image with a combination of distress inks, and twinkling H20's .
I cut an oval into an embossed square and matted this over the image. Finished it off with pearls in the corners.
The sentiment is computer generated.
This image is ideal for many occassions, wedding, 1st Communions, Confirmations, Sympathy

I am entering it in a few challenges

Hot  Shot Crafts Use die cuts
Inspire me Fridays..Anything goes
Aud Sentiments...Any sentiment
Great Impressions..Anything goes

Thanks for popping, have a great weekend and see you soon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cute as a Button with New Images at Digistamps4Joy

Happy Wednesday bloggers,
To day is a special challenge  at  Digistamps4Joy..No 42...Cute as a we ask you  to use a button on your project....all the DT are using newly released I challenge you if you have not yet done so, to go and have a look at all the cards made by my fellow teamies...they are awesome.

For my card I used Winter Wendy and you can find here  HERE. She landed at the right blog as we have had the first really cold weather of the winter this week.
I coloured the image with watercolour pencils, added a little puff paint for the froth on the cocoa and 2 little red popm-poms on her hat. and cut it out mounted on a cuttlebug embossed die cut.
The card was made with an X-cut die and I used all the sizes for the layers using various papers from my stash
The sentiment was computer generated and attached with 2 little heart brads.
Some buttons to finish off, and brushed some ice stickles on to look frosty and cold....not sure they show up too well.
I certainly hope to see some of you taking part in this challenge, and you do not have to have a DS4J image to take part, but you do get an extra chance if you use one. 
I am entering a few challenges:
Sassy Studio Designs ..Use 3 of something..I used 3 buttons
Dutchdare Card Challenges...Shaped cards
Robyn's Fetish Challenge no.108..Anything goes
Creative Card Crew...Dimension
Made especially for youUse 3 of something...3 buttons
The crazy challenge...3D
Make it MondayCreate-share-inspire

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week, take care and have fun.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flowers for the Colour challenge

Good morning friends,
Tuesdays are always colourful, especially at The Outlawz, with our  Colour challenge and this week is no exception. The colour pallette and inspirational picture was chosen by my Teamie Teresa with the twist being to use an inking or painting technique.

Our sponsor for the month of May has been Dearie Dolls Digi stamps and the prize is the set of images used by the DT during the month.

For my card this week I decided to go with flowers.

For my inking technique, I inked up an embossing folder with Distress inkpads, inserted the paper and ran it through the cuttlebug. The folder is one I bought while in The Netherlands last year, and has no name to it.
I cut 3 sets of daisies with a Joycrafts die, attached them with a brad.  Added some bling centres to the embossed flowers and coloured the little hearts.
The sentiment is from my stash, cut with a label die and attached with ribbon.

There are some lovely cards made my the members of the Design Team, so pop on over and see what inspires you, then join us with your creation.
I will enter this in a few challenges:
Made Especially For You ...Use 3 of something...3 brads

Will be back soon, in the meantime have fun and take care

Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's's raining

Happy Sunday everyone...
NO it's not really raining, only in my card....Here in our part of South Africa our rainy season is over...we might get an occassional drop of rain in the winter, but that is not normal.
Today's card is made once again using an image from Digistamps4Joy...It's raining.
Papers...I think they are from Fabscraps....
Image...It's.... raining coloured with watercolour pencils and cut out with an Xcut die ...I coated her wellies with some dimensional glaze, to make them look like PVC, not too successful....
Sentiment ...Whiff of Joy cut with an Xcut lable die and attached with brads.
A ribbon bow and charm to finish off.

BREAKING NEWS.......22 new images being release in the shop today, so go and have a look

Will enter in the following challenges:
Emergency Crafters...spots and stripes
Elke Kaart een Feesje No.115...Anything goes
Crazy Challenge....Outside
Simon Says  Stamp and Show...Anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs....Weather related

Have a wonderful Sunday...hope you are having fun...Take care and see you soon.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Smiling with Emma

Good morning friends and a happy Saturday,
The weekend kind of crept up and boom just arrived and I think so has winter. We have still had mild weather not even thinking of any heating, just something extra to wear, but I think that is about to change...but it is almost the end of May, so we shouldn't complain.
I made a card to day using one of the newer images Emma from Digistamps4 Joy. There are a number of new images in the shop and tomorrow a whole lot more are being I think it might be a good idea to have a look at some of the gorgeous designs created by Margy and Jen.
I was asked to make some cards for various occassions  that are not too pricey, so obviously I don't want to spend too much time on this is one of a number that I am showing.

The paper used is from a cardstock bundle Pastels by American Traditional Designs.
The image Emma is coloured with watercolour pencils and cut with a Nestability die,
The flowers are cut with Marianne Design dies mounted with silicone dots and a pearl centre.
Sentiment is from Whiff of Joy, cut with an Xcut lable die and edges inked.
Entering it in the following challenges:
Get Hippity with Ippity No.20... Sketch
Hot Shot Crafts No.8...Use die cuts
Inspire me Fridays No.59...Anything goes
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, having fun and take care. See you soon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fruity time at The Outlawz

Good afternoon friends,
Yes I know I am running a bit late, but it has been a madly busy few days, and I have also had a bit of a battle with my back...this slowed me down, but I think I am slowly getting back on track. Welcome to my new friends...great to see you here and hope you will find some inspiration to return often.

Today being Tuesday it is again the  Colour challenge at The Outlawz, and this week it was Guylou's turn to choose a photo inspiration and colour palette, with the twist being add a fruit print or embellishment

Lovely summery colours...but here we are heading into winter, so not ideal for us, but I managed something...and last Sunday being Mother's Day we had a lovely brunch with our son & DIL and there  on the table were the most beautiful and delicous strawberries....

The paper I used was  all from my scrap box. I decided to stamp strawberries on the yellow spotted paper to match the fruit on the dress.
The image is a Whiff of Joy that I haven't used in absolutely ages. Coloured with watercolour pencils cut out with a scolloped die.
The sentiment was computer generated and cut out with an X-cut label die.
A ribbon and an apple brad just finished it off.

This month our sponsor for all the challenges is
Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps
and you have a chance to win 4 digi images that the DT are using this month.
So please go and have a look at the fantastic cards made by the DT and then come and join us with your entry.

I will be looking to enter this in some challenges

Simon Says stamp and show...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes

Hope to be back soon, with something else to show you, but in the meantime take care and have fun.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Good morning everyone I have some super news. Digistamps4Joy are having a sale!!!!

Friday 11th May at 06h00 CAT (Central African Time) to Sunday 13th May 18h00

Digistamps4Joy is offering a 15% Mother's Day discount on any order $5 and over, when you use the following code at checkout.


A free digistamp will also be emailed to customers who order $8 or more worth of digis.
Now please make a note of the date...this is a super opportunity to grab some of those new images

Here is the card I made with the free digi that will be available..

I couloured the image with Distress ink pads, cut it out with a Nestability die, punched some small flowers and added them instead of colouring in and added bling to the centres,
The striped  Dp is from a pack of Wilson & Maclagan. The other was a freebie from Jak Heath, who has some lovely papers...and  you can find the link on her blog
Finished it all off with some ribbon and a few pearls

This will be the card for my MIL on Sunday. She will be turning 100 on 18 July, so we are very blessed to still have here with us.

I would like to enter it in a few challenges:
Through the Craftroom DoorMother's Day,
Crafts and Me challenges punches and diecuts
Whacky Wednesday Mother's Day

Hope you like it and don't forget Friday morning...check out the lovely images at Ds4J.

It's almost weekend, so have a good time and take care...See you soon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thank you.........DS4J Challenge 41

Good morning friends
Wednesday and a brand new challenge from  Digistamps4Joy., but what a great 2 weeks we have had. The blog hop was fun and I hope you enjoyed all the stops you made, and that you commented on each blog.
 Congratulations to all the winners   and thank you for participating in our bloghop....Have you checked to see if you are a winner of one of the super prizes?....All the details are on the winners page.

I had a prize of a $10 gift certificate from Guylou's Inimitability for someone who commented on my blog and followed all the requirements, and I am pleased to announce the lucky winner is ...Ta..Da..


Congratulations Vicki!! Please email me at with your details and I will send you the necessary information to claim your prize.

If you weren't that lucky this's another chance to win some Digistamps4Joy images...

Welcome to the first challenge of our new blog

We would like you to create a papercraft project (it doesn't have to be a card) that expresses an attitude of gratitude
Your creation can be for any occasion whatsoever, as long as it's a THANK YOU.
Here is my card for this challenge

The image I used is Let's go and the reason for me choosing this particular sentiment is to say THANK YOU to a very special team mate...JEN. She invited me to join the team last year, and it was as if she took my hand and said.."Let's go"...She has been a great friend ...ready to help and advise and a great inspiration. She has been the challenge co-ordinator on the old DS4J blog, and has carried on with the new blog, and just makes everything run smoothly.

Thank you Jen for all that you do for this group

My DP was from a paper pad, but the name has got lost. I used cardstock to emboss the words folder, which I think had all the words that I see in a friend.
The image I used is Let's go and can be found  HERE. I coloured it with distress ink pads and the girl's clothes with Twinkling H20's, for a bit of a shine...cut it out with a Nestability and mounted it with 3D foam pads.
The sentiments are from my stash of sentiments ...cut them out with labels dies. Added a red heart button.

Looking forward to seeing your creations and do have a look at all the lovely cards that the DT have made using some of the new images from the STORE
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Craft Room
Creative Craft Challenge...Anything goes
Oldie but Goodie...Die cuts and punches
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Tammy Scrapin Corner Die cuts and punches

That's it from me....will be back soon, take care and have fun

New Beginnings...DS4J

This post will stay at the top till after the Hop, please scroll down for newer posts

Good morning friends,
Welcome to our NEW BEGINNINGS Blog Hop. You should have arrived from  STARLA in USA  at URSULA  in Roodepoort, South Africa.

Digistamps4Joy is running a Blog Hop from 25 April to 9 May 2012 to introduce you to our NEW blog  We will lead you from the current blog, all the way through the blogs of our amazing DT, to end up at the new blog. Each and every stop on the hop is offering a randomly drawn prize from one of our sponsors.. So come on in, meet our Design Team and have some fun along the way

If you landed on my page first, then carry on down the list, and then from the top again till you are back here at my blog, or else start at the top of the current
 Digistamps4Joy blog, and work your way through to the final stop, our NEW Digistamps4Joy blog. The hop order is indicated on each blog, so you shouldn't "get lost"!!!

Digistamps4Joy (current blog)
URSULA (that's me)
  Digistamps4Joy NEW BLOG  (your next and last stop)

Here is my card I made for this New Beginning Blog Hop

The paper I used is from a pad "Pampered Pets" by Andrea Jayne.
The frame was cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD and the leaves are a Marianne Design die.
The corners were punched with a butterfly punch.
The image is  coloured with Aquarelle pencils and Twinkling H20's, cut out and mounted on foam pads.
All the esges were inked with Distress inkpads.
The sentiment was computer generated and I finished off the card with pearls.

This time I also decorated the inside of the card, using papers from the same pad, and the same dies  and punches.
      The prize I am offering to one lucky visitor, is a $10 GIFT CERTIFICATE from 
Here you can choose some fantastic images to download. I invite you to have a look at the awesome designs that Guylou has on please be sure to leave  a comment here on my blog!!!
Please read these carefully, as we would hate you to miss out!!! 

1. Be/become a member of all the design team blogs as well as the NEW DS4J blog , (no need to join the old blog, as it will be closing)
2  Be/become a member of our  NEW Digisstamps4Joy Group on CDAC
3 MUST leave a comment on each blog.

Thank you for visiting my blog and your next stop is the final one at our exciting

The hop will end at 6 am (Central African Time) on Wednesday 9 May, and the full list of winners will be announced on Monday 14 May on the new Digistamps4Joy blog. The DT will also have their own winners posted on their blogs.
Take care and have fun

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Love blooms at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
welcome to another Tuesday colour challenge at The Outlawz.
Firstly I have a few new friends to welcome here is so lovely to have you join me and I hope you will leave some comments when you have visited. I love hearing from you. So onto the challenge for today.
The colour pallette and inspirational photo was  my choice this week, and the added twist is to use a red embelishment...

Our sponsor for the month of May is Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps and the prize is the 4 images that the DT will be using through the course of the month..

I hope you will go and have a look at the lovely cards made by the other members of the team and then join us with your creation.
Here is the card that I made this week

The DP I used is from a paper bundle of" Brights" by American Traditional Designs, matted onto dark blue cardstock
The image I chose to use is "Garden Angel". coloured with aquarelle pencils, and some glitter added to the wings. Cut it out with an oval Nestie and matted onto a blue scolloped cutout.
The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy, cut with a label die and mounted with brads.
My twist is the 3 buttons in the corner.
Not too fussy, but I think a lovely card for a garden lover.

I will enter it in the following challenges;

Emergency Crafters..Bold and bright
Crazy4challenges.....gardening/great outdoors
2 Sisters challenge blog...Anything goes
Mark's Finest Papers..use 3 of anything
Alphabet Challenge blog...G is for Garden
I look forward to seeing you over at the Colour challenge.
Take care and see you soon.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Freebie at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends,
Some exciting news for this Friday morning....There is a super freebie going at the  Digistamps4Joy I would suggest the you head over as fast as you can and collect it  .it is only available for 2 days 4-6 May.

While there you could have a look at the cards that the DT ladies made with the freebie.
This is my card using the image.

I decided on a gate fold card.
The DP I used was a gift in a RAK parcel from a blogging friend in UK and didn't have a name on it.
I printed my peacock, coloured it with Twinkling H20's, as this has a sparkle finish to it and I thought ideal for this project. I cut it out and had it perching on a picket fence that I cut with a Marianne Design die.
The tree is also a MD die, and I coloured it and the fence with distress ink pads.
The sentiment is from WOJ, cut with an X-cut label die.
On the inside I printed a birthday message and also cut it with an X-cut die.

I am entering this in the following challenges

Lej Designs challenge No.1....Anything goes
Simon says stamp and show... A kaleidescope of colour
Creative Craft Challenge...Anything goes
Make it Monday no.87...Create and share
Deep Ocean challenge...punches and dies
Tuesday Throwdown...In the garden

Please also remember the Digistamps4Joy blog hop is still on till if you haven't done the hop...there is still time.

Have a great weekend everyone and see you soon....Take care and have fun.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Specialy for you

Hello friends,
It feels like Monday, but Yippee... it is Wednesday... I guess that's what happens when there are a couple of holidays either side of the weekend.
I would like to sat a big hello to me new friends that are following my blog. Thank you for coming..hope you will come back often, and that I can inspire you with some of my creations.

I had a chance yesterday to do some playing ...I had been to  Country Crafts last week and Joan had just got in some new stock..I had a problem...wanted so much.. I came away with a couple of new dies, stamps, and papers...but the paper was mainly for the next set of workshops.  I made the following card just for fun using a couple of the new items.

The DP was Making Meories..Vintage Findings. I had a piece in my stash...just sufficient for this card. I also used some on the inside to finish it off. combined with some plain blue cardstock.
I used a new Creatable die from Marianne Designs LR0214 to cut out and emboss the corner.
The image is  also a new one from Marianne Designs..Vintage ladies. Coloured with Distress inkpads, cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD and the edges all inked with Vintage photo.
Added lace, a punched out flower...Nellie Snellen floral punches.. some narrow ribbon and pearls to finish it off.
I added a tag with the sentiment. Depending on who the card goes to, I can change the tag.

I  usually  battle with vintage, but this one I think came together quite easily and I enjoyed it.

I will be entering it in the following challenges:
Chocolate Coffee and Cards challenge..Bingo...I used  ..distress, lace, emboss.
Dutch Dare Card challenge...Mother/ special lady
Dream Valley challenges..For a special lady
Addicted to Stamps challenge..Mother's day...Card for a woman.
PapertakeWeekly Anything goes/option with lace

Thanks for looking, would love you to leave a comment.
Take care and see you soon.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Magnificence..colour challenge

Good morning friends,
Well here we are at the beginning of another month. Today we are having a holiday here in South Africa..Worker's Day...the second one of the long does it mean we have to work, or do the workers have a holiday?...If crafting means work, then that's OK..LOL
Today over at The Outlawz is the next of our colour challenges and our theme for the month is "May Magnificence". Our colour palette was chosen by teamie Lori and the twist is to add something leafy.
We have a fabulous prize of 5 digis sponsored by
Dearie Dolls Digis
and also some other lovely prizes by our wonderful sponsors.

This is my card for the challenge

The DP that I used was a page from a paper pad I got at a good price from a local stationery store...
so no name on it, but I thought it was perfect for the "twist" on this challenge. Punched  2 opposite corners, the bottom one is not really visible.
I cut a frame with a Nellie Snellen MFD out of green cardstock,and used the same colour to matt the DP.
Sentiment is a local stamp, cut with a Marianne design flower die, as are the leaves, cut with a darker green cardstock..
2 buttons and a pearl to finish off.

We would love to have you join us in this month's challenges, so come on over and have a look at the gorgeous cards made by the other members of the DT. get some inspiration and show us your project. It doesn't have to be a card...

I am entering this in a challenge:
Aud Sentiments...Anything goes
Creative Monday challenge...Anything goes

Wishing you all a lovely it is gorgeous, sunny and temp today forecast 27deg...and that is autumn...but it will get colder again soon.
Take care...