Thursday, August 30, 2012

Let's go shopping.....

Helo friends,
I was meant to post this card earlier, but got caught up with the  Paralympics, watching the swimming. SA had 2 swimmers tonight and got our first gold...Natalie du Toit is a real star.  Now back to the shopping.

I made this card for a challenge at Noor designs challenge The challenge is for a double easel card, with the pattern available from the blog.

The image is a Snoesjes image from Marianne Designs coloured with distress inks,  and I have used a selection of dies from Joy crafts, Nellie Snellen and Marianne Designs. The flower was made with coffee filter papers.
The sentiment is from Docrafts.
Finished off with pearls, seam binding, charms.
I am entering the following challenges.
Noor Design challenge...Double easel card
Scrapalicious blog...Anything goes
Perfect Sentiment challenge...Anything goes with a sentiment
LEJ Designs # 18...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays...Anything goes
Shopping our Stash # 66...Use your favourite things..I love my die cuts
Use it Tuesday #38...Use that ribbon...I am saving my seam binding..but used it today
Well the week is almost over, so enjoy the weekend, take care and have fun.  See you soon

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Colour challenge @ The Outlawz

Good morning fellow bloggers
Tuesday again, I am sure some of the days just disappear in the week...but anyway it is another colour challenge over at the Outlawz.

 This week it was the turn of 'yours truly' to choose the colours and inspirational picture, so I hope you will all come and join in the fun, with the twist being to use a letter of the alphabet on your card.

Our sponsor this month is  The Stamping Boutique, and the prize is the 3 digis used by the DT this month.

My card was made with a special friend in mind whose birthday was last week and I am pleased she really loved it.

The paper was from a pad with no name that I have, but was just right for this card. The border is a new Memory Box die...dummer border..and I think I'll use it often.
The sentiment was stamped onto an X-cut die, and the 'S' was cut from a cuttlebug die...I was lucky that it could be used as a scroll as well.
I added some bling, gems and pearls for sparkle.

The members of the DT have made gorgeous cards this week so please go and have a look at the ely cards they have made for inspiration, and we would love to have you join in with your creations.

I am going to enter some challenges:
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps challenge...Anything goes
The crazy challenge blog..Anything goes
Krafty Hands blog...Bling it up
Challenges 4 Everybody...Anything goes

Wishing you all a great week, for any friends in the path or vicinity of tropical storm Isaac... be safe
Take care and see you soon.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

New releases at DS4J

Good morning friends,
Hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend. Our weather is just great and that certainly makes for a lovely day.
Fantastic news at  Digistamps4Joy today.  New releases of a whole new range of images. Country Crafts in South Africa have given permission for their Janel range of stamps to be sold as digital images by DS4J, so please go and have a look for yourselves at the first of these lovely images to be released and some of the designs that  have been used by the DT members.

I have used one of the images, for my card. Now it's not a card one chooses to make, but they are needed from time to time...and I need some this week, so mine is a sympathy card with a lovely image.

I have coloured the image with Distress inks, cut out with a Nestability die. matted onto a New Marianne design paper.
Sentiment is from a local stamp company, finished off  with ribbon and pearls.
I will have a lot of use with this image, just changing colours
I will enter it in the following challenges:
Jackson's Digital Expressions/..Strutt your stuff

Friday, August 24, 2012


Good evening friends,
Just had word that Digistamps4Joy are looking for 2 new members for the DT. Are you interested???? great DT to work with, lovely digis, but then don't take my word for it...have a look at what is required and decide for youselves.
You will find all the details  HERE
Have a great evening and enjoy the weekend

Happy Friday

Good morning friends,
Yes it is Friday and a really lovely day here in South Africa...the birds are singing, the sun is shining, the Jasmine is sending off beautiful perfume, the fruit trees are blossoming....does that mean Spring is here......maybe!!!

Today I have something other than a card. I was so inspired by the beautiful notepads that my blogging friend Sharon is turning out, and thanks to the idea and inspiration of my friend Jenni, I decided to try my hand at one, and am loving them.

This is a particular favourite, going to a friend who loves baking.

I used some pieces of patterned papers that were bright and the image is one of Marianne Design Snoesjes.
The Sentiment is from Just-Rite stamps and finished off with a bow and a spoon charm.
I think I will enter it in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug Bingo challenge ..Bold and bright, pearl, sentiment
Moving along with the times...Anything but square
Paper Crafting Journey...Anything goes
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Have fun enjoy the good weather if you are lucky to have some and take care. See you soon

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DS4J goes Back to School

Good morning everyone and a happy Wednesday to you all,
Today at Digistamps4Joy the challenge is "Back to School" and it is team B to provide the inspiration, so I have a card for you. In South Africa, we start our school year in January, but I do have grandchildren that are all ready for the new year.

The image that I used is 'satchel'. I printed it out 3 times, once onto DP and cut it out paper pieced it onto the original image, and then coloured the satchel with distress inks, cut it out  and raised it with 3D dots. Cut a banner and wrote the sentiment with a white gel pen to give a blackboard effect.
The background paper is from a pad by Cart-us, and just loved the bright colours.

OK now it is your turn. If you have a look at the  challenge blog, the other members of the team have some awesome cards to show, and their are great prizes to win. You do not have to have a DS4J image to take part, but of course if you do use one, you get extra chances in the draw, and you might even be invited to be a guest designer....

I am entering this in the following challenges;
Scrap-Creations challenge..back to school
Oldie but Goodie challenge..paper piecing...(my DSP is more than 6mnths old).
Lexi's Creations...Back to school
Make it Monday...Anything goes
My Grafico #135"> Back toi school
One stitch at a time #127"> Back to school
Sentimental Sundays #116"> Banners and Pennants
The Stamping Boutique Challenge #47..Banner days

That's all from me today...have a great day, take care, but have fun

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is it Fall already???

Goodday friends,
First;y I would like to welcome some new friends. So glad you have joined and hope you will pop back often and find some inspiration in what I have to show.

Not sure how the weather is in your part of the world, but we are having glorious..almost summer weather. Temp to day is 27deg C. The blossoms are out on the trees and it is a sure sign that spring is just around the corner....but I know only too well we will still have a bit of winter creeping in.

Tuesday at The Outlawz is Colour Challenge day and this week our Inspirational photo and colour palette was chosen by Margaret, with the "Awfully Hot Augsut" twist of adding fall bling to your project.

With fall being very far from our thoughts here in SA, I did manage to put together a card.

I placed my cuttlebug dies together in a square and cut out the leaves, then used this negative matting it onto the red. My ribbon was not quite the gold colur required. Added a punched out sentiment and my bling is a glass leaf bead.  

I suggest you go and have a look at the cards made by the other DT members...they are quite stunning and then join in with your creation. Lovely prizes to be won from our sponsors.

I am going to enter a challenge or two 
KaboodleDoodles challenge #133... Thank you project
The crazy challenge #127...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show...Anything goes
Delightful Sketches challenge...punches and dies
The Crafty Pad..Dies and Punches

Thanks for popping in, would love to read your comments. Will be back tomorrow and in the meantime have fun and take care.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A basket of flowers

Happy Friday friends,
Just a quick post to share a card I made for a 90th birthday. Last Sunday we were invited to a beautiful tea party to celebrate the birthday of a very gracious lady. It was a lovely afternoon with all her family and a few selected friends, so we felt very honoured. This is the card I made for her.

Cut the front out with a die, and inked the edges with walnut stain. The basket is a Marianne Design die, also coloure with wlnut stain. Flowers were a mixture of Olba punches, and small hand punches, with bling or pearl centres. The corner scroll is a Cuttlebug die and finished off with pearls. The inside I used paper from a Marianne vintage pad.

I have to dash out, but will be back later to enter this in a challenge or two..I have found the following challenges to enter:

Party Time Tuesdays #81..Garden Delights
Tammy's Scrapin Corner#23..Add some flowers
Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy the weekend. Take care and see you soon.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Digistamps4Joy challenge...midway remider

Happy Wednesday everyone..
Today we are midway in the Digistamps4Joy challenge "Portrait of a Woman"...In South Africa we celebrated National Women's Day, so we are challenging you to make a papercraft creation that can be quirky,fun, frilly, elegant sophisticated, etc.  IT MUST SHOW HOW BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL A WOMAN IS,  at whatever age.  No witches, vampires, fairies etc.

Here is the card I made:
The DP was from Kaisercraft.
I used 2 images from DS4J, On the front ...lace fan..I printed it onto a rose patterned vellum.
 Inside I used..Candle ballerina, coloured her with Distress inks and Twinkling H20's. I cut it out  with an X-cut nesting die and layered it over 2 doilies cut with a Marianne design die.
The message was computer generated and finished off with pearls, flowers and ribbon.

Going to enter the following challenges:
Hope you all have a wonderful week and take care. See you back here soon.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday colour......check The Outlawz

Good afternoon friends,
I know it is a little late in the day, but I was out early and busy last here I am with my  card for this week's Colour Challenge

The gorgeous colour palette and inspirational photo was chosen by the talented Laurian, and she chose to have flowers included for the twist.

Our sponsor this month is The Stamping Boutique.
For my card I used:  
DP is from Daisy Dandelion...Picnic Patch
The image "Little girl - once upon a time" from The Stamping Boutique. I coloured it with Distress inks, added some liquid pearls in places. Cut it out with an X-cut die and layered it over a pink cutout with the same die.
The leaves are also a Marianne Design die and the flowers were a mixture of punches with some bling centres, and some pearls to finish.
I left off the sentiment as I wasn't sure for what ocassion I would be using it.

I think I will go and look for some challenges to enter:
Craft your Passion challenge #123...Gone Buggy..Have a bug in your image
Critter sketch challenge #128">...Use a digi
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Paper Pretties challenge...Anything goes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner...Add some flowers
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge...Anything goes

Hope you all have a wonderful week and thanks for popping by, love to have you visit. See you soon and take care.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday colour at The Outlaws

Good morning everyone,
Today is Thursday a holiday in South Africa...National Women's day. Good wishes to women all over the world.  I had this post all ready on Tuesday afternoon and was about to publish when our power went off. It finally came back on last night 26hrs. it is a bit late.

Good afternoon friends,
First Colour challenge for August at The Outlawz and during this month our challenges with a twist are called "Awfully Hot" August challenges......well today here all over South Africa it is awfully COLD. We are having snow in almost all our provinces even here in the Johannesburg area, that very seldom sees snow...OK we didn't have much, but not far from us they were able to play and make some snow balls but our max. temp. outside my backdoor was I think that's cold.. I guess in a few days it will earm up and then our thoughts will turn to the coming spring.

About the challenge. This week Roxann chose the colour pallette and inspirational photo.....with the twist to add beads.

Our sponsor for this month is the Stamping Boutique

 and the prize will be the digital images that our DT are using during the month.

Now onto my card

My background is an embossing folder, run through the Cuttlebug. I coloured it with Distress inks.
The bicycle is a Marianne Design die, and I added some 3D flowers to the basket.
The sentiment is a local one, cut with an X-cut die.
The beads for my twist are all the centres of the flowers.

I hope you will pop over to have a look at the corgeous cards made by the DT members and look forward to seeing what you come up with.

I am entering the following challenges.
Dream Valley challenge #38...Die cuts and punches
Nutcrafters challenge #24...Embossed backgrounds
Deep Ocean challenge #31...Anything goes
Unstampabelles #14...Paper flowers
Whoopsi Daisy challenge..Punches or Dies
Craft a scene challenge..Anything in the great outdoors
No Matter which challenge #1..Anything goes
Come and get it challenge..Adult birthday

That's all from me today...take care and keep warm if you are in the cold..see you soon

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New releases at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends,
Hope you are all lhaving a wonderful weekend, and for those watching the has been an exhausting week and now all the athletics is coming on.  Team SA has been successful with 3 golds and a silver, so hope they can add to that.

Today is new release day over at  Digistams4Joy,and there are some really lovely ones again. Also some great cards made for your inspiration, so go on over and have a look, for more details you need to visit the Team members blogs.
Hare is the card I made with the Jen's fuchsias.

I coloured them with Distress Inks, and used some papers from my stash box. Pearls to finish and a sentiment from Whiff of Joy. Not too much fuss.
Entering the following challenges:
Catch the Bug challenge...Anything goes
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days challenge..Go floral
Simply Create Too #19...Anything goes
Divas by Design #46...Flowers

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great week. Take care, but have some fun.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Freebie day at DS4J

Happy Friday morning friends,
Yess!! it is Friday and the first one of the month, so...Freebie day at Digistamps4Joy. This is what is up for grabs for the next 24hrs.
 You don't want to miss this very useful image. Some of the DT have made gorgeous cards for your inspiration, so go on over and grab it NOW...

I hope to be back soon with another card, but have lots to do and some Olympics to watch. Our Team South Africa have been awesome and we now have 3 gold medals,

Have a great day and take care

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

DS4J spots and stripes challenge..midway reminder

Happy Wednesday friends,
Today I am showing my card made for the DS4J challenge #47..polka dots and stripes You still have a week to enter, so go and have a look at the fantastic cards made by my teamies for your inspiration. Lovely prizes to be won, even if you don't have a DS4J image. So look forward to seeing what you have to show.

I decided to use the image "hot Cactus" in sympathy with some of my friends in other parts of the world. I have been reading about some of the temps. you have been having and thought this might just be how you are feeling...LOL

The papers I used are from a mini pad of Cosmo variety
The image I coloured with watercolour pencils and Twinkling H20's.
Added a wooden Sun embellishment and buttons.
The Sentiment is computer generated printed on a tag and attached with a polka dot ribbon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Twisted Tuesday challenge..Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday..Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday #79..Anything goes
Creative Craft challenges..Summertime

Thanks for visiting, have a great week and take care