Sunday, September 30, 2012

I'm late, I'm late for my Sunday date.....

Good morning all,
Yes, Sunday it is and that means new releases at Digistamps4Joy....There are 10 beauties for you to see, so best you hurry over and have a look at the lovely cards made by the DT, mine is here  and I have used the 'Flower Twigi set"...Margy the artist has called it Twigi..a combination of twinchie and digi.

The DP is from a pad by Wilson & Maclagan. I coloured all the digis with watercolour pencils, added some pearls and ribbon.

I will be entering this in some challenges:

365 213..Thinking in fourths
Hiding in my Craftroom #65...Freestyle
ATC's and Cards  with attitude #23Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenges ...Ribbon
Stampin for the weekend #18...Feeling floral
Simply Create challenge #4...Anything goes
Fab and Funky challenge #140...Starts with F..(Flowers and Friend)
The Paper Shelter #83...Anything goes
Deep Ocean challenge #35...More than 2 colours

I hope you all have a wonderful week and a fantastic new month. Just 3 more left this year.
Take care, and see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Is it pumpkin time???

Hello to all my friends,
Wow, Wednesday has come and gone, and even though this is a short week for us, I am not sure where the last days have flown to.
My card was made with 2 challenges in mind.

 The first is the Duo Challengeat Annette's Creafarm. She offers a free template, but you have to enter the challenge, or will not be entitled to another the next month. This month it was a mushroom, but instead of making a card with the template I made the mushroom and then attached it to my card.
The papers I used for the mushroom and the background were from a pad 'Garden Variety' by Cosmo Cricket.
The second challenge is Noor Design Facebook Group.  Jolanda offered a free digi...Timothy with Pumpkin for this group.
I coloured it with distress inks, cut it out and mounted it in front of the musroom. Added a fend and leaf branch from Marianne Designs and an extra couple of pumpkins I got as a freebie long ago.

I will enter the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter...Anything goes
Simon says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments blog...Autumn colours

Enjoy the rest of the week, I hope the storms in the UK have no affected anyone...Take care and see you soon.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Digistamps4Joy is hosting a Blog Hop from
4 – 9 October 2012

to celebrate World Card Making Day (6th October).

There will be 12 stops in the hop, and on each of the stops Digistamps4Joy is offering a unique DS4J image as the prize to a randomly drawn winner on that blog!


and go to the DS4J blog as the starting point!
My blog will also be one of the stops in the hop!

Can't wait to see you!


Another colour challenge at the Outlawz

Good morning blogging friends,
After a lovely long weekend here in South Africa, I have a card for the Tuesday colour challenge at the Outlawz.

This week our lovely inspirational photo and colour palette was chosen by Laurian.

The DT have made some beautiful cards so go and have a look and we would REALLY love you to join us

Our sponsor for September is Inky Impressions and the winner will receive 3 digi images.


This is my card

 I used the Inky impressions image Fairy sitting on a clothespin". coloured it with distress inks and watercolour pencils, cut it out with a die. I also cut a dark green with the sme die and put it through the CB with a leafy embossing folder.
The striped patterned paper was an off cut from a Papermania pad
Added pearls and corner from a Joycrafts new corner die, which I trimmed a bit to fit this card.
Added leaves for the twist, and the sentiment was stamped and mounted onto a diecut label.
I am entering the following challenges:
Paper Makeup Stamps#55...Anything goes
Love to create #34...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Linky Party- anything goes
Tando creative challenges...leaves or trees
Lia stamps challenge #25...3 of something...3 pearls
Digi designs challenge...Use more than one die or punch
Squiggle stamps...punches and dies
Deep Ocean challenge #35...Use more than 2 colours
Simply Create #3..Linky Party
I hope you all have a wonderful week, crafting or whatever...take care and see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New releases at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends and a happy Sunday to all,
A glorious spring day in this part of South Africa, had some much needed rain over the last few days, so everything is lovely and fresh, and of course tomorrow being a holiday..Heritage Day, it is a lovely relaxed long weekend.
Sunday is  always new release day at Digistamps4Joy so today there are again lovely new digis to be seen. You will have to go and have a look for yourselves and see the awesome cards made by the DT showcasing some of the new releases.I have used "sailor suit" and this is what I came up with.
The DP is from a pad ...Forever Friends...The good life. I coloured the image with watercolour pencils, cut it out and mounted with 3D foam pads, and using a small safety pin attached it to the ribbon

Sentiment was computer generated.

Will enter the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles #137...Babies/children
The Paper girl's challenge #16 ...Baby
Heck of a challenge #1...Anything goes
Lady bug crafts#1..Anything goes
Patties Creations #53..Anything goes

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and for my SA friends a relaxing Heritage weekend.

Will be back soon, take care and have fun


Friday, September 21, 2012

Would you like to be a member of our Design Team?
DS4J is looking for ONE new member.

Do you love working with a wide variety of styles of digistamps?
Do you maintain an active blog?
Can you commit to creating a papercraft project every fortnight?
Would you like the opportunity to ‘earn’ your choice of digistamps from the DS4J store?
Can you commit to a 3 month term with a possibility of an extension?

We don’t have any extra-ordinary requirements from our Design Team:
· You will be sent an invitation to the Private DT group on CDAC
· Create a mandatory papercraft project every two weeks for the challenge
· Create a voluntary papercraft project every week for the new releases
· Create a voluntary papercraft project once a month for the freebie
· Comment on challenge entries
· Pop in at the CDAC and PCP DS4J groups to interact with the members

If your answer is YES!!! to all of these questions, we’d love to hear from you.

Please apply by sending the following information:

1. Your name

2. A link to your blog

3. A link to your online gallery at (CDAC, PCP, etc)

4. Links to 3 papercraft projects that you feel best showcase your papercraft skills

This DT call will run from today until Midnight 5 October 2012 (Central Africa Time)

EVERY application will receive a confirmation of receipt

The new Design Team member will be announced on the blog on Monday 8th October 2012

Send your application to


We are looking forward to a reply from


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Coffee time

Hello friends,
Hope you have all had, or are having a good day. Talk about almost missing the boat...I got this image of Leah with her latte from Guylou's Inimitability a while back and was really wanting to use it. I saw a challenge on Guylou's blog and decided to enter it, but thought it was ending tomorrow...yikes I had a look a few hours ago and saw that it ended had to get going. Luckily I had already coloured it, so just had to get some papers together.

The challenge was red, B...bling and C...charm, that was the difficult part, but managed to find something. This is what I came up with. Coloured the image with destress inks, cut it out with a scollpoped oval, a X-cut and Nellie Snellen die for the sentiment which I printed on the computer. The papers are from a pad ...Lost and found by Madison Ave, The coffee stamp was a gift from a friend when I fist started card making and has no name. Finished off with bling, pearls ribbon and a charm.

Now off to see if I can enter another challenge or two.
Guylou's Inimitability challenge...A,B,C
Divas by Design #53...Lovely layers
Creative Craft challenge...Anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie challenge...Show us your ribbon...Charm is at  least a year old
The Crazy challenge...spots or stripes
Simply Create challenges..Linky party#3
Paper-crafting journeyMy sentiment exactly
MilkCoffee challenge...Use at least 2 different shapes

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and then it's weekend....take care and see you soon
Love Ursula

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

All the leaves turn brown..challenge no 51 @Digistamps4Joy

Happy Wednesday friends,
Here in SA the leaves are definitely not turning brown, but a gorgeous green.....but our challenge this week at Digistamps4Joy, is to use leaves as an embellishment.

We were asked to use the image 'It's here somewhere', which I coloured with distress inks, cut out with an X-cut die. The DP is from a paper pad purchased at a local stationers, but has no name on it.The leaves were an assortment using Nellie Snellen punch, Marianne Design dies. The corner is from a Joy die.

Sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.

Team B have made the cards for the challenge this week, so please hop on over and see what lovely creations they have made for your inspiration. We would love you to join us, and if you don't have a DS4J image you can still take part. Of course you would get an extra chance in the draw if you do use one. There are great prizes up for grabs, so we look forward to seeing your creations..
I'll be back to enter some challenges...just a hectic morning...
Elke Kaart een Feesje #133...Fall is on its way
Creative Craft challenges...Anything goes
Use your stuff #52...Fall into another colour challenge
 Lollipop Crafts challenge #90..Break out your punches
Enjoy the rest of your week, it's downhill from here. Take care and have fun.
Love Ursula 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Colour challenge atThe Outlawz

Good morning friends,
Today being Tuesday there is another  colour challenge at The Outlawz.
The colour palette and inspirational photo were chosen by Roxann.

Our sponsor for the month  is > Inky Impressions
who will give the winner 3 digis .

I found this colour palette quite a challenge, as these are not colours I would normally use, so didn't really have much in my stash, but did find these 2 pieces of paper that matched the challenge....Now what to do with this is what I came up with.

I used  folders in the CB to emboss both the grey and yellow cardstock, and cut the yellow out with a nextability. Stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a smaller die.
The flourish doily is a Memory Box die and layered it with a flower also cut with dies. Some bling and pearls finished it off.
I will enter this in the following challenbges:
Lollipop Crafts challenge #90...Break out your punches..2 different punches or dies
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Paper Playtime #84...Diecuts/punches plus a sentiment
That Craft Place...Bling it on
The squirrel and the fox...Anything goes
Hope you all have a good week, see you tomorrow with another DT card. Have fun, but take care.
Love Ursula

For the Super-Boys

Good morning friends
(I did try ti=o post this yesterday, but just as I was busy at the PC our power went off for 14 and a half hours, due to someone stealing cables and causing a fire in a here I am now 24hrs later trying again)
Is this really spring...... We had such cold and wet weather with strong winds, and even hail for a couple of days, but this morning.. beautifull blue skies, with gorgeous sunshine...spring must be here to stay now. I would like to say a big warm welcome to my new followers...Thanks for joining and I hope you will find something that inspires you. Please let me know when you have been, I love reading your comments.

Today I have 2 cards to show. In the last month two of our grandsons had birthdays and I made these cards for them.

This was for Matthew who turned 7. I used a cuttlebug folder with numbers for the background and inked with a stamp pad The image is from Kenny K...Huge Hero. I was lucky to win some digis from him a while back and just knew that this would come in handy. Coloured with Tombows and cut out with Diecut.

This one was for Jayden who turned 4. The image was a freebie from Whiff of Joy some time back. I  coloured it with Tombow pens and Distress inks.I used the numbers cuttlebug folder for the background and cut a J with a CB die.
 I am going to enter this in the following challenges:
Quircky Craft challenges #19 Let's see numbers
Scrapper's Delights challenge...Make your own backing paper
Challenges 4 Everybody...Anything goes
Hope you all have a great day, will be back tomorrow with something else...have fun and take care
Love, Ursula


Sunday, September 16, 2012

New image release at Digistms4Joy

Happy Sunday friends,
I meant to get this posted early, but went to watch my grandaughter at a horse show so here I am now in the afternoon, getting this post done. Today being Sunday it is the usual new image releases at Digistams4Joy and there are, as usual some really great ones. The DT have made awesome cards using some of these new images, so go on over and have a look and then make a choice, so that you could still enter the challenge for this week.

I used the 'garden set', which has so many images, I wasn't too sure just which ones to use, but came up with this in the end.

I used the sun, the hat, watering can and plant, coloured with a selection of distress inks, aquarelle pencils and Twinkling H2O's. The sun and plant I printed onto the paper and the hat and watering can were cut out and mounted with foam pads. I put some texture paste onto the heap of soil around the plant, and coloured some clouds for the background.
The tree and fence are Marianne design dies.
The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy, with some sparkle added.

I will enter the following challenges:
Digi Designs challenge..Use ior more dies or punches
Paper Crafting Journey...My sentiment...use a sentiment
Shelle'y images challenge blog...Sow us what you got...anything goes
Simply Create #2...Linky party..anything goes
Paper Minutes...No designer paper
Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take care and see you soon,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's spring.....Midway reminder of DS4J challenge #50

Good morning friends,
Firstly a big welcome to my new followers. It is lovely to have you visit here, hope you will pop in often and find some little thing to inspire you.

Today marks the halfway mark for the latest challenge #50 at Digistamps4Joy...Celebrate the colours of spring.. using the colours in this picture. We had  a great start to spring and then last week...BOOM!!! winter was back for about 3 days, with cold, wet and hail...but I think we are now definitely on track for spring.

 I decided to make a fancy fold card this time, and used the image Uptown Cutie and she can be found HERE. I coloured it with Distress inks and cut out and matted it onto an oval scollop. The DP is from a block "The country diary of an Edwardian Lady" that was a freebie in a magazine. All lovely spring floral papers.  I used various dies from Marianne and Nellie Snellen for the flowers and leaves.
Not sure whose sentiment it is.

I hope you will join us as there are lovely prizes to be won. You don't have to use a DS$J image to win, but id you do use one you get an extra chance in the draw, so please go and have a look at all the lovely cards made by the DT and I am sure that will inspire you to enter a lovely creation.

I am entering the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody #2...Anything goes
No matter which challenges #2">...Diecuts/punches
Kaboodle Doodles challenge...Flowers
Stamp and Create...Anything goes
Stamps & Fun Creativity #116..Shaped card
The House of Gilli...More than one fold
Digi Doodle challenge....Handmade flowers
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays #85...Multifold cards....Sidestep card

I wish you all a wonderful week, Take care and see you soon.......Ursula

Friday, September 7, 2012

Freebie Friday @ Digistamps4Joy

Happy Friday bloggers,
The first Friday of the month and a freebie for you at  Digistamps 4Joy. It will be available for 2 days only, and then goes into the shop,  so I suggest you get on over and collect it. You can also see some of the cards made by the DT using this cute image "Pelican Pete".

I made a card yesterday use this image. It was a grey, cold, rainy, hailing day, so decided to stay indoors and do some crafting.

The DP is from a pad by Joycrafts, added a cuttlebug embossed layer,coloured the image with distress inks, cut out with a Nestability die and the sentiment is a Just-rite stamp cut with a label die,Ribbon, pearls and brads to finish.

Looking at the following challenges
Perfect Sentiments challenge #48...All creatures great and small
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes
 Simply Create challenge...Linky Party #1
I am off today to a craft show, hopefully can pick up one or two new things to play with. Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Take care......Ursula


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIGISTAMPS4JOY competition on Facebook


Digistamps4Joy is having a one week competition on Facebook!

This is a really eezy-peezy competition, no guessing, no quiz, no card making!

ALL you need to do is click LIKE on the competition post on our page.

How easy is that? 

TWO randomly drawn winners will each win a prize

1ST PRIZE - $10 (R80) of digis from the DS4J store
2ND PRIZE - $5 (R40) of digis from the DS4J store 

Dates: 4 – 11 September 2012



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Colour @ The Outlawz...for the men

Good morning friends and a happy Tuesday,
September is upon us and for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere...winter is behind us, especially if you live in the drier parts of the country with no rain since March...everything is dry, dusty and brown. The arrival of spring with new green everywhere and thoughts of rain, even a thunderstorm would be welcome...just a bit of patience I guess.  Now onto my card..

This week the colour inspiration at The Outlawz colour challenge was chosen by Guylou, and the twist is a masculine card.

Our sponsor for the month of September is Inky Impressions

with the prize being 3 digis of your choice.

Here is my card

I decided to use a Marianne Design die of the sailing boat, cut it out twice and mounted it as a shadow on a die cut. The "waves" were cut with a Crealies die and I brushed the crests of the waves
with white embossing powder. A computer generated sentiment, a button with some string finished off the card.

I invite you to go along and check out the lovely cards made by the members of the DT this week...very inspiring and then come and show us what you have created.

These are the challenges I am entering:
Papertake Weekly challenge...Anything goes
Card Mania challenge">...At the beach/On the sea
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Paper Pretties challenge...Create a square card
Hooked on Crafts challeng...Cards for Men
Challenge 4 Everybody...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenge...Something old, domething new...Old is paper and button, new is Marianne design die- boat
No matter which challenge...Die cuts/punches
A Gem of a challenge">...A boy thing

That's all I have today...take care and have fun
See you later.....Ursula

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Going releases at DS4J

Good morning friends,
Yesterday was Spring Day here in SA, and it was  lovely, sunny and quite hot...but today a drop in temperature, still sunny but a very cool nip in the air, but definitely still spring with all the blossoms, new green on the trees, the grass starting to turn green, a lovely time of year, and today also marks a special day as it is my DH birthday.

So on to my card for today featuring the new releases over at the Digistamps4Joy store. A feast for the eyes with all the cards made with some of the new images to be seen at Digistamps4Joy The image I was asked to use is '3 Dutch girls' . The image was drawn by Jen Lee, who is of Dutch origin and having Dutch connections myself, this was a good choice.One of my earliest recollections of a concert, in my second year at a Convent school, I did a dance in which I was a little Dutch boy, probably because I was one of the tallest in the class.. OK now back to the present...

The image was coloured with distress inks, cut out and mounted on a die cutout. The paper was a freebie from a card magazine.
The corner is a new Joy die, and I just love it. Added 3 ribbons layered and a fence from Marianne Designs with flowers using Nellie Snellen floral punches.
Will be entering some challenges with this:
My heart pieces digital stamp blog...Layers, layers, layers
My Mum's Craft shop challenge...All the Threes...3 lots of 3 things, girls, flowers and ribbons
Have a great weekend enjoy the day, have fun,
Will see you soon.....Ursula