Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A little bit of sewing to be done.....

Hello all,
I didn't think I would be back so soon, but I almost forgot about my card for the CDAC progressive challenge.   If you haven't played before then you are missing out on some fun. When you join you receive an image and you have 2 weeks to complete a card and enter into the challenge, you then receive another set of images and so you can keep going.
I had almost finished  and I had put it aside to complete, and forgot about it......but remembered it just in time. This challenge ends tonight, so here is my card:

I decided to make an easel card for a change.
The image is from  Patties Creations
I printed it on plain paper and then printed parts separately as I wanted to do some paper piecing and layering. I cout out the image with a Nestability die and did faux stitching round the edge.
The paper is from a pad of Papermania's Capsule Collection.
I cut some thread spools with a Joy die and the scissors is a Marianne die.
Computer generated sentiment and added some colourful buttons.
I need to see if there is a challenge or two to enter
All sorts challenge blog#178...In stitches
Challenges 4 Everybody">#6...Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge blog#161...Know when to fold them
Make it Monday#113...Anything goes
Creative Crew#22...Fancy Folds
Die Cutting Diva's#89...Anything goes..dies used..thread spool, scissors, label
Through the Craftroom Door#42...Anything goes
Stamps & Fun challenge...Stitching

That's it from me today. Enjoy the last bit of the week and then it's weekend...YAY!!
Love, Ursula

Colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
Yikes Wednesday and I am late in posting this card. Firstly I want to say how sad I was to see all the devestation caused by Sandy that monster storm, but am pleased to slowly hear from friends that they have come through it without too much damage...hope the good news keeps coming. Still sending prayers for anyone that might not have been that lucky.

,Now onto my card. This week the inspirational photo and colour challenge was chosen by Roxann with the twist to add a pumpkin.

Our sponsor for the last time this month is    Guylou's Inimitability with a $10 gift certificate for the winner.

I decided to go for a fairly simple card and used a CB folder to emboss my pumpkins, colouring them with distress inks and a peel-off sentimet onto a label with brads. I was finished in a minimum of time.

Will enter the following challenges:
Anything goes challenge#79...Anything goes
LEJ designs#27...Anything goes
ABC challenges #2...Halloween or fast fall
Cupcake Craft challenge #216...Witches and pumpkins
Make it Monday#113...Anything goes
Paper Playtime#87...Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays#126...Pumpkins
Robyn's Fetish#131...Use an embossing folder.
That's all for today...Hope you have a great day and take care...see you back here soon and thanks for popping in.
Love, Ursula

Monday, October 29, 2012

A little bit twisted

Good morning and a happy Monday to you all,
Firstly I just want to send good wishes to all my friends on the east coast of America in the path of Sandi. I hope you all will be spared much damage and stay safe. There have been some rather scarey happenings the last few days with tsunami warnings...thankfully not much happened and in our own country not on a huge scale but very bad rain, wind and hail storms with a lot of damage.

I have been rather busy the last week with workshops and just business in general. Coming to the time  of year with Christmas markets, everyone is painting up a storm and needing lots of glazing and items for firing.

This is a card I made for last Saturday's workshop. The ladies had asked to do some easel cards, so we did a basic and then this twisted easel. They were so happy with their cards, that it does give one immense pleasure. They are such a lovely group to work with.

The papers are from a local company and were distressed with frayed burlap for a vintage look.
Picture is from a Marianne Design..vintage sheet
The dies are my new Noor Design
Added tags, lace, ribbon, pearls a handmade rose.....part of the workshop.
Now to find a challenge or two.
Challenges 4 everybody#6...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge blog#161.... Know when to fold them
That Craft Place...Tic,tac,toe...I used dies, lace and ribbon
Thanks for visiting, hope you all have a good week, stay safe and have fun.
Love, Ursula

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Girls are not cheap, but for the next 2 days they are....

Hello friends,
Just a quick important message:


Digistamps4Joy is holding a 3-day SALE of all the
CUTIE PIES and DIVAS BY DESIGN 'girly' images in the store!
ALL these 'girly' images are marked down by 30%
The SALE is running from
Midnight 24th October
Midnight 27th October
Central African Time)

As a DT member I can win a prize based on the number of sales referred by my blog!
I'd love it if you assisted me!
All you need to do when you CHECK OUT in the store, is ADD this CODE ...
to the "Special Instructions or Order Comments" box on the Check Out Form,
just below the Payment Methods.
Thanks in advance and happy shopping!! 
Love, Ursula

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Digistamps4 Joy....3-day SALE

Good morning friends and a happy Saturday to you all. I hope you are enjoying the weekend if it has arrived. We have some exciting news today:

Digistamps4Joy is holding a 3-day SALE of all the
CUTIE PIES and DIVAS BY DESIGN 'girly' images in the store!
ALL these 'girly' images are marked down by 30%
The SALE is running from
Midnight 24th October
Midnight 27th October
(Central African Time)

As a DT member I can win a prize based on the number of sales referred by my blog!
I'd love it if you assisted me!
All you need to do when you CHECK OUT in the store, is ADD this CODE ...


to the "Special Instructions or Order Comments" box on the Check Out Form,
just below the Payment Methods.
Thanks in advance and happy shopping!!
I made this card with one of the Diva images. It is called Prom Girl;
I sure hope you will head on over to the Digistamps4Joy store and look at these lovely images in the categories Cutie Pies and Divas by Design.
Happy shopping and till next time ...Take care and have fun.
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's spooky at The Outlawz

Good evening friends,
I am rather late with this post, but I had a busy morning and this afternoon had a major storm, so the PC had to be off for several hours.....anyway here I am now.

This week  the colour challenge
at The Outlawz was chosen by Laurian, with the twist..make it spooky.

Our sponsor for the month of October is
Guylou's Inimitability
with a $10 gift voucher for the winner.

I had to think hard for my card, as I do not have much in my stash that I could use, but I do have this CB folder which I think was quite suitable.

I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug, and then highlighted the embossed areas with some pearlescent paint. Cut out the windows and placed yellow vellum behind.
The sentiment  was in a candy I won some time back.
When once I had decided on what to use, it was done in a minimum of time.
Here are some challenges I am entering
Top Tip Tuesday#88...Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown#121...Halloween
Critter Challenge...Embossing
Make it Monday#112...Anything goes
Hope to be back soon, take care
Love Ursula.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Roses, rainbows & little piggy

Good evening friends,
I have had a very busy and productive day. Workshop prep. to finish off for a pewter class tomorrow, DT card, samples for nextweek's workshop and yes got a lot done today.

 I have a card to show that I made last week but just never got to post here.

First though a bit about our weather. We have been having very strange weather with heavy winds and in some places large hailstorms. We have been very lucky to escape the severe weather and as a result also the rain. So while we have lots of noise going on around us not much in the way of water for the garden. This afternoon we really thought our luck had run out. The sky was quite dark and we just waited in anticipation, but again it went all the way round. We did get a few minutes of quite heavy rain, but when hubby called me to quickly come and look....there was the most beautiful rainbow.

 As soon as the rain stopped he went to take a photo of our Iceberg rose bush, which is so beautiful, even after a being drenched by the rain and what was left of the rainbow.

It was just such an incredible sight, the whole rainbow was visible with the most beautiful depth of colour, while it was poring down with rain.
OK...back to business. This is the card I made for the CDAC challenge no 21. The image was from Doodle Pantry. I used the sketch from 365 Cards, day 228. Coloured with watercolour pencils. DP from pieces in my stash and the generated.
Entering the following challenges:
365 Cards...Day 228...sketch
On Stitch at a time...Use a digi
The Crafty Pad...Use an animal
Fussy and Fancy#74...Anything goes
Wishing everyone a very good week, see you back here soon and take care.
Love, Ursula

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Prom Girl

Hi there everyone,
I hope you are all into the swing of the weekend and that it is a good one, not too cold in the north and not too hot in the south.....We are having some very strange weather here in SA Snow down in the south of the's supposed to be spring!. Heavy winds, storms and hail here in the northern area... Hope it all settles down into normal summer weather soon.

My card today is  featuring one of the Divas by Design images from Digistamps4Joy...PROM GIRL

Now if you haven't heard...DS4J is having a SALE  from 24 - 27 October....with 30% off on the Cutie Pie and Divas by Design images...see all the details  HERE

Here is the card I made using Prom Girl

Coloured the image with Distress inks and Twinkling H20's and cut it out with a Nellie Snellen die.
The DP was from a no-name paper block...just loved the glitter on it. I don't think it shows up too well.
The lovely die cuts are my new dies by Noor Design from Joycrafts. Just got them this week.
Added lots of pearls and even some ribbon...under the fancy diecut.
I left off the sentiment as I am not sure who the recipient will be.
I hope you will diarize the date 24 OCT for your shopping spree at DS4J, and please don't forget to use the code


I am entering this in a number of challenges:
Fashionista Challenge#8...Anything goes.
Simply Create...Linky Party #7
Stamp-n-doodle challenge...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door#40...Anything goes
Make it Monday#111...Anything goes
Clearly inspired challenge#62...All tied up
Frosted Designs...Sports/Dance..(She is going to the prom...)
Fussy and Fancy challenge...Anything goes
Inspire me Fridays#81...Anything goes
The Poodles Parlour...Anything goes
One Stop Craft challenge #201...Anything goes

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, we are in for another storm.
Take care and hope to see you soon.
Love, Ursula



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DS4J challenge # 53....Anything goes, with a twist.bonus

Good morning friends,
Yay!, Wednesday halfway through the week, hope it has been a good one so far.
The new challenge over at Digistamps 4 Joy has started and our theme is ....
ANYTHING GOES! … but with a masculine twist bonus

Enter your projects (there’s a limit to 3 per crafter), for a chance to win  3 images of your choice from the store.
The BONUS is that if your papercraft project is suitable for a man, you will also go into a separate random draw for ANOTHER 3 images from the store!
As usual, if you use a DS4J image on your project, you will get the chance to win a $10 voucher to spend in the store.......So how great is much to win.

 One would think that with so many men in my family, (DH, 4 sons, 5 grandsons) it shouldn't be a problem, but always the dilema...what image to use. This time it wasn't much of a challenge, as my card was made for my grandson Joshua in the Netherlands. Last year he started playing canoe polo and this image..Canoeist...was the closest I could get.

I coloured the image with a combination of distress inks, pencils and used some liquid snow to create the white on the waves. Cut it out with an X-cut die.
Stamped and embossed the Sentiment and cut the letters for Joshua with my Cricut.
Finished off with twine and a button.
I used the sketch at the Outlawz Wednesday sketch challenge as an idea.
These are some challenges I am going to enter:
Deep Ocean challenge #36...Anything goes
Card Mania challenge #5...Happy Birthday
Make it Monday..#111.Anything goes
My craft spot #73...Emboss it.
Tammy's Scrappin Corner  #32 Anything goes
Simply Create..Linky Party #6
I hope to see you all over at the DS4J blog with some awesome creations. Take care, see you back here soon.
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Outlawz colour challenge with a twist

Good afternoon friends,
A little late, but had to rush out this morning so here I am with my card for the new October Opulence Colour challenge at The Outlawz.


 This week the colour palette was chosen by Guylou with this inspirational photo and twist.

Guylou's Inimitability is the sponsor for the month of October with a $10 gift certificate.

I decided to have a bit of fun with the twist. 
I used an apron shape for my card, The DP is from a mini pad by Cosmo today's choice is carrots.
The image from Guylou's Inimitability is Leah with latte..and I coloured it with aquarelle pencils, cut it out with a nesting die and mounted it with 3D foam pads. The sentiment is a stamp from a set of coffee themed name.
The recipe is one sent to me some time back . Finished it off with buttons and ribbon.
I will enter it in the following challenges: 
Challenges 4 Everybody# 5...Anything goes.
Pile it on challenge #42...Time to shape up
2 Sisters challenge blog #113...Anything goes
Crafty Mess challenge...Anything goes
Guylou's Inimitability...Just to Die for
Eclectic Ellapu...Anything goes
That's me done for today, will see you again tomorrow. Have a great week ahead and take care, but have fun.
Love Ursula

Sunday, October 14, 2012

DS4J...New releases

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you all.
Today we are showcasing some more new releases at Digistamps4Joy. This is my card using Turban Trish,

I have used the sketch from theSketch challenge at Paper Craft Planet. I also did some paper piecing on the image.  The card was made using a Marianne Design die., a Nellie Snellen paper doily, lace, pearls, ribbon and flowers all making it a very feminine card with  a computer generated sentiment.
There are some really lovely new images being released today so go and have a look and also see the lovely cards made by some of the DT for your inspiration.
I will enter the following challenges:
Guylou's Inimitability..."Just to die for" 
Cute card Thursday...Paper piecing
2 Sisters challenge blog...Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts...Pink,pearls and lace
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Victorine Stamps challenge#44...lots of layers
Lady Anne's challenges...Anything goes 
Eclectic Ellapu challenge...Anything goes
Hope you all enjoy your Sunday and have a great week.
Hugs, Ursula.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

DS4J Blog hop Winner!!!

Good morning friends,
Today I have the pleasure of announcing the winner from The World Carmaking Blog Hop of the image "Girl on swing"

Ta da..Ta da... Ta da......drum roll please.......

Congratulations Shari, I hope you will enjoy using this delightful image. Please would you contact Margy at and let her have your details.

A full list of the winners will be posted on the Digistamps4Joy blog
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you one an all for your lovely comments, becoming a follower and for taking part in our World Cardmaking Day blog. I have visited some of you and will get round to others soon.  Hope to see you all taking part in  our challenge  soon.
Take care, have fun and see you soon
Love Ursula


Ggood morning dear friends,
Well we are over the worst, now the weekend is in sight. I had a good day yesterday. Tidied up after a very busy few days  of crafting for DT assignments and card workshops, so I rewarded myself and made a card just for fun.

This is the first time I am entering this challenge, which is a fairly new one. I received a freebie digi from  Avadares Challenge blog for their challenge with the theme ...Thankfulness.   Sara Dawn is the artist of the digis and this is the card I created.

I coloured the image with a combination of distress inks,water colour pencils and Twinkling H-20's. Cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MFD.
I embossed the cardstock with the Swiss dots folder, and cut a decorative border with an X-cut die.
Ribbon, flowers, and some bling to finish off.
I used a peel-off for the sentiment.
On the challenge blog we are asked to mention what we are thankful for....
Apart from being thankful for good health, my family and my friends, I am truly thankful for this wonderful community of crafting friends who are always so helpful in sharing, helping and inspiring one with all their beautiful creations....My grateful thanks.
I am entering this in a few challenges:
Avadares challenge...Thankfulness
Lady Bug Crafts Ink TLT challenge...Flowers and embossing
Shopping Our Stash challenge #72...Tic,Tac,Toe.  I have used embossing,ribbon,sparkle
Tuesday Alchemy blogspot #35...Anything goes 
Simon Says Stamp Challenge ...Use dies or punches
I am done for now, enjoy the rest of the week and hope to see you soon.
Take care and have fun
Love, Ursula

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DS4J challenge #52..You've been tagged ..Midway reminder

Happy Wednesday morning friends,
From having a heatwave with soaring temps last week, we are having somewhat cooler, rainy days at the good for getting things done.

Yes we are half way into our challenge at  Digistamps4joy....You've been you still have time to get out those tags and create something gorgeous to show us. It can either be a tag, or have a tag on your card... This week it is Team B to showcase some more  fabulous tags

I chose to make a tag using Urchin Angel for my image and she is available HERE

I coloured the image with distress inks and twinkling H20's, adding some glitter and cut it out mounted with 3D.
The DP was a freebie from Jak that I printed and she has such lovely designs.
I used a selection of dies..Memory box for the doily, Nellie Snellen..heart, Joy... corners. Added some lace and pearls.
The sentiment was one I took from a bookmark I received years ago, author unknown.
I hope you will have a look at the lovely tags made by the DT and feel inspired to create something yourselves.
That's all from me for now, going to check out some challenges to enter, so will be back soon, take care.
Deep Ocean challenge#36...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays#89...Anything but a card
Top Tip Tuesday...#87...Things with wings
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A new colour challenge

Good afternoon friends,
I am a little late in the day posting this, but I had a class this morning and was a bit rushed before going out.  First of all I would love to welcome all my new followers who joined during our World Cardmaking day blog hop. I hope you enjoyed the hop and will come back and visit often. I love hearing from you.Thank you all for the lovely comments made , and a winner will be announced on Thursday.

Today being Tuesday, it is the regular colour challenge at The Outlawz. I had the privilege  of choosing this week's inspirational photo and colour palette with the October Opulence  twist...something to do with travel.  The lovely photo is a sunset scene in Botswana, and I figured the only way to get to see it is to travel......

Our sponsor for this month is  Guylous's Inimitability with the winner  receiving a 10$ gift certificate.

Now on to my card. The background paper was from a pad of Papermania..bookprint. The car is a diecut with a Marianne design die. The ticket was a freebie from Marion a long time ago. A button and brads finished it off.

Will enter the following challenges
Crafty Bloggers Network #4...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #4..Anything goes
The squirrel and the Fox #28...Things with wheels

OK friends that's me done here for today, will be back tomorrow. Take care and have fun.

Digistamps4Joy World Cardmaking Day blog hop

Welcome to our World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop. 

You have arrived at my (Ursula's) blog in Roodepoort,  South Africa.
Digistamps4Joy is running a Blog Hop from 4 - 9 October 2011 to celebrate World Cardmaking Day on the 6th October . Each stop in our hop is offering a randomly drawn prize by Digistamps4Joy, of the digistamp used on that blog, so with 12 stops along the way you  stand a chance to win 12 different images, if you win on each blog...
So come on in and meet our fabulous Design Team and enjoy the fun
If you landed at my blog first, you have come in at the end, so I suggest you start at the top which is the Digistamps4Joy blog and work your way through down to my blog. The hop
 order is listed on each blog, so you shouldn't get lost!
                                                 Ursula (that's me, this is the last stop)
Here is my card I made for the DS4J Blog Hop

I made a tent style card with an oval cutout in the front. The image 'girl on swing' was coloured with Aquarelle pencils and Twinkling H2O's., then cut out and suspended  at the top of the oval aperture.
The DP I used on the inside is a lovely garden scene from a paper pack...Country Companions.
On the front is a piece from Joycrafts..Happy Bloc's
I used various Marianne Design dies for the leaves, fence and the label for the sentiment which was computer generated.
The small flowers and leaves are all punch outs, finished off with some bling and pearls.
This is the DS4J image that you could win on my blog.

Girl on swing - Click Image to Close
Please read carefully..we do not want you to miss out!
1) Be/become a follower of THIS blog.
2) leave a comment here on my blog
Now that is easy...don't you agree!!
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop.
If you started at the Digistamps4Joy blog, then you have come to the end, if not then you need to start at the beginning...and have fun.
The hop will end at 6am (Central African Time) on Tuesday 9 October.
A full list of winners will be announced on Thursday 11 October on the Digistamps4Joy blog.
Each blog will also indicate its own winner on 11 October.

Have fun, love

Friday, October 5, 2012

It's Friday freebie day at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends,
Hope you are all having a great Friday, we seem to be into summer, skipped the spring...32degC today, so need to get chores done early.

Today is the first Friday of the month, so as usual it is FREEBIE day. You have 2 days to collect it, so until 7October it will be available and it is a cutie...A spoonful of honey

Here is my card using this image:

I coloured it with watercolour pencils, used some odd pieces of DP. The corners were cut with a new Joy die, computer generated sentiment, and some buttons to finish off.

Have you joined in the blog ho for World Cardmaking day yet, if not you can find all the details   HERE, would love to have you join and there are loads of digis to win.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon. Thanks for popping in.

I am going to enter some challenges:
 Crafts and me challenges..#104..My sentiments exactly                                                                                                  
Simply Create...Linky Party #5
The Paper Shelter...#84..Distressing
Whimsey Inspires challenges..#51..Anything goes
A href="">Penny's challenges
...#96..Die cuts and punches
Love, Ursula

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Swinging into the DS4J World Cardmaking Day blog hop

Good morning friends,
At Digistamps4Joy we are having a blog hop to celebrate World Cardmaking Day. This is taking place from 4 - 9 October, and you are invited to join in the fun. All details can be found  HERE.

This is the card that I have made for the hop
The image is called Girl on Swing, and you stand a chance to win this and many others if you join in the hop.
I made a tent style card with an oval cutout in the front. The image 'girl on swing' was coloured with Aquarelle pencils and Twinkling H2O's., then cut out and suspended at the top of the oval aperture.
The DP I used on the inside is a lovely garden scene from a paper pack...Country Companions.
On the front is a piece from Joycrafts..Happy Bloc's
I used various Marianne Design dies for the leaves, fence and the label for the sentiment which was computer generated.
The small flowers and leaves are all punch outs, finished off with some bling and pearls.

I will be entering the following challenges:
Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge #226..Flowers
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge...Bingo (diecuts, pink gems, butterflies)
Simply Create...Linky Party#5
Joanna Sheen challenge...Down in the garden

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day. Hope to see you soon...Take care

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday is colour challenge day at The Outlawz.

Good morning friends,
The first Tuesday of October, and usual on Tuesdays it is the  Colour challenge at the Outlawz..

This week our inspirational photo and colour palette were chosen by Margaret and the twist for October Opulance is to add pearls.


Our sponsor for the month of October is Guylou's Inimitability
  with the winner receiving a $10 gift certificate.

I love the colours of this week's palette, but must confess I don't often use them, so took me a while to get something sorted in my mind, but this is what I came up with.

I used my new Marianne Design die to cut the shapes, and my old faithful for the leaves. I love this leaf die and use it so often The sentiment is from a Hero arts set..I think.( have had it so long, but lost the name tag) and pearls as required to finish off. Very plain and simple, but I need a few of these cards.
I invite you to have a look at the beautiful cards made by the DT members and then come and join us with your lovely creations. Look forward to seeing you there....
I am going to enter a few challenges
Lollipop Crafts...Something old, something new....New Marianne shaped die, old sentiment stamp.
Make it Monday...Anything goes
There she goes challenge...No Patterned paper
I hope you all have a good week. We are into real spring weather here and it is lovely. Take care, see you soon.
Love, Ursula