Thursday, February 28, 2013

Green for the Irish

 Hello friends,
I know it isn't yet St. Patrick's day, but I suddenly remembered last night that Avadares challenge blog had a freebie for St. Patrick's day and the challenge ends today. As I need a card celebrating this good Irish feast, I got myself into gear and made this card.  

                                                                                                      I used this sketch from The Outlawz.

Image...Avadares, coloured with distress inks/
Paper ... Marianne design ..Pretty Paper bloc.
The green is a lovely emerald, but doesn't show up on the photo.
Border punch, clover leaf - Nellie Snellen,
Button, twine from my stash
Sentiment - computer generated.

These are the challenges I am entering:

Avadares challenge #8...St. Patrick's day/green
Creative Corner challenge...brads/eyelets
Inspire me Fridays...Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish challenge...Use ribbon or twine
Daisy Doodles challenge #78...Anything goes
Love to create challenge #54...Wrap it up..use string or twine
Crafting for all seasons...Dies and punches
Crafts and me challenge #122...Dies and punches
Paper pretties challenge...Spike the punch
Simon says stamp challenge...Anything goes
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and a good start to the new month...March.
See you soon, take care and have fun.
Love, Ursula

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy birthday DS4J

Good morning everyone and a happy Wednesday,
Today I have a card celebrating Birthdays are fun. Digistamps4Joy is celebrating the 1st birthday of the new management, so we invite you to join in the fun and show us your birthday cards. Team B have made some lovely cards for your inspiration this week so why not hop on over to the challenge blog and show us your creations. There are great prizes and you don't have to use a DS4J image, but you get entered twice in the draw if you do.

This is my birthday card:
Image..."Watch this space", where I have filled in the birthday greeting and coloured with distress inks
Papers...a pad of Wilson & Maclagan. I cut out the wrapped gifts from one sheet and raised them with foam pads, plus a little bit of sparkle.
The blue sheet I embossed with the Happy birthday folder  and coloured with distress ink salty ocean
Finished off with a strip of ribbon

You still have till 5th March, so will be watching out for your entries.

I will enter some challenges
Cards in Envy...Polka dots or stripes
The Cutie Pie challenge #38...Pretty Pastels
House of Gilli challenge #50...Anything goes + pastels
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop #19...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Add a sentiment
Creative Card Crew #30...Birthday
Digital Tuesdays challenge #199...Birthdays
Vickie's challenge...Anything goes

That's all from me for now, have a great day and enjoy the rest of the week. Take care,
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I'm a little Dutch girl, Dutch girl, Dutch girl.......

Hi everyone,
Hope you are all having a good week...
I suppose being married to a 'a little Dutch boy, must make me a little Dutch girl'...LOL

Well this week the  colour challenge at The Outlawz is red, white and blue and these colours together with the  inspirational photo was the choice of Laurian, who challenged us to add shine to our creations.

Now this combination of colours immediately made me think 'Dutch" so  here is what I came up with.

Image - 3 Dutch girls - Digistamps4Joy, coloured with Distress inks, cut out and mounted on a die cut.
Paper - using pieces from my stash
Corners and flourish - JoyCrafts
Flower - LeCrea designs
Sentiment - Country Crafts

The twist - add some shine - The centre of the flower is a card candy, covered with glossy accents.

Our sponsor for the month of February has been Doodle Dragon Studios, with a lovely prize for the winner.

The DT ladies have made some really awesome cards for your inspiration, so I hope you will pop over and have a look. We would love you to join us with your creations.

I am going to enter the following challenges:

Make it Monday...Anything goes
My Grafico challenge #146...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant challenge #188...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps challenge...Flower power
Challenges4Everybody...Anything goes
One stitch at a time #152...Use a digi

Thanks for visiting and leaving your lovely comments, I do enjoy reading them. Will be back soon, take care and have some fun.
Love Ursula

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Shaker card

Good evening friends,
I didn't think I would still get a chance to show a card tonight, but here I am. Had a busy day doing a class this morning and then went and had lunch with the family as it was my granddaughter Kellie's birthday.
We have had such very hot weather the last 10 days, with temps soaring to 30 to 32 deg. and no rain. I am just so tired at the end of the day, but it won't last too much longer I am sure, as long as we can get some rain, as the garden is really suffering and we are spraying but it isn't enough.

This card  I made for a class last week and haven't had a chance to post it here yet. I hadn't made a shaker card in ages, but needed samples for class, and making it was fun .

For the background in the shaker box I used a new embossing folder with butterflies and added a little colour with distress inkpads. I used a variety of memory box dies..birds and flowers, butterfly punch and flower punches in the shaker box. The tree is a Marianne die, and the sentiment is from Justrite stampers.

A, entering the following challenges:

Craft Catz challenge...Dies and punches
Inspire me Fridays #97...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow challenge #48...In the garden

Hope to see you back soon, have a wonderful weekend and take care.
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday is Colour challenge day

Good morning friends,
We are still having such hot weather, that by the afternoon one feels totally drained, but I guess in a few months we will be yearning for warm days.

This week I was the lucky one to choose the colour palette and inspirational photo for the colour challenge at The Oulawz, with the twist to add some metal.
Our sponsor for the month is Doodle Dragon Studios

Do go and have a look at the awesome cards made by the members of the DT for inspiration, and we would love to have you come and join us.

My card this week has an image from Marianne Design, very lightly coloured and cut out with one of the MD dies. Inked all round added some pearls. 2 metal corners that I coloured with inks as they were a very dull pewter colour. The seam binding I also coloured with distress stain and the sentiment is from a local company.

I will enter these challenges.
Inky Impressions challenge...Ribbon or twine
Whimsey inspires challenge #56...Add some metal
Charisma cardz #6...Anything goes
Crafty Catz challenge...Bingo.(pearls, dies, ribbon)
Pink Gem challenge #67...Dies/punches
Sugar Creek Hollow #49...Metal Mania
No matter which challenges...Ribbons and bows
Digimakeover challenge #76...Anything goes
 Simon Says stamp and show...Metal-ology
I hope you all have a fanatstic week and take care Thanks for popping in, I love to read your comments
Love Ursula

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I can see new releases at DS4J

Good morning fellow bloggers,
A beautiful Sunday morning in this part of South Africa, with a fresh breeze, and a forecast of 30 deg, so will enjoy the crisp morning while it lasts.

As usual on Sundays, we have some new releases and the one I have used is 'my new specs'  I think this serves as a reminder to me that I need to get new ones, but I don't think they will look like the ones on the image.

I used distress inks to colour the image, cut it out on an oval an mounted it over a Noor design die that I distrsssed. The corner is also from Noor design. Punched 2 of the corners, added some pearls. The sentiment is a Just right stamp.

There are some lovely images and a very special birthday calendar, so if you go and have a look>HERE
you can see what the other members of the DT made and then go to the SHOP and get your images.
These are the challenges I am entering:

Bloggers challenge...Cut it out
Vickie's challenge...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday...All about the eyes
KIC-challenge...Alles mag

I hope you enjoy the rest of the  weekend and have a wonderful week ahead. Take care.
Love, Ursula

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Z-fold vintage

Hello friends,
I hope you are enjoying the weekend, crafting or whatever takes your fancy. Today I attended a meeting of a card group that I am a member of. There were some interesting demos and great to chat to members that you only get to see a couple of times a year.
We had to make  a card for a challenge and the theme was.... use punches or dies.

I decided to do an old favourite..the Z-fold card..haven't done one in ages.
The paper is  from a Vintage paperblock of  Joy Crafts and I used a selection of dies from Noor, Joycrafts and Memory box. The border punch is an x-cut.

I will enter the following challenges.

Have a wonderful weekend and take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Romance is in the air... challenge 60 at DS4J

Good morning friends
The card I am showing today is for  challenge 60 at Digistamps4Joy...Romance is in the air.

I have made a pop-out card for a change, haven't made one in ages.

On the front Marianne design dies were used, and inside Nellie Snellen and Noor dies.
The image is Froggie Serenade and is available in the
coloured with watercolour pencils.
Sentiment is from a freebie in a magazine sometime back.
Papers from The Good Life, Forever Friends. Beads and a button to finish.


 If you pop into the challenge blog you will see some really gorgeous cards made by the other DT ladies, and you still have a week to enter. If you don't have a DS4J image you can still enter, but obviously you get an extra chance in the draw if you do use one.

Going to enter the following challenges:
Can you digi it...Love is in the air
Celebrate the Occasion #99...Anything goes
Crazy Amigo challenge...Valentine
Inky Chicks challenge #3...Valentine/anniversary
LEJ Designs challenge #40...For someone special
Top tip Tuesday...Let me call you sweetheart
Tuesday Alchemy...My heart's all a flutter
Tuesday Throwdown...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafter's Cafe challenge #13...Love/friendship
Kleuren met potloden #1...Anything goes
Vickie's challenge...Anything goes
365 cards challenge...Day 44...Love
Avadares challenge #8...St. Patrick/green
Thanks so much for popping in, I do love it, and now that  the week is on a downhill run, hope you enjoy it and take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New colour challenge at The Outlawz

Hello friends,
Another Tuesday and that means a new  colour challenge at The Outlawz

I chose something without an image to colour, as suddenly my colouring mojo has taken a break. This was what I came up with and I guess I wanted to use my new Memory box die, so this was just right for the twist....add a heart

It does not need a lot of explaining. I used a new Joycraft label for the sentiment, my new Cherish border die from Memory box, ribbon and pearls. It took longer to try and decide what to do than actually making the card.

Here is the colour palette and inspirational photo that was the choice of Guylou this week with the twist ...add a heart. There are lovely cards to be seen made by the DT, and I hope you will come and join us with your special creation.

Our sponsor this month is  Doodle Dragon Studio

I am entering the following challenges:                             
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Paper Playtime challenge #3...Border punches
Lexi's Creations...Valentine/love
The pretty little ribbon shop...Anything goes
Creative creations challenge #3...It must be love
Tuesday Throwdown #134...Anything goes

I wish you all a wonderful week, thanks for popping in and I love reading your comments.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A very different card

Good evening fellow bloggers,
At the end of last year I joined an  Iris folding folding group. I have done a little in the past and have enjoyed it very much, but needed  some challenging. January was the first challenge and I entered...challenging it certainly was, but I so enjoyed making this card.

I used a sheet from a Kaisercraft paper pad...Le Chateau, and for the iris folding I used a shimmer paper, which I think worked very well, but doesn't show up well on the scanned picture. added gems in the corners.

I will try and find a challenge to enter.
Papercraft Star # 131...Love
Challenges 4 Everybody...Anything goes
My time to craft challenge...Love is in the Air

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and take care
Love Ursula

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Musician on the hill

Happy Wednesday,
My card to day is a tad late as this was one of the new releases "Musician on the hill" from Digistamps4Joy. If you go HERE you will be able to get the latest images and if you look on the BLOG, you will see the cards that the DT made using some of the new images.

 I used an embossing folder and printed my image under the tree. Coloured and shaded it all with distress inks. Added a sentiment, some music notes and musical ribbon to finish it off. I rather like it not being too fussy.

Today is also the start of the new challenge at Digistamps4Joy...Romance is in the air.    Team A have made some absolutely gorgeous cards for inspiration, so hurry on over and have a look.   We hope you will come and join in this challenge.   

These are the challenges I am entering with Musician on the hill
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations challenge #27...Embossing
The Crafty Bloggers Network #8...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes
The Pretty little Ribbon shop...Anything goes
Stamp and Create...Spring is coming.

Hope to see you soon, enjoy the rest of the week and take care.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Colour challenge with stitching

Good morning friends,
Tuesday has arrived and another colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are back to using soft colours with a twist of stitching real or faux. The colour palette was chosen by Margaret, aren't these cushions just so lovely
You need to have a look at the wonderful cards made by the DT, they are all so awesome.

For my card I used the image UnderBear from  Doodle Dragon our sponsor for the month of February.
I coloured it with distress inks and added a' flowersoft' bushy tail.Cut it out with an X-cut die. The DP was from my scrap box. The die cut flower for stitiching is from Joycrafts, added a pearl and some card candy.
A computer generated sentiment....and all done!

Entering the following challenges:
Lady Anne's challenge...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's crafts...Anything goes
My Grafico challenges #144...Anything goes
The Crazy challenge #138...For a birthday
Hanna and friends #164...Anything goes
Moving along with the times...Punch it out.
Crafty sentiments Designs...Anything goes
LEJ designs...Anything goes
I have quite a busy week ahead, so not sure when I will be here next, but I do enjoy having you visit and leave a comment. You all have fun and take care.
Love Ursula

Monday, February 4, 2013

A little birdie told me.......something starting with B

Hello bloggers,
I have a quickie today all about birds and birdhouses. Beccy at Beccy's Place is having a Birthday Bash ...a whole month of challenges, tutorials, freebies all to celebrate the first anniversary of Beccy's Place. The first of 4 weekly challenges is...Something starting with B.... and this is my card..B for birdhouse.

I used my new embossing folder with birdhouses for the background. Not sure if you can see it too well. I added a bit of colour on the tree and other spots. The image is one of Beccy's...Birhouse, coloured with Distress inks and cut out, mounted with foam tape. Added a few flowers and some little birds cut with my new Memory box die.  The grass is a Marianne design die. The sentiment is computer generated.

I hope you will pop over to Beccy's Place and have fun at her Birthday Bash. I will enter the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations Crafts...#27...Embossing/Anything goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network..#8....Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes
The Crazy challenge  #138...For a birthday
Stamp & Create challenge...Spring is coming
CDAC...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #13...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge #167...Hearts and flowers
Stamping Sensations...Fur and feather
The Squirrel and the Fox #36...Something new
I will be back tomorrow with a DT card, in the meantime take care and have fun.
Love, Ursula

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Back again with a new release

Hi my blogging friends,
Today as is usual on a Sunday the new releases are available at  Digistamps4Joy. I was unfortunately not able to make a card for today, but this is the image I will be using and I will try and post it tomorrow.                                    .

There are some more lovely images over on the blog and you can see all the cards made by the DT for inspiration......Watch this space and I will have mine here soon.

Have a wonderful week all and take care.

Masculine happy birthday

Good morning friends,
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Sunday. We are having a beautiful day with some very high  temps. My granddaughter is taking part in her first high school horse show today, so we will be going to spend some time outdoors watching her jump and do dressage as well.

The card I have today is for a male birthday and I followed the sketch from
Seize the Birthday

I made the card from Kraft paper , and used an embossing folder and a stamp from the Chronology range by Docrafts. Highlighted the design with walnut stain Distress inkpad.  The stamp was a freebie with the  magazine. I think this will be put to great use for masculine cards in the future.
Finished it off with a sentiment attached with brads.

Am entering the following challenges:
Seize the birthday #4....masculine with sketch
One stop craft challenge #214...Anything goes
Crafty Catz challenge #168...Anything but square
Inspire me Fridays...Anything goes
Simon says Stamps challenge...Anything goes
Lady Anne's stamp challenge

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a wonderful week ahead. Take care and have fun.
Love, Ursula

Friday, February 1, 2013

A hearty freebie Friday

Happy Friday morning friends,
Yes can you believe we are at the first Friday of February...WOW. What a year this is going to be if it carries on at this pace...

Today is freebie day at Digistamps4Joy. Margy has devised something special, so you need to go over to the SHOP to get your freebie, but wait... it isn't just one but TWO freebies and one is a SET. They are only available in the shop, BUT they are FREE and only available till Sunday 15h00 SA time. so hurry over as you don't want to miss out on this.....THEN, yes there is more...there is a competition running on our FB page using the freebies and a chance to win digis, how awesome is that....So what are you waiting for....

Here is my creation using 4 of the digis.

The paper is from Making Memories...lovestruck. It is doublesided, so the one side I used for the box and the heart was cut from the back side, with little gems all round.  The little bee I cut out and gave him extra wings with vellum and 2 little bling hearts on his feelers. A real fun project.

I hope you will go over to the BLOG and look at the wonderful creations made by the DT for inspiration
Going to look for some challenges to enter.
Crafty Ribbons challenge #38...Anything goes with ribbon
Milk, coffee challenge...Valentines/love
Sarah Hurley challenge...Anything but a card
Crafty Creations challenge    #207...Anything but a card
Creative Belli #162...Rhinestones
Jen's digis...It's all about love
Ruby's Rainbow challenges... Valentines
The Sisterhood of crafters...Hearts
The 3 Muses challengeStripes

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, have lots of fun and take care.
Love Ursula