Sunday, March 31, 2013

New releases at Digistamps4Joy

Happy Easter,
On this special day in our Christian calendar I would like to wish you a very Blessed Easter as we celebrate the Risen Lord.  Even if not celebrating this event, I hope you are able to spend the day enjoying the company of family or friends, or maybe just having a quiet day, and hopefully not eating too many choccies!!

Today is once again  new releases at Digistamps4Joy. There are some gorgeous new images so treat yourselves to one of these beauties.

The image I have used for my card is 'To have and hold', but it can be used for many ocassions other than a wedding.
I have kept my card fairly simple.
Coloured the image with Distress inks, and paper pieced the dress with a white patterned paper, and just added a touch of pink.
Matted onto a pink patterned paper, same range as the white I used for the dress.
The embossed  frame round the image was done with a CB embossing folder.
Sentiment stamped onto a label and finished off with ribbon and pearls

Entering the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin challenge...Oh so girly
Clearly inspired challenge...Anything goes.
Creative Corner challenge #12...Anything goes
Lady Anne's sentimental Friday challenge #8...Anything goes
Dutch Dare Card challenge #210...CAS.
Polkadoodle challenge #13...Paper piecing
Shelley's Images challenge...Anything goes
Challebnges 4 Everybody #17...Anything goes

I wish you a lovely day, enjoy the long weekend if you are having one.
Hope to see you back soo.
Take care,
Love Ursula

Friday, March 29, 2013

Best wishes from South Africa

Hello friends,
Just recently Margy, from Digistamps4Joy released a new image (her own drawing) called "Weskus fisherman's cottage"  I just  had to use it. It brought back memories of holidays on the west coast of South Africa, where this is a typical scene I took the liberty of  adding the image of the aloe,(by Jen Lee) which is also very South African.

I coloured it with distress inkpads and kept it very simple with no extra embellishments. The sentiment is computer generated.
I hope any of my South African friends out there will enjoy this.

I think it meets the following challenges:
Milk, Coffee challenge...Anything but square
Shelly's Images challenge...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamps challenge...Anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy...Anything goes
 Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Use a digi

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely long weekend and that Spring will be with you soon in the Northern hemisphere.

Thank you for coming to visit and hope you have enjoyed looking at what I have been doing.
Take care, see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wishing you a Blessed Easter, midway challenge

Happy Wednesday my friends,
As this is Holy week in the Christian calendar, my card is just perfect timing. Challenge #63 at  Digistamps4Joy has the theme..Celebrating Easter, and it ends 2 April, so there is still time to enter.

For my card I used 2 images, the first is.. Chapel window and the second is ..He is risen, both can be found at the  STORE Coloured them with watercolour pencils and twinkling H2O's
The die cut is a Nellie Snellen die
Background embossed with a folder
Sentiment is from my blogging friend  Hannelie

I hope you will go and see the lovely cards made this week by the DT and get some inspiration from them. You can always get more detail by visitng their blogs. We would love for you to join in with one of your creations and there are lovely prizes to win, even if you don't use a DS4J image.

I will look to enter some challenges.

Crafty Sentiments...Easter
Cuttlebug Mania..Easter Inspiration
Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge...Anything goes
Oldie but Goodie challenge...Easter. Have had my embossing folder for a long time.
Our Daily Bread Designs...He is risen
Party Time Tuesdays #1130...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Vickie's challenges...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenge #215...Easter
Creative Belli challenge #166...Easter
Inky Impressions challenge #103...Easter or spring

I would like to wish you all a very Blessed Easter, however you celebrate it.
If you are looking forward to some chocies, I hope the Easter bunny has a loaded basket.
Enjoy the rest of the week, 2 short ones and take care if you are driving and on the roads, especially in the northern hemisphere with all the snow and bad weather.
See you soon
love, Ursula

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fruity challenge @ The Outlawz

Good morning and a happy Tuesday.
I hope all my blogging friends in the north are keeping warm in the snowy areas and may Spring soon visit you and stay for a while.

Today sees a new  colour challenge at The Outlawz, with Guylou having chosen the colour palette and inspirational photo, with the twist to "make it fruity".

Our sponsor is  2 Cute to Ink with 3 digistamps for the winner.

I had a bit of a problem for with my card. I just love these colours...they are my best...but to make it fruity ..???? After a bit of thought, some looking through my stash...I came up with  this.

Paper from my stash
Stamped image...a local company..Country crafts
Sentiment generated
Die cut...Marianne Design.

I will be entering some challenges.
365 cards...Time's up..20 mins or less
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #16...Anything goes
No matter which challenges #7...Anything goes
Pile it on #12...Ddots
Robyn's Fetish challenge #152...Food or drink
Charisma cardz challenge...Die cuts
Milk, coffee challenge...Go green
Shopping our Stash challenge...#95...Very Vegetable Fruit fun

Have a wonderful week, and hope the sun will be shining for you. Thanks for popping in and hope to see you soon. Take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Birthday at The Outlawz colour challenge

Hi there blogging friends,

Tuesday is always a new colour challenge at The Outlawz, and this week the inspirational photo and colour palette were chosen for us by Margaret, with the twist to add dry embossing.

Our sponsor for the month is 2 Cute 2 Ink and the prize is 3 digi stamps for the winner.

For my card I used one of the digis from the sponsor, 'cupcake birdie'. As today is my birthday I decided it had to be a birthday card.

Embossed the cardstock with a CB birthday folder, and inked over it with distress inks just to highlight the wording.
Coloured the image with Inktense pencils, I have had this set for a while and not really used them much, so am trying them out. Cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MFD
Finished off with little buttons that I have had for ages, and never used before.

I battled a bit to get the colours looking right for a photo, and as I am not very good with cameras, this is the best I got.

I will try my luck at a few challenges.
Pile it on #11...circles or squares
One stop craft challenge #220...Anything goes.
Clearly inspired challenge #70...Use die cuts
Use it Tuesday...Used little buttons  that I have hoarded.
Challenges 4 Everybody...Anything goes

I wish you all a fabulous week. It looks like a glorious late summer day , with a hint of autmn today. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Sunday, March 17, 2013

3D flowers ...New release at DS4J

Good morning friends,
A very happy St. Patrick's day to you all. I hope you have a wonderful day. We have the most beautiful blue sky this morning, but nor sure if it will last the whole day.

Today one of the new releases at  Digistamps4Joy  is a 3D flower set. This is a super one, as you just print onto your coloured paper, cut out, layer and you are done. There are some other gorgeous digis as well, so go over and have a look

Paper for card...Marianne design
Paper for flowers...from my stash
Border punch...Martha Stewart
Sentiment...Great Impressions...local
Beads, pearls and brads.

I am entering the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations.#32..Flowers
Cupcake Craft challenges #233...It's only words
Paper Makeup  Stamps...Easter/Spring
Forever Friends monthly challenge...Lots of flowers
Incy Wincy designs...Things that begin with
Make it Monday #131...Anything goes
Dilly Beans challenge...Friendship
Challenges 4 Everybody...Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays #146...Anything goes + sentiment
Catered crop...Flower Power

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, take care, have fun and thanks for popping in. I love it when you visit and leave a comment.
Love Ursula

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Another Easter card......

Good morning friends,
Well today autumn has definitely got a foot in the door. It is grey, windy, cool and even started raining a short while ago. Perfect weather for staying indoors, and I think hubby will bake some of his famous rusks, so the smells from the kitchen will be great.

Onto my card now. There is a combined challenge on at PCP with Digistamps4Joy and Shelley's images

You get one image from each and have to use them together on a card. If you make 3 projects with these 2 images you will get another image from each one. This is my first card, not sure if I will manage more, will see how we go.

I have made a card shaping the front for a different effect.
The image on the front is 'Peter' from Shelley's images. Coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2O's.
The image inside is 'Egg basket' from Digistamps4Joy also coloured with distress inks and Twinkling H2O's. I cut it out mounted on foam pads and paper pieced the bow adding some glitter.
The sentiment on the inside is a freebie. My blogging friend Hannelie offers some lovely sentiments from time to time and you can visit her

Paper is from Tulip by Andrea Jayne
Finished off with ribbon and a bunny brad.

I think the following challenges are in order to enter:
D'is Digi Designs challenge...Easter/Spring
A gem of a challenge #71...Easter/Spring
My time to craft challenge #213...Bunnies
One stop craft challenge #220...Anything goes
Avadares challenge #9 Easter/Spring
Jelly Park challenges...Bunny hop
PolkaDoodles challenge #11...Happy Easter
Cute Card Thursday #260...Anything goes
Dutch Dare card challenge #208...spots and stripes
Shelley's Images challenge...Roll em..nos.8..brad, 1Die or punch, 5 Dimensionals..basket raised with 3D

The sun has started to come out now and it is a little warmer, so maybe a good Sunday.
Have a wonderful weekend. Take care and see you back soon.
Love, Ursula

Friday, March 15, 2013

Easter at Digihaven

Happy Friday friends,
Firstly I would like to welcome my new followers. It is great to have you visit and I hope you will find something here to inspire come back often.

To day I have an Easter card for you. Digistamps4Joy are sponsoring the challenge at Digihaven, with the theme Easter, and I am GD for this week. So I invite you to pop over to see the awesome cards that their DT made with some of the DS4J images, and if you enter you could win 5 DS4J get crafting!!

For my side step card I used Easter egg with bow and it can be found HERE

I coloured my image and the flower with a combination of aquarelle pencils, distress inks and Twinkling H20's. added some glitter to the egg and did some paper piecing on the bow.
The paper is from Making Memories.
The flower is a multidie flower of LeCrea, swirl is a Marianne Design die, The eggs I used a little oval punch, finished off with some pearls.
The sentiment is from a blogging friend Hannelie who offers lovely freebie sentiments from time to time and you can find her Here.

I will go and find some challenges to enter.
Cute Card Thursday #260...Anything goes
DL.Art challenge #105...Easter
My Heart Pieces challenge...Not to be square
Nutcrafters challenge #38...Something with B..Bow
Inklings and Yarns #7...Anything goes
Stampavie and More... #189..Easter
Perfect Sentiment challenge #70...Easter bling

Well as the weekend is now upon us, I hope you all have a wonderful one...We have certainly had the feel of autumn this past week, but I hope we have a sunny warm weekend.
Take care, have fun and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Colour my world......

Good morning and a happy Wednesday to you all,

A midway reminder for challenge #62 from  Digistamps4Joy...colour my world. We challenge you to use 3 colours from the palette for your card, and of course if you have a ds4j image that would be great, but if not that is OK...just come along and play.

My card was inspired by my garden, using the colours from the palette.
I used the yellow, black and white from the palette, but added a touch of green for the leaves,

I coloured the image- Hibiscus - with distress inkpads, cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MFD.

Coloured seam binding with distress inks and pearls to finish.

Have not added a sentiment, not sure just when I will use it

From my garden.

Entering some challenges:

Crazy Amigo, red, yellow, black, white
Creative Card Crew...Ribbon
Oldie but Goodie challenge..Use something older than 6 months...pearls and seam binding
Through the Craftroom door...Anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy #52...Anything goes
Vickie's challenge...Anything goes
Make it Monday...Anything goes
My Grafico challenge...Anything goes
Paper playtime...Anything goes

Have a wonderful week, downhill now.Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A little late, but it's still Tuesday colour challenge

Good evening friends,
What a busy few days..DT assignments, class kits to prepare, family commitments, and just life.....
Hardly been at the computer, to browse and visit....

Today's is another Colour challenge at the Outlawz and Roxann has chosen the colour and inspirational photo for us, with the twist being add a flourish
 Now I have no problem with that, but the colours...that's a different story, they were a challenge.

The sponsor is once again 2 Cute Ink Digital stamps with 3 digis for the winner

 So this is what I came up with.
Die cuts ...Chloe from Memory box.
Flourishes...Marianne Designs.. I have lots of flourishes as I keep cutting extras when I need them, so was able to use these brown ones.
Sentiment...JustRite Stampers onto an X-cut label.

Now that it is done I rather like it.
Will be entering it in some challenges:
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #15...Anything goes
Hobby Cutz challenges...Anything goes
The Craft Place challenge...Anything goes
The Outlawz CAS challenge...You're DIE-namite
Inspire me Fridays...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #132...Die for dies
Anything goes challenge #88...Seeing doubl...used 2 flowers, 2 flourishes and 2 brads.
Oldie but Goodie challengeUse it Tuesday challenge #52...diecuts, punches amd cutouts
I hope you all have a good week, and in certain parts of the world hope your spring comes back soon. Have a good week, take care and have fun
Love, Ursula

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Prof. Pedro is available

Good morning friends,
A happy Sunday to you all. I know in some parts of the world, spring did put in a brief appearance, but has gone into hiding again...well here in my part of South Africa autumn is trying to get a show in. Very cloudy today and a rather cool wind been blowing all night, just hope it brings us a bit of much needed rain before our rainy season makes an exit....OK enough about the weather.

Today as usual on a Sunday, it is the new digi release at Digistamps4Joy. There are some lovely new images, Professor Pedro being one of them. These can be seen HERE as well as  super cards made by the DT for your inspiration.

I have used the image Professor Pedro, coloured it with aquarelle pencils and cut it out with an oval die, mounted with foam dots.I also used glossy accents on his glasses.
Paper ..We R Memory keepers- travel light
Tickets - Marianne Designs stamps
Sentiment - local company - Country Crafts
Buttons and brads.

I followed the sketch from The Outlawz  sketch challenge

I am entering some challenges:
Sweet stamping challenge...Males
Lady Annes challenge #7...Anything goes
Creative corner challenge #9 Go green
Digi Haven challenge...Green
Inspire me Fridays...Anything goes
Dilly Beans challenge...Green
Simply Create too #32...St. Patrick's day or green
Card making Mammas challenge...Green
Eclectic Ellapu...Birthdays
No matter which challenges...Anything goes
One stitch at a time #154...Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish challenge #150...Birthday cards.

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Vintage colour at The Outlawz

Good morning to you all,
Tuesday already and so another Colour challenge at The Outlawz.
This week the colour pallette and inspirational photo was chosen by Penny with the twist...make it vintage.

We also have a new sponsor this month 2 Cute ink with 3 digis for the winner.

Vintage was never my favourite, but I am beginning to enjoy it more.
                                                            For my card this is what I used:                      

Image.. two digis from the  set of DS4J merged and cut with an oval
Paper...Joy crafts paper block
Doily die...Nellie Snellen.
Birds...Memory box and Marianne design
Flourish and flower...Joy crafts
Lace and pearls

The DT have all made lovely cards for your inspiration so go and have a look and then show us  your creation.

These are the challenges I am entering.
ABC Challenges #19...Anything goes
Created with Love #31...Anything goes
Bunny Zoes crafts...Flowers and pearls
Make it Monday # 130...Anything goes
My Grafico crafts #146...Anything goes
Paper playtime #5 Anything goes
Stamp and Create...Fur or feathers
Victorine stamps challenge #54...Anything goes
Paper makeup stamps #78...Take flight
Papertake Weekly challenge...Anything goes with option of Mother's day or special female card

That's all I have today, enjoy the rest of the week. Take care and hope to see you soon.
Love Ursula                       

Monday, March 4, 2013

Owl always love Summer

Hello my friends,
I sure hope you all had a lovely weekend, relaxing, crafting, or whatever took your fancy. I did a bit of all that, and found some time to experiment with a DIY gelli plate....more about that in a day or two.
My card today is one I made a few weeks ago, but hadn't got round to showing here.

The birdhouse was taken from the pattern in the #1 issue of The Collection by Marianne designs. The pattern can be downloaded for a card, but I made it a lot smaller to add onto my card, raised with 3D dots.

The image is Pipa in summer by LeCreaDesigns, from the Owlies range..coloured with watercolour pencils, and also raised.

The diecut at the bottom is from Joy crafts. It is for embossing and embroidery. I like these because the holes are pricked when cutting it, so just start stitching...great fun.

Sentiment was made on the PC.

I wanted to use this stamp as our summer days are now drawing to an end....oh we are still having lovely warm weather, but the heat of summer has somewhat subsided and the autumn feel is in the air, so those  'lazy, hazy days of summer" will soon just be a memory.

I am entering this in the following challenges.
CDAC seasonal fun...What happens in your area during Jan - March
Challenges4Everybody #15...Anything goes.
No matter which challenges #7...Anything goes"
Stamping Sensations challenge...The great outdoors
That craft place challenge...Anything goes
Sunday stamper #247...Oh you pretty things
Card Caravan challenge...Fur or feather

Thanks for stopping in, I hope you have a great week and I'll see you tomorrow with a DT card. Take care and have fun.
Love Ursula

Sunday, March 3, 2013

DS4J new releases

Good morning blogging friends,
I trust you are all having a lovely weekend. Today is a beautiful day, after some rain the last few days,everything is so fresh and lovely.
As usual on Sundays there are a number of new releases at Digistamps4Joy.
The image I have used is called bath time and you can find itHERE

Image...Bath time, coloured with distress inks and paper pieced the tub. Added some snowy liquid for the foam on the water and  glossy accents to the bubbles. Not sure if it can be seen on the photo. light from Memory keepers
Sentiment generated.
A button and dewdrops to finish off.

I hope you will go and have a look at theBLOGand see the other cards made for the new release today...some great inspiration there, and while you are about it, a SUPER challenge this month. Digistamps4Joy and Shelley's images have combined for a very unique combined challenge, so check it out  here and have some fun.
I will enter some challenges:
A gem of a challenge #69...Button it
Catch the bug challenge...Anything goes
Dilly Beans challenge...Stripes
Inspire me Fridays #98...Anything goes
Sweet Pea stampers challenge...Use a digi.
Have a wonderful Sunday and see you soon. Thanks for popping in and have fun.
Love, Ursula

Friday, March 1, 2013

Angels have wings

Hi there everyone,
Can you believe it ...March has arrived, and now I can say next month we go on holiday....and that will be here before we know it.

Today I have a card made for the progressive challenge at CDAC. A new series started in January and this ends at the end of March. There are also a number of other challenges running at the same time, which is quite fun.

This image and the sentiment are from Shelley's images, coloured with distress inks, added glitter on the wings
Paper from an unknown paper pad.
Noor design die cut.

Will enter the following challenges:

Crafting for all seasons...Dies and punches
Crafts and me challenges #122...Dies or punches
Divas by Design...Anything goes
Simon says stamp challenge...Anything goes
City crafter challenge #148...Wings of an angel
Party time Tuesdays #109...Anything goes

Thanks for popping in and I hope to see you again soon. Take care
Love, Ursula