Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Midway challenge #76 at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning blogging friends.
Firstly I had some new followers that I haven't welcomed. I am so pleased you have joined my friends list and hope to se you pop in often. I do appreciate all the visits and comments that you leave.

 This is my card for  challenge #76 that Margaret is hosting at Digistamps4Joy

She has challenged us to use some colours from the inspirational photo and also for a twist to add ribbon or twine. You still have a week to enter for some lovely prizes. You don't have to have a DS4J image, so hurry over and see the lovely cards made by both teams and come and join in the fun.

Here is what I used:
I made a sidestep card using the following images

Misteri - baker. You can find it HERE
Cupcakes galore that you can find HERE. Coloured them with distress inkpads, cut out and added 3D Pontura to the cupcakes, also glossy accents to the cake stand  to look like glass. I don't think it shows up so well though.

Paper...The orange stripey/floral is from my stash. The blue I made by stamping cupcakes and using pan pastels to colour it.
Sentiments...printed the one on my computer and the round one is from Country Crafts a local company.
Added twine to finish.

Will enter the following challenges:
Anything goes challenge #101...Out with the girls
Ladybugcrafts Ink challenge ...No squares allowed
 Party Time Tuesdays #139...Anything goes
 Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
 Top Tip Tuesday #110...Get in shape
Digi Makeover challenge #107...Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodle challenge #190...Use orange
Make it Monday #159...Anything goes
One stitch at a time #182...Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #48...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenges...Anything goes
A creative Romance...Dies or punches
Sister Act Card challenge #25...Anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #30...Die cuts/punches
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday challenge...Anything goes
Lady Anne's stamp challenge #11...Anything goes

I wish you all a wonderful rest of the week. We had a holiday here yesterday, so the week will be a little strange, but as it is Wednesday we are on the downhill run to the weekend. We are also due to have some lovely hot weather, so all is good.
Take care, have fun and see you back here soon.
Love Ursula 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Distressing at the colour challenge

Good morning all,
Today we are having a holiday in South Africa...Heritage day...You can celebrate your Heritage in many ways, but many do it in a fun way and it is now also called "National Braai day" South Africans from all walks of life, whatever culture or colour, all seem to enjoy a 'good old braai'...(barbecue), so hence the day has become known for getting together and celebrating with family, friends, colleagues over a lovely meal with a fire and a good piece of meat.

Our second son also celebrates his birthday today, so more cause for having a good family celebration, which we will do over lunch


Now onto my card for this week's colour challenge at The Outlawz .

This is what I used on my card:

Paper...Embossed the cardstock and distressed it with walnut stain, The coloured paper cut with an X-cut die.

Image is coloured with distress inkpads, cut out with a die  and the edges inked with Vintage photo.

Flower is a Joy flower die, edges are distressed and inked.

Finished off with buttons and a sentiment.

The lovely colour palette was chosen by Penny, with the twist to add sponging or distressing.

Our sponsor for the last time this month is Stamp n Doodle
and the image I have chosen to use is 'biker'
I invite you to go and have a look at the lovely cards made by the DT, then to come and join in the fun this week.

I will enter some challenges with this card later.

LEJ Designs challenge #72...Lots of layers
Card Mania challenges #30...Cute as a button
Paper Makeup Stamps challenge #1017...Anything goes
Make it Monday #159...Anything goes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner #81...Happy Birthday
Parade your Crafts challenge #4...It's all about birthdays
Victorine stamps challenge #68...Birthdays
Artistic Inspirations challenge #60...Anything goes/bright colours
Challenges4 Everybody #29...Anything goes
Come and get it challenge...Happy Birthday
The Squirrel and the Fox challenge #50...Happy Birthday
Allsorts challenge #225...Button up
Hiding in my Craftroom #116...Lots of layers

I wish you all a great day and a fun week ahead. I am off soon to celebrate our Heritage Day, having a lovely sunny day and a good lunch.
See you soon, take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Any artists around?? ...Digistamps4Joy has one today.

Happy Sunday friends,
Not anything like a spring day here today. It is a grey, windy, cold day here in my part of SA,  ideal for doing some work in my crafting corner. I had great plans for yesterday, but all was thrown out the door due to an 18hr power outage...oh boy! does that play havoc with one's plans. At least I had some images printed, but of course not the ones that I really needed to work this one....hence my card being a bit late.

Today as usual there are a number of new releases in the Digistamps4Joy store and if you hop over to the blog, you will be able to see the lovely inspirational cards made by some of DT...really gorgeous. The image I have used is another in Jen's lovely Misteri range....Misteri the artist.

I have coloured the image with Distress inkpads, cut it out and mounted onto a Marianne Creatable die.
The DP is from my stash
The sentiment was printed on my pc.
Finished off with twine and a charm.

Will enter in some challenges.
Our Creative Corner...Forgotten things. The charm..last one of a packet I bought about 2 years ago.
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards challenge #48...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenges...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #25...Anything goes                  
4 Krafty girlz challenge #2...Anything goes
Divas by Design...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Devine Digis
Funky Friday Challenge #18...Anything goes
Lady Anne's Stamp challenge...Anything goes
613 Avenue Create challenge #38...Anything goes
Challenges4Everybody #29 Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #182...Anything goes

I wish you all an enjoyable Sunday further and a wonderful week ahead. I will be back soon in the meantime take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
Where did the weekend go...Tuesday already and time for another colour challenge at The Outlawz.

This week our inspirational photo and twist were chosen by Lindsay with the twist to add an animal.

Our sponsor for the month is Stamp n Doodles who also gave the DT some images to work with.

For my card I have use the image "ewe and me" and you can find it HERE

 I think I might send this card to my 2 granddaughters in New Zealand, as I do miss them. They have some sheep on their small farm and also a pet lamb that they hand raised.

I kept the card fairly simple .
Paper... Black cardstock, green embossed cardstock, sanded.
 A green brad and some ric-rac.
Sentiment was computer generated.
I will enter some challenges:
Ladybug Crafts challenge September...Anything goes
Connie Crop challenge #14...Old MacDonald (had a farm)
The Crafters Café challenge#28...No designer paper
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards#48...Anything goes.
The Sisterhood of Crafters .....Devine Digis
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Created with love #58...Anything goes
Squigglefly challenge #3713...Down on the farm
Craft Creations challenge...Stamped or digi image
The Pink Elephant challenge #17...Use digital image or paper
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you back soon. Take care and have a great week.
Love Ursula

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Digistamps4Joy - new release special !!!

Happy Sunday, friendly bloggers.
Today we have a very special new release at Digistamps4Joy Jen Lee one of our artists has drawn her 500th image for the store...what an achievement. Congratulations Jen!!! We look forward to many more gorgeous images.

 The DT were given various images to work with and I was honoured to receive a copy of # 500..Misteri n Mila choristers.

The DT have all made such stunning cards for your inspiration and they can all be seen HERE on the challenge blog, and there is a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT so you wouldn't want to miss out on that.

This is my card.
Here is what I used
Paper..Christmas paper from my stash and Marianne "La Musique"
Image coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with an X-cut die, and stamped with music notes
Star..Marianne Creatable, cut out and spritzed and cut again with gold.
Seam binding coloured with inkpads generated
Pearls and glitter
Will enter the following challenges:
A Creative Romance...Dies or punches
Digitally Sweet challenge...Anything goes
Sister Act card challenge #24...Anything goes.
Creative Knockouts challenge #2...Recipe challenge
Cute Card Thursday #286...Hip to be square.
4 Krafty girls challenges #1...Anything goes.
 Blog Quick Quotes #31...Anything goes
 Challenges 4 Everybody #29...Anything goes
Scribble and scraps challenge #1... Anything goes

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. Take care and I'll see you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Midway challenge #75....Digistamps4Joy... Inspired by the 60's

Happy Wednesday everyone,
How has the week been so far.....I feel like I have had a whole week behind me already, but today is a rather special day as my hubby and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. 48 years..WOW..seems like just the other day. Nothing much planned today, just a pretty normal day, but maybe tonight a special glass of wine with our feet up...sounds really good to me.

Today is the midway reminder for challenge #75 at Digistamps4Joy..Inspired by the 60's  Riette is hosting this challenge and she has some lovely pictures of the 60's...remember ..Twiggy, the moon landing, the big sunglasses, mini skirts, ...and of course we got married slap bang in the middle of that decade....

 The DT have made some really lovely cards for inspiration and you can see them  HERE I used the image "flower power" and it is available at the STORE together with a whole lot of other suitable images.

You do not have to use a DS4J image, but of course if you do you will have an extra chance in the draw. The freebie last weekend, Moon landing is ideal for this challenge, so if you managed to collect it, why not give it a go.

Here is what I used.
Side step card
Image coloured with distress inks and Twinkling H20's
Papers from my stash generated
Added flowers, liquid pearls

Entering this in the following challenges:
Can you digi it #44...Let's go somewhere
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday...Make your own flowers
Tuesday Throwdown #164...Anything goes
One Stitch at a time #180...Use a digi
Robyn's Fetish challenge #176...Must use  yellow, red and blue
The Sisterhood of Crafters..Devine digis
...Penny's challenge
#144...anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes

I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy the rest of the week. Thanks for popping in and see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I have my eye on you.....Outlawz colour challenge

Hello friends,
Firstly I would like to welcome my new followers. I love having you come and visit and hope you will be back often. Please leave me some comments, I so enjoy reading them.

Today it is once again the colour challenge at The Outlawz. This is the lovely colour palette and inspirational photo that we were given by our Teamie Ina. The twist is to make it a masculine card.

Our sponsor for the month of September is  Stamp n Doodle and the image I have chosen to use is "eyee"

It is quite a simple card actually.

Image is coloured with distress ink pads. matted onto the 3 coloured cardstocks.
Sentiment is from Country Crafts a local stamping and craft company
Finished with a button and twine.

Will enter the following challenges:

Challenges 4 Everybody #28...Anything goes
One Stitch at a time challenge #180...Anything goes
Our Creative Corner challenge...Forgotten things. I have had these buttons for ages, and also the twine.
Brown Sugar challenge #58...Animals
Digitally sweet challenges #88...Anything goes
Sister Act card challenge...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #88...Any sentiment
CCEE Stampers #1336...Birthday card
Cards in envy challenge...Manly
Parade your Crafts #3...Anything goes
Make it Monday #157...Anything goes
Creative Moments challenge #25...Birthdays/Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow challenge #62...It's a male thing
Simon Says Wednesday challenge...Animal antics

I hope you all have a wonderful creative week. I will be back tomorrow with another card, in the meantime take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Einstein wannabee???

Hello dear friends,
It is a beautiful spring morning  and as I sit here typing this the birds are going absolutely crazy out in the garden. A wonderful start to the day.
Yesterday had a very noisy afternoon, with our grandson having his 5th birthday party and 10 little 5/6year olds running around making as much noise as possible, but it was great to be part of it and then return home to a quiet evening.

It is once again new release day at  Digistamps4Joyand as usual some stunning digis. The one I chose to work with is 'Einstein wannabee' by Margy.
If you go over to the  BLOG you will see lovely cards made by the DT...they really are stunning.

Here is how I did it.

Paper...created my own background by inking the embossing folder and putting it through open not closed. The embossing is not very deep, but the colour is there.
Image..Einstein wannabe...coloured with distress inks and the jacket is paper pieced, then cut with a cutting die. Added glossy accents on his glasses. generated
Metal charm with twine.

Will enter it in some challenges.
Catch the Bug..September challenge..Anything goes
Blogger's challenge...To die for
Digitally Sweet challenges #52...Anything goes
Quick Quotes challenge #31...Anything goes
4 Krafty Girls challenge #1...Anything goes
Addicted to Stamps...Anything goes
Creative Moments challenge #25...Birthday/anything goes
Scrapper's Delights challenge #6...Paper piecing
 Perfect Sentiments challenge...Sentiment plus baker's twine
Ruby's Rainbow challenge #62...It's a male thing
Whimsey Stamps challenge #63...Masculine cards

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday and hope the week ahead is a good one. Will see you back soon. Take care.
Warm wishes Ursula

Friday, September 6, 2013

A freebie at DS4J

Good morning and a happy Friday friends.

Can you believe the first Friday of September is here and that means a lovely new free image from Digistamps4Joy....called "Moon Walk".

You will need to go to the  SHOP to get it. If you don't have an account, which is so easy to open, just get one done, but you pay nothing as it is FREE.

The very good news is, that if you get this digi, then you can use it to enter the current challenge #75...60's Inspiration.   So best you get over there and collect your image.

Here is my card using Moon Walk


I coloured the image with Distress inks, the background with chalks added some Glossy Accents to his space helmet.
The paper is from a piece I had for ages, October Afternoon 'Rocket Age".
The dark blue has been embossed with stars.
Sentiment is from Justrite Stampers.

I followed the sketch from  Tuesday morning sketches       
I am entering these challenges:
Aud Sentiments challenge #88...Use a sentiment
CCEEStampers challenge...Birthday
Crafting for all Seasons...Back to school/ for a child
Creative Moments challenge #25...Birthday/Anything goes
Chalk n Stock challenge...September challenge...Anything goes
Perfect Sentiments challenge #90...Bakers twine/ribbon/seam binding or all 3
Stampin Royalty challenge #192...Patterned Paper
Ruby's Rainbow challenge #62...It's a male thing
D.L.Art...September linky challenge
The Male Room #3...The great outdoors
Lady Anne's challenges #11...Anything goes
Creatilicious challenge #54...For the boys
Chalk-ah-lot #43...Anything goes

Well the weekend is on our doorstep. A busy one for me as I am having my 2 'little monsters' Dylan and Jayden for a sleepover tonight and tomorrow it is Jayden's 5th birthday party. His birthday is on Tuesday, so I guess tomorrow evening will be feet up with a glass of vino.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing, take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Butterflies, easels and.....

Happy Wednesday blogging friends.
To day just 2 simple easel cards. Looking through Pinterest I saw an easel card similar to this and was so inspired.

Yesterday I had a workshop at Country Crafts and the ladies made this easel, all in white with a touch of colour.

Here is what I used:
Joy.. Vintage flourishes6003/0023
Joy/Noor design..Butterfly border 6002/0251
Patterned paper
Embossing folder
Pleated ribbon
Peel-offs, beads and a touch of glitter
I also made one in colour, using a paper bloc from Joycrafts, with all the same dies as the white one.

I certainly enjoyed doing these and will enter them in some challenges.

Creative Card Crew #44...Things with wings
Cuttlebug Mania...Back to Nature
Natalie and Amy's challenge #12...Embossing..(on the white card)
Crafter's Companion challenge September...embossing
Oozak challenge #21...Anything goes, diecuts/punches
Papertake Weekly challenge...Anything goes

Enjoy the rest of the week, hope you have time for some crafting. See you soon, take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday is colour day at The Outlawz.

Good morning friends,
Tuesday and the colour challenge at The Outlawz is here again.

This week Roxann chose the colour palette and inspirational photo, with the twist to add pearls.

A brand new month and a brand new sponsor
Stamp n Doodle is the sponsor for this  month, and some of the DT have used the sponsor's digis for their cards.

For my DT card this week I have used the image Teenmusic, by Stamp n  Doodles and this is what I have done.

Image coloured with Distress inks, and cut with an X-cut die,
Paper from my stash,
Ribbon stamped with some music notes.
A charm and pearls to finish.

I will enter the following challenges:
Lacy Sunshine challenge #16...Dies or punches
That Craft Place challenge...Music
Challenges 4 Everybody #28...Anything goes
A.R.T. Card challenges"> #12...Ribbons and pearls
Crafty Ribbons challenge #59...Anything goes with ribbon
Sister  Act Card challenge #22..Anything goes

Wishing you all a lovely day and a creative week ahead,
Love Ursula

Monday, September 2, 2013

Guest Design spot...Anything but a card

Good morning friends,
To day I have something other than a card to share. A few weeks ago I was a winner at  Lexi's Creations, and I was honoured to be invited as a Guest Designer for this week's challenge....Anything but a card.

I chose the lovely image of Sammie Snowman, so decided to make a gift packet. These always come in handy over the festive season.

I coloured the image with distress ink pads.
Added texture paste for the fur on the hat,
3D pearl maker for the buttons, and crystal glaze on the eyes.
Crystal ice glitter on the snow
I cut out snowflakes with a CB die added some glitter to these and attached them to the paper packet. Finished off with a red ribbon.
I also made a tag, but just realised this is hanging at the back of the packet...silly me!

I do hope you will go over and have a look at the lovely projects that have been made by the ladies of the DT, and I am sure you can make something for this challenge.

I will enter this into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss challenge #199...Texture
Pumpkin Spice challenge #35...Anything goes
Pattie's Creations #74...Anything goes (use an inage)
Inspire me Fridays...Linky Party
Crafty Ribbons challenge #59...Anything goes with ribbon
Paper Crafting Journey...Anything goes
Bearly-Mine challenges #101...Digi Days
Lady Anne's Stamp challenge #11...Must use a stamp rubber/digi
Cuttlebug Mania...Anything goes/Die cuts
Creative Craft challenges2 #17...Not a square
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
Create with Love challenge #56...Christmas Snowflakes
Fashionista challenge #19...Get your Christmas on
That's all from me for now, will see you back here tomorrow. Have fun but take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Party and blog candy

Good evening all,
The first day of September, can you believe it. Here in South Africa it is unofficially the start of spring,(it really starts on 21st),   but by now we have had enough of winter, so it sounds good to start off this month with celebrating spring....but it felt like midwinter. -4deg last night and only 15 deg today....winter!!!, but things are warming up from on the way to Spring.

My lovely talented blogging friend Bibiana is celebrating her first anniversary of blogging with a week long party and a wonderful candy. She has some lovely ideas, inspiration, tutorials, video..a beauty this one is,  and really stunning gifts to share . You have until 5th September to take part. Go and have a look at her blog, you won't be sorry, leave her some love and tell her I sent you.

I will be back tomorrow, so hope you all have a good end to the weekend, take care.
Love Ursula