Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CAS challenge on new DT

Hello friends,
I am very excited to be invited to join the DT on  Let's Craft and Create. I must admit when I heard that my first challenge was CAS, I almost did an about turn. You must understand CAS is not my strong point. I don't think I have entered more than a handful of CAS challenges, as I always feel so 'intimidated' by that empty card. Well I had committed and had no choice, so this is what I came up with. When once I had sort of decided what to do it went quite quickly, but then......I had to stop and not add more  and more.

I embossed the bottom half of the card with a CB folder, and embossed the design with white embossing powder,
Stamped the sentiment onto a label
 A ribbon with pearls to finish

Well this was my first card for this challenge, and I will be quite honest in saying I am looking forward to the next challenge. The other members of the DT have made some lovely cards, so please go and have a look and leave them some love.

I will enter this into the following challenges:
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge...October challenge...Ribbon
Created with Love challenge #64...Anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls challenge #16...Anything goes
Paper Creator's Crafts #16...Pink or blue
Addicted to Stamps and More...Clean and Simple
Lady Anne's Stamp challenge #12, must stamp anything goes
Stampin Royalty #200...Anything goes

Have a great week, it is downhill from here. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Colours of Halloween

Good afternoon friends,
Tuesday is here again and that means a new colour challenge at The Outlawz. Our colour palette and twist were chosen by Penny and the DT have made gorgeous cards with this theme. Please hop on over and have a peep, then I am sure you will be entering this challenge with your creations.

 The sponsor for this month has been  Anji's Antics.

Halloween is not really celebrated in South Africa. There are a few  places the have a special function, but not the general public. I do not have much in the way of Halloween stash, but came up with this card.

I got the idea for the background from a card I saw somewhere on the internet, but didn't take not of the crafter, so can't  give  credit.

I coloured the background with Pan Pastels. I love them but need to get some more experience.

The tree and birds are Marianne Design dies.
The fence and cat are Memory box.

Very simple and easy to make, hope it qualifies as a Halloween card.

I will enter the following challenges:
Country View challenges...Something Spooky
Crafter's Café challenge #34...Spookable
Ladybug Crafts...Halloween/use your  diecuts
Kaboodledoodles challenge  #195...Halloween/Anything goes
Love to Create #89...Halloween
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #32...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenges #68...Halloween
Robyn's Fetish challenge #183...Halloween
Chalk n Stock challenge...October challenge, Anything goes with chalk

Enjoy the rest of the day wherever you may be. Hope the storms in The Netherlands and the UK, didn't do any damage where you are. Take care and I will see you back here tomorrow.
Love Ursula

Sunday, October 27, 2013

New releases to day

Good morning everyone,
It is a beautiful Sunday morning...lovely and fresh after some good rains the last week, gorgeous blue sky and bright sunshine....what more could one wish for...

Today is again new release day at Digistamps4Joy and there are gorgeous images. You can see the cards made by the DT for inspiration HERE

For my card I used Misteri Faerie. I had something in my mind, but when I actually got it done, there seemed to have been a miscommunication between brain and hands...not sure if that every happens to you...and then my camera decided it didn't quite like the colours I used and changed them somewhat.. LOL. so  I had to just go with it.

Here is what I used:

Misteri Faerie, coloured with Distress inkpads, added glitter for the wings and the star, also some glitter on her ribbons., and small flowers in her hair, cut with an Nellie Snellen MFD

Paper - Kaiserkraft
Corner cut with a JoyCraft die
Sentiment ...stickers from KaiserKraft paper
Finished with a few pearls.

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Hands challenge #1...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenge #59...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #30...Anything goes
Craftin Boutique challenges #13...Anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies challenge...Anything goes

I will be back tomorrow, in the meantime enjoy your weekend, take care and have fun.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Embossing....Midway challenge #78 Digistamps4Joy

Happy Wednesday blogging friends.
Time is sure marching on, not much of October left either, and we are again half way through the current challenge at Digistmps4Joy. This week we are challenged to do embossing on our cards, either wet or dry...with embossing powder or a folder, whichever you prefer. I actually used both of these techniques on my card.

Image...Misteri - Santa's Secret, and you can find it HERE.
Coloured with Distress inkpads, added flower soft on the hat and dress. Did some paper piecing for the present. Raised the image with silicone..

Background used an embossing folder and coloured the embossing with Pan Pastels, added some Pontura pearl maker for the berries, with glittery stars.

Sentiment...Just Rite stamp and embossed with gold cut out with a bauble die.

Yay! another Christmas card made, not getting anywhere very fast with these.

Will be entering some challenges later.

Timeless Tuesday challenge #243...Fussy Cutting
Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly challenge ...Oh Christmas Tree
Party Time Tuesdays #143...Glitter
Inkspirational challenge #41...Anything goes
Rhedd and Rosie challenge #18...Anything goes
Designer's Choice challenge #1023...Paper Piecing
Wags and Whiskers challenge #115...Paper piecing
Crafty Catz challenge #203...A gift to remember
Daring Cardmakers challenge...Digital
Polkadoodles challenge #42...Christmas is coming

Wishing you all a great week further, take care,
Love Ursula

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A GD spot featuring creatures

Hello my friends,
I am back with another card, this time it was made for challenge #66 at Use it Tuesday. The theme is 'creatures.' and  for their challenges at Use it Tuesday you have to use your hoarded items, well don't we all have plenty of that.
I was invited to be a guest designer this week and this is the card I made for it.

This  image is called 'caterpillar bridge' from DS4J and you can find it  HERE. I think it is such a cutie,
I coloured it with distress ink pads and a touch of Twinkling H2O's, with glossy accents on the eyes.

Paper was from KaiserKraft, matted onto green linen cardstock
Sentiment.. computer generated and mated onto an X-cut balloon.

MY hoarded items are:
the green mesh behind the image. I have plenty of that, as I received some with a plant gift being wrapped in it, and being a neon green, I don't use it often. Unfortunately it doesn't show up so well on the photo
Paper flowers. I can start a shop with these, and since I started making my own with punches and die cuts, I also don't use these that often.

I hope you will come and join in this week's challenge, such a fun one and if you head  on over to the challenge blog, you will see the lovely cards by the DT for your inspiration.

I will be back to enter this in some challenges.
Challenges 4 Everybody #31...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #186 ...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap Crafts challenge #3...Anything goes
Make it Monday #163...Anything goes
613 Avenue Create #42...Create your own challenge..1, image,sentiment,patt.paper,solid colour paper:2,die cut,:3, glossy accents,:4, pearls, flowers:5, fibers
The Paper Girls challenge #42...Put a bug on it.
My Craft Creations challenge...Anything goes
P.R.Design challenge #9...Patterned Paper
Tuesday Throwdown #170...Creepy crawlies

Take care and enjoy the day. I will be back tomorrow, till then have fun.
Love Ursula

Tuesday is colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
Tuesday is here again and another lovely colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week the inspirational photo and colour palette was chosen by Lindsay with the twist to make it vintage.

The sponsor for the month is Anji's Antics  and the DT all decided to use the image 'Lady with hat' and if you go and have a look  HERE
you will be able to see how each member has interpreted the challenge.

We would love it if you joined in and showed us your card.

For my card I used the following:

Image..coloured with distress inkpads and cut  out, then mounted with foam pads onto a cream  diecut...A Nestability die.

Paper is from my stash, I think it is a KaiserCraft paper.

The fancy diecut is a Marianne design die, that I have had for a while. Cut it using a vintage paper.
The corner is a LeaBilities die.

Finished off with lace, ribbon and pearls.

I will enter some challenges:
Artistic Inspirations challenge #64...Anything goes
Make it Monday challenge #163...Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's challenge October...Ribbon
Crafty Cardmakers challenge #102...Shabby Chic.
Vintage Stamping challenge #13...Femine Beauty
Craft Your Passion challenges #185...Think pink
Craft-Dee Bowz October...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Allsorts challenge #229...Ribbons and bows
365 Cards #292...Vintage with Ephemera
A Creative Romance...Pink
Jo's Scrap Shack challenge...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge...Anything goes
Inkspirational challenge #41...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes

I really do hope you will join in this challenge and would love to see your work of art there.
Enjoy the rest of the week and take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The latest images at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends,
On this beautiful Sunday morning, I first want to welcome my new followers. Thank you for popping in and I hope you will continue to find something to inspire you to come back and visit.

It is a beautiful Sunday, not sunny, but raining...we had quite a storm yesterday afternoon with some hail...not too serious, but then it rained most of the night, lovely soft rain...I am sure I can actually see the grass growing.. LOL This is the first real rain of the summer.. we had 1mm and 5mm a few weeks ago, but now the dust will be settled and everything will look clean and bright.

Today there are once again new releases at Digistamps4Joy and to see the lovely cards made by some of the DT, have a look HERE

This is my card made with the image Mila - dance recital

I coloured the image with my usual distress inkpads, added a little glitter to her dress and headband, gave her dancing shoes and stockings  a pearly finish.
The paper was from my stash and I used a Martha Stewart punch for the strip in the centre and threaded some polka dot ribbon through it.
Sentiment is from JustRite stamps and added glitter to the stars, with pearls to finish.

A pity I don't have any little dancing girls in my family,
I will enter the following challenges:

Allsorts challenge #229...Ribbons and bows
A creative Romance #10...Pink
Daring Cardmakers...Digital
Jo's Scrap Shack #22...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #29...Anything goes
Stampin for the weekend...Anything goes
4 Krafty Girls challenge #4...Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons challenge #66 ...Anything goes with ribbon
DL.ART challenge...Thankful Thursday Linky Party
MilkCoffee challenge...Spots and dots
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Lady Anne's stamp challenge #12 ...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Anything goes
Penny's challenges #149...Anything goes
My Heart Pieces digital stamp challenge...Anything goes
The Stamping Chef challenge #4...Spots and stripes

Wishing you all a wonderful day, enjoy the  weekend and take care. See you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Celebrating a beautiful life

Hello my  friends.
Some of my regular followers may remember last year I posted about my MIL who had turned 100, and again in July this year we celebrated her 101st birthday, which was a real achievement, and she was still relatively healthy, just suffering from dementia, and feeling very tired at times.

On Saturday at 21.45, she left us, but not without thanking the staff who were looking after her in the frail care.

Today we had a beautiful funeral mass with family and friends, celebrating her life, but nevertheless mourning a very special lady who will be missed very much by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren here in South Africa and also in The Netherlands and New Zealand. We are thankful for the many years that we enjoyed with her...may she RIP.

I will be back tomorrow on a happier note. Take care,
love Ursula

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Outlawz challenge ....anything but square and colours

Good afternoon blogging friends,
I did mean to get this post up early, but things are just a bit hectic.

Today is the Colour challenge at The Outlawz, and I had the privilege of choosing the colours and the twist.
I found this photo for inspiration and the twist, is anything but a square card.

Our sponsor this week is once again Anji's Antics and she has some lovely images, so do pay her a visit.

For my card this week I chose to do the T-Bar card..

This is what I used:
Paper...Patterned...Vintage name and plain lavender
Image...Joycrafts stamp, coloured with PanPastels.
Sentiment....Whiff of Joy
Flourish...Memory box die.

I am entering the following challenges
Make it Monday #162...Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations challenge #63...Anything goes
Challenges4 Everybody #31...Anything goes
Penny Black  and More challenge Oct. ...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap #3...Anything goes
2 Sisters challenge #165...Anything goes
Paper Creators crafts #15...Dies or punches
Brown Sugar challenge #63...Anything goes
Sister Act card challenge #28...Anything goes
4Krafty Girls challenges #3...Anything goes
Chalk n Stock October ...Anything goes with chalk
Happy Campers Craft challenge #22...Show us your flowers

Have a great day everyone, I will be back tomorrow. Take care
Love, Ursula

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I have a winner......

Good morning to my blogging friends,
This past week as you know we had a Bloghop at Digistamps4Joy, and I would like to thank everyone who visited, commented and a BIG welcome to my new followers. Without you all, it just wouldn't be the same. One lucky commentor/follower was drawn to win the digi  "guinea fowls" that I used on my card.
Guineafowls - Click Image to Close
I am so pleased to announce that MONICA is the winner of this image.
Monica makes beautiful cards and sells them for charity, you can see her lovely creations HERE
Congratulations Monica.! Will you please email Margy  and tell her that you won on my blog.
Have a wonderful day and see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Friday, October 11, 2013

Digistamps4Joy Bloghop to celebrate WCMD

Welcome to the Digistamps4Joy COUNTRY theme Blog Hop running from 5 – 11 October 2013 to celebrate World Card Making Day on the 5th October.    The bloghop has been extended to 11th Oct.

You have arrived at Ursula's blog in Roodepoort, South Africa!
Roodepoort is home to a pair of Black Eagles that have their nest at the top of the waterfall in the beautiful Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. This project has been going on for 42 years. This breeding pair are one of the few in an urban environment, and are unique to the Witwatersrand area, although they are under stress because of urban encroachment on their natural environment.


Fabulous Hop Prizes
1. DS4J is offering a different digistamp on EACH DT member’s blog as the prize for the randomly drawn winner on that blog. With 17 DT blogs in this hop you have 17 chances of winning a digistamp! So come on in, meet our fabulous Design Team, and have some fun!
2. The main DS4J blog is also offering a whopping $30 Gift Voucher to the Digistamps4Joy store! Now isn’t that a fabulous prize?
There are some rules for winning these digis, so make sure you read these below!

Blog Hop Navigation
If you landed on my page first then you are at the end of the hop so just start at the top at the Digistamps4Joy blog, and work your way though back to me at the final stop (Ursula’s blog).

The full hop order is listed on the main  DS4J blog

 Here is my card made for the Blog Hop.

I have interpreted the country theme as a typical scene in rural South Africa. 

I have used 3 images. Tree frame, Guinea fowls and Aloe. These are all available at the STORE.
I have made a side-step card and the images were coloured with Distress inkpads.
The sentiment is a freebie from A piece of Heart
Finished off with some guinea fowl feathers.

This is the DS4J image (“Guinea fowls”) you could win, by following the rules below. Please be sure to check them out, and also grab the missing letter to complete the mystery  sentence
Guineafowls - Click Image to Close
By now you will hopefully also have collected all your letters, so the last one you need is
Please read carefully - I do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of THIS blog
2). Leave a comment under this post

Please read carefully - we do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of the main DS4J blog
2). Collect all the letters scattered over the participating DT blogs,
put them together to create a quote, then email this quote to
Margy at with subject title “DS4J Blog Hop quote”

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Now all you need to do is email Margy at with your quote from all the letters collected along the way
The Hop has been extended 1600 (Central African Time) on Friday 11th October.
The full list of winners will be announced on Sunday 13th October on the Digistamps4Joy blog. 
Each blog will also indicate its own winner on 13th October.

Hope you have a wonderful trip with us.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Midway challenge #77..Recycling with DS4J

Happy Wednesday everyone.
What a busy time the last few weeks have been, and it just seems 'normal' I was reminded by hubby that in 10 weeks from now we will be far away on our holiday with our son and family in New Zealand...kind of scarey...well lots to do before that so I had better get myself into action mode.

Today I have a card for  challenge #77 at Digistamps4Joy. Elenor has challenged us to recycle something and to add a snowflake.

Here is what I used:

Paper ... Leane Creatief...Winter design

Acetate..from an embossing folder packaging (I save all of these) ..embossed with a snowflake design attached to dark blue cardstock with brads

Image...Snowman. Coloured with Distress inkpads and cut with an X-cut die. Glossy accent eyes and 2 brad buttons and icicle glitter for the frosty look

Snowflake...Joy/Noor design die

Finished off with twine round the image,..also recycled from a gift I received.

I will add a sentiment when I decide where the card is going.

I invite you to join in this challenge. Use something that you have kept, bits of twine, maybe something from  packaging, we all seem to save bits and pieces to use later...Here is your opportunity.

I am going to enter the following challenges:
Bearly Mine designs #107...ribbon/string/twine
Songbird challenge #26...Blue Hawaii..use lots of blue
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Use it Tuesday #65...Scraps, pieces,odds and ends (acetate pieces saved from packaging)
Craftitude challenges #50...Anything goes/beginning with letter S
Crafty Catz challenge #201...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #27...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Anything goes
Stamp-n-Doodle challenge...Embossing, Wet or dry
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge..Sept. challenge..Something blue

 I hope you all have a wonderful week, have fun doing what you like and take care.
Love Ursula


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Autum at The Outlawz colour challenge.

Good afternoon my friends.
Just in from a busy workshop this morning, with everyone just loving the cards they made, which is
very satisfying.

 Today over at The Outlawz there is a new colour challenge

 that was chosen by Laurian, with perfect autumn/fall colours and needless to say that is the twist that goes with it this week. Here is the gorgeous colour palette

The sponsor this week is again Anji's Antics, and many of the DT have used an image of hers, so you may want to pop over and have a look at what lovely cards have been made for inspiration.

For my card this is what I have used:

Image...umbrella. I coloured it with distress inkpads and coloured an extra copy, then cut out the umbrella and gumboots and layered them to create a  3D effect.
The paper is from a pad by Art talent.
Added a red skeleton leaf, that I have had in my stash for ages, and this was the perfect time to use it.
The sentiment is from my new stamp set of Nellie Snellen , stamped onto a NS round ribbon punch.
 Ribbon and gems to finish it off.

Am entering some challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas...Anything with a sentiment
 Digi Darla"s challenges #83...Fall
PaperMakeup Stamps challenge #109...Playing with leaves
Eureka Stamps  #60...Anything goes
Fitztown challenge #10...Anything goes with a twist..use something old, something new.(an old skeleton leaf and a new stamp set)
Get inky challenge #14...Fall colours
House of Gilli #54...Anything goes/Fall
Make it Monday #61...Anything goes
Parade your crafts #5...Fall

That's all from me today. I will be back tomorrow and if you would like to take part in the BLOGHOP which has been extended...all the details can be found HERE
Take care and have fun,
Love, Ursula

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy World Cardmaking Day

Good morning friends,

Today all over the world crafters are gathering in large groups, small groups or even just on their own, celebrating a hobby that gives so much pleasure to so many, and what a pleasure to welcome some new followers to my blog. Thanks for coming by, I am so happy that you find some inspiration here. I hope you continue to pop in and leave me some comments.

At Digistamps4Joy we are also celebrating with a blog hop, and you can find all the details HERE We would love it if you took part. The hop starts today and finishes on Tuesday 8th

This is the card I made for my entry

I created a scene which is very much part of rural South Africa. In winter the bare trees and guinea fowl are definitely found in many parts of the countryside, along with the beautiful flowering aloes.
The images I have used are Tree frame, Guinea fowls and Aloe. These are all available at the STORE. and I coloured them with Distress ink pads.
The sentiment is from A piece of Heart  where you can find some lovely freebies.
Finished off with guinea fowl feathers.

These are the challenges I am entering in.
CraftyCatz challenge #201...Anything goes
Delicious Doodles challenge #55...Shaped cards
Digitally Sweet challenges...Anything with wings
4 Krafty Girls challenge #3...Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. challenge  #227..Dogs/cats/pets/animals
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenges #242...winged things
Inklings and Yarns...Inky Linky #31
The Male Room #5...Animal/Avian/Aquarian
Rhedd and Rosies challenge #16...Something for Men
Lady Anne's Stamp challenge #12...Anything goes
Penny's challenge #147...Anything goes

I wish you all a lovely weekend. Hope the weather is good wherever you are. We are in for a hot sunny weekend, but would really love some rain.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blog hop at Digistamps4Joy

This is a sticky post and will stay on top, please scroll down for other posts.

Digistamps4Joy will be celebrating World Card Making Day 2013 (5th October) with a 4-day BLOG HOP (5-8 Oct.2013). Save the Date and join in some fun to win some fabulous prizes!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

GD at Mema's Crafts.

Hello friends,
I am back again, this time with a card for my Guest Design spot at Mema's Crafts with the theme being...Anything goes with fall colours.

Digistamps4Joy is sponsoring the challenge, so I have used Autumn Face for my card and you can find it HERE

Image... coloured with Distress inkpads and Twinkling H2O's, cut out with an oval die and mounted on a scalloped oval
Paper...Green cardstock, Patterned paper was stamped with various leaf stamps and then coloured with Pan Pastel chalks and the edges distressed.
The die cut round the image is a LeaBilities die from Leanecreatief cut with brown cardstock and then brushed with green Pearlex powder.It doesn't show up on the photo as well as on the card.
The sentiment is computer generated.
Finished off with a leaf bead and 3 buttons.
Will find some challenges to enter.
 Creative Moments challenge #27...Anything goes/Autumn
 Lady Anne's stamp challenge #12...Anything goes
Penny's Paper-crafty challenge #147...Anything goes
Inky Chicks challenge #14...Use 2 different diecuts
Simply challenged challenge...Create your own background
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #167...Colours of fall
Use it Tuesday challenge #64...Use two hoarded items.. (Buttons and the leaf bead)
4 Krafty Girls challenge #3...Anything goes 
 Chalk n Stock challenge...Anything goes with chalk
Moving along with the times challenge
...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks challenge #162...Fall/Autumn
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of the week, near the end now. Take care and see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Colourful challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
Well here we are at the beginning of another month and the last quarter of the seems unbelievable.

I would like to welcome my new followers. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come back often.

As it is Tuesday we have another great colour  challenge at The Outlawz. This week we have to thank Roxann for the lovely colour palette and inspirational photo and the add a flower, fruit or vegetable.

This month our sponsor  is Anji's Antics and the image I have chosen is "scarecrow" I need one of these in my garden as the birds will soon be into the fruit and vegies.

The DT have made beautiful cards for this week's inspiration, so I do hope you will go and have a look and then come and join in the fun. We would love to see what you come up  with.                                                                                                          

Here is my card:


I coloured the image with Distress inkpads and cut it out.
The paper is from a freebie that I got about 5 years ago called 'Jolly Apples' by Marieke Vermeulen.
The sun is a diecut from Joycrafts.
The Sentiment is also a freebie from Netty's Cards
An apple brad to finish it off.

I will come back later to enter some challenges.
Incy Wincy Designs challenge...Give thanks
Make it Monday #160...Anything goes
Paper Playtime challenge #20...Red,yellow,blue
Craftin Desert Diva's...Linky Party #17...Anything with a sentiment
Challenges 4 Everybody #30...Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #52...Use something metal....My apple brad
Scribble and Scrapcrafts challenge #2...Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish challenge #179...Nature
Digitally Sweet challenges...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #26...Anything goes

I wish you all a lovely day and have a great month. Take care and have fun.

Love Ursula