Thursday, February 27, 2014

Another Christmas Card

Good morning friends,
It is almost the end of February, and that means that my card using the free Christmas image from Digistamps4Joy should be posted in the Christmas challenge blog, or I won't be getting the next image. Well pleased to say I have made it. I had the image coloured, but just didn't get to putting the card together.

I coloured the little dragon with Distress inks and Twinkling H20's as these have a lovely shine. Added some puff paint to his hat for the fur effect and a bit of glitter to the bauble on his tail. I cut it out with an X-cut die.
The papers are left over pieces from my stash, with the red piece put through a CB folder and sanded slightly.
The sentiment is a Nellie Snellen stamp, punched out with a ribbon punch also Nellie Snellen and ribbon threaded through.
Pearls to finish.

Off to post it on the Christmas challenge and then will wait to see what the next image will be. If you would like to join in this challenge you can request the new image and then keep making a card every month with the new image you receive. A great way of staying ahead with your Christmas cards.

Entering the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations challenges #80...For the kids
Love to Scrap challenge #24...Anything goes
Christmas Card challenges #13...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap crafts challenge #12...Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge...#165...use a sentiment
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge extra...Anything goes...Christmas
Sister Act Card challenge #45...Anything goes
Winter Wonderland challenge...The most wonderful time of the year.
Sweet Stampin Christmas challenge ...Tropical Christmas
The Paper Shelter #147...Animal magic
Decosses Dynamite Doodles 12 months of Christmas Linky Party
Enjoy the last few days before the weekend, then relax and have fun.
Take care,  Love Ursula

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A reminder to bring out your dies and punches

Happy Wednesday blogging friends.
We have a great challenge currently running at  Digistamps4Joy. Charlene our hostess would like us to use our punches and dies in challenge #86.
 If you go and have a look at the challenge BLOG you will see some awesome cards for inspiration made by the DT members.

We would love to see your creations and do remember that you do not have to use a DS4J image, but if you do then you stand a chance to win an extra prize.

This is my card and I used the following:

Paper from a Vintage paper bloc

Image is butterfly oval, coloured with Distress inkpads and Twinkling H20's.
I cut it out with an X-cut die and coloured it slightly round the edges. You can find it HERE

I used a selection of dies. The flower and leaves are from Marianne designs and the butterfly is a Joycrafts die.
Sentiment is from Country Crafts
Pearls to finish off and a touch of glitter for some extra bling.

I think my card will meet the following challenge requirements:

Just keep on Creating #1...Anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge #25...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays  #161...Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door...Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #184...Anything goes
Card Mania challenge #41...Use a sentiment.
Crafting from the Heart #7...Anything goes/use flowers
Eureka Stamps  #78...add a butterfly
Love to Create #104...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #24...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Make it Monday #180...Anything goes

As we are now into the downhill part of the week, I hope it all goes plain sailing for you. Take care, thanks for popping in and see you soon.
Love, Ursula

Embossing at Let's Craft & Create

Hello friends,
Here I am back again with my card for challenge #89  at Let's Craft & Create The theme is embossing, wet or dry.
The DT have made lovely cards for inspiration, so please hop over and have a look. We would love you to join us.

I decided to do a bit of both on my card today.

This is what I used:
Paper - Pretty Papers bloc..Marianne Designs
Diecuts - Marianne Designs and the new Parasol diecut which has embossing as well.
Sentiment - Whiff of Joy..embossed with silver EP
Ribbon and pearls to finish.
I think it will match the following challenges.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #25...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday #161...Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #184...Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles #212...use ribbon
Love to Create challenge #104...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant challenge #239...use pink
Make it Monday #180...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #38...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #201...Anything goes

Wishing you a wonderful week further and I will be back tomorrow with the last of my DT cards for the week., then hopefully some other challenges to work on.
Take care,
 Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Colour challenge with a music twist

Hello my blogging friends,
Here we are on the last Tuesday of February and once again it is time for the Colour challenge at The Outlawz.

This week the inspirational photo, colours and twist was the choice of Laurian . You have to choose 3 of the colours from  the palette  and the twist is to make it musical.

This is what I used for my card.
The colours I have decided to use are, John yellow,  Mystery green and George red.
Paper -  yellow and red cardstock. DP - Dance to the music paper bloc from Joycrafts
Stamped image - Crafty Individuals
Sentiment - Joycrafts
Corner - Marianne Designs
Pearls from my stash

I hope you will go and have a look at the lovely cards made by the DT for inspiration, and then come and join in the fun with your creation.

I will enter this in the following challenges:

613 Avenue create #60...Anything goes/optional twist..Use your country's colours
Scribble and Scrap challenge #12...Anything goes
Card Mania challenge #41...Use a sentiment
Love to Create #104...Anything goes
Make it Monday #180...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #24...Anything goes
Crazy 4 challenges #224...Inspired by music
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge Feb. challenge
Craftitude challenge #59...Hit the right note
Docerela Creations #56...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #45...Anything goes

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the last few days of February. I think my friends in the North will be happy with the approach of March...a little bit closer to spring, but of course for us here down in the south...a reminder that autumn is lurking in the wings. I love that season, but not the one that follows.

Thanks for popping in and have a great week, will be back tomorrow with another DT card.
 Till then take care.
Love Ursula

Saturday, February 22, 2014

3D card in a box

Hi friends,
Been a bit busy this week and the reason is that I had the first of my monthly Saturday classes for the year this morning. I had kits to prepare for 12 students, making 2 cards each, so needless to say there was very little time for anything else this week.
We are also still busy packing up our craft studio, so every minute was well spent. I hope your week has been less hectic.

 I have seen a number of these cards on the internet and wanted to try it for the workshop. The ladies loved it. I don't have a link as I watched  a few videos and then  made my  own pattern.
I used  a number of Memory Box dies, Nellie Snellen, Marienne  Design and Joycraft dies..
I really love that this card fold up flat for posting.
I will enter the following challenges:
The ABC challenge...F is for Flowers
Just be creative crazy...Linky party..just because
Feeling Crafty Feb challenge...dies/punches
Sister Act Card challenge #45...Anything goes
The Stamping Boutique #5...Use a punch or diecut
Scribble and Scrap challenge #12...Anything goes
Quirky Crafts challenge #4...Pile it high, layer it up and 3D
Challenges 4 Everybody #38...Anything goes
Blogger's challenge ...Fancy folds
Flat Friends challenge...More than 1 fold.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Here it will be a busy one. I have a number of DT cards to finish, so hope to be back in a few days.
Take care, Love, Ursula

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday is Colour challenge day

Hello my blogging friends,
Tuesday has come round so quickly again, so I need to tell you all about the latest colour challenge at The Outlaws.
This is the card I made using the photo, colours and twist chosen by Lindsay for this challenge.

Paper: DP... 'Dance to the Music' paper bloc by Joycrafts, green cardstock and a dark grey cutout using a Crealies die
Image: Reed swan..a new release from Digistamps4Joy and you can find it  HERE Coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with a new Nellie Snellen MFD.
Sentiment: From Country Crafts stamped onto a Nellie Snellen labels die.
Finished off with pearls.                                                                             
 Here is the photo that Lindsay had chosen, with the colours and the twist to add something with wings.                                                      

We would love for you to come and join in the fun, and the DT have made some lovely cards for inspiration.
I have entered my card in the following challenges:
One Stitch at a Time #200...Use a digi 
Scribble and Scrap challenge #12...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #81. Use a diecut or punch
Craftitude challenge #58...Anything goes or Valentine/Love
Sister Act Card challenge #44...Anything goes
Feeling Crafty challenge #25...Dies or punches
Crafty Girls challenge #11...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks challenge 181...Use pearls
Make it Monday ...Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers challenge #110...Come fly with me
Love to Scrap challenge #24...Anything goes.
 Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Use 2 or more diecuts
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #183...Things with wings
Crafty Sentiment Designs...Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #55...KISS..Keep it simple and sweet
Thanks to all  who pop in and leave me some comments. I do love reading them. Wishing you a good week . Take care and I'll see you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reminder challenge #85..Have a heart at DS4J

Happy Wednesday everyone.
Not only are we halfway through the week,  but almost halfway through the month as well, and just 2 days to go to Valentine's day, when hearts are called for.

At Digistamps4Joy we have just that...challenge #85..Hearts, which is the choice of Karin and we are halfway through that as well. My card for this challenge is a side step card with hearts, but it isn't a Valentine card, so no red.

Here is what I used:
Paper - purple cardstock, DP from
Image - Angel Angie and you can find it  HERE Coloured with Distress inkpads, Twinkling H20's, glitter, Pontura pearl drops. Printed the heart twice and raised it with silicone.
Cut it out with a Nellie Snellen die, inked the edges and added pearls.
The heart border is a Memory box die - Cherish border
The sentiment was computer generated, taken from a book of expressions that I have.

On the Digistamps4Joy blog you will be able to see all the lovely cards made by my fellow teammates and they are stunning, so hop on over and take a look. You do not have to have a DS4J image to play in the challenge, but of course you get an extra chance if you do have one. so please come and share your creative projects with us and lovely  prizes to be one.

Will enter the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations challenge #78...Anything goes/Valentine
Bunny Zoe's Crafts...Hearts/Love
Digi Makeover challenge #127...Hearts
Eureka Stamps challenge #76...Hearts
Love to Scrap challenge #23...Who loves ya baby...Use the word love on your project
Make it Monday...Anything goes
My Craft Creations challenge...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la Creations #149...Use a heart
Papertake Weekly challenge...With a heart
Sweet Stamps challenge #156...Love
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Sunflowerfield Designs challenge Valentine/Hearts

That's all I have for now, just remember to come and show us your project with a heart. Hope to see you back soon. Take care.
Love Ursula

Fabric or Felt

Hello again bloggers,
As I said earlier, I would be back today.
This time my card is for  challenge # 88 at  Let's Craft and Create with the theme Fabric or Felt. The DT have used fabric and felt so cleverly on their projects, so please go and visit for some inspiration.

I was happy with this  theme as I have had some fabric paper in my stash for over a year now, and have been saving it because it just looks so pretty...every heard this before..LOL

The fabric is adhered to a paper backing and is from DCWV, this I matted onto a pink cardstock, that I coloured with Distress ink..aged mahogany.
The dies are from Marianne Design, again just sponged over with distress inks.
Sentiment stamped
Seam binding ribbon ...also fabric
Finished off with lots of pearls.

I will enter the following challenges.
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Love to Create #102...Use Red or Pink
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la Creations #150...Use a heart
Challenges 4 Everybody #38...Anything goes
Come and Get it challenge...Make it Girly
Eclectic Ellapu challenge...From the heart
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #15...Anything goes
Pumpkin Spice challenge #58...Hearts

Thanks so much for popping in. I love to have you visit and would love you to leave a comment. Have a great week and take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Colour challenge at The Outlawz..choose your colours...

Good morning friends,
Today at  The Outlawz we have another special colour challenge where you get to make some choices.

The photo this week was the choice of Ina. The colour we are required to use is Rose red and 2 colours of your choice, just tell us which they are. You also get to decide the twist, so don't forget to mention what it is.

For my card I used the colours Rose red, green and grey.
The twist is to add metal.

Red cardstock.
DP from a paper bloc 'Back in Time' from Joycrafts. It was very light green so added extra colour with Pan Pastel chalks.

Clock diecut is from Marianne Designs. Cut it from silver foil and coloured it with alcohol inks.

The sentiment was found on the internet, printed and cut with an X-cut die.

Added 3 buttons.

I think it can be a good masculine card as well.

The gorgeous cards made by the DT for inspiration can all be viewed HERE and we would really love it if you came and joined our challenge this week.

I will enter the following challenges:
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #15...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #38...Anything goes
Fairy Tale challenge blog #86...More than 2 colours.
Jo's Scrap Shack #36...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #43...Anything goes
Craftitude challenge #58...Anything goes
Chalk N Stock challenge...Anything goes
Crafty Girls challenge #11...Anything goes
Delightful Sketches...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Divas by Design...Diecuts
Inklings and Yarns Linky #43...Anything goes
Rhedd and Rosie challenge #25...Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #109...This is a man's world
Make it Monday...Anything goes
Craft Creations...Anything goes

I will be back much later today with another card. Till then have a great day and take care.
Love Ursula

Friday, February 7, 2014

First Christmas card this year.

Happy Friday everyone,
My second posting today as I am trying to catch up with cards that I have finished, but not posted yet.

I decided that I need to get Christmas cards made early this year. I did it a few years ago and it was lovely having a head start when the time came for seriously getting cards made.

Here is my first one, that I did in fact start before Christmas, but with going away mid December, it just never got done. I joined a Christmas card group  Christmas 2014 Club run by Lady Anne at Art and Images by Kim. All you have to do is make 2 cards every month and post them to the group. I just think it is a brilliant idea to get going with my cards.

I used an embossing folder (sorry no name on it) and then coloured the embossed detail with Pan Pastel chalks
Added some Pontura pearl drops to the red berries.

Matted this onto red card.

I cut a slit in the card for the gingham ribbon to go through and added a bow.

The sentiment is from a set of Nellie Snellen.

This was such an easy one to do and will be using this embossing folder a lot more this year.

Entering the following challenges:

Chalk N Stock...Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons challenge #75...Anything goes
Crimbo Crackers challenge #57...Christmas happiness
Paper Crafting Journey...Emboss that
Sister Act Card challenge #43...Anything goes
 Cuttlebug Mania...A touch of red
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes
Make it Monday #177...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #6...Anything goes/use red
Craft Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Decosses Dynamite Doodles"> 12 days of Christmas ..Feb. linky party

I will be working on my second card next week, so watch out for that one.

Enjoy your weekend and have fun.
Love Ursula

Freebie Friday at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning blogging friends,
I for one am so pleased to see the end of this has your week been? Well to make it a great Friday, you can hop over to the Digistamps4Joy store and pick up this lovely freebie..Be my honey

You do have to have an account and when you get to the checkout there is nothing to pay...How great is that... do some shopping and spend no money.

This is my card using this image.

Coloured the image with distress inks and cut out with my new Nellie Snellen MFD, matted onto brown cardstock.
Patterned paper is from CuddlyBuddy...bees. It was a freebie a long time ago, matted onto dark brown cardstock.
Sentiment is a DS4J image which is part of a valentine set and can be found HERE
Finished off with a ribbon bow onto which I stamped some small bees with Stazon ink.
There are gorgeous cards made by the DT members for inspiration and you can see these on the Digistamps4Joy blog
I will enter the following challenges:
Crafting by Design...Anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenges #163...Something old and something new (something old...the patterned paper, something new..the Nellie Snellen MFD
Rhedd and Rosies challenge #25...Anything goes.
All Sorts challenge #244...Love is in the air
Paper Creator's Crafts #19...Anything goes
Time 4 Scrap #33...Be Mine
Di's Digi Designs...Love/Valentine
Crafty Girls challenge#11...Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons challenge #75...Anything goes with ribbon
Delightful challenges...Anything goes
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are having some more cloudy, bit rainy weather. Not quite as hot as what it would normally be...that's great.
Thanks for popping in and hope to see you soon. Take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Outlawz colour challenge with Valentine

Good morning friends,
Firstly I would like to welcome my newest followers. I am so happy to have you join my little group and hope I will keep inspiring you to come back often and visit.

Today is another colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week the colour palette and twist was the choice of Roxann and she has challenged us to "make it Valentine" with these gorgeous colours.

This is my card and what I have used.

The image is Pompom love from Digistamps4Joy one of the new releases and you can find it HERE
Coloured with distress inks and added glossy accents to the heart.
The sentiment was a freebie from A Piece of Heart and Happy Valentine was printed on the computer.
Finished off with card candy.

I hope you will pop over to the Colour challenge and see the fantastic cards made by the DT for inspiration. We would love to have you come and join in.

These are the challenges I am entering
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #21...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Lexis Creations...Valentine
Kaboodle Doodle challenge #209...Valentine
Make it Monday #177...Anything goes
Cutie Pie challenge #62...My cutie pie Valentine
Challenges 4 Everybody #38...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #198...Anything goes
Kitty Bee Designs #16...Valentine/Love
My Sheri Crafts #126...Valentime

I wish you all a wonderful day and a great week ahead. See you soon.
Love, Ursula

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A forest walk with Digistamps4Joy

Good morning everyone,
I hope you are enjoying the weekend, whether it is cold or hot...just enjoy having a free day. It has been a while since I was able to use one of the new release images at Digistamps4Joy  as I wasn't able to do so while on holiday.
The one I have used is Forest background and you will find it HERE
This is my card and I have also used the image Guinea fowl that you will find it HERE

I coloured the image with Pan Pastel chalks and Distress inkpads.
Cut a frame with a Marianne die and distressed it slightly with Distress stain.
Just added a sentiment from Whiff of Joy.
The DT have made some really gorgeous cards and you can see them all HERE

Will join  in the following challenges:
2 Sisters challenge #173...embossing
Drunken stampers #157...Anything goes
Bloggers challenge ...Embossing
Crafty Catz challenge #216...Anything goes
Delicious Doodles #73...Die cuts or punches
Sister Act card challenge #42...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #179...Anything goes
Crafty Girls challenge #10...Anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies#18...Anything goes

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will leave me a comment as I do enjoy reading them. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula