Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Colour challenge plus a number

Hello friends,
Here is the last  colour challenge for the month of April at The Outlawz. I do hope you are reading this as I have scheduled it because I am away with all my family for a week. Our son and family are visiting from The Netherlands and we have been able to get away with all 3 our boys and their families. It would have been so great if our son and the family from New Zealand could have been here as well, but maybe one day we will have them all together again.

It so happens that our youngest son turns 40 on the 3rd May, so we will be celebrating that as well as all the other birthdays so far this year. The card I made is for Eric who loves  music..plays guitar and sings in the choir at the church. He also used to play a bit of sax.

The colour palette and inspirational photo was my choice, with the twist to add a number. I didn't actually plan this for his card, but it was a perfect choice.

The DT have made some really super cards and I hope you will come and join in the fun this week.

Here is my card and what I have used.

Paper - Kraft cardstock for the card, with red card matted but first I stamped and embossed some music notes onto that. A piece of green put through the CB with a happy birthday folder.  Just a pity the red looks a lot more pink on the photo, and I didn't have time to try and scan it.

Joycrafts die for the music.
The numbers were cut with one of my very first CB alphabet dies.

Added 3 brads, and a charm.

My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #41...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap Crafts challenge #17...Anything goes
That Craft Place challenge...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments challenge #105...Use a sentiment or a 4
Crafty Girls challenge #17...Anything goes
Milk, Coffee challenge...Use bright colours
Seize the Birthday...Today it's your birthday

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I will be back at the end of the weekend. Take care
Love Ursula

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Midway Easter or Spring challenge #90 at DS4J

Happy Wednesday to everyone.
With the short weeks that we are having I am just really not sure what day it is and have to check on a calendar, as Wednesday seems to have come round very much quicker, but yes it is midweek challenge day at Digistamps4Joy with the theme Easter or Spring.
Alex is hosting this challenge and again the DT have made amazing cards. I urge you to go and have a look and maybe get some inspiration. Do remember you can enter without a DS4J image, but you get an extra chance in the draw if you do use one.

I chose the Easter theme as I wanted to give this to my grandchildren.

Here is what I used:
I made a side step card again...I love this fold.
Paper - pink cardstock, printed paper from Marianne Design 'Don & Daisy', inked all the edges.
Images - Egg basket and Hoppy Easter and you can find these HERE. I coloured them with distress inkpads and Twinkling H20's. Added some glitter to the basket. Cut it out and mounted with dimensionals. Attached the 2 pieces of cardstock with bunny brads that I have had in my stash for a few years now.
Sentiment is a freebie from my blogging friend Hannelie..
Finished off with some very sparkly eggs stickers

Will enter the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Fancy folds
Paper Minutes challenge #318...Card with effect
Party Time Tuesdays challenge #169...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday challenge...More than one fold.
Hobbybook Designer challenge...Easter
Digi Designs challenge...Easter
Open-minded Crafting Fun challenge #8...Easter
Sunflowerfield Designs challenge...Easter
Crafting from the Heart challenge #15...Anything goes
Melonheadz Friends...Easter
Ooh-la-la-Creations challenge #154...Easter/Spring
Ditzie Digi Designs...Anything goes
That Craft Place...Anything goes/Easter

Enjoy the rest of your week, We are spending time with the family doing some fun things.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another Colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend enjoying the time with family and friends, or even just relaxing on your own.

We are having our son and family visiting South Africa from The Netherlands, and am so happy as today it is our son Steven's birthday and we will be spending the day together with some of the other family as well and as the weather is still lovely sunny and warm, we will have a good old South African "braai"..barbecue, with some of their favourites.

Now on to the business of the Colour challenge
for this week. It is another of the special challenges where you get to choose three colours from the palette, for your card. The twist is to add a butterfly. This gorgeous photo was chosen by Penny, for this week's inspiration and she is also sponsoring the prize for this month. Now with such beautiful colours who can resist making a project for this week.

I decided this week to use a sketch for my card...haven't followed one for ages.  I decided to go with the C.R.A.F.T. challenge #225, but was too late to enter it in the challenge.

Here is the card for this week's colour challenge, and I once again used my Pan Pastels, that I just love playing with. The colours I chose were sky blue, passion purple and grass.

This is what I used:
Paper - blue cardstock, patterned paper from a pad by Marianne Design...Rose garden.

Image - from a set 'Urban stamps' Papermania by DoCrafts, stamped and then coloured with Pan Pastels. matted on card and raised with foam pads.

Rosette is a die from Nellie Snellen, also cut from the same paper pad and inked with distress ink.
Sentiment is a peel off on a Nellie's label.

Washi tape, pearls, and  butterflies using Nellies punches to finish it off.

I rather liked the end result and hope you will let me know what your think of it. I just notice that on the photo, the centre of the stamped image is not defined, but it is OK on the card.

Will enter the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart challenge #15...Anything goes
Squigglefly challenge #16...Flutterby Butterfly
Craft your Passion challenge #210...Pretty Pastels
The Crafty Bloggers Network...Diecuts or Embossing
Craft Creations challenge...Anything goes
Fitztown challenge...Anything goes
Crafting when we can challenge #67...Ribbon/twine/washi tape
Robyn's Fetish challenge #208...Square cards
Stamping sensations...Use dies or punches
The squirrel and the Fox challenge #68..Use a diecut or punch
Scribble and scrap crafts challenge #16...Anything goes

Will be back tomorrow with another DT card, till then have fun and take care.
Love Ursula

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Christmas at Easter......???

Hello everyone,
A big weekend coming up...Easter. so I would at the outset like to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Easter. I hope you will all enjoy the long weekend.
Our family from The Netherlands arrives tomorrow so we are looking forward to some great times over the next 3 weeks.
My card today may be a little confusing as it isn't an Easter but a Christmas card....
This is my next card with the freebie from DS4J for the  Christmas challenge and if you haven't yet joined you can still do so. Just go to the BLOG and Desire will give you all the details. At least my Christmas card collection is growing slowly.

Here is what I used:

Paper: Red card, Christmas paper, sorry have no name...was a left over piece.

Image: Christmas Robin...Coloured with Pan Pastels, added Pontura dots for the berries and a little glitter on the leaves. Cut it out and mounted with foam pads.

Sentiment: Papermania
Pearls to finish.

I will enter some challenges:

Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Inklings and Yarns LinkyParty #51 ...Anything goes
Rhedd and Rosie challenge #30...Anything goes
Everybody-Art-challenge #274...Anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas challenge Reason for the Season
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes

Have a great day, and I will see you soon.
Take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Colour challenge with a tropical twist.

Good morning all,
Tuesday has come round so quickly again, but on one hand I don't mind. On Friday our son, dil and grandies  arrive from The Netherlands. It will be just great to have them around...even if we have to share them with the rest of the family.

Onto business for today!. The new colour challenge at The Outlawz is on, and it is the choice of Laurian this week. She gave us this gorgeous photo for inspiration with lovely colours and the twist can only be Tropical.

The DT have made really beautiful cards with these colours and theme and I urge you to go and have a look, then join us with your creations.

Here is my card for this week and what I used

Paper - Pink, blue cardstock with corners rounded
Yellow card using a Marianne Design die for a frame and inked the embossing.

Vellum put through the CB with a Memory box stencil and the 'no more shims' mat. This technique is described and shown very nicely by Kitty of Kittys Craft.  She has lovely ideas on her blog as well.

Image is Hibiscus from DS4J and you can find it  HERE. I coloured it with my usual Distress inkpads and some Pontura dots on the stamens, then raised with dimensional pads.

Sentiment is a Whiff of Joy.
A bow to finish

I will enter this in a few challenges.

Craft-dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #14...Anything goes - use yellow
The Crafty Bloggers Network...Die cuts or embossing
Digi Sketch challenge Floral
Love to Scrap challenge #27...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #140...Anything goes
Ditzie Digi Designs...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #208...Use a digi
Sentimental Sundays #202...Embossing
Kit and Chowder challenge...Something blue
Craftitude challenge #62...Anything goes
Crafty Hands challenge #12...Anything goes
Scrapping 4 Fun challenge #14...Anything goes
Sister Act card challenge #52...Anything goes
Crafty girls challenge #15....Anything goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday #168 Die cuts
Pause. Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #8...Anything goes

I wish you all a wonderful week and hope the snowy weather I have seen mentioned soon passes and spring returns to those in the North. We are now very much into autumn, with lots of cloudy, even a feel of winter some days, but our sunny days should be back soon we hope.

Take care and see you soon. Thanks for visiting, I really love it when you pop in.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DS4J...Midway challenge #89..Wings

Good morning bloggers,
Wednesday and a reminder of the  challenge at Digistamps4Joy #89...add wings.

My teamie Sharon is hosting this challenge and she wants us to use anything with wings, butterflies, birds, dragonflies, fairies, angels...whatever takes your fancy...just not Goth entries please.

There are lovely cards made by the DT, so why not go and have a look at them. We would love to see your creations and you do not have to use a DS4J image, but of course you do get an extra chance for a prize if you do. Come and join in the fun.

I decided to go with these lovely birds and this is my card.

Sometimes one needs a card to give when a loved one has gone, so I decided to go with a simple card.
I used an embossing folder, and lightly coloured it, matted this onto a pink paper which I distressed with aged mahogany inkpad.
The image is 'Flamingo pair' coloured with distress inks, cut out with a die and raised on the card with dimensionals.The image can be found  HERE
The sentiment is from A Piece of Heart. Sharon offers some lovely freebies, so pay her a visit.

Will look to enter some challenges:
The Crafty Blogger's Network...Die cuts or embossing.
WhoopsiDaisy challenge...Things with wings
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge #30...Anything goes
Through the Crafrroom Door...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge...Things with wings
Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge #7...Animal Antics
Scrappin 4 Fun challenges #14...Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts challenge #213...Pastels
Natalie and Amy's challenge #19...Embossing
Odd Ball Stamps challenge #1...Embossing
Die Cutting Diva's challenge #160...Colour challenge..Pastels
Just Inspirational challenge...Embossing
Digi Makeover challenge #135...Anything goes
Hobbybook Designer challenge...2 or more diecuts
Whimsey Stamps challenge #70...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday...Anything goes
Rhedd and Rosies challenge #30...Anything goes"
Inklings and Yarns..Linky Party #50

That's it from me. I have had a busy couple of days with lots of workshops the last 2 weeks and DT cards the last few days, so I need to focus on the house for a bit. Our family will be here in 9 days time, and I still have lots of sorting in the studio with trying to sell everything.

Have a good week, will try and pop in later in the week. Take care, have fun.
Love Ursula

Using dies and punches for Easter

Hello everyone,
I am back again, this time with my DT project for Let's Craft and Create.  We were asked to use dies and punches, and I saw this lovely Easter gift idea at Kitty's Craft and  I decided to make some of these for my grandchildren for Easter gifts. This year we are also having our family from The Netherlands here in South Africa, so I thought this would be great for filling with some yummy eggs for the juniors and Easter goodies for the not so juniors.

It was very easy, using  Nellie Snellen MFDies and some punches.
The sentiment is from Netty's cards where you can find several lovely freebie sentiments. Well worth visiting her BLOG.

The DT at Let's Craft and Create have made lovely cards for your inspiration and as the challenges are now monthly, there is no excuse not to participate. Would love to see some of your projects there.

Challenges I am entering:

Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge....Easter
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #71...3D projects
Craft my Life...Anything goes, but no card
Artistic Inspirations challenges #86...Easter animal/Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz challenge...Anything goes with a handmade bow
The Crafty Bloggers Network...Die cuts/embossing
Craft your Passion challenge #208...No designer papers
Created with Love challenge #79...Easter
Love to Create challenge #110...Anything goes for kids
Make My Monday challenge...Easter card or project
Lexi's Creations #113...Ester
Crafting from the Heart #13...Anything goes with Easter theme
Craftin Desert Diva's... Linky Party...Anything goes

I wish you a great day and I will be back later with another DT card. In the mean time take care and thanks for visiting.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

White plus 2 colours

Hello blogging friends,
I hope you are all having a good week after a wonderful weekend....relaxing I hope, or at least having some fun. Me...it was rather busy,

Today we are having another of the fun colour challenges
at The Outlawz. This is where you get to choose some of the colours and your own twist.
Lindsay choose this lovely photograph and the colour you have to use is white. You may choose 2 other colours from the photo and decide what your twist is.   I think this is such fun.

Our own Teamie Penny is the sponsor for this month, so please come and see the lovely cards made by all the DT and then come and play along.

For my card I chose to use black and pink along with the white and my twist is to add bling.

This is what I used:
Paper - Marianne Design, Pretty paper bloc - Noir and Blanc
Die cuts are all from Marianne design. I embossed the round diecut with a CB folder..swiss dots
Sentiment - Nettyy's cards. She has a number of freebie sentiments, so go and pay her a visit.
Added some bling of course....for my twist.
Will enter the following challenges:

 Challenges 4 Everybody #40...Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap challenge #15...Anything goes.
The Squirrel and the Fox #67...All creatures great and small.
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party
Hiding in my Craftroom #144...Black, white + 1
Paper Creator's Crafts #22...Spots and dots
Crafty Bloggers Network...Diecuts or embossing
Open-minded Crafting fun #7...Animal antics
Paper Crafting Journey...Anything goes
Delightful challenges...Hip to be square
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Hobbybook Designers challenge...2 or more diecuts

I am off now to do a card workshop. Will put the card on here later tonight. I do hope they like what I have chosen for this week.

Have a great day, take care and thanks for your visit.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's April...bring out the balloons

Good morning bloggers and a happy April month to you all,
I am sure all  my Northern Hemisphere friends are enjoying some spring weather, if not yet, I hope it won't be far away. For us in the South, lovely crisp autumn mornings and not excessively hot....I love this season. Seeing the leaves change reminds me that soon the trees will be bare and winter will be here.

Today is another  colour challenge day at The Outlawz. Roxann has chosen this beautiful inspirational photo with the colours and the "April Action" twist ...add balloons.

We are also lucky to have as our sponsor this month PENNY one of our own DT

I do hope you will pop over and see the lovely cards made by the ladies and come and join in the fun bringing your balloon cards to show us.

For my card I used an image that I have had for a number of years...dug it out of the archives. This digi has always been popular for kiddies birthdays.

My card recipe:
Paper - Patterned paper from a no name paper pad.
Green embossed card.
Image - Priscilla Styles, coloured with distress inks and the balloons with Twinkling H20's
Sentiment - peel offs
Added a balloon button and some bakers twine.
Will enter the following challenges.
Crafting from the Heart #12...Anything goes/cute and cuddly
Craftin Dsert Diva'sCrafting up and Linky party #28
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la Creations #153...for a child
Use your stuff challenge #129...die cuts
Crafting when we can challenge #66 ...For a child
Robyn's Fetish challenge #205 ...Birthday card for a young child
That Craft Place...Buttons
The Paper Players challenge#189...Tic-tac-toe (I used the top row across...birthday, any punch or die, ribbon or twine)
 One Stitch at a time #206...Anything goes
Dragon fly dreams challenge #3...Up in the air
Alphabet challenge...D for diecuts
Cut it up...Anything goes
Pattie's Creations #88...Anything goes
I hope you have a super day, and don't get caught in any of those silly pranks. Have fun and take care.
Thanks for visiting.
Love Ursula