Saturday, May 31, 2014

Christmas card

Happy Saturday froends.
Talk about getting in by the back door. I finished this card and entered it in the Christmas challenge at DS4J with a minute to spare.

If you haven't yet joined this Christmas is too late for this month, but tomorrow is June and you can then request Desire to send you the new image. You have to use it on your card for June and then you will automatically get the next one. Not too late to start those Christmas cards.

This is what I used:
Paper from an old Papermania paper pad.
Image - King 1..Let's go. Coloured with Distress inkpads and  Twinkling H20's, Added some Pontura pearlmakers. Ccut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD. There are 2 other images in this series. King 2 and King 3. and you can find them  HERE generated and cut out with a Star die and matted onto gold mirror board.
Ribbon and pearls to finish.
Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Catz challenge #233...Anything goes 
Delicious Doodles challenge #90...For the love of animals
Craftitude challenge #66...Pop it up
Completely Christmas challenge #14...Anything goes
Snarky Stampers challenge #9...R is for ribbon
Crafting at the Weekend #2...Anything goes
Inky Impressions challenge #161...Anything goes
Stampavie and more #212...Christmas in May
Nutcrafters challenge #69...Animals/insects
Simon Says challenge ...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments challenge #107...Bingo, top row..diecuts, 4 word sentiment, ribbon
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Take care, Love Ursula

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Unusual friends....

Hello my friends,
Talk about leaving things to the last minute....well I still have 2 days to go before the deadline, so it isn't quite last minute..LOL

This is a card I made with the freebie from Gerda's Designs and the challenge ends on 30th May, If you enter a card using the image, then you qualify for another image next month.

Paper - from my stash, unknown
Image coloured with Distress Inks pads, cut out with a Nellies Snellen MFD and matted onto blue cardstock.
Sentiment - Joycrafts cut out with an X-cut die.
3 buttons added.

Will enter in the following challenges:
Gerda's Designs Use freebie
Inky Impressions challenges...Anything goes
Nutcrafters challenge #69...Animals/insects
Word Art Wednesday challenge #134...Anything goes
Simon Says challenge...Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps challenge #71...2 or more diecuts.
Crafty Girls challenge #19...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time challenge #214...Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish challenge #213...Add 3 buttons
The Corrosive challenge #200...Anything goes
Opus-Gluei challenge #183...Best of friends
Love to Scrap challenge #30...Anything goes

I will be back tomorrow with another last minute card, so see you then. Have a great day and take care
Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning blogging friends,
The last Tuesday of May and we are still having relatively mild weather for winter, but best I don't say it out loud. With day temps of 22 to 24 deg.C and the nights between 6 and 9 deg. I can handle winter.

Today is another special colour challenge at The Outlawz. You get to choose from 5 colours, so that is quite easy. The colour palette and photo were chosen by Laurian, with the twist ..make it a celebration...

This is the last week of sponsorship from Sandi's Samples and the DT have made lovely cards for you to see.

For my card I chose to use Certainly cerise, Sparkle blue and Sage green.

Paper - I used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and Pan Pastels to create the background paper.

Image - This was a new release at DS4J on Sunday...'Now let's see' and you can find it HERE. It is coloured with distress inks, added some pearl maker and bling. Cut out and mounted on an oval scalloped diecut, which was also coloured with Pan Pastels.

Sentiment - Used part of a CB embossing folder and added some gems to that.
A ribbon and bow to finish.

Entering the following challenges:

Craft-Dee Bowz challenge...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart challenge #20...Anything goes
TheCrafty Blogger's Network...Pink and ribbon
Lexi's Creations #117...Happy birthday
The Pink Elephant challenge #252...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #30...Anything goes
Use Your Stuff challenge #137...Bling
Vintage Stamping challenge #20...Ribbons and bows
Come and Get it challenge...Lots of layers
One Stitch at a Time #214...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge #200...Celebration...Anything goes
That Craft Place...Ribbon/lace
Allsorts challenge #260...Happy birthday
Brown Sugar challenge #95...Anything goes
CraftyCatz challenge #232...Embossing
Stampin for the Weekend...For the girls
Sister Act Card challenge #58...Anything goes
The Squirrel and the Fox #70...For the girls
CCC Digi Creations #1...Anything goes
Everybody-art-challenge #280...Bling bling
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #37...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday #174...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage challenge #22...Buttons or bows

Have a fabulous week everyone, and I will be back soon. In the meantime have fun and take care.
Love Ursula

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Embpossing, Embossing...

Happy Saturday friends,
This has to be a quick posting, as I have a rather hectic schedule today and want to get this card into a challenge, that is very close to closing time.

I saw this technique 'double bugged 'on Mark's Finest Papers Here and rather fancied trying it. This is the result.

The card is made with a built-in stand
I used a new embossing folder by Nellie Snellen for my first embossing, and the second one is a frame also be Nellie.
Die-cuts-Branch and birdcage are Memory Box
Birds are Marianne Design. 
Sentiment - Country crafts.
It was fun to make.
Will enter the following challenges:
Hiding in my Craftroom #149...Embossing
Brown Sugar challenge #95...Anything goes
Craftitude challenge #65,,,That's Die-licious - Use a die
Crafty Catz challenge #232...Embossing
 Sister Act Card challenge #58...Anything goes
Hanna and Friends #197...Dies
Crafting for all Seasons #77...Things with wings
Divas by Design...Anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend #1...Anything goes
DL.ART May challenge ...Anything goes
Have a wonderful weekend and take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anything goes at Digistamps4Joy

Hi friends and a happy Wednesday to you all,
I think winter has decided to show its face here in my part of the world, as it has been a lot cooler and last night we even had a sprinkling of rain....not sure where that came from...we don't have rain in winter, well not usually.
Well enough about the weather, now about the latest challenge at DS4J. This is a midway reminder for Digistamps4Joy  challenge #92...Anything goes, hosted by Margy the owner and artist.

Please remember you do not have to use a DS4J image on your entry, but of course you will need to use one to win the BIG prize and a digi image or a stamped one is a requirement to enter the challenge.

Now on to my card. I decided to go with a nautical theme this time.

It is a normal square card, but I added a built in stand.

Paper - Dark blue cardstock, with DP on the inside
I cut out the centre with a Nestability die, and then used the same set to cut a frame in white cardstock. I covered the frame with texture paste and then went over it with gold and bronze Pan Pastels.

Image - I used sailboat and anchor and you can find them HERE. I cut the sailboat image out with the same die I used on the front and mounted this onto the inside of the card. Coloured the image with Distress inks, added clouds and a few birds. I embossed the lower part with a CB folder to give the wavy effect and shaded this with Pan Pastels as well.

The anchor was also coloured with distress inks and added some Pan Pastel pewter for a metal look.

Sentiment - Happy Birthday was cut with my new Impression Obsession die.

Twine and a charm to finish.

I hope you will come and join in this easy challenge. Have a look at the DT cards, they are full of inspiration.

Entering these challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge #36...One for the guys
Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafty  Boots challenge...Blue and white
Digi Makeover challenge #141...String/ribbon/twine
Love to Scrap challenge #30...Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #85...Cards for men
Die Cuttin Divas challenge #166...Happy birthday
Crafting at the Weekend #1...Anything goes
My Time to Craft #248...Outdoor sports
Artistic Inspirations #92...Anything goes..punches or dies
Eureka Stamps challenge #90...Birthdays
Crafting from the Heart #19...Anything goes
Cupcake Inspirations challenge #261...Nautical
Ditzie Digi Designs week 4...Anything goes
A Creative Romance...One for the boys
Craftitude #65...That's Die-licious...use a die
Crafts 4 Eternity #176...To Die for
Crafty Catz challenge #231...Just for sport
QKR Stampede challenge #88...punches or dies
Sister Act Card challenge #57...Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping off here and I would love to read any comments you leave. Have a great week...downhill and take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It is summetime at The Outlawz

Hello my blogging friends.
I have just seen that it is a week since my last posting...I can't believe it, but I have been  "mega" busy, so no wonder the time has just flown by.

OK, so this week for the Colour challenge at The Outlawz, the lovely inspirational photo was chosen by Roxann with the twist...make it summery, and of course we have had lovely almost summery weather the last few weeks, but yesterday winter decided to put it's foot through the door and it has been rather chilly.

Our sponsor this month is Sandi's Samples and I have used the lovely 'Sunflowers' from Sandi...this will brighten any winter's day.

The DT have made some lovely cards to inspire you, so head on over and see what they have created.  We would really love you to come and join us with a summertime creation.

Here is my card and this is what I have used.

Image - Sunflowers by Sandi, coloured with Distress inks and added a touch of glitter to the flower centres and leaves - doesn't show up much on the photo.
Cut it out with a Nestability die and shaded round the flowers while still in the die with Pan Pastels.

Paper - DP..Noor design, condolence paper bloc.
Cut a larger die and ran that through the CB with an embossing folder and then coloured it with a dark grey  Pan Pastel.

Put a ribbon under the two die cuts and added a bow, with some pearls.

Sentiment stamped onto the DP is from Whiff of Joy.

Will enter in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations challenge #92...Anything goes with punches or dies
Craft-dee Bowz challenge ...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #19...Anything goes
Digi Makeover challenge #141...String/twine/ribbon
Love to Scrap challenge #30...Anything goes
My Craft Creations challenge...Anything goes
Come and get it challenge...Bingo..Ribbon, 3 or more layers, bling
Ditzie Digi Design...Week 4... Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #18...Anything goes
Crafting when we can #69...Die cuts
CCC Digi Creations #1...Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft challenge ...Anything goes
Hiding in my Craftroom...Embossing
Open-minded Crafting Fun #10...Use some ribbon
Paper Creator's Crafts challenge #24...Flowers and bows

That's all from me at the moment. Thanks for popping in and I love to read your comments, so let me know what you think.

Have a great week and I will see you again tomorrow. Take care.
Love Ursula


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Another special colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning blogging friends,
Tuesday has come around again with another colour challenge at The Outlawz. Once again it is one of the special challenges,  where you get to make choices.

Ina has chosen the inspirational photo this week and she has chosen the colour turquoise which must be used on your project, the other 2 colours can be any of those in the photo...and you also get to choose your twist. When entering just let us know what colours you have chosen and what your twist is.

I decided to go with a sort of CAS look, and I got this idea from a card I saw on another blog Outside the Box

I have a problem making any CAS cards, as I always feel it needs something else, but this time I stopped here. The colours I chose are dakr blue and medium blue, with the twist to use a stencil.

This is what I used:

Background - Doobadoo stencil, with Distress inks..salty ocean, peacock feathers.. I could have made the circle a bit bigger.
Butterfly - Marianne Design Craftables CR1205...added some bling and glitter
Ribbon - stamped the sentiment onto it
Pearls to finish.

I do hope you will pop over and see the lovely cards made by the DT for your inspiration. This month the prize has been donated by Sandie's Samples

Entering the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations challenge #91...Anything goes with no designer paper
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #18...Anything goes
Crafty Boots challenge ...Blue and white
Imagination Crafts challenge...Things with wings
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Use your stuff challenge #135...Ribbon/fibre
Perfectly Rustics challenge #22...Bling, bling, sparkle
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenges #81....Anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend...Anything goes
Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge #10...Use ribbon
Sister Act Card challenge #56...Anything goes

I hope you all have a wonderful week, creating lovely things, or just having some fun.
Thanks for coming to visit and I do love to read your comments.
Take, see you soon.
Love Ursula

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Just for fun!

HappySunday friends,
Today I have a card to show...not a DT card...this one, just because I wanted to make a card.
As I had previously mentioned my son, dil and grandies have been here for 3 weeks. I also had a birthday 2 months ago and they brought me some lovely gifts ...Dutch Doobadoo stencils and more Pan Pastels, so of course I had to have a bit of playtime with these.

Here is what I used:

Paper - red cardstock. The I used one of the new stencils and my Pan Pastels and created some background paper. It is not too visible here, but I had fun just playing. I used theDoobadoo sunshine stencil and colours from the butterfly that I had  coloured first and a butterfly punch in the one corner.

Image is a Joycrafts stamp, Silhouette Butterfly. Again I played with a stencil and first coloured the paper before stamping. The butterfly was also coloured with the Pan Pastels using the new set of shades.

I added some fibre under the stamped image. Finished it off with a twine bow and a charm, also a few pearls.

Sentiment - Whiff of Joy stamped onto a banner.

I must say I had fun making this and am entering the following challenges:
Sister Act Card challenge #56...Anything goes
Polkadoodles challenge Wk 18...Something old, something new..(Old - twine & charm...New - stencils and Pan Pastels)
613 Avenue Create challenge #70...Anything goes
Crafty Girls challenge #17...Anything goes
Chalk n Stock...Anything goes with chalk
DL.ART May linky challenge
Crafting for all Seasons challenge #76...Lots of Layers
Just B Creative Crazy Linky Party
Natalie and Amy...Rubber Stamping
One Crazy Stamper...Anything goes with an embellishment
The Crafting Café...Creatures
The Tiny Fairytales challenge...The butterfly
Creative shopping challenge #14...Winged Messengers of Spring
Crafting at the Weekend #1...Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Scrapper's Delights challenge #22...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes

I hope everyone had a good weekend, a great Mother's day and I wish you a happy week.
Take care and will be back soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Digistamps4Joy challenge #91 ..Water water everywhere

Well here I am again,
This week at Digistamps4Joy it is the midway reminder for challenge #91...Water, water everywhere. Mt teammate Berni is hosting this challenge and you can use any image relating to water.
It was quite difficult to choose a digi for this as there are several lovely water related ones. Having been away last week at a Wildlife and Fishing resort, the peace and tranquillity of that place, just made me choose this image...Lake Malawi. We were nowhere near there but it just seemed as peaceful.


Paper - Navy cardstock, Designer Paper - LeCreaDesign...summer
Image - Lake Malawi, can be found HERE
coloured with distress inkpads and matted onto navy cardstock
Fisherman diecut - Joycrafts, Fishing fun 6002/0153
Brads to finish
The DT have made fantastic cards for inspiration, so I invite you to go and have a look at them.
Do come and join in the fun. If you don't have a DS4J image you can still enter, but you get an extra chance if you do use one of their images
Will enter some challenges:
Crafty Sentiment Designs...Anything goes
Digi makeover #139 ...Anything goes
Lexi's Creations challenge #115...For the man/boy in your life
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #41...Anything goes
Come and get it...Anything goes with a digi stamp 
Ditzie Digi Designs...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenges #81...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #17...Anything goes
That Craft Place...Anything goes
Simply Create Too #60...Stack em up
Word Art Wednesday #131...Anything goes
Today we are having a holiday in South Africa for our general elections. I will be going off to cast my vote shortly.
I wish you all a wonderful day wherever you are. Take care
Love Ursula

Transport challenge #92...Let's Craft and Create

Hello bloggers,
I am back again with my DT card for Let's Craft and Create challenge #92 ...transport. This sure gives a lot of scope as anything that moves can be considered under this title.

Here is what I used:

Paper - Designer paper an unknown make.
Used an embossing folder that I then coloured with Pan Pastels.
Bicycle - Marianne Design die, coloured the tyres and saddle.
Small punched flowers in the basket.
Sentiment - Whiff of Joy.

You have the whole month of May to enter and there is a lovely prize for the winner. The DT have made gorgeous cards for your inspiration, so I do hope you will come and join in.

I will enter some challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #9...Flowers
Card Mania challenge #46...Emboss it
Fairytale Stampers challenge #38...use at least 2 punches
Opus-Gluei challenge #182...Flowers for all
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #27...Anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend #1...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack challenge #48...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #55...Anything goes
Die-cut Divas challenge...Use at least 1 embellishment
Flat Friends challenge #20...Dies  or punches
Scrapper"s Delights challenge #22...Anything goes
Hobbybook Designer challenge</a>...Add a sentiment

I have another DT card to share so will be back a bit later.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Circles with colours at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
I am back after a lovely week in the country with our family, enjoying good company, food, wine and having fun. No internet, limited phone coverage, dark skies with lots of stars at night, lovely sunshine with no clouds during the all a magical week.

So now back to work. This week Roxann chose the lovely inspirational photo  for the colour challenge at The Outlawz. The twist she called for was to use a circle.

For my card I used one of my brand new Dutch Doobadoo stencils that I received for my birthday, ..more about these in a later posting.


Paper ... navy cardstock, matted card with circles made with Dutch Doobadoo stencil ..faded dots and Pan Pastels.

Image... Joy Craft stamp coloured with Pan Pastels cut with a circle die and mounted onto a scalloped navy die.

Sentiment ...stamped onto a Nellie Snellen label.

Ribbon and pearls to finish

The DT at the colour challenge have made some awesome cards for inspiration and this month  of May Mischief our sponsor is Sandi Samples.
We really would love you to come and join us.

I will enter the following challenges:
Craft-dee Bowz challenge...Anything goes with a handmade bow.
Crafting from the Heart #17...Anything goes
Love to Create challenge #114...Say it with flowers
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #201...Birthday
Melonheads Friends... Lots of circles
Dream Valley challenge #81...Anything goes
The Ribbon Girls...Flowers
Crafting at the Weekend #1...Anything goes
Suzy Bees Bloomin challenge #27...Anything goes
Kit and Chowder challenge...Flowers

I wish you all a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow with some more cards.
Take care, love Ursula