Monday, June 30, 2014


Hello everybody,
I thought I would be posting this card last night, but a soccer game had me pinned to my seat, and when it was finished I just didn't feel like working at the PC, so here I am now with my next challenge card.

There is another progressive challenge going on at Gerda's Designs where you need to make a card with the image received in order to get the next one. This month we received this delightful image 'Cat and Dog friends' and this is the card I made.

I embossed the cardstock and followed the sketch from the sketch challenge at The Outlaws.
Coloured the image with Distress inkpads and cut it out with an X-cut die.
Sentiment is from a set of Joycraft - friend sentiments.
Will enter these challenges:
613 Avenue Create #78...Anything goes
Fairytale Stampers #40...Brown with desired colour
Corrosive challenge #202...Colour me happy..use favourite colouring medium
Bloggers challenge...Friendship
Crafty Catz #237...Anything goes
QKR Stampede challenge #94...Include a dog or cat
Sister Act Card challenge #63...Anything goes
Craft Creations challenge...Anything goes
 Paper Creator's Crafts #26...Anything goes
I hope you all have a wonderful week. I will be back in a day or two with some DT cards, so until then take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mail for Santa

Hello everyone,
I do hope you are all having a good weekend.  I decided that I would take the day off from, packing, cleaning and sorting, and just make some cards. I am running late with some challenges, but have now made them and will get them in on time,
The first one is a Christmas card, which is for the Christmas challenge at DS4J. The image we received this month is Santa's letter, and if you are not playing in the progressive challenge then you can get it HERE. If you would like to play in the challenge, then you have to request the new image from Desire and if you enter the card then you will get the new image the following month. A great way to get going with your Christmas isn't too late to start now!

Here is what I used:
Paper was from a Christmas paper pad I have had for ages. There is very little of it left.
Image - Santa's letter coloured with distress inkpads, added texture paste for the snow and some glitter over that. Ccut it out and mounted with silicone.
The diecut is from Joycrafts - Winter wishes and I added some glitter to that as well.
Sentiment is also a Joycraft one.
I did try and follow the sketch from Digi Sketch Challenge
At least my Christmas card collection is growing, but I do need to make at least 2 a month and I have been slipping the last month or so.
Will enter this in the following challenges:
Completely Christmas #18...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #183...Let's get sentimental..add a sentiment
Digi Design challenge...Lots of layers
Digi Sketch Challenge...sketch/feeling blue
My time to Craft #252...Christmas in June
My Perfect Life challenge #25...Any Christmas card goes
Christmas Card  challenges #31...Anything goes
The Squirrel and The Fox #73...Christmas in July

I hope to be back later tonight with my second card, but I do need to watch a football match that will start soon in South America, and the Dutch team needs my support...LOL, so till later....

Take care, love, Ursula

Friday, June 27, 2014

A forgotten card

Hello friends,
Due to our planed move I have been doing a lot of cleaning out. I found a number of recently made cards that I haven't yet shown here on  my blog, so in the next few weeks I will be showing these in betweeen my DT cards. Time is just in such short supply now, that I am not getting many new cards made except for DT work and one class per month, so I was pleased to find a few 'new' ones.

This is a card made for my class last month, which I did enjoy doing, and wanted to use my new Craftable bow die. It worked so well on this card

Card recipe:

Paper -  Pretty Paper Bloc - French roses Marianne Design

Diecuts - Marianne design - Craftables and Creatables

Picture - Vintage sheet, not sure whose it is

Sentiment  - Joycrafts

Lace, pearls from my stash

One of the alternatives was to make your own background paper, so this was the sample I made.

Card Recipe:

I used all the same dies as above, but stamped our own paper using a
'Cover a card' stamp of Impression Obsession and Dusty Concord Distress stamppad, inking all edges with Vintage Photo.

Will be entering a few challenges:
Simon Says challenge...Anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge #41...Anything goes
Just Inspirational challenge...Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps challenge #72...Tic-tac-toe (Top right to bottom left), Pearls, diecut,ribbon
Ladybug Crafts challenge ...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Bloggers challenge...Friendship
Crafty Catz challenge #237...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #63...Anything goes
613 Avenue Create...Anything goes with optional pink
One Stitch at a time #218...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #21...Anything goes

Wishing you all a great weekend. I heard we are in for some cold weather this weekend and maybe a bit of rain...very unusual, so will wait and see what it will be like. I have another class tomorrow, so will possibly share some cards in the next week or two.

Take care, love Ursula

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Choose 3 colours at The Outlawz colour challenge

Good afternoon friends,
Well I am rather late posting my card for the Colour challenge at The Outlawz, as this card has just been a problem. Ever had one of those...I finished the card and was rather pleased with it, but was late in posting it on the challenge site, so this morning when I went to post it, I realised that I had not read the challenge requirements fully. I had focused on the Twist and not the colours...oh dear!!! what to do...just change part of it.

This week the inspirational photo with the colours and twist were chosen by my teamie Ina.. There are 5 colours shown, but you are required to choose 3 and the twist is to 'make a scene' 

This being the last week of the month we say a big thank you to Stitchy Bear for the lovely images we were able to use this month.

The DT have once again made stunning cards using some of these images, so please visit the challenge blog and see their lovely projects, then come and join in the fun.

After redoing part of the card this is what I came up with. My choice of colours  - stone grey, gentle lime and autum orange.

Paper - dark green cardstock, a hessian look DP.

Image - Flowers for Mum and you can find it HERE Coloured with Distres inks and I made a 3D image, with parts that I redid. Put pearl drops in the flower centres and a glitter pen on the petals

The background image is a DS4J image called Farm scenery and it can be found Here. This I couloured with Pan Pastels and printed the fence twice to raise it. Added some glitter to the sun's rays.

Sentiment is a peel off on a label attached with twine that I coloured with distress ink.

Will enter into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts...Layers
Crafting from the Heart #24...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Chalk-a-lot Café challenge...Anything goes with chalk
Ditzie Digi Designs #6...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #218...Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge #202...Colour me happy...use favourite colouring medium...Distress inks and Pan Pastels
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #41...Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays challenge #178...Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy challenge #13...Many layers
Crafty Girls challenges #20...Anything goes
Chalk N Stock...Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey...Anything goes
Seize the Birthday...Anything goes
Delicious Doodles challenge #93...Make a scene
Sister Act Card challenge #62...Anything goes
Creatalicious challenge...Happy birthday
Crafts Galore Encore...Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft challenge...Anything goes

That's it from me today, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flowers, flowers, flowers... challenge #94 at DS4J

Happy Wednesday to all my blogging buddies,
I hope the week has gone well so far.

Today is the midway reminder for challenge #94 at Digistamps4Joy  with the theme...Flowers, flowers, flowers. My teamie Charlene is hosting this challenge and she says you can use as many or as few as you like. Just show us a project with flowers. Yes, it doesn't have to be a card, but there must be stamping, digital or rubber. You also don't have to use a Ds4J image, but you do get a chance of winning the BIG prize if you do, so come along and join in the challenge.

This is my card that I made using the image Flower frame, which is for a friend who has gone through a very rough few weeks.

Paper - I used the DP from a Marianne Design paper bloc...Pretty papers...Hello sweet baby and matted onto a med. blue cardstock. Punched 2 corners.

Image - is Flower frame and you can find it HERE I printed 2 images, coloured one fully and the second only the pink flowers, cut these out and mounted them with silicone over the first image. The image was coloured with Pan Pastels and cut with a Nellie's MFD, matted onto blue cardstock.

Sentiment is from a set of Just Rite stamps.

Pearls and bling flower centres to finish off.

Entering this in the following challenges.
Crafting from the Heart #23...Anything goes
Craft Your Passion challenge #218...3 or more embellishments
Love to Create #120...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
Chalk-a-lot Cafe challenge #61...Anything goes with chalk
Challenges 4 Everybody #42....Challenges 4 Everybody
Ditzie Digi Designs #6...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge #210...Crop it or cut it
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Scrappy Hands challenge #14...3D
Everybody-art-challenge #283...Pearls
Crafting at the Weekend #2...Anything goes
My Sheri Crafts #135...3 in a row...Patterned paper, image, pearls
Blogger's challenge...Flowers
Craft for the Craic #5...Something summery or with flowers
Craftitude challenge #67...Use flowers or lace
CCC Digi Creations #3...Digi/flowers
I wish you all a wonderful week and take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A birthday train.

Good morning friends,
I hope you are all having a good week. We had a long weekend as yesterday was Youth day here in South Africa, so only really getting the week under way now.

This week in the colour challenge at The Outlawz, I was privileged to choose the inspirational photo, colour palette and twist. This was my choice.

Our sponsor for the month is  Stitchy Bear and some of the DT have used their images. They have all made beautiful cards for your inspiration. I would love you to  have a look, then come and join in this fun challenge.

This is my card and the recipe of what I used:

Paper - This was an off cut piece that I matted onto red cardstock.
Image - A new image from Digistamps4Joy and you can find it  HERE  I coloured it with Distress inkpads and cut out with a MFD, inking the edges.
I cut the train using a Marianne Design die and inked the embossing while still in the die.
On the carriages there is place where I will put a name and age, when I give the card.
The puffs of smoke are clouds cut with a Memory box die and I just cut them smaller by hand
3 buttons to finish.

I will enter it in the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations #265
Ditzie Designs challenge #6...Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time #217...Button it
Crafting When we Can #71...Use up your scraps.. nothing new
A Little Bit Crafty...Child's play
Craft and Smash...Buttons
Creatalicious challenge #64...Happy birthday
Ladybug Crafts...Something for the boys and use your dies
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Card and Scrap #78...Buttons
Bearly-Mine Designs...One for the boys.
A Creative Romance...Anything goes with the option of Happy Birthday
Crafty Catz challenge #235...Use 2 different dies
Creative Corner challenge...Just for boys
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge...Layers
Crafting from the Heart challenge #23...Anything goes
Love to Create challenge #120...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la-Creations challenge #158...Father's Day/Male
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
The Crazy challenge #173..For the little ones
The Crafty girls challenge #20...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs challenge ...Happy Birthday
Crafting for all Seasons challenge #129...Don't be square
Decorate to Celebrate #77...For Dad or Birthday
Scrappers-Delight challenge #24...Anything goes with a twist..layer it up
Penny's challenge #181...Anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania challenge ...Transport
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #200...Celebrations...Happy birhday
Try it on Tuesday...One for the boys

That's it for now. I will be back tomorrow with another DT card. Till then, take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A special colour challenge at The Outlaws.

Hello friends,
I do hope your weekend was a good one with great weather. Can't say that for ours as we were hit with the first BLAST of winter. Very cold and freezing cold wind coming straight from the mountains where they had snow. It has warmed up just a little, but I hear from the weatherman that the next cold front has hit the southern part of the country....I suppose we have to expect it, after all it is winter.LOL!

Once again Tuesday has arrived and another colour challenge at The Outlawz where you decide the colours and the twist. You are required to use the colour shown - luscious purple - and then choose 2 colours from the photo. You then also decide what the twist is to be.

Our sponsor for this month is Stitchy Bear and the DT have mostly used one of their images for the cards. I invite you to go and have a look at the awesome cards made by the DT, great inspiration, and then we would just love it if you came and joined in.

This is my card made with the image  Butterfly love and this is what I used. My colours were Luscious Purple, mauve, lime green. The twist - something with wings.

Paper - A paper bloc with no name. It does have lovely glittery flowers,
Die cut - Joycraft, Noor design.
Image - Butterfly love, coloured with Distress inkpads and Twinkling H20"s. Addes glitter to the wings and little gems and pearl dots for the stamens of the flowers.
Ribbon and pearls to finish..

Will enter the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts...Layers
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #22...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy ...Anything goes
Crafty Blogger's Network...Bingo..I chose the top line
Ditzie Digi Designs #5...Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #88...Use a digi
One Stitch at a Time...Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams...#6...Things with wings
Sentimental Sundays #210...Anything goes
Pile it on challenge #23...Use patterned paper
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned paper...Use patterned paper
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Open-minded Crafting Fun #12...Something with wings
Di's Digi Designs...Ribbons/Bow
CCC Digi Creations #2...Digi use a diecut
Crafting at the Weekend #2...Anything goes.
Quirky Crafts Challenge #12...Recipe..fairy, sentiment, sparkles

I do hope you will come and join in this fun challenge. Thanks for popping in and I would love you to leave a comment. I do like to read them.

 Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Friday, June 6, 2014

Digistamps4Joy Freebie Friday

Good morning friends,
It is the first Friday of June and it is freezing. I said that the winter was going to hit us this weekend and it has come with a vengeance. Yesterday morning at 5.30 it was 12deg and this morning it is 0. What a sudden change...we have been very lucky with the gorgeous weather...but I still don't like this sudden cold.

Anyway...there is a lovely freebie available at DS4J for the next 2 days. I haven't been able to make a card, will try for the weekend,  but here is a picture of the image you can collect. I think it is a really great useful. Thanks Margy for this.
Just go to the shop, open an account if you don't have one already, and on checkout it WILL be FREE

Some of the DT have made gorgeous cards with this image and you can see them HERE.
I would suggest you hurry on over and collect your image.
Have a great weekend, and if you are in South Africa then keep warm, anywhere else enjoy the summer..if you are having one.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Spots or stripes or both?

Hello friends,
Well here I am back again with another DT card. At Let's Craft & Create this month the challenge theme is spots or stripes. The DT have some lovely cards for inspiration, so be sure to hop on over and have a browse.
I chose to go with spots and this is my card.

Card recipe:
Paper- I decided to make my own, using Pan Pastels and a Dutch Doobadoo stencil.
Image - Blossom circle from Beccy's Place. This is part of the Serenity set, that I was lucky to win  recently. Coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with a circle die. I put small pearl dots in the centre of the flowers. You can find the image HERE
A corner- Marianne design die and ribbon and pearls to finish.
I am entering the following challenges:
Beccy's Place...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly challenge ...Anything goes.
Card Mania challenge #48...Flowers
Digi Makeover challenge #143...Anything goes
Love to Create challenge #118...Happy birthday
The Crazy challenge ...Bingo - bottom row, pearls, flowers, diecut
 The Crafty Bloggers Network..Bingo - top row across, ,  diecut, ribbon, pearls
 My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #96...Birthday
 Crafts4Eternity #178 ...Tic-tac-toe
That's all from me for the moment. I need to get on with some other chores, some interesting and others not. Hope to see you all soon, take care.
Love Ursula

DS4J Midway reminder... challenge #93

Hello again friends,
Back again with a card for Digistamps4Joy challenge #93...Girly/feminine. This challenge is being hosted by my teamie Jackie and the DT have made really awesome cards for your inspiration.

Here is my card
Card Recipe:
Paper - pink cardstock, DP is from Marianne Design, Pretty Papers..Rose Garden. I cut out a shape with a Nellie Snellen die.
Image - Rosa coloured with Distress Inkpads and added a bit of glitter. You can find it  HERE. It also comes in a coloured version.
Sentiment - Whiff of Joy.
Added pearls, gems and a bow.
I do hope you will come and join in this challenge. You do not have to use a DS4J image, but you get an extra chance if you do.  We really would love to see your creations.
Am entering the following challenges.
 Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday...Feminine and fancy
Inky Impressions challenge #161...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Digi Makeover challenge #143...Anything goes
Imagination Crafts challenge...All that glitters
Use your Stuff #138...Patterned paper
 My Craft Creations...Anything goes
A Creative Romance...Girly Creations
Crafty Catz challenge #223...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #59...Anything goes
Stampin for the Weekend...For the girls
Thanks for popping  in and I do love to read your comments. I will be back later with the last DT card for this week. Have a great day.
Take care. Love Ursula

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Colour challenge at The Outlawz.

Good morning blogging friends,
Can you believe that this is the first colour challenge at The Outlawz for June and soon we will be halfway through the year.  We are still having mild weather for winter, but heard a whisper of some cold air moving in by the weekend....not nice, but I guess it had to come sometime. Just hope it will warm up again quickly.

Onto business now. The colour photo and twist.. to add ribbon, was chosen by Roxann this week . They are such pretty soft colours.

Our sponsor for the month of June is Stitchy Bear and the DT will be using various images for their cards..

I invite you to see the lovely cards made by the DT and then come and join in this challenge showing us your project.

This is what I used for my card.

Paper - DP is from my stash and not sure where it is from.

Image - Birthday flower from Stitchy Bear coloured with Pan Pastels and Twinkling H20's added to the little hearts. A combination of pearls and pearl makers added to the centre.
Cut it out with a circle die and matted onto a Marianne Design diecut.

A memory box diecut in the corner, pearls and a bow to finish.

I will enter the following challenges:

Craft-Dee Bowz challenge...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart challenge #21...Anything goes
Digi Makeover challenge #143...Anything goes
Love to Create challenge #118...Happy birthday
Use Your Stuff #138...Patterned paper
Crafts Galore challenge...Use a stamp or digi
CCC Digi Creations #2...Use a digi plus a diecut
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper challenge June...Anything goes
Chalk Ah Lot Café"> #61...Anything goes
Ditzie Digi Designs #5...Anything goes
That Craft Place...Ribbon/lace
Robyn's Fetish challenge #214...Anything goes

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I will be back with some more DT cards the next few days. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula