Sunday, August 31, 2014

I'm late, I'm late.....

Happy Sunday friends,
I do hope you are all having a great weekend. At least it has warmed up here after the very cold snap that we had this week, and as tomorrow is unofficially the start of spring here in South Africa, it promises to be a lovely day.

I am  late with my card for the Christmas challenge at Digistamps4Joy, just getting in at the ninth hour!
This is a progressive challenge, and if you haven't yet joined, it isn't too late. Just contact Desire and you will receive an image, make your card, post it on the challenge blog, and the following month you will receive the next image. It sure helps to get an early start to your Christmas cards.

This month the image was Santa's helper, and if you didn't join the challenge you can get it at the SHOP

Here is my card and what I used:
Paper: Red cardstock, DP from Scrapsheets - Dear Santa - presents
Stars - gold and white paper block, no name, gold mirror board.- both are Marianne Design dies

Image - Santa's helper coloured with Inktense pencils and distress inkpads. Added texture paste for the fur trim, and a touch of glitter. Ccut out with a Nellie Snellen mfd.

Tartan ribbon and pearls from my stash.

Will be back later to enter some challenges.
Allsorts challenge #274...Early Christmas makes
Crafting at the Weekend...#5...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #109..Anything goes
Christmas Stampin all year long #25...Anything goes
Completely Christmas #27...Anything goes
Jingle Belles ...It's gold outside
Sister Act Card challenge #72...Anything goes
Sweetpea Stampers...Use lots of layers
Creative Corner challenges...Anything goes
Fairytale Stampers #43...Anything goes
My Perfect Life...Festive 48...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #26...Anything goes
The Glory of Christmas challenge #41...Bingo (diagonal,top left - bottom right)
Robyn's Fetish challenge #227...Use a digi
Christmas Card Challenge #40...Anything goes

Wishing you all a wonderful week and a great month ahead.

Take care, and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DS4J midway challenge #99...circles

Happy Wednesday everyone.
It is a beautiful springlike day here. Lovely blue skies and sunshine but still a little fresh outside. I think by tomorrow the story will change somewhat as there are 2 huge cold fronts hitting the southern part of the country with snowfalls and very cold weather forecast...oh well we will brace ourselves for the freezing wind and low temps that we get here in the north...but we know it won't last tooo long and spring is just peeking round the corner.

This week a reminder of the current challenge at Digistamps4Joy. My teamie Asmah chose the theme of circles. Anything from a circular card to diecuts, long as there is a circle on your card. Now that can't be too difficult, but the DT have made gorgeous cards for no excuse..come and join in the fun. You don't have to use a DS4J image, but of course if you do, you stand a chance to win the main prize. So I hope to see you there.

This is my stepper rocker card and what I used.

Paper  - Marianne Design paper bloc
Image - Flower circle and you can find it  HERE.  Coloured with Distress inks and mounted on a Marianne Design diecut.

Used my new Marianne Design bow die to make the gorgeous bow

Sentiment is from Whiff of Joy
Added pearls to finish

Will enter this in some challenges.
Crafty Girls challenge #25...Anything goes
My Heart Pieces...Use a digi stamp
Craft for the Craic...Use a craft item never used before...My brand new bow die
Sister Act Card challenge #71...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenge #122...Anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge...Anything goes
Come and Get it...Anything goes with a sentiment
Fairytale Stampers #43...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #25...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge #206...B Unique. Use 3 items starting with 'B'...beads, bow brad.
Crafting from the Heart #33...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #36...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Squigglefly challenge #34... Let's go round the block
Stamp and Create...Anything goes
The Crafter's Café challenge #79...Use punches or dies
Inky Impressions challenge #174...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Fancy fold
Wonderful Wedneday...Anything goes
Simon Says stamp challenge
Word Art Wednesday #147...Anything goes

Wishing you a great week with good things to do. I am very excited as we will be getting the keys to our new house this weekend then starts the long move, as we will be moving in during the month, so as not to leave our present house empty. After 49 years in this house...quite an event. Hard work but lots of fun.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Anything goes at Let's Craft and Create

Good morning friends.
I am afraid this post is late. I forgot to schedule it for last night....but it is only a few hours late.

Today over at Let's Craft and Create challenge #96 is Anything goes, so that is a real easy one, but the DT have all made some lovely cards for inspiration/ Do go and have a browse.

I decided to try a different card this time for a young lady's birthday. It is a Tilt card and I found it HERE

This is what I used:
Paper - Pieces from my stash..the last of a pad from ages agoThe young lady loves pink and that was easy
Image - Pig cupcakes from Bugaboo.. coloured with Distress inks cut out and mounted onto a scalloped oval. Added some glitter
Sentiment is a Memory box die
Added pearls from my stash

This was a fun card to make and am entering the following challenges:
Clear it Out challenge...use favourite colour combo and anything goes stash
Deep Ocean challenge #85...Something sweet
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge #50...square or rectangle, anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #17...Dies or punches
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday ...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesdays...Use your stash
Loves Rubber Stamps #118...use 2 or more patterned papers.
Craft Girls challenge #25...Anything goes
My Heart Pieces...Use a digi stamp
The Crafter's Café challenge #79...Use punches/dies
Craft Creations challenge #270..Dig deep ..use something old from your stash...papers and pearls
Divas by Design...Happy birthday
Hobbybook Designer challenge...2 or more designer papers
Inky Impressions #174...Anything goes
Paper Pretties challenge #325...Birthdays
The House that Stamps Built #827...Celebrate birthdays
Simon Says Stamps challenge...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Fancy Fold
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes

Have a great day and thanks for popping in. I love reading your comments. Take care
Love Ursula

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Tuesday so must be a colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning fellow bloggers,

Today  is the last Tuesday of August...can you believe it, and I have the honour of choosing the inspirational photo, palette and twist for this week's colour challenge at The Outlawz.

 This is what you need to do. Make a card or any project using at least 3 of the 5 colours, and also using the twist, which is to add stripes. Enter the card in the challenge telling us which colours you have is that easy. We would love to see you join us and the DT have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you, so I really hope you will come and join  in the fun.

This is the last week of the sponsorship by Bugaboo stamps and they have a lovely prize of 7 images for the winner.

                             Now on to my card.

I used midnight blue cardstock and matted a luscious lime DP onto it

The image is 'Coffee time, may your cup' and you can find it HERE I coloured it with distress inkpads, cut it out with an X-cut die and matted onto a Citron yellow die cut.

The sentiment goes with the Coffee Time image and also mounted this onto the same DP.

The corners were cut from striped paper, and finished off with buttons.

I will enter the following challenges:
Come and Get it challenge...Anything goes with a sentiment
Fairytale Stampers...Anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend #4...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #71...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore challenge...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper challenge...Anything goes with patterned paper
The Sisters of Crafts ...Anything goes
A Girl who crafts...Anything goes
Milk, Coffee challenge...Add stripes
Crafty Girls challenge #25...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenges #270...Use something old from your stash...The patterned papers are at least 5 years old
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #17...Dies or punches
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #118...Use 2 or more patterned papers

I wish you all a great day, enjoy doing what you like most. I will be back again tomorrow, until then, take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The colour challenge with a leaf or tree

Hello dear friends,
After a rather hectic and a bit stressful week, I am pleased to make it here today with a lovely colour challenge at The Outlawz. One great thing this past week... on Saturday night we had lovely soaking rain for a few hours. Having had no rain since April, this was just wonderful...settled lots of dust and the spring flowers and leaves are just bursting to get out.

This week at The Outlawz Penny has chosen the inspirational photo, colour palette and twist....It is a really lovely one and I do hope that many of you will feel inspired to join in.

Our sponsor  this month is stillBugaboo Stamps and again the DT have used several of their images. We would love you to come and have a look at all the cards for some inspiration.

On to my card:

I used an orange cardstock and onto this I matted an
embossed card. Used a folder from Craft Concepts, have had it for a while, but not used it yet and then shaded the leaves with Pan Pastels.

The image is  Thank you tulip block and can be found  HERE.
I coloured this with Distress inkpads and matted onto green cardstock.

Ribbon, leaf charm..had these for ages,  and pearls to finish.

Will enter the following challenges:

Divas by Design ...So charming
Word Art Wednesday #145...Anything goes
Nutcrafters challenge #74...Anything goes
Penny's challenge #190...Anything goes
Chalk-ah-lot Cafe ...Anything goes with chalk
Eclectic Ellapu Purple...Anything goes using watercolours
Fairytale Stampers #143...Anything goes
The Squirrel and the Fox #75...Anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge...Anything goes
Hiding in my Craftroom #161...Use ribbon
Clear it out challenge...Anything goes, use stash...charm
Creative Card Crew challenge #68...Embossing
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge #49...Anything goes...must be square or rectangle
Craft-Dee Bowz...Must have a handmade bow
Fitztown challenge #49...Embossing
Love to Scrap challenge #36...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Stamp and Create...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...No square cards
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #107...Anything goes
Craft for the Craic #7..A craft item never used before...Embossing folder
Crafts 4 Eternity challenge #189...Something old..charm
Creative Corner challenge...Autumn is coming
Sister Act Card challenge #70...Anything goes
Sweetpea Stampers...Embossing

I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you get to do some lovely things. I hope to be back soon, but with our move coming closer there is still so much to do. Take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday is Colour challenge day

Hello friends,
Tuesday has come around so quickly again and so we have another colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week is was Lindsay who chose this gorgeous inspirational photo and colour palette, and this time YOU get to choose the twist, as well as 2 colours from the photo for your creation.

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps and you will see that the DT have used a variety of their stamps again this week. Please pop over and see the lovely creations they have made for your inspiration. We would love you to join in and you can have fun choosing your own colours and twist.

Here is my project for this card this time.

I decided to go with a tag...this is my twist and the colours I have chosen are bronze, gray and gold

 I needed a gift tag for a friend who loves music, so decided to use this image.

I started by making a tag with kraft paper and used bronze Pan Pastel to stencil some rays onto it, but they are lost behind the image. Then used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil with broken circles and grey Pan Pastel .
Stamped a bit of music from a Marianne design stamp and embossed with gold.
The image is Just a note 6 and you can find it HERE I coloured it with Distress inks and added a touch of glitter to the angel's wings. Cut it out and mounted onto a diecut. I used a stonewhased coordination card.
Added some grey fibre under this.
Stamped the sentiment onto the diecut as well as on the ribbon and a cold ribbon for the tag.

It does look a lot brighter in real life and looked good on the gift bag. I should have taken a photo of the whole lot, as I had also stamped bronze music onto the bag.

Will try at the following challenges:
Craft my Life...Anything goes, but no cards
Artisic Inspirations #104...Anything goes/tags or pockets
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #31...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps #102...Things with wings
Sparkle N Sprinkle...Use glitter, embossing powder or flocking.
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
 Stamp and Create...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Fussy cutting
Chalk-ah-Lot Café challenge #63...Anything goes with chalk
Fairytale Stampers #42...Ribbon/lace
Robyn's Fetish challenge #224...Anything goes
Corrosive challenge #205...Birthdays
A Gem of a challenge #125...Embossing
Crafting at the Weekend...Anything goes
A girl who crafts...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore...Anything goes
Sisters of Craft challenge...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #69...Anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers #135...Birthdays
Crafty Girls challenge #24...Anything goes
Chalk N Stock...Anything goes
Delightful challenges...Anything goes
DL Art Aug. challenge...Anything goes
Clear it out challenge...Embossing..use your stash
Paper Minutes challenge #334...Music
Creative Card Crew #68...Embossing
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes

That is all for today, hope to be back later this week, but things are a bit hectic here, so will try my best. Thanks for visiting, hope you will leave a comment. Take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Something new challenge #98 at Digistamps4Joy

Happy Wednesday friends,
Today we are having a 'NEW' challenge at Digistamps4Joy
I am honoured to be the host of this challenge and I chose the theme 'Celebrate something new'. Now I am sure you can all find something new to celebrate...maybe a new baby, car, house, job, pet or anything else.
We would love you to come and share it with us. The DT have all found something new for their cards to inspire you, so would love you to come along and play with us this week.

You do not have to have a DS4J image, but would love you to use one if you have. You would then get a chance at the main prize, of $10 of  digi images, but you DO have to use an image of some kind to enter. Look forward to seeing lots of 'new' entries.

For my card this week I have used a new digi drawn by Riette our NEW artist at DS4J.
Riette is also a member of the DT, and this was the first image she drew for us. It can be found HERE

Hubby and I have decided to retire and we will be leaving our home of almost 49 years, and packing up my craft business of 20 years. What a task!!!
We are moving to a retirement village and our new home will be ready in 2 to 3 weeks, but a little bit of a hiccup in the selling of our old one means that we will move over slowly over a period of a few weeks. Fortunately it is only about 10kms away, so daily trips will be the order of the day. We will also be able to start the new garden, as it is now coming into spring....looking forward to a very exciting time. Now on to my card. I have made a 'new home' surprise there.

I used kraft card for the 1st layer.
I then embossed my tree - I need to find out whose folder this is. Coloured the tree with distress inks and added some light clouds in the background.
The image is 'Birdhouse' coloured with distress inkpads and cut out. Mounted with silicone.
The fence and larger birds are Marianne Design dies.
The smaller birds are Memory box
Butterflies, used a Nellie Snellen punch
Sentiment is from Hero Arts stamped onto an Xcut label, mounted with butterfly brads.
Added some Pontura pearlmaker for the flower centres and bird eyes.
Will try for the following challenges.
City Crafter challenge #223...Home is where the heart is
Craft-room challenge...A summer garden
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge #47...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly challenge ...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs...Add a sentiment
 Crafting from the Heart #30...Anything goes
Digi Makeover challenge #152...Anything goes
Fitztown challenge #47...Anything goes
Love to Create challenge #127...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Ooh-La-La-Creations #162...Scenic
Stamp and Create...Anything goes
Little Red Wagon challenge #249...Embossing
Nutcrafters challenge #74...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter #168...Make it digital
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #189...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday ...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #144...Anything goes
Craft for the Craic  #7...A craft item never used before...Sentiment stamp
 Pattie's Creations...For the birds
Stempelsonne challenge ...Stamp as main focus
Thanks for popping in and hope to see you over at the Ds4j challenge blog. take care and will be back soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Absolutely August...New colour challenge at The Outlawz.

Greetings friends for this month of August,
Today is the first colour challenge for this month with the Absolutely August twists.

Laurian has chosen the colour palette, inspirational photo and twist for this week, and she has asked us all to 'go dotty' with our cards.

The DT have made such gorgeous cards with these colours and twist, so for some inspiration do go and have a look at what they have to show.

Our sponsor for this month is again the well loved Bugaboo Stamps and most of the DT have used one of their images.

Here is my card.


Paper - Cardstock, coloured it with Pan Pastels in Lavender.
Patterned paper - Pretty Paper Bloc - French roses  by Marianne Designs, cut the edge with a MD die.

Image - Fancy Umbrellas 1 from Baugaboo and you can find it HERE. Coloured it with Distress inkpads, added a touch of Twinkling H20's to the flowers with a bit of glitter, and some bling for the flower centres. Cut it out with a Nellie Snellen die.
Sentiment -  I think it is a Hero Arts stamp
Finished off with seam binding and pearls.

For my card I followed  sketch 321 from Sketch Saturday

Going to try my hand at the following challenges:

Allsorts challenge #270...Favourite things..Using my Pan Pastels
Crafting at the Weekend #4...Anything goes
Sketch Saturday #321
Crafty Calendar challenge ...August..Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #30...Anything goes
Craftyboots challenge...Flowers
Fitztown challenge #47...Anything goes
Love to Create challenge #127...Anything goes
Stamp and Create...Anything goes
Melonheads Friends ...Flowers
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
Digi Makeover challenge #152...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy challenge B Items...bling. bow
Craft-Dee bowz...Anything with a handmade bow
Come and get it...It's all about dies
Robyn's Fetish challenge #223...Square or rectangle
Sunday Stamps challenge #81...It's Pink
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #70...Polka Dots
Sister Act Card challenge #68...Anything goes
Wags n Whiskers challenge #134...Polka Dots
Crafty Girls challenge#23...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks challenge #205...Anything goes

I am out of here for now, wishing you all a wonderful day, and see you back here tomorrow. Have fun.
Love Ursula

Friday, August 1, 2014

YAY!!! It's Freebie Friday

Good morning friends,
Yes it is the beginning of another month and it is Friday...that means a freebie at Digistamps4Joy
Another reason to celebrate is a NEW artist at DS4J...Riette is one of our DT members and she has also shown some of her hidden talents in the lovely digi images she has created. To-day she is offering her latest one as a freebie.

This image will be available HERE until Sunday evening 3 August. You  have to have an account, but it is so easy to open one, then get your image and it is FREE at the checkout.
The DT have made some lovely cards so please pop on over to have a look and then you even have an image to use for the challenges
I just haven't been able to get my card finished, so hope it will be up a bit later.
Have a lovely day, count down to the weekend, and with this new month we are looking forward to spring that is just around the corner.
Take care, see you soon
Love Ursula