Sunday, November 30, 2014

New releases from Digistamps4Joy

Good morning and happy Sunday friends.

To day is the last of the new releases at Digistamps4Joy for November...Can you believe tomorrow is the last month and so almost  the end of 2014. There are some lovely new images which you can find HERE. The DT have made cards with some of these images and you can view them all on the BLOG


The image is Baobab Christmas and this is what I used:

Background paper from Fabscraps. Cut a large star from a scrap in my stash.
Coloured the image with distress inkpads and Twinkling H20's for the lights on the tree. Added some glitter.
The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a smaller star die. Added glitter to this as well and tied with some red and white twine.

The baobab is a South African tree and grows to a very large size and age. The tree's branches are supposed to be the same expanse as the root system.

I will enter the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar challenge...It's all about Christmas
My Sheri Crafts #147...Oh Christmas Tree
Paper Creator's Crafts #33...All about Christmas
Completely Christmas #40...Anything goes + twist..something beginning with S..stars
Cut it up challenge #59...Non Traditional Christmas
Winter Wonderland ...Dies and punches
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Use die cuts
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #63...Anything goes with a twist..add a tree
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons...#91...Tis the season
Moo-Mania  & More challenge ...Trees
Brown Sugar challenge #122...Anything goes
Crafty Catz ...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #85...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge ...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge ...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge Extra...Anything goes
The Craft Garden ...Christmas

Wishing you all a great Sunday and have a good week. See you soon and take care.
Love Ursula

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Progressive Freebie Challenge

Hello blogging friends,
 The Outlawz Challenges

This is just a quick post to remind you of the new Progressive freebie challenge starting on 1 December at The Outlawz, where you can register and get all the details.

Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the Freebie/Progressive challenge. Once your creation is completed, upload it into the freebie challenge and you will automatically receive the next month free digi.  We will have one image per month so you have plenty of time to create a project using the image.
So with only 4 days left, you don't want to delay, join now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and to everyone thankful.

See you soon, take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Adding rhinestones for Christmas

Good morning to all my friends,
Can you believe we are a month away from Christmas, so I hope you are all managing to get your Christmas preparations started.
 I have made another Christmas card this week, for the Colour challenge at The Outlawz using the beautiful Inspirational photo, colour palette and twist that was Ina's choice.

It is again one of our regular challenges. You choose 3 of the 5 colours shown, and add the twist to use sequins or rhinestones. Please remember to tell us which colours you have used.

This is the last week of sponsorship from Squigglefly and I have loved using their images.

We would love you to come and join in the fun. The DT have made beautiful cards for your inspiration, so if you need some inspiration, you know where to come.

This is my card:

I used dark peacock cardstock, matted patterned paper from LeCreaDesign called Christmas design.
Punched all the corners.
Image is called Bear Stocking and you can find it HERE. I coloured it with Distress inks and Twinkling H20's and added some liquid pearl dots. Cut it out and mounted with silicone.
Sentiment is from a Papermania set, stamped onto a label and attached with ribbon.
Added rhinestones to the stars on the patterned paper.

I am entering some challenges:
My Perfect Life..Any Christmas card
Robyn's Fetish challenge #239...Use a digi
Crafty Calendar challenge...It's all about Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #204...Getting ready for Christmas
Kit and Clowder challenge...Christmas
Card and Scrap challenge...Christmas cards
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned paper challenge...Anything goes
Mema's Crafts...Anything goes
Fairytale challenge #105...Christmas with animals
QKR Stampede challenge #114...Bling it on
Aud Sentiments challenge #120...Use a sentiment for a December holiday
 Crafty Ribbons challenge #107...Animals at Christmas plus ribbon
 Delightful challenges...You're a gem
Creative Moments challenge #56...Anything goes..option ..Make it sparkle
Scrapper's Delights challenge #36...Anything goes/Traditional Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #159...Anything goes

I hope you all have a wonderful week, take care and have fun
Love Ursula

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Midway challenge #104 at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends and a happy Wednesday to you all,

There is still a week left for the challenge at Digistamps4Joy  hosted by Berni and she has chosen the theme....Preparing for holidays/fall.
The DT have made gorgeous projects for this challenge, so go and have a look for some inspiration.
You do not have to use a ds4j image, but you stand a chance to win the $10 voucher if you do. There are a number of images in the SHOP which can be used for this theme and there is also a reward points system, so have a browse there.

You can choose any holiday for this, and as I am trying to get ahead for Christmas I made a wine bottle tag, as I need a few of these, and it saves wrapping the bottle.

I cut a tag and embossed it with a CB embossing folder.

Image is Steampunk Tree and you can find it HERE This will be a gift for my nephew, who loves his red wine and also does a lot of thought this a perfect image for him.

I printed the image on patterned paper and then decorated with gold, black glitter, bronze EP, and gold peel-off stars. Cut it out and attached to the tag.

The sentiment if from a Papermania set.

These are the challenges I will enter:
Delightful challenges...Happy Holidays
C.R.A.F.T challenge...Christmas
 DL ART..Thankful Thursday
Crafty Catz challenge #255...Christmas is coming
Allsorts challenge #285....Anything but a card
Crafty calendar challenge...It's all about Christmas
Love to Create challenge #142...Make it for Christmas
Not Just Cards challenge #6...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant challenge
Perfectly Rustics challenge #36...Embossing

Wishing you all a fantastic week. and will see you again soon. Thank you so much for visiting, and hope you leave me a comment.. Take care.
Love Ursula

Christmas at Let's Craft and Create

Hello friends
The challenge at Let's Craft and Create will be the last one for now. The owners have decided to take a break, so we will end with a Christmas celebration.

I have started making tags for Christmas gifts and decided to use 2 of them on a card.

Paper - I made a patchwork background using pieces from Marianne Designs Vintage Christmas. I saw this idea at Beccy's place and really liked it. A good way to use up scraps.
Images - Christmas Tags. The tags are images from the Progressive challenge at Digistamps4Joy. I printed them onto patterned paper, then added a bit of colour, stickles, glitter and pearls. Stamped a sentiment onto the one and added a peel-off onto the other one.

I do hope you will join in this popular theme challenge.

These are the challenges I am entering:
Christmas challenge Progressive challenge
Crafty Sentiments Designs ...2 or more designer papers
Top Tip Tuesday...3 or more papers
Card Mania challenge #60...Use a digi
Tuesday Throwdown #222...Christmas tags
Love to Create challenge #142...Make it for Christmas
Crafty Catz challenge #255...Christmas is coming
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge
...It's all about ChristmasBrown Sugar challenge #120...Anything goes
Christmas Stampin all year round #37...Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy challenge #127...Two of a kind
Jo's Scrap Shack...Anything goes
That's it for now, will see you back here in a while with another creation. Take care.
Love Ursula



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The colours of my flag at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
A new Colour challenge at The Outlawz  this Tuesday...use the colours of my country's flag.

This week we have another of our 'new look' challenges, using the colours of your flag. I have the honour of hosting this week and so this is the flag of South Africa from which to choose your colours. You may make any project using some or all of the colours and there is a twist...make it Thanksgiving or thanks.

We still have Squigglefly as our sponsor this month, so please come and see the fantastic cards that  the DT have made for your inspiration using some of their lovely images.

This is my card using the image Blessing tree and you can find it HERE. I have used all the colours in the flag.

Paper - coloured cardstock, Patterned Paper  from my stash
Image coloured with Distress inkpads. Added a drop of  Glossy Accents to the heart carried by the bird. Cut it out with a Nestability oval and mounted on a scolloped diecut.
Sentiment is a freebie from Netty's cards cut with a circle punch.
Finished with ribbon and some beads.

I would really love to see what you would come up with using the colours of my flag, so please come and join in the challenge.

I am entering the following challenges:
Card Mania challenge #60...Use a digi
Craft Dee Bowz...Use a handmade bow
Dream Valley challenge #95...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps challenge #115...Give thanks
Fitztown challenge #62 ...Anything goes
Melonheads Friends...Add a sentiment
Squigglefly challenge #46...Give me a square deal
Stamp and Create ...Ribbons or bows
The Ribbon Girl...Red projects
Great Impressions...Thankful thoughts
QKR Stampede #113...I'm thankful for
Simply Create too...#74...Thanksgiving/Thankful
The Stamping Boutique Thankful
Dream it up...Thankful and thoughtful
Milk, Coffee challenge...Hand coloured image
Crafting by Designs...Give thanks
Hambo Hoedown challenge Thank you friends
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Thank-ful
Have a great week, hope it is not too cold or too wet wherever you are. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New releases at Digistamps4Joy

Good morning friends and a happy Sunday to you all
As you can see it is new release day at Digistamps4Joy and there are some beauties again this week. You are able to get them HERE and if it inspiration you need the DT have made some stunning cards using some of these images and they can be seen HERE.
Don't forget that DS4J have a reward points system. For every $10 spent, you get $1 in rewards, so that is a bonus.
This is the card I made with the image 'First snow'. Here in South Africa we hardly every get snow and never at Christmas, but I do love seeing it when I travel.
Here is what I used.
Paper - Winter frost from Michelle R Designs . She has weekly freebies on fb
Image coloured with distress inkpads and stickles added for the snow. Cut it out with a Marianne Design snow globe die.
Sentiment from the winter frost elements of Michel R Designs.
Used extra snowflakes with added glitter cut with a CB die.
Will enter it in these challenges:
A Crafty Mess challenge #1...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #120...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #66...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #83...Anything goes
Creative Corner challenge ...Let it sparkle
The Paper Shelter challenge #182...Snowflakes
Clear it Out Challenge...Use 3 of something...(Snowflakes)
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays #189...Anything goes
That's it from me for now, will be back soon till then take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A regular Colour challenge at The Outlawz

Hello friends,

Another gorgeous cool, rainy day here and I can just here all the new plants rejoicing, and the new lawn is lovely and green.

It is Tuesday and that means we head over to The Outlawz for the colour challenge, which this week is hosted by Judith. It is a regular challenge again...just keeping you all guessing, so we have this lovely photo for inspiration, with the colours Judith chose and the twist...add some glitz.

Our sponsor Squigglefly provided the DT with some lovely images and the one I used..Candle shelf can be found HERE.
We would love you to come and see what everyone has made with the images. Digital Stamps

This is my card. 
Paper - Ice blue cardstock, matted white and gold patterned paper. A piece from an old collection of Forever friends.
Image - Candle shelf, coloured with distress inkpads, added glitter. Cut it out with Nellie Snellen MFD. Drew a gold frame round the cutout with a pen.
Sentiment is from Netty's cards. which I cut  out and mounted onto the large star. Added pearls with  Pontura to the sentiment. and a piece of gold ribbon.
Will look to enter the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations challenge #117...Anything goes with stars
Card Mania challenge #59...Use your dies
Dream Valley challenges #94...Getting ready for Christmas
Melonheads Friends Add a sentiment
Squigglefly challenge #4514...Make a Christmas card
Through the Purple Haze challenge #67...Use a punch or Die
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Lots of Layers
Crafty Ribbons challenge #106...Christmas creation with ribbon
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #60...Anything goes plus twist...add ribbon
Party Time Tuesday challenge #189...Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #74...Christmas joy
My Perfect Life #44... Any Christmas card
The Ribbon Girls challenge...Make a Christmas card
Well that's it from me. With the cool weather I am full of energy, still sorting out my craft room, so off to try and complete this job. Take care and thanks for your visit,
Love Ursula


Friday, November 7, 2014

It's freebie Friday again at Digistmaps4Joy

Hello friends and a great big welcome to you all,
I am sure you are all as happy to see the end of the week as I am, but yikes, it is the first Friday of another month...Freebie Friday. Just one more left for this year.

This time it is something for the guys... a gear tag.
The freebie will be available till Sunday afternoon, and you will need to go the the SHOP
and get it. If you have an account that is great, if not, just go open account, choose your freebie and it is FREE.

I am a bit late with my card, but here it is. I have used the tag on the card.

Paper - Kraft card for the card, Green cardstock, patterned paper from LeCrea Design- paper for men, which I ran through the CB with an embossing folder.
The tag - I inked with distress ink - walnut stain. The gears on the tag were embossed with bronze embossing powder, and a second tag attached with an eyelet and twine, attached all with brads
The gear embellishments are from Dutch Doobadoo, inked with distress inks.
Sentiment - I used peeloffs. 
I will enter it in the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess #1...Anything goes
The Stamping boutique...Use 3 embellishments
Aud Sentiments challenge #119..Put sentiment on a tag 
Delightful challenges...Use patterned paper
Southern Girls challenge..Let's hear it for the boys
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons #89...Tag it 
Crafty Creations challenge #275...Brads, buttons or bows
The Paper Shelter challenge #181...For the man in your life.
 Everybody Art challenge #299...Gears
That's it from me,  hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend. Will be back soon, take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DS4J ...reminder challenge #103...Anything goes

Happy Wednesday bloggers,
Where has this week gone...... Today I would like to remind you of the challenge over at Digistamps4Joy #103
My teamie Gloria is hosting this one and has given us such an easy theme...Anything goes, so come along and join in with your creation. You may use any image..digi or regular stamp, but if you have a DS4J image, you will get a chance at the big prize.  Hurry along and see the amazing card made by the DT.

This is my card, going with a Christmas image.

I used up some of my old paper which I matted onto the front, then cut a square with a Nellie Snellen MFD. I used the same set to cut a frame with a red and gold Christmas paper.

I also found a page of lovely peeloff poinsettias which I layered in the corner.

On the inside I used the same red and gold paper with a diecut, and matted the image/sentiment onto that.

Added the leaves  from the peeloffs with some beads for a fairly simple card.

I saw somewhere that there are only 7 more Fridays till Christmas, so best get my act together now. At least I can add another card to my collection....not enough though.

I will enter some challenges:

Creative Card Crew...Christmas Joy
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
My Perfect Life...Any Christmas card goes
Sentimental Sundays #231...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge...It's all about Christmas
Brown Sugar challenge #118...Anything goes
Crafty Catz challenge #253...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenge #112...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #81...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #157...Anything goes

I wish you all have a wonderful week, and if you are in the Northern hemisphere hope winter hasn't yet set in.

Thanks for coming by and hope to see you soon. Take care.
Love Ursula.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New digi at Digistams4Joy

Hello everyone,
I am back for the second time today...that doesn't happen too often. The reason is that I am actually late with this card. Last Sunday there were some new releases at Digistamps4Joy and this was one of them. I just couldn't get my card finished in am showing it now and inviting you to go and have a look at the new releases. There are some great cards made by the DT this week and you can see them HERE.

I have used the new image..Beach umbrella and merged it with an old one...Lake Malawi. Coloured it with Distress inkpads. I attached it to the card and then continued colouring the scene on the card.
Added a Memory boxdiecut .
Sentiment was computer generated and printed onto a Nellie Snellen label.
Will enter it in some challenges.
Not just Cards...#5...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks...Anything goes
CCEE Stampers #1444...Make a scene
Delightful challenges...Swirls and curls
Challenge up your Life #1...Anything goes
Tanks for coming, I will be back tomorrow with another DT card to share. Have a wonderful day and take care.
Love Ursula

New colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
After the heat of a few weeks, it is so lovely to have cool cloudy weather and some rain. Perfect for the new garden we are busy planting.

It is a new month and also a NEW colour challenge at The Outlawz.

This month we have some exciting NEW challenges for you, so hope you will come over every week and join in the fun.

This week Laurian chose the inspiration for the challenge with  tic-tac-toe and a twist.

Select a row of colours and if you land on a word, then include that twist in your project. How easy is that.

Being a new month, we also have a new sponsor Squigglefly and the winner can win 3 digis from them. Digital Stamps
The DT have made lovely cards using various Squigglefly images so we would love you to come and join us..

Now on to my card:
I chose to use the diagonal line, top left to bottom right for my colours, and that included the twist of using buttons.
I used two colours of cardstock, embossed the pink one, and then coloured the flowers a deeper shade with Pan Pastels
The image is 'Hurt bunny' and you can find it HERE  coloured with Distress inkpads. I made some dots using Pontura pearl makers. Cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MF die.
The sentiment comes with the image, and I have these little brad 'buttons' I thought were just cute.
Added a real button and ribbon to finish.
Will enter some challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Add a sentiment
Crafty Cardmakers challenge #126...Cut it out
Chalk-Ah-lot Café...used Pan Pastels on the embossed flowers
Fairytale Stampers #46...something new..brad buttons
Glitter n Sparkle challenge #109...Anything but square
Sentimental Sundays #231...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly challenge ...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday challenge #188...Anything goes
Challenge  up your Life #1...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #118...Anything goes
Crafty Catz challenge #253...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenge #112...Anything goes
Thanks for popping in and I love to read your comments. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula