Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Last colour challenge for 2014

Hello my friends,
Tuesday morning.. colour challenge at The Outlawz and only one more day of 2014 left. So not much time to do the things that need to be done this year...but I am sure much of it can be carried over for the next year.

I say goodbye to this year with mixed feelings...there were some highs..our lovely holiday in NZ, our Netherlands family visiting and spending time with the family,  moving to our lovely new home after 49 years, and then some really big lows..the sudden death of my BIL while in NZ, the packing up of our home, and various other issues.... but life is about moving on and we welcome this brand spanking new year and look forward to filling the pages with lots of interesting events.

Onto this week's challenge at The Outlawz. This is my card.

I decided on no image to colour this week, but to play with my new Marianne design teddy die.
I also used a MD die for the frame, which I cut with textured cardstock and then sanded the embossing slightly to reveal the second colour.

A ribbon bow

Sentiment is computer generated, cut with a label die and attached to the ribbon with brads.

I used the diagonal row, top right to bottom left and the twist is to use diecuts.

I almost forgot to tell you what the challenge is:                       Play tic-tac-toe. Use any of the rows and if a word falls in that row, then use that for your twist.

I do hope you will come and join in the fun for this last challenge of the year.
The DT have made some gorgeous cards for inspiration.

I am entering some challenges:
Card Mania challenge #63...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps challenge #121...Something old..something new (old is the textured cardstock..new my teddie die)
My Creative Moments #2...New somethings...my new teddiebear dies.
Robyn's Fetish challenge #244...Anything goes
That Craft Place...Anything goes

That's it from me for this year. I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2015. May it be filled with everything that is good.

Take care, have fun and see you next year.
Love Ursula

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Some quilling today

Happy Sunday friends,
Well the last Sunday of the year has dawned with cloudy, misty weather...not the sunny weekend we all wish for. I don't really mind as I do enjoy this weather as well.

I haven't done any quilling for a bout 2 years now, but got out my tools and papers after attending a refresher class a couple of weeks ago. I have always enjoyed the various ways of working with paper. I decided to make some tags to go onto gifts this year. One of my nieces has always loved penguins and when I saw a quilled penguin, I just new this had her name on it. I made the snowflakes with the papers that I had and just love the way they came out.

I will see if there are any challenges to enter these.
C.R.A.F.T challenge #291...Anything goes
The Crafter's Café challenge #96...CAS gift tag
Scrapper's Delight challenge #37...Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons #92...Anything Christmas but a card
Creative Moments challenge #58...Anything goes..non traditional Christmas colours
Inspiration Destination #13...Anything goes
Moo-Mania challenge ...Merry Christmas
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #208...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter...Anything goes
Deep Ocean challenge #93...Christmas is all around
 Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
All Crafts challenge...Anything goes, but no cards
Top Tip Tuesday...Make your own
Not Just Cards #9...Anything goes
The Paper Girls challenge #70...Ornaments
 I wish you a lovely Sunday and a great week. If there is still something you wanted to do this year, then best you get on with it...not much time left now.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Friday, December 26, 2014

Add glitter challenge #107 at DS4J

Edited. I have just seen that this post wasn't published on 24th. I scheduled it and forgot to hit the publish icon...so sorry. Hope you all had a Joyous Christmas.

Hello to you all on this Christmas eve morning,
I do hope that you all get to enjoy the Peace and Love of this special time. If you are with family and friends have a wonderful time, if you are alone, please remember that you are not really alone. There is always someone who thinks of you.

Now onto the challenge for this week...in fact 3 weeks. We here at Digistamps4Joy will be taking a break and will only be back with our next challenge on 14 January 2015. When all the hustle and bustle is over you might find some quiet time to do some crafting, so there is enough time to enter.

This week my teamie Karin is hosting challenge #107, with the theme...Add glitter. That certainly gives you a lot of options and I hope you will come and join in the fun. If you use a DS4J image on your project, you will stand a chance for the main prize. If not, that is OK you could still win a digi or two.....look forward to seeing lots of entries for this last challenge of the year.

This is my card:

Paper -  from the Primevera range by Micelle R Designs and you can find it here. I used a Happy Stitches die from Nellie Snellen to cut out shapes         
 Image is Pondering fairy and you can find it HERE. Coloured with Distress inkpads and added lots of glitter, but it doesn't show up too well. Added tiny pearls on the flowers and some Pontura pearl dots in places.                            
 Sentiment - Just Right Stamps Finished with flowers, leaves and pearls.
As I have run out of time I will be back after Christmas to enter some challenges.
Inspiration Destination #13...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter ...Anything goes
Simon Says challenge ...Anything goes
Whimsey Stamps challenge...#78...Anything goes
Simon Says stamps challenge...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday challenge...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #163...Anything goes
 Stempelsonne challenge #131...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #77...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
 Fairytale Stampers #49 ...Everything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #34...Anything goes
That Craft Place ...Anyhing goes
One Stitch at a Time #226...Anything goes with glitter
Eureka Stamps challenge #120...Use some glitter
The Crazy challenge #187...Everything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls challenge #25...Anything goes
Have a wonderful time and if travelling be safe. Thanks for popping in here and take care.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning all,
Well here we are, 2 days to go till Christmas and I hope you are all on track with your preparations. If you have some spare time this week, we have a lovely colour challenge at The Outlawz and would just love you to join us.

Lindsay chose this weeks theme and inspirational photo. Use the colour shown, plus 2 more colours taken from the photo. You also get to choose the twist and tell us the colours and twist you are using.

These are such festive colours and the DT have made beautiful cards for inspiration, so why not hop on over and see what they have to show.

This is my take on the challenge:

I have used colours, midnight blue, lavender and gold, and for my twist I have added glitter.

The lavender frame was cut with a Marianne Design die.

Image is 'Masked Lady' from DS4J and you can find it HERE. I coloured it with Twinkling H20's and added glitter.

Going to a ball is enough reason to celebrate, hence the sentiment.

Finished off with glitter ribbon and pearls

I will enter it in some challenges:
Eureka Stamps #120...use glitter
Imagination Crafts...Anything goes
The Crazy challenge #187...Everything goes

I would like to wish you all a Blessed Christmas. Take some time to enjoy it with family and friends.
Will be back tomorrow, until then take care.
Love Ursula

Monday, December 22, 2014

Going crackers so no card this week

Hello friends,
Yes the title says it all. I have made some crackers this week, for some small gifts that some of my family will be getting.

DS4J is sponsoring the challenge at Not Just Cards this week and I have been asked to be GD, with the theme...anything but a card, so this is the cracker that I made for this challenge.

The paper I used is from a year or two ago and unfortunately the name has been cut off.
The image is called Christmas wreath with bow and you can get it HERE
Christmas wreath with bowI coloured it with Twinkling H20's, made the berries with Pontura pearl makers. Printed the bow a second time and used silicone to make it 3D. Added a pearl.
I used a fancy die of Noor Design, cut with green and sponged with gold Pan Pastel
Finished off with brown and gold ribbon.
The template I used for the cracker is a freebie from Netty's Cards. She has a lot of other freebies, so pay a visit to her blog.

I will enter some challenges:
Come and get it challenge ...Merry Christmas
Fairytale Stampers #49...Anything goes
Jellypark Friends...Ribbons and bows
Pile it on challenge #49...Anything goes..Christmas
That Craft Place...Anything goes
The Glory of Christmas challenge #49...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned paper challenge...Anything goes
Score-pal challenge #11...More than one score
The Sisters of Craft challenge ...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge extra...Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge #134...Anything Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge #208...Whatever is still urgently needed for Christmas
Blogger's challenge...Gift packaging
Brown Sugar challenge #125...Christmas
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards #80...Christmas

As we head into the last few days before Christmas, I wish you a wonderful week. I do hope that between all the activities and preparations you can get some time to relax and just enjoy the event of Christmas.
I will be back tomorrow, so see you then. Take care and have fun.
Love Ursula

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lovely bells and other images at DS4J

Happy Sunday morning friends.

I do hope everyone is having a relaxing day before the rush of last minute details for Christmas. It is such a gorgeous summer's day here that I am enjoying the beautiful weather, sitting on my patio and relaxing......doing some colouring and cutting and......., but still relaxing.

Today there are a number of gorgeous images at Digistamps4Joy and the one I have used is called 'Bells are ringing'

If you need inspiration have a look at the cards made by our talented DT. You will find them HERE I was too late to put mine there, so am just showing it here.

I decided to make a tag for an anniversary, as I will be needing a few of these shortly.
I cut my tag with a Marianne Design Creatable LR0335, then cut a backing in a darker shade.
The image I coloured with Pan Pastels for a change, adding 3D dots with Pontura and some bling for the flower centres.
A pearl brad to finish it off.

I will enter it into some challenges:
A little bit Crafty...Anything goes, but not Christmas
CCC Digi Creations #15...Digi/Rhinestones or ribbon
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Chalk N Stock ...Anything goes with chalk
Stempelsonne challenge #130...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenge #278...Something to Die for
Inspiration Destination #12...Anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #208...Anything goes

Have a wonderful day, a great week...not too stressful and rushed, I hope.
Take care and see your soon.
 Love Ursula

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Celebrate something new...challenge at DS4J

Happy Wednesday everyone,
In a week it will be Christmas eve. I just love that evening, spending time with family, but it seems to have arrived so quickly.

Well today is a reminder of  challenge #106 at Digistamps4Joy. Riette is hosting this challenge and she has chosen to 'Celebrate Something New' It can be anything..from a new baby, car, home, job...whatever.

My card is for a new calendar. I intend making a calendar to stand on my desk, and this is the first page. I already have a few ideas for the other pages, but I just thought this was perfect for January. Here in South Africa it is high summer and the gardens are looking so pretty with all the flowers, even our newly started garden is looking lovely. So in the coming months I will show off the other pages.

Paper - Marianne Design paper pad..Belle Fleur
Image - coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with an X-cut die
Pearls to finish and eyelets for mounting the page.
The DT have made amazing cards for your inspiration, so would love you to take a look. You do not have to use a DS4J image, but you will have an entry for the main prize if you do use one. Time is running out this year for challenges, so end the year off with a entry into the this challenge.

I will enter the following challenges:
Clear it out challenge...Use stash...Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #77...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Craft my Life...Anything but a card
Artistic Inspirations #122...Anything goes
Not just cards #8...Anything goes
Simon Says challenge...Anything goes
Use your Stuff #166...Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap challenge #33...Anything goes
Corrosive challenge #214...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #87...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenge #130...Anything goes
The Stamping Boutique...Anything but a card
Little Miss Muffet challenge #100...Anything goes

Take care, enjoy the week, keep warm and travel safely if going anywhere.
See you soon. Love Ursula

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another colour challenge with a twist.

Hello my friends,
Greetings from South Africa where we are having a holiday today to celebrate the 'Day of Reconciliation'

Today is also the new colour challenge at The Outlawz and my teamie Judith selected the picture and theme for this week's challenge. She has asked us to use the picture for inspiration and add Plaid (checked) fabric. The DT have all made stunning cards with today's theme, so do go and have a look at them for some inspiration.

This is the card I came up with:

Paper - I have actually used a paper serviette for the plaid border, and then green and cream cardstock
Image is a rubber stamp from a local company, coloured with a combination of Twinkling H20's and Tombow markers, with pearl finish on the candle and some glitter.
Finished off with a ribbon bow and a peel off sentiment.
Will enter the following challenges:
 Artistic Inspirations #122...Anything goes/Merry Christmas
Card Mania #62...Christmas
Craft-Dee Bowz challenge ...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafty Boots ...Christmas
Digi Sketch challenge...Waiting for Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas...Anything goes
Stamp and Create...Christmas
 Not Just Cards #8...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la Creations...Christmas
The Crazy challenge #186...Christmas
 Use Your Stuff #166...Anything goes
Come and Get it challenge ...Merry Christmas
Jellypark challenges...Ribbons/bows
 One Stitch at a Time #226...Anything goes with glitter
That Craft Place...Christmas
The Corrosive challenge #214...Anything goes
The Ribbon Girls challenge ...Anything goes
 Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards #80...Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity #2026...Christmas
Sister Act Card challenge #87...Anything goes
A Gem of a challenge #134...Anything goes
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Christmas card link up
Well we are off to enjoy the day visiting with my son and family who will be away for Christmas. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy whatever preparations you are busy with.
Take care and will be back tomorrow with another DT project.
Love Ursula

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New releases at DS4J

Happy Sunday everyone,
I do hope your Christmas preparations are all going to plan, and you are enjoying some relaxing time before the last big rush.

There are not many more Sundays left for new releases this year, but today there are again some lovely new images at Digistamps4Joy.. You can see them all HERE and if you wish to see the gorgeous cards made by the DT, you need to head over to the BLOG for some inspiration.

This is the card I made using Natasha.

Paper - Marianne Design paper bloc - Victorian Vintage
Image coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD,
Sentiment - A freebie from Netty's Cards and cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD
Ribbon and pearls to finish.

I was inspired for this by the sketch from The Outlawz - Wednesday sketch

Entering the following challenges.
Sister Act Card challenge #87...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenge #130...Anything goes
Craft-dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
 Clear it Out challenge..Blues...use stash - ribbon or twine
Squigglefly challenge #49...Emboss or diecut
Party Time Tuesdays #191...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #162...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenge #278...Something to die for
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #207...Anything other than Christmas

Have a great Sunday and a good week. Take care, see you soon.
Love Ursula

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas card with a window

Happy Friday morning friends.
It is a coolish rainy day here in my neck of the woods. We have really had some heavy rains over the past few days, with some sunshine, but heavy downpours and small hail that managed to knock all the flowers of my newly planted rosebushes and small annuals. At least the buds on the roses are in tact and hopefully in a week or so they will show off their lovely blooms. We were told that we were going into another 'El Nino' phase, but we have had a heck of a lot of rain the last month, so maybe El Nini is going to come later...I hope not.

Anyway on to my card...another Christmas card. This is the second card from the class last week and the ladies made such gorgeous ones, all using the same products.

 It is a centre step card with a window cut into the centre. I saw a card that was made by Sylvia recently, but couldn't find the link to it.

This is what I used:

Paper - red mirror board and patterned paper from Michele R Designs

Marianne Design dies - Door, candles and star banner.

Nellie Snellen - Holly branch
Printed picture - Nellie Snellen

Finished it off with glitter and Pontura pearl maker for the berries.


This is a side view, to show how the cutout window slips into the back of the card.
                                                                                                 I will enter  this in some challenges:
                                                                                                The Crafter's Café challenge #94...Christmas/Holiday season                                                                             Crafty Creations challenge #278...Something to die for    Creative Moments challenge #57...Anything goes/winter Inspiration Destination #11...Anything goes
Cuttin and Stampin challenge #3...Christmas
Cuttlebug Mania challenge...Anything Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas challenge Anything Christmas
Decosse's Dybanite Doodles..Christmas card linkup
I hope you all have a great day and with the weekend upon us....a wonderful weekend and stay warm where the cold weather has arrived.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colour challenge...no twist at The Outlawz

Good morning friends,
I am so pleased to get this post up as we have been having power cuts everyday since Friday, lasting 4 to 5 hours and it plays havoc with planning and everything.

This week we have another great colour challenge at The Outlawz. Ina has chosen this palette and there is no twist, so I am sure you will all enjoy this one. The DT have again made really super cards, so we would love you to come and visit for some inspiration.

The prize this month is a gift card for $15, so I do hope you will come and join in the fun.

This is my card, but I did actually deviate slightly and added a little bit of green....naughty, naughty!

I used a stencil of Dutch Doobadoo and my Pan Pastels to create this.
Added pearls, Pontura dots for the centre of the flower and a peel-off sentiment.
This was a quicky, and I needed this as time was running out.
Will enter a few challenges:
Scrappy Hands #27...Birthday 
The Corrosive challenge 214...Anything goes
A Little bit Crafty ...Anything goes, but NOT Christmas
Sister Act Card challenge #86...Anything goes
 Not just cards challenge #8...Anything goes
Seize the Birthday...Anything goes.. birthday
DL.ART Linky challenge...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination...Anything goes
Double Click challenge #10...Happy birthday
Creative Card Crew #76...Birthday with sentiment
Thanks for visiting, always love to have you pop in. Will be back soon, till then take care.
Hugs, Ursula

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Folded Christmas tree card.

Hello friends,
What a busy week I have had, and today was the last class for this year, This is one of the cards we made.

Details are:
I used the papers from a Papermania paper pad. for the matting on the card and the stars.
The Christmas tree paper is from Scrap Sheets. I saw this folded star a number of years back on the  StampARTic site, and have made a number over that time..                                        Decorated the tree with some peel-offs.          The reindeer is a Marianne Design die.       Added a star with glitter, ribbon and corner peeloffs. 

Will enter a few challenges with this one:
A Gem of a challenge #134...Anything Christmas
Paper Creator's Crafts #33...All about Christmas
A Crafty Mess #2...Anything goes/Traditional Christmas colours
Aliciabel challenge #2...Anything goes optional Christmas
Sister Act card challenge #86...Anything goes
Jingle Belles challenge #2...Anything goes
Thank you for coming to visit and please let me know you were here. I love reading your comments. I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas at Digistamps4Joy #105....3 Dec

Good morning friends
We are halfway through challenge #105 at Digistamps4Joy  This challenge is hosted by Charlene and her theme is Christmas.

I have made a favourite of mine, the side step card, using the image Front door Christmas Tree and you can get it HERE

Paper - Santa's coming from Michele R Designs
Image - Front door Christmas tree coloured with Pan Pastels and the tree has been paper pieced and glitter added.
The flowers are Marianne Design dies. I used pages from an old book and coloured with Distress inkpads.
Sentiment is one I found years ago, printed on the computer.
A few beads to finish.
Will enter the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Digi Chooseday challenge #44...Christmas
Papertake Weekly ...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes with a twist..All things Christmas
Crafting for all Seasons #91...Tis the Season
Crafty Creations challenge #277...Embossing
Baffies-Kreativladen challenge #38....Approaching Christmas
Divas by Design...Feeling Festive
Fresh Brewed challenge...Christmas..Anything goes
Moo-Mania challenge...Poinsettia
Word Art Wednesday #161...Anything goes
That's all from me for now. Have a wonderful week, take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Using the colours of the rainbow

Good morning bloggers,
We have had a fair bit of rain the last few weeks, and I have seen some lovely rainbows up in the sky, but none as bright as the palette for today's colour challenge at The Outlawz.

This is Laurian's choice for the challenge this week.
Use 3 colours and there is no twist, so it couldn't be easier, just tell us which colours you have chosen.

There is no official sponsor this month, but Laurian is offering a $15 gift card, so that is certainly something worth entering for.

The DT have again made lovely cards, so do pop in for some inspiration.

Here is what I came up with, using the colours yellow, blue and green

Paper  from an old paper block with no name on it.
Image - Number1 Dude from Digistamps4Joy and you can find it HERE Coloured with Distress inkpads.
Sentiment is a die from Impression Obsession, cut in blue and white. I used a brad for the dot on the I.
Finished off with buttons.

Will enter it in some challenges:
Scrappy Hands challenge #27...Happy birthday
Sentimental Sundays #235...Lots of layers
The Corrosive challenge #213 ...Happy everything
Di's Digi Designs ...Creations for or with kids
Digi Sketch challenge...Use die cuts/punches
Not Just cards challenge #7...Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #76...Birthday with sentiment
Party Time Tuesdays #192...Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesdays...Buttons or bows

I wish you all a great week, with some crafting time in between all the holiday preparations. Take care and see you back here soon.
Love Ursula

Monday, December 1, 2014

Yippee!!! It has started.....

Hello blogging friends,
Well it has arrived...1st December  and with it a lovely 'new' challenge.

Finally after lots of preparation, we have restarted the Progressive Freebie challenge at The Outlawz, with fantastic sponsors. This will be a monthly challenge and I am sure you are all familiar with  progressive challenges, but just in case...here is how it works.
You need to join the Freebie challenge at The Outlawz. send us your email address, and  get this digi free. If you make a card and post it on the Freebie challenge site before the end of the month, you will again receive a digi free of charge the next month and so it will go as long as you enter a card.
Now that is a lovely way of collecting some gorgeous images, so hurry along and join in the fun.

The sponsor for this first challenge is Simply Betty Stamps with the image...Tangled Wednesday
The DT have all used this image to make absolutely gorgeous cards for your inspiration and we can't wait to see what lovely creations you all come up with.

Paper - Black and Pink Cardstock.
Patterned paper - Freebie in a magazine a year or more ago.
Image - All dressed up, coloured with Distress inkpads, touches of silver and glitter added.
Flower cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD, mounted with  silicone, added gems in the centre.
Finished of with some rhinestones in the corner.
Will enter some challenges.
 Penny's Paper Crafting challenge #204...Anything goes
Christmas Card challenge #53...Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish challenge #240...Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams #11...Let's be Girly...Use a diecut or punch
Inkspirational challenge #70...Christmas with a twist..no red or green
Completely Christmas challenge #40...Anything goes with a twist...something with S...stripes
 Cut it up challenge #59...Non traditional Christmas card
Digitally Sweet challenge #116...Anything goes
Winter Wonderland ...Dies and punches
My Craft Creations Anything goes
Craftin Desert Diva's...Linky Party #45
Digi Sketch challenge ...Use die cuts/punches
 Get Creative challenges #3...Christmas
Well that's all from me, hope to see you at the progressive challenge. Thanks for stopping by, and hope you are all ready for a busy month of activities.
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula