Friday, January 30, 2015

February calendar page

Hello friends,

I have had quite a busy week preparing for a class tomorrow, but I did get a chance to make my next calendar page.

I joined another progressive challenge at Deedee's DigiDigi of the month. This was the lovely set  I received and thought it just perfect for my calendar page. It also comes with precoloured images, which can be very handy at times, but I coloured mine with Distress inkpads and used one of the papers that came in the set.

I will enter it in some challenges:

Deedee's Digis January challenge
Digitally Sweet challenge #123...Anything goes
Fairytale challenge #110...Something with a heart
QKR Stampede #124...Hearts
Wags n Whiskers Stamps #146...Hearts
Simply Create Too #78...Happy Valentine's day, or use Hearts
4 Crafty Chicks challenge#231...Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. challenge #296...Valentine's day/love
Aud Sentiments#124...Valentine/love
Word Art Wednesday #168 ...Anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie StampsWonderful Wednesday...Anything goes

Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #212...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter #188...Lots of layers
Mod Squad challenge...All about animals
Double Click connections #14...Use a bird
Inspiration Destination #18...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp challenge ...Anything goes

Not sure if I will be back here this month, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Have a great weekend and keep warm where it is cold weather.

Take care, see you soon,
 Love Ursula

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Colour challenge at The Outlawz with fruit or flowers

Good morning friends.
I am thinking of my blogging friends in the USA today that are experiencing bad snow and storms. I hope you are all safe and warm.

The Tuesday colour challenge at The Outlawz is one of the regular old favourites. Choose 3 colours and there is a twist. This week Lindsay is hosting the challenge and this was her choice of inspirational photo, with the twist to add fruit or flowers.

The DT have made lovely cards using images from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Stamps and we would love you to come over and join in.

This is my card:

I used a green cardstock, matted a piece from a Marianne Designs paper bloc - Flower Power.
Image is called Beary Happy Bloom and you can find it HERE. I coloured it with Distress Inkpads and cut it out with a die.
The mesh was cut with a Nellie Snellen die.
Sentiment is a peel of.
Pearls and ribbon to finish.
Will enter it in the following challenges:
Craft-Dee Bowz ...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Craft your Passion challenge #246 ...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenge #98...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #46...Anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls challenge #1...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant challenge #283...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy ...Anything goes
My Craft Creations ...Anything goes
 Crafty Catz challenge #263...Oh my Teddies
Sister Act Card challenge #90...Anything goes
Sweet Stampin challenge ...Cute and cuddly
Robyn's Fetish challenge #248...Animals
Wow, just realised this is the last week of January! I can't believe last month we were just getting over the Christmas rush. I wish you all a calm and restful week, as we head into February.
See you soon, take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New releases at Digistamps4joy

A happy Sunday to everyone.
It is a gorgeous day here, but once again temps over the 30degrees another sweltering day.
There are some lovely images over at Digistamps4Joy today and if you need inspiration then have a look HERE at the lovely cards made by the DT.

I decided on a different fold this week and made a tunnel card.

Paper - brown cardstock. Patterned paper is from a range called Tea's up, by Funky Hand. I have had this paper for so long and has forgotten about it. (I am trying this year to use items that have been forgotten and not used much)

Image - Coffee Club, coloured with distress inkpads

Sentiment - Also from the set of Coffee Club.

Ribbon and buttons from my stash

The sentiment on the inside..printed from my PC.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Sister Act Card challenge #90...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenge #133...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments challenge #123...Anything goes
DL.Art Linky challenge Anything goes
Scrap and Craft challenge #1...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenge #281 ...Something old, something new. (old - papers and buttons, new - image)
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Inspiration Destitnation #17...Anything goes
Moo-Mania challenge...Anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #211...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #167...Anything goes
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, and keeping warm in those northern cold and snowy places. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas with a laundry line

Hello friends,
I am trying very hard to get my backlog of half done cards finished......not a New Year's resolution, but just getting myself a little more organised and up to date.

Today's card is for challenge #1 at The 12 month's of Christmas link up with the optional theme "Father time"

This is my card and what I have used.

 Paper - Red cardstock. The patterned paper was a freebie called Merry lights, from Lisa of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. She ran a 12 day give-away just after Christmas. First time I get to use one of these lovely papers.

Image is from The Stamping Boutique...Snowman Laundry Line. A new image I won in a challenge recently.Coloured with Distress Inkpads. Glitter added.
A clock face - Marianne Design craftable die.

Sentiment  - a freebie from Netty's cards and a computer generated phrase.

Pearls from my stash

Will enter the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly...Get in shape
Craft your Passion challenge #245...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenges #98...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps challenge #124...The colour red
Love to Scrap challenge #46...Anything goes
Crafty Creations challenge #281 ...Something old, something new. (old..clock die and beads, new - paper, sentiment and image)
Baffies-Kreativeladen challenge #40...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #17...Anything goes
Moo Mania challenge...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Anything goes with something new
Word Art Wednesday #167...Anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #211...Anything goes
Completely Christmas challenge #44...Make it cute
Jo's Scrap Shack #71 ...Anything goes
Pattie's Creations #106...Fun in the snow
Sister Act Card challenge #89...Anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers #145...Anything goes

That's it for now, I have to get another half finished card done and some DT cards to do. Enjoy what is left of the week and take care.
Love Urusla

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Celebrating Australia Day


Happy Tuesday bloggers,
Today we have another colour challenge at The Outlawz and once again we are using the theme...colours of your flag.

I might not be very popular for using  this title on my blog. It is a well known fact that South Africans and Australians are big rivals on the sporting fields, but as Ina is hosting the challenge, and being Australian, it is fitting that her country's flag is the inspiration this week, as the Australians celebrate their national day on 26 January.
There is no twist, so use the flag or colours to inspire you for this week's challenge.

The DT have all come up with some amazing cards some of them using an image from Stitchy Bear stamps who is our sponsor this month, so I hope you will come and visit and then join in with your creation.

Paper - From my stash. Coloured the red paper with Pan Pastels

Image - Daisy and you can find it
HERE. Coloured it with Pan Pastels for a change.

Sentiment - computer generated attached with brads.

Added twine and buttons

I will enter this in the following challenges:

A girl who Crafts challenge...Anything goes
Crazy Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge...Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #31...Anything goes
Mema's Crafts Anything goes
The Crafting Café...Lots of Layers
Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore challenge ...Anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps #135...The letter B...I used, brads, buttons, blue
Papertake Weekly challenge...Get in shape...use 3 or more different shapes
Party Time Tuesdays #194...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Chalk-ah-lot Cafe 373...Anything goes
Scrappy Hands challenge #30...layers
Paper Creator's Craft #34...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #71...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #89...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #123...Anything goes
Chalk n Stock...Anything goes
DL.Art Linky challenge...Anything goes

I do hope you all have a wonderful week. It promises to be somewhat cooler here by us, which is most welcome, as I might just have some more energy.

Take care, thanks for popping in, and I would love you to leave a comment.
Love Ursula

Saturday, January 17, 2015

We three kings

Good afternoon from a very hot South Africa,
Yes, very hot, but then it is midsummer. Temp is 29dec. C in the shade, so not much energy for anything very strenuous. I decided to finish this card which is long overdue.

The image was the last one for the Christmas progressive challenge at Digistamps4Joy, which ended last year. I just didn't get a chance to finish it off, so this will be the first one for 2015.

Paper - blue cardstock, Patterned paper from a pad by Art Talent.
Image - We Three Kings 1 from Digistamps4Joy and you can find it HERE. There are 3 different kings and also a set of all 3 the Kings.
Coloured the image with Distress inkpads, added some gold and pearl makers, also a gem to his shoe. Cut it out and mounted with silicone.
Added a gold star, and a few peel-off stars.
Sentiment is computer generated.
I am entering this card in the DS4J -1000member challenge on FB As soon as they have 1000 members everyone who has met the requirements will receive this gorgeous image.
You need a DS4J image and then enter your card - that simple.
Will enter some challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack #71...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #89...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #123...Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. challenge #294...Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin challenge...Nativity
Inspiration Destination #16...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #166...Anything goes
12 Months of Christmas #1...Anything goes with an optional twist..Father time
Crafting from the Heart #42...Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday ...Keep it simple
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 2 ...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #212... Upcycle, recycle or use something you got free.  Digi was  free

I hope you are all enjoying some relaxing time this weekend. Will be back soon, till then take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New! Monthly challenge at DS4J

Good morning friends

This is the first challenge for 2015 at Digistamps4 Joy, and we are going monthly from now on.  This challenge #108, will end on 31 January, and from February you will have a whole month to enter your cards.

Asmah one of our DT is hosting this month's challenge and she wants us to play bingo. So here is what you can choose from.

The DT have made awesome cards for inspiration, so why not come and have a look.

Remember you do not have to use a DS4J image, but you go into the main prize draw if you do.

For my card I have chosen the left column down...die/punch, heart, buttons.

I decided to make a Z fold card for a change.

Papers - Vintage Christmas - Pretty Paper bloc from Marianne Designs

Image - Vase of hearts and you can find it HERE. Coloured with Distress Inkpads and cut with a round die. Mounted onto a Marianne diecut..Craftables CR1251

A scalloped diecut inside for a message.

Ribbon bow, buttons and sentiment on a label to finish off.

Will enter in some challenges later.
Inky Chicks challenge #45...Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays #194...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Double Click challenge- AKA Abusybee...Button, bow or brad
Inspiration Destination #16...Anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #210...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter #186...Punches or dies
MooMania challenge...Anything goes
Not Just Cards #10
Love to Scrap challenge #45...use an item beginning with at least one of the letters L T S C B...I used B, buttons, bow
Crafting from the Heart #42...Anything goes
Squigglefly challenge #2...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
The Crazy challenge #188...buttons
Use your Stuff #168...buttons
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow

Take care and see you soon
 Love Ursula

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Hello friends,
It isn't too often that I get to do two posts in a day, but I finished this card and as it was actually meant for Sunday and is a little overdue, I am posting it now.

Last Sunday Digistamps4Joy released some new images, but I just couldn't get a card made until today. This is one of the images called Tea Cups and there are also some other lovely ones which you can see HERE.

For inspiration the DT have made gorgeous cards and you will find them on the BLOG

I was  inspired by a card that was made by my blogging friend  Petra for the Fusion Card challenge so decided to go and have a look.  This is my entry:

Items used:

Paper - Marianne Des. paper bloc Belle Fleur

Image - Tea Cups, coloured with Distress inkpads.

Sentiment - Computer generated

Finished with a teapot charm and pearls.

Entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card challenge...sketch
Digi Chooseday challenge #2...Birthdays
Party Time Tuesdays #194...Anything goes
Through The Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #42...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #45...Use an item beginning with at least one of the letters..L T S C or B ..I used B for beads, brads, C for charm, T for tea cups
Glitter n Sparkle #119...Include some pink
Crafty Catz challenge #261...Polka dots
Sister Act Card challenge #88...Anything goes
Wags n Whiskers #145 ...Anything goes
Dream it up...Happy Birthday
In the Pink #60...Anything goes - with pink
Paper Creator's Crafts #34...Anything goes

That's it for now, and I will be back in the morning with another DT card. Take care.
Love Ursula

Shades of pink

Hello friends,
I do hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I must welcome my newest follower ... Debs. Thanks for visiting and I feel very honoured to have you as a friend.

If it is Tuesday it must be the colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week it was Penny's turn to host the challenge. She has chosen for shades of pink, with no twist. The DT have all made stunning cards with these colours, and we hope you will come and join us this week.

Our wonderful sponsor is Stitch Bear Images

 I must admit I battle with  these colour challenges, but I did enjoy doing this one.

Paper - Colour block from Art Talent

Image - In the Castle from Stitchy Bear Stamps and you can find it here. I coloured it with Distress inkpads, added a touch of glitter and some bling.

Sentiment - Whiff of Joy stamped onto a diecut label.

Some more gems added.

I will enter this into the following challenges:

Card Mania challenge #64...Make it sparkle
Crafting from the Heart #42...Anything goes
Crafty Boots challengeSomething new...Paper pad
Craftycardmakers and more  #130...Something old, something new...something old.. gems, something new..paper pad
Imagination Crafts...Anything goes
Squigglefly challenge #2...Anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls #1...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Anything goes
Not Just Cards challenge #10...Anything goes
My Craft Creations ...Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #82...NO circles
Sister Act Card challenge #88...Anything goes
Paper Creator's Crafts #34...Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #119...Add some pink
Jellypark challenge ...Bling it up
Scribble and Scrap challenge #35...Anything goes
That Craft Place ...Monochromatic

Have a great week, take care and see you again tomorrow .
Love Ursula

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First colour challenge of 2015

Good morning friends,

So we have our first colour challenge at The Outlawz for this year and it is an old inspirational photo, 3 colours and a twist, so I do hope you will come and join in the fun.

Laurian has chosen this week's photo and colours and the DT have made some amazing cards, using images from our sponsor Stitchy Bear images

This is my card.


Pink cardstock, matted a white card which I had run through the CB with a butterfly embossing folder. I haven't used this one for a long time. (trying to use at least I item each week from 'the archives'

Image - Floral frame 2, and you can find it HERE. I coloured with Distress Inkpads, cut it with an oval die and framed it with scalloped die.

3 butterflies punched with a Nellie Snellen punch and added pearls.

Sentiment..used peeloffs

Finished off with a bow.

I will enter some challenges:
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #41...Anything goes
Imagination Crafts...Anything goes
Love to Create #148...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #45...use at least one item starting with the letters L,T,S,C or B (I used the B..butterflies, bow)
Not Just Cards challenge #10...Anything goes
My Craft Creations...Anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls challenge #01...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy challenge...Anything goes
Dream it Up challenge...Happy New Year/Happy Birthday
DL>ART ...Jan Linky challenge
Crafty Catz challenge #260...Anything goes
QKR Stampede #120...Anything goes
Stempelsonnen challenge #131...Anything goes

Wishing you a great week. My thoughts are with the people experiencing the horrific bush fires in Australia. I hope you are all safe.
 Also thinking of those folks snowed in by the heavy falls in Canada and elsewhere.
Take care wherever you are. See you soon and thanks for popping in. I love your visits.
Love Ursula

Saturday, January 3, 2015

WOW...DT. favourite, winner and in the spotlight

Hello friends,
This is the third day of the New Year and it couldn't get better crafting wise. They say things come in 3's...well I had three lovely surprises the last few this a sign for the rest of the year??? who knows.

This card was chosen as a DT favourite at Eureka Stamps for challenge #120

Then I was a winner at Inspiration Destination challenge #13 with my quilled tags.
Today I was in the spotlight at Crafting by Designs for December challenge with this card.
I hope you are all enjoying a restful weekend, before the normal routine begins again on Monday.
I can't make up my mind what day it is, so it will be good to get back to a normal week .
Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Progressive Freebie #2

Hello everyone,
Here we are 11 hours into the New Year and I hope everyone had a good evening. May this New Year of 2015, with all its blank pages end up being a wonderful book filled with great stories.

Last month we started a new series of Progressive Freebie  challenges at The Outlawz. It was such a huge success and if you didn't get a chance to join in then you can start now.

You need to join the group, email us your name and address and we will let you have this month's image, when we receive your card, your name will be entered to receive the free image the next month....that simple.

This month we are sponsored by   All Dressed Up stamps   with the image - Christmas girl.

The DT have made really lovely projects for inspiration. This is my card.

I used the following:
Paper - LeCrea Designs - Winter

Image coloured with Distress inks, added some flower soft for the trim on her hat and skirt. Haven't used this in ages.  Image was cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD

Snowflakes were added cut with a very old CB die, and glitter added

Sentiment onto a label with ribbon.

Entering these  challenges
Through the Craftrom Door...Anything goes
Digi Sketch challenge...Winter snowflakes
Eureka Stamps challenge #121...Something old..something new (something old - flower soft, something new - image)
The Paper Nest Dolls challenge #25...Anything goes
That Craft Place...Anything goes
Digi Design challenge...Any winter holiday challenge
Stemplesonne challenge #131...Anything goes
Sweet 7 challenge #8...Winter
Whimsy Stamps challenge #78...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp challenge ...Anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #208...Anything goes
The Paper Shelter...Anything goes

I hope you all have a good day to start this year. Take care, have fun. Thanks for visiting and your good wishes.
Love Ursula