Sunday, May 31, 2015

Under the Mistletoe

Hello everyone,
 A happy Sunday to you all and enjoy the last day of May.

I am still needing to get a Christmas card into the 12 Months of Christmas link up, so I have just managed to scrape in under the bell. I did one early in the month and this is my second one and I have used the challenge theme..Christmas Critters.

This is my card with all the details below.

I saw this shape on the blog of one of my blogging friends Sylvia and she has kindly put the template on her blog. I just resized it to fit my card.

I used some scraps of Christmas paper left over from previous years.

The image is Under the Misletoe from Digistamps4Joy and you can find it HERE
I coloured it with Distress inkpads, added pearls and glitter. Cut it out with A Nellie Snellen die.
Added a Christmas tree, also cut with a Nellie's die...a very old one and 2 tags, stamped a sentiment onto the one.

Finished off with pearls.

I love this card and I think I will use it more often...thanks Sylvia.

I will enter the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #231...Colour it
Joe's Scrap Shack #90...Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts #5...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenges #142...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #54...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant #300...Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #132...Ccute plus sentiment
Crimbo Crackers...#81...Anything goes
DL ART....Linky challenge...anything goes
Sweet Stampin Christmas challenge...Cute
Crafting by Designs...Get ready for Christmas
Crafty Creations #290...All creatures great and small
Crafty Gal's Corner #21...Critters
Penny's Paper-crafty challenge #239...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
Whimsey Stamps challenge #83...Anything but a square card
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Ants in my Pants digital challenge #5...Anything goes
Inky Chicks #51...Pearls
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #246...Anything goes

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next month...Take care.
 Love Ursula

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dad's Day off

Happy Friday morning friends,

Progressive Freebie Challenge!
The end of another month is looming and I need to get some challenges done. Today I have a card made using an image from the May progressive challenge set from Deedee's Digis

This is a real fun way of getting some gorgeous new images and the set for this month is called Dad's day off. Perfect for a Father's day card, birthday or just because. I needed  to make a retirement card, and kept it fairly simple with no 'fussy bits' for someone retiring soon.

The paper I used was a freebie from Lisa of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, who is so generous with giving free papers from time to time. She also runs a progressive Christmas challenge, so worth paying her a visit.

I matted the patterned paper onto brown cardstock.

The image is a precoloured one from the set (quick and easy) and the 'retirement' sentiment is also from the set.

The sentiment was computer generated and cut out with a Nellie Snellen label die and attached with 2 metal button brads.

This was the set for May. It also includes precoloured images which can be a great help when in a hurry and if you would like to join, then go and see all the details on Deedee's blog

I will enter my card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T challenge #313...Father's day/male
Crimbo Crackers #81...Anything goes
The Crafter's Café #118...One for the boys
Double Click challenge...Father's day or man
Mod Squad challenge...Masculine
Stampavie and more #238...Boys
 Word Art Wednesday #185...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #246...Anything goes
Love to Scrap #54...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant challenge #300...Anything goes

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to do something that you really enjoy. Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No card this week... something else

Happy Tuesday everyone,
Firstly I need to welcome some more new friends. So happy to have you come and join my little family here and I do hope you will find something to inspire you.

This week at The Outlawz colour challenge we are asking you to make anything, but NOT a card. I know this is not everyone's cup of tea, but I do enjoy playing around with something other than cards from time to long as it involves paper.

Laurian has challenged us this week and given us this gorgeous palette to work with.

Our sponsor for the last time this month is Lunagirl

We would love you to came and see the lovely creations that the DT have made for your inspiration.

I found this little 'stay closed box' during one of my searches on the web, and it is really so easy to do. These are the 2 links, one is inches and the other in cms.  I like that it stays closed and you open it by squeezing in the sides.

Here is my version of this box and what I used.

Cardstock - grey/green. Patterned paper - very old Papermania paper with a lovely linen finish

Images are precoloured from Lunagirl, cut out with a Joycrafts/Noor design die.

The frame is cut with the same die and coloured with PanPastels.

On the one side added a bow and on the other side a sentiment.

Finished off with pearls.

Will enter some challenges:

All Sorts challenge #312...Happy birthday
Scrappers Delights #44...Anything goes
Creative Corner challenges...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft #5...Anything goes
Dragons' Lair Design ...A bouquet of flowers
Chalk n Stock ...Anything goes
DL.ART...May linky challenge...Anything goes
Little Red Wagon #290...To die for
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #228...Anything goes
Double Click ...Happy Birthday
613 Avenue Create #125...Anything goes/create your own challenge
Robyn's Fetish #265...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge #225...Anything goes
We Love to Create #11...Anything Creative
Craft my Life All craft challenge...anything goes
Artistic Inspirations #132...Anything goes with a twist of diecuts
Crafting from the Heart #61...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes
Craft Your Passion #263...Anything goes

That's all from me for today. I hope you have a wonderful week and I will see you back here soon.

Love Ursula

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Add a bow at Creative Craft Cottage challenge

Good morning all my friends and visitors.

Welcome to another challenge at Creative Craft Cottage This fortnight challenge #40, requires you to add a bow. Use anything you like and make a bow....Now that is so easy.

'Badge -'
The sponsor for this challenge is Ppinky Dolls and all the DT have used one of their images...Waiting for him.

We would love you to come over and see the lovely inspirational cards made by the ladies, but then we ask you to come and join in the fun, and there is even a prize for 3 images from Ppinky dolls

Here is the card I made for the challenge:

I used paper from one of the paper blocks for the background. I then used a stencil and some texture paste to create a brick wall onto  white cardstock. When it was dry I went over it with distress inkpads.

The image I coloured very lightly and then cut it out and mounted onto the brick wall.

The flower border was cut with a Marianne Designs die from patterned paper. I added glitter and beads to this.

Finished with a bow

Will enter it in the following challenges:
Scribbles Designs #29...B is for ...Bow
Crafting Musketeers #25...Use a diecut
Your Scrapbook Place...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania...Use ribbon
Digi Chooseday challenge #20...Add a bow
Paper Minutes #384...Use stencils
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Doodle Pantry Ants in my pants #5...Anything goes
Inky Chicks...Pearls
Party Time Tuesdays #...Anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #228...Anything goes
Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge...Stencil it
Wonderful Wednesday challenge...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #60...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafty Boots challenge ...Ribbon or lace
Love to Scrap #54...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #262...Anything goes
Come and Get it...Ribbon and bling
Glitter and Sparkle #137...Use some ribbon
Di's Digi Designs ...Add on the flowers
Scrapper's Delight challenge #44...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenge #138...April showers bring May flowers
Graphit Markers challenge #20...Anything square
The Stamping Boutique Diecut or punch
Wags n Whiskers Stamps #154...Lots of Layers

Thank you for popping in, I do love reading any comments you make. Will see you soon so take care
 Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Add Shine in the Colour challenge

Hello friends,
Can you believe that it is Tuesday again.....not sure where the days fly off to.  This week at The Outlawz the colour challenge has us using 5 colours and adding some shine.

We still have Lunagirl images as our sponsor for this month and the DT have used some of their lovely images. We would love it if you came and joined in this week.

This is my card using the colours and adding some shine.

Paper - blue cardstock, green patterned paper, matted onto the purple

I used a LeCrea'z 3D die for the cute basket as well as the garden fork and spade. The paper for the basket has a slight metallic shine, but is not so good on the photo. I used mirror board for the gardening tools - my shining twist.

Image is a bunch of daffodils. I printed and coloured 2 sets and then cut them up to place in the basket. put this all onto a square die cut, also a metallic finish.

I also used a die to cut the pink trellis 

Sentiment is from Marianne Designs

I used the following sketch from Aud Sentiments for my card, and will enter it in some challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #60...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #262...Anything goes
Love to Scrap #54...Anything goes
Not just cards #19...Anything goes
Stamp and Create...May flowers
Crafting by Designs...Flowers
Crafty Gal's Corner #19...May Flowers
Word Art Wednesday #183...Anything goes
Card and Scrap challenge #97...Flowers
Cards Galore Encore...Anything goes
Crafting Musketeers #25...Use a diecut
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper...Anything goes
Life in Details...Flowers
Mema's Crafts...Anything goes
Petal Lu challenge...Anything goes
Scribbles Designs challenge for (basket)
Sparkles challenges #68...It's spring
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes

We are still having such lovely weather for this time of year, but I am sure we will suddenly be unpleasantly surprised with cold weather. Using the daffodil image, has reminded me to get my bulbs for planting soon. Love these pretty flowers for my spring garden.

I am done for now. I hope you have a great week, take care and thanks for visiting. See you soon.
Love Ursula


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Great new releases today

Happy Sunday everyone,
I hope the weekend is going well. We are still having such amazing autumn weather, so everything is certainly going well in our neck of the woods.

Today there are a number of new digis being released at Digistamps4Joy, so it is worth going to have a look. Did you know that they also have a Rewards point system. You earn $1 reward for every $10 spent. Now that is a great incentive.

If you have a look HERE you will see the cards made by the DT using some of these new images. Great inspiration to be found there.

For my card I used the image Patch Heart and you can find it in the store HERE. I coloured it with Distress ink pads.

Paper is from a paper pad of Marianne Design

The large heart was cut with a Nellie Snellen die.

Added lace and a few pearls with a double bow made from very thin ribbon.

Will enter some challenges:

Scrapper's Delights #44...Anything goes
Sister Act Card challenge #106...Anything goes
The Stamping Boutique...Diecut or punch
Wags n Whiskers #154...Lots of layers
Crimbo Crackers #80...diecuts
Scrap & Craft challenge #8...Lace and pearls
DL.ART linky challenge...Anything goes.
The Crafter's Café challenge #116...Feminine
Party Time Tuesdays #198...Anything goes
Freshly Brewed Designs...Ribbon or twine
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafty Boots challenge Ribbon, lace
Perfectly Rustics #47..3 of something (3 Patterned paper, 3 pearls)
Craft-Dee Bowz...with a handmade bow
The Shabby Tearoom #251...Pretty in Pink
Paradise of Stamps #18...Lace and ribbon.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday, or if it is already over then I wish you a fantastic week. Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DS4J, Midway challenge 112...Buttons, Bow, Bling

Hello blogging friends,
I firstly want to say a big welcome to me newest followers, Lady Anne and Colette. So happy you have joined my little group of friends and hope you will find something here to inspire you.

We are halfway through this month, so it is time to remind you of our challenge #112 at Digistamps4Joy . Sara is hosting the challenge and has chosen...Buttons, bows and bling. Now that shouldn't be a problem, but if you need inspiration, then hop over to see what gorgeous cards the DT have made.

Just remember you do not have to use a DS4J image to enter, but you do get an extra chance for the main prize if you do.

Sewing set (x20)This is my card.
A pop out using some of the sewing set images, that can be found HERE This set contains 20 different sewing items.

Paper - I used pieces from my stash...trying to get through the stack of pieces and offcuts. The paper with the buttons was sent to me a number of years back from a blogging friend and this is now the last of it. I did some 'stitching' round the edges of some of the papers, with an old dressmakers pattern marker tool, that I had from my Mom's sewing box.

The zip diecut is a Marianne design, and I did some stitching with a white gel pen.

The images are coloured with distress inkpads. The Pin cushion I matted onto a piece of foam, so that I could put the pins into it. added some frosted lace. I added some thin ribbon onto the cotton reel, cut the needle out of mirror board and pinned it onto the reel. The thimble I raised with silicone, brushed glossy accents on for a glazed look and attached some gems to it.

Added, lace, buttons, bows and a doily diecut

The sentiments were taken from a book of sentiments, printed and cutout with a Nellie Snellen  MFD, and finished with some faux stitching round the edges.

 I will enter some challenges:

Crimbo Crackers #80...Diecuts
In the Pink challenge...Stitching real or faux.
DL.ART linky challenge ...Anything goes
The Crafter's Café #116...Feminine
Freshly Brewed Designs ...Ribbon or twine
Inky Impressions #209...More than one fold
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #227...More than one fold
Stampavie and More challenge #237 ...Ppink
Word Art Wednesday #183...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #33...Anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania...Use ribbon
Scrap Creations ...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesdays...Sewing and buttons
Tuesday Throwdown #244...Add a doodle
Doodle Pantry..Ants in my Pants 5...use a digi
Party Time Tuesdays #198...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #59...Anything goes
Crafty Boots challenge...Ribbon or lace
Craft Dee Bowz...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Get Creative challenges #14...For the ladies or Mother's day
Bunny-Zoes Crafts...Buttons and bows
Love to Scrap challenge #53...A stitch in time
Robyn's Fetish challenge #263...Lots of Layers
The Ribbon Girl
...An image...anything goes

I do hope you will come and join in the challenge. I will be back soon, till then take care.
Love Ursula.

In the garden this week

Good morning everybody,

Over at the colour challenge of the Outlawz this week it was my turn to choose an inspirational photo for you to use. Take anything from the photo that inspires you and build your card round that. Just tell us what it is that was your inspiration.

My card was inspired by the lovely garden with trees. So perfect for playing in, as shown in the image. Also loved the fancy fencing.

Our sponsor is Lunagirl Images and the DT have used a selection of their images on the cards this week. We would love you to come and join us.

I made a centre step card for a change.

Paper - I used a selection of papers from my stash. The paper behind the trees was made with a brick stencil and texture paste.

The image was coloured with Distress inkpads and matted onto a scalloped square.

The trees are a Marianne Design diecut.

The fences are  Memory box diecuts.

I will enter it in the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart #59...Anything goes
Craft your Passion challenge #261...Anything goes
Get Creative challenge #14...For the ladies/Mother's day
Incy Wincy Designs...The great outdoors
Not Just Cards #19...Anything goes
Mema's Crafts...Anything goes
Great Impressions ...Celebrate Spring
A Gem of a challenge #144...More than one fold
Allsorts challenge #310 ...Diecuts more than 2
Hiding in my Craftroom #198...Super scraps
Scrapper's Delights ...Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams...How does your garden grow
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards # 90...Spring has sprung
QKR Stampede #138...Nature
Sister Act Card challenge #105...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack...Anything goes
Crimbo Crackers #80...die cuts
DL.ART challenge ...Anything goes
Whimsey Stamps challenge #82...Colour an image

I hope you all have a wonderful week, thanks for popping in and see you soon. Take care.
Love Ursula

Friday, May 8, 2015

Gift box with flowers

Happy Friday morning friends,
I do hope that the weekend will be filled with lovely things to do and great weather to do them in. For those celebrating Mother's day this Sunday, I wish you all a fabulous day.

I made a gift box, but there is a story to it. As part of a DT assignment we were to make a gift box using the cutting file supplied. I was so happy to make one as I needed a gift for a friend. More than halfway through, I reread the challenge theme, yes you guessed it. It was to be a male theme....Ok plan B, I now have the template all sorted so no problem, but I didn't have enough paper for what I had in mind....So onto plan C and another card made from a car template. I then finished the box for my friend's gift.

The template for the box came from The Cutting Cafe I cut it out by hand and assembled it. The template comes with 2 options...a single box or 3 boxes as shown in the photo.

The paper that I used is from Michele R Designs

The range is called Vintage Shabby Flowers. Michele has gorgeous designs and if you subscribe you will get regular updates and she also has lovely free papers from time to time.

The flowers and leaves are all made from Marianne Design diecuts.

I added lace, pearls and ribbon to close the box.

I added a sentiment on the inside, which came with the papers and the Diecut is from Joycrafts..Noor design

I am entering the following challenges:

Crafting with an Attitude #3...Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons #118...Anything goes with ribbon
Crimbo Crackers #80...Diecuts
D.L.Art May Linky challenge...Anything goes
Double Click challenge...Mom or girl
Scrap and Craft challenge #8...Lace and pearls
Moo-Mania challenge...Flowers
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #226...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Inspiration Desination #32...Anything goes

That's all from me for today, will be back again soon, but until then take care.
Love Ursula


Thursday, May 7, 2015

All that glitters at CCC

Good morning one and all.
Can you believe it is already Thursday, not sure where the week has gone, but I know with the lovely weather we have been having a lot of the time has gone into our garden. It isn't a very big one, but it means I am able to really enjoy the time I spend tending to it. We have just put in some lovely new winter annuals and now ready for some bulbs to be going in soon. Now onto the business of the day.

At Creative Craft Cottage this fortnight  challenge #39 is 'All that glitter' with All Dressed Up being our sponsor. The DT were given some gorgeous images to use and the cards are really awesome, so please do go and visit and see what they have all done.

For my card I have used the image 'Love is' and you can find it HERE

I used a purple cardstock and matted a piece of patterned paper with glittered hearts.

The image was coloured with Distress inkpads and added glitter.

Sentiment is from Whiff of Joy stamped onto a Nellie Snellen label and attached with brads.

Gems to finish.

I followed this sketch From the Heart


These are some challenges I am entering:

Whimsy Stamps #82 ...Colour an image
From the Heart #108...Sketch and twist ...add layers
All Dressed Up #34...Anything goes
Creative Moments #67...Anything goes.. twist use the colour palette
Word Art Wednedsay #182...Anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge #226...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #32...Anything goes
Simon Says Stamps ...Let's get sentimental
Clear it out challenge...Anything goes..use stash brads and gems
Digi Chooseday...Anything goes
Doodle Pantry -Ants in my pantry challenge #5...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Scrapper's Delights #44...Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #135...Anything goes
Melonheadz Friends ...Add sparkle

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I do hope you will leave a comment, as I do love reading them. Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Anything goes for a male at Let's Craft and Create.

Hello friends,
I am back with me second posting today, and this time something for the men in our lives. Over at Let's Craft and Create the new challenge #101 is Anything goes/Male sponsor this month is The Cutting Café and we were given a choice of cutting files. The DT have made a lovely selection of projects using their files and we would love you to come and have a look at them

I chose the car and this is what I made.

Unfortunately the true colours haven't come out .
I used a dark green cardstock for the car, with a taupe textured paper for the doors.
The trimmings are in a black shimmer.
The windows were cut from some silver board.
I used glossy accents on the lights.

It was a fun card to make, and I hope you will join in the challenge making something for the guys.

I will pop back later to enter it in some challenges.
Clear it out challenge...Anything goes... Use stash item..big brads
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes/ no patterned paper
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #9...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore...Anything goes
Be Crafty and Craft challenge #1...Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Brown Sugar challenge #144...Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts #3...Anything goes/lots of layers
Sister Act Card challenge #104...Anything goes

Have a great day, take care and thanks for visiting.
Love Ursula

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's day or special friend

Good morning friends.

It is the first Tuesday of May and another colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week Ina has chosen a beautiful photo for inspiration, with the twist ...make it for Mother's day or a special friend.

Being a new month we also have a new sponsor. Lunagirl has given the DT a number of gorgeous images to work with.

This is my card using one of the flower images. It reminded me of the California Poppies we have just planted in our garden, and I love them.

I used pink cardstock and onto this I matted card that I had coloured. I used my Pan Pastels, and then used some bubble plastic, inked with Versa Mark and pressed that onto the coloured card. Then went over it again with the green Pan Pastel.

Coloured the flowers with Distress ink and cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD.

Sentiment is from Marianne Design

Added pearls to finish.

These are the challenges I am entering:
Crafting from the Heart #58...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #260...Anything goes
Stamp and Create...May flowers
Perfectly Rustics #47 ...Use 3 of something
Mema's Crafts ...Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #135...Anything goes
Crafting Muskateers #25...Use a diecut
Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper...Anything goes
Life in Details ...Flowers
The Corrosive challenge #223 ...Hip to be square
Dragonfly Dreams ...Show  us how does your garden grow
Alphabet Challenge...F for friendship
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards...#90...Spring has sprung
Sister Act Card challenge #...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenge...Anything goes

I hope your week will be a fantastic one. We are having amazing weather at the moment. Beautiful warm days with clear blue skies...long may it last, but the real winter is looming, so I am enjoying time in the garden while I can.
Take care and  see you soon.
Love Ursula

Friday, May 1, 2015

May progressive challenge

Happy 1st of May
A new month a new freebie at The Outlawz progressive challenge

This month our sponsor is Ppinky Dolls and the image 'Another gift' is the one that the DT were given to use. Such a cute image. If you have already joined the challenge you will be receiving this image, if you would like to join us then you can find us   HERE. Just follow the instructions and you can play as well.

Do pop in and see the lovely cards made by the DT for inspiration. They are truly awesome

This is what I used for my card:

Paper - This paper was a freebie from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and is called  'Merry Mix'. I matted this onto red card. Punched the corners.

Image was coloured with Distress inpkads and cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD.

Tied some twine onto the side and punched a tag for the sentiment.

These are the challenges I am entering.
4 Crafty Chicks #244...Anything goes 
Crafting with an Attitude #2...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
 Crafting from the Heart #57...Anything goes
Craft your Passion challenge #259...Anything goes
Love to Scrap challenge #52...Anything goes
Not just Cards #18...Anything goes
The Pink Elephant #296...Anything goes
We are having a holiday here in South Africa, so this is the second long weekend, but now it is back to normal weeks for a while.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, and if you are lucky enough to have an extra day off, enjoy!!

I will be back soon, take care and thank you for coming to visit.
Love Ursula