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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Another Christmas card

Happy Saturday friends,
I am getting in another Christmas card with a few hours to spare at the The 12 months of Christmas challenge


I nice easy card not using any patterned paper.

The embossing folder is from 'Çrafts-Too' and I added some colour to it with a touch of glitter on the stars and pearl maker to the berries.

Santa is a Papermania stamp. I got this set a few years back and I must say at first didn't think I would use it much, but there are a number of stamps with sentiments as well and I have had great use of the various images.
 I coloured it with Distress inkpads and added flower soft for the beard and trimmings.
The buttons are gold Pontura pearl maker.

The little tag is from a die set.

Will enter the following challenges:

The 12 Months of Christmas linkup #10 Card for a child
Crafting with Friends #9 ...Anything goes
Crafty Catz #299...Let's tag it
Creative Fingers #96...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #112...Anything goes
Winter Wonderland ...Anything Christmas goes
4 Crafty Chicks #270...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #7...Anything goes
Digital Delights Delightful challenge #4...Anything goes
Julia Spiri challenge  #5...Use something old...Embossing folder and stamp
DL.ART linky challenge ...Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #123 ...Tags
Time Out challenge #43...Christmas (no twist)
ABC Christmas challenge...V for very cute
Crafty Gals Corner #43...Anything goes
Creative Moments #80...Anything goes
Simon Says challenge ...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #57...Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps #87 ...Christmas
Wonderful Wednesday ...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #207...Anything goes
A Snowflake Promise #8... Winter or Christmas
Everybody Art challenge #342...Stamp
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #83...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #285...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la Creations # 192...Embossing
Love to Scrap #64...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #4...Anything goes
Allsorts challenge #335...Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges #310...Christmas
Hiding in my Craftroom  #223...Freestyle

 Have a wonderful weekend with only 7 weeks to Christmas.
See you back soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin time at The Outlawz

Hello friends,
Tuesday has arrived again....too quickly and as this is the last Tuesday of October, it has definitely come too soon.

So this week at The Outlawz  my teamie Susan is hosting the Colour challenge and she has given us this inspirational photo, with the twist to add a pumpkin.

Here in South Africa, we are not really into Halloween and pumpkins, so it was a little bit of a challenge, but I did come up with something.

Our sponsor for the last time this month is Nicecrane Designs and the image I used is from a Carl Larson set and you can find it HERE

The DT have made lovely cards using various images from Nicecrane, so we would love you to go and have a look at what they have done. Please come and join in the fun. You only need to use 3 colours from the palette and of course a pumpkin.




I used 3 different colours of cardstock,

The image, I coloured with Distress Inks, but not in too much detail.

The pumpkins are a digi freebie that I got a number of years ago. I coloured them and then cut them out and raised it with foam dots.

Sentiment was stamped onto a banner and attached with a brad.

3 buttons to finish off.

I will enter some challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #83...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #4...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #285...Anything goes
Crafty Boots ...Autumn
Love to Scrap  #64...Anything goes
Melonheads Friends ...Include a pumpkin
Not Just Cards...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy...A hand coloured image
Come and Get it...Use orange
One Stitch at a Time #248...Anything goes with Halloween colours
Brown Sugar #169...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #9...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #96...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft #16...Anything goes
Stempelsonne #152...Anything goes
Di's Digi Designs...Include a pumpkin
Crafting with an Attitude #8...Anything goes
DL.ART linky challenge ...Anything goes
Star Stampz challenge ...Colours of Halloween

I wish you a great week and take care

Love Ursula











Thursday, October 22, 2015

A CAS card

Hello friends,
I just realised that this card that I made for an anniversary was never shown here, so let me do that now.

I saw something similar on Pinterest and rather liked it. I don't usually do CAS cards, but this one just fell into place.

I used red card and matted a piece that I had put through the CB. I actually used a stencil and then lightly went over certain areas with distress inks.

The bench is a Marianne Design die. I cut the heart out of the backrest and then inlaid a red heart.

The little birdies are Memeory box dies.

A peel off for the sentiment.


Will enter it in some challenges:


Crafty Creations #300...Don't be blue
Inspiration Destination #56...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters Die-lirous and punchy
Wonderful Wednesday ...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #284...Anything goes
Hiding in my Craftroom #221...Favourite cutting tool...Cuttlebug

Ok, that's all I have for you today. Have a wonderful day and hope to see you soon. Take care.

Love Ursula


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Christmas card for a change.

Good morning friends,
Firstly a big welcome to my newest followers..Lori, Susan and Christina. Lovely to have you join my little group of friends and hope you will pop in from time to time. Love having visitors...sorry I don't always have tea and cake, but hope there is something else to make your visit worthwhile.

Onto today's challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. This fortnight we have another popular 'Ánything goes' challenge and our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe.
The DT have all used one of their cutting files for their cards. The great thing with their cutting files is that you can use then even without an electronic cutting machine....that is really great.





For my card I decided to go with a side step card and I made a Christmas card.

The paper is all from my stash,

Image was a freebie from Crafty Sentiments Designs a little while back and it is called 'Dressing the Christmas tree'.
 Coloured it with Distress inkpads and added lots of glitter to the tree

I then cut some squares and made a pile of gifts with ribbon bows.

The sentiment is from a Papermania set
.
Entering the following challenges:

12 Months of Christmas link-up...Card for a child
A Snowflakes Promise #8...Anything goes?winter?Christmas
Creative Card Crew #98...Ribbon
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafting Muskateers #30...Christmas with ribbon
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge...Anything goes with Christmas
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Scribbles Designs #34...Fancy fold or shaped cards.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  #20...Anything goes
The Christmas challenge #70...More than one fold
Scrappers Delights #47...Anything goes
Alphabet challenge R for ribbon
Crafting with Friends #8...Anything goes
Creative Corner challenge 3 embellishments (3 gift packages)
Creative Fingers challenge #95...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #110...Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #128...Get a head start with Christmas with ribbon"
Simply Papercrafts #15...Anything goes
Stempelsonne #152...Anything goes
Winter Wonderland...Christmas with a ribbon

Have a wonderful week, it is thankfully downhill all the way
now. Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Looking through the window at The Outlawz

Hello friends, I hope you are well.

Tuesday again and so onto the Colour challenge at The Outlawz.
This week it is the turn of Heather to provide us with the Inspiration for the challenge. This is the picture she has chosen. You can use anything that inspires you from this photo...maybe the colour, or particular plants, whatever  it is you need to tell us..as that is the twist.

When I first saw it, I imagined standing in front of a window gazing out at this spectacular scene of colour, and that is what I tried to do in my card.

We are still sponsored by Nicecrane this week, and I have chosen to use one of the preprinted images from Hendersons Giant Flowers 2, and you can find it HERE

The DT have all used a Nicecrane image, and I invite you to go and see what amazing projects they have created.














I decided to make a centre step card.
I couldn't even try to use the colours, so I created a window with some colour behind it, where I glued the picture.

I stamped a brick wall design on the whole card, with Distress inkpads.

The window is a diecut from Marianne design,
For the leaves on the side I  also used a Marianne Design Die.

The sentiment I found in a book.

It is actually quite a simple card and didn't take that long to make....thanks to no colouring of an image.

I am entering the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart #82...Anything goes
Crafting your Passion #284...Anything goes
Love to Scrap #64...Anything goes
Not Just Cards #25...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters Die-lirious and punchy
Wonderful Wednesday ...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #205...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends...Anything goes
We Love to Create...Anything goes

Have a fantastic week everyone, will see back tomorrow with another DT card. Till then take care, but have fun.

Love Ursula













Sunday, October 18, 2015

New releases at DS4J

Good morning on this beautiful Sunday,

It is new release time at Digistamps4Joy and there are great new images again today, one of them being Picket fence. This is the one I decided to use and thought it would go quite nicely with the Birdhouse which you can find  HERE.


I haven't been feeling very well this past week, so tried to keep it simple.

The Paper is from an old paper pad

I coloured the images with Distress inkpads, and put in some clouds for a background.

The tree is a Marianne Design die and the little birds are Memory Box dies.

I used peel-offs for the 'Welcome'




I do hope you will pop over to the challenge blog and see the lovely creations that the DT have made with the new images.

I will enter some challenges:

Hiding in my Craftroom #221...Favourite Cutting Tool..Cuttlebug
Crafty Catz #297...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #110...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft #15...Anything goes
Stempelsonne #152...Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #8...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #8...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Inspsiration Destination #55...Anything goes

I wish you all a wonderful crafting week, whatever the weather is in your area...enjoy it.
Thanks for visiting and see you soon.


Love Ursula



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Choose something with "B" for the DS4J challenge

Hello friends,
It is already the middle of October, can you believe it. So I want to remind you about  the challenge  at Digistamps4Joy this month. As usual it is Anything goes, but if you wish to play with the twist, then you need to have something with the letter "B". Now that isn't too difficult.

Please remember you must use either a digi image or a regular stamp on your entry, and it doesn't have to be a card. The winner will win a $10 gift voucher, even if you don't use a DS4J image. We would just love you to enter the challenge.

I decided to use a fancy fold swing card for this challenge.

The image is Art Deco Beauty and you can find this lovely Butterfly HERE I coloured it with Distress inkpads cut it out with a Marianne Design die and added some Bling.

The patterned paper is from an old pad ..Especially for you

I also brought out my lovely Noor design Butterfly border die

The sentiment I printed on the computer.

Will enter this in some challenges:
Creative Moments #79...Anything goes with spots or stripes
The Sisterhood of Crafters ...Die-lirious and punchy...use dies or punches
Inspiration Destination #55...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday ...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #205...Anything goes
Retarte #62...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Crafty Friends #16...use gems/pearls
A Gem of a challenge #155...Spots/stripes
613 Avenue Create #145...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19...Anything goes
Scrapbook Blessings Club...Use digital stamp
Craft your Passion #283...Anything goes
Not Just Cards #25...Anything goes
Vintage Stamping  #37...Use a die
2 Creative chicks Showcase #3...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper challenge...Anything goes
Sisters of Craft challenge...Anything goes
Your Scrapbook Place...Anything goes

Have a wonderful day everyone. It is lovely and cool here after our 10 day heatwave and we even had a little rain last night, with hopefully some more to come.

See you soon, take care.

Love Ursula





Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Playing tic-tac-toe at The Outlawz

Good morning friends on another Tuesday morning,

It feels like yesterday that I posted the last colour challenge and here I am again with another one. This week  the colour challenge at The Outlawz is inviting you to play tic-tac-toe. It was my turn to choose the theme and colours and this is what I decided on.

It really is quite simple..just choose a row, down, across or diagonal, and if there is a word in your row, then you need to add that item as your twist. You are welcome to add any other embellishments as well. Just tell us which row you are using.

I decided to use the diagonal row top left to bottom right, and the twist is to add ribbon.

 We are sponsored by Nicecrane Designs for this month, and the DT have used images from different sets. Do come and have a look at the lovely projects.





For my card I have used an image from The Flower Children set and you can find it HERE.


I used yellow cardstock and matted a blue flowery paper onto that. Then cut out and embossed another piece of yellow and onto that I mounted the image with foam pads.

The image was coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with an oval die. I rather like this little flower child.

The ribbon is my twist and added a bow, also some pearls.

The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.



Will enter into the following chasllenges:

Crafting with Friends #8...Anything goes
Crafty Catz #296...Embossing
Creative Fingers #95...Anything goes
Cut it Up #81...Back to Nature
Simply Papercraft #15...Anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers #163...Use a diecut
Crafty Girls Creations #6...Anything goes
Digital Delights by Louby Loo #3...Anything goes
DL.ART linky challenge...Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #122...Anbything goes
The Ribbon Girl ...Any image
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19...Anything goes
613 Avenue Create #145...Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams...Ribbon and bows
Crafting from the Heart #81...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #283...Anything goes
Love to Scrap #63...Ribbon or lace
Use your Stuff #195..Use ribbon
Vintage Stamping #37...Use a die
Whoopsi Daisy ...A hand coloured image
Creative Card Crew #98...Ribbon
Retarte #62...Anything goes
Doodle Pantry, Ants in my Pants #10...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes

I am done for now, so want to wish you all a wonderful week. Have fun and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Anniversary card

Happy Saturday friends,
I do hope your weekend is going well. We are still having this incredibly hot weather. It has now been a week of 32 - 34 deg. C, with no letting up and still no rain.

No DT card this time, just one I made for fun.
Last week I needed an anniversary card for one of our neighbours who love cats, so I though this was quite appropriate.



The paper is from a pad of Marianne Design...Noir & Blanc.
The heart diecut is a Nellie Snellen die, and I used a shimmer paper.
The cats are a Marianne Design die.
Stamped the sentiment, and added ribbon and some pearls.

Will enter some challenges:

Alphabet challenge ...Q for quick and simple
Chocolate, Coffee & cards #101...Animals
Crafting with Friends #8...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #95...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft #15...Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #8...Anything goes
DL.ART Linky challenge...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #54...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz...Anything goes

That's it from me for now. We are having our 2 young grandsons staying for the weekend, while their Mom & Dad enjoy a weekend away, so having to keep a very active 8 and 6 year old busy requires some work.
Enjoy your weekend and see you soon.

Love Ursula


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Creative Craft Cottage challenge

Hello friends
Yay it is Wednesday, so now on the downhill run to the weekend. I also need to welcome some new followers to my blog, and hope you will visit often.

Today starts a new challenge at Creative Craft Cottage with the theme ...use your favourite colour combo.

SponsorThe sponsor for this challenge is Lacy Sunshine Stamps and the DT have made some lovely cards with the images for inspiration, so do hop on over and see what they have made.

This is my card and what I have used - my favourite colours at the moment are pink and teal...not sure for how long though.





Paper - Dark pink cardstock. Matted
a floral piece from Eline's 'Doll House' range.

Image - Marguerite Daisy, You can find it HERE coloured with Distress inkpads.

Frame  - cut with a Lea'bilities Die

Sentiment - peeloffs


Will enter the following challenges:
Not Just Cards #25...Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy...A hand coloured image
Colouring in Scrapland #4...Anything goes


613 Avenue Create #144...Anything goes or use pink...I have some pink
Lacy Sunshine challenge...Anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #80...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #282...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper challenge ...Anything goes"
Petal Lu challenge ...Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft ...Anything goes
Your Scrapbook Place ...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #7...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #108...Anything goes
QKR Stampede #159...Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts#14...Anything goes
Stempelsonne challenge #151...Anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers #163...Use a Diecut
Cards 4 Galz #1...Your fav. coulour...Teal and pink
Crafting with an Attitude #8...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #5...Anything goes
Digital Delights by Louby Loo #3...Anything goes
DL.ART linky challenge ...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #2024...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #54...Anything goes

That's it from me for the moment, hope to see you all soon, in the meantime take care and have a great week. I am going to find a cool spot as we are still having temps in the 30s.

Love Ursula














Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Outlawz colour challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone,
I do hope you are all having a good week. We are in the throws of a heat wave and it is only spring...not sure what summer will be like.

Today we have a new colour challenge at The Outlawz. Laurian has chosen this lovely photo for inspiration, and the colour palette is partly your choice. You have to use red and the other 2 colours to be taken from the photo. The twist is also for you to decide, just let us know what you have chosen.

Being the first challenge of October we have a new sponsor for the month. Nice Crane Designs have given the DT some images and colour sheets to play with.

For my card this week I have chosen to use a picture from Henderson's Giant Flowers #2. You can find it HERE


For my card I used yellow and green together with the red and the twist is to make a 3 D picture.



I used yellow cardstock and cut a shape using a Marianne Design die. Matted it to the red card.

The picture was printed 3 times and I cut out 2 of the tulips and some leaves and layered them using silicone.

The ribbon is green and added a bow, together with green pearls.

A little tag with a sentiment completed it all.


Will enter it in the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19...Anything goes
Pile it on #89...Recipe 1,2,3....1 tag, 2 colours cardstock, 3 layers on picture
All Sorts challenge #331...Nature
Jo's Scrap Shack #108...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #7...Anything goes
Cut it up #81...Back to nature
Simply Papercraft #14...Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #8...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #5...Anything goes
DL.ART Linky challenge ...Anything goes
2 Creative Chicks...Showcase #3...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly ...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes

Have a wonderful day, enjoy the week and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Monday, October 5, 2015

Up in a hot air balloon

Good morning friends,
The Cutting CafeNo I am not going anywhere and not in a hot air balloon, but the new challenge at Let's Craft and Create this month has  us making some hot air balloons.

The challenge is to use ribbon or twine and the sponsor this month is The Cutting Cafe. The DT have been given a hot air balloon file to work with and you can find it HERE. It is quite easy even without any cutting machines and there are a number of options with sentiments and it all comes in the file that you download.

If you have a look at the challenge site, the DT have made really lovely projects using this cutting file. Lots of inspiration.




I decided to keep it quite plain as I want to give it to a young man who will be starting a new chapter in his life soon.

I cut the card from dark blue cardstock and then cut the sections out of a sheet of Marianne design paper.

The basket was a piece of netting from mosaic tiles, and then I added twine.

The sentiment is from the file and I printed it, cut it out, added a button and attached it with some twine.

I will enter the following challenges.
Come and Get It...For the boys
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper...Anything goes
Die -cut Divas...Shaped cards
The Sisters of Craft ...Anything goes
2 creative Chicks Showcase #3
Crafting with Dragonflies #44...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #7...Anything goes
PDE Linky Party...Shaped cards
Simply Papercrafts #14...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #5...Anything goes
DL.ART Linky Challenge ...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #203...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination...Anything goes
Not Just Cards #25...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #80...Anything goes

I do hope you all have a great day and I will be back tomorrow with another DT. card. Till then take care.
Love Ursula

Sunday, October 4, 2015

New releases at DS4J




Good morning bloggers on this most beautiful Sunday.
We are having such glorious spring weather, even though our temps are more like misdsummer, going from 28deg C up to 32deg today and still no rain. We are so Blessed with our lovely home, that we can have our breakfast out on the patio, lunch in our little shady corner at the back and dinner outside in the evening on most days.

Now onto today's news. Digistamps4Joy have released some new images today and also re-introduced some others.

This is one of the new images called "HAT" and some of the DT have used it in beautiful cards, so do go and see what they have done.

All the new releases today are available  HERE
and so remember that there is a rewards system. For every $10 spent, there is a $1 reward.

I do wish you all a beautiful Sunday and a wonderful week.

I hope to be back later with a card, but will see if I can be drawn back into my craft room later. Maybe if it gets too hot out there.....Anyway take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Progressive challenge at The Outlawz

Hello Friends on this first day of October.
I can't believe that we are this close to the end of 2015.

Today starts a new Progressive challenge at The Outlawz. The sponsor for this one is Gerda Steiner Designs, and if you didn't join in the previous challenge and would like to continue you can buy this image HERE. If however you would like to join in with this challenge for the first time, then you need to go  HERE, Join the challenge and send an email as directed on the site. You will receive the image and need to complete it before the end of October to receive the next image.  As simple as that, so I hope you would come and join for some fun.

I have used a gingham paper and onto that matted a piece of polka dot paper.

The image 'big load is coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD. I cut a border as well with this set of dies.
                                                                          I made a little banner and stencilled 'thanks'. In South Africa, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving and it isn't harvest time now, but as I do love pumpkin I would certainly thank anyone that brought me some....maybe not a whole cartload full..LOL

Finished off with some buttons.





Will look to enter the following challenges:"


Inky Impressions #274...Dots and stripes
Double Click Skittles challenge...Let's roll some wheels
The Craft Addicts #2...Spots or stripes
Inspisration Destination #53...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of CraftersLet's all go to the Pumpkin Patch
Word Art Wednesday...#203...Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #8...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #5...Anything goes
Star Stampz challenge...Add a sentiment
DL.ART Linky challenge ...Anything goes
Papertake Weekly...Take your Pick (product theme..distress inks for colouring)
Die Cutting Divas #235...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #79...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #280...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps #160...Anything goes
Love to Scrap #62...Anything goes
Where the Heart is #1...Add text

I hope you are all having a good week, not long now for the weekend. See you soon.
Love Ursula