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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Inspired by a scene

Good morning friends.

I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful and happy Easter. After all the holidays we have had the last few weeks, I wasn't sure just what day it is today, but I realised it is Tuesday, so that means another colour challenge at The Outlawz.

This week we have a lovely inspirational photo for you, and I am sure there is so much that you can use as inspiration for your card. Just let us know when entering the challenge what it was that inspired you...the colours, the scenery, season, or whatever...have fun.

For the last time this month we have  Digistamps4Joy  as our sponsor, and we thank them for that.




For my card this week I was inspired by the scene with hills and flowers, so decided to create my card using this theme.

I made a fold out pop-up card (not sure just what it is called).

For the front I used a printed  sheet from an old Papermania paper pad Country Companions...Lots of love and hugs.

I matted it onto a floral printed piece and then coloured the edges of the second piece with Distress inkpads..

Stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on the front.

For the inside which has the pop up part, I also used paper from this pack. The floral sheet and then part of another preprinted piece, where I used the pathway and the fence only.

The Image is called Bunny knocks and you can find it HERE I coloured it with Distress inkpads and added small punched out flowers with little pearl dots for the centres

I also added a tree cut from a Marianne Design die.

The sentiment is also from the Hero arts set, cut out with a die and attached with flower brads.

Added a punched border to finish off the top.

I do hope you will come and join in this fun challenge this week...lovely digis from DS4J to be won.

I will enter it in the following challenges:




Crafting from the Heart #105...Anything goes
Artistic Inspiration challenges #153...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #305...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #9...Anything goes
Crafty Boots  Spring is in the air
Ellibelle's Creative Moments...Let's Colour linky party #6
Eureka Stamps #186...Spring is in the air
Our Crafty Corner #7...Anything goes
Melonheadz Friends...Throw on the flowers
Love to Scrap #74...Anything goes
613 Avenue Create  #169...Anything goes
Come and Get it ...In the garden
Eclectic Ellapu ...Fauna and flora
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #30...
Corrosive Challenge #3...Anything goes
Challenge up your Life #37...Bunnies
Crafty Friends challenge #28...Anything goes
Crazy 4 challenges #329...Purple
Simply Papercrafts #26...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #17...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #131...Anything goes
PDE Linky Party #116...Anything gopes

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you soon. Take care

Love Ursula 









Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's Easter time


Happy Tuesday to you all.
I hope the week is going well..we had a holiday yesterday, so this is a short week for us, as the Easter weekend is coming up with more holidays. The weekend was quite busy, but in a relaxing sort of way as I had a birthday on Saturday. Lovely to have phone calls, skype call, messages and visits from family and friends.

Today there is a new colour challenge at The Outlawz and this week it is the turn of my teamie Ina to choose the colour palette and twist. This is what she asked us to do. Use the 3 colours and make an Easter card.  So easy with a lovely inspirational photo.

The DT have made some lovely cards so do hop on over and join in the fun.



We still have Digistamps4Joy as our sponsor and the image I have used...Bunny's egg.. can be found HERE




This is my card and the details.

I used the sketch from Cheerful Sketches for my card. See the sketch below.

The paper is all from my stash and was all digitally printed. It came from Mad About Cards,The bunny paper can now be downloaded free HERE

The image is coloured with Distress inkpads and cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD, matted onto a oval diecut and then mounted with foam pads onto the card.

The happy Easter sentiment paper is matted onto the blue strip, but is very light and not easily seen.
 Finished it off with 2 bunny brads, that I have had for years and always forget to use.

Will enter some challenges:

Cheerful Sketches
Dragonfly Journeys #49...Hippity, Hoppity
A Gem of a challenge #165...Easter
Great Impressions...Bunny hop
Allsorts challenge #355...Easter
Challenge up your Life #37...Bunny projects
Crafting with Dragonflies #53...Easter cards
Digi Designs ...Lots of layers
Elliebelles"s Creative Moments #2...Critters and creatures
Sweet Stampin challenges ...Easter
Artistic Inspirations #152...Anything goes/Easter
Crafty Boots...Easter
Crafty Cardmakers ...Easter
Elliebelle's Creative Moments ...Critters and Creatures
Melonheadz Friends...Layer it up
Not Just Cards #30...Anything goes
Where the heart is #7...Anything goes/Easter
Eureka Stamps #185...Easter cards
The Crafter's Cafe #145...Easter
Card Mania #78...Polka Dots/and or stripes
Crafty Enjoyments #5...Easter/spring
Animal Friends #36...Must have an animal
The Sisters of Craft
Crazy Hazelnut's Patterned Paper ...Anything goes
Just Keep on Creating ...Anything goes
2 Creative Chicks Showcase #8...Anything goes
Kreativeinkauf challenge #37...Anything goes

I wish you all a wonderful week and if you are doing any travelling over this holiday time, please travel safely. Take care and I will be back soon.

Love Ursula

Monday, March 21, 2016

Creative Craft Cottage ...Anything goes

Good morning friends,
Today is a beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies. It is officially the first day of autumn here in South Africa as in all the Southern hemisphere and with days like this I know why I love this season.

It is also a public holiday here...Human Rights day. I could say a lot about this day, but my wish is that all peoples human rights could be respecteded...I do think the world would be a better place.

Now on to the business of today. Over at Creative Craft Cottage there is a new challenge starting today, with the popular theme of Anything goes. We do again have 2 sponsors and the DT have made amazing projects for your inspiration. Please go and visit and leave them some love.




I am using an image from Lemon Shorthbread and you can find it HERE










I sponged the base card around the edges with Distress inkpads.

The paper is from a new paper pad of Marianne Designs - Flower garden.

The image called Fairy Flower Scent is coloured with Distress Inkpads and glitter added. I cut it out and mounted it over a frame which was made with a Marianne Design die. I also sponged this in the same colours as the card edges.

I added a ribbon, a selection of handmade flowers with some leaf diecuts.

To finish it off,..pearls, a bow, hat pin with a butterfly charm.

Will enter the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams ...Use a diecut
Colour your world ...Anything goes
Ecclectic Ellapu Flora and Fauna
Glitter N Sparkle #180...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #30...Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish #308...Square or rectangle cards
Corrosive challenge  #3...Anything goes
The Ribbon Girls ...Any image
Crafty Calendar ,,,Mum's day/special female
Digi Designs ...Lots of layers
Ellibelle's Creative Moments ...Let's colour
Little Claire's Designs ...Anything goes
Tiets' Creative Wereld...Bingo challenge
Lemon Shortbread challenge #11...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #9...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz ...Anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #104...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #304...Anything goes
Love to Scrap #74...Anything goes
Melonheadz Friends...Layer it up
Our Crafty Corner #7...Anything goes
Paper Nest Dolls #3...Anything goes
The Crazy challenge #218...Flowers
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards #105...Use ribbon
Crafting with Friends #16...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #105...Anything goes
Digitally Sweet challenge #148...Spring is in the air
Fussy and Fancy #159...Things with wings
PDE Linky Party #115...Anything goes
QKR Stampede #183...Add a sentiment
Wags and Whiskers #174...Wings
Simply Papercraft #25...Anything goes


Have a wonderful day and week ahead. Take care and see you soon. 

Love Ursula

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A new progressive challenge

Good morning friends from a rainy Johannesburg.

It is such a lovely cool rainy day, I guess much like the Irish weather, so let me start by wishing all my friends a Happy St. Patrick's day. I hope the sun is shining for you.

There is a new progressive challenge on the Digistamps4Joy FB  group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/636935063114458/  You need to join the group and then you will be able to download this image 'Art Deco Beauty'.  Post your completed card in the album and at the end of the month you will receive another image....so easy.

I made this Z fold card

Paper is from a floral paper bloc of Janneke Brinkman.

Coloured the image with Distress inkpads, cut it out and mounted on the card, only attaching the body. Added some gems on the wings.

The sentiment is computer generated from my stash of quotes. Cut out with a CB die, and attached with a bow.


Will enter the following challenges:
Creative Moments #89...Anything goes/Spring has sprung
Freshly Brewed challenge #201910...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #77...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #222/223...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs ...Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread #11...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door   Anything goes
Retarte #72...Anything goes
Try it onTuesday ...Nature
Crafting from the Heart #103...Anything goes
Craft Dee Bows ...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #9...Anything goes
Ellibelle's Creative Moments #2...Critters and creatures
Craft Your Passion #303...Anything goes
Ellibelles's Creative Moments #5...Let's colour
Eureka Stamps #184 ...Anything goes
Melonheadz Friends ...Layer it up
Our Crafty Corner #7...Anything goes

Wishing you all a wonderful day,  take care and  see you again soon. Thanks for visiting.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Digistamps4Joy challenge #122

Hello friends,
Here I am the second time today with another DT card. Over at Digistamps4Joy this month's challenge is hosted by my teamie Jackie, and for the optional twist she has asked us to use an animal. As I hadn't entered any Christmas challenges so far this year I thought I had better get going with that, so here is my card using the image "it's time"and you can find it  HERE

You still have till end March to enter and remember, it is Anything goes, with the option of a twist.


I used some very old paper...still trying to use up old Christmas paper.

Coloured the image with my usual Distress inkpads and added glitter here and there.

Stamped the sentiments and then added the words with letters cut out with a Joycraft alphabet die.

Will enter it in some challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #103...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #303...Anything goes
Colouring in
Scrapland
#9...Anything goes
Eureka Stamps #184...Anything goes
Not Just Cards #30...Anything goes
Our Crafty Corner #7...Anything goes
12 Months of Christmas link-up...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #76...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Use dies/punches
Christmas Card challenges #15...Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams ...Use a diecut
The Corrosive challenge ...Anything goes
Clear it Out ...Patterned paper older than 1 year
Crafty Sentiments Designs ...Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread #11...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Retarte...#72...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft...#25...Anything goes
PDE Linky Party #114...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #16...Anything goes
DL.ART Linky challenge ...Anything goes
Hanna and Friends

Wishing you a wonderful day. We have had some lovely cooler weather with quite a lot of rain, so hopefully I can spend some time in my garden today.

Take care and see you soon. 

Love Ursula













Something with green today

Good morning all,
At The Outlawz this week the
colour challenge
is hosted by Laurian. She has given us this lovely photo for inspiration, and lucky for us we can choose 2 colours to use with the green. We also get to decide on our own twist....That is a lot of fun. Please pop in and see what fantastic projects the DT made this week.



We still have Digisitamps4Joy as our sponsor and I used a St. Patrick's day image which you can find HERE

The paper is from my stash.
I printed two images. Coloured the first one and cut it out with a MFD. The second one I only coloured the shamrock, cut it and glued it to the first one. Attached a brad in the centre.

The sentiment is one I found some time back...I don't know where and I had no reference. So if anyone knows whose it is please let me know and I will give credit for it.

Finished it with brads in the corners.


I will enter some challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams ...Use a diecut
Dragonfly Journeys #48...Go green
Glitter N Sparkle #179...Use some green
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #29...Anything goes
Corrosive challenge #3...Anything goes
Get Creative Challenges #34...St. Patrick's Day
Whoopsi Daisy ...Green plus sentiment
Incy Wincy Designs...shades of green
Pile it on challenge #103...Green and 2 other colours..yellow and red
Mod Squad challenge ...It's Easy being green
Simon Says challenge ...A bit O' green
The Sisterhood of Crafters...Use dies or punches
Sassy Studio Designs # 324...Shades of Green
DRS Designs #217...Cut it out
Brown Sugar...#189...green and gold
Craft for the Craic ...Luck of the Irish
Crafting with Friends #16...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #104...Anything goes
Cut it Up #91...St. Patty's Day
Pattie's Creations #120...Anything with green
Simply Papercraft #25...Anything goes
City Crafter #303...Make it green
Clear it out...Anything goes with patterned paper more than 1 year old
Crafty Friends #27...Anything goes
Digi Designs Lots of layers
We are now midway into March, so I do hope for those of you in the north, spring is not too far away.
Have a great week and I will be back just a little later with another DT card.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Love Ursula





Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tic-tac-toe at The Outlawz.

Good morning on a somewhat cloudy and slightly cooler morning.

Today we are having a tic-tac-toe colour challenge  at The Outlawz and it was the choice of AJ. I love all the options we have been given..
I do hope you will come along and have a play with us.


We also have Digistamps4Joy as our sponsor this month.



I used a newly released image from Digistamps4Joy called Phantasi 3 and you can find it HERE



For my card I went with the bottom row of the grid, and the twist is to add pearls and lace.

The paper I used is from a brand new paper pad of Joy Crafts.

I coloured the image with Distress inkpads and added gold Ponura pearls with a gem. Used a Nellie Snellen MFD with a shimmer gold paper.

Added a flourish, lace and pearls.

The sentiment is from A Piece of Heart where Sharon shares some super sentiments. Do pay her blog a visit.


I will be entering some challenges:

Artistic Inspirations #151...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #1012...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #9...Anything goes
Craftin Desert Divas Linky party #2...Losts of layers
Craft your Passion #302...Anything goes
Crafty Boots...Something for the lady
Ooh-la-la Creations #199...Add a sentiment
Our Crafty Corner #7...Anything goes
Use your Stuff #213...Lace, ribbon or twine.
Our Daily Bread Designs #271...Anything goes
Retarte #72...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday...Feminine and fancy
Dragonfly Dreams...Use a diecut
Dragonfly Journeys #47...Pearls of wisdom
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #29...Anything goes
Colour your world with Lacy Sunshine ...Anything goes
Pile it on #1013...Use green + 2 colours ( pink and gold)
Allsorts challenge  #353...International Women's day
Crafting with Dragonflies #52...Girly cards
Digi Designs ...Use 2 or more dies
My Sheri Crafts #176...Lovely lace
Scrapper's Delights #53...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #15...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #104...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #128...Anything goes
Pattie's Creations #120...Something green
PDE Linky Party #113...Anything goes
Simply Paper Crafts #24...Anything goes
The Stamping Boutique ...Ribbon or lace
2 Creative Chicks #8...Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft #15...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ...Anything goes
Just Keep on Creating...Anything goes
Oddball Art Stamps...Add a sentiment
Connie Can Crop #44...Anything goes

I hope you all have a great day and a good week. Thanks for visiting and take care.

Love Ursula


Monday, March 7, 2016

Fly wherever your heart may take you

Good morning all,
Today is the first challenge for March at Creative Craft Cottage and the theme for this challenge is 'Let's get sentimental'....so we need to see those sentiments. Please do go and see the stunning array of cards made by the DT , there is so much inspiration to be had.

We are lucky to have a few sponsors for this challenge. I am using an image from Rick St Dennis called High Flyin Mouse and you can find it HERE.






I made a double fold card...not sure what it is actually called.

The paper is from an old collection of Papermania called Hampstead

The image was coloured with Distress inkpads and cut with a MFD die.

The sentiment was printed and I took it from a book of quotes that I have.

Attached some twine and on the inside tied 2 tags with the birthday sentiment using peeloffs.




I will enter some challenges:



Dragonfly Dreams ...Use a diecut
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #29...Anything goes
Quirky Crafts...Masculine with ribbon or twine
Pile it on...Green plus and 2 othercolours
Scrappy Hands #60...tags
Robyn's Fetish #306
Digi Designs ...Use 2 or more dies
Ellibelle's Creative Moments...Linky Party #4...Anything goes with a hand coloured image
Scrapper's Delights #53...Anything goes
Imagine That Creative Playground    #2...Birthday
Artistic Inspirations/a> #151...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #102...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #9...Anything goes
Craftin Desert Divas Linky party #2...lots of layers
Craft your Passion #302...Anything goes
Ellibelle's Creative Moments Linky Party #2...Anything goes with critter or creature
Melonheadz Friends ...Include an animal
Ooh-la-la #199...include a sentiment
The Crazy challenge #217...Use the colour red.
Lemon Shortbread #9...Anything goes
Have a wonderful week and hope to see you soon. Thanks for visiting.

Love Ursula



Sunday, March 6, 2016

Digistamps4Joy has new images

Good morning friends,
I hope you are having a great Sunday. Over at Digistamps4Joy there are some stunning new images released today, and I have used one of them. To see some of the DT cards you need to visit the the challenge blog and I am sure that will inspire you to get some of these beauties.

For my card I used the image Phantasi 1.


This time I pulled out my Twinkling H20's as they have a bit of shimmer. I addled stickles to her face. Cut it out with a Marianne die.

I added a frame also cut with the Marianne die set. Layered all this over pink cardstock, that I embossed using a Dutch Doobadoo stencil and the spritzed with a gold glimmer mist.

The sentiment was stamped onto a label die.

These are the challenges I am entering:

Artistic Inspirations #151...Anything goes
Colouring in Scrapland #8...Carnaval
Craft your Passion #301...Anything goes
Crafty Boots...Something for the lady
Ooh-la-la #199...Add a sentiment
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #273...embossing
All Sorts #353...International women's day
Challenge up your Life #36...Die cutting
Crafting with Dragonflies #52...Girly cards
Digi Designs ...Use 2 or more dies
Ellibelle's Creative Moments #4 linky party...Anything goes
Scrapper's Delights #53...Anything goes
Alphabet challenge ...A for anything pink
Crafting with Friends #15...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #104...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #128...Anything goes
PDE Linky Party #128...Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts #24...Anything goes
Cardz 4 Galz #17...Woman
Crimbo Crackers #101...die cuts
Hanna and friends #243...Anything goes
Art & Stampz...Embossing
Crafting by Designs   Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons #121...Add some sparkle
Creative Moments #88...Anything goes plus a sentiment
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #75...Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread #10...Anything goes
Try it on Tuesdays ...Feminine and fancy
Retarte #71...Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #283...Frame it

I hope you all have a lovely day and a good week ahead. Take care and thanks for visiting.  

Love Ursula

It's almost Easter.

Good morning and a happy Sunday to everyone.

Well it is time to start thinking of getting some Easter cards out and at Let's Craft and Create the theme this month is Easter.



Some of the DT have made some really cute Easter cards for inspiration, but I have gone with a more traditional card.

I embossed the background and used my new Nellie Snellen die to cut the circle and the cross.

The sentiment is one I got from a blogging friend Hannelie , and she has lovely ones on her blog.



I will enter some challenges:
Crafting with Friends #15...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #104...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft#24...Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #288...Easter
Aud Sentiments #150...Easter or spring
Crafting with an Attitude #13...Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations #15...Anything goes
Challenge up your Life #36...Diecutting
2 Creative Chicks...Showcase #8...Anything goes
A Bit more Time to Craft #15...Anything goes
Nordsalten Hobbyclub #134...Punched
Scrap N Challenge...Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft...Anything goes
Crafting by Designs...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #221...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #75...Anything goes


Wishing you all a lovely weekend. We are still having very warm weather but it has to start cooling a little as Autum will be here soon ...looking forward to that


Take care and I will be back later

Love Ursula

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Colour challenge with a twist of leaves.

Hello again everyone,
I am back with my second card today.

Another one for an Outlawz challenge, and this time I am hosting the colour challenge
 I saw this gorgeous picture some time back and it reminded me of the time when I had done quite a lot of stained glass.
 For this week's challenge I would like you to use at least 3 colours from the palette and add some leaves.










We are also very happy to have as our sponsor for this month  Digistamps4Joy" with their lovely images. Of course I am doubly excited as  they are a South African company and I am honoured to be a DT member. The image can be found HERE



This is what I came up with.


Paper from my stash.

I used an embossing folder from Papermania...Woodlands collection (I think) and printed the image 'Toadstool Khaya'  in the space. Coloured everything with Pan Pastel chalks and added some pearlmakers in places.

The Sentiment is from Hereo Arts and cut it out with a label die.

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps ...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #74...Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts #9...Anything goes..spots/stripes
Whimsey Stamps #91...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #220...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs...Spring
Lemon Shortbread challenge #10...Anything goes
Retarte #71...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #15...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #103...Anything goes
PDE Linky Party #112...Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts #24...Anything goes
Crazy 4 challenges #325...Spring
Ellibelle's Creative Moments...Linky Party #4

That's all from me today. Have a great week everyone and see you soon.

Love Ursula


Progressive challenge at The Outlawz

Hello bloggers,
Welcome to the beautiful month of March. I have a special love for it as it is my birthday month and in the past many lovely things have happened in my life during March.

It is also the start of a new progressive challenge at The Outlawz, and if you played last month your image will be on its way to you shortly. This month we are sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs, with a lovely image...Bunny with glasses, and the DT have used this image with such amazing cards.


I decided to make a get well card, as these are often needed at short notice.



Paper...From my stash
Image ...coloured with Distress inkpads and I painted a pearl ink onto the glasses
The frame is cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD
The fancy strip is also a Nellie Snellen die.
Sentiment is from Marianne Design and cut with a MFD
Added pearls to finish

 I followed this sketch:  Paper Play Sketch #2

Will enter some challenges

Artistic Inspirations #151...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #101...Anything goes
Craftin Desert Divas  Lots of Layers..linky part week 1
Craft your Passion #301...Anything goes
Melonheadz Friends Include an animal
Ooh-la-la challenges...Add a sentiment
Our Crafty Corner #6...Anything goes
Little Red Wagon #330...Furry Friends
Mod Squad challenge...Animal fun
The Paper Shelter #337...Animal Magic
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #28...Anything goes
Stamping Sensations...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #15...Anything goes
Creative Fingers #103...Anything goes
PDE Linky Party #102...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft #24...Anything goes
Wags n Whiskers #172...Furry friends

I hope you have a lovely week and for those in the colder Northern area, I am sure spring is not far away.
Take care, thanks for visiting and I will be back later with another DT card.

Love Ursula