Monday, November 5, 2018

Let's Craft and Create with a sketch

Good morning,

After a lengthy absence due to holiday and very erratic internet connection, I would like to showcase my card for this month's challenge at Let's Craft and Create with the theme use a sketch....any sketch.

The sketch that I used is from   The Outlawz Wednesday challenge

This is my card and my take on the sketch.


I used a green cardstock and onto this I matted cream card that I had embossed with a very old cuttlebug folder.

The ovals were cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD

The butterfly and the other elements are from  Kaiser Craft ...."Provincial" sticker sheet

No colouring to do as I am having a bit of a problem with colouring.

Please do go and see  the projects that the other teamies have made for inspiration and be sure to enter before 30th November to stand a chance to win the prize.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you soon. Take care.

Love, Ursula

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It's all about friends

Good morning  friends,

This month is only a few days old and we have a new challenge for you. As always the theme at Let's Craft and Create is anything goes, but we also have an optional theme and this month it is Best friends.  Best friends has a large scope, so I hope you will pop into the blog and see the projects made for your inspiration by the Team. You also have a whole month to come and join in the fun.

For my card I used friend flower doodle from Bugaboo images coloured it with my Inktense pencils.

I cut it with a Nellie Snellen MFD matted it onto a green diect.

The patterned paper is an odd piece from my stash.

The sentiment was cut with a die from Impression Obsession.

Added pearls and some bling to the image and card.

Will enter this in a few challenges:

Create & Makes #24...Anything goes
Digi Chooseday  #36...Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #217...All creatures great and small
Dragonfly Dreams ...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #89...Anything goes

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon. 
Take care.



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Peony in purple

Good morning all,
I haven't been blogging much the last while, life just seem to happen with some challenges, but hopefully I will get to be on here a little more now.
In South Africa we are having a public holiday today. August is women's month and today we are celebrating Woman's day in aid of all the wonderful women who have contributed to making changes in this country.

This week at The Outlawz  it was my turn to choose the colours and twist for the Colour challenge.

Our sponsor for the month is Fred She Said. They have some lovely precoloured images as well and these I really love at the moment.. The prize is a $10 gift certificate, so I do hope you will come and join us this week.

I used the precoloured image Peony in a jar. This set come with 8 different colour flowers, so that is so useful.

The two colours from the picture I added are ochre and green.

I used an ochre coloured card, embossed it and brushed it with distress ink

The image was cut out with a Nellie Snellen MFD and then I used a green card to cut the frame using the sane set of Nellies dies.

The sentiment is a Whiff of Joy stamp..very old, cut with a label die and attached with brads.

I will enter a few challenges.

Back to Basics #9...Use a digital image
Crafting by Design ...Anything goes
Crafty Creations #372...Anything goes
Creative Moments #150 ... Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #32...Anything goes
Wordart Wednesday #346/7 ...Anything goes

Thanks for visiting and hope to be back soon. Take care.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Summer fun

Hello friends,
Today is a Tuesday which means a new Colour challenge at The Outlawz. We have a super tic-tac-toe board made up for us by Cara and the DT have made some really great projects, so do come along and join in this week.

Our sponsor this month is Mari Digis

I was happy to make a summery card this week as we have been having some really cold winter weather and the thought of a lovely summery day at the beach was very enticing.

I used the centre row across on the tic-tac-toe board.

For the texture on my card I used paste with a Memory box stencil. When the paste was dry I went over it with yellow Distress ink and then glitter for the sun's rays.

The image is a very old Lily of the Valley stamp. Not sure if they are still around, and I coloured it with Pan Pastels and cut out with a Nellie's die.

The sentiment is from a page of KaiserCraft ..Sandy toes collection..all holiday sentiments .. I added a touch of glitter to the words and also used a Nellies die to cut it out.

Finished off with a wooden sun embellishment and pearls.

I will be entering some challenges,

Cards in Envy .... On the beach
Crafty Cardmakers #216...Holidays/Vacations
Dream Valley Challenge #182...All things bright and beautiful
Stamps and Fun  #329 ...Anything goes
Use your Stuff #322 ...Anything goes (with a sentiment of Title)

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have some fun in the sun wherever you may be. Take care.

Love Ursula

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Red, white and blue

Hello everyone,
We are starting a new month and so a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create.
As usual it is an Anything goes, but the option is to use red, white and blue, which is quite appropriate at this time of the year.
I hope everyone in the USA had a great 4th July and enjoyed the time with family and friends.

The DT all made such great cards, so please do hop over and see what there is for inspiration. There is also a lovely Gift Certificate up for come along and join us. You have until 31 July to enter so lots of time.

I went quite simple with my card and it could be used for many events.

The patterned papers are all from my stash

I used the following dies to cut the various shapes.

The wavy shape is a Nellie Snellen edging die,

The small stars hanging from it are a Marianne Design Craftable die. It is a banner with the stars hanging and I just cut them off and attached to the shaped diecut.

The large star is also a Nellie Snellen die and I used a Just Right stamp on it. Added the peelof stars and a bow to finish

Will be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Creations #369...Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner  #169...Red, white blue
Simon Says Wednesday challenge...  Red, white blue
Cards in Envy...Twinkle little stars
Crafty Cardmakers  #215...Use at least 2 dies or punches

Thank you for visiting and will be back soon
Love Ursula

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Punch it at Let's Craft and Create

Good morning on a chilly but sunny winter morning.

This week over at Let's Craft and Create there is a new challenge with an option to use your favourite punch. Please do visit to see the lovely cards made by the DT and by entering there is even a prize for a lucky entrant

For my card I used a pink cardstock and here I used my most favourite corner punch. I think it will soon protest, but as it is still going I love using it.

I also used a heart punch for the larger hearts in my pocket...which is actually a stamp ..(unnamed) onto patterned paper, and  cut  out. I added a heart brad onto the pocket. The other hearts are from a selection of dies.

Onto the hearts I added some peel-off words.

The sentiment is a Incredible Obsession die, with some pearls to finish off.

Will be entering some challenges later in the day.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you soon.

Take care.
Love Ursula

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Something with wings

Good morning friends,
I am here again with the new Colour challenge from The Outlawz. This week Laurian has given us a lovely colour palette to work with and a twist that is easy....add wings

Our sponsor for the last time this month is Fabrika Fantasy
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For my card I have used a precoloured image Water fairy  

I cut the image out with a Nellies die, mounted it onto  coloured carsdstock.

The sentiment was cut with a Incredible Obesession die.

Finished it off with pearls and gems.

I will be back later to enter it in some challenges.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you soon. Take care.

Love Ursula

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Outlawz new colour challenge

Good morning everyone,
We have had some lovely winter days this week, not the cold wind chilling ones of the previous week. Makes one want to get out and enjoy the lovely sunny days, with some crochet or knitting to keep you company, but we can't always do what we would like.

I am a day late with my DT card for this week's colour challenge not entirely due to the lovely weather.

 We have a beautiful inspirational photo from Sharon, so there is so much to use for your project this week. The DT have made some fabulous cards to inspire everyone.

Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy 

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I loved the colours from the photo and was inspired to try and make a background for my card.

I used distress inks on watercolour paper and then used an Anne's Paper Art die from Nellie Snellen to cut out the watercoloured shape and a slightly larger yellow one.

Matted these onto a dark blue cardstock.

I stamped a flower image onto the coloured diecut and embossed it with black embossing powder

Finished it off with some pearls

Entering a few challenges:
A bit more time to craft  #68...Anything goes
A perfect time to craft #5 ...Anything goes
The Artistic Stamper. ...Backgrounds
Classic Design Team #25 ...Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore ...Anything goes
Die Cut Divas ....Flowers

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you soon. Take care.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A new colour challenge with a twist

Good morning and a happy Tuesday,

We again have a new Colour challenge at The Outlawz and this time you have a few choices. Kimberly has given us a lovely photo and chosen one colour, so you get to choose 2 more and the twist is for you to decide.

Our sponsor for this month is Fabrika Fantasy

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I have once again used a precoloured image  fairytale unicorn from our sponsors

For my colours I chose the green and the peachy colour in the feathers.

I cut the green cardstock and the image with a Nellies  die .

The sentiment was printed on my pc.  and also cut with a Nellie Snellen die.

My peachy colour is the ribbon and pearls.

Will enter the following challenges:

A bit more time to craft #67...Anything goes
Craft-Dee bowZ ...Anything goes with a bow
Crafty Animals #14...Anything goes with an animal
Crafty Girls #47....Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge... Anything goes with patterned paper
Creative Craft Cottage #107...Dies/punches

Thank you so much for visiting and I do love to read your comments. Take care.

Love Ursula

Sunday, May 6, 2018

May challenge at Let's Craft and Create

Good morning,
With a new month comes a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create  The theme this month is Ribbon, lace or twine. You can use all three or any of them.

No automatic alt text available.For my card I used:

Cream coloured card and used a brick stencil with Distress inks to add some colour.

Cut a dark brown card and placed at an angle.

The papers are from a Prima paper pad...Time Traveller's memories.I did some stamping with random stamps over the once piece and stamped Happy birthday onto the top piece.

Cut 2 labels with a Lea'bilities die and printed a sentiment onto the one and tied them together with a twine bow.

Added some cotton ribbon and metal brads to finish

I hope you will join in the challenge and you have till 31 May to enter.

Will be entering this into the following challenges:
Creates and makes #21...Anything goes
A Bit more time to craft #67...Anything goes
Craft-dee bows...Anything goes with a bow
Hiding in my Craftroom  #351...Freestyle
Crafting by Designs..Anything goes
Creative Moments #142...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #149 ..Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #332/333 ...Anything goes

Wishing you all a good day and take care.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Monochrome with a splash of colour

Good morning all,
Today we are having a holiday in South Africa and as we are having such lovely autum weather at the moment, I am trying to spend some time in the garden and just enjoying the good weather. The last of the summer flowers are needing to make way for something else now, but it is also Tuesday which means a new Colour challenge at The Outlawz.

 This week we are having a monochrome challenge with a twist ..add another colour.

Image may contain: 1 personWe have a new sponsor this month.  Fabrika Fantasy are again sponsoring our winner this month with 3 images.

For my card I went with monochrome of gray shades matted onto a black cardstock.

I used the precoloured image Merry cow so my spash of colour is blue

The sentiment is computer generated.

I am entering a few challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  #80...Anything goes
Di's Digi challenge...include an animal
Alphabet challenge...C is for cows
Crafting with friends...#66 ...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #231...Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday #210...add a diecut
Simply Papercrafts #57...Anything goes

Thanks so much for popping in and hope to see you soon.
Take care, Love Ursula

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

How about some metal this week

Good morning friends and a Happy April,

It does seem hard to believe that we are into April already....time flies when you're having fun!!

This week it was my turn to choose the palette for our Colour challenge at The Outlawz. I used this lovely photo for inspiration and added the twist to use something metallic.

For some inspiration please go and see the cards made by the DT. They are really awesome.

We have a new sponsor this month... Digistamps4Joy with a gift certificate for our winner.

My card was made with an image  daisies which I have had for some time.

I used a green paper from an old paper bloc of Marianne Designs,

The green oval was cut with a die and then embossed

The white oval card is cut with a Nellie Snellen die.

My image was printed and cut out, then mounted under the metal watering can which was cut from a sheet of thin metal using a Memory Box die.
I was so happy to use some of this metal as I forgot that I even had it

The sentiment  was stamped onto a label and mounted with 3D tape.

Pearls to finish

Entering the following challenges:

Dream Valley challenges  #176...Dry embossing
Addicted to Stamps  #162...Thank you
Fashionable Stamping challenge #133...Springtime
Lil Patch of Crafty friends #79...Anything goes
Crafty Catz #410...Use old stash

Thank you for visiting and would love you to leave a comment.

Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Last colour challenge for March

Hello bloggers,

I have been a little slack in posting the last few weeks, just life happening.
Today I have the last Colour challenge for March at The Outlawz. This week it was Kimberly who chose the picture and colours, but she was clever and left the twist up to each one.

Sheepski Designs has been our sponsor this past month with her lovely images, for which we thank Andrea.


 I used 2 shades of blue and the white for my colours and decided to leave the colouring for another week and for my twist decided to go with paper piecing, so added some of the papers that I used for her umbrella, bag and shopping bag. They are all from a  paper block that I have had for some time.
Added a few pearls just for a bit of glamour.

Will be entering a few challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #200...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge  #3...Anything goes
Elliebelle's creative Moments... Papercrafter's Linky Party #8
Crafty Friends challenge #80...Anything goes

Thank you so much for visiting. Take care,

Love Ursula

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Good morning friends,
It is time for another challenge at Let's Craft and Create. The challenge theme is always 'anything goes' but this month with the option of Easter which is only a few weeks away.  If you go and visit the blog you will see some gorgeous cards by the DT for inspiration.
There is a $10 gift certificate for the winner of the challenge, so we hope you will come and join us.

My card was made using the following:

Cardstock from my stash...both the colours have a slight shimmer to them.

I embossed the top layer with a very old Cuttlebug embossing folder.

The cross was made with  an old Nestibilities die. I used ribbon instead of the paper diecut around the cross. Attached with a pearl.

Sentiment was printed on my PC and cut with a Nellie's die.

Added pearls to finish.

I will enter the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations  #195...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #197 ...Anything goes
Use your Stuff ...Anything goes.
International Art and Soul #28...Emboss and use a die

Thank you for visiting, I do appreciate it. Take care and I hope that the warmer weather will soon be coming to those in the cold Northern parts of the world

Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Up and away

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Yay, I am on time this week with the new colour challenge at The Outlawz. Laurian has chosen a lovely photo for our challenge this week using the 3 colours given and a twist of adding a it can be any kind of balloon. Our sponsor has  given the DT  lovely images to work with, including some hot air ballons, so many of the team have used these this week.

Our sponsor is Lunagirl

I also used one of the images from the Sponsors's collage sheet for my card.

The background paper is from Time traveller's memories by Prima.
Matted the image onto blue and red paper and attached it with yellow brads.
The sentiment is a diecut from Impression Obsession.

Entering the following challenges:

Create & makes #18...Anything goes
Retarte #115...Anything goes
Always Fun challenge #46...Anything goes
Corrosive challenge ...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Craftry Friends #76 ...Anything goes

Have a wonderful day and see you again soon.

Love Ursula

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Something other than cards today.

Happy Saturday friends,

Yes today not blogging any  papercraft, but rather some yarny projects.

Over the past 2 years or so I have crocheted about 12 blankets of various sizes for the girls in my family. My 4 granddaughters each got one and then decided the 4 DIL's needed to get as well, then my only SIL also received one at the end of last year. I have also done 3 smaller lap throws and these have gone to a charity that I have made  a lot of granny squares for. I have really enjoyed doing all this and have had a number of ladies in our retirement village showing an interest in doing something ...either knitting or crochet.

About 6 months ago I gave it a try and we started a small group meeting twice a month and making squares for blankets for charity. Just before Christmas I was given 6 completed blankets and some squares. These all went to the local group called Maak 'n Verskil ( Make a difference) who donate blankets, beanies, scarves anything to keep people warm in the cold winter.  This week I will be handing in another batch of about 200 squares, 3 blankets, beanies, scarves, bed socks and a few other items. I am so proud of the ladies who are doing such a great job.

I have also decided  to make some more blankets or throws as there are so many lovely patterns out there and I can always gift them to someone.
So at the monent I have 2 main projects going.

The one is A square a week challenge"" on Facebook. We are now on week 6. I have completed the first 4 and am busy on #5, so will catch up before long.

I have quite a bit of Scheepjes Colour Soft left over from one of the granddaughter's blankets so am using this yarn for that project.

I am having a great time with my crochet and in the next posting I will show 2 more projects, 1 completed and another a work in progress.

Have a wonderful weekend and will see you soon.

Love Ursula


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Smiling flowers

Hello everyone,

It is Wednesday and I am again a day late with posting the Colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week it was Kimberly who chose the lovely inspirational photo for us. All you have to do is choose 2 colours from the photo to use along with the given colour and you even get to choose your own twist. The DT have come up trumps with some lovely projects, so do coma and join in the fun.

Our sponsor Luna Girl has some lovely coloured images which the
DT have used this week.

For my card I followed a sketch from The Outlawz.
Paper from my stash matted onto  card. Coloured the edges with distress inkpads.

Label cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD and also inked the edges.

Coloured image I used is taken from the Fairy fold collage sheet

Added twine and a brad.

Sentiment stamped onto a label

Entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs...add flowers
Creates and makes #18...anything goes
Digichooseday challenge  #7...anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes

Thank you for visiting and I do love to read comments. Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Shades of Purple

Happy Wednesday to you all,
I am a day late, but at least I am here. This week at the Colour challenge of The Outlawz, Jacqui chose a monochrome theme with shades of purple. The DT have made gorgeous cards with purples.

 With a new month comes a new sponsor and we are so happy to have Lunagirl with their lovely images as our sponsor this month.
The prize is a page of their lovely images.

For my card I have used an image from the sheet of Shabby Violet with some lovely images on it.

I enlarged the picture and cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MFD also using this set for the border diecut.

Added a small lazer cut butterfly coloured with distress inkpads and glitter.

Pearls and ribbon to finish it off.

Left the sentiment off as I will add it later when I need to use the card.

I will come back tomorrow to enter some challenges, as we had a power failure about 6 hours ago and then the power came back but no internet connection.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you soon.

Hugs, Ursula

Monday, February 5, 2018

For Mom

Hello everyone,
Can you believe we are already into the second month of the year. It hardly seems possible that we have been through the whole of January. I must admit having had 2 short breakaways certainly made it rush by a lot faster.

Today in challenge #134 at Let's Craft and Create we are inviting you to make Mother's Day cards. In South Africa we celebrate Mother's day in May, but the UK does so in March, so you can have a head start if you only celebrate it later in the year.   Please do go and have a look at the gorgeous cards made by the DT. Lots of inspiration there and even a small prize for the winner, so I hope you will come and join in the challenge.

This is what I used for my card:

I used Co-ordinations Cardstock. It is lovely double sided, so used the plain side for the 1st layer and embossed the textured side with a Craft Concepts embossing folder. I then sanded it to bring out the plain colour.

I used 2 labels from a Lea'bilities die for the tags. Stamped one with a sentiment and added Peel-offs to the other. Attached them with a brad.

Finished it off with pearls.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams ....Flowers
International Art and Soul #26 ...Texture
Lil Patch of Crafty friends #75...Anything goes
Crafty Friends  #76...Anything goes
Crafting with friends  #60 ...Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts #54...Anything goes

That's it from me for now, but will be back tomorrow with another DT projects, so see you then. Take care.

Love Ursula

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In the pink

Good morning friends,

Yesterday a new Colour challenge  started at The Outlawz. You are invited to play tic-tac-toe with a lovely board made by teamie Cara.The DT have really made some gorgeous cards for inspiration, so please take a look. We would love you to join us with this fun challenge.

Our sponsors for this month  Fred 
she said have a $10 gift card as a prize.

For my card I have used the diagonal row top left to bottom right.

The pink card was embossed to give the polka dot effect.

The diecut was made with a Nellie Snellen die.
The flower is a Marianne Designs diecut.

The ribbon has more polka dots and pearls to finish.

I am entering the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise   #47...Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Design  ...Anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas #354 ...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #192 ...Anything goes

Thank you for visiting  and hope to see you again soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday is colour challenge

Hello and a good morning to you all,

Yes indeed it is a new Colour challenge at The Outlawz today. Sharon had given us an amazing inspirational photo this week with so much to choose from. The DT have come up with great ideas for your inspiration, so do go and have a look at what they have done.

Our sponsor for the month is Fred She Said

When I saw the inspirational photo I was immediately drawn to the colours, especially the background and the fairy wing made me think of butterflies, so that is what I did on my card.

I have for a long time wanted to dabble in mixed media and decided that this will be the year for playing with that idea.

I have had a lot of inspiration from a FB friend Asmah. .We were on a DT together for a number of years and it is because of her great ideas that I started this week with my mixed media journey. You can see her creations here

I played with Distress inkpads, texture paste, stencils and glitter.
The sentiments are  from Whiff of Joy stamps

Entering some challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #192... Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #190 ... Anything goes
Love to Create  #4 ...Anything creative/mixed media
Emerald City Crafts  #7 ... Anything goes
Creative Artiste challenge #34 ..... Anything mixed media goes
All sorts challenge #450 ...No patterned paper
Crafting with an Attitude #35 ...Anything goes

Thanks so much for popping in, have a great day and see you again soon

Love Ursula