Thursday, December 7, 2023

New challenge with a vintage feel

 Hi friends,

The last challenge of this year is up at Let's Craft and Create and it is the usual Anything goes, but with  the option is to have a Vintage feel.

There are some really lovely cards on the challenge blog, so please hop on over and feast your eyes.  Also a lovely gift card prize, so worth coming to join in this challenge with a whole month to post your entries and remember you can enter up to 3 times.

So from me it is another Christmas card as these are very useful at the moment. I have also made a different fold for a change.

I have used 3 different papers all from my "paper collection" and they are a few years old.

The Christmas tree is cut with a Marianne Designs die that has been in my collection for many years.

 I positioned the paper so that the words on the middle section "Star of Wonder" are just in line with the star on the tree. 

Entering the following challenges:

A perfect time to craft  #12-2023 ...Anything goes

Crafts Galore Encore  #118 ...Anything goes

 Merry little Christmas #53 ...Anything goes

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas challenge #153 ..Anything Christmas goes

Unicorn challenge #93 ...Christmas

I hope wherever you are in the world you are keeping well and safe. There is so much happening that is not good and I think of those suffering in any way especially at this time of the year.

I hope that you will be able to spend some time with family and friends and that you are keeping warm in the cold climatic areas, and if you are in the Southern regions that the weather is bearable, as we are having some extreme heatwaves and no rain, so not very comfortable.

Take care friends, stay safe and well. Look out for one another and remember to share a smile.

Love..Ursula xxx

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Let's Stitch for the new challenge

 Hello makers,

November has crept up on us and there is a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create asking us to do some stitching this month as an option, though anything goes  always  counts.

If you hop on over to the blog you will see some great projects for inspiration, so please go and leave the DT some love and join in the fun this month.  

I decided to start my Christmas cards, so some stitching worked well I used a spirelli idea. The diecut is from one of my sets and used green cotton thread for the easy and a lovely idea. 

The Christmas tree in the centre is a peel-off decorated with small gemstones.

The sentiment is stamped and embossed with gold.

Some more peel-offs to decorate the corners.

I am entering the following challenges:
Gem of a challenge #22 ...Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge .. November, Anything goes
Creative Fingers challenge #265 ... Anything goes
Creative Inspiration challenge #8 ... Anything goes

I hope you are all well wherever you find yourselves, and that you are enjoying the change of seasons. We are into spring, but have had some rather cold "wintery weather" hopefully we will be back enjoying some spring/summer weather again soon.

Take care, Love,


Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Paper strips instead of ribbon

 Hello crafters,

Can you believe we are in the last quarter of 2023 and the new challenge for September at Let's Craft and Create, as usual is Anything goes, but with an option of adding paper strips instead of ribbon.

If you head over to the Blog, you will see amazing projects for inspiration, so we invite you join us this month.  There is a small prize on offer and you may enter 3 have fun.

Still trying to use up my stash I have a fairly CAS card again this month. 

I coloured my cardstock layer with Pan Pastels, as I seem to be running out of some colours....a good thing I think, and coloured the paper flowers with the same brush.

A few pearls and a peel off sentiment to finish it off.

I will enter the following  challenges:

Crafting Happiness #146 ...Anything goes

A perfect time to Craft   September ...Anything goes

Challenge up your life  #162 ...Anything goes

Crafts Galore Encore  #115 ... Anything goes

Creations in Pink #61  ... Anything goes

Pearly Sparkles challenge #88 ..Pink, pearls

The Crafting challenge September ...Anything goes

Thank you for stopping by and hope you are well and safe wherever you are. There have been so many disasters in the world recently and I hope that the rest of this year settles down to a peaceful and enjoyable time for all. Take care.....

Love,  Ursula

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Let's use stripes and dots

 Hello everyone,

We are now well into the second half of the year, and I for one am looking forward to some warm weather. I know spring is not too far away here in the Southern Hemisphere but this is the coldest winter we have had for a while and I have now had enough.

Well, as it is a new month, we have a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create As always it is anything goes with an option of using dots and or stripes.  The DT have made some gorgeous projects for inspiration, so head over and feast your eyes.

There is a small prize for the lucky winner and you have a whole month to enter, but don't delay too long.

I have used everything from my scraps box and my stash

I rounded all the corners of the papers and cut  out the teddy image.

The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug folder purchased many years ago and I added a  little charm.

I will enter the following challenges:

My Time to Craft  #513 ...Shades of Blue

The Crafty Addicts  #04 ... Anything goes

A perfect time to craft  #08 ...Anything goes

Crafts Galore Encore  #114 ... Anything goes

Pearly Sparkles #87  ...Spots/stripes

Thank you for stopping by, I do appreciate it. Take care and see you again soon.

Love, Ursula

Saturday, July 8, 2023

A new challenge with flowers

Happy July to everyone

If you are in warm areas, enjoy. If you are in cold me..warmer weather will be here soon, I hope.

I am a few days late with my post as the new challenge at Let's Craft and Create started this week. It is always  Anything goes, but this month the option is to add pretty.  The design team have made some really stunning projects for inspiration, so please hop on over and leave them some love.

For my contribution I have gone with a CAS card this month, still using my stash.

Embossed a section of card for the top layer and I used a selection of dies and punches to make the flowers from a range of offcut pieces in my stash box.

Just zinged them up a bit with pearls for the centres.

A stamp for the sentiment.

I will enter some challenges.

As you like it July challenge  ,,Favourite plain or patterned papers.

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #216.  Centre horizontal row..layers, CAS, stamping

Creative Fingers # 258 ...Anything goes

Simply clean and simple challenge ...Anything goes

Ellibelle's corner Crafty Wednesday ..July challenge,  Anything goes

The Crafty Addicts #3 ...Anything goes

Thanks for visiting and I do hope you join in our challenge this month.

Take care and stay safe.

Love,  Ursula


Sunday, April 9, 2023

Let's Craft and Create April challenge

 Hello makers, 

We are well into the month of April and I am late with my blog for the new challenge at Let's Craft and Create. Technology is fantastic but when things go wrong then we have a problem,  suffice to say my internet is functioning well again so here I am.

The theme as usual is Anything goes, but you have the option of using pink and gray on your projects. If you go over to the challenge post you will see some fantastic ideas from the Design team for inspiration. I do hope you join us, as there is even a small prize up for grabs.

 I have used paper from my stash and it is pink and grey in real life, not blue as on this photo.

The stamp is a Papermania from DoCrafts....a very old one.

I added some pearl dots but they don't seem to show too well.

The sentiment is a die cut.

I will enter it in some challenges.

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

Take care and be safe......Hugs ..... Ursula

Monday, March 6, 2023

All buttoned up this month

 Goodday all crafters.

This month over at Let's Craft and Create we ask you to use buttons on your projects. The challenge is as alway's ...Anything goes, but you have the option to add buttons.

If you need some inspiration, the DT have amazing projects for you to view and of course there is also a small prize at the end, so do come and join us.

My card is a very simple design:

I used a patterned paper, embossed it with a  Craft Concepts folder. Used a sponge and coloured the petals lightly with distress ink. I matted this onto a darker shade of card .

3 buttons were sewn on for the flower centres and added some liquid pearls in a few places.

The sentiment is a peel off.

I will enter the following challenges:
Beyond the Blue  #BB81 ...Blooms
Creative Fingers   #249 ...Anything goes
A perfect time to Craft   Open challenge #3 ..Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore  #109 ...Anything goes
Creations in Pink  #55 ...Anything goes mainly pink
Love to Craft #73 ...Anything goes

I hope you are all enjoying this time of year wherever you are. Here in the South Africa , we are slowly heading towards autmn ... my favourite time but I know that many places in the Northern Hemisphere are still very much in winter mode, but I am sure Spring can't be too far away.

Take care friends, stay safe.  Until next time


Thursday, February 9, 2023

It's black and white at The Outlawz

 Hello friends, 

February is already into the second week and we have a new challenge at The Outlawz .....using black, white and a colour of your choice, with an option of using an animal... The DT have made lovely projects for inspiration, so do pop over and visit.

This is the card I made:    

I used 3 different papers from my stash, cut and matted onto white and black card.

Attached a gingham ribbon with a flower punched from handmade paper, sprayed and shaped. 

My colour of choice was a red gem and a red peeloff sentiment with 3 red pearls.

Will enter the following challenges:

The Paper Funday challenge #50 ...Anything goes

The Unicorn challenge #84 ...birthday

613 Avenue Create February ...Anything goes with option ..use red for anything but a heart

 Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends #199 ...Anything goes

Hope to see some great entries in our challenge. Take care and stay safe.

Love Ursula

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Say what!! at let's Craft and Create

 Hello fellow crafters,

We are already into the second month of 2023, and it is time for the next challenge at Let's Craft and Create. As usual it is Anything goes but this month the optional challenge is to "Say What"..use a sentiment.

If you head over to the challenge blog you will see some gorgeous projects made by the Design Team,   for your inspiration and we invite you to join us with your project. You have the whole month to join in and there is even a prize for a lucky crafter.

My card is again using my stash, as I am not purchasing anything until I have made a dent in my supplies, so this is what I have put together.


The paper is from a Papermania collection of a number of years back, that I have cut and matted.

The sentiment  is a Stampendous stamp also bought long ago. I stamped it onto a tag cut with a Marianne Design Creatables die.

Attached the cutout with a lovely cupcake brad.

Entering this into the following challenges:

A Gem of a challenge Week 3 ...Anything goes

A Perfect time to Craft Open challenge ...#2-2023

Country View challenges  Chase your dreams sentimental

Crafts Galore Encore #108 ... Anything goes 

Creations in Pink Anything goes ...mainly pink

Papercraft challenges #90 ... Anything goes

I do hope to see you join in this fun challenge.

I wish you all a wonderful month and hope that the winter weather in the Northern hemisphere will soon be over and you will begin to look forward to Spring. Here in the South we are looking forward to a little cooler weather, just more comfortable.

Take care wherever you find yourselves, stay well and safe and remember to share a smile.

See you soon....Love, Ursula


Thursday, January 5, 2023

It's Black and White at Let's Craft and Create

 Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to you all. It seems incredible that we are already well into the first week of 2023. I hope that you had time to relax and enjoy the holiday season in whichever way you celebrate. I also realized that with the summer solstice that has come and gone, our days will start getting shorter and heading to winter which is a scary thought as we have not yet had much summer...we have had plenty of rain and as we are in a summer rainfall area that has been good for the dams. I hope you all have a creative, enjoyable year.

OK now onto the new challenge for January over at Let's Craft and Create which is always Anything goes, but with an optional twist.. Black and White.  The DT have some fabulous cards for inspiration, so do hop on over and see what they have to show. You have a whole month to enter your projects and there is a prize for some lucky participant... 

I have made a very simple card and as I have done for the past 2 years, I am only using from my stash.

I  embossed cardstock with a very old embossing folder and matted it onto black cardstock.'

The flower is handmade. I cut four flowers of different sizes using a Joycrafts Floral Flourishes die.

Sprayed them with water and crinckled them a little when almost dry. Used a brad to hold them together.

Added a gingham ribbon and some pearls

The sentiment is a no name stamp.

I will enter in the following challenges:

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge  ...January ...Anything goes

The Paper Shelter .. Christmas break challenge ...Anything goes

A Perfect Time to Craft ... Open challenge #1

Crafts Galore Encore challenge January 2023 ...Anything goes

Love to Craft challenge #72 ...Anything goes

I do hope you will come and join in this first challenge of 2023.  and I will see you soon.

Love, Ursula