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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Something very different

Good morning friends and a happy Sunday,

We had such lovely rain last night and after some very hot and dry windy days it is just so lovely to have a beautiful fresh morning.



I have some thoughts and ideas of where I am going...not in my travels, but just in my crafting life. If you decide to leave now, I won't mind...I just needed to get some of my thoughts down here.

When I started my blog way back when, it was because I was very into card making and anything to do with paper crafts. I eventually joined lots of cardmaking groups and I was on a number of Design teams and I certainly enjoyed my time on them, but slowly I wasn't enjoying it all as much...it became a bit stressful as deadlines approached and I wanted to do 'other' things, so I just felt it fair to my team members to step down...I am still on 2 design teams and enjoying this at the moment...most of the time.

After retiring from my craft business 3 years ago hubby and I decided to move to a retirement village, where we would have a smaller garden, the freedom of going away whenever we wished, without worrying about the security issues of leaving our home alone for extended periods


This has been the best decision we have made. We have traveled a lot and visited our families abroad and also intend doing a fair bit of travelling in our own beautiful country in the next few months.


I have had time to do 'other'things. 2 years ago I also revisited an old hobby of mine...working with yarn and needles..knitting for a charity and crocheting for fun.





There are several of my other hobbies that I just didn't have time for.

Our veggie garden has been very successful the last 2 years and I am so enjoying having fresh produce from the garden. Hubby has enjoyed spending time in the kitchen...not much cooking..but lovely baking, especially breads.
We have been doing quite a lot of walking and just enjoying the time we can with friends and our neighbours who have all become such good friends.

So my story is almost over, I will still be showing my cards  but now will also be posting some of my life, so please if this doesn't interest you, you are most welcome to leave and I won't be upset. Some of my blogging friends who are also FB friends, have asked why do I not post some of my travel and other pictures here...so you will probably see a few of those coming up.

If you have stayed to the end, thank you. This was just a brief review of what has kept me busy the last couple of years and hopefully, will be doing more of the same in the next few.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday and I hope you are enjoying whatever it is that you are doing.

Take care and love from me.  Ursula xxx

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A great new challenge at The Outlawz

Good morning all,

Tuesday morning brings another Colour challenge at The Outlawz and this week Carla has given us a fantastic inspirational picture.  The DT have all made some really great projects inspired by this picture.

Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy with 3 digis as a prize.






I am still not into colouring, so again used a lovely pre-coloured picture Fairy-tale Princess for my card. I cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MFD

I was inspired by the glass balls and the glimmer and glitz, so tried to create a background with embossing powder and a stencil. It does look better on the card than on the photo.

I also added glitter and gems to the dress and a few scattered gems around the card.

The sentiment was computer generated.

Will enter the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #179...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la #239...diecuts
Glitter n Sparkle #261 ...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #68...Anything goes
Crafting with friends #52...Anything goes
Simply Papercraft #52...Anything goes
Crafty Friends challenge # 68...Anything goes

Thanks for visiting, take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Witchy or Autumn challenge

Good morning,

After having had a lovely long holiday and needing to get back into routine, I have somehow not succeeded very well, as I forgot all about posting this challenge last week...so very sorry.

Over at Let's Craft and Create this month the challenge is to create something witchy or autumn. Now not being much into Haloween, I decided to go with autumn.
I haven't yet got back into crafting fully, so just went with something simple.

For some lovely ideas please go and visit the DT and see the lovely cards they have come up with.


The idea came from something I saw on Pinterest.

Punched 3 squares with a leaf punch, matted onto coloured squares.

Added twine and a tag to complete this.


I quite liked the CAS look.

Will enter some challenges:

Created and Makes challenge #15...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #178...Anything goes
Cardy in Envy ... Blowing in the wind
A Bit more time to craft   #53...Anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe...#182...Use diecuts or punches

Thanks for visiting and I will be back soon. Take care and keep safe.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Back with a colour challenge

Good morning friends,

I can't believe it is so long since I was on here, but my lovely long holiday was the reason that I didn't do any posting, but all things come to an end and so here I am back and bringing you a lovely Colour challenge from The Outlawz today. I have been doing such a lot of crocheting the last year and when I saw this gorgeous design I just new I had to use this for a colour challenge.




The DT have made lovely cards using  an image from our sponsor Fabrika Fantasy















I used the image Poppy fairy for my card and decided to do some paper piecing for my poppies, as I am not doing well with my colouring at the moment.

Added some glitter to the fairy wings.
Ribbon with a bow and my added flower to finish.

Will add a sentiment when I want to use the card.


I do hope you will join in the challenge this week and would love to have you visit and see the cards made by teamies.

Take and will see you soon

Love Ursula




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer fun at The Outlawz

Good morning,

It is rather chilly in my neck of the woods, so I can only dream of summer fun, but that will come quickly enough.

This week we have a lovely colour palette chosen by my teamie AJ with a twist of summer fun for the colour challenge at The Outlawz.

We would love you to come and join us this week, so do hop over and see what the DT have made for inspiration.





Our sponsor for the month is Bugaboo Stamps

   

This is what I came up with







Paper is from an old paper bloc "Pretty Papers" from Marianne Design matted onto pink cardstock.

Image is Flower love  coloured with Distress inkpads and cut with Nellie Snellen MFD

Sentiment was computer generated and cut out.




Will enter the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft #48...Anything goes
Bugaboo Crafty challenge ... Anything goes
Card Mania #94...Summer fun
Crafty Girls Creations  #38 ...Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper ...anything goes
Create and Inspire #64...Anything goes
Creative Ladybird Creations #28...Anything goes
DL.ART challenge ...Anything goes
DL.ART Thankful Thursday #208 ...Anything goes
Love to Craft #12 ...Anything goes
World Wide Open challenge #24...Anything goes

Thanks for coming to visit, hope to see you soon again.

Love Ursula


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New colour challenge - any holiday

Good morning all,

A tad late with this post. Yesterday  a new Colour challenge started at The Outlawz. Cara chose this lovely picture for inspiration and the twist is to make any holiday card. If you have a look at the DT cards, they have used a variety of colours and holiday themes. I hope you will join us.

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps



For my card this week I chose to go with a Christmas card.


The paper is from my stash


The image is from Bugaboo called  Bug Love Angel which I coloured very lightly with Distress inks and cut it out with Nellies nesting dies.

I added some pearls and a Peeloff sentiment.


Entering it in the following challenges:

A Snowflake's Promise # 42...Anything goes
Digi Chooseday #28...Anything goes
Inky Chicks #85...Christmas
Retarte #101...Anything goes
The Holly and the Ivy #10...Anything Christmas
Through the Craftroom Door ...Anything goes
Unicorn challenge #23 ...Christmas in July





Thank you for popping in, I have been very lax with my posting the last while, but do appreciate your visits.

Take care and see you soon.
Love Ursula

Monday, June 5, 2017

Girls, girls, girls at Let's Craft & Create

Hello from a long absent blogger,

I am back after a lovely holiday in New Zealand, but after our return home both my hubby and I got some sort of virus (not the same one) had very different symptoms, but I am pleased to say I am back to full health. Hubby still is not quite there.

This month over at Let's Craft and Create the new challenge is "Girls,girls,girls"
Please pop in and see the lovely designs from the DT. They are just awesome.

It took me a while to get myself into the crafting mode, having been away for 3 months...so this is what I decided to do.


All the printed papers are the last pieces from a "My mind's eye"paper bloc.
I distressed two of the pieces and stamped a design from a Marianne Design set onto one of the pieces.
The pink diecut is actually a piece of fabric with an adhesive packing.

Added lace and some thin corded ribbon with a beaded pin and a pearl.

Added a tag with a sentiment.

Entering the following challenges:


 Artistic Inspirations  #180...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #162...Anything goes
Come and Get it ...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #59...Anything goes
The Ribbon Girls ...Any image with ribbon


It's been great to share this with you all and I will come back later to enter a few challenges.

Will be back soon, take care.

Love Ursula






Sunday, March 5, 2017

Entwined at Let's Craft and Create

Good morning friends and a happy Sunday,

Today starts the new challenge at Let's Craft and Create with the theme ..entwined. So just use twine somewhere on your project. If you hop over to the challenge blog you will see amazing projects for inspiration.



I need some sympathy cards in my stash, so that is what I made this time.

I used a Memory box die..Darling poppies and cut it twice. Once with black card and then with red.
Glued down the black outline first and then inlaid the red pieces.

The sentiment is a Just Rite stamp.

Added a twine bow and some pearls to finish.

Matted it onto black cardstock.


Entering the following challenges:

A Gem of a challenge #189...Use 3 B's (3 beads, bow, black)
Di's Digi Designs....Diecuts/punches
A bit more time to Craft #39...Anything goes
Craft-Dee bows...Anything goes
World wide challenge ...Anything goes


Have a lovely day and a great week. I am off on a long holiday this week, visiting our son and family in New Zealand, so will be while before I am back. Take care.

Love Ursula



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March progressive challenge

Happy 1st March friends,

I love this month mainly for 2 reasons. It is my birthday month, and we also start feeling the change of seasons as summer fades and we get the lovely autum feel in the air.
I am also pleased that March has arrived, because we will be going to visit our family in New Zealand shortly, where I will celebrate my birthday.



This month at The Outlawz the new progressive challenge is sponsored by Beccy's Place with 3 images. Spring window in colour, black & white and also a sentiment.

The DT have made lovely cards for inspiration using these images.

If you played last month, you will already have received your images, if you would like to join then you need to register and give us your email. If you make a car this month you will receive the new image next month.

For my card I used the precoloured image.


I used  lavendar cardstock and onto that I matted a white card that I embossed with texture paste. I then coloured it with destress inkpads.

Cut the image with an X-cut die .

Added a branch cut with a Marianne die. Used craft cardstock and coloured with distress inkpads.

The sentiment was attached with 3D foam pads.


Will look to enter some challenges.







I wish you all a great week and a wonderful month. Take care.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Anniversary Card

Good morning friends on this last day of February.

Wow, where is the year rushing to.
We once again have a new Colour challenge at The Outlawz. This week Cara has chosen the colour palette and twist.....wedding or anniversary. Do go and see the lovely cards made by the DT.



Our sponsor for the last time this month is Bugaboo Stamps and we thank them for having given us such lovely images to work with and the lovely prize for our monthly winner.

For my card I have used Flower tree





I used a brown DP from my stash and onto that I matted a piece of blue embossed cardstock

The image was cut with a diecut,,no colouring but attached pearls for the flower centres.

A brown seam binding bow and extra pearls to finish.

I used a peel-off sentiment, as I actually am needing this for a birthday, so will be able to easily remove the sentiment.


Will enter some challenges:





Crafting from the Heart  #148...Anything goes
Ooh-la-la challenge #223...Embossing..wet or dry
CAS on Sundays #102...Critters
The Ribbon Girls ...Any image

I wish you all a great day and a wonderful month as we go into March. One of my favourites as it is my birthday month.

Take care and see you all soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Live your life in colour

Good morning and a happy Tuesday,
We have some beautiful rain all through yesterday and last night. I wish the whole country could share in this, but sadly there are still very dry conditions down in the south western part of the country, where they are badly needing rain.

This week for the Colour Challenge at The Outlawz I have chosen an inspirational photo for you.


The DT were inspired with such diverse results on their  amazing cards.  I fell in love with the gorgeous colours and the beautiful fabrics of the cushions. Join us and let's see what inspires you.


Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor for this month with their lovely fun images.





For my card I was inspred by the fabric of the cushions and the lovely colours, I used a Bugaboo image Beautiful blocks - life in colour

For the background I used adhesive fabric paper from DCWV which I have had for a few years.

The image was coloured with Distress inkpads, and a touch of glitter was added, but it doesn't show up on the photo.

Coloured my ribbon with distress inkpads as well.

Finished off with a few small buttons.

Will enter some challenges:


Colour Inspiration Monday #13...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #147...Anything goes
Glitter 'N Sparkle #227...Ribbon or lace
Angies Digital Stamps #6...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends # 52...Anything goes
The Ribbon Girls ..... Use any image

I wish you all  a wonderful week and hope to see you soon. Take care.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Play tic-tac-toe with a heart

Hello friends,
Tuesday again and a special one this week..it is Valentine's day. I do hope you all were given lots of love today.
Our Colour challenge  at The Outlawz is a great fun tic-tac-toe with a twist to add a heart.Laurian has given us some lovely colours to use.





We are sponsored this month by Bugaboo Stamps and I have used the image young couple - person to annoy




I chose the centre row down for my colours.

Embossed the background with a hearts folder

The image was coloured with Distress inkpads and cut it out with a Nellie Snellen MFD and border .

The sentiment which is part of the image I matted onto pink cardstock and raised it with silicone.

Finished off with a little heart.


Will enter a few challenges:
Love to Scrap  #94...Who love you Baby
Ooh La La Creations #222...use diecuts
Angies Digital Stamps #6...Anything goes
Come and get it...lov is in the air
Addicted to Stamps  #141...Love
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #51...Anything goes
The Corrosive challenge #2...Anything goes


I do wish you all a fabulous day and a great week. Take care and see you soon.

Love, Ursula










Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Another colour challenge

Good morning friends,

The first Tuesday of February and that means a new colour challenge at The Outlawz. Jacqui has chosen today's colour palette with colours starting with A...but those are just names and the colours are in fact 2 shades of green and a blue.

  

We have a new sponsor for this month. Bugaboo Stamps with their lovely images that they have given the DT to use.


For my card I used the image Monster 3.

The background paper is from KaiserCraft and I had a piece of Funky Hand paper from looong ago with words on it, which I thought just fitted this image.

I coloured the image with my usual Distress ink pads and cut it out with an X-cut die

The sentiment is also from a KaiserCraft paper.

Finished it off with some brads and drops.




I hope you all have a fantastic week. Take care and see you again soon.

Love Ursula




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Love is in the Air

Good morning friends and a happy Sunday,

It is February and traditionally the month of Love, so that is the theme for this challenge at Let's Craft and Create

The DT have made such gorgeous cards for inspiration, if you should need any so please pop over and show them some Love. You have a whole month to enter this challenge.

My card has been kept quite simple....I seem to enjoy less fuss and colouring at the moment.


I used a sheet from Vintage Romace by Marianne Designs for the background.

The large heart was cut from co-ordiantions cardstock and lightly sanded. with a diecut using a lightly shimmer paper..not too visible on the photo. Both are made with Marianne Design dies.

The sentiment was computer generated.

Added pearls and a bow to finish.

Will enter these challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies #73...Valentine's card
Crafting with Friends #63...Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #174...Anything goes
Making Memories Crafting #2...Use something red
Really Reasonable Ribbon #157...Hearts
Simply Create Too #124...Love
Simply Papercraft #43...Anything goes

I wish you a lovely week, take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Thursday, February 2, 2017

For a friend

Hello again friends,

The 1st day of February has been and that was when the new < href="http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/freebie-progressive-challenge/forum/topics/progressive-freebie-challenge-february-2017">Progressive challenge
started at The Outlawz. If you have played with us last month you should have received the new image. If you would like to start then you need to join the group and let us have your email to send you the image. As long as you make a card every month with the image you receive you will get the next one....great fun.

The Dt have made some great cards for inspiration.

The image "Friend Flower doodles" has been sponsored by Bugaboo Stamp


For my card I used a patterned paper from Kaiser Crafts.

The image was coloured with Pan Pastels.

Added a few pearls to finish.

I tried to keep it fairly simple..

Will enter it some challenges:

Inspiration Destination #121...Anything goes
Crafty Creations #334...Anything goes
Creative Moments #110...Anything goes
Digi Chooseday  #5...Anything goes


I wish you all a wonderful week. Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula



Making it masculine this week

Good morning all,
I am a little late with my colour challenge at The Outlawz this week, but better late than never....

Cara my teamie has chosen this week's challenge with a great colour palette and twist.

The prize for the month is a Gift Certificate for Raspberry Road Designs, so do come and join us.

For my card I made the background with Distress inks.

The grass was stamped with a Stampscapes stamp

The rhino is a diecut from Nellie Snellen.

Sentiment is a stamp from a local supplier.










Will enter the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs ...Anything goes
Crafty Creations #334...Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts  #33...Anything goes
Wonderful We3dnesday...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #268/269...Anything goes






I hope you all have a wonderful week and as it is almost weekend have fun. See you soon.

Love Ursula

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A pocketful of Love

Good morning all,
Another Tuesday has arrived and so a new Colour challenge at The Outlaws.

This week AJ has chosen the colour palette and twist and as we are heading to February...the month of Love, she has chosen the twist...Valentine day cards or projects.


If you need inspiration the DT have some lovely cards to show, and up for grabs this month is a $10 gift card for Raspberry Road Designs.

OK, so onto my card.

I used a cream card base and used a good deal of small pieces of patterned paper from my stash.

The pocket is a stamped image, which I cut out.



The hearts are various dies cut out of different pink papers and mounted with silicone for a 3D effect. The pocket was then mounted of them.

The sentiment was generated on my PC and attached with brads.

A small heart brad and pearls to finish.

I will enter this in some challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #144...Anything goes
Get Creative #54...Anything goes
Dream Valley challenge # 148...All about love
Love to Scrap #93...Anything goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #293...Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #50...Anything goes


That's me for this time, take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Butterflies

Good morning friends,

This week the Colour challenge at The Outlawz, has a really super inspirational photo chosen by Laurian and the DT have made some amazing cards and projects.


The prize this month is a $10 gift certificate for Raspberry Road Designs.













For my card I used the butterflies and the colours as my inspiration.

I cut and embossed the butterflies, coloured them with Distress inkpads. Added some colour to the background and a few pearls to the butterflies.

The sentiment is cut out from a sheet of KaiserCraft paper.


Will enter some challenges:
Aud Sentiments #171...Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #23...Anything goes
Brown Sugar #233...Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #34...Anything goes
Crafty Catz #353 anything goes with butterflies
Jo's Scrap Shack #171...Anything goes

I do hope you are having a good week and the weather is kind to you in the northern hemisphere.
Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Something starting with B

Good morning all,

A new Colour challenge has started at The Outlawz and this time I was the one to choose the colours and twist, use an image or embellishment with B.

The prize this month is a Gift Certificate to Raspberry Road Designs.

The DT have done a marvelous job with their cards for inspiration, so do pop over and visit.

I made a Birthday card and used beads, bow and paper with balloons, but they don't show up much on the photo.

The card is a Z fold.

The paper is from my stash

The die cut is a Marianne Design and the sentiment is a Just Right stam on a diecut. Added glitter to the stars.

The bow and pearls were the items with B

Create and make #7...Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz ...Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #142...Anything goes
Craft your Passion #342...Anything goes












I hope you all have a great week and take care.

Love Ursula

Thursday, January 5, 2017

First challenge of 2017 at Let's Craft and Create

Good morning,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday time and are full of energy for the coming year. We have had such hot weather and quite high humidity some days, so the energy levels are not very high at the moment.

Today is the first challenge of the year at Let's Craft and Create and the theme this month is "Things with wings"...I think 2017 has flown in so fast that it is quite an apt choice. The DT have created such amazing projects, so please hop over and see what they have for inspiration.


For my card I used some  paper that I had made last year with my inks and watercolour paper. This is my last biggish piece, so maybe need to get going on some more of that, it is great fun to do.

The butterfly is an old stamp...one of my first stamps from a local complany. Stamped it twice and cut out and raised the second one. Added gold glitter.

The sentiment was a free stamp from a magazine some time back.
Finished it off with pearls and a bow.





Will enter the following challenges:

Crafty Creations #332...Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #119...Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #264/265...Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday ...Anything goes

I wish you all an amazing week and hope you are still in a fairly relaxed mood. Take care and see you soon.

Love Ursula