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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Bless the beast

Good Morning

This is propable my last post before we leave for a bit of holiday! Seeing forward to it. So I cleaned my desktop, but before I start my preparations, I would like to share this card with you. This is Bakster Helps from Just Some Lines, one of round 8 of the Crafter's digital art centre's digis with the theme of Animals holds our hearts. The image I've coloured with aquarrelles, added some heat embossing on the nose and teeth to give it a wetlook. Distressed with terracotta pigment inks. I've used paper from the Pet stack paper set, from DCWV, with glitter and gloss. The sentiment tag, I've found in my scrapbook stash. The bone embellishment and the row of bones, covered in glitter, on the background, is also from the Pet stack that I have cut out. With my fiskar handpunch I've punched some bones, which I added on to the scallops. Ended off with some brads on the corners and a heart button.

This will most definitely do for a male or a boy birthday and I would like to invite you all for a DT call over at Lexi creations and we welcome the new blog challenge: Chocolate, coffee & cards, wishing them all the best for their future.

Challenges I'm joining:

JUGS #113 - Sketch
CDAC round 8 - cdacpc8 JSL
Charisma Cardz # 47 - Seeing Spots
Lexi Creations #54 - One for the boys
Stampalot December Challenge - Bingo - Brads, Buttons, Punch
Craft your passion # 87- Anything goes with glitter
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge # 1 - Celebrate!


Hope you have a colourful day, despite the weather conditions outside!

Hugs
Olga

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Silence Is Golden

Hallo

Finally I had time to put my idea to paper. It has been a bit of hectic week. I had to entertain 32 kids between 6-12 years of age in making cards for christmas. So, I had to make some preparations on Monday and Tuesday.

I had this idea the first time I saw the challenge to make your own portret over at Paint your World, but had to put it at the back of my mind. Monday, however, when I saw this nice pink daisy paper, I just could not resist. I just felt like making something dainty. We celebrated 13 years of marriage on Monday and the other day, I heard, that when the silence between two people is in harmony, that says the most and not what is said in words. And, I believe it to be true, whether it be friends or lovers. With the year running to a close, it is also a time to rethink the year passed, a time to become silent within yourself. With us, in our summer holiday season, it is probable easier than with our fellow crafters in the northern hemisphere.

Now, for my card. With the frame I've used some heat embossing in pink, the stamp is from DTM Loisir Créatifs, the image is Lily & Milo, from Rachelle Anne Miller, distributed by Stampavie. I printed on pink vellum and used some pergament perforating on the edge. The tread is some white glitter embroidering thread and the swirl is punched in some pink hologram paper. The flowers are from my stash.

I had my hubby in mind when I started, since the times with him is prescious, but I doubt whether he is into pink, so it will end up at my friend, to say thank you for her presence in my life.

Challenges I'm entering:
Seems a little sketchy#1 - Sketch
Paint your world #5 - Make a portret with frame
Charisma cardz #47 - Seeing Spots
Get Hippity with Ippity #10 - Embossing
Craft your Passion #86 - Tis the season - Anything holiday or winter related (It is summer holidays, here in South Africa)
Crafty Cardmakers#57 - Heat embossing
Use it Tuesday #20 - Giving Thanks

Thank you for your visit.
Olga

Friday, 25 November 2011

Thank You Honey

Good Morning
This is a digi from Sew Many Cards, one of the digis at Crafter's Digital Art Centre's Progressive Challenge and is is called Bailey with honeybee. I've coloured it with aquarrelles. I did some distressing with chalk to soften the white. Added a dry leave with some ribbon that I have recycled from a Lindt Chocolate Bunny, some rhinestones and a pin.
Challenges I've used as guidance:
Cute Card Thursday# 192 - Sketch
Crafter's Digital Art Centre round 7 - cdacpc7smc, What's cooking
Rubber redneck # 55 - Colour Round-up - Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait, Chocolate Chip
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #145 - Thanks/Gratitude
Southern Girls #32 - Embellishments Bingo, Diecuts, Gems, Ribbon
Raise the Bar #85 - Thank You/Grateful

Thank you and have a wonderful week-end.
Olga

Just to say Thank You




Good Morning


My second box. This time I used a pale blue as base and unfortunately I do not know the origine of this digi. So, if anybody knows, please help me to give gratitude to the designer, I would much appreciate it, since I'm busy re-organising my digital data base. The punch is from make me and the sentiment is a freebie from Hannelie. Again I used the colour scheme from Colour Throwdown. It just suited the image. All goodies is from my sash.


Challenges I'm entering:




Colour Throwdown # CTD169 - Real Red, Baja Breeze, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip


Crafty Creations #145 - Thanks/Gratitude


Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes




Thank you


Olga

Colour my life

Good Morning
Today, our schools close for the summer holidays and for the festive season. Hopefully, things will slow down a bit. I have to admit that it is a bit tuff with everything that ends at the same time, not like the northern hemisphere that has spread it a bit over the year. But, enough complaining. I've made some boxes for thank-you-gifts, that I want to share with you. This one, I used a Digi my World image from the colour my life series. Thought it would fit the colour scheme from Colour Throwdown. The border frame and swirls is from Marianne's design. The sentiment in Afrikaans says: Thank you. Just added some rhinestones for a bit of glits.
Challenges I'm joining in the fun:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 129-33 - Sketch
Digi my World #7 - Anything goes DMW digi required
Colour Throwdown # CTD169 - Colour Challenge - Real Red, Taken with Teal, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Raise the Bar #85 - Thank you

Thank you
Olga

Thursday, 24 November 2011

African Christmas

Hallo Everybody
Happy Thanksgiving to all my blogland friends! Thank you, to all who inspired me this past year and who has to think so hard for all the creative ideas for the challenge blogs. May you have a blessed festive time.
I've made a card with this same digi from Sliekje and in the end my boys forced me to make another, since they just adored this cutie. Unfortunately, I don't have the same papers and embelishments, anymore. Good for me, since I'm not fond of doing the exact same thing too many times. The sentiment and backing paper is from the Crafts magazine's gift pack. All the rest is from my stash.
Challenges I'm entering:
Kathy's Waffle Sketch File - November Sketch
Just us Girls # 111 - Colour Challenge, Red, White & Green
Paper Crafting Journey 24/11 - Anything goes

Thank you
Olga

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Merry Christmas





A quick hello again


This is really a Clean And Simple card, but I just could not resist CAS-Friday's sketch CFC29. I used one of my Crafts Christmas stamps in red and green, as requested by JUGS #111. I'ved tried some glitter wet embossing, but it is not quite visible on the photo. Made the border with some silver string, added peel-off sentiment in afrikaans(merry christmas) and final touch of rhinestones.


Hope you have a nice day.


Thank you.


Olga

High on Life



Good afternoon


Firstly, I would like to tell you of Elaine's great candy gift away over at her blog Craft my Life . She's also chosen as part of a new DT at a new challenge blog, Joanna Sheen, that start soon. You can just click on the photo in my blog's sidebar and it will take you directly to her blog.


With the weather a bit cooler and grey, it kick started my mojo for crafting. This time a birthday card for a teenage boy or maybe older, getting a bit out of the groove of christmas cards. These days, if there is something electronic on the card it will do for a teenager since they are hip on it and that makes it a bit easier for us crafters. I used Cling Changito at home from stampendous, still in his pajamas, but with his laptop on his lap. Just love this little caracter. The "high on life" sentiment is from TLC and the birthday sentiment is from Hannelie, my sister in law, that does some great creative digital stuff lately. Very proud of her. She is also chosen to be part of a new DT at I did it creations challenge blog. The embossing was done with my cuttlebug emboss folders and I used a fiskar border punch for the circle border on the top left. I love to use border punches on both sides of a small strip of paper, since you can have a whole different effect than normal. Then I added some rhinestones for the final touches. All goodies is from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining.
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #131(MMSC131) - Sketch

One Stop Craft Challenge #158 - Colour Challenge: Blue


Top Tip Tuesday #61 - More than one fold

Cards for men #24 - Fancy folds, must be for men




Thank you

Olga

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Friends

Such a warm and luscious photo inspiration. Whether you get excited about the idea of some warm pumpkin soup infront of the fireplace or playing in the falling leaves like a child.




Good Morning


I was inspired by Paint your world's challenge to make a frame with a picture stamped into it. There is a very nice tutorial on there blog. Since digi stamps is the current buzz thing to do, it's been a while since I used any of my stamps. I used "doodle frames" from stampendous for my frame with some gold wet embossing and my picture is "sisters" from Leeré Aldrich, Stampavie. The outer border was made with a diecut from Marianne's design. The designer paper is from Cardmaking and papercraft magazine and was chosen for it is warm colours inpired by the above picture, I added some lace and pearls and for the sentiment in Afrikaans(friends) I used some gold peel-offs, to give it a bit of shabby chic feeling.


Challenges I am entering:


Paint your world #5 - stamp picture frame with picture


A Gem of a Challenge #34 - sketch and add sentiment of stitching faux or real


Charisma Cardz #45 - Lace and Pearls


Craft your Passion #85 - Photo inspiration




Have a nice day


Olga


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Natural Goodness or Excotic Richness





Good Afternoon



Today I want to share the box I made for my mother -in - law's christmas gift. I love giving handmade gifts, so I made her a mini album. Now for the box, I used cardstock in a pale grey for both the base and lid. The lid, I decorated a bit with goodies from my stash, using a Martha Steward border punch and some red lace for the sides. The top, I used a sketch from the Sketch file and the sentiment is my own, since apples are available to everybody to eat and crab and crayfish is a bit of excotic, only available to the rich, so whatever your appetite maybe. The digis is a crab from Tiffany Doodles and the apple, with which I made the border, is from Heartsong Designs. They are part of the Crafter's Digital Art Centre's 7th round in the Progressive Freebie Challenge that goes on till Februarie 2012. So, join the group and join the fun. This time, for the next 2 weeks, the theme is what's cooking.



I'm joining in the fun with the following challenges:



CDAC progressive challenge round 7(cdacpc7), tiffanydoodles, Heartsong

Kathy's Waffle Sketch File , November 2011 - Sketch

Use it Tuesday #19 - Cooking up fun
Color Throwdown #168 - riding hood red, so saffron, vanilla, basic grey
Everybody Art Challenge #168 - Little present


Thank you for visiting and have a splendid day.

Olga

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Elephant greetings

Hallo
This morning, when I opened my dashboard I saw the lost of Sliekje and as I visited her blog to leave some condolences, my eye caught this free digi and could not resist, since elephants are so much part of our country and with Mojo Monday's sketch, everything started to take shape. I've used some gold glitter to get that real christmas feeling. Currently, I must confess, I do not have a lot of christmas feeling with the temperatures that rise to 35°. Still adapting to Africa. But back to my card, backing paper & sentiment are from docrafts and I digged up some red foil, which I did some embossing on. The button & ribbon is from my stash as well as the floral wire. I used a coluzzle template for my rectangulars.

I'm entering some new challenges for me:


Forever Friends 14/11 - christmas is coming , must include animal digi

Incy Wincy Designs #120 - Tic Tac Toe - Ribbon, Christmas sentiment, metal (foil and wire in this case)


Truly Madly Crafty Challenge #4 - Photo inspiration - Used the gold and stars in picture

Here come the boys # 15 - colours red, green & white for the boys - since I only have two boys this reminds me of them making up the xmas tree.


Thank you for your visit.

Olga

Monday, 14 November 2011

Sunflower xmas

Just a quick good evening,
I must finish all my christmas cards this week, so I played with the midnight madness sketch #129 (MMSC129) and came up with this card. The digi is from Just inklined, one of the Crafter's Digital Art Centre's progressive challenge's digis. I've coloured it with aquarelles and added some string with some beads stringed in it.

Thank you
Olga

Bags of fun

Good Monday Morning
This is one of those cards that I have been working on the whole weekend. I've been kind of busy with all kinds of things last week and finally I had time to craft I had a lack of mojo. So, I've only finished it off this morning. Though I used a lot of challenges as guide, I'm too late, but I still wanted to share it with you.
This is one of the CDAC's 6th round digi called 3shop till she drop" provided by Inked Treasures. I've used it for a birthday card for a young 6year old lady. It is much part of this time of year where most people prepare for christmas. I've used my marianne's design templates for the swirl and flower, added brads as the centre for the flowers and used a tag for the sentiment peel-off. The emboss border is made with my cuttlebug emboss template. All the papers is from my stash and for a change I used a scrapbookpaper with flocking on as base.
The challenges I'm entering:
Crafter's Digital Art Centre, round 6 - cdacpc6, inkedtreasures
Stamp with fun #136 - sketch
Crafty Catz #108 - Use a digi
Paper Crafting Journey #23 - embossing
CCEE #1145 - 3 different shapes - Square, rectangular, round(flowers)

Thank you
Olga

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

God's blessing

My project



A view from the back



A 20cm diameter circle folded in a triangle.





Good Morning

This is a special card for a friend whom celebrate her 60th birthday, this coming week-end. Though all birthdays are special I thought something different will do for this achievement.

So I combined a few challenges and used handmade paper as base. I 've cut a 20cm diameter and then folded in a triangle. I used my Marianne design's diecuts for the top flower and grab the freebie sentiment from Netty's cards. When I saw the digi is from Sliekje and she called it Just Cute and you can interepret it as rain or snow, I stopped searching, since I know my friend has 3 granddaughters in England. The sentiment is my own in Afrikaans and read: "May God's blessing rain upon you, so that you can grow and keep on be a blessing to all." I've added the ribbon to fasten it a the back, though it is not prominent on the front. I didn't want to add to much embellishments since I wanted to make the paper more the focale point.

The challenges I've combined:

Just us Girls #109 - Sketch - won't you tri(angle) it.
CASual Fridays CFC 27 - Over the edge


Glitter Geeks #22 - Snuggle up


Thank you and have a splendid day!

I'm off going to bake pancakes.


Olga

Monday, 7 November 2011

Adjust your sails

Good Morning
It is Monday! A new week ahead....but also this year is speeding out.
I've made this card on Friday, but was not around to post it before now. This is a digi and sentiment from Carmen. I've used some chalk for the distressing, coloured it with aquarrelles. The papers is form my stash as well as all the embellisments. The compass is a stamp from scrappy cat and I used a spellbinder diecut.
Challenges I've used as guides:
Midnight Madness #128 MMSC128 - Sketch
Colour Create #83 - Turquois, Deep Pink, Ivory
Meljen's design #83 - Use Brads
CCEE stampers CCEE1144 - 4 different embellishments - rhinestones, charms, brads, twine
Crafty Catz #107 - Anything goes
Papercrafting Journey PCJ22- Use a digi

Hope you have a wonderful crafting week and thank you for your much appreciated visit.
Olga

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Non traditional christmas



Hallo

Today I've tried something different. Not so much the image, from daisy doodles, but more the colour scheme. Purple and orange. This morning I was scrabbling through my stash for papers for my son's birthday invitations and my I caught this purple backpaper with the christmas design. Then I remembered Use it Tuesday's challenge for purple, orange and black - all or any choice. The image is one of the digis from Crafters Digital Art Centre's 6th round progressive challenge, with theme of winter wonderland. A.F. Wells once said "Take Christ out of Christmas and December becomes the most dismal and drab time of the year." From there my choice of a star brad used with some lilac ribbon. Brazzille cardstock from my stash and I've used a spellbinder diecut and the digi was coloured with aquarelles.

I was guided by the following challenges:

CDAC progressive challenge round 6 - cdacpc6, daisydoodles


Use it Tuesday #18 - Colors Orange, purple

Crimbo Crackers #1 - Anything goes for christmas

Meljen's design #83 - Use a brad or more


Thank you

Olga

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Au Naturale Guinea fowl

Hallo
I have to admit that I do enjoy the cooler wet weather, after last week's sudden heatwave.
Today's post was triggered by There she goes clearstamp's challenge: Au Naurale and it has been a while since I joined the guys at 365 Cards. A bit of change on my latest projects in terms of colour. But I digged around in my stash for the following: Kraftpaper for the base card, twine ribbon, that I have cut in 2 for the border, outer ovale is cut from dung paper made from rhino dung, inner ovale from cream cardstock, the stamp is probably one of my very first wooden stamps from many moons ago, stamped with brown ink and coloured with aquarelles, the feathers is guinea fowl feathers and then I came upon the sunflowerseeds. Thought it could do the thing. The sentiment was handwritten, just to keep it really natural.

Blog challenges I'm entering:
There she goes clearstamps TSG128 - Au Naturale
365 Cards day 244 - Super sketchy sunday
Scrappy frogs challenge - Something that flies
Birthday Sundaes #33 - Birthday card
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #7 - Coffee & Cream with a hint of dark chocolate

Thank you for your visit and hope you enjoy your cup of coffee/tea with a smile.
Olga

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Peekaboo!

Top: My card outside


Bottom: My card inside

Hallo


This is a kitty digi from lovely Annie from Digi my World. I've had this idea quite a while now, so finally I've put it to paper.


The cardstock is double coloured, brown and bronze, and from my stash. So used the bronze colour for the outside. This sentiment, computer produced, says "Peeking in to say..." is in Afrikaans. Since the theme is fall at Digi my World #5, I've done a lot of distressing in different colours, since fall can be a bit distressing in the changing of weather, and used my fiskar leave border punch. At first I hought I'll use some perfect pearl accent on the leave brads, but in the end decided it compliments the eyes of kitty, as it is. I used, once again, the sketch at CAS-ual Fridays CFC26 and I'm also entering PaperCrafting journey's #22 challenge: to use a Digi.


Thank you for your visit.


Olga

Boyz Rule

Good Afternoon
When I woke up this morning it rained and I had that same feeling, as when we stayed in France on a Sunday, when it rained. I just had this mojo for crafting.

On Monday the ladies at Cupcake Craft Challenge #165 started a new week with denim and lace, a very interesting combination and a bit of challenge when I had to make a boy card. So on Thursday the ladies at Cute Card Thursday #188 gave up this sketch for this week, with some beautiful Kimmie Kraftin Stamps to be won and Charisma Cards #43 has an anything goes quest for this week, with also some lovely prizes. This is my interpretation for these challenges:

My images is from an online colouring book, the papers is from my stash and luckily denim today is almost any colour blue. I've highlighted the image with some red and green papers. The buttons is from Dress It Up - Boyz Rule. The lace I bought from my local craft shop and I digged out some alphabet stickers, from my scrapbook stash, that I had for ages now.

This card will go all the way to France, where I know the people just love the outdoor thing to do.

Hope you have a splendid week and thank you for visiting.

Olga

Friday, 28 October 2011

Bonnes Fêtes

Hallo
This morning when I opened my blogger dashboard I saw CAS-ual Fridays(CFC26) new sketch challenge for the week coming and just had to make another christmas card, since I still have a few to make. Most of my cards will end up in France, from there my french peel-off sentiment.
I've used turquoise brazzille cardstock, the rest is from my stash. I also did some sewing on the edge as requested by Raise the Bar challenge#81: Sew What

Hope you have a splendid creative weekend.

Olga

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

You're my treat

Hallo
This is my second card for the 5th round at Crafter's Digital Art Centre's Progressive challenges with digis provided. This round has the theme of festive in cool colours. So, the ladies at Glitter Geeks have a recipe to follow this week and kick started this card.
I used brazzille paper in turquoise as base, the cookie digi from Digidrawn, coloured with aquarelles and used my new Upikit border punch with the purple. Had this ribbon for ages now and it blended well with the colours. The swirls are from marianne's designs and cuttlebug and the gems is from my stash.
Challenges entering:
Anyone for Anya, October sketch - sketch
CDAC round 5 - cdacpc5, digidrawn in festive in cool colours
Glitter Geeks Week20 - Recipe: 1. Turquoise and purple,
2. Ribbon
3. Swirls
4. Gems

Thank you for your visit.
Olga



You make me....



Good day

This is the first of two posts today. Lately I'm a bit on the edge with deadlines. We had a heat wave over our part of the country the last few days, that did not enhanced my creativity neither.

But nevertheless, this is Wendy Witch, from Digi my World, I've coloured with aquarelles and did some distressing with chalk in the background. I used my stars fiskar emboss template on the black, but did some wet embossing on some of the stars with silver and pearl emboss powder. I used the sketch of Midnight madness and added orange ribbon with a star brad from my stash, the border is also made with a fiskar border punch. All paper is from my stash.

I was guided by the following challenges, which I'm entering:

Digi my World #4 - Tricks or treats


Use it Tuesday #18 - Orange, Black, Purple

Incy Wincy Design #127 - Orange, Black, Purple

Make it Monday #60 - Anything goes



Scrappy Frog 16/10 - Something that flies

Sentimental Sundays #78 - Halloween with a sentiment



Thank you for your visit and have a nice day!

Olga

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas....



Just a quick hallo
I've been creative with other mediums lately, so my mojo for paper were a bit low. It is time for round 5 at CDAC with free digis provided. So my digi is the one from Just some lines, an angel teddy dreaming. Since we do not have white christmas in South Africa, I thought I'll be dreaming of those we had in France, from there my sentiment. I've used my Cuttlebug snowflake emboss folders for the background and for the border. The metal snowflakes brads are from my stash as well as the brazzille papers. The ribbon, I've done a while ago for another card, but never used it. I've used a snowflake eyelet with it.
Today I'm entering my first challenge in a unknown language but could not resist when I saw Dianescarlett from Scrap Affair, whom design for Paint your world, with the theme of angels or demons, where I got my mojo from for today's post. Thank you Dianescarlett.


Challenges I'm entering:

Crafter's Digital Art Centre, cdacpc5, JSL - Round 5 with theme of festive and cool colour code
Aud Sentiment #39 - Winter theme
Gem of a Challenge #32 - Sketch
Paint your world #3 - Angel and demons
Charisma Cardz#42 - Embossing
Use it Tuesday #17 - Metal

Thank you for visiting and wish you a splendid day.
Olga

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

70's Flower Power

This is just to remind you on the block candy available at Digi my World. Pop over and see what is new.






My bow to celebrate October, the most beautiful month down south, but also known as breast cancer month, which is not only limited to women but men can also be vulnerable.




Hallo

Today's card is to celebrate the 70's. Though I was born in the 70's, I can't really remember a lot of it, except the odd colour schemes, flowers, platform shoes and the music - rock 'n roll and disco era, with a lot of bling.

With October on hands, our most beautiful month, where we all support breast cancer, so I added a pink bow on my card. I've used brads, which I coated with glitter to get the disco feeling.

Now, to my card. I used Groovy Heidi from Digi my World as main focus. The shoes and sentiment is from Marlene's blog - Disguised as a Grown-up. The paper is from Lime ricky paper pad, Basic grey and the brads are all from my stash. For the top border I used a fiskar border punch.

I was guided with the following blogs:



Make it Monday #58 - Anything goes

Digi my World #3 - Time warp



Thank you for your visit and I hope you have a wonderful day!



Olga

Thursday, 6 October 2011

A Boo!-tiful Birthday

Good Morning on this chilly sunny morning.

As I saw the new challenges for the next week, my eye caught the colour combo of orange and black. Since orange is one of my favourite colours, in all its shades and I have this adorable digi, Bailey in witch hat from Sew Many Digital Cards - one of the digis for the 4th round at CDAC Progressive Challenge, with the theme of halloween/mystical. I had this urge to create a card. Though, as mentioned before, in South Africa we do not celebrate halloween, I used it to make a birthday card. All the papers and ribbons are bits and pieces from my stash. Found this lost silver button in my drawer of buttons and added it with a silver thread. The sentiment is digital porduced. The diecuts is one from Nellie Snellen.
I'm joining in the fun in the following challenge, with some very interesting prizes:
CDAC progressive challenge, cdacpc4 smc - round 4, halloween/mystical
Paper Pretties PWC174 - Sketch
CCEE Stampers CCEE1140 - Favourite colour combo with a half a circle
Charisma Cardz #40 - Black and orange
Divas by design #12 - Button up
Raise the bar # 77 - Hats off
PaperCrafting journey # 20 - Diecuts or punches
Crafty Calender Challenge October - A Spooky Birthday
Aud Sentiment # 38 - Happy Birthday

Hope you have some sun in your day.
Thank you for visiting.
Olga



Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Clean and simple

Hallo

The fourth round of the Progressive challenge at Crafter's Digital Art Centre is here, with the "theme of halloween or mystical" with some exciting digitals. The above mandela is from Daisy Doodle. I don't celebrate halloween, though I'll try my hand on one of the other images for the fun of it, but this is my first project for this round. I've directly printed it on the cardstock and just added some red and gold, with gelpens.
I've added some gems, eyelets and a lace ribbon.
Challenges I'm entering:
Crafters Digital Art Centre, round 4 - cdacpc4, daisydoodles
Fetch-a-sketch #8 - Sketch
Craft your passion#78 - Anything goes with a ribbon
Crafty Cardmakers #53 - Anything goes
Make it Monday #57 - Anything goes

Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Olga

Monday, 3 October 2011

Sunflower christmas wish

My card on top.
A nearby shot on the bit of texture.


Hallo on this wet Monday afternoon.

We just had a lovely African hail-shower. My poor dog just don't love this kind of weather, so she is shivering on my lap.

I've been struggling with an idea for christmas cards this year, since I wanted to do something more typical of South Africa, since here (as my husband will explain) Father Xmas will come in his red shorts, with his red tractor and trailer full of gifts. Since Christmas is in summer and the most people share it with family and friends during their summer holidays next to the beach or swimmingpool. I'm sending a lot of cards to France and I wanted to share some of the warmth of our season with them. It is also the time when the sunflowers start to show and it is a nice scene when you are en route. So, when I saw the glitter paper in aqua, lime and yellow, it just gave me the feeling of the warmth as well as a bit of festive feeling.

Now for my card I used some aqua brazzille cardstock. The sentiment, in Afrikaans, is a chorus of a christmas song, saying:" I'm sending you a sunflower from Bethlehem, caper seeds from Hanover and some grapes from the Paarl valley". I've used my fiskar border punch for the scallops and added ribbons from my stash. For the sunflower, I used a brad with some soft magic glued to it.

I was guided by the following challenges in making this card:

Just us Girls #104 - Sketch - It is their birthday as well, so happy birthday Girls! Hope you have a splendid creative year ahead.

Colour Create #80 - Lime, Aqua, white and some texture

Daring Cardmakers - Use a foreign language


Hope you have a splendid day!


Olga





Monday, 26 September 2011

Sunflower time


Hallo
This is my third project for the Crafter's Digital Art Centre Progressive challenge, part 3, with the theme of autumn. The image is from Just Inklined, provided by CDAC. I've coloured it with aquarelles and used some perfect pearl on the wings of the butterfly. I also did some 3D with the butterfly, to give some dimension to the card. I've used some brazzille card stock and some glitter daisy paper and added some peel-off corners.
I am also entering:
A Gem of a Challenge #30 - Sketch
Craft Catz #101 - Autumn
CDAC cdacpc3 - digital image

For everybody in the northern hemisphere, I wish you a colourful autumn and I'm sending you all a bunch of sunfilled sunflowers to cherish throughout the cold dull winter months.

Thank you for visiting.

Olga

It's cool to be.....

Good day

A friend of ours is celebrating her big 50 soon. I had this tag with sentiment for quite a while now and I could not resist the owl digi from Marlene. I found it very cute. I've used Midnight Madness sketch for the layout. The paper is from Wilson & Maclagan and I added some leaves that I punched out. The birthday sentiment is from Annette, although I altered it a bit with some punched out numbers.
I'm entering the following challenges:
Midnight Madness #122(mmsc122) - Sketch
CCEE stampers # 1138 - Add a bird
Raise the bar # 76 - Things with wings

Have a fabulous day!
Olga

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Boo!


Just a quick hallo again!
This is one of that quick cards that comes up from time to time, especially when you have boys that are very popular at parties. So my oldest came home with a haunted house invitations for Saturday night. Luckily there are a few challenges that helped me with this one.
I found the digi at GTC's Craft Corner. I used some Brazzille paper in purple and did some distressing in black. I used a fiskar brick texture plate for the background in frame and a nestie for the frame. I resized the ghost and used some perfect pearl on it. To set the perfect pearl I use some hairspray. Finished it off with a spider charm. I printed a second ghost with sentiment and made a pop-up inside. I also used some perfect pearl on it. The corners is punched with a Bugs fiskar corner punch. I know a lot of people print the right size paper for a card but there is always some corner that falls off, that I recycle, so I have a drawer full of bits and pieces of paper, that I normally use for punching or in this case for the back of the frame.

The challenges I used as guidelines:
CAS-ual Friday CFC20 - Mini cards - my card measure 4x4 inch (10x10cm)
Cupcake Craft Challenge #160 The darkside - only purple and black - hopefully the white ghost inside does not count.
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #51 - One for kids

Thank you and have a nice day!

Olga

The sky is the limit....

Hallo Everyone
Just to share some good news. After 18 months in blogworld I finally won my first challenge over at Digi my World. Thank you Annie. It took me by surprise, I must confess. So, for more to win for everybody they are sharing some blogcandy every week, $5 store credits at their shop - Digi my World and they have some nice digital stamps available and new releases on Fridays.









Now for my post,




Spring is in the air with all the birds, bees and butterflies in my garden, although we had a cooler day yesterday and the wind has been blowing the whole week. The wind is not the thing that bothers me the most, it's the dust that goes with it....especially since we stay in the heart of the coal mine industry in South Africa.


Well, enough complaining.


The ladies at Charisma Cards Challenge # 37 have a theme of "Sky" and the Digi my World challenge #2 is "School Spirit" Somehow I wanted to join the two challenges, since I believe you can learn so much of life's lessons in nature. I've used the sketch from Crafty Catz challenge #100 and at Glitter Geeks Week #15 the theme is "In the Garden". So I ended up using the adorable butterfly digi from Digi my World and added some rhinestones on my fiskar border punch. The swallow birds's paper I've found in my stash and I used a cuttlebug flower border emboss template on the green. The sentiment is my own.


Hope you have a wonderful day!



Thank you


Olga






Monday, 19 September 2011

Life's about Choices


A quick hallo again
This is my second project for the CDAC Progressive Challenges #3, with their autumn theme. These images is: The lady from Liastamps and the applebowl from Glitterbabes. Both provided by CDAC. I've used the sketch from Sketch on Thyme Thursday Takes #56, my first time to join them, but there sketch suited my idea on the images. When I saw these images the first time, it seems as if this lady could not make up her mind, that is why I coloured the apples in three different colours to confuse her more.

Have a nice day!
Olga

Autumn Fairiy

Good Afternoon on this windy Monday.

I had a weekend without internet, but tried to play around a bit. So with some deadlines I might be a second or two too late.
Nevertheless, here is my card. Since it is autumn in the northern hemisphere, there are quite a few challenge blocks with the autumn theme. I've used one of the CDAC digis, designed by Gurukitty, provided for the 3rd round of the Progressive Challenge. I've coloured it with aquarelles. The paper is from my stash and I used my Carl leave punch for the leaves, finished it of with some brads.




I'm entering the following challenge blogs:


CDAC Progressive Challenge #3 - Autumn fay Digi


Midnight Madness Sketch #121 MMSC121 - Sketch


Just us Girls # 102 - Colour scheme - Aqua, pumpkin, kiwi


Raise the Bar # 75 - "Leave" Summer


Cute Card Thursday #182 - Anything goes


Hope you have a great day and a blessed week.


Olga




Monday, 12 September 2011

Reading extend knowledge

Good day

This is a bookmark I made with one of the CDAC progressive Challenge digis(cdacpc2), from Jen's Digi Stamps. The theme is back to school and it was international literacy week, last week. My sentiment in Afrikaans read: "Reading extend knowledge". Something that lies very close to my heart. The paper is from The pet stack from DCWV. I added a photo from my boys and finished it of with some beads from my stash.

Have a nice day!

Olga

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Learn & Grow

Hallo Everyone


I'm so excited, the ladies at JUGS is celebrating their 100th blog challenge and they have a lot of blog candy give-aways. So join in the fun with the sketch provided, actually their very first one. Hope they have a few hundreds to come in the years to follow.


Now, for my card, I used paper from Simply Cards & papercrafts The Botanical collection as backing paper, got the idea from Elise over at JUGS, hope she don't mind. The digi is from Linda Tieu from CDAC. The other papers, ribbon and stickers is from my stash.

It is the second round on the Crafters Digital Art Centre Progressive Freebie Challenges with digis provided and theme of "Back to School". We have till the 14/9 to make a project, before the next round come up. They have some nice digis for the back to school theme.



This is actually an easel card. My first attemp on one. This is in celebration of Top Tip Tuesday, whom celebrate their first year and the have some great artwork on display! They, also have some great prizes in celebration. Wishing them all good luck for the years to come.

Have a great day!




Olga




Monday, 5 September 2011

Time for Tea

Good Morning
It is a lovely spring Monday down here, with sunshine, although still a bit of chill in the air for the moment, but the temperature will rise definitely.


The ladies at Top Tip Tuesday tried to define "Shabby Chic" this week. Finally I came to the conclusion that it is an old time romantic feeling. This is where my card started to get form. Though I did not use a lot of broken white, I could not resist this faded olive green paper from TOGA, which I matched with a faded pink, lace and pearls. The diecuts(circle, flowers and stem) is creatables from Marianne's design and the corners from Cuttlebug. The digi is from Digi my World and the sentiment from Bird's cards. I've coloured the image with aquarelles and distressed it with chalk.




I'm entering my card in the following challenges:


Top Tip Tuesday #49 - What is Shabby Chic?


Digi my World #1 - Anything goes




Craft your Passion # 74 - Anything goes if a flower is added


Crafty Creations #134 - Use at least 3 diecuts or punches


Charizma Cardz # 35 - Anything goes




Wish you all a piece of sunshine today!


Thank you for your visit.


Olga