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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Waving Christmas wishes



Good Day

The sketch at Catch the bug Stella says Sketch #120, just invited me to do something with it. Another Christmas card with a Tropical Santa from Bugaboo. This time I just feel like doing something more bright and I have find these checked vellum paper. I had to put a white underneath to bring out the colours. The ribbons is from My stash and I added a bit of glitter on the hat.

Thank you
Olga

A note on your birthday



Tuesday Morning Sketches


Good Day
I've got this image from Digistam4Joy last week and I am super excited about it. For those whom have followed me for a while now, know I just adore frogs, not necessarily the real ones but images makes my brain working overtime. With the colour combo over at the Outlawz this week I've decided it will fit, since I'm a bit tired of Christmas cards. The ivy embossing is done with a Fiskar Shape boss floral template. The diecut is from Nellie Snellin, the sentiment from Desert Diva and the the scroll is done with a Cuttlebug template. for the twist I have found these leaves at a local store and I added some peel-off notes.

Challenges I'm joining:
Tuesday Morning Sketches # 165 - Sketch
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour combo - Yellow, Red and Green
Eureka Stamps #7 - Animals
Digistamp4Joy #51 - Leaves
Crafty Creations #189 - Autumn Leaves
Inky Impressions 26/9 - Animals

Thank you
Olga

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Snip, snails and frogs in the pocket

My Two boys 8 years ago.


Good day

This past weekend I went through our photos and I saw this photo and I thought I'll share it with you. Being a mother of only boys I know of all the stuff they gather.....sometimes in our eyes useless, but in their imaginations unmissable. So with the few challenges going round for the quest of making boy cards, this image of Fred she Said came up immediately. This nice designer paper is from the Back to School stack from DCWV with some glitter on the frogs. The sentiment is a free translation of "What is a Boy" in Afrikaans. Then I played with my Cuttlebug emboss folder and a Fiskar border punch. The eyelet is from my stash.
Challenges I'm joining:
Dutch Dace Card Challenge #183 - Snips & snails - boy card (2nd entry)
Cards for men #20 - Animals
Daisy Doodle #68 - One for the boys
Eureka #7 - Animals
Tammy's Scrappin Corner # 29 - Card for a Kid

Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Olga

Friday, 21 September 2012

One got away



Good day

It is Friday and it is the beginning of a long weekend in South Africa. A lot of people are on their way to do some fishing this weekend. This is Gus Fish Whisperer, though he doesn't look very satisfied with himself and I think like all fishermen he too, probably have a story of the biggest one got away....once again. I did a different shape this time. Used a Grand Nestie Label one for the bottom part and repeated the shape on the front with a corner punch. Coloured it with H2O and did some chalking on the background. For fun, I added a fish brad from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining:
Stella Says Sketch 119 - Sketch
Shelly Images TTT - Shaped cards
Dutch Dare #183 - Snip and snail all thing Boys
Cards und More #65 - Sports
Cute Card Thursday #235 - Different Shape
Penny's Paper-craft Challenge #94 - Shaped cards
Perfect Sentiment Challenge PSC50 - Masculine birthday with sentiment in front

Thank you and have a pleasant weekend.
Olga

Doggy Gift


Good Day

This morning when I opened Ursula's blog I saw her dilemma, where she saw a challenge and by the time she had time to finish her project the challenge has closed. I think it happened to all of us, from time to time. Time flies and as the year speeds to its end, even faster with all the appointments that fills our dairies. This is one of my projects that I started more than a month ago. I've printed the image to join Pattie's creations and when I finally finished it, it was 2 challenges later and it did not fit the criteria any more. Today she started a new challenge - Anything goes - this time, so just maybe it will fit the challenge. Ths is a digi I got through the CDAC progressive challenge and I just love this little doggy. The DP is from My Pet Stack from DCWV, that I had for ages now. I used a Fiskar emboss template on the white and light blue circle. The diecut is from Nellie Snellen and all the rest is plain card stock bits and piece on my desktop.

Challenges I'm joining:
Pattie's Creations #53 - Anything goes
MilkCoffee Challenge - Show at least 2 shapes
Use it Tuesday #39 - Anything goes
There she goes TSG 173 - Everyone loves gifts

Thank you
Olga

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Simply thank you



Good Day

Just a quicky again. This morning when I opened Blogger this picture came up. Such lush colours. When I walked my dog this project came up. I bought these beautiful papers awhile ago and did not used it before and this morning the right moment came up.I kept it simple to showcase the paper. I used a leave nestie and did some heat embossing in copper with the sentiment from Inkadinkado. The flower is cut with x-cut diecuts and the ribbon and brad are from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining:
The Play Data Cafe #150 - Colour combo
Papertake weekly  - Shades of autumn
Paperminutes #235 - Autumn

Thank you
Olga

Curious girl


 Tuesday Morning Sketches #

Craft your passion bingo

Good Day

This morning I took a break on my Christmas card to make a girly card. This digi is from Whoopsi Daisy. I played with papers from my stash and used a border punch from Martha Stewart and fiskar corner punch. For something different I used a green confetti flower and a bead with I stitched to the white voile ribbon.

Challenges I'm joining:
Tuesday Morning Sketch #164 - Sketch
Craft your Passion #128 - Bingo - Pink, ribbon, border punch (2nd entry)
Whoopsi Daisy - Girly
Totally Stampalicious - Girl Birthday
The Shabby Tearoom # 132 - Pretty Party
Divas by Design #53 - Lovely Layers

Thank you and have a lovely day!
Olga

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

You are precious





Good Day

My second post for the moment. This time I just wanted to share this sentiment from Max Lucado: "You are precious, because you exist, not what you are doing or what you can do, but just because you are." Hope this is a correct translation. The DP is from First Edition - Daydream. I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the light yellow and 2 different diecuts on the round shapes, I added a bit of dark purple as accent. The diecut butterflies are from Les Decos and the buttons from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining:
Craft your Passion #128  - Bingo - Yellow, border punch, buttons
Fetch a Sketch #33 - Sketch
A Gem of a Challenge # 55 - Lemon, Lilac, 2 butterflies, bow
Sweet Stampin 21/9 - Sentiment focus

Thank you
Olga

Scripture and gold


The Outlawz Tuesday challenge CC0918

Good Day

I made another stack Christmas cards, this time with a nativity scene. It is a cling stamp from Stampendous and is called Cling Sacred silhouette. I did some silver heat embossing on the image. The frame diecut is from Spellbinder and the emboss folder is from Cuttlebug. The scripture is from Luke 2:12 and I used a sizzix diecut for the tag in gold and the ribbon and brad is from my stash. The corners is from a square diecut from Cuttlebug that I have cut in 2.

Challenges I'm joining:
The Outlawz CC0918 - Colour combo
Cupcake Craft Challenge #210 - Script and gold
Stampendous Impressions - Embossing
Tuesday Throwdown #116 - Cutting corners

Thank you
Olga

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Belief in yourself



Good Day

It is the next round at CDAC progressive challenge you could be a star. This time we have received this digi fro Priscilla styles and was available in the plain, Christmas or Halloween. We do not celebrate Halloween, so I sticked to the plain one. This kitty sure looks as if he had enough. At first I thought I'll do a back to school thing were he is just to glad to have some peace at last, but then I got his sentiment from Christian D. Larson: "Belief in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you, that is greater than any obstacle" from Facebook and then I thought a bit of a caring card would do it a bit better.

Currently it is autumn in the northern hemisphere and I just love all the rich colours of browns and oranges. I also love A Die for a Sketch challenges, though they are new on the block and it is just for fun, they have such great inspiration, so pop over and join them, just maybe you can inspire them to get some sponsors since they are a monthly blog. I used a Cuttlebug leave border emboss on the brown, a Upikit border punch on the orange, Spelbinders Label one and the leaves were also punched.
Challenges I had in mind when I started my project:
A Die For A Sketch #4 - Sketch
CDAC Progressive Challenge - You could be a star cdacpc20, priscillastyles
Bunny Zoe's Craft #28 - Distressing
Digi makeover #54 - Welcome Autumn
Eureka Stamps #6 - Autumn colours
Addicted to stamp #39 - Autumn Colours
One Stitch at a time #131 - Autumn Colours

Thank you
Olga

Heart and thoughts


Good Day

I am stuck with black and white lately. I bought some beautiful papers, though I haven't used any, yet. CAS-ual Friday's challenge for Black, White and 1, red in this case tickled me to play again. I still have a few ideas, though my time is tight. The black textured paper is from my stash, I used a Spellbinder diecut for the border and the hedgehog and sentiment is from Penny Black's hugs series. I did the sentiment first in red and then with the black wit heat embossing to give it a bit of shadow effect, though I think I was not that successful this time. The velvet heart is from my stash and I made a insert cut on the hedgehog.

Challenges I'm joining:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC70 - Black, white and 1(red), 2nd entry
2 Sister's challenge blog #109 - Black, white and 1
Tammy's Scrppin Corner #28 - Anything goes

Thank you
Olga

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Skiing Santa



Good Day

I've decided to do the blog hop over at Craft Your Passion this weekend. It is all about sports and the ladies did an outstanding job with all there star creations. Their Monday challenge is also blast from past, meaning you can do any of their previous challenges, just stating which one. When I played a bit I decided that #38 suited me with red, green and cream (though my cream is probably more champagne). Then came the twist of a sport. I won some adorable Tropical Santa images from Bugaboo some while ago and it suite me so well, since I stay in the southern hemisphere, so Christmas is warm, it is in the middle of our summer holidays and most families gather on holiday next to the ocean or some form of water. The snow and all those image can not relate to our Christmases. From there my choice for this project - Santa doing some skiing. My papers is from Forever Christmas Cards paper stack from Hot off the Press inc. A stack I got last year with a magazine. I did some stitching on the ribbon to give it that pleads. Punch used is from Martha Stewart and the sentiment is also from the paper stack. I added rhinestones on the corners and stars on the sentiment - as required by the blog hop and I used some 3D white paint on Santa's beard.
Challenges I'm joining:
Craft Your Passion Blog hop - "All stars" Sports blog hop
Craft Your Passion #127 - Blast from the past #38 - Red, green, cream
Catch the bug September Bingo at bugaboo - Glitter, Stitching, Bugaboo Image
Cute Card Thursday #234 - Christmas in September

Thank you
Olga

Hanging Balls



 Close-up on the balls
The Outlwaz Wednesday sketch challenge SC091212

Good Day

This is another Christmas card. Again I have dig into my stash. I have loads of Christmas peel-offs that I got with paper packs I've bought in France still.. Again with no stamped images in mind, I made this card, but this time I used the Outlwaz Wednesday sketch as inspiration as well as CAS-ual Friday's challenge of Black, white and one colour. I've used silver in this case, though I am playing with another idea in my head for the black and white. I've put the peel-offs on white cardstock, cut it out and mounted it on the black with foam glue dots, used a Martha Stewart border punch and some odd ribbon and a white gelpen on the border.

Thank you
Olga

Colourful Christmas

 Close - up of one of the cards
 Packet of 5 cards
Just Us Girls Colour Challenge

Good Day

I am super excited. I have finished my first packet of cards for our Christmas market in a about 5 weeks time. Yes, I am slow, but I have put out the next two weeks to do all my Christmas cards, so hopefully I can do a few more. I was inspired by two challenges. First, The Sisterhood of Crafter's challenge to make a project without any stamps - no rubber or digital. Though if you look at their creations will will never say that there are no stamps used. For some it is quite easy, but I tend to think about an image when I make a card. Then on Saturday The Just us Girls challenge us on making a rainbow colour project. Two years ago I made Christmas cards with these multicoloured rainbow paper with silhouettes on it and there were some off cuts left. The images are from Glue Dots Magic Motifs and I used a purple or blue glitter on it. The sentiment in Afrikaans - Merry Christmas - is a peel-off, that I bought recently.  Very simple, but I like the paper!

Have a blessed day!
Olga

Thursday, 13 September 2012

You are...



Good Day

I'm sliding in on a banana skin with the dynamic duo challenge, but I just had to create this card and when it was finished the batteries gave notice so I had to recharge it a bit before I could carry on. I've used a pearl scent brazzille cardstock as base with some embossing on the edge, though it is not that visible. The image is from Bugaboo and I've decided I had to add these rose, though it is a bit lighter in shade than the required artichoke. I've kept is a bit clean since it is a condolence card.

Challenges I'm joining:
Dynamic Duos #19 - Cajun Craze & Always Artichoke
Twisted Tuesday 2TC23 - Never forget
Try it on Tuesday - Anything goes

Thank you for your visit!
Have a nice day!
Olga

Celebrating spring with song


Digistamp4Joy Challenge #50 inspirational photo
The Outlawz Tuesday colour combo

Good Morning

Today there is a chill in the air, just to remind us that winter does not yet said a final goodbye. Though everything have greeted spring with abundance, especially after last week's rain. For today's project I have used a rubberstamp that I had for ages now, but Digistamp4Joy have the rights to the digital images lately, which makes it much more convenient. I've coloured it with H2O and used a white gelpen and a black fineliner for the centres. I have torn some mulberry paper and used a music Cuttlebug emboss template for the blue. For a change I made a hexagon card and it is only 11x13cm. The twist on this week's colour challenge is to add brads.

Challenges I'm joining:
Digistamp4Joy #50 - Celebrate the colours of spring
Little Red Wagon # 150 - Hexagon
The house the built stamp DCC912 - Not regular size cards
Whimsy Stamps #51 - Anything goes
Celebrate the occasion #79 - Shaped card no square or rectangular
The Outlawz Tuesday colour challenge CC120911 - Colours
Charizma Cardz #36 - Shaped cards

Thank you for you visit!
Olga

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Peeking in.....


Good evening

After I had this list of to do things made up this morning, my husband decided I have enough time to do the half of his to do list too. Finally my crafting time was much less than anticipated. Late this afternoon I finally had time to finish my project. I wanted to do this giraffe but just did not know how, until Mojo Monday introduced their sketch on Monday. This is a giraffe from Shelley's images. I've deliberately make him outside the diecut to make him look peeking in, from there my sentiment: Peeking in to say.... The giraffe paper is from my stash and I used spellbinders for the leaves. The tic tac ribbon is from my stash and just blended in.

Challenges I'm joining:
Shelly's Images TTT - Show us what you got
Mojo Monday # 258 - Sketch
Through the Craft room Door #35 - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments 11/9 - Leaves
Tammy's Scrappin Corner #27 - Fall colours
One Stop Craft # 198 - No floral embellishments
Come and get it Challenge 9/9 - Tic Tac Toe - Ribbon, Free(diecuts), Pearls

Thank you
Olga

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

CAS will it be


Good Day

One out of my comfort zone.....Firstly to do a clean and simple card and secondly for making a card without any stamps or digital image, is also not quite my style. I had this emboss plus template from Cuttlebug for quite a time and a sample is lying on my table, I was just not sure on how to put it together until I have found this sketch. The polka dot red is from the back - to - school collection from DCWV. I've used 2 different diecuts and used the same centre of the emboss template in the circle and used a peel-off sentiment saying best wishes.

Challenges I'm joining:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC69 - Emboss it
Sketch Saturday # 224 - Sketch
Jackson's Digital #22 - Clean And Simple cards
UnstampaBelles #15 - Embossing with no stamps

Thank you
Olga

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Viva Italia

Hallo

I've made this card for a friend whom celebrate her birthday soon. She loves red and green. Amazingly how you sometimes do not have the one thing like broad green ribbon. In the end I've done two rows of ribbon. The red corners is peel-off from my stash. The digi is from Joanna Sheen's Pamela West series. I've used a fineliner in green and red for the border line and the frame is done with spellbinders's beaded oval with textured paper. The sentiment: Happy Birthday is also a peel-off.

Challenges I'm joining:
Craft Your Passion #126 - Floral image
ATC's and cards with an attitude 7/9 - Anything goes with buttons and bows
Digistamp4Joy #50 - Colours of spring

Thank you and have a beautiful day!
Olga

Dancing Diva


 CR84FN62
Wednesday Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz

Good Afternoon
Thought it is still chilly, the rain has stopped. But now you can hear how everything is growing. I'm very thankful for this early spring rain. This is a freebie from Saturated Canary. I've used CR84FN's colour combo and the peach ribbon which I had in mind for a previous project. The paper and roses are from my stash;

Challenges I'm joining:
The Outlawz Wednesday Challenge SC090512 - Sketch
CR84FN #62 - Colour combo
Shelly's Images TTT5/9 - Anything goes

Thank you and have a beautiful day!
Olga

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Dance of life




Good Day

We have such cold and wet weather, almost like on the under left photo, that I used the time to catch up on crafting. The colour combo from Play Date Café reminded me of a piece of voile ribbon in my stash, though it ended up not been used. The light is very poor, so included 2 photos to show the detail. The paper is from First Edition Daydream collection. The digi is from Whoopsi Daisy and is called dance 5. Such a cutie. The sentiment I've found on Facebook and if I translate it, it says: "When you  open yourself to receive with joy, you become part of the dance of life."

Challenges I'm joining:
The Play Date Café #148 - Colour Combo
Addicted to Stamps #2 - Sketch
Inky Impressions - Anything goes

Thank you
Olga