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Thursday, 30 January 2014

In sympathy for a friend





Good day

A friend of mine's father past away on Tuesday and I want to make her something special. I used Floral Cross from Digistamp4Joy and sentiment from Desert Diva for this project. For something different I crisscross the ribbon through the cross and added the flowers from  second print. I played with some of my spellbinders for the center part and used some black peel-offs. I stayed with no designer paper in basic white, black and purple.

The following challenges inspired me:
Charisma Cardz #3 - Peel-offs
Creative Knockouts #22 - Tic, Tac, Toe - Distressing, Sentiment & ribbon
Digistamp4Joy #84 - Use real ribbon - 2nd entry
Crafting when we can #61 - Recipe - 1 image, 2 ribbons, 3 main colours
Dream Valley #74 - No designer paper

Thank you and have a beautiful day.
Hugs from Africa
Olga

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Bling it on with Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge



Good day

It is Sunday and time for a new challenge over at Glitter 'n Sparkle. This time we ask you to take out all your bling. I was given Eve from Crafty Sentiment. I have to admit music is such a universal theme and this card can go to anybody of any age and I just love to play with a music theme and in what better colour than black and white. I realy tried to make it look more girly though.
My back paper is black glittered paper from The Twinkle Glints stack from DCWV. I used a Sizzix music emboss folder on the white. Distressed with black chalk and I used some glitter music notes peel-offs. The sentiment is from Desert Diva. Spellbinder dies are: Labels eighteen, On the Edge, A2 Curved Matting Basics A. Flowers and rhinestones are from my stash.

Challenges I used to guide me:
Paper Crafting Journey - Vintage/Distress/Shabby Chic
Crafty Cardmakers and more #108 - Black and white
Craft your Passion #197 - Face the music
Crafting by Designs - Get your girl on
Crafting for all seasons #69 - For the girls
Crafting with Dragonflies #18 - Anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday2 #4 - Sketch (I turned it 90° to the left)
The Paper Shelter #142 - Digi + sentiment
Crafty Catz #215 - Monochrome

Thank you and hope I gave you some inspiration to join the Glitter 'n Sparkle challenge.
Hugs from Africa.
Olga

Friday, 24 January 2014

One day soon


Good day

Finally I had time to play with this image that has been on my table for more than a week now. My SIL is expecting her first baby in July and she thinks it's a girl. I didn't want to take the chance of making it pink so I played with a fresh green that resembles life and dark yellow. My paper is from the Spring Drop Collection and my digi is JJ pregnant from Bugaboo. I added some safety pins and confetti flowers to bling it up.

Challenges I'm joining:
Life in Details January Challenge - Bling it up
4 Crafty Chicks #178 - Bling
Digistamp4Joy #84 - Real Ribbon
Inky Impressions #143 - Ribbon
Party Time Tuesday #156 - Ribbon
Creative Craft Challenges2 #1 - New
The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge SC01214 - Sketch

Thank you and have a fantastic day.
Hugs from Africa.
Olga

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Step Sister project for Sisterhood of Crafters




Good day

This is a special project for the Sisterhood of Crafters' challenge this week. The challenge is winter wonderland/snowflakes. I used Blue Jay from Fred She Said and I had to Google it to colour it. Cannot remember if I saw one in my life. I had to admit it was quite difficult to set my mind on snowflakes when it is 30°C outside. My gingham is from Graphic 45 French Country collection and the snowflake paper is from my stash. The sentiment is taken from Desert Diva and says Enjoy your Day. I used a pop-up punch for the snowflakes and some confetti snowflakes on the edge with pearls. I have dig out some of my forgotten corrugated board to give some dimension.

I used the following challenges as inspiration:
Just Us Girls #224 - Colour combo
Shopping ou Stash #135 - Winter blues
Digi Makeover Challenge #124 - Snowflakes
Digi Sketch Challenge - One for the men ( I turned the 90° to the right to fit digi)
Kaboodle Doodles #206 - Use Blue
Love to Create #99 - Use Buttons
The Cutie Pie Challenge #61 - Cute and blue (hope it is cute enough)
Anyone for Anya - January Challenge - Corrugated board

Hope you will come and join the Sisters (& little brother) in this fortnight's challenge!

I also want to thank the Darlene once again for inviting me to be part of their team for this month. Thanks Darlene!!
Have a fantastic day!
Hugs from Africa.
Olga

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Stitching for Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge #68




Good day!

It is Glitter 'n Sparkle time once again. This time the challenge is to add stitching real or faux. My sentiment is from Eureka Stamps, one of the sponsors this week.
My DP is from Me to You Especially for you and I have opted for the cream background. My embroidery stencils are from Marianne's design: FR6402 & TW7903 and the butterfly die is from Couture Creations.

Challenges I'll be joining:
The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge CC0114 - Glorious pink, Turquoise, cream with twist of stitching
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #160 - Embellishments
Rhedd & Rosie Challenge #24 - No White
Divas by Design - Use Ribbon
Creative Moments #34 - Buttons & Pearls
Aud Sentiment #98 - Any sentiment will do.

Hope you'll come and join the Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge.
Hugs from Africa
Olga

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Tying the knot Bingo at Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge






Good day

Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge has one of my personal favourite challenges this week.... BINGO!! It just give a bit more flexibility in creating a project. I was given Tying the Knot from Floppe Latte, one of our sponsors this week. I ended up using pin and ribbon with my digi, though I had almost everything on my table.
For those following me will know I just love white on white wedding cards, but I opted for a peach colour this time, the lightest version in the orange spectrum, my total favourite to play with. I just love the warmth of the orange spectrum and you can almost mix it with any other colour even red.
I used my heart circle and splendid circle dies from Spellbinder, rounded my corners with a punch and the papers are from my stash. Sentiment is from Digistamp4Joy.

Challenges I'm joining:
Die Cuttin Divas #147 - Sketch - Heart Circle & Splendid Circle
Crafty Calender - Let's Celebrate
As You Like it - Favourite colour and why - orange for it's warmth- peach is the lightest form of orange
Sister Act Card #39 - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy #105 - Monochromatic
Craftitude #56 - Anything goes with ribbon & pearls
Moving Along with Times - New Beginnings

Hop over and join in our bingo challenge at Glitter 'n Sparkle.
Hugs from a warm & sunny Africa
Olga

Friday, 10 January 2014

New girl on the blog



Good day

A friend of mine, Desire,  introduced me to a new artist in blogland, her name Art by Miran. She has some very nice digi and she gave this Freebie to her followers as induction to blogland. I played with some of my favourite challenges in this one and stayed with no designer paper, my favourite technique too. I used Marianne's Design swirl die cut and a Spellbinder Adorning Squares for the border.

Challenges I'm Joining:
Crafty Catz #213 - Pretty in Pink
Creative Knockout #19 - Buttons galore
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge CC0107
The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge SC010814
Crafty Girls Challenge #9 - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - It's a Birthday Challenge
Divas by Design - Let's Celebrate
Fab 'n Funky #198 - Let's Celebrate
Paper Pretties PWC292 - Buttons
Art by Miran Freebie Facebook Contest

Thank you and have a fantastic day.
Hugs from Africa
Olga

First Christmas card for 2014



Good day

Wow, we have just finished the festive season and I'm starting the next Christmas' cards. I thought I'll join DS4J's monthly progressive Christmas challenge. This is the first image and you qualify automatically if you enter this month for the next month's image. My DP is from Hot off the Press' Forever Christmas Cards, sentiment from Desert Diva and I used some glitter pens and foil tape to give it some sparkle.

Challenges I'm joining:
Digstamp4Joy Monthly Progressive Challenge #1
Digistamp4Joy #83 - Glitter 'n Sparkle
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Sketch
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - A= Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #241- Christmas

Thank you and have a fantastic day.
Hugs from Africa.
Olga

I'm rocking


Good day

This is a birthday card for a friend of one of my boys. I used Rock Boy Star and the sentiment are from bugaboo. I played with my stash and played with some foil paper and a music emboss folder.

Challenge I'm entering:
Mojo Monday #327 - Sketch
Catch the Bug : January Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes

Thank you and have a great day.
Hugs from Africa.
Olga

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

From the step sister.....





Good day

What wonderful surprise I got when, Darlene from The Sisterhood of Crafters contacted me over this festive season to ask me if I'll be the stepsister for January. Darlene has been one of my icons in Blogland and to be part of this group of talented ladies for a month is such a privilege. This weeks challenge is out with the old and in with the new and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
This is Katnis Sassy on fire from Sassy Studio Design and is this months digi for there progressive challenge with the twist of use folds. My designer papers are from Miss Empire from Kaisercraft. Love the bronze/copper foil dots and I complimented it with the glitter on her dress. So the old is the arch die from Sizzix, copper frame, basic cardstock, flowers and the new is the digi, paper and clock charm and on the edges of the DP I used a Spellbinder on the edge Shapeabilities.

I was inspired by the following Challenges which I enter:
Mema's Craft January Challenge - Bingo - Digi, Flowers, Charm, Free(glitter) 2nd entry
Crafts4Eternity R#157 - Very vintage
Come and Get it  - Something New
Robyn Fetish #193 - Use a digi
Craft your Passion #195 - Fancy Borders
Pile it on #1 - Just because
Sassy Studio Design #210 - Time after Time
Card and Scrap #67 - Use Flowers


Come over and join me with the Sisters in this challenge of out with the old and in with the new!
Hugs from Africa
Olga

Sunday, 5 January 2014

New - Glitter 'n Sparkle #66 Anything Goes

Toast for Tanya from Digi Darla

Felling Sketchy

Bingo at Mema's Crafts

The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge

Good day

Santé!! To new horizons in 2014. That does not only mean new destinations but also getting out of your comfort zone and to try new things.
Hope you all had a lovely time with family and friends and that all new year resolutions had been put on paper and set as goals, even that things that you always wanted to do and never had time before.

After a month of laid back I had some time with renewed energy in my craft room. Being Sunday, it is also time for a new challenge at Glitter 'n Sparkle challenge. This time it is quite an easy one of Anything Goes. I was given Toast for Tonya from Digi Darla and as I started my preparation for my card Paul McCartney's New were playing on the radio. My papers are from my stash as well as my ribbons. I also did some embroidering with beads for a change with my own sentiment and a clock brad.

Challenges I'll be entering:
Charisma Cardz #1 - Birthdays - They are celebrating 5 years!!!
Sassy Studio Designs #210 - Time after time
Crafty Creations #253 - Anything goes
A little bit Crafty  - Celebrate
Tuesday Morning Sketches #230 - Anything goes
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge 31 December CC1231
Mema's Craft January Challenge -Bingo - Ribbon, stitching, beads, digi
Feeling Sketchy #77 - Sketch

Pop over and come and show us something new in our Anything goes challenge at Glitter 'n Sparkle.

Hugs from Africa.
Olga