Sunday, 23 July 2017

50... still young and in love




Good day

In the middle of winter it is very difficult to think summer and all the colours going with it. This is a digi from Digistamp4Joy and is July's progressive challenge on Facebook. Well I think you can almost do anything with an image, though this one looked like a wedding card I opted for a special birthday card and since I have a friend whom will celebrate her 50th soon, I thought just maybe this can be a fun idea. She and her husband sometimes looks like newly weds, from there my sentiment.
Paper, ribbon and rhinestone are from my stash.

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #412
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour challenge 18 July
Digistamp4Joy #139 - Anything goes or special birthday
Crafty Catz #380 - Party time
Colour Crazy Craft challenge wk 29 - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage:#92 - Anything goes

Thank you and hope you enjoy your season!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Christmas in July




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After a few days in the eastern part of our province visiting markets, shows and the Kruger park we are back.
Tuesday Morning sketches has a month long birthday celebrations and I slipped in on a banana skin with this quicky. This are made up with all kinds of bits and pieces of Christmas stash that I have collected through the years.

Challenges I'm joining:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #411
The Outlawz Colour challenge - 11 July - Purple, pink & red
Catch the Bug - Christmas in July


Thank you and have a lovely day.
Olga

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Dancing in the sun





Good day

Another quick post before I prepare tonight's event. The is Eleanor & Pickles hula and it is from Lacy Sunshine. With all my northern hemisphere friends whom are enjoying summer and holidays this digi came to mind. At first I struggled with the backing paper and in the early mornings I remembered these papers from DCWV 's pebbled stack. The dies are from spellbinder and memory box.

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Creative knockouts #201 - Summer fun
Crafting with Attitude #29 - Anything goes
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour challenge 4 July
Crafty Cardmakers #192 - Tic, tac toe, diagonal from left top to bottom right
Cheerful sketches - July sketch
Koala T Crafts - July - red/blue/stars

Thank you and a have a great day!
Olga

Carpe Diem




 Good day

Something a bit different than my usual stuff. Just love the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and they are celebrating their birthday for the whole month of July. Unfortunately I'll not be able to play along in all 4 weeks, but I definitely going to try with those sketches that I'm available. I played with dies from IO Stamp, the hats and mustaches and the sentiment is from Nellie Snellen, also a die. The green pastel were more of coincidence than anything planned. I used different textures of cardstock and in the end I might have  put it closer together but that was a choice only after I have glued everything together.

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Double D - Pastel Party
The Male Room #64 - Add Texture
Craft Rocket #39 - Anything goes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #410

Thank you and have fun in the sun!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Butterfly enchantress




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I just love the current challenges with all its bright and sunny colours. It sure uplift my soul since we are in the middle of winter where everything is a bit dull and grey. This is Butterfly enchantress from Lacy Sunshine and I got her from facebook. Heather is hosting a nature challenge on her Lacy sunshine color 'n craft club's facebook page this month. I used my Marianne's design butterfly emboss 'n cut die for the corner's, coloured the image with my aquarelle and added a bit of glitter. Used a ribbon with printed sentiment.

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Crafting with dragon flies #84 - Dies & punches
Crafty Catz #377 - Anything goes with optional twist of embossing
The Outlawz Colour challenge 27 June - Add texture
The Outlawz Sketch challenge 28 June
Creative knockouts #200 - For the girls
C.R.A.F.T #422 - Ribbon & sparkle

Thank you for your visit. Have a fantastic day!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Friday, 23 June 2017

Elegant lady




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This is a digi from Sheepski designs and is the freebie for this month's progressive challenge at The Outlawz. Well I had a few ideas for her, but somehow it ended up in this and I thought this will do for a wedding card or maybe for the bride's maid as thank you card. The paper I bought a while ago and is from the happy thoughts range from Theresa Collins. These are my favourite colours!

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Crafting with an attitude #28 - Anything goes
Double D challenge - June is wedding month
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #115
Aud Sentiment #182 Tic Tac Toe with sentiment - Die cut, Digi, Ribbon
The Outlawz June Progressive freebie

Thank you and have a fun weekend.
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Spring donkey




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The boys' sport is on hold now for a few weeks. With this is mind I took time off everything around me to play a bit. The image is from Digistamp4Joy and is this month's progressive challenge image on facebook. I used a gift bag and brighten it up. Papers are from Especially for you. Die is from Nellie Snellen.

Challenges I used as inspiration:
Digistamp4Joy June - Anything goes with butterflies
Crafting by design - Animals
C.R.A.F.T. challenge 22 June - Animals
Tuesday Morning Sketches #408 - Sketch
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour challenge 20 June with twist of anything but card.

Thank you and have a fantastic WE.
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Sunday, 4 June 2017

B & W with dash of red




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This is almost a belated post, but with some new inspirations I'll share it with you. The digi is from Digistamp4Joy and it was May's digi on Facebook. Somehow I only discovered it 2 days before the end of May. But with the black and white challenge at Crafting when we can it just seems right to use it anyway.  The papers are from my stash. The oval is a die from Sizzix and the hearts are dies from Nellie's multi frames. The ribbon I used in a dress form.

Challenges I took inspiration from:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #405
Sunny Day crafting - June - Tic Tac Toe - Middle left to right
Just us Girls  #396 - Die cuts
Crafting When we can #145 - Black & White with splash of colour
Digistamp4Joy June - Anything goes

Thank you and have a blessed week!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Work


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Another quick post for today. I need some male cards and I bought these Crea-lies dies in the beginning of the year. Scrolling through my digital images this one from Bugaboo called WorkGus caught my eye. With a few engineers in my circle of friend this will just do. I tried to stick with the black and white theme, though I used a little flesh. All papers are from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining:
Stella says Sketch #510
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Black & White
Penny's paper-crafty #331 - Anything goes
Creative moments #119 - Anything goes / Birthdays

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

Ebony treasure cove




Good day

I have to say I do dream of lazy summer days on the beach, but currently we are in winter, though not that cold, but definitely not the kind of weather to be outside on the beach with swimwear on.

This is a image of Lacy Sunshine called Ebony treasure cove. It was a freebie and I really love Lacy Sunshine images. With all the summer themes I made time to play. The paper is from very first years when I started making cards. I used sandy border from couture creations. The sentiment I took from Desert Diva. The seashells are from my last vacation in December.

Playing along with all my favourite challenge:
Sweet Stampin - Use your old stuff
Sweet Sketch Wednesday2 #113
Come and get it - Nautical
Crazy 4 challenges C4C387 - Summer destinations
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour challenge with twist of nautical
Use your Stuff - Summer fun blog hop

Hope you have a lovely day!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Baby boy on it's way




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Where did the time go!!! It has been exactly a month since I have last posted anything. We had a lot of public holidays and long weekends filled with hockey and rugby and I just didn't had time for anything else. Today I just decided to take some time of before I miss another deadline and before the little boy is born.
This is Chicken Run from Di's Digis and it is this month's progressive freebie at the Outlawz. With the lovely colour combo at the Outlawz Colour challenge the inspiration took over. The papers are from my stash and I used a Cuttlebug emboss folder for the diamonds(left bottom) and a Marianne's Design hearts emboss folder( my latest edition to my stash) The eyelets are from Fiskar and the sentiment is from confetti that my sister-in-law gave me as present when my eldest son was born, 15 years ago.

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Crafty Cardmakers #188 - Add a sentiment
Tuesday Trowdown #343 - Texture
Ooh la la Creations#228 - Something starting with B (boy card)
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge 16 May
The Outlawz Monthly progressive challenge - May 2017.
Tuesday Morning Sketches #403

Thank you and have a great day!
Hugs From Africa!
Olga

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

"Hello Dolly"




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Autumn is here in all its splendor. I have to admit that I am not fond of getting cold, but I can operate better in cooler conditions than scourging heat. Once again this is one of those projects that looked different in my head when I started than what it ended in. The designer paper is called Afri- Frans from Creative Talents. (Directly translated Afrikaans French) I bought this beautiful emboss folder this morning and could not resist playing with it. Digi is from Digistamp4Joy and is this month's progressive digi on their Facebook page. The rest came from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining:
Allsorts WK411 - Sketch
Crafting when we Can #142 - One for the girls
Digistamp4Joy - April - Inspired by a Song - Hello Dolly from Louis Armstrong
Come and Get it challenge - It's a girl thing
Digistamp4Joy FB progressive challenge - April
Use your Stuff #260 - Eyelets and brads
The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge - Tic Tac Toe - Middle left to right

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

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Signs of spring



Good day

It is a few days before Easter and everybody is super excited. Here too, but for different reasons. Except for religious reasons we are expecting our first real cold weather and this means we are well into autumn, my favourite time of year. Playing with spring colours makes it a challenge, though I love this image of Createful Heart digis called Hummingbird n morning glory flowers. It is the digi for this month's progressive challenge at The Outlawz. I used paper from Spring Drop by First Edition. The first time I used my butterfly border from Marianne's design.

Challenges I took my inspiration from:
Crafty Cardmakers #186 - Things with Wings
Digi Choosday WK15 - Anything goes
The Outlawz Colour challenge 11 April
The Outlawz Progressive challenge - April
Use your Stuff #259 - Flowers

Thank you and have a blessed Easter!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Friday, 31 March 2017

Ruff times



Good day

One good thing of a inspirational photo you can be very creative. When I first saw the colour inspirational photo the geometric strike me, but this morning when I saw this images from Digistamp for Joy I ended up with black and white with a dash of orange. My hubby is going through a rough patch at work and this is such a quit image that I thought I'll support him a bit. The paper is from my stash and the 3 paws are buttons that I have cut the loops off.

Challenges I used as inspiration:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #396
The Outlawz Colour Challenge 28 March 2017
The Male Room #57 - Black, White with dash of colour
Aud Sentiment #176 - Any sentiment except Birthday wishes

Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hoot of a birthday



Good day

Spring just bring a new bounce in your step and vibrant colours does more or less the same for me. This lovely inspirational photo from The Outlawz tantalized my senses to play and with more inspiration from few other blogs I ended up with this project of mine. I used 2 images from Bugaboo and a third's sentiment. (BUGBird01, Hoot hoot hooray and BIRDGR bday hoot sent - all from Bugaboo) I have to admit I prefer PNG files before JPEG files since you can play around with PNG files and combine them much easier. I just had to extend the little branch from the big bird to the small one. The papers is from my stash and it was the closest I could find with stripes on it.

Challenges I'm joining:
Creative Knockouts #186 - Spring is on the way
Double D challenge - Things that fly
Tuesday Morning Sketches #395
Catch the Bug - March Bingo - Gems, 2 images merged, stripes
Creative Moments #114 - Spring colours
The Outlawz Tuesday colour challenge 21 March 2017

Hope you enjoy the season, whether it is spring or autumn!
Hugs from Africa!
Olga

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Pansy Sprite



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It is a public holiday in South Africa today. Between my normal day chores I played with this beauty. Pansy Sprite from Aurora Wings. I only got it 2 days before the challenge closed and could not make it in time, but it is never too late to play with any cutie. The papers are from First Edition's Hide Away stack. Unfortunately I only had coloured doilies, but the yellow is in the colour scheme. To fit the sketch I cut it in the middle and glued it together in a rectangular.

Challenges I used as inspiration:
Use your Stuff  #256 - Doilies
Aurora Wings #46 - Sketch
Digi Choosday WK12 - Anything goes
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - 1 Ribbon, 2 Patterned Papers and 3 gems
Stamps by Aurora FB challenge March - Green

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

Friday, 17 March 2017

Feeling Fabulous



Good day

This is feeling Fabulous from Conie Fong which I won lately. Conie also has a progressive challenge on her Facebook page and the theme for March is anything goes or "green". Here the greens are changing into reds and browns, so not quite what she maybe had in mind. Well I found this beautiful piece of paper in my scrapbook stash and this kick started my creativity. I added bit and pieces and ended up with this. I want to give it to my friend, just to say thank you for her friendship.

Challenges I took inspiration from are:
Craft Rocket #35 - Make it feminine
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Celebrating women
Crafty Cardmakers #184 - For a special woman
Creative Knockouts #185 - Border time
My time to craft #341 - Sketch time

Thank you and have a lovely day!
Olga

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Saint Patrick




Good day

A quicky this time. I took a Prayer from the internet from Saint Patrick and used it as my focal point. I played with my new Nellie Snellen dies with papers from my stash. I used my Fiskar stripe emboss template for the embossing on the the brown.

Challenges I'm joining:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #394
The Outlawz Colour challenge 14 March with twist of adding a clover
Use your stuff #255 - Dry embossing
Crafting by Design - For a man

Thank you and have a lovely day.
Hugs from Africa!
Olga