Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DS4J Challenge #68 - Oh to be young again!

South Africa is celebrating Youth Day in June and our DS4J Challenge is to make a card/creation that shows what it means to be a teenager or young adult, or make a creation/card for a person aged 12-20. I love this DS4J Nancy Neighbour image. She seems so sweet for the "girl next door":
Background DP: Digital paper from Bearly Mine
Die-cut: Nellie Snellen
Text sentiment: Prima

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Quick & Simple

Here's a quick and simple card using a gorgeous embossing folder from Darice & a bold sentiment from Unity Stamps:
I shaded the embossed area with Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz).

Entering into: (CAS)

Vintage for a special lady

Here is a very special card made for a very special lady. Rita, if you might stumble over here before your birthday... Look Away!! LOL (I don't think she's on the Web but just in case). Rita is the very dedicated lady who keeps track of all the birthdays and anniversaries at church. So I hand the cards I make for the following month to her, she gets them inscribed by the pastor and then hands them out as the birthdays happen.  She shyly asked me a while back if I could make her a different card than the rest of the June birthdays and have it inscribed and then give it to her for her birthday as a surprise. What a pleasure.

This classy vintage image I found here a while back and it just popped out to be used for this card:

 Light coloring with Spectrum Noir (Turquoises & some naturals) leaving the background black & white.
This adorable little die-cut envelope (with lining!) is from Marianne Designs. The lace is from a little stash I inherited from my grandmother who used to make fabric dolls when I was little.
Leaves die-cuts are from Spellbinders ("Leaves").
Sentiment above the name is from GinaK Designs (Petals & Wings).
Background DP is from We R Memory Keepers (Vintage Chiq)

Entering into: (Using a mini-envelope) (envelope die-cut & zig-zag border) (anything goes) (anything goes)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Soccer CAS

As some of you know, I make birthday and anniversary cards for church and I try to make personalised ones for the kids. So I find out what are their hobbies or interests and try to find an image that matches it. Most of these images I find when I Google images for "coloring + (theme)" and I found this perfect one for a soccer-loving boy who is turning 11 :D
Digital image source:
Sentiment stamp: Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #12

Entering into:

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I am excited to be hosting my FIRST challenge at Moving Along with the Times!! Please go to MAWTT to see our fabulous sponsor (Bearly Mine) and links to my fellow DT's awesome cards!

Our challenge theme is EMBOSSING and participants can use either dry or wet (heat) embossing or both (like I did). The flower was heat embossed in black and the background frame for it dry embossed with Cuttlebug's D'Vine Swirl.
This is actually a little 4"x4" card and I made the digital DP's dimensions 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" before printing.
Background DP: Bearly Mine's "Floral Surprise"
Floral image: GinaK Designs - "Petals & Wings"
Sentiment: GinaK Designs - "Funny Farm" (I love it when you find the perfect stamp in an unlike place (-:)

Please join us at MAWTT in our Embossing Challenge!!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DS4J Challenge #67: SPRING has sprung

It's time for a new Digistamps4Joy challenge!!!
The Northern hemisphere will be celebrating spring! Make a creation/card showing how you enjoy this season, whether it is chasing the lambs in the field, oohing and aahing the new blossoms on the fruit trees, or the fact that you will be seeing more sun! Go for it! Important: The word SPRING should appear somewhere on your card.
The text didn't come out so nice, so here it is:

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
-- Percy Bysshe  Shelley --

I used DS4J's "Day Lily" and "Brushstroke Frame"

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Unity's April/May challenge

Floating butterflies!! In teal or purple for Unity's April/May challenge:

Note: The purple lace is from a little batch I inherited from my Granny after she passed away, many years ago already. She would love to know they've found a good use!
Here's the sketch I used:
Stamp used: Unity's "Dream Big" & sentiment from "Birthday Chic"

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Moving Along with the Times challenge : CAS (Clean & Simple)

Here's a challenge that's tailor made for me! And I hope you'll join us at Moving Along with the Times in our
Our sponsor is: A Passion For Stamps


Stamps from Unity Stamps' Could I be any Cuter set
Check out the MAWTT for all the rules & requirements and to enter!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

DS4J New Release Sunday & some colourful news!

It's new release Sunday at Digistamps4Joy and there's something extra in the works! There will be an option to purchase pre-colored images! Just look here at a sample of what's available:
They'll be available separately from the black & white line images at the same cost and in JPG format. How pretty is this!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Winner: 2nd blogoversary give-away!!

And the winner in our random draw (by Isabel) is....
Desire, please drop me a message how you would like to receive your goodies :D


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DS4J #66: Women are Special

We will be celebrating Mother's Day on 12 May this year and for a change my Mom will actually be with us then. Mmmm, maybe we should plan something  :D.
Here's my card for the new Digistamps4Joy Challenge: WOMEN ARE SPECIAL.

I printed the lilies out twice. On the 2nd copy I colored the flowers and cut them out to pop onto the bottom ones for dimension. The bottom lilies were cut out as a unit and then glued to the white background. I shaded the doily before gluing the circle panel.

DS4J; Day Lily
Sentiment: GinaK Designs
Dies: Spellbinders circles, Nellie Snellen
Frame embossed with Spellbinders impressabilities "Flourish"
Background DP: Prima "Melody" (quite an old paper pack... but it had hints of a lily on it! See bottom edge where it's peeking out)
The white with silver background paper for the lily is from a specialized paper that my sister bought years ago at a hobby expo. She had a whole pack of different designs that she passed along...)

Playing along: 2W, P1/15 Use doily/cake napkins M, P1, 2E(daily) Anything goes with flowers (must have 3 or more) M, P1 - Mother's or for a female 

Snowboard Santa

I was looking for a cool image for a teenager and found this gem at Mo's Digital Pencil: