Sunday, August 31, 2014

DS4J release BOX KITE

My Dad loved things that flew, especially airplanes and kites. He built a few kites by hand when I was young and I vaguely remember him trying a box kite. They can be quite tricky though!  So when I was thinking of flying things, this popped up almost immediately:
I used the WEEK 2 sketch from VIVA la VERVE sketches for August which I rotated left 90degrees.
Below is another close-up showing how I paper-pieced and popped up the top part of the front of each box on the sides.
Sentiment: Unity Stamp Co Birthday Chic
Clouds die:  JOY! crafts by Noor design

Visit the DS4J blog for more inspiration by the DT!

This and my other images will be available in the DS4J SHOP


DS4J release HOUSES

Here's the first of my new images for this Sunday's release at Digistamps4Joy.  I think there's a bit of the houses we've lived / live in, in these!
 I first wanted to make a magnetic card to put on the fridge, but of course when you're looking for craft supplies in a house where there's another creative soul (who's only 7), things tend to go missing. So my 2nd option was to put it in a frame that was in my craft drawer.
The font for the scripture is "Always in my Heart" (free commercial font)

I printed two copies out, the background copy was cut out as one piece and then the houses were coloured and cut out separately from the second and paper pieced on top.

Coloured with Spectrum Noirs

Please visit the DS4J blog today and see the other beautiful creations from the DT!

This image and the Box kite in my following post will be available in the DS4J SHOP

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another new DS4J release - Flower frame

Here's a flower frame I made for Digistamps4Joy that goes with the zentangle frame and can also be used for sentiments. But here I made a collar for an envelope (3x4) that I made with my envelope punch board from We-R-Memory Keepers.  You can write the recipient's name on it and put it on a gift. OR use the frame as a name tag to paste on a gift.
(The brown envelope shows what the back of it looks like)
 I used my Sakura Gel pen to cover the flowers and it gives it a smooth finish.

DS4J Release Sunday - Ice cream!

It's release Sunday at Digistamps4Joy and here's my first of two new images, ICE CREAM!! We all scream for Ice Cream, of course!
I used some Glossy Accents to mimic the melting ice cream and the background was just done with sponging and masking. I used a spellbinder circle die and for the rays, I just cut the shape out of card stock and used it as a stencil.
 The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co
I used the current CAS(E) the Sketch layout:
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

GDT at Glitter n Sparkle - BUTTERFLIES

I'm happy to represent Digistamps4Joy as sponsor by joining the fabulous team at GLITTER N SPARKLE today in their new BUTTERFLIES challenge!!  I'm using a DS4J image that I created, BUTTERFLY:
(Click to open clearer pictures)

 I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches from a few weeks ago:
Visit the Glitter n Sparkle blog for more inspiration and link up your creations!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DS4J challenge CIRCLES

Asmah is hosting the new Digistamps4Joy challenge and it's all about


I used the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch which fitted it perfectly!

For the main window I used my new "Ivy Circle" image which fits Spellbinders Circle dies!  The DP for the main panel as well as the circle cutouts are from Prima Marketing (Lady bug collection).

The sentiment is Unity Stamp Co "A Lovely Butterfly Day"

If you want to play along and would like to use a DS4J image (more chances of winning bigger!) I have this image above and a FLOWER CIRCLE image in the shop.

Join us soon!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another new image for DS4J Aloha!

Aloha!!  We are moving SWIFTLY into Spring here in Johannesburg, South Africa and after a very mild winter I think we might be in for a hot summer. I hope not since I melt!

Here is a card with my 2nd image for Digistamps4Joy's new release today, Aloha!  NOTE: The image in the shop comes with two sentiments in two different fonts as well.
Since I love making a scene I just knew that Margy's Sailboat and Lighthouse images would go perfectly together. Strips of torn cardstock creates texture and image as well.

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DS4J Release Zentangle frame

I love the idea of "zentangle". It's a lot like the doodling I did in school and university. Sort of calms the mind doesn't it?

So here's one of the three new images I'm releasing today in the DS4J shop:

You can either leave it black & white, or lightly shade parts (if you enlarge the close-up you might see the very light blueish grey in areas) or go BOLD and do all the colours you can lay your hands on.

I used the current layout of Freshly Made Sketches:

Zentangle doesn't need training of plans, but your own creativity and go with the flow!

I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink but you can resize the frame to fit any of your favourite sentiment stamps or create your own in Word or Powerpoint.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Isabel's entry for Simon Says Stamp

Here's the card Isabel (7) made for the August Simon Says Stamp "Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge".

Images she used:

Chandelier: Marianne Design (CS0857 (Vintage dress form & accessories)
Dog: GinaK Designs (from a grab bag)
Speech bubble & 'cul8r': "We-R-Memory Keepers" - Text messages
Fish tank: HER OWN DESIGN!!!! She asked me to make from one of her drawings "a picture I can also print & use over and over"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New image - Butterfly beauty

Here's a preview of another new image of mine in the Digistamps4Joy shop, Butterfly Beauty
Posts below shows "Babybag" and "Flower circle" so check it out!

DS4J new release BABY BAG

Here's a new image of mine, BABY BAG, for Digistamps4Joy and also a reminder of our current challenge "CELEBRATE SOMETHING NEW":

(Click to open for clearer picture)
Sentiment: Chiswick
Background DP stamped with Unity Stamp Co's "Mr. Boy"
I used the current challenge layout from Freshly Made Sketches
Get this baby bag image from the DS4J shop here:
Direct link: Babybag


Another new DS4J image FLORAL CIRCLE

I've been meaning to do some images that can be die-cut if scaled and printed to the correct size. I took a circle SPELLBINDERS die and traced it onto my paper before drawing the floral decoration. I scaled mine to have a bit of a wider border when die-cut with the Spellbinders Circle die and then layered with the Scalloped Circle die.

I used the layout for the DIE-CUTTIN' DIVAS challenge which I hope to enter once this post goes live!
Sentiment: GinaK Designs (from a winners grab bag)

Visit the DS4J shop to get this image:
Direct link: Flower Circle


Friday, August 1, 2014

My 2nd image & FMS

I split my 2nd DS4J image (flowerpots) up to fit the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
I used all 4 pots in the image though and turned the card vertical.
This image is our FRIDAY FREEBIE this weekend at Digistamps4Joy so head over there quick!

Get this image HERE:


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DS4J Friday Freebie and my 2nd image!

(CLICK HERE for my latest DS4J post introducing my first digital stamp for sale!)

 Here's my second image for Digistamps4Joy and this weekend it's our Friday Freebie!!
I printed the image out a couple of times and shaded the pots with distress inks and covered with Glossy Accents.  I then cut the pots out and glued over the pots on the main panel to overlap the ribbon.
The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co' "A lovely butterfly day"

How to get it for free this weekend:

IMPORTANT NOTE...... The freebie will no longer be available on the Blog, but only in the Shop in the new Freebies category. This means that if someone wants the freebie, they will have to set up an account in the shop (free and very easy!) and then add the image to their cart. At checkout it will be FREE. The freebie will now be available for 3 days.

Get this image HERE:

Go get it quick and enjoy! Use it to enter future DS4J challenges!


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Snowboard Santa

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