Friday, September 26, 2014

Adding a beautiful touch quickly

We have a funeral in the family tomorrow and I am helping with the arrangements. We will be singing Amazing Grace at the grave site and I printed out the verses to be handed out there. I thought they looked a bit bleak so I quickly stamped each one with London Fog Memento ink and a stamp from Unity's January 2014 Kit of the month.
May everyone be well and give your brothers, sisters, spouse, children and parents a hug and kiss when you can. You never know how much time you will have left with them.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DS4J sale NOW ON and my latest images

Hint hint - here's a shortcut to my images in the shop:

Here's a reminder of my CAKE SLICE that was released on Sunday:

And here is a COOL BUILDING CRANE for the building boys (like mine!!). Use the banner to put a message or a birthday boy's age....

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DS4J release Sunday and IT's MY BIRTHDAY!!!

I am celebrating my 40'ish birthday today and a party is not a party if there's not cake!!!  So, very nicely, my new DS4J image today is a big fat slice of chocolate cake drizzling with caramel :

 On the inside...
 Cupcake image: Unity Stamp Co "Mix up of cuteness"
I used the layout for the current CAS(E) this Sketch:
Hope you will all have a very blessed Sunday.


Friday, September 19, 2014

GIU (last) Day 5 THANK YOU

Today is my last day as the Growing In Unity girl and I want to thank everyone who visited this week!  So here's a Thank You card especially for all of you:

Background DP stamped with:
Vertical strip stamped with:

I used the Week 2 Sketch from Viva la Verve for the layout:

I hope everyone enjoyed this week and we are looking forward to next week's new GIU gal!  Remember to leave a comment on all of this week's GIU posts for more chances to win your choice of two Itty Bittys!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

GIU Day 4

Good day everyone!  Let's take a moment and COUNT OUR BLESSINGS this day!

I first inked up the main image with distress ink (mustard seed) and then used my dew drop Memento brown ink to ink around the edges of the stamp where the writing was. I then stamped it. I also inked around the edges of the card stock before gluing the panel.

*  Main image:

Tomorrow is my last GIU day so remember to scroll down if you haven't commented on the other days' posts yet!
At the end of the week I will pick ONE lucky commenter from this week's comments to win TWO Itty Bitty's!

WINNER DS4J blog hop

Here is the winner of the lucky commenter on my blog post for the Digistamps4Joy blog hop!  You win my "Balloon Gift" image!

Please contact Margy at compugen @ netactive . co . za.  Add that you won on RIETTE'S BLOG the "BALLOON GIFT' image.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GIU Day 3

Hello new visitors!! Remember to scroll down in my blog to find my Day 1 and Day 2 posts.

Today I have another CAS card for you:
I used the layout from Clean&Simple Stamping #306
I white embossed the main image and then shaded the piece of card stock with distress ink (mustard seed and wild honey). I cut it out but let the tips of the feather hang over the edge.

*  Main image: 
*  Sentiment:

At the end of the week I will pick ONE lucky commenter from this week's comments to win TWO Itty Bitty's!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GIU Day 2

It's Day 2 in my Growing In Unity week and I think we should go sailing!

I stamped the image on the white card stock and then paper pieced the red sails on it with 3D foam. A stripped blue card stock is the water.  I used the layout from Happy Little Stampers:
*  Main image & sentiment:

At the end of the week I will pick ONE lucky commenter from this week's comments to win TWO Itty Bitty's!

DS4J 100th challenge anniversary!!!

(Please scroll down if you're looking for my Unity GIU Day 1 post)

Welcome to the Digistamps4Joy CELEBRATIONS. We are celebrating our 100th Blog Challenge with a Blog Hop running from 3 – 16 September 2014, a month long challenge, and ad hoc prizes during the month .

Our first challenge on our new blog was on the 23rd February 2012, and we are thrilled to still have you as our 'fans' after 2 and a half years! As a big THANK YOU to all of you, we are holding a BLOG HOP where you can win many prizes, including more of our fabulous digistamps! We have some new releases we are showcasing and which will be given away to some lucky followers. If you enter our challenge, you again put yourself in line to win more of our digistamps. And to top it all off, Margy will be throwing in some ad hoc prizes and discounts on the main DS4J blog ( during September! Join with us as we CELEBRATE!

You have arrived at RIETTE's blog in Johannesburg, South Africa!

Fabulous HOP Prizes

1. DS4J is offering 6 new digistamps as prizes on six of the DT member’s blogs to a randomly drawn follower of that blog and who has left a comment. The other DT member blogs will be giving away a previously released digistamp, also to a randomly drawn follower and commenter! In addition, some of the blog owners may have personal prizes which are only applicable to the country they live in. So come on in, meet our fabulous Design Team, and have some fun!
2. The main DS4J blog is also giving away 100 REWARD POINTS during the Hop to one lucky winner, which can be spent in the Digistamps4Joy store (! Now isn’t that a fabulous prize?
There are some rules for winning these prizes, so make sure you read these below!

Blog Hop Navigation
If you landed on my page first then just carry on to the next blog TONNIE, and then from the main blog again till you are back at my blog, OR start at the top at the Digistamps4Joy blog, and work your way though to the final stop (Zella’s blog). The full hop order is listed on the main DS4J blog.
 Here is the card I made for the Blog Hop and I used a new image, Balloon Gift, to celebrate this occasion and a lucky follower and commenter on this post can win it!

Little cloud stamp:

Please read carefully - I do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of THIS blog (if you're not already)
2). Leave a comment under THIS post

Please read carefully - we do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of the main DS4J blog
2). Leave a comment on the blog post.

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Your next stop will be the talented TONNIE

The Hop will end at 1600 (Central African Time) on Tuesday 16th September.
The full list of Blog Hop winners will be announced on Thursday 18th September on the main Digistamps4Joy blog.
Each blog will also indicate its own winner on 18th September.

Don't forget, you can still enter our regular challenge - running for the whole month, and with the theme of "Celebrations"

There will be ad hoc prizes and discounts given away on the main DS4J blog only. But you will need to pop in regularly to 'catch these' as each one will only be available for a short time.

FULL LIST of participating DT:

Main DS4J BLOG (Margy)
Alex -
Annie -
Antoinette -  
Asmah -
Audrey -
Berni -
Charlene -
Desire -
Emily -
Gloria -
Jackie -
JenLee (artist) -
Julie Odil -
Karin -
Margaret -
Margy (pers) -
Pat -
Riette -
Tonnie -
Ursula -
Zella -


Monday, September 15, 2014

GIU girl week!! Day 1

What an absolute privilege it is to be Growing In Unity girl this week!!  I adore Unity's images and their very generous owner, Angela, makes the company fun to deal with but she is also SO generous with frequent sales that makes people like me able to afford just a little bit more :D

My style is CAS so you'll be seeing lots of clean space this week!  I decided to EMBRACE NEW BEGINNINGS this Monday morning and here is my first card!

*  Main image: 
*  Sentiment:

At the end of the week I will pick ONE lucky commenter from this week's comments to win TWO Itty Bitty's!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2nd DS4J release today - BOOKS

Aaah I love books. Lots and lots of books. Especially "keepers" and "re-readers".  With our homeschooling we are also building up quite a library! So here's a new image, BOOKS,  for my fellow book lovers. There is also a separate image bundle with book titles that you can choose and resize for your spines as I have done here:
All DP: Bo Bunny "Lady Bird"

Visit the DS4J blog to see more new release and inspiration today! And HERE is the SHOP.

(Remember the DS4J blog hop ends 16th!)

DS4J Release - Rocket

Hope everyone got a chance to hop along with us at Digistamps4Joy!  The hop is closing on Tuesday so if you haven't yet, visit the home page to start the hop.  But for today we have new images and here is my first of two new releases today!
I love boy cards so here is my own ROCKET for my little boy (he asked for the card for his 5th birthday coming up in November :D )
The background was stamped in gold embossing and the rocket was cut out and popped up with 3D foam.

Background stamp: Unity Stamp Co "Mr Boy"

Visit the DS4J shop for this and more of my images!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Latinas & America Guest DT


Cómo estás?
Oh dear that is about as far as my limited Spanish goes! But since hubby is originally from Argentina my kids have Latin American blood in them! Oh and lots of German too - LONG story :D

I am happy to be a Guest DT at Latinas en America and the theme is Back to School but with a twist. The project must be shaped like something school related. I have this cute little note paper stamp from Unity and used that to make a bookmark. I need lots of them!  I used the "School bag" image from Digistamps4Joy.

  Muchas Gracias Amigas!

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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: