Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Well Done, Banyana Banyana!


It is Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Jackson's Digital Expressions!

It is also the last week of the Month Long Party!

The theme for this week is "Anything Goes" with an optional sketch. I must confess, I got a bit carried away with the sketch and made 3 cards, with another still in the making. I just loved the sketch!

My first card is in honour of the South African Ladies Soccer Team that competed at the Olympic Games. We call them "Banyana Banyana". When I started colouring the cute Lil Street Baller II, our team was playing against Sweden. I copied the clothes they were wearing. They lost 4-1 unfortunately. Today, they played against Japan and drew 0-0, an excellent performance, since Japan is the World Champions. It was their first time at the Olympic Games and even though they finished last in their group, the attitude of the image says it all: "Watch us next time". You go girls! 

Well, here is my card in the Green and Gold of South Africa:

Hope you like it and will join us in the challenge!

PS. Do pop over to have a look at all the wonderful creations of the Design Team.



My second project for the Jackson's Digital Expressions Anything Goes and an Optional Sketch Challenge is a 3"x 3" Easel Card variation.

I used the super cute Bugaboo Lil Princess to create my little card! What a lovely size this is to work with! I coloured her in dress in pink, layered her on pink card, and added some silver board to follow the sketch. Pink ribbon and a Princess Crown charm finishes off the card part. Some pink & silver card was used to add a frame on the front part of the card. This can be used for a sentiment or as a name tag.

Hope you like her and that you will come and join the challenge!

Bugaboo is the sponsor this week and you will stand a chance to win 7 (yes seven) digital images. They also have weekly freebies and some fun images. Do visit them too!

Bright Paisley Sketch


My third project for the Jackson's Digital Expressions Challenge goes bright!

Bugaboo is our sponsor this week and I have used Penny Paisley 1 for my CAS card. I coloured her in bright colours and repeated them all in the other layers. A bright daisy with a rhinestone center complete my bright card. My sentiment is a firm favourite from PSX.

Hope you like her and will join the challenge!

Cherry on Top!


It's week 2 of the 'Give me Five' challenge at the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Meljen Designs let us play with a few images and this week I'm using Cherry Mouse for my ATC.

Ok, I must confess, I really do not like any kind of rodents, but this little critter is really cute and I even enjoyed colouring him. He will not make me like his fellow live family, but I don't mind having him around. VBG! The background is my own scribbling with fineliners.

Here is my ATC:

Hope you like it and will join in the challenge!

I'm entering my ATC in the Sugar and Spice challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. I'm sure that the cherry will qualify as 'all things nice' ...

Friday, 27 July 2012

A splash of Green!


The Brown Sugar Challenge Blog has a Black & White & splash of Colour Challenge. They also ask to use a Sassy Studio Designs image.

I've used Magazine Margie that was a freebie on Paper Craft Planet to create my card. My colour splash is Green.

Hope you like her!

Do visit again!

Funky Frankie


MayzyArt has a cardless challenge that I'm entering.

I've used Frankie (a freebie Mayzy offered generously) to create my tag:

I added some Faux Stitching and ribbon but not more. Hope you like her!

Do visit again!

Sassy Cape Town!


Sassy Studio Designs had an Around the World Blog Hop last weekend as well as a challenge to make a card showing your favourite country.

There are many countries I would love to visit. Those include France, Spain and the USA. Reading books and surfing the web is another way of seeing a bit of the world.

I live in my favourite country in my favourite city, the beautiful Cape Town, in South Africa. My card depict the Fourth of July Honey with a flag of South Africa on a background of an aerial photo of Cape Town. After seeing this, you know why I love it here!

Hope you'll visit again!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Golden Memories


It is cold in Cape Town and that is the half the reason why I fell in love with Shawna Latte from MayzyArt the moment I set my eyes on her! The other half is: coffee. :)

The theme for this week at Jackson's Digital Expressions is Anything Goes! The Altered Art Team is Hosting so anything altered goes too! Remember, it is a Month Long Celebration with weekly draws, so get that project linked up!

But wait, I got sidetracked and almost forgot to show you the fabulous Shawna!

I covered a small notebook with gold paper to start with and then added a green ribbon plus a bow. Shawna was coloured with my pencils and then blended to get a lovely effect.  I stayed with warm colours. I added some Copper around the edges and some chalk on the background. The image was then layered onto brown and coppery papers and added to the cover. 3 rhinestones add some more bling!

Here she is a little nearer:

Well, by now you know that Mayzy is sponsoring us this week. Do visit her store, she has a lovely variety of images available, even a few 3-packs & 5-packs!

Do join us at Jackson's Digital Expressions this week you can stand in line to win! The design team has put together a wonderful selection to really get you going! Hope to see you there!

And of course, do not forget to visit the Robert Jackson store as well!

I'm adding my project to the MayzyArt Cardless Challenge.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Give Me Five!


It is a new week and a new challenge over at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!

This week the theme is "Give Me Five".

This is such a broad theme and all that is asked is that you show a foot, a hand, a paw, a claw or even just fingers! Use your imagination and join the challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Meljen's Designs. She has such a lovely selection of images in her store. Do make sure that you visit there!

My little card was made to look like children's art. The Humpty Dumpty was coloured with pencils, blended and then cut out. The background on the little card was done with pastel chalks. A red fine liner was used to write my message on the little flag!

Hope this will bring a smile to someone's face!

Hope to see you at the challenge!!

Saturday, 21 July 2012



My favourite pastime is reading, always was, always will be!

When I received this darling image for my DT projects at Jacksons Digital Expressions, it reminded me of myself and of course I had to make one of my little magnetic bookmarks to use it. There is a tutorial here.

I coloured Robert Jackson's Quiet Moment with my pencils, cut and layered it and added it to the bookmark. The bookmark was completed with the magnets.

Here is my bookmark:

And here it is in action:

Remember, when you are making a bookmark: Keep it simple with minimum embellishments and no sticky edges! That can damage your books!

Do come and join us at Jackson's Digital Expressions! There is a Month Long Challenge on the go.

Friday, 20 July 2012



This week is my first week on the Design Team at Jackson's Digital Expressions!
I'm am very exited to be on the team!

Robert Jackson has a wonderful collection of digital images, some real fun ones and some really beautiful images. I'm already enjoying playing with what I have received! Do visit the shop and feast your eyes!

The first card I made is a card in the CAS style. I'm using Robert Jackson's Vintage Hat V. I coloured it with my pencils (Various, watercolour and regular). I blended it lightly to keep the idea of texture on the hat and the jacket. The image was then layered on mirror board and royal blue card.

The background was created by using Penny Black Antique Pattern. (circa 2000!) inking it and stamping second and third impressions, not pressing very hard. That is to give that sort of faded, worn look, I hope. (LOL). Well, you can decide on this one.

I also added some beads on a piece of nylon thread that I wrapped around the card. The bottom bead was glued to the card. The beads are quite big, but I just like them with the card and it did remind me of the times when we did wear those large beads. In the end it creates a vintage feel.

The challenge at Jackson Digital Expressions is a Month Long Party where Anything Goes. There are weekly challenges on specific themes and there is a weekly draw for some fabulous images. So do pop over and add your fabulous creation! Hope to see you there

PS. This post is a bit late. I had some issues with my PC...took some time to sort out, also a bit inconvenient. But I'm back online!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Sew Vintage Silhouette


It's week 2 at The Cheerful Stamp Pad and the DT Team has come up with some more fabulous inspiration for this fun challenge.

My inspiration comes from my love of sewing. I've used images from The Graphics Fairy, a sentiment for Create with TLC and another one of the fabulous Silhouettes from Floppy Latte.  

The vintage feel is to celebrate all the seamstresses in my family. My late grandmother made clothes for a living. She could produce the most fabulous gowns, including wedding gowns. All her daughters (my mother and aunts) were excellent needlewomen, doing sewing, knitting, embroidery and more. My aunt aged 82 does lace making as a hobby working with ultrafine yarns, creating all kinds of pretty things. Her angels are popular. My mother made most of our clothes when we grew up and she also knitted quite a few items. My dad's sister also still sews & crochet.

Thanks for popping in! I hope you will come and join us!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Silhouette Fantasy


It is time for a new challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad and we have Floppy Latte as our sponsor.

They have all these wonderful Silhouettes that the Design Team could play with. Do go and have a look around!

I decided to use Garden Fantasy and keep it simple:

I added my background using sponges and stamp pads, doing the same on the card. A bright pink layer, rhinestone flowers and a touch of glitter adds some extra detail to the dawn scene.

Hope you like it and will come and join us!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Patriotic Show your Flag Hop

Welcome to the Crafting By Designs Blog Hop! We are celebrating our 1st Birthday!

Our theme is Patriotic / the colours of your flag.

If you arrived here from the talented Tammy Smith’s Blog, you are still on course. If not, you might want to start from the beginning at my friend Doris’s Blog.

At Crafting By Designs we have members from all over the world and this gave all of us a chance to show off our national flags and cities or countries and be patriotic.

I live in the most beautiful city, Cape Town, on the tip of Africa, in Sunny, Friendly South Africa.

Our flag is quite unique, since it is the only National flag that has 6 colours in its main design. So I have a wonderful palette of 6 colours to play with: Blue Black, Chilli Red, Gold Yellow, Spectrum Green, National Flag White & National Flag Blue. Read a bit more here and here.

Our Democracy is 18 years old this year, and for my creation, I chose Katniss Girl on Fire from Sassy Studio Designs to showcase the colours of my flag: I chose the red, gold, black & white. It shows youth and vibrancy, and also the preciousness of our cultures & peoples. (my interpretation)

Thanks that I could entertain you for a minute or 2. Hope you enjoyed the visit and will pop in again!

I would also like to invite you to visit Crafting by Designs once you have completed the Blog Hop, and if you like what you see, do consider joining us. We have regular challenges, loads of inspiration from the Design Team and the other members.The best part is the friendship and fun we share. Hope that we'll see you there too!

Your next stop will be the fabulous blog of:Tammy Martinez.

PS. My niece lent me her 'Hunger Games' book - I'll start reading it this weekend! :)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Find Five...


Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenges made me think a bit with their F is for... Challenge.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I'm a compulsive reader. I read anything & everything. Getting a challenge like this, made me grab my dictionary and read through the F words...well, I'm still busy, but I took a break and made my ATC.

I challenged my self to add Five elements/things/images that start with F.

See if you can find them before I give you the list:

Here is the list:
1. Flower (rose)
2. Fancy Font (background)
3. Feathered Friend (little bird)  - coloured with my pencils & left it unblended.
4. Fern (faintly in background)
5. Five dragonFlies (Ok, I used a bit of artistic licence here VBG)

How many did you get?
Yes, I had FUN Finding Five Falderals (fandangles, flourishes: little things) to add to my ATC.
Image is Flitter (another F!) from A Day for Daisies.

Hope you are inspired too!

I'm adding my ATC to the 'Anything Goes' challenge no 17 at ATC's & Cards with Attitude - I think my ATC has got enough Attitude to stand it's own ground.

Fairies & Flakes


I've created an ATC for the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge : WW#38 F is for...

I've used the A Day for Daisies image : Little Winter Fairy
I coloured her in silver, purple & blue and added some glitter with my gelly Roll.
A tiny Stampendous Snowflake adds some white & silver Flakes.
3 Clear rhinestones add a touch of extra bling.

Hope you like her:

Anything Goes Textured with a Sketch!.


I've combined 2 challenges to create my ATC.

The first is the 'Anything Goes with an Optional Sketch #10' at Jackson's Digital Expressions.
The second is 'Texture' at A Day for Daisies.

I used the sweet 'New Shell Baby' that is provided as a freebie for the challenge on A Day for Daisies.
The handmade paper of the base card provides the texture. I coloured the image with my pencils and lightly blended it.

The sketch on Jackson's Digital Expressions inspired the layout. I cut the flags out of cardstock & a paint chip. The stars were punched out of the same. A rhinestone adds a final touch.

Hope you like my ATC: