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whichever order I put them in, these are my passion!

... all from my little home studio in Durban, on the east coast of sunny South Africa!

"I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird." -- Paul McCartney

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


  This weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between. Remember to click on the sneak peek button on the side bar for the following weeks sketch each Friday.


  Enter one style or both this week.

Just have fun and come play with us :)

*Our MMSC92 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....


Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.

Robyn's Fetish  Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is

owned by Robyn Weinrib.  Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

1 12 x 12 Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper pad “Vintage Shabby” pattern

1 Tim Holtz  set of 96 “Adage” tickets

1  Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch “Garden Trellis”

Then we are also including : 4 digital stamps of the winner’s choice from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More

 Thank you Robyn for your FABULOUS PRIZE this week.


**Our February Monthly sponsor is....

Check out the monthly grand prize HERE.


Here is my card for this week's sketch

The image I used is "Sweet Peas", a brand new image available in the prisillastyles store HERE. It was coloured using my various coloured pencils and OMS, and a gold metallic pencil.

Offcuts of cardstock were used for the backing paper, and for the die cuts using my Nellie's Choice die. The butterflies, which are actually table sprinkles for caterig purposes, have been attached using double sided foam tape. The pink embossed paper is store bought, and the colour really matches the colouring of the image.

You are invited to hop on over to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge by clicking HERE, and enter your creation ... who knows, you might even win one of those fabuous prizes so generously supplied by our sponsors. hile you are there, have a look at the DT's fabulous inspiration creations, and visit their blogs to learn how they put their cards together.

Oh yes, and don't forget to visit the priscillastyles store - some really wonderful images have recently been added, and I am sure you'd like to be one of the first to work with them.

happy creating - I'm looking forward to leaving some lovely comments on your MMSC creations once they've been added.


Thursday, February 17, 2011


The blog hop will start and end at the A DAY FOR DAISIES blog, and continue in this order:

Jen - that's me (and where you are right now)

Then back to ADFD!

"If you came from Cat's blog you're in the right place!

To start at the beginning go to A Day For Daisies."

Now, all that being said ... why are you here?

First of all, you are taking part in our first ever blog hop - and YOU are part of history in the making.

Then today is also the start of a new challenge .... VINTAGE ....

And then, it being Friday, we have NEW RELEASE DAY!!! The new releases are some fabulous vintage images, just perfect for you to use for the challenge.

And this is my card, made from one of the images in the collection (can you spot which one?) ...

Next you'll go visit Lisa's blog!

You have one week to complete the blog hop, remember to leave a comment on each of the Design Team member's blogs, and at your last stop on the ADFD blog, let us know that you have completed the hop.

Next Friday (25 February)we'll choose a random winner to win one set from the release.

Now isn't that fun ? Please remember to leave a comment to be eligible for the prize draw.

Love and Hugs from a hot and humid Durban, South Africa .....



As usual, here are your useful links ...

Click here for the A Day for Daisies Store
Click here for the Challenge Blog
Click here to join A day for Daisies on CDAC
Click here to join A Day for Daisies on PCP
Click here to join A Day for Daisies on SSC

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


For the purpose of entering my creations on the Mr Linky, I need you add then to my blog, and here they are ...

The first three are for the BIRTHDAY CARD challenge...

The next three are for the COLOUR challenge, where we had to use the colour RED

Monday, February 14, 2011


Party week at the OUTLAWZ place kicked off yesterday (Sunday) with a CAS challenge in which you can enter up to three creations, and I have already entered my first two, for a chance to win some fantastic prizes! If you are a follower of my blog here you will have already read about the party to celebrate 300 members (we're past that now).

The CAS challenge had an inspirational photograph, and based on that, we needed to create. Now I am not the best at CAS projects - I love to pile it on, embellish, bling, and all the bells and whistles too! But I gave it my best shot.

Here are my first two creations

The first is an invitation wallet, on which I used an image from Pattie's Creations, available in her etsy store. Unfortunatel I don't have a template for you cos I custom cut it from an idea in my mind and with a little trial and error - this is what it came out as ...

The second is a CAS card using a largely uncoloured image from A Day for Daisies, and all that I did was paper piece the waistcoat. Isn't this the most tender of images - I just love it! More ADFD images are available here

I will be posting three more cards later this evening for the Birthday Challenge, so please pop back ...

Love Jen

Oh - Happy Valentines Day!


  This weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between. Remember to click on the sneak peek button on the side bar for the following weeks sketch each Friday.


 Enter one style or both this week.

Just have fun and come play with us :)

*Our MMSC91 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....

 Bonibleaux Designs carries all of your crazy "Dude" image needs. We bring you guy images and ideas for those hard to make cards for the "Dude" in your life. Guys aren't about flower and fluff. Guys are our heroes, our fighters, our beer chuggers and bug squashers.
Bonibleaux Designs bring you Manly Man images for your cards and gift ideas. We are all about the "Dudes" here.

Thank you so much Boni for this weeks fabulous prize!!


**Our February Monthly sponsor is....

Check out the monthly grand prize HERE.


Here is this week's Sketch and the card I made ...

I used the Bonibleaux image "Corset 2" and added a (real) lace skirt,and some bling. Th was matted onto some assorted offcuts of carstock and the white and black lace is a Fabscraps (South Arican company) scrapbooking paper.

If you would like a chance to win some of those fantastic prizes, just click HERE to go the the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge blog to enter!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


We are celebrating the 5000 members mark with fabulous celebrations, prizes and lots of fun.

There are hundreds of dollars of prizes up for grabs, yes even for the international members!

■ Prize List for winners Worldwide!
■ Deluxe Kodak canvas camera case, lined, with accessory pockets
■ Kodak fashion neckstraps/bracelets for cameras or cell phones
■ The Ribbon Box - your ultimate tangled ribbon solution
■ Gingerloft - $10 Gift Voucher
■ Glitterbabe's Art - $10 Gift Voucher
■ tortagialla - $10 Gift Voucher
■ Nana Vic - $10 Gift Voucher
■ Design2Delight - $20 Gift Voucher
■ Doodle Pantry - $12 Gift Voucher
■ Michelle Perkett Studio - $10 Gift Voucher
■ Heart Song Designs - $10 Gift Voucher
■ A Day for Daisies - $20 Gift Voucher
■ Guylou's Inimitability - $10 Gift Voucher
■ Just Some Lines - $12 Gift Voucher
■ Shelly's Images - $12 Gift Voucher
■ Mami Doodles - $10 Gift Voucher
■ Deedee's Digis - $10 Gift Voucher
■ "priscillastyle" - $10 Gift Voucher

There are THREE ways you can stnd a chance to win these prizes, and if you would like to know how, just click HERE

The deadlione to enter is 28 Feburay 2011 and the winners will be announced early in March!



Have you heard of THE OUTLAWZ?

It's a great site to join if you love challenges ... Each day of the week is dedicated to a specific challenge, eg. Every Monday there is a new Birthday Card Challenge. If you enter a card every week, you go into a draw at the end of the month and stand to win a prize.

Besides being great fun, you will get to meet friends, both new and familiar, and the camarderie there is infectious!

Now is a gret time to join because next week is going to be really special ... and this is why:

Giddy Up Partners..... it's Time for a Showdown!!!

You are invited to The Outlawz Showdown!! We want to show you our appreciation for joining and participating in The Outlawz challenges!! The Showdown starts right here on February 13! Our sponsors have provided us with awesome prizes, and you don't want to miss it!! Don't forget the party starts on February 13, and you will have 22different chances to win!! Sme of the fabulous prizes are ...

Oozak: $50 Gift Certificate
Susana's Custom Art and Card Design: SCACD $25.00 Gift Certificate
Color Me Creative Classroom: (Suzanne Dean) One online Copic Class of your choice.
One Crazy Stamper: $25.00 Gift Certificate
Paper Temptress: $25.00 Gift Certificate
Paper Temptress: 2 packs of Cryogen Paper 20 sheet count
ThePurplePlace: $25.00 Gift Certificate, winner’s choice of store

.................. and there are MANY MANY more ....

If you'd like to know more (and who wouldn't want to win an awesome prize or two or three) head over there and join up right now .... just click HERE


First the GOOD NEWS !!!

CS Designs has just started a NEW group on SNR ... and you are invited to join our group there too.

This is your invitation... just click .........<<HERE>>. Chris and the Design Team would LOVE to welcome you there!

I have TWO creations using the fabulous digital images designed by Chris Stern of CS Designs to show you this week:

The first one (above) is FLORAL SUN MONTAGE which I printed onto white cardstock and cut out using a Nellies Choice die. Coloured in various coloured pencils and OMS, it was mebellished using rhinestones, sequins and beads which I sewed on. The backing is various offcuts of cardstock which I rescued from my box marked 'too pretty to toss'.

The second creation is EXPRESSIVE HEARTS 1, a riot of fantasy colour and beads, sequins and flat back pearls. I think it has a bit of an Egyptian (Tutankhamen) feel to it with the gold and turquoise colors in the hair, now that I look at as a photograph.

Click HERE if you'd like to become a member of Chris' group on CDAC ...

Happy crafting this weekend ...

Love Jen


Yesterday Tammy released some really happy new images and the one I fell in love with is "You Make Me Happy" , an image that is the very picture of the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

I didn't want to colour the image too much as I felt the simple lines were more than enough to showcase Tammy's fabulous talent for capturing emotions. It is a bit of a different kind of card for me, as I love to expres myself in lots of colour, but this one totally works!

There is not much to say about how the card was created ...

The image was left uncoloured, except for the flowers and the lips, and I added a black border. I created a "To Do" list page, by adding some WordArt. The BP is an offcut of scrapbooking paper tht I have had in my box of scraps for yonks, and I carefully cut around the stem of one of the flowers and popped the image behind that. The embellies are some rhinestone flowers, a paperclip and a short length of satin ribbon.

Rewmember, there are some fabulous freebies up for grabs in the "A Day for Daisies" groups which you can use to enter the current challenge that calls for something metal or metallic to be added to your creation. (But hurry, there are only a few days left to enter!)

The groups also have a Monthly Card Game in which you can win ADFD images....

Here are some handy links that you may find useful :

Click here for the A Day for Daisies Store
Click here for the Challenge Blog
Click here to join A day for Daisies on CDAC
Click here to join A Day for Daisies on PCP
Click here to join A Day for Daisies on SSC

Friday, February 4, 2011


There's a party at Designed for Delight this weekend 4 - 6 Febuary, and the first day's came is called "Potluck", where a list of 10 items is given from which you need to choose at least 5 to add to your entry. There is a beautifully heart freebie provided. Your entry qualifies you for the next freebie, and you are also entered into the draw for a Gift Certificate to spend in the store.

ABOVE is card for this challenge and I managed to use all ten of the items on the list
1. MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER - I used offcucts of embossed purple velvet paper to make my flower and added a sequin to the centre
2. CORNER OR BORDER PUNCH - I used my corner punch to round off the corners of my pieces/mats/bp's
3. RIBBON : the lilac ribbon behind the heart image
4. STRIPES : found in the BP
5. THE COLOOUR PINK : can be found in the little pink flower sequins and one of the stripes in the BP is pink
6. PURPLE RIBBON : an offcut of pruple wired organza ribbon was used to make the bow
7. THANK YOU SENTIMENT : the silver stick-on
8. EMBOSSING FOLDER : I used a Cuttlebug border embossing folder on the metallic purple mat behind the imge
9. 3 FLAT BACK PEARLS : I used three purple flat back pearls
10. STITCHING, FAUX OR REAL : I used real stitching to sew the sequins and beads, as well as the ribbon and the bow.
Please join us on the challenge at Designed to Delight - click here to link to the challenge blog

CS DESIGNS - artist Chris Stern

I am very proud to announce that I am now a member of the CS Designs Design Team and really looking forward to working with the very talented artist, Chris Stern.

I would like to introduce the rest of the Design Team to you ...

My fellow designers are ...
Marilyn Webb
Melissa Oeters

Honorary Designer
Aletha Jane Williams

Please click on their names to read their biographies ....

Chris recently started a group on Crafters Digital Art Centre, and being the nosy busybody that I am (LOL) I went to check out what her images were like. ... and when I got there, OH YES! I LIKED !

Click HERE if you'd like to become a member of Chris' group on CDAC ...

Chris designs some really cute buggy little beasties, each with its own identity, name and quirks of character. Here is a card I made with "Winged Emily and her Heart".

This is one of Chris' more cutesy images, and she has a host of other characters for you to create really delightful projects with too!

The next card I'd like to show you is one I made with the CS Designs image called Charisma, and the final product looks very Mardi Gras-ish, dont you think?

Chris offered a freebie in the Group Heart Hop last weekend and instead of colouring it and creating a card, I now have a very blinged out door hanger for my wardrobe. The sewn-on beads and flatback pearls make this into a very girly decor item for our bedroom - I am not sure what my darling hubby makes of this addition, but possibly by now he is used to expecting the unexpected from his bead-crazy wife!

Take a look at these two sites


Like what you see? Yes, well come on over, join the group - we'd ALL love to welcome you there!

Happy creating and lots of love from a VERY hot and humid Durban today



Every Friday I get to show you a creation made with one of Tammy's gorgeous new releases and there is a bonus today, because it's also the start of a new challenge.

So to start with, here is the DT card I made with one of the newly released images
I used the image of the Heart Bird Bath and coloured in very pale tones (green and lavender) and used a white cardstock bckground that was embossed using a Cuttlebug folder as I thought the bird was very appropriate! I just LOVE that folder!

The image was popped up on foam blocks, as were the little birds from the image that were cut out from the original image and individually placed.

Oh I love the white on white look!

And then the second card I'd like to show you is my DT card for the ADFD challenge where you are asked to use metal or metallics on your creation.

For this card I used another of the new releases, the watering can which actually had an image of strawberries on it - now hidden by the little metallic flowers. I tipped the image on its sde to give the impression that showers of little flowers were falling on the embossed flower border below.

The beads and sequins were sewn on, and the really teeny tiny flowers are nail art decorations that were stuck onto the card using the nail glue that was supplied with the pack of multicolour nail art goodies.

I am not done yet ...

The card you see below is one I made with the A Day for Daisies freeebie available this month in the Monthly Card game. Why don't you hop on over and join the group, grab the freebie and then you'll have no excuse not to join in on the challenge or on the Monthly Card Game, prizes for both of which will be images from Tammy's Store.

Here are some handy links that you may find useful :

Click here for the A Day for Daisies Store
Click here for the Challenge Blog
Click here to join A day for Daisies on CDAC
Click here to join A Day for Daisies on PCP
Click here to join A Day for Daisies on SSC