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11 November 2014

{Doing Life} 1,000 FOLLOWER Celebration GIVE AWAY

CELEBRATING 1,000 Followers
GIVE AWAY, here at last!!

To each of my old and new Follower Friends, a huge thank you and tons of hugs, for always making the effort to visit my little space in blog land and for all the wonderful inspirational comments you leave behind.  Without you, blog land would be a dull and quiet place to be.
My awesome 1,000 Follower Badge in true South African style (my photo has been super imposed on our flag), designed by the talented Lisa Decosse - thank you so much Lisa for carrying the Doing Life badge tradition forward
Lisa also runs a wonderful Christmas Challenge and I know most of us are already busy with our cards for Christmas 2014.  Link up your Christmas creations with Lisa and stand a chance to win some awesome prizes.  Everyone who links 2 cards a month automatically qualifies for a freebie.
The little heart banner used below has also been designed by Lisa.

Currently there are 1,023 Followers and to say thank you to each and everyone of my Followers, I have not one, but FIVE awesome prizes, up for grabs, sponsored by the sensationally generous and super talented Art by Miran for FIVE lucky winners.

Thank you so much Mi Ran!  Its a privilege to be on your Showcase Design Team.

Mi Ran creates such beautifully detailed images, so do spend some time in her
ETSY shop


Mi Ran's also has some of her wonderful images in rubber stamp format over at
Whimsy Stamps

and at  ...
Treasured Times


Also visit her Challenge Blog.  The challenges are bi-weekly and always
ANYTHING GOES.

Mi Ran's talented Design Team Showcases their gorgeous ABM projects on her
Showcase Blog.  Hop over for some wonderful inspiration.

Some lovely themed challenges are also run by Mi Ran in her Facebook Group.



Okay, so lets get onto the prizes up for grabs.  I am showcasing five of my past design team cards using Mi Ran's stunning images.  The image used on each card will be going to a lucky {Doing Life} Follower.


Card No.1 using LOVING AUTUMN ANNIE



Card No.2 using LADY PAPILLON




Card No.3 using BIG EYED GIRL




Card No.4 using BOOKAHOLIC KAITE



Card No.5 using AUTUMN MEMOIRS


To stand a chance to win these wonderful digital images from the generous MI RAN, you need to:
  1. Be or Become a FOLLOWER of my blog with GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT, you will find the friendly faces in my side bar on the right. Click on 'Join this Site'- please only become a Follower if you have an active blog and regularly post your creative work on it AND love what you see here.
  2. Like my FACEBOOK Pages here and here (This is NOT  a requirement, but would really be nice!!) 
  3. Link your NAME to MR LINKY below.
  4. Pop my 1,000 Follower Badge with a link to this post, in your sidebar (This is NOT a requirement, but would really be nice!!)
  5. Leave me a COMMENT on this post below letting me know that you are a Follower of my blog  (and whether you liked my Facebook Page or not), and have entered your name with Mr Linky here.
The WINNERS  will be announced on Monday, 10 November 2014.


Crafty Hugs




17 October 2014

SOMEBODY ... {Art by Mi Ran Challenge 17}

{Guest DT Project for Art by Miran's Challenge 17}
  
Art by Miran is launching their 17th challenge today. All their challenges are always ANYTHING GOES as long as your project has a hand coloured image. So hop over here to have a look at their 17th challenge.

Also visit Mi Ran's Showcase blog {Art by Miran} here, for some more inspiration.

I have used this very professional and chic girl called GIRL FRIDAY, created by the talented Mi Ran.  She looks like she is ready to take on anything that her office can throw at her and so does her twin sister. Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here. You can purchase GIRL FIRDAY here.

The images have been coloured with Copics. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC} . The design papers and bling are from my stash.  The folded embellies have been created with circle and flower punches.


I would love to enter this into the following challenges:


  • Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment 
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
  • Sister Act - ATG (UL)
  • Creative Fingers - ATG
  • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG  (2/2)
  • Crafty Girls - ATG 
  • Aud Sentiments - ATG with a Sentiment 
  • Anything Goes with Twist - Shimmer and Sparkle
  • Crafty Sentiments - Something starting with G (Girl, Green)
  • Party Time Tuesdays - ATG (3/3)
  • ABC Challenge - V is for Vibrant (1/1)
  • The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Favourite Technique (paper folding embellies and centre step card design)


  • Thank you so much to the wonderful loving comments you always leave for me.  Leaving you with a photo I took of the roses flowering so beautifully in our little complex's garden at the moment.  The sentiment is also from CREATE WITH TLC.



    Crafty hugs

    CELEBRATE THE SEASON {Art by Mi Ran Showcase Blog}

    {DT Project for Art by Miran}

    Our theme for October is FALL COLOURS.

    This year is just flying by and before we know it, Christmas Day is upon us.  So I have been busy expanding my Christmas card stash.  This time I have used this cute little girl called SANTA'S HELPER created by the talented Mi Ran.  She really is so pretty and I am sure has been a very good girl to qualify as Santa's Helper.   Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here.  You can purchase SANTA'S HELPER here at Treasured Times Stamps.

    The folded embellishments have been created with a template and the flourishes stamped with Chiswick acrylic stamps.  She has been coloured with Copics.  I have decided to use non traditional Christmas colours to go with ABM's fall theme for October. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The design papers and brads are from my stash.


    I would like to venture over to the following challenges with this:



  • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG (2/2)
  • Crafting from the Heart - ATG 
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
  • 613 Avenue Create - ATG + Optional Twist
  • Aud Sentiments - ATG with a Sentiment
  • Come and Get It - Women or Girls having fun
  • One Stitch at a Time - ATG with Orange
  • Scrapbook Stamp Society - ATG + Orange
  • Squigglefly - Pumpkin or Orange
  • Party Time Tuesdays - ATG
  • Inky Impressions - ATG
  • Inspiration Destination - ATG



  • Penny's Paper Crafty - ATG
  • Crafting at the Weekend - ATG (3/3)
  • We do Doobadoo - Christmas
  • That Craft Place - Girls but no Pink
  • The Paper Players - Fall Colours
  • Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas
  • Ppinkydolls - ATG or Fall Colours
  • Deep Ocean - Christmas in October
  • Inky Chicks - Christmas
  • Oldie But A Goodie - Christmas (the brads and design paper have been in my stash for more than a year)
  • Christmas Cards All Year Round - Embellish It
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 
  • Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 12 Months of Christmas 
  • The Outlawz Friday Colour Challenge


  • Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit here.

    Crafty Hugs

    15 October 2014

    SOMEONE LIKE YOU {DigiStamps4Joy Challenge 102 - Animals}

    {Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: DT Project Challenge #102}

    Another design team project for our current challenge over at DS4J's challenge blog. The theme for this fortnight is ANIMALS.  Meerkats are my most favourite animal so it was just so obvious that I would incorporate some of these cute critters on this card.

    I have used the following images from DigiStamps4Joy:
    1. MEERKAT MERVYN
    2. MISTERI AS CINDERS
    The images have been coloured with H2O Derwent Pencils and a Blender Pencils.  The sentiment is from CREATE WITH TLC.  The design papers are from BoBunny and BasicGrey and the buttons and raffia are from my stash.  Some of the edges have been distressed with a Chiswick paper distresser.

    Looking forward to seeing your 'ANIMAL' creations. So hop on over to DS4J's challenge blog and link your Creations to Challenge #102.



    Once again I would love to try my hand at the following challenges with this creation:


  • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG 
  • Crafting from the Heart - ATG 
  • Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment 
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
  • 613 Avenue Create - ATG + Optional Twist
  • Aud Sentiments - ATG with a Sentiment
  • Moving Along with the Times - Doggone or any Animal
  • The Outlawz - Twisted Thursday - Outdoor Theme
  • Anything Goes with Twist - Female
  • Crafts 4 Eternity - Harvest Home
  • Crafty Catz - Autumn (colours)
  • A Gem of a Challenge - Create a Scene
  • Open Minded Crafting - Pumpkins/Jack o lanterns
  • Come and Get It - Women or Girls having fun
  • One Stitch at a Time - ATG with Orange
  • Sentimental Sundays - Buttons and more Buttons with Sentiment
  • Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Animals (1/1)
  • Scrapbook Stamp Society - ATG + Orange
  • Simon Says Monday Challenges - O is for Orange pumpkin
  • Squigglefly - Pumpkin or Orange
  • The Crazy Challenge - Autumn Gatherings
  • Crafty Sentiments - Something starting with G (Girl, Grass, Green)
  • Party Time Tuesdays - ATG
  • Baffies Kreativladen - Fall or Halloween (Fall)
  • Crafty Creations - Thinking of you (1/2)
  • Fresh Brewed Designs - Pumpkins
  • Inky Impressions - ATG
  • Inspiration Destination - ATG
  • Penny's Paper Crafty - ATG


  • Thank you for stopping by and I trust that you enjoyed your visit here xxx


    Crafty hugs

    12 October 2014

    FAITH {DigiStamps4Joy Sunday New Release}

    {Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: NEW RELEASES}

    A design team project for our  new releases over at DS4J's shop this Sunday.  I have used this beautiful image called Mosaic Cross which has been designed by the talented Jen Leeflang, one of the designers of DigiStamps4Joy. Also hop over to DS4J's blog and have a look at the gorgeous creations my talented design team mates have created with some of the wonderful new release images.

    The folded embellishments have been created with circle punches. The image has been coloured with Copics.The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The design papers,and bling are from my stash.


    Once again I would love to try my hand at the following challenges with this creation:


  • Just Keep on Creating - ATG
  • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG (2/2)
  • Crafting from the Heart - ATG (3/3)
  • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment (1/5)
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
  • 613 Avenue Create - ATG+Optional Twist 
  • Love to Scrap - ATG
  • Scrapbook Stamp Society - ATG use your favourite colours (pink and brown is definitely one of my favourite combos)
  • The Pink Elephant - Think Pink
  • Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Pop it Up (use foam dots behind the cross for extra dimension)
  • Inspiration Destination - ATG
  • Miriam's Crafting Blog - Shades of Pink
  • Sisterhood of Crafters - Think Pink
  • Whimsy Stamps - ATG (3/3)
  • 4 Crafty Chicks - 1 Image, 2 Pattern Papers, 3 Bling
  • Art Impressions Rubber Stamps - Fancy Folds (centre step card design and folded embellishments)
  • Aud Sentiments - ATG with a sentiment
  • In the Pink - Fancy Folds in Pink (centre step card design and folded embellishments)
  • Brown Sugar - Use Triangles - triangles in the image and the folded embellishments also forms little triangles)
  • Fussy and Fancy Friday - Lots of Pink or Breast Cancer
  • Sister Act - ATG
  • Crafting at the Weekend - ATG
  • Outlawz - Paper a la Mode - Monochromatic
  • Speedy Fox & Friends - An Extra Fold (centre step card design and folded embellishments)


  • Thank you for your wonderful visits here and all the love you leave behind. 
    Crafty hugs

    07 October 2014

    COURAGE {POP Challenge 19 - Courage}

    This month our theme for Challenge #19 at Path of Positivity is 

    COURAGE

    I used the following beautiful image from Sparkle N Sprinkle - just click on the name of the image below to take you directly to Sparkle N Sprinkle's Online Shop (thank you for the privilege to use this beautiful image) :



    The image and flower embellishments (which is part of this set) has been coloured with Copics and dry chalks. The brads and design papers are from my stash. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC} and can be purchased here.



       



    We are extremely pleased to announce that Julie O. is our GDT for the October challenge. Julie is also on DigiStamps4Joy's design team with me.  Do yourself a favour and hop over to her blog to see her beautiful creative work.

    Sparkle N Sprinkle is the sole sponsor for this POP challenge: They are offering up three prizes for this challenge, which will be:

    Three digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    Three digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    Three digital images for a project or post that best displays the concept of courage in a creation meant for a breast cancer survivor (since it is breast cancer awareness month).

    There will also be:
    • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
    • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge
    Hope you will play along this month, so come on link your COURAGE creations to Path of Positivity Challenge No.19. Can't wait to see your creations.  
       
    Once again I would love to try my hand at the following challenges with this creation:


  • Just Keep on Creating - ATG
  • Crafting from the Heart - ATG 
  • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment 
  • Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
  • A Creative Need - Yellow and Orange
  • A Creative Romance - In the Garden
  • Brown Sugar - Autumn/Fall
  • QKR Stampede - ATG (3/4)
  • Wags 'n Whiskers - Fall Colours
  • Delightful Challenges - What did you say, add a sentiment (1/1)
  • DL ART - October ATG Linky - 1 entry per day
  • Sassy Studio Designs - ATG
  • Allsorts - Autumn
  • Open Minded - Fall/Autumn
  • Sunflowerfield - Autumn/Halloween (used Autumn Colours)
  • 613 Avenue Create - ATG with no twist this week
  • Jellypark - Autumn/Fall
  • Glitter n Sparkle - Anything with a B (brads/brown/bloomer)
  • One Stitch at a Time - ATG with Orange
  • Pile it On -Autumn (used autumn colours)
  • Robyns Fetish IDIC - Autumn Colours
  • ABC - U is for Unique ATG
  • Ladybug Crafts - Autumn or Halloween
  • The Sisters of Craft - ATG
  • City Crafter - Leaves
  • Craft-room - Season Colours (Autumn)
  • Crafty Sentiments - ATG (1/1)
  • Papertake Weekly - ATG
  • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
  • Artistic Inspirations - ATG and/or Thankful (1/3)
  • Digi Makeover - ATG 
  • Stamp and Create - Fall/Autumn
  • Crafting Musketeers - Autumn Colours

    Your visits here and the love you leave behind are truly treasured - thanks so much.
    Crafty Hugs
  • 06 October 2014

    CELEBRATION {FBD Dress Up Kids New Release}

    New Digi Releases
    FRESH BREWED DESIGNS

    Hi my lovely followers and visitors, some fun NEW Dress Up Kids images are being released today at Fresh Brewed Designs.   The cute image I  used is called LITTLE BRIDE AND GROOM which you can purchase here. Also visit Fresh Brewed Designs' Facebook Page to join in all the fun and surprises, here.

    Also check out Fresh Brewed Designs' current challenge here; and their Facebook Page here.

    The image has been coloured with Copics.  The design paper, bling and brads from my stash. The sentiment is from CREATE WITH TLC.  The folded flowers have been created with square punches. The flourishes have been stamped with Chiswick acrylic stamps.



    I would love to try my hand at the following challenges with this creation:

    613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes + Optional Twist
    Just Keep on Creating - ATG
    Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
    Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    Anything Goes with A Twist - Twist is ATG
    Crafts for Eternity - 3 of the same letter (brads, bling and black)
    QKR Stampede - ATG
    Simply Create Too - Its a special occasion (wedding day)
    Catch the Bug - October ATG (1/3)
    Just Us Girls - Celebrate (celebrating a wedding day)
    Scrappy Hands - 3 Elements (3 Folded embellishments)
    Crafting from the Heart - ATG (1/3)
    Bloggers - Love is in the Air

    Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at my little space in blog land.


    Crafty Hugs

    03 October 2014

    TEA A HUG IN A CUP {Create with TLC Progressive Challenge}

    {DT Project for CREATE WITH TLC}

    The amazing Paulette from {Create with TLC}has been hosting a fun Progressive Challenge celebrating World Cardmaking Day on 4 October, the past week.  I got to play with this gorgeous vintage image and sentiment from Create with TLC, and I am sure you all agree that TEA is definitely  A HUG IN A CUP.  Do yourself a favour and hop over to CREATE WITH TLC to see the beautiful cards that has been entered thus far in this progressive challenge. 

    The folded embellishments have been created with paper squares.  The design paper is from BasicGrey and the buttons, bling and raffia is from my stash.  The image and sentiment has been coloured with Copics and dry chalks.


    I would like to venture over to the following challenges with this:

    Just Keep on Creating - ATG
    Word Art Wednesday - ATG with uplifting sentiment
    Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    Crafty Girls - ATG (3/3)
    Crafting by Designs - ATG
    Crafters Cafe - Punches and/or Dies (used circle punches for the flower centres) (3/3)
    Inspiration Station - ATG
    Anything Goes with a Twist - Twist is ATG
    Crafts 4 Eternity - 3 of something beginning with same letter (buttons, bling, bows in their hair)
    Fussy and Fancy Friday - Lots of Pink or Breast Cancer
    QKR Stampede - ATG
    Sister Act - ATG


    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit here.


    Crafty Hugs

    BRIGHTENED UP {Art by Miran Showcase Blog}

    {DT Project for Art by Miran}

    Our theme for October is FALL COLOURS.

    I have been happily crafting again and this time with this gorgeous girl called PEACEFUL THOUGHTS created by the talented Mi Ran.  She really is so pretty and a natural beauty.  Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here.  You can purchase PEACEFUL THOUGHTS here and here which is available in digi and rubber stamp format at Treasured Times Stamps.

    The folded embellishments have been created with circle and flower punches. She has been coloured with H2O water colour pencils and I have used a blender pencil. I must say the blender pencil really helps soften and blend the pencil strokes.  The sky and ground has been coloured with dry chalks. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The design papers and brads are from my stash.




    I would like to venture over to the following challenges with this:

    613 Avenue Create - ATG and/or Optional Twist
    Just Keep on Creating - ATG
    Word Art Wednesday - ATG with uplifting sentiment
    Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    Craft Girls - ATG (1/3)
    Crafting by Designs - ATG
    Di's Digi Designs - Girly
    Open Minded Crafting - Fall/Autumn
    Jellypark - Fall/Autumn (1/3)
    Crafting from the Heart - ATG
    Cutie Pie - 3 of Something - 3 Flowers
    Crafters Cafe - Punches and/or Dies (used various punches for the flower embellishments)
    Crafty Creations - Use Orange (1/2)
    Inspiration Station - ATG
    Pennys Paper Crafty - AT least 3 patterned papers
    Whimsy Stamps - ATG (1/3)
    Anything Goes with a Twist - Twist is ATG

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit here.

    Crafty Hugs

    GIVE THANKS {Art by Miran Challenge 16}

    {Guest DT Project for Art by Miran's Challenge 16}
      
    Art by Miran is launching their 16th challenge today. All their challenges are always ANYTHING GOES as long as your project has a hand coloured image. So hop over here to have a look at their 16th challenge.

    Also visit Mi Ran's Showcase blog {Art by Miran} here, for some more inspiration.

    I have used this cute girl called MISS APPLE created by the talented Mi Ran.  She looks like she is on her way home from picking some lovely juicy apples. Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here. You can purchase MISS APPLE here.

    The image has been coloured with Derwent H2O water colour pencils and a pencil blender. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC} and has been coloured with dry chalks and pencils. The design papers, flat pearls, photo turns and brads are from my stash.


    I would love to enter this into the following challenges:


    • Just Keep on Creating - ATG
    • Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment 
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    • Sister Act - ATG (UL)
    • Creative Fingers - ATG
    • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG  (2/2)
    • Craft Girls - ATG 
    • Di's Digi Designs - Girly
      Open Minded Crafting - Fall/Autumn (2/3)
      Jellypark - Fall/Autumn (2/3)
      Crafting from the Heart - ATG (3/3)
      Crafters Cafe - Punches and/or Dies (used circle punches for the folded embellishments) (2/3)
      Crafty Creations - Use Orange (2/2)
      Inspiration Station - ATG
      Whimsy Stamps - ATG (2/3)
    • Anything Goes with a Twist - Twist is ATG


    • Thank you so much to the wonderful loving comments you always leave for me.  Leaving you with a little mosaic project in the making.  Cant wait to get to the grouting and painting stage.

      Crafty hugs