Sunday, October 18, 2015

Anniversary Wishes

Wow, it's been quite a long time since I was last on here. Thank you for having patience with me as I have been spending the last few months just being with my family. My crafting time has been down to pretty much nothing lately but I am hoping that that is going to change soon. I think I may have finally started getting some of my inspiration back again...keep your fingers crossed.

So my mother in law and father in law just celebrated their 59th Anniversary recently...59 years, wow! Not many people can say that they have been happily married for that many years. My parents made it to their 60th Anniversary and what a wonderful milestone it was. So of course I had to come out of hibernation and make a card for the in laws. I started out with a card cut file freebie from Birds Cards called a Swirly Deep Edged Card that I cut using my Silhouette. I then added this adorable freebie bride and groom by Jade Dragonne at Deviant Art.

I coloured the image with my Chameleon pens (please excuse the guy's face...I had a problem lol). I added ribbon from SU and little rhinestones in my stash. The yellow cs is by Bazzil, the white is Recollections and the dp is also from Deviant Art. The sentiment is my own made with some of the words from the Anniversary song. The fancy square behind the image is from my Nestibilities Labels One Small.
The corners on the inside were punched with a Martha Stewart punch...not sure what it's called as I got it second hand. I found this wonderful sentiment for the inside on Splitcoast Stampers. Thank you so much for popping in. Hugs ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered: 

Crafty Friends Challenge: Challenge #16 - Gems and/or Pearls
HIMCR: Challenge #221 - Favorite cutting tool (my silhouette used to cut the card template, my Nestibilities Labels One small for the square behind the image, Martha Stewart corner punch on the corners on the inside).
Digistamps4Joy: Challenge #117 - Anything goes/twist something with a B (bling & bow)
Alphabet Challenge: R is for ribbon
Artbymiran: Challenge #43 - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic: October Challenge - Inspired by music (The Anniversary Song)
Crafting with Friends: Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Challenge #297 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers: Challenge #95 - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers: Thank you for the music (Inspired by the Anniversary Song)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Digistamps4Joy Mid Challenge Reminder for Challenge #113

Hi all, it's time for the mid challenge reminder at Digistamps4Joy. For those who don't know, Digistamps4Joy is now an Anything Goes with a optional twist monthly challenge. Our challenges run from the 1st of every month to the last day of every month. 

This will also be my last challenge as a DT member for DS4J. It was an extremely difficult decision but with the loss of my dad and sister last year and other family members with health issues this year, I feel that it is time for me to say good bye. I have so enjoyed being a part of this fabulous team with such an incredible 'boss'. They have been like a family to me and have seen me through many trying times over the last couple of years. So I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to them. 

Now that the mushy stuff is over, the theme for this month's challenge is Anything Goes with the the optional twist of Spring! The image that I used is called 'Spring has Sprung'. It is such an adorable image and I have been wanting to use it for awhile now. 
 The designer paper is from Graphics 45 and the CS is by Recollections. The cut file topper is a freebie from Birds Cards. The flowers in the right corner are made with a program from Silhouette and the roses and pearls are from my stash. I coloured that adorable image with my Crayola pencil crayons and oms. I added a few white highlights with my white gel pen. 
Now it's your turn to show us what you've got. You are not required to use a DS4J image but if you do not only does it bring a smile to our faces, but you have the chance on winning the DT choice prize of a $10 Gift Voucher to DS4J! How awesome is that? You have until June 30th to join us so why don't you head on over to our Challenge Blog to check out all of the rules and prizes. And while you're there check out the fab creations that my team mates have created to delight and inspire you. 

Thank you to those of you who have been faithfully following me over the years, I hope to still see you popping in. And for those of you who are new, thanks for popping in and I hope to see you again. 

Thanks ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:
Crafts Galore Encore: June Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: June
Crafty Time: June Challenge - Girls Girls Girls
Lia Stampz: Challenge #89 - Anything Goes
Life in Details: June 2015 Challenge - Summer/Winter
Live & Love Crafts: Challenge #36 - In the Garden

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Graduation Celebration - DS4J New Release Sunday June 14, 2015

Hi all, it's time for a new release again at Digistamps4Joy. I got to play with one of Margy's new images and I have to admit, I have always wanted an image like this one. It's a cameo called 'Cameo Lady'. I have always thought that cameo's are just so elegant and this one does not disappoint. 
I used a card cutting file from Birds Cards. I just loved the butterfly's and thought they would look nice with the cameo image. I coloured her with my Chameleon pens and added green 'gems' on her as well as on the frame around the image using my green metallic gel pen. The CS is by Recollections and the DP by SU. 
The sentiments inside is a freebie from Docrafts. I used my Nestibilities Scalloped Square for the frame for my sentiment on the inside and a Memory Keepers punch for the corners of my sentiment on the front. 

I hope that I have inspired you enough to head over to our Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the images being released today and also check out the incredible creations my team mates have made. 

Challenges Entered:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

For Dad - Digistamps4Joy New Release May 17, 2015

Hi all, it's time for Digistamps4Joy's new releases once again. Riette has been very hard at work to bring us some beauties once again. 

The image that I got to play with is called 'Life Saver' and was the perfect image to go with Margy's image 'Lake Malawi'. 
 I merged the two images and then coloured them with my Chameleon pens. I added white highlights on the water with my white gelly pen. 
I hope that you will head on over to our Challenge Blog and check out the other wonderful images the Riette has done up to entice you. And while you're at it, check out the fab creations that my teammies have come up with and our current challenge...the theme is Buttons, Bows and Bling! Hope to see you there. 

Thanks for popping in ~ Charlene

Chameleon Pens
CS: Recollections
Die Cut: Cheery Lynn Designs Ships Anchor
Rhinestones: from my stash
Ribbon: SU

Challenges Entered: 
Come and Get It: Ribbon and Bling
Cheery Lynn Designs: Make it Manly *Winner
Glitter and Sparkle: Challenge #137 - Use some Ribbon
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Challenge #10 - Anything Goes

Friday, May 15, 2015

Buttons, Bows and Bling...Oh My

Bows and buttons and bling, oh my. It's time for the mid challenge reminder at Digistamps4Joy and this month Sara has chosen the theme of Bows, buttons and bling. Whoo whee...what a fabulous combination. 

For my card I chose to use an image from the last new image releases. It's called Swing. I tried a new fold that is called a Peek a Boo card and you can find the video tutorial here and the written tutorial here.

 The dp on the outside is a new one from Nana Vic's (thanks Vickie).
I coloured the image with my Chameleon pens and made up my own sentiment. 

When you open the card the sentiment slides into place in front of the image. 
Please excuse the pictures, I just could not get the colours to go right. The real colour of the inside paper is the photo above. 

I hope that I have inspired you to join our challenge. You have until Sunday May 31st to join us. You are not required to use a Digistamps4Joy image but if you decide to use one not only will we be tickled pink but you will also have a chance at winning the DT choice which is a $10 Gift Voucher! How great is that? 

So head on over to our Challenge Blog and check out all the rules and prizes...and all of my team mates incredible creations. We hope to see you join us in our challenge. 

Thanks for popping by ~ Charlene

Image: DS4J Swing
Coloured with: Chameleon pens
DP: Front - Freebie from Nana Vic 
       Inside: My stash
Flowers: Silk flowers from my local dollar store
Pearl and rhinestone swirls: Pearls - Crafts (from my local dollar store) Rhinestones- Recollections.
Die Cut on front - Nestibilities Beaded Ovals
Inside Oval - Spellbinders
Little Butterflies: My stash

Challenges Entered: 
Alphabet Challenge: G is for Glitz and Glamour
Art By Miran: Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Craft for Craic: May Challenge - Things with Wings (small crystal butterflies on front and inside of card)
Creative Corner Challenges: Team Jess - Spring is in the Air * Winner
Creative Fingers: Challenge #80 - Anything Goes
Dragons Lair - Bouquet of Flowers
Digitally 'Sweet' - Challenge #138 - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Friday, April 24, 2015



It's time to CELEBRATE the 1,000 LIKES milestone on the Digistamps4Joy Facebook page (

To thank you, Margy is giving away OODLES of prizes from Monday 20th April to Friday 24th April. Come back each morning to see our fun challenges/games and the prizes you can put yourself in line to win.

Here's a taste of what's to come:
Free digistamps, Gift Certificates to the DS4J store, Guest Designer spots in our challenges, the latest batch of new releases, sponsored digistamps from The East Wind and from Nana Vic's Digistamps, and MORE digistamps.

So, don't pass "GO" and don't go HOME until you have joined Margy and her Digistamps4Joy Team in this fabulous celebration week.

See you there!

Margy and the DS4J DT

To start off the celebration Margy is giving away a free digistamp called Party Time to everyone who "Likes" the Digistamps4Joy Facebook Page. Pretty easy peasy right? And who couldn't use a Party digistamp? Here's what I did with this fab little image. 
I decided to make this cute little birthday box card. It was so much fun to come up with ideas for it. Here's a close up of the image...

And another picture showing the bottom of the box...

But that's not all...oh no...this little image is just the beginning. We have a Birthday Themed Colouring Contest starting today and running until Friday the 24th of April @ 6 p.m. South African time (if you don't know the time difference for where you live, there is a clock on the right hand side of my blog). You can use the DS4J freebie image, any East Wind or Nana Vic's image to enter the contest and the prize is a fabulous $10 Gift Voucher from the DS4J Store. How great is that? You also have the chance to be entered into a draw to be a GDT. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and check out the names of the DT posted each day of the celebration. Go to their blogs and leave a comment and you will be entered to win! 

You don't want to miss any day during our celebration as there is going to be a new game/challenge/etc. each day with the chance of winning something fabulous!

So what are you waiting for...head on over to our facebook page and check out all of the fun. And just a name is today so leave a comment for a chance to win a GDT spot. Good luck!

Thanks for popping in ~ Charlene

Image: DS4J Party Time available only on our Facebook page.
Box Card Design: Found at Splitcoast Stampers
Party Time Embellishments: From my stash
Coloured with: SU Felts
DP: On bottom of card from Create With TLC
       On Top: From my stash
CS: By Bazzil

Avenue 613: Challenge #120 - Anything Goes
Come and Get it Challenge: Things that start with a B (Bows, Balloons, Birthday box card)
Scribble and Scrap: Challenge #42 - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April Challenge - Add a sentiment
Hiding In My Craft Room: Challenge #196 - Freestyle
Send A Smile 4 Kids: Birthday Fun 4 Kids *Winner
Art by Miran: Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge: For a child
Creative Fingers Challenge: Challenge #76 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For Your Little Princess - DS4J New Release April 19, 2014

It's time for another New Release at Digistamps4Joy. This time it is Team B's turn to inspire you and did we ever get a sweet little image with which to do it. Riette has outdone herself in bringing us back to our childhood days and fairytales. 

The name of the image is called Princess Pea and it comes with the image and a sentiment (not the one that I have used). 
I decided to make it into a new baby card as you just never know when you are going to need one lol. 

I hope that you will go on over to our Challenge Blog and check out all of the other new images and the fabulous creations that my team mates have made to inspire you. 

Thanks for looking ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered: 
Creative Moments: Challenge #66 - Anything Goes 
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge: Challenge #223 - For the Girls
Kraftin' Kimmie - Wonderful Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps: Challenge #82- Colour an image
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #179 - Anything Goes