{DOING LIFE} 900 Follower Giveaway

TO ALL MY AWESOME FOLLOWERS, Old and New:
My 1,000 FOLLOWER CELEBRATION GIVE AWAY is only 4 Followers away. So keep an eye on this space!!

02 September 2014

MAKE THINGS BEAUTIFUL {POP Challenge 18 - Determination}

This month our theme for Challenge #18 at Path of Positivity is 

DETERMINATION


Ambition is the path to success,
persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

I used the following beautiful image from The Pickled Potpourri - just click on the name of the image below to take you directly to The Pickled Potpourri's Online Shop:



I have up-cycled another empty 5-Roses Tea Box (yes we do consume a lot of tea). The folded circle embellishments were created with circle punches.  The bling is from my stash. The image has been coloured with Derwent Pencils and a Blender Pencil.   The design papers are amongst other from FabScraps, The sentiment comes with the image.

   


We are extremely pleased to announce that Linda W. is our GDT for the September challenge. Linda's work is beautiful and her ability to colour is amazing.  
The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:

  • A prize package of a $7 gift certificate to the Pickled Potpourri Designs store (good for any digital product), from our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images from Ike's Art for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
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 DETERMINATION creations to Path of Positivity Challenge No.18. 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 (1/3)
  • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment (3/5)
  • Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
  • 4 Crafty Chicks - ATG
  • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
  • Patties Creations - Altered or Recycled
  • Simply Create Too - Show Us Something New (First time I have used this image and and recycled this kind of tea box)
  • PDE Linky Party - Metal Dies or Punches (circle punches for embellishments) 
  • Inky Impressions - ATG 
  • Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment other than Birthday (2/5)
  • Pile It On - Punch it Out (used circles punches for the folded embellishments)
  • Robyns Fetish - Use a Digi
  • Scrapbook Blessings Club - ATG (2/3)
  • Artistic Inspirations - ATG and/or Memories (1/3)
  • Just Inspirational - Vintage
  • Crafting at the Weekend - ATG (2/3)

  • Your visits here and the love you leave behind are truly treasured - thanks so much. 
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  • 01 September 2014

    INNER BEAUTY {ABM Through the Craftroom Door}

    {Guest DT Project for Art by Miran featuring in 'Through the Craftroom Door' Magazine}
      
    Art by Miran is sponsoring Through the Craftroom Door Magazine and are offering two new beautiful images.  The design team had the wonderful opportunity of choosing one of the images to have fun with.  I chose this adorable little girl all dressed up in her chic little polka dot dress. 

    I have coloured her with Copic Markers.  The little flowers have been created with a punch and the flourishes were stamped with Chiswick Acrylic Stamps. The buttons and ribbon are from my stash. The design papers are from BasicGrey and We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic.  The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}

    The folded circle embellishments have been created with circle punches and my tutorial for them has been published in the latest Through The Craft Room Door Magazine

    Also visit Art by Miran's challenge blog where bi weekly challenges are hosted.  The theme is always Anything Goes as long as there is a hand coloured image on your creation. So hop on over here to have a look at their current challenge.

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



    I would love to enter this into the following challenges:
    Thanks again for your lovely visits here.
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    22 August 2014

    BLESSED {ABM Challenge 13}

    {Guest DT Project for Art by Miran's Challenge 13}
      
    Art by Miran is launching their 13th 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 13th challenge.

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

    I have used this cute little girl created by the talented Mi Ran.  She looks already for the cold weather. Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here. You can purchase her here.

    The image has been coloured with Derwent H2O water colour pencils and a pencil blender which I have used for the first time. I have also used a white paint marker for the white highlights. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC} and can be purchased here.  The tree embellishments have been created with folded tag punches. the design papers are from Fabscrabs and BoBunny.  The bling and buttons are from my stash.



    Tutorial for folding the tiers for the trees.  These can also be used as corner embellishments:



    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 
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - A few of my favourite things (definitely buttons, bling and folded embellishments like the trees here)
    • Sweet Stampin - Christmas in August
    • 613 Avenue Create - ATG + Optional Twist
    • Fairytale Stampers - ATG (1/1)
    • My Perfect Life - ATG Christmas
    • Scrappy Hands - Red
    • Scribble and Scrap - ATG (1/3)
    • Crafting from the Heart - ATG
    • Love to Scrap - ATG
    • OLLCB - Fancy Folds (centre step design and the folded trees)
    • Simon Says Monday Challenge - ATG
    • Stamps and Fun=Creativity - Christmas in Summer
    • The Paper Nest Dolls - ATG (1/2)
    • Clear it Out - Stash ATG (the buttons have been in my stash for more than 2 years)
    • Deep Ocean - Christmas in August
    • Party Time Tuesdays - Water Colour (coloured her with water colour pencils)
    • PDE - Metal Dies and/or Punches (used a scalloped circle punch for the sentiment and a tag punch for the folded trees)
    • Through the Craft Room Door - ATG (2/2)
    • Top Tip Tuesday - ATG (use tag punches to fold for Christmas trees see tutorial above)
    • Crafty Creations - Use something from your stash (the buttons have been in my stash for more than 2 years)
    • Hobbybook Designer - 2 or More Design Papers
    • Inky Impressions - ATG
    • Penny's Paper Crafty - Christmas, Children or Critters
    • Craft Girls - ATG
    • As You Like It - Favourite 2 Embellishments (buttons and folded paper embellishments)
    • Aud Sentiments - Make a Project with your favourite Season (definitely Christmas, as its a time to spread love and joy)
    • My Heart Pieces - Use a Digi
    • Scrapping4Fun - Technique (I have used tag punches to create the folded trees with, see tutorial above)
    • Creative Fingers - ATG
    • Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Extra Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas
    • Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 12 Days of Christmas Link-Up


    • Thank you so much to the wonderful loving comments you always leave for me.
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      20 August 2014

      CIRCLES {DigiStamps4Joy Challenge 99}

      {Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: DT Project Challenge #99}

      Another design team project for our current challenge over at DS4J's challenge blog. The theme for this fortnight is CIRCLES.  I decided to upcycle an empty Five Roses Tea Box (only available in South Africa). Its a lovely little box to gift some home baked goodies in.

      I have used the flower from the following set from DigiStamps4Joy:
      1. 3D FLOWER SET
      The flower was printed on design paper and then fussy cut.  The circle shapes behind the flower have been drawn with templates and then hand cut.  The folded circle centre of the flower has been created with a scallop circle punch  The folded corner embellishments have been drawn with a Doing Life template, cut out and then folded.  Here is the tutorial for them. The bling and design papers are from my stash. The sentiment is from CREATE WITH TLC.

      Looking forward to seeing your 'CIRCLE' creations. So hop on over to DS4J's challenge blog and link your Creations to Challenge #99.




      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 
    • Crafting from the Heart - ATG 
    • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment 
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    • MilkCoffee - Add Stripes (1/3)
    • Crafty Catz - Recycle it
    • 613 Avenue Create - ATG - no twist
    • The Corrosive - B is Unique - 3 things beginning with B (bling, box, blue) (2/3)
    • Craft My Life - ATG, but no cards
    • Crafty Your Passion - 3 Patterned Papers
    • Just Inspirational - Box
    • Oldie but a Goodie - Anything but a Card (the bling has been in my stash for more than a year)

      Thank you for stopping by and I trust that this little project has inspired you to upcycle some items that might have landed in the dustbin.


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      19 August 2014

      {Doing Life} 900 Followers WINNERS Announced

      {Doing Life} 900 Followers Give Away
      WINNERS

      A huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered and a WARM welcome to all my new Followers. I would also like convey my appreciation to the awesome SPONSORS who made this Give Away a reality.  So lets get straight to the point.  There were FOUR lucky winners determined by Random.org:
      My awesome 900 Follower Badge in true South African style, designed by the talented Lisa Decosse - thank you so much Lisa for carrying the Doing Life badge tradition forward

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      WINNER NO.1
      you win ...
      Digistamps4joy is offering THREE digi images of choice to a lucky winner. 
      Thanks so much Margy!

      Margy has such an awesome variety of Digi Stamps, so take some time to shop in her Digistamps4joy store!  Also visit DS$J Challenge blog here.  The challenges are bi-weekly and the themes are always exciting.
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      WINNER NO.2
      you win ...
      Art by Miran is offering  THREE digi images of choice to a lucky winner. 
      Thanks so much Mi Ran!

      Mi Ran has such beautiful detailed images, so do spend some time in her shop!
      Also visit her Challenge Blog here.  The challenges are bi-weekly and always ANYTHING GOES.


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      WINNER NO.3
      you win ...
      Create with TLC is offering  TWO SETS of digi images/sentiments of choice to one lucky winner. 
      Thanks so much Paulette for this wonderful prize!

      Paulette has an awesome variety of images and sentiments for every occasion so don't be in a hurry when you visit her store!
      Also visit her Blog here where she offers free sentiments on a daily basis.  You will definitely not be disappointed.


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      WINNER NO.4
      you win ...
      Fresh Brewed Designs is offering a $15 GIFT CARD to one lucky winner. 
      Thanks so much Heather for this wonderful prize!

      Heather has a wonderful variety of unique images so hop over to her shop now for some Fresh Brewed Delight!
      Also visit her Blog here where there is exciting challenges happening on a monthly basis.


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      JOYCE, MARI, LIDYA and GLORIA please email me, not later than Monday, 1 September 2014, at desiref@iafrica.com so that we can arrange to get your prizes to you. If you have not claimed your prize by 1 September, there will be a redraw for your prize.

      Only 11 new Followers to go, until {Doing Life} hits the 1,000 Follower mark, so watch this space for an exciting celebration when this happens.


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      17 August 2014

      THINK BELIEVE ACHIEVE {DigiStamps4Joy Sunday New Releases}

      {Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: NEW RELEASES}

      A design team project for our  new releases over at DS4J's shop this Sunday.  The scroll and graduation cap that is with the sentiment on my card are some of the new images released to day and has been designed by the talented Riette. 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.

      I also used the following image from DigiStamps4Joy:
      1. OWL GRADUATE
      The images have been coloured with Copics.  The buttons and FabScraps design papers are from my stash. The sentiment is by the talented LISA from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The folded embellishments have been created with circle punches.



      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 (1/2)
    • Crafting from the Heart - ATG (2/3)
    • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment (4/5)
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    • Scribbles Designs - Animal Planet (1/3)
    • Perfectly Rustics - Masculine
    • Timbro Scrap Mania - Special Occasions (Graduation)
    • Whoopsi Daisy - Fussy Cutting
    • Scrap Creations - Animals
    • Crafting for all Seasons - Feature a Creature
    • Inky Impressions - Animal Friends
    • Paper Pretties - Boys Cards
    • Pennys Paper Crafty - ATG (2/3)
    • Brown Sugar - ATG (2/2)
    • Patties Creations - Monochromatic (2/2)
    • QKR Stampede - Add a Button
    • Simply Create Too - Monochromatic Madness
    • Catch the Bug - August Bingo Challenge (Monochromatic/Die or Punch/School)
    • Dis Digi Designs - Back to School
    • Sentimental Sundays - Monochromatic
    • The Squirrel and the Fox - ATG (2/2)
    • The Corrosive Challenge - 3 Things beginning with B (Blue, Buttons, Black)
    • Just Us Girls - Colour of the Week no. 254



    • Thank you for your wonderful visits here and all the love you leave behind. 
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      15 August 2014

      CHEER {Art by Miran Showcase}

      {DT Project for Art by Miran}

      Our theme for August is BACK TO SCHOOL.

      I have been crafty again and this time with this gorgeous girl called BOOKAHOLIC KAITE created by the talented Mi Ran.  She really looks like she is ready to absorb some knowledge.  Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here.  You can purchase BOOKAHOLIC KAITE here.

      The flower embellishments have been created with square punches. She has been coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The design paper 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
      Scribble and Scrap - ATG
      Crafting from the Heart - ATG
      Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
      Just Keep on Creating - ATG
      - So Artful - Spectacles
      - Come and Get It - Back to School
      - IDIC Robyns Fetish - ATG (1/3)
      - The Squirrel and the Fox - ATG (1/3)
      - Love to Scrap - Running in Circles (1/3)
      - Scrapbook Stamp Society - ATG + Use metal (the brads are all metal) (1/3)
      - Whoopsi Daisy - Fussy Cutting (around the girl)
      - Crafty Sentiments - ATG (1/3)
      - Pennys Paper Crafty - ATG (1/3)
      - Whimsy Stamps - Back to School (1/3)
      - Word Art Wednesday - ATG with uplifting sentiment
      - Crafty Girls - ATG (3/3)
      - As You Like It - Favourite 2 Embellishments (folded paper embellishments and brads - creating your own embellishments from left over papers is a very economical way of being crafty and brads finishes off these folded embellishments perfectly)
      - Delightful Challenges - Paper Punch (used a square punch for the folded embellishments) (1/1)
      - Brown Sugar - ATG (1/2)
      - Patties Creations - Monochromatic
      - Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Back to School
      Simply Create Too - Monochromatic Madness
      - Dis Digi Designs - Back to School

      I would like to thank all my new and current Followers for all your support in helping me reach 900+ Followers.  Yes this wonderful milestone happened for me on 3 July 2014.  And you know what this means - my 900 Follower Celebration Give Away has gone live.  So hop over here and make sure you stand a chance to win some wonderful prizes from my awesome sponsors i.e. ART BY MIRANDIGISTAMPS4JOYCREATE WITH TLC and FRESH BREWED DESIGNS.

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

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      08 August 2014

      ZING {ABM Challenge 12}

      {Guest DT Project for Art by Miran's Challenge 12}
        
      Art by Miran is launching their 12th 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 12th challenge.

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

      I have used this cute PUNKIE PATTIE created by the talented Mi Ran.  Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here. You can purchase PUNKY PATTIE  here.

      The image has been coloured with Derwent H2O water colour pencils. The bling and design papers are from my stash.  The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The embellishments have been created with flower en circle punches. The design papers are amongst other from FabScraps.  The flourishes have been stamped with Chiswick acrylic stamps.



      I would love to enter this into the following challenges:
    • Just Keep on Creating - ATG
    • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment (2/5)
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    • Fitztown - ATG (UL)
    • My Craft Creations - ATG (UL)
    • Whoopsi Daisy - 'B' Items (bling, brads, black, brown)
    • Papertake Weekly - ATG (3/3)
    • Crafty Creations - Flower Power (2/2)
    • Pennys Paper Crafty - ATG (2/3)
    • Crafty Girls - ATG (2/3)
    • Aud Sentiments - Thing of You type sentiment (2/5)
    • Scrapping4fun - Something Girly
    • Pile it On - Stitching real or faux (faux stitching around girl) (UL)
    • Crafty Boots - Flowers (UL)
    • Oldie But a Goodie - Black and White +1 (brown/beige) (the black jewel stones have been in my stash for more than a year)
    • Sister Act - ATG (UL)
    • Crafts 4 Eternity - ATG (1/3)
    • Creative Fingers - ATG (1/3)
    • Crafty Catz - Lazy days of summer (1/3)
    • 101 Watercolor - ATG with water colour
    • Patties Creations - Monochromatic (1/2)
    • Stempelsonnen - ATG (1/3)
    •  
      I would like to thank all my new and current Followers for all your support in helping me reach 900+ Followers and now standing at 976.  Yes this wonderful milestone happened for me on 3 July 2014.  And you know what this means - my 900 Follower Celebration Give Away has gone live.  So hop over here and make sure you stand a chance to win some wonderful prizes from my awesome sponsors i.e. ART BY MIRANDIGISTAMPS4JOYCREATE WITH TLC and FRESH BREWED DESIGNS.
      Thank you so much to the wonderful loving comments you always leave for me
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      07 August 2014

      SUNSHINEY DAY {FBD August Buttons Challenge}

      BUTTONS Challenge
      FRESH BREWED DESIGNS

      Hi my lovely followers and visitors, just a quick reminder about our current Challenge: BUTTONS that is happening over at Fresh Brewed Designs.  For all the rules and details, please click HERE.

      I have created a centre step card using this beautiful Fresh Brewed Designs image called FALL FLOWER FAIRY. Isn't she just so elegant.  You can purchase her here.  

      The image has been coloured with Copics.  The design paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle. The bling and buttons are from my stash. The sentiment is from CREATE WITH TLC. The flower embellishments have been created with flower and circle punches.

      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
    • Fitztown - ATG (UL)
    • My Craft Creations - ATG (UL)
    • Whoopsi Daisy - 'B' Items (buttons, bling))
    • Papertake Weekly - ATG (2/3)
    • Crafting with Dragonflies - Centre or Side Step card (centre step card)
    • Crafty Creations - Flower Power (1/2)
    • Pennys Paper Crafty - ATG (1/3)
    • Crafty Girls - ATG (1/3)
    • Aud Sentiments - Thing of You type sentiment (1/5)
    • Delightful Challenges - ATG (1/1)

      I would like to thank all my new and current Followers for all your support in helping me reach 900+ Followers and now standing at 981. Yes this wonderful milestone happened for me on 3 July 2014. And you know what this means - my 900 Follower Celebration Give Away has gone live. So hop over here and make sure you stand a chance to win some wonderful prizes from my awesome sponsors i.e ART BY MIRANDIGISTAMPS4JOYCREATE WITH TLC and FRESH BREWED DESIGNS.


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


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      06 August 2014

      MOMENTS {DS4J Challenge 98 - NEW}

      {Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: DT Project Challenge #98}

      Another design team project for our  challenge over at DS4J's challenge blog.  The theme for this fortnight is NEW.  Its the first time I have used the images with the chickens and the sentiment on this card, so for me that is my take on NEW.

      I have used the following images from DigiStamps4Joy:
      1. SAVANNAH
      2. CHICK TIME
      3. CHICKEN DAD
      The images have been coloured with Copics and dry chalks.  The brads and design papers are from my stash. The sentiment is from CARDS AND SCRAP.

      Looking forward to seeing your 'NEW' creations. So hop on over to DS4J's challenge blog and link your Creations to Challenge #98.


      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 (1/2)
    • Chalk Ah Lot Cafe - ATG with Chalk (chalked the background image) (3/5)
    • Crafting from the Heart - ATG (2/3)
    • Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment (4/5)
    • Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    • Craft for the Craic - Craft Item not used before (have not used this farmer image before) (5/5)
    • The Stamping Boutique - Fancy Folds (a different card fold design)
    • Fitztown - ATG (UL)
    • My Craft Creations - ATG (UL)
    • Ooh La La Creations - Scenic (UL)
    • Whoopsi Daisy - 'B' Items (bushveld, brown, brads)
    • Papertake Weekly - ATG (1/3)
    • The Male Room - Pink Masculine

      I would like to thank all my new and current Followers for all your support in helping me reach 900+ Followers and now standing at 981. Yes this wonderful milestone happened for me on 3 July 2014. And you know what this means - my 900 Follower Celebration Give Away has gone live. So hop over here and make sure you stand a chance to win some wonderful prizes from my awesome sponsors i.e ART BY MIRANDIGISTAMPS4JOYCREATE WITH TLC and FRESH BREWED DESIGNS.


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