Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Spotlight #14

Hello Everyone!

It is that time of the week again!
 
Congratulations to all of you who entered the
Anything Goes with a Twist: Heritage! 

We had 7 entries. Thank you to you all.
What a lovely selection of  projects!
It was really so much fun to visit all your blogs!
 

We've picked two runner-ups:
#3 Janice - a fabulous card to celebrate your sister's birthday!
#4 Blossom Cards - what a pretty poem from your childhood! Pretty Christmas creation!
 
 
This week we have 2 spotlights.

The first spotlight falls on an interesting vintage creation: #5 Eva's Scraproom 
 
 
 
What a lovely creation to honour your father, with so much detail on a tag!
This was everyone's favourite!
 
 
The second spotlight falls on a striking piece of jewelry: #7 Lovely Linda
 
 
 
Wow, this is really eye catching! Love all the elements incorporated - my pick this week!
 
 
 
Congratulations to all of you!!!
 
 
Take some time to visit the blogs of everyone in the spotlight! You will be inspired!
 
Please make sure that you link only your blog post, not your blog, as well as linking back to the challenge! 
We can only spotlight you if you link back to us in your post
 
 
If you are one of our favourites, grab your badge here:
 
 
 
Don't forget about our current challenge:
 Anything Goes!
We always love to see all kinds of creative projects!
 
 
And you never know, the Spotlight might be on you next week!
 
 
Hugs
Rene
Please Note
Saturday Spotlight is a Just for Fun way of giving recognition to our loyal entrants/followers

Thursday, September 26, 2013

We have a winner - Heritage Challenge

Hi everyone, Doris here with our winner of our Heritage Challenge. 
I'm really surprised that more people didn't enter this challenge! 
But those who did  showed us some beautiful projects and we're happy to present our winner:

 

 
Eva has won her choice of 5 digi images from our sponsor
 

Thanks to Margy at digistamps4joy and thanks to those who played along with us!
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Anything Goes!

Hi everyone, Doris here today with a brand new
Anything Goes
challenge which is sponsored by one of my favorite digi stamp companies
One lucky winner of this challenge will get their choice of 3 digis
from the Melissa's store! She was also so kind to let the Design Team pick
a digi image for our projects to get you inspired. 
Take a look at all this lovliness:




Tammy using Steampunk Girl


Ok, now it's your turn! Add your project by using the inlinkz tool below by October 1 to be eligible for a chance to win, and please be sure to link your project back to this post! If you don't have your own blog you can add your project to our flickr account and link it back here, and if you're not already a blog follower of Crafting by Designs, please become one!





Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Spotlight #13

Hello Everyone!

It is that time of the week again!
 
Well, we are on no 13, and I'm so glad I'm not superstitious!
 
Congratulations to all of you who entered the
We had a real tough time deciding on our favourites!

Can you believe we had 178 entries. Thank you to you all.
What a lovely selection of  projects!
It was really so much fun to visit all your blogs!
 

The runner-ups, in no particular order:
 #57 Kevin - What a striking project for Friday the 13th!
#2 lindyloo - Your wedding card is very elegant!
#167 spyder - sweet & pretty, inside and out - the recipient will really adore your card!
#142 Danni - Your image really comes to life - beautiful!
#14 Laine - Your flowers are lovely, the colours perfect with the DP!
#48 Karen O - What a sweet image, a delightful card! Made us smile!
#139 Hazel - This is really so eye-catching! Love the simplicity of your card!
# 84 Delphine - The background as well as your colouring is terrific!
#148 scrapellen - Your vintage Christmas card is just gorgeous with so much beautiful details!
#37 Bettina - Fun & sexy creation! I like the combination of the kraft with the blues!
# 109 Nick - Your LO is really cool, a great display of the photos!
 
 
This week we have 4 spotlights.

The first spotlight falls on a very elegant & feminine vintage creation: #126 cumbrianlass
 
 
The flowers & ribbon forms such a lovely frame for this stunning image expertly coloured!
We all loved it!
 
 
The second spotlight falls on a pretty card made by a 13 year old: #112 Nicki
 
 
Wow, your card is really striking, love the blue & white. You go girl! 
 
 
The third spotlight falls on a cute Christmas card: # 31 rainmac
 
 
 
With less than a 100 days left before Christmas, it is a good time to start making those cards!
Your card is adorable, a great idea using a pre-coloured topper!
 
 
The fourth spotlight falls on a sweet card depicting sewing: #54 Lorraine C
 
 
The pretty colours, colouring and all the little details makes this card my pick this week!
Sewing is one of my hobbies so I was a bit biased...LOL
 
 
  
Congratulations to all of you!!!
As you can see, it was really not easy to make our final decision!
 
 
Take some time to visit the blogs of everyone in the spotlight! You will be inspired!
 
Please make sure that you link only your blog post, not your blog, as well as linking back to the challenge! 
We can only spotlight you if you link back to us in your post
 
 
If you are one of our favourites, grab your badge here:
 
 
 
Don't forget about our current challenge:
We always love to see all kinds of creative projects!
 
 
And you never know, the Spotlight might be on you next week!
 
 
Hugs
Rene
Please Note
Saturday Spotlight is a Just for Fun way of giving recognition to our loyal entrants/followers.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Winner - Anything Goes with KennyK Downloads!!!

Thanks to everyone that entered the Anything Goes Challenge sponsored by KennyK Downloads, the entries are so beautifulNo way we could make the decision on the winner, so Mr. Random did the job for us. 
The winner is:
Darlene Pavlick
Congratulations Darlene Pavlick, you are the winner of  the prize from KennyK Downloads.
I'm sending you an email now with the instructions on how to claim your prize.
The Design Team and I would like to take a moment to say Thank You to our wonderful sponsor KennyK Downloads:

Can't wait to see you in our newest challenge, I am sure you're going to have so much fun!
Remember to check Saturday's post, you're wonderful creation could be on the Spotlight.
Thanks again for playing with us.
Hugs,
Julia and the Crafting By Designs DT

Anything goes with a twist: Heritage

Hello Everyone!
 
Time for a new challenge and this time the twist is 'Heritage'.
 
In South Africa where I live, we celebrate Heritage Day on the 24th of September.
South Africa is a country with many diverse cultures and this day is a way of celebrating our own heritage, but also creating new ways of living in harmony with all the other people in our beautiful country.
 
Your project can celebrate your own heritage, your own special memories or something fun about your country. Use the colours of your country, if you get stuck on this one. We hope to see a variety of projects and I really hope we'll see some layouts!
 
Our generous sponsor Digistamps4Joy is giving 5 images (own choice) to the winner of the challenge!

The Guest Designer from the DT of our sponsor this week is the multi-talented Jen Leeflang:
 
 
Jen lives in Durban, South Africa. She finally ignored the advice of a school's career counsellor who 'wisely' told her there was "no career in art". Years later, her artistic and creative skills have resulted in a business which keeps her extremely busy and feeds her artistic soul!  From papercrafts, painting, and drawing, to needlecrafts where she designs, makes and beads belly dance show costumes, she is able to do amazing things with paper, card, fabrics, beads, sequins and crystals.
Her cards and belly dance costumes are widely sought after, with customers in South Africa, USA, Canada, England, and Australia. They are made to last and the designs are equal, (if not superior) to cards and costumes bought overseas. In addition to paper and needlecrafts, Jen is a highly competent functions and events organiser, undertaking tasks from fabric draping for the event, to creating beautiful, hand-made cards and invitations for customers worldwide. Jen is married to Pete and they have 3 sons, Nicholas, Blayne and Kellan.
 
Now onto the wonderful inspiration pieces from the designers using Digistamps4Joy images: 
 
Jen using Zebra:
 



 

 

Doris using Ndebele Hut


 

 
 
 
Angie using Ndebele Hut
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rene using Ndebele Hut
 
 
 

Take some time to visit the blogs of the Design Team & our Guest Designer, and do leave some love!


A little bit more about our sponsor:

Digistamps4Joy
South African crafters are new to the digital stamping world, with the first South African online digital image store launched in 2010 – Digistamps4Joy (or DS4J) http://www.digistamps4joy.co.za/eshop .  In May 2012, Margy Kieser took over ownership of DS4J, and there are now two South African artists who contribute to the more than 600 images available. Margy has taken the store to new heights and the store now stocks digis that are cute, whimsical, artistic, sometimes serious, and sometimes humorous. In addition, one of our own South African rubber stamp companies granted us permission for one range of rubber stamps to be converted into digistamp images. The store has PAYPAL, PAYFAST (South African) and EFT (South African) facilities.  Digistamps4Joy offers a monthly freebie on the first Friday of every month, and holds regular bi-weekly card challenges on our Blog (http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com ) that draw entries from many international card makers.

We (DS4J) are also active on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DS4Joyand Paper Craft Planet (http://www.papercraftplanet.com/group/digistamps4joy). We’d love it if you joined us!
 
Now it is your turn to come up with lovely creation! Remember, your creation must reflect the theme! It can be something reflecting your own heritage, that of your country or just a special moment you are sharing - the birth of new grandchild, a new house or a special birthday. Once you are done, make sure to link up your blogpost here!  You'll have until September 24 to add your project and if you don't have your own blog, you can add your project to our flickr group by clicking the link in the left sidebar.
I'm so excited to see what you are going to make!

Hugs

Rene

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday Spotlight #12

Hello Everyone!

It is that time of the week again!
 
Congratulations you to all of you who entered the
Anything goes with a Twist : Back to School Challenge!
 
 
We had 25 excellent entries this week.
Thank you all for your support!
Hope all the little ones and the others are settled at school!
 
As always, it was so much fun to visit all your blogs!
What a great variety of projects!
It was again not easy to pick a few projects for the spotlight, you all deserved a spot!
 

The runner-ups, in no particular order:
#7 An - Just love the simplicity of this striking card, beautiful colours!
#13 Jackie Scott - This is such a cool card for an older boy!
#4 Chana - How clever is this folder! Really beautiful papers you used!
#20 Jengd - Just precious! Great LO with all the bright colours!
#23 Gale - So glad somebody remembered the teachers!! Fun creation!
#15 Lilia - Sweet & simple, great that you used an image from the sponsor! (my pick this week!) 
 
 
The first spotlight this week falls on #6 Joanne
 
 
This is such a cute image!
The colours and papers all goes so well together, a great creation!
 
 
The second spotlight this week falls on #2 Jackie Wallace
 
 
WOW! This is a great project, with loads of interesting detail all the way through!
We all love it, so glad you shared it!

 
Congratulations to all of you!!!
Thank you for the high quality and creativity of entries every week!
 
 
Please make sure that you link only your blog post, not your blog, as well as linking back to the challenge! 
We can only spotlight you if you link back to us in your post.
 
 
Take some time to visit the blogs of everyone in the spotlight! You will be inspired!
 
 
If you are one of our favourites, grab your badge here:
 
 
 
Don't forget about our current challenge:
 Anything Goes with KennyK Downloads!
 
We always love to see all kinds of creative projects!
 
And you never know, the Spotlight might be on you next week!
 
Hugs
Rene
 
Please Note
Saturday Spotlight is a Just for Fun way of giving recognition to our loyal entrants/followers.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Big Welcome to the newest Design Team Members at Crafting by Designs!

Hi everyone, Doris here today to introduce you to
the newest members of our Design Team at
Crafting by Designs! 
Each of these talented ladies has their own beautiful unique
crafting style and we're so excited they'll be joining us!
Please give a warm welcome to
Lisa

My name is Lisa and I live in Leicestershire, England with my hubby and fur-baby. I love being surrounded by pretty papers, pretty stamps and colouring mediums. I enjoy making cards and 3D items, I am looking forward to the challenge of being part of this design team!
Visit Lisa's blog at Paper Craft Bliss
Gemma


I love to craft and hand tried my hand at allsorts but my big passion at the moment is definitely cardmaking, I spend many an hour 'colouring in'! I live in England with my Husband, our 2 cats and my 8 month old Daughter who is growing so fast I can't believe it, she surprises me every day doing something new!
Visit Gemma's blog at Handmade by Gem

Jessica

I am 30 years old, live in Maryland and am married to a wonderful man who happens to be my best friend and who is also super understanding about my paper addiction. We don't have any kids yet, but we're working on changing that. I've been crafting to some degree most of my life, thanks to my crafty mama but I have only been scrapping and making cards for the last 3 or 4 years and once I started, I just became hooked!
Visit Jessica's blog at Beyond Rubies

Maureen

 Hi! I am Maureen, I’m 32 years old, I’ve been married for 13 years and have 4 children. I have always drawn things, I did Art and Design at school and after getting married and having my son I discovered card making thanks to a friend and QVC!  That was 12 years ago! I’m widening my repertoire, developing new techniques, making things other than cards! I am very much looking forward to working with Crafting By Designs and look forward to developing further as crafter and bringing my enthusiasm to the team!
Visit Maureen's blog at Handmade by Maureen


 Angie

I am a down south, true Southern Belle with an accent to match! My wonderful husband and I just celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary and we have three kids and our first Grand baby (a baby girl) due at the end of December. I have always loved crafting; crocheting, sewing, scrap booking, card making, painting, altering items, I’ll try anything once! I cannot express how happy I am to be returning to Crafting By Designs as a Design Team member after taking an extended leave. I’m so thrilled to be working with such a talented group of young ladies!
Visit Angie's blog at Crafting My Memories

We have a Bugaboo Winner!

Hi everyone, Doris here today with our winner from last week's Back to School.  First we'd like to thank our sponsors Bugaboo Stamps for their continued support of our challenges and for the images the Design Team used as well as the ones our winner gets to pick!

 
True Random Number Generator
9
 
Here's our winning entry from Crafting Vicky
 



Vicky I just sent you an email about claiming your prize from Bugaboo.  Thanks everyone for playing along with us - be sure to check out this week's challenge!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Anything Goes with KennyK Downloads!

Hello everyone!
Welcome back for a fun and inspiring challenge.
Our theme for this weeks challenge is
Anything Goes
We are so excited to welcome , our generous sponsor
or this challenge

Digi and rubber stamps from KennyK are a fun and edgy way to add the perfect dose of attitude and style to all of your creations!
KennyK Downloads is giving our winner 3 digital images from the store!
Today we are sharing the creations of our newest Design Team Members:  Jessie, Lisa, Gemma, Maureen and Angie
We are really excited to have them in the team.
Welcome to the Crafting By Designs family!
 Our Design Team had so much fun creating with the amazing images provided by our sponsor, just take a look:
Lisa using the Reindeer digi stamp
Gemma using Happy Hour digi stamp
Maureen using the Happy Hour digi stamp

Doris using Happy Hour digi stamp
Angie using Sexy Teacher digi stamp

Rene using Lady Victoria digi stamp
Rene using Lady Victoria digi stamp again

Tammy using using Sexy Teacher digi stamp

Julia using Blair Blaze Halloween Witch digi stamp
Please visit the Design Team and leave some love
for this talented group of ladies.
Do not forget to upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below.
This challenge will be open until September 17, 2013.
We will select a winner from all the entries.
Important reminder: Please read our rules as they have changed.

Remember to have fun!
I can't wait to see what everyone creates!
Hugs
Julia