{DOING LIFE} 900 Follower Giveaway

TO ALL MY AWESOME FOLLOWERS:
My 900 FOLLOWER CELEBRATION GIVE AWAY has officially opened. Just click HERE to stand a chance!!!

18 July 2014

CELEBRATE {Art by Miran Showcase}

{DT Project for Art by Miran}

I have been playing once again and this time with this gorgeous girl called FLOWER GIRL VANESSA created by the talented Mi Ran.  She is so elegant, don't you think.  Do yourself a favour and hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here.  You can purchase VANESSA here.

The flower embellishments have been created with circle punches and design paper. She has been coloured with Copics. The sentiment is from CREATE WITH TLC.  The design paper, bling, buttons and ribbon are from my stash.  The hexagons in the background were created with a punch.


I would like to venture over to the following challenges with this:
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Sister Act: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafting by Designs - Use a Sentiment
Creative Fingers - ATG (3/3)
Incy Wincy - Strings Things (Ribbon)
ColourQ - Use one Spot Colour (Aqua Green)
Deep Ocean - Lots of Layers
Paper Minutes - Use exactly 3 colours (black, aqua and yellow)
Papertake Weekly - Buttons Bows Bling
Pennys Paper Crafty - ATG
The Outlawz - Create your own background
Creative Moments - ATG - use at least one flower
Lia Stampz - ATG (1/1)
Creative Corner - Love or Ribbon
Craft Your Passion - Citrus Tropical Colours

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed your visit here and wish you all a wonderful relaxing weekend.

Crafty Hugs


15 July 2014

{900 Follower Celebration Give Away}

CELEBRATING 900 Followers
GIVE AWAY

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 quite place to be.
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

I have recently reached 912 Followers and to say thank you to each and everyone of my Followers, I have the following awesome prizes (I am sure you will agree), up for grabs, sponsored by the sensationally generous shop owners of some of the design teams I am serving on.
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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.
Here is a card I created using a DS4J image called CINDY

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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.


Here is a card I created using a beautiful ABM image called MISS BROADWAY

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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.


Here is a card I created using a beautiful CREATE WITH TLC image and sentiment set called


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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.

Here is a card I created using the FBD bashful bathing beauties.  You can purchase them here.


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To stand a chance to win these wonderful prizes from the generous SPONSORS, 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 900 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, 16 August 2014.

Wishing you all the best of luck.





Crafty Hugs

14 July 2014

YOU ARE A GEM {Art by Mi Ran Blog Hop}

{DT Project for Art by Miran's Blog Hop with Whimsy Stamps}
   

Mi Ran Jung has joined Whimsy Stamps' team of illustrators! Art by Miran has released NEW RUBBER STAMPS via Whimsy Stamps and we are celebrating the release event with a Blog Hop.  


Over the next 3 days we will reveal 7 new rubber stamps, illustrated by Mi Ran exclusively for Whimsy Stamps. We hope you will join us each day at 12pm ET for our blog hops full of inspiration and chances to win some prizes too!



All of the new rubber stamps will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday, July 16th. For this release, Whimsy Stamps are joined by guest designers Alyce Keegan and Mariska van der Veer as well as the Art by MiRan digital design team.


PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment to be entered into the draw.


So now, it’s time to check out what the amazing designers have created with these new stamps. Don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop along the hop to be entered into the draw to win a $15 gift certificate.

Joey 
Desire (thats me!)
Alyce (Guest)

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you again tomorrow for another fun day of inspiration!

And here are the deets for my card:

I have used this cute girl called  FOR YOU created by the talented Mi Ran and you can purchase her at Whimsy Stamps store.  Do yourself a favour and also hop over to Mi Ran's Etsy shop and check out her awesome digi creations, here.   

The images have been coloured with Copics. The bling are from my stash. The design paper is BasicGrey. The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The weaved hearts have been created with tag punches and here is the tutorial for them elsewhere on my blog.





I would love to enter this into the following challenges:

Sister Act: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with Optional Twist
Word Art Wednesday: Anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Scrapbook Stamp Society - ATG (2/3)
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG (1/2)
Glitter n Sparkle - ATG
Paper Makeup Stamps - Girly Girl
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Crafting by Designs - ATG
Memas Crafts - Make it a Duet (blue and orange)
Emerald Fairies - Hip Hip Hooray Birthday
Bearly Mine - Lets go Digital (2/2)
Stamp and Create - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - Pretty Papers
Suze Bees Bloomin Challenge - ATG
Creative Fingers - ATG
Come and Get It - Colours of Summer
Pumpkin and Spice - ATG

Thanks again for your lovely visits here and I hope you will enjoy the hop.
Creative Hugs

JULY NEW DIGI RELEASE {Fresh Brewed Designs}

New Digi Releases
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS

Hi my lovely followers and visitors, some gorgeously cute little monkey images and sentiments are being released today at Fresh Brewed Designs. I got to play with some of the cute little critters as well as the some gorgeous banana trees.  The images I have used are called BANANA TREE, CLYDE, and MONKEY IN TREE.

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

The images have been coloured with H2O water colour pencils and Copics.  The design paper is BoBunny and the bling is from my stash. The sentiment is from CREATE WITH TLC.





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

613 Avenue Create - ATG + optional Twist
Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at my little space in blog land.



Crafty Hugs

13 July 2014

ADVENTURES {DS4J New Releases}

{Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: New Releases 13 July 2014}

DS4J's  is releasing a selection of wonderful new images today. So make sure you hop over and take a look at what my design team mates have created with some of the new releases. 

For my new release showcase I used the ARCH DANCER and you can purchase her here.

The image has been coloured with Copics.  The buttons and ribbon are from my stash. The design paper is from Prima: Anna Marie Collection.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC . The flowers have been created with various punches.

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

613 Avenue Create - ATG + optional Twist
Just Keep on Creating - ATG
Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Just for Fun - ATG
Fussy and Fancy - Its all about Girls
Wags and Whiskers - ATG (2/2)
- Love to Create - Fussy and Fancy
- The Shabby Tea Room - Flowers and Dots
- Digi Choosday - Punches and or Dies (used punches for the flowers) (2/2)
- Moving Along with the Times - Girls just wanna have Fun (2/3)
- Crafty Catz - Flowers
- Hiding in My Craft Room Super Scraps Saturday (all the papers for this card are from my left overs from scrapbooking designs) (1/1)
- We Do Doobadoo - Spotty and Dotty
- Glitter n Sparkle - ATG

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.
Crafty hugs

11 July 2014

TAKE THE WORLD ... {Art by Miran Challenge 10}

{Guest DT Project for Art by Miran's Challenge 10}
  
Art by Miran is launching their 10th 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 seventh challenge.

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

I have used this cute girl called  TRAVELLING TRACY 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 TRAVELLING TRACY  here.

The image has been coloured with Copics. The brads and design papers are from my stash.  The sentiment is from Paulette {Create with TLC}.  The embellishments has been created with various size folded squares.  See tutorial below.

Here is the tutorial for the folded square Embellishments:







I would love to enter this into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - ATG + optional Twist - own challenge (image/sentiment/solid paper/watercolour)
Just Keep on Creating - ATG
Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG (3/3)
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG (2/2)
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes (3/3)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Catch the Bug - July ATG (3/4)
Digi Makeover - ATG
Love to Scrap - ATG (3/3)
Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge
Aud Sentiments - ATG (3/5)
Deep Ocean - Add a Sentiment
The Stamping Chef - ATG
- Lexis Creations- Black, White + One other Colour (Blue)
- Simon Says Monday Challenge - Make something from scratch (folded embellishments)
- Pennys Paper Crafty - ATG
- Crafty Girls - ATG
- Fussy and Fancy - Its all about Girls
- The Stamping Boutique - Fussy Cutting (around girl and flourishes)
- Wags and Whiskers - ATG (1/2)

Thanks to all my lovely Followers (old and new) I have now hit the 900+ Follower mark. Please keep your eyes peeled here as my 900 Follower Celebration Give Away will go live soon.  I just wanted to thank my lovely sponsors, in advance, who have so generously given prizes for this.

Thanks again for your lovely visits here.
Crafty Hugs

09 July 2014

NATURE {Challenge 96 DS4J}

{Digi Stamps 4 Joy DS4J: DT Project Challenge #96}

Another design team project for our  challenge over at DS4J's challenge blog.  The theme for Challenge No.96 is FOR THE BOYS  my lovely design team mate, Riette is hosting this challenge.  Thanks Riette for choosing this awesome theme for us.

I have used the following images from DigiStamps4Joy:
  1. FOREST
  2. MOMMY'S GIRL (rhino)
  3. HOME RELOCATION (dung beatle)
The images have been coloured with H20 water colour pencils and dry chalks.  The buttons and raffia is from my stash. The design paper is from BasicGrey.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC .

Looking forward to seeing your creations. So hop on over to DS4J's challenge blog and link your Creations to Challenge #96.



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

- 613 Avenue Create - ATG + optional Twist - own challenge (image/sentiment/solid paper/watercolour)
- Just Keep on Creating - ATG
- Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
- Crafting from the Heart - ATG
- Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
- Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes
- Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment
- Brown Sugar - ATG
- Catch the Bug - July ATG
- Crafting at the Weekend - ATG
- Chalk Ah Lot Cafe - ATG with Chalk (chalked the sentiment and part of the background image)
- Digi Makeover - ATG
- Love to Scrap - ATG
- Squigglefly - Use your Scraps (all the papers on this card is from my scraps file, left overs from scrapbooking)
- The Paper Nest Dolls - ATG
- Use Your Stuff - Leaves (the buttons has been in my stash for years)
- Cards Galore Encore - Use a digi (3/3)
- Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge
- Just for Fun - ATG (3/3)
- As You Like It - Animals or People (I prefer animals as it usually depicts nature and I am a true nature lover)
- Aud Sentiments - ATG
- Creative Corner - Outdoors
- QKR Stampede - Use a Bug Image
- SweetPea Stampers - For the Boys/Men
- A Gem of a Challenge - Animals
- Creative Card Crew - Masculine
- Robyns Fetish IDIC - Animals
Deep Ocean - Add a Sentiment
- The Sailing Pineapple - Nature Calls
- The Stamping Chef - ATG

A big welcome to my new Followers, hope you will enjoy your visits here. Also thank you to my loyal and faithful followers who always leave such wonderful inspiration here for me to feast on.

Leaving you with a collage of photos I took during our visit at the Days of Dinosaurs Expo last weekend at the Sandton Convention Centre here in Johannesburg.  Hard to be believe these creatures actually existed zillions of years ago:


Crafty hugs

08 July 2014

DREAMS {Path of Positivity Challenge 16}

This month our theme for Challenge #16 at Path of Positivity is 
DREAMS 


THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS!!!! - Eleanor Roosevelt

I used the following beautiful image and digi papers from Scribble and Scrap - just click on the names to take you directly to Scribble and Scrap's Online Shop:



The folded circle embellishments were created with circle punches.  The bling, buttons and raffia are from my stash.  The pink flowers have also been created with punches.  The image has been coloured with Copics and the sentiment with dry chalks.  The sentiment has been designed by the wonderfully talented Lisa from Decosse Dynamite Doodles who is of course also the owner of the Path of Positivity Challenge. And of course the design papers are digi papers from Scribble and Scrap.

 
  

We are happy to announce that Edwina, is once again joining us as our GDT for the challenge this month. We are very lucky that she had the time available in her schedule to join us.

The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:
  • For Challenge 16, prizes will be the following:
    • £15 voucher from Scribble and Scrap, 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 from Décosse'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 DREAMS creations to Path of Positivity Challenge No.16. Can't wait to see your creations.  
   
Once again I would love to try my hand at the following challenges with this creation:

613 Avenue Create - ATG + optional Twist - own challenge (Image/Sentiment/Solid Colour Paper/Flowers/Paper Punch for flowers)
Just Keep on Creating - ATG
Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with uplifting sentiment
- Crafting by Designs - ATG
- Brown Sugar - ATG
- Catch the Bug - July ATG
- Crafting at the Weekend - ATG
- Sweet Stampin - Pretty in Pink (1/2)
- Totally Gorjuss - Bling
- Chalk Ah Lot Cafe - ATG with Chalk (chalked the sentiment)
- Glitter and Sparkle - Bling it On
- Pile it On - Add some Flowers
- Scrapbook Stamp Society - ATG + Optional Twist Pearls or Rhinestones
- Card Mania - Circles
- Digi Makeover - ATG
- Love to Create - Fussy and Fancy or Clean and Layered (fussy and fancy)
- Love to Scrap - ATG
- Simon Says - Make something from scratch (the folded flower circle embellishments has been made with circle punches)
- Squigglefly - Use your Scraps (all the papers on this card is from my scraps file, left overs from scrapbooking)
- The Paper Nest Dolls - ATG
- Use Your Stuff - Leaves (the bling and buttons have been in my stash for years)
- Crafty Sentiments - ATG (1/1)
- Deep Ocean - Add a Sentiment
- Digi Choosday - Punches and/or Dies (the flowers were made with punches)

Thank you to all my wonderful Followers old and new.  Your visits here and the love you leave behind are truly treasured - thanks so much.  
Creative Hugs

07 July 2014

DOING LIFE {a Hop to get to know my Creative Spirit}

Hello to all my lovely visitors and Followers
- grab a chair with a cuppa and spend some time here ....

I was tagged by a really lovely lady, Denise van Deventer (a fellow South African), to play along with this fun Blog Hop (with a difference).  If you know Denise, then you would also know that she uses lots of layers, flowers, chipboard, paint, stencils and anything in the Mixed Media line. She also runs a fabulous design team called Scrap Africa, for which she provides most of the sketches and ideas for her challenges. She is calm, organised and very supportive; truly a joy to work with.  I have also had the honour of being a guest designer over at Scrap Africa.

Denise tagged me in her post HERE and if you would like to go and take a peep at her blog, I am sure she would appreciate it! You will also see what I mean about her creative style, which is certainly so wonderful and fabulous! So thanks Denise for tagging me, it certainly was an honour for me! 

To start off, many people probably wonder why my blog is called Doing Life. I started my personal blog way back in January 2006 and at the time had to brainstorm a catchy title for it... and the thought 'what do I do with my life each day' went through my mind and I told myself, but actually I am DOING LIFE each and every day of my existence - and so my blog was named DOING LIFE and mainly showcases my passions for photography, scrapbooking, cardmaking as well as reporting about happenings in my day-to-day life.

What am I working on right now?

I own and manage an online scrapbooking shop called DOING LIFE Online Shoppe  where I sell comprehensive kits four double page layouts.  Most of my scrapbooking designs are created with the use of templates which I also design myself. At the moment I am busy with the comprehensive step-by-step notes for a new double page design which I will present at a scrapbooking conference here in Johannesburg during October 2014. Here are some snapshots of the double page design:

Here is also another double page scrapbooking design I am working on to present at scrapbooking events during November 2014:


How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

When it comes to my scrapbooking I would say that my style is quite unique as for me the focus is always on the photos.  The photos should tell a story and for me it is difficult to tell a story with just one or two photos. And it is here that the combination of a variety of template shapes helps me to incorporate numerous photos onto a double page design, without having the overall design look too cluttered.  I would say this is one of my signature scrapbooking designs:


I am also a big fan of affordable crafting and create most of my embellishments with paper folding techniques.  You will find the link to various of my paper folding tutorials, here.  This also transpires in my cardmaking.  I do not own any fancy machines or tools, apart from my collection of hand punches without I will be lost.  And of course I am a big fan of the brad (split pin).  Here is one of my typical card designs:

Why do I create?

When it comes to scrapbooking, it is a wonderful way to document every day happenings and turn them into memories which can be treasured for generations to come.  Cardmaking for me is also a great way to use up all the left overs from scrapbooking designs and to practice my paper folding techniques on a small scale before using them on my scrapbooking designs.  In general being creative is therapy in itself and a great way to de-stress, especially with such a fast paced society we currently live in.


How my creative process work?

My scrapbooking process starts with creating rough designs with various cut out shapes from my templates and once I have a design fine tuned, I will browse through my Pictures Folders on my computer to see which photos will best suit the design.  Once my photos are sent through to a lab via Dropbox and they have been collected from the lab, they are cut into the desired shapes and sizes for the specific design.  Then I will match up papers with the photos.  Embellishing is a mere finishing touch for my scrapbookings designs and not the focus.


With cards the image to be coloured is printed on an inkjet printer and then coloured with with Copic alcohol markers or H2O watercolour pencils.  Then coodinating papers and a sentiment are selected, etc.  Centre step card designs are my favourite, but I also enjoy easel and tent card designs.



How do I become inspired and stay inspired?


As far as scrapbooking is concerned, I will always have photos, as photography is my first love.  Even with the techno/digi era we are in, the delight of touching a hard copy photo instead of staring at a screen, is pure delight and therefore scrapbooking with the real McCoy will always live on.  When it comes to cardmaking it is so fulfilling when seeing the expression on a recipient's face when opening up a handmade card and of course then there are the zillions of challenges in blog land one can enter with cards - its a whole new world out there.

I have tagged 2 creative friends, who will be sharing their creative journey's with you next week Monday, 14 July 2014. They are:


I have met Susan for the first time via Tammy's Scrapin Corner's Design Team (cardmaking) a few years ago.  Although this design team is not active any more, we still have daily contact in blog land via challenges and other numerous design teams Susan serve on. Susan has a unique creative style which reflects so wonderfully in her beautiful cards, each one a little work of art.  She is also a master at achieving gorgeous dimension on her digital images.  Please pay her a visit, as you will not be disappointed.


I have bumped into Penny via card challenges I entered in blog land, a few years ago and have become close bloggy friends ever since.  Penny serves on numerous card design teams and her creations are always so well thought through when it comes to design and with awesome colouring skills she brings any digital image to life so creatively.  Then of course Penny and her hubby are serious foodies and with Penny's wonderful writing style she shares their culinary and travel experiences with her bloggy friends in such a colourful way and always with a great sense of humour, that one actually feel you were there with them.  So pay Penny a visit and experience her creative/writing style for yourself.


I have also made loads of other wonderful friends in blog land. There are many of these creators, ladies and men, that I truly admire and are so inspired by. I have had the privilege of meeting some of them and it has added so much to my creative journey! So to all my crafty friends, I thank you all for the wonderful words of encouragement and the wonderful inspiration that I always find on your blogs! Every single one of you! 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit better and I hope you will hop along to my tagged friends. Signing off with the following:

In the words of Richard Jeffries: 
"The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours we live."

Crafty hugs