Welcome to my blog and thanks soso much for spending a little while peeping into my world

ARTS, BELLYDANCING, CRAFTS
BELLYDANCING, ARTS, CRAFTS
CRAFTS, BELLYDANCING, ARTS

whichever order I put them in, these are my passion!

... all from my little home studio in Durban, on the east coast of sunny South Africa!

"I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird." -- Paul McCartney









Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HUMOR ME WEDNESDAY AT BUGABOO STAMPS

Did you know that today (23 July) is

GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY
and
HOT ENOUGH FOR YA DAY

and to celebrate I have this card to share:


The Bugaboo image featured on my card is Stella Tidbits - Still Hot and she's coloured using alcohol markers and a white gel pen :


Also used on my card are:

white cs base
red and black cs mats
striped dp
black cs scalloped oval diecut
round punch to cut sentiment
red metal rose embellies
red and pale blue ribbon and bow

Thanks for visiting today

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHRISTMAS SMILES ACROSS THE MILES


The featured image on my card is made using the serviette decoupage and mulberry paper under acetate  technique.

It is mounted on a white cs base, with a shiny red cs frame.

the holly sprig is a diecut to which gold gems were added.

The sentiment is generated in MS Word on the computer.

Thanks for visiting today

luv'huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to enter these challenges:

SAILING PINEAPPLE, NON-TRADITONAL TWIST ( MY IMAGE IS THE TWIST)

BUGABOO STAMPS :: NEW RELEASE


One of today's new release at Bugaboo Stamps is this tag image, called Daisy ButterflyTag that I coloured using alcohol markers and distressed with distress inks:


Also used on this card are:
cream cs base
kraft cs mat - distressed
orange cs mat - distressed
dp offcut - distressed
eyelet
gold cord
own made flowers with gold bead centres
sewn on gold beads

Thanks for visiting today.

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to enter these challenges:







Monday, July 21, 2014

SUMMER FUN ... IS FOR THE BOYS TOO


This Bugaboo Stamps image, Guy Golfing was coloured with alcohol markers and a white gel pen:


II fussy cut part of it and matted it onto green cs.

Also used on my card are:

white cs base
blue cs mat
striped dp
the tags are cut from a sheet of golf themed dp
The round tag was punched using a round punch
a metal eyelet was used to attach the tags to the card

Thanks for visiting today

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to add the following challenges:

USE YOUR STUFF, LAYERS (NOTHING NEW WAS PURCHASED FOR THIS CARD)




A CAS BABY CARD

This little baby card features an image from Bugaboo Stamps, and it's called Bugaboo Brat - Boy Easter Bunny aand I coloured it using alcohol  markers and a white gel pen:

The tag was created in MS Word, and I used thee png version of the image to position him lying on the tag, fast asleep.

My embellies are a ribbon and bow,
a diaper pin 
peel off sentiment

Thanks for visiting my blog today

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to enter the following challenges:


SCRAP-A-DOODLES DESIGN TEAM 2014 AUDITION

This post is my audition for a position on the Scrap-a-Doodles Design Team... I got all the information HERE.

For those of you that don't know, Scrap-a-Doodles is an exciting South African store (both online and brick and mortar) with over 17 000 products at amazing prices.  My new Silhouette Cameo was purchased there last week!

For my audition, I need to show at least three projects that I have created to  showcase my style, ability and versatility:

The first I would like to share is a card I made with one of my own drawings as a digistamp that was released yesterday :


I chose this project as it illustrates
my own drawing
my colouring using alcohol markers (Copics/Spectrum Noir/Graph'it and a white gel pen)
embossing/debossing
diecuts
hand sewn on sequins and beads (my crating signature)
More information on this card can be found here

The second project is a tag booklet featuring images from Bugaboo Stamps:

This illustrates that I do not only make cards, but am completely comfortable making 3D projects and booklets too.
More details on this project can be found here on my blog.

Next, I would like to share two vintage themed cards, made using Graphic 45 paper


Besides using alcohol markers, I have developed my own technique of colouring using regular colouring pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits (Artists White Spirits) that give a depth of colour and blending in a no fail method.  This Triptych card showcases that technique:


This is technique I taught at the in2crafts workshops at HobbyX a few years ago. 

In this project you will see more sewn on sequins and beads, inspired by my other craft passion, that of creating belly dance costumes to order:





I am holding thumbs that I will be selected as one of the lucky 10 selected!  

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA








ANYTHING BUT A CARD AT BUGABOO STAMPS


Today being Monday, I have an non-card project to share with you using a Bugaboo Stamps image called Bugaboo Cowboy Fence that I have used on this party treat box for a boy.

The box was made on the envelop punch board, and the image coloured using my Copics:


Thanks for popping by today.

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to enter the following challenges: