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"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

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Welcome back everyone!  
Before I tell you about today's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge, I'd like to remind you that our challenges at Shelly's Images are now FORTNIGHTLY!

Our challenges will now be offered on the 
1st and 3rd Thursday 
of each month.
In our sidebar you can still see our upcoming challenge themes/dates and NOW you can also see the dates for the upcoming Tutorial/Technique Tuesday postings.
We have another exciting announcement ... we are celebrating
with a fabulous  40% off all Christmas digi stamps... see the advert below
NB : You will need to type in the code "ChristmasInJuly" when checking out to receive your sale price.

Now onto today's challenge
 (which will run through August 1st).
(which is our way of saying 'ANYTHING GOES' 
 and today's featured image is 'NATIVITY'

I am proud to announce the Special Invited Guest Designer for this challenge ....
 In a nutshell, Margy is a Christian, widow, mom to 3 beautiful daughters, and granny to 4 absolutely delightful, grandchildren. She was born in the UK in a small town called Tunstall, one of the 5 “pottery” towns in Staffordshire.  Her dad made a bold decision just after she was born, to emigrate to South Africa, and she therefore considers herself as a South African, with British and Dutch blood lines.
Her crafting life took off just after she was married, and Margy has probably tried every new craft that has hit the South African scene! However it was only after she turned 55, that she attended oil painting classes. Apart from painting, her other interests/hobbies are genealogy (already traced her family lines back to the 1600’s), scrapbooking, restoring wooden furniture, mosaic, and now card making and digistamp designing.   Her day job is a locust researcher (yes, the insect with 6 legs), as well as the Project Office Manager for a South African research organization.

You can visit Margy's blog here

Here is my card to inspire you:
I created the card using the Tuesday tutorial on the SI blog here

The image is coloured using alcohol markers.  To make the thatched roof, I used kraft CS, and snipped and inked it.  The little picket fence is an offcut of cork cut using a Marianne's Creatables die.

There is an EXTRA chance to win ... if you leave a comment on my post, you will get to be included in the draw for the voucher below:

AND ... don't forget ...
Besides a $6 Shelly's Images Gift Voucher to one lucky challenge participant ...
You can also win a $3 Shelly's Images Gift Voucher by leaving a comment at 

You can find our rules in the sidebar but here's a quick summary:
  • DIRECT Link to your blog posting
  • Shelly's Image NOT required
  • Follow the theme
  • FIVE entry limit
  • No backlinking
  • Entries for this challenge must be submitted
    by 12:00 noon CST on August 1

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
South Africa


  1. This is lovely! Love how you used the kraft paper & cork!

  2. WOW...I like your scene..and how you used the cork ..
    Thank you for playing along with us at CCH # 124 - Christmas in July.Hugs Krassi

  3. WOW! How do you keep coming up with such FABULOUS ideas? This card is another SHOW PIECE! Awesome job my friend ... I just love your creations! HUGS from OHIO

  4. This is a beautiful card and such an unusual idea

    Thank you for joining us over on the Crafters Companion Blog challenge this month

    Pam x


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