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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









Monday, June 30, 2014

ANYTHING BUT A CARD : BUGABOO STAMPS - an altered notebook

The images at Bugaboo Stamps are so varied that you will find one for almost any occasion... and this is my project for ABaC (anything but a card) Monday: 


I found this little padded pale kraft notebook with the cutest ombre hearts stamped on it,  and fell in love with it!

To alter it, I added white gel pen dots on the hearts, and coloured cord, and this little image that I coloured using Copics:

The image is called Jack and Diane - Love Circle

(do you remember the song 'Jack and Diane' by John Mellenkamp from 1982?)




I cut the image using a die and added some sequins as embellishments. 

Thanks for popping by today

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to enter the following challenges:






Sunday, June 29, 2014

A CAS BUTTERFLY CARD


quick and easy
clean and simple

sentiment printed directly onto the card
diecut butterfly embellished with gems
and a collection of gems in the opposite corner

Thanks for visiting today.

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to add my card to the following challenges :



Saturday, June 28, 2014

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY :: NEW RELEASE :: SARITA

I have drawn six more images for the Digistamps 4 Joy Store, and this one, released today is called :

SARITA

This is my card as an example:


I coloured it using alcohol markers and a white gel pen.
Here is a better look at the image:



This digital image (300 dpi) comes in a ZIP file, with both a JPEG (white background) and a PNG (transparent background) file format.  It is also available in my hand coloured version.

SaritaSarita (coloured)

To create my card I have used the following from my hoarded stash:

white cs base
deep orange mat
printed dp
sewn on sequins and beads


thee sentiment is a ticket printed onto vellum



Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv’n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY :: NEW RELEASE :: CUSTOM FIT?

I have drawn six more images for the Digistamps 4 Joy Store, and this one, released today is called :

CUSTOM FIT

This is my card as an example:


I coloured it using alcohol markers and a white gel pen.
Here is a better look at the image:




This digital image (300 dpi) comes in a ZIP file, with both a JPEG (white background) and a PNG (transparent background) file format.  It is also available in my hand coloured version.

To create my card I have used the following from my hoarded stash:

 blue cs card base
blue cs mats
striped dp
ticket sentiment printed onto vellum
layered flower with pearl centre
blue satin ribbon  bow


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv’n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY :: NEW RELEASE :: JUST ADD WINGS

I have drawn six more images for the Digistamps 4 Joy Store, and this one, released today is called :

JUST ADD WINGS

(the idea behind this image is to add your own wings to the little angel image, whether they be digi, rubber or clear stamped, or you could add fabric ones, etc etc - be creative and let your imagination run free)

( I have used wings from a free colouring page)

This is my CAS card as an example:


I coloured it using alcohol markers and a white gel pen, with gold Stickles on her halo:

Here is a better look at the image:



This digital image (300 dpi) comes in a ZIP file, with both a JPEG (white background) and a PNG (transparent background) file format.  It is also available in my hand coloured version.

Just add wingsJust add wings (coloured)
To create my card I have used the following from my hoarded stash:

white cs base with bottom and top punched
white satin ribbon and bow
pearls
peel off sentiment



Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv’n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN

DIGITAMPS 4 JOY :: NEW RELEASE :: CUPCAKE FAIRY - KEEPER OF THE CUP

I have drawn six more images for the Digistamps 4 Joy Store, and this one, released today is called :

CUPCAKE FAIRY - KEEPER OF THE CUP

This is my card as an example:


I coloured it using alcohol markers and a white gel pen, with Stickles on the wings and dress.

Here is a better look at the image:



This digital image (300 dpi) comes in a ZIP file, with both a JPEG (white background) and a PNG (transparent background) file format.  It is also available in my hand coloured version.

Cupcake fairy - keeper of the cupCupcake fairy - keeper of the cup (coloured)


To create my card I have used the following from my hoarded stash:

white cs base
apricot cs mat
floral print dp
layer pale yellow paper flowers
sewn on sequins and beads
cream coloured satin ribbon bow


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv’n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY :: NEW RELEASE :: CUPCAKE FAIRY - KEEPER OF THE SPOON

I have drawn six more images for the Digistamps 4 Joy Store, and this one, released today is called :

CUPCAKE FAIRY - KEEPER OF THE SPOON

This is my card as an example:


I coloured it using alcohol markers and a white gel pen.

Here is a better look at the image:



This digital image (300 dpi) comes in a ZIP file, with both a JPEG (white background) and a PNG (transparent background) file format.  It is also available in my hand coloured version.

To create my card I have used the following from my hoarded stash:

white cs base
green cs mat
printed dp
sewn on sequins and gems


I also used a peel off sentiment and a cerise organza ribbon bow.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv’n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY :: NEW RELEASE :: CUPCAKE FAIRY - CUPCAKE THRONE

I have drawn six more images for the Digistamps 4 Joy Store, and this one, released today is called :

CUPCAKE FAIRY - CUPCAKE THRONE

This is my card as an example:


I coloured it using alcohol markers and a white gel pen, with Stickles on the wings and dress:
Here is a better look at the image:


This digital image (300 dpi) comes in a ZIP file, with both a JPEG (white background) and a PNG (transparent background) file format.  It is also available in my hand coloured version.

Cupcake fairy - cupcake throneCupcake fairy - cupcake throne (coloured)
To create my card I have used the following from my hoarded stash:

white cs base
pink and blue cs mats
cupcake printed dp
pink gems
pink organza ribbon
peel off sentiment


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv’n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN

A BUGABOO COLOUR CHALLENGE

Today sees the start of another challenge at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog, and for this week we are inviting you to play with these colours:


Here is how I used them on my card:


The Bugaboo image featured on my card is called Garden Gal and this is one of the new images for June.


I coloured the image using alcohol markers, and used the following to create my card:

white cs base
green cs mat
sew on flower sequin and beads
pink ribbon and bow
The sentiment was printed directly on to the base card

Click HERE to join the challenge, because just be entering you are in the draw to win some fabulous prizes! 

Thanks for popping by today!

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA 

I would like to add my card to the following challenges





Friday, June 27, 2014

FREEBIE FRIDAY AT BUGABOO STAMPS

A baby card with a difference :


This week's freebie is


Here's a better look:

All together now ..... 'aw, how sweet!"

I coloured the image using alcohol markers and a white gel pen, and used the following from my hoarded stash to create my card:

white base card
orange cs mat
polka dot dp
die to cut out the image
punched flowers
with sewn on flower sequin centres


orange satin ribbon bow

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A PRETTY WINDOW CARD

I created this window card as a sample  for a workshop that I will be presenting to a (closed) craft group tomorrow morning.  This is the inside of the card that you finish first, and then you decorate the outside of the card with the scraps, offcuts and leftovers:

and so this is what the outside looks like:


I think the ladies are going to love making this card, and I  am so looking forward to the workshop!

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA


VINTAGE PARIS



My vintage stye card features and image from Nicecrane Designs, from the precoloured set called Paris dans la Rue

ParĂ­s Dans La rue

To create my card I used the following :

white cs card base
beige cs background
map of Paris background with Eiffel Tower image overprinted
lace
ribbon
pearl
beads
ticket image
rolled cs rose
die cut flourishes

Thanks for popping by today.

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA





Tuesday, June 24, 2014

...it may be winter outside, but in my heart it's Spring ....

It may be winter outside (but in my heart it's spring) ... 
Do you remember this 1973 song by Love Unlimited?


For some reason this song kept playing in my head while I was colouring my image and making my card ....


I used alcohol markers for the colouring:


As I used the png version of the image, called Skippin Lou, from Digistamps 4 Joy, I was able to  layer the transparent background over a scene of a meadow.  

To create my card I used the following from my hoarded stash:

white cs card base
yellow cs mats
layered flowers
lots of flower and butterfly sequins - sewn on
sentiment, cut with a circle punch
pink gingham bow

Thanks for dropping in today

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
DURBAN
SOUTH AFRICA

I would like to add my card to the following challenges: