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DCM - Favourite Things

The Dare this week over at Daring Cardmakers has been set by Kathy and it is:
'These are a few of my favourite things'
I'd like you to use at least 5 of your own personal favourite things on your card this week - if you can make it 10 then you can claim our DCM Gold Star - virtual, of course lol.
Just had to have a go at this one, so here goes with my list of favourites
  1. Stitching
  2. Spotted paper
  3. Shaped cards
  4. Vintage pearl buttons
  5. Felt hearts
  6. String
  7. Distress ink for inking edges
  8. Scallops
  9. Circles
  10. 'Homespun with Heart' The blog where I got the idea for this card!

Inspirational Card Sketch #40

ICS time again and yet another christmas card from me! Hasn't Dawn given us another great sketch to work with just don't know how she does it.  Our sponsor this week is The Pixie Cottage.  Two gorgeous stamps for the lucky winner.
Papers: BG June Bug; Sentiment: computer generated
I had a nice surprise yesterday, an award from my blogging bud Jane, I was so chuffed I was smiling from ear to ear.

So now I have to say 5 things about myself and pass it on to 5 others, keeping the smiles going.
  1. My real name is Vicky, my Nan's name was Doris (Dolly) that's where the blog name comes from.
  2. I was born and have lived in London all my life.
  3. I'm afraid of the dark.  That's where living in London helps, it's never completely dark!
  4. I wish I could draw.
  5. I bought a Bind it all 2 weeks ago and haven't got it out of the box yet!
I'm passing this award on to 5 bloggers whose blogs don't just make me smile but green with envy ;) lol
  1. Lynda for her brilliant and original designs
  2. Victoria for her great eye for colour and gorgeous colouring
  3. Fink for her whimsical cards and fun blogging style
  4. Chris for her elegant use of white space
  5. Dotty Jo  whose fabulous blog I've only just discovered

Polka Doodles Challenge 22

Can't seem to get out of christmas mode, so when I saw the fabby sketch at Polkadoodles it was screaming at me 'Gift Box' although it's taken me all week to come up with colours, papers etc. but when my 'Next' christmas catalogue came through the door, the colour combo was sorted - lime and emerald green with silver and white. 

For the box I used some satin silver card and stamped on some swirls with white stazon.  For the flower and wrap I used lime green cardstock stamped on some flourishes with silver and emerald green ink, then put it through the cuttlebug with the mesh embossing folder. 
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post, all three cards are growing on me now.  As my hubby always says, 'You're too damn fussy!' and he should know! ;)x
Paper and card: Paper Mill Shop
Stamps:  Rhonna Farrer
Ink: Encore metallic silver; Stazon white cotton; Colorbox emerald green.

DCM - I Can See Clearly Now!

The Daring Cardmakers challenge this week is
I Can See Clearly Now
and I would love to see something clear on your card. It could be an acetate card, an acetate embellishment, a window cut in the card, clingfilm, OHP sheet, Mirror fragments - anything that shows that your card is clearly one of the best!

Do you ever have an idea of a card in your head that just doesn't translate on paper.  I've had 3 attempts using an acetate window, and this fairy stamp and I'm still not completely happy.

1st attempt - too many rounded corners and the fairy is too low...

2nd attempt - dropped the black inkpad on it...

3rd attempt - the card is too big for the image...

Now I'm thinking that maybe the papers just don't match the stamps!  Help!
Papers: Bo Bunny Tis The Season, Basic Grey June Bug
Stamps: Fairy and Sentiment Funstamps.

Inspirational Card Sketch #39

This week the sponsor at ICS is Doodle Palace Digital Stamps, which meant that the DT got to work with some of their fab images, I chose 'Emery the Pitbull Puppy', he's so cute.  There's a prize of four of their digital images for the lucky winner, so why not join us this week.

This card just fell into place with the sketch Dawn created for us to work with this week.  Wish the same could be said for the card I'm working on for the DCM challenge. I'll be posting it tomorrow whatever state it's in and you can tell me what you think!
Edited to add: the Kraft cardstock is a digital download from Pink Petticoat it's part of the 'Big Fella' collection. 

Witchy Footwear!

Thought I was done with Halloween cards but when I saw this witchy boot template I just had to make it, although I can't remember exactly where it's from now, think it might be Papercrafts.
I'm entering it for the Papertake weekly challenge which is...

The Dark Side  - we want to see anything spooky, creepy and Halloween-ie on your cards.

Apparently mock crock boots with purple trim are a must-have for Halloween '09 ! ;).

Polka Doodles Challenge 21

Another fabby sketch over at Polkadoodles this week.  I've kept my card simple, still trying to find a design for the christmas card production line.  I think I may have got there with this one.  The paper design is from the Sugar Birdies cd, not a specific christmas design and not a traditional colour but I think it works and I like it, surprise surprise! ;).  One of the baubles is glittery believe it or not, it's so dark here today so not a good pic.  Tflx
Papers: Polkadoodles Sugar Birdies; Cord: Hobbycraft; Rubon: Making Memories; Diecut Baubles: from stash

Inspirational Card Sketch #38

ICS time again, really enjoyed working with the sketch this week, thanks to Dawn for another inspirational sketch.  Pleased to have another xmas card done and dusted too.  I used some cheap kraft coloured luggage labels to make the tag and mount the alphas.  I do like making something out of a bargain buy. 

Our sponsor this week is Scrapbooks and Stuff with these fabby designer papers going to the lucky winner.   The DT have done us proud again, go check them out and see what you think.
Papers and Alphas:  Basic Grey Dasher
Kraft Luggage labels: Stationery Shop
String and Brads from Stash
HOlly leaves: Lynda
Distress Ink:  Brushed Corduroy

Winter Wonderland - Week 19

First time on the Winter Wonderland challenge for me but it sure won't be my last with christmas fast approaching.  The theme this week is, 'Sleigh Bells Ring'.
I did a search for 'sleigh template' on google and found one HERE.  The template had a tree with it so thought I'd use the tree too to give a bit of depth to the scene... After a lot of paper shuffling I came up with this card that I'm really quite pleased with.  I used an A5 card blank -landscape -paper pieced the sleigh and tree.  Stuck the tree to the inside and the sleigh on the front and cut round them.  Easy eh, so why did it take me a day to make!  I'm such a slow crafter.  Tflx
Papers and alphas: Basic Grey Dasher

Polka Doodles Challenge 20 - Sketch

There's a sketch for the Polkadoodles challenge this week, and a lovely one at that, nice and simple, just what I like, and some fab ideas for using it from the DT too. I've used the Sugar Birdies cd for my cards, the first card is for the challenge the second card I was just using up the leftovers! In true Polkadoodles style I played around with some doodling.
Enjoyed it so much I made another card (not following the sketch) with the rest of the A4 sheet and stampies. I've seen Nikky on Create & Craft demoing her new stamps, stamping black on pastel papers, and just had to give it a try it looked so effective, something I never would have thought of doing. The gorgeous holly leaves and berries are from Lynda, I've doodled on them too!
Papers and stampies: Polkadoodles Sugar Birdies CD
Stamps: Sentiment Studio G; Flourish Urban Lily
Holly: Lynda

Inspirational Card Sketch #37

Yet again another brilliant sketch from Dawn at ICS. Another great sponsor too, My Creative Classroom. We have some new designers joining the DT this week be sure to check out their beautiful cards. I'm really delighted that Dawn asked me to stay on for another four months as I love her sketches.
The theme of my card this week is 'Think Pink' as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month...
Papers: Pink Petticoat Think Pink; Ribbon: Papermania

Allsorts Challenge #21 meets DCM

This card combines two challenges. The Allsorts challenge is to use the colour 'Kraft' and the DCM challenge is 'Folding Up'. Allsorts is sponsored by Liz from Pink Petticoat this week and if you use PP products you can enter your card into the draw twice! I got the method for this popup card from HERE, it folds flat to fit into an envelope, genius!

The Kraft card backing paper and image is from the PP 'Big Fella' download which is one of my faves from Liz, lots of manly paper designs and images that are not too manly to be used for girls too, so good value for money! I paper pieced the image and some of the letters and added a bit of doodling. Not a very good photo, too much sun at the back of the house, not enough at the front and boy do I need to clean my windows! Tfl xx

Carol's Sketch Fun #15

It took a long time to come up with this one, a week in fact, lots of paper shuffling, I was just about ready to throw in the towel, admit defeat and sell all my crafty stuff on Ebay! But after a few hours at the hairdressers yesterday covering the grey! I felt a lot better, finished this card and everything started to fall back in to place.
There's two things I'm fearful of at the moment colouring images and embossing, and I was determined to overcome one with this card, and I went for the embossing and I think I've conquered it for now.

This is a Pink Petticoat image that I've embossed using an embossing pen and clear embossing powder and I'm quite happy with the result. So happy that I got carried away and forgot the sentiment, it's meant to be a 'New Home' card!
Oh I've forgot to tell you the most important bit, the lovely Carol has a yummy prize up for grabs for this challenge don't know how can she can bear to part with all this fabby stuff, so be sure to check it out. Longer post than normal from me so if you still here thanks for listening, I'm off to make another challenge card before the mojo goes AWOL again. xx

Get Funky - October Challenge

This month it was Allison's turn to set the challenge....
"on the 31st of this month all the ghosties and ghoulies come out to play and I want to see all your wonderful bright, fiendish and scary creations."
You have until 31st October to Get Funky and the winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at Funky Hand.
This was the first Halloween card I'd ever made surprised how much I enjoyed it, so much so I used one of my treasured heart shaped Fimo buttons from the lovely Jane, she's so talented, be sure to check out her blog she may even be giving away some buttons as we speak!
Be sure to check out all the DT creations on the Get Funky blog, lots of scary stuff there hope we've inspired you to join in the fun this month.
Papers: Funky Hand - The Funky One
Skull template - Crafty templates
Fimo button - Jane