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DCM - Here Comes the Sun

You can always rely on the DCM team to come up with a challenge to get the creativity flowing.  This week's challenge is

Here comes the sun!

Lets see some cards full of reds and oranges and yellows - or with lots of circles on them - or rays - anything that says sunshine to you!

This challenge was just what I needed to cheer me up.  I've had this card in mind for a while but not had time to get it down on paper.  I started with the scrap of fabric, it's from a batch of samples sent to me from Seamstar.  I really want to get into sewing again, I've had my new sewing machine about 6 months now, still nothing!  I've got a lovely book called  'Sew' by Cath Kidston on my birthday list, that's sure to get me going!  We live in hope!  Tfl :)xx

Paper: kraft parcel wrapping; Doodlebug crushed velvet
Image and sentiment: Pink Petticoat

A Handbag!

Here's my entry for the Craftwork Cards 'Wrap' challenge, a handbag card using a bronze wrap from the 'Joy' kit.  There's a slight sparkly sheen to the wrap which makes it look like leather.  Not quite Lulu Guinness though, I know, but I did enjoy browsing the website, for inspiration ;)

A tutorial to make this card is HERE

Card blank, DPs, Wrap and Floral Message: Craftwork Cards
Butterfly Charm: Hobbycraft
D rings and silver chain: Craft Box

Polka Doodles Week 7 - Sketch and Theme

Polka Doodles Friday again already!  This week has just flown for me and not much time for crafting being the school holidays, but couldn't miss this lovely sketch from Kris, and there's a theme too.  To feature a bird, well that was easy, all Nikky's CDs have at least one bird design so I was spoilt for choice.  I've gone for the Lovebirds papers and topper to make this notebook cover, love the cream and black on these papers.  Just added a few chipboard flowers and eyelets.  I think I'm going through an eyelet phase, can't seem to put the crop-a-dile down! Oh! Just realised I've missed the band across the bottom of the sketch, sorry Kris!
Papers:  Love and Cherish CD
Chipboard flowers: American Crafts
Rubons: Doodlebug

Polka Doodles Week 6 - Hearts and Flowers

It's Friday, so it's time for another Polka Doodles challenge.  This week it's my turn to set the theme and I've gone for

Hearts and Flowers

Really easy, just feature hearts and/or flowers on your entry and you could be in with a chance of winning a Polka Doodles prize. All we ask is that you enter your project in no more than 10 challenges including this one.
For my gift bag I've used mainly papers from Sugar Birdies, only just discovered this red check design in the Retro Chic section, love it!  Pop over to the Polka Doodles blog to see the fabby creations from the DT.  Tflx

DCM - February's Birthstone

This week's dare over at DCM is a birthstone dare and this month is Amethyst.  As usual some fabulous cards from the DT to inspire us.  So here goes with my entry, better late than never.  Struggled a bit with this one, completely out of my comfort zone, purple and stamping!  But you never learn if you don't try and I'm quite happy with the result.  Gradually getting over my fear of stamping.  Colouring will be next! tflx

Carol's Sketch Fun #19

A fab sketch this fortnight from the lovely Carol.  Just couldn't resist this one.  And it's official, I just love distress ink.  There I was with all the pieces of paper for this card set out and I thought there's something missing, it just doesn't work.  Then I inked all the edges with some Faded Jeans distress ink and 'viola' the whole card seemed to come together.  Just can't do without it!  Tflx
Papers: K&Co Denim and scraps from stash
Felt heart: American Crafts
Rubons: Doodlebug
White acrylic paint

Polka Doodles Week 5 - Paper Piecing

It's Friday so time for another Polka Doodles challenge.  This week it's been set by Claire who's a great fan of paper piecing. so that's this week's challenge.  Take your favourite image and paper piece it. 
Digital images and papers are great for this.  You just print your image a couple of times on your different patterned papers, cut them out and fit and stick them together like a jigsaw.  I had great fun paper piecing Sherman the pig from the 'Back To Nature' CD.
To use a digi image with a pre printed paper pad,  I use repositionable spray adhesive.  First print your image on plain copy paper, stick your patterned paper over the top of the image with repositionable spray, put the paper back through the printer and print the image again.  The image should now be printed on the patterned paper.
Hope you can join in the fun with us this week.  Tfl x

Winter Wonderland 36 - Red and White

In a bid to get organised I've made a start on the christmas cards, so hopefully no mad rush like last year!  I was spurred on by the blog hop going on over at Winter Wonderland.  Lots of yummy prizes up for grabs.  Apols for the dull photo I'm still battling with PSE 7, getting there slowly!
I'm off now to get commenting so I can be in with a chance of winning.  Tflx
Papers: Jesse Edwards;  Home for Christmas
Holly leaves: Lynda
Stamp: Papermania
Ribbon, twine, corrugated card and button from stash

Craftwork Cards - A for Acetate

Here's the card I've entered for the Craftwork Cards A for Acetate compettion.  All you need to do is create a card using their acetate and email it to them.  More info is on their Blog.  I've used one of their scallop wraps to make a circle card and an acetate flower as the focal point.  Added some stitching and embossing for texture. The flower centre is made from some scallop circles of of tissue paper attached together with a small brad and fluffed up a bit!
Papers and tag: MME Pretty Please - thanks for those Lynda x
Scallop wrap: Craftwork Cards
Acetate flower: Craftwork Cards
Ribbon and button from stash

I have an award to share too today. It's from my lovely blogging bud Jane (Milliesmarvels). 

To accept it I have to tell you 10 things that make me happy, well it's just the simple things in life that make me happy.
1. Family
2. Cooking
3. Crafting
4 Friends
5. Learning a new skill
6 Crossing things off my 'to do' list
7 Internet shopping
8 A tidy house
9 Visit to the hairdressers
10. Gardening

I also have to pass it on to 10 peeps, but you know how it is, that's the hard bit and choosing just ten would be so difficult so please feel free to nab this one if you haven't got it already.

Get Funky - February

A new month means a new Get Funky challenge.  This months challenge has been set by Anice, the fab designer of all things Funky Hand.
I love Crafting!
Which we know you all do, so you can create anything you like and as long as it has at least one Funky Hand paper or extra included on it you can be up for the £20.00 prize voucher.
For my Wordbook/notebook I've used the 'Dreams Come True' CD.