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May 20, 2010

May's DD/DDA Challenge

Once a month, the girls Splitcoast Dirty Dozen (and Alumnae) get together for a fun little challenge. This month, hostessed by my sweet friend Bev, (My Dirty Dozen Roomie...) She's challenged us to use buttons! Which is perfect, because I pretty much love them.

Now, I know there will be a million ways to use those fun and inspiring ways to use them today... however, I've only used two pretty little blue ones on my card. My advice, is just sew those babies right into place. I can't stand when they wiggle around!

The restricted element this month is anything black... and I thought I'd done it right, using brown ink, brown cardstock, and even a dark brown rhinestone swirl... but look closely, I goofed. Check out the color printing on the phonebook page. Yikes. Black ink. (Ugh....)

I use a piercing tool to poke the holes through, and then just stitch right through anchoring them firmly into place. Takes but a second, and you don't have to worry about any embellishments going astray!

Sentiment is from MFT's Clearly Sentimental about You, and eagle eyes... I'm sure you spied my MFT Die-namic Jumbo Scallops to cut through some cork. You might notice that I've actually used a folded up paper lunch sack on my project as well. (I just ran all the edges through my sewing machine to hold it together.)

Of course you'll also find my new go to element - twill tape - hope you're not sick of it, because I just ordered more! YEAH!

So, that fun and quirky element of the phone book (which made me break the rules of the challenge....) was added in keeping with Jessica Witty's challenge this week. What a fun idea, because usually that little number would have gone into the recycling bin this week... now its on my crafty shelf! At long last, I finally picked up a self adhesive rhinestone swirly thing - I've only admired them for months now, and finally remembered to add one to my shopping cart!

Be sure to check out all the Dirty Dozen and Alumnae samples today over on this Splitcoast Gallery - there will be new samples added throughout the day!

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