15 Jul 2015

Challenge #70 Sun, Sea and Sand

Hi everyone, Caz here,  welcome to our monthly challenge blog. Our thanks for joining us last month for Challenge #69 - Vintage or Shabby Chic , which was chosen by Vickie.   Let us see who our winners and Top 3 are.

                                                    Kindly sponsored by  Crafty Individuals 
Chosen at random our first winner of Prize 1 is

#74 Debra Kenworthy

Kindly donated by  Di's Digi Downloads
$10 Voucher 

and the winner for Prize #2 is
#65 Julie Lavalette

Congratulations to the winners, to claim your prizes please email our
 Sponsor Hostess Helen at helenann_1971@yahoo.com  
 Please remember to collect your Winner's badge from the side bar. 
Once again thanks to our generous sponsors.
Our Top 3 Winners, chosen in numerical order by Vickie
#6 Jana's Journal

                                        #11      Plony

#84 Karasiowa

Congratulations to you all,  it has been so difficult to choose
only 3 this month,  for the standard and number of
entries has been fanatastic.  Please remember to collect your
well earned Top 3 Winner's badge. 
 It is with sadness we say farewell to Suzy, who has decided to leave the DT.
We thank her for being such a wonderful contributor during her spell on the team.
We wish her every success with her future creative ventures. 

I would like to thank everyone who applied for the DT post, sadly I am not able to 
accept everyone at this time. I will be having another DT call later in the year, so if you 
have not been asked to join us this time round please look out for our next call.

We are happy to welcome and introduce our 3 new members to the Design Team.
Cathy Tanner

I am a 63 year old crafter living Hertfordshire UK. I spend all my time crafting and blogging. I had to retire from work early through ill health and my crafting keeps me going. If I am not crafting or blogging I am on the internet looking for crafty things to buy, I am lucky to have a dedicated crafting room in our apartment. (BUT, I do have to let the other half in occasionally to do his hobby as well !!! )  I have been happily married to Tony for 30 years.  I have a Stepdaughter that lives in France with her husband but sadly no Grandchildren.  My favouriete technique is colouring stamps and Digi’s with Promarkers/Graph’ It  markers and using all the lovely dies that there are on the market. 



" I am French. I live in Normandy,  two hours from PARIS, and I love my little corner of countryside with trees, flowers, and birds! I'm passionate of scrap, more exactly card making  : this is a very recent (end of 2011) passion, I opened my blog in may 2014.  I am married to a wonderful companion that makes the happiness of my life for almost 40 years, and I have a great girl.  The Scrap is for me an opportunity to create and dream ! 
I Love especialy Vintage and Shabby Style , and so I am very very happy to join the DT of 
                                                                    Sparkles  Monthly challenges !



Hello there, I'm Adele (but most people call me Del).  I'm 48 years old and live in Hull with my Hubby and a verrry old cat called Suki.  I have always been into crafting of some description, started off when I was younger by learning to knit (basic lol), which was no easy feat as I'm left handed and was taught by my right handed sister!!  Tried a bit of cross stitch and then when I was organising my wedding (10 years this year!) I decided to have a go at making all the stationary for it.  I made Invitations, Evening Invitations, Order Of Service, Thank You cards and table numbers all in the same theme...oh and the table plan too.  As with my other crafting ventures I take notions.  When I turned 40 I treated myself to a dolls house and built, decorated and furnished that too.  Sadly 7 years ago I lost my mum and that's when I took up card making again.  I've really enjoyed my journey....check out my blog to see if you think I've improved since I started lol  I've been (and still am) on various DT's and am really looking forward to taking up a new position here at Sparkles Monthly where I've enjoyed participating in previous challenges.
Our grateful thanks to both of our generous sponsors for our next challenge

Prize 1 from Dry Gulch is $10


Prize 2 is from Craftybren Embroided Embellishments
£10 Goody Bag 

So at last, I hear you say it's time to introdudce our new challenge for
the period of 15th July - 13th August. 
It was my turn to choose the topic and this is the time of year
when I love to go and sit by the sea, so the challenge is

Challenge # 70 

Sun, Sea and Sand
Let's take a look at the creations from our Design Team



                                                                       Helen P


                                                                       Helen N

                                                                    (on holiday)


Thanks to the Design Team for their wonderful inspiration.
If you would like to play along, please read the rules, click on RULES, at the top of the page.
Link your post with the  Blue In Linkz below, so we can visit you and leave a comment.
Thank you for your visit, we will return with a new challenge and the winners on 15th August.


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  2. Hi all !
    I am very happy to join an also talented DT.
    Thanks Caz of your welcome message on blog, Hugs to the team of Sparkles Monthly challenges
    and very soon
    Hugs from FRANCE !

  3. Thanks so much for choosing me as a winner, congrats also to the other winners and new DT members.
    Julie x

  4. Thanks so much for putting my tag in your top 3..I'm delighted. We'll done to everyone else. A great new challenge for the sun and some lovely DT work x

  5. Congratulations to all the winners and Toppers!
    Thank you for one of my favourite challenges and wonderful DT inspirations, as always Karen

  6. Gorgeous DT creations! Summertime certainly inspires you. :o) Thank you for the inspiration and wonderful challenge.

    Hugs and blessings,

  7. Gorgeous!! Congrats to all of the wonderful winners!! Amazing projects!! Love the DT creations!! Love Nicks!! Fantastic!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

  8. Wonderful DT creations, thank you for a fabulous challenge.
    Sue xx