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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vellum for Sugar Creek Hollow


It is another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and this week our challenge to you is to create a card or other paper crafted project featuring VELLUM. We would love to see how you use vellum in your project but remember that we are a vintage, shabby chic or primitive challenge blog so your entry must be in one of those styles.

This week you could be a random winner and receive a digi of our choice along with a badge to display on your blog or the Design Team might choose your entry as Card of the Week and if they do, you will receive a badge and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Our designers have used vellum in a number of ways on their cards so you can see how versatile it can be and be inspired.

This week we are welcoming Peggy Marsh (a.k.a. The Wired Angel) as Guest Designer and she has created a beauty for you. Peggy was selected from the August Cards of the Week winners.

I started with gold card stock and then created a gorgeous white vellum poinsettia for my card. It is teamed with a fabulous vintage Santa image, some pretty damask paper and a smart satin bow. It is topped of with a fancy ticket sentiment. I know I have broken my own rule about my Christmas cards being flat this year but flat was getting boring so this one will be a hand it out card. I will go back to flat tomorrow :)

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes but must be Christmas
Digi Doodle Shops Best  - Anything Goes
Meljens Designs -Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - V for Vintage Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Image: About.com
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: Gold (Recollections)
Papers: White Damask (Recollections), White & Green Vellum (Curry's Art Store)
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon (Michaels), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Gold Ink (Martha Stewart), Deco Fan Punch Around the Page Set & Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Micro Glass Beads (Recollections)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Gingerbread Hugs


The challenge this week at Phindy's Place is PAPER PIECING. I am still on a mission to make all my Christmas cards before the end of November and I think this one featuring a little cutie with paper pieced overalls should fit the bill quite nicely. I guess I better get all the completed cards out and take a count so I know how many more I have to do.

I am not sure I should have started this post at lunch time when I am hungry. That gingerbread cookie looks good enough to eat. Pretty soon it will be time for everyone to start their holiday baking. I didn't do any last year and you know we really didn't miss it that much. I do admit though to having the occasional craving for a cookie so perhaps this year I will make one batch of something simple. It definitely won't be our favourite because that would be an invitation to eat too many, too quickly.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - Paper Piercing (around the outer scalloped circle)
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
Meljens Designs - Christmas
Southern Girls - Stripes & Polka Dots
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp  - Anything Goes

Image: Gingerbread Delight (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Card Stock: Wassau
Papers: Red Dot (Recollections), Stripe (Frances Meyer)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Snowflake Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Double Scallop Die (Nellie Snellen), Petite Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chalk (Mungyo)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apartment Building


I wanted to make a card for fun this week so I decided to play in Sassy Cheryl's challenge. The challenges are all about pink this month and this one adds a sketch.


Now, I must admit that I am not a fan of sketches because I never seem to be able to do them justice.  I know, I'm weird but I actually find them harder to work with when they should make it easy.  After I finished the card I realized that this will be a great sketch for Christmas cards since they call for clean and simple or you have to float a loan for the postage (remember my story about last year).

Sassy Cheryl draws such fun images and I thought I could use this one for all sorts of occasions. It reminds me of an apartment building for birds. What a great place to hang out.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - Pink with Sketch
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Spots & Stripes
Clearly I Stamp - Pink

Image: Double Decker Birdhouse (Sassy Cheryl's)
Card Stock: Recollections
Papers: Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Sheer Ribbon (Michaels), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Chalk (Craf-T Products)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Colours of Fall


Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow. The colours of fall are in full splendour right now but with the cold weather knocking at our door, they won't last too much longer so our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this week is to preserve them by making a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card with the COLOURS OF FALL.


This week we have a lovely new sponsor, Paper Cupcakes, who will provide our random winner with 3 digis of her choice from the Paper Cupcakes store. The random winner will also receive a Sugar Creek Hollow badge to display on her blog.

The Design Team will choose a Card of the Week and that creator will receive a badge to display and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

The Design Team has created their inspiration for you this week using Paper Cupcakes images so be sure to check out their blogs to get all the details.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Art Impressions Stamps - Lace
C.R.A.F.T. - Autumn
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbons and Lace
Moving Along with the Times - Vintage
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Punches and Dies

Image: Sunflower Topiary (Paper Cupcakes)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: Rust (Recollections), White (Staples)
Paper: Sincerely Yours from Computer Scrapbooking.com
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Petite Oval and Labels Ten Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cut Scalloped Die (Nellie Snellen), Lace (My Stash), Ribbon (Fabricland), Pearl Stickers (Dollar Giant), Chalk (Mungyo), Flowers (Prima), Flower Centre (cut from a silk flower), Flourish (cut with Cricut), Budding Vines Embossing Folder (Craft Concepts)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blue Christmas


Christmas is not a time to be blue but a time to be happy, however, the challenge at Phindy's Place this week is called Blue Christmas. We want to see you make Christmas cards with blue as the predominant colour.

You don't have to use a Phindy image but there are so many fabulous images in her store that will lend themselves to a blue Christmas card so pop over and pick up a few. If you do use a Phindy image, make sure you follow the instructions and enter your lovely creations twice.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons - Ribbons and Lace
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas - "U" is for Unused Stash (Gold Card Stock for Snowflakes were bits in my scrap box)

Image: Cozy Cottage (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Computer Generated on blank ticket from a friend
Card Stock: Blue (Bazzill), Pale Gold (DCWV)
Papers: Cuddlebeez
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Hexagon Die (Nellie Snellen), Lace (My Stash), Ribbon (Fabricland), Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Chalk (Mungyo)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vintage Tea


Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week the challenge is called VINTAGE TEA. We want you to create a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card or other paper-crafted project featuring vintage tea pots and cups.

We will choose a random winner who will receive a digi of our choice and the Design Team will select a Card of the Week. Both winners will receive a badge to display on their blogs.

Our designers have created some inspiration for you and if you click on their names you will be taken to their blogs where you can find all the details about their wonderful creations.

I am not thrilled with my mojo this week because it is behaving like a brat and only providing a little bit of inspiration resulting in cards I am not 100% happy with. I have started some new cards for next week and my mojo better behave.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Think Pink
Whimsy Inspires - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Anything Goes Challenge - Die Cuts, Punches or Both
Tuesday Throwdown - Think Pink
Sassy Cheryl's - Think Pink with a Die Cut

Images: Bird's Cards
Sentiment Inside: Bird's Cards
Card Stock: Recollections
Paper: Raspberry Road
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Lace (My Stash), Chalk (Mungyo), Pearl Stickers (Dollarama), Roses (Wild Orchid Crafts), Leaves (Excelsior Wholesale), Heart Pin (Maya Road), Scalloped Circle Die (Nellie Snellen), Flourishes (Cut with Cricut), Charm (Arton Beads)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Clown


This is my second Halloween card this week and I have gone from the goulish to the super cute. The challenge at Phindy's Place this week is HALLOWEEN and I love the costume on this little cutie.

You don't have to use a Phindy image but if you want to there are lots of other cute Halloween images in Phindy's store and you get two entries in the challenge. Phindy generously awards two prizes each week - one to a random winner and one to the Design Team's top pick - so that is even more reason to create with a Phindy image.

I am working with only partial mojo this week and am disappointed in the outcome of this card although I must admit it looks better in real life. Since this little person looks cute as a clown, I decided against using any black on my card but the buttons and ribbon are such a vibrant orange that they almost look red in this photo. I think I have to get my husband to work on making me a light tent and with some proper lights maybe my photos will come out with better colour.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Hanna & Friends - Autumn/Halloween
Shelly's Images - Show Us Your Layers
Crafts and Me - Orange
Diva By Design - Buttons
The House That Stamps Built - Halloween
Everybody Art Challenge - Halloween

Image: Clowning Around (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment Tags: (Plumrose Lane - not available for sale until October 15)
Card Stock: Recollections
Papers: Orange Dot (My Stash), Purple (Cuddlebeez Scraps), Spider (Free Digital Scrapbooking.com)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Buttons (Dress it Up), Ribbon (My Stash), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Rusty Hinge Distressing Ink (Ranger),

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halloween with Plumrose Lane at Sugar Creek Hollow


It is another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and we are having a special HALLOWEEN WITH A TWIST challenge this week so make sure you read the challenge post carefully.

We are welcoming Plumrose Lane as a new sponsor this week and for this challenge our sponsor is providing all of you with a wonderful freebie that you must use to make your vintage, shabby chic or primitive challenge entry. You will love this because the freebie is a collage sheet of fabulous Halloween images along with an instant card and envelope

To get your freebie, just go to the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog, click on the link and download the freebie (in a .zip file format). Please note that the freebie will only be available for the length of the challenge and after that will be available at the Plumrose Lane Etsy shop.


And as if providing this freebie isn't generous enough, Plumrose Lane is also giving one random winner a $10 gift certificate toward the purchase of any item from the Plumrose Lane Etsy shop. The random winner will also receive a Sugar Creek Hollow winner's badge to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose a Card of the Week and that creator will receive a badge to display and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

I cut some images directly from the collage sheet after I printed it out but because I wanted to resize others I used Photoshop to copy them to a new canvas where I erased the straggly bits that came with them and then saved them as a new picture.  For example I did this with the frame and then added the Happy Halloween text.  I made the tag by pouncing various distress inks and chalk on some card stock after I cut the shape.  I wanted some crinkly ribbon but didn't have the right colour so I took some white organza ribbon, ran it through some Milled Lavender distress ink and then once it was dry, I hit it with my heat gun a few time.  CAUTION:  Do not get to close with the heat gun or the ribbon will burn very easily.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons - BOO-tiful Halloween Projects--Pretty Spooky
Delightful Challenges  - Make it Dimensional
Meljens Designs - Halloween
Fresh Brewed Designs - Pumpkins
The Paper Shelter - Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown - Halloween

Images: Plumrose Lane Etsy Shop (available for sale beginning Oct. 15)
Card Stock: Recollections
Paper: Cuddlebeez Scraps
Tools & Embellishments: Pearl Stickers (Dollarama), Ribbon (Arton Beads), Rusty Hinge, Milled Lavender & Peeled Paint Distress Ink (Ranger), Chalk (Mungyo), Circle Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Deckle Scissors (Fiskars)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Get Moving


This is the first Friday of the month so that means another ANYTHING GOES WITH A PHINDY IMAGE challenge at Phindy's Place. You can make any kind of card or other paper-crafted project you like as long as you feature one of Phindy's wonderful images. There are lots in the store, so if you don't have one go on over and pick one (or more) up.

Since you must use a Phindy image, you only need to link your project once this week but you have a couple of chances to win. We will choose a random winner and the Design Team will select a Card of the Week. Both winners will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and the DT pick will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Unlike my husband and daughter, I am not a fan of exercise but I do walk every day so when I saw this image, I knew I had to make my card with it this week. This doesn't really look like me and I am always forgetting to take my music with me but I do use the time to make mental card designs.  There aren't too many people walking past where I walk, which is a good thing because I often talk to myself, especially when I get what I think will be a great idea.  I am sure if anyone heard me saying "Maybe ribbon would look good there" or "I know, I should use pink pearls on that card", they would think I was bonkers :)

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

Crafts and Me - Use a Digi
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes

Image:  Fitness Day One (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Create with TLC
Card Stock: White (Staples), Blue (Recollections)
Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Corner Rounder Punch (Marvy Uchida), Chalk (Craf T Products), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sugar Creek Hollow October Trash to Treasure


Today is another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and it is also the first of the month so that means it is time for another TRASH TO VINTAGE TREASURE challenge. Your vintage card or other paper-crafted project must start with or include one or more items that you would normally throw away. This does not mean paper scraps in your stash but you can use them in addition to your recycled or re-purposed item. Please make sure you add a photo to your blog post of the throw-away item(s) you have used so we can see how your creativity began.


I have created an ornament for my Christmas tree and it started life as a CD for a scanner that bit the dust a few years ago. I am not sure why we kept the driver CD but I am happy now that we did so I could put it to use. Here is a close-up view of the image on the ornament.


I have a large tree that I decorate with lots of red and gold elements - balls, sparkly picks, poinsettias, etc. I made giant red bows to which I attached three long strands of beads so this ornament should fit in perfectly. If it looks as good as I think it will, I might have to make a few more since I want the tree to look loaded.

We will be choosing a random winner who will receive a digi of our choice and the Design Team will select a Card of the Week.

Our designers have been digging through their recycling bins and transformed some great items into wonderful treasures for your inspiration. To get more details and see what they used, just click on their name when you are visiting the challenge blog and you will be taken directly to their blog.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Just For Fun - Anything but a Card
Paper Crafting Journey - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Inky Impressions - Punches or Dies
Die Cuttin Divas - Vintage or Shabby Chic

Image:  Christmas Bells (Isabella's Sketchbook)
Paper:  Miss Cutie Pie
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Narrow Ribbon (Michaels), Ribbon (Costco), Die (Nellie Snellen), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Roses (Wild Orchid Crafts), Braid (My Stash), Beads (My Stash), Antique Linen & Fired Brick Distress Ink (Ranger),