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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sweet Vintage Valentine


It is Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and we would like you to try your hand at making a Vintage Valentine card.  Even though there is no Valentine sentiment on the outside of this card, I have included one on the inside.

If you use a Sugar Creek Hollow image on your card, don't forget to follow the instructions on the sidebar and enter your card twice.  If you haven't checked the Shoppe lately, there are some freebies still available.

Image:  Valentine Bird House (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  Grey (Recollections)
Papers:  DCWV
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Tattered Rose Distress Ink (Ranger), Edge Punch & Lattice Heart Punch (Martha Stewart), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Bird (Sentimentals Cartridge and Cricut), Heart Charm (My Stash), Ribbon (Arton Bead Supply)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dreamy Baby


As this posts, I am winging my way to Cuba for a week.  I am going with two ladies from the neighbourhood for a week of sun and relaxation on the island of Cayo Largo, which sits in the Caribbean Sea.  I sure hope my husband manages without me :)

Today the challenge at Phindy's Friday Challenges is to make a card using this sketch.


We have friends that are going to be first-time Grandparents in February so I thought I better get a card ready to go with a gift or two that we will be giving to the new parents.  Since they don't know whether they are having a boy or a girl, I had to make a card that could be used for either and I chose this dreamy baby and a pale cream palette.

Image:  Counting Sheep (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Shabby Princess
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Old Paper Distress Ink (Ranger), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Lace (My Stash), George & Basic Shapes Cartridge (Cricut), Pearl Strand (Michaels)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's All About Love


Today the challenge at Delightful Challenges is to make a card or other paper crafting project about Love making sure it has hearts on it.  I think I managed to get this right because there are hearts all over this card.

Our sponsor this week is Whiff of Joy who are offering a stamp of the winner's choice to our random winner.


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

Bunny Zoe Crafts  - Love is in the Air
Craft Your Passion - Use Two Patterned Papers
Lexi's Creations - Valentines
Pile It On - Love is in the Air

Image: Cutie Pie Rosie (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Card Stock: Recollections
Papers: My Stash
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Buttons (My Stash), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Cotton Candy Stickles (Ranger), Tattered Rose Distress Ink (Ranger), Scalloped Heart Shaplie (Penny Duncan Creations), Cricut

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Splash of Colour


It is another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and we have a colour challenge for you.  We want you to use mostly black and white and add a splash of one other colour.  I chose yellow but the leaves on the image needed to be coloured so I had to use green but made sure it was a very yellowy green.
You don't have to use a Sugar Creek Hollow image to enter but if you do, make sure you follow the instructions on the sidebar to enter your card twice as you are entitled to a second entry in the random drawing.

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

Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Stampin' Royalty - Anything with Wings
Kaboodle Doodles - Black & White plus One Other Colour

Image:  Bee Tile (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Yellow anbd Black (Recollections)
Paper:  Shabby Princess
Colouring Medium:  pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Button (My Stash), Flower (Dollarama), Pearls (Recollections), Flourishes (Cindy Loo Cartridge with Cricut)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pearls and Lace


It is Friday and that means time for another of Phindy's Friday Challenges.  This week we want you to use pearls and lace on your card or other paper crafting project. You don't have to use a Phindy image but if you do, just follow the instructions to get two entries in the random drawing.  Phindy has lots of images that lend themselves to this week's challenge and this image is perfect I think.  This gal is today's working Mother - able to do major multi-tasking unlike the man in her life, of course.

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

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and Pearls
Pollycraft - Pastel Colours
Corrosive Challenges - Lace and Pearls
Pile It On - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best  - Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up - Think Pink

Image:  Busy Lizzy (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock:  White (Staples)
Papers:  Pink Brushed (Provo Craft), Butterfly (CuddlebeezScraps Freebie No Longer Available)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Lace (Bridal Supply Store), Butterfly Punch (Marvy Uchida), Pearls (Recollections), Satin Ribbon (Fabricland)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let's Celebrate


The challenge this week at Delightful Challenges is called Let's Celebrate.  We want to see your cards about occasions that you celebrate such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.  This little cutie is so excited, he is popping out of the cake.  Maybe I should have made a celebration card for a bachelor's party - LOL.

This week our challenge is being sponsored by Crafty Emma's with a package of Black Magic card stock as the prize.


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

Gingerloft - Celebrations
Pile it On - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Use Pencils
Catch the Bug - Birthday
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
Scrap, Stamp & Doodle Saturdays - Anything Goes
Fairy Fun Fridays - Happy Birthday
Sew Many - Birthdays
Totally Papercrafts - Birthdays

Image: Birthday Pippin (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Sentiment: ( Create with TLC)
Card Stock: Staples
Papers: Stripe and Mottled Blue (Provo Craft), Purple Heart (Memories Forever), Yellow mini Flowers (Bo Bunny Press)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Chalk (Mungyo), Flower Punches (EK Paper Shapers, Button (Dress it Up)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Its Fabric


The challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is to make a card with fabric on it (other than a bow).  You can use fabric as your background, make a flower from it, print your image on it or use it in whatever way you can dream up.  I guess you could call the lace fabric but the real fabric on this card is the background with the little girls.  I covered the edges with ribbon so they wouldn't fray but if I had left it I am sure you would have called it a distressed look.  I hope you will give this challenge a try.  If you aren't sure how to use fabric, there are lots of videos on the internet that will show you how to make a simple fabric flower and if you combine that with a favourite image, you have a card you can enter.

I found that the best way to adhere the fabric was to iron it onto paper backed fusible webbing first, peel the paper off and then iron it to card stock but I know of a wonderful card maker who just glues it to the card stock.  Now that I know it is really easy to work with, I am going to use fabric more often because I have some fantastic fabric by Loreli with images that would make the most fun cards so stay tuned.

The random winner of our challenge will receive a stamp of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and when we reach 10 entries, the design team will pick a Card of the Week and that person will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

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

Digi Doodle Shops Best - Pink and Green
Paper Play - Cutie Patootie
Sassy Studio Designs - Use something a year old  (the fabric has been in my sewing cupboard for ages)
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes

Image:  So Sweet Label (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  Bassill
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Fabric (Fabricland), Lace (My Stash), Doily (Wilton), Tattered Rose and Old Paper Distress Ink (Ranger), Heart Pins (Maya Road), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart), Ribbon (Fabricland), Pearls (Recollections)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Romantic Moment


It is time for another challenge at Phindy's Friday Challenges and this week we want you to make a valentine card for a loved one.  Shhh - don't tell my husband but this is the one he is getting this year.  It is back to clean and simple this week because that wild heart paper would fight with too many embellishments but I love the paper and just had to use it.

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

One Stitch at a Time - Love and Valentine
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Valentines
Scrap Creations  - Love is in the Air
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Love is in the Air
Crazy Challenge - Animals
Paper Crafting Journey  - Let's Get Digital

Image:  Romantic Moment (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  My Design
Card Stock:  Recollections
Papers:  Summertime Designs
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Pink Ink (Color Box), Clear Pen (Sakura), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cupid Riley


Today, the new challenge at Delightful Challenges is to make an easel card.  Each member of the design team is using stamps from the January new releases and my stamp is called Cupid Riley.  It is that time to make Valentine's Day cards for the ones you love and this one will likely go to my Granddaughter who is a very loving 4 year-old.  Besides, she helped design this card making sure I applied the buttons the way she thought they should be.

The sponsor this week for our challenge is The Cutting Cafe and they are providing 3 sets of your choice if you are the random winner.


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

Fresh Brewed Challenges - Black, White and One Other Colour
Crafty Cardmakers - Red and a Die Cut
One Stitch at a Time - Love and Valentine
All Sorts - Fancy Fold
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Valentines
Stamp Something - Use a Digi

Image: Cupid Riley (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: White (Staples)
Papers: Red Dot (Recollections), Red Scribble Heart (Online Freebie), Black Gingham (My Stash)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Buttons (Dress It Up), Label One Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chalk (Mungyo)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Goose Riders


I don't know how I always manage to work until the last minute creating a card for the challenge at Sassy Cheryl's but I do it every time.  I love to play in her challenges because I love her images and this one is my new favourite until I work with the next one and then it will become my new favourite:) 

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

Sassy Cheryl's - Blue
Crazy Challenge  - Animals
Alys Sunday Challenge - Things with Wings
Crafty Ho's - Monochromatic
Sentimental Sundays - Anything with Wings (and a sentiment)
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Wings
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
Crafty Emma's - All Creatures Great and Small
One Stop Craft Challenge - Card for a Child

Image:  Goose Riders (Sassy Cheryl's)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  My Stash
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Arch Edge Punch Martha Stewart), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Ribbon (Michaels), Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Pin (Dollarama)

Hugs and Help for Katie

When I first became active in the blogging world and on design teams, one thing really struck me - the paper crafters out there are not only super talented but very compassionate and caring people. 

A number of artists and companies that know and love Katie (known for her Tuesday Tutorials on the Clear Dollar Stamps Blog) have banded together to help Katie and her family in this time of need.  When I heard of this from Wendy Hall, Owner of Digital delights by Louby Loo, I wanted to do what I could to help in any way that I could and I hope that you will too....please read on:

A little about Katie: Katie Emmerson Renz married to Kevin with 3 beautiful boys, the twins Nate & Will, aged 5, and Hunter aged 10, had some news just before Christmas that has rocked their world as they know it. Katie has been diagnosed with stage 4 Stomach Cancer and is currently undergoing her only option which is Chemotherapy


Katie is a fellow crafter and is loved within the crafting community. You can read Katie's story on her own blog.

Jak Heath is a crafting friend to Katie and has organized a special digi benefit to help raise money for Katie's treatment and to give her lovely boys a treat too.  As I mentioned, a number of artists have created special stamps for this benefit and you can get all of their designs for donating £15 (appoximately $23 USD).  Visit Jak Heath's blog to purchase this set.


Jak also has some wonderful prizes on her blog that will be given to someone who donates to help Katie. Every time you make a donation you will be entered into a drawing for the prizes and if you donate twice you will get 2 chances to win one of the prizes. The drawing for the prizes will be made on February the 10th.  Visit Jak's blog to help this worthy cause for a fellow crafter.

Katie and her Family would like to say a very special thank you to all of the artists that gave up their time to help make this happen

Saturday, January 8, 2011

January Sketch for Sugar Creek Hollow


This week we have some changes for you at Sugar Creek Hollow and a wonderful sketch for the first challenge of 2011.


Everyone is invited to enter a card using this sketch and you are not required to use an image from Sugar Creek Hollow but if you do you will get two entries into the random prize draw.  The winner of that draw will receive a digi of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and a badge to display on their blog.  Once we reach a minimum of 10 entries, the Design Team will select a Card of the Week and the creator of that card will receive a special badge to display on their blog.  Every month there will be a Guest Designer chosen from the Cards of the Week and that person will be invited to join the Design Team in a challenge.  There are lots of reasons to enter so we can't wait to see your fabulous creations.

Did you know? - - - The proceeds of sales from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe go to provide food, clothing and shelter for those who are less fortunate.  If you don't have any images from the Shoppe yet, check it out and when you buy something to use on your creations you can say that you have helped out too.

My card this week features the Vintage Hot Air Balloon from Sugar Creek Hollow and I have coloured the basket with my Prismacolor pencil crayons and paper pieced the balloon.  I created the sentiment on my computer and then mounted it under a heart I cut with my Cricut.  The border was cut with a new Martha Stewart punch.  A vintage post card, some flowers and some card candy finish it off.  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

My Time to Craft  - Up in the Air
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - Flower Power
Stamp Something  - Use a Digi

Image:  Vintage Hot Air Balloon (Sugar Creek Hollow), Valentine Postcard (Clearly Vintage)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Recollections
Papers:  Vintage Wallpaper & Stripes (Summertime Designs), Vintage Tee (Basic Grey)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Tattered Rose Distress Ink (Ranger), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Red Roses (Execelsior Wholesale), Mocha Flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), Mini pearls (Dollarama), Cindy Loo Cartridge (Cricut), Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)

Friday, January 7, 2011

So Sweet


The new challenge this week at Phindy's Friday challenges is to create a card with Distressing.  This wonderful image that Phindy created is called Nana Pies and I thought it would be perfect for this challenge and would make a great vintage style card.

We had a wonderful response to our last challenge and we are looking forward to having everyone back again this week.  Phindy will once again be offering an $8 gift certificate to her store as a prize for one randomly chosen winner.  Phindy's Design Team will choose one card each week as Card of the Week and the creator of that card will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot and will receive a 20% discount voucher to Phindy's store.

I am entering this card in the following challenges;

Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (Lace Optional)
Karbers Weekly Challenge - Digi Stamp and Flowers
Gingerloft - Distressing
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Sentiment with only two words
Paper Crafting Journey  - Use a Digi

Image:  Nana Pies (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  October Afternoon
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Lace (My Stash), Fancy Tags Die (Spellbinders), Petite Scalloped Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), George & Basic Shapes Cartridge (Cricut), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart), Ivory Rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), Red Roses (excelsior Wholesale Supply)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Scotland Fiona


Our challenge to you this week at Delightful Challenges is to use buttons.  Just for fun I thought I would use this cute set called Scotland Fiona for my card..  Wendy, the owner of Digital Delights by Louby Loo is originally from Scotland so I hope she isn't too critical about the artistic license I took with the colouring of the skirt on this little cutie.  I don't think it is intended to be a kilt because of the shape of it. The set included a thistle so instead of using it as a separate element on the card, I created the yellow paper with it.

The challenge this week is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is providing a $20 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner.

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There will also be three top picks chosen by the design team and the number one pick will be invited to be a Guest Designer for one week so we hope you are back in the creating mood after the holidays and will join our Buttons challenge.

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

Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges  - Celebrate Something
The Secret Crafter - Buttons and Bows

Image: Scotland Fiona Set (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: Red & Green (Wassau)
Papers: Green Mottled (My Stash), Thistle (My Design using Thistle from Scotland Fiona Set), Tartan (Online Freebie)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Buttons (Dress It Up), Classic Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ribbon (Fabricland)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bear Birthday


Well, the holidays are officially over and it is back to working on cards for my different Design Team commitments but before I do that I just had to make this card for the current challenge at Sassy Cheryl's.  The challenge is all about bears and the deadline is tonight - nothing like leaving it until the last minute.  I think this trio is so much fun all dressed up for a party. 

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

Sassy Cheryl's - Bears
Digital Tuesday - A digi & Anything Goes
The Pixie Cottage - Party/Celebration
Simon Says Stamp - Time to Party/Celebrate
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Stampin' B's - Make A Celebration Card

Image:  Birthday Bears (Sassy Cheryl's)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  My Stash
Papers:  Green Spatter (Provo Craft), Stripe and Bursts (My Stash)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Chalk (Mungyo)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

An Award


What a nice surprise to start 2011.  I received this award from three different people.  Thank You Heide, Renee and Lisa.  Now there are rules attached to this award.  First you must tell 8 things about yourself that people might not know and then send this award on to 8 more people.

Things about me:
  1. I have been called Cec since I was 17 but my name is actually Cecylja (pronounced like Cecilia) - mine is the Polish spelling.
  2. I have the most eclectic taste in music but jazz is by far my favourite and I really dislike heavy metal, acid rock and rap.
  3. I love to cook and bake and am pretty good at it - at least so my family and friends say.
  4. I have been retired for a year but prior to that worked in finance and accounting for over 45 years mostly in not-for-profit organizations.
  5. I love to travel and am hoping someone rich will adopt me so I can do more of it.
  6. I hate to exercise but walk because my doctor forces me to.
  7. I have always done some volunteering and now am helping out a couple of times a month in my Granddaughter's Junior Kindergarten class, which requires an enormous amount of patience and copious amounts of headache medication.
  8. I do enjoy an adult beverage while I am making dinner and the beverage of choice is a single malt scotch but I won't turn down a very dry red wine.
I am sure these are things you really couldn't wait to know - lol.

I am going to send this award on to these wonderful ladies who are just a very few of the lovely blogging friends that make my day:

Happy New Year and DT Call

Happy New Year to all my new cyber friends.  It has been one year since I retired and one year since I got involved in blogging.  I have loved spending most of my time creating and I thank all of you for your kind words throughout the year and for your inspiration.  I look at how my creations have changed and my crafting resolution for the New Year is to kick it up a notch.

On another note, I have news from one of my absolutely favourite designers.. 

Phindy's Place Challenge Blog is having a Design Team call!

We are looking for creative designers to work with Phindy's Place digital images, for a six month term, from February 1st until July. You will be expected to create a card or project each week to be published on the Challenge Blog (currently Friday) as well as to your own blog and occasionally there may be further requirements such as a blog hop. You are also expected to comment on a proportion of the entries to the Challenge Blog. Membership of the Paper Craft Planet Group is encouraged and you need to upload your weekly cards to the PCP gallery so that they can be uploaded to the slide shows for the group.

The ideal team member need not have experience of being on a Design Team, however their commitment and enthusiasm are important. It is important to have a regularly updated blog, to comment regularly on entries to the challenge and it is important to meet deadlines.

What is in it for you?

  • You will get a generous allowance of digis from the Phindy's Place shop to work with each month, more than enough for each month's challenges
  • You will received an additional discount on designs from the Phindy's Place shop
  • You will get the fun of working with brilliant designs, sometimes before their release to the public and being part of a close-knit and friendly team

Successful applicants will receive more specific details of the benefits!

If you would like to apply, please email Anne at raypack@btinternet.com with the following information:

  • Your blog address
  • Links to any online galleries of your work
  • Photos of 3 cards/projects that you feel are typical of your work
  • Details of any Design Team/ Guest Design Team experience
  • A little info about yourself and why you would like to be part of the team

DT Call closes January 22, 2011