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Friday, September 30, 2011

Nuts About Fall


Well, I am back from England and I had a lovely time.  We didn't go as many places this time as we usually do when we visit but did manage to spend a fabulous day at Portsmouth touring old warships, took a run to Bakewell to get my special scotch and went to London for a tour of Buckingham Palace and tea at Fortnum and Mason..  I also managed to get some craft shopping in and now just have to figure out how to keep my husband calm when he sees the bills.  It isn't as much the cost of the items but the fact that 1 British pound costs $1.62 Canadian.  That exchange rate is a killer.

On the day in London I met up with Anne Ray, who is Phindy's DT Leader and a friend of my hostess.  You would almost think the four of us had known each other for years because we got along so nicely and had such a lovely day.  Anne is a super lady and I am so glad that we got to meet.

I am exhausted with the time change and the 7 hour flight but should get back to normal by tomorrow - I hope.  I also have to work on losing the 5 pounds that I gained.

Our challenge to you this week at Phindy's Place is to make a card or other paper-crafted project with a AUTUMN/FALL theme. I have created a card in the colours of fall and used a great Phindy image that screams fall. 

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

Crafting For All Seasons - Fall Colours
Freshly Brewed - Fall or Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Outlawz POM - Anything Goes
Paper Makeup Stamps - Digi Makeover - Size Matters
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's  - Fall

Image:  Thankful (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Cream (Wassau), Brown (Recollections)
Paper:  Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Cord (My Stash), Houndstooth & Swiss Dots Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug), Acorn Template (Karen Hughes)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Vintage Children


It is Saturday again and that means another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want to see VINTAGE CHILDREN. That means we want you to make a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card or other paper-crafted project featuring vintage images or stamps of children.

I have chosen to use a digital stamp this week that came from Whoopsie Daisy. All the images are hand drawn in a very vintage style.

Image:  Girl at Wishing Well from Sheet 29 (Whoopsie Daisy)
Card Stock:  Bazzill
Paper:  Raspberry Road
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Craft-T), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Leaves (Gift), Punched Scallop Circle Die (Nellie Snellen), Ribbon (Fabricland), Stick Pin (My Design), Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Eyelet Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Doily (Wilton)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Opposite Colours


This week our challenge to you at Phindy's Place is to use COLOURS THAT ARE OPPOSITE ON THE COLOUR WHEEL. When I searched for Colour Wheel, I found a number of graphics and all of them showed red across from green so that is what I decided to work with. It is perfect for this little cutie on his first day at school.

This is another scheduled post as I am still in England. My husband came home after one week but since I am retired I decided to stay on for another week. If everything went according to plan, yesterday my friend and I went to Buckingham Palace and then out to tea. We were going to meet up with one of her friends and Anne Ray, who is Phindy's Design Team Leader. I will provide details when I return.

Image: Ready to Go (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Kindergarten (Create with TLC), Blackboard (My Design)
Card Stock:  Red & Green (Wassau)
Papers:  Red with Green Dots (My Design), Ginghams (Recollections)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Ink (Color Box). Ribbon (Michaels), Apple Button (Fabricland), Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Corner Rounder Punch (Marvy Uchida)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fancy Borders


It is another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and we want you to create a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card or other paper-crafted project with FANCY BORDERS.  The borders can be around the image, on the edge of the image or on the edge of a panel.

Image:  Far Far Hill
Card Stock:  Buff & Tan (Recollections), Blue (Bazzill)
Paper:  Far Far Hill
Tools & Embellishments:  Lace (My Stash), Shell Border cut with Cricut, Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Corner Rounder Punch (Marvy Uchida), Button (My Stash), Crinoline & Tulle (Fabricland), Seafoam Paint (Folk Arts), Fancy Tags (Spellbinders), Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Here Comes Christmas


I have another Christmas card made and a good thing too because it is creeping up and faster than I want. It is also a good thing that I made this card because that is the challenge this week at Phindy's Place - CHRISTMAS IS CREEPING UP ON US. I love these Christmas challenges at this time of year because it forces me to get moving and not procrastinate.

This is a scheduled post as my husband and I are in England visiting with our dear friends. I hope when I get back I will be able to tell you that we have had great weather but historically it has been cool and rainy.

Image: Cozy Cottage (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:   Circular Blank (Digital Delights by Louby Loo) with my computer generated sentiment added
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Blue (Recollections), Silver (DCWV)
Paper:  My Stash
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Circle Punches (EK Paper Shapers), Large Snowflake Punch & Snowflake Punch Around the Page Set (Martha Stewart), Snowflake Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Chalk (Craft-T), Gems (Michaels), White Ink (Martha Stewart)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunny Sunflowers


As you drive around at this time of year you can't help but seeing lots of sunflowers growing in fields and gardens. It is always amazing that they can grow so tall with such big heads and not topple over. This week our Sensational Saturday challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is to create a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card or other paper-crafted project featuring SUNFLOWERS in the main image.

This week we are fortunate to have a lovely sponsor with us.


You too can create cards and paper crafts like the Funkie Junkie.

Linda Coughlin, a.k.a The Funkie Junkie, loves using unusual frilly and funky items in her crafting. She has searched out or handmade the many delightful embellishments offered for sale in her Etsy boutique. Hand touched and personal attention to each and every order are hallmarks of her boutique. Linda warmly invites you to stop by for a browse.

We will be choosing a random winner who will receive a $15 gift certificate for The Funkie Junkie's Etsy boutique and a winner's badge from Sugar Creek Hollow to display on her blog.  In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week (or shall we say Project of the Week) and the creator will receive a badge to display on her blog and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Linda is also joining us as a Guest Designer and she and the Design Team have made some fabulous Sunflower cards. To get details on their projects, just click on each Designer's name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

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

Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Colours of Fall
Little Red Wagon - Die Cuts
The Paper Shelter - Embossing
Anything Goes - Vintage/Shabby Chic
Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes (must include ribbon)

Image: Sunflower (Tiffany Doodles)
Card Stock:  Gold & Brown (Recollections), Light Teal (Bazzill)
Paper:  Basic Grey
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Ribbon (Fabricland), Pearl Stickers (Dollar Giant), Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Corner Rounder Punch (Marvy Uchida), Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Bee Button (Dress it Up), Fleur de Liz Rectangle cut with Cricut, Brown Seed Beads (Michaels)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Show Us Stripes


This week our challenge to you at Phindy's Place is to create a card or other paper-crafted project and SHOW US STRIPES SOMEWHERE.

You don't have to use a Phindy image but I encourage you to do so because can enter your project twice if you do.  Besides, Phindy has the most fabulous array of images in her store and  they are so versatile.

I loved this paper with its floral stripes and decided it would be more fun than just straight lines.  The letters were cut with my Cricut and I added some tiny pearls to make them look like they were each hanging by the corner.  I have a couple of friends that could use a little cheering up so I will be getting this in the mail to one of them today.

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

Squigglefly  - Blue/Green
Crazy Challenge - Spots and Stripes
Creative Card Crew  - Anything Goes

Image:  Rainy Day Friend (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Cut with Cricut
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Circle Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Trash to Vintage Treasure


Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and the first monthly  TRASH TO VINTAGE TREASURE challenge.  We want you to make a project incorporating paper that turns throw-away items into a vintage treasure.

For this challenge, off-cuts or scraps in your craft room do not qualify - you can use them as part of the project but they are not to be considered the throw-away items.  Instead we want you to take everyday items that you would normally throw in the garbage or in your recycling bin and turn them into something fabulous.  This is the time to do your part for the environment and show us how green you can be. By the way, please include photos of your throw-away items before they are transformed in your blog post so we can see what your treasure looked like when it was still trash.

Please remember that we are a vintage challenge blog so your final product must be of a vintage style.

We will be choosing a random winner who will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge to display on her blog.  In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week (or shall we say Project of the Week) and the creator will receive a badge to display on her blog and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Our designers have created some wonderful projects for your inspiration.  To get details and see what their throw-away items are, just click on their names and you will be taken directly to their blogs.

For trash items I headed to my recycle bin before it went to the curb for pick-up.  I have used cardboard from the shipping box my husbands new shoes came in to make a panel behind the vintage car.  I peeled the top layer off, cleaned it up and then distressed it with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


I used a cake mix box to make the gears, which I cut with my Cricut and then painted.


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

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Cards for Men - "G" is for Going Green (as in recycling)

Image: Vintage Car (Graphics Fairy)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  Cream (Wassau)
Papers:  Plaid (Raspberry Road), Burgandy (My Stash)
Tools & Embellishments:  Road Map (Ontario Road Maps), Road Sign (The King's Highway), Deco Fan Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Starburst Die (Nellie Snellen), Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger)

Friday, September 2, 2011

September Anything Goes with a Phindy Image


August is over and fall is around the corner with school starting in most places - Tuesday where I live.  I know that means summer is at an end but I thought I would make one last summery card.

It is the first Friday in September and that means that the challenge at Phindy's Place is ANYTHING GOES WITH A PHINDY IMAGE. Since you must use a Phindy image on your project, you only need to enter it once.

Phindy generously offers two prizes - a random winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to her store and the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week and the creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a Guest designer spot.

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

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Kelley Kids Challenges - Hot Summer & Bright Colors
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Rocked Up Pink
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Image:   Summer Bare (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  Recollections
Papers:  Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Craft T), Dew Drops & Braid (Gifts)