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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thank You


Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and the last one for 2011 as our designers are going to take a well-earned break until the New Year. Our challenge to you this week is to make vintage, shabby chic or primitive THANK YOU CARDS.

You have until Friday, December 23rd to submit up to 3 entries, which will not only put you in the running for our weekly prizes but for our Christmas Blog Candy.

This week one random winner will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week and the creator will receive a badge and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot. The winner of the blog candy will be selected on Christmas Eve.

I want to say Thank You to all of you have looked at my cards, made lovely comments and let me do the same for you over this past year. My card for you features a quote that I found online and some paper from Laura Ashley that I found when I was in England a couple of months ago.

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

Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes & Ribbon
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes

Sentiment: The Quote Garden
Card Stock: Cream (Wassau), Pink (Bazzill)
Papers: Laura Ashley
Tools & Embellishments: Tattered Rose Distress Ink (Ranger), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Pearl Spray (Excelsior Wholesale), Fluer de Lis Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ribbon (Michaels)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Scraps


Our challenge to you this week at Phindy's Place is to make a card using up your SCRAPS. We want you to use those little pieces of paper leftover from other projects - hopefully nothing larger than 3 square inches.

You don't have to use a Phindy image but if you do, follow the instructions on the sidebar and enter your card twice.  There are two winners each week - one random and one chosen by the Design Team.  If you don't have any Phindy images, then pop right over to her store and pick up one or two of the fabulous digis that you will find there.

This challenge at Phindy's Place will be the last one for 2011 and will run until January 6th so you have lots of time to enter.  The Design Team is going to enjoy this break but we have a bunch of wonderful challenges lined up for you in the New Year so check back on January 6th to see what we have planned.

I have two boxes that I put my bits and pieces in (one for card stock and one for designer paper) and for the longest time, I ignored them because it was so hard to find anything. One day a couple months ago, I had an ah-ha moment and sorted it all out, organizing each box into colour families and then put each into a zip lock plastic bag. Now, when I open the box, I just find the bag holding the colour I am looking for and I can quickly determine if there is something useful in the bag. Now, if only the rest of my craft room was as organized but maybe that is a project for the holidays.

I made this card intending to send it out but didn't need it because I had made more than enough so I can say I have the first card for 2012 made - what a head start.

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

Party Time Tuesdays - Red & Green Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Creative Stamp Friends - Christmas
Hooked on Crafts - Christmas
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks  - Christmas
AI Factory - Christmas
Paper Play - Christmas

Image:  Deck The Halls (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock:  Red (Wassau), Gold Metallic (DCWV)
Papers:  My Bits and Pieces Box
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools and Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Scalloped Die (Nellie Snellen), Large Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Small Snowflakes Punched from Edge Punch (Martha Stewart). Gems, Dollarama)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Show Me Thursday

I have never participated in Show Me Thursday at Sassy Cheryl's blog but I am going to show you my desk today. Now, those of you who chat at Sassy Cheryl's PCP group know that I have been making a little red velvet skirt for my 5 year-old Granddaughter and she chose the fabric.

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT let a 5 year-old choose fabric because if the fabric is velvet you must be prepared to curse, cry and vacuum a lot. The only up side of this is that after Christmas, the little red bits are my daughter's problem but chances are good that I will hear about it.

Here is a photo of the little red bits under my task lamp (hence the yellow glow).


And here is a view with the skirt.


In order to try to minimize the mess, this skirt has two sets of seam binding on the hem and I have zigzagged all the edges I couldn't cover with seam binding. This is not my best job but my Granddaughter will love it and grow out of it in no time so I am not going to stress about that part.

Now all I have to do is get this into a box with the pink tights and the red and pink sweater I bought her in England when I was there in September. Oh yes and I have to hope that it fits because if it doesn't, I am not making another one in velvet.

Since she is asking Santa for Barbie dolls for Christmas, I have decided that my sewing machine is actually broken so that I don't have to make itty bitty Barbie clothes. I suspect that I would have to put a long straw in the scotch bottle if forced to sew those.

My next project is to make cookies but I won't be showing you those because they have to go right in the freezer so I am not tempted to eat them. Cookies are lovely morsels but they are 20 seconds in the mouth and 20 years on the hips :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Vintage Christmas Tags for Sugar Creek Hollow


We have arrived at another Saturday and that means a wonderful new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. Since we are fast approaching Christmas we decided to challenge you to make VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TAGS. Your vintage tag can be part of a card or a stand-alone beauty.

We want to remind you that we are a vintage, shabby chic or primitive challenge blog and when you enter one of our challenges, your creation must fit one of those styles as well as following the weekly theme.

This week one random winner will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week and the creator will receive a badge and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Don’t forget, we also have Christmas Blog Candy for one lucky winner to be chosen from our challenge entries between now and Christmas Eve.

Our designers have created some gorgeous tags for your inspiration. If you would like the details just click on their name to be taken directly to their blog.

I decided to add my tag to a card and use some really non-traditional colours - rust, brown and lime green. I also dug deep into my unused stash and found some page pebbles. They were perfectly clear and colourless when I bought them 4 years ago but have changed colour, which turned out to be just fine for this card.

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

Sassy Studio Designs - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (must be Christmas)
Creative Belli - Winter & Christmas
I Brake for Challenges - Vintage
Little Red Wagon - Vintage Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Photo Inspiration
Creative Card Crew - 'Tis the Season
Crafty Sentiments - Snowflakes
My Time to Craft - Vintage Christmas

Image: The Graphics Fairy
Date Sentiment: Sprouting Seeds
Card Stock: White (Staples), Copper & Silver Metallic (DCWV)
Papers: Snowflake & Green with Dots (Summertime Designs), Red Damask (Miss Cutie Pie)
Tools & Embellishments: Burgandy Ribbon (Bouclair), Green Ribbon (Fabricland), Lace (My Stash), Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Create A Flake Two Shapabilities (Spellbinders), Pearl Stickers (Dollarama), Page Pebble (My Stash)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sweet Singing Angel


The challenge this week at Phindy's Place is to create a CLEAN AND SIMPLE card. This is the time of year that schools and churches put on their annual Christmas pageants and there is always an adorable little girl or two dressed up like an angel to sing the Christmas carols. I thought this sweet little angel should shine on her own and used as few embellishments as possible for my card.  Few embellishments is always hard for me but I really must remember to do this more often because I discovered that even a couple of buttons on a card bump the cost of the postage up considerably.  The post office is not particularly kind to us crafters, especially at this time of year - scrooge :)

You don't have to use a Phindy image this week but if you do, follow the instructions under the challenge rules on the sidebar to enter your card twice.  If you don't have a Phindy image, there are many fabulous ones over at the Phindy's Place store, so why not pop over and pick up one or two.

One random winner will win a $5 gift certificate to the Phindy's Place Store. In addition the Design Team will select one entry as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate and will be in the running for our monthly Guest Designer spot.

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

Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Winged Things
Meljens Designs - Use Green
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (must be Christmas)
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesdays - Open (with a butterfly, fairy or angel)
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Merry Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Image:  Sweet Carol  (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated on Circle Blank (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Card Stock:  Wassau
Papers:  Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Buttons (Dress it Up), Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Birth of a King


The last few days have been so stressful. Last Thursday my computer started acting up and I had viruses and spyware - despite my care about not opening things. So this weekend, my wonderful husband spent 6 hours reformatting my computer and reloading programs. Talk about a major pain. There are still a few things to do but at least I can work with it now. I really do not understand why people need to be so malicious just to prove how smart they think they are. They could put all those smarts to some good use and we would love them and not hate them.

Anyway, I managed to quickly get a card done this morning for the challenge at Sassy Cheryl's but I apologize for the photo. It is so dreary here today and I really didn't have time to move lights. The theme is WINTER so I dug out this adorable snow family image and made a Christmas card. Now I better concentrate on getting the cards in the mail so no more crafting for a couple of days.

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

Whoopsi Daisy - Snowflakes
Gingerloft - Christmas and Winter
Quirk Crafts - Snow
2 Sisters - Punches and/or Dies
Sassy Cheryl's - Winter

Image: Birth of a King (Sassy Cheryl)
Card Stock: White (Staples), Blue (Recollections), Blue & Silver Metallic (DCWV)
Paper: Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors)with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Mungyo), Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Labels Four Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Non-Traditional Christmas Card for Sugar Creek Hollow


Welcome to Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and a new challenge. Before I get to the challenge, let me tell you about some changes to the Sugar Creek Hollow Design Team.

First, we are losing a couple of our wonderful designers because of family commitments. Marsha has been with Sugar Creek Hollow since the very beginning and her wonderful vintage designs will be missed. While Heide hasn't been with us as long, she has inspired us all each week with some gorgeous designs. Renee is going to stay with the team but will be scaling back her participation. Starting in the New Year she will become our Feature Artist and will show us all how Recycling and Repurposing are done the vintage way when those challenges come up. These ladies have made valuable contributions to the Sugar Creek Hollow team and have become lovely online crafting friends.

Next, we have three new designers coming on board and they are joining us with their vintage beauties for the challenge this week so you can get a preview of what they will be showing you starting in January.

Give a big welcome to:

Linda Payne from Payne Holler Cards
Peggy Marsh from The Wired Angel
Daniele Haddon from The Musings of a Chocoholic 

Now on to our challenge. With Christmas close at hand, our challenge to you this week is to make CHRISTMAS CARDS IN NON-TRADITIONAL COLORS. Don't forget that we are a vintage, shabby chic or primitive challenge and want you to create in those styles.


We have a lovely new sponsor this week. Please welcome Delicious Doodles who will be providing one random winner with 4 digis of her choice. The random winner will also receive a Sugar Creek Hollow winner's badge to display. The Design Team will also choose a Card of the Week and the creator will also receive a badge to display and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Don’t forget, we also have Christmas Blog Candy for one lucky winner to be chosen from our challenge entries between now and Christmas Eve.

To inspire you all of our current and our new designers have created some fabulous Christmas cards in non-traditional colors using a couple of the images from Delicious Doodles.

Now a bit about my card. I saw some gorgeous pink poinsettias at the garden centre last week so that was the jumping off point for my card. The pink piece in the middle of the card looks like a die cut but is actually a Martha Stewart punch around the page set and I just punched the corner and two sides on a couple of scrap pieces of card stock. It has been sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist but that didn't show up in the photo. The big poinsettia is a combination of card stock and vellum.

Image: Christmas Candles (Delicious Doodles)
Card Stock: Pink (Recollections), Vellum (Curry's Art Store)
Paper: Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Craf-T Products), Pearl Stickers (Dollarama), Organza Ribbon (Arton Bead Supply), Brown Satin Ribbon (Fabricland), Topiary Punch Around the Page Set (Martha Stewart), Yellow Stickles (Ranger), Pearl Glimmer Mist (tattered Angels), Budding Vine Embossing Folder (Craft Concepts), Cuttlebug

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Full Sack


Wow, the time is flying and yet another month has rolled around and since this is the first Friday of the month that means the challenge over at Phindy's Place is ANYTHING GOES USING A PHINDY IMAGE. You can make any kind of card or paper-crafted project but you must use a Phindy's Place image. If you don't have one, pop over to the store and pick up some of the fabulous images you will find there. You have a couple of chances to win so I hope you will join us.

This Santa looks like he is on a mission with that full sack.  I wonder if he got my letter telling him I have been a good girl and I want a pile of craft supplies.

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

AI Factory - Something Red
Color Create - Red, White & Green
Crimbo Crackers - Santa
Digi Stamps 4 Joy  - Christmas Card (no animals)
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
City Crafter - Santa Claus Is Coming
Everybody Art Challenge - Santa Claus

Image: Ho Ho Ho (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: Wassau
Papers: My Stash
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Chalk (Mungyo), Poinsettia Die (Marianne Creatables), Labels Ten Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Golden Star Gel Pen (Sakura)