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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Inspired By A Photo


This week we have a super challenge for you at Sugar Creek Hollow. We want you to make a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card that is INSPIRED BY A PHOTO. You get to choose the photo and then create your card based on that photo.

Here is the photo that inspired me.


We would love to see your beautiful creations and don't forget to show the photo that inspired you in your blog post along with your card.

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.

I had so much fun with this card. The bird cage was cut with my Cricut from Kraft card stock and then painted with some gold paint. The bird was also cut with my Cricut.  The frame is two layers cut with a Spellbinders die and then embossed and inked.  The heart was hand cut and then embossed and inked.

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

Cute Card Thursday - Winged Things
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Die Cuts
Willow Sketchie Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Punches or Die Cuts
The Paper Shelter - Add a Sentiment
Ruby's Rainbow - Vintage
Crafty Blogger's Network - Shabby Chic
Crazy Challenge - Use a Die or Punch

Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  Cream (Staples)
Paper:  Basic Grey
Tools & Embellishments:  Sentimentals Cartridge (Cricut), Antique Gold Paint (Creative Inspirations Paints), Pearls (Recollections), Rusty Hinge & Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Fleur de Lis Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart), Mulberry Roses (Wild Orchid Crafts), Large Peach Two Toned Rose (Excelsior Wholesale), Budding Vine Embossing Folder (Craft Concepts) Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Get Well Card


It is Friday and time for another wonderful challenge at Phindy's Place Friday Challenges. This week we want you to make GET WELL CARDS.

If you are like me, you know so many people that are struggling with colds, other aches and pains or even more serious illnesses so having a few extra Get Well cards on hand is a great idea. This little rabbit looks so sad he reminds me of what a guy looks like when he is sick and I can just hear him moaning - lol.

You don't have to use a Phindy image in your project but if you do, please follow the instructions on the sidebar and enter your card twice. If you don't have any Phindy images, run right over to the store and pick a few up.

We will choose one random winner who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store. The Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

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

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures Great and Small
Crafty Sentiments - 2 Designer Papers
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
There She Goes - Animals
One Stitch At A Time - Use a Digi or No Image
Robyn's Fetish - Pretty in Pink

Image: Feel Better Soon (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: Recollections
Papers: Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Flowers (Prima), Brad (Making Memories)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow


Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and a new challenge for you. This week we want you to use the following SKETCH with an added challenge.


Because we are a vintage, shabby chic and primitive challenge blog we discourage "cute" cards with "cute" images but this week we are going to let you pull out a cute image and want to see how you can turn it into one of the three styles we do want to see. You will notice that our designers have done just that with these adorable images from our new sponsor, Inked Treasures.


This week Inked Treasures who will be providing 3 images from the Inked Treasures store as a prize for one random winner. That winner will also receive a winner's badge from Sugar Creek Hollow to display on her blog.

The Design Team will select one project as Card of the Week and that creator will receive a winner's badge and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

Our designers have worked their magic to create some wonderful inspiration for you.  To get the details, just click on their name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

I was running really late this week and my brain turned to mush in the hot Aruban sun (but the vacation was fabulous) so this is as vintage as I could get this week but I am sure all of you will do a much better job.

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

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Crafty Creations - Warm & Cuddly Teddy Bears
My Time to Craft - Bring on the Cake

Image: Birthday Bella (Inked Treasures)
Card Stock: Recollections
Papers: Cream (My Stash), Pink Floral (Sandylion Sticker Designs)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (Michaels), Lavender Organza Ribbon (Arton Beads), Rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), Lace (My Stash), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Tattered Rose Distress Ink (Ranger), Corner Punch (Ecstasy Crafts), Braided Trim (Prima), Pink Heart Pin (Maya), White Pearl Pin (Dollarama)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bling It On


It is time for a new challenge at Phindy's Friday Challenges and this week we want to see lots of BLING on your card so dig out the jewels and gems and start creating.

You don't have to use a Phindy image in your project but if you do, please follow the instructions on the sidebar and enter your card twice. If you don't have any Phindy images, run right over to the store and pick a few up.

We will choose one random winner who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store. The Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

The Design Team has come up with some wonderful inspiration for you. To get the details, click on their name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

When I think bling, I picture a bit gaudy and over the top and this card is all that. I am such a plain person and could not see me wearing lots of diamond jewellery so bling isn't in my vocabulary. Mind you, if I had more money at my fingertips, I suppose I could bring myself to wear flashier jewellery than I do now. I don't suppose anyone has a winning lottery ticket they want to send me :)

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

Inky Impressions - Use Punches or Dies
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes

Image: Pretty Blooms (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Create with TLC
Card Stock: Recollections
Paper: DCWV
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Mungyo), Gems (Dollarama), Flowers (Wal-Mart), Daisy Punch Around The Page Set (Martha Stewart), Labels Four Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Masculine Valentine


The challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is to make a MASCULINE VALENTINE in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive style.

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.

Our Design Team has created gorgeous cards for your inspiration and if you would like the details, just click on their name to be taken directly to their blog.

I really struggled with this one because everything that popped into my head was flowery or girly and many of the vintages images I found online were geared towards women or children. After two days (yes, 2) I finally had this idea so I hope you like it. I hope my husband likes it too because it is going to be given to him.

Image: Cupid (The Graphics Fairy)
Sentiment: My Design
Card Stock: Red (Bazzill)
Papers: Background Heart Paper (Aramisdream), Heart Paper Piecing (Combination of Aramis Dreams & Cuddlebeez)
Tools & Embellishments: Antique Linen & Fired Brick Distress Ink (Ranger), Heart Brads (Making Memories), Blue Rust Pearl-Ex (Jacquard), Fibre (EK Success), Button (Dollar Giant), Corrugated Cardboard (My Recycle Bin), Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Round & Round in Circles


The challenge this week at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog is ROUND & ROUND so we want to see lots of circles.

This was a great challenge for me because I got to use up some scraps and you all know how many bits and pieces we manage to accumulate so it is always great when we can reduce the pile.

You don't have to use a Phindy image in your project but if you do, please follow the instructions on the sidebar and enter your card twice. If you don't have any Phindy images, run right over to the store and pick a few up.

We will choose one random winner who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store. The Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

This is a scheduled post because I am just finishing up a week's vacation in Aruba. I hope when I return I can tell you all about the great sunshine we had. I know we will have a good time because are visiting neighbours who have a house there and they are lovely people.  She is a very good cook so I hope I don't come home with added pounds.

Image:  Trekking (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:   Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Card Stock:  Recollections
Papers:  Background & Striped (Sandylion Sticker Designs), Blue Dotted & Orange Dotted (My Stash)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Organza Ribbon (Michaels), Petite Scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Vacation at the Beach


Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we have a fun challenge for. We want you to make a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card that depicts a VACATION AT THE BEACH.

When we designed this challenge we assumed that everyone in North America, the UK and parts of Europe would be in the throes of winter and would be looking forward to something warm. Well it is cold and snowy in many places but there sure is some odd warm weather happening in others. Nevertheless, we think many of you would enjoy a vacation at the beach right about now.  I know I would so I am leaving for a week in Aruba tomorrow.  Our neighbours have a house there and invited us down.  We are earning this trip though because we are looking after their house (including the birds and plants) for the whole winter.

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.

Our Design Team has created wonderful cards with a beach theme and it is so much fun seeing how different they are. If you want the details on their cards, just click on their name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

My card features a gorgeous image from Isabella's Sketchbook along with a verse I found online and turned into some word art.

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

Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes (must use die)
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends - Old-Fashioned or Antique
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes

Image: Reflection (Isabella's Sketchbook)
Sentiment: Online Verse (can't remember source) - my design
Card Stock: Cream (Staples), Tan (Recollections)
Papers: Large Dot & Blue Speckled (Provo Craft), Brown (My Stash)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Sand Dollars (Cut with Cricut), Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Fabric for Bow & Centre Panel (Fabricland), Wave Scissors (Fiskars), Fish Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Die (cut with Cricut)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Love Cycle


Our challenge to you this week at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog is to create a card using the photo below as your inspiration. While it does lend itself to a valentine card, you can make something entirely different if that is how the photo inspires you.


You don't have to use a Phindy image in your project but if you do, please follow the instructions on the challenge blog sidebar and enter your card twice. If you don't have any Phindy images, run right over to the store and pick a few up. There are lots of great images and if you want to make a valentine card, there are many newly released images that would be perfect.

We will choose one random winner who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store. The Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week. The creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Phindy's store and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

The Design Team has made some wonderful cards for your inspiration this week so check out their blogs for the details.  This week we are joined by a Guest Designer, Katja, so make sure you visit her too.

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

Cooking it up with Katie - Hearts, Emboss, Punch
Creative Belli - Hearts/Valentines
Little Red Wagon - Valentine's Day or Love
Stamp n Doodle - Love, Romance and/or Valentine's Day
The Stamping Boutique - Valentines
Top Tip Tuesday - Valentines
Tuesday Throwdown - Use Hearts
Digi Makover - Valentines
Stamps R Us - Valentine/Love

Image: Love Cycle (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock: White Staples), Red (Wassau)
Papers: Hearts & Red (My Stash), Polka Dots (Recollections)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Buttons (Fabricland), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Rose (Wild Orchid), Heart Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Heart Texture Plate (Fiskars)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sassy Cheryl's 100th Challenge


Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog has reached a milestone - 100 challenges - and I decided to join the party. I couldn't imagine a better image to use than Sassy Sally because she's already in the party mood.  The challenge there is Punches & Shimmer.  I know you can easily see the punches and trust me when I tell you there is also shimmer but no matter how hard I tried, I could not get it to come up in the photo so I have added some sparkle brushes to show where some of it is.  The pompom on the top of her head and all the confetti has been coloured with a Copper Gel Pen, the dots on her skirt have been coloured with an Iridescent Gel Pen and I added a Clear Gel Pen over the paper streamers.  In real life there are lots of shimmery spots.

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

Fab 'n' Funky - Use a Digi
My Mum's Craft Shop - Fab and Funky
Whimsical Wednesdays - Something Old (Candle Paper has been in my stash for at least 3 years)
Crafty Sentiments - Punches and/or Dies
Sassy Cheryl's - Punch and something shimmery
There's Magic in the Air - Photo Inspiration

Image:  Let's Party Sassy Sally (Sassy Cheryl's)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock: Yellow (Recollections), Red (Wassau)
Papers:  Candle & Yellow Scratched (Provo Craft), Stripe (Sandylion Sticker Designs)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Circle Punches & Squared Off Flower (EK Paper Shapers), Gems (Dollarama), Clear Star, Copper Star & Clear gel pens (Sakura)