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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mother's Day at Sugar Creek Hollow


This week for the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow we want you to make MOTHER'S DAY cards.  Your cards must be vintage, shabby chic or primitive.


Join us in welcoming a new sponsor, Nana Vic's Digital Stamps, who is providing a $10 gift voucher to her online store for one random winner.  The random winner will also receive a winner's badge to display.  The Design Team will also choose their Top Pick and the creator will  receive a winner's badge to display and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

My wonderful Mother passed away almost 20 years ago but my Mother-in-Law is still alive and just turned 90 so I will send this card featuring one of Nana Vic's lovely vintage looking images to her.

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

Aud Sentiments  - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - For Mom
Paper Crafting Journey - Vintage
Little Darlings Challenges - Flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Flourishes - Bingo (I used Lace, Ribbon, Flowers)
Creative Stamp Friends - Bingo (I used Charm, Lace, Flower)
Nettie G's Digital Gems - A Touch of Lace

Image & Sentiment:  Nana Vic Cuppa Tea (Nana Vic's Digital Stamps)
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Sandylion Sticker Designs
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Looped Scallop Die (Nellie Snellen), Chalk (Mungyo), Ribbon (White Rose), Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Lace (My Stash), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Pearlescent Ink (Tsukineko)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Really Clean and Simple


The challenge this week at Phindy's Place Challenge Blog is to make a CLEAN AND SIMPLE card.  We want you to make a card with lots of white space and minimal embellishments.

You would think that making this kind of card would be easy with not much thinking required but I actually found it harder to make and I really found it hard to photograph all that white.  I leaned it against a piece of black fleece so the edges would show and now it looks like a single sheet and not a card but trust me it is a 5" x 5" card.

One good thing about this kind of card is that it doesn't cost much to make and won't require any extra postage when I go to mail it.  The image and sentiment are printed right on the card base so the only added layers are the die cut frame and the bursts, if that is what they are called (they don't look like flowers to me) with buttons.

You don't have to use a Phindy image on your clean and simple card but if you do, follow the instructions on the sidebar to enter it twice for double the chances to win the lovely prizes that Phindy offers.  One random winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to her store and the Design Team will select one card as Card of the Week.  That creator will also receive a $5 gift certificate and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

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

Fab 'n' Funky - No DP
Paper Pretties - Clean and Simple
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Use your punches and dies
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenges - Clean and Simple
2 Sisters - Use a digital image

Image:  Hugs from Here (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  White (Xpedex), Red (Wassau)
Paper:  Gold (My Sraps)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments:  Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Buttons (Dollar Giant), Floss (My Stash), Labels 16 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fancy Folds at Sugar Creek Hollow


This week our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is to create vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards with FANCY FOLDS.

I hope you sitting down because I have made two Christmas cards in one week - hard to believe but I am on a roll. I have created a joy fold Christmas card and since it has to go in the mail without extra added postage, it is rather simply embellished. Here is a look at the card opened.


Our designers, along with our monthly Guest Designer, Debbie Reid, have created some wonderful fancy fold cards for your inspiration so check out their cards and then show us what you can create. One random winner will receive a digi of our choice along with a winner's badge. The Design Team will select their Top Pick and that creator will be in the running for another monthly Guest Designer spot.

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

Craft Your Passion - Die Cuts and Punches
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Merry Christmas
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Fancy Folds

Image: The Graphics Fairy
Card Stock: Grey (Recollections), Rust (Bazzill)
Papers: Believe (Summertime Designs)
Tools & Embellishments: Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger), Ironwork Accents (Spellbinders), Corner Die (Nellie Snellen), Pearls & Gems (Recollections), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Labels 16 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stitches and Squares


This week the challenge at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog is called STITCHES AND SQUARES. Your card must feature a square card/shape AND sewing (real or faux).

I haven't mastered the art of machine sewing on a card so I have done a little hand stitching in each corner of the card. I have made my usual 5"x5" card base and transformed it into another Christmas card. I think I already have about 3 or 4 cards made. Maybe, just maybe, I will have them all done in plenty of time this year and not be scrambling at the last minute as I have done every other year.  I know, wishful thinking.

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

Crafty Sentiments - Use a Digi
Papertake Weekly - Stitching
Craft Your Passion - Die Cuts and Punches
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes

Image: Hot Cocoa (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Create with TLC
Card Stock: Blue, Turquoise & Lavender (Recollections), White (Staples)
Paper: My Stash
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Snowflake Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Snowflake Punch (Marvy Uchida), Silver Stickles (Ranger), Floss (My Stash)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Country Gal

It is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and this week we want you to make vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards with DIE CUTS OR PUNCHES. You can use one or the other or even both, if you wish.

This week we are pleased to welcome a new sponsor, Sassy Cheryl who will be providing one random winner with a $5 gift certificate to her store.


I love Sassy Cheryl's images and was anxious to play with this one called Country Gal but was saddened to discover that it had been retired. Cheryl is a wonderful gal and has agreed to re-activate it just for one week during the challenge so if you want to play with her too, pop over to Sassy Cheryl's store and snag her while you can.  You can find her here.


My card has a bit of a split personality this week and can't decide if it is vintage or primitive but I think the more primitive inspired papers and the twill tape suits her.

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

Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Charms
Sweet Stamps - Vintage or Shabby Chic
The Stamping Boutique - Distressing
Top Tip Tuesday - Spotty Dotty
Crafty Purple Frog - Let's Get Distressed
Crop Stop - Bows and Buttons
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Buttons & Bows
Pixie Dust Studio - Ribbon
Fairy Fun Fridays  - Anything Goes

Image: Country Gal (Sassy Cheryl's)
Card Stock: Recollection
Papers: Plaid & Blue (Raspberry Road - online freebie), Red with White Dot (Molly & Max - online freebie)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Twill Tape (My Sewing Basket), Tea for Dyeing the Twill Tape, Ribbon (Michaels), Charm (Making Memories), Doily Lace Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Buttons (Dress it Up)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Winner - Blog Hop Candy

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my card for Phindy's 100th Challenge.


The winner of my candy is NancyParker 55. Congratulations and please email me to claim your candy.

Par-Tee Animal


This week the challenge at Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog is called WHAT'S COOKING. We want you to create cards or other paper-crafted projects that feature food or drink.

You don't have to use a Phindy's image this week but if you do just follow the instructions on the sidebar and enter a second time.  Phindy has lots of great images in her store so if you don't have any I encourage you to go there immediately and pick up a few. 

I made a simple card this week but one with a fabulous image. Cocktails are so popular and it looks like even this little mouse is into the action - in a big way.  This looks like much more fun than running on a wheel for entertainment.  Personally, the adult beverages that make me a happy camper are a nice glass of red wine or better still a really good single malt scotch (on the rocks). 

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

Try It On Tuesday - Pampered Pets
Bunny Zoe's Crafts  - Ribbon or Twine
Critter Sketch - Critters
Digi Makeover - Bright Colours
There She Goes - Ribbon Time
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi
Papercraft Star - Umbrellas

Image: Join The Party (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Create with TLC
Card Stock: Turquoise (Recollections), Red (Wassau)
Papers: Gold (My Stash), Gold Plaid and Stripe (Sandylion Sticker Designs)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon (Michaels), Circle Punches (EK Paper Shapers)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Vintage Daffodil


The spring flowers are starting to bloom and with this being Easter weekend, there are so many gorgeous available in the markets so we decided that the challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow would be called FLORAL.

I found this lovely vintage daffodil at The Graphics Fairy and decided to use that as my floral element, especially since the daffodil is one of the classic spring flowers and also because it is the symbol of the Canadian Cancer Society, a charity close to my heart since my Mother died of cancer.  The image was a black and white engraving so it was easy to colour. I am having so much trouble with my photos lately and this one doesn't really do justice to this card because it looks quite lovely in real life (if I do say so myself). The embossed panel has been sprayed with pearl glimmer mist so it has a bit of a sheen. Also, that is a triple bow but if I lightened the photo up enough for you to see that then the colour of the paper changed even more and there was an orange glow at the top. I know I need a photo booth and now it also looks like I need camera lessons :)

I hope you will dig out your floral images or floral papers and embellishments and create something vintage, shabby chic or primitive for the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge.

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

4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Easter/Spring
Crafts and Me - Butterflies and Bows
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Embossing
Papercraft Star - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Spring
Party Time Tuesday's - Flowers
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Use Something from your Sewing Basket (seam binding)

Image: The Graphics Fairy
Card Stock: Cream (Staples)
Papers: Basic Grey
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Butterfly Punches (Martha Stewart), Script Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Chalk (Mungyo), Black Seam Binding (My Stash), Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Black Gems (Michaels), Buttercup Craft Paint & Crackle Medium (Folk Art)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Phindy's 100th Challenge & Blog Hop


Today is such a special day at Phindy's Place. We are having our 100th Challenge and are going to celebrate with a little blog hop. The challenge this week is ANYTHING GOES WITH A PHINDY'S IMAGE. You can create any kind of card or other paper-crafted project as long as you use a Phindy image.

If you don't have a Phindy image there are lots of fabulous images in her store, including some sweet new spring and Easter images so pop over and pick up a few so you can enter.

We are also having a little blog hop this week and you will want to take a look around because there might be some candy offered along the way. I do know that there is candy up for grabs at Phindy's Place and all you need to do win that is to enter the challenge following the challenge theme and leave a comment at the challenge blog and every step along the way. One random winner chosen from the entries will receive the candy. The candy winner will be posted on Friday, April 13th. We will also choose our weekly random winner and our Card of the Week winner from the entries.

I am offering a little candy for one commenter on my card for the 100th challenge. You can comment up to Friday, April 13th at 9:30 am GMT after which time one random winner will be selected and the winner posted.


To leave a little love for the other designers the order of the hop is:

Anne Ray (DT Leader)
Cec Wintonyk (DT Coordinator) (You Are Here)
Ann English
Catherine Ward
Kathy Curry
Linda Payne
Marlena Peduzzi

The daffodils are starting to bloom here despite the whacky weather we have been experiencing. Since it is supposed to be spring, I thought I would use this adorable fairy image on my card and to emphasize the daffodil, I popped it up with a dimensional. Her wings have a little sparkle on them but the photo isn't doing it justice.

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

Creative Card Crew - Spring
Paper and Such - Spring or Easter
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - 2 Punched Elements
Party Time Tuesday's - Flowers
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges - Spring
The Crazy Challenge - Spring
Come and Get It Challenges - Spring
That Craft Place - Spring
Little Claire's Designs - Spring
Crafty Creations  - Spring
Flutterby Wednesdays - Open (include a butterfly, fairy or angel)
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Easter/Spring

Image: Flower Top Fairy Daffodil (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock: Cream (Staples), Green (Recollections)
Papers: Cream & Yellow Mottled (Provo Craft), Yellow Plaid (Unknown), Green (Basic Grey)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Gotrick)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Mungyo), Fleur de Lis Edge Punch (EK Success), Corner Punch (Fiskars), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Vintage Easter


A wonderful vintage crafter by the name of Linda Coughlin has started a new vintage challenge blog called Frilly and Funkie and I wanted to play in her kick-off challenge.  Linda and I were on the Design Team for Isabella's Sketchbook and she plays in the challenges at Sugar Creek Hollow, which is the vintage challenge blog that I own now so I wanted to support her and her new endeavour.

I created a vintage Easter card, which will go to my Daughter and Son-in-Law when they come for Easter dinner on Sunday.  I have made a couple of fun cards for my Grandchildren but they are far from vintage.

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

Frilly and Funkie  - Your Favourite Vintage Style
Hooked on Crafts - Easter
Ooh La La Creations - Vintage
Paper Sundaes - Happy Easter

Image:  Clearly Vintage
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Far Far Hill
Tools & Embellishments:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Flowers (Recollections & Prima), Brad (Dollarama), Tulle (Fabricland), Ribbon (Fabricland), Lace (Sussman's Bridal Supply), Pearls & Flourish (Prima)