Saturday, March 30, 2013


The challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is called Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes and we want to see vintage or shabby chic cards or other paper-crafted projects that depict either a Fairy Tale or a Nursery Rhyme.

We have a lovely sponsor this week, A Day for Daisies, and she has the most wonderful selection of images in this very category so all of us have created a card with one of these images.

I chose this image of Rapunzel called Where Is My Love (A Day for Daisies) and decided a long card was required.  I struggled with this one a bit but after it was done and I looked at it a few times, it grew on me.

I made a card blank with some Bazzill card stock.  I have coloured the image with pencil crayons (Prismacolors) blended with OMS (Gotrick).  Then I mounted her on a piece of Bazzill card stock that has been embossed using a Bubble Wrapping Texture Fade (Tim Holtz), which gave it a bit of a castle wall feel.  Then I inked the embossing with Frayed Burlap and Wild Honey Distress Ink (Ranger).

The flower vine is a Memory Box die that I cut last fall at my friend Shirley's and I inked it with Wild Honey and Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Ranger).  The word Dream was cut with my Cameo, inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then stamped with a Shabby Chic Autumn Leaf stamp by Just Rite to give it a bit of interest.

The butterflies have all been created with paper-backed foil tape used by Heating & Air Conditioning contractors.  Once I cut them and gave them some texture, I covered them with black craft paint (Folk Art) and then sponged them with some Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger).  Some pearl stickers (Dollarama) were added to the butterflies and vine as a final touch.

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

Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Creations - Things with the Letter B (Butterflies)
Whoopsi Daisy - Use A Digi
Crafting by Designs  - Anything Goes with a Twist: Vintage Easter and/or Spring

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Treat Box

When I saw the current challenge to make an Easter/Spring gifts (but not a basket) at Frilly and Funkie the timing was perfect because I needed to work on some little gifts for my Grandchildren so I decided to play even if my mojo is still on vacation :)  This is for my 6 year-old Granddaughter and she won't be critical, especially since it contains some pink Easter straw and a whole bunch of Cadbury Mini Eggs like the ones in the photo.  I have also made a less vintage and more boyish version for my 4 year-old Grandson.

I created a little Milk carton box using a template from Images by Heather M.  Before I folded it, I inked it with some Wild Honey Distress Ink by Ranger and a Honeycomb Mask that my friend cut for me on her Cameo.  Then I did a little more inking with Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord Distress Ink by Ranger.  The sides and back have some daisies inked on them with a stencil from Dollarama (you can't see them but trust me they are there).

I found the adorable image at Magic Moonlight Studio, mounted her on some Card Stock from my stash and placed her on top of a piece of a Wilton paper doily.  The little flowers were made using EK Paper Shaper Punches and the leaves were punched using a Martha Stewart frond punch.  Everything was distressed with a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink by Ranger and Recollection pearl stickers were added to the flower centres.  I printed a couple of the birds from the image and added them along with some pink seam binding and a little button from my stash.

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

Frilly & Funkie - Easter/Spring Gift but not in a basket
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Anything But A Card
Hobby Cutz - Easter Gift Box

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Santa Ornament

The challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is called AN ALTERED STATE.  We want you to alter something in a vintage or shabby chic fashion.

The Design Team has created fabulous altered pieces for your inspiration and are joined this week by Sandy Mathis as a Guest Designer.  Check out their wonderful projects and then come back and show us your altered pieces.

I have altered an old CD to make another ornament for my Christmas tree.

My husband drilled a couple of holes in it for me so I could add a hanging cord and a tassle.  When I was finished with the ornament I didn't like the tassle so I cut it out and I will use it somewhere else.

I printed some card stock with a freebie digital paper from Miss Cutie Pie and then cut two scalloped circles with my Cameo.  The next step was to make the poinsettias using a die from Marianne Creatables.  The little ones were cut from music that I also printed on card stock and the large one is cut from metal sheets by Making Memories that I have had in my stash for a few years.  The little ones were sponged with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink by Ranger and the metal one was sealed first with Mod Podge and then inked with Cranberry Adirondack alcohol ink by Ranger and then sealed again. All the flowers have centres made of beads from my stash (leftovers from the days when I made headpieces and decorated bathing suits for my daughter's synchro competitions).

The flourish was cut from DCWV gold metallic card stock with the Spellbinders Venetian Motifs die.  It looked flat so I added some gems from Dollarama and pearls from Prima to it.  The image is from The Graphics Fairy and after I cut it out, I added gold Liquigems from Liquitex around the edge.

By the way, I discovered when I was making this ornament that occasionally something that goes wrong can end up looking pretty cool.  When I put the ink on the metal poinsettia, I didn't realize that some of the fiber was coming off the felt pad I was using until I started to seal it and all of a sudden there was this mess of fibers sticking to the Mod Podge.  I pulled some off with tweezers but couldn't get all of it off.  I almost threw it in the garbage and started over but when it dried, it actually looked interesting so I kept it.

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

Crafting For All Seasons - Anything But A Card
Emerald Faeries - Bling
4 Crafty Chicks  - Circles
Charisma Cardz - Die Cuts
Paperminutes - Real Metal
Artistic Inspirations - Use Some Metal
The Shabby Tea Room - Anything Goes

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Vintage Easter

The challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is called Vintage Easter so I have come up with this little card featuring a dapper looking Easter bunny sitting in his basket full of flowers. Your cards must include vintage Easter images.

My mojo has taken a hike so the best I could do was create some little flowers and a few layers of lace and lace punching.  I have made this flatter than I usually do so I can pay regular postage to send it off to my Mother-in-Law.

By the way, if you have seen my mojo, please send it right back here.  I promise to be gentle with it but if it doesn't get its butt back here soon I may get really angry - LOL.

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

DL. Art - Easter
D.R.S Designs - Baskets
Forever Friends - Lots of Flowers
It's All About The Vintage - Dreams of Spring with Lace
Sincerely Yours Creations - Easter
Avadares  - Easter or Spring
Jellypark Challenges - Bunny Hop Challenge
Polkadoodle - Easter
Simply Create Too - Easter or Bunnies
Stampavie and More  - Easter

Image:  Far Far Hill
Card Stock:  Cream (Staples), Green (Bazzill), Rose (Recollections)
Paper:  Laura Ashley
Tools & Embellishments:  Scalloped Circled Die (Nellie Snellen), Swirls Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Peeled Paint & Tattered Rose Distress Ink (Ranger), Frond Punch & Eyelet Lace Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Flower Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Lace (My Stash)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Oriental Peacock

This week we have a PHOTO INSPIRATION challenge for you at Sugar Creek Hollow.  We want you to make a vintage or shabby chic card based on the photo below.  I have chosen to use the colours, incorporate the peacock feathers and give it a bit of an oriental feel.

I found the peacock image online and then built the layers around him.  The background paper (that you can barely see now) is oriental so I added some layered cherry blossoms and an oriental medallion.  I also found the text paper online and then added the butterflies as a watermark.  While the text paper isn't oriental, it is vintage looking (works for me).  I saw a watercolour painting of a peacock feather online and reproduced it using distress inks.  A little punching, some embossing and ribbon complete this card.

I have had an interesting week in my craft room - it seems that everything I tried failed.  I figure my mojo went out west with my husband when he went to visit his Mother for her 91st birthday.  He is back now so hopefully he brought it back with him.  

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

Created With Love  - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Fur or Feathers
Totally Papercrafts  - Punch It

Image:  Peacock (Weheartpeacocks), Cherry Blossoms (Beccy's Place)
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Background (Far East by DWCV), Text (
Tools & Embellishments:  Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Ribbon (Offray), Oriental Medallion (Gift), Tumbled Glass Broken China, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Crushed Olive Distress Ink (Ranger), Branch Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lace & Sepia

The challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is called LOVELY LACE.  We want you to put lace (the fabric kind) on your vintage or shabby chic card.

I have combined lace and sepia for this vintage card with lots of layers.  The image was coloured to begin with but I turned it into a sepia image and mounted it on a Spellbinders die cut.  The corner is a die cut and the script paper is an embossing folder.  The lace comes from a bridal supply store and I have added a doily, some flowers, feathers, a pearl and a stick pin.  Oh and about those flowers - the little one was pink and white polka dots but since it was the size I wanted, I just painted it with some craft paint.

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

C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Embossing
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Bingo (Lace, Embossing, Flowers)
Crafting For All Seasons - Dies & Punches
Crafts & Me - Dies/Punches
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant  - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint  - Anything Goes

Image:  The Graphics Fairy
Card Stock:  Staples
Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Tools & Embellishments:  Large Flower (Recollections), Small Flower (Prima), Pearl (Recollections), Corner Die (Nellie Snellen), Stick Pin (Excelsior Wholesale), Feathers (Dollarama), Doily (Wilton), Craft Paint (Folk Art), Square Fleur de Lis  (Spellbinders), Script Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger)