Saturday, June 21, 2014

Floral Beauty

The new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow begins today and since this is the official first day of summer and everything is finally green and gardens are full of flowers, we are calling it FLORAL.  We want to see vintage or shabby chic projects featuring flowers.

We are pleased to be welcoming Doodle Pantry back as a sponsor and they will be providing one random winner with a $10 gift certificate to their store (can't be combined with another coupon).

All the designers at Sugar Creek Hollow have used a different floral image from our sponsor to create of their cards and I chose the Lily Collection and then went with the Easter Lily to make my simple shabby card.

Before I tell you about my card for this challenge, let me tell you what I did last week.  I spent a week visiting Patti Painter at her home.  Some of you may remember that Patti was on the Sugar Creek Hollow DT but even after she stepped down, she kindly agreed to stay on as my backup and posts when I am away.  We had the most wonderful week chatting, sightseeing, crafting, cooking together and of course, sharing some wine.  Patti is the most lovely lady, a terrific hostess, a talented crafter, a super cook and most of all a wonderful friend - she is THE BEST and I am blessed to know her.

Now on to my card - I used some white card stock from Recollections for my blank and then added some gingham paper and another panel and corner of mini polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye for the background.

The sentiment was computer generated and then I punched each end with a Martha Stewart punch before I inked it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink from Ranger.

The image was printed twice and one was cut using a Nellie Snellen die.  The die cut image was inked with more Spun Sugar DI.  The other image was fussy cut and then both images were coloured with Prismacolors and blended with Gotrick OMS.  The fussy cut image was added on top of the other image with pop dots.

I added a strip of lace from Sussman Bridal Supply and topped them with some pearl stickers.  The loopy bow was made with some organza ribbon from Michaels and another pearl sticker was added to the centre.  Finally I added some Recollections pearl flourishes to finish off the card.

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

Craftitude Challenges  - Flowers and/or Lace
In The Pink - Flower Garden
Digichoosday  - In The Pink
Make My Monday - Pretty In Pink
Crafty Bloggers Network - Bingo (Die Cut, Ribbon or Lace, Pearls)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summery Tag

The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie begins today is called CASE IT.  We want you to make a tag or card and base it on one of Linda's Twelve Tags of Christmas but with a summer twist. You must include a link to the tag you cased and say which elements you used as your inspiration.  Here is a link to the first of Linda's 12 Twelve Tags of Christmas 2013 so you can choose which one you want to CASE.

Let's see your summery take on one of Linda's tags for a chance of winning a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie or a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

As you can see I made a tag - a busy tag but definitely full of summer colours and elements.

This is the tag I am CASEing and I used the layout, the flowers, heart, die cuts and ribbon topper as my inspiration.

I started with one of Linda's big manilla tags and inked it all over with Scattered Straw and a bit of Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Then I used Fired Brick DI and a TCW stencil called Flower Frenzy to stencil the background.

I cut the large baroque die cut, ran it through the honeycomb texture fade and then inked it with all the Distress Ink colours I used on the background.  The butterfly was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I added some wire from Artistic Wire for antennae and some gems from Dollarama for the body.

The sentiment is from Create With TLC and I did a print and cut on my Cameo and then inked it all over with Fired Brick DI.  Next I dyed some cheesecloth with Fired Brick DI and topped it with some leaves cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die and inked with Peeled Paint DI.

The heart was hand cut from some Maja Designs paper, distressed with my scissors and lightly inked with more Fired Brick DI.  I added a Venise Lace heart applique that was inked with Scattered Straw DI and some gold gems from Dollarama.

The flowers were cut on my Cameo from some Basic Grey floral paper and some red digital paper from Raspberry Road.  I used some little red brads from Making Memories to make centres and then spritzed them with water and did some scrunching to make them look shabby.  I topped the tag with some red paper ribbon that has been in my craft room for eons.

I used the following products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique in my tag:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Here Comes The Bride

It is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and in keeping with the month of June we are calling it Here Comes The Bride.  We want to see vintage or shabby chic projects with a wedding theme.

I started my card with some white card stock from Staples for the blank.  Next I found some pink paper in my scraps and kicked it up a bit by stenciling a lattice pattern with some Worn Lipstick Distress Ink from Ranger.  Unfortunately the packaging for the stencil is gone and I am not positive who made it and would only be guessing. 

The wonderful image of the bride and her bridesmaids came from  I mounted the image on top of a paper doily from Wilton.  Next I added a bunch of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and some crystal sprays from Excelsior Wholesale.

The sentiment was made on my computer and inked with more Worn Lipstick DI.  The loopy bow was made from white organza ribbon from Arton Bead Supply and then I added a few pink gems from Dollarama to the background and the bow.

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

In The Pink - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Paper Crafting Journey - Perfect in Pink
Make My Monday - Weddings

Saturday Step X Step Reminder

I just wanted to remind you to pop over to Frilly and Funkie today and see how I made the Father's Day card that I posted on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

No. 1 Dad

The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called For All Our Fathers and with Father's Day fast approaching we want to see vintage or shabby chic projects for a Father in your life - your own Father, your Husband or any other fellow who is a Father.

I haven't had a Father in my life for more than 30 years so whenever I make a card for Father's Day, it is either for my Husband as this one is or for my Grandchildren to give to their Dad.

I am on the Frilly side of the team at Frilly and Funkie and while I had some initial trepidation about making something for a guy that would live up to that without looking feminine in the end I think I managed to pull it off.

I am going to be presenting the Saturday Step X Step on June 7th so come back then for details on this card.  I can tell you a bit about the image though.  The other night I was asking my Husband to remind me what kind of car he had for his first car and he told me it was a 1959 American Motors Rambler - black with a white top.  This is an image of that model of car and when you come to Frilly and Funkie on Saturday, I will tell you how I made it.

The funny thing is that my first car was also from American Motors and was a 1974 mint green Hornet Hatchback.  It was a nice car (as all first cars are) but it was only a two door model and as time went on the weight of the doors caused problems and after we had our daughter, it became a pain to put her in and out of the back seat.  There have been lots of cars since then and all have been four-door models.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine - One For The Boys
Country View Challenges - Only Men Allowed
Doodle Pantry - Make It Manly
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Masculine - must include ribbon or trim (jute ribbon)
Allsorts Challenge - For The Guys
My Sheri Crafts - Anything Masculine
Speedy Fox and Friends - Vintage

I have used the following products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique in the creation of this card: