Saturday, July 30, 2011

Make Your Own....

Design paper that is and Welcome to another Sensational Saturday. Our challenge to you this week
at Sugar Creek Hollow is to MAKE YOUR
. We want you to use your stamps or
digital stamps and create your own background paper. Then we want you
to turn that into a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card or other
paper crafted project. We are a vintage challenge blog so please
ensure that your images and embellishments are of a vintage style and
that you follow the challenge theme.

Inkadinkado came to the rescue this week when I used two of the new sets that I found on clearance for $2.00 a piece, score! My background is from one of these and the dress, sentiment and shoe from another. I used some inks by Martha Stewart to stamp and distress with as well as dye my white lace ribbon. I really like how this turned out. I think the Spellbinders die Fleur De Lis is going to be a new fave.

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

Our designers have created some lovely inspiration and if you want to
check out the details, just click on their names and you will be taken
directly to their blogs.

Here's hoping you will take up the challenge and play along with us this week, I'll be looking for you!

Sorry to be late posting.....blogger did post my scheduled post!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just for the fun of it!!

Just for the fun of it, or at least that is what these two cards turned out to be....I made these sometime during the first of the week and then promptly didn't get them posted soon enough for the challenges, life has just not cooperated this week for me. One of our outside cats, Satin, was missing Monday morning which is very unusual for her, and Rick found her under our deck in a large insulated box he made for our outside babies. She was unable to stand or walk and her eyes were jumping around, we took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with vestibular syndrome, which is very close to vertigo in a human. Sent home with meds and a caution to keep her up, due to her being unable to defend herself in this condition, we started in on our "cat house" which is really a child's play house that Rick bought a few years ago from a gentleman whose grand kids had out grown it and turned it into a house for our kitties, complete with screened windows, shelves to look outside, cat beds, and a front porch with flowers and a cat door to come and we closed the cat door so she couldn't come and go and put a fan via extension cord (no there is no electricity at the cat house) to help keep her cooler in this heat.
She was so pitiful, not able to move about without falling and after a day and a half of being unable to keep food or water in her we took her back yesterday and they are force feeding her and giving her fluids. She seems to be holding her own today and the vet says that this can go away as quickly as it came, praying it will. So between worrying about her and the daily job of MIL care, I just simply forgot to put these on, so hoping you will like them and oh well, two more cards in my stash.

This first one is done with a freebie given by Bugaboo stamps at CDAC during the last challenge series.  I bought some new Christmas papers by Memory Box when we at the stamping expo a few weeks back and the new border punch is one that I found on clearance. Do you like the HO's, these are Christmas confetti that I bought last year at Walmart.

My other card was suppose to be for the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays where they were using rubons or stickers.

I found these circle cards and envelopes in the dollar bin at Michael's and these rubons I have had for a while. The sentiment is from K&Co and the flowers are Basic Gray. I decided to dress up the envelope as well. I bought some Spellbinders on Scrapace the other day and one of the sets was "bugs" , the dragonfly is cut and embossed using a piece of scrap dp that I am not sure of the designer with added Studio G gems.

Well, off to fix lunch, I am going and try and post another card later and hopefully this one will be on time. Take care and stay cool or warm, depending on where you are in our wonderful world.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday!!

I fell in love with this sweet image the moment that I saw it at A Day For Daises and just knew it was the one for this week's great sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday .
Tammy at ADFD is giving away a $12 gift certificate to her wonderful store to our Grand Prize winner this week!
Here is Arlana's wonderful sketch for this week......

For my card this week I used some new papers from My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found" along with my new Martha Stewart border punch....loving both of my new goodies. I loved these soft pinks and grays together and I hope you do too! Please stop by SSW and check out what the ladies have been up to as well and here's hoping you'll find time to play along with us this week. Here's a peek at the inside of this card, I didn't use a sentiment since I am not quite sure who I will give this to.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.....

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up going gray, MME Lost & Found, Recollections Light Gray, Basic Gray Basics Manilla
Ink: Prismacolor pencils and oms, copics
Other: Martha Stewart border punch, D.Tree ribbon, unknown chipboard, Spellbinders ovals and scalloped ovals, Offray gems

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's a Sensational Saturday and you are Invited!

I am hoping that blogger is kind and this is posting as scheduled, as you read this I am away for an overnight girl's trip with my only niece. It is the only time she has this summer, in between college classes, raising her family, work and church obligations to play and we are taking advantage of the couple of days she has off.  We are away  at Boone, NC in the midst of the Appalachian Mountains near the Blue Ridge, antiquing and of course eating! There are lots of sweet shops in this area, can't wait to tell you all about our trip.
For the important stuff now, at Sugar Creek Hollow we are challenging you to make a tag or use a tag on your card....since I couldn't decide which I wanted to do and the themes....I did both. For my card I tried to create a French Country look, I used a new embossing folder which is one of a set of 4 in the Ornate frames set by Sizzix which I sponged to highlight the detail. My stamps are from Stampin' up's set Vintage Vogue. I love these flowers from the set. I even finished off my envelope with the flourish stamp.

Then I created this Christmas tag. I layered a tag and doilie that I received as a gift in some blog candy along with a piece of freebie digital music paper from "Far Far Hill" that I cut with my Spellbinders tag die and K&Co chipboard. The vintage skaters image from SU's set Winter Post is colored with Tim Holtz distress inks. My ribbon and linen thread are left over scraps. Hope you've enjoyed seeing my indecision and will hop on over to see what the rest of the team has cooked up at SCH and play along this week. Have a wonderful and happy weekend.

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up so saffron, unk blue
Ink: SU so saffron, night of navy
Stamps: SU vintage vogue
Other: Spellbinders labels 18, studio18 rhinestones, sizzix ornate frames embossing folder

Tag Details:
Manilla tag and doilie- gift,
Images: Musical digi paper Far Far Hill freebie, Gina K designs "Blessed is the Season" , SU Winter Post
Other: SU tag punch, K& Co chipboard,
INks: Tim Holtz distress inks, scrap ribbon

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Welcome to Sweet Sketch Wednesday ....

Welcome to another Wednesday at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and one fabulous sketch for you to play with...

and a great sponsor this week with Sally Ann and her gorgeous designs from
Digi Stamp Boutique who is giving away to our Grand Prize winner 6 of her stamps.

For my card this week, I used Stampin' Up cherry cobbler card stock along with some retired design paper by them also. My image is the lovely Ava with Flowers, and I love it. I colored her using prismas and oms and then added glitter to the flowers.  I created the flowers using my new Spellbinders Carnation Collection, punching my centers with a 1/4 inch punch. The ribbon is also retired from SU. I am really happy with how this turned out and  this is one of my favorite sentiments, I have lots of friends that I could send this to.

Be sure and check out the gorgeous eye candy from the rest of the team this week and you can see a little about the area of Virginia that I am from, as it was my turn to do the post for SSW this week.
Happy day everyone!!

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up cherry cobbler, dp Berry Bliss
Ink: Prismas, oms, stardust pen
Other: Spellbinders rectangle and carnation collection dies, Clear Dollar Stamps designer die, 1/4 inch circle punch,SU ribbon, Studio G rain dots, Martha Stewart gliiter,
Images: Digi Stamp Boutique Ava and Flowers, sentiment and flower-SU Small Sayings and Sweet Summer

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sugar Creek Hollow "Wing Things"

Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow.
This week we want to see cards with WING THINGS.  Your vintage, shabby chic or
card could feature fairies, angels, birds, butterflies or
other insects.

We will be choosing one random winner who will receive a digi of our
choice and a badge to display on her blog.  The Design Team will
also choose a Card of the Week.  The creator of that card will
receive a badge to display and will be in the running for a Guest
Designer spot.

Our designers have created inspiration for you with a variety of things
with wings on them.  To get the details, click on their name and
you will be taken directly to their blog.

This week we are pleased to introduce you to CHRIS VENERUSO who was chosen as the Guest Designer
from the June Cards of the Week.

So be sure and stop by Sugar Creek Hollow and check out all of the goodness.
For my card, I started with a base of Stampin' Up's soft sky and layered papers and ephemera from the Pink Paislee collection "butterfly garden". I also used another of my punches that I found while shopping the other week, it is Martha Stewart's iron gate. I am crossing my fingers that the scheduler works for blogger and this posts as I am planning to be an hour away at the stamping expo in NC with some of my online friends shopping for more goodies. I have looked forward to this shopping trip and lunch for a whole year and am so excited. Hopefully we'll have some pictures to post later as well. Take care and I will see ya soon.

Card Details;
Paper ; SU soft sky, Pink Paislee Butterfly garden, Recollections yellow
Other: Doily gift, punch Martha Stewart irongate, Martha Stewart seam binding, Spellbinders Labels 4, Embossing folder "Frills" Cuttlebug,
Images: Stampin' Up "Elements of style" sentiment and hummingbird.
Ink: So Saffron SU


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Card Patterns 123

Playing again this week at Card Patterns with this fun sketch....

I decided to create a sympathy card for my stash using the tree image from Gina K Designs set "Blessed is the Season" and Stampin' Up's sympathy sentiment from "Thoughts and Prayers" which is one of my favorites. See the little medallion behind the button? that is my score on a  Martha Stewart punch for 3.99. Here is a peek at the inside:

You still have a little time to play at Card Patterns or at least check out the design team's cards. This is my second post today, check out my card for Our Creative Corner if you have time. Thanks for stopping by.

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up chocolate brown, white, dp Basic Gray Offbeat, Recollections Blue
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Other: Sizzlit Little Leaves, Martha Stewart medallion punch, GKD button, hemp twine
Images: Gina K "Blessed is the Season" and SU Thoughts and Prayers

It's a White Party at OCC!

Well, I will say this was different for first all white card....
per instructions this week at Our Creative Corner where the challenge is to only use white on our card with the only exception being that we could use a light neutral color for our sentiment. So on to another Christmas card from me....I just can't seem to stop making one a week, lol. I used Gina K Designs 120 lb weight card stock for my base with layers of white card stock embossed with the Swiss Dots and Snowflake embossing folders by Cuttlebug. Using the largest snowflake die by Spellbinders I cut and embossed the snowflake layer and then layering that over a smooth piece of white card stock that I then stamped the snowflake from Stampin' Up's set "Winter Post" with versamark ink and embossing with clear powder. The double bow is made with my bow easy from Dollar Tree satin ribbon and attached is a SU  punched tag with the snowflake and peace sentiment from the SU sets "Short and Sweet" and "Perfect Ending" in Memento London Fog.

My inside sentiment is from Gina K's set "Blessed is the Season". Very simple and quick...might just have to try this again someday, at least no searching for the perfect design paper.

Stop by at Our Creative Corner and check out what their design team created, some really beautiful cards.
Take care, now I am off to finish paying some bills, laundry and a DT card.....which should I do first???

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's Time for Stamp Fairy at SSW

Good Morning my Friends!!
It's a lovely Wednesday morning here in Virginia and I have this card to share with you for Sweet Sketch Wednesday where each week you will find a fun and lovely sketch by Arlana for you to create with and share with all of us at SSW. We love to see your work and visit at your blogs, and this week we are sponsored by Gerda , owner of the Stamp Fairy and they are giving away 4 of their beautiful digital stamps as a prize this week.

And here is the fun sketch for this week:

For my card this week, I am using the image  "Donna Sunbonnets 2", isn't she just the sweetest and because she is so sweet, I had to use these soft pinks and yellows with her. I added some sparkle on her bonnet with Studio G glitter glue in pink and yellow, along with using it on my flowers. I hope you like it and will stop by and give our sketch a whirl this week, we would love to have you play along with us. And to my special followers that have played at SSW with me already, thank you so much. I hope some more of you will find some extra crafting time to try out this great site.
Have a great day!!

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up white, design paper Prima Sparkling spring
Ink: Prismas and oms, Versafine onyx black
Other: Studio G glitter glue, Spellbinders circle die, long scalloped die, peony
Gina K Designs sentiment from "Elegant Flowers" and flower from STampin Up Sweet Summer
Making Memories brad

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sunday's CAS challenge at Outlawz!

Hello my friends....wanted to share with you a card that I created for the CAS Sunday challenge at The Outlawz .  This week they ask-
"In keeping with the true CAS style, your challenge this week is to design a card that uses your STAMPS for the entire card! Patterned paper, embellies, sentiment- all must be created using stamps! (that does not mean you HAVE to have these things though! but you get the idea!) Any theme, any color combination ANY kind of stamp (rubber, clear, digi)- the sky is the limit of your creativity friends, so shoot for the stars :)"

I had been wanting to try using my Spellbinders Impressibilities as a stencil for a while, so.....
The flower is from Gina K Designs set "A Year of Flowers", I stamped and fussy cut out 5 of them to layer, after sponging with Baja Breeze. My sentiment is from Gina's set "Elegant Flowers". This is only my second time playing in the CAS challenge at Outlawz but they have some fun challenges this week, if you haven't checked this site out before, why not take a look around.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again real soon.

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up Soft Sky
Ink: SU baja breeze, bleu bayou
Other: Spellbinders Impressibilities "flowers", standard tag, scrap ribbon, Ranger Silver Stickles

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Playing at Phindy's at Sugar Creek Hollow

Welcome to Sugar Creek Hollow and another Sensational Saturday.  This week our challenge for you is to create a vintage, shabby chic or primitive card using the technique of PAPER PIERCING.  You don't need any special tools to prick holes in your paper because a sewing needle will do the trick.  If you want to use a pattern rather than just pricking holes in a line or circle and don't have any, there are quite a number of freebies out there (just Google "Free Paper Piercing Templates").  There are also lots of tutorials available.

This week we have a wonderful sponsor, PHINDY'S PLACE, who will provide our random winner with a $10 gift certificate to her store.  The random winner will also receive a badge to display on her blog.

Each member of the Design Team has used an image from Phindy's Place on the card that she has created for your inspiration. If you want to see the details of the cards, just click on the designer's name and you will be taken to her blog.

For my card, I have used Phindy's "Tea Bird", isn't she just the cutest???  I just loved the peaches, pinks and rose colors in this paper by Pink Paislee and had to use it. My coloring was done with my few copics and the paper piercing with my templates from Gina K Designs and Stampin' Up. This is one of my favorite techniques, I hope it is one of yours and if you've never tried it before, join our challenge this week. We will be looking for you.

I am also going to enter my card at Phindy's where their challenge 63 is to use buttons this week.
Hope you are off to a wonderful start on your weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Details:
Paper: GinaK white, dp Pink Paislee
Ink: Copics
Other: Buttons GinaK, Stampin' Up template, GinaK template, flowers-gift

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Christmas in July with The Paper Players

You may be getting tired of seeing them, but I am loving getting a head start on my Christmas cards. This one is also fairly flat and will be easy to mail. I may try some more of these, since I now have my LO  and it came together fairly quickly once I had decided how to do this.
The Paper Players challenge 54 is the theme "Christmas in July" this week, so I decided to pull out some of my older Stampin' Up sets and see what I could come up with....using "Window on the World" I stamped the window image twice, once on Kraft and then on ivory for the curtain. I cut with a craft knife the inside of the window, including the curtain, replacing the curtain with the one from the ivory image, which I mounted over a piece of white card stock stamped with the trees from "Lovely As a Tree". The wreath then was stamped and colored, with added gems from Basic Gray. I thought this lovely paper from K&Co reminded me of wallpaper. Hope you enjoy and will check out this fun challenge, get a start, we are only 5 months away from Christmas!!

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up certainly celery, design paper "Yuletide" K&Co
Images: Window on the World, Lovely as a Tree, Heard from the Heart, Stampin' Up
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU real red
Other: Basic Gray gems, ribbon from Walmart

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Meljen's Twice in one Day!

Hey guys, back for one more card....after loading my post for this morning where Meljen's is the sponsor for the challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday (scroll down one post to see my card for SSW), I went over to the challenge blog at Meljen's and saw this great sketch

I had printed this adorable image "Giraffe's Necktie" a while back and since it was ready to go, I decided to throw a card together for them----the challenge ends at midnight tonight.

My card base is Stampin' Up with design paper from Basic Grey's "Granola". I also tried out a new border embossing folder from Cuttlebug's set "Frills". My ticket is from Paper Cupcakes (Store link in my sidebar) I thought the sentiment Dream Big fit so well. So if you have a minute and want to try this out, Meljen's has some cute freebies. Take care and I hope to see you again soon!

Card Details:
Paper: Stampin' Up, BG Granola
Ink: SU markers
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder, GinaK Designs button, embroidery floss, SU ticket punch
Images: Meljen's "Giraffe's Necktie", Paper Cupcakes ticket

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 109 with Meljen's Designs

Yeah, it's Wednesday and time for another post for Sweet Sketch Wednesday where we are sponsored this week by Meljen's Designs with a prize of 4 of her beautiful images going to one lucky entry.

Don't you just love Arlana's sketch this week? For my card this week, I am using the image "Sail Away Sailor".  I wanted to use a little different color scheme than I first thought about, so I chose papers from Pink Paislee "Old School". I think it turned out ok, hope you do too!
Be sure and stop by the blog and see what the other gals are up won't be disappointed and please try and play along this week. The images and sketch are so much fun to play with (by the way, Meljen's has some freebies if you would like to try her images before you buy) and the DT loves seeing what you create. See you there!

Card Details:
Paper: Pink Paislee "Old School", Stampin' Up so saffron
Image: Meljen's " Sail Away Sailor"
Ink: Prismacolor pencils and oms, copic
Other: Gina K Designs buttons, SU temp twine, Golden raffia, Sizzix Star Tag

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Our Creative Corner plays with Card Patterns

Here's hoping you all had a wonderful holiday weekend ... we did, some fireworks, grilling and visiting with family. For my card, I am combining the sketch challenge at Card Patterns with the Seasonal Celebration challenge (Make a last minute 4th of July card or project or a Christmas in July card or project) at Our Creative Corner .

I love playing at OCC and when I saw the sketch for Card Patterns on  my friend Carla's blog (by the way, she is now on their design team) I just knew I had to play. I have been wanting to try a longer #10 size card and thought this was the perfect time. I had a package of precut cards and envelopes by DCWV that has a offset fold. Using some of the "yuletide" paper from K&Co along with some red I laid out my design. I added a chipboard oval from the "yuletide" collection to frame my design paper. Don't you just love those cut out poinsettias? I used some of those last year on my Christmas cards, they are from GinaK designs set " A Year of Flowers" which I love.

For the inside, I stamped some more of the poinsettias along with a GKD sentiment from the set "Blessed is the Season". I am happy with how this turned out and can't wait to try some more designs with this size card.
There is still time to play in both of these challenges, so I encourage you to stop by and take a look. The DT from both sites have some great inspiration for you.

Card Details:
Pink precut card and envelope from DCWV, Rubber Cottage Textured Red, Design paper K&Co "Yuletide"
Ink: Tim Holtz distress ink Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps, Gina K Designs "Blessed is the Season", A Year of Flowers", Clear Dollar Stamps Designer Labels Christmas Tags
Other: Martha Stewart border punch, Ranger stickles, Yuletide chipboard, Clear Dollar Stamps designer dies

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy holiday weekend everyone and welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow.
This week we have a PATRIOTIC challenge
for you.  We want you to celebrate your country and its
and make your vintage, shabby chic or primitive card
using the colors of your country as represented by its flag.

Most of the ladies on the Sugar Creek Hollow Design Team are from the
United States so patriotic cards have a red, white and blue theme.
One of our members is Canadian and she has used a classic Canadian icon
and done her card in red and white as those are the colors of the
Canadian flag.  We are really looking forward to getting a colorful
history lesson of the countries of our challenge participants.

This week we will reward a random winner with a badge to display on her
blog and a digi of our choice.  The Design Team will choose a Card
of the Week and the creator of that card will receive a badge to display
and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

As you can see the Design Team is very patriotic and has provided some
wonderful inspiration for you.  To get details of their cards, just
click on their names and you will be taken directly to their blogs.

For my card, I used red, blue and ivory card stock that I picked up at a stamp show last year from Rubber Cottage. I tried a new multi fold technique that I think I will be trying again very soon, so much fun. My stars and  inside sentiment are from an older retired set by Stampin' Up by the name "Liberty for All" and the vintage flag is a freebie that I found online at Magic Moonlight Freebies . You will be sure to find a free goodie there to you liking. I distressed my card with Tim Holtz antique linen distress ink. Don't you just love the sentiment "God Bless our Troops" and I pray that he is from Laurie's set at Doodle Pantry in her Patriotic Turtle set. Now hop on over to Sugar Creek Hollow and check the team's beautiful creations. I will be looking for yours this week...have a safe and happy holiday weekend.