Saturday, November 27, 2010

Faux Barn Board - Sensational Sugar Creek Saturday!

This beautiful bird is from the Winter image releases from Sugar Creek Hollow.  It is officially named Eastern Bluebird but it is close enough in body shape to be colored like the Eastern Towbee which is what my card is showing. Our challenge this week was to make a card using the faux barn board technique. The tutorial for this technique can be found at SCS, here.  I didn't have "slick" paint so I used glossy white acrylic, nor did I have a dark brown re-inker so I used an antiquing gel and dark brown acrylic mixed with the white.

I hope you will join in the challenge and share your cards with us! You need to go over to SCH blog and follow the steps listed, link your card for us to all enjoy!! All the design teams cards are there for you to look at and hopefully they will inspire you to participate this week!

Remember, to go to Tracy's shoppe, there are loads of great holiday and Christmas images there for you to get. If you haven't seen the magnificent baby Jesus you will not want to miss it!  All my team mates are listed on the side bar for your convenience, each one has a wonderful card or project to share using this awesome technique!

Thanks for taking time out of this very special weekend to come by, your comments are always greatly appreciated. I hope you are having a blessed and restful Thanksgiving weekend!!


SCH-Faux Barn Board
Totally PaperCrafts - Untraditional Christmas Colors
StampInsanity-Try Something New
Fussy and Fancy-Christmas without Red or Green
SCS-Inspiration IC260
Top Tip Tuesday -Layer on Layer
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday is Midnight Madness Day!

A very good Tuesday morning to you all! I hope you are ready to feast your eyes on some original, unique and gorgeous creations as you visit all the MMSC81 entries!!

Here is mine for today using the Ornament set by priscillastyles. You can find this amazing set right HERE.
Are you ready...........................................ta da!!!

I found this ice cream parlor design and thought it would be fun to put the ornaments in a shoppe window looking out over a little village. (the directions for making this card are here)  I have an old Americana calendar so I punched out four squares and glued them behind vellum to "act as a window" and then hung the ornaments in the "window". I love the colors and the brilliance, it is just so cheerful and Christmas magical! I used glitter pens to make it really glisten!

here is a close up:

Be sure to check out all the cards made for this challenge by visiting Priscilla's site, be sure to play along so we can visit your eye candy!! Many blessings!!

Paper Cutz Challenge #68-Christmas
Digi Doodle Shop's Best-Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge #87-Winter Woodland
Meljen's Design-Sparkle and Shine

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sensational Saturday - SCH

Good Morning!
I have the most gorgeous image to show you today! This is a special image just released by Sugar Creek Hollow, it's a drawing of the Christ Child. This stamp was designed by a dear, young lady in Poland--exclusively for Sugar Creek Hollow.  She is a fabulous artist, and really out did herself with this image. You have a chance to win this set, the Baby Jesus along with the scroll by entering the Winter Digi Challenge.

The image comes in black and white which I changed to sepia to better fit the mood I was trying for. The background paper is from a free online digital kit, I masked the paper then deleted a center area for use later. I made another layer on the baby image and copied a section of the background paper into that layer and sent it to the bottom. I then had the baby on the same paper as the background, I merged the baby and background and then copied it into the area that I had deleted in the original background. This made a second layer on the background paper which I also masked, the result was I could line up the pattern and it looked as though the baby had been painted directed INTO the background. I love the feathered edges around the baby and how it blends into the designer paper without losing any of it's detail. I think this is the most beautiful image I have ever seen in digital!

Be sure to enter the challenge and follow all the directions carefully.  We look forward to your entries and also to your comments! I hope you like what I have done with this piece of art from this young artist, it was a labor of love which I delight in sharing with you!

 Many Blessings!

 Sugar Creek Nugget:  For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;  And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6 NKJ

Charisma Cardz-Babies
Hodge Podge-Anything Goes
FBC #23-Show us your style
Meljen's-Anything that Blings
Flourishes Timeless Challenge -Just Do It
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Card for Bible Study Facilitator

A quick post this morning to share a card I made for the leader of a small group that just finished studying Crazy Love, a book by Francis Chan.  This study delves into the radical love God has for His children and challenges us to love Him back radically. Meaning, are we really willing to give up everything for Him, quite a thought provoking study! If you are interested in looking into this study you can go here: Crazy Love.

As you can see, this has a masculine feel to it, our leader is a guy so I didn't think he would want bow and flowers! :) I was sort of pushing my luck with the lacy side but I just couldn't resist!! Thanks for your visit!!

Artful Inkables - Think Ink
Fresh Brewed Coffee - Two of more patterned papers
Papertime Challenge - About Love

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sensational Saturday - Color Challenge with SCH!!

It's Saturday and that means it's Sugar Creek Hollow day! This week we were challenged to make a card or project using one of the new Winter/Christmas images with these colors:
The first thing you might notice is that these colors do not in any way resemble traditional Christmas or Winter colors!  OK, for me this was hard, I will admit it right up front!  I had already decided that I wanted to do a side step card, so I pulled out my paper and got busy! I am NOT a pink person for the most part but looked for paper with a touch of pink and found it almost immediately (imagine that).  It is actually from K&Company; not only did it have pink, but khaki and blue, now all I needed was chocolate brown. No problem, I am such a brown person this was a cinch!  :)

The images I wanted to work with were Joy to the World and the Scruffy Manger.   Here is my card, I hope you like it! Using non traditional Christmas colors turned out to be such a delight and made such a strong statement I will be doing it again! and again!

this is a close up of the manger scene I found in a second hand store, it was once a pin, it is now an embellishment!

side view of the card

Thank you so much for stopping by today, please join us in our challenge and post your link on the blog. We would love to see your amazing talent at work. You can also check out all the other design team members creations there or you can use the links on the side bar. We all love your comments and encouragement as you go from site to site!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy what we have made for you this week!

Sugar Creek Nugget:
  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.   Luke 2:10 NIV

Challenges entered:
The ABC Challenge - H is for the Holidays
FBC- #22, Use two or more patterned papers
Digital Tuesday - Challenge #84- Use something you have never used before
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Christmas card with non-traditional colors
No Time to Stamp? - Christmas in Non-traditional colors
Stamp Something - November Digi Day

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MMSC79- Woohoo! Midnight Madness!!

A happy good morning to each of you! Today we are working with a fabulous sketch from Priscilla. I hope you have all decided to participate and are showing off your gorgeous art!!

Here is the fancy sketch which is the one I used for this week. There is also a sketch without all the embellies which may be more to your liking, either way it is a great sketch and makes up beautifully.
Some time ago I found this bird digital set from Prisicilla. The card that she had made with these beautiful images just blew me away. I finally got brave enough to put my imagination to work and this sketch was perfect for using these birds. I do hope you like it!
If you haven't been to Priscilla's store, it is a must!! There are some absolutely wonderful digi's to choose from!

NOW......Here is one of the new Christmas Releases!
I just had to do a card with one (or two) of the new releases, this sketch was perfect!!!
I am using the darling Christmas bear and one of the Christmas trees that come in the Christmas Tree set.
I hope you enjoy my take on the sketch for this card!!
now for a close up of the bear!
What a sweet little face!! 

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have enjoyed my cards for today! If you have a minute I would love to hear your thoughts.

I have entered these challenges:
Craft your Passion - #31 Two of anything
Lexi's Creation Challenge - Anything Goes 
Pile it On - Challenge -Furry Animals (Christmas Bear)

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday with Sugar Creek!

This week we had an awesome sketch to work with and gorgeous winter and Christmas images to chose from! I chose the beautiful street lamp for this card! Check out the Shoppe for all the new images!! Here is the sketch:
You are invited to play along with us, we would love to have you join us and show off your art! This sketch is such fun and easy to work with!  Here is a close up of the image I used:
In fact, this sketch was so much fun I decided to make two cards this week. This next card is using a gorgeous tea / coffee cup. I did some paper piecing on this one, what do you think?

The designer paper on this card was computer generated from some Christmas images I have collected. I think it made an interesting background! Both the beautiful cup and the sentiment are SCH images. The sentiment is a FREEBIE, just go to the Shoppe and click on Freebies.

You will definitely want to visit all the other design team members sites for more inspiration and eye candy! You can find them listed on the side bar or you can click below! Thanks for visiting, I hope you will take the time to leave a comment before leaving!

City Crafter Challenge - Get Your Digi On
Everybody Art Challenge 115 - Un-traditional Christmas
Truly scrumptious - Petals, Pearls and Pins
Fairy Tale Challenge - Everything Goes
Paper Play Challenges - Circles
Digital Tuesday Challenge - You've Been Framed

Sugar Creek Nugget:  He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.  John 5:35 ESV
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Just a thought and a share

I get devotionals delivered to my email as many of you do. Sometimes one will speak to me louder than others. This one seemed appropriate for all the trials and hard bumps we hit as we travel though our lives. I wanted to share this with you:

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Comfort and Joy 

“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into 
song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people 
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” 
Isaiah 49:13
God is aware of our suffering and He wants His children
to discover relief in Him.Our affliction may be 
self-inflicted or from outside sources. Regardless, 
His compassion is more than empathy, but it is 
active and far reaching. No matter how deep 
and severe our wounds, He cares. He comforts
the afflicted and afflicts those who are too comfortable.

He understands your hurt. He understands

your rejection. He understands your  humiliation. 
He understands your fears. Jesus walked through the
hurt of humanity on His way to the halleluiahs of 

heaven. He will never leave you or forsake you. 
It is for you and others that He lived and died. 
His mercies, love and grace are new every morning. 
“Because of  the LORD’s great love we are not 
consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are 
new every morning; great is your faithfulness”
(Lamentations 3:22-23).

Christ is a catalyst for community, as He invites 

you to join Him and His church. The compassion
of Christ and others is a healing balm; so
seek out the comfort and compassion of God’s

people. The Body of Christ is there to administer 
healing and support. A wounded body part will
eventually die if left unattended, but will recover 

and thrive with the support of other members. 
Christians are interdependent on one another.

Pride resists receiving help, but humility seeks help. 

Pride and humility cannot coexist. Pride says I can 
buck up and go at this alone. Humility says alone 
I will fail, but with others I will succeed. Our 
perception becomes skewed under the onslaught of
affliction. We lose sight of the spiritual battle that is 

raging. Humility battles on its knees in prayer.

But your brothers and sisters in Christ help you fight 

the enemy, like loyal comrades in a crisis. So, let 
God’s comfort and the comfort of others administer 
grace to your wounded heart. Trust Him to fight the 
good fight on your behalf. Let Jesus love on you. Let
people encourage you and hold you accountable. 

One day you will be able to comfort others with 
the same comfort you have received.  Indeed, your 
compassion will be much deeper, broader and 
Christ-like. Therefore, rejoice because of His 
great comfort and compassion!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord 

Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the 
God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our 
troubles, so that we can comfort those in any 
trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive
from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Do I rejoice in the comfort of Christ? Am I extending His
comfort to the uncomfortable?

Related Readings: Psalm 119:50-52; Isaiah 12:1;  

2 Corinthians 7:7; Philippians 2:1-3

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