Saturday, January 29, 2011

SCH's Valentine Birdhouse!

 A great good Saturday morning! We have sunshine today with a bit of warmness in the air! Makes me anxious for spring and blossoms, and yes, birds singing! Hmmm, speaking of birds, the design team this week are all using SCH's Valentine Birdhouse!  You will get to see how versatile this image can be!

Before we get to my card let me remind you that each week the SCH blog has a challenge and you are invited to join us. Here is how it works:  Each week we will choose one random winner, who will receive a free digi of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and a badge to display on their blog.  If you use a Sugar Creek Hollow image you will get two entries in the random draw.

The Design Team will also choose a Card of the Week and the creator of that card will get a badge to display.  One overall winner will be chosen each month from the Cards of the Week.  That person will be invited to be a Guest Designer and participate in the next challenge.  An image will be provided to them to work with.  The Card of the Week prize will begin once we reach a minimum of 10 entries.

Ok, let me share my card with you and tell you a bit about making it.
I paper pieced the bird house with this adorable image from Graphics Fairy. I couldn't believe how perfect these love birds were for this house!! I colored the trim and hearts with watercolor pencils, used markers for depth and then added glimmer pens on top of that. I cut a mat shaped like the house and stitched with metallic gold thread, distressed the edges and inked those to help them show up better. The design paper is from K& Company and is also gold stitched with the addition of some lace on the bottom. The flower in the top corner is some of the lace stitched with little roses from Ben Franklin, a MS punch added some leaves/fronds with glitter spray. Now let's take a look at that roof!!
I water colored the roof and then I glued on some twigs, yep, I did say twigs. I cannot believe how much I loved that look, but  then I thought "wouldn't it look even better if it had some leaves/fronds on it to look like thatching"?  I had some dark chocolate paper that had been embossed in a Cuttlebug folder then clear embossed with gold glitter, perfect for the MS punch! Well, what do you think, does it look cool or what?

Thanks for stopping in, be sure to visit the SCH blog  to see all the design team's cards and the Shoppe to pick up your freebie and to get your own bird house! I look forward to visiting your blog to see your creations!!

Sugar Creek Nugget: 
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Hebrews 4:12 NLT

challenges:
SCH-Sweet Vintage Valentine (Birdhouse)
Simply Create-Give Your Heart Away
Stampin for the Weekend-Getting Warmed Up!
A Day for Daisies- Challenge # 10 Organic Soul 
Fairy Fun Friday- #45  For a Sweetheart 
Freshly Brewed Challenges-Photo Inspiration
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Butterfly by Sugar Creek Hollow

A happy good morning! Just a very short post for today to introduce you to a new image made by SCH. This butterfly image is just  beautiful and I wanted to use it to enter into the Flutter By Wednesday challenge today which is white on white. I printed the butterfly on some metallic paper and then clear embossed it. While heating it with the heat gun it changed the look of the metallic paper. I can't even explain how the heat did this but if you have embossed metallic papers you know what I am talking about. I then used a couple of glitter pens to color in a few of the areas on the butterfly. I was astounded at how this turned out! Please tell me what you think!

Here is a close up of the butterfly

Challenge:
Flutter by Wednesday - White on White
Mojo Monday - #175
My Time to Craft - Emboss, Emboss, Emboss

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MMSC88-Join the fun!

It is Midnight Madness day!! Each week a fantastic sketch is posted, plain or fancy....or a mixture of both! Your choice! Make a card, post to the site, link the card you have entered back to the Midnight Madness Challenge and JOIN the fun!!

This week I am using one of Priscilla's new images and then incorporating an older image into the design.
This is called Heart Wreath, isn't it just gorgeous? If you click on the link you will find the image in the store and another card done by Althea, one of my teammates. This image is so versatile and looks wonderful bright and vibrant like Althea's or soft and muted like mine.


Most of the time I wind up using a combination of the sketches, this week is no exception. The other image I used is from the Flying Birds set (six images for only $5.00);  I love this set and it seemed perfect to match with the Heart Wreath! Here is a close up of one of the two birds on my card.

You can find these and many other images at Priscilla's store. Be sure to check out all the new Valentine images (the Heart Wreath is one of them). Ok, let's take a look at my card and the inside. I hope you like the way it turned out.


Thanks for stopping in, be sure to visit my teammates and join us in the sketch this week! Hope you have a "eye candy" filled journey as you visit all the various blogs!

challenges:
Midnight Madness MMSC88
Kaboodle's Doodles Challenge - Bling it Up!
Woodware USA Clear Stamps-Anything Goes
Pile It On-Love is in the Air
Wild Orchid Challenge-Let's Get Sentimental
Quirky Crafts-In the Spring Garden must have Pink and Green


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Splash of Color Challenge

  
 
Welcome to a new Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow.  Today we have a color challenge for you.  We want you to use mostly black and white and add a splash of one other color.  Some examples of a splash of color would be one red heart or one green bow or one purple flower. I have chosen red as my splash of color!


Each week we will choose one random winner, who will receive a free digi of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and a badge to display on your blog.  If you use a Sugar Creek Hollow image you will get two entries in the random draw.  Just follow the instructions in the challenge rules found on the SCH blog.


The Design Team will also choose a Card of the Week and the creator of that card will get a badge to display.  One overall winner will be chosen each month from the Cards of the Week.  That person will be invited to be a Guest Designer and participate in the next challenge.  An image will be provided to them to work with.  The Card of the Week prize will begin once we reach a minimum of 10 entries.

Here's a look at my whole card:

challenges:
                 TotallyPaperCrafts-Add a Heart
                 Pixie Dust Studio -Buttons Up
                 The Crazy Challenge #50-Buttons
                  Paper Cutz Challenge #75-It's Your Choice

Sugar Creek nugget:  Matt Redman sings "You Never Let Go"
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Welcome to SCH Saturday Challenge!

Every Saturday Sugar Creek Hollow hosts a challenge for the design team and for you the guests!
This week's challenge is on the SCH Blog and everyone is invited to enter a card "fabric,not bow".  You are not required to use an image from Sugar Creek Hollow but if you do you will get two entries into the random prize draw.  The winner of that draw will receive a digi of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and a badge to display on their blog.  Once we reach a minimum of 10 entries, the Design Team will select a Card of the Week and the creator of that card will receive a special badge to display on their blog.  NOW GET THIS...Every month there will be a Guest Designer chosen from the Cards of the Week and that person will be invited to join the Design Team in a challenge.  There are lots of reasons to enter;  we can't wait to see your fabulous creations.

I found some fabric that has been around for probably 15 years tucked away in a trunk. I am a true pack rat, you just never know when you might need "that something or other that just doesn't seem right to pitch" so it's better to keep it than throw it out. really? This fabric has made at least two moves with me and I truly cannot remember why I bought it, but it was perfect for this challenge! *grin*

With some "Stiffy" and a 5"X7" piece of material I made my background for the card.
I soaked the material in Stiffy and then applied it to a piece of cardstock, making sure to smooth out the wrinkles and bubbles. When it dried it could be treated just like paper. It had adhered to the cardstock and was "stiff", I cut it to fit on my card base and from there the card was developed. This is a great way to use up scrap fabric or if you are like me save it for years and then pull it out for a challenge! LOL

The image I used is called Vintage Filigree Heart, you can get this lovely stamp by joining Sugar Creek Hollow's group over at CDAC (Crafters Digital Art Center). Now you know why I was excited when I found the long lost fabric, it's perfect, right?

Here are a couple of close up's for you:
the fan was made with a half doily
this bow is made with that gorgeous crinkly ribbon Tracy has at her shoppe.

I hope you will all join us in this fun challenge. I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations.  Go HERE to see all the gorgeous creations waiting for you made by the rest of the design team!!  Thanks for dropping in! :)

sugar creek nugget: 
"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatsoever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you."  John 15:16

challenges:
SCH-Fabric not bow
Southern Girls Challenge-totally loved up
Scrap Creations-Love is in the Air
AiFactory-Anything Goes
Sassy Studio Designs -Use it Up  (this fabric has been around for at least 15 years)
Paper Crafting Journey-Use a Digital

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MMSC86- Prsicilla's Design Team with Midnight Madness!!

A Good Tuesday Morning;  it is time to share a Midnight Madness challenge with you! This week's challenge is MMSC86 and it looks like this:
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Since I am on the design team for Priscilla's Styles, I wanted to introduce you to one of the new Valentine images! I chose this adorable "love birds" image....is this not about the sweetest image you have ever seen?!!

This image and sketch were just perfect for each other, all I had to do was figure what out what colors to use. By the time I finished water coloring the image that problem took care of itself!
The designer paper is digital from a DCWV.  These two birds along with the heart on the paper seemed the perfect setting for our "love birds" and the colors were perfect. The other paper you see are a mixture of Club Scrap and K & Company. A bit of stitching around the side, some ribbon, gold cord and some glittery punched leaves, a fancy corner and ....I HAD to stop. I sometimes can get totally carried away if I don't watch myself! :) To get this image or any of the other fabulous images visit Priscilla's store. She has just released some precious images for Valentine's Day!! Hope you will join us all in the fabulous sketch challenge, thanks so much for stopping by!

challenges:
MMSC86
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Love is in the Air
The Crazy Challenge - Animals
OLLCB -Challenge #71 Bling it On
One Stitch at a Time - Love and Valentines


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year - Welcome to 2011's first Sensational Saturday!

this week we were asked to make a card or project using this sketch:
The sketch is on SCH Blog and everyone is invited to enter a card using this sketch; you are not required to use an image from Sugar Creek Hollow but if you do you will get two entries into the random prize draw.  The winner of that draw will receive a digi of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and a badge to display on their blog.  Once we reach a minimum of 10 entries, the Design Team will select a Card of the Week and the creator of that card will receive a special badge to display on their blog.  NOW GET THIS...Every month there will be a Guest Designer chosen from the Cards of the Week and that person will be invited to join the Design Team in a challenge.  There are lots of reasons to enter so we can't wait to see your fabulous creations.

My card loosely follows the sketch but I mirrored it :) This paper is a digital paper from DCWV, it is called Ciao Bella; it has that very special DCWV look to it doesn't it? I just love this entire series of paper and you will probably be seeing more!! I thought it had a romantic, valentiney look to it. The Sugar Creek Hollow image is the "A" in the Alpha Flash Card image. If you don't have this set, you should think about how versatile it is; lots of possibilities here! There are so many images over at Sugar Creeks's Shoppe, please stop by and browse though all the images. There are certainly some there screaming to live on your computer!!

Did you know? - - - The proceeds of sales from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe go to provide food, clothing and shelter for those who are less fortunate.  If you don't have any images from the Shoppe yet, check it out and when you buy something to use on your creations you can say that you have helped out too.

 You can see each of the design teams creations on SCH's blog or you may visit each of their personal blogs, they are all listed on the side bar!! When visiting their personal blogs you will be able to browse and fill yourself with inspiration. Enjoy our efforts today, good luck on your entry!!

Sugar Creek Nugget:
May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13


challenges:
SCH Sketch
Color Create-Red, Pink and White
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge-# 56, Tie it up with Ribbon
SSCC- Flower Power


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