Saturday, January 30

Sugar Creek Hollow Blog Hop...The Colors of Joy

I am so excited to be able to share this card with you today!!! The Sugar Creek Hollow Design Team and I have been working hard behind the scene creating cards to share with you for the Grand Opening. We couldn't resist holding back!! We want to share with you just a preview of what is to come.

The card I'm sharing with you uses the wonderful spring bonnet and a coordinating sentiment. After printing my image on the same ivory cardstock as my card base, I colored the image with Prisma pencils & OMS that coordinated with my patterned paper. To give the card a little more interest, I added some ribbon the same color as the ribbon in the image, threaded it through a chipboard button and tied a bow.

For the inside, I kept it very simple: I matted the sentiment on more of the patterned paper from the outside of the card, leaving room for a personal note.

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company, dsp: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, ribbon: Pebbles, chipboard button: Colorbok, image & sentiment: Sugar Creek Hollow

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Thanks for coming by to visit - have a terrific weekend!

Tuesday, January 26

Day 3 of TGF's CHA relay

Today's stamp if you completed the previous day's card was the adorable Toby Cub! I really love this little guy, but I can't tell if he's supposed to be a bear or a cougar! What do you think? Either way, Toby is a cutie patootie!

I used this week's 2 Sketches 4 You's been too long since I played over there! I've also entered it in this weeks Simon Says Challenge (baby), Stamp Something (Something Funny - and Toby does make me giggle!) and Stamp with Fun (also baby).

Super simple card that I figured would be for one of the ladies expecting in the next few months (there are at least three expectant mothers at my church), but I decided to keep the colors neutral.

BTW - the three digis given in the relay this week are NOT in the store. I went looking for them to link them up in my supply list & they aren't there. Either they are retired, soon-to-be-released, or are exclusives for the relay. Not sure which, but you can't buy 'em...sorry!  ='(

supplies ~ cardstock: Prismatics, dsp: Hot Off The Press, sentiment: Joann's rub-on, image: The Greeting Farm Toby Cub

Have a terrific day!

Monday, January 25

The Greeting Farm CHA Relay challenge

I've only recently been introduced to The Greeting Farm stamps. I had seen their images around for a while, but wasn't sure you made them until I followed a link on someone's blog. This week is a perfect chance to acquire some of their stamps for FREE!

TGF posted a free image, Mer Ian, to get everyone started. If you made a card, uploaded it, then posted a comment on the Monday CHA relay post before the deadline, you could get a second image and continue the relay. There's a total of five digis in the relay, and anyone who does all five get another image, too! Woohoo!

So, here are my first two cards. Mer Ian was SUPER simple because I had so much to do that night. Being in Alaska and working full-time, I had to make sure I finished and photographed the card the night before the due date so I could continue the relay.

I planned to completely paper piece the second digi, Charlotte, but ended up mostly coloring with pencils. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch with her.

Off to bed I go! Have a wonderful day tomorrow (or today, if you're way far east!) and see you soon!

H{ippity} CHA Hop!

Welcome to this week's H{ippity} Hop! I'll keep my post short and sweet, 'cuz I gotta get my fanny into bed!  =D

I decided to experiment a little on this card with my colors. I've been trying to do more with complementary colors, which don't always sound like they'll go together well - think blue/orange, red/green, or yellow/purple. I decided to try the yellow/purple combo. Not sure if I like it yet.

I used this week's CPS sketch, too.

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Stewart, dsp: ProvoCraft bitty Scrap Pad Tropical Colors, image & sentiment: {ippity} Because of You

Like this set? This one and all seven of the others are available from my {ippity} blog. Plus, until CHA ends, all the kits are 15% off. That means an $18 kit will be only $15.30, and a $24 kit will be only $20.40. I haven't adjusted the PayPal buttons, but I'll give you the discount once I get your order. Go now!

Okay, I'm off to bed. Enjoy your hop!

Sunday, January 24

It's time for another Doodle Dragon challenge!

Wowzers! There were a whole lot of challengers last week! I hope there will be even more as time passes!

This week we have a sketch for you! Lelia on the DT created a pretty easy one, don't you think?

My card this time around is pretty simple. The only bling I have on it are the three little rhinestones and a few brads. I wanted some sparkle, though, so I used some sparkly embossed paper from DCWV and highlighted the hearts on the monkey's shorts, the guitar strings, his tie and the shadowing around him with my Stardust clear jellyroll pen. The camera doesn't pick up how sparkly the card is, though!  =D  I colored him with (you guessed it!) Prisma pencils and OMS.

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company (black) & Martha Stewart (red), dsp: DCWV Sweet Stack, brads: Recollections, rhinestones: icons

Use any Doodle Dragon image you have (if you don't have any, just hop over to Dustin's blog - he gives free ones nearly every week) and the sketch provided, then link up your card on the challenge blog. Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by today - have a blessed and relaxing Sunday!

Saturday, January 23

A new design team appointment

Yep! It's official! I'm joining the DT for AiFactory for the Feb-April term. Woohoo! You really should check out their cute digi stamps and papers. They have some freebies that you can try out, and challenges every Thursday! To get to the challenge blog, just scroll down a bit and you'll see it on the right hand side. To go to the store, click the graphic above!

Let the fun begin!

Tuesday, January 19

Sonny the Snowman gets tanned

Tracy, the owner of Sugar Creek Hollow, recently posted a freebie image on the Sugar Creek Hollow blog. The image was drawn by her 8 year old niece, and what a nice job she did! I decided to make a few cards featuring him.

I saw a card on Anna Wight's blog a couple of months back, and bookmarked it to go back and CASE later. I loved the super simple layout and the simple embellishment, and the colors are definitely country-inspired!

I found some dsp in my stash that was similar to Anna's, and I substituted the ribbon and buttons with what I had on hand since all my brown buttons just didn't look right. I used my aqua pen to pick up ink from an acrylic block to give the image a touch of color. I just pressed the ink pad directly on the block and used that as my palette. I used Memories Chestnut, Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Tangelo.

supplies ~ cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip, dsp: DCWV Holiday Collection - The Christmas Stack, ribbon: Michael's, button & jute: stash

Remember that Sugar Creek Hollow opens on March 1st, and you could win a $50 gift certificate to the store! Just head over to the Sugar Creek Hollow blog and follow the directions. Can't wait for our vintage, shabby and primitive digis? Snag a freebie!

Thanks for visiting - have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 18

Sew fun to H{ippity} Hop

Welcome to another edition of H{ippity} Hop! Today I'm sharing a card that was a lot of fun...maybe your could say it was SEW fun!  =D  No, I didn't do any real sewing (still have to unearth my sewing machine for that)! But I did manage to fake it with the help of a tracing wheel.

Ever since I got this kit, I've been wanting to do a quilt-themed card with the heart stamp, so tonight I finally did it. I found some yummy DCWV paper that had the deep, rich country colors I was aiming to capture, then matched my colored pencils to that. Since I also wanted my "quilt" to look aged, I distressed the edges of each heart block, the layers of paper and the card itself. For the heart blocks and card edges, I used Antique Linen Distress ink; for the dsp and stamping on the card I used Vintage Photo.

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company, dsp: DCWV Crafty Pad, image & sentiment: {ippity} Devoted

Would you like to own this set? You can purchase this and any other {ippity} kit from my "Got {ippity}?" blog. Today ONLY, buy this kit (Devoted) for just $20 (MSRP is $24) and a paper sampler for free!

Thanks for coming by to visit today; have a great day!

Friday, January 15

Elegant thanks

Here's another card I made for the Verve release week challenges. It called for black, grey and aqua. Not my favorite color combo, but I managed to pull off an elegant card. I just had trouble getting the camera to capture the paisley embossing on the black panel at the bottom of the card!

supplies ~ cardstock: The Paper Company (black), Martha Stewart (gray), dsp: DCWV Old World Stack, ribbon: Joann's, image & sentiment: Verve Thankful Accents

Have a restful weekend!

Thanks, Verve style

I really love Verve stamps! I don't play with them nearly as often as I should, but this week was release week with lots of challenges on their SCS forum. I managed to complete all five challenge - whew!

So here's my first card. In addition to the Verve challenge, I used a CPS sketch and finished the inside for the Moxie Fab challenge to create a complete card.

supplies ~ kraft: Bazzill, dsp: DCWV Doodlin' Around Stack, stamps: Verve Thankful Accents & Thankful Hearts

Thanks for stopping by to look & have a great day!

Thursday, January 14

Awesome news for Dustin!

Woohoo for Dustin! He's been teasing us with some "big news" and now we know what it is: he's a regular artist for High Hopes Stamps! Way to go!

To celebrate, High Hopes is having a blog hop on the release day, January 20. There's a big prize package, too! Head over to the High Hopes blog to get more deets!

Wednesday, January 13

Sending condolences

I had time to play with some Sugar Creek Hollow images tonight. Unfortunately, it was for a sad reason. The former pastor of my church lost his mother yesterday. Pastor and his wife are very dear people to us, and his heart is the most tender of any pastor I've ever had. His mom was a believer so he has the comfort of knowing that she's been promoted to glory (amen!) where there are no more tears or pain, but I know he will miss her very much.

We already sent an email expressing our condolences, but I prefer to send a card with a little handwritten note; it means so much more. Please pray for Pastor Bob and Judy Harris. I know they will appreciate it.

Although the image was originally intended to express love or Valentine wishes, I thought it was appropriate for sympathy, as well, since Pastor's mother was part of the generation that lived through the Great Depression. This image also reminds me of the old grave markers that I see in my family's cemetery in East Texas. Many loved ones bear a flourished heart similar to this one on their resting places.

The white panel is actually a satin-looking paper. I was afraid the ink from my inkjet printer might run, so I embossed it with some clear ep as soon as it came out of the printer. Note to self: when using this paper, you MUST use an Embossing  Buddy or the ep will stick everywhere!

For the inside, I did some fiddling with the "Forever" sentiment, which originally is centered over the scroll. I wanted to complete the phrase from the front and center all four words over the scroll, so I created two new files from the original - each one was cropped to leave only the word or the scroll (gotta love digis!). Then I could scoot the "Forever" over a bit and add a text box to the right with the rest of the phrase.

I got a little ahead of myself and wrote in the note before I photographed the card...whoops!  =D

supplies ~ cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip & DCWV, dsp: DCWV Old World Stack, pearls: Recollections, image: Sugar Creek Hollow

I used a Sweet Stop sketch and have entered this in the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge to use brown and die cuts.

Thanks for coming by today. The weekend is only two days away!

A few Doodle Dragon dinos to share

If you remember last summer, my husband had some health problems that landed him in the hospital for several days. I had colored up some Doodle Dragon dinos in the two weeks prior, but had to wait to get them on cards. I already had the card fronts made up using a SheetLoad sketch, but the images needed to be added. Well, as i was cleaning up my craft room recently, I decided that the cards need to get blinged up and finished! I kept them pretty simple, but the gems add some sparkle and shine.  =D

I also had a Whimsie Doodle that I colored at the same time, so I got her on a card (ain't she a cutie pie?)

...and a Whipper Snapper Designs image I received in a swap.

Wow! That was a lot of catching up to do! I also had a humungo stack of cards that had completed fronts, but the insides were dark and needed to be finished before sending. So those got finished up, too. That was one busy afternoon, I can tell ya!

Have a great day, happy crafting and thanks for visiting!

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