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Monday, December 27, 2010

Little One

Hey there,

Well, if you haven't heard already, we got hit with 20" of snow here in Central New Jersey. So, what do you do when you are snowed in? Craft!!

It's been some time since I've been able to craft. It felt good getting my mojo back.

I made this card for a friend in my Life Group. She is adopting a baby boy from Korea and he should be traveling home by an escort as this gets posted. We are all praying for safe travels for the little guy. I can't wait to meet him.

Since today is Monday, I thought to play with this week's Mojo Monday Challenge.

For my card, I used SU Bashful Blue and Night of Navy card stock, Maine Blueberry retired SU DS paper, Misc Noah's Ark stamp and sentiment, pale blue Drew Drops, Copic Markers and Crinkled Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have a bless week!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived". Luke 2:11

From my family to yours, my you have a bless Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

See you in 2011!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Wishes

Hey there,

I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and are spending some quality time with family and friends. Better yet, getting your Christmas cards done!!

Today, I'm showing you a card I made for this week's Faux Wood Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.

For my card, I decided to create a barn door using the Faux Barn Bard technique from Splitcoaststampers. I love this technique and it's so much fun to play with.

After creating the door, I then used the Holly Punch from MS to create my wreath. My sentiment is from Sugar Creek Hollow. I used the Poinsettia Teacup Digi set. It's comes with this beautiful sentiment that I thought was perfect for my door.

Set set is available for purchase and only $4.00.

Now it's time to visit the Design Team. So, grab your cup of tea, sit back and enjoy browsing through our blogs for inspiration.

May your home be filled with warmth weekend!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Baby Jesus

Hey there,

Well, it's been two weeks since my surgery. I am recovery slowing and glad to be back creating.

The anticipation of this Baby Jesus digi has finally come and I am so glad I was able to create a card this week.

This beautiful image was created exclusively for Sugar Creek Hollow by a young lady in Poland. The scroll was created by our very own Design Team Member Donna.

For my card, I decided to color the baby blanket in blue. I colored baby Jesus and the hay and distress the entire image with my distress inks. I followed the same process for the scroll. I kept the sketch simple.

You have to take a look at the cards the Design created for you. Take a look here. You won't be disappointed!

Then, make sure to go to Sugar Creek Hollow's blog to check out this week's challenge and Sugar Creek Hollow store to grab your freebie.

Thanks for stopping by. Have fun creating!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Laid Out

Hey there friends,

So here is what I was doing on my birthday. Not really exciting but a must. On Friday, November 5th I had a hysterectomy. This is what I looked like the following day (my b-day).

The pain meds swelled up my face and cheeks. They were on FIRE!! My darling husband didn't say anything to me. I kept telling him my face was really hot. The nurse came in and asked why my face was so red. Then when the doctor came in he yelled, "What happened to your face"?!! I was like, "Okay, would someone please give me a mirror"!! So, instead we took a picture so I can see. My DH didn't want to say anything because he didn't want to worry me. He's such a darling!!

Anyway, it's day 6 for me. I've been laying in bed, reading magazines, watching too much tv and finally online. I have caught up on my DT's blogs, visit some of my fav sites, order my winter coat, boots, clothes and of course, checked my work emails.

The meds are making me really nauseous. Today is the first day without prescribed pain meds and I'm doing much better. I have tried everything under the sun to take the nausea away. I have a few more days of bed rest and then 4-6 week for a full recovery with no heavy lifting, cleaning, laundry, sweeping and exercise. I have to take it very easy. I pray and hope I can do my work because there is so much to do. Both and home and church that is!!

Tomorrow, I will see if I can create something. I'll do little at a time but, I can't promise I'll have something to show. I feel very much like I had a c-section and sitting for too long hurts.

Well, thanks for checking in. I'll see you here soon!!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Counting My Blessings

Hey there,

These past two weekends, in the kids have been celebrating Halloween festivities at school. Last week they had a Halloween Party at school and yesterday they had a parade and classroom party. Tomorrow is Halloween and I think by tomorrow, they won't want to wear their customs again.

Today, we have a pretty busy day. So, before my day starts, let me show you what I made for today's Sugar Creek Hollow Use Lace Challenge.

I found this technique on YouTube and thought about giving it a try. It's called Faux Glitter Lace in case you would like to check it out for yourself. I didn't use glitter though. I used Pearl Embossing Powder.

Here are the steps I took to create this card:

1. Cut a piece of black card stock at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
2. Cut a piece of double sided sticky paper the same size and adhere to the black card stock
3. Lay your lace over the sticky paper
4. Pour Pear Embossing powder over the entire lace and pat down
5. Carefully remove the lace
6. Use a heat tool to heat the embossing powder until it's all melted

For my flower, I used black ribbon and created a lollipop flower. I used the black rose from the Recollections Halloween Specialty Brad set for the center of the flower. I also used Recollections Halloween Specialty trim.

My sentiment and crow is from Sugar Creek Hollow.

Now, it's time for you to visit the rest of the Design Team. Take a look at their cards using lace.

Thanks for visiting and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vintage Flower

Hey there,

Just a quick post today before I take my lil' girl to gymnastic.

I just learned how to make this adorable vintage flower. It's made from white sheen curtain I purchased at Walmart for $4.50. My local fabric store is not that local and Walmart didn't have sheen fabric.

Anyway, I came home at tore the curtain up immediately. No time to waste. Here are the steps in case you would like to give it a try.

1. Cut out 8 6"x5" pieces of fabric.
2. Use Circle Scallop #2 Die and run them through the BigShot.
3. Use 3 plastic cups and pour a few drops of re-inker (I used Marina Mist, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake) to die the fabric.
4. Sprayed some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz over all the colors.
5. Take all the layers and smear them all together so the colors transferred onto each other.
6. Layer over the colors from large to small (don't layer them perfectly).
7. Pierce and add Antique Brad
9. Carefully dry the edges of the fabric with a heat tool from the center outward. As the heat tool gets hot, the material will burn and shrink. Move the flower in circular motion while doing this process. Otherwise you will burn too much and not have even layers.

I made this flower for a card I am working on for Sugar Creek Hollow's challenge on Saturday. The beauty of this flower is that it doesn't have to be perfect and you don't have to spend lots of money to make this. You can use any synthetic material or old curtains you may have hidden in the basement.

Make sure to come back on Saturday and take a look. Have fun creating!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas Cardinal

Hey there,

It seems like these days are going by so fast. I can't believe we are near the end of October.

Question is, how many have already begun their Christmas cards? If you are like me, you wait til the very end. However, today I have given myself a head start with this beautiful Christmas Cardinal from Sugar Creek Hollow.

Today's Challenge at SCH is to create a card using the Christmas Cardinal or Primitive Sheep. Since I used the Sheep on a recent card, I decided to use the Cardinal for the challenge.

I colored her with my copic markers R59, R29, R27 and R24. These are my favorite red color combination. Then, I decided to put some Glossy Accent. I put a heavy layer over the entire bird. I used SU Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler card stock. My DS paper was last years Wassail Turtle Doves. I distressed and stitched around the borders. Finally, for some accents, I added a Poinsettia with a vintage brad from SU and velvet ribbon.

Now it's time for you to go to the Sugar Creek Hollow Blog so you can take a the Digi challenge. Make sure to visit the Design Teams blog on the right of the screen so you can get more inspiration. Finally, go to Sugar Creek Hollow to grab your Christmas Freebie Tag.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to try this challenge. Please make sure you leave a comment with your blog link so I can see your card.

Have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Faith Family & Friends

Happy Saturday everyone!!!

I don't know about you, but this week sure seemed to have gone pretty quickly.

You know what today is? It's Color Challenge week at Sugar Creek Hollow. The colors are SU Espresso, Baja Breeze and River Rock. If you don't have these colors, you can use similar colors.

For my card today, I used Shabby Deer and Simple Sayings. I copied, rotated and shrunk one deer. It goes perfect with the sentiment. As you can see I cut and layered the words. I also used Tracy's Crinkled ribbon in Robbin's Egg Blue.

Now it's time to take a look at the rest of the design team's color challenge creations. You don't want to miss it! Their cards are over the top!! Then, try the color challenge yourself. Make sure to leave me a comment with your blog link so we can take a look.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Glory to God

Hey there,

Another busy week as gone by and I can't tell you how much I look forward to Monday.

Today, I will be at my community fair. We have over 3,000 people and over 200 vendors. From 7am to 10am, I will be helping the vendors find their spot and help them set up. Then from 10am - 4pm, I will have my own spot. My friend and I have partnered together for the past 3 years. Together, we have 6 make n' takes, card kits, grunge board bracelets, altered art kits, gifts and I will also be selling all the cards that I have posted here.

Now onto today's card...

Today is Sketch week over at Sugar Creek Hollow.

The Design Team was challenged this week to make a card using this sketch.

For my card, I used SCH digital sentiment Glory to God.

I really love the way this sentiment was designed. The font is so pretty. When I saw this sentiment, I thought of a Nativity. I went online and googled Free Vintage Nativity. I thought this one was the best for this sentiment.

Thanks to all those that stop by this past week for SCH blog hop. Make sure you go on over to check out the rest of the DT's blogs to see their design for the sketch challenge. Finally, don't forget to visit Sugar Creek Hollow to see who won the blog hop.

Thanks for stopping by. May you have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

90 Days til' Christmas

Hey there, Did I just say 85 days til' Christmas? Yup, that is right!!

Today, Sugar Creek Hollow is releasIng theIr ChrIstmas DIgIs wIth a Blog Hop!!

We are goIng to play the "Secret word" game today. You wIll need to collect a letter at each blog and then post your answer at the last stop.

We wIll be awardIng a $25.00 gIft certIfIcate to one lucky wInner!

Today, I am usIng the FlourIsh Shabby SleIgh. I love the swIrls on thIs dIgI and I couldn't waIt to use It. I kept the card sImple. Only one DP and one color card stock.

Now Its tIme to see If you have fIgured out my secret letter. If you have, leave me a comment and move on to Mary's Blog. She has the next letter for you. If you have arrIved at my blog fIrst, you wIll need to start at the begInnIng to get all of your letters In order. Here Is the order of our blog hop.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lord of the Harvest

Hey there,

Guess what today is? Yup, you guest it! It's Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow!!

This week, I challenged the girls to make a card using the Lord of the Harvest digi. The entire image (frame, sentiment and pumpkins) is one digi.

There are so many opportunities with this digi. You can make a simple card, a tag, and you can even use it to decorate a gift bag. Take a look at the DT's blogs to the right of the screen so you can see what they designed. You might just find one of each. Then make sure to visit the store site to pick one up for yourself.

For my card, I used some retired SU fall paper. I added some rhinestones, colored the pumkins with my copics, crinkled Tracy's Country Crinkled Ribbon on each side of the card and a prima flower to finish the look. After I put all of this together, I thought something was still missing. If you take a closer look, I added baby blue Stickles on the blue border. Now, I think this puts the entire card together.

Thanks for looking and make sure to visit my girls! They worked really hard this week. Have a blessed weekend!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You're a Hoot

Hey there,

It's Tuesday morning and normally I would be at work, but since I will be there the rest of the week, I decided to take the day for myself and play along with a few challenges.

This week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge was a lot of fun. I love the layers and the simplicity of it.

The next challenge is for Clearly iStamp. You are to use use an Owl and/or their Habitat . Since I had this owl set from them, I thought I could play along. I used my copic markers to color the owl and branch. For the leaves, I used a mix of colors to go along with the DP.

Well, I better get my day going. I still have beds to fix, laundry to fold and Cub Scouts papers to fill out. Did I mention I am going to be my lil' guys Den Leader?! Yup, you read that right!! We have 8 boys and moms in our Den. This is everyone's first time at scouting. I am co-leading with another mom. It's going to be fun when I have to put my uniform shirt on. I'll make sure to take pictures so you can see. I think I will have to girliefy it first. Is that even a word {wink}. Thanks for looking and have a blessed day.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

It's What You See

Hey there,

Can you believe we are in the middle of September already? Time sure does go by fast when you are busy.

Today, we are playing along with Sugar Creek Hollow's Color Challenge ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red. These are classic colors that never fad in style.

The sentiment I'm using is from Sugar Creek Hollow. It is a set of three Henry David Thoreau quotes for $3. I paired the sentiment with this cute vintage image I found online. I added a small mirror on the bottom of the ribbon.

I don't know about you, but there are things I must do before I leave the house. Fix the beds, curl my lashes and make sure my clothes are ironed. This sentiment reminds me that God doesn't care what you look like. He cares who we are as an individual.

Now, it's time to play along. Make a card using these colors (Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red) and post it on the SCH Blog. Make sure to visit the rest of the Design Team to see their cards and get some inspiration. Their cards are outstanding! For any SCH images, make sure to visit the store's site.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to School

Hey there,

The joy of the first day of school has returned. Moms everywhere are happy to send their kids back to school and the kids are excited to start a new grade, see their friends and get lots of homework-----wait, that's not true!!! Well, not the homework part at least.

Today my baby is starting the first grade. I can't believe how fast time has gone. My oldest is in college and my baby in 1st grade. I remember when my oldest started 1st grade and now it's my baby's turn. Let's not forget my lil' girl who's going to the 4th grade!! What's with that?! I remember when I held her in my arms for the very first time. It's days like today, that we get to cherish for years to come.

On to my project...

I couldn't send Jason to school without a little gift for his teacher. So, I decided to make this pencil box holder. I looked high and low for a pencil box template that I didn't have to pay for. Finally, I decided to make my own. It was easier than I thought. The box hold 20 pencils.

I can't wait for the afternoon to hear all about their big day! In the meantime, to all the mothers home without the kids, enjoy your quite time alone!

Recipe for the Pencil Box: SU Basic Black, Whisper White and Poppy Parade card stock, SU Pawsitively Prints II DS paper, Ribbon, SU Corner Punch, Teacher Treats stamp from Clear Dollar Stamp, Rosey Posie stamp from Whipper Snapper, Copics and Blue Ribbon.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Harvest Blessings

Hey there,

I can't believe we are just a few weeks away to the official start of fall.

To celebrate, we are kicking off the season at Sugar Creek Hollow with some fantastic Fall Digis and a brand New Design Team.

Come take a look at who's is in the team. They have some great cards to show you.

Then, make sure to visit the store to purchase any of these great digis. We even have some Vintage gift ideas you can purchase.

For my card, I used the Baby Jacks digi and Harvest Blessing sentiment. In publisher, I was able to edit the sentiment and personalize it a little more.

Now it's time to visit the DT. They have some really incredible cards to share with you. Make sure to leave a comment so I know you visited. Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
  1. Tracy, Owner
  2. Joseline, DT Coordinator-You Are Here
  3. Mary
  4. Marsha
  5. Nancy
  6. Sally
  7. Kelly
  8. Stephanie
  9. Cec
  10. Sharon
  11. Renee
  12. Joni
  13. Lisa
  14. Donna
  15. Julie
  16. Megan
  17. Ms. Plum
  18. Heide
  19. Dawn
  20. Sugar Creek Hollow

Friday, September 3, 2010

Room Renovations

Well, I could finally say I'm done!

Hey there, I know most of you have been following my room renovations and wondered where are the final products.

Here is my Craft Room. Very thing is pretty much done except that I have a wall art to put up. I want to do it when the kids are at school. I thought it was going to be an easy project until the tube arrived (you can see the tub on my desk). When I opened it up, I was expecting one big long sheet. Not quite so. All the words are separate. It even came with instructions! Yikes!!!

This is my desk area. The bottom still has work to do but, at least it's organized.

This is a better view of my draws and printer. I have all my adhesive, finger daubers, some punches and paper supplies in the draws.

This is on the right side of my desk. In each crate, I have my glues and paints, my embossing folder and my die cuts. The bottom shelve has my Big Shot supplies.

This is my closet and the shelves my DH bought me. Here I have most of my supplies. Stamps, Embellishments, Punches, Bind-it All supplies, Papers, Scrap Papers and Misc Supplies and Pre-made crafts. On the bottom left of the picture, you can see my sewing machine.

Ahhh, my beloved ribbon rack!! What else can I say {wink}.

Well, that does it for my craft room. If you want to see my children's room go to my facebook page. I have all the pictures posted there! I hope this has inspired you to create a space of your own or it has given you ideas of organizing your space.

Tomorrow, I will be sharing with you our latest fall digis and new Design Team at Sugar Creek Hollow. Make sure to come back and visit.