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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sugar Creek Hollow

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 images I am using are Dressmaker Form and Easter Bonnet. When I saw these images, I knew exactly how I was going to make my card. First I colored the dressmaker form with my copics. I wanted the form to look realistic so I went with a natural colour. For the East Bonnet, I colored, cut and hung it over the ovals with pop-ups. The DP paper is from Webster's Pages called Petite Paper Collection Combo Pack Postcards from Paris & Sweet as Cherry Pie. I added some ribbon, stitching, drew drops and lots of distressing to go with the theme.

Want to earn one of these
digis for FREE? Become a Sugar Creek Hollow Follower. Be the 150th or 200th follower and you will receive a FREE digi of your choice!!! Deadline is February 7th at 10pm eastern time. The winner will be announced on February 8th Preview Week!

Please visit the rest of our lovely team to see more previews by clicking on their links listed below. You won't be disappointed, there cards are beautiful!!!

Tracy Owner & Designer











March Guest Designers



Thanks for looking and good luck!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Soo Good!

It's Thursday morning and I'm just getting to my Mojo Monday challenge. I was over at PCP visiting Phindy's Place and she had an adorable image I couldn't resist.

So, my card for today is for both Mojo Monday and Phindy's birthday card challenge.

Here's the sketch for Mojo Monday. You could do either a circle or square card.

And for Phindy's Birthday Card Challenge we had to make a card with Brown and Red using one of her images. You can get this digi for free at Phindy's Place - Believe it or Not thread. Make sure to become a member and post your card so everyone can see.

I generated the Birthday Wishes sentiment on my computer, Colored the images with my copics, used Diamond Glaze over the strawberries and my DP is from SU. I had so much fun creating this card. I love how the strawberries are glazed. My sister's birthday is coming up, so I think she'll get this lovely card. This is not one to keep in a box.

Have a great day everyone!

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My First Blog Award

I was delighted this morning to see I received my first Blog Award! Isn't this so sweet? I received it from Tracy Vinson the owner and designer of Sugar Creek Hollow where I am a Design Team member and Coordinator.

I've known Tracy for a short time and I know I'll know her for a very long time to come. She is so sweet, caring and thoughtful. Aside from knowing her through SCH, she and I share the love of Christ.

Now, I am to choose 10 things that make me happy, then choose 5 other Bloggers to share this award with.

1. My beautiful children make me happy. I love when say the cutest things and it puts a smile on my face.
2. My Father in heaven makes me happy for all the blessings and lessons He has given me.
3. My wonderful Husband makes me happy for everything he is in my life.
4. Being a part of 2 Design Teams make me happy.
5. My friends make me happy for their love and support through the good and hard times.
6. My creativity makes me happy because I love to start with a blank canvas and see how all my designs come into play when I'm done creating. So rewarding
7. My beautiful home makes me happy.
8. My Pastor makes me happy for caring for me and my family. Love you Mike!

Okay, I'm still thinking about 9 & 10 :o) Now I have to share this award with 5 others.

1. Kim from Sherrod Studio for giving me my first Design Team spot. Thanks Kim!! I love your stamps!
2. Tracy from SCH for giving me my first coordinator position.
3. Suzanne Dean from Scrap Bitz for all her Copic tutorials and great personality.
4. Denise from The Paper Landscaper for always visiting my blog and her beautiful creations.
5. Thinking....

Thanks for your inspirations ladies! Enjoy your blog award! Next, please do the following:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink).
3. List 10 things that make you happy.
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monochromatic Card

Here we are with another Sherrod Studio Throwdown Tuesday Challenge.

Leah has done a great job this month challenging the design team. For her last challenge, she asked us to make a monochromatic card. I have to admit, I wasn't quite sure what monochromatic meant so I had to look it up.

A monochromatic color scheme uses a single color on most every room surface. In this type of scheme, various darker shades, grayer tones, and paler tints of the main color may be included in the palette. In addition, the one color is often paired with white or another neutral.

Of course my favorite color is brown so I just had to go with this color scheme. For my card, I used the sandcastle from the By the Shore stamp set. I'm not sure what I was doing with the sketch though. I think I'll try this again later today and post the card again.

Well, it's now your turn to make a monochromatic card. Visit the rest of the design team to get some inspiration. Make sure to come back later to see my second attempt to this card.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Altered Frame

I just got back home from my ALL DAY Crop event. I am exhausted and glad it's over!!

I met some really nice ladies today. Some wanted to chat, some wanted to learn everything I know about blogs I visit frequently and some even tried to make a card or altered project.

I have never been to a crop and didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that these croppers will bring there entire crop supplies and crop all day. I was amazed in their dedication and loyalty to scrapbooking!!

So, I intended to take pictures of my table and ladies working on their cards, but somehow the camera just sat in my purse and I never got to it out. So, what I made for my table to promoted my workshops at the Y.

This is a wood picture frame I purchase in my local craft store for $1. Yes, $1!! I decorated it with my SU DS paper, ribbon, a chipboard butterfly and the latest SU bird punch. I typed the workshop information on my computer and attached it to the frame.

Finally, I wanted to show you the small note pad I added to my giveaway. In my previous post, I wanted to add something else to my pail and some of you suggested to add a note pad to go with the pen. The lady how won the giveaway was so happy. She loved it!!

Now it's time to get some rest. Tomorrow I have a lot of cleaning up to do starting with my craft room.

Have a great night everyone!!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

From the Heart

Tomorrow I will be at an all day Crop from 9am -9pm. It's going to be a long day, but I am sure it will be a lot of fun!!

Here is one of my Make & Takes. It is a simple card for just about any occasion. I love the simplicity and elegance of this card.

I made this card with one of the newest SU clear mount set. It's called Garden From the Heart. You can find this set in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I colored these images with my SU blender pens and ink pads.

Well, I'm off to finish up some last minute details before my big day.

Have a blessed weekend!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Crop Give Away

Hey ladies,

If you haven't noticed on the top of my blog, I will be at an all day Crop this Saturday. The event is from 9am to 9pm. I have never participated in one of these so I'm excited to see what the turn out would be like. My local fire house host several of these every year for the past 8 years. My guess is that they are doing pretty well ;o)

Anyway, I was asked to make something for a 50/50 raffle. All the proceeds go to support the Ladies Auxiliary.

I had this paint can for some time and I thought of adding a few goodies. Here's what I included:

A Gift Certificate for a Free class to one of my workshops at the YMCA
3 small stamps
1 Classic Stampin' Spot
A paper flower and beaded pin I made

I decorated the can with the new SU Sweet Pea paper pad and Razzleberry Polka Dot ribbon. I might add a few more things before the weekend comes up. Not sure what it will be yet though. Any thoughts?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Random Stamping

Good Tuesday Morning Everyone!!!

Today is Sherrod Studio Throwdown Tuesday and with that in mind, not only do I have the sweetest card to show you but BLOG CANDY as well.

For this week, Leah challenged the DT to make a card using Random Stamping to make your own DS paper. In addition to that, Kim asked us to use the Gracie set which she is giving away to one lucky winner!!! Not only is she giving away the Gracie set but, she is also giving away a lot of cool things. Here's what you get:

Gracie stamp set
Mini album
CD folders
K & Co. chipboard alphabets
Large Flowers
Felt embellishments
Rubbon ons
Spiral clips
Rhinestone flowers
Gold Staples
Ribbons (not shown)

All you have to do to win this set is leave a comment on Sherrod Studio telling us what is the one goal that you really want to accomplish this year. For a second entry, play along with us for this week's Tuesday Throwdown and use Mr. Linky to place a direct link to your post. The last day to enter is Mon. 1/25. The winner will be announced at next week's Tuesday Throwdown.

Now it's time to hop on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs. Make sure to leave on comment on their blog as well.

Good luck and have fun!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Every Girl Needs Some Bling

Hey there,

Here's a quick card I made with a digi I received from Tracy at Sugar Creek Hollow. This digi was actually made by her 8 year old niece. She knew Tracy was designing digis for her new company and made this snowman for her. Isn't she so sweet?! Anyway, Tracy kindly asked the DT if we can make a card for her niece. I couldn't resist!!! I love snowman/women!! ;o)

As you can see, I glamored up my snow-woman. Is there an actual name for her? I am trying to remember Frosty the Snowman's wife's name but, I can't seem to remember if she had a name. Anyway, I lightly shaded her with my copic maker C1 and C0. I even added some blush with R000. I made her hat and buttons out of the blue paper from Basic Gray Two Scoops paper pad. Her eyes and mouth I colored with B45 and B95.

For the sentiment, I typed "Every girl needs some bling" and added glitter on the word bling. The brad on the flower has glitter as well.

Food for thought, if you have a son or daughter that loves to draw, why not scan their images and make a card out of it? I think this is a great idea and your son or daughter will feel so special. My lil' girl is already working on her drawings!! ;o)

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Today was an exciting day. It was my first Just Stampin' Papercarft workshop at the YMCA of the year!!!

The girls made this beautiful card and they also learned how to make a little bag made out of an envelop. It's the easiest and coolest bag anyone could do. We added some goodies too!

To make the bag, you first need to seal the envelop. Then, stamp both sides with either a background stamp or stamping wheel. Next, score the two longest sides and one of the smaller sides of the envelop at 1". Make sure to fold a nice crease on all three sides (this will help when opening the bag). To make the opening, you can either cut with a scallop scissors or use a scallop punch. Now it's time to open the bag. Put one hand inside the bag while pushing in the bottom of the bag until the bag opens up. Make sure that you are creasing the corners while doing this. You will end up with two triangle tips on the bottom. Put some adhesive to secure the tips and flatten to the bottom of the bag. {Almost done} To add your handles, punch two holes on both sides of the bag with a 1/8" circle punch. Put a brad through the hole and secure the ribbon to the brad. Now that your bag is done, you can embellish the front of the bag how you wish.

I hope you try to make one of these adorable bags! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or email me.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed evening!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Feel The Love

Hey there,

Here's a card I made the other day for Flourishes Newsletter: Feel the Love!

The challenge was to feel the love in our card making. The kind of project, color and feel is all up to you, just make sure that whatever type of card you make -- it's perfect for the season of LOVE!

My favorite color is brown and I love making cards with brown and pink. I also love coloring with my Copis. Don't you just feel the love already? {wink}

Since my workshops at the Y, I have been learning new techniques to teach my group. So, for this card, I thought I'd try to learn how to make my own Glitter Mist. You can't tell from the picture, but I sprayed the entire white sc with a cream colored glitter mist I made. I wish I had a better picture so you can see how pretty this turned out. I took a dozen different shots to see if the glitter would show but, the images were not coming out to clear. Another problem I had with this picture is that the color on the flower is not true to the actual card. On this picture it looks a bit peachy and my flower is more pinkish like the DP paper.

Anyway, I loved making this card and I hope you love the way it turned out. Thanks for looking and Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So Thankful

It's Tuesday morning and I have another Sherrod Studio Throwdown Challenge!

This week's challenge is to create a Faux card or to use stitching. For those of you who are regular viewers to my blog, you know I use stitching on almost all my cards so, that wasn't a challenge for me. So instead, I decided to make a Faux Tile effect on my card. Now this was a challenge for me!! I tried this three times before I was completely satisfied.

To do a Faux Tile, you need to score your card diagonally on a score line using a Scor-Pal or other scoring tool. Score at 1/2" intervals then turn your card stock at 90 degrees. Then, either stamp a background stamp or sponge the entire card on the indented score lines side. Now, stamp your image. Finally, you can add some crystal effects on the entire card so your tiles look glossy or you can leave the card as is for a flat finish.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to try something different. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or post a comment.

Now it's time to visit the Design Team and see what they came up with!
Lastly, Sherrod Studio is having a Mega Stamp Sale!!! All stamps are 40% OFF!!! Now is the time to stock up on these low low prices! Enjoy Shopping!!

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another Change

Hey there,

I hope you had a blessed and warm weekend. Many of you have written to me to let me know that you were not able to leave a comment on my blog. I have fixed the issue and as you can see also changed my blog once again. There will be one final change as soon as I am able to change the columns to be 3 columns instead of 2. Please bear with me.

I will be back tomorrow with a card so make sure to come back. Have a great night!

Friday, January 8, 2010

This blog is for you!

This week, I had an incredible conversation with someone. We talked about the joys and sorrows in my life. Some we joked about, but many were tears. To be able to trust and share my burdens with someone is something that I thought I had lost some time ago.

When I got home, I went on the Internet and this bible verse was posted on their comment box. "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." 1 Corinthians 12:26

I smiled because I was reminded twice that day that no burden is too heavy for God. The God I love, trust and believe in, holds all the burdens we are suffering. Jesus says, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Mt. 11:28-30).

This post is for you! Thank you!

On to my card...
Here's my card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge. It only took my 5 days to make my card. Thank goodness the deadline is Sunday, January 10th. ;o) I love cards that have a lot of layers and shapes, so I couldn't pass on this one.

For my card, I wanted to use the scripture verse from 1 Corinthians 12:26, so I typed it up on the computer. A little font and color changes and I got the perfect digi sentiment for my card. The pattern paper is from S.E.I Madeline. I used SU Kiwi Kiss and Basic Gray for my solid card stock.

Well, it's Friday night! Family movie night tonight! I think we're watching Fly Me to the Moon. Now to find our 3D glasses in the kids toy box. Oh, what fun!!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

You Rock

Good Tuesday morning my friends,

Another cold day in NJ. To think that winter has only begun, makes me want to hide under the covers and get out in the spring. Brrrrr.

It's Tuesday and with that, I have a our Sherrod Studio Throwdown Tuesday card challenge! Woohoo!!

For the next several month we will be challenging you to make a card/project by the DT member of the month. To start, Leah challenged us to create a Gatefold Card.

I wanted to give making a masculine card another try so, I use the Rock and Roll stamp set for this card. I stamped my drum in SU Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla CS. I layered that over CC card stock. The pattern paper was a single sheet of double sided paper I purchased once at a scrapbook store. I thought to myself, okay so far so good. Now to make the Gatefold. I figured out the measurements myself but, here's a great video tutorial I found so you can watch. I {heart} video tutorials.

For the inside of my card, I used a different color card stock. Then, I wanted the You Rock stamp bigger, so I found the font the stamp was made from and typed it up on the pc. Then, I layered it with chocolate chip card stock and sponged the edges.

To close my card, I used a magnet from Making Memories. I glued the negative on the ribbon and the positive behind the drum set.

Now, go on over to the rest of the DT's blogs and take a look at their gatefolds. Then, try one yourself! Have fun!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

No Peeking

Hey there,

I could not help myself today, I just had to play along with Copic Creations. ;o) The challenge was coloring fur. I used this cute little image from Squigglefly. They have a lot of cute furry creatures to color. This image is called No Peeking. Isn't she so much fun? I couldn't wait to color her and give fur coloring a try.

I got my color inspiration from this picture. I used my Copic markers W0, W1, W3 and R000. For my PP, I used Basic Gray - June bug. I added a lot of layers, stitching and sponging as well as a few buttons and ribbon loops. I also decorated the inside of the card.

This card did not need a sentiment so I left it out. It works for just about any occasion.

Tomorrow, I'll be back with Sherrod Studio Throwdown Tuesday. Make sure to come back and take a look at a simple masculine card I did for their gate fold challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sugar Creek Hollow

Hey there,

Noticed anything NEW? Look to the right of the screen and there is a new badge.

I am so excited to say that I have been selected to design for Sugar Creek Hollow a New digi stamp company offering vintage, primitive and shabby chic images as well as items for your home and gift giving pleasures.

I am so excited to start designing cards and other projects with them!! The store opens on March 1st and they are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner who register as a follower. Make sure to visit Sugar Creek Hollow to get a sneak peak and to register.

So, without further a do, here's a card I made using my first SCH digi stamp. This card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #34 at Priscillastyles. I love this sketch. I haven't used my SU Prettiest Kit so, with this sketch was I able to use it and recolor two flowers with my re-inkers. The DS paper is Two Scoops from Basic Gray. To color the heart, I used my Copic markers R24, R22, R21 and R20. For my ovals and corner floral accent, I used my Spellbinders.

I hope you like this card and remember to visit us over at Sugar Creek Hollow. Many blessings.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Hey there,

Now that the New Year has begun, I decided to change the look of my blog. I hope you like the new look.

I will be back in full swing on Tuesday, January 5th with Sherrod Studio Tuesday Throwdown. Make sure to come back and visit.

Many Blessings to you and your family for the New Year!