Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer in the Sun!

This week at Sugar Creek Hollow, our challenge is, "Your Flag Colors"

Now this was a challenge for me, as our South African flag has very strong, bright colors and I had a hard time bringing them into a Vintage/Shabby card! This is what I ended up with, and I was actually very pleased with the result! I hope you enjoy it as well.......

I used an image from The Digital Collage Studio, called Bathing Beauties. It was the red and green bathing costume that caught my eye and from then on, it was easy to put it together.

The postage stamp is of our flag!
Somehow, going with a postcard seemed the obvious choice and I found this embossing folder in my stash! 

Also hiding away at the bottom of the box as this sheet of 'sea sand' paper. What better way to bring it all together by using these tiny shells I'd been hoarding forever!

Behind the flag I placed a die cut clock face, that had been treated to a little bit of 'Gesso". I had hoped it would indicate time as a restful occasion.

 Of course, yellow had to be introduced and what better way than in a flower?

I die cut the Memory Box Bingham Heart die out of green card and split it down the center and wrapped it around the 'postcard'. I also cut the heart out of red, white and yellow and trimmed off the flowers to add to the 'vine'.

The little bits of muslin peeping out of the sides of the postcard just seemed to follow the 'sea side' theme through perfectly!

Please go and take a look at my teamies amazing creations. Links to their blogs are on my side bar. Such inspiration and don't forget, we have a guest designer from Croatia - Sanja Grdinic , who was selected from our April Top Picks! Please do visit her blog and see her exquisite creation.

I find it quite a coincidence that whilst showcasing our South African flag, we are all waiting anxiously on news of Mr Nelson Mandela, who has been in and out of hospital for some time and is on the critical list. The news is not good, sadly, and all we can do is pray that God will smile upon him and when it is his time, God will lift him up gently and take him to a better place. Our prayers are with Mr Mandela and his family at this time.

Wishing you all a blessed, creative week and I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations in response to this challenge!

Supplies used:

  • Digital Collage Studion image from Bathing Beauties plate.
  • Universal Embossing Folder - tri-boss - Postcard
  • Marianne Clock CR1234
  • Memory Box 98499 Bingham Heart
  • Whimsy Stamps - Ticket Notes
  • Distress Inks, Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo
  • Dp, shells, muslin, all from stash.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Maxine and Harper

I totally melted when I received these gorgeous photo's of Maxine and her bear Harper!
This little lady is  going to steal your heart - be warned!

Thank you so much Vanessa, for sharing these darling photo's and giving me permission to share with my followers and interested visitors, on my blog!
Enjoy your precious Maxine and I look forward to some updated photo's as time goes bye!

Click on the 'Moz Bearz' link above for more photo's of these adorable 'babies'!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Miss Jaymi

Meet Miss Jaymi

Please click on the Moz Bearz tab above to read all about Miss Jaymi!

Engagement Card using Memory Box Dies

There is always a demand for engagement cards and I designed this card for the class I taught this week.

I decided to work with a couple of Memory Box dies and a Joy label die. When I first cut the big hearts die, I looked at it and wondered how best to use it. With all the bits attached to it, I actually thought it was a difficult die to use. But, as always, messing around with it, I found a way that pleased me.

Firstly, using all the dies, I cut them out of pink card. I then placed the hearts die onto the front of the card, slightly above center and cut it out.

Using Hero Arts Old French Writing stamp and Versamark Sepia ink pad, stamping off before placing onto the card,  I created a very light script background. I wrapped ribbon around the front, with the label in place and secured it before placing a piece of very pretty patterned card behind the card front and adhered them together. I reset the pink heart die cut into the recess of the heart cut out and adhered that as well. The sweet bow adorned hearts were placed with a heart 'bling' set in place. The sentiment was computer generated.

This card was so enjoyed by the ladies and I decided that it could become a firm favorite of mine. With all the lovely patterned card stock available, it won't be difficult to replicate to suit each occasion!

I've had a very busy few weeks that have taken their toll, leaving me really tired. What was so easy to deal with 10 years ago without side effects, now leaves me totally exhausted! Getting older is not for!! I have, sadly, neglected my blog, but hopefully, will be back up to speed soon. I'm reassessing my priorities!

Thanks so much for popping in and please say 'hello' as it is always great to hear from you all!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sew Special!

Today Sugar Creek Hollow kicks off a new challenge, # 63 - Mixed Media! 

I have been dying to play with my 'sewing' bits and bobs and thought this would be a perfect challenge to do so.

I started off by liberally applying Gesso to card and leaving it to dry thoroughly. I then die cut the dress form, scissors, sewing machine and cotton spool out of the Gesso board and distressed them a little with distress ink and applied silver paint to both the scissors, sewing machine and legs of the dress form, using my finger to spread it lightly. I love the way these pieces turned out, especially the scissors. 
A close up of the sewing machine and 'silver' scissors.
The dress form needed a touch of 'pretty', so I gathered some lace and attached it to the bottom of the 'dress'. I die cut some tiny flowers, cupped them with an embossing tool and inserted a mini pearl into the centers and added them to the 'dress'.

The flowers were die cut and embossed with
an embossing tool and pearls added.

Of course I had to use a, and found some Washi Tape 'measuring tape' and added that to the tag. I added some nice lace and tulle  to the side edge, under the 'measuring tape', to soften the look.

I already had some die cut 'pattern' flowers cut, so assembled the flower using tissue, pattern tissue, crinoline and tulle and added a jewel brad in the center to hold it together.

The flower was made up using pattern tissue,
pink tissue, tulle and crinoline.

I found some lovely buttons that I threaded with embroidery thread and adhered to the tag.
The sentiment was a freebie with a magazine and was perfect for this project.

The base of the card is bigger than I normally use because I wanted to add lots of elements, but did not want it to look too crowded. The lovely background paper is a sewing theme that fitted my scheme perfectly, so I distressed the edges and mounted it onto the card base. 

Assembling it all was fun and I added some press studs, to all four corners and of course seam binding on the tag and under the flower.

I'm very pleased with the card and am more than pleased with the 'mixed media' lean.
I think I'm heading off in that direction for a while......

Listed below are my supplies used.
  • Docraft Papermania Bookprint paper pack
  • X-Cut A5 Die set - Haberdashery
  • Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
  • Distress Metallic Paint - Brushed Pewter
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
  • Washi Tape - Measuring Tape
  • Seam Binding - Rose
  • Memory Box Die - Flower Mound
  • Haberdashery bits and bobs from my stash
  • Gesso

I do hope once you have visited my teamies creations - links on the right hand side of the blog - that you will be inspired to join in our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow!

We are enjoying a long weekend here in South Africa with Monday being Youth Day! 
I am very happy to go back to my childhood and play in my craft room, as my contribution to 'Youth Day"....Lol!

Wherever you are in the world, have a wonderful crafting weekend and thank you so much for the visit. Please leave a comment as I love to hear from you all!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

For My Birthday Boy!

Today my 'baby' turns 30!
Where have the years gone?

Still the same lovable, adorable 'baby', who is so good to his family. Loved by all, for his kindness and generosity, fun and caring and admired for his forthrightness and honesty.
He has grown into a man of strength and compassion who has made his parents very proud!

Happy birthday Alan. May you be blessed with good health and happiness and may all your dreams come true!

Alan loves 'wheels', always has, and I used 'cogs' and 'chrome' on his card to signify his likes.

The 'chrome' background was created by using the Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Diamond Plate' on Chromolux card.
The 'cogs' and 'arrow' dies are from the set from Sizzix called 'All about a Boy' # 659103.
This set is becoming a firm favorite for masculine cards. 

I had to add '30' as it is a milestone age and I'm sure, a birthday he will remember for a long time to come!

Thank you for sharing my reminiscing and birthday post for my 'baby' and wishing you a lovely week!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Meet Molly!

Do click on the 'Moz Bearz' tab above to read all about Molly.

I'll be back on Sunday with a new card. I'm having serious withdrawals as I have not had time to create new cards with bear and invitation orders to fulfill.  Will be back on track hopefully in another weeks time and I hope to get into some serious card making!

Thank you for popping in for a visit and enjoy your weekend!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Vintage Father's Day Card

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge # 62 calls for Father's Day cards. This challenge runs for two weeks starting today, 1st June and we would love to have you join us by entering your creation.

For my card, I decided to go with the age old favorite for men, vintage cars and to include a tag in the layout.

The background paper was a scrap of a 'dictionary' script and I found the reverse of the page very suitable to use as well, so I split it, inked and distressed it. I covered the join with a strip of burlap type ribbon.
I went all out with inks on the tag and added a couple of subtle background stamps as well. The image is from a Darkroom Door set I have and I stamped it onto the tag and stamped again onto scrap, colored and cut it out and mounted over the stamped image on the tag, so that some of the background car showed through, creating a 3D effect. I die cut gears and arrows, inked and distressed them and mounted with a screw top brad, through the tag and attached the tag to the background card. The sentiment is computer generated, inked and distressed and also attached to the background with eyelets and I then attached it all to the card front using eyelets.

Supplies used on this card:
  • Darkroom Door DDRS033 Vintage Automobiles
  • Sizzix 659103 Thinlits - All About A Boy Dies
  • Compass Stamp - unknown
  • Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Gathered Twig, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutter
  • Memento Ink - Cocoa
This week on Sugar Creek Hollow, we have a Guest Designer Ragnhild ├śren. She is an amazing artist with such a great eye for 'Vintage' and 'Shabby Chic' designs. Please do visit her blog and enjoy her lovely creations!

This weekend we have the wonderful Comrades Marathon being run from Durban to my home town, Pietermaritzburg. A road race of 90 kilometers, that is the ultimate test of endurance for so many from around the world. Our weather is particularly warm for this time of the year and for most it is going to be a very 'hot' run. My husband ran it 8 times, completing 7 of them. Something to be extremely proud of. Wishing all runners an enjoyable run and a glorious finish!

Have a wonderful week and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your entries into this challenge!
Please pop in and visit my teamies - links in the sidebar, to see their amazing creations.

Thrilled to have you visit. Till next time....

Warm Hugz