Saturday, December 6, 2014

# 101 - Not A Card & An Important Announcement

The new challenge starts today but before I tell you about it, I would like to announce that this will also be the last challenge here at Sugar Creek Hollow.  For the past five years I have been looking after my elderly Mother-in-Law who has dementia and lives 2000 miles away, which has brought a lot of challenges and worn me out.  I realized recently that the time has come to look after me, spend more time with my Grandchildren, finish projects that have been set aside and create for fun.

I have enjoyed all the years that I have been running and then owning Sugar Creek Hollow and I am grateful for the wonderful talented people who have served on the Design Team.  I especially want to thank Patti Painter for being my backup and a wonderful and treasured friend.  Thanks also to Renee Matarese who looked after the Facebook page until recently.

Thank you also to all of the wonderful participants and the legions of followers.  I certainly hope you have enjoyed what we have provided for you and while not many of you entered our challenges I am sure you got a great deal of inspiration from us. 

So on to the challenge and this time it is titled NO CARDS. We want you to make gifts, home decor, altered items, etc. and while they do not have to be Christmas themed you might want to take advantage of the fact that it is that time of year. Your project must be shabby chic or vintage.

For this challenge only a random winner will be chosen provided we have at least nine entries.  The random winner will receive a piece of word art and a winner's badge.  Once this challenge ends in two weeks and the winner is posted, no further posts will be made.

If you were a Top Pick in September, October or November, you will also receive a piece of word art shortly to compensate for the fact that you didn't get the opportunity to be a Guest Designers as the care giving got in the way of my requesting a vote from the Design Team.

The Design Team have created some wonderful final projects for your inspiration.  Please click on their names to go to their blogs where you will get all the details.  While you are there be sure to leave them a little love because they certainly deserve it.

Plony de Jong

Amelia Breytenbach

Cathi O’Neill

Cec Wintonyk

Daniele Haddon
Album cover

Heidi Augustson
Tag to use on a Christmas gift

Rebecca Deeprose

Yvonne Whaley


  1. I am sorry to hear Sugar Creek Hollow will be closing, but family and yourself must come first. Good luck to you in the future.
    Stunning inspiration from the design team once again.
    Merry Christmas,
    Julie x

  2. I'm really sorry to see Sugar Creek Hollow go Cec, but you must of course, put yourself first. I do hope life calms down for you and that you get to enjoy crafting. Sincerely hope to see you over at The Mirror Crack'd too!



  3. Hi everyone, I'm sure some of you are new and don't remember me but some of you may. I was on the SCH team from March 2010 to March 2013. I was recruited by the original owner and continued to design after Cec took over. She was always such a pleasure to work for. I loved every minute I was on the team. Even after leaving the DT I couldn't quite give up SCH entirely so I offered to run the FB page for them. I've loved continuing to watch what the new designers came up with and will miss the weekly updates on FB. I wish everyone luck and thank you Cec for putting up with me all these years. Merry Christmas to all!

  4. Wishing you Cec and all of team only the best in your future endeavors. I will miss SCH and all of the beautiful, inspirational pieces created. Thanks Cec for the shout out, but it was nothing, I was happy to help.
    Merry Christmas everyone and a wonderful 2015!

  5. You will be missed, but your decision is certainly understandable. Thank you for the challenges, and for all the inspiration.

  6. So sorry to hear the challenge is closing but it sounds like you're well overdue some 'me' time. Thanks for all the fab challenges and the DT inspiration
    Claire xx

  7. How sad but totally understand. It has been fun playing in your challenges. Thanks for all you do. Thanks for this last challenge. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs and love.

  8. Wow, the DT creations are just so beautiful! Love them, thank you for the inspiration and Thank you for hosting a wonderful challenge.
    I was sad to read that you all are closing down you challenge site. I understand and you will be missed.
    Take Care,
    Hugs - Deborah xxx

  9. I'm so sorry to learn the very lovely Sugar Creek Hollow is closing, though I understand completely your rationale. Wishing all the design team the very best, and special good wishes to Cec that quality and pace of life improve for You asap - you surely deserve it. Hoping to continue to see all the SCH gals in blogland, when life and time permit.
    Have a peaceful, healthy and happy Christmas. Nicola x

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