Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge – What’s Your Style

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog – What’s Your Style

Hi everyone!  It’s been snowing and snowing here, so you’d think I’d get lots of work done.  Think again!  Everyone else gets snow days, so I’ve found it very difficult not to take a snow day or two myself.  Ah, well.  I have managed to get some work done, and I’ll be sharing it with you right now!  Just a heads-up, this is a long post, so get ready 🙂

There’s a brand-spanking-new challenge blog out there called Craft Hoarders Anonymous, and I’m so excited to be playing along with the first challenge!  I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ve been chosen as a guest designer for a post or two later this year!  I’ll keep you posted on the dates when they get close, and in the meantime I’ll enjoy playing along every 2 weeks – I hope you’ll join in the fun, as well!

This first challenge is titled “What’s Your Style,” and I’m sure you can guess what it’s about.  The goal is to create a project (card, scrapbook layout, mixed media, you name it!) that exemplifies your style.  Here’s what I came up with:

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First of all, it’s a card (but oh, it’s more than a card! Just wait and see!) because that’s what I do primarily.  It’s also wedding-themed because, let’s face it, that’s also what I do 🙂  What really makes it me, though, is the relatively simple style and clean lines.  I love to layer paper to create depth and texture in a project.  Here, I’ve layered black, pearly white, and a black/grey pattern very simply with my favorite lace border punch for a little interest.  I also created a frame and popped it onto foam squares for more dimension over the embossed “Mr. & Mrs.” sentiment.  Oh, and embossing is one of my very favorite techniques, too.

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I also love adding clusters of flowers to projects, preferably handmade flowers.  I made the white roses on this card by folding strips of paper – a favorite technique.  A little bling is always a good thing in my opinion, so I like to add rhinestones to my projects.  Finally, ribbon.  I L-O-V-E LOVE satin ribbon and big, poofy bows!  I would add a big bow to every project if I could, but alas, sometimes they’re just not appropriate!

Another thing I like to do on all my cards is to make the inside match the outside.  I usually repeat the same papers and shapes, and, when I can, sentiment fonts:

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Ok, this is where I start to get giddy!  I love continuity throughout a project – matching invitations and programs, lined envelopes, etc.   This card is a little too dimensional for an envelope, so I decided to make a matching box for it!  Take a look:

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As you can see, I repeated the same papers, shapes, and style on the lid of the box.  More ribbon, rhinestones, and handmade roses pull it all together.  What I love about making a matching box is that “just a card” becomes a real gift.  The happy couple can keep the card in the box and/or use the box for wedding keepsakes.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a couple more pictures 🙂

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Thank you guys for stopping by and sticking with me for this post!  I’m pretty tickled with this project, and really really excited about the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!  There are just a couple more days to play along with this first challenge – enter your project and have a chance to win an exciting prize!

Have a lovely day 🙂

28 thoughts on “Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge – What’s Your Style

  1. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Be still my heart…this is so elegant! I love your clean design, the beautiful handmade roses, and the matching box just takes the cake! Thanks for playing along in the first Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge! Can’t wait til it’s your turn to guest design!

  2. D Idlet says:

    Gorgeous, love the clean lines on this card! This really showcases your style. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  3. Jan Marie says:

    Magnificent! Love everything about this project! Rich, luxurious, luscious and those flowers. Wowzers. . .where’s the tutorial! Maybe when you’re our guest artist (hint, not-so-subtle-hint!) Thanks for showing your style at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. Gloria Stengel says:

    I cannot even describe how lovely this is! I love your use of the dies! It is classic and pretty and just downright amazing! I am so please that you are playing along with us and that you will be our guest later in the year! You are fab!

  5. pollyspaper says:

    Very pretty cards. I’m so excited that you joined us for the launch of Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. I hope you come to play often! Ginny from Polly’s Paper : )

  6. Ha Tikvah says:

    Hi just LOVE this card – could you share some details on the background paper (looks black/brown but maybe isn’t?). And congrats on your win too from another entrant :)) x

      • Ha Tikvah says:

        Thanks for that info. Just a pity that range is now finished – can’t even find any on Ebay but at least did manage to get something vaguely similar as it just looks like a beautiful pattern which I fancied using for a different design :).

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