Happy St. Patrick’s Day for Crafty Secrets and Craft Hoarders Anon

St. Patrick's Day card by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets Seasonal Images Booklet

Happy St. Patrick’s Day for Crafty Secrets and Craft Hoarders Anon

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, folks!  Are you wearing green and picking four-leaf clovers?  Well, regardless, I hope you enjoy the card I made to celebrate the day!  I used lots of Crafty Secrets goodies to make a card for the last challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  Here are the details for the challenge:

Go Green

Use this color board as inspiration for your green challenge. Make a challenge which has green as the predominate color. Use the other colors in this color board as your accent colors. You may make any type or theme of project that you wish. You do NOT have to use all of the colors represented here, but green must be the star of your project! There must be some green in your vast hoard…dig it out!

I’m definitely going to miss the Craft Hoarders challenges, but wish Gloria all the best in her crafty endeavors!

Here’s the card I came up with:

St. Patrick's Day card by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets Seasonal Images Booklet

I used the Seasonal Vintage Images Booklet, Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps, and papers from the Garden collection by Crafty Secrets to put all this together.  What do you think?  The ribbons, doily, and flowers are all from my stash, and the calendar is from my little prized collection of non-digital Crafty Secrets goodies.  The weight of the cardstock is really wonderful to work with.

Here’s the inside:

St. Patrick's Day card by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets Seasonal Images Booklet

To make the little clovers, I punched out 4 hearts from green paper, then arranged them in a clover shape.  Easy peasy!

There you have it!  Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!

Merry Christmas Joy Fold Card

Joy-Fold Merry Christmas Card by Paper Melody's

Merry Christmas Joy Fold Card for Mojo Monday and Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Hello again and happy Wednesday!  I’ve been listening to Christmas music non-stop this week to get my mind into the “holiday crafting” mode – do you do that?  I find it really helpful.  Anyway, today’s card is doing double duty; I used this week’s Mojo Monday sketch and am playing along with Challenge #21 at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!  Here’s the sketch and challenge description:

Challenge #21 Celebrate the Season

Raise your hands if you hoard Christmas or other winter holiday items! Who has a drawer full of  “retired” holiday papers and embellishments? Who goes crazy over the candy cane ribbons or the sparkly embellishments? Share a winter or seasonal holiday project with us. We would love to see your Christmas projects, but you may also enter Hanukkah,Kwanza, New Year’s, other holiday celebration projects, or any winter-themed projects. Celebrate the season with us!

It felt great to pull out all of my Christmas supplies and dig through to find things I’ve had for years.  Here’s the card I came up with:

Joy-Fold Merry Christmas Card by Paper Melody's


The paper on this card came from the very first stack of Christmas paper I ever bought…6 or 7 years ago.  It’s so scrumptious and I’m always hesitant to cut into it!  The burlap comes from a newer (but still year-old) stack that I use sparingly even though it’s practically full.  I have a problem and need help 😛  The dimensional poinsettia sticker has been in my stash for years as well, and I now have just 2 like it left!  I keep having to remind myself that if I use up my stash I can buy MORE!!!  hehe.

This is a Joy Fold card, which makes it kind of neat.

Joy-Fold Merry Christmas Card by Paper Melody's

And now the inside:

Joy-Fold Merry Christmas Card by Paper Melody's

The Merry Christmas stamp comes from one of my first sets, and the holly leaves usually sit untouched for no good reason at all.  I like the way they look together!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day!

Season’s Greetings Altered Box

Seasons Greetings Altered Box

Season’s Greetings Altered Box for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #20

Hello everybody!  I’m taking a short break from the hustle and bustle of Holiday Preparations to share a project with you!  This project was inspired by the current challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  Here are the details:

Challenge #20 Box it Up!

Your challenge is to create some sort of altered box. You can create a box from scratch, or you can alter a pre-made box. Your box can be made of paper, wood, chipboard, plastic, or metal. As long as you dig into your hoard to decorate a box, you have met the challenge requirements! The box does not have to be used as a box…it can be used as home decor or for any purpose you can imagine. Let’s box it up! 

It just so happens that I came across the perfect box as I was cleaning out my closet – great timing!  I’ve had this box for years…I’m talking since early in my Brownie Scout days.  Seriously.  I had covered it with pictures of different animals I liked, bunnies and birds and dogs, etc.  I planned to take a “before” picture, but I completely forgot!  Anyway, I removed all the critters before covering the box anew.  Take a look at the finished product:

Seasons Greetings Altered Box

All the papers came from stacks of Christmas pads that I’ve had for 2-3 years now, and the stickers and poinsettias came from my dwindling hoard of pre-made embellishments.  Whenever I use them, I have to continually remind myself that they are, indeed, meant to be used and not hoarded.  Here’s a straight-on look of the top:

Season's Greetings Altered Box

The trim I used has been untouched in my stash for at least a year now, and I was actually really happy to use it for the first time.  Maybe it’ll make more appearances this holiday season…

Seasons Greetings Altered Box

I made those hinges using scraps (yes, I hoard paper scraps too) and a corner punch, and I’m pleased with the way they turned out!

And there you have it!  This box would make a great hostess gift, don’t you think?  Or line it with wax paper and deliver some homemade goodies to a friend…oh, the possibilities!  If you have an idea for a box project, be sure to enter it in the challenge before it ends at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 30th.  

Have a lovely day and a Happy Thanksgiving!

A Good Friend is a Priceless Treasure Card for Craft Hoarders Anonymous

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A Good Friend is a Priceless Treasure Fall Card for CHACB Challenge #17

Happy Monday, everyone!  What a fantastic weekend!  We got to attend the wedding of a dear friend whom I have known since my first day of high school, and it was so wonderful!  The bride was stunning, the day was full of joy, and there was good food and plenty of dancing 🙂  We also spent an easy Sunday with family, one of my favorite things in the whole world.  And today, my husband and I celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary!  All the Good Things happened this weekend 🙂

Anyway, I’ve got a card for you today that I’m entering in the current Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge.  Here are the challenge details:

Challenge #17 Happy Fall, Y’all!

Many of us like to purchase NEW seasonal products EVERY season. What happens to last year’s fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving products? We HOARD them! Drag out those hoarded fall-themed items and make a project to share with us! You can make something for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other fall or harvest celebration!

I have one particular pad of fall paper that I love.  It’s the DCWV Harvest Gathering stack, and it’s been in my stash for at least a couple years now.  This was the perfect challenge to use it in!  Take a look:

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Other hoarded items on this card include: the blue ribbon, the wooden button, the rhinestone leaves, and the leaf stamp that you can just barely see in the background of the sentiment.  The paper leaves are new to my stash…like I needed more stuff…and you can find a tutorial on how I dressed them up in last week’s Crafty Secrets Linky Party post.  There’s one more week to play along in that Linky Party, by the way, and you could create a Fall project that would satisfy both the Linky Party Challenge and this Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!  And you could win prizes!

Ok, that’s it for me!  I hope you enjoyed my Fall Creation.  Have a lovely day!

Craft Hoarders Anonymous School and Office Supplies Challenge

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16 Altered Notebook

Hello everyone!  I’m pretty excited about today’s post for a few reasons : 1) It’s another guest designer project for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog, 2) I used lots of pretty flowers, 3) it really stretched my creativity because it’s not my typical greeting card or wedding stationery.  Woohoo!  Here’s this week’s challenge:

Challenge #16 Who Loves School and Office Supplies?

Most paper crafters also love school and office supplies. We love crayons, markers, shaped paperclips, notepads, folders, and more! If you hoard school and office products, get them out! Use them up! Use at least one item that is really a school or office supply on your project. 

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Lindy’s Stamp Gang, a $30 Gift Certificate to the Lindy’s Stamp Gang store!

love school and office supplies.  Office supply stores and office supply aisles in regular stores are some of my favorite places, right up there with craft stores.  For whatever reason, pens and paperclips and notebooks get me excited!  Guess I’m in the right profession then, huh?  Anyway, I’ve had 7 blank composition notebooks sitting on my bookshelf for months…ok…it might actually be approaching the years level now…and I rarely touch them because they take more thought, time, and materials than my typical cards (see Reason #3 at the beginning of this post).  Well, I decided to put one to good use for this challenge, and boy am I pleased with the result!  This month’s sponsors were Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations, so I used Crafty Secrets paper, images, and digital stamps, and included lots of flowers (Heartfelt Creations has incredible flower stamps and coordinating dies, but since I don’t own any – yet – I figured I’d just embrace the spirit by using my own flowers).  Take a look:

Flower Journal 1


I began by printing the Big Leaves and Roses & Music papers from the Crafty Secrets digital Garden Papers set.  Then, I layered the “Journal” digital stamp onto one of the frames from the Garden Printables, and printed that and some flowers from the Flower Garden Digital Art Stamps set.  I colored, fussy cut, and set about covering the notebook.  I added some gold embossing powder to the Roses & Music paper, tore the edges, and used a little Vintage Photo distress ink to add some age.

I created the daisy/sunflower using my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, and the rest of the flowers and gold leaves are from my little stash of Prima flowers.  You might remember from several earlier posts that I hoard these like precious jewels.  They’re beautiful and I love them and I never want to run out.

Here’s the inside of the front cover:

Flower Journal 2

I have to admit, I ran out of steam a little bit on the inside.  A few digital stamps and the same lace and ribbon, and I called it a day.

Now it’s your turn!  What kind of school and office supplies do you hoard?  Get them out and create something to share with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!  Visit the blog for challenge rules, design team inspiration, and the linky tool to share your project.  This challenge closes at Midnight PST on Sunday, September 28th, so hop to it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂