Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 – All the Pretty Flowers

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 – All the Pretty Flowers

Happy Monday, everyone!  I’m writing to you today as a guest designer for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, and I’m awfully excited to be a part of the September challenges!  The current challenge is #15, and here are the details:

Challenge #15 All the Pretty Flowers
This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. “Dig” out those flowers and use them on your project!
It’s like this challenge was made for me!  I have lots of flowered paper, a bunch of die-cut flowers that are just waiting to be assembled, flower punches waiting to be used, and most of all, pre-made flowers that I take out and admire regularly (but never use).  For this challenge, I decided to finally put to use some of those precious pre-made flowers on a matching card-and-envelope set.  Take a look:
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I started with papers from the DCWV Primrose Stack, cut them all to size and distressed them a little bit.  Then, I stamped my favorite “Mr & Mrs” stamp in a blue that I rarely use, fussy cut it, and layered it over a couple die cuts.  I adorned the corners with my Spellbinders Garden Weave die (garden/flowers, same difference…right?), then added some antique blue satin ribbon I had leftover from an order.  I dug through my hoard of buttons (also rarely used because what if I use this button now and need it later? WHAT IF!?) and picked a simple cream button to tie the bow together.  Then, after I’d layered everything to my liking, I pulled out the treasured flowers and started arranging.  I originally planned to use more flowers, to make a veritable garden on my card, but it wasn’t working.  After all, it’s kind of important to see the pretty paper underneath, right?  I was pleased that the paper I did choose had that lovely spray of little blue flowers to give the appearance of a bigger garden, so to speak.  Anyway, here’s the inside of the card:
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Yes, I fussy cut those little tiny flowers.  Yes, I’m crazy.  I would’ve liked to include some of the “real” flowers on the inside, but it would have been too bulky.  No good, so I stuck with simple.  Finally, I lined an envelope to match:
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Now it’s your turn!  Get inspired by the projects created by the design team and guest designers, then create your very own flowered project and enter it on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog by Sunday, September 14th at midnight PT.  The design team will pick their favorites, and TWO talented winners will be chosen to receive prizes from this month’s sponsors, Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations!  For challenge rules and more details, visit the Craft Hoarders blog.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you liked today’s post and are inspired to create your own project for the Craft Hoarder’s Anonymous challenge!  Have a lovely day 🙂
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CHACB #6 – Enjoy the Journey

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #6 Enjoy the Journey Card

Hello again!  April was a busy month, as you could probably tell by my lack of posts, but I’m back today to share one of the few creative projects I had time to finish.  This card is for the 6th challenge on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, and here are the details:

Challenge #6 Sketch Challenge, with a Twist

Use the sketch below as inspiration for creating your project. You can modify the sketch to create a card, scrapbook layout, altered canvas, mini book cover, and so on. Now, for the TWIST! You must search your hoard and find one item that is OLD and one item that is NEW and use them BOTH on your project. Show us how you combine older items from your stash with something recently purchased.

Fun, right?  I love sketch challenges, they’re great for newbies and old-hats alike, and I find they’re perfect for getting the crafting mojo going during a lull.  Anyway, here’s the card I came up with:

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So, here’s the deal: the new stuff includes the flowers and lovely vintage-y papers that make up the banner and all the layers.  The flowers are brand-spanking-new and came cheap from the “sold as is” bin at Michaels because there was one missing from the pack.  Score.  They actually inspired the whole card, so hooray for that 🙂  The papers are from 2 DCWV 12 x 12 pads that were “hot buys” ($5) at Michaels a few weeks ago.  I couldn’t pass them up!  The old things on the card are the gold ribbon and twine, the pink button, the green rhinestone brads, the sentiment sticker, and the script stamp I used in the background.  The ribbons have been in my stash since the very, very beginning.  The pink button and rhinestone brads were among my first card-making purchases, and I’ve hoarded them for years because…well…because.  The script stamp was my first “big” stamp purchase.  The sticker came along very early as well (we’re talking years ago, people), and I haven’t had the right occasion to use it until now.  The decision to use it was finalized when I came across the inside sentiment in one of the aforementioned pads of paper:

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“The measure of life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation” and “Enjoy the Journey” seemed to go well together.  I didn’t get much “something old” on the inside, but I did manage to use the script stamp again on the little flag.

I also made a matching envelope by covering the flap with some of the same paper:

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Gotta love a matching envelope.

And that’s it!  Don’t forget to enter your own creation on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog by Sunday, May 4th at Midnight.  You could win a great prize from this month’s sponsor, Hampton Art!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely May Day 🙂

BeYOUtiful Card for CHACB Challenge #4: Show some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #4: Show some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the coming week.  To get it started right, I’ve got my CHACB Challenge #4 guest designer project to share with you!  Below are the challenge guidelines and inspiration photo, and follow this link for the challenge rules:

Challenge #4 Show Some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam!
Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month. They are known for their fabulous vintage products and papers. To pay homage to their glamour and style, create a project that shows off your hoarded sparkly items. Show some glitz! Pump up the glam! Use the photo collection below for extra inspiration. You need not match the colors or style of the photos, just use them as inspiration. Notice the glass, gems, pearls, metal, glitter! What do you hoard that is “sparkly”?

722b1-sparkle-quadWho doesn’t love some sparkle every once in a while?  I know I do!  I was inspired by that gorgeous box in the lower left corner and by the beautiful vintage style of our March sponsor, Graphic 45.  Here’s what I came up with:

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First, things that have been in my stash forever: the gold ribbon, the bottom-most background paper (gorgeous white and sparkly gold that I found on Clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.  Wish it showed up better in the picture!), and the peacock feather stamp.  Fairly new additions to the hoard: ALL that bling, which came like ribbon on a spool, and the lovely ladies stamp.  Aren’t they fabulous?

So, down to the details.  I started with the ladies.  I stamped them in black ink onto a scrap of paper, then embossed them with black powder.  The details aren’t as sharp when they’re embossed with black powder, but I liked how bold it made those sassy ladies look!  I added some gold glitter glue (also been in my stash for a long time) and fussy cut around the ladies.  Then, I picked a couple pieces of paper and added gold accents with some metallic gold paint I’d picked up a while back.  I cut them all down to size, ran one through my Cuttlebug, and went to town layering them.  I printed and die cut the sentiment and stamped, embossed, and fussy cut the peacock feather.  PS – once you get started fussy cutting, it’s almost as hard to put an end to as hoarding craft supplies.  Seriously.

The hardest part of this card was figuring out the final layout.  I played with all the elements for a long time before finally gluing everything into place.  I only glued the bottom half of the ladies because I wanted them to stand out a little, but I didn’t want to pop them up with foam squares.  You may be able to see in the first picture how they sort of lean away from the paper…subtle dimension 🙂

And that’s it for my project!  Don’t forget to link up your project on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog by Midnight on Sunday, March 30th for your chance to win this awesome prize pack from our March sponsor, Graphic 45

Also, be sure to visit the Design Team and Guest Designers’ websites for more inspiration:

Design Team

Amber Milone

Christy Butters

Debbie Seyer

Donna Idlet

Ginny Nemchak

Glenda Brooks

Gloria Stengel

Jan Marie Ennenga

Karen Zueger

Kathy Clement

Pam Bray

Tammi Bennett

Guest Designers

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂

Watercolor Thank You Card and CHACB Challenge #4 Sneak Peek!

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Watercolor Thank You Card and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #4 Sneak Peek

Hey everybody!  Lots of stuff is happening in life right now, so I’m afraid I’ve gotten off schedule.  Hope you don’t mind 🙂  The good news is, most of the stuff that’s happening is really good stuff!  Hooray!

I have a couple things to share with you today.  First, a sweet and simple Thank You card just in time for Spring…in just a couple days the temps are supposed to be back in the 50’s here!  Hooray!  Away with the cold!  Away with the freezing precipitation!  In with Spring and flowers and sunshine!!!

Sorry, got a little carried away 🙂  Here’s the card:

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I started with a 4 x 5.5″ piece of white cardstock then stamped the floral image with VersaMark and embossed it with white powder.  Then, I used my blending tool to add just a little Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, and Tattered Rose Distress Inks to one side of the cardstock.  Next, I got a wide paintbrush saturated with water and started “painting”- I pulled the ink across the cardstock with the wet paintbrush to create a softened watercolor look.  I dried that with my heat gun then used one of my Spellbinders dies to punch out a window.  Finally, I stamped and embossed the sentiment directly onto the card base, added a couple rhinestones, and popped the cardstock up on foam squares.

The inside is simple, I just repeated part of the stamp and the watercolor technique in one corner:

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Done!  It was super quick and easy, and would make a really lovely set (if I ever get around to it…)

And now, what I know you’ve all been waiting for!  Yesterday was the 3rd Monday of March, which means it was time for the 4th Challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!  I’m one of the guest designers this month, so my project will be posted next week.  In the meantime, here are the Challenge #4 guidelines and my sneak peek!

Challenge #4 Show Some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam!
Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month. They are known for their fabulous vintage products and papers. To pay homage to their glamour and style, create a project that shows off your hoarded sparkly items. Show some glitz! Pump up the glam! Use the photo collection below for extra inspiration. You need not match the colors or style of the photos, just use them as inspiration. Notice the glass, gems, pearls, metal, glitter! What do you hoard that is “sparkly”?

Are you inspired?  I saw that box in the lower left corner and immediately started getting ideas.  For more inspiration, check out all the projects made by the CHACB Design Team!  Here’s a little peek at my project:

CHACB #4 Sneak Peek

Don’t forget to enter your project at Craft Hoarders Anonymous by Midnight on Sunday, March 30th for your chance to win a fabulous prize from our March sponser, Graphic 45!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂

CHACB Challenge #3 : Vintage or Retro Style

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #3: Vintage or Retro Style

Hello, everyone!  I’m writing to you today as one of the guest designers for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!  This week’s challenge is called Vintage or Retro, and here are the details:

Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month, so let’s see what you can make in a vintage or retro style. Do you hoard lace or vintage hat pins? Do you snap up all the postcards at yard sales? Do you love mid-century modern? Do you long for avocado appliances and orange shag carpets? Show your vintage or retro spin on a paper crafting project.

Graphic 45!  Vintage!  Be still my heart!  I usually tend towards a more clean and modern look, but every once in a while I love to tear some edges and put my Distress Inks to work.  Here’s the card I came up with:

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In all honesty, this was my second attempt.  I started with something very different but was getting nowhere fast, so eventually I scrapped it and went a different direction, one that was more “me.”  I pulled out my Prima Marketing “Tea Thyme” kit that I’ve been hoarding for a few months now (it’s all just so lovely!  How can I cut up that gorgeous paper?) and set to work choosing the right papers.  Then, I dug through my stash and picked some matching ribbons.  The green satin has been in my stash, untouched because I only have a yard of it, for a very long time now.  The lace came wrapped around a wedding gift, and I’ve used small lengths of it here and there in a few projects.  The delicate pink ribbon with gold running through is one of my very favorites, and heaven forbid I run out by using it too often.  This, people, is how hoarding happens.  Ha!

After picking my ribbons and papers, I cut everything down to size, punched corners, made die cuts, and distressed ALL the edges.  Then, I stitched all the edges and stamped and embossed the flourished frame and the word “memories.”  The most time consuming part was probably arranging all the flowers and leaves (also from my Prima hoard) into just the right cluster.  When I finally got them all where I wanted them, I glued them down and added just a few pearls.

On the inside, I repeated the same papers:

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The sentiment is a sticker I’ve had in my stash for a good long time.

This challenge runs for one more week, so you’ve got plenty of time to enter your own creation 🙂  Be sure to look over the challenge rules and enter your project with the linky tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.   For more inspiration, be sure to check out all the beautiful projects made by members of the design team:

Amber Milone

Christy Butters

Debbie Seyer

Donna Idlet

Ginny Nemchak

Glenda Brooks

Gloria Stengel

Jan Marie Ennenga

Karen Zueger

Kathy Clement

Pam Bray

Tammi Bennett

And the Guest Designers:

I hope you enjoyed my vintage creation!  Have a lovely day!

Supplies Used:  Prima Marketing Inc. Tea Thyme Collection “Challis” and “Charmuse” papers, Prima Flowers: Sugar Plum Roses (Chestnut), Mini Roses (lime), and Gilded Leaves (Precious Metals Collection).  Cream Striped Paper from My Mind’s Eye “Lost & Found – Madison Avenue” stack.  Corners punched with Fiskars Romantique corner punch.  Stamps used: Frame and Memories from 7 Gypsies Memories Cling Mount Stamp set, Chandelier from 7 Gypsies Things I Love clear acrylic stamp set.  Clear Quote Sticker from Cloud 9 Design, Memories sheet.  Vintage Photo and Bundled Sage Distress Ink from Ranger, VersaMark, and Memento London Fog Dye Ink.  Assorted ribbons and pearls.