Monday, February 17, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #2

Welcome! This is my project for Challenge #2 at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! I have to tell you, I am BLOWN away by the response to the first challenge! I had hoped for 20 participants and we got over 100. For our first challenge! How coolio is that?!! If you missed playing last time, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge!

Challenge #2: Let's See that Hoard!
This is a Color Challenge with a twist. Pick the thing or things that you seem to hoard the most, and using the color scheme shown below, create a project that showcases your hoarded item or items. Do you hoard buttons, beads, ribbon, papers, stickers? Show your hoard, but only the items that match the color scheme! (Please note, you do not have to use all the colors in the photo, nor match the colors exactly. Just use the photo and the colors to inspire you to dig through your hoard.)

Photo courtesy of Design Seeds

One talented participant will receive this prize pack, donated by Shari Czerwinski, Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart! To learn more about CTMH or their products, please visit Shari's CTMH site, HERE. For more information about Shari, and to see what crafty things she is currently working on, visit her blog, Lead and Lace Gifts.

Here is my project. (And I confess that my write up may be less than intended because Blogger ate my original post and I have had to do this twice!) Anyway...I created a 12x12 altered "canvas" using hoarded blue items. It is not really a canvas, but rather a home decor piece mounted on chipboard. It is more than a scrapbook page, but less than a canvas.

Check out all of that lovely blue paper. Some of the paper is hoarded Graphic 45 Secret Garden and some is "newly hoarded" Sweet Sentiments. I chose the pale blue and gray tones from the inspiration photo, plus some lacy elements to mimic the flower in the inspiration photo.

My main inspiration was the vintage postcard image. I had downloaded the image ages ago and was hoarding it. I finally printed it out onto some pale cream cardstock and used it! It is so pretty with the blues and pops of red!

I created a flower cluster with hoarded flowers and the sparkly dove - hoarded from some Christmas projects. I purchased extra birds just to have a few to hoard! {sick, sick sick}

The chipboard tag is from G45 Secret Garden. I don't have much of the chipboard from that collection so I hoard it viciously. And please ignore the upside-down text on my lacy, die cut heart! I cut out that ding dang heart about 6 times! First I had the wrong paper, then I cut the wrong side, then the die did not cut all the way through, then....whew. Finally,  I said, let's use it and hope people cannot tell it's upside-down. But I cannot stand to "fib" know the sordid truth!

I also used a hoarded chipboard lattice for the background. This is new to the hoard, but I confess to having more of them in various styles. I never use them. I just hoard them. So...ta da. I sprayed it with, what else, hoarded ink mists and used it!

More flowers. Some are sprayed with mists. I added some pops of red to my project. And, can you see the blue button? Under the blue rose in the foreground? That has been in my hoard for YEARS. I just could not make myself use it.... It hurt a bit, but here it is! 

I used my ancient deco scissors to trim the postage images to look like real postage stamps...sorta.

The sentiment is a Taylored Expressions stamp that I have hoarded - without inking - for over a year!

I also hoard ideas! The idea for this rolled corner has been rattling around in my brain for ages! I finally decided to try it. It makes the layout too lumpy for a scrapbook album, but it is perfect for a display piece. I covered both sides of the cardstock with printed paper and then rolled the corner around a pencil. I only used 3x3 or 4x4 inch squares of the printed paper on each corner area, not the whole sheet. I mean, face it, I have to hoard some of the paper for later!

See the cream lace that I made into a rosette? Under the white rose? I hoard that lace, too. I get it from Really Reasonable Ribbon and hoard it. Just in case Bonnie ever decides to discontinue it, I will have tons!

I hope you had fun today! Thanks for looking! Go use your hoard! Look for blue stuff and use it up!

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. PLEASE DO NOT LINK YOUR PROJECT TO MY SCRAPS OF LIFE BLOG! (Yes, that was shouting, sorry.)

Make sure you visit Design Team Group A and check out what they have to share!

Donna Idlet
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Pam Bray
Tammi Bennett

(Design Team B will share their projects on Feb. 24th!)

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Light Totally Tan; Neenah Natural White; Core'dinations Graphic 45 Lights
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden, Sweet Sentiments
Chipboard: WorldWin Papers Kraft Lightweight Chipboard background; Fab Scraps lattice; Graphic 45 Secret Garden tag
Stamps: Taylored Expressions
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Weathered Wood
Spray mists: Lindy's Stamp Gang Frozen Jack Frost, Teeth Chattering Teal
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; Petaloo
Leaves: Prima
Button, bird: craft supply
Postcard: downloaded from Internet
Dies: Spellbinders Lace Hearts
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


  1. Oh Gloria this is absolutely STUNNING! LOVE all the details and especially those rolled corners ... sheer genius!! What wonderful inspiration you have shared with us today! LOVIN' IT!! Thanks so much! Now I have to get my brain thinking about a creation for this challenge! WHAT FUN!!! Happy day!

  2. Oh, my, this is just too gorgeous for words! All the details, so much to look at. All of the hoarded pieces - oh my. I adore the rolled corners; just perfect! Gloria, you are amazing!

  3. Gloria...this card done in blue tones is amazing! I so love all of your detail. It is just exquisite! I so love all of the layers, the die cuts, the sweet little victorian cherub "stamps". Even the rolled edges of your layered papers are exceptional! You have totally blown me away with this! <3 Candy

  4. Gloria, this is amazing!!!! Love all the details!

  5. WOW Gloria! This is gorgeous! I love how you rolled the corner of the paper and all the pretty little details. I got a good giggle about cutting out the heart. How do we do that to ourselves?

  6. As usual- a gorgeus project, Gloria! Love all the little sweet and beautiful elements.

  7. As usual- a gorgeus project, Gloria! Love all the little sweet and beautiful elements.

  8. Oh boy, your hoard must be huge and beautiful! i love that blue Button, so pretty and worth using on a display piece. you get to see it daily! i loved your heart die cut story. i am trying to learn to use my Cameo - which at this point qualifies as a hoarded item! anyway, so far the cuts are not usable... but I will get it right. i may not mention it on the blog though:-) once I am even a bit succesful.
    Loving this blue challenge, it is my fave colour. The question now is which things to use?

  9. Love this canvas piece Gloria, every detail is just stunning!!! xoxo

  10. This absolutely takes my breath! And I would have bought extra of the bird as it!

  11. This is just gorgeous, Gloria! The more I look at it, the more I love it. . .the layers, the blue, the lacy, vintage elegance and topped with a magnificent bit of God's Word! Love that you pulled out your old scissors!

  12. Gorgeous layout of your creation, love the vintage feel and all the embellishing!

  13. This is so lovely! I can understand why you have hoarded some of these pieces for years. That vintage postcard and all of your flowers and lace are very inspiring.

  14. Stunning, Gloria! And if you hadn't mentioned the heart I don't think a one of us would have known.

  15. Oh My Gosh! My jaw is on the floor Gloria! I am in awe of all your tallent. You turn everything crafty into gold. So pretty. I love every last detail you put into this.

  16. Be still my paper loving heart! This home decor is just gorgeous...and would look beautiful in my living room by the way! LOL I love the layers, the distressing, the little inspired touches...and I love blue and white together. Absolutely fabulous!

  17. Gorgeous!! Wow Gloria the details and your design just blows me away!
    You are a design genius!
    PS the heart looks great, confession is good for the soul, right?! :-)

  18. I am just blown away by this incredible layout! It's eye candy of the best kind, and I love the vintage theme - especially those curled corners!! Simply fabulous!!

  19. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!:)