Monday, March 17, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #4

Hello and happy Monday! This is my project for Challenge #4 at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge!

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"?

photo courtesy Pottery Barn

One talented participant will receive this prize pack, donated by Graphic 45!

Over $50 Value 

Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother (Diane Schultz) and her two daughters (Aimee and Charee Filimoehala). Together they create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project. 
Please visit the Graphic 45 Website or Facebook page for more information. 

Here is my project. You know how, when you start a project, and you have a vision in your mind's eye...and the finished project looks NOTHING like your vision? That. Exactly. 

I had this little Graphic 45 ATC Book Box...and I wanted to do something with Botanical Tea papers...and birds...and spring. Ummmm, well....that did NOT happen! Once I started playing with the box....this is what happened! I ended up using a combination of Fashionista and Couture papers! I have had the Fashionista papers in my stash since about 2008 or 2009! I love the collection and it works perfectly with the NEW Couture collection, which I am hoarding at the moment! 

I started out by using a sponge dauber and inking the edges of the box with black ink. (I was in a hurry and did not want to wait for paint to dry!) I trimming Fashionista En Vogue to cover the outside of the box.

I used images trimmed from a Couture 8x8 pad to decorate the box (Beautiful, Classy, Elegant papers). I added flowers and gems, plus a little clock peeking out. I also added a metal knob for a closure to the edge of the box. I have been hoarding the little metal knob of dog's years! But the little metal thingie ma bob that I used to tie the box closed...that has been in my stash since the 2005 Expo! I remember buying a box of those fasteners! I am such a hoarder! 

I wrapped the inside edges of the box with Couture 12x12 Fashion paper. I added a G45 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole, with some gems. Yes, I hoard gems! Lots of them! Some are so old that I have to use glue to attach them because the adhesive on the back is no longer sticky! I even have gems that are so old that I purchased them BEFORE people starting selling them with adhesive on the back! {GASP!}

Here is the top of the box. I designed this to sit up like a little book, rather than sit flat like a...well, like a box. Anyway, I glued at Shabby Chic Metal Door Pull to the top of the box, and added some gems. I added more flowers and some postage stamp images.

Here is a view of the spine and the back of the book box. I kept the back plain. I adore this chunky, little book box. It is only 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches - totally adorable (totes adorbs). I have used up the only one in my hoard! MUST buy more! {my precious}

I used another image from the 8x8 pad. Love this quote. Do you love the crown?! I added a gem to it. I purchased a set of crowns in various sizes, and you guessed it, I hoard them. 

 I added more flowers and some gems. You can see them peeking out. I also added a tiny Arc de Triumph charm! That has been in my stash for years! Well, I purchased a whole baggie of them! And I hoard them like they are coin of the realm!

Here is the inside of my little book box. I covered the inside with Couture Gorgeous. I added Fashionista En Vogue to the inside of the box. I used another image from the 8x8 pad for the "lid." I placed a tiny gem on the shoe. {wink}

I may make a little tag album for this box, but I may just keep it for decoration or for storing goodies inside, Who knows. This was a "girls just wanna hoard stuff have fun" project!

I hope you had fun today! Make sure you stop by Graphic 45 Blog or Facebook and tell them hello! They are our AMAZING sponsor for both March challenges! Thanks for looking! 

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 the Design Team and check out what they have to share!

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Tammi Bennett

I am also adding this project to the Shabby Tea Room for their Anything Goes challenge. My real life crafty bestie, Melody is guest dt this month! So I wanted to play along!

Designer paper: Graphic 45 Fashionista, Couture

Gems: Want2Scrap; Recollections; My Mind's Eye
Metal: Graphic 45; Tim Holtz Ideaology; 7Gypsies
Clocks: Sky Blue PinkInk: Clearsnap Colorbox Wicked Black
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Kaisercraft
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


  1. I can't decide which I love more...the outside or the inside of this incredibly stylish box! For sure, I love the colors and images you chose. And for sure, I love, love the fancy crown and rhinestone. And for triple sure I love the Arch de Triomphe charm and book plate. Yup. I love, love, love, love every gorgeous little element on this fabby box!

  2. Wow, great box! Very elegant and gorgeous. Your projects always give me a lot of inspiration )

  3. Just when I thought I simply adored the outside of the slipped up and showed me the inside! A girl can love both right? You definitely outdid yourself on this piece.

  4. beautiful work. Love the box turned out so beautiful

  5. I so love this project..the colors you used are just amazing!! Lovin these challenges!! xo

  6. Now that's thinking outside the box! This is really beautiful and your attention to detail is impeccable. Lots to look at here. Thank you so very much for your lovely comment in my blog. So sweet of you to take the time to stop by.

  7. Tres elegant. Love the subtle touches of bling!

  8. Just in love with your fabulous box! That's my favorite Coco quote piece you used on the side. Love. So many precious additions make this project sparkle! LOVE!

  9. Just in love with your fabulous box! That's my favorite Coco quote piece you used on the side. Love. So many precious additions make this project sparkle! LOVE!

  10. This is insanely awesome. I absolutely love the color combination and every single detail you added.
    I keep going back and looking at it.
    Lovely work.

  11. Love the ATC Box which makes me think that I am sure I have one somewhere...hmmm...may have to go hunting for it because you sure inspired me into thinking it was time to use it. Love all the wonderful details and beautiful flowers and metals.

  12. Wow Gloria, this ATC Box is beautiful. My local LSS had some of these and I didn't buy one....hmmm, I think I need to get one. You did an outstanding job!

  13. Hi Gloria,
    I am overwhelmed by this box, WOW! The many wonderful small details. . . I see you've tinkered with love. Enjoy your day,

  14. I love this , thanks for joining us at tstr challenge
    Shaz x

  15. HAHAHA, I do that ALL the time, too! However, you box turned out amazing weather it came out the way you envisioned or not...stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at The Shabby Tea Room!

  16. Ahhhh...a fellow scrap hoarder! :) I think you may out do me though, as I don't have gems dated that far back lol! I absolutely LOVe your box-inside and out-perfect! I agree, a little tag book would be just the right idea to make it complete! Thanks for joining us this week in The Shabby Tea Room!

  17. Simply Awe inspiring Gloria! Every detail is just sooo yummy! I love the new shabby chic staples from G45.

  18. Anonymous9:19 AM

    This is just so beautiful. Every square inch is layers and layers of fabulous details. I suggest filling it with a little something jellybeans lol.

  19. Absolutely Magnificent Gloria. I love everything about it. You are so talented. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxx