Monday, August 18, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #14

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #14 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes August 31st at midnight PT.

Challenge #14 Button it Up!
Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!

The Craft Hoarders Anonymous team is having a BLOG HOP today with the Altered Pages Design Team! Both teams made some wonderful projects for the button challenge! Make sure to check their blogs! For the full list, scroll down!

Here is my button project. I will preface this by saying that my daughter, my mother-in-law, and I are all HUGE Lucille Ball fans...hence the photo of Lucy Ricardo. {grin}

I love the episode of the I Love Lucy where Lucy tries to learn to sew. It mirrors my experiences with sewing machines EXACTLY! I found this amazing photo from the show, and it is priceless! 

My layout was further inspired by THIS layout by Melinda Spinks, which I saw on Pinterest. I loved her use of the different squares as her background. I wanted to copy that idea, only in a grungy, messy, mismatched sort of way. I dig WAY DEEP into my hoard of papers, and found lots of things that would work for my layout.

As soon as I saw this sentiment stamp in the Stitches Sewing set that Altered Pages gave to me, I had the rest of my layout idea! The sentiment made me think of how watching I Love Lucy keeps me laughing...keeps me in stitches!

I knew this was going to be a heavy layout, and it would be more for displaying than for placing in a scrapbook, therefore I attached my base paper to a sheet of sturdy chipboard. The designer paper is Black and Ivory Paris from Canvas Corp. I rubbed the paper with Range Distress Vintage Photo ink, and then I did a wash with Tattered Angels High Impact Paint Light Gold. I washed over that with Ranger Distress Stain Picket Fence.

To create my layered blocks, I cut out 16 pieces of EXTRA THICK chipboard, 2 x 2 inches. I then trimmed printed paper, digital images from Altered Pages (Antique Sewing and Vintage Sewing), and tissue paper to 2 x 2 inches and attached one image or pattern to each chipboard block.

I stamped directly onto a few of the blocks, to create some collages. I have tons of sewing-themed items in my stash. The issue was not what to use, but what NOT to use! 

I added the blocks to the base page, overlapping some, and also overlapping a few of the blocks with the photo. I cut the mannequin from chipboard and from printed paper, and overlapped some of the blocks with "her." Using Canvas Corp canvas and tissue paper, I created a die cut flower.

I used ruler printed twill to create a rolled rose. I used Scor-tape to attach two pieces of twill, back to back, so that where would be a print on both sides. Then I rolled it to make the rose, which I topped with a wood button.

I carried the sewing theme further by making a button card from a piece of 7Gypsies packaging. I trimmed the chipboard packing to size, and used a die to punch a "hanger hole" into the top. I then stamped some button-themed images onto the packaging with archival ink. I tied on a few "fancy" buttons.

I found some small wooden spools in my stash, so I wrapped on with twine, added a pin, and made an embellishment with it.

This was such a fun project! I love that when I look at it, my eye goes directly to the photo of the beautiful Lucille Ball. Every time I look at her photo, I start to giggle! Now, hoarders, I hit the mother lode of hoarded stuff on this layout! I hope you had fun looking!

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

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

Now, for the Altered Pages team!
Altered Pages Blog
Roni Johnson
Trisha Too
Daniella May
Stephanie Siatta
Tonya Trantham
Robin Horasanian
Debi Tullier

Barbara Rankin
Lyneen Jesse

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Altered Pages!

In addition to the prize Craft Hoarders Anonymous is offering to one of our participants, Altered Pages is also offering a prize! All you have to do is leave a comment during the Altered Pages and Craft Hoarders blog hop and you will be entered into a random drawing for an Altered Pages Blog Gift (a Set of Japanese Oil Pastels and a huge Ephemera package)!

Altered Pages was started in 2003 to sell collages and ephemera. As of 2010, under new ownership, AP became a mixed media website with a remarkable Design Team and active Blog, while still creating awesome collages in virtually any genre. The company also offers many original ART Kits and has acquired the Mailbox Muse Kit club. Family run and appreciative of your support!

ALTERING YOUR CREATIVITY, that's what we believe in at Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen. We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums, so dive in and have fun with this challenge. Both Design Teams are creating inspiring works to spark you into creating too! Grab those bins and boxes, drag out your stash and let's GO.

Also sponsoring for August is:

Canvas Corp, based out of Springdale, Arkansas, is led by Randy and Christine Meier. Canvas Corp manufactures and distributes a line of craft, scrapbooking and home decor basics under the brand name Canvas Home Basics. Established in 2006, Canvas Corp made its entry into the market with a focus on products that offer great basic solutions for the craft and home decor markets. Joining the Canvas Corp umbrella of brands was BagWorks and 7gypsies in 2011 and the newest member of the brand team is Tattered Angels who joined in 2012.


Altered Pages product:
Stitches Sewing stamp set
Antique Sewing digital images
Vintage Sewing digital images
Sewing pattern tissue paper

Canvas Corp product:
Canvas Fringe
Damask Canvas
Natural Canvas
Black on Ivory Paris Cardstock
Back and White Printed Tags
Antique Brass Mini Hanger
Scrap packs printed paper
Collage Tissue: Numero kraft
Tattered Angels High Impact Mixed Media Paint Light Gold

Other supplies:
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Haberdashery; Papertrey Ink Button Boutique
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Wicked Black
Stain: Ranger Distress Picket Fence
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Couture, Steampunk Debutante, Domestic Goddess, A Ladies' Diary, Fashionista, Times Nouveau
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Circle punches: Stampin' Up
Dies: PapertreyInk Button Card; Taylored Expressions Handmade Charms; Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, Sewing Room
Ruler ribbon: unknown
Pins: Maya Road
Buttons, wood thread spool: from stash
Twine: May Arts; Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scor-tape; Cosmo Cricket Glubers; Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; Glue Dots
Packaging: 7Gypsies
Photo: printed from the Internet


  1. Wonderful project! I Love Lucy was a favorite in our house growing up!We called our Mom Lucy because she was so much like her♥ I love how you incorporated everything with the picture!

  2. I love Lucy, too! And I double love the tiled effect of this gorgeous canvas. I have been sitting here looking at it for over 5 minutes. It is so much fun, and so many wonderful bits of eye candy are tucked in. I'd love to see it in person!

  3. I seriously love this. There is so much too see that I can't stop looking. What a great combination of images, buttons and paper.

  4. I love the Lucille Ball image! And all the delightful embellishments you crafted for it! The whole page is a wonderful treat for the eye.

    Crafty Journal

  5. OMG, Gloria. You really DID hit the mother lode with this one. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love your ruler printed ribbon flower, too. I may have to borrow that one. I just hope you did not cut out any of those squares on your carpet, like Lucy did. Remember the pattern-shaped carpet pieces? He he.


  7. Gloria, I do love this piece! Like many I've always been an I Love Lucy fan. Your eye is just drawn to that part of your canvas but there is so much more going on here. Love each and every little bit of it! Well done!

  8. Gloria, this is soo cool, I love this project!! Your work is always truly stunning!! xo

  9. What a fabulously fun and beautiful layout! I am loving all the sewing themed images and embellishment eye candy. Beautifully done!

  10. This really is a fun project. And when I saw Lucy I laughed right out loud. That's probably how I looked when I tried my hand at sewing!

  11. Lucy took me back when I first started learning to sew! Love the vintage page and vintage buttons on it!

  12. Gorgeous project, so many fabulous details! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Ingrid x

  13. My mom is a huge Lucille Ball fan as well! I'm going to have to go & find this episode so I can watch it. Lovely lovely layout! It's always fun to purge the stash every now & then. And you did a wonderful job of keeping the balance. Again, lovely!!!

  14. OH MY GOSH! This is amazing!!! Love all the details... and I LOVE LUCY!!! Thanks for a great blog hop!

  15. Before I read a single word, I laughed at Lucy. Although I never saw the show, I know who she is, and laughed at her antics. I was really impressed with your layout. It looks like you pulled out all the stops for this one. I was really impressed with the twill tape rose and the way you made the button card. That was genius.

  16. This is an amazing piece of work! I love all the elements you found for this. Everytime I look at it, I see something new. That is, except for our beloved Lucy - I see her first!

  17. Amazing homage piece your passion clearly shows! I love it! So glad I found you along this hop! Have a great day!~kim

  18. (I'm still giggling!) When I first saw the buttons challenge on Craft Hoarders Anonymous, I thought, "Now, this I can do!". I just bought a HUGE stash of vintage sewing stuff at an estate sale this weekend. Then I saw your layout! Wow! Everything I love all in one piece! "kept in stitches" is perfect with Lucy learning to sew. Now I know just what to do with all this junk, er, good stuff, I've been hoarding! (I have a Lucy book, too, somewhere:), and I'm sure this picture is in it.) Anyway it will be a challenge to top this! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.

  19. I LOVE LUCY... and I use to love lucy... OMG... she was so very funny and it really kept you laughing until the next week... so very funny... Love your piece Gloria... the FLOWER is out of sight... and all the sewing things... love it... GREAT ART... Love, Light and Peace..Bonnie

  20. "LUCY!!!! you Got some SPLANIN to do" is one of our fav lines in this house. Beautiful representation of Lucy at her comedic best being all thumbs and no fingers. She was such a talented and beautiful lady. "The Long Long Trailer" is right up there with the rest of my fav movies, it thought of it often on our move from Michigan to Arizona as we were pulling an 18 foot utility trailer full to the brim.


  21. I Love Lucy, in fact when my DH comes home he always says, "Lucy, I am home". LOL, so I adore your layout.

  22. I remember "Yo amo a Lucy" (I live in Argentina) from 40 years ago... and I love "again", thanks for share!