Monday, August 04, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog - Challenge #13

To see the Crafty Secrets August Linky Part project, please click HERE.

I have two big posts for you today, so make sure you click the link above to see the other one. It is time for another challenge at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Challenge #13 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes August 17th at midnight PT.

Challenge #13 Let's Cycle...Up-Cycle That Is!

Being frugal and going green is what it's all about. Show us how you can up-cycle something using "junk" from your hoard. Most craft hoarders also hoard boxes, tins, packaging, and bits of this and that. Our mantra is, "I can MAKE something with that!" Now is your chance! Up-cycle!

The Design Team sponsors this month are Canvas Corp and Altered Pages! Both companies sent the Hoarders team some great stuff to work with! Plus, I am the guest blogger on the Altered Pages blog tomorrow, with another BRAND NEW project! Now, come and see my up-cycle project!

I created a fun, fall-themed wall hanging using a digital image from Altered Pages and lots of yummy items from Canvas Corp! Can you guess what I up-cycled? If you guessed a frame you'd be wrong! It's a... 

...chalkboard! I purchased a stack of 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inch chalkboards a few years ago at a teacher supply store. I am not sure why, other than I "needed" them! This one has a few places where some adhesive or something got onto the chalkboard part. I could not get the spots off, making it sort of useless as a chalkboard! 

So...I decided to up-cycle it into a wall hanging!

I painted the wood frame with black paint, and then I added a layer of crackle medium, and then a layer of white paint. As always, my crackle did not crackle very well on all the areas. But, it was enough to get the effect I wanted.

I painted the wood letter with Tattered Angels Light Gold High Impact Mixed Media Paint. This stuff is AMAZING. It is very thin, so I painted it on with a foam brush. The result is a very shimmery coating, but the wood grain still shows through!

I covered the chalkboard with Canvas Corp Damask Printed Canvas. I simply added double-sided adhesive to the chalkboard and pressed the canvas in place. I trimmed it to size with a craft knife.

The images is a digital image from Altered Pages, called Fairy Dolls. I loaded the image sheet into Photoshop Elements 11 and then re-sized this particular image to approximately 3 1/2 x 5 inches. I printed it onto off-white cardstock using an Epson photo printer. I love it! So vintage and fun! I matted the image with Canvas Corp Black on Ivory Cardstock.

My next up-cycled item is the large, Canvas Corp Ivory Burlap Flower. This was a product that I saw at winter CHA. I did the make-n-take project at the Beacon Adhesives booth, and they gave me several of these large flowers from Canvas Corp. I had used them to decorate a felt bag. Well, this one came off (I think a kitten may have helped it along!) and was just sitting on my desk for the past six months. So, I reused it for this project! 

I used Tattered Angles mists to color the Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe. I used Apple and Harvest Orange.

I poked around in my hoard and found some fall-themed stems, flowers, and leaves to finish off the project. I have bins and bins of flowers and still, I am sure I "need" more! 

I cannot wait to display this project for fall. I hope I inspired you to up-cycle something! Thanks for visiting!

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 HERE TO MY SCRAPS OF LIFE 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

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by moi. Canvas Corp has been very generous to me during the past few years, and I have dug into my stash to share the wealth with one winner! This is a jam-packed grab bag of Canvas Corp, 7 Gypsies, and Tattered Angels product!

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.


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.


Canvas Corp product:
Canvas Home Basics: Ivory Burlap Flower, Canvas Fringe, Damask Canvas, Black on Ivory Cardstock
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Apple, Harvest Orange; High Impact Mixed Media Paint Light Gold

Altered Pages product:
Fairy Dolls Digital Image

Other supplies:
Chalkboard: teacher supply store
Wood letter: Michael's Crafts
Paint: Plaid Folk Art Enamel Licorice; Martha Stewart Acrylic Satin Summer Linen, Weather Crackle Effect
Ink: Ranger Distress Old Paper
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White
Flowers, stems, leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts; Michael's Crafts
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac; Scor-tape


  1. I love this! The crackled paint, the texture from the burlap, ribbon, canvas and flowers, the wonderful colors and the fun, funky image! Sooooo cool!

  2. Beautiful project Gloria! Your chalkboard frame looks fantastic! I love the canvas blossom and fun framed photo! I have a few of those items too! LOL Just had to have just not sure why?! :)

  3. Fabulous Gloria! In about 5 minutes I'm heading down to the basement to see if I can find the wood boxes I bought some years back as I also "had to have them". This is great at forcing me to get at it.

  4. This turned out amazingly fantastic. . .talk about talking a plain old chalkboard and upcycling. . girlfriend you owned this challenge! Love that big gold S and the fall tones. . .so very striking! I can just picture in an arranged with a few pumpkins! Magnificent!

  5. This is so creative! I love the way you used the canvas in the floral element on the top of the frame!

  6. This is so creative! I love the way you used the canvas in the floral element on the top of the frame!

  7. Love your CREATION of STUFF... The blackboard and the flowers and fall arrangement at superb and that top flower with the white burlap... delightful... love it all Gloria... GREAT PLAY/WORK... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  8. This piece is wonderful in so many ways! Thanks for allowing AlteredPages to partner with Craft Hoarders this month.

  9. Love your upcycle chalkboard, how cleaver are you!

  10. I would never have guessed this used to be a chalkboard. Very cool up-cycling. Especially love the fall flower cluster.

  11. I cannot believe this was a chalkboard, incredible!! I just love your image and the wonderful colours! Your autumn elements are fantastic too! Love it! :)

  12. Wow...another stunning project, and I did guess a frame,and I was so another wonderful altered masterpiece!!

  13. This is just stunning Gloria! What a wonderful use of a small chalkboard. I really love the fall flowers and fruits. The crackled finish is really great too! Okay I love every little bit of it!

  14. Wowzers! Love how you made the chalkboard into a work of art! Love all the little details! <3

  15. I love everything you did with this piece - starting with the choice of central image - what a joyous and playful piece of whimsey! I love it! I really like that you used a chalk board in such an unorthodox way - and your attention to all the details and embellishments was spot on. This is the kind of piece of work I love to hang in my studio for inspiration - so glad I made the li'l journey over to see it!

  16. WOW, your really did it! This is amazingly embellished!