Monday, September 01, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #15

(If you are looking for my Crafty Secrets September Linky Party project, please click HERE.)

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes September 14th at midnight PT.

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 is no secret that I love flowers, or that I love to hoard them! I especially love to MAKE my own flowers! I love nothing more than making a flower cluster on a project! They are the #1 reason why my cards and projects get so lumpy! 

Here is a cute Halloween card for you! This card is an odd size - 4 1/2 x 6 inches. I have been making more of this size lately. It is just that wee bit larger than a standard A2 size, giving me just a bit more room to "pile it on"!

Heartfelt Creations sent each of the design team members a set of flower stamps, and although I did not have the matching die template, I still made my own flowers! I stamped the Sun Kissed Fleur stamp set onto cream cardstock with  brown ink three times, to make sure I had enough of each size flower. I then fussy cut each flower by hand! {oh, yes, I did!} I inked each flower with yellow and orange ink before building each bloom.

Once I had the flowers inked, I used my embossing stylus to shape them prior to assembly. Once the flowers were all finished, I decided to jazz up the centers! I found the sparkly jack-o-lantern button in my stash! He's so cute! And check out that funny cat button! I wanted a spider to sit in the web, but I could not find one, so I used the cat instead!

All of the paper for the card is digital paper from Crafty Secrets! I printed each pattern at 8 x 8 inches onto cream cardstock. (I use an Epson Photo printer, which does not print at 12 x 12 inches, unfortunately.) The cute image is from the Crafty Secrets Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Notes pad. Simply adorable!

The light bulb that is peeking from the flowers is from Prima, but it is clear, making it a bit hard to see, so I glued some text paper to the back of it. So cool! If course I added a "button bow" and a tiny postage image!

Naturally, I had to decorate the inside! I used my "dripping goo" punch to create a few areas to write a message. The background paper is Crafty Secrets digital paper. It's so pretty! I have found a new love in digital papers! I never run out of a print, that's for sure!

I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with a die template. 

I hope you have fun with this challenge! How can you not love a flower challenge! (If you want to try some of the great Halloween and Fall products, you can get THIS huge pack for $19.95, regularly priced at $72!)

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 (on vacation)

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray

We have two prizes this time! Therefore we will have TWO winners! One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Crafty Secrets.

A second winner will receive this prize, donated by Heartfelt Creations.

For more information about each company, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Craft Secrets Products:
Vintage Halloween CD #4
Vintage Typography CD #3
Halloween Images and Journal Notes
Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps

Heartfelt Creations Products:
Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Stamp Set

Other supplies:
Digital Stamp: Gloria Stengel Designs
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Dies: PapertreyInk spider web; Stampin' Up Apothecary Labels
Punch: Martha Stewart
Buttons: from stash
Light bulb: Prima
Twine, Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Glitter: Elizabeth Craft Warm Diamond 
Embossing powder: Ranger Sticky
Gems: Recollections
Glitter pen: Wink of Stella Clear
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scor-tape; Glue Dots


  1. This is very pretty! Love the flowers...worth all the fussy cutting!

  2. Gloria, your cards are simply some of the prettiest things I've laid eyes on. I've been an admirer of yours for some time now and I must say your blog is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing all your creations with us.

  3. Such a fabulous, fabulous card! Those Sun Kissed Fleur flowers are show stoppers, and I chuckled at the kitty in the spider web. You are amazing!

  4. Another amazing work of art!! Love your fussy cut flowers and that darling pumpkin button! The combination of patterns is exquisite. . .and that little vial thingy is so cool. Love the button/twine bow!

  5. really beautiful and Halloween is one of my favorite topic's. Hugs, Kerstin

  6. I know what you mean about using digital paper. It also stops hoarding as you know you have an endless supply. Love this darling Halloween card and the gorgeous handmade blooms.

  7. Love your beautiful flowers! This card is fab, but then they all are.

  8. If a card isn't lumpy... it isn't a card... LOL.. so very true... Glad I make you laugh and also glad that you stop by and leave such nice comments... thanks... very much. I love this card.. the black and white with the yellow is very stunning and strikingly beautiful.. love it all.. very nice Gloria... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  9. Gloria, This card is just stunning, and all those gorgeous the colors!!! xo

  10. Truly is a stunning card, love all the great details too! ~Diane

  11. I love this card- the vintage of course appeals to me... but I think what made me smile is that cute jack-o-latern button in the center of our gorgeous flowers! glad you pointed out the light bulb I missed that on my first pass!

  12. Such a gorgeous card, Gloria! I love everything you create, you have such a beautiful style!

    Congratulations on being a DT semifinalist for Heartfelt Creations! You would be perfect for the DT for sure!



  13. Oh wow, this is fantastic! That damask background really brings elegance to your card and those flowers are just to die!! Sweet image and I love your spider web! Great Halloween card! :)

  14. Love it. your flowers are perfect as well as the bits and bobs tucked in with them. Lovely card!

  15. Your card is darling. The vintage images you find are so perfect. I love the colors. I am not surprised you bought the dies for the flowers after fussy cutting all those out! You crack me up.

  16. Gloria, this is just so beautiful! I love these flowers, and what's so bad about fussy cutting?! We've been spoiled by our dies and templates, haven't we? Hand cutting is good therapy. That's a cute little kitty, and far better than a spider. However, if you need a spider I have a hoard of those, too:)! This all goes together so well, and I adore your work here!