Monday, October 06, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #17

(To see my Crafty Secrets October Challenge post, please click HERE.)

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #17 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes October 19th at midnight PT.

Challenge #17 Happy Fall, Y'all!

Many of us like to purchase NEW seasonal products EVERY season. What happens to last year's fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving products? We HOARD them! Drag out those hoarded fall-themed items and make a project to share with us! You can make something for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other fall or harvest celebration!

Now, it is pretty safe to say that I have a whack of hoarded fall and Halloween supplies! I DO purchase new collections every YEAR. And honestly, how much stuff can I make each season? So, yes, I have a lot of hoarded stuff! I have purchased only ONE new Halloween collection this far... {Don't you judge me!}

I decided to go with Thanksgiving and use some of the fantastic Polly's Paper Studio Digital images that Ginny gave to the team. I used the most excellent Turkey Tags, as well as the Fall Wreath and Tags collage and the NeverMore Halloween collage. 

I created a 5 x 6 inch, top-fold card. This is my "new" go-to size. It is just a tad bigger than an A2 card, giving me just a teensy bit more space to junk up!

I dug way into my hoarded papers for this card! I used Authentique Enchanted (from 2012) and Memory Box Blackbird. The Memory Box paper did not have a date on it, but it's pretty old. I also used a bit of My Mind's Eye Spider's Web, which has 2009 printed on it! I have that full collection and have used only a tiny bit of it! {What is WRONG with me?!}

I used some spray mists to "colorize" some flowers. I had a few flowers in a yucky peach/salmon color, so I sprayed them and made burnt orange flowers. {that's how I roll}

I fussy cut some of the Polly's digital images to tuck in with the flowers. I am also big into using cheesecloth and twine right now.

I wanted this card to be very grungy and rustic. I tore the paper to allow the bottom layer to peek through. I mean, come on, I can afford to waste some paper by covering most of it up! It's not like I don't have bins and bins of the stuff!

I added one of the large postage images from the NeverMore Halloween collage sheet to the inside of the card. I also managed to use my own stamps on the inside of the card, in a shameless self-promotional moment. You can find my So Grateful stamp set HERE.

And that, my friends, is my rustic, vintage, Thanksgiving card, using hoarded supplies and some new digital elements from Polly's Paper Studio

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
Wendi Robinson

One talented participant will receive this prize from Polly's Paper Studio.

For more information about the design team and prize sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Polly's Paper Studio Products:
Turkey Tags
Fall Wreath and Tags 
NeverMore Halloween collage

Other supplies:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Very Vanilla; WorldWin Treasures Black
Designer paper: Authentique Enchanted, Memory Box Blackbird, My Mind's Eye Spider's Web
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cheese cloth: Pure Acres Farm
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs So Grateful
Distressing tool: Prima
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Rich Cocoa
Spray mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang Clam Bake Beige; Tattered Angels Harvest Orange; Ranger Color Wash Sunset Orange
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


  1. Not only did you one-up me, but you made tags and then put them on a card. You just waltzed all around what I did. Love really showcases the tags!

  2. Oh My Stars ... I SO want to be like you when I grow up! This is just the most beautiful & amazing creation! LOVE all the detail ... FANTASTIC!!! Well done my friend ... Well done!!

  3. I love the way the front of this card feels like layers of vintage, peeling wallpaper. That is one fabulous effect, my friend! Then, the trio of tags....also fabulous. Love the colors you sprayed your flowers. This whole piece just sings....and I love the song!

  4. This is so pretty. I love the layers of images / tags with the twine & gauze. It's fantastic!

  5. Gloria, I love this card!! Fall is my favorite time of the year and this is so rustic and beautiful! I love that you added twine & cheesecloth too..just perfect! xo

  6. This is just gorgeous! You have inspired me to get started on some Thanksgiving cards, using some of that fall paper I have, and NEVER use! All the layering and peeling back of papers is just so cool, and a look I need to try! The twine and cheesecloth is the perfect touch, as is the inside sentiment and the little postage stamp! Thanks for sharing with us, for your inspiration and for the really FUN challenge, as always!

  7. One thing that caught my attention is the big flowers! Love every details you did here, especially the interior of the card!

  8. Fabulous card love all the layers,texture and embellishments,great vintage papers and image and love the peeled back effect
    Carol x

  9. Love the layering of the tags, great image and such lovely flower arranging!!