Monday, January 12, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge - January 2015

Good morning! This project is for Craft Hoarders Anonymous January Challenge. Craft Hoarders has gone to a monthly challenge, rather than bi-monthly. Which gives you more time to create! 

Choose Your Challenge
Create any type or style of project you wish, as long as you pick ONE (1) item from each category in the chart below! Choose your cardstock, printed paper, or other base (box, canvas, tray, etc.). Next, choose your adhesive. Finally, from the chart below, choose your coloring medium, fiber, technique, texture, and embellishment for your project! The combinations are almost endless! (You may choose more than one item from each category, but you MUST have AT LEAST ONE from each!) Pull out those hoarded products, have fun, and welcome to a NEW YEAR at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Coloring Medium

Twine or Cord
Coloring/ Watercolor

Sandpaper or Distressing Tool

Ephemera or Found Items

Markers or Colored Pencils

Fabric or Lace


(heat, dry, paste, etc.)


Spray Mist

Ribbon or Seam Binding
Die Cutting or Punching




Burlap or Canvas
Folding and Scoring

Wood or Glass

Brads or Eyelets

Chalk or Pastels

Yarn, Thread, or Floss
Mixed Media
Metal or Wire
** Bling: Rhinestones, Glitter or Glitter Glue, Beads, Pearls, Sequins, etc.

I enjoy a challenge that makes me really dig into my hoard, so this was a fun one for me! Here are the items I used: Ink, Markers (to color the pearls), Ribbon, Coloring, Stamping, Die Cutting, Metal, Bling (pearls and sequins). 

If you love this paper, then keep an eye out for it to hit the stores soon! It is a BRAND NEW RELEASE from Graphic 45 called Artisan Style! It is filled with saturated colors, flowers, peacocks, and architectural details! 

This card is 6" x 4 1/2" - this is my new "go-to" size of card. I was sick of all those bits of paper that I cut off to make 5 1/2" cards, so I just cut out the middle man! I trim a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock to 4 1/2" inches wide, and then score at 6" to make a top-fold card that is 6" x 4 1/2". 

Here is a closer look at the Graphic 45 metal keyhole, and those pearls that I "colorized" with a Copic marker. They were white when I started out. And who doesn't love sequins topped with tiny pearls?!

Part of my hoard is a HUGE, GINORMOUS ribbon stash! I have so much ribbon, and yet, I buy more all the time. Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon keeps me well supplied! I am the February Guest DT for the RRR monthly blog hop, so watch for that! Anyway, I found this beautiful, pale orange ribbon in my stash, and it is perfect for my card. The orange is exactly the same shade as the palest orange in the flowers on the printed paper! Unfortunately, I cannot find this same ribbon in the RRR store. It is a 1" width, and just a luscious satin!

Because I love to toot my own horn, I used one of the stamps I designed for my inside greeting. Thanks for stopping by!

Remember, 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
Teresa Horner
Wendi Robinson

Designer paper: Graphic 45 Artisan Style
Cardstock: Worldwin Black, Ivory
Metal: Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key and Keyhole
Die templates: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Standard Circles Small, Classic Scalloped Circle Small; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers 
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs Birthday Word Art
Ribbon: pale orange satin, 1" (from stash)
Pearls: Recollections
Markers: Copic
Sequins: Craft Medley
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Sweet Melon, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever; hot glue


  1. What an exquisite card! I love the black matting, the wonderful concentric circles and the color palette, too! You've added such fun touches: sequins! The keyhole! That gorgeous bow and the sweet little key that is attached to it. You make me want to run out and buy this paper collection...yes, you do!

  2. Wonderful layers, beautiful colors, stunning layout and I love all the little extras you added! Just one gorgeous card my friend!

  3. stunning card!!! LOVE the colors and layers on black!!! the key is such a perfect touch!!!

  4. Your card is absolutely fabulous, Gloria!! You have such a gift for composition. I love the way you have used the circles over the rectangles, then layered in all those gorgeous embellishments! The color palette is luscious as well (another one of your gifts!). You were one of the first designers I discovered when I started paper crafting, and to this day every new project you create inspires me! You're amazing!!

  5. Stunning card! Can't wait to get ths new collection. I love the colors. Love all your luscious layers and embellishments. You are a rock star!

  6. GORGEOUS my friend! I don't know how you do your photographing, but it sure showcases your gorgeous work beautifully! Every little detail ...
    With the extra time, I'm hoping to join in the challenge fun this time around! Take care and keep those gorgeous, inspirational creations coming! LOVE 'EM!

  7. OH DEAR! NOW I have to go clean my craftoom! I think you people just opened Pandora's box....LOL

  8. very pretty, love the colors, great design!

  9. "Just for Me" this new line from Graphic 45 and your card is stunning....

  10. Absolutely love the color combo of this piece and that keyhole makes me drool.
    I need it! Beautiful work as always

  11. Gloria this card is so gorgeous. I am a Graphic 45 fanatic I have yet to met any G45 product I don't like. I was wondering did you find a good source for envelopes for a 6 by 4 1/2 in card? Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful card with us.

  12. Love this challenge - it's allowing such individuality in the creations! This card is amazing - so bold and vibrant and beautifully layered. So glad I have a chance to play along again... it's been too long! Great inspiration for the CHA challenge.
    Alison xx