Monday, March 09, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge

Good morning! This project is for Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge. I also have some very sad news. I am so sorry to tell you that this will be the LAST Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge. After the March Challenge ends, I will NOT be posting more challenges to the Hoarders Blog. I will be concentrating on homeschooling my youngest son, on my family, and on my other design work. The challenge blog has been a fun ride and I hate to say good-bye to it, but all good things come to an end. Please play along and visit with us one last time! 

Go Green
Use this color board as inspiration for your green challenge. Make a challenge which has green as the predominate color. Use the other colors in this color board as your accent colors. You may make any type or theme of project that you wish. You do NOT have to use all of the colors represented here, but green must be the star of your project! There must be some green in your vast hoard...dig it out!

Green is a difficult color for me! It is not one of my "go to" colors, however, when I was thinking about what papers to use, I knew I had lots of green prints in my stash! But the main inspiration for this project is that HUGE, green flower!

I created a garden-themed mini album, using a lot of green! I had fun fussy cutting decorations for the cover. I have loved the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime paper since it was first introduced. This winter CHA they re-introduced it in a Deluxe Collector's Edition! Notice that they did not call it "Deluxe Hoarder's Edition"! I fussy cut the three fairies from the paper and hot glued those gals to that big ol' flower!

The green flower is 4 1/2" in diameter! That is one honkin' flower! I have no idea where the flower came from. It has been sitting in a pencil cup on my desk for YEARS! I decided to use it as the focal point on the cover of the mini album. 

The chipboard mini album has been in my stash for nearly a decade! I purchased it at one of the first Expos I attended when I moved to California. And that was 10 years ago! I think the company that made it was called Piggy Tales. I have no idea if they are still around or not. This is a waterfall mini, with each successive page approximately 1/4" wider than the preceding page. The book is overall 5 3/4" x 6". 

I created pockets for some of the pages. I cut out some of the postcard images and other journaling spots from various Graphic 45 papers to tuck into each pocket. I used some Secret Garden (retired) papers, as well as Botanical Tea, Sweet Sentiments, Place in Time (retired), Time to Flourish

I also used a few Project Life journaling blocks from my vast hoard. 

I added a few photo mats as well. The right-hand page is an accordion album for 5" x 3 1/2" photos. I tied the little accordion mini closed with some ribbon.

There is space for 4 photos.

I sure love mixing and match prints and collections. But, wow, is my work space a mess! {grin}

I love all the botanical images, as well as the birds and fairies! 

The last two pages! 

I fussy cut the flowers and scrolls from the paper. Not an easy job when you are my advanced age. I hope you had fun with this Go Green challenge! Please play along. Thanks to everyone who supported the challenge the past 14 months! I appreciate you very much!

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
Glenda Brooks
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Kathy Clement
Nancy Dynes (unable to participate)
Pam Bray
Teresa Horner
Wendi Robinson

Designer paper: Graphic 45 Once Upon A SpringtimeSecret Garden (retired), Botanical TeaSweet Sentiments, Place in Time (retired), Time to Flourish
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Chipboard album: Piggy Tales
Chipboard embellishments: Graphic 45 Secret Garden
Journal spots: Project Life
Large flower: unknown
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue


  1. You know, I do so <3 springtime and gardening.....(hint, hint)!

    1. Well, your birthday may come around again.... LOL

  2. What a gorgeous project, Gloria. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your (re)new(ed) endeavors! Hope to catch up with you soon.

  3. Wow, wow, wow! Nobody does a better mini than you do, Gloria! This is stunning...and so filled with little pull outs and tags and pockets and goodies...all the things I love so much. The paper combination is magical. And I love that giant gerbera daisy on the front cover...that just makes me smile! You are still the Queen of Mini albums in my world. I also want to say thanks for 14 fun-filled months of creativity, camaraderie and challenging challenges. I feel that I have really grown due to being a part of this amazing team, and I thank you for all the hundreds of hours of hard work, the mountain of products you shared with us, the fabulous mentoring and all round good time that CHACB has been. I shall miss it...but to everything there is a season...a time to plant and a time to pluck up. I'm glad you are in tune with the seasons of your life. You know how much I love are the BEST! Happy trails to you! Hugs!!!

  4. Oh, my, this is such a fantastic mini album! Love it! Once Upon a Springtime is one of my G45 favorites so I know I have some hoarded here. Must get it out and make something!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely work!

  5. gorgeous album!!! LOVE LOVE all the green and the pretty fairies!!! totally amazing.. thanks sooo much for having me on the team, I have LOVED it!!! best wishes in your new DT adventures :)

  6. Gloria, your mini album is beautiful. I love every detail, from the colors to all the elements you added. I want to thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be on your design team! I have thourghly enjoyed the challenges and the other design team members. I wish you all the luck with all your new adventures. I will see you around in cyberland!

  7. I must be your most hugest (is that a word? It should be!) I truly love this mini and would love it if we lived closer and I could look over your shoulder as you work. Take care my friend and don't overdo!

  8. Beautiful Mini Gloria...using one of my favorite collections from Graphic 45. You always rock any collection that they have as well as doing such fabulous projects and tutorial. I have loved being a part of this amazing experience with you-designing on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Looking forward to continued inspiration from you. You are an amazing friend and encourager.

  9. This is a gorgeous mini album, Gloria. Thank you so much for having me on the Craft Hoarders team. I feel so lucky to have gotten to know you and all our other teammates!! I am thankful for your friendship and all your encouragement too!