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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop

Hoarders Hop BannerCraft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop:

Hello, Friends!

What an exciting day here on the blog!  Today is the launch of the very first Craft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop!  Our fearless leader, Gloria Stengel, hatched this fine idea  to help us all dig into our crafty stashes and create with items that have been lying around gathering dust.   The hop will occur each month on the 5th and will begin at Gloria’s blog: Scraps of Life.   You should be coming here from Teresa Horner’s amazing blog: Victorian Paper Queen.  If so, you are right on track.  If not, you can go back to Gloria’s blog so that you don’t miss a single stop along the way.

“G” is for Ginny Altered Paper Mache Letter

My BOLB (Best On Line Buddy) Ginny Nemchak is celebrating a birthday very soon and I thought it would be fun to make her a little something pretty for her studio.  I dug around in the Closet of Shame and found a paper mache letter I had ordered for her quite some time ago, and I also found a goldie oldie paper pad: My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found.  I dug out some Prima flowers, some watch faces I’d been hoarding, loads of beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon and went to work.  Here’s what I came up with:

Kathy by Design Altered Paper Mache LetterThis letter sits about 8″ tall and is about 5.5″ wide and 1.25″ thick with  a kraft brown paper mache base.  First, I traced around the letter onto my chosen paper. I cut out the letter, distressed the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Then I ran my Worn Lipstick Distress Paint around the outer edge for contrast.

Kathy by Design Altered Paper Mache Letter

Next, I painted the entire letter with a coat of DecoArt Innocence Chalky Finish Paint.  When that dried, I inked all the edges of the letter with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued my paper to the surface using Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.

G is for Ginny 03If you look at the inside edge, you can see that I also lined the inner and outer edges with a complementary strip of paper from the same collection.  The paper was cut 3/4″ wide, inked and glued down.  Now for the fun part!  Embellishing!

G is for Ginny 04I adhered a little vintage lace to the cap of the letter to go with the shabby chic vibe of Ginny’s studio.  Next, a chipboard frame was inked up with Versamark and heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing powder.  The edges were lightly inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint.  I have a weakness for Prima Shabby Chic resin embellies, and I chose the pretty white water fountain to mount on top of the chipboard frame.  Before I secured it with foam tabs, I traced around the inner section and cut out a piece of the French Script paper to line the back.  Then I inserted the faucet, using Glossy Accents to hold it in place.  I used my finger to tap on some Worn Lipstick Distress paint and let it dry for a minute.  Next, I stuffed the basin with Spanish moss and glued in some pale green sweetheart blossoms and set the fountain in place.  I added a trio of little Prima butterflies, just for fun.

G is for Ginny 07Next, I tackled the focal ornament.  To start, a piece of Rust Silky Crush Ribbon was tied around the side of the letter.   Then I tied a triple loop bow with my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool and glued it on top with the tails hanging off the side. Next, I took a large Prima fabric rose that has been languishing in the drawer of flowers and cut it in half, tucking one half above and one below the rust bow.  Then I tied a quadruple loop bow with Pink Canvas Color Band Ribbon, folded it in half and glued it down to the left of the center of the rust bow.  Another large Prima cloth flower was glued on top of this.  Then a Prima rose was tapped with Worn Lipstick Paint, dipped in glitter and glued into the center of the cloth flower, which I also tapped with paint.

G is for Ginny 05I had fun tucking in little tassels, burlap string loopy bows, clock faces, and all sorts of goodies that make me think of my BOLB and smile.  The big lightbulb has been in my stash for ages.  I backed it with French Script paper before gluing it on.  It says, INSPIRE…because Ginny inspires me to be a better artist and to always do my best.

Kathy by Design Altered Paper Mache LetterI feel blessed to be surrounded by the great group of paper artists in Craft Hoarders Anonymous, and I know you will want to catch all the blogs on this fun hop.  The next stop in this hop is the always uplifting Jan Ennenga.  For a full list of all the artists participating in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop, check out the list on Gloria’s BLOG.

I’m so glad you joined me for the inaugural Craft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop! I’m thankful to have you as companions on this journey.  I’m headed off for a much needed vacation this week, so my posts will be few and far between.  I hope to come back refueled, refreshed and ready to play with paper. While I’m gone, I hope you’ll dig deep into your personal hoard and have fun creating something beautiful!







Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge

Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge and an Important Announcement

Hello Friends!

It’s the second Monday in March, and time for another great challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  This month we are doing a great color challenge based on this inspiration photo:


Oh, Spring!  Green growing things and sweet baby leaves on trees and white puffy clouds in the sky!  What a perfect color palette for this time of year!  Yeah…I’m loving this color challenge.

CHACB March 2015 01I wanted to pick up on the creamy green/white tones in the color challenge and to really keep true to the spirit of Craft Hoarders, everything on this card came from my little scrap cart.  I have no idea what these papers are…or where they came from.  I can tell you that I made the roses with my Spellbinder Bitty Blossoms die and some pearlized cream paper.  The ribbon is moss green micro ribbon and iridescent white metallic string.

CHACB March 2015 03I colorized the vintage black and white photo using my alcohol ink pens.

CHACB March 2015 02The roses were painted with bundled sage distress ink and then coated with Clear Rock Candy Distress paint.  The leaves were spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  I painted the gold metal roses with the Bundled Sage paint as well.

CHACB March 2015 05I followed a wedding or anniversary theme and added a little stamping on the inside of the card.  Easy peasy!

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Now for the important announcement.  Sadly, this will be the last challenge over at Craft Hoarders.  Gloria, our chief hoarder in charge and fearless leader has taken on some demanding design assignments that have really stressed her schedule.  In order to maintain a healthy balance between family, health and work, she is having to make some hard choices and step away from some of her crafting obligations.  Shutting down the challenge was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision for her….and we wish her well.  You can read Gloria’s personal statement and all the details over at the Craft Hoarders Blog.

So, let’s go out with a bang!  Dig deep into your crafty hoard and come up with something totally fabby for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge.  You have until midnight PT on April 12th to link your project up to the CHACB blog.  We’ll be popping by to leave you some bloggy love and pick our favorites for one final time.

To everything there is a season, right?

Be sure to visit the rest of the team’s final projects…I know you will be inspired:

Amber ♥ Christy ♥ Debbie Donna ♥ Ginny ♥ Glenda ♥ Gloria (blog owner)
Pam ♥ Teresa  Wendi

Now go get your craft on!




Sweet Sentiments Mini Album

Craft Hoarders Anonymous February Challenge: Sweet Sentiments Love Book

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for the February Challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! Since February is “love month” the challenge this time around is How I Love Thee!

You may create a Valentine, anniversary, wedding or other love-themed project for this challenge. You may create something that has the word “LOVE” on it. Dig into your hoard and find all those hoarded hearts and pink sequins and doves and wedding paper that you have been saving for just the right project.

Well, I had purchased Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiments last year…and never touched it.  So I dug it out of my stash along with the new A Time to Flourish papers and created this Sweet Sentiments Mini Album.

CHACB February 2015 18I foolishly cut and designed all the pages before figuring out how to bind this all together, but my idea was always to create a book that flipped up from the bottom as opposed to opening from the side.  Let’s peek inside!

CHACB February 2015 03My pages measure 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4 inches and the base is Canvas Corp 80# Kraft Cardstock.  It’s the perfect weight for mini books like this one.  The first page has a double pocket….one on the side with a tag inserted, and I built a mini file folder that holds hugs and kisses tickets, too!  All my flowers are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used dies, embellies and other goodies from my stash.

CHACB February 2015 06I just love the kraft doilies that I cut wit a die from My Favorite Things. They give a project an instant vintage feel, as does this sweet bow made with brown micro gingham.

CHACB February 2015 07The pocket is on the side here…and the postcard has plenty of room for you to write a mushy love note, or mount a photo.  The tags are all written in my own hand.

CHACB February 2015 08This is one of my favorite “love” sayings!

CHACB February 2015 09Throughout the book, I alternated a pocket page with a pretty “look at me” page. I had no idea I had so many romantic embellies in my stash!

CHACB February 2015 10Here’s another pocket page with tags, buttons, heart shaped keys and a heart shaped wooden keyhole.

CHACB February 2015 11And a peeky at the tags! More mushy lovey-dovey stuff!  LOL

CHACB February 2015 12I have been hoarding that wooden heart and butterfly medallion for an embarrassingly long time.  I like that I finally used it.

CHACB February 2015 13Another sweet pocket with tags.  I actually cut my paper for these pocket pages to 7 3/4″ inches, then scored at 1 1/2″ and glued the edges down to form a quick, easy pocket.  Just in case you were wondering…

CHACB February 2015 14I painted all the little silver hearts with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  And I die cut some pink doilies, too.  Because I like them!

CHACB February 2015 15This pocket has stamped tags…One says “Love you all the time” and the other says, “We go together perfectly, everywhere.”

CHACB February 2015 17And this is the last page…I love the little pocket watch and heart pins that I tucked in here.

CHACB February 2015 02To bind the album, I used a huge binding ring that I painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  The ribbons are all from Really Reasonable Ribbon and if you see one that you want to know the name of, ask me in the comment section and I’ll send you the link.

Now, here are the links for the rest of the team, so you can go and get inspired.

Amber Christy ♥ DebbieDonnaGinnyGlenda Gloria (blog owner)
NancyPam ♥ TeresaWendi

Then, link up your “How I Love Thee” project on the CHACB Blog before midnight PT, Sunday, March 8th.  This gives you a whole month to work up a fabulous love themed project…and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!







Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #23

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #23

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the first Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge in 2015!  It’s a brand new year, and we have two brand new fellow craft hoarders to welcome to the team: Teresa Horner and Nancy Dynes have decided to join the fun, and I know you are going to make them feel welcome and love the crafty goodness they bring to the group. I hope you are ready to get your craft on, because Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #23  is super fun.  Let’s dig in:

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 embellishments 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!)  In your blog post, be sure to let us know which item(s) you chose from each column.  Have fun, and welcome to a NEW YEAR at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

CHACB chart

 SEA Altered Letters

For my project, I altered a set of wooden letters using multiple items from each row and column.

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

Kathy by Design/ Altered Lettters

The letters are 10″ tall, and were unpainted.  I made these as a Christmas gift for our daughter, Liz, who loves the sea.

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

From column 1: Ink, Spray and Paint.  The papers were sprayed with homemade gold mist.  The edges of the wood blocks were painted with Vintage Photo, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink was sponged onto the papers.  From Column 2:  I used hemp cord on the tag, and twine on the glass bottle.

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

From Column 3:  I used Mixed Media techniques on my chipboard Lighthouse. I sanded the edges, painted it with chalk paint, then brushed it lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Paint.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder and then rubbed it to make some of it come off.  The end result is chipboard lighthouse that looks as though it has weathered many a storm.

I guess column 4 was my favorite because I used everything: Sandpaper, Embossing (heat and dry) Chipboard, Wood,  and Glass

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

Kathy by Design/Altered Letters

From Column 5: I used ephemera and found items along with the eyelet on the tag.  These are all shells (and sand) that I’ve picked up along our beautiful North Carolina coastline.

Here’s a list of the rest of our crafty hoarders.  Go see what they’ve made to inspire you, and then dig into your own hoard and create your own challenge.  You will have until midnight PT, Sunday, February 8th to complete your project and link it up on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous BLOGYou will also want to be sure to review the changes made to the Challenge for 2015 HERE.

Amber ♥ Christy ♥ Debbie ♥ Donna ♥ Ginny ♥ GlendaGloria(blog owner)
Nancy ♥ Pam ♥ TeresaWendi

I’m so excited about the new format of the challenges for 2015!  Now we can really dig into our hoards and use up items that have been languishing away in closets, drawers, jars and boxes.  Here’s to Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #23!

Now go get your craft on!



Travel Girl Luggage Mini Album

Craft Hoarders December 15 04Travel Girl Luggage Mini Album
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #22: Have a Nice Trip!

Hello, Friends! It’s time for the last challenge of 2014 over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  I’ve created a super fun Travel Girl Luggage mini album as my inspiration piece for this one, and I can’t wait to share it with you!  But first, the details for this challenge:

Challenge #22 Have a Nice Trip!

Many of us travel around the holidays, so let’s celebrate our adventures! Dig into your hoard and find some items that are vacation or travel themed. Do you have a hoard of cruise ship ephemera? Do you have a box of transportation stamps? Do you have a stash of camping themed papers? Or piles of Disney embellishments? Show them off! Create a vacation or travel themed project for us!

Travel Girl Luggage Mini Album

Craft Hoarders December 15 08I dug deep into my hoard this time around, pulling out some fabby papers from 2012 (October Afternoon Travel Girl) and some Tim Holtz pulleys that I’ve been hoarding forever.  I added some little silver charms that have been in my stash of metal items for years and a 5″ square Mixed Media box from Graphic 45.  I love the funky retro vibe of this project!

Craft Hoarders December 15 09I painted the surface of my box with Deco Art “Treasure” chalk paint  because I wanted it to look like the old Samsonite suitcase colors.  I added luscious gray plaid ribbon to go with the metal wheels.  I don’t know about you, but I’m lovin’ this color combo!

Craft Hoarders December 15 07This is the first inside panel when you open the box. It is designed so that a photo can be tucked behind the border and medallion.

Craft Hoarders December 15 02And here is the inside “cover” page. I used my craft knife to cut the image out of the center of this cute tag to make it look like a slide mount. Remember those? The top is left open so a small photo can be tucked in that space.

Craft Hoarders December 15 01The box opens up into these fun panels.  You already saw a close up of the  panel on the left.

Craft Hoarders December 15 05The panel on the right has room for a photo because I glued items in so that there’s room to tuck in a picture or souvenir. The brad at the top pulls out to reveal a tag, and there’s also a pocket on the far right, filled with retro travel- themed journaling cards.

Craft Hoarders December 15 03I decided not to cover up the screw heads with paper, because I like the industrial touch they add.

Craft Hoarders December 15 06The inside of the box is lined with cute paper.  I left this plain for two reasons: one, I love this paper.  Two, I wanted there to be plenty of space for photos and souvenirs.

Craft Hoarders December 15 13This accordion album is loaded with room for photos, pockets for tags and retro ephemera.

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Craft Hoarders December 15 17I even created a vintage “handle” for my luggage by using a banner element from the ephemera pack.

Craft Hoarders December 15 10I matted it on grey cardstock for strength, and then curved it with a bone folder and glued the two handle ends to the box top, topping them with button “screws.”

Craft Hoarders December 15 04The sponsor for this challenge is Spellbinders Paper Arts.

They generously provided the design team with loads of holiday dies, and they have provided this very generous prize package for one talented participant in the challenge.

Now go visit the rest of the design team for a dose of crafty inspiration, then get busy making your own travel themed project, linking it up to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous BLOG before midnight, Pacific Time, December 28th.

Amber Milone –
Christy Butters –
Debbie Seyer –
Donna Idlet –
Ginny Nemchak –
Glenda Brooks –
Gloria Stengel –
Jan Marie Ennenga –
Karen Zueger –
Pam Bray –
Wendi Hatter Robinson –

Thanks for stopping by!