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!



19 thoughts on “Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #23

  1. Pamellia

    Wowsers Kathy! Your daughter must have just been over the moon when she opened this gift! All of those wonderful papers and fabulous seashells, my guess is it shimmers in real life so much more than in the pictures (home made gold mist – why am I not surprised). Such a fabulous gift! hugs 🙂

  2. butterfly

    These altered letters are just stunning. Beautiful layered additions to the papers, the ink and stamping is gorgeous, and I love that weathered lighthouse. Glorious ocean colours, and a fabulous vintage shabby look. I bet your daughter adores them! Great inspiration for the CHA challenge.
    Alison x

  3. Rupa

    wow! Kathy…this such a beauty! What a lovely, hand made treasure for your daughter. I just love the subtle colors of the papers and your embellishments are not over powering…just PERFECT! Your daughter is sure to cherish this for a long long time. Hugs, Rupa.

  4. Christy Butters

    What beautiful piece. I love the colors you chose and all the special embellishments. This would be perfect for anyone who loves the sea or sitting on a shelf at the beach house. Fantastic work!

  5. Pam Bray

    Well Missy, I just love to “SEE” your “SEA” letters up close.. they are stunning….I want summer and seashores. Love your work, you always inspire me.

  6. Sara Emily Barker

    Hi Kathy,
    What a wonderful gift you have made for your daughter! I love how you’ve altered these HUGE letters! I received a wooden S and a C from my daughter for Christmas. I asked what SC stood for…duh…she giggled and said Santa Claus…duh again…SarasCloset of course! they are on my list of things to do, and you have given me great inspiration! Hmmm…where did you get those NC seashells? We don’t have anything that pretty on our beaches!

    I love what you’ve done with the papers and that sweet vial of sand! Genius idea!

    I’ve got a great surprise coming your way for this challenge. I never knew I had it in me:)! Love having the entire month to complete my project! Great new format at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Nancy Dynes

    Kathy, my jaw dropped when I first saw your altered SEA project!! I’ve NEVER seen anything like this before. Everything about it is exquisite. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You have me longing for a beach house vacation!

  8. soozyb2013

    Love your letters, of course! The sea is not far away from me at all, about a 5 minute drive in any direction! The pounding surf, very calming for me, lots of memories for me. My Dad would take me fishing sometimes when there was just him and we sure had plenty of good times. I sure wish I had pictures!!! Thanks for the memories.


    You know I love this. Seeing all the close-up photos made my whole morning! I love the real sea shells and the colors are just wonderful. I bet your dd loves this!!!

  10. Diane Hover

    Wow Kathy, this is great… I always tell you, you have the most/best fun “stuff” to play with…look at all those details each letter has, and I love that you used shells from your own area! Another stunning project. (I bought letters for Xmas to cover for CS), but never had time to do it…sigh…!!!

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