Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessed. . .

Her children arise and call her blessed. Psalm 31:28

CHACB Challenge #5: Pick a Stamp! Any Stamp!

Gloria Designs Challenge The current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is to use a stamp (at least one!) as the focal point of your project!

 You don't have to be a card maker to hoard stamps! With the popularity of pocket-style scrapbooking and the explosion of journaling stamps on the market, many scrapbookers have also become stamp hoarders. Plus, digital stamps are more popular than ever. I am sure that most of us have at least one stamp in our stash! You may "collect" wood mounted stamps, clear stamps, cling rubber, or even digital! Get one out, dust it off, and make it the STAR of your project! We want to see a stamp (sentiment, word art, image, etc.) as the focal point of your project! Feel free to use more than one stamp, but you must have AT LEAST ONE stamped item on your project.

One talented participant (selected from both April Challenges) will receive this fabby prize for their work donated by Hampton Art. Hampton Art, founded in 1980 in picturesque Long Island, NY, has been inspiring stampers, crafters and papercraft enthusiasts for over 20 years. They have a portfolio of brands including Hampton Art™, Studio G™, Diffusion, Ditto™ and Ki Memories®, acquired in 2012.

 The deadline for linking up is Sunday, April 20 at midnight PST.  

  Blessed. . .

Crafted for my mother's birthday. . .my mom is amazing and I am blessed! So thankful to be living close (within walking distance) after nearly 30 years of living many miles apart!

Stamps: Hampton Arts (front of card); Our Daily Bread Designs Mother's Day and Birthday Blessings (inside).
Designer Paper:  Graphic 45 Ladies' Diary 
Cardstock: Black, Ivory
Memento Onyx
Accessories:  Studio G Glitter Glue; flowers and lace from Sabrina Jackson; floral pins; Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die, Spellbinders Lattice Border, Circle and Scallop Circle dies, Prima gem flourish, Prisma and Bic Markers; Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


Monday, March 17, 2014

Don't trust in horses. . .

Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, 
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7

CHACB Challenge #4: Sparkle, Glitz or Glam

The current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is to: Show Some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam!

Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month. They are known for their fabulous vintage products and papers. To pay homage to their glamour and style, create a project that shows off your hoarded sparkly items. Show some glitz! Pump up the glam! Use this photo collection for extra inspiration. 
Gloria Designs Challenge

And one talented participant will receive a prize for their work from our fabulous sponsor.  You have until Sunday, March 30 at midnight PDT to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog

Project Description

What does a cowgirl call this challenge? 
Bling Bang!
The very first challenge for Craft Hoarders Anonymous was to "do you" . . .or so I thought, but it was actually to "show your style" and craft a project that typifies your unique style. This is card is the first project, but then (if you'll recall), my beloved husband broke my heart (exaggeration!) and said this is cool, but it's different than your usual style. So. . .back to the drawing board and another card that passed the beloved test. That's history, though, except that this card is me! I'm a country girl, a cowgirl that loves the smell of leather and a bit of bling. But this challenge is also in honor of our fabulous sponsor and so this Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbook Box, was covered in handmade faux leather and embellished with a buckle and concho. The concho is the embellishment on the gift card which also serves to hide the gift tucked in the box beneath. (The spur in the photos is an ornament to go with the rest of my Cowboy Christmas decor.) The scripture was stamped with Versamark on black paper and then embossed. The cardstock was then inked with Colorbox Silver pigment ink to give the impression of an engraved buckle. 

From the Stash

 Paper: Light tan cardstock (hoarded because it works up so nicely into faux leather); navy, silver
Versamark, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Tea Stain and Vintage Photo
Accessories: Graphic 45 Altered Art Matchbook Box; K & Company Chipboard "buckles"; gems from various sources; Stampin Up punch (concho); Sizzix embossing folder; SU Glassy Glaze embossing powder
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 9

Please visit the rest of the design team to see some AMAZING projects. Even though we're not to trust in horses and chariots, you can trust me on this one!

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


Monday, March 3, 2014

He answers!

Call to me and I will answer you. Jeremiah 33:3

CHACB Challenge #3: Vintage or Retro

Gloria Designs Challenge With Graphic 45 sponsoring the prize package, we're honoring their style with our current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous: let's see what you can make in a vintage or retro style. Do you hoard lace or vintage hat pins? Do you snap up all the postcards at yard sales? Do you love mid-century modern? Do you long for avocado appliances and orange shag carpets? Show your vintage or retro spin on a paper crafting project.
   And one talented participant will receive a prize for their work donated by Graphic 45. You have one week remaining to prepare and submit your project by linking up at the CHAC Blog. The deadline for linking up is Sunday, March 16 at midnight PST

Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother (Diane Schultz) and her two daughters (Aimee and Charee Filimoehala). Together they create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project. Please visit the Graphic 45 Website or Facebook page for more information. 

From the Stash

This verse is such a sweet reminder of the faithfulness of the Lord and was given to His prophet Jeremiah "while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison" when the southern kingdom of Judah was taken into captivity (the northern kingdom had fallen years before). It was given to Jeremiah in order to encourage the Lord's people that they would not remain in captivity forever, but that He would free and restore them to Himself. 

It is a message of encouragement even for today, as the Lord does not change. His children, those who are in Christ, are to call upon Him and we can be certain that He will answer. . .it may not be in the way we would expect, but it will always be in the way that is best for our eternal good and His glory. He also promises to answer those who call out to Him for respite, those who recognize their neediness and dependency and insufficiency, those who are hungry and thirsty. . .call on Him: He WILL answer!

 About this card and the paper I've hoarded: My father started working for Pacific Bell when I was four. He retired after 30 years. When I discovered this paper from Graphic 45, a bought a sheet so I could make my dad a card. . .I hoarded the scraps and even after this card, have a couple of small pieces left!

Supply List

Designer Paper: Graphic 45 Communique Party Line 
Ink: Versa Mark, Versa Fine Onyx, Ranger Distress Antique Linen and Vintage Photo .

Accessories From the Stash: Ticking fabric torn and dyed with tea bags; chipboard frame (K and Company) embellished with embossing powder; wire twisted around a pencil; Stampin' Up Brad; K & Company tape; nameless adhesive brass gems, Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder.
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 5

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


Monday, February 24, 2014

The Grass Withers. . .

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8.

CHACB Challenge #2: Color With a Twist

Gloria Designs Challenge Our first challenge was amazing! Thank you for your support and for showing your style! We had more than 100 gorgeous entries! Wow! If you haven't yet seen the winner and favorites. . .head on over to the CHAB right away!

Now, for your next assignment and challenge from Craft Hoarders Anonymous is: Let's See That Hoard! A Color Challenge with a Twist

Pick the thing or things that you seem to hoard the most, and using the color scheme shown below, create a project that showcases your hoarded item or items. Do you hoard buttons, beads, ribbon, papers, stickers? Show your hoard, but only the items that match the color scheme! (Please note, you do not have to use all the colors in the photo, nor match the colors exactly. Just use the photo and the colors to inspire you to dig through your hoard.)
  And one talented participant will receive a prize for their work donated by Shari Czerwinski, a Close to My Heart bundle valued at nearly $90!

You have one week remaining to prepare and submit your project by linking up at the CHAC Blog The deadline for linking up is Sunday, March 2 at midnight PST.  

From the Stash

Description of my project  
 Supply List  Paper:  Stampin' Up Retired (hoarded); silver (hoarded); navy. 
 Ink: Stampin' Up Night of Navy and Bashful Blue, Color Box silver.  
Accessories: SU Flowers (hoarded) blue flowers (only have two left! :O), Coture Creations and Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Dies by Spellbinders, pearls; vintage seam binding (hoarded).  
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series 1 (2010 Customer Favorites)

Blessings! jme ~ SDG