Monday, September 1, 2014

He hears and answers. . .

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health,
as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:3
   
Gloria Designs Challenge

CHACB Challenge #15:

Our first September challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is titled, "All the Pretty Flowers." And it's perfectly designed for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. "Dig" out those flowers and use them on your project!


We will again be selecting favorites and one talented participant will receive a fantastic prize for their work from our fabulous sponsors, Heartfelt Creations and Crafty Secrets! You have until Sunday, Sept. 14 at midnight PDT to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog. Please visit the blog for complete rules and the prize package AND information on our wonderful sponsors!

(Oh. . .and word has it that Crafty Secrets is having a linky party. . .visit their blog for details!)


Project description
 


For this card, I used the lovely images from Crafty Secrets', Birds and Blossoms and Little Blessings. The flowers include a stamp from Heartfelt Creations, Arianna Blooms Bouquet (HCPC 3609), which I colored, distressed, fussy cut, layered and glittered. It's in the lower right hand corner.

The background paper from Crafty Secrets is overlaid with a floral print vellum from World Win papers, a previous sponsor. The flowers are from Prima, and Gloria, and (don't tell) the Dollar Store. It's topped off with some Stickles and a couple of floral pins. For the inside of the card, I used the Heartfelt Creations, Arianna Blooms Bouquet (HCPC 3609) to make background paper and then pulled a page from the Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanicals Images and Journal Notes, stamped with a stamp from the Birthday Blessings set by Our Daily Bread Designs.

 If you really want to see some really AMAZING projects, follow the links below. . . 


Blessings! jme ~ SDG




 

 


Monday, August 18, 2014

In its time. . .

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
   
 

CHACB Challenge #14:

Gloria Designs ChallengeThe current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is a BLOG HOP WITH THE ALTERED PAGES TEAM (their links are below!) Our challenge to you is to BUTTON IT UP!  

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!
 
We will again be selecting favorites and one talented participant will receive a fantastic prize for their work from our fabulous sponsor, *Altered Pages! You have until Sunday, August 31 at midnight PDT to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog. Please visit the blog for complete rules and the prize package.

*Altered Pages
provides all kinds of interesting supplies from stamps, to images and everything in between. They say, "Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen. We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums."

All things will be beautiful. . . .in time: His time.

I couldn't resist pairing this scripture from one of my favorite books of the Bible with this precious image. It's a reminder that our God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, is making all things beautiful; as He restores order to His creation. . .beginning in the hearts of those He calls unto eternal life. For the inside of the card, I selected another verse, also a Verve stamp: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Project description
 

My mom is an expert seamstress. When we we were younger we were always snatching her good fabric scissors to cut paper. We were scolded numerous times. . ."Don't use my goodscissors to cut paper!," she'd say. Fast forward a few decades and mom was in my craft room and picked up a pair of scissors. I told her that she'd better not use my good paper scissors to cut fabric. . .at first she thought I was serious and then she got it and we shared a good laugh! I love my mom!
For this card, I used the lovely images from Altered Pages, along with one of their stamps containing all kinds of sewing themed items (you can only see a corner of the piece which is trimmed with pinking shears. The base layer is card stock from World Win papers and is embossed with a Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Rosa folder and then distressed with white pigment ink. The frame on the image was a result of using wax paper to try and convince the Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die to cut cleanly. It turned out looking like aged silver, so I left it on the frame over the navy paper. The flobow (is it a flower, or is it a bow?) is from Altered Pages pattern paper, trimmed with pinking shears and tied and topped with two buttons and twine. The lovely scripture is from Verve and sits under two floral pins and atop hem lace and seam binding.

 If you really want to see some really AMAZING projects, follow the links below. . . 

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

 

 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Never forsaken. . .


Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. Hebrews 1:5b
Gift card and upcycled mason jar to hold gift card.
Card opened, bouquet removed from gift jar.

CHACB Challenge #13:

Gloria Designs ChallengeThe current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is to:  Let's Cycle...Up-Cycle That Is! Being frugal and wisely stewarding resources is what it's all about. Show us how you can up-cycle something using "junk" from your hoard. Most craft hoarders also hoard boxes, tins, packaging, and bits of this and that. Our mantra is, I won't throw it away, I can MAKE something with that!" Now is your chance to use some of those hoarded items! Up-cycle!


We will again be picking favorites and a winner. The favorites will have an opportunity to guest design and the winner will receive a prize for their work from our fabulous sponsor.  You have until Sunday, August 17 at midnight PDT to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is perfectly suited to helping upcycle and repurpose: Canvas Corp. Canvas Corp manufactures and distributes a line of craft, scrapbooking and home decor basics under the brand name Canvas Home Basics. Joining the Canvas Corp umbrella of brands was BagWorks and 7gypsies in 2011 and the newest member of the brand team is Tattered Angels who joined in 2012.


Project Description

I've been wanting to make something like this for a while and this up-cycle challenge, coupled with the beautiful canvas damask fabric and muslin ribbon from Canvas Corp provided the perfect opportunity. See end of post for more close-up photos. 

Never Forsaken. . .
While this scripture fits nicely on a wedding card, doing so takes it out of it's beautiful context, although, in one sense, it is the promise of a husband to his bride. . .it is the promise of Christ to His  church, his "peculiar people.'  Or as commentator Matthew Henry says regarding Hebrews 5:1-6:

 "The design of Christ in giving himself for us, is, that he may purchase to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and true religion is the strongest bond of friendship. Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves. Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with mean things here. Those who cannot be so, would not be content though God raised their condition. Adam was in paradise, yet not contented; some angels in heaven were not contented; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content. Christians have reason to be contented with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promises; "I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee." In the original there are no less than five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him, in life, at death, and for ever. Men can do nothing against God, and God can make all that men do against his people, to turn to their good."

From the Stash

Paper: 7 Gypsies Collage "Frames" Tissue Paper; Altered Pages old sewing pattern; Wilton cake doily; ivory
Ink: VersaFine Onyx; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Canvas Corp damask canvas and muslin fringe ribbon; Tattered Angels High Impact Metallic Platinum mixed media paint; vintage buttons, twine, gold thread; Our Daily Bread Designs custom tag die; hoarded silver stems cut from home decor.
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 10; Wedding Blessings; Brocade Background.
Please visit the rest of the design team to see some AMAZING projects.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Monday, July 21, 2014

Swinging by. . .

The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky proclaims the work of His hands.  
Psalm 19:1
   


CHACB Challenge #12: Tag! You're It!

Gloria Designs ChallengeThe current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is: Who's the Boss!



Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra-think embossing enamel. You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard! Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!
 
And one talented participant will receive a prize for their work from our fabulous sponsors: Spectrum Noir and Crafter's Companion

Crafter’s Companion produces and offers a full range of tools and products to create cards and other paper craft projects.

Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter's Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market.

You have until Sunday, Aug. 2 at midnight PDT to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog


Supplies

Paper: WorldWin vellum and blue cardstock, Crafters Companion  Ultra Smooth White Cardstock 

Ink: Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers, vintage rick rack, button and twine. Crafter's Companion Clouds Embossing Folder;  Spellbinders dies A2 Distressed Edges.
Stamps: Crafter's Companion Ben



Please visit the rest of the design team to see some AMAZING projects.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


 

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Steadfast love. . .

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is Your Faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
   


CHACB Challenge #11: Tag! You're It!

Gloria Designs ChallengeThe current challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is: Tag! You're It!!

Use a tag on your project. Create a handmade gift tag. Create a tag mini album. Add tags to your scrapbook layout or your card. You may use some hoarded tag-shaped packaging or you may cut tags from scrap paper using a die cut template. Maybe you hoard shipping tags of all sizes. As long as your project contains some sort of tag, you will meet the requirements to play along!
 
And one talented participant will receive a prize for their work from our fabulous sponsors: Spectrum Noir and Crafter's Companion

Crafter’s Companion produces and offers a full range of tools and products to create cards and other paper craft projects.

Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter's Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market.

You have until Sunday, July 20 at midnight PDT to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog

Of Birds and Hope

"Tag it!" said our Hoarder-in-Charge, Gloria. . .so what started out as one tag, turned into a project with a total of five tags. This is more of a placard card, than a traditional card, and it is designed to be displayed on an easel. 

And, when displayed this way it contains a secret that only the recipient knows: tucked away behind the main tag is another tag, slipped into a pocket. The second tag and the the pocket both contain a special message of encouragement. 

However, since the most encouragement comes from God's precious Word, it graces the front of this piece serving as a reminder that our Lord is good, loving, faithful, eternal, merciful and sovereign, and sustains the universe by the word of His power (as we are told in Hebrews 1:3).  

We are encouraged because we know that all of the troubles and toils in this present age are not intended for the harm of those who are trusting in Christ, but for our eternal good and His glory. . .we know He is working all things together toward a glorious end and that all of creation is being restored! What a great hope!! 

That is also why I incorporated the birds, which remind me of doves. And. . .doves remind me of Noah and the promises of God and they remind me of our Savior, who is the fulfillment of every promise!

Project Description

This project consists of a backing, a pocket, made by modifying a handcrafted envelope, and a total of five tags. Two of the tags are attached front to back, with one inserted into the envelope hiding the sentiments below.
The third tag is on the back of the card. The fourth and fifth are on the box that was crafted to package the placard. See below for pictures.

It didn't start out to be so complicated!


Supplies

Paper: WorldWin kraft, Crafters Companion  Ultra Smooth White Cardstock 
Designer Paper: Prima Madeline
Ink: Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Tea Stain, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers, SU pearls, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, SU brad, Oriental Trading Company envelope template, Sizzix embossing folder, assorted ribbon and flowers (MS, SU, Recollections); Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys; lace from my fellow Zonie Sabrina (sjbutterflydreams)
Stamps: Layers of Color Merci Bouquet and Royal Birds, Stampin' Up!, Inkadinkadoo



Please visit the rest of the design team to see some AMAZING projects.

 

 

 

Blessings! jme ~ SDG