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