Hello and welcome! We've ushered in the New Year since my last post. I don't know about you, but I've established a couple of resolutions I'm determined to work on this year.
I also have some news I'm excited to share with you. I've been invited by Gloria Stengel to be a part of her design team at Craft Hoarders Anonymous! I'm absolutely thrilled! I'm a long time fan of Gloria's work, and I am honored to be a part of her fabulous team.
Our January challenge theme is Choose your OWN Challenge! You'll choose elements from the chart below, using at least one element from each column, then create any type or style of project you wish. You may choose more than one item from each category, but you must include AT LEAST ONE from each. Pull out all those hoarded products, have fun, and welcome to a NEW YEAR at Craft Hoarders Anonymous! Be sure to list the elements you have chosen from each column in your blog post and LINK your project up using the Link Tool at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.
My project is a bit outside of my usual style. I dug deep into my supply hoard to create this 'woodland fairy' themed mini album for my grand-girl. It's her autograph book and memory album for our trip to Disney World.
I created the album using chipboard and a Tim Holtz three ring binder, then painted it inside and out in a vintage gold color. I layered, stitched, and distressed some beautiful papers from Heartfelt Creations. I've been hoarding them a long time and they were perfect for the album. The spine cover is grunge paper embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder then painted in vintage gold.
I did a lot of fussy cutting and layering to create a miniature enchanted garden, centering everything around a frame and computer generated verse. I cut the chipboard frame with a Spellbinder's die and used a punch for the little flowers and dragonflies. I pulled out the vintage gold paint again to add some sparkle to the frame and dragonflies. The chipboard flower fairy is the keeper of this garden. I found her hiding in one of my hoarded Prima collections.
I crafted quite a few pockets for this album, dressing up the edges with a Martha Stewart punch. I filled the front and back pockets with flower fairy postcards from collage sheets I purchased on Etsy. The rest of the pockets are empty and ready to hold mementos from the trip.The pages between each pocket are blank cardstock in pastel shades. These will provide plenty of space for character signatures and photo mats.
I added two handmade stickpins and a tiny Prima nest. I also added some woodsy floral wire, a flourish of Prima pearls, and metal filigree pieces to a couple of the corners, The finishing touches were a generous sprinkling of fairy dust glitter and a bit of cheesecloth string.
My chosen elements from the chart were paint, thread, die cutting, folding, scoring, punching, chipboard, metal, flowers, and bling.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing in the crafty fun. I hope you'll be able to play along with us this month! Don't forget to check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the design team!!
Supplies: Chipboard, Tim Holtz Grunge Paper, Damask embossing folder, and large 3 ring binder, Vintage Gold paint. Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret design papers. Prima chipboard element, pearls, and nest. Spellbinders Teardrop Circles die. Marvy dragonfly and small flower punch. Martha Stewart Fairy Dust, Gold Glitter and Eyelet Lace punch. Seven Gypsies book binder punch. Flower Fairy and Postcard collage sheets from Etsy. Cheesecloth, filigree metal corners, and floral wire, Scotch ATG tape, red line tape, hot glue gun, adhesive pop up dots.