Monday, January 12, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous January Challenge!

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.      


  1. Nancy, I am so thrilled that you have joined the team. I've admired your work for Frilly/Funky for the longest time, and I'm a huge fan of your vintage/shabby style. This little book is a gem. So many thoughtful touches and so beautifully composed. I love the cheesecloth threads, and someday you will have to tell me how in the world you attached those. What a treasure!

  2. Welcome to the design team! I'm a huge fan and your project today just shows me why! I love this and think those cheesecloth threads are amazing!

  3. As you already know, I have been wanting you to join our team for over a year! ;) I love your work. It is my favorite style of all the styles in the world. This is just a lovely album. I love all the layers and bits and pieces that you found in your stash! Amazing work. Welcome to the Dark Side....Hoarders Unite! ;)

  4. A beautiful project and I'm sure your grand daughter will love it! Fairies bring out the little girl in all of us and this is just enchanting! Chris

  5. So glad that you have joined the Hoarders, you are going to be a great tribute to them. Love, love your album as I love all your work.

  6. Very pretty album and your Granddaughter will love it. I love the magical feel it has with the glittered flowers, the little girl and the gorgeous frame around the poem. Congratulations on your new DT.

  7. Congratulations Nancy, I saw your name over at Craft Hoarders, you will make a wonderful addition to Gloria's team. Your album is so beautiful...your attention to detail is always incredible. Anne x

  8. Congratulations Nancy!! What a great fit for you and they are so lucky to be able to add such a talented lady to their line up!! Love your first project, so full of character! A beautiful keepsake for your grand-daughter to remember her trip! Just wonderful! until next time, big hugs :)

  9. Oh my, breathtaking...your grand-daughter is going to love. I full of detail and glad you are part of CHACB.

  10. What a gorgeous album you have created. Your layers, colors and all the special touches...oh my.
    Absolutely stunning!

  11. Such a lovely album for your grand daughter. I love the colors and my favorites are those pocket full of fairy post cards!

  12. Stunning work as always, Nancy - this is simply magical. The fairy filled pockets are great (Cicely M Barker the best fairy-creator ever!!), and the cover is just delicious with all that shimmer and beautifully composed embellishing. Great inspiration for the CHA challenge.
    Alison x