Monday, June 9, 2014

Hope Card ~ Guest Designing for Craft Hoarders Annonymous

I'm so delighted to share that the amazingly talented Gloria Stengel has invited me to guest design for her Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog this month. This first project is all about folding, and I've created a pleated butterfly (lots of folds here) to adorn my card. Her challenges encourage us to use our hoarded supplies, so I've used items that have been in my stash for at least a year and many of them much longer than that. 

Use some sort of "fun fold" on your project. You can make a fun fold card, a pop-up card, an explosion box, or other type of project that makes use of folded cardstock or paper. You can share some folding techniques that are perfect for scrapbook layouts or mixed media pieces. Create a mini album with a folded binding. Fold some ribbon to make pleats. De-hoard those supplies and show us your folds....paper folds that is!

Sponsors: WorldWin Papers and StencilGirl


Tips and Techniques
I created this lovely butterfly using a pattern and tutorial posted by Leeann Greff at Flowerbug's Inkspot. You can find her tutorial here.

Once I folded and created the butterfly, I brushed it with several colors of Ranger's Perfect Pearls powders mixed in water to distress and color. The body is a jewelry finding piece from my stash.

The glittered Hope transparency sticker came in a kit I bought years ago. I just never had the right project for it, until now!! 

 I clustered these older Petaloo flowers along the side with berries and dried grape vine sprigs. 

Here's a final, angled shot. 

I squeezed glossy accents in the corner below the sticker and sprinkled with silver microbeads which were popular in paper crafting a few years back. I've been seeing them used in mixed media this year and have raided my hoarded stash to bring sparkle and dimension to my projects in recent days.

We R Memory Keepers ~ Anthologie - Medley, Potpourri
Ivory Cardstock
Fancy Pants Designs ~ Glitter Cuts Diecuts - Hope
Petaloo ~ Velvet Hydrangea - Blue
Petaloo ~ Chantilly Mixed Blooms - Cream
Berry Sprig ~ Stash
Grape Vine ~ Stash
Jewelry Finding ~ Stash
Creative Charms ~ Vintage Brads VP-8206
Kaisercraft ~ Pearls - Lemon
Queen & Co ~ Pearls - Sunflower Yellow
Ranger ~ Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold; Blue Patina; Perfect Bronze
Beadies ~ Microbeads - Silver
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrapdots
Idea-ology ~ Paper Distresser
Martha Stewart ~ Mini Scoring Board
Ranger ~ Heat It Craft Tool

I hope you've been inspired to dig into your scrappy hoard to create a project for the Craft Hoarders Annonymous Paper Folding Challenge. Stop by the blog here for details and to link your project.

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. ohhhh how pretty LOVE your butterfly!!!

  2. Thank you for the link to the folded butterfly!!! I'm loving this card of yours, and yes, my micro beads have also been dug out of retirement!

  3. That butterfly is the 'jewelled' body on it, too...& I think me, the UN-flower user, even has some of those petaloo blooms!!!! Lovely card:):)

  4. Gorgeous Tracey! I love the butterfly, your card is stunning.


  5. Tracey this is stunning!!!! LOVE the detail of the butterfly! What an amazing inspiration card!!!

  6. Beautiful card, that butterfly is stunning!

  7. A beautiful card and I love the butterfly! Thanks for being a guest designer at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Just gorgeous! Love your style!
    Thank you for sharing the link to my blog for the template!

  9. Your work is always so lovely and grungy at the same time! That's a good thing! I adore the blue you chose, and then the pops of color, and that lovely butterfly! Just wonderful. Thanks so much for being one of our guest designers at Craft Hoarders Anonymous! I am so pleased to have you join us!

  10. Tracey, that folded butterfly is just amazing! You have such a wonderful eye for color and a deft hand when it come to combining textures and images in an eye pleasing way. I just love your work! Thanks for being a guest designer with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. Wow, that butterfly is absolutely stunning... glorious! And I love the deep ocean colour of the background and those lovely flowers... altogether a really great card. Fab folding inspiration, thank you, and congratulations on your guest spot.
    Alison x

  12. Wow, your folded butterfly is beautiful. Love all the details in your card! Thanks so much for being a guest designer at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!


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