Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Treasured Friend Card ~ April Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

You should be coming to my blog from Barbara Rankin. Then after visiting me, hop over to Marisa Job! To start at the beginning of the hop, please head over to Gloria Stengel! You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of designers participating in this month's blog hop.

I hope you've been enjoying inspiration from the talented designers along your way!

Last month I shared a masculine card with you, so I thought I'd switch things up this month with a girly shabby chic card.

This hop is all about using up your hoard of crafty supplies. I had a package with one lone rose remaining, that I've been moving around for months. It's on the large size, so I just haven't found the right spot for it on any of my projects, so I decided to design a card around that flower. It's the large rose in the center of my cluster. 

Do you have collections of things from several years ago? Stuff you knew you had to have, then didn't really use all that much? Embossing folders fit into that category for me, and I have some lovely ones. I pulled out this gorgeous Anna Griffin folder to create a textured backdrop for the flowers on this birthday card I created for a dear friend.

"Treasured Friend"

Tips and Techniques
You can see the gorgeous rose I talked about earlier. Yes, this card is quite dimensional and will be hand delivered. The lovely lace inserts were cut from a hand-crocheted doily. I don't even know where the doily came from. It had been gathered/glued in the center with an (ugly) ribbon flower and pearl strand bow. Probably an old wedding decoration. I chopped it apart and tucked a couple of the scallops into the cluster. I also cut apart the pearl strand to form a couple loops peaking out over the leaves. Can you tell I hoard untold crafty bits and pieces?

Putting this card together was quite easy. I arranged the flowers - all leftover pieces from my fabulous Scraps of Elegance Kits, and glued them in place. To add a bit of sparkle, I dabbed clear-drying glue across the flowers and leaves, then sprinkled with chunky glass glittter. I also tucked in some grain seed heads for more texture.

Here's a side view.

I embossed white card stock then rubbed it with dark magenta and raw umber Pan Pastels to highlight the edges and raised embossing. I colored the patterned paper edges as well. Vellum can be a little tricky to stamp on because the ink stays wet for a long time. Once the ink was dry, I rubbed lightly with the Pan Pastels. 

Your next stop on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop is the talented Marisa Job. If you have dropped by my blog and would like to start at the beginning, be sure to hop on over to Gloria's blog HERE.

Prima ~ Butterfly Collection - Wood Hollow
Card Base, white (Stash)
Vellum (Stash)
Prima Flowers ~ Kindled - Sienna #655350
Prima Flowers ~ Garden Fable - Spring #580810
Prima Flowers ~ Butterfly - Chenille #580650
Prima Flowers ~ Butterfly - Aile #580612
BoBunny ~ Glaze Jewels
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage - Glass Glitter, Champagne
Queen & Co. ~ Pearls - Snowflake
Grosgrain Ribbon ~ Plum (Stash)
Crochet Doily (Stash)
String Pearls, white (Stash)
Dried Floral (Stash)
PanPastel ~ Magenta Extra Dark; Raw Umber
Ranger ~ Archival Ink - Plum
Cuttlebug ~ Anna Griffin Embossing Folder - Pirouette
Close To My Heart ~ Friendship Bouquet
Home & Hobby ~ Premium Double-Sided Tape - 1/2”
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is gorgeous! LOVING those flowers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Just amazing..love all the sprinklings on the flowers, beautiful! xo

  3. Oh wow, Tracey, this is stunning!! The flowers look amazing!! I love the chunky bits of glitter you added!! The texture is fabulous!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. as always your work is stunning and amazing!!! your flowers are always gorgeous!!!

  5. I would love to live close enough to you to be able to touch this one. There is so much dimension and texture and it's a lovely piece for sure!

  6. This is gorgeous Tracey, I love the sparkle and the rose is stunning.. and i think we are all like you and keep things because 'we are going to use that .... one day!!!!'

  7. I love that you took something ugly and made something so totally gorgeous out of it. That is what Hoarders is all about...seeing the potential in the junk we hoard!! Well done, you!!!


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