Thursday, January 5, 2017

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop - January 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope you are ready for our quarterly blog hop.  As always, we will make something from our hoarded stash of supplies.  And best of all, we have some great prizes to give away.  


Theme: Winter, New Year’s, Calendar ideas, Valentine’s Day, Love/Anniversary
As you can see, I chose to make a Valentine's Day card. I had this pretty paper 
from K&Company called Smitten for years. I may have used a few pieces from 
this pad, but I seem to find it more pleasurable to decorate the inside of my 
drawer. Well, no more!
I thought it would be fun to share with you a picture of some of the stash I planned 
to use on this card but, as it turns out, I didn't use everything.
It's pretty simple, really. I made a card base to measure 5"x7", and layered a 
piece from the paper pad slightly smaller than the card base. I found these 
pretty aqua/gold doilies and layered that next. Some pretty heart shaped lace, 
topped with pleated pink ribbon was added along the left edge. I die cut two 
heart shapes, two solid hearts from different papers, and one gold flourished 
heart. These were layered on top of each other, as shown.
Next, I added three mini flowers and a pretty pink bow to the center heart. A 
print label was added with pop dots above the hearts, and two stamp images 
were adhered on either side of the heart.
These pieces were used to finish off the inside of the card.
I layered the vellum with printed phrase over the print square label, and centered 
on the card inside. Another label printed "love is in the air" was pop dotted and 
added over the square label. A border strip was cut in half and added along the 
top and bottom edge. Finishing off the card inside is just one more added detail, 
but usually so appreciated by the recipient.
I hope you have been inspired to check out what you are hoarding in your stash 
suitable for Valentine's Day. It isn't far off, you know. So take a look, you never 
know what you will find. I am always surprised at some of the amazing, but long-
forgotten things I come across.
Your next stop is the talented Donna Idlet's blog. Wonder what amazing creation she 
will come up with. The list of bloggers is shown below. Be sure to leave a 
comment on each blog for a chance to win a fab prize, and follow the blogs if 
you don't already. Then you won't miss all the neat stuff shared by these 
fabulous designers.
1. Gloria Stengel - giving a prize by random draw
2. Tracey Sabella - giving prize by random draw
3. Pam Bray - giving prize by random draw
4. Bonnie Garby - giving prize by random draw
5. Teresa Horner - giving a prize by random draw
6. Barbara Rankin - giving prize by random draw
7. Donna Idlet - giving prize by random draw
8. Marisa Job - giving prize by random draw
I will be giving away an entire monthly Cardmaker's kit from Hot Off The Press. 
(USA shipping only)

All you have to do is leave a comment
and follow my blog (if you don't already).

I will do a random draw on January19th and post the winner here, 
on my blog.


Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop.

Barbara xo

61 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Jan. It is so fun finding beautiful things you forgot about in your stash. :)

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  2. Beautiful card, Barbara - love the way you combined all your elements...and I think you have one terrific hoard of Valentine treasures! LOL I'm envious. When Valentine's Day rolls around, I never have any 'real' Valentine stuff LOL.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize ... didn't expect to have a chance at that!
    Happy New Year, Barbara!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comments, Tristan. You always make me feel so artistic! I have saved (hoarded) so much for so many years that I think I probably need to purge a bit, as well. LOL Which, BTW, I have started doing. But is is so hard to get rid of things that are so pretty! Happy New Year to you, too! Hope 2017 brings you all you wish for!

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  3. I love the card! This is a great idea to help use those long lost items. I have plenty.

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    1. Thanks, Meme. I think it comes with the territory, since we paper crafters seem to always be in the same "boat", too much stuff, too little time. LOL

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  4. Pretty card, love the doily and what you did with the hearts!

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  5. Truly a beautiful card, Barbara!! I have that MB heart and it is at the top of my favorites list for die cuts. It always looks exquisite in any color. Smitten, aw, I remember these beautiful papers. TFS!

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  6. So - thank you thank you for sharing this blog hop - I simply HAD to share the amazing projects with my fanpage! I couldn't even pick out a favorite if I tried! I love how you used the items you did- and the inside of the card... love love love it! Great project!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynda. So glad you stopped by and are enjoying the hop!

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  7. Oh my goodness I have not done a blog hope in years!! thanks for the fun and BTW I love your card!!

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    1. Thanks, Emmajean. I hope you are enjoying the hop, and thanks for stopping by.

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  8. This is great, love how you start out wanting to use things then decide to use others. I do the same.

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    1. Thanks LeeAnn. I always seem to pull out more than I need, but once it is in the picture, I cannot take it out. LOL

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  9. I love finding things I had long forgotten. They become "new" again, such a treat! This is a lovely card. TFS!

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  10. Hi Barbara! Greetings from Las Vegas. I absolutely LOVE your sweet card. Thanks so much for taking part in this fun blog hop. I've seen the most amazing projects. I really love yours, and I thank you for participating.
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Karen. So glad you are enjoying the hop. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I had to laugh at your comment about seeming to prefer to decorate the inside of a drawer with pretty papers, rather than use them....a common problem here too! LOVE that you used one of those vellum sentiments for the inside of the card. I have many of those and will have to start using them as well.

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    1. Thanks Karen. I really love how the vellum sheet fit the label perfectly. It was as though it were meant to be. LOL

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  12. Beautiful layering! Love the pretty die you used!

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  13. Really cute card. Love the color combo.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  14. Great inspiration - Valentines Day will be here before we know it!

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    1. So true, and thanks for stopping by Laura!

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  15. What a beautiful card, whoever receives it is lucky! Love that your decorated the inside, too. Thanks for your participation in the hop and the wonderful prize.
    gildamc@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks, McStamper, and so glad you stopped by. Enjoy the hop!

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  16. Very pretty inside and out. I like all the embellishments.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  17. Very pretty card.....You make it look so easy!!

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  18. Such a gorgeous card! Love all the details and embellies. I always forget to decorate inside!

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    1. Thanks Jean. I am so glad you stopped by!

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  19. I really love looking at all the wonderful projects that everyone makes on these blog hops. Your card is wonderful. I'm sure that we all have papers that we hoard because they are too pretty to cut. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I think we all suffer from that same "sickness", not wanting to cut our pretty papers. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Oh what a fun stash you had to work with... the card is gorgeous; the heart lace ... Swoooooooon and touch of gold OMG; love at first sight <3

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    1. Thanks so very much, Rea'. I really do love that paper, but I have to stop hoarding and put these things to better use. So glad you stopped by.

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  21. Beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration to revisit my box of older papers and embellishments.

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    1. Happy to oblige, Susan. LOL And thanks for stopping by.

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  22. This looks just like a fancy Valentine box full of chocolates, yum! Congratulations to you on using lots of stuff from your stash.

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  23. Someone's going to be thrilled to receive this gorgeous card! Love the ribbons and lace and pretty inside, too!

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  24. Love your card. Makes me think of Victorian Valentines cards. Thank you for sharing you work.

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    1. Thanks jcarpen000. So glad you stopped by.

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  25. Love your card. Makes me think of Victorian Valentines cards. Thank you for sharing you work.

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  26. Beautiful card and you make it look so easy! I love the aqua and gold doily you used, it really adds additional "zing" to an already fabulous card!

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  27. Really beautiful project. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  28. What a beautiful card, Barbara!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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  29. What a beautiful card, loved how you put it all together. I think i should check my stash, I think I might just have a few Valentine themed items that I could and should use.
    ~Gin K.~

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. You should check your stash, you never know what you will find. Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Such a lovely Valentine's card. . .perfect timing since I've just started making my own and am inspired by your creating from hoarded items. I'll need to sort through my own.

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    1. Thank you, Helen. Making cards is one of my favorite paper crafting things to do. Thanks for stopping by!

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