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Floral Tea Box – Craft Hoarders Anonymous GDT

Hello and welcome to my second post as Guest Designer for Gloria Stengel’s Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge blog! As you may know by now I’ve been invited to join their amazing and talented team for the month of August. I’ve been having lots of fun making my projects and now is time to share my second creation inspired by the current challenge: “Button it Up!”.

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store…usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!

If you saw my first project for Craft Hoarders posted a couple of weeks ago, you know that I hoard vintage buttons (here). That project itself was made to contain those buttons so I could keep them handy! So, yes, I totally identify! 

Today’s project showcases my vintage buttons very nicely, as part of a handmade floral bouquet. Please take a look at my floral tea box.

To make this adorable tea box I used my latest release in collaboration with Ewe-N-Me Printables: Gift Box and Tea Envelopes – Vintage Roses, that matches my latest paper pack release: Keys & Roses.

To decorate my box, I made a bunch of handmade flowers and a few leaves from leather textured cardstock, which I sponged with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Broken China, Color Box Chalk Ink in Yellow Citrus and Color Box Pigment Ink Frost White. I used Spellbinders Rose Creations, Carnation Creations and Bitty Blosssoms to die cut them. I added the flowers forming a falling bouquet. I decorated it with crystals, buttons and pearls. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my tea box today and that you feel inspired to join the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. 

A special thank you note:

Gloria thanks so much for this incredible opportunity! It’s no secret that Craft Hoarders Anonymous has inspired me plenty… I’ve grown as a crafter by playing along with the challenges and by seeing all what you and your talented girls create. Thanks!

Giveaway Alert!
If you’d like to win this Gift Box and Tea Envelopes – Vintage Roses set, stop by my blog tomorrow!

Thank you so much for your visit!

This card is participating in:
Bags and Boxes – My Craft Spot

August Challenge – Rhedd’s Creative Spirit 
Anything Goes – Altered Eclectics
August Inspiration Challenge – Paper Sweeties

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Floral Altered Jar – Craft Hoarders Anonymous GDT

Hello everyone! I’m so excited that this day finally arrived! This month two of my projects will be featured on Gloria Stengel’s Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog. I have been invited to join her fabulous, talented team as guest designer starting today with Challenge #13: Let’s Cycle…Up-cycle, That Is!

What’s this challenge about? Being frugal and going green is what it’s all about. Show us how you can up-cycle something using “junk” from your hoard. Most craft hoarders also hoard boxes, tins, packaging, and bits of this and that. Our mantra is, “I can MAKE something with that!” Now is your chance! Up-cycle.

I decided to up-cycle a glass coffee jar. I never throw one away. I love to use them to store fresh oregano from my mom’s garden, for example. But this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make something pretty with one of them, for my desk. Here’s my altered jar:

1. For this project, I made tons of handmade flowers from leather textured cardstock, sponged them with distress inks in Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint, and also Colorbox pigment ink in Frost White. I used Elmer’s glue-all to put them together.

2. The jar’s lid was wrapped with 2″ lace and 1″ soft pink gross grain ribbon. Right where the lace and ribbon’s ends meet I added a piece of pleated lace that I decorated with a vintage button, pearls, fused string pearl beads and crystals.*

3. Then I started adding the flowers on top of the lid. There was no need to use any structure, I simple made sure each flower was adhered to the other very well, and tried to add them in a semicircular shape. I can assure you the flowers will stay in their place.*

* I used UHU all purpose adhesive (silicone gel) for steps 2 and 3.

This jar is very practical, and the lid opens and closes easily. I am currently using it to store my vintage buttons as you may notice from the pictures.

I hope you enjoyed this project and simple tutorial! I encourage you to join the challenge this week at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. The Design Team sponsors this month are Canvas Corp and Altered Pages. One talented participant will receive this Canvas Corp prize, donated by Gloria. 

Thanks so much Gloria for letting me share this project with you and your girls!

I will be back on August 25th with my second project for CHAC, so stay tuned! Thanks so much for stopping by!

This project is participating in:
Shabby Chic – We Do Doobadoo
Anything Goes – Altered Eclectics
August Challenge – Rhedd’s Creative Spirit
Mixed Media – TokBobok
3D Flowers – My Craft Spot