Monday, November 3, 2014


Hello there!  How is your week going?

I am pleased to be a part of a joint Blog Hop for Craft Hoarders Anonymous and My Artistic Adventures. The theme for this blog hop is "THANKS" ... very appropriate for this time of year, don't you think?  Now, your project doesn't necessarily have to be about Thanksgiving, but "THANKS" needs to be included somewhere.

This will not be a blog hop where you have to go from one blog to another to get the next link.  Each of us are listing all of the designers participating and you can visit whoever, whenever. So let's get started with all of the gals participating ...

Heather Hudson of My Artistic Adventures ~ Host & Sponsor 
Gloria Stengel of Craft Hoarders Anonymous ~ Sponsor
Amber Milone of Pink Chic
Christy Butters of Creating With The Girls
 Debbie Seyer of A Peek Into My Stamping Room
 Donna Idlet of Creative Lady
Ginny Nemchak of Polly's Paper
Glenda Brooks of Magpie's Corner
Helene of 2amScrapper
Shawn of Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Carol of Scrappy Daze
Lizette of MrsBeez
Sandi of Scrapbookin' With G
And myself...but you're already here!!

Have fun as you hop from blog to blog seeing everyone's "take" on this challenge theme.  In keeping in the spirit of using "hoarded" items to create for the Craft Hoarders challenges, everything except Heather's collage sheet images was made from stuff I have proudly hoarded and forget that I have from time to time.  (smile)

Heather Hudson of My Artistic Adventures is not only co-hosting this event but 
she is also sponsoring it with a
 $25.00 gift certificate to her Etsy Store.  

And ... she is also hosting her own sponsored challenge at her My Artistic Adventures Blog with another $25.00 gift certificate! So be sure to check out her blog for all of the details and enter it as well as this challenge!

Now...onto the "THANKS" challenge!

I will gladly share with you what I created and how I did it.

I have chosen three different collage sheets from Heather's vast array of fun images to create my little "thanks" scene that could be used in several different ways.


Here is my finished project featuring Heather's images, a Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Die cut frame, and several other die cuts from Simon Says Stamp and Memory Box die cuts.  This could be mounted on a canvas background to be used as a wall hanging, pieced as card fronts or as I have chosen to do here; create a little scene that can be free standing on a table. 

Here are several parts of the parts I have used in my piece. The Bingo Card, the little girl sitting next to the pumpkin and the harvest man in the moon are all Heather Hudson designs and are available in her ETSY shop.

The picket fence, postage stamp frame are Tim Holtz and the banners and tree are either Simon Says or Memory Box die cuts.

The picket fence is cut on a piece of plain grungeboard and crackled using Picket Fence Distress Paint and Gathered Twigs distressing. 

I began by die cutting three frames using Tim's Postage Stamp and middle Sized Rectangle die cut out of black chipboard.  I glued them together then I coated them with Distress Embossing Ink.  Next I sprinkled Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder randomly over the black inked frame and wiped away some of it with my finger, creating a random pattern of powder with black showing through.  Then I repeated this step using Tea Dye Distress Embossing Powder and heat set them to the chipboard. I absolutely LOVE the grainy texture of the frame and the almost rusted appearance of it.

I ran my finger with some gold paint from Paint Dabber over the edges of the frame to highlight the edges and give a more distinct appearance. 

Next I used Tim's smaller ray Texture Fade on my vintage Bingo card. I then highlighted the rays with the Gold Paint Dabber followed by a light topping of White Fire Treasure Gold Guilding Wax.  I also added some White Fire to the man in the moon to give him that warm, harvest glow.  I glued the Bingo card in place on the back side of the frame, pop dotted my man in the moon in place and laid my frame to the side.

Next it was time to make some little autumn leaves for my tree die cut out of brown cardstock, distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and given a "moon glow" with the Gold Paint Dabber.


I sprayed some manila cardstock with Dylusions Pure Sunshine, Tangerine Dream and Postbox Red.  I also dabbed some of the punched leaves with Pine Needles Distress Ink to give them a greenish cast.

Once the leaves were punched out,  I began gluing them to the tree and the picket fence with Glossy Accents.

I decided on this banner for my "THANKS".  I cut it down to the size I needed it to be and transformed it from plain manila cardstock to flags colored with Scattered Straw topped with a touch of Rusty Hinge and the "string" is Vintage Photo Distress Marker.  I wrote "THANKS" on the flags using a small Brown Permanent Marker then covered the flags with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I also added Rock Candy to the pumpkin sitting by the little girl.

I decided to take a small battery operated tea light and add it to my scene. I painted the top of the light with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint. 

I added Tim's Tissue Tape all around the outside edge and then distressed it with Rusty Hinge.  Finally, I added some more leaves using Glossy Accents.

Once all of the elements were complete, I simply needed to glue, pop dot and put everything together.  Here is a closeup of the frame portion of my scene with the man in the moon shining his rays of light onto the tree.

Here is a photo of the tree portion of my scene, catching the moonlight as the little vintage girl sits quietly underneath resting against her pumpkin and gathering the falling leaves

And here is a photo of the finished piece without the tea light.

"THANKS" for checking out my blog and I hope that I've inspired you to join in on the fun of Heather's Blog Hop in conjunction with Craft Hoarders Anonymous' Challenge and also Heather's challenge at My Artistic Adventures.

I hope you have fun hopping around from blog to blog and that you get all sorts of "THANKS" ideas from everyone you visit!



  1. I really love your project and enjoyed seeing how you did the step by step to achieve the final piece. It is truly lovely!

  2. Fabulous project! I've worked with tiny leaves before, so I applaud your hard work to create this lovely scene! Helene

  3. What an adorable little scene you've created! Amazing details and thanks for the fabulous tut on how it was created. Fabulous! xxD

  4. Oh my goodness..this is so stinking cute! Thanks for the I want to go alter my battery operated tea lights!
    Love that you used several of Heather's pieces together to make this amazing scene...spectacular!
    Love those little leaves as well!

  5. This is, as we say in the UK, "totes amazeballs." I absolutely love it, so clever and so beautifully done. There's an open challenge over at Anything But A Card this month - would love it if you shared and linked up over there too :)

  6. Wow, what an amazing project for the challenge!! Lovin this blog hop, thanks so much for being a part of it with us at Craft Hoarders!! xo

  7. Oh, I love this Candy! Such a great way to combine and use these images...and won't it look sweet on your mantle, sideboard or windowsill all this fall. I really appreciate the step out, too! Thanks for hopping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Lisette's comment made me smile.... that is a typical Hels Sheridan comment - lol. Wow Candy, I love the wonderful scene you have created, the man in the moon and little girl are both adorable. Your treatment of the postage stamp die cut is brilliant, it has a real look of rust and the gold edging is the perfect finish. I want one of those leaf punches! Great tutorial, as always. Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Wow what a sweet scene, I love the moon and the picket fence x

  10. Cndy, what a beautiful project! I love all the fall colors and all the elements. Thanks for the step by step tutorial and thanks for joining Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog hop.

  11. Amazing little vignette! Super details, cool techniques. I love the moonbeams. Happy Nov :)

  12. your project is stunning!!! LOVE all your layers and fall colors!! LOVE seeing your process!!!

  13. Thank you for the ideas, your project is wonderful and I love the different elements

  14. Oh wow! This is so cool. Love the 3d aspect and your tree is amazing!
    Thanks for hopping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  15. Oh my gosh Candy! This is such an adorable vignette!! Of course you had all of that in your stash- I would be disappointed if you did not! teehee So well done!! ")

  16. What an adorable scene.. Love this!!! Coco x

  17. Wonderful project, Candy! The scene is just perfect for Thanksgiving and I so love all those leaves you added to the tree. Adorable scene! I am certainly thankful for so much! Hugs!

  18. Darling, Candy!! I love those itty bitty little leaves--They are so cute!!! This is such a playful and vintagey scene with so much to look at! You must have had a lot of fun putting this together!! So Thankful for Artists like you!! Thanks for sharing, Candy!! XOXO-Shari T.

  19. This is Darling Candy! I really love all the altered effects that you use on your pieces and the fact that you take the time to share how you do them. I love what you created and how you were able to incorporate my sheets! Thank you so much for taking part in the hop!

  20. Candy, as always, you are such an artist! This is wonderful. So whimsical. And you used your hoard to perfection! Thanks so much for joining the Craft Hoarders Team for this hop!

  21. So cute and so clever, love the tree die and the tiny leaves. Great tutorials, it's always so helpful to see your step by step instructions.

  22. This is absolutely delicious, Candy! Those leaves are just to die for, glowing with colour on the bare branches of the tree, and a great combination of the smiling Harvest Moon face with those gleaming embossed rays. Fabulous!
    Alison xx


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