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Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Challenge Blog Hop

 Altered Pages Design Team 
has joined the
 Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog Design Team for Challenge #14 
Button It UP in a Blog Hop! 

ALTERING YOUR CREATIVITY - That's what we believe in at AlteredPages.com.  Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen.  We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums, so dive in and have fun with this challenge.   Both Design Teams are creating inspiring works to spark you into creating too!    Grab those bins and boxes, drag out your stash and let's GO.


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!  You can participate in the Craft Hoarders Challenge and win a prize from this month's sponsors.

Prize Package
Leaving comments during the AlteredPages and Craft Hoarders blog hop allows you to be entered into a random drawing for an AlteredPages Blog Gift - a Set of Japanese Oil Pastels and a huge Ephemera package.















Lyneen Jesse


Now for our partners in this hop 
The Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team! 
BE SURE TO COMMENT AS YOU VISIT EACH POST!

To participate in the challenge find out the rules and enter your project on the
 Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog







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