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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Lazy Hazy Days

Greetings and Salutations! The relocation of household and studio has been completed. The settling in has only begun. The scrappy supplies are mostly still in bins, but they are well labeled so with bit of digging the object of desire usually surfaces. It has been a full three months since any serious crafty action has happened around here. However the drought is over. August first was the reveal of a new inspiration kit at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. The choice this month is Studio Calico's Penny Arcade.  There are three kits and three add-on kits to draw ideas from. Thanks to Leslie for this compilation photo.

I took the obvious route and built my kit around the main scrapbook kit.
Starting with the paper.
I think I might have finally caught the "counterfeit" bug from Leslie, who often creates her own papers. The white spots on gold where easy to do with gesso and a finger tip sponge applicator.
My papers look like this.

Pink with small flower,  muk (manufacturer unknown).
Gold, muk.
Wild Hearts, Lucky Charm, Dear Lizzy, American Crafts.
Clouds, Hello Friend, Glitz Design.
Map page is torn from a 1960's grade school atlas.
Needing something bold with black, the best I had on hand was French Country , Trellis, Three Bugs in a Rug.
For the large feather print I free hand drew and cut out a similar shape to use as embellies.
And the bold alpha paper has a linear energy to it, so I chose a coral stripe, muk.
The cardstocks are all Bazzil, except for the bright blue which is Creative Memories. The oversize cardstock tag needs to find a home. It is on "use it or loose it" status.

Then the fun begins with the embellies.

Wood veneer Alphas (Studio Calico). Look at what I got at a hardware store sidewalk sale for pennies per package. All this for under $4.00!

White and Silver doilies(Studio Calico)
I had one small silver doily but made a couple more using silver glaze.
The pink doily paper is by Basic Grey.
Metal Circle Set (Studio Calico) is represented by the silver glitter roses fussy-cut from cardstock, muk.
Stamp Stickers (Studio Calico) Nothing of this sort on hand, so I looked for the colours in my stash and pulled three flags by Bella Boulevard, and three of my counterfeit project life cards that I started making way back here.
1x6" Stamp Set (Ashley Goldberg for Studio Calico)  I subbed in My Sunshine, Inque Boutique.
Clouds Mini Mask (Ashley Goldberg by Studio Calico) Here's where I had the most fun. Using a Colluzal cloud template and an oversized playing card from Heidi Snapp (sent to me by Lisa) I came up with those happy little puffy faces with heart shaped mouths.

Transparency Diamonds (Kal Barteski for Studio Calico) will be represented by the Marquee Enamal Shapes by Close to My Heart.
Spool of Pink Yarn (Studio Calico)  is pink embroidery floss, muk.
Large White Tag (Studio Calico) It's a bit of a stretch but the large, beige tag in the cardstock pulls double duty for this item also.
Yellow & White Crepe Paper (Studio Calico) is replaced with icy silver ruffled ribbon by Websters Pages.
Item for item, I have created my own budget version from what I had on hand. May I present Lazy Hazy Days.
Lazy Hazy Days
If you have never played along with CKCB I urge you to join us and give it a whirl. You might be surprised at how much fun it can be, to shop your stash and then work with that new kit you just built.

Thanks for stopping round. Double thanks for comments.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Is It Spring Yet?

April in this area gives hints as to the approaching gardening season. The odd day of double digits makes you forget to grab your coat when you leave. Bit it is still winter here in northern Alberta. And it will be for another two to three weeks. So there is still time for scrappy play before the gardening season pulls me outside for my other passion.

The March the Counterfeit Kit Challenge did not tickle my fancy. It was predominately red and yellow. Do you recall that we built a red, yellow and black kit in July of last year? Something about that combination is a block for me. The kit remains untouched. Since it was assembled with a particular story in mind, it will stay intact until I get around to that one. But please, don't hold your breath.

So knowing that the colour combo will not move the mojo, and longing for something with a breath of spring, a friend sent a link to Scrapbook and Cards Today. Their spring kit looks like this.


My mimicry kit did not get photographed as I pulled it together quickly before a weekend away that offered time to scrap in a hotel room.  But the layouts that came from it where just what I needed to work with . Most are from the first day of Becky-boo's life. One from a scrap retreat weekend. Funny how I love to scrap about scrapping.

There will probably be more from the kit, in time. But as I move into the "non-scrapping season"  I expect there to be a lull if not a total break.

Here are the resulting layouts from "Is It Spring Yet"

  I have been relying on Scrapbook Generation for layout inspiration since a friend recommend the site last summer. Especially useful for two page layouts that use a lot of photos. 

Then for the dear friend that says I need to put things on angles more often. A couple with her in mind.

  White cardstock and paper doily. Pristine and baby fresh. This is where I used the stamp set to make the green flowers and leaves. Out of the comfort zone, but I had fun doing it.

Finally a few photos from a weekend at The Blooming Inn, in Pincher Creek, Alberta.

Hope you enjoyed viewing these. Thanks for dropping by. Double thanks for comments.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Muddle Puddle Muse

Greetings and Salutations. And how are you this fine day?

Things at Muddle Puddle Hollow are whipping into a frenetic crescendo. We are getting ready to move. Literally and figuratively. Through the months of  April and May our household and garden will be moving to an 80 year old farm through. That is nearly ancient in this part of the world. It will have a real barn and outbuildings and mature trees. Well in fact it has trees so mature they are all dead, but that's for another post. As the new location is less than two miles away, it will be a long move with many trips using my mini van. We will be living in two locations for the next six to eight weeks.

The scope of the challenge this new home presents, to rebuild, refurbish, renew, is on such a scale that it deserves it's own voice and second platform for blogging has been launched under the banner of "Old. Tired. Ugly."

My first foray in bloggy-world, "Muddle Puddle" has evolved from a chatty place to share life's comings and goings, to a platform that showcases my scrapbooking journey. In a way, through the scrapbook layouts, you still get a view of the variety of activities that makes up life in this household. With the addition of the second blog, you can choose to keep up with the hands on nitty gritty(OTU), or skip along through the high points that get showcased in 12x12 format (MP). Or even still, (and I know at least two or three of you love me enough to do this, KP, MW, RB?) you might keep up with both.

So as the spring breezes blow and the last of the snow and ice dissipates from the driveway, why don't you come over for a little visit over a cuppa? I'm putting the pot on now at "Old. Tired. Ugly."

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February Round-Up

A prolific month overall, this round-up  is more than just the Counterfeit Kit, Crush on You.

Eleven layouts were born of this kit. And my surplus of Valentine's stash was almost eliminated. Robin was working away during V-Day so I made this layout to add photos of the belated celebration dinner we enjoyed when he got home.

Because I am not good at card making, I chose instead to create layouts for Robin. He often laments  that I don't scrap "us" enough. That would be because I prefer to chronicle the activities of the grandbabies. Can you blame me? They are cute and adorable, and we are, well, not so cute anymore. I was pleased overall with the layouts that feature my main man. I think he was too. They can all be viewed in flikr. Use tab at top of page for photostream or click here for the set.

During a mid-month crop day, 3 year old Rebecca learned to use Marvy punches. Their large lever handle makes them easy to use with little hands. This turned out to be a great way to get rid of small scraps.

Then she got interested in making a layout. We ran some of her punched shapes through the xyron. And the carousel sticker was another "crafty" item she put together. A few random photos and a a little help from gramma, and this was her first layout.
When the next day, (after sleepover at gramma's) we had to make another layout. I knew for sure, a scrapper was born. She recognized the people in these photos but wondered where she was. I answered, "You were just a twinkle in your daddy's eye."  which seemed to delight her, as she kept saying "twinkle in my daddy's eye" the rest of the day. More of her punched shapes, and lots of stickers, placed just so, made sure the second layout had her mark on it.

Being very good at accumulating tools and product that then languish in the cupboard, I challenged myself to use my cricut this month. Cracked open the Close To My Heart, Artbooking cartridge and made two Valentine's Day layouts. One is done. The second will need photos and more swag, of course.

And a bunch of Pet Pages were built, using Max and Whiskers from Basic Grey, plus extra papers and swag from the stash. Five 2 page layouts and 1 single for a total of 6. Again, they are all uploaded to fliker, if you care to see more unbelievable furry cuteness.

And all this was accomplished along side much television viewing of the Sochi Olympics. I am quite proud of my month long marathon. Now how do we get scrapping introduced as a demonstration sport?

Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Crush On You

The first of February heralds the beginning of a new month which means a new kit to copy at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  It is also the beginning of the Layout A Day Challenge (LOAD) which I like to sort of be involved in. I'll scrap along side my fine crafty friends, sans the daily prompts and admire and comment on their posts in Flikr.

Being the "romantic" month, I was delighted to see the inspiration kits from Kits De Somni. Sequins and paper doilies. Hearts and lost of feminine pink. This is the one I chose to copy.

 I took the Spanish text into Google translate to help me decipher the items. A couple of them didn't have English translations. So I just had to wing it. We scrappers are good at that.

The majority of the items are by Fancy Pants Designs, and while I did not have a single exact match, I had fun shopping my stash for papers with the same colour intensity or mood.

Top Row, left to right:
Fancy Pants, Hopscotch, 12x12 pad for the first two.
Dream Street, Act Naturally, Embody.
Pink, manufacturer unknown (muk).
dude designs, dude-lings, dude-ling yellow.
Theresa Collins, Everyday Moments, Blue scroll, side B.
Bottom Row:
fontwerks, the write line, statement.
Bold mustard stripe, muk, in place of multi coloured triangle pattern. No such shapes in my stash.
Fancy Pants, Hopscotch, 12x12 pad, with glitter. This one will be used to create my version of thier focal point paper.

Pebbles Inc., P.etc., Sassy Girl Circle.
Multi stripe, muk.
Distressed grey, muk.
Mustard dot, My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found two, Sunshine, 6x6 Designer Pad.
Grey wood, My Mind's Eye, On the Bright Side two, 6x6 Designer Pad.

Then some alphas. I choose two part used sets of American Craft, Thickers and Creative Memories, Nancy O'Dell, Hummingbird.
Since I won't have to make any apologies this month if I use too many paper doilies, I pulled in a series I cut on the cricut, last year, and an assortment of store bought ones.
For the wood veneer, two lovely birdies flew into the mix. I think they are Kaiser Craft.
For tags, the Valentine's day stash was ransacked. Some of these are five years, or more,in my supplies. They'll play nice with the American Crafts ribbon.
For die-cuts, I added one new package of Basic Grey die-cut shapes. There is no name on the package but they have a Valentine's vibe.
And then I also added lots of part packs and left over lovelies to bust through my old V-day stash.
Two part sheets of Creative Imaginations stickers by Marah Johnson.
Random assortment from many different sources.
 Border strips by Harmonie. Labels by Pebbles Inc, Real Life. Stickers by Bo Bunny, a gift of love, All Because 2 people. Bo Bunny, Love Letters, dimensional stickers. Tabs and ribbon, muk.
 Basic Grey, True Love, Snippets, and dimensional stickers, I think from MME.
My kit does not include tickets, mini envelopes or stamps. In place of these items I added bits of bling and epoxy. They will help the sequins, sing!
The name for this kit came from the remnants of a CD case. Here I go with my inspiration from packaging, again.

And all together it looks like this!

The intention is to have luscious layers, bountiful bling and carefree clusters on layouts that are ostensibly over the top. Besides my own designs, the Close To My Heart, Art Booking, Cricut cartridge will show us what it can do. I can tell already, I am going to need more paper, soon. Really soon.

Thanks for dropping by. Double thanks for comments.