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Saturday, 4 April 2015

R&R (Round Up and Reveal)

Dear Reader. You probably will be able to identify with this situation. Have you ever foundt your life picking up momentum and felt like centrifugal force was pulling your world away and out of your control? Haha. ME TOO!!!

So what's a gal to do when there is so much going on and she doesn't want to give up on any of it?

Streamline. Reduce. Conquer. Adopt the Pareto Principle, aka the 80/20 rule. (80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.) Which leads to application of the lifestyle modifier, "Done is better than perfect."

So here goes. 80/20ing the blog and my CKC involvement.

ROUND UP for One Good Turn (February) and Good Heavens (March).

Still under construction: 3 two-page layouts using sketch from Scrapbook Generation and 2 one-page layouts using CKC border challenge.

Completed 4 one-page layouts.
Team Jetty. The engineering excellence of the Griffin duo culminates in the debut of the now world famous Jetty.
Cohen gives many of his toys names and personalities. Jetty is a friendly, lighthearted character. The sort of friend you like to hang out with and just watch the world fly by.
Features hand cut letters.

 Antony School Concert. Features Polaroid sized frame cut from cork placemat.

 Hello (names blocked out.) A layout for my "Friends of the Family" album.

"I never met a tool that I didn't like." -Robin Breese, millwright extraordinary.
Features, another hand cut cork frame and Sherrie's signature spelling mistakes. Was wanting to scrap this photo at church weekend crop. No ideas. Took a break for a walk. Found a stamp set at the dollar store and the rest, as they say, is history. Stamped the tools on creamy cardstock, fussy cut and tinted with watercolour pencil crayons.

And now for REVEAL.

Inspiration kit.Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess.
Presenting In Good Company.

 PROCESS. Kick self in butt for purging DCWV black and white stack last year. Pull b&w paper from stash.Tinkering Ink, Rusty Pickle, K&Co and unknown. Add in one multi-coloured sheet, Recollections. Consider that the gold alphas you got rid of three or four years ago, because you thought they were hideous, would now be absolutely lovely.  Resolve to NEVER get rid of ANY scrapbooking supplies EVER again. Go buy new alphas, Recollection. Gather coloured velum and punch hearts and circles. The orange sheet had previously tricked me into thinking it was only for Halloween. What a treat it will be to use it with confidence in this kit. Grab numbers from Glitz, cloth tape from 7 Gypsies, white brads of CTMH fame. Fill in with 4x3 and 3x3, title cards and off cuts, from Echo Park, Jenny Bowlin/Core'dinations and Rusty Pickle. Forge the rest. Chalk pen on black cardstock for "Hey You!" Chalk pen on transparency for "Today is a gift" Black acrylic on white cardstock for  XOXO, stripes, and speckles. Toss in pile and photograph.

In Good Company add-on#1 Old Friends
Old friends as in old stash. More numbers from Glitz. Jounaling prompt, Rusty Pickle. Chalk pen and chalkboard paper, CTMH. Chalkboard stickers, AC and MME. Vinyl stickers, unknown. Off cuts, MME. Going to forge some of the White on Black cards as seen in the kit. Will make them as inspiration strikes as I don't want to use up the blackboard paper and then find that fickle old inspiration has flown off in a different direction.

In Good Company Add-on #2 New Friends.
New friends from and Easter shopping spree yesterday, Good Friday. I shopped with an attitude of gratitude towards my Lord and Saviour, thanking Him for His sacrifice to the world and the many blessings in my world. First, the Recollections butterfly punch. Reduced from $35 to $9. Gold stamp pad, Craft Smart. Wood stamps, Amy Tangerine. Metal butterflies, Martha Stewart. Paper doilies, Celebrate It. Date and phrase stamps, Dear Lizzie. Sheer stickers, Heidi Swapp.

Good Company is titled in honour of all the good friends I have made in the CKC community. Always there when needed for recognition, encouragement, or inspiration. Even if this whirlwind life of mine turns into a maelstrom, I will endevour to stay connected with you. Should I fail, remember we are only a thought and a prayer apart.

Wishing you many Easter blessings. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!!

Monday, 23 March 2015

CKC 0315 Members Hop

 If you are here before 12:00 A.M. Mountain time, on March 24, please note that this blog has published too early. I blame it on blogger's brain malfunction.


G'day mate. Are you enjoying the hop? You should have arrived here from
Virginia at: http://celtichouse.blogspot.co.uk 
If you just happened along, you might want to start at the beginning:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is more than just a kit building club. Each month, CKC also posts challenges and tutorials. The later are to prompt us to further our counterfeiting by creating embellishments and papers in the vein of the originals. Lots of clever ideas are shared. The challenges are to jump start our creativity or to give a gentle push into creative realms previously unexplored.

This month the prompts were:

#1 Borders

#2 St. Patty's Day

#3 Be inspired by what's on you desk.

I fell in love with the layouts of the design team members in challenge #1. Especially Susan's. This was her submission.

I love the airy feel of her layout and the fresh colours in the sequins. Most of all, I like the idea of getting to use lots of die cuts on a layout, without it looking like the cat sneezed on my desk.

You may not know this about me, but I struggle to leave white space on a layout. ("Oh look! A space for more embellies!!" ) so my version is  a  bit a lot heavier.

My brother's family Christmas card usually is scrapped into a Christmas album. But this time, it will be going into my Family album.

A little background. Ed traveled extensively in his single years. But he met his wife in his own back yard.  She had traveled from the Philippians. How ironic. Long story short. They are living the "happily ever after."

Did you enjoy your journey, traveling though the hop? We started in Germany. Skipped back and forth, over the big pond. Right now you are an afternoon's drive away from the Canadian Rockies. Now head back over the pond to finish in England with Jemma at http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk

Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.

Lisa           http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Clair          http://obstinatepursuit.blogspot.com
Tina           http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Good Heavens

In a concerted effort to make up for being so late to the gate with February's kit, my March's compilation is ready to reveal.

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog kit to copy is A Piece of Cake Designs' January Cupcake Kit.
The cupcake kit features 6x6 papers

So many delicious details.

The Main Cake Kit is equally appetizing

This months master forger's blog hop was my favorite to date. Each design team member shared a tip (or two)  for building  counterfeit kits. Unknowingly, (or perhaps not so) they also shared in their personal process, which I find, always makes for a fascinating read.

It was my intention to try a different approach in building my kit, this month. Jemma from Just Jimjam's cleared things up for me when she pointed out that the pink in the photo is not in the kit contents. I wanted to try her technique of building a kit by examining the essences of the elements and break away from my regular, "best match" piece by piece approach. Well, that lasted until I got to the 3Ls, Leslie, Lisa and Lynette. Going through their kits, I keep saying, "oh I have that!" Or "gee I think I have something just like that." And the next thing you know, I am holding papers up to the screen and asking DH which paper looks more like the original?

So I fell back into my old way of doing it. Some would say, do what works for you. I always quip, "Don't fix what's not broken."  Perhaps next month I will stretch my kit making methods and take a break to build right after Jemma's post.

So on with the show. May I present, Good Heavens:
CKC 03 2015 Good Heavens

First the papers.
MME Jubilee

Good Heavens
 I am more than a little excited at how well this turned out. I started by flipping through my 6x6 pads. They tend to get forgotten, overlooked, ignored. Having a kit that features 6x6 papers was the push I needed to pull some of them in.

MME 6x6 On the Bright Side, Two
MME 6x6 Lost&Found Two Sunsh
Dream Street Forget Me Not Paisley Petals
MME 6x6 Kate &Co Cambridge Corut
The florals in the paisley is a much better colour match than the photo shows. (bad lighting continues to badger me)

Creative Memories

Paintable 6x6 muk (prehaps Technique 'Tuesday?)
From a friend's MME stack that I ransacked

October Afternoon Sidewalks Hide and Seek

muk(Stampi' up perhaps?)


Creative Memories, Seasons

MME Find your Wings and Fly, Balloon Parade

Creative Memories.
LLS bargain bin. muk
Love how the painted squares are spot on for the colours on the map page. It is my favorite piece in this kit.

Gelatos. I don't have anything in this medium. Hoping for a scrappy shopping trip to city to remedy my deficiency.

CTMH inks and paper doilies
MME Find your wings sticker sheet

Cork elements in the kit will be represented by tags to be cut from a piece of a placemat. Cork pins are by Little Yellow Bicycle, and an interesting border tape from a swap table in a corky colour, muk

Little alphas, on left from CTMH. On right Glitz Designs

and clips
and a few other things featured in the kit, such as two flair, sequins, wood print ribbon  are in this happy compilation:

Frames: MME
Clips: Maya Road
Washie tapes all from CTMH 
Overlay, flair, sequins, and ribbon all muk
and two Breezy Badges.
All together again, here are the papers:

and the whole kit:
Good Heavens
 Now with two fresh kits ready to go, I am well prepared for an upcoming weekend retreat.

And my tip for kit building? Don't create limitations that stop you from adding to your kit. As you begin to work with it, you might find you need buttons or stamps or a different paper. Pull it in as you think of it. Use it if it works for you. If not, it goes back into the stash at the end of the kit. In the meantime, you are using YOUR stash, and that is the whole point of the exercise, n'est-ce pas?

Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.