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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Good ol' Days CKC 0515

Can you say "delighted"? Every month end as I anticipate the reveal on the next CKCB kit to copy, I always wonder (and ask if I have the chance) if there will be green in it. Hurrah! This month the kit features REAL GREEN! I was looking at the kit, on screen, then looked out the window and realized the colour was spring grass green.
The view of the barn, and the green grass poking up in places over the dead, yellow grass certainly got me in the mood to capture some stories about this wonderful old farm. And this is the kit to do it with.

The kit to copy is from Jenny Bowlin. No wait, it is from Counterfiet Kit Club, as we are copying the first kit CKC revealed back in 2011. Check out the original post details here. 
 And the challenge to copy ourselves is here.  
The JBS kit looks like this:
Jenny Bowlin Studios; Mercantile
My papers look like this:
 I had so many great papers to choose from for the theme, and I usually use neutral card stock these days so in place of coloured card stock, I chose patterned paper.
Reminisce, Farm Life, The Barn. <take special note of this one. It sets the mood for the month.
Green with small cross hatch, (muk)
Close to My Heart, Notebook
K&Company, Brenda Walton, Brianna Large Dots Flat Paper
DCWV, Vintage Collage Stack
Basic Grey, Laser cut paper, Doilies
Pink Paislee, Pretty Lace <exact match to original kit. Fun Fact: this paper is printed with soy inks.
Basic Grey, Porcelain, Dresden
Red and Cream lace, I am pretty sure this is a Jenny Bowlin paper.

Then I added the "stuff"
Bingo Cards: Simple Stories, Year.o.graphy
Daisies: K&CO, Wild Saffron, Grand Adheskons
Lables: Prima, The Goods, is for stickers
White flower, EK Success, Jolee's Boutique
Cream and brown flower, muk

accidentally missing from this photo is CTMH waxy flax in yellow, and two antique stick pins. The waxy flax got it's self stuck to something else and I didn't notice it missing from the final picture until posting. 



 Black doilies are white with the addition of ink.
 Add on Kit: 
 
And mine:
 PP in place of cardstock again.
Green hex, and boarders are sides A and B of Echo park, For the record by Bella Road.
Embossed Cream, Core dinations with Jenny Bowlin. Red Soda Label, Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Stuff: Big red buttons, Gramma's button box.
Felt flowers, Basic Grey, Oliver, Bloomers.
Foundry Numbers, CTMH.
Paper tape : 7 gypsies, postale.
Vintage bits, bottom right, Graphic 45, Commuique Collection, Typography.
Brown paper bag from gift shop with vintage ads on it.
Random die cuts and journaling spots from stash.
Dictionary sheet, Glitz
Crowning vintage find: A world war II Canadian Rations book.

Found in a boutique scrapbook store in Edmonton. What made them extra cool is that they were from Boyle, which is a town in the county, in which I live. Also the surnames on them were familiar to me. Ok they are not just cool or extra cool, they are SUPER cool!

Finally the Magpie Kit:
JBS Magpie Kit

 This kit reminds me of Rose Mille Studio's cachette collections. Beautiful to inspect on line but not in my budget.
I struggled somewhat to put mine together. Sometime you have to give up on on piece by piece comparisons and just try for the "feel" of the kit.

I like the monochromatic trend that is surfacing. Hard to follow it to the letter when you LOVE colour.
The large frame is an unused marriage certificate. I fussy cut out the middle part which had one signature on it. Perhaps someone changed their mind?
Gold dresden frame will be constructed out of fussy cut bits from a gold paper doley.
Washi tape in place of satin ribbon.
Assorted pearlized buttons.
Spool labels were from a freebie print out for a kit a couple of years back. These, I gotta use or loose.
The stamps are genuine. From France, no less. I ordered a t-shirt for the grand kids from Poisson Rouge. If you have preschoolers in your life. You will want to check out  "Red Fish Soup"   
Sheep die cut, in place of the rabbit.
Vintage paper doily. Very intricate, and of higher quality than the ones currently available.
Journal spot on top left, 29th Street Market, Spirit Sisters, Foliage.

And that is my take on this month's kit(s)  Or is that on a 2011's kit? Oh I almost forgot. These are the Alphas I am focusing on using:
Rusty Pickle Moulin Black and White
Fancy Pants, Its' the little things.
Dream Street, Tea for Two.
Thickers, Hello, Burlap letter stickers. They smell so good. Like potato sacks under the August sun.

And once more, my inspiration photo for this month:
Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.





Saturday, 9 May 2015

Round up, Good Friends, CKC 0415

Quickly now, as I don't have much time. Scheduled to be at a trade show in 89 minutes. In an effort to squeeze 36 hours into each day, I try to work using the 80/20 rule and not sweat the minor imperfections in my work. Typos be darned!!

Aprils Kit to copy was messy box by my messy life.

Messy Box
 My version, Good Friends has many (for me) counterfeit parts to it.
Good Friends 
The "Today is a Gift" overlay did not get onto a layout but I am enoying it on my bulletin board.



Lots of "messy" work on ^this^ one. I bought soft pastels because I couldn't find Gelatos last month to add to kit. Then when I finally found Gelatos, they gave me sticker shock! The package of 24 soft pastels cost about the same as one Gelato, and the G's didn't come in the colours I was looking for.

Any ways, I smudged blue and pink pastels on the background paper. Then dropped black re-inker, and then a couple of spritzes of Mr. Huey in pinstripe. It is the first use of my first Mr.Huey. I really like it!

|Anyways, note to messy box creators. If you don't have to wash your hands and clean your desk top, after, it is not being messy.

Barely can be considered a kit page. The only kit items used were Heidi Swapp stickers.
Reads: Have you seen this man? Wanted in more than three counties for his quick wit and gentle charm. Loved by dogs and children everywhere. Legendary for his ability to fix that which is broken, ("(fla) mingo") build winning parade entries (with duct tape and binder twine) and leave his DNA signature on every project. If you haven't seen him, you should! He is amazing.

And the last layout that "killed the kit"
I was very please with the youthful quality of this kit. It contributed to getting most of the photos, gifted from friends and family into albums.

And now I have 50 minutes to get myself presentable and show and tell Thirty-One Gifts at the trade show in Athabasca. Nice to squeeze in a little visit with you.

Thanks for dropping by. Double thanks for comments.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Recap, Lazy Hazy Days. CKC 0814

It has probably got by you all, my gentle readers, that I have not made a review post of the August 2014 kit "Lazy Hazy Days" I had started back into the work force last August and of course the scrapping routine was the first casualty in the lessening of leisure time. But it nags at me that a reveal without a round-up is remiss. So today, I wish to rectify my failed responsibility.

You will recall our inspiration kit, Studio Calico, Penny Arcade.
My copy-cat kit was revealed here.
And the resulting layouts are:

oops, not that one. Chuckie is such a ham.

Found on Facebook. An assortment of pictures of my long-distance grandson.

Our Q-T Pie
Baby pictures I took of same grandson when he lived with me. (sigh)

Next, four layouts about Rebecca.



Then a compendium on Kit Kat and her Last Litter, the Fabulous Four. These one page layouts will be back to back in my pets album, with the over sized tag page held between. The rose will peek out as a pull tab.



 "Of course she is fixed!"
I was assured by my mother, when she moved to Athabasca in the spring of 2008, that the cat she was leaving in my care (Kit Kat) was spayed. Weren't we surprised the next spring when she delivered four balls of fluff.
Kit Kat was ornery and unpredictable. She would just as soon swat you as let you pet her. She was trying to hide the kittens so they wouldn't have contact with people. I did not want them to grow up untamed and fearful of folks so after the second game of hide-and-seek, I closed them up in the bathroom. Daily contact with the fluff balls resulted in a quartet of cute cuddly kittens.
At two months they were all relocated to the Griffin farm. Alas, they escaped before they had recognized that this was their new home. Kit Kat got her way and isolated them from human contact. But we fear she did not or could not protect them from the wildlife in the area. We never saw them again.

Be happy together.

Eyes on the Skies
Journaling added after photo was taken.
I don't really understand my compulsion to take pictures of clouds, sunrises and sunsets. The captured image never serves justice to the original. Also I don't know why I end up creating layouts for so many of these moments. Suffice to say, it gives me joy.

Goodbye, home sweet home.

Great White North
Journaling was added after photo was taken.
I really love to read stories about women in the north. One day I plan to go "there" and have my own adventure.

There now. I feel so much better.I can continue scrapping and blogging about same without the nagging voice in my head.

Thanks for dropping by. Double thanks for comments.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Hippity Hop CKC Members Hop 0415

Greetings and Salutations!

In the hop for the second month in a row! This is a record for me.

Did you arrive from Jemma from Just JimJams?

If not you may want to go to CKC blog to start at the beginning.

The challenges for this month were:

Challenge #1: Pick A Challenge

Challenge #2: Sketch Challenge 
Challenge #3:  Spring Challenge
I chose Whimsical Musing challenge #165
Little a Designs

The colour and textures in this mood board was to drive our creativity. At the same time I want to stay true to the graphic simplicity of Messy Box, the inspiration kit this month.
Messy Box
What I came up with was this:



That is also chimes in for challenge #3 Spring Challenge was serendipitous.

I don't use purple in scrapping very often. In fact, I think my current usage is one layout with purple, per year. Love my new butterfly punch. Love my lilacs. They will be giving another splendorous show in about 6 weeks.

And now on to the next member:


Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.

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!!