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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Spring Forward, Fall Back

If you were reading carefully on my last entry, you know that I have two kits ready to reveal. The moniker of Daylight Savings Time "Spring Forward, Fall Back" became the inspiration for the names of these next two. Spring Forward is based on June's CKC challenge to choose a Basic Grey Collection.Torn between Barista

 and Tea Garden,

it became evident during the big desk clear-up in September that Tea Garden was the way to go. Much of the stash on the work space fit into this colour category and mood.

First the paper line up.
Two of these are shaped papers, and the forth one is going to need some doctoring with washi tape and layered stickers.

Since this month (June)we were challenged to copy a collection rather than a kit, beyond matching the papers I went rouge and fit together bits I wanted to use up, newer acquisitions and and items I wanted to work with   Beginning with a selection of alphas, stickers, thickers and one set is printed on parchment-like paper and has to be cut up.

Die cuts to delve into.

Words of Wisdom, on velum and parchment.
Stamps. One of these sets was used on the invitations on my first daughter's wedding. Working with them will be a trip down the memory aisle.

 Bits and bobs. Buttons and bobbly bits
 Before I got the kit photographed, these journal cards popped out of it.
 also including a breezy badge and a couple of ready made, journal cards.
 And playing with paints and inks and a plastic doily for a mask, this paper resulted. Also adding in the Reliable Sunflower Correspondence paper.

Finally, some layered stickers, from the dollar store. So delicate and feminine. Fell in love with the birds and the pansies.
No kit compilation photo today, but it is a beautiful kit.

The second kit today, is from CKC October challenge CSI case file 365-9.
This time we are challenged to build a kit using the  coluor scheme and the suggestions in the case file. The first thing I did was print out the watercolour picture as a 3x4 pocket card.
And a feather .png to fussy cut that Leslie S shared with us a while back.

My favorite on line place to shop for scrappy goodness in Ninabrook Designs. A recent purchase of a My Minds Eye kit, "He Said, She Said" became the base for "Fall Back"
The die-cut sticker sheets have the colour scheme dead on!
And the paper A sides:
And B sides:

makes coordination simple.  Just getting a laugh out of this. Usually, we build a kit based on a kit. This time, with a descriptive guideline, I chose a ready made kit. Well, they always say at CKC as long as you are using your stash, it is all good. So I guess the kit police won't be knocking on my door.

More MME for border strips. Basic Grey feathers, stamps, gold die cuts.
 Words on Washi
The "Evidence" from the file. Music, fences, leaves, (glimmer) mist, watercolour (pencils), metal, transportation (bicycle die cut), string (and raffia), numbers, heart (in metal house paper clip), and "scatter" something.
Now, alphas, inks, stamps, off cuts of paper, die cuts, brads and buttons.
With the intent to record some Halloween happenings, orange, red and black help set the mood.

And sorry, once again, no compilation photo. Sometimes you have to cut corners to try to catch up.

Spring Forward and Fall Back. Two seasonally oriented kits. One goal. Get some stories onto layouts. Ready, set, go!

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

July through October, Round Up and Review

 Building kits is fun. Lots and lots of fun! But a blog of only counterfeited kits doesn't serve much purpose. The kit is really only a means to the end. It's high nigh time to share some finished work.

Between our July vacation and a weekend church crop, the four kits of Good'ol Days (May), Good Friends (Apr) Good Heavens (Mar)and One Good Turn (Feb)got all mixed up. The layouts completed and the layouts in progress are products of any or all of these three kits. While on vayca I did some layouts up to the point of needing photos and journaling. These are still waiting for attention. Meanwhile I have four ready to share.
Hello Spring Fling. I boldly flirt with spring, right in the face of winter, by bringing home little pots of bulbs. Aren't I daring? The border challenge from March was used on this layout.

Our Resident Finger Painter. An assortment of out-takes get tied together with a sketch from Scrapbook Generation.

A Pig And A Poke At Some Fun. Again, the left over photos from as story that was already scrapped, are brought together with the Scrapbbook Generation sketch. The little flowers were made with a Stampin' Up punch and bits of scraps. The title refers to Rebecca's love of anything "pig" and the fun we have when we get together. There is Grampa Ivan, in the background on the bottom right. Eight months since his passing and I still feel an acute loss for our family, when I come across photos like this.

I Moustache You A Question. Does this bowtie make me look fat? Recognize the layout's sketch? Yep, I must really like this SG sketch. It does use lots of different patterned papers, and big pieces of them, at that. This was a library craft day with R & C and their best friends. I find it hard to incorporate the moustache trend without it feeling forced. It was fortuitous that the book of the day was Moe's Moustache. Volia! Veneer die cuts have an appropriate home.

Another thing I did this past summer was to get back into making 3x4 pocket cards. (AKA as Counterfeit Project Life cards.) I wanted to use up the little letters and words from MME that was in February's kit. First, I had a bunch of thumbnail photos that didn't seem to have a purpose. I had scrapped all the 4x6 photos already, but they were too sweet to just toss. With scraps of paper, and sewing for texture, the resulting mini-layouts or title cards were crafted.

These tiny canvases are so fun. I continued to try to use up the stickers and die cuts in the four kits that were already mixed up. The resulting journal cards and title cards can be used for more than layouts. Why hide them all in the dark of an album? They are great for a note in a lunch kit. They can also be used as a book marker or a gift tag. Even as a coaster.

And that my friends, is what I have managed to complete in the past four months. (My last round up and review was in June) There is hope though for more regular activity on this blog. Summer is gone. Autumn is winding down. And you know me. I don't like to do anything outside in the cold.  Two weeks ago we planted 90 peony plants. Today I will put in garlic spinach and dill. That just about wraps up the garden for this year. Meanwhile, I have resorted the four previously mentioned kits into their respective boxes. I have made about a dozen page kits by matching papers to a handful of derelict photos that never seem to leave the prestaging pile. Also at hand are almost twenty layouts in various stages of work. Some of these are Rebecca's and Cohen's work that need titles and journaling. You will have to give your opinion in the comments if you would like to see these when completed. And I have three new kits to work with. Two of which have yet to be revealed. Sooooooo.......don't worry about me. I'll be back as the fasted tape gun in the west, sooner than you can say "hard frost."

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

To Your Good Health!

The "kit to copy" this month  from Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, is Studio Calico's Pop Art Kit.

My kit, "To Your Good Health!" begins with the patterned papers:
As You Wish, Imagination Project

Marbled Gray Vellum, World Win Papers

From a stack I dismantled long ago, and didn't keep the info

Forgery: Acrylic on pink paper

Studio Calico, Print Shop Stack and side B

Forgery: Gesso on orange paper

Crate Paper, Vellum with Gold Dots
For the Alphas I chose:
Basic Grey, Monogram Stickers, Granola
Studio Calico, Countryside Collection, Mud Pie
and the dredges from a Creative Memories sticker set.

I had to stretch a bit to find embllies that remind me of the ones in the kit.
For the rubber leaves (ferns), there are Basic Grey, Chip Stickers, Granola
For the Bright Transparent Die Cuts, I have added left over vellum shapes I punched out for the Messy Box a few months back.
Two Gold foil washi tapes, sub in nicely with dots, which just between you and me, I like so much better than the plus pattern that is currently trending.
I punched yellow tags with a Creative Memories punch. If I can find my Tim Holts tag circles, they will add a good finishing touch to the tags. Or maybe I can dig up some "old school" reinforcments.
I didn't have anything in the "puffy" category, but these plastic diamond gems have been in the stash for at least five years, and I don't think they have ever been used.

Then there were the stamps. I drew from several sets and ended up with:
No kitty cats in my collection, but I do have a cute sleepy owl from Bo Bunny.
The 2.5" x 3" frame is from Prima Marketing.
Three stars from Inque Boutique
and yes! I pulled in an alpha set to create the word of the original kit.

The cardstock was not included in this version. I have a selection at my desk, one offs and two offs, that I refer to at the start of any layout, with the goal to reduce the quantity of shades in the cardstock hoard collection.

All together the kit looks like this:

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