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Friday, 31 March 2017

Cawfee Bird

It is a lamby sort of day here in mid/central/northern Alberta. And time for me to get this posted if I am to maintain consistency with my commitment to participate with Counterfeit Kit Blog and share each month.

This layout began in January with the kit from Kaisercraft, Ubud Dreams.

Silly story alert. During January, I pulled papers that would have make a nice kit but never completed or posted said kit. I did however come up with the plan to create (at least) one layout per month based on that months kit. To make up for lack of creative time irl, whenever I get to the city, I go  shopping for supplies. At the end of January, I stopped at LSS and asked, "Hey, have you got any Udon Bliss?" The nice young man didn't bat an eye. Took me over to the correct display. What a great salesperson. Give them what they want, not what they say they want. Anyways as I looked at the display and recognized my error, I was filled with mirth, realizing that if I made a kit and shared it, I would have called it "Happy Noodles"

While deciding on what to drag home with me, I remember sassy scrapper Lynnette teaching us that if you are shopping on a budget, a package of die cuts is an excellent value and offers you trendy bits to keep your layouts looking fresh and up to date. I chose some 12x12 papers and the ephemera die cuts package and skipped all the way home (in my head of course.)

Fast forward to March 1st the kit to copy is Hip Kit Club's February kit. This is mostly Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams collection.

Drawing on the shades of teal and medium wood tones in the main kit (above) and the embellishment and project life kits, I made this layout:

The Cawfee bird is a common species easily recognized by its stumbling gait and wailing, drawn out call of "CAWFEE." Usually seen in the early hours of the day, the Cawfee bird can also be sighted near beverage emporiums in the afternoon. Creatures of habit, their ritualistic behaviour of feeding and grooming is practised with unwavering regularity. Once one of these sites is located, they can easily be studied. Watchers should disguise themselves as baristas and carry a tray of tasting samples to encourage a good display.

Size: Grande
Plumage: Dishevelled in the A.M.
Habitation area: Kitchens, coffee bars, coffee shops
Population: Dense in urban areas. Less so in rural.

Bubbles are epoxy dots. Alphas are thickers.
The "documented" tag is from the Ubud Dreams ephemera pack.

Happy Noodles indeed!

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

February and CKC

Hello dear friend.

Back again. Twice in one day!

During the January Members Hop, I shared some thoughts that were not too clear. Maybe I can flesh it out here.
The goal of one page per month, using the CKC kit as the inspiration was off the cuff. I think what I really meant to say is that I will make, at the least, one layout. Instead of building a kit, I will find something from the inspiration kit to jump off from. This way, I won't be adding to the kits on the shelf. Hopefully I won't feel left out, when the new kit with all it's yummy bits is enticing me to dive in. I do so love building kits. But I also want to use up the ones already waiting for me. Also, I hope that by doing a little bit within the pallet of the month, my cravings will be satisfied and I can keep from buying new stash in lieu of scrapping.

The kit to copy, at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog for February 2017 is "Little Things in Life" from Scrapdelight which is located in Holland. It is full of small patterns and little embellishments. The colours are soft purple, soft green, grey, dark blue and a hit of yellow.

At first it was a "no go" for me. Reminds me of a baby boy's nursery. Also, I have a real problem trying to work with purple layouts. Although, I do like purple in my wardrobe.

Anyways, using my one layout personal goal that started  last month, I went through my purple paper pile. It is by far, the smallest section in my rainbow of paper.  After comparing a few, I settled on this one.
The blue is actually lilac, like the purple in the kit. Guess my camera just saw it differently.
It is Splendid, Sweet Branch Collection by Crate Paper and I have two sheets of it. I like that it hits most of the colours in the kit.

The next step was to choose photos that worked with the paper. And then it all fell into place. Twice!
So I have two layouts and no kit to put on the shelf. Well done, if I may say so, myself.

Precious People
Uses one of my counterfeit PL cards with thumbnail prints. "All my darlings, you make me happy"
Letter save on the foam thickers is 3 Qs turned upside down and trimmed into Ps.
Interesting to me is the use of photos from three unrelated events. I don't usually mix it up this way. Mental note to try this more often.
Also you can see here that the paper is really purple, not blue like above.

A little bit of Heaven.
Letter save on the second i and a 3 for an E.
Flowers are fussy cut from another page to make counterfeit die cuts.
Wellington Garden Center, has since gone out of business, but oh what a wonderful place it was. You could point your camera anywhere and you got a beautiful picture. There will probably be more layout paying tribute to the place, and a few stories I would like to get told. I certainly have enough photos of the place to work with.

Leftover is a 4x12 strip of Splendid. The month is yet young. It may find it's way onto a layout. Or, it will go back to the stash. Either way, my goal for February scrapping has been completed.

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Focus on Hope Round up and Review

This post was started last fall. Then it sat in drafts until I stumbled upon it again. No time like the present so here it.

Focus on Hope was assemble in March of 2016.
The kit was created here: http://sherriesmuddlepuddle.blogspot.ca/2016/03/focus-on-hope.html

The inspiration kit looked like this:
It is an interesting twist. There is no patterned (12x12) paper in it. Designed for pocket style albums, the cards are 4x6 and 3x4.

My counterfeit kit looked like this:

The layouts I worked on in March 2016 look like this:

And then life changed for me. In April I learned that the location I wanted to rent for the store that I was planning to open was to become available a year earlier than expected. Throwing caution to the wind and with the cart before the horse, we plunged into a new adventure. Opening Lolly Pop Thrift Shop in Athabasca Alberta has been nothing short of FANTASTIC!! Robin and I are kept busy from 9 am to 7 pm every day. No time to mope about feeling sorry for one's self. Robin gets to talk to lots of people everyday. I get to sort, clean and price donations. No end to the organizing! If you haven't learned this about me yet, let me tell you a secret. The only thing I like to do more than play with paper is to "organize" ( If I were an animal, I would be a sheep dog. Or maybe "Babe" the pig. )

So with all our time and energy focused on a new start up, scrapping not only took a back seat but was almost shelved for good. I still followed the CKC blog and clicked through the hops, whenever I could. But actually doing any scrapping was out of the question.

Then I joined a group of quilting ladies on the first weekend of September, for two days. My sewing projects are quite small (meaning quick to complete) and I have only sewed twice in the past year (which is twice more than I did the year before). While these ladies skillfully zip together intricate tops, I put scraps together to make coasters and mug rugs. The point is that at this outing, I saw many colourful quilt tops being assembled with white boarders and banding. They were so light and airy. The colourful blocks just popped!

Now I would never want to use white fabric in my sewing as country water turns it to tea stained in a couple of washings. But on paper! What potential! Using the pocket cards like quilt blocks, I wondered if I could capture the look and mood of these modern quit tops.

So for the rest of September I pulled from this inspiration and worked some paper magic. These layouts came together so quickly. I went from one to the next in record time. All be it, there is journaling and other details to be added. Ah but that can be completed another day.

A bit about Chuckie. Used two of the cards I made that used thumbnail prints.
The only time Chuckie "meows" is when her food bowl is empty. Chuckie likes to sit in the window and watch "Nature TV". I like to sit on the sofa and watch her. #live entertainment

Pintrest Fail! Oh well...a girl can dream....can't she? Top photo is stock picture of Buchart Garden's on Vancouver Island.

Weather Watch. Run Dorothy! Run! Today's weather: Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy, Windy, SCARY!
With a nod to the September CKC kit, the alphas are coloured with a French Manicure pen, to mimic being dipped in paint.

This makes me smile. Journaling to be added. This was the place I stayed for a week, while Robin had his surgery in Jan 2016. Bottom Picture, Best Day Ever was when Robin was released from Hospital.

January through March 2016 Getting Better Every Day. #Day By Day. #Recovery
Daily Routine listed, and a hidden photo of Robin's incision. Not to be Viewed by those of a delicate constitution.

Wonderful Woofs. Stock photo of wolves. Robin needs to help me get down the story of the puppy he found in a ditch, that turned out to be a wolf. True Story!

This next layout needs a title. Maybe "The Real Thing" or "True Love" I used two more of my pocket cards. Journaling reads: At the beginning of our relationship we had to navigate some bumpy patches. One was the differences in how we show our love and interpret it. You feel loved when I spend lots of time with you and I show love by making things for you like these slippery slippers.

These are the days. Green pen on green paper didn't work so well. This amazing light as the sun breaks through the clouds after a late afternoon shower in August, gave us a rainbow...so close.... you could almost touch it.

It's a Beautiful Day. Needs some journaling. When we both get our hair done at the same time, we become the best looking couple in the mall.

Live for Right Now. This is Robin's older brother who died at a young age. When I showed R the layout he said, "That about sums it up" We will have to work together to get some stories down on this one, also.

Robin's grandchildren on Christopher's graduation day. Still need dates and journaling.

Robin's younger granddaughters.

Loving Every Minute of it. From Ellscott to Tiger Lily and places in between, 31Gifts takes me places I have never been before. This photo is at Ellscott Hall, April 2015.
Also the large dot pattern and the floral below it are fabric samples from my kit.

Chuckie you make me laugh. Today's Menu, Breakfast-Kibble. Lunch-Rodent Sashimi Dinner-Fresh Fowl Dessert-Kibble

Sponsor a thermal lunch kit 2015. The ample counter space in our kitchen was put to good use while packing 25 lunch kits. (Once again, I used bits of fabric samples that remind me of the kits we made.)
"Dream then make it happen," reminds me what can result with a little passion and a bit of networking. Going to need another layout to tell the whole story.

The next two, I used a Heidi Snap stencil and Mr. Huey mist. At first I put it on the craft paper but the photo didn't gel with it.. So I did it again on the white and the freshness of the day is reflected well.

So what to do with the out take base paper? Why, make another layout, of course!

Happy Life. This is us. Best Friends. We are quite a pair.

Happy with you. What a lovely day with you. You are my Anchor.
 And yes, those are eyelets. Talk about using OLD stash.

Last one for the kit. Yet to be assembled. Lucy and Kiwi, before and after a day at the groomers.

So that is 7 layouts in March and 17 in September and one to put together for a total of 25.  Used up more than 10 of my counterfeit project life cards. And lots of pocket cards from my stash.  Such a nice pile of layouts. Now to finish with the details and file them in albums. The March 2016 kit, Focus on Hope has been retired. Remaining supplies put back in the stash. All said and done, I am really happy with the lot. 

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

January Members' Hop

Hello friend, and welcome to the January 2017 Member's Blog Hop.

As this is my first post of the new year, there are a few bits of news to share.

I still have CKC kits from two years ago, on my shelf.
Lifestyle changes have left me with less and less time to create layouts.
It is still my intention to participate and contribute with the CKC group.
So for a new years resolution, it will be my goal to create one layout, (I hear your gafaw out there. I know that my "over achieving" side is going to want to do more) each month, using the inspiration kit as the, well, inspiration.

So this month with the blues and teals of Ubud Dreams

I came up with this one page layout. Inspiration was also taken from Pam "Whimsical Nature" on flikr. Using three pieces of patterned paper, a photo. Title within the journaling and one bit of embellishment. I spent more time thinking about this layout than it took to put it together. That's good. I have more time to think than to craft.

(Lousy photo and no time to retake or crop. So sorry. )

Had you asked, I would have said, "No I'm not a knitter." That changed when a ball of the softest yarn, ever (in variegated ombres of teal, green purple and brown) crossed my path. I was smitten and the rest is history. Ask me now and the answer is "YES! I knit scarves!"
And now off to Cindy to see her creations.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

November Members' Hop

Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop.
You should have come here from Dawn      http://www.dawnsscrapbookcottage.blogspot.com

The first project I worked on this month was inspired by"Forgeries on the Fourth" It is no crime to create your own version of the trendy, hip products from the inspiration kit using your own stash and ingenuity.  Each month on the fourth we are treated to tutorials from the Master Forgers or links to resources they have found.
Inspired by Lynette, I used punches (Fiskers, CM,Marvy) and off cuts of patterned paper. In no time I whipped up some professional looking mini trees.Trunks were cut free hand. 

Challenge #1 - Yum

"While in Canada, we begin to indulge ourselves in October, November in the US is a month all about food. So your challenge is to scrapbook about a favorite meal—something you had in a fancy restaurant, a meal you love to cook at home, or maybe your favorite weekend breakfast. Show us what you are eating!"

 My layout turned out to be my first ever recipe page. What is more comforting on a crisp fall day than a simmering pot of soup? A good soup begins with a good stock and here's my project ...

Thanks for stopping by and now you should hop over to Julene at
Here is the whole of the hop list. In case you missed the beginning, start at the top.

CKCB    http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
Jemma    http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Dawn      http://www.dawnsscrapbookcottage.blogspot.com
Sherrie    http://sherriesmuddlepuddle.blogspot.ca
Julene     http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au
Tina        http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Lisa        http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de

Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping!"

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Remember November

I love the "Pineapple Express" Warm moist air from the Pacific moving up and over the Prairie Provinces. We have had a week of above average temperatures. Far above average. So far above that new highs were set all over the place, replacing maximum recorded temps from the 1920's.

Unfortunately I did not physically experience much of this glorious extended autumn, ( Are we not allowed to call it Indian Summer anymore? I don't like how political correctness has infiltrated so many of our traditions) as I am indoors all day and by the time we get home it is dark. But the store has lots of windows, so we see the sunshine and the customers come in with happy energy.

 This next week we will return to normal weather patterns which keeps us around the freezing mark. Ho-hum. Grey November.

This months  CKC kit to copy is Cocoa Daisy's City Park

Beginning with the patterned papers, my kit starts as thus:

 The B sides offer this selection:

Then a piece of specialty paper. Vellum with leaf print.
And a handful of off cuts to add variety:
Then I added a Simple Stories Harvest Lane kit.
Nine 12x12 pages offer cut aparts.

And the B sides are MORE cut aparts, except for these four patterns. (wishin' I had duplicates of these papers)
 Now a sheet of boarders from Little Yellow Bicycle.
 Now the sticker sheets from the Simple Stories kit.
 Pockets from Simple Stories.
 Stamps from CTMH and Bo Bunny
 Puffy stickers and three tags.
 Black Thickers to try to use up. Small Golds alphas and a Tupperware stencil.
 Cute piks from a cupcake package.
 All together now. The papers are looking as such:
 And the whole kit as so:
Remember November
It is an embellishment light kit this month. But with fewer techniques, the completion of a layout can be  less time consuming. I missed the epoxy dots when assembling my kit but added them later. The cut aparts will be good for titles and sub titles. 

oooo....close ups!

 Come back in a few days (Thurs Nov 24) for the members' hop, in which I am participating. See you soon!

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