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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Good Intentions

January. Long nights. Cold days. Introspection. Reflection. All this adds up to a renewing of ideals and recommitting to personal goals. Let it be known, that I intend to put aside my excuses of unorganized supplies and poor, overall, lighting and get back to the craft that brings me so much pleasure. With "Good Intentions" I am getting back into the groove with Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, and its world class, master forgers.

January's kit to copy is from Hip Kit Club
December 2014 Main Kit
I really like the way Lesley presents her papers in Oh!Blog It! , comparing the original to her choice. Maybe you will like it this way too?
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Applique Paper

Glitz, Yours Truly, Polka / Pink stripe from a wedding kit bought in 2007, muk (manufacturer unknown)
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Flora Paper

Fancy Pants, Winterland, Blustery / Pink with frosty or shabby effect, muk

Amy Tangerine Stitched – Loom Paper
K & Co, paper pack from Costco / World Win, Marbled Gray velum
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Map of My Heart Paper
MME, Bohemia, Bella "The Little Moments" Light Blue / Creative Memories, Baby Boy
Photo colour is off. Actually a much closer match to the kit.
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Thrifted Paper
Although the kit paper would be fun and easy to counterfeit, I chose to pull in my "Lasagna" paper, made with the scraps of my Jan 2014 kit, "All is Bright" / Creative Memories, Rugged.
Pebbles – Happy Day – Sunday Paper Paper
 October Afternoon, Night Light: Katie, side B on left, side A on right.
Heidi Swapp – September Skies – Aspen Paper
Glitz, Yours Truly, Motif side B / AC, Maggie Holmes, Style Board
Having zero hounds tooth in the paper hoard, I was delighted to find this horse print in a pad I bought on a trip, just after Christmas. It is an excellent stand in, especially if you squint when you look at it.

Heidi Swapp – September Skies – Afternoon Breeze Paper
 These two are from MME, kate & co, 6x6 designer pad, "Cambridge Court"
The smaller scale will make an interesting challenge for me to incorporate them on 12x12 layouts.
Heidi Swapp – September Skies – Meadow Bloom Paper
Making Memories, Die cut scallop flower patch / Glitz, Yours Truly, Stripe

Then the fun stuff.
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Ephemera
A selection of "Breezy Badges" which are counterfeit Project Life 3x4 cards. Also a package of Fancy Pants, Collecting Moments, ephemera pack.
Amy Tangerine Stitched – Rub-Ons

Amy Tangerine Stitched – Rub-Ons

Basic Grey, boxer, rub-ons / Crate Paper, Sweet Branch, rub-ons
 Dear Lizzy Serendipity – Gold Word Thickers
Doodlebug designs, candy shoppe, bon bon stickers / | Gold Paint pen.Going to practice up on loopy handwriting.
Pebbles – Happy Day – Woodgrain Thickers

Nikki Silvils, Sugar Cookie, Cardstock Stickers
Evalicious – Photo Shoot – Wood Veneer Shapes

Wood veneers from Close to My Heart and Kaiser Craft. Also some wood buttons and twine (CTMH).
Photo Shoot – Puffy Stickers
Love elsie, Lola, gel stickers.
Then there is the add on Embellishment kit.
December 2015 Embellishment kit

Chevron washi tape, muk. Star sequins that were in a card that came from the lovely Lisa H. Plain die cut shapes, muk. Kaiser scrapbook, Droplets. Piercer and needle from CTMH to make embroidered alphas. And what's left from a set of transparent alphas, muk.
Having so much fun building this kit and planing how I am going to use it. Can't stop yet!
December 2014 Colour Kit

Going to use Versa Mark on some of those die cuts to make them colour resistant. Tattered Angels, Glimmer Mist, Vintage Pink. Adriondrak, Acrylic Paint Dabber, Aqua. And finally two sets of stamps from CTMH. Family Photo and Photogenic.
Normally my kits start with pulling the cardstock. This time, it is in a separate kit and the final part of my kit.
I found several single tone papers in my stash that matched perfectly. I will incorporate them and draw from the cardstock stash as needed.
A final look at the papers.

And everything together in a big, happy pile.
Good Intentions

So with good intentions I am back in the game. There is a three day crop at our church, next weekend. My fingers are itching to get back to cutting, inking, stamping, distressing, layering, clustering, piercing, piecing, embossing, etc. etc. that scrapbooking is made up of. Results will be posted, in about a week.

Thanks for viewing. Double thanks for comments.

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.