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Saturday, August 16, 2014

CKC Challenge #3 - Using Vellum

A few months ago, I received a wonderful package chock full of scrappy goodness from my fellow Master Forger and good friend, Lisa.  This was not just any package as it traveled all the way from Germany and included lovely doilies, sequins, rare papers I couldn't find here in the US and luscious gold foil vellum!  I am such a lucky girl to have so many scrappy angels in my world.  Thank you, Lisa!

So, when it came time to complete Challenge #3, I knew I had to use my gold foil polka dot paper that I had added to my August Kit, "Red Geranium".  It mimicked a paper from the Studio Calico kit and would more than satisfy the vellum challenge, but what would I do with it?

I thought and thought.

I searched Pinterest.

I perused galleries.

I punched circles from it.

I thought about making a pocket.

And then I realized, after all that thinking, that the vellum was gorgeous enough on its own.  Truly.  So, here you have it.  My vellum challenge.  Just a simple photo mat, but it adds so much to the layout.





My scrap bestie, Leslie always says, "Let the patterned paper do the work".  So I'm tweaking that mantra to "Let the luscious vellum do the work"!

No sense in re-inventing the wheel.

Have fun scrapping and remember not to over think it :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CKC Challenge #2 - Using a Sketch

While I didn't make the deadline for Challenge #2 to add to the CKC post, I am determined to complete all of the challenges one way or the other this month.  The sketch from October Afternoon appealed to my scrappy design sense and made the process pretty easy.  Here's the sketch:


And here's my layout using it and my "Red Geranium" August Kit.


Our weather this summer has been stellar, so having this outdoor space has been a real treat. 




Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, August 8, 2014

King of the "Tuts"

Over at CKC, the Master Forgers often refer to the Tutorials post as the "tuts".  Always makes me chuckle as it makes me think of King Tut and that silly Steve Martin song from the 1970's!  Anyhow, I do have a small forgery to share with you, but I also have just a bit of general counterfeiting advice for you as well.

First for the forgery.  I had a "thing" for the cloud paper with the smiley faces.  Remember this piece from the Studio Calico "Penny Arcade" kit?
                                                                                              HERE
Picture 1 of PENNY ARCADE Scrapbook Kit

Seeing that piece of paper made me say, "Awwwwww!"  So easy to forge!  White paint, pink chalk, a marker and some rub-ons was all that was needed to create this version.


Not exactly the same, but a close runner-up!

If you didn't see, I already used it for Challenge #1.


Now, for my King of the "Tuts" advice.  Use the tutorials as a way to open your mind to endless forging possibilities.  You may not have black rub-ons like I used above, but maybe you have a 12x12 printer that could just print out the text.  You may not have a certain punch a Master Forger uses to create a copy-cat embellishment.  To go out and purchase something for the sole purpose to forge may be silly.  You might as well just go buy the ORIGINAL embellishment!  However, substituting something you do own to make it work creates something unique that is inspired by the original.  Just keep an open mind and make it work.  It is then that the creative juices really start flowing.

We hope these monthly posts help you create amazing embellishments and papers from your stash -whether copied directly (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all!) or simply inspired by.  Be sure to share your creations over on Mr. Linky!

Happy Scrapping!



Friday, August 1, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge August Reveal and Blog Hop

Hello there.  I'm guessing you stopped by for a bit of kit inspiration?  You've come to the right place!  This month over at Counterfeit Kit Club we are using the "Queen Mother" of all kit clubs as our inspiration.  Yes, that's right!  STUDIO CALICO.  I have a confession to make.  I want to like their kits.  I've tried to like their kits.  However, I don't always get all the fuss that is made over their kits.  I certainly don't like them enough to have one come to my doorstep every month.  Now, don't get me wrong...I have ordered from SC and enjoy many of their products.  When I'm in a big box store or a local scrapbook store and see Studio Calico products, I take notice and even buy, but I guess I like to pick and choose my own supplies.  I guess that's why I've never taken the plunge into the world of ANY kit club.  So, that brings us to our inspiration this month, "Penny Arcade".  This is just one of many options, so be sure to check out the link below.

Picture 1 of PENNY ARCADE Scrapbook Kit

An unusual mix of color and pattern, but I'm up for trying something new.  I can "shop" my stash and create a kit that will suit me.  I used the red color as my main source of inspiration to create...


Let's see my take on the paper...


Strong pops of red are evident in my paper choices.  Feathers and bold black fonts are an important part of the inspiration, so in go the bold black word stickers and the soft blue paper with the white feathers and red berries.  A yellow crepe paper border was shown, so I included a yellow ombre crepe paper piece that I had been hoarding from a Dear Lizzy paper pad.


Accents in gold and vellum mimic the gold and white polka dot paper.  Map paper has become a staple in my stash these days and SC seems to agree. The bold Amy Tan Thicker words were a purchase I did make with this kit in mind.  I don't usually do that, but thought they seemed so different.  It will take careful placement to pull those off...wish me luck!

Now on to the embellishments...


See those Distress Inks?  I used those as my color palette (which, of course, were derived from the papers) when choosing my embellies.  Red cherry flair, STUDIO CALICO polaroid frames, and a little red Radio Flyer wagon (awwwww!) are just some of the goodies included in my tray.  I'll let you study the rest to discover my other additions.

Ok then...DARLING!  It's time for you to finish the hop (Jemma is up next!) and then get working on your kit.  Remember, we don't NEED fancy schmancy Studio Calico to build a kit for us - we can build one from our own fabulous stash that is completely unique!


A Warm Welcome to our Guest Designer, Sherri!
Order of the Hop:
Guest Designer:  Sherri:  http://sherrithompson.blogspot.com   

Remember to share your creations with us over on the August Mr. Linky.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge July Kit Reveal Blog Hop

Welcome back to another month of kit-building at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.   I have a lot of scrappy stuff.  You probably have a lot of scrappy stuff, too.  Let's use the inspiration to gather our stuff together in a unique way that will put it to USE on some cards, projects and layouts.  I've offered a few kit building tips along the way to help you with the process  Take a look at this month's offering by Noell Mignon.  
Balboa Kit
Go ahead...you can oooooo and ahhhhh now! 

As usual, I zeroed in on the chalkboard elements and the pops of color to create...


SIDEWALK CHALK

KIT BUILDING TIP #1:  GO WITH YOUR GUT!  WHEN USING THE INSPIRATION, GO WITH WHAT SPEAKS TO YOU FIRST.

I mostly chose scraps of paper, except for the one bordered chalkboard paper.


KIT BUILDING TIP #2:  DON'T WORRY IF YOU DON'T HAVE FULL SHEETS OF PAPER.  THOSE SCRAPS ARE PRECIOUS AND CAN BE USED ON SOLID CARDSTOCK OR TO MAKE CARDS OR TAGS.


I included variety of mini alphas and the same glitter Thickers from last month's kit!  Still plenty of mileage left in them. 

 KIT BUILDING KIT #3:  DON'T BE AFRAID TO USE THE SAME PRODUCT AGAIN IN A KIT...EVEN IF IT'S THE NEXT MONTH.  IT TAKES ON A WHOLE NEW LIFE WHEN COUPLED WITH DIFFERENT GOODIES.


The polka dot paper scraps really appealed to me for this kit.  And to think I bought the paper based on the OTHER side's pattern. 

KIT BUILDING TIP #4:   BE SURE TO ALWAYS EXAMINE BOTH SIDES OF THE PAPER.  SOMETIMES WE GET STUCK ON THE SIDE FOR WHICH THE PAPER WAS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED.

Let's not forget all of the yummy bits and bobs in my printer's tray.


I can't recommend something like this enough.  It doesn't have to be a wooden printer's tray, but even a divided tray for veggies and dip, a plastic container with different compartments, a tackle box insert or even small boxes lined up on a tray.  

KIT BUIDLING TIP #4:  KEEPING YOUR EMBELLISHMENTS VISIBLE WILL HELP GET THEM ON PROJECTS!

So, I hope my kit and tips have inspired you to dig through your stash and create your own.

KIT BUILDING TIP #5:  THERE ARE NO RULES...JUST RIGHT!  THIS IS YOUR KIT...YOUR PAGES...YOUR PROJECTS!  GATHER SOME STUFF AND HAVE FUN!

Now go hop along to Stephanie and be sure to give an extra welcome to Jane, our guest designer and Susanne, who has come back "home" to CKC!




Bethany: http://inspiredscrapper-bethany.blogspot.com
Guest Designer: Jane http://alittlescrap.blogspot.com
Angela http://colestoucan.blogspot.co.uk/
Jemma http://just-jimjams.blogspot.com/
Lesley G. http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk/
Lisa H. http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com/
Leslie http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com/
Lynnette http://sassyscrapper2010.blogspot.com/
Stephanie: http://skylinepaperie.blogspot.ca
Susanne: http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CKC Challenge #1: Tone on Tone Background

Challenge # 1 charges us to create a tone on tone background.  How you achieve that is entirely up to you.  Tone on tone brings interest to a page without letting things get too busy.  It provides that little somthin'-somethin' that plain cardstock lacks.  So, I grabbed some of that plain turquoise cardstock that I added to my June Piña Colada kit and got stamping with a tropical flower stamp and a turquoise stamp pad.

Here's what I came up with...


I added some bling, also in turquoise to keep with the tone on tone, to add a bit of dimension.

Here's a closer look...



There are many ways you can add tone on tone to your layouts. 
 Stamping, paper punches, misting...  
Try one out today and be sure to share with us over on Mr. Linky.

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge June Reveal and Blog Hop

Well, hello there!  It has been a while, but I am back after a little hiatus.  It was sweet to hear through the grapevine that some of you were looking for me and my kit.  I missed you, too, but it is nice to take a little creative break.  I am ready to come back out and play!  The fun starts over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, so if you've stumbled in, be sure to start back over there.

This month Bethany had a hard time choosing between 2 kits to counterfeit, so she put them both out there as options!  And you know, a girl NEEDS options...especially when it comes to scrappy supplies!

Option #1 didn't speak to me so much.  Maybe it will appeal to you, so I'll provide the link here.

Option #2, on the other hand...SWOON!  I chose this one instantly.  Here, take a look:
Simple Stories - Good Day Sunshine Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit

This Good Day Sunshine paper pack by Simple Stories is the majority of the Summer School kit presented by Clique Kits as seen here.  Those fun summery colors set against the rich wood tone just transported me to a happy place.  Since I like to share, let me invite you to my happy place under the awning where I have this month's kit displayed.


If you like piña coladas...and gettin' caught in the rain...  Sorry, that song has been in my head since I came up with the title!

Let's look at the papers and see how I made the connection from the inspiration.


Bright colors and wood tone paper is such an interesting and tropical combo.


The tropical chipboard pieces were a recent bargain purchase and worked so well with this kit.  It was meant to be!


Could those wood veneers be any cuter?


Now if Margaritas are more your drink of choice, we have paper straws and summery tags to help wet your scrappy whistle.



This month the printer's tray is brimming with tickets (courtesy of Leslie), flowers, a handmade felt polaroid from Whimsical Nature (aka Pam), View Master reels (as a nod to the inspiration) and a little whale sticker from Vineyard Vines...to name a few.


Ahhhh...after a long harsh winter, summer is finally here!  Help yourself to a drink and some scrappy inspiration.  Come kit and scrap with us over at Counterfeit Kit. 

This month I am the caboose of the hop, but if you've missed anyone along the way, here is the line-up.



Angela http://colestoucan.blogspot.co.uk/
Julene  http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au/
Lisa H. http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com/
Leslie  http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com/


A fond farewell to Milissa!
  A talented scrapper, faithful commenter and true Master Forger.  
We will miss you. 
 Please come back and play when you can. 
 Hugs!