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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!









Friday, April 4, 2014

CKC Challenge #1 - Inspired by a Blog Design

Our first challenge over at Counterfeit Kit was to be inspired by one of the Master Forgers' blogs.  I actually fell in love with our guest designer Maggie's blog.  Her butterfly and banner have a fresh and fun look that says spring.  Check out her blog here.

Here is how I translated it to my layout:


And here are some close-ups:



I used my April Counterfeit Kit, "Breakfast in Bed" which just happens to be the same color palette as Maggie's header AND I had several butterflies in my embellishment tray.  PERFECT!

Thanks for the inspiration, Maggie!

Remember you can join in all of our challenges and participate in our month end blog hop.  Find out more over at the CKC blog here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April Reveal Blog Hop (and some shenanigans, too!)

We're up to some high jinks over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog in honor of April Fool's Day. If you are a faithful follower, you'll probably see that our regular blog hop order (listed below) has been mixed up just to mess with you a bit.  LOL!  It is no joke, though, that Maggie is our guest designer!  Join me in welcoming her to our team this month.  Welcome, Maggie!  You should have arrived from Stephanie's blog and after my post, you will hop on to Lisa.

As you visit us in our willy nilly order, you're going to encounter a little game featuring some facts and fibs about your Master Forgers. As you read the three statements, you choose which one you think is a downright lie. Post your guess in MY comments below and you will be entered into a random drawing for a prize from our fearless leader, Bethany.  You have until April 16th to enter. Only one guess per person per blog will be counted, but you can comment on EVERY BLOG! A winner will be chosen by random number generator from all eligible comments on all blogs in the hop. The winner & the bogus Design Team factoids will be announced on the CKC blog on April 18th.  Got it? Great! Here we go...
1. I once had a crafting conversation with THE Martha Stewart.
2. I received a call to play the travel trivia game on Live! with Regis and Kelly and won a trip to St. Lucia.
3. I met the former New York City Mayor, Rudy Guiliani, on a street corner in New York.
Okay...now onto our kit, which is also not the standard this month. Instead of using a traditional kit club, Bethany provided us with a fabulous color palette and photo inspiration from CSI. Take a look and be amazed...
Since we're doing everything avant garde this month, I decided I would create my kit almost exclusively from my scrap drawer. As you can see below, my drawer is full of some pretty great paper scraps.

Keeping the inspiration color palette in mind, I sorted out the scraps that would work best for the kit.
 Eye Opening Turquoise

Buttery Yellow

Honey Dew Melon

Blueberry Muffin

Farm Fresh Eggs
Next, I assembled them together in a vignette (my signature way to present my kits) to create this month's kit entitled...
The dreamy bedroom scene in the inspiration lead me to my scrappy Breakfast in Bed. Let's take a closer look at the tray...

Some "Alpha-bits" make a good start to a layout.


Fresh chipboard flowers and sprays of paper strips will really dress up my layouts.

And a closer look at the selection of embellishments in my printer's tray...


Isn't the packaging FAB on that assortment of trims?  Will definitely be re-purposing that!

Now, since I don't have any full sheets of paper, I'm giving myself permission to add those in throughout the month, but the emphasis will be on using the scraps that are here. So, here's the line up for our crazy mixed-up blog hop.


And remember...Breakfast, especially a scrappy one, is THE most important meal of the day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Using my March Kit and Seeing Stars

This past weekend my daughter celebrated her 7th birthday so a little photo shoot was in order.  She is head over heels for American Girl dolls so it seemed appropriate that Caroline should be in the pictures as well.  The dolls cost a pretty penny and some of the accessories are through the roof!  What a lucky girl to have one and the chance to choose another for her birthday!   Thinking of lucky 7 and lucky stars reminded me of the Whimsical Musings prompt to be inspired by stars.  While this isn't a scientific connection to the stars, I thought the layout did fit nicely with Lisa's prompt.    In my tucked away journaling, I write about how lucky my kids are to have so many blessings.  I remind them to appreciate and take care of what they have and not lose sight of the important stuff like PEOPLE.  And while things are great, it's the love and relationships in our lives that hold the most meaning.  I think they do get it, but it's always good to remind them :)

Here's my lucky layout using my March Counterfeit Kit, "Chalk and Talk".




Be sure to count YOUR lucky stars, too.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 - Using Watercolors

I seem to be one step ahead of the game!  If you remember, last month I did a tutorial on watercolor heart paper.  I used every last scrap of that paper while creating lovey-dovey pages with my February "Love Birds" kit.  Well, that's okay to use watercolors again because they are easy, fun and inexpensive to play around with.  While not necessary, I did purchase some thicker watercolor paper to prevent sogginess, but regular cardstock works just fine with just a little bit of care.  The texture of actual watercolor paper also provides a nice effect.

I kept my technique rather simple just creating subtle blocks of color and drips of paint.  Here's my layout using my March kit, "Chalk and Talk".



Some on-trend stars in turquoise and green tie in nicely to my subtle watercolor mats.



The mini canvas of watercolor provides a nice contrast to the black and doesn't detract from the real beauty in this layout!   <3

Remember, you can join in the fun by creating a watercolor inspired layout for our Reader's Blog Hop.  More details on the CKC blog.  We would love to see your creations.