Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal and Blog HOP (Ribbit!)

Hi-Ho!  It is Kermit the Frog, um, I mean...Lynnette the Master Forger here to introduce this month's inspiration kit and my take on it for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.  But before we get started, let me give a warm welcome to this month's guest designer, Laura and our new Master Forgers...Ashley, Dawn, Julene, Lesley, Leslie and Stephanie.  Welcome to this wonderful world of creativity!

Now, let's take a look at the kit-to-copy entitled, "Summer Fun" from Scrapbook & Cards Today:


You may be wondering why I started this post off with a greeting from Kermit the Frog.  My kit last month was FULL of green and I wasn't speaking "frog" then.  Let me explain.  Whenever I first look at the new inspiration kit, I often jot down words that come to mind while studying it.  The striped "Love this" card on the left immediately jumped out at me and I jotted down "rainbow".  Couple that with the fact that for the last month and a half my son was learning to play the song, "Rainbow Connection" from the original Muppet movie on the piano and the inspiration for my kit was born, or should I say, hatched!

So, if you've been wondering why there are so many songs about rainbows* and what's on the other side, come check out my July Counterfeit Kit lovingly named...
*Other than "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", I can't actually think of any other songs about rainbows, but I digress!

Anyway, hop over on the log with me and let's get a closer look at the papers...

I followed the overall feel of the original kit pretty closely, matching colors and styles.  Be sure to check out the CKC blog on the 8th for some up-close photos of those knock-off Glitz cards and more ways to "fake" your way through the kit in our monthly feature called, "Hey...I can make THAT!"

And now here's the behind-the-scenes scoop on my kit...

If you've been following me since I've started this CKC gig, you'll probably know that I really enjoy setting the stage and naming my kit.  To me, it's part of the fun of assembling my own batch of creativity.  I knew I wanted to include Kermit, but didn't know how to set the mood.  I decided a Kermit stuffed animal would do the job, but just couldn't get my hands on one.  So, what's a papercrafty masterforger to do?  That's right!  Make her own Kermit the Frog - complete with a banjo!  I can't tell you how much fun I had putting him together.  Kermie will keep me company in my scraproom long after the July kit is completed.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program of the kit reveal...

I kept this month's kit pretty lean as the kids are home on summer break, so while my intentions are good, I'm not quite sure how many layouts will come from it.  Fingers (and frog legs) crossed that I get some crafty time in!  Some Fancy Pants stickers in the same collection as the original kit, some clothes pins, and chipboard hearts will help make quick layouts in between our fun in the sun.  I do always give myself permission to sneak in other elements as the month goes on.  Remember to give yourself that freedom, too.

I always enjoyed "The Muppet Show" as a child and "The Muppet Movie" was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater.  While I don't have any photos representing those events, I think I may have to do a photo-less layout using this kit to tell those stories of my childhood.

If you are not familiar with Kermit's serenade of "Rainbow Connection", check it out on the You tube video below.  It is such a sweet song and always chokes me up a bit.  Oh, and by the way, (proud Mama alert), my son nailed the song on the piano!

Some day we'll find it...
the rainbow connection...
the lovers, the dreamers, and me!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Good Scrapper...Bad Blogger!

Well, there's good news and bad news!  The good news is I've had a super productive month with my June Counterfeit Kit, "Key Lime Pie".  The bad news is I've been not as good about posting my layouts when completed.  So, this post will serve as the gallery for the entire month.  Unlike Kermit, I found it very "easy to be green" while using my citrus inspired kit.  I also noticed that my son has the same ringer T-shirt from Old Navy in many of the pictures (that were taken on different occasions!)  Guess we got our money's worth out of that one!

Here is a reminder of my "Key Lime Pie" kit:

And here are my creations:

So, you can see that I REALLY was a busy scrapper!  I'll work on the blogging part :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 3, 2013

CKC Challenge #1 - Inspired by a Farmer's Market

My June Counterfeit Kit, "Key Lime Pie" was a perfect collection for creating my farm fresh layout.  I used a photo of my daughter picking peppers from our teeny, tiny 4' x 4' garden.  It's just big enough to get some fresh produce and not so big that we are invaded by eggplant and zucchini and are forced to eat ratatouille all summer long.

I've never used my Cricut to its fullest capacity, so I can't really justify the investment into a Silhouette.  But boy, it looks like that thing can do some cool things.  Here I used my Cricut to try to achieve that negative space look that is so on-trend.  I'm not savvy enough to figure out if there's a way I could do a whole title on one sheet, but this worked out pretty well on the individual tags. 

Here's a closer look:

Some contrasting paper underneath, washi recycled from an envelope I received in the mail, some Mister Huey drips and twill finished off my title.

I'm looking forward to creating more fresh and fun layouts this month.  Be sure to check back often.

Thanks for stopping by!