Thursday, July 12, 2018

071218 CKC July Challenge #1

We all have them - those tools and embellishments that get pushed to the side and are collecting dust. Pull out those forgotten tools and embellishments and put them to use - punches, brads, buttons, ribbon, rub-ons, dies or die cutting machines, etc. Show those forgotten items some love again!

I took Lori's challenge & broke out a couple of lonely punches. 
I used the flower punch for the firefly derrieres!

Another double challenge for me - Whimsical Musings #279, be inspired by catching something!

I ran across the photo in my current hunting, gathering, and sorting of all of my photos. 
It triggered a cascade of vivid childhood memories of visits to our cousin's farm. 
I was immediately transported to their cornfield, chasing fireflies in the twilight.  
Being suburban kids climbing in haylofts, riding on tractors & harvesting 
vegetables right out of the ground was high adventure!

I chose the Pink Fresh Studio's Dream On/Reverie constellation paper for my twilight sky. 
I had to do a stash dive for the 2003 dark green Free Letters paper by Wordsworth Stamps.
My forged PL card was bumped by the PinkFresh Life Noted perfect color puffy alphas.
 Simple but striking design, I think! The hardest part was finding a place for the journaling.

Lots more memories rising up as I go through my photos! Stay tuned...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

071018 CKC July Kit page 1

I've been working on a major organizational project for a few weeks - sorting my printed photos.
First came the hunting & gathering, then the decision on the catalog criteria.

Once sorted by era (ancestors, my life until living outside of my parental home, early married life before children, our family years, empty nest to current) I am attempting to put them in simple albums chronologically for now, but some stories are begging to be told.

This newspaper article surfaced at the same time the photo did,
so with my CKC July "Beautiful Maggie" counterfeit kit it was easy-peasy.
I chose the Webster's Pages "My Happy Place"/Sunshine paper as the story is a move to Florida.
I had a long story to tell so I slipped the clipping into an archival sleeve & treated it 
like a pocket page. My story was formatted to fit into the space on the reverse.

I left my original hand-written note on the back of the photo visible.


Middle of my junior year of high school at Springbook my folks announced that the family was going to move to Florida… wow…

Daddy was tired of the snow & winter in general, ready to ease into life in the slow lane & out of real estate. I wish I had asked him more about it later in life.

By the time the house sold, I only had about six weeks of school left & begged to be allowed to stay and finish. I lived with Aunie & Bamma in the Connecticut Avenue apartment down in D.C. & drove the Vega back & forth to school in Maryland. 

Greg & I were already very serious & he was graduating from Gaithersburg High School that year. One evening he brought me back from a date. Before we entered the apartment I sang out, Everybody decent? No reply but just as we came into the foyer Bamma came out from her room, What did you say? Aunie had her undressed, ready for her bath but had gone to get bubble bath. Always the gentleman, Greg quickly averted his eyes & jumped back into the vestibule!

Congressman Chamberlain was retiring & a big party was planned aboard the presidential yacht U.S.S. Sequoia   I stayed home with Bamma & spent most of the evening repeating this conversation:         Bamma – I wonder where Ann is? I hope she’s alright. Me – She’s at Mr. Chamberlain’s retirement party. She’ll be home in a bit. Don’t worry.  Bamma – Well! That’s easy for you to say! You don’t have a daughter running around at all hours of the night!                                                                        
Bless her heart. She & Aunie would soon be following us to Florida.
Eleanor Harmon & I were to take the Auto Train to Florida the Monday after Greg’s senior prom held at the mall in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Aunie experienced one of my ultimate procrastination moments when Greg waited in the living room while I finished sewing my dress.

The following Monday we drove to the depot. Greg met us there to send me off & eventually Eleanor & I boarded the train.. Greg stayed on the platform. We tried to communicate through the window and then noticed that he had on two different socks.  He couldn’t understand what we were trying to say & took off each shoe & sock until he realized they were different.
At that moment the train started to move. I burst into tears & he began to trot down the platform after the train. Later we found out he got in the car and followed the train for miles. Worst day of my life.
That first summer in Florida found me up at all hours of the night writing endless letters “back home” to those I loved & missed.  I also learned more than I ever wanted to know about palmetto bugs – enormous roach-like insects that were unavoidable – namely that they fly.

It wasn’t all bad. I mean, we were only a couple of miles from the Juno Beach Pier. But my Maryland roots ran deep & I had left my heart back in Gaithersburg. It was really difficult to look forward to my high school senior year.
At the same time, Daddy really loved the shop & Mommy had met some nice friendly neighbors. Aunie & Bamma moved down to a Paradise Villa condo in North Palm Beach.
I graduated from North Palm Beach High School in 1975 & from Palm Beach Community College in December 1976 with an A.S. degree. Greg & I married a week later.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

070418 CKC July Forgeries

Although my rogue Beautiful Maggie kit this month didn't really pick up on the motifs
in the inspiration kit

I decided to make a little extra inspiration for our followers.

First, the fun banner paper in the Paper Kit made me want to make an actual banner!

I looked for stamps that represented some of the motifs in the kits - camera, clock, travel imagery, guy stuff, birthday/party, summer... then I looked for sentiments that would apply.

Always fun to create!
Hope you are inspired.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

070118 CKC July Kit Reveal

Summer fun, celebrating Independence Day in the USA
Master Forger Lori is up this month to choose our inspiration & Guest Designer.
Please welcome Sandy Ross, a recent prolific follower at CKC!

You can see more of Sandy's beautiful work on her blog - It's A Family Affair.
Now take a look at a nice variety of jumping off points for your July kit from The Scraproom.
Flavors of the Month (I'm not sure but this link may revert to the current month kit and not June 2018...)
 I was totally unfamiliar with this scrap source and my interpretation is quite loose!
Let's take a look in the Magic Blue Box...

I liked the bright Pink Paislee "Confetti Wishes" (bottom left) flavor & upon closer inspection of that collection I latched onto paper #9 below as it reminds me of one in my stash that I love.
It wasn't even included in the inspiration kit but I was so happy to use it that I went rogue!

My papers:

Webster's Pages "My Happy Place"/Heart & Home; Pink Fresh "Dream On"/Reverie; Webster's Pages "My Happy Place"/Sunshine; Felicity Jane "Caroline"; Maggie Holmes "Gather"/(birds); Maggie Holmes "Gather"/Beautiful; Maggie Holmes "Gather"/Happy Place; Elle's Studio "Thankful"/Sweater; Webster's Pages "My Happy Place"/Heart & Home; Felicity Jane "Caroline".
My Beautiful Maggie kit:

A closer look: 

I've been sorting all of my printed photos & am itching to get some pages done!
Don't miss any of the inspiration from the Master Forgers - hop on!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

070118 Archi-scraps July Challenge

Archi-scraps July Challenge: bright color & paint
Doesn't this look like a happy place?

I went straight to MY happy place - photos of the grands :D
My daughter posted this photoseries of a couple of fabulous recent summer days.
 Legoland, aquarium & an overnight visit to a splash park made it exciting & fun.

I used craft paints & this Jenni Bowlin shining star stencil:

Hope you are inspired this month!
Link up your creation.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

061818 CKC June Challenge #2

CKC June Challenge #2
Midsummer Madness! 

It's almost midsummer's day here in the northern hemisphere and I for one, love this turn of the year. Watching the days get longer until they reach this high point before the sun starts to head south again and days get shorter again is part of the year's rhythm that I particularly note. And we all know just how much the Scandinavians mark Midsummer's Day with parties and celebrations. Celebrate the summer solstice (or the winter solstice if you are south of us!) for yourself with your project.

We have a little inside joke that crops up every June until early December & this was the perfect challenge for it. I tried to keep it light-hearted even though for me it is anything but!

(I'm thinking that I may have to use a white pen on those pink letters to make them legible...)
   Please forgive the bad lighting - it's night and the clock-which-is-actually-a-compass
 transparent overlay makes a decent photo nigh impossible.

This ribbing continues until the Winter Solstice, which ushers in almost 5 months of winter weather.
It then becomes, "The days are getting longer," which of course means nothing until May... 
I should probably find some way to add that on the page!

I must confess that this is a bit of a cheat as the overlay & the mini-letters were not in my original kit.
My page. My rules. 
It's also another double-challenge as I've done the Whimsical Musings #285 be inspired by mini-letter stickers.

Let's see what you can make of this CKC challenge! 

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

061618 CKC June Challenge #1

A little bird told me!

American Crafts - AT Sunshine & Good Times - Tweet Tweet Paper
Lisa's first challenge for us is this: "One of the papers in the kit features a selection of 
cute, colourful, rather sweet birds which got me thinking. Be inspired by a story 
told to you by a third party (aka "a little bird told me") for your project."

My inspiration actually came from the title phrase, "A little bird told me!"
My journaling will explain further...

I also followed Lisa's Whimsical Musing prompt #291 to use this sketch. 

Sketch Savvy sketch #179

Hope you have an idea from all this inspiration!
Please share it with us.
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