Thursday, April 24, 2014

042414 CKC April Member Challenge Bloghop

Oh, goodie!
One of my favorite parts of the month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog :~D

Each month on the 4th, 12th & 16th we are given a unique challenge.
It's your option which you choose to unveil here at the hop!

This month I chose Challenge #1: Blog Design Challenge:  
Visit each of our Design Team Members and choose a blog design that 
you think you can translate into a scrappy project.  Look at their color scheme, 
theme, or perhaps an element and use that on your card or layout.
 The full list of Design Team member blog links is on the CKC sidebar.

Stephanie's fun & funky blog header caught my eye.

Her header actually became a wonderful sketch for my page.
I was able to incorporate all of the main elements in a quite literal way yet in keeping with my subject.

I used some 6x6 Crate Paper Little Boy Blue papers for my "skyline", 
blinged up my Dear Lizzy sun embellishment, and some sky/clouds/hearts 
washi with punched clouds made dimensional with pop dots.

"Celebrate" became my title intro & Stephanie's sequins morphed into stars.
I hung my photo series on baker's twine with lime chevron washi.
This was a double challenge page as I used blurry photos for the 
Whimsical Musings Challenge #129 from a few weeks ago.

The full title "Celebrate - Today You Are 1"
These photos were from Cooper's first birthday on April 1st.
You might remember that one of my April Fool's statements
was that I have a grandbaby with a birthday on April 1,
and some of you didn't think it was true, hehe...
He was so excited that he kept clapping for himself, a new skill.

I would have loved to do a page from every blog!
It was another really creative challenge that got my mind racing.

Now YOU be sure & make your way through the entire list. Here's the Blog Hop order ...

NEXT GO TO:  Kate @

Don't miss a thing - always loads of inspiration!
And be sure you post to Mr. Linky when those creative juices get flowing :~) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

041614 CKC Challenge #3

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog it's time for yet another creative challenge,
and you KNOW how easy-peasy it is when you start with a kit full of scrappy goodness?
Challenge #3 BIG TITLES: Use a big title 
(or extra large sentiment) on your crafty project!

My daughter posted this photo on FaceBook with the caption,
"Hanging out with my mini me today".
Perfect play on words for a BIG TITLE!

Some sheer elements as per the CSI kit inspiration.

Elements fussy cut from DCWV Vintage Collector paper were just right.
Two cupcakes, two balloons, even two staircases!
The heart on the brick wall? Lovin' the grunge.
The perky jot of flowers finishes off the color scheme nicely. 

Now you get busy & choose a big 'ole splashy title for yourself.
It's a great way to use a lot of real estate on your layout.
Don't forget to post to Mr. Linky.

Friday, April 4, 2014

040414 Date Day Saturday & A Little Bit of Spring

Last weekend we headed down to Livonia & parts beyond.
Breakfast from Tim Horton's - coffee & everything bagels w/cream cheese.

First stop? Cantoro's Italian Grocery

So what did we get?

Next: my new favorite place!

 This place is HUGE with awesome products.
There is another room as large as this plus a crop room that seats 60!
Good thing for my budget it's not too close to home.
And just see how fun these gals are!
(One of the ribbon ladies helped me out - so friendly!)
This is what I got


A little something for Chloe

Finally got a pic of this guy on the way home.
"Mephisto" by John Suave at  James F. Atchison Memorial Park 

Lunch at Famous Dave's

Our favorite appetizer - salmon spread

To ToysRUs to shop for the birthday boy,but these just made me GRIN out loud! 
They are having WAY too much fun, lol

Free Tractor Supply Grand Opening hat.
I am the queen of the dorky selfie - you can't even see the hat, lol.
 Had such a lovely day together...

And then this week, Spring is beginning to show her pretty face.

So delighted that the orioles have returned!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

040114 CKC April Counterfeit Kit Reveal

In honor of April Fool's Day we are turning things inside out & upside down
at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month, beginning with the inspiration kit NOT being inspired by a KIT - eh?
We are changing it up with an inspiration from CSI-Color, Stories, Inspiration... pay close attention!

 THE SCHEME  translates into the colors for your kit.

 THE EVIDENCE  are themes you can use/embellishments you can add.

 THE TESTIMONY  are ideas you can make from your kit!

This should be interesting... 
first I pulled plain cardstock as close 
to "The Scheme" colors as possible.

I wanted to have these colors in front of me
as I trolled my stash to assemble my kit.
Let's see what's in the Magic Blue Box this "Softly Spring" day!

First my papers...

DCWV Vintage Collector Stack (2), Webster's Pages, FabScraps, Crate Paper, DCWV, Tim Holtz, Pebbles, Pink Paislee

Some extra smaller sized paper pads...

Teresa Collins, Prima, 7Gypsies, Sassafras, Crate Paper

Some washi - well, a LOT of washi!

Assorted makers of washi & vellum, DCWV Vintage Collector Stack paper & sticker sheet from Kaisercraft

Some sequins...

Some glitter...


And the rest of the kit!

And seeing that it is April Fool's Day we have another special bit of fun for our followers!

Look at my 3 facts, guess which one is NOT true & post your guess in the comments of THIS post.

1.  I won a baton twirling championship in junior high school.
2.  I almost lost my hands in a chainsaw accident.
3.  One of my grandchildren was born on April Fool's Day.

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.

Now hop on to the April Fool's Day BACKWARDS ORDER blog hop! 
Guest Designer Maggie:

Leslie S

Monday, March 24, 2014

032414 CKC March Challenge Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit March Blog Hop

I chose Challenge #2 this month for an extra challenge page, as I was uber-inspired by
Buckets of bling, sewing on the page, *g*l*i*t*t*e*r*, vintage images, fussy-cutting - sigh... a girl after my own heart! 

This page of hers was a particular favorite: 

 I borrowed the vertical strips behind the photo & some of the sprinkled goodies.

Oh! And glitter!

Now keep on hopping & don't miss a thing!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

031614 CKC March Challenge #3

CKC Challenge #3 Add TEXTURE to your layout

Wow! I know it doesn't sound like it, but this turned out to be a TOUGH challenge for me.
I have hit a bit of a cold patch in my scrap mojo lately & just couldn't get focused.

Fortunately (as always) my KIT came to the rescue!

Plenty of printed texture on the flower patterned paper, the embossed piece 
gives dimension along with the torn edge of the watercolor counterfeit.
Add some staples for sleek & shiny metallic texture.

I still had a piece of Sticky-Back Canvas on my desk from last month's kit.
I stamped my title letters, cut out the strip & then sprayed with Dylusions Ink Spray.
I was trying to pick up a color close to the denim in the photos.

The pink peeling painted wood patterned paper holds it's own in the mix,
but a little stamp action kicks it up a notch along with a lace doily with baker's twine.
Crumpling the doily a bit before adhering just gives one more layer of dimension.

A sprinkling of wood veneer is just icing on the cake!