Friday, September 19, 2014

091914 This Evening...

Felt good to get the big camera out...

Summer's on the wane.

The last butterfly bush bloom.
Food for the stragglers, I guess.

Breaking ground.

New privacy hedge.

 A few interested observers.

Poor Barbara! She's molting...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

091614 CKC September Challenge #3

Hi, there! Here I am getting ready to make a mess - yes, you read that right!
But all for a good & hopefully creative reason :~)

September Counterfeit Kit Challenge #3: Make your own mixed-media embellishment
Bethany has given us a biggie this go-round. I decided to just plunge right in, using this as inspiration!
Archi-Scraps challenge this month: Use texture paste.
Since I was already attempting this challenge I doubled up & combined it with this mixed-media prompt.
As I studied this photo a vague idea formed in my mind to use torn corrugated cardboard & glitter/beads
to capture that rich color in the walls & I gathered up a few things

I had tucked this photo of Kitty in my September CKC computer folder - perfect colors for my kit.

My page is titled "Kitty Daydream".

I wanted some circles to go above her head
and the watercolor paper should stand up to gesso.

I used three stencils to represent what a kitty might daydream about.
Butterflies, fish & birds lol! I used gesso with the stencils,
and added glitter to each while the gesso was still wet.

The butterflies needed no enhancement, but
the birds & the fish needed another layer of treatment.

The fish got a nice watercolor ocean to swim in, complete with tiny fishy bubbles!
The birds got some pen work to make them a little more interesting.

Then I added some dreamy ColorShine stars...

All that yummy leftover glitter!

Perfect for the DIY adhesive alphas and
dressing up the cardboard & banner.

Time for YOU to get messy! Be sure to add your project to Mr. Linky over at CKC.

I think I did pretty well with the Archi-Scraps challenge, too!

Leave me a note & thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 8, 2014

090814 CKC September Tutorials

This is the first kit that I was able to stock almost exclusively from my stash.
I did like this paper, though, as a potential forgery...

Echo Park Allison Kreft Love Script
I chose the closest font I had (Albura) but changed the sentiment
to "all you need is Jesus" and printed out an 8-1/2 x11" sheet,
making sure to stagger the words at the beginning of each line.

Right click & save to download
The other product that I knew I could forge were
the Scrapbook Circle exclusive cork accents.
May be purchased HERE
I have a roll of actual thin cork but also a backup sheet of
cork patterned paper if things went terribly wrong!

The vintage word stamps were purchased from the lovely
Jenny Bowlin herself at Novi Megameet Expo last May.
They sit on my scrapdesk to remind me to tell the whole story.

Not bad!

Monday, September 1, 2014

090114 CKC September Kit Reveal

Yes! It is already the beginning of another month & you know
that means a new kit to forge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

That also means we get to welcome a new September face,
namely Guest Designer Tina from Tina's Scrap Corner blog! You will enjoy her kit
forgery & creative pages this month - be sure to give her a warm welcome.

Scrapbook Circle August Kit: Island Paradise
My first look at the inspiration kit is always the papers.

Here are mine:

My anchor paper was the Basic Gray Soleil "Bikini" B-side:
which toned down the teals to blue.
My only counterfeit paper this month was the brushstroke sentiment.
Tune into the tutorial post on the 8th for a free download of my version!

Let's open the Magic Blue Box for my version
of Scrapbook Circle's scrappy goodness.

September signals the start of school & the end of the lazy
days of summer in my part of the world, hence the name.

 So happy to have a girlie kit to work from this month.
I unearthed some older product, too.
The "Embellish It! Definitions" stickers are 2004.
That's what it's all about at CKC!

Now hop on to the next bit of inspiration,
and be sure to show us your version!

Guest Designer:  Tina:

Angela Toucan Scraps and News

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

082814 August CKC Project #5

Finished my fifth project using my Hot Summer Days August CKC kit.
This time I used a bit of inspiration from a wonderful challenge site:

This blog has the most unique challenge each month.
A photo of some sort of architecture is the inspiration for your page/project!
This month the criteria to include was crenellation - 
the bits at the top of the wall that make you think castle or fortress.
Your inspiration can continue with the subject in the photo, the color scheme, etc.

Here is my page:

I have been determined to find a way to use that cute cloud paper from my kit.
When my grandson got on board this month with potty training 
I thought the "carefree" rub-on couldn't be more perfect. So proud of him!

Here is one of my crenellated details, the postage stamp punched edge on my title.
It may be subtle but it's there all the same.

I have really enjoyed adding the stitching this month. 
When I limit it to small accents it really doesn't take too much time to accomplish.
And the sun rays qualify as another crenellated accent.

Be sure you check in on the first of the month 
at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for the latest kit inspiration, and 
over at Archi-scraps for a new architectural photo to jump start your September crafting!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

082414 CKC August Member's Challenge Blog Hop

It's always fun to take a hop through a group of 
just-revealed Counterfeit Kit Challenge projects each month!
This month the challenges were as follows, with active links to the posts:
Challenge #1:  One Layer Challenge: No paper layering allowed - just embellishments.
Challenge #2:  Sketch Challenge:
Stretch this card sketch to suit you.
Challenge #3:  Vellum:  Incorporate vellum into your project.

Ah, vellum. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with vellum
It's translucent, ethereal... it can veil private journaling or disguise a less-than-perfect photo.
But what a nightmare to adhere to the page!
I have given up & settle for the most subtle touches of adhesive that I can manage...
I can't resist buying printed vellum when I can find it.
But for this challenge I decided to print some myself.
Now, vellum is one of those slick surfaces that won't take just any ink.
Most just lay there on the surface & never dry.
I've used StazOn Timber Brown on orange vellum with a woodgrain mask.

 Can't wait to layer this up over something patterned.

Like this:

Did a little stitching magic, too. The lined paper made it so much easier to line it up nicely.

This boy is SO CUTE, but I almost hesitated to scrap these photos as he looks so snarky, lol :)

Now hop on over to Cindy & see what scrappy goodness is going on over there!


Friday, August 22, 2014

082214 Another CKC August kit page

Oh, how I love having my August CKC kit!
This month's Hot Summer Days kit includes a lot of fun things to play with.

I grabbed the cool The Crafters Workshop USA & Studio 490 Classic Word stencils, my last piece of Heidi Swapp's Champion paper and an adorable photo of my little miss firecracker Chloe.

I added that sweet Basic Gray paper for a photo mat to girlify all that grunge!
Love when I can "let the patterned paper do the work."