Saturday, July 4, 2015

070415 July CKC Tutorial post

Here in the U.S. it's Independence Day!

We will be at a small town parade & barbecue nearby where my daughter lives,
but I'm delighted that you stopped in for some forgery help.

I tackled a few of the papers first (as usual)
The kit had the two lace papers on the left - mine are on the right.

I used this Basic Gray throwback paper - Aged & Confused Sublime/Raspberry Blue.
Misted with Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray over a Prima floral stencil.

The white lace forgery was simply an ANCIENT Martha Stewart overlay on cardstock!
Forging isn't always labor intensive or needful of a slew of supplies, it's breaking down the inspiration into an element that speaks to you & works with what you have on hand.
Our goal is to motivate you to use up all the goodies in your stash by seeing them in a new light.

Next were some Project Life-style cards.
See the little "LOVE" one?
I couldn't get a larger image, but you can see the inspiration in mine.
There was one little floral accent in the "O".
I have a beautiful alpha stamp set in my kit that made this special.

Here are all of the cards:

The love birds, top left, are some Little Yellow Bicycle canvas stickers
spritzed with a teal, blue & white Dylusions ink mist.
Then I stamped a few details - makes me happy!

I mopped up the leftover ink with some 3x5" graph grid cards.
I used one with some chipboard butterflies.

I had a lot of fun with these.
 I think I'll be doing these as a regular part of my kits.

Enjoy the rest of the inspiration!
See you on the 6th for Challenge #1.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

070115 Counterfeit Kit Challenge July Kit Reveal

Aaaah ... Summer ...

Up here in Michigan we revel in the lush greenery for a brief but wonderful time.
This month's inspiration kit from Scrapabilly is perfect to celebrate Summer!

Joining us this month in the Guest Designer slot is the inspiringly creative Julie!

Her link is first on the list - DON'T miss it.

SO! Let's get right to what's in the Magic Blue Box.

These are the inspiration's Kaisercraft Blue Bay collection papers.
(I ignored the papers with Project Life-style cards, but I will be forging some.)
 Here are MY papers.

Row 1
American Crafts rose ribbon & Tim Holtz idea-ology Lavish Trimmings 
  sub for the rose paper!
2010 Basic Gray Hello Luscious/Succulent
2014 We R Memory Keepers Love Notes/French Doors
2013 We R Memory Keepers Harvest/Work Bench
2011 October Afternoon Farmhouse/Porch Swing “B”
2011 Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe/Sweets 

Row 2
2012 Heidi Swapp No Limits/Smarty “B”
2012 Authentique Lively/Chipper
2014 Fabscraps Country Living/Secret Garden *signature piece*
2014 Studio Calico Brighton Pier/Blue Ridge “B”
  MME Bramble Rose collection green pattern on weathered wood
2011 Authentique 

Row 3
FORGED green lace BG Aged & Confused Sublime/Raspberry Blue
  MME Bramble Rose collection white chippy wood
2010 Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman/Cultured Reserve
2011 Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast/Enlighten *my all-time FAVE piece of patterned paper*
2011 Crate Paper Portrait/Honeymoon
2013 Heidi Swapp Wood Frame shadowbox, subbing in for the white frame paper!
FORGED white lace
Here's the rest of the  "Mary, Mary"   kit:

Frames, a metal key standing in for the metal arrow, some fancy white embellis from 
Melissa Frances & Prima, the Daily Flash alphas, a brown pen swapped for the brown ink, 
and a good selection of die cuts. I've tossed in some buttons & a little washi & trim.

A closer look...

BUT! If you know me at all, you may suspect that there is more...
...a   "Quite Contrary"   add-on.
I've included more papers & some alphas, some words to make some PL forgeries. 
Loads of laces & ribbons & pretties. Tossed in some stencils & paint to make a little mess.

I went off the deep end this time, lol!

I've also set aside the full packs of embellis that I chose for Mary, Mary. Manufacturers include Glitz, Dear Lizzy, Kaisercraft, Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, K & Company, Prima…no, they aren't even in the picture! This should be an interesting month    =8~O

Wish me luck! Can't wait to see how the inspiration sparks your creativity.
Be sure that you have visited all of the hop posts below...

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

062915 Our Beautiful World #103

OBW #103
Two is better than one.

We have been spending much of the last month up at the retreat working on the cabin.
Today was rafters...

Won't you join in over at
"Sharing our world through our lens"

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

062415 June CKC Member Blog Hop

So glad you are hopping through our June CKC member's hop! 
It's your time to shine & inspire us all with your creativity.

Some months this is my dilemma...
I always love my kits, and the process of putting them together.
When I go to use them I can find myself uninspired for the challenges.
I'm sure there is a Design Team secret to avoiding this!
Challenge #1:  Patterned Die Cuts
 Use only PATTERNED PAPER to create 
a layered die cut for your project.

I'm always a sucker for a rosette.
Like the FAB ones in this book:

 So I made this from (mostly) patterned paper:

I wanted to scrap this photo from our recent trip to Georgia.

I just love how the adults are so laid back but the three year old is ready for what's next!
I used two more of the little kraft hearts to make my visual triangle.

I wish I had stitched the white chevrons...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

061615 June CKC Challenge #3

This was my favorite challenge this month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.
Challenge #3: One side or the other
  Focus on only ONE side of your project 
(either one...I don't have a preference) 
and keep the rest white space.

Fortunately I had some help from ScrapHappy's June sketch.
Link HERE to find out more about membership.

More inspiration from my scrap crush, Ashli Oliver.
I loved the stacked elements on the left & the layers of white.
Ashli Oliver for Simon Says Stamps
(Process video HERE)

We just spent a week visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee en route to Atlanta to see "the peaches."

We went to the Georgia Aquarium to celebrate their birthdays.
Chloe adored being up close & personal with the fishies!
She struck a pose more than once of gracefully moving as if she was swimming...

I knew I wanted to use this fish stamp, so I used a less than perfect image
to hold it's place on the start of my layout. The blue paper is standing in for the photo.

Then I used Archival Ink for a perfect image, and added an assortment of Distress Inks to add color.
This process always seems miraculous!
Just blot the ink pads on your mat, spritz with water, and sop up the ink.
Then I added a subtle spray of gold Color Shine.

Fussy cut, highlighted the crown with a gold pen, added a few tiny gems, and some Glossy Accents for the eye.
Makes me look like an artistic genius but the Ranger products did most of the work!

Because of the direction of the fish stamp I flipped the orientation R-L.
Then I decided that my white space could use some added pizzazz.

Happy Scatter Etsy shop HERE
Had a blast putting this together!
(It was really hard not to add any color on the left.)

A little vellum accent punched with "bubbles" is the perfect finishing touch.

I hope you are inspired to tackle this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 12, 2015

061215 June CKC Challenge #2

Time again for some challenging fun at Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog!

Challenge #2:  Transportation Challenge 
Have something transportation related on your project.

Well, what could be more perfect for that than a trip up a mountainside
to 3,590 feet? First by cable car & then by ski lift (sans snow, of course!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

060415 CKC June Forgery Tutorials

Welcome to my CKC June forgery tutorials.
You know at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog we are all about the big cheat.
Let's make some new goodies out of old stash!
My Basic Grey collection is Prism.

I liked this B side of the Petals paper.

(I thought it was light bulbs!)
Prima stamp & Color Box Frost White ink
My friend Sherrie gave me some *good advice* when stamping a pattern.
Start & end off of the edges to give it a continuous look.

Next is the B side of Quilt:

I used a Heidi Swapp die cut paper as a mask with
her Color Shine in Black Velvet on blue cardstock.

Next I made my own stencil like this one.

I had the perfect old AC paper that made it relatively easy.
I just cut out the triangles row by row in the same pattern.

I loved these dressed up tags... I made a few with washi, paint, and even some gold foil.

I just thought I would show you how the gemstone freebies 
that Lynnette had in the tutorial post this month turned out. Love these!
Just print on your paper (the reverse side if single-sided) & fussy-cut.
I enlarged the freebie paper & when I can locate 
my watercolors that are playing hide & seek with me
in my studio I will shade the gems with the water brush!

Just for fun, I also foiled some wood veneers with a 15 year old 
product originally made for foiling on fabric, but a little glue & voila.
They are a little less than perfect but I'm calling them "distressed".

So won't you try your hand at hand crafting your favorite items?
It's easier than you think! Don't forget you can look at past 
months' tutorial posts for additional ideas & inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!