Friday, January 16, 2015

011615 CKC January Challenge #3

Well, I guess this is why its called "scrap"booking!


No, you won't see those cute little tags on my page today.

Challenge #3: Use negative parts on your page.

I knew as soon as I punched the tags out that this little kraft piece was destined for this challenge. 
It just looks like a banner waiting to happen! A birthday in December seemed the perfect use.
Here's the birthday boy - doesn't get any cuter than this :)


His cupcakes were adorned with his favorite characters right now - the Paw Patrol.


I love when my kit can cough up the perfect paper from the B sides!
The polka dot was just the thing, plus my gold "hooray" word forgery turned out FAB.


So happy with how the scrap banner turned out.
Perfect way to showcase those forged letters!
I stamped the wood veneer #3 with a grid pattern to coordinate with those letters.


Wish I had gotten a photo of the cupcakes but I think this still captures the fun! Time for you to go search through your stash for that negative piece that adds a positive touch to your project :~)

Thanks for peeking in!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

010615 CKC January Challenge #1

 Woohoo!
 CKC challenge of 2015!

Create a project using a list of at least 10 items.
 2015 will be a series of new things for us, one of which will be getting more time up at the retreat.


I really love this shadow picture of us taken on our first work day. I thought the wood veneer numbers were perfect for this page. SO thrilled that I got right in there with my stitching kit!


It's a little unexpected not to line up my list with the numbers but I really didn't want to obscure the shadow image on the photo. I've used the birch paper under the title as most of the trees are birch, one of our favorite things about our place. This next photo kind of says it all!


It's going to be a BIG year!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

010415 CKC January Tutorials

It's a brand new year, and we are bringing you brand new tutorials at the CKC!
Helping you transform your old scrap stash into trendy takes on new products.

The first thing I wanted to tackle was the American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Stitched "Thrifted" paper.



I thought washi tape would create those slanted stripes perfectly with just a little bit of effort.


What do you think? (I usually like mine better than the original, lol!)



Next up: Jillibean Soup Mini-Die Cut kraft tags


Easy-peasy! Who says I need a Silhouette or a Cameo? (ME!)
I think I'll save that piece on the left - you never know when it may come in handy! (hehe)


Now the transparent printed "Bella Rouge" letters from Pink Paislee.

I looked in my digi stash for a striped patterned paper & made it black & white.
I cropped & printed it 8-1/2" by 11" on transparency paper, 
then started over but rotated it 90* first.
I will use my Sizzix "Funky Brush" dies to cut out the letters!


Like so!


What should have been the easiest forgery turned out to be the toughest.
The B side of the Heidi Swapp/September Skies "Afternoon Breeze" paper.



I had this stencil & the perfect colors of paint...


Epic fail! It was sloppy & ugly - Plan B - mist.
Second section I forgot to cover the first section - overspray...
Then I just flipped the stencil to get rid of the excess mist on the paper. Ugh.


Next try? Colored pencils...


Just not the look I wanted.
BUT! When I cleaned the mist off the stencil with a baby wipe?
I got these pretties! They went right into my kit when dry :~)


So! Pick your absolutely favorite thing in the inspiration kit & go for it!
We have a great library of past tutorials to browse through & be inspired.


Let me know you stopped by :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

010115 CKC January Kit Reveal



I'm hoping you are reading this in your pajamas 
no earlier than 2 pm on January 1st, after a leisurely 
delicious brunch with your favorite people. 
(Oh, and someone else is doing the dishes!)

After a month off from making a counterfeit kit you are, of
course, awaiting this reveal with great anticipation & delight :~)

Hip Kit Club December main kit
Hip Kit Club December Embellishment kit

Icy cool & glittery gold...
let's see what's in the Magic Blue Box!

Here are the papers from our inspiration kit:


Here's my take.
I've arranged my counterfeits with the B side papers below the larger image of the A sides.

I couldn't resist subbing in the gorgeous feather paper for the main floral.
Both have a watercolor look to them.
The floral had a more peachy tone but I went more on the pinky side.
The original was also more subtly patterned overall than
most of my stash so my choices were a bit bolder.


I've kept things a little more manageable so far this year, lol.
The paper on the right with the images in the little squares will be cut
into as needed instead of stickers & embelli packs as in the inspiration kit.


My plan for the photocopy of these is to use the gold pen on transparency paper to trace
whichever word(s) I need this month. I will then fussy-cut them for my page.


Here's my version of American Craft's 
Amy Tan alphabet embroidery stencil kit


Evalicious Photo Shoot wood veneer counterfeit.
I plan to stamp my own sentiment on the banner piece.


Don't forget to return on the 4th for our little freebie mini-class
of tutorials on how our amazingly creative Design Team
made some of the elements in our counterfeit kits. I feel like this is
one of the biggest perks you get from the CKC - new ways to make
that old, tired stash stand up & be counted as trendy!

Don't miss one stop on this kit reveal hop:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

010115 January Archi-scraps Challenge


How incredible is our inspiration this month at Archi-scraps?!?
All that golden goodness lining the whimsy of a cloud...

Greg spent most of his career as a meteorologist so clouds have taken up a fair amount of our attention over the years. I mean, who doesn't wake up in the morning & give the sky a glance right away? But one of the most striking images in my mind of clouds is the Golden Gate Bridge rising above the fogbank in San Francisco Bay. We lived & worked in the Bay Area for almost a decade. What a picturesque place to live & work! Here's my page:


I snuck in a little gold in my title.


Even my office building is glowing gold!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

120114 December Archi-scraps Challenge

How amazing!

Our fun criteria at Archi-scraps is to scrap an animal.
I have a few of those around :~)


 We had a lot of fun one afternoon with some masks from the dress-up box!


 Then I had a lot of fun with these!




Now YOU give it a go!
Post at the InLinkz Link Up on the Archi-scraps blog.
There's a prize to be won for Aussie entries or a chance to be the Guest Designer!


So happy you stopped in!
Let me know that you were here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

112414 CKC November Members Showcase Blog Hop

Welcome!
You have reached a stop in the November Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog member's hop.

November's challenges were:
Challenge #1 - Be Inspired By Pinterest 
Challenge #2 - Decorative Doors 
Challenge #3 - Cards that POP!
As I had already done Challenge #1 & #2 I am doing Challenge #3 for the hop.

There was a great link on Challenge #3 to this Crate Paper blog post
First I got inspired by that cute rocket paper in my kit.


 The paper actually has dimensional shadows printed in the pattern,
so I fussy-cut this little rocket out for the envelope. Reads as 
a "pop" but should travel through the mail just fine!


 I popped one of the rockets on the card along with some of the stars.
I couldn't believe I had that "Star Upon Star" music in my kit!


I popped the sentiment & the gold Wow! embellis, too, 
matted with black to mimic the mat on the rocket paper.

Next up is this card for someone special.


I put some large gold glitter in the center of the sunflower to make it "pop".
More dimension was added behind the flower petals & leaves.


The last card:


Although this could have been a blank card,
I have sent it off for a birthday this month.


I rarely make cards, but when I do I find it super-fun!
Who knew I had all those goodies in my kit?

Enjoy everyone's chance to share their projects by visiting every hop stop.
Half the fun of the CKC blog is the inspiring work done by everyone!


Thanks for stopping by!