Thursday, November 20, 2014

112014 WM#143 Plaid & ScrapHappy November sketch

Lynnette posted a timely WM Challenge - Mad for Plaid! in October.
And while I was at it I decided to use the November ScrapHappy sketch.
Love it when I can marry two challenges :~)

I decided I wanted to flip the sketch vertically & then rotate it 90* clockwise.
There. That's better, probably because I am a 12x12" scrapper & this translates better.

 Back to the WM challenge! I love plaid so was excited to brainstorm this.
I had a very elaborate plan to weave patterned papers together to make my own plaid,
but on the way there through my paper stash I discovered this background paper.
Perfect! And so sweet with my adorable photo of Chloe at 21 months.
I did some machine stitching over the stitching printed on the paper.
I wanted a frame instead of a double mat & this washi was just the right color combo.

I used my all-time favorite paper - Sassafras/Sunshine Broadcast line..."Enlighten" - 
from a 6x6" pad to mat the photo. Couldn't resist a little hand sewing on my photo.

Instead of the banners in the sketch (which would be hanging upside down in my configuration!)
 I subbed in these sweet crepe paper flowers for even more dimension & texture. 

I kept adding edge punches in lacy patterns to make this drip with girly sweetness.
Another 6x6" paper pad gave me most of the remaining patterned papers.

The ultimate fussy-cut: this tiny bird w/hearts!
My nod to the sketch embelli represented by a corner of dots.

Oh, did I enjoy myself with this page. 
I think I grinned through the whole process.
ScrapHappy, indeed!

Let me know you were here!

Friday, November 14, 2014

111414 CKC November Challenge #2 & WM Challenge #142

The boys had a really fun day out back in September down 
at Flint's Sloan Museum's Curious George exhibit.

September 22, 2014

I started my spread with CKC Challenge #2 Decorative Doors 
using this image from the CKC Pinterest board that was provided.
  I also chose this for the Whimsical Musings Challenge #142 Circles

Pinterest link

I quickly realized that I wouldn't need much in the way of supplies but that my CKC Nostalgic November kit would yield only alphas (the large Dear Lizzy yellow Thickers were perfect) & the Basic Grey Bow Ties/Red Light rocket paper. I added the brightly colored 7Gypsies Mykonos 6x6" paper pad for the other small scale patterned paper accents as it suited the photo colors well.

I know being on the Design Team allows me to keep the challenges in mind when I build my kit, but I get so caught up in the thrill of the creative process of kitting that there have been months when I didn't include what I needed for the challenges! That put's me right alongside of our members, who don't have the advantage of seeing the whole picture for the month all at once when they begin.

Anyway! Back to the spread... 

The AC Shimelle line "curious" gold word was total serendipity.
All of the books have the line, "George... was curious", hence the title.
Happy memories of reading these to the girls & now the boys.

 Lincoln was really thrilled! He brought his Curious George plush toy with him.

Someone wondered how I might use that rocket paper from my kit...

Could this be more perfect? 

Now find your inspiration from the Pinterest board & create!

Let me know you visited - okay?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

110614 CKC November Challenge #1

This may sound easy, but...

CKC Challenge #1 Be Inspired by Pinterest

Pinterest is my kryptonite! 
I must stay away or I will go down the rabbit hole of time-sucking creative inspiration
Pets will starve, cupboards will be bare, SOS messages will be left on the dusty furniture... 
you get the picture. Diversion to the point of real life paralysis & atrophy - what a way to go!

To the drawing in my own Pinterest board.
Here's the perfect idea for the photo I'm scrapping.
 And my take...

This paper may be the oldest thing in my kit.
Graphic 45 from 2009!

 This is why even the title is perfect.  My little Yorkie, Lila,
 joins me for breakfast every morning since I retired.

Journaling reads: 
This is what breakfast looks like now that I'm retired. 
No hands on the clock to say when things happen, or when they end.

Hence the banner.

 And the sweet little cluster to show off some of the 
vintage-style goodies in my kit this month.

I loved using that washi to create a border effect at the top & bottom.

Now go grab some inspiration from Pinterest & take the challenge!
 Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog has its own Pinterest link to do the work for you if you need it.

Thanks for stopping.
Let me know you peeked in!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

110414 CKC November Tutorials

Wow! A lot of fun things to forge this month from the Fabulous Fall kit.

I tackled some Project Life styled cards (there is a whole sheet to cut apart in the original.) 

I used some gold foil paper to create an embelli similar to
the Maya Road heart & leaf paper clips.

I couldn't let the scraps go to waste so I punched some random confetti!

I thought I could forge the We R Memory Keepers
metallic copper sentiment vellum paper.

But the question was...

Yes, it did!
I taped some ruled paper behind to keep my writing straight.

I grabbed some more of the gold foil paper & raided my washi stash... forge this MME Market Street "Ashbury Heights" paper.

I like mine better & the gold even shows through the patterns.

By far the most ambitious forgery was a nod to the We R
Memory Keepers Indian Summer Feathers paper -

only in GOLD, using a gilding
kit & Amy Tan feather stamp.

  I did a test to make sure the stamp wasn't too fine of a design.

The process:
I stamped the leaves with the gilding adhesive & let it dry until tacky.
I added pieces of the gilt paper & smoothed it on with a soft brush.
As you continue to brush the excess gilding pulls away to reveal your design.

Voila! I love it.

 Of course, you could just as easily do this with regular glue & a super fine glitter.
That would be fun! A counterfeit of  a counterfeit.

Hope we have inspired you to new heights of forgery this month :-)

Let me know you were here!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

110114 CKC November Kit Reveal

Look at this lovely from Scrapbook & Cards Today
Crop & Create Delivered kit, "Fabulous Fall".

Be sure & give a warm welcome to our Guest Designer, Binty!

I have been a little sad & missing a vintage vibe in my kits. Although I have 
turned this one on its head this month it was within the bounds of the inspiration.

Let's open up the Magic Blue Box...
 & have a look at 

As usual, I started with the papers:

First row: The yellow lace stands in for the yellow doilies. I discovered I have very 
few striped papers, so I have subbed in the roses (& later the rocket ships!) A softer red 
for the coral, a bird paper, an X paper for the + paper, and a gold vellum dot.

The second row: Large scale print, vibrant green, neutral, blue/green, the rockets, and blue damask.

Here's the full kit:

I've made a whole set of vintage PLstyle cards from free images from The Graphics Fairy.
Although I had some burlap alphas I opted for some linen look chip alphas, map & bright 
yellow scripty Thickers. A pack of Paper Studio assorted ribbon & tossed in some Prima 
flowers as they were just the right shades. Jenni Bowlin Flatback flair, 7 Gypsies tags, Anna 
Griffin transparencies, a couple of small crocheted doilies & an assortment of stick pins!

Here's a closer look:

I have finally decided I'm on board with a certain trend, so I've put together an add-on!

You'll be seeing more about the forgeries in here on the CKC tutorial post on the 4th.
DON'T MISS IT! Our talented team of Master Forgers can help spark your kit building creativity.
And yes - that is GOLD polka dot BURLAP - swoon...

As I am the caboose this month, I hope you have enjoyed all of the craftiness along your 
way through the hop. Now take your turn at counterfeiting & post that kit on Mr. Link! 
Just in case you've missed anything here is the full list:

Guest Designer Binty:

Friday, October 31, 2014

103114 Archi-scraps November Challenge

Another FAB inspiration from Archi-scraps!

And the challenge is to use a song title.
As I have just celebrated my 57th birthday the choice was obvious...

Bonus points for sheet music.
My birthday pie wood veneer piece is covered with a 
Happy Birthday sheet music Project Life-type card!

A little bling...

...and a little banner.

Be sure & let me know you stopped by with a comment -
perhaps a Happy Birthday?