Friday, March 31, 2017

040117 April Archi-scraps Challenge

Archi-scraps April challenge: Use sewing - hand or machine
I think this one may be the most outrageous one yet!!!

Timing is everything...
My poor peach took a tumble at pre-school and split her lip...

Thankfully, a trip to the plastic surgeon, a few stitches, and a little time& someday
she can entertain herself by inventing dramatic fictions of how she came by the scar.

An odd take on the prompt but - I hope - creative, nonetheless.

Poor baby! The before photo makes me cringe every time I see it.

I tore the patterned paper circle in half & stitched it back together plus a simple stitched heart.

Good as new!

I used product almost exclusively from the Felicity Jane March kit, including the stamp set.

Be inspired once again by the fusion of architecture & scrappy creativity at Archi-scraps!
 Be sure to link up your project on the blog HERE.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

032417 Spring 2017 Mantel

Our new place has the oddest mantel! It is so tall & imposing, with a beam at the top.
I had purged so much in the move that I was eager to dress it with some of my favorite things.

I knew that I wanted a spray of pussy willow branches, and that I had the perfect 
container for them - a large aqua Mason jar. Finding it was not so easy!
The artwork is a watercolor by my grandmother.

So pleased with how it turned out.
Simple.  Serene. Spring!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

030717 March Archi-scraps Challenge

Archi-scraps March Challenge inspiration:

Use mosaics
This may be the happiest place I've ever seen with all that gorgeous colour!

My original idea was to punch hexagons out of beautiful papers to puzzle together
a background or perhaps a border. Then I spied this on a Persnickety Prints product ad:

Inspiring this:

Inspiration is everywhere - start at Archi-scraps & see where it takes you...
Post your project on the Linky for a chance at a Guest Designer spot or often a prize (Aussie locals only.)

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

030417 CKC March Forgeries

My counterfeit kit this month, Inky Fingers Again, was named for the fact that I 
made some forgeries. I have really missed working at the counterfeits & had a lot of fun.

First up is that bold blue & white stripe paper.

I made my calculations & cut my blue strips.
The "oops" is the fact that I had an extra stripe left!
I rarely sort out the math in paper crafting with any success.

I simply flipped one of the stripes over to create a spacer that would reveal the white
background between the blue stripes, which were adhered down with a line of tape runner. 

Next is the ombre circle paper.

At first I thought I would use these circle stamps, but by the time 
I got to forging I'd forgotten all about that idea, lol!

So I used a circle punch to make a template for drawing the circle grid.

Then painted it with watercolours.

The last paper I tackled is the butterfly paper,

using two extremely old stampsets.

My thought was to mix a puddle of a variety of colours & use it to stamp,
but the images were muddy & blotchy & obscured the detail of the stamps.

I grabbed my set of cheap ink pads which worked great!
I plan to fuzzy-cut some of these elements for embellis.

Finally I made a gold stuffed heart.

I used a scrap of kraft paper for the base & punched a heart for the felt stuffing template.

I overlaid a piece of gold metallic vellum & stitched around it.

A very successful set of forgeries this month!

Give one of the elements from the inspiration kits a try, or use one of the tips
or links on the Forgery on the Fourth post to add a little something to your kit this month!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

030117 March CKC Kit Reveal

 I am

and thanks to Master Forger Margie's kit choice for March, I'm beginning to believe it's possible!

 Joining us this month is our Guest Designer Raelene. Checking out her blog to get to know her better took me to her February listing of monthly scrap challenges - awesome! Please give her a hearty welcome & lots of love on her posts this month.

Hip Kits Club provides our inspiration kit with their February selection:

Here is my "Inky Fingers Again" March kit:

That beautiful 2015 Basic Grey/Tea Garden/rose hip floral at the top gave me a close match.
The black & white camera is a mere scrap likely to be colored & fussy-cut for an embellishment.
The bold stripe, polka dot & bird/butterfly papers will be featured in our Forgery on the Fourth post.
The black & white brushstroke is from 2015 Felicity Jane/That One Day collection.
The black & white vine print & the small script is ancient stash of unknown origin on flimsy paper.
The tan diamond paper is a 2015 Crate Paper/Poolside with a good B side for this kit.
Last but not least is the ultimate stash buster - the multi-colored Skeeter's Sunsations - "An exclusive product from Paper Adventures" - from 2003!

2014 Maggie Holmes embellishment pack, 2015 American Crafts Thickers puffy embellishments pack, ancient stash of rub-ons from the Dollar Store, a few packs of goodies from Felicity Jane, gold glitter Thickers, 2011 chippy birds from the dollar bin at Joann that are a great match to the stamp set I used on a forged paper, plus one last forged element - the gold heart.

So happy to have gotten back to counterfeiting this month! Felt great to have "Inky Fingers Again"

Have a look at all of our full kit team's kits reveals in the hop below:


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

021417 LOAD217 Greek Mythology DAY 14: Hephaestus

Alice's prompt for today was based on the fact that Hephaestus was
the only god renowned for his work. Her take was to use these questions:

What is my work? How do I spend my days? What is my labour of love? 

I’m officially retired and every day is different (my DH is retired, too) 
so the default is my labour of love. 

 Every Sunday we transport a busload to church for Sunday School & the main service. 
We go out ahead of time to check in with the riders & their families, remind them of contests, 
take prayer requests, & catch up on what’s been happening this week. 
All this in the hopes that they will come to know the Saviour, Jesus Christ!

" And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
Mark 16:15

If you have never tried a LOAD, the month-long LayOutADay scrapbook challenge, you can play along by joining the ScrapHappy family HERE

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

020517 WM#237 a 5th season

Our Lisa has given a prompt that requires a little background from her Whimsical Musings #237 post:
"So, while the UK and many other countries were having two minutes silence in memory of Remembrance Day at 11am on 11th November (see last week's prompt), here in Germany 11.11am on 11th November marks the beginning of the "fifth" season of the year. Germany celebrates their own Remembrance Sunday at another time.

This fifth season is the beginning of German Carnival, something particularly strong around Düsseldorf and Köln as well as other cities around Germany.  If you'd like to find out more, Wikipedia has a lot of information about the traditions surrounding this "special" time of the year...
 What would that mean to you? Would you want more sun, more winter, more snow, less change? Would you like to create your own fifth season by heading out of town on a long trip at the same time every year to escape weather in your own area that makes you unhappy? ... How about making it a little more philosophical and thinking about the seasons of life - Jennifer Wilson over at Simple Scrapper uses this analogy...  This might be a little more abstract than usual, but I do think that there are ways to take this and make it your own!" 
This was an unusual prompt, however I was actually going through
an unusual time in my life that would suit this to a "T".
Last fall we began a house move that is still underway. (I have commented on multiple occasions that it’s been eerily like the movie Groundhog Day!)  I knew immediately that I would scrap a series of moments in the countryside at dawn & other photos taken on the back-and-forth journeys we continue to make between houses.

Because of the location of each home, we almost can’t get there from here - at least not at highway speeds – which makes the whole process that much more painful.

More often than not, on the return trip we look just like the Beverly Hillbillies!

Photo credit
My page:
I placed my title on the overlapping circles in the center 
to convey the feeling of endless trips back & forth. 
My journaling was done with my vintage typewriter on a tag.
 I hope you will give this one a try! 
If it leaves you stumped just try another from the Past Prompts link HERE.
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