Friday, January 6, 2017

010617 CKC January Challenge #1

"Knock knock, who's there?"

 CKC Challenge #1 is to use a door on your layout.

This beautiful "Mantra" paper was part of the Kaisercraft line,

featured in the January inspiration kit.

My Boho Bali kit included this stash-busting 2012 Prima door embellishment.

I also loved the absolutely ancient & totally flimsy heart patterned 
paper from The Paper Company by Sarah Rugg (above.)

This year, I chose "yield" for my One Little Word & this page to document it.
I simply wrote my journaling right on the background.

The door opens to this...

...and I've embellished the printed florals with stitching & beads.

That starts my happy scrappy new year off with flair!
Actually, I didn't use any flair... 

Rise to the challenge & scrap using a door!
Don't forget to post on the Linky.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

010117 January CKC Kit Reveal

I am making a list of "revolutions" for the new year.
I have yet to decide how to document them if anyone has suggestions.
Have really missed playing along at CKC the last couple of months.
Grateful to be settling in at our new home!

I'm delighted to welcome our Guest Designer this month -  a CKC favorite, Cindy Foster. Cindy is a country girl at heart and an amazingly prolific scrapper who has great success with many challenges each month. Be sure to visit her blog, Cindy's Creations for a look at her scrappy style!

So! Let's get started with our January inspiration kit chosen by our own Master Forger, Julene.
In the spirit of national pride she has chosen an Australian vendor, Shop'n'Crop
The kit is full of goodies from Kaisercraft's new line, 

Thiz iz Ubud in Bali:

 Bali also makes me think of the sea, so I have divided my kit into minty green plus bluer tones.

It's BAAA-AAACK! Let's open up the Magic Blue Box!

The papers:

I am hoping to have time to list my product sources this month but if I don't get to it feel free to ask.


I ran across these perfect metallic accents & tossed them in...

...along with a rogue mini-kit of  sorts that came in quite handy for my first project.
Those snowflakes reminded me of the mandalas in the original kit.

I love having a lot of alpha choices.

Art tools - I am hoping to try forging the mandalas.

Once more I seem to have gathered an uber-abundance of scrap goodness!
I hope you will take the challenge & dive into your hoard & unearth a kit inspired by CKC.

Now hop on!

Guest DT Cindy
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 30, 2016

010117 January Archi-scraps Challenge

Starting out the year with another exciting inspiration at Archi-scraps!

One of the many beautiful domes in the Alhambra, Spain. 
Such delicate work , like fine lacework.
JANUARY challenge -use lace.
This also works for the Whimsical Musings Challenge #241 - lace!

The obvious choice would be product.
The trick for me? Deciding on a photo or story.
Fortunately I came upon the most gloriously frosty window.

I had just pulled my January counterfeit kit for CKC (reveal post tomorrow) and purely for my 
own pleasure had included a couple of rogue papers, one of which totally rocked for my background. 
I used the great assortment of alphas for my title & I couldn't be more pleased.
The frosty Dear Lizzie Thickers were perfect!

The 2008 Fancy Pants Designs "Arctic Chill/Polar" paper by jackie eckles is 
beautifully graphic & the unexpected color makes a great contrast to the black & white image.

 I used silver thread to stitch the pale green Heidi Swapp ghost 
letters down using a simple stitch reminiscent of snowflakes. 

A touch of silver snowflake ribbon top & bottom finish off the page.
My brilliant meteorogist & Bible scholar husband had the perfect verse.

 I'll be watching to see your post in the Linky!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

120116 December Archi-scraps Challenge

The amazingly clever December Archi-scraps challenge is to use COGS.

 I had the perfect product, if I could only find it!
Have been moving & am continuing to unpack :)

I picked a manly photo:

My page:

Picked paper to go along a manly theme, metallic Tim Holtz & bold black alpha for my title, and a cog-like image for the large accentz. A fun page to put together!

Thx for looking!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

100616 CKC October Challenge #1

Challenge #1 for October 2016 - Snip! Snip!

"Pumpkin carving is a popular activity at this time of the year, with patterns ranging from the traditional triangle-faced Jack O'lanterns to much more intricate designs. Our first challenge this month is the scrapbooking equivalent of pumpkin carving - fussy-cutting! Use your scissors to trim one or more designs or images from patterned paper and then use the cut image(s) on a project."

It is somewhat ironic that I drew this challenge (thanks, Susan!) as I frequently fussy-cut beautiful patterned papers for my layouts. This month my kit had some great florals so I decided to do a wreath surrounding my photo. I sometimes get a little bogged down with covering up pretty papers but I managed to make this work to my liking.

It's like you're peeking through a window at the scene.

My journaling talks about how we've bought bikes & are exploring the local rail trails - biking/walking/skating paths utilizing old railway lines. They were made quite level & raised so are perfectly suited for these kinds of recreation/exercise. I've done a recent blog post about it HERE

Give your kit a look & see what elements you can carve out of those gorgeous papers!
Make sure you post to the Linky.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

100116 October CKC Kit Reveal

This month at CKC we have the talented & crafty Kelly Barron as our Guest Designer!
Visi her blog, her instagram or her YouTube channel, plus she is on the Design

 Susan is up this month to choose the inspiration, and she has 
a very painterly collection for us from Pink Fresh Studio - Indigo Hills
 Be sure you go take a look at all the details!

I went for the blue/yellow combination. 

Top row: Crate Paper/2014 Craft Market "Stitching", Heidi Swapp/2012 No Limits "Schematic, BoBunny/2012 Country Garden "Weathered", Authentique/2012 Glory "United, Authentique/2011 Genuine "Forever, WeR Memory Keepers/2015 Wildflower "Road Trip", Basic Grey/2016 Saturday Morning "Fly a Kite", Authentique/2011 Genuine "Natural", unknown/i love you script, Teresa Collins/Everyday Moments "Collage", WeR Memory Keepers/2015 Wildflower "Indigo", Glitz/2013 Uncharted Waters.

I'm hoping to add some paint to one/some of the Dear Lizzy wood veneers.
It's been a crazy busy month leading into this kit so I feel as if I've not done as good a job as usual.

I hope you've seen the entire hop but if not, here it is below.
Don't forget the Forgeries on the Fourth post to help you with some of the kit elements.
Challenge #1 will be posting on the 6th, so get into your stash & make an awesome kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 30, 2016

100116 October Archi-scraps Challenge

Things are a bit "tangled" at Archi-scraps this month...


that is!

 Here is my attempt:

I have always loved to doodle & decided to use my photo as the starting point.
I used inspiration from Pinterest for ideas for the details.
I wanted to be sure & leave a good bit of white space as my photo was light & bright.

Hope you have fun with this one this month.