Thursday, May 4, 2017

050417 CKC May Forgeries

CKC is all about creating elements from our supplies & stash.

Because, of course, in my hoard of 2,469 wood veneers there isn't ONE like these!

I like to make my counterfeits simply.
I grabbed some kraft paper, brown ink & some Felicity Jane stamps.
 I love their stamp sets because there are always a lot of words & sentiments that go with the shapes.

Just stamp & fussy-cut!

Now you have a go!
And make sure you share your creations on the Facebook group or Instagram.

Thanx for stopping by!

Monday, May 1, 2017

050117 May CKC Kit Reveal

A little bit of whimsy :)

Christy Strickler, our Guest Designer this month, is practically family to some of us!  
Get to know her better on this Digiscrap Geek podcast.
Christy blogs at

Ready for a look at May's kit? 
Of course you are...

Gossamer Blue March 2017
I thought I could match up a lot of the papers from my Felicity Jane stash but that didn't pan out. I took a little different approach & took inspiration from the papers for the rest of my kit first.

Let's take a peek in the Magic Blue Box!

This paper put me in mind of these alphas.

The adorable critter paper bear reminded me of these.

The circular & multi-colored letters yielded this selection of alphas.

Cursive Thickers should help me make a large scripty word.

The charming books became frames.

 The "A" side of the polka dot paper had these great banners - I couldn't resist!

Here is the full set of papers that I selected.

I know - it's very lean for me! The yellow dot is the only one that is spot on (pun intended.)

 My full kit - "Where the Wild Things Are"

Eager to create with this one. 
Oops!!! Update (I forgot to post my alphas, lol...)

Make sure you don't miss a stop on the hop!
And check back on the 4th for our forgery tutorials & links.

Guest Designer Christy Strickler -

Remember that we now have a mini-kit option for our Master Forgers.
Stay tuned for that reveal on May 6th - you may find that a smaller kit suits you better!

 And make sure to share YOUR kit & projects with us on the Link-up Page, 
or on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge.

I hope you enjoy the kit choice this month & challenges on the 12th & 18th!

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

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.)

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!