Thursday, October 1, 2015

100115 CKC October Kit Reveal

Welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog kit reveal post,
only this month? The kit to counterfeit isn't a kit at all! More on that in a moment...

First I'd like you to give a warm fuzzy welcome to our new Master Forgers, 

Kelly Sroka, Clair Rigby & Susan Brochu! A wonderful new injection of creativity & talent.
Thanks so much to everyone that applied for the team. We saw some amazing submissions & are
always so impressed with the calibre of work we see in the Linky each & every month.

Next up is a big hello to our Guest Designer this month, Tina Campbell!
Please click over to the link for her blog & enjoy her creations.

Which brings me back around to the inspiration-kit-that's-not-a-kit...
the ultimate challenge for our new Master Forgers as well as us veterans.
This month, just to tweak our brains & give us an extra nudge at working outside the box,
Bethany has chosen an old CSI challenge to create an original kit from.
The luscious colors & autumn feel of the photo certainly suit my part of the globe.

This became an interesting exercise for me in terms of how I normally "pull" a kit.

I investigated (hehe) the Testimony & made decisions about my projects for the month,
something I rarely think about in advance. This is really dumb since I often forget to include
items specified for challenges, but this month I already felt quite prepared after this first step. 

Next I went down the list of Evidence & pulled punches, embellishments, washi tape, mists,
wood veneers, flair, paint, etc. I even found an ATC card made by a friend which looks remarkably
like the pen & inkwell found each month on the CSI post!

Usually first but this month last but not least, I pulled papers. I started with over forty.
It became obvious which would work together (20) as soon as I laid them all out.
So happy to actually be kitting with real live patterned paper!

This month I won't have my Magic Blue Box since the entire kit is a total ...


Extra goodies to paw through when I need them.


My Forgeries on the Fourth post will go into more detail about how I was inspired by
the CSI info & what I've done with those parameters to create some kit pieces.

Make sure you don't miss ANY of this month's innovation by the team!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

100115 Archiscraps October Challenge

Another intriguing Archiscrap inspiration this month!

At first I got a little sidetracked with the colors, but then 
a happy accident brought this to me via Whimsical Musings #184

I thought those strips at the bottom could be modified to look like mosaic,
plus I remembered that I had these sweet little Prima tiles.

I was envisioning them smooshed into modeling paste...
funny how far from your original inspiration you can get!
I did use the modeling paste to add this beautiful lace effect.

I raided my 6x6" paper pad hoard for any & all possibilities.
I am trying to remember this grossly overlooked resource!

A few Prima flowers, vellum lace borders a little stitching, and my
favorite die cut of the delicate vining flowers out of vellum fill things in nicely.

Meet my new granddaughter, Adelaide Elise!

Was sooo nice to play with pretty things.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Alaska Trip: Day Thirteen, Cruising the Inside Passage


A leisurely day ahead...

We will be going through the Narrows & looking for whales.


This crazy humpback was going berserk... almost as much as the ranger!
I'm hoping to add a slideshow/video of it.

He ended with a crazy flourish

We got to watch this pod of orcas for quite some time.

 Lori & Serena threw a little AAA farewell party.

Definitely the trip of a lifetime...

...but it's time to head home.

Goodbye, Alaska!

We fly out of Vancouver first thing in the morning.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Alaska Trip: Day Twelve, Ketchikan


Breakfast never arrived in our room & we discovered there is a breakfast buffet.
This morning - seven different kinds of Eggs Benedict... yes, please!

Out for an early stroll as we close in on Ketchikan.

His & hers, perhaps?

Ferry from the airfield.


Some shopping & sampling of salmon...
our next excursion is to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary,
at the edge of the Tongass National Forest at Herring Cove.

And there is evidence of bears...

God did not disappoint!
Here's momma...

And the twins having a wrestle...

 It's no wonder they are here.
Just next door is a salmon fishery!

There are a lot of conservation measures in place to ensure the salmon population stays robust.
Some of these salmon are returning to the fishery where they were spawned.
The color on this one indicates it has already spawned & is dying.

With others, instinct prevails & they want to keep going upstream.

The gulls are happy to take advantage of the situation.

And so are the bears...

Like this elusive fellow.

And of course there are other creatures worth seeing.
Can you find the 3 sandpipers in this photo?

A young bald eagle.

A magpie - these are so beautiful

Historic sawmill.

Raptor Center.
All of these birds were rescues & cannot live free.
They are kept in an aviary where, if able, they can fly.

Red-tailed hawk


Can't remember, but this may be Snowy Owl with summer plumage

This bald eagle has a genetic anomaly that causes his beak to grow
like a scissor, which makes it impossible for him to eat.
They are able to file it down so it is functional.

Tonight we see the magician's show.
Tomorrow is our last day :(
We will spend it cruising the Inland Passage on our way to Vancouver.