Wednesday, October 1, 2014

100114 CKC October Kit Reveal

Long live the Queen!
 has been chosen CKC October Queen! This month she has
picked the kit for us to counterfeit, chosen all three of our
challenges & will be our Guest Designer for the month.
In addition, she won a $10 gift certificate to Big Picture Classes.

Queen Laura chose this pretty kit from Hello Little Magpie.

I started out by analyzing the papers. Embellished woodgrain, plaid,
small floral, small pattern, medium floral, large floral, large polka dot, small
floral plus four coordinating cardstocks. I know I will be changing up the
color scheme but I want to stay true to the variety of patterns in the kit.

This was my start:
I rarely include cardstock but managed to come close with the colors (better in real life :)

Let's go see what's in the Magic Blue Box!

 I tossed in a few extra background papers on the left.

The inspiration kit had no alphas & as I like to choose them as I go I left them out as well.
I did include some yellow & brown acrylic alphas (no idea what they could spell but I will
give it a go!) as a nod to the transparent elements in the kit, along with some acrylic leaves.

I have a few forged elements as well that will appear in the tutorial post on the 4th.
The goodie packs are Maggie Holmes as were the stickers in the inspiration kit.
The one piece I did have was the sheet of Authentique mini-words.

Now hop on for more fab kits from the Queen's loyal subjects!

 Leave me some love!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

100114 October Archi-scraps Challenge

Well, I have some  BIG news!

Archi-scraps OCTOBER 2014 CHALLENGE

Announcing Archi-scraps newest 
Design Team member, Leslie Smith! (That's me)

So excited to be joining in at Archi-scraps :~)
Their unique monthly challenge presents amazing architecture from around the 
world with an extra criteria based on the structure. This month? BLING

I found this great piece on Pinterest for an unusual twist on bling.

I noticed that there is a heart shape in the top few rows.

I made a little template so that I could fit my photo into that heart.
I must admit it was a little hard to cut into my babies' faces!

The "SHINE" letters are glittered & the star insert in the "sparkle" card has shiny silver stars.
My silver elements from my August CKC kit were given a little extra sparkle with some gems.
All other papers & products used were from my September CKC kit.

Let me know you were here!

Monday, September 29, 2014

092914 Whimsical Musings Challenge #138

Absolutely loved the challenge last week at Whimsical Musings #138 to be inspired by a neutral textural fall mood board seen here.

I could just frame this and hang it up for the next three months!

We are currently in the middle of purchasing a piece of woodland property about 90 minutes away 
for a place to get away to after Greg retires next spring. Just the idea is a refreshment to us!

When we were there last I collected a few leaves & needles to try to identify some of the plants.
The feather is actually from our yard at home & is a dove feather.
The bird of peace - just what we are looking for.

 Our logo is going to be made from some birch logs from there into R+R as seen below.

I constructed this little mock-up from woodgrain drinking straws as the title block.

Can't wait until the deal is done & we can do a little clearing before winter sets in!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

092414 CKC September Members Showcase Blog Hop

Welcome to this stop on the CKC Challenge Showcase hop.

I chose Challenge #2: Selfie LOVE
 Take a selfie and add it to your layout or even card 
Now I am easily the world's worst selfie taker!
This was taken to show off my new hat, lol...

Then I ran across this circa 1978 selfie taken with my first SLR.

Ahhh...the bygone days of actual film processing at the local drugstore...
you would never know this was taken with a "good" camera.

Perfect for using my CKC Bittersweet Summer kit.

I was inspired by this page by Sasha Farina:

I hope we have inspired you to have a go at the challenges this month!

GO HERE NOW:   Binty

Let me know you were here!

Friday, September 19, 2014

091914 This Evening...

Felt good to get the big camera out...

Summer's on the wane.

The last butterfly bush bloom.
Food for the stragglers, I guess.

Breaking ground.

New privacy hedge.

 A few interested observers.

Poor Barbara! She's molting...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

091614 CKC September Challenge #3

Hi, there! Here I am getting ready to make a mess - yes, you read that right!
But all for a good & hopefully creative reason :~)

September Counterfeit Kit Challenge #3: Make your own mixed-media embellishment
Bethany has given us a biggie this go-round. I decided to just plunge right in, using this as inspiration!
Archi-Scraps challenge this month: Use texture paste.
Since I was already attempting this challenge I doubled up & combined it with this mixed-media prompt.
As I studied this photo a vague idea formed in my mind to use torn corrugated cardboard & glitter/beads
to capture that rich color in the walls & I gathered up a few things

I had tucked this photo of Kitty in my September CKC computer folder - perfect colors for my kit.

My page is titled "Kitty Daydream".

I wanted some circles to go above her head
and the watercolor paper should stand up to gesso.

I used three stencils to represent what a kitty might daydream about.
Butterflies, fish & birds lol! I used gesso with the stencils,
and added glitter to each while the gesso was still wet.

The butterflies needed no enhancement, but
the birds & the fish needed another layer of treatment.

The fish got a nice watercolor ocean to swim in, complete with tiny fishy bubbles!
The birds got some pen work to make them a little more interesting.

Then I added some dreamy ColorShine stars...

All that yummy leftover glitter!

Perfect for the DIY adhesive alphas and
dressing up the cardboard & banner.

Time for YOU to get messy! Be sure to add your project to Mr. Linky over at CKC.

I think I did pretty well with the Archi-Scraps challenge, too!

Leave me a note & thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 8, 2014

090814 CKC September Tutorials

This is the first kit that I was able to stock almost exclusively from my stash.
I did like this paper, though, as a potential forgery...

Echo Park Allison Kreft Love Script
I chose the closest font I had (Albura) but changed the sentiment
to "all you need is Jesus" and printed out an 8-1/2 x11" sheet,
making sure to stagger the words at the beginning of each line.

Right click & save to download
The other product that I knew I could forge were
the Scrapbook Circle exclusive cork accents.
May be purchased HERE
I have a roll of actual thin cork but also a backup sheet of
cork patterned paper if things went terribly wrong!

The vintage word stamps were purchased from the lovely
Jenny Bowlin herself at Novi Megameet Expo last May.
They sit on my scrapdesk to remind me to tell the whole story.

Not bad!