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Monday, 23 March 2015

CKC 0315 Members Hop

 If you are here before 12:00 A.M. Mountain time, on March 24, please note that this blog has published too early. I blame it on blogger's brain malfunction.


G'day mate. Are you enjoying the hop? You should have arrived here from
Virginia at: http://celtichouse.blogspot.co.uk 
If you just happened along, you might want to start at the beginning:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is more than just a kit building club. Each month, CKC also posts challenges and tutorials. The later are to prompt us to further our counterfeiting by creating embellishments and papers in the vein of the originals. Lots of clever ideas are shared. The challenges are to jump start our creativity or to give a gentle push into creative realms previously unexplored.

This month the prompts were:

#1 Borders

#2 St. Patty's Day

#3 Be inspired by what's on you desk.

I fell in love with the layouts of the design team members in challenge #1. Especially Susan's. This was her submission.

I love the airy feel of her layout and the fresh colours in the sequins. Most of all, I like the idea of getting to use lots of die cuts on a layout, without it looking like the cat sneezed on my desk.

You may not know this about me, but I struggle to leave white space on a layout. ("Oh look! A space for more embellies!!" ) so my version is  a  bit a lot heavier.

My brother's family Christmas card usually is scrapped into a Christmas album. But this time, it will be going into my Family album.

A little background. Ed traveled extensively in his single years. But he met his wife in his own back yard.  She had traveled from the Philippians. How ironic. Long story short. They are living the "happily ever after."

Did you enjoy your journey, traveling though the hop? We started in Germany. Skipped back and forth, over the big pond. Right now you are an afternoon's drive away from the Canadian Rockies. Now head back over the pond to finish in England with Jemma at http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk

Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.

Lisa           http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Clair          http://obstinatepursuit.blogspot.com
Tina           http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Good Heavens

In a concerted effort to make up for being so late to the gate with February's kit, my March's compilation is ready to reveal.

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog kit to copy is A Piece of Cake Designs' January Cupcake Kit.
The cupcake kit features 6x6 papers

So many delicious details.

The Main Cake Kit is equally appetizing

This months master forger's blog hop was my favorite to date. Each design team member shared a tip (or two)  for building  counterfeit kits. Unknowingly, (or perhaps not so) they also shared in their personal process, which I find, always makes for a fascinating read.

It was my intention to try a different approach in building my kit, this month. Jemma from Just Jimjam's cleared things up for me when she pointed out that the pink in the photo is not in the kit contents. I wanted to try her technique of building a kit by examining the essences of the elements and break away from my regular, "best match" piece by piece approach. Well, that lasted until I got to the 3Ls, Leslie, Lisa and Lynette. Going through their kits, I keep saying, "oh I have that!" Or "gee I think I have something just like that." And the next thing you know, I am holding papers up to the screen and asking DH which paper looks more like the original?

So I fell back into my old way of doing it. Some would say, do what works for you. I always quip, "Don't fix what's not broken."  Perhaps next month I will stretch my kit making methods and take a break to build right after Jemma's post.

So on with the show. May I present, Good Heavens:
CKC 03 2015 Good Heavens

First the papers.
MME Jubilee

Good Heavens
 I am more than a little excited at how well this turned out. I started by flipping through my 6x6 pads. They tend to get forgotten, overlooked, ignored. Having a kit that features 6x6 papers was the push I needed to pull some of them in.

MME 6x6 On the Bright Side, Two
MME 6x6 Lost&Found Two Sunsh
Dream Street Forget Me Not Paisley Petals
MME 6x6 Kate &Co Cambridge Corut
The florals in the paisley is a much better colour match than the photo shows. (bad lighting continues to badger me)

Creative Memories

Paintable 6x6 muk (prehaps Technique 'Tuesday?)
From a friend's MME stack that I ransacked

October Afternoon Sidewalks Hide and Seek

muk(Stampi' up perhaps?)


Creative Memories, Seasons

MME Find your Wings and Fly, Balloon Parade

Creative Memories.
LLS bargain bin. muk
Love how the painted squares are spot on for the colours on the map page. It is my favorite piece in this kit.

Gelatos. I don't have anything in this medium. Hoping for a scrappy shopping trip to city to remedy my deficiency.

CTMH inks and paper doilies
MME Find your wings sticker sheet

Cork elements in the kit will be represented by tags to be cut from a piece of a placemat. Cork pins are by Little Yellow Bicycle, and an interesting border tape from a swap table in a corky colour, muk

Little alphas, on left from CTMH. On right Glitz Designs

and clips
and a few other things featured in the kit, such as two flair, sequins, wood print ribbon  are in this happy compilation:

Frames: MME
Clips: Maya Road
Washie tapes all from CTMH 
Overlay, flair, sequins, and ribbon all muk
and two Breezy Badges.
All together again, here are the papers:

and the whole kit:
Good Heavens
 Now with two fresh kits ready to go, I am well prepared for an upcoming weekend retreat.

And my tip for kit building? Don't create limitations that stop you from adding to your kit. As you begin to work with it, you might find you need buttons or stamps or a different paper. Pull it in as you think of it. Use it if it works for you. If not, it goes back into the stash at the end of the kit. In the meantime, you are using YOUR stash, and that is the whole point of the exercise, n'est-ce pas?

Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

One Good Turn

It's more than a little late. I am arriving at the party when most have already gone home. But February Counterfeit Kit Challenge is not to be overlooked. A great kit. I loved building it. And I have specific plans to use it.

Scrapbook.com Across the Miles

And my counterfeit version. One Good Turn

Let's dig into the details. First the papers.
Alphabet by Theresa Collins

manufacture unknown (muk)

Arrows by Echo Park

modification to a 6x12 sheet from a Provocraft Cricut stack

Not necessarily happy with my forged pp. Maybe I will get a better idea for the other 6x12 sheet in the same pattern.
Wood Veneer My Mind's Eye
Barnwood Mustard Pebblesinc

Right Now Basic Grey
Just Sew ki Memories

 Just sew is much more yellow than brown. Darn lousy lighting.

Pure Happiness Webster's Pages

From my ebay buying spree, about 6 years ago I have this photo sheet with bokeh background. Manufacturer Unknown (muk)

Style Board Maggie Holms AC

Journey Begins Websters Pages

First Class Pink Paislee
Rosy "Ordinary" Adventure Lost and Found Two MME

Gold World Vellum Chic Tags
 The elusive and unattainable original (aka SOLD OUT) is being represented in my kit by a section of packaging off a box. 

Shine My Mind's Eye
Gold paper muk, 1" punch and Xyron
I am most proud of the next one.

Background paper has a frosty grey finish


This time around, I did not match up the B sides. However I do have a few good matches in mind that may be drawn into the kit yet.  Now that gold paper is so delicious, I cannot waste a bit of it. 
Wood Veneer Sequins Chic Tags


There is also this scrap of sequin pp that I can use.
Wood Dots MME

And the fist bit of morphing from my January kit are these scrap bits of wood effect paper. They will mimic the wood dots.

Flowers Petaloo
Posies from a swap. muk

Flair MME
Prima Pebbles

Love the little map bits in these pebbles.

Ephemera Pink Paislee
Left Acetate bits Carte Postal Basic Grey

More morphing from January kit. The group on the right is what's left of my Fancy Pants, Collecting Moments.

Cardstock Stickers PP
Indie Chic My Mind's Eye

Journaling Cards Pink Paislee

Morphing forward is a Breezy Badge that didn't get used in Jan. Also a beautiful tag in vellum sleeve. Someday it will find its home. The 12x12 pocket card sheet was picked up in the past year at a LSS but alas, it has not identification strip, so muk-it anyways.

Alpha and word cardstock stikers MME
Alpha and word cardstock stikers MME

I am excited to have the same thing, in a different font.

My cardstock choices. Cream, mint, tan and red. The red is the flip side of the grey and white stripe by Glitz. It is morphing from the Jan kit also.

So my papers look like this.

And my kit again:
One Good Turn

There are some add-ons.
Morphing forward from Jan kit.
Chip die cuts, rub-ons, 6x6 papers, words and phrases paper, dots, clips, canvas die cuts, all from the January kit, or were pulled in during the month for support, now fill out the Feb kit.
techniques for Feb
Brought in to add creative dimension. Stamping, piercing cards by bazzil since I didn't get any stiched words done in the Jan kit. Arrow washie. Hello diecuts made by a friend.

Further additions will come from my Scraprack. The Theme section in my Scraprack and paper storage each have a "travel" section. All related items stored together, ready to pulled onto a layout when ever the whim is present. 

And there it is. Am I too late? Have you moved onto other kits, other inspirations? I hope you will forgive me this tardiness. Still learning to juggle work and scrapping and as of February 11, I have become an independent consultant for Thrity-one Gifts. Inspiration from every direction!

Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.