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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Growing in Grace

Hello all you scrappy people.  Have you missed me? I know I have missed playing with you, although I did my best to keep up by lurking around the hops when I could.

The last scrappy post I made was the March 2016 kit reveal, Focus on Hope. Shortly after, I learned that the store location of my dreams was coming available. A whole year earlier than expected. So I had to move quickly. Putting the cart before the horse and working 10-12 hour days through the summer, Lolly Pop Thrift Shop is up and running smoothly in downtown Athabasca.

While I did get a bit of scrapping done in March and then dove in again in September, I will save those for another post.

What does a paper addict do when they can't afford the time to play with their passion? Well this addict compensates by shopping for more stash. Throughout July and August I spent many days in the city (Edmonton, Alberta) and worked in pit stops to all the LSSs.  And since I didn't have time to "build" a counterfeit kit each month, I began treating myself to the products of the kits that I found in the stores. Totally counterproductive to the purpose of Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, I know. I realize bragging rights are off when you "buy" your kit. Oh but the pretties I get to pet!

This month, the kit (revealed on October 1 on the CKC blog) was actually a collection. Indigo Hills  by Pink Fresh Studios. I LOVE IT!! This girl is a sucker, has a weakness, for the watercolour look, I couldn't stop my self. I HAD TO HAVE IT!!! A quick click over to Scrapbook.com and the speedy check out left me heady with delight that my newest inspiration was on it's way to me.

Then on October 2, Lesley brought us "Just the Gist of It " In this monthly post, the kit is simmered down to a reduction of it's basic elements. Lesley also supplied a recipe for creating a quick kit.
Choose your 3 favourite papers
Add in a pack of alphas
Stir in some ephemera or stickers
Break open a set of rubber stamps
And stick it together with a roll of washi tape

So easy! So quick! So here goes!

Three papers

One specialty sheet of velum
A few off cuts and scraps to add some variety
Some boarder strips
Just like in real cooking........I CAN NOT follow a recipe to the letter. Speaking of which......
Alphas to splatter and distress

Partial packs and left over letters to use or lose

Mini alphas include epoxy letters on the right (CTMH)
Add in die cuts and stickers and kit is looking something like this now:
Then a handful of flowers, frames and assorted embellishments.
Stamp addition was a "Happy Place" stamp that whet AWOL while photographing, plus a garden set from CTMH. I have lots of summer flower pictures to work with which is making me lean towards a summery feel.
Then Washi Tape. Some ribbon. A punch. and two "new to me" embossing folders.
Let me introduce you to my first kit in over 6 months, "Growing in Grace."

 Playing with a vignette effect, here are some close ups.

Happy Place stamp showed up again!

And that's a wrap.

Next thing I did was counterfeit one of a papers. Used round punches, a xyron and a bit of patience. Also had to add some more paper scraps to get the colour variety. My colours are more saturated and I like it that way.

Then I worked on making clusters of the tags, stickers, flowers, frames, and die cuts. Resulting in this patch of pretty pickings.

 Each month I fall in love with the new kit, thinking I could never love another as much, and then on the first, I fall head over heals for the new one, all over again. I don't know what to make of that. And now here we are two days before the next kit is revealed. I guess "Growing in Grace" will join the others on the shelf as I start on a new crush. 

And that is my report for scrapping activity in our humble home this month. Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.


  1. My long-lost scrapsista returns to the fold. Welcome home! xoxoxo

  2. We MISS you! But I know that your commitment to Lolly Pop has to come first so we also forgive you! As for all your shopping? Fun, fun, fun and why not! There are long winter days ahead of you which might provide some down time for you to dip into this products and actually make something! As for this kit - wowza girl! It's enormous considering you started with just three sheets of paper! But gorgeous all the same and the forged paper is perfect - it took me a double take to decide which was yours and which was the original! The clusters are a great idea - I did it recently with a pack of die-cuts and it was a lot of fun to work out how to use them up. this is a long awaited blog post and I'm late commenting so imagine my happiness to see it there! Welcome back, stay a while, won't you?