Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth: Crafting My Own Bits and Pieces

When I look at the monthly Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits, I usually try to substitute something from my stash, but, from time to time a certain piece or two from a kit will catch my eye, and I know that I can usually alter something or make something from my own stash that will be very similar.
First item on this month's agenda, this paper from My Mind's Eye Jubilee Tangerine:

I didn't have it, but I knew I could make a lovely stamped woodgrain paper! I chose a rich woodgrain paper from Cosmo Cricket. I only had one hot air balloon stamp that I could find, in a mixed set from Hero Arts. I hadn't used it yet, so it seemed like the perfect time to break it out.

I used a couple of different sentiment stamps,

Which I cut apart and rearranged to fit the space. I stamped the images with white ink, then heat embossed. Ireally wasn't happy with the messiness of my embossing (I got in a hurry and didn't brush off the excess, so it had white speckles around the image). I just decided to embrace the messiness and add more!
I spritzed it with gold lame Color Shine across the page on the diagonal, and then dripped Mr Huey's (dark gray) and watered down white acrylic paint, then splattered the white paint some more by flicking my paint brush.

This is what it looks like all dried up:
(It says: "The best memories inspire the soul")

I also was quite enamored with the Doodlebug Doilies that were in the inspiration kit:

But, again, I knew I could make something similar from my stash. It's the reason we buy die cutting machines and tools, right?

I grabbed one of my favorite doily dies, and my folder of blue scraps:

I pulled out several scraps that I thought might work, and laid them on top of my kit papers to see which ones would best suit the kit:

I came up with four scraps that I like quite a lot to go with my kit:

And made myself four adorable doilies to go in my kit:

And the last little tidbits that I decided to counterfeit were the exclusive cork tags. I , and my Tim Holtz tag dies and a piece from my 6x6 Cork Stack, and put my Cuttlebug to work again:

I quite like the little cork tags and bits:

I hope I have inspired you to rethink some of your own stash!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Scrapbook Sharing: Journal Your Christmas Days 9-10

I know, I know, it's March...but I am still working on and sharing my December mini album. It is quite possible that I get finished before June...maybe...

Anyways, here is a look at the pages that I created for Days 8 and 9.

Day 8:

For my day 8 page, I printed one of my tree photos from early in the Christmas season at 5x7 size, mounted it to the cream shimmer cardstock, and embellished with one of the Pretty Little Studios houndstooth numbers, and a word strip that I actually trimmed from the bottom of a piece of cardstock from Studio Calico's Magical collection. I added a pocket on the back to hold a journaling card, which I made accessible with a couple of tabs from October Afternoon.

Day 9:

My day nine entry was a recipe that I wanted to try for one of my favorite holiday treats-alas, I never had the time to try the recipe out this year, but I fully intend to use it next holiday season, or perhaps even before that.
Supplies used were a mix of October Afternoon, Elle's Studio, and even a bit from Cosmo Cricket and Dear Lizzy.

PS-some of the tidbits and things I used are super cheap on Amazon right now!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March CKC Kit, Welcome Sunshine

Welcome to the March Counterfeit Kit Challenge Design Team reveal! I was so happy when Bethany sent us this warm and happy kit from A Piece Of Cake Designs as our inspiration kit for this month:

I loved the warm, bright colors,as I am more than ready for springtime and sunshine. I am calling my kit, "Welcome Sunshine"

Here is a closer look at the papers I included in my Counterfeit kit (hint:you are even getting a sneak preview of one of my forgeries for this month-can you guess which one it is?)

I have some newer (to me) products and some older products included in my kit this month, just the way I like it!

We are also sharing our best counterfeiting secrets today-here's mine:
My tip would be check your stash before you buy anything new-or even counterfeit anything! When I first started counterfeiting I was making all sorts of embellishments to exactly match the kit to copy, and then I found that I was having lots of leftovers, like die-cuts, etc, and I already had packages of beautiful pre-made die cuts that were going unused. So, fast forward to today, when I am making my kits, I always check my stash to see if I either have something I have been dying to use or something similar to the inspiration kit before I make make anything. Of course, if I absolutely love what's in the kit, and I want to make a knock-off, I do, but, make them in much smaller quantities now. Just enough to fill the craving.

Supplies included in my Counterfeit Kit:
Patterned Paper:
Basic Grey Marrakech Vanilla Chai
Cosmo Cricket Sweet Disposition You& Me
large and small floral prints from Colorbok Beach House paper pad
The Paper Studio Orange w/ White Dots (ancient single sided lightweight paper-if I don't use it I will toss it)
Fancy Pants Down By The Shore Wave Rider
a couple of sheets from the Shimelle patterned paper pad
teal "I Love to Travel" paper from a Love, Elsie paper pad
Echo Park Paper Sweet Summertime Sunny Spots
Bella Blvd Sand & Surf Borders
multi colored triangle print from Glitz Designs Finley paper pad, the back is a gorgeous rosey ombre
Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls Sky Ticking
Basic Grey Serenade Dowager
Echo Park Paper Happy Days Checkerboard
GCD Studios Carnival Ride Party Hats
Core'dinations Core Essentials Red Pepper Kitchen Dot
black and white chevron from Studio Calico Snippets paper pad

American Crafts Jewelry Box Thickers
Basic Grey Capture waterfall theme pack
Glitz Designs Finley What Nots
Crate Paper Notes& Things frames
Shimelle woodgrain embossing folder
Studio Calico wood veneer
Studio Calico badges
American Crafts Halloween sequins (because the colors work well with my kit)
Faber Castell Gelatos
My Mind's Eye Collectable Remarkable 6x6 pad (this is a nod to the inspiration kit's 6x6 paper size and all of the MME)

I also "forged" the cork tags, doilies, and one of the patterned papers-come back on the fourth for a look at those and how I did it. I hope you've enjoyed my kit, now hop around and see what the other designers have "cooked up", it's sure to be a treat!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

Just sharing some of my favorite things that I found on the web this week!

I want to make one of these for my living room:

I have the punch, the styro ball...if I make one, I will share it. It is so pretty!

I am crushing on this color palette from Emily Henderson's blog:

I love this free printable set of cards for my Disney album:
You can download by liking them on facebook HERE

I love this free printable set(it says limited time on the website):

and she said she laminates hers and uses over and over, which I think is a fabulous idea! Find it at the

And this cold weather has me dreaming of spring, so this post at the Helicopter Mom's blog caught my eye:

What are you finding on the web this week?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scrapbook Sharing: December Journal Your Christmas album, Day 7

After a week of a an icy holiday from school, the kids are back to their normal routine. Which means back to the routine for me, as well. But before I get started on my mountains of laundry, house cleaning, menu planning, and grocery list making, I thought I would drop by and share another page from my December Journal Your Christmas album. My Day 7 was quite a full and busy day, with my niece's 1st birthday party taking up a large part of the day, and then driving home from Nashville with my mom and sister. I helped make a lot of the decorations for the party, and helped set up, and then took quite a few pictures while we were actually at the party. So, my day 7 is a double page, with a pocket page of lots of photos.

Here is a look at the double page spread:

A look at the photo pocket page:

between the 2 pages, I punched a couple of holes and added the invitation to the party:

Bits of glitter have sifted out and stuck to it, but I'm ok with that! Glitter is good in my book!

The back of the invitation was blank, so I adhered one more photo:

On the right side of the spread, I added my favorite photo from the party, along with a bit of journaling about it, as well.

I am still enjoying putting this album together, and I think part of the reason is the non-traditional color palette that I went with this year. The cream and pink make it feel not quite as "Christmas-y", so I still enjoy playing with it long after the season has ended. And if I do feel like doing the more traditional colors, they're in there, too.

What about you? Do you continue working on projects that are seasonal, like December Daily or Journal Your Christmas, after the season has ended? Or do you put it away and wait for the next year?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Wishlist

Just thought I'd share a few of the things I am wishing for/crushing on this week!

The thing that I have been dreaming about the most....

The new, soon to be released Canon T6i:

I have loved my Canon T1i, and still do, as it is still quite a work horse of a camera. I use it to shoot nearly everything that I post here on my blog, with the occasional exception for iphone photos. It is a fabulous way to dip your toe into the entry level of digital SLR photography for a relatively small expense, and I have learned so much about photography with this camera. There are several features about the T6i that are drawing me in, though! 

*the Wi-Fi capability: this is an amazing feature in my book! It would allow me to easily transfer photos to my phone-making sharing to instagram, facebook, and even my blog exponentially easier. I do edit most of my photos in PSE or Bridge, but as I have taken classes and improved my photography skills, I feel much more confident with my straight out of camera shots. This feature would also make it possible for me to operate my camera remotely with my phone or tablet, if I understand correctly, and allow me to print via wi-fi from my camera as well.

*Fun Creative filters that can be used in conjuction with the wi-fi capability-
Art Bold, Water Painting, Fisheye effect, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Grainy Black and White plus Miniature effect in both still photographs and movie mode.

*improved ISO capability with the DIGIC 6 Image processor- this one is important! I do a lot of low light shooting with the indoor sports and activities that my kids take part in, so the faster processor would allow for nicer, less noisy shots in those circumstances.While my T1i is capable of ISO expansion up to 3200 (and any shots taken at that level of expansion are pretty grainy!), the T6i is capable of ISO 100-12800, and expandable to 25600. 

*19 point all cross type AF (auto focus) -this is a big upgrade for an "entry-level" DSLR, and one that takes it up to the prosumer range for me, as it was previously offered in the Canon 70D. This will allow for tack sharp images, as I nearly always choose my focal points, and this offers a much greater range of choice than my T1i.

*The 24.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor-with resolution this good, I would have to try out a large canvas print for my wall!

Ok, so now I really want a new camera. What do you think? Did I convince you that the upgrade would be worthwhile?

Other things on my wishlist this week:
I really, really want a few art supplies after staying home and watching craft and class videos all week last week while I was snowed/iced in. Wilna's videos really inspire me, and I want to pick up some more watercolors.
This would be my dream set:

But this looks like a great set for a great price:

And if you have seen any of Wilna's work, you'll know why she makes me want to order all of the Gelatos!

And I am sorely in need of a new purse for spring... here are just a few that are catching my eye:

What about you? What are you dreaming of right now? I'd love to know!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge February Members Blog Hop

One of the things that I love the most about the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is the member blog hop that happens each month, where the fellow players and counterfeiters are welcome to join in and show off their kits and kit creations. It is such fun hopping around and seeing the lovely projects that everyone has been making with their stash busting kits! So, when I have the opportunity, I try my best to join in! I made it this month!

If you just got here from Gemma's blog , you are on the right track! If, not, I have a list at the bottom of the post so you can hop around to all of the other lovely blogs.
For my stop on the hop, I am playing along with my February Counterfeit kit, 

And using the challenge,
Challenge #2:  
Use a date stamp in an interesting way.

I know that I have plenty of date stamps that I haven't even used, so this was the perfect challenge for me! I grabbed a couple of date stamps to use with my kit:

And set to work on this page (still scrapping my Disney trip, and I will be for a long time-yay!) about the Main Street Trolley Parade at Magic Kingdom.

 I know I'm a dork, but I had to rewatch it on Youtube as I scrapped the page:

Here's a closer look at my use of the date stamps-I just embraced the messiness:

Thank you for stopping by blog today, the next stop will be Virginia's Blog; and just in case you missed the others,  here is the list of everyone joining in the hop with us today:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

On Icy Beauty and Thinking Warm Thoughts

Just popping by the blog today to share a few of the photos that I took this past week when we were covered with ice;

It was so treacherous, but, as you can see, it was majestic and beautiful, especially when the sun came out! It just made the ice sparkle like a thousand glittering diamonds!

Since I was pretty much tied to the house, I was able to do a little crafting, and finished up a few layouts I had worked on. I don't think I have shared this one yet:

I used Maggie Holmes' first line, along with chipboard from Crate Paper's Party Day and Color Shine mist from Heidi Swapp to scrap these photos from Epcot- we were lucky enough to arrive a couple of days after the Flower and Garden festival ended, so were treated to a veritable feast of flowers and topiarys to photograph and enjoy! Our day at Epcot was a rainy one, but the cloudy skies just made it easier to photograph everything. My sloshy wet shoes were rather uncomfortable, but I am always one to look on the bright side of things.

Today will be a good day for me, as the snow and ice has melted, the kiddos get to go to Nanny's house and church for a while, and the Daytona 500 is today! Boogity boogity boogity let's go racin', boys!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

A little later than usual today, but this momma's been doing laundry all day. Here are a few of my favorites from this week:

Fringe Tassel Banners made from tissue paper:

I am seeing these everywhere and loving them. I'm going to have to make some myself. Love!

Snow Cream and Board Games:

'Cause when the kids are home all week because of snow and ice you have to find something to do!

And I love, love, love this gorgeous layout, video, and free cut file by Wilna F for Studio Calico:

I can't wait to try it out!

I love this, so pretty, and I will definitely be making one for my living room:

And these have me vowing to find and paint a globe as soon as I can find one at a thift store or garage sale:

And, since snow days make me nostalgic, I think I'll make some No Bake Cookies tomorrow:


What are you loving this week?