Saturday, January 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Blog Hop (Sharing Our Kit Creations)

Hi all, and welcome to our blog hop! It is the time of the month where we share what we have been making from our stash kits-I always truly look forward to seeing what every one is making with their kit! This month I have been extremely busy with my girls' basketball team, and my son's soccer has just started as well, so this sports mama has just been living at games and practice. I love it though! And I still managed to squeak out the time to make a few pages from my January kit,
and embellishment kit,

and I have the rest of the kit papers divided up with a few pictures for me to scrap this weekend (hopefully I'll get a bit of time on Sunday). For the hop, I decided to take the challenge #3 from the CKCB blog: Turn the Negatives Into Positives
For this challenge page, I dug into my scrap basket, and pulled out a sheet of paper that I had cut several of the hexagons out of. I mounted it to a piece of the gray Glitz Watercolor paper, and used my stitching template from my kit to add a stitched word to the negative space, and added a chipboard butterfly to the negaive space in another corner. On the right side of the layout, I added a strip of the light blue chevron from Fancy Pants, and layered up various die cuts, washi, chipboard, a shaped clip, and other bits.
I made another layout from the kit as well, using a Cuttlebug Pixie Dust Circle frame die and embossing folder that I purchased years ago and never used up unto this point, and put it to use with the green cardstock scraps. I used lots of lovely layers on this page, some from the Shimelle line, some from Dear Lizzy, even some of the ancient chipboard letters and Heidi Swapp Gel Blossoms!

And, since they're both Disney pages, I added Hidden Mickey's to both pages for fun. Here's a closer look at the embellishments:




Thank you for hopping along with us today! Here's the complete list, in case you get lost along the way:
Lisa                 http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Tina                 http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com/
Susanne          http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com
Laura               http://beadsbuttonsandbirds.blogspot.co.uk/
Margie             http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com
Virginia            http://celtichouse.blogspot.co.uk
Jemma            http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk







Monday, January 5, 2015

Journal Your Christmas: Completed Cover and Day 2

As promised, I am back to share my JYC album in bits and pieces, with the hope that blogging about it will motivate me to get it finished. As promised, here is the completed cover, and a beginning look at the inside:
Cover:


Day 2:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge January 2015 Kit

Hi all! Happy New Year! After taking a bit of a bloggy break for the month of December, I am back with a vengence to start off 2015!  After being surrounded with December/ Christmas products for a moth, I am ready for a fresh start for this new year, in my home, food, and my crafting. For my crafty fun, I made up a kit of supplies for this month's Counterfeit Kit. The kit we were given for inspiration was the December Hip Kit:
Soft teals and pink? Right up my alley! I knew I had some stuff that would work for this inspiration! Here is my kit of supplies, which I am calling "New Beginnings":

List of supplies in the original kit:


  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Applique Paper
  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Flora Paper
  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Loom Paper
  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Map of My Heart Paper
  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Thrifted Paper
  • Pebbles - Happy Day - Sunday Paper Paper
  • Heidi Swapp - September Skies - Aspen Paper
  • Heidi Swapp - September Skies - Afternoon Breeze Paper
  • Heidi Swapp - September Skies - Meadow Bloom Paper
  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Ephemera
  • American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Stitched - Rub-Ons
  • Pebbles - Happy Day - Woodgrain Thickers
  • Evalicious - Photo Shoot - Wood Veneer Shapes
  • Evalicious - Photo Shoot - Puffy Stickers
A Closer look at the papers:


My kit list:
  • Crate Paper- Maggie Holmes Flea Market- Heirloom Paper 
  • Fancy Pants- What a Wonderful Day- What a Wonderful Day Strips Paper
  • October Afternoon- Midway- Ticket Booth Paper
  • October Afternoon- Farm Girl- Wooden Crate Paper
  • October Afternoon- Woodland Park- Cat Tail Pond Paper
  • Elle's Studio- You&Me- Lovely Stripes Paper
  • Fancy Pants- What a Wonderful Day- Swell Paper
  • Basic Grey- Lucille- Kitten Heels Paper
  • Teresa Collins- You Are My Happy- Hearts Paper
  • October Afternoon- Sidewalks- Capture The Flag
  • American Crafts- Dear Lizzy 5th&Frolic-Pretty Parkway Paper
  • American Crafts- Shimelle- Rubin Paper
  • American Crafts- Shimelle- Leavitt Paper
  • American Crafts- Shimelle- Herschel Paper
  • Glitz Designs- Wild&Free- Gray Watercolor Paper
  • American Crafts- Amy Tangerine Yes Please- Truth Paper
  • American Crafts- My Girl- Precious Penny Paper
  • American Craft- Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party- Dazzling Decor Paper
  • Core'dinations- Core Essentials Cosmo Cricket Neutrals- Gray Woodgrain Embossed Cardstock (I inked with white ink for a whitewashed look)
  • October Afternoon- Lunchbox- Picnic Table- Sticker Alpha Set
  • American Craft- Shimelle- Cork Stickers
  • Studio Calico painted Chipboard Camera Stickers
  • Studio Calico Essentials Woodgrain Chipboard Cameras
  • Teresa Collins- You Are My Happy- Ephemera Pack
  • Basic Grey Rub-On Pack
  • Heidi Swapp- Light Pink Gel Blossoms (these are ancient)
  • October Afternoon- Daily Flash Apple Cider-Pop Drops Enamel Stickers
I was having so much fun making my kit, that I decided to do a couple of the add-on kits as well. 

Their color add-on kit:



My color add-on kit:


And the embellishment add-on:
(theirs):

Mine:

And I forgot about them while photographing, but I do have 3 shaped clips in there as well.

All in all, I am very happy about this fresh, colorful kit with a mix of (very) old and new supplies, and can't wait to use up some stash! 

If you by way of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, I am your last stop on the hop, and you have seen some lovely kits to be inspired by already. If not, grab a cuppa and settle in-here's the full list of the CKC design team to hop around to:

I will be sharing my December Daily Journal over the next few days- I am not exactly finished, but will share what I have so far. Thanks for dropping by, I'd love for you to leave me a comment!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Journal Your Christmas Day 1/Cover still under Construction

I'm still working on my cover and waiting for paint to dry, so here's a peek at it:

but, my main reason for popping by the blog today is to share my journal entry/title page for yesterday:
I have been wanting to try the sequins in the pocket idea for a while now, but my sewing machine is covered up right now. So, I just taped it with my washi tape, and the sequins are trying to escape in the photo, so, I just glued it shut with a bit of Glossy Accents and restuck the washi, and I am not going to worry about rephotographing it. You get the idea, right?
My Christmas Manifesto for this year: Rekindle the Magic- for myself and the kids. Slowly but surely add the special touches that bring the sparkle and joy to their eyes and happy smiles.

With that being said, I am going to get off the computer for a while, turn on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and clean and work on decorating for a while! I will try to update my blog regularly as I add to my Journal Your Christmas album for this year, and I may just share some previous December minis as time allows, so be sure to check back. Have a lovely, sparkly day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas/ Journal Your Christmas Preparations

And, just like that, November was gone in a flash. So many projects going and so little time! But, with Thanksgiving passed and the home reno projects drawing to a close (for this year anyway), I am starting to bring Christmas into my home little by little. And one of the projects that I have enjoyed for the past several years is a December Daily/ Journal Your Christmas style mini album in December. I love recording my Christmas memories, and it is a great way to use up some of that holiday stash that I always have trouble resisting. So, I make a kit of supplies from my stash. This year, I based my kit on a mood board that I made up on Pinterest, full of vintage yumminess:

I loved the whites, creams, sparkling gold and silvers, pink, forest green, red, and little touches of mint green. Crate Paper and October Afternoon make lovely vintage papers, so I knew that that would be the perfect place to start looking in my stash. Here is the kit that I came up with:

Papers and Album:


Whole kit including embellishments:
My kit is ready, as I eagerly await Shimelle's first prompt!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Counterfeit Kit Reveal (and a bit about my kit-making process)

Welcome to the design team reveal for our November Counterfeit Kits! The kit that was chosen for us to be inspired by this month was this gorgeous kit by Scrapbooks&Cards Today,
"Fabulous Fall":

I love this kit! So soft and pretty,I couldn't wait to see what I had to simulate the kit in my stash. I went a little overboard pulling papers to use, and had to put a few back. But, I love the kit that I came up with, and can't wait to get started using it!

(MY paper choices and how I chose them):

 I knew that I loved the Fancy Pants collection that comprises most of this kit, and I knew that I didn't have any of it. So, I started by thinking of the collections or companies that would give me the look and feel I was going for. I found a couple of gorgeous doily prints, a light blue one from a different Fancy Pants collection, "Wonderful Day", and a yellow one with a more vintage and distressed look, from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1984. Next I knew I needed a soft and gorgeous floral. I found one that I loved in some new stash, from Crate Paper's Notes and Things. Next up was the orange Ikat print, and the closest thing I could find in my orange papers was the lovely aztec print from an older Crate Paper collection, Acorn Avenue. I decided then that the watercolor floral from acorn avenue would work just fine in place of the bokeh print, and chose a yellow chevron print from Crate Paper's Fourteen collection to replace the yellow chevron in the inspiration kit. I thought the cream leaf print from Bella Blvd would work as a substitute for the cream leaves and birds paper, and from there I just looked for a few papers to round out my kit , some with stripes, feathers, text, etc. I actually pulled cardstock for my kit this month, partly because the inspiration kit has it, and partly just because I have so much of it in my stash, and I have been using it rather frequently to back my layouts, etc. Instead of a sheet of vellum, I pulled an ANCIENT transparency sheet.



Choosing embellishments:
 I loved the texture effect of the embellishments in the inspiration kit, so I tried to stay pretty close. I had some "burlap" letter stickers that I put in first- even though the Thickers are mostly used up, I can still get a few more uses out of the sheet, and I will throw them away at the end of the month.I knew I also had a sheet of letter stickers from Sassafrass Lass that would go with my papers, and was very similar to the Basic Grey Mini Monogram stickers in the inspiration kit. I looked through my stash of flair, and pulled out a few that would go with my kit, and especially if I had an idea for using it on a layout. I don't have the leaf paper clips, but I have some very pretty metal filigree leaves from Freckled Fawn that took their place quite nicely. I had some Maya Rd leaf stick pins, and added one stick pin that I have had in my stash for a while. Maybe I will actually use them! I didn't have the burlap sticker shapes, but I have some canvas ones in similar shapes from Little Yellow Bicycle that work just as well (Maybe better, since they're in a white that would show mixed media a bit more, since I am still feeling inspired by the Art class I took last month!). I pulled some similar stamps and dies from my collection, and some tags, since there are tags in the kit. To finish my kit off, I added a few embellishment packages-from Basic Grey Persimmon, Crate Paper Close Knit (along with the matching 6x6 pad), and Crate Paper DIY Shop, and a package of wood veneer tags from American Crafts.

My kit, comprised entirely from my stash, "Fall Foliage":

I will definitely have to go through my fall photos for this stash-I love the warm, lovely colors, and the prints remind me of sweaters other lovely fall textures!

Are you feeling inspired? We would love to have you join in with us at the CKC challenge! I love it because it inspires me to spend less and create more. We have tons of tutorial posts, and some of our design team and participants do a lovely job "counterfeiting" the hottest new papers and trends from our inspiration kits each month. I don't usually make too many items for my own kits, simply because my own stash is so extensive (said with a blush and a bit of embarrassment) that I rarely even need to make anything, I usually have something that will work in place of each item in the inspiration kits. But it is nice to know I have the option to, and can do whatever I feel inspired to do or use! We would love to have you (yes, you!) join in, and make a creative kit for yourself to play with- and any way you choose to make a kit is alright with us! Be sure to link up, so we can drop by and admire your work!

Binty: http://scrappingpluv.blogspot.com
Margie: http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com
Lisa: http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com
Julene: http://julenebydesign.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie: http://skylinepaperie.blogspot.ca
Susanne: http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com
Lesley: http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk
Angela: http://colestoucan.blogspot.co.uk
Lynnette: http://www.sassyscrapper2010.blogspot.com
Leslie: http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites...Halloween Edition

Just a few of my favorites from around the web...

Halloween Wreaths:
I decorated my front porch for fall this year, but next year I will be doing Halloween instead, and here are some fun ideas:
The Cutest Halloween Wreath I have seen this year:

This Wriggling Snake Wreath from Martha Stewart is super fun and cool!I think it would be easy to do, too!



I love this Williams' Sonoma Knock Off Wreath:

And this wreath looks much more time consuming, but it's really pretty:

For a glam halloween look, I love this one:

And, hands down the most amazing DIY Halloween Costume I have seen this year is Young Maleficent by Elizabeth Kartchner. I mean wow!

On another note, what are you all making for dinner tonight? I always try to make an easy Halloween themed meal to feed my kiddos before I take them out to stuff themselves with sugar...err...trick or treat. For us tonight, it's "blood and guts" (spaghetti). Here's some more inspiration, if you are feeling more creative than I am:
Healthy sweets:
I did these monster teeth last year, and my kids loved it:

Kids love mummy pizzas, too:

Do you celebrate halloween? I think it's a fun excuse to dress up and play pretend! 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Workspace Wednesday/Master Bedroom Update/On My Desk

We are almost finished with our master bedroom! (These projects always take way longer than you think they are going to) We are finished putting in the new bamboo floor and replacing the baseboards:

And Eric ran the wires for the tv down through the wall. We've hung the new plantation blinds:
And the new ceiling fan:
And now, I am getting to do the fun part;putting the rest of the furniture back, hanging curtains, new bedding, artwork, etc... I can't wait to share it all when I am finished!

Now, a peek at what I am crafting today:


I am making a bit of decor for my daughter's room, and trying to use up some of my overabundant flower stash. What are you working on today?