Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit...Fantastic&Fabulous

Introducing my March kit, 

This month we were given the fabulous Messy Box  for counterfeiting inspiration:

Here's my (much larger) version, "Fantastic and Fabulous"
Here's a look at just  the papers:

As you can see, I went a little crazy with it! I have always been a fan of Elsie Flanigan/ Elsie Larsen, and her sister, the owners of A Beautiful Mess. I even did a Love, Elsie Blog Focus week over a year ago, about using her paper from several years ago. You see those posts HERE. I still have some of those older Elsie papers, which I included in my kit, along with all kinds of other fun products with a similar feel or vibe. My scrapbooking tends to lean towards a softer feel of doilies, pastels,creams, pinks, and gold. So, it was fun to pull out my bolder scrapbooking stash, and might be why I went a bit overboard. There was so much included in this kit that I took several pictures in the attempt to show the entire kit. Will I use it all? Maybe, maybe not, but I will definitely give it a shot! Here's another look at the whole kit:
I had a bowl of ribbons, die cuts, journaling cards, and flair:
I also filled a palette tray with my itty bitty embellishments:

I did have gold letter stickers, but I have had those black and white houndstooth Thickers for a long time, and they never seemed to fit with my Counterfeit kit. When I looked at my kit for this month, they just seemed to fit! I also included a plain black set for those pages that houndstooth won't work on, and smaller letters for the more extended titles. I really love all of the itty bitty bits in my palette tray; sequins, punched bits, and other leftover pieces and punched vellum scraps. The pieces in the bowl include Project Life cards (mostly from the Midnight set), some chalkboard flair, ribbon scraps. handmade flowers, and some die cut words from a scrappy class I took. I have papers in the kit from Love Elsie, Glitz Wild and Free, Studio Calico, Basic Grey, and several sheets of patterned cardstock from various paper pads by DCWV. I have some "messy" plans for my kit, so I included paints, spray mist, and stamps and stencils.
So, I think I have plenty of kit to keep me going for the month! I hope you will hop around to other Master Forgers' blogs to see the kits they have created this month, and we all hope you will join us and make a kit from your stash! Big or small, we welcome them all! Here is the blog hop list to see the rest of the design team inspiration:
Sharon: (guest designer)
Margie: *you are here*
Stephanie: *go here next*

Monday, March 30, 2015

Be Extraordinary...another page from my March kit

Can you believe that it is already the next to last day of the month? I am back to share another page from my March kit, "Welcome Sunshine":

The journaling says: "Every now and then, I look at you and see a stunningly beautiful woman staring back at me...don't grow up too fast, little one. You have a sparkling future ahead, and while I am excited to meet that stunning woman that I know you will become, I want to hang on to that sweet, mischevious little girl that you are as long as I can! I hope you will always cling to a piece of that sweet innocence inside of you."

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sharing My Homework...Paige's Pages

Today, I will be sharing for what I think will become a regular feature here on my blog. I am addicted to taking classes to improve my skills, and I was fortunate enough to win a 6 month membership to Big Picture Classes new monthly membership site. I have been looking over the content-rich new site, and I am so happy that I am getting the chance to learn from all of these uber-talented teachers, in so many different areas (the great thing about the new site-for a small monthly membership fee, you gain access to all of the classes and teachers, and they are all very talented and inspiring!) I also revisit class content from classes that I have taken from Shimelle, Wilna, etc. As I am inspired to make layouts from these classes, I will share my "homework" here on my blog. Today, I am sharing a layout that was inspired by Paige's Pages, a class taught by Paige Evans. There is no one as skilled as Paige at the use of patterned paper, which was one of the reasons why I chose Paige's class to focus on first. I had a 6x6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye included in my March kit, which was perfect for this design!

My page:

I love how my page turned out, messy stitching and all. And I love that I really got some use out of that 6x6 paper pad!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Scrapbook Stamping: Using Stamps To Enhance your Backgrounds

I  am back, as promised, to share what I am doing with my stamp-inspired kit. I have decided to use the stamp set included in the kit in several ways to enhance my layout. The first way I am using my stamps is to create butterfly embellishments by stamping the butterfly stamp in several various colors.
Adirondack Sunset Orange:
After I would stamp a few, I would use my trusty favorite (baby wipes) for stamping to clean my stamp before moving on to the next color:
I stamped in several colors, but my favorite was one of my oldest ink pads, VersaColor Raspberry (at least 13 years old and still super juicy!):
After I stamped several butterflies in several colors, I fussy cut them, and moved on to my background paper. The plan was to enhance the paper and create movement across the page with Walnut Stain Distress ink:
I started in the adjacent corners, making sure to stamp over the edge:

Next, I wanted to enhance the stamping with some splatters of Mr. Huey's:

I let it dry, and then it was just a matter of putting it all together:

I also added pearls to enhance the stamped flow across the page:

I love the feeling of texture and movement, and it was great fun using my stamps and inks on a scrapbook page!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Layout for C.S.I. #156

I played along with CSI (Color, Stories, and Inspiration) for their very first challenge, and followed their challenges ever since, but haven't played along again until just recently. Since I had several of the colors in my March kit for this challenge, I decided to use the inspiration and play along, even though the prize deadline has passed.
 Here is the layout that I made with my March kit, in response to the challenge:
My evidence and the colors are in the frames (love that I was able to use so many of the frames, plus a good bit of scraps):

For my evidence, I used date stamps, and there were leaves, flowers, text print, and chevrons, which are basically a line of triangles. I love that I used so much color and pattern, but the white background helps to keep it  all contained and clean looking. For my testimony, I journaled a recipe- Butterbeer from my son's Harry Potter birthday party.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Blog Hop

It's one of my favorite times of the month! Time for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members' Blog Hop, where we show off what we've been making this month, and how we have handled one or more of the challenges for using our stash kits. I hope you will grab a cuppa and hop along with us for loads of inspiration! We would also love to have you join us next month-everyone is welcome, it is free, and we love to see your kits and what you are creating with them!
I chose to play along with Challenge #1:  Border Craze:  Get crazy with borders, for my page:

I used my scraps from the kit and off cuts with punches to make border strips to tuck underneath the edge of my top photo. Such a simple thing to do, but a great way to use scraps and add dimension and emphasis!
I made this page about sitting on the "American Idol" couch when we visited World of Coke in ATL. It was fun to "sit where the stars sat" and I love that we got a photo of all of us together!

Thank you for visiting me today, be sure to come back later this week, as I plan to continue sharing what I created with my March kit...can you believe it is almost time for April's kit reveal?!

Margie *You are here now
Tina *Go here next

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scrapbook Saturday: Focus on Stamping

For this past week, I have been think a lot about what I am trying to do with this blog. I first started this blog back in December of 2008 as a way to share bits and pieces of my life, photos, recipes, and all of my crafty endeavors. I have truly enjoyed doing that, and have worked very hard at improving in all of those areas, so it is so much fun for me to go back and see some of my earliest posts. Lately, I have been searching for a way to refresh things here, and keep improving. I have had an idea here or there, but nothing that really stuck with me. Well, last night I was in my craft room labeling my inks (so funny that this is what I chose to do on a Friday night, I must be getting old ).

  Anyway, as I was labeling them, it struck me that I have quite a few inks that had never been even opened, much less used. And I have four binders of clear stamps, plus a fair amount of rubber stamps.

 And while I love the beautiful designs and the gorgeous colors, I haven't done very well at actually using those collections of stamps. It got me to thinking. What could I do to motivate myself to use all of those lovely stamps and inks that are collecting dust on my shelves? I make cards from time to time, but scrapbooking is my first love, so I would really prefer to find ways to use my stamps on my pages. And then I had my "lightbulb moment". I know that I can use stamps on my layouts, I just need the motivation to remember to use them, and a blog series might do just that! So, my intention is this: A scrapbook segment on my blog exploring my stamps and different ways or techniques of using them. And Saturdays seem like a good time to share it, if for no other reason than that I love the alliteration of "Scrapbook Stamping Saturdays"! So, I made a plan, and I wrote it down, and today is the first one. I have other plans for this blog as well, but for today, we will focus on the stamping.

I found this fun inspiration of making a stamp inspired kit, and, since making up kits to scrap with out of my stash is almost as much fun to me as making actual scrapbook pages, I knew I should definitely try it out to give me a jump start on this blog series. This is the stamp set that I used to inspire my kit:

I love butterflies and this stamp set took me in a rather "Valentine's" direction, as it instantly brought to mind Tim Holtz's Kraft resist, which lead me to think of browns, pinks, and creams. Here are the papers that I chose to coordinate with the stamps:

And here is the kit in its entirety:
I can't wait to play with it this week! It will make some very pretty pages, I think! And I can't wait to explore the joys of stamping on my scrapbook pages with you all. Next week, I will share what I make with this kit, and how I used the stamp set. Be sure to come back for more Saturday Scrapbook Stamping!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Time for a Challenge!

It's time for a challenge with the Counterfeit Kit club, and my March kit, "Welcome Sunshine". Our challenge is:
Challenge #3:  On Your Desk Challenge!  Take a look at your desk...

Does it look like this:

or this?

If your desk is messy, clutter, then make a project that has lots of layers of embellishments, stamping, misting...STUFF!  If your desk is neat and tidy, then minimal is the way to go!

You may NOT do anything special to your desk now that you know what the challenge honest about what the state of it is NOW.

You saw the state of my desk in my last post, so I did a layout to fit, with clusters, layers and a sprinkle of embellishment. I was very inspired by CSI Challenge #157:
Loved the messy piles, felt they suited the look of my desk right now, and the colors fit my kit. So, with all of the inspiration I drew on, what did I come up with? Here is my page:
I drew on my old pictures for this one! A layout with a photo of my son's birth, over 13 years ago. For my "Evidence": camera, circles, labels, and a polaroid frame.
For my "Testimony", I journaled on a circular label. the journaling for this page is short and sweet; " Welcome to the world, Evan Wayne Visnick! You are so very loved!"

I have put together several pages with my March kit, which I hope to share throughout the week this week. Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday...

A little bit messy today, with a tray of little scrappy bits, a budget binder, heat tool, Jamberry nails, scissors, journal, stacks of photos...

What's the state of your desk? I am linking up to