Friday, January 12, 2018

011218 CKC January Challenge #1

It's great to be inspired by the Counterfeit Kit  challenges to use your kit!
I mean, what is the point in gathering up all of that scrappy goodness if not to use it up? 

Here is my January "Fresh Start" kit.

Challenge #1 - New Beginnings:  "January is typical for resolutions, goal setting, restarting, moving in new directions and therefore I'd like you to be inspired by new beginnings for your project."

I had a look through my recent photos & also pondered what might be new in 2018. 
I had used the Waterlogue  app on my phone to alter this photo of our house.
The story of this new beginning had not been told yet & my kit was perfect for it!

I had a number of horizontal patterned papers & unsuccessfully tried using them for a title piece.
Yikes! Where on earth could I add the journaling?!? I hate it when this happens...

Do over! I salvaged & reconfigured a few strips for the title and went in a new direction... 

First I put the story down on paper, which helped me begin to envision 
using some of the whimsical elements of the papers to my advantage.
Bonus stash buster? I used a 2009 Basic Grey add-in paper for my background!

Always glad to pull things together & creatively tell my story.
Isn't it cute? :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 1, 2018

010118 January CKC Kit Reveal

I love January. I love clearing away all the glory of the Christmas season. 
I look forward to a quiet month tucked away in my happy scrappy place.

Please welcome our January Guest Designer, one of our regulars, Julie
You'll have a chance this month to get to know her even better.

On to our inspiration kit chosen by the lovely Lisa:

Cocoa Daisy November 2017 Fair Isle Main Kit
I thought this was a very interesting mix. 
Although obviously seasonal there is still a kind of artsy tropical vibe to it. 
Let's check out the Magic Blue Box!

I began (as usual) with the papers...

Organic shapes, plaid, subtle print, green organic,
snowflake, rows of cars, more snowflakes, stripe...

I actually had some excellent matches, but I have my December 
Daily to do yet & wanted something a tad more out of the box.

Webster’s Pages/Nest “Tickled”, Shimelle/Go Now Go “City”, Dear Lizzy 2012, Kaisercraft /Secret Bird Society “Mystery”, Kaisercraft /Fine & Sunny “Avenue”, snowflake washi stand-ins , unknown

Here's the full Fresh Start kit:

I've tossed in a couple of stamp sets & other goodies from Felicity Jane.

Here's the hop list - don't miss a stop!
Head straight to Lori HERE.

Hope your new year is merry & bright!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 22, 2017

122217 Snow Day

Archi-scraps January challenge - tassels
Julene has outdone herself with the January challenge inspiration. I need to see this one in person!
I have really been enjoying playing around with the Stuck?! Sketches lately.

Stuck?! Sketches December 15, 2017
 I liked it turned once to the right with these snow day photos of the grands.

First I knew that I wanted a snowflake for my shape behind the photos, 
so I grabbed some "waste washi" & color shine. Love how it looked before I did anything!

 I added tinsel color shine & white paint splats.
Anyone notice my boo-boo? I left the washi roll on the paper when I sprayed!
I made a nice save on that, as you'll see later.

The color & shine is really gorgeous.
I stitched the snowflake with silver thread & added lots of little snowflakes & tiny beads.

I've added a few touches of trim & washi to highlight my photos.  The beautiful tassel was a handmade forgery gifted to me by another Counterfeit Kit Challenge DT member.

That washi oops circle provided a great place for my title!

Now try your hand before the December 29th midnight EST deadline & post at Stuck?! Sketches.
You have the entire month of January for the Archi challenge - woot!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

120117 Archi-scraps December Challenge

December's Archi-scraps challenge is just lovely.
Jaipur, India - challenge is *PINK*
My littlest grand had her second birthday this year & her photos were begging to be scrapped.

Guests were greeted at the door with this adorable flamingo wreath.
The gold mirrored accents couldn't be more perfect,
supported by the sparkly gold trim on the ribbon & the gold stitching on the title.

Total fave photo is that little face glowing with the delight in a fingerful of frosting!
Another little hit of gold from the paper clip tassel & the little chipboard arrow.

A big finish with the bold gold glitter Thickers.

A little bonus for me was the fun of following another challenge in the private Scraphappy group.
Three options were one row, column or diagonal; two row/column/diagonals, or the complete card! 
There will be prizes...

I know you don't want to miss all of the fun we have in the Scraphappy sisterhood! Why not join us for 2018? There is a special 10% membership discount until December 10th by using the code THANKFUL.

Annual membership includes  participation in the three "LOAD" or Layout a Day month long daily scrapping extravaganzas! If you won't take my word for it, you can always try out the February 2018 LOAD at a 15% discount until December 31st with code DELIGHT15.

Be good to yourself - add one to your Christmas wish list!

And don't forget to play along at Archi-scraps, for FREE!
Where architecture inspires craftiness.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 13, 2017

111317 Autumn

I recently bought these adorable ancient 2007 Basic Grey Mellow {un}DRESSED chipboard pieces. 
I wanted them dressed so I pulled out the precious BG 6x6" paper stash.

I flipped the little figures over to the back and, using a blade, 
cut through the backing paper to make a template for their clothes. 

I started making a little scene on a piece of 8-1/2 x 11" with the impish, elfish characters.
There are two girls & two boys, just like the grands! <3

2017 Pink Fresh Studio Live More acetate alphas for the title.
I wanted an invisible way to attach the letters. I thought the stitching would convey the wind.

It lost something in the translation! I traded out the yellow floss for white to minimize the damage.
Then I went berserk with stamping... I still like it, though!

Makes me smile!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

111217 CKC November Challenge #1

Counterfeit Kit Challenge
Challenge #1 - Just the opposite

Lisa's first November challenge: 
"November often gets a bad rap and many here in Europe 
consider it to be the greyest, dampest, dullest months of the year.Some years ago, I decided that I was going to find the positive in this special (for me) month and actively looked for the bright moments that would make me happy. 

And I have to tell you that there are a lot of them - there are many more blue-sky days than I ever realized and the festive lights and decorations that can often be found in November in the run up to Christmas can always brighten up even those dull, grey days. And of course, it's the end of autumn and beginning of winter, both of which make me very happy!"

So for this challenge, I'd like you to be inspired to find the positive in something and create a project about it.

My lovely kindred spirit soul sister came to visit me for my birthday, as a special gift from her dh for her birthday! All sorts of things to cram into our limited time together. My husband went up to the cabin to do some work so we ended up spending our time luxuriously doing none of our planned activities. Leisurely breakfasts (she said she felt like she was at a great B&B, lol) & then laid back days & evenings. No one needing anything. No one expecting us anywhere. It was amazingly restful & rejuvenating.

Fun with paint & ink.

 Fussy-cutting fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

110717 Total Eclipse of the Heart

I have finally given myself liberty to scrap some of what has been lurking on my desk. I have been having printer woes for awhile (and unfortunately it's not over yet) & have created a bit of a backlog of ideas in the queue while waiting on the photos.

This page is about our last minute decision to travel this past summer to the totality zone of the


Okay. I DO know that this was a solar eclipse, in spite of the starry night sky background paper. It really helps represent the most dramatic effect of totality - it got dark! I like how it supports the dark photos. 

Journaling: We kept waffling about whether or not we would travel south to see totality. You knew how much I wanted to see it so on the spur of the moment, off we went!

  Isn't this pocket card perfection? Perfect sentiment & it gave me that third aqua color for an accent. And hey - it made a perfect pocket! Now I can find those glasses at the next eclipse, hehe, and I love that they were printed with the date & location. The flair matched perfectly. 

The next perfect piece? The Pink Fresh Studio/Indigo Hills wood clip that screamed eclipse to me. Lining it up with the vellum circle confirmed it. The stitching truly mimics what it looked like just after totality with the sunlight bursting forth again. It also gave me a subtle way to anchor the vellum.

I used that adorable aqua Felicity Jane rubber heart to draw attention to the title. I mounted the FJ alphas under the vellum & I love how it looks. The rest of the title is at the bottom of the circle - a play on an old song title. The last perfect element!

He's such a dear, darling man! <3
I had fun using my vintage typewriter for the journaling elements.

Thanks for stopping by!