Wednesday, April 18, 2018

As Fresh As Springtime - Counterfeit Kit Challenge 2

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog's Challenge #2 is As Fresh As Springtime - What is spring like where you live? Do you do anything special in the Spring that you don't do throughout the other seasons of the year? Is Spring special to you in any way? Make a Spring- themed project.

Today's layout show cases a photo I took April 4, 2018 from the patio looking out to the back yard.  We had another snowstorm so Spring is delayed some more, Where is Spring is the title of my layout.

I started with the yellow checked scrap paper I had included in my kit and when I turned it over it had this lovely blue, green and red water colored look.  I printed out my pictured a couple of times and used the 1 1/2" punch to punch out pieces of my pictures. I then used the larger punch for the white mat on each of my squares and inked the edges. I trimmed a 1/2" from the yellow paper and made a border for the blue paper.  The arrow is pointing to the 4 4 18 which is the date I took the picture.

I had the layout finished then I decide that I needed to add some yellow behind the doily and on the left where my journaling was going to go. I used a small acrylic stamp block with the scattered straw distress ink and water to make the distressing.

After that I placed the stamped doily added some rub ons, rhinestones then pulled out some green foam and die cut the leaves.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and check out the rest of Challenge inspiration. Master Forgers Leslie, Margie and Laura have some springtime inspiration for you.

3 - 12x12 Layouts
 1 -  8 1/2x11 Layouts
 2 -  12x12 Project Life
  1-   8 1/2x 11 Project Life
    - Planner Pages
  1- Cards
   - Tags

April Counterfeit Kit - Are we having fun

Paper: Fancy Pants - Mille & June paper pad, DCWV -white cardstock; Scrap of yellow papttern paper
 Punch: McGill - 1 9/16 Square, Marvy 1 1/2" square
Rub Ons: 7 gypsies
Ink: distress ink - brushed corduroy and scattered straw.
Embellishments: stamped doilies, die cut arrow and DIY flowers from Forgeries on the Fourth
 Misc.: Adhesive, rhinestones, flowers, fabric butterfly and Zots.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sympathy Card

I pulled out my  to make a sympathy card.

I matched up some blue cardstock to the flower paper in the paper pad. Cut the black cardstock down to a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2, folded in half to make my card base. I used the embossing folder on a piece of blue cardstock, the embossing is hard to see in the picture but it adds a nice dimension to the card. I stamped my sentiment on the lower portion of the card base.

I stamped the stems with the green ink then went back in and stamped the flower part with the white ink, added gold embossing power and heat it up. It's matted onto a piece of black cardstock.  I added the sheer ribbon and tied a bow. There are three little pearls under the ribbon.

For the inside of the card I trimmed a piece of the Mille and June paper and added it to the top of the white card base. Since I am taking this card to the office for everyone to sign I matted both sides of the inside of the card for plenty of room for writing.

I did the same stamping techniques for the outside of the envelope. I also added a piece of the flower paper to the inside of the envelope to tie it all together.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for lots of inspiration this month. We have an awesome Spring kit for our Inspiration this month.

3 - 12x12 Layouts
 1 -  8 1/2x11 Layouts
 2 -  12x12 Project Life
  1-   8 1/2x 11 Project Life
    - Planner Pages
  1- Cards
   - Tags

April Counterfeit Kit - Are we having fun

Paper: Fancy Pants - Mille & June paper pad, DCWV - white, black and blue cardstock.
Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly stamp; Unity Kit of the Month August 2017 {never be afraid}
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up - Final Press
Ink: Distress ink - black soot; Versa Magic - Cloud White and Spanish Olive
MIsc.: Adhesive, gold embossing powder, heat gun, pearl dots and sheer ribbon

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgeries on the Fourth

The April Inspiration kit is from the Button Farm

There are so many items that could be forged from this month. I picked a few the doilies, arrows and a dimensional flower to replace the flower wood veneer.

I started with making a few of the doilies.  I have many stamps that are doilies - I just cant resist them, maybe it's because of my crochet. The stamps I pulled out are Stampin' Up's Delicate Doilies and Unity Stamp Company's Kit of the Month from February 2017 {unexpected places} and July 2017 {it's going to be beautiful}.  I stamped onto white cardstock then fussy cut them out.  Since the colors in my kit are darker than the inspiration kit I used darker colored inks to go with my kit.

Next I pulled out the feathers and arrows die and die cut from scraps of yellow blue and white cardstock. I kept the negative pieces of cardstock just in case I can use it on a layout this month. If not it's easy to get to get rid of.

Lastly the inspiration kit had wood veneer flowers so  I made some dimensional flowers. I again pulled out scrap paper and some inks used my Cricut to cut flower shapes in various sizes I also pulled in a couple of punches to make the little flowers on the bottom. I added a stem to them and some pearls and rhinestones for the centers.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas to create your own embellishments. Stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for more ideas from April's inspiration kit.

Stamps: Stampin' Up - Delicate Doilies; Unity Stamp Company: Kit of the Month - February 2017 {unexpected places} and July 2017 {it's going to be beautiful}.
Ink: Stampin' Up - Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzaz;; Distress Ink - evergreen bough
Die: Cricut Cuttlebug - Feathers and arrows dies

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Counterfeit Kit - April

Hello April, Happy Easter, Happy April Fools and today is the reveal of the new Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog Inspiration Kit. You should have arrived from Margie's blog if not you can continue on or start at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here. We are counterfeiting the  Button Farm Club "Everyday Documented Page Kit" which can be found here.

It's a beautiful spring kit and I am ready for some weather that doesn't include snow and cold.

I started by pulling out an arrow die set and looked for a multi pattern paper similar to the rectangle one in the center top. My shades are a little darker than the ones in the inspiration kit but I love the colors.  Here is my kit: Are we having fun.

Paper set 1:

Colorbok - Mint Julep (first two papers), DCWV red cardstock, My Mind's Eye - Dilly Dally "Hello" Flannel Paper, Pink Paislee - Sweetness "Pretty Lace", several unknown scraps of which the largest is 3 1/4 x 12 and the smallest is 1 1/2 x 8 1/4, DCWV - next two green pieces with more unknown scraps

Page Set 2

Basic Grey - Color Me Silly; Capture Life - Memories, Bokeh Teal, Arrows;  DCWV green cardstock and unknown car paper; Me and My Big Ideas stack next 4 orange papers; Bella Blvd - Socialite "Dance Circles"; Jen Hadfield - Best of  stack are the remaining papers.

Now for some embellishments:

I have included Rub ons from 7 gypsies, fancy pants and crate paper,  printable project life cards and labels, chip board frames, wood veneer feathers, arrows, ribbon and lace, pom poms (yes I'm trying to get them used up) die cuts, silk and paper flowers, stickers from Creative Imaginations, enamel dots and rhinestones.

I pulled out a couple of Stamp Sets and the arrow die set. The stamps are Stampin' Up - Delicate Doilies, Unity Stamp Company Kit of the Month - May 2013 {totally and utterly amazing},  February 2017 {unexpected places} and July 2017 { it's going to be beautiful} and a single stamp "Having Fun"

I also including a few card kit. I have 12x12 papers from Colorbok - Mint Julep then a DCWV paper and a Fancy Panty "My Party" and two 6x6 pads from Fancy Pants "Millie and June" and "Office Suite"

Here's a couple of pictures of my kit all put together I've lined up the embellishments with the papers I'll be using them on.

Your next stop on the hop is Julene

Here is the full blog hop:
Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog -
Guest Designer -
Margie -
Cindy -
Julene -
Tina -
Lisa -
Lori -
Lynnette -

Don't forget to check out the Design Teams selections and create a kit for yourself to use this month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CKC March Mini Kit Reveal - Here's The Story

Today on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is the Mini Kit reveal. I signed up for the Mini Kit this month to challenge myself to make a smaller kit and use it up right away.

Our inspirational kit this month is a kit Susan made "Little Bits of Happy"

I love the kit Susan put together. The oranges, yellows, greens and turquoise, stars and hearts, a little cloud, a few journaling cards, tags and of course the labels.

Here is my Mini Kit for March - Here's the Story.

Now I normally start with my 12x12 pages and then work on my youngest but this time I started with his. I have included in my kit papers from a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" paper pad, a partial sheet of 12x12 paper for journaling, black washi tape, alphabet stickers, project life cards, die cuts a couple of doilies and sequins.

I usually make a much larger kit and document what ever photos I want through out the month.  This time I am documenting a trip DH and I took to Minot, North Dakota to spend a long weekend with my youngest. Since he moved there he comes home for Thanksgiving and we bring Christmas to him. So we get to see him twice a year. I do send lots of care packages to him through out the rest of the year. And yes I decorate the outside of the package and send to his office.

Pages 1 and 2 use 2 - 4x6, 2 - 4x3 and 2 - 2 x4 pockets.

I used a piece of acetate to place my title on along with a couple of different alphabet stickers.  I sprinkled around some of the enamel dots and added the punched hearts throughout the pictures.
I thought the die cut that says "Today Your Story Begins..." was perfect for this story. The problem is that you see white cardstock on the opposite side. To start I covered the backside with some gold colored cardstock.

Page 2:
I have lots of pictures of the Scandinavian Heritage Park we walked through. I finally added a doily to cover up the back of the die cut and a few embellishments. I was going to make a sequin pocket but liked this better.

I packed a few scrapbooking supplies and some crochet to do on the way. The guys had scheduled a golfing day and I was going to scrap.  When we got to Doug's he had his Ninja Turtles towels hanging in his bathroom. It so made me smile and I had to snap a picture.  The guys loved the Turtles when they first came out.

Page 3 and 4 I switched it up a bit with 4 - 4x4's and 2 - 4x3 pockets

I used a couple of the labels from my kit and the wood veneers, then remembered I had the enamel dots in the bright colors so added a few starts to my journaling.   I keep a little container with left overs from other projects and that is where I found the stamped saying "Love believes all thing, hopes all things, endures all things." along with the tag, punched flower, stamped feather and punched heart.

The last page had some more of the elements from the kit and a few more pictures from the Scandinavian Heritage Park. The bottom of the page is a picture of Izzy ready for nap as we head home. The journaling reads " Headed home and Izzy needs a nap. It's a lot of work visiting." I still have to finish my 12x12 pages and will link them up on the CKC blog.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog and link up your projects here. You can also post at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram.

CKC Mini Kit March - Here's The Story
Paper: partial sheet of 12x12 paper from Me & My Big Ideas in the back; Assorted pattern paper, 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, from The Paper Studio "Murphy's Square and Ninth Street;
Alphabets:  Recollection Clear Alphabet Stickers, Unknown Black Alphabet; Basic Grey - Lemonade alphabet stickers;
Die Cuts from My Mind's Eye - "Everyone has a story to tell"
Project Life Cards: My Min's Eye - "Everyone has a story to tell"; Becky Higgins - "Hi Sunshine"
Misc.: Adhesive, DIY Labels, enamel dots,  Heart Punch, Sequins, Washi Tape, wood veneers and zots.