Busting some old stash

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It’s been a week and a half since Mother’s Day and the flowers Puddle Duck bought for me are still going strong:

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She also got me breakfast in bed and made me two cards (at school and Guides) and a scrapbook page, using a sheet of pp from a pad I had on my table:

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After lunch I had to take her into Wolverhampton so that she could buy my present – a Daenerys Targarean Pop Funko.  She insisted on using her own pocket money and wanted to pay for the carpark too.  What a sweetie!

I’ve had that pad of Amy Tangerine papers for over a year and then suddenly I’m using it a lot.  I made this page for my Mom and framed it in a box frame I bought from The Range.

DSC_0253She’s been sorting out her old black and white snap shots and this group are just too precious to put back in the case unremarked.  Puddle Duck is off to school camp next term, so I may have some photos from her to scrap.

But that’s not what inspired me to get the pad out and start using it after all this time.  It was pulling out a paper with a map of the US to include in February’s Counterfeit Kit.  I had the perfect photo from a work trip to Denver.  The page wasn’t quite what I had in mind originally and I used papers and vellum from my main stash rather than just the kit but I think it turned out nice in the end.

DSC_0255Looking at it on screen I’m thinking maybe it could do with a little ink splatter.  What do you think?

I had a few other photos from the trip and rather than do another 12 X 12 page I decided on two 12X6 pages to bridge the page with this one I made last year:

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Bridging between a white based page with a cream based page was a challenge and this is what I came up with:

DSC_0258The base paper is from the Amy Tangerine pad so is a perfect match to the cream on the RHS,  while the paper chain figures mirror the LHS. And I just had to use my new embossed leaf punch to pull the colours in from the two pages.

Then turn the half page……………..

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This time I’ve taken the cloud motif and the blue colour from the RHS onto the half page. And the photos were taken the same day as the group shot, in the beer garden in the top photo on the LH page.  The paper is from February’s Counterfeit kit and is half way between the white on the left and the cream on the right.

Since I’ve had that pad for over a year I think that counts as old stash so I’m linking up with the challenge to use old stash at the Studio Challenge site and I hope I’ve used enough blue to be included in the Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge to use blue in your LO.

Stuck?! – Not this month!

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Hello and I have three new pages to share with you today.  Well perhaps one isn’t quite so new.  I finished the starting point LO I shared in my last post:

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The photo was taken by the lovely Sandie and is a group shot from our scrapbooking retreat in September last year, with the most amazing and talented bunch of fellow bloggers.  We’re going again this year.  I’m really looking forward to it.  The strip of out of focus grass in the foreground of the photo gave me the perfect place for one of my wood veneer words.  I bought a pack from The Works for £1: what a bargain!

As I mentioned last post that LO was made using one of February’s Stuck?! sketches.  The other February sketch was pretty good too.  In fact it was so good I made two pages with February’s Counterfeit kit:

DSC_0251This first one shows The Grandma’s next door neighbours.  The photos must have been taken not long after we moved in.  I kept the embellishment light because I like the background paper so much.  I had to give this one a make-over; the mat was originally a cream with pink flowers but it was too cream. It looked fine when I put it together under artificial light but the white balance was all wrong in daylight.

The second page has a bit more embellishment to add interest to the plain, woodgrain background.  The photos are even older than the first photo.  They are of my Dad and uncle with my cousin.  There’s one of those wood veneer words again – and some brads, word stickers and a flair which have sat in my stash for what seems like forever.

DSC_0252I have a half finished LO on my table – let’s see if i can get it done and posted before the end of the month.

The Curious Case of the Missing Month.

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February that is. It seems to have disappeared in a flash.

First was Puddle Duck’s birthday party.  She wanted an Ever After High Madeline Hatter Tea Party theme and designed this cake.

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All the guests were given an Ever After High character and asked to dress in their style.  They all went home with a box of six cupcakes they had decorated themselves.

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The following weekend we went to Butlins, Minehead

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Which messed up my contribution to Sian’s postcard swap. I was short two stamps and two people still haven’t got their postcards because I’m working on something a bit extra to say sorry.  I’ll save the 6 postcards I received to show you in another post.

Then it was The Grandma’s birthday and our boiler broke down and with all the upheaval we totally forgot The Drake’s birthday. Oops. But since he’s not moaned I think he forgot too. I think he’s at the age where he’d rather forget.

I’ve done very little scrapping – just one page and one ‘starting point’. Here we are on 1 March, the new kit is on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog and I still haven’t shown you my February kit. So, better late than never, here it is:

DSC_0246And here’s the page I did, using a photo I took of Puddle Duck on stage in Worcester last year, performing Revolting Children from Matilda:

DSC_0249I broke the rules with the second LO.  I usually really struggle to create a page without a photo but this time I started with last month’s sketch from Stuck?! and now I need to pick a photo.

DSC_0248There’s plenty of pages left in the kit so I’m thinking I might stick with this one for March.

 

As one kit ends……….

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It’s 1st of February and time for a new kit at the Counterfeit kit Challenge. But first I have three pages to share from last month’s kit.
First is my 2014 review page. It was actually the first page I made, but the ink was running out on my printer and I didn’t notice until I saw it in daylight. Note to self: I really must get better lighting if I’m going to scrap in my living room!

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Then it’s back to those photos from my 2012 visit to Chester Zoo. There are a lot of photos so I used one of Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove classes, using 7 photos:

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The red floral paper from the kit works really well with the photos. I am ridiculously happy with this page.

And now for something completely different. From bold and bright to something a little more muted. I didn’t have any whole papers left in the kit, so I pulled a couple more sheets, which could have found their way into the kit if I’d gone for extra papers.

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I asked Puddle Duck if she wanted to keep this one, or give it to her friend. She decided on the latter.  So it’s back into my stash for the remnants of the kit and time for me to go stash diving for February’s kit.

Go and check out the Studio Challenge Blog.  I’m linking this up to two of their challenges – one for a review of the year and the other to clear up and scrap photos, papers etc. which have been on your desk waiting to be scrapped.  At over two years old, I think my Zoo photos certainly qualify for that!

Inspired to Counterfeit a Zoo Kit

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You wouldn’t think it from this blog but I’ve been busy using my Counterfeit Kit.  I had a go at Counterfeiting the American Crafts, Amy Tangerine Stitched, Thrifted paper using a piece of white card and my scraps box.

American Crafts, Amy Tangerine Stitched, Thrifted paper

I cut 12 inch strips, 1 inch at the left tapering to 1/2 inch at the right and then stuck them to a sheet of white card stock with 1/4 inch gaps in between, remembering to turn every other strip through 180 degrees.  This left me with an odd 1/4 inch space at the top of the sheet.  If I were to do this again I think I would stick down the top and bottom strips first, then the two central ones with just over 1/4 inch between them and then insert the remaining strips in between, equally spaced by eye.  The sheet has curved slightly, so it’s a bit of an odd shot – I hope you get the idea.

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We adopted a lion at Chester Zoo for Puddle Duck’s Christmas present in 2011 and in October took advantage of the Adopter’s Day tickets to take her friend with us.  As usual I took loads of photos.  In the two years since I had them printed I’ve scrapped two!  But that has all changed now with two pages from the kit.

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I’ve had those hexagon dies for nearly two years and this is the first time I’ve used them!

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I also made a couple of cards with some scraps.  It was my SIL’s birthday, which gave me chance to use my cat die cut for the first time.  I made one to give and one to add to my standby collection of cards.

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I hope to be back soon with a couple more LOs from the kit.

Welcome 2015

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I can’t say I’m sorry to see the back of 2014.  It started quite well but didn’t finish as a particularly brilliant year.  The festive spirit just about passed me by completely.  I have resolved to make 2015 a year to de-clutter and be more organised.  I’ve made a start on my stash and taken some things to the charity shop which have been hanging around for ages.  I’m also going to make more cards – using the scraps from my kits each month.  I had a good month of card making in December, using scraps from my October and November Counterfeit kits and a book Puddle Duck was throwing out to make these cards:

DSC_0089These first two went into a box of handmade cards as a Christmas present for my Aunt who is 89 and practically house bound.  I managed to fill a shoe box for her.

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I’ve made a little time to get my January Counterfeit kit together, based on this kit from the HIP KIT CLUB:

And this is my selection of papers based on the kit:

DSC_0101I’ve gone more with the colours than the patterns this month, with a peachy pink and greener end of aqua, grey and white and a strong black print.  It’s a bit pale compared to my normal preference, but there’s some pops of colour and black to add some contrast.  Three of the papers were double sided.  Here are the backs with a selection of alphas:

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It’s about time I used those wooded alphas.  I’ve also done a bit of stash sorting since I took these photos and added some scraps from my dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection, some stickers and some wood veneer pieces.  I may try Leslie’s idea for making some tags or have a go at counterfeiting the striped paper from the original kit – my version is just too regular.  That should be enough to keep me busy for the rest of the month