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Bah Humbug


The January 1 sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy is perfect for using 3X4 cards like the ones I forged for my kit.  I’ve had this LO in mind since I saw it but I’ve been distracted by other projects (including this one for Kraft+ using the same sketch).

I did quite well sticking within my counterfeit kit for this page.  I had no problem with alphas for the title, since that was provided by my 3X4 card and the only things I added were the white star stickers (I could have punched some from white card) and the Christmas tissue paper I used in my Traditions LO.  Even though they will be in different albums, I didn’t want this one to look too much like my Cocoaflakes LO, so I left a narrow border at the top left of the LO and added my journalling with white pen around the edge of the page.

I have two more large photo Disney LOs to share from this kit (both started on New Years Day) and then it’s about done and I’ll be ready for February’s Counterfeit kit.  Have you seen the sneak peaks on the Facebook page?  It looks like it’s going to be a pretty one next month.




As soon as I saw the sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy I new that it would be a great use of a 3X4 card from my CKC forgeries. Then I saw the challenge at Kraft+ and I knew I had to use the coffee and twinkle lights card.  The challenge at Kraft+ is to scrap about coffee using kraft card stock for the base.  My CKC kit contained coffee cup pp and it was about time I used my coffee stain stencil.

I went with a photo taken at Costa during a Christmas shopping trip, of Strawberry’s festive chocolate flake cake and hot chocolate replete with cocoa powder snowflake.  I pulled in a doily and few stickers from Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection.  I punched some mini snowflakes from the blue of the coffee cup paper and made some holly leaf embellishments using a stamp and some red gems.

It took me a long time to think of a suitable title for the page.  I eventually went with cocoa flakes – for the cakes and the cocoa snowflake in the photo.

My page was almost done when disaster struck.  Can you see it?  I dropped my ink pad on the LO!  The page was covered in inky splodges but these are straight lines and I needed a way to cover them up.

I wasn’t sure what to do about it.  The design didn’t lend itself to covering the area with patterned paper.  I slept on it and decided to try snowflakes punched from Kraft card.

I put a couple over the ink pad lines and then scattered a few more across the page. I think that does the job nicely.  I’m getting close to the end of my Counterfeit kit now and I did some more scrapping last night and this morning.  This is the title page for my Disney Christmas album, inspired by Shimelle’s Most Magical Scrapbook course.

I chose the pink snowflakes paper to co-ordinate with the pink of the castle and pulled in some extra stickers to cover the overcast sky and a shrinkles Santa Mickey as the focal embellishment.  I had to stick him to the white floral wreath card with diamond glaze because he wasn’t quite flat.  I’m linking this with Studio Challenges, using snowflakes/winter theme.

There’s just two more big photo pages to complete and a different version of the Lets Get Sketchy challenge to finish (so that I can link up to their site with that one, because Kraft+ don’t allow entries to be linked to other challenges) and then I really will be down to just scraps.  It’s all laid out on my scrap table and I’m determined to get it all wrapped up this weekend.  What do you have planned?





Christmas in Birmingham


Christmas may seem a long time ago, but my CKC kit contains a few Christmas items so I decided to scrap the photos from our annual trip to the Birmingham German Market to get it used up.

The German Market is becoming a family tradition.  We always have a bratwurst and a photo with the Bull Ring Bull in its Christmas outfit.  I take very similar photos every year but I haven’t scrapped many of them, so I went with a 12X12 page and a 16 pocket divided page protector.

I used the 15 Jan sketch from Stuck?! and I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  I made the 12X12 background with white card stock and gutted the plaid patterned paper at the beginning of the month; so that I could make my forgeries and cut out the little house for my 2018 Goals page.

I’m not quite so keen on the pocket page but it is growing on me.  I have eight more photos; close ups of the market stalls to fill the reverse of the pocket page, but I’m still thinking about what to do for the other pockets.

I’ve put the pages in my album for safe keeping and I noticed that the pocket page is larger than 12X12 and my American Crafts ring binder is only just big enough for it.  The divider is October Afternoon, so if anyone knows where I can get a slightly larger album than standard please let me know.I’m doing really well with this kit.  That’s 7 pages done and one almost there; plus another 5 half done.  That will be 13 in total when I’m finished.  I hope to get them all done for next weekend to share before the January linky closes.



Inspired by Nature


Are you ready for Challenge 2 at CKC?  Inspired by nature is such a perfect challenge for this kit when it includes the watercolour and ink floral paper from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection.  And I knew exactly what I wanted to scrap about.

In August last year I took Strawberry to a sketchbook class at The Civic in Barnsley, taught by local artist Louise Wright. Her work put me in mind of that same Amy Tangerine collection.  She uses watercolour and detailed pen work, to create amazing pieces inspired by nature.  Here’s one of the pieces she exhibited last summer:

I decided to go with a white cardstock background and fussy cut the flowers to frame a photo of Strawberry and Louise; taken on the staircase in front of one of her pictures.

I thought it needed some more layers, so I pulled another sheet from my Heidi Swapp September Skies pad to mat the photo and added a layer of vellum under that. I also put a strip of the Heidi Swapp paper to the right of the page to help ground the photo:

That’s better, but I was worried about filling the space between the flowers on the left, so I cut one more flower from the Sketchbook paper and grabbed a doily before I started sticking.

I wanted to try a hand cut title. My initial idea was to try emulating the lovely white script titles Miss Smith hand cuts for her pages.  I printed the title onto paper with the idea that I could put the pieces together somehow to form a single piece and then cut it from white cardstock.

I’ve decided that the black looks quite nice and I’m worried that if I try to use this to trace onto the back of white cardstock I will ruin both black and white versions and I’ll have to start again. Strawberry thinks that if I copy the title into Photoshop I can flip it and squish the words together so that they touch – then I can print it onto cardstock and cut it out in white. I think I’ll give it a try, but in the meantime here is my page as it stands at the moment:

I’m thinking maybe some splatters and enamel dots to finish it off?  Or maybe some Louise inspired doodling?  I’m also planning a pocket page to go opposite, with more photos, journaling, 3X4 water colour PL cards I made for the kit, Louise’s business card and my sketching from the day.

I have more nature inspired art for this section of my album. The following day we went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Strawberry did more water colour painting and I took lots of photos.

If you would like to see more of Louise’s art, her instagram is @louiseannwrightartist.  Maybe she’ll inspire you to join the challenge too.

If you are in the area she is also exhibiting as part of the Vs David Bowie exhibition at The Civic, Barnsley until 25 February.  We’ll be going if we make it up there at half term.

2018 Goals with CKC


Are you ready for the first challenge of 2018 from The Counterfeit Kit Challenge?  I have to admit to being stumped for a while when I read the e-mail.  I don’t set annual goals as such.  Last year I had a general aim to be more creative, the previous year I decided I was going away for Christmas and there’s always a general intention to declutter!  I’ve had numerous trips to charity shops with trolley loads of unwanted stuff over the last 3 years, but I’m still surrounded by piles of it.  I decided that I need a reason to reduce the clutter and redecorating seems to be a good motivation.  I’ve lived here for over 10 years and the carpet, curtains and fireplace in the living room, which I hated when I moved in. are still there.

Before we moved in I had a new bathroom and kitchen, a new carpet in the bedrooms, wallpaper in my room and new doors at the back.  Other than that the decorating was cosmetic – just a coat of paint on the walls.  I’ve done odd bits since – Strawberry’s bedroom got a makeover in 2016 and last year the back room was transformed from a Harry Potteresque Room of Requirements to a functioning craft room.  I try to be realistic with the targets I set myself; to avoid getting discouraged if I can’t do it all.  So setting a goal to get the house straight with some specific tasks seems like a good plan for the year.

For the page I decided to use the Jan 1 ‘Stuck!’ sketch.  I wasn’t keen on any of the whole sheets left in my Counterfeit kit for the background so I went through the collections I’d used to build the kit and pulled a neutral grey from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies.

I went for stars instead of diamonds and fussy cut a heart and a house from the B side of a piece gutted from the tartan paper (more of that in another post!)  For the photos I went round the house and took some shots of things I want to change; the clutter in the utility room, the kitchen shelf, the corner of the living room and my decorating scrapbook, which already includes a mood board for the living room.

My to do list also includes decorating the hall, stairs and landing and putting up more shelves in the craft room.  After I’d finished the page I realised that I should have included papering the downstairs toilet and clearing the junk from the garage.  Maybe I should do a car boot sale this summer – I tried a table top sale in 2016, but sales barely covered my table fee and since Strawberry broke my windscreen while I was setting up so it actually cost me money!!!

As well as looking forward and planning for the next year, January is also a time to look back on the previous year. I’ve done year in review pages in the past, but in 2015 and 2016 I did a Project Life Light album, so I wasn’t motivated to do another summary of the year. I didn’t do PLL for 2017 so I picked a photo for each month and put together this page:

There’s not a lot of white space in this design so I felt more comfortable using the bright aqua cardstock from my kit as the background.  I’m running short on the letter e and had no number 2 s left, so I had to go outside the kit for alphas. And it turned out I was short of the letter e all round and had to get creative with the title.

Creative is a good way to describe 2017. We went to 7 Comic Cons, where Strawberry met her favourite You Tube artists in the Comic village.  We visited museums and art galleries when we went to the Cons in London and Manchester.  She had a painting and a sketching lesson and completed Inktober. I had a scrapbook class with Amy Tan, took part in a photo challenge and we went on a scrapbook retreat together.  I wonder what my 2018 year in review page will look like.  Will I have photos to show I’ve ticked off my goals?

Whether you are looking forward or back right now we’d love to see your pages in the monthly link up.





Instarsia Forgeries on the Fourth


It’s 4th January and that means it’s time to share my forgeries from this month’s Counterfeit kit.  The original kit also has a PL card kit:This gave me an opportunity to add some much needed ‘lightness’ to my kit.  I started by cutting some smooth white card stock and some watercolour paper into 3 X 4 cards and then sat down with my water colours and set of black fine liners to have some fun.

I started with two simple cards; just using black pens to write on the white cards.  Then I moved onto the ‘I smell snow’ snow globe.  I completed the text and globe with black pen and once it was dry I added a thin wash of blue water colour.  The pen wasn’t 100% waterproof but I don’t think the slight smudge distracts too much from the overall effect.

For the fourth card I used a coffee sticker form Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection, wrote the phrase with a black fine liner and then added dots with some glitter markers.

The next set of cards are all done on water colour paper.  I started with the silver birch tree card by painting the negative shapes of the background in blue water colour paint.  While that dried I painted the background for the bear in a mix of red with a touch of yellow. I then added a rectangle of dilute sepia watercolour, which I dabbed off to speed up drying and reduce the intensity of colour.  I did both cards freehand with no pencil sketching beforehand.

While they dried I adhered a Tim Holtz snowman mask to a third card and then daubed around the mask with different colours of watercolour paint.  While that dried I went back to the first two cards and added details with a black fine liner.  When the snowman card was dry I added in some stamping using red and green Stazon ink and finally added some black water colour splatters before I removed the mask.

The last four cards were even easier – mainly cutting and sticking and doodling.  I went for a butterfly instead of a snowflake on the striped card, because that’s the punch I had available. I used acrylic paint on woodgrain cardstock, with white rub on alphas and a white gel pen for the BAH humbug card.

I’m really pleased with how they all turned out.  The style is very forgiving; it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, so I would encourage you to have a go at trying your own forgeries to match your kit.

I wanted to forge the card with the bird in a garland, but I couldn’t find my stamp, so I settled for stamping and colouring robins onto garland cards from Shimelle’s Little by Little 6 X 6 pad.

I haven’t used any of these yet, but I have been busy making other pages with my kit – I have 2 finished, one waiting for journalling and some small alphas to complete the title and 3 others ready for titles, journalling and embellishment.  I can tell that it’s going to be a productive start to the year!

January CKC Kit Reveal – Instarsia


Happy New Year and what a great start to the New Year for me.  I’m so excited to have been asked to be Guest Designer at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog (CKC).  I’ve been an intermittent participant forger for sometime and once before as a Guest Designer. It’s a great principle: each month there is a sample kit to recreate from your own stash.  This month’s kit was right up my street with lots of bold colour.  Here’s the original kit: Fair Isle, Cocoa Daisy’s November 2017 kit.

And here is my version: Instarsia

I’ve included a lot of really old product here, combined with the odd recent purchase and it’s real mix of manufacturers.  I followed my usual methodology; trying to substitute for each of the papers.

Instead of a green snowflake I have a regular mint pattern from SEI: Christmas Mint, Meringue

I didn’t have a car paper with the right colour scheme so I substituted the coffee cup paper from Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection

The stripe is from Heidi Swapp, September Skies

The green foliage is from Paper Salon’s Ornamental Holiday collection, Spruce Sprigs

My red dot is more regular than the original; it is Studio Calico’s Abroad collection, Destination

The text sheet has a subtle green water wash and is from We Are Memory Keepers Love Notes

The Plaid pattern is from Simple Stories Home Spun

The water colour floral is Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection.

I don’t use coloured card stock much; I included the aqua and red but substituted a green watercolour polka dot from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection – we’ll see if they get used.

I didn’t have a multi-coloured spot vellum, so I included a blue star vellum instead and threw in an off cut of pink snowflakes for good measure.

The red alphas are Forever Friends, Cosy Christmas and the die cuts are Kaisercraft; purchased in a long ago Paperchase sale.  The tags are odd ones I found floating in my stash.  I included some wooden gold stars and had to buy some red gems because I had used all of mine.  I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to find red gems like the ones in the kit – especially given how close it was to Christmas: I thought they would be everywhere, so I ended up with heart shaped gems from Hobby Craft.

The paper clips with red and white scarves attached in the original kit looked like an easy counterfeit.  I didn’t have a suitable red and white ribbon, so I used a blue and green tartan instead: complete with a fringe snipped into the ends.

Instead of a sheet of stamps I have chosen to include my American Crafts Christmas roller stamp.  I had a higher proportion than usual of double sided papers and here are the reverse prints – you’ve seen that cut apart in a CKC kit before – I had two sheets;I think that should give me sufficient variety for a month’s scrapping.  I have some counterfeiting ideas from the accompanying PL kit and a 12 X 12 page in my head already so I hope to see more of you this month.

Please follow the links below to join the blog hop and see what the Master Forgers have come up with this month.

P.S. you can see I’ve already snuck some extras into the kit.