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.





Gibson Girls Ice-Cream


And more Disney Pages

My first page from my counterfeit kit is also the first page from my Christmas Disney trip in 2016:

It was inspired by this LO on my Pinterest board:

which was uploaded by Timea Kele but there are no links to the original source so I hope that is the original artist.  That first LO got me on a bit of a roll with the 12 X 8 photos I had printed from that trip.  Here are the first two of those LOs; the section divider for Christmas Day, which I kept very simple:And meeting Minnie and Mickey:

Those little red Mickey heads created from gems look like they could be a constant through this album.  I have three more pages ready for titles, journalling and embellishment but they will have to wait while I crack on with my LO for Challenge 1 which will be with you on 12th.

Hope you’re having a creative start to 2018.




Disney Catch Up (part 3)


I’ve been carrying on with my Disney scrapping.  I’ve almost used up my Counterfeit kit for September.

The last whole sheet was a chalkboard print but it had a distressed teal on the reverse which suited my photo better:

For my next two pages I went back to my 2006 Album and scrapped a couple of my favourite photos: one from the journey there, which was taken waiting for the EuroStar.

I went with a kraft background and my Disney papers to co-ordinate with the Meeting the Mouse page which sits opposite in the album.  I added some stickers from Starshine and Say Cheese III, plus a large red car with luggage on top, which was further embellished with Say cheese II stickers.

The second page is the two girls in the hotel room on the first morning The background paper is left over from scrapping some photos from a trip to New York.  I added some mini alphas to change the title to Hotel New York.  I printed a couple of photos of the hotel from the internet but they were very cool in tone, so I decided to pop them in an envelope with the map of the park.  There’s more Disney papers on here, with a Say Cheese II Bingo card, a Shimelle cut apart and some rhinestone Minnie Mouse embellishments.

I more or less have our first Disney album planned out now and I’ll be working through the pages.  Hopefully Santa will bring us a tripod for Christmas.  One to hold the iPad so Strawberry can record her art videos for her You Tube Channel and I can do a flip through of the album.

Hope you get all you wish for this Christmas.


Disney Catch up (Part 2)


Posting my next batch of Disney LOs is way over due.  I’ve been scrapping in batches – doing a lot and then nothing.  I’ll show these pages from our Disneyland Paris trip in 2014 in album order rather than the order I made them and it was this first one which had me stumped for quite a while.

For the longest time it sat on my desk with just the background paper (Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection), the strip from Say Cheese II and the matted photos and I just couldn’t think what to do next.  It was great to finally get it done, so that it could slot in before the following pages from that same evening:

I used my August Counterfeit kit for these pages and threw in some extra bits including Say Cheese III and other Disney phrase stickers.  The bright colours are perfect with the larger than life Disney characters.

Next page in the album is Minnie Mouse; yet another character from the same evening.

I’m trying to decide whether to scrap the photos of Strawberry dancing the Macarena for the facing page.

The next pages are from our last day in the park, using my September Counterfeit kit.

This was the first 12 X 8 photo i scrapped for the album and I’m working out how to add some journalling.  I may be brave and write directly onto the photo!

All of these pages have been inspired by the fabulous Magical Scrapbooking course run by Shimelle Laine.  But this final one is a very special page: made at a class with Amy Tan, organised by Birds of a Feather.

The colour palette fits in the album, but the style is a bit different form the other pages.  I think I’ll be looking for an opportunity to do another page with a border and a colourful strip across the top.

I think that’s enough for now.  I am still ‘stuck’ on my villains’ parade double LO which I started at my retreat in September and I have a couple of pages half done from our Come Dine with Us experience at The Beast’s Castle at Disney World.  Here’s hoping my mojo can get those finished soon.

Disney catch-up Part 1


I realised I have only shared one double page from my weekend away at the start of September, so I think it’s time I correct that before I get even further behind.  Here are my pages made that first weekend in September in the order they appear in the album.

I made this page for the sketch challenge.  It is page three in the album – meeting Mickey when we arrived at the hotel.

I created this page as a ‘filler’.  I had two double pages and only one photo to go between – this fills the gap and I have since added a layer of vellum under the photo.

It sits opposite this page, made for the ‘just one thing challenge’.  We were given a kit and allowed to use just one other thing from our stash.  I chose my Say Cheese III stickers.  The circle paper from Shimelle’s Go No Go was perfect to use with September’s sketch from

I went with a grid design for my Disney Villains photos.  Strawberry suggested the title.  Although it is from a 2015 film and these photos are from 2006 I think I can get away with it because it is sung by the villains’ Descendents.

And this last page isn’t mine.  It was made by Strawberry for the sketch challenge – using her own sketches in the film strip.There is one last double page to share from that weekend but it’s not quite finished.  Since I have returned home I have added some extra photos in a 6X12 pocket page protector and I have the journalling and a little more embellishment to do.  I’ve also done more pages from my second Disney trip and I need to take better photos of those.

I doubt that I’ll get that done before Saturday, when I’m off to Chateau Impney for a class with Amy Tangerine.  I’ll be back after that with more Magical Scrapbooking.


Purple Reign


It’s been a very busy month.  I’ve been so busy scrapping Disney photos that I haven’t had chance to blog.  I signed up to Shimelle’s Magical Scrapbooking course and I’ve been trying to get my albums from our four Disney trips in order.  I’ve ordered two lots of prints and lost the packet of photos I already had printed from last Christmas in Disneyland Paris.

There’s too many photos to try and cram into one blog post, so I’ll start with a couple from our first Disney trip, way back in 2006.  These both use purple (not a colour I use often in my pages), which is this month’s challenge at Another Freakin’ Scrappy Challenge.

I know it looks more pink in the photo, but I promise that the large mat is a pale purple.  the top left photo is matted on pink card stock because it holds a secret: It is the top photo in an accordion fold, showing the parade coming up Main Street towards us.

I’m not sure if you can see, but the pink card is a perfect match for pink glow where the sunlight crosses the street. Flip it over and there is another parade photo and space for some journalling:I really struggled with this page and I’m not sure I am entirely happy with it now.  Hopefully it will grow on me.

I had another sheet of card stock in a similar shade of purple so I decided to use that as the base for my final page, using the last photo we took before going home.

I need to add some journalling and I think I’ll go back and add some more embellishment when I do a final flick through of the album.

That’s it for now.  Hope to be back soon with more Magical scrapbooking – including my September Counterfeit kit, my first page with a 12X8 photo and something from Strawberry.  Until then keep scrapping!