NSD Challenges


Did you have a good time last weekend, joining in with all the online challenges for National Scrapbooking weekend? Thank-you to everyone who joined in the blog hop and for all the lovely comments you left.  And a huge welcome to everyone who decided to follow my blog as a result.

I wasn’t overly productive last weekend – considering that I stayed in to scrap.  I made three layouts for challenges on Facebook, using my Counterfeit kit.  For the tic-tac-toe challenge I used a sketch from the Scrap Our Stash NSD challenges:

My fussy cut item is the stamped dog in the garland (I think the border punch and patterned paper are self evident!).  The black and white photo and twine were requirements for the tic-tac-toe on FB.

I did a pocket page of Strawberry’s bedroom makeover:

I had terrible trouble with those two small photos.  The ink lifted off and left one looking rather distressed.  It was a new pad of photo paper but a brand I’ve used before.  I think it may have been printing from Word and not being able to specify the paper type which caused the problem.  I’ll give it one try printing from iPhoto with the correct settings and if I have the same problem the pad is going back.

I finally got our trip to see the Room on the Broom in January 2012 onto a page.

The cat, bird and dog embellishments I made were perfect for the subject and Strawberry donated a frog sticker to complete the witch’s companions.

I’ve been buying Promarkers online for Strawberry and the last parcel also contained a part used 6 X 6 pad for me.  Four pages from that pad are now cards for future pocket pages.

The right hand 3 X 4 card has a pocket to slip in a tag or tickets.  Any ideas for a quote or phrase for the 3 X 4 card on the left?

There’s not much of my counterfeit kit left and I have so many ideas.  I’ll be back when I have something to show you.  Until then ‘Keep Scrapping’.



Be Inspired – Little By Little


It’s National Scrapbook Day on Saturday and there’s a whole host of challenges planned for the weekend on various sites. I’ve got my Counterfeit kit ready and I have to confess to ‘cheating’ this month.  I know it’s all about using your existing stash but there was a 3 for 2 offer at Hobby Craft on some of the items in the inspiration kit so how could I not?

Here’s a little reminder of the inspiration kit:

and here’s my version:

and I also did a mini kit, inspired by the Project Life kit, for pocket pages and to make embellishments:

It’s polling day today and school is closed; since it is also Star Wars Day I have taken the day off work and Strawberry and I have been watching Star Wars movies.  And I’ve also used that mini kit to make some embellishments:

I used my flamingo stamp with a sheet of pink patterned paper from Shimelle’s Little By Little collection, fussy cut the flamingo and then adhered it to a journal spot cut from the same collection.

I counterfeited the wooden tabs from the inspiration kit by stamping on woodgrain paper and then die cutting tab shapes.

I stamped a fox, a dog and a couple of cats on white card stock and coloured them coloured pencils.  I then adhered the dog and cats with foam pads to garland squares cut from the Little By Little 6 X 6 pad.

I made a couple more embellishments using the bird garland stamp and the Little By Little pad.  One I stamped on white card, die cut a circle and adhered it to a square of floral paper and the other I stamped directly onto a sheet of pink paper, cut it into a square and, taking inspiration form the garland squares in the collection, I coloured outside the garland in a darker shade of pink.

Strawberry needs the computer now to do her homework, so I’m off to cook tea and then maybe some more scrapping while watching another Star Wars movie.

Scrap Our Stash have already started with the NSD challenges – there are four challenges on the blog already.  Just a reminder that I’m in the For the Love of Pretty Paper blog hop on Sunday – here’s a sneak peak compiled form all the participants.  Can you guess which one is mine?

Blue Sugar and Coffee


I made my last page with my April Counterfeit kit last weekend, but I’ve been busy making sure my post is just right for a National Scrapbooking Day blog hop next weekend; so better late than never here it is at last – another page from the Tropical Biome at the Eden Project:

That’s the last of the Adventure kit papers, which makes it four pages from each of the kits I made last month.  And now that it’s May there’s a new kit to Counterfeit on the blog.  A very pretty kit from Gossamer Blue, but I have a dilemma (or two or three) – I don’t have any direct matches to the kit papers and I should choose between some alternatives to keep the kit to a reasonable size (I hate having too large a kit, not using it and putting it back in my stash).  So, can you help me to decide?

From the photo below I need to choose either the aqua and blue alphas or multi-coloured numbers to substitute for the multi-coloured alphas.  Instead of the cute animals I’m not sure whether to go with cute bugs or dogs.  And finally do I use the navy polka dot or the other blue paper?

Decisions, decisions.  I have until the weekend to decide and get my kit together for National Scrapbooking Day.  I’m part of the For the Love of Pretty Paper Blog Hop, so I hope you’ll join me at 10.00 am on Sunday.

Birdhouse Four, Adventure Three


When I created two Counterfeit kits this month I wasn’t sure which one I would use most. It looked like Adventure was winning, but Birdhouse rallied when I picked up some photos from last year’s trip to London with the Grandparents.

Here they are in chronological order.

A drink at our hotel and then birthday dinner at the Rainforest Cafe near Picadilly Circus.  I used the frog puffy stickers for Challenge 2 and because the tree frog is the Rainforest Cafe emblem. I thought I could do another pocket page with photos from the meal, but it turns out I didn’t download them before I lost my phone, so they are gone for good.

I’m still not sure why I didn’t take photos inside The Old Operating Theatre – it was worth the visit.  It’s near the Shard if you want to take a look yourself.  The only one I have is this of Strawberry as we left. I used the sketch from the Studio Challenge blog for this page.

My last page from the kit is some photos from Blists Hill Living Museum. This one uses patterned paper only – no enamel dots, brads or other embellishments.

Finally I made another page from my Adventure kit to take its total up to three: another page from my Eden album, telling the the story of chocolate.

That’s five pages in two days! There’s one full sheet and some scraps left from the Adventure kit – I’ll see if I can even up the numbers.

The Man in The Chair


It’s not very often I start a page with a specific story to tell, but when my friend told me about her daughter and how much she likes to visit The Grandma’s House the tale was so cute I had to turn it into a page.

It’s not so much that she will ask ‘Are we going to Maureen’s?’ or why she likes to visit, but because she has her own name for The Grandad.  She calls him The Man in The Chair because he always sits in the same spot and rarely moves.  Since they moved the furniture round, that spot is now the end of the settee and if he gets up she jumps into his seat so that he has to go and sit in a chair!

I used my March Counterfeit kit – I think those little pops of blue help to bring out the blue of her eyes.  I managed to squeeze just one more page from the kit, using the final full sheet and remaining scraps.

I used the March Stuck?! sketch and a little inspiration from Beth Moloney’s process video to pull this one together.  The photos are of The Grandma and my Grandad taken at his caravan in Wales.  I know the bottom right photo is a little wonky, but it is stuck down with double sided foam strips and it is impossible to take up to reposition it.  The foam strips were to raise it up so that the tag and its envelope could slip underneath.

I’ve also been working with my April kit.  If you visited my last blog post you may recall that I had already mentally cut and assembled three sheets in my head.  This is how that idea finished up:

We don’t really do daring adventures, so a photo from the Eden Project on our way to the platform above the tropical canopy will have to do.

Once this page was done I decided to have a go at forging some embellishments.  I stamped birds and a hot air balloon onto white card stock and then coloured then using the coloured pencils Strawberry (aka Puddle Duck) bought me for Mothers’ Day.

I think I’ll try with a less textured card next time, although I do quite like the checked effect.  I’ve used them already on another page for the Eden Project album:

It was meant to have a white hand drawn border and white journaling, but my white pen no longer works and that will have to wait until I buy a new one.

April Two for One


I got a sneak peak of this month’s Counterfeit Kit on Facebook yesterday – all sunny yellow and red with flowers, birds and hot air balloons.  The full kit reveal wasn’t on the blog when I got up this morning, so I went into my stash store (it’s supposed to be a space to craft but, well that’s another story) and starting going through my papers to select some based on the sneak peak.  And I ended up with two lots of papers for two very different kits!

The Inspiration kit is Cocoa Daisy’s February kit, Ashton Court.  My first kit focuses on the yellow and red with flowers, triangles and spots:

I started with the yellow and white large polka dot from Dear Lizzy Neapolitan and added a couple of florals with red and yellow by American Crafts (the 8X8 may be Pebbles, but I’m not sure I’ve had them so long).  I didn’t have a good bird print in the colour scheme, so I added a matching bird house print and that Basic Grey patterned stripe from their Cupcake collection was a great match.  For the triangles I pulled out an MME paper from the Cut and Paste ‘Presh’ range.  That introduced a little pink into the mix and I pulled out three more papers to complete the paper kit – including a red ombre for a background sheet.  I finished off with some ‘Presh’ brads and an MME Jubilee 6X6 pad – just in case I needed more flowers!  There’s also a sheet of phrases in a graffitti style which I may cut apart to use on pages.

Those four MME sheets are double sided, the B sides (see right) will bring in a bit more red.  I think I’ll call this one ‘Birdhouse’.

My second kit focuses on the hot air balloons.  The first thing I pulled out was a chipboard 12 X 12 sheet from MME’s Now and Then ‘Izzy’ collection, which features a hot air balloon.  Then I grabbed MME’s Jubilee ‘Tangerine’ Collection which has hot air balloons, a floral with yellow and white spots on the reverse and triangles – perfect!

I included the following ‘Tangerine’ papers: Be Daring, Up & Away, Triangle, Charming and Traveller (I already have three of them cut up and forming a starting point in my head!).  I thought I was a bit light on background papers so I pulled a blue polka dot sheet from the aforementioned ‘Izzy’ collection (Smart) and a sheet from another Dear Lizzy pad with a hot air balloon motif.  I then threw in a few embellishments and a 6X6 pad from the MME collections.  I think I’ll call this one ‘Adventure’.

I think those yellow B-sides may make it onto pages but I’m not sure the others fit the kit – we will see.  I’m a little lost on what to do for alphas.  The inspiration kit has multi-coloured alphas and I have nothing in my stash.  I think I’ll just add alphas from my stash to fit the pages I make.

The inspiration kit also had cute puffy stickers and mini alphas, so I’ve included a selection as an add on kit to go with my two main kits:

I think I’m going to have fun with these this month – I wonder which will get used most?




Road Trip to Magna


I thought it would be a good idea to use up my counterfeit kit scrapping more photos from our road trip – to go with the page I shared last time. I got some photos from fellow traveler Beth (because mine weren’t very good) and I made a couple of pocket pages.

This first one uses the pink doilie and a flower, fussy cut from the paper used on the main page with photos taken on the journey.  On the other side of the pockets are photos taken inside Magna Science Park.

Magna used to be steel mill and some of the original equipment is still in place.  Now it is an interactive science museum with four areas: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

I then did a final 12 X 12 to make the set complete – using my one good photo of the two kids sitting on girders outside the museum.

I have another page part done, so hopefully I’ll be back soon.  Hope you’re enjoying the lovely spring weather.