Farewell to August and Hello September

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CardIt’s that time of year when the heady, sunny days of summer slip into the autumn glow of a new school term. We’ve got everything ready for Puddle Duck going back to school on Thursday and the three days I had booked to take her places with her friends will be spent much more quietly as plans didn’t quite work out.

It’s been a much quieter, less eventful summer for us this year, with a couple of trips to London and a meal out yesterday to celebrate 56 years of wedded bliss with The Grandma and The Grandad. I made them a card using my August Counterfeit kit. That chipboard kit has been in a couple of kits now so it’s good to get it used up at last.

The kit is now about finished with a new LO using the September 1 sketch from Stuck?!

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I fussy cut a big flower cluster to put on top of the circle, instead of smaller clusters around the photo. Then I decided that there wasn’t enough of it showing, so I cut it apart and added additional fussy cut elements.  Here’s the sketch, why don’t you have a go and join in at Stuck?!

Although I say the kit is about done, there’s a mini album part made, but I have a house to get tidied and straightened and a scrapbook weekend away to prepare for.  My September Counterfeit kit is ready to take along:

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Since the sample kit is called Felicity Jane, I’ll call mine Sarah Jane, in honour of the Doctor Who spin off programme which was a favourite of ours and made us happy.  My first thought at seeing the original was ‘Dear Lizzie Neapolitan’ and then I saw some of the Master Forgers’ kits and realised that ‘Polka Dot Party’ had a better aqua than Neapolitan’s green. One collection is white and the other more cream so it will be a challenge to balance those on my pages.

I will add a dipped effect to the alphas as I do the titles – there are a number of different methods on the Counterfit kit blog to provide some guide to the best technique.  I have a lovely ‘colour yourself’ wash tape with flowers and carousel horses to use – I’m excited about trying that out!

I always seem to be running out of background sheets, so I made sure that I had 4 in the kit.  Here are the full sheets with my die cuts out of the packet:

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I used a 6X6 sheet of woodgrain and a Martha Stewart edge punch to counterfeit those strips from the Felicity Jane kit. It’s all looking a bit pastel and there’s a distinct lack of a heart print, but fear not – that is rectified in my add on kit, which has the two B-sides from the main kit and some scraps from past kits:

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I also have some die cuts left from last month and some 3X4 cards to decorate, which aren’t shown. So now I have the choice of soft and restful or bright and bold pages – my perfect kit!  I wonder if I will finally get round to using those paper windmills?

And because I’ll have two whole days of scrapping I will throw in some 6X6 pads and will make some 3X4 cards to go with the kit:

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I have a small scrapbook I bought in Tiger to make an album of this years Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt and I think these will do nicely for that.  So that’s me done for now.  I’ll get on with sorting and tidying and cleaning and I’ll be back towards the end of the month to share my weekend scrapping.

Farewell to August

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So another month draws to a close and I’ve squeezed two more pages from my August Counterfeit kit, by bringing in a couple of background sheets from last July’s Counterfeit kit.

First up is one to finally use that gorgeous Basic Grey paper with the flamingos and giraffes.  It really is a paper for a lovey dovey couple photo, so I picked a photo of The Grandad and The Grandma taken at a restaurant on the outskirts of Birmingham, after they had been champagne tasting for The Grandad’s birthday this year.

I used this sketch from Sketch n Scrap, so that I could have a lot of that paper on show without it being the background sheet:

I kept it clean and simple and used a few phrases cut from the scraps of July’s kit:

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For my last LO I used the 15 August sketch from Stuck?!

I twisted it 90 degrees to use this photo of The Uncle holding Puddle Duck on her visit to The Grandma and The Grandad. It was in a frame in her bedroom, but she’s having a clear out and I wanted to make sure it was scrapped and not put in a box.

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I did a bit of doodling with my white pen, including some faux stitching.  I’m linking this one up with Shimelle‘s weekly challenge – to use lots of layering.

Found Art with the CKC Blog Hop

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Welcome – if you’re on the CKC Blog Hop you should have arrived here from Lisa’s blog.  If you didn’t and would like to join, go back to the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a mo!

It’s a daunting proposition following Lisa in a blog hop – she’s such a hard act to follow!  But here goes:

The three challenges this month are:

I went with challenge 1.  I know I have some photos somewhere of some amazing sandcastles from a Christmas holiday in Benidorm one year, but I can’t find them anywhere.  Instead I used a photo of Puddle Duck laying on the beach making art from found objects.  We had taken her out of school to help The Grandma and The Grandad celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on a Caribbean Cruise. Her class homework was to create a picture from found natural objects; I’m not sure beach art was quite what her teacher had in mind.

I used a sheet of Memory Box printed kraft card stock from my Krafty Florals kit called ‘Bill of Sale’, which is nearly as old as the photo.  I matted the photo, made a banner from the chipboard pieces and then went to town merrily fussy cutting flowers to add embellishments.  Finally I took inspiration from the second challenge and added some string and torn handmade embossed paper to the embellishment clusters.  And here is the finished article:

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So, happy belated Sandcastle Day to you.  Your next stop on the hop is Leslie, who will have one of her wonderful LOs to share with you.

Belle

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Hello there, a quick post this one, because I know I am unlikely to get chance to share this LO with you for a while.  I have a week off work and instead of the nice relaxing time I need it’s likely to be jam packed with things I need to get done.

This is my third LO to share from my Krafty Florals kit:

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A very simple page with some photos of Puddle Duck and The Niece both dressed as Belle.  She’s never been a huge Disney Princess fan, but Belle has always been one of her favourites (now replaced by Mulan in her affections).

I kept it simple with a gold doily and some chipboard embellishments.  I’m glad I included two sheets of that Dear Lizzie woodgrain zigzag paper – it’s proved to be very versatile.

I have at least one more page and a mini album to to make from the kit (the mini is started) and of course the blog hop on Wednesday.  See you then I hope.

Vintage and Autumnal Flowers

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I’ve been busy with my Krafty Florals kit.  The colours felt autumnal to me and were perfect for scrapping these photos I took of the Pagoda Fountain at Alton Towers – especially the kraft card stock printed with garlands of paper lanterns:

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We went for a couple of days in autumn half term in 2012.  I remember visiting on a school trip when there were far less rides than there are now.  At that time the gardens were an important part of the attraction, but they are much less so now that it is a theme park.

The other photo which was perfect for scrapping with tis kit was one taken at my dance school.  Brown was very much ‘in’ when I was at school, as were floral maxi dresses and a gypsy dress with a lace underskirt showing below the hem was the height of fashion!  And the title is from a popular Abba hit from the time.

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I used the doily print pp for the background and an old Shimelle sketch from my Pinterest board. I added some splatters with pink shimmer mist and gold ink.  I would really like to know how to get larger splatters – mine seem to turn out such small dots of colour.

My third page is done and I’ve signed up for the members blog hop at the Counterfeit Challenge Kit – I hope you’ll join us on 24 August.

School’s Out

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I didn’t intend it to be so long since my last post, but better late than never here’s the page I made with my late find Soduku print paper and what was left of my July Counterfeit kit. I used the 1 August sketch from Stuck?! but with one landscape 4X6 photo rather than the two square photos in the sketch.

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It had to be a school photo with all those numbers on the background paper and I had a photo printed from Puddle Duck’s last day at Primary School.  I’ve been dying to use that title for ages!

I went into my collection of school themed stash for some extras.  I had some small Jolee’s Boutique stickers so I decided to add them to a scattering of stars diagonally across the page.  I also had a pack of chipboard stickers and I managed to work in the classmates piece – the colours are a pretty good match so it doesn’t stick out too much.

I never thought I’d be able to use the yellow US school bus on a page, but one featured in the end of term school play so it won’t be too out of place once the page fits into the whole story in the album. I was on a bit of a roll so I decided to scrap the set of the photos from that lunchtime, starting with an old Citrus Kits sketch I’d saved to Pinterest and a sheet of aqua paper which was with my school stash (it’s the B-side from Fancy Pants’ Back to School collection).

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And then a pocket page to go with it:

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So that’s that kit just about used up.  I’ve already scrapped some photos from the party they went to after school so I’ll do the back of the pocket page to match that LO.  I like this idea of scrapping in album sections rather than random pages.

Krafty Florals

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Another month and time to shop my stash for another kit, brought to us by Lisa at CKC.  But first, I have to tell you, during my search for kraft and neutral prints I found the perfect sheet for last month’s kit!  I knew I had a couple of sheets of a soduku print somewhere but I didn’t know where to look for it, so I missed it out of last month’s kit.  I’ve got some scraps left so I’ll be showing you how I’ve used them up with my new find in my next post.

Now where was I?  Oh yes, a kit for August.  They’ve gone all Continental over at CKC and there’s a neutral kit, brightened by some florals to inspire us this month:

And here is my version, Krafty Florals:

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Lots of craft and neutrals as per the original and two Florals from MME’s Market Street ‘Nob Hill’ to add some colour.  I had some co-ordinating bits left from recent kits and a Studio Calico sticker sheet I thought would work.  They haven’t shown up very well but the die cuts are actually gold.

Here is a close up of the papers – I noticed that one of the die cuts in the original kit was a pair of giraffes, so I just had to include that flamingo and giraffe paper from Basic Grey’s Sugared collection.

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Four of the papers were double sided, so if I turn those over and include some chipboard pieces and some kraft tags; here’s my add on kit:

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And finally some alphas – I bought a pile of brown alphas recently:

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There’s a felt cover and ring binder included in the original – to make a mini album.  One of those papers has been begging to be turned into a mini album for so long – maybe now is the time.  And I could make a felt cover for it.

Before I go, I just wanted to show you the revamp on the Christmas Party LO from my last post.  I added some teal below the title and a few butterflies to emphasise the visual triangle.  Here is version two:

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You can see version 1 here.  Do you have any pages which you feel need ‘finishing off’?