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A Hip Counterfeit Kit for March

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Things seem a little less hectic at the moment and I found time to pull together a Counterfeit kit.  This month’s kit to copy is the February kit from Hip Kits.  It contains Maggie Holmes papers, so my Maggie Holmes pads seemed like a good place to start – especially since I knew one includes a bold floral on an aqua background.  I found matches to most of the papers, gold alphas and some die cuts:

I went with birds rather than butterflies but I’m sure butterflies will appear somewhere.  All the papers are Maggie Holmes from various collections except the woodgrain, which is Studio Calico and the gold glittered cut apart sheet, which is Craft Market.

There are only two (three at best) sheets which I would be likely to use as backgrounds, so I pulled out a couple more potential backgrounds, another cut apart sheet (Maggie Holmes, just for variety!), a part sheet with more flowers and some Studio Calico rub on alphas to make an add on kit:

I’ve done two LOs so far. The first was inspired by the Studio Challenge blog – to use pattern on half the page.  I don’t use plain backgrounds very often so I used the bold floral for half the page, with the pale diagonal stripe for the plainer half:

I thought the colours in these outdoor photos were perfect with the floral pattern.  I added some wood shapes, bling, gold splatters and a chipboard ‘good times’ to my kit; and I’m linking up to the ‘Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge Blog‘ which this month is to use chipboard and something old from your stash.  All of those papers are pretty old!

I also thought that I would have a go at the Challenge YOUrself prompt which is to use negative space.  I’ve always known it as white space (not that it actually needs to be white, it can be any colour).  I’m not sure whether using patterned paper with writing on it counts as negative space, but here’s my page anyway.

The flower was fussy cut from the main floral sheet I used on the other page and I used a gold pen to add some definition to the paper layers and detail on the butterflies.

So that’s 3 and a half sheets and some scraps used in two pages and there’s plenty of life left in the kit yet.  Now I’m off to see what else I can create.

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful

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As soon as I saw the Studio Challenges sketch I knew what papers I wanted to use, but it took me a while to make it work.  Things just weren’t coming together.  I decided early on to flip the Studio Challenge sketch to make sure her face is on the third line.  But the embellishment placement wasn’t working.  And she kept saying “it’s fine – it’s me that’s ugly.  That’s what’s spoiling it.”

It wasn’t that of course.  She’ll always be beautiful to me. She’s smart and she’s witty, loyal and generous and even at this tender age has a very strong moral compass. It turned out that it was the missing title that was the problem.  I didn’t have a title in mind when I started and it was her comments that convinced me that now was the time to use that song title.  She hates One Direction, but it’s the one song of theirs she likes and it’s perfect for her.  As soon as the word Beautiful was there the photo was grounded and the page was balanced at last.

The Papers are Dear Lizzy, Serendipidity.  The sketch is perfect for a 6X6 pad.  I was going to use white card stock for the background, but I also have a part used 12X12 pad from the same collection, so I picked a matching patterned background.  I used a scattering of gems in matching colours and those puffy stickers are from Paperchase.

It’s a bit late for you to join the challenge, but if you have a 6X6 pad to use try out the sketch.  Or there’s a Glitter Girl video on using 6X6 pads.

Back soon with my Counterfeit kit but TTFN.

CKC September Blog Hop

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Welcome to September’s CKC blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Susanne.  If you didn’t and would like to join in, hop back to the beginning at the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a while.

I signed up for the hop as soon as I saw challenge 1 to use a Shimelle sketch.  I was off to a weekend retreat  with my Counterfeit kit and I have loads of Shimelle’s sketches on my Pinterest board so there was no way that wasn’t going to happen, right? WRONG!

It wasn’t until I remarked that I hadn’t touched my kit that Jemma reminded me that I had signed up for the hop and it was this Saturday!  That gave me less than a week, but no worries I got cracking when I got home on Sunday and I now have not one, but two Shimelle sketches to show you.

I started with this sketch:

My LO was inspired by Diana Waite’s interpretation of the sketch on Shimelle’s blog. Before I went on the retreat I matted 9 photos in a grid – that grid with one of the Polka Dot Party sheets in my kit only needed a little embellishment to complete a page:

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I was quite pleased with how my alpha forgeries turned out.  I started with Amy Tangerine kraft alphas, then added two coats of gesso before finishing off with pearl shimmer embossing powder.
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The edge isn’t perfect but I think it’s good enough.  I made a bit of a mistake when I did the alphas for my next page.  I had already inked and powdered two letters before I realised I’d picked up the wrong powder – clear gloss instead of pearl glimmer.  Take a look: can you tell which ones they are?

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I used this sketch to scrap photos of Puddle Duck at her niece’s 5th birthday party.

So that’s me done for now.  It’s time to bid you a fond farewell and send you on your way to Tina, who is next on the hop.  Hope you’ll be back soon – I have lots more scrappy goodness to share form that retreat (2.5 mini albums, 2 12X12 LOs and 2 pocket pages!)

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.

Sketch Crazy June

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This month’s challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to use the word Wonder in your title – perfect with my counterfeit kit, since one of the chipboard die cuts is ‘The Wonder Years’ in a suitable size.  I picked out a photo of Puddle Duck but then my mojo deserted me and I wasn’t sure where to go from there.  But fear not – Sarah Roulston to the rescue with the June Sketch Crazy Challenge at For the Love of Pretty Paper Group on Face Book.  There are three sketches and I used this one for my Wonder Years layout:

And here’s my page:

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But then I decided to go the whole hog and use all three sketches.  Here’s the second one:

I twisted it to accommodate two landscape photos and again used my Counterfeit kit:

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I was running out of suitable whole sheets for backgrounds by this stage, but Puddle Duck likes these big spots.  Once I had the photos, papers and embellishments my mojo deserted me again.  I’m still not happy with the title and journalling but I am determined to get pages finished and not have them hanging around.

The third sketch had three photos:

I had three hallowe’en photos from 2012 to scrap and my page came together very quickly – mainly because I only have scraps of hallowe’en papers left.  I only had one piece large enough to mount the photos.  This is the last (or it only?) photo I have of Puddle Duck going trick or treating so I didn’t have any qualms with using up all my trick and treat embellishments.

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So that’s sketch crazy June.  Or is it?  Is there another sketch to get my counterfeit kit used up?