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Living the Dream

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An all expenses paid trip to Cyprus.  A room with a balcony and a sea view.  Breakfast on the terrace by the pool.  It sounds like the good life but this was a work trip and I had no-one to enjoy it with. And to make things worse I had to fly out on Mothers Day.  A day when I should have been with family and I was alone in paradise.

A photo taken from my hotel balcony and Challenge 1 spurred me to use the last of my May Counterfeit kit. However, The Grandma pointed out that Limassol is in Cyprus and not Corfu.  Yes I got the place wrong and I had to find a way to cover it up.  I decided on wash tape, which i then put in one or two others places on the page and then added enamel triangles to turn my mistake into a feature.

I considered adding splatters but decided I liked the clean look and I didn’t want to risk spoiling it.  But I think splatters worked well on my page using Creative Scrappers sketch.

I thought I could use some of the Project Life cards left from my kit and the bright alphas as the background, but things didn’t quite work out that way.  The 4 X 4 cards from Shimelle’s True Stories shad the perfect wording and the alphas turned out to be far too busy for the background.  After a bit of trimming and splattering onto white card stock my page tuned out well in the end.  I might go back and add some stitching to the trip at the top of the page once I have made room to get my sewing machine out.

NSD Challenges

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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’.

 

Birdhouse Four, Adventure Three

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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

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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.

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.