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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.

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.

One Kit and Three Pages in One Weekend

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And some random fandom….

It’s not very often I have a day out at the weekend AND manage to get some scrapping done, but this weekend I managed it.  Mind you, there was absolutely no housework or gardening done and cooking was kept to a minimum.

We went to Manchester on Saturday to Comicon.  Puddle Duck wanted to see Jellie Bee – her second favourite You Tuber.  Jellie was so touched that she’d traveled all that way to see her and saved her pocket money to buy her sketch book on Kick Starter, that she did her a special speed sketch of her favourite Steven Universe character as a thank-you.

The rest of the weekend was spent with me scrapping and Puddle Duck drawing while we watched The Big Bang Theory on Netflix. I got three pages done – I put it down to the speed technique I tried for the first time last year – working on three pages at once using the same set of supplies.  It cuts down on the length of time sorting through papers and embellishments and dithering over whether to use something now or save it for something else.

I’ll start by satisfying Lesley’s curiosity and show you my page using my bee paper:

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This happened at the start of July, so the timing couldn’t have been better with that bee paper in July’s Counterfeit kit.  I wasn’t at home when the bees swarmed.  The Grandma and The Grandad couldn’t get onto the drive when they arrived to collect Puddle Duck after school.  By the time I got home that evening it was too dark to see properly but this large nest is what I found the next morning – in the tree at the bottom of the drive.  I phoned the British Bee Keepers Association and they were gone by lunchtime.

My next page is perhaps an odd choice of subject for a summer kit – Puddle Duck’s school Christmas Party from 2011!

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I used a couple of chipboard pieces from June’s kit.  I’m thinking I need some embellishment below the title – to bring that teal/green down to the bottom, but I’m not sure the best way to do it.  So I’m calling it done for now and I reserve the right to revisit it if inspiration strikes.

For my third and final LO I had a photo from shortly after Puddle Duck’s second birthday, when we went to the Lake District.  And you can’t possibly go to the Lake District without visiting The World of Beatrix Potter. I’m not sure she was supposed to go into the exhibit, but a photo with Missy Tiggy Winkle was too good to miss!

I had my papers picked out when I went to bed on Saturday night and awoke to find a Shimelle sketch challenge on her blog on Sunday morning.  It certainly saved me a lot of thinking time.

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I fussy cut flowers and clouds from papers in my kit for the scattered embellishments. I’m not sure about writing directly onto such busy patterned paper – it makes the journalling hard to read.  And I’m not sure how best to fix the title – it was only writing this blog that I realised the I got the name of the museum wrong.

Oh well, back to the drawing board!!!