Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Using the "B" sides of two of my patterned papers from my Pie in the Sky kit, a couple very old Creative Memories paper pieced elements, buttons from my kit, an added star and alphabets and the solid yellow and dotted blue papers from my kit, I created the above layout based on a Sketches in Thyme sketch.  I stitched around the circle and the photograph but otherwise kept this layout fairly simple.  The reason for this was because I loved the base sheet of patterned paper.  The black and white patterns would even trick my eyes into thinking there was movement on the page when I glazed my eyes upon it.  
Hope that you have a wonderful day!! Be blessed!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pie In the Sky - March Counterfeit Kit

Counterfeit Kit Challenge, (CKC), is a fantastic online scrapbooking challenge site that helps motivate you to use all of the scrapbooking supplies and tools that you have collected.  Having hoarded supplies for about 15 years, I love the whole premise.  I am sharing my collection and work for the month of March as Guest Designer at CKC; and, it couldn't be a more fitting inspiration kit to "counterfeit" for me.  Please take a look at my inspiration for the month.

The A Piece of Cake Designs January Cupcake Kit is the kit we are counterfeiting for March 2015.  It uses my favorite manufacturer, My Mind's Eye, (MME), for their patterned paper. The paper collection is MME Jubilee - Tangerine.  Although my kit, "Pie in the Sky", does not use any My Mind's Eye, the general mood of the papers can be easily represented by multiple manufacturers.  In fact, I used 9 today in my paper selection.  Please take a closer look.

My Patterned Papers A side
 My Mind's Eye Jubilee - Tangerine
So, whereas the My Mind's Eye paper image shows both sides of eight papers, I matched one paper to each side, (with a little variation), and have a total of 16 papers in my main kit.  My papers date back to 2007.  The most notable in my collection are the paintable Prima papers in the upper right corner.  This was the perfect opportunity to encourage myself to finally use them.  

Here are the counterfeit patterned papers, fabulous, B sides:
I kept them in the same order as my "A" side image.  I will use these sides when inspired

When A Piece of Cake Designs had their January Cupcake Kit posted, it shared the kit contents "in detail":

I will share as many images with the information that I can of the kit in detail. (You may want to get yourself comfortable because this is long).

A Piece of Cake Designs considers the papers, "The Cupcake Mix".  The "Mix" is represented  by the paper collections above.  A Piece of Cake Designs calls the embellishments, "The Filling", and "The Icing".  I have broken down the lists from their January kit along with my counterfeits below:

Webster's Pages - Hall Pass; Woodgrain Little Letter Stickers  

The letter stickers for my kit are a little forgery; and, they will be shared on March 4 along with the amazing work of the Counterfeit Kit Club's Design Team.

1 x My Mind's Eye 'Jubilee - Tangerine' Mixed Bag of die cuts
  & my mix: 

1 x Faber Castell Double Scoop Gelato; Mango
1 x Faber Castell Double Scoop Gelato; Snow Cone
I am replacing these fun embellishments with a different color adding medium, a watercolor set:

1 x American Crafts 'woodgrain' ribbon --I used a bright blue ribbon instead. 
You can see it in the picture above.

3 x Studio Calico 'Heyday' Frame stickers (designs may vary)

I offered myself two counterfeit groupings to use.  One will be included with the aforementioned forgeries on March 4th. The other is a collection of acrylic, chipboard and ribbon frames.

2 x Jillibean Soup 'Stampables' Kraft Woodgrain Frames (designs may vary)
Mine are shown in the top left corner of this photo.  Not woodgrain but the colors work with my kit.

2 x Studio Calico 'Essentials' woodgrain flag clips 
I love clips and added several from my stash, (even though they aren't woodgrain), along with a die cut to use as I see opportunity:

2 x Doodlebug Design Doileys; Swimming Pool
I chose to pull a couple doilies from my stash.  I left them neutral so that I could color them as I chose to any color when I knew that I wanted to use them.

Selection of orange sequins --
shown in their kit top left.  I didn't have orange sequins and considered another color but decided to take the opportunity to try to use some old stash instead.  I included some orange fancy brads and copper stickles in lieu of the sequins:
Are you still there? ;)

A Piece of Cake Designs included a couple of items exclusive to their kit club.  They call these, "The Cherry on Top".  They listed the following:
  • 2 x APOCD Exclusive Adhesive Cork Tags; one small & one medium size
I grabbed my only cork embellishments:

  • Packet of 2 'Cherry Flair' handmade by 'A Piece of Cake Designs' and exclusive to this kit
I managed to find a couple flairs in my stash that could coordinate with the kit.

And, I know that I need more embellishments to work with this month just about as much as I could use another slice of pie, but I added a few of my choosing.

Ribbon Add-On:

Sticker Add-On:

Cardstock and Specialty Papers:

If you study the images as much as I do, you might notice that my collection at the very top has a blue paper in it, whereas the MME Jubilee - Tangerine breakdown does not.  This is because the image that I initially found for the MME collection was for the 12 x 12 papers.  The A Piece of Cake Designs Cupcake kit includes the MME 6 x 6 papers; and, they are slightly different.   When I realized my mistake, all I did was add one blue BoBunny dots blue cardstock for my kit collection. 

So why "Pie in the Sky?"

Definition: adjective
  1. The definition of pie in the sky refers to an idea, thought or dream that is extremely unrealistic, even to the point where it begins to seem ludicrous.
First, I liked the idea that my kit name could have a dessert inference, just like it's motivational kit.  But, I especially think that the size of the kit makes it unrealistic for me to complete in a month. That doesn't mean that I won't try!

I do think that The Counterfeit Kit Club is the best thing since sliced bread!!  And that's not sugarcoating it!  It truly takes the cake!  All idioms aside, I hope that you follow the hop, make a kit  and play along.  The girls in the group are as sweet as honey. Awww shoot, I just included another one.

All this food talk has made me hungry so I will part, and grab a bite, but leave you with a last foodful thought that is a little kit tip:

Mise en place is a French phrase that basically means 'put in place'.  When a top rated chef begins his/her daily work, the chef will start with organizing all the tools needed, prepping the food and sometimes cutting and measuring so that everything is ready to go and exactly where they know it should be.  It is an essential philosophy for the best run kitchen.
Picture from Bon Appetit
I love to apply the chef's strategy and pull items before I begin to work on my projects so that they are ready as I work on my design.  There is a whole psychology behind starting with a clean and organized set of tools and ingredients.  The more I practice these principals, the more I enjoy the process to creating my layouts, cards or other paper based projects.

Next up, please visit Jemma at Just Jimjams.  You will, undoubtedly, be inspired.

Thanks for visiting!! Enjoy your day!! Hope that you play along and link up your work at The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blogs Monthly Link Up page.  Be blessed!!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Chuting" Stars - CKC Blog Hop

Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop!

If you are here as part of the hop, you should have come here from the amazingly creative Julene Matthew's blog, Julene By Design.

If you found your way here some other way, let me share a little about the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.  From the CKC site, "The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is a free online resource for scrapbookers and paper crafters who want to make a dent in their stash of supplies.
Have you ever browsed through those great monthly scrapbook kit clubs and admired their beautiful kits … but deep down you knew you needed more supplies like a hole in the head? You know who you are - you're the one with TONS of papers and embellishments in your ever growing scrapbook stash. Well, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is for you!
Bethany and the design team are very friendly and extremely creative.  Hope that you decide to play along.  A new kit goes up the first of the month.  You review the kit and shop your stash to "counterfeit" the contents in whatever way works best for you.”

I used Challenge #3 - Title Challenge to join in the fun for the CKC hop. The challenge requirement was to use an unexpected title.  I used a play on words for my title and I used the letters to my title in an unusual way.  In the pictures, Jason and Kurt are riding hay chutes at a farm in Lancaster, PA. I thought that the homograph of shooting, (chuting), added a little whimsy to the page and title. Of course, my children will always be stars in my eyes.  Just to add a little more quirk to the title, I arrange the letters in rounded groupings to imitate the circular chute on one of the slides. 

For additional creativity, I used a terrific sketch from Stuck?! Sketches
I followed the sketch pretty closely but added a header and footer.  :)

and a color challenge from Scrapmuch?

I love the result of the combined challenges.  I used My February Counterfeit kit  for the striped paper on my page.  Fortunately, my Feb. CKC kit had exactly the colors that I wanted for the color challenge. The two blues were in my cardstock; and, the red and green were the backsides of patterned papers from my kit. I did, however, pull a cute gingham paper to more closely connect the page to the photo inspiration.

I added a few more extras to my kit to work with the sketch and color inspiration.  The doily was purchased from a grocery store quite a while back. The notebook journal sheet came from a Fancy Pants line, I think. The acrylic star was clear so I colored it with a Copic pen.  The flourish transparency is a My Mind's Eye embellishment.

I, usually, create my CKC projects with predominately items in my kit but I never limit myself to only the items that I already pulled to match.  Please ask if you want anymore specifics. I could clarify a few more items but don't want to lose all my readers that really just prefer the pictures.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and now you should hop over to the whimsical and stunning Lisa's blog, Recklinghausen Musings.  The full blog hop list will be published on the-CKCB so if you get lost along the way, head over there to find your way back onto the hop. Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping!

Hope that you have a fun-filled day!!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Farewell Visit?

My parent's put their Nova Scotia cottage on the market in 2011.  We hurried up for a visit that Summer for fear that it would be our last one.  They, finally, took it off the market this year as it hasn't sold yet. 

I completed this layout with my February Counterfeit Kit.  It has been a tough month to stay scappily, (my invented word), motivated partly because life has been busy, but even more so because of my kit content.  Having prepped a Project Life:Week album and finishing a Disney mini, this is my first 12x12 page all month.  The travel themed, brown papers have me trying to pull pictures that would work and papers to brighten the tone of the page. 

I used a simple graphic sketch from Let's Capture Our Memories to help me too.  I worked with the sketch below to create the layout above to resemble a classic, clean page. I added a muted pink patterned paper, orange and navy cardstock, two alphabets, a few ribbons and the wooden clouds to my kit.
Hope that you are staying warm!  It's snowing and frigid here. 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Disney Top Ten 2011 Complete

Rings and ribbons assembled and complete.  And, here's the Top 9th of Disney 2011 page:

I used my February Counterfeit Kit to complete.

Phwew! Now to get back to what I most enjoy, 12 x 12 pages...

Thanks for looking! Have a great day! Blessings,


Monday, February 16, 2015

Prepping For A Week In Our Life


Having never done any Project Life style pages before, I am embarking on a new venture to create two projects of this sort this year.  Both projects will be simple, hand written and only supplement my traditional scrapbooking projects.

The first will be "A Week In Our Life".  I believe that in years ahead it will be of interest to refer back to what our typical days and weeks looked like.  My plans include starting with our schedule for the week:

Providing a current picture and brief biography of each family member. 

 Presenting our current goals and routines.

Show and describe what things we, generally, wear and eat.

 But, the bulk of the album will be flexible to include our daily stories throughout the week.

All of these cards were cut from my February Counterfeit Kit.

And this is the album that I'm using:

I bought it at The Scraproom Store.

I know there isn't anything particularly glamorous about this project but I believe the story will be appreciated years from now when we don't remember what out typical weeks looked like.  It will be a different perspective than my traditional scrapbooking pages that usually feature more special events.

Please vote for which week I should do "A Week In Our Life" in my sidebar. I want it to feel as random as possible so we don't plan anything different. Thanks!