Friday, March 20, 2015

Doggie Love

I created this layout today using my Pie in the Sky Counterfeit Kit and Sketch N Scrap #76:
This picture was taken within the first couple days that we brought Trixie home.  Baxter is a boxer; and, Trixie is an english bulldog.  The cute wooden embellishments are from Creative Embellishments.

It's snowing here in PA on our first day of Spring.  It looks like about two and a half inches so far.  Hope you're have a fabulous day!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On A Roll

  :) So glad to have second day of mojo.  Using my Pie in the Sky Counterfeit kit, and a couple challenges, I completed another scrapbooking page.  I used a sketch from Let's Capture Our Memories. Since I got a little crazy with my interpretation, I hope you can see how I was inspired:

I, also, used the March Full House Challenge from Scrapbook Challenges:
I cut down the journal card from my kit to 3x4, cut a tag from the scrap, stamped a white star, used the two flairs from my kit and splattered blue and yellow paint on the base.

Hope you enjoy my page.  It has more meaning than you could ever know as I am always telling the boys how important their relationship can be if they value it well.

Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hey There!

So sorry to take so long to get back here.  I do believe that I have helped the situation some for the future as I have gotten over my fear of loading my sewing machine; and, I have developed a few hundred photographs since my last post.

I think part of my challenge has been trying to pair up some of my items from my Pie In The Sky kit and not easily coming to good combos.  Therefore, I am adding quite a bit of product to each project as I go forward.

"Playful Silly Faces" uses Stuck?! Sketches March 1 Sketch:

The yellow patterned base, the orange dotted paper and the floral (a B-side) came from my March Counterfeit kit.

Hope that you are all doing well!  Be blessed!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

We Are Family

This layout uses my Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, Pie in the Sky, and a wonderful sketch found at Let's Get Sketchy.

The doily was colored with my watercolor kit from the Pie in the Sky kit.  The watercolor paint was creamy and smooth, easy to use and adjust in richness of color.  I kept the color on the weaker side as the light blue from the palette was slightly more purple than the blue in my papers,...keeping the consistency light made the color blend well.

The award ribbon style title embellishment is a lift from Lynnette at The Sassy Scrapper.  Since the papers made me think of a county fair, I thought the ribbon would work well.  I think I liked the fit.  Here is Lynnette's beautiful page that helped me with my idea:
 Hope your having a good day.  I had been down with a sore throat and lethargy.  Today, everything is starting to drain and my energy has improved.  


Border Craze

This is one of those pages for me that I'm all mixed about how I feel.  What appeals to me the most is the light teal bordering the tractor.  It reminds me of the rich patina that has developed over the years on this tractor as it has aged. I, also, love the hints of bright blue on the patterned paper and how they tie in with my son's clothing.  I'm less enamored with the base color but committed to it early on as it was a perfect match for the yellow gold on both of the multi-colored patterned papers. 

The border with the die cut frames was made for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 for March.  My cue was: "Challenge 1: Border Craze (Use dies cuts or stickers to create a border around your page)".  Having started most of my scrapbooking with Creative Memories, I have over a dozen albums filled with pages using borders,...borders and triangles,...remember those!?!

Therefore, I wanted to try something different and decided to work with my forged Hey Day stickers. I, also, used my forged woodgrain letters.
 I thought that the woodgrain would look nice with all of the distressed wood in the photograph.

This layout was created with a few other challenges in mind, as well. 

Red Carpet Studio runs a new movie inspired challenge almost every week, (going up on Sundays).  Their most recent challenge is to use a distressed technique. 
 I distressed and inked the edges to the photographs border paper:

- Sequins

T - Teal, Tractor, Thickers

E - Edging

N - Nesties,, (the Spellbinders die cuts)

C - Clip (on photo)

I - Ink

L - Letters (lots!)

Last, but certainly not least, Rochelle Spears is running a March Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I chose the middle row, (Triangles, Green, Journaling Strips).
The triangles are hidden on the smaller brad:

Thank you for stopping by!!  Hope that you have a marvelous day!! 


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 a 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!!