June 25, 2018


I did add the tags and the wood embell-found them when cleaning my studio (who knows how long they'd been in that bag lol?)

June 3, 2018

June is here and my June Counterfeit is here!

ready and waiting to be used on this rainy Sunday!  I originally had other plans with friends, BUT unfortunately, other people's work schedules changed them for me and so here I am at home so what's a girl to do on a rainy day???  (Stick the boy in front of his Nintendo Switch) and put a crafty kit together so I can craft before the girl gets home later tonight!

This month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge divas were inspired by last month's Hip Kit from the Hip Kit Club :
A light and airy kit full of fun colors and fun patterns.  I attempted to focus on the papers FIRST and to really troll around my stash and get some of my older papers into this month's BIG KIT since I didn't do a Counterfeit Kit last month.  So first, MY PAPERS:

*script, birds, clouds, leaves, glasses and graphics

I then got down here and decided to clean up 2 boxes in my studio and actually found some embellishments and 2 kits and 2 paper packs!  I should be ashamed...but I was like so excited cause I found tons of PinkFresh that I had hidden from myself!...I then put together my own embellishment add on pack loosely based on theirs (feathers, enamels, birds, mini words)  -I just wanted & needed to get things used!
and then I also added another add-on paper pack cause I'm a paper hoarder!
And there you have it, my June kit!  Thanks for popping by after my long hiatus!  I'll be creating all day and popping by during the week I promise! 

April 20, 2018

Jumping in at Sketch n Scrap!

Don't ask me how, but I accidentally found this group called Sketch N Scrap on Facebook today and am super happy! Added their challenges to my TN and got started on the current sketch. Took a break from using my Counterfeit Kit and just decided to go down to the messy scraproom and use some papers that grabbed my attention!

Loved the simplicity yet elegance of the sketch by Heather:
Had some Dear Lizzy Star Gazer on the desk to use so I decided to keep scrapping some of our staycation 2017 pictures :):)

Thanks for popping by; it's pretty late (2am) and my sleep patterns are all jacked up since I was sick for a coupla days but I'm gonna try and get some sleep! See you back here tomorrow Friday ) for more layouts and more sketch inspiration!

April 7, 2018

April Counterfeit Kit and some layouts

I occasionally order kits from kit clubs, but not that often...why do that when you can mix old & new products and make your own kits??  I hang out at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog pretty much 99% of the time so that I'm inspired to counterfeit  (lift/copy) my own...This month's kit inspiration comes courtesy of the Button Farm Club and their "Everyday Documented" kit designed by the super talented designer Ms. Vicki Boutin:

So, I looked at it and I'll admit, I'm not fond of pinks but every manufacturer includes it and I just have to add it in to my kits.  My takeaways:
  • floral prints
  • clouds
  • repetitive graphics
  • pinks, greens, yellows
  • butterflies, bicycles, die cuts, words, and arrows      
  So of course my kit ALWAYS starts with lots of papers ! Sorry for the pictures, I always do this stuff wayyy late at night... but I picked some florals, words, repetitive patterns, butterflies and clouds!
and of course all the embellishments; I'm on a mission to use MORE!
 Enamels, florals, washi, sequins, ribbon, die cuts, frames and Feb kit leftovers :)
Paper scraps, hearts, wood veneers and stuff off my desk!

So there's my ginormous kit!  Hoping to get at least 20 layouts done with it!

March 22, 2018

LOTD** updated


and the whole inspiration for the layout started with this color challenge from the Let's Get Sketchy blog:   (bright flowers , background paper and gold side title were from my CKCB kit)

Decided to play along with this one since it's out of my comfort zone with the pinks & peaches...had a new collection of the Pink Fresh BE YOU goodness sitting here begging for some attention! Combined it with my March Counterfeit kit so that it felt new.

And of course an awesome sketch inspiration as the jump off point:

March 21, 2018

Fringe tag reveals

Back in February, I viewed a tutorial on Helmar's blog on how to make fringed tags...and for those of us who want ways to use up our scraps, this was perfect!
Rachel's tutorial was simple to follow but since I have problems measuring, (I eyeball everything) it took me longer than normal to make them.  I pulled scraps from my desk and also leftovers from my February Counterfeit kit.

I then followed the tutorial and made about 12 tags:

I added this one to my Travelers Notebook (TN) cause I love the typewriter :)

and so when I need a tag to put on my layout, I can use these others as my base tags and add more stuff to them like I did here:

so there ya go, an alternative project with scraps  other than a layout!!

March challenges and using stash

...hadn't had time to scrap last week...even though it's the first day of Spring, WE have that over there ...SNOW..and since I saw that it was coming, I broke out the March Counterfeit Kit
and along with some other newer stuff, got out my challenge list and got to scrapping last night while binge watching Jessica Jones on Netflix.

FIRST UP, my Paper Issues Facebook Challenges:
This challenge was inspired by an album cover,  Blurry Face by Twenty One Pilots :)

Image result for Twenty One Pilots album covers

MY TAKE:  I had a different vision, but it looked even weirder than this and rather than overthink it, I left it like this:
 a throwback picture for this one ! Used older stash from Crate Paper and chipboard that was in my CKCB kit:

For the WHOGAS (Who Gives a Scrap) Facebook Group challenge, it was all related to St. Patrick's day and being LUCKY!  A word challenge where you have to use the word LUCKY so here's mine- L-Lace (that I got in my Swappers Corner goody box, U-Underlining, C-Circle, K-Krafty star and Y-lots of other Yellow goodies!!  5 star trip to Vegas -my sister was an amazing hostess and photography tour guide!!  Handcutting that tiny piece of green floral paper from my CKCB kit!

and finally, I did two layouts just for myself using my March Counterfeit Kit (CKCB) and also combined with new Maggie Holmes Flourish goodies!

Am off to cook some dinner but will continue to craft into the night -you gotta take advantage of a snow day!  We may not get another one this season!

March 13, 2018

Team Up Tuesday!


The talented DT at Stuck?! teamed up with the DT over at Paper Issues for this challenge!!!
As always, a a fantastic sketch by Laura Whitaker and it was a challenge cause ya'll know that I'm afraid of shapes, especially circles...and triangles...and hexagons...I'm just too linear!

I probably wouldn't be scared if I would just hook up my Silhouette again but since I'm still being a lazy butt, I just used a scientific method got a dinner plate out and eyeballed it!
Awesomely cute die cuts are some that I bought wayyyyy back in November from Peachy Cheap-they were made especially for them by their customers!  How awesome is that!  And of course if you didn't get them back then, they are long gone... Finally trying to scrap some of my Polar Bear Plunge photos using a very cool app called MOLDIV-just love it!

Using up my Counterfeit Kit slowly...

I got to scrap for a bit this weekend!  Using up my March Counterfeitkit Challenge kit (CKCB) to justify buying some new Maggie Holmes and PinkFresh I guess...Wrote down some challenges @ some challenge blogs so here's where I started:
(all 3 layouts using my CKCB kit )

Sketch # 315 by DT Shawn Lahr   (hop over for the sketch and to play along :)

Made my own fringe tag using a tutorial from Rachel over on the Helmar USA blog...I actually made a whole lot of them but haven't added twine to them so I'm only showing the one...Fringed tags are a fantastic way to get crafty stuff done with paper scraps while watching a tv show OR binge watching Neflix !!

Next up, challenges from The ScrapRoom blog:
2. THE SCRAPROOM-The Freaky Fast challenge-they give you this formula for your papers and you create something! It was a challenge for me cause ya'll know I can't measure!!  But that's why it's a challenge:

 3.  THE SCRAPROOM (Facebook Group) challenge-LUCKY STARS:
 and then they had a word challenge so since I'm all about being addicted to stars...

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March 2, 2018


MY handsome Thing 2...layout I created a couple of weeks ago when I applied to be a guest designer for Pretty Little Studios (never heard from them so I guess  I didn't make the cut lol)-clean and simple-may do about 10 more like these to stash bust this month!


Polar Bear Plunge 2018...my 7th plunge all for Special Olympics!

March 1, 2018

March...and a kit already !!!

This week has been mad crazy-car in the shop and my son had some medical issues that have stressed me to the ends of earth and back...so I decided that rather than have these damn shingles return, I'd go down to the studio and put my March Counterfeit Kit (CKCB) together so that I can just take a few days and just scrap EVERY SINGLE DAY...you heard me!  With the exception of the boy child Thing 2, everyone else will have to fend for themselves and figure.it.out.

The March Counterfeit Kit is not EXACTLY a kit...it's more based on a formula that the talented Jill Sprott (I've always loved  her stuff from way back in the 2Peas days)  used in her stash-busting challenge series on her blog HERE.
Master forger Susan at CKCB came up with this kit:

 We were to use this (along with Jill's list)  as a jump off point to make our kits in any way we wanted to so here goes-I started off with the papers:  Black prints, striped & diagonal prints, circles, strong florals, and repetititve words.  She said 8 pps but I had to go big!  25 pieces!
Next, embellishments! I was drawn to washi, twine, words, tags (I made my own with scraps,) stars and LOTS of hearts!  I added things in that I hadn't used from last month's CKCB kit too.
Then, I also recycled  paper scraps from last month's kit and some from my scrap bin:
and last but not least, additional specialty papers:
So there's my kit-my goal is to get at least 10 layouts done this month so if it snows tomorrow, you know where I'll be!
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