Thursday, 1 October 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge October kit reveal blog hop

Welcome October, welcome another month of creative fun at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and right here with me.

Hopefully, you've landed her from Leslie's blog and she has no doubt wowed you with the contents of her blue box which probably contain a plethora of wonderfully forged items! She really is the Queen of Forgery! I'm right at the end of the hop, so if you've missed anything along the way then head back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and get going from the beginning. You are also not going to want to miss our GD Tina who is a wonderfully creative and prolific follower. We are thrilled to have her on board this month! And of course, we have our wonderful new Master Forgers who are chomping at the bit to get going and I know that they are not going to disappoint. What a great month this is going to be!

Let's get going.

We were given a CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration file this time around which drove the colour scheme of our kits but no doubt, we have all interpreted it in totally different ways. Here's the "Case":

Here's the inspiration picture a little larger - such a lovely image and so evocative for this time of year.

And here's a close up of the colours. Right up my street.

So, without much ado, here's my October "Woodland" kit

I started off by looking for papers with colours which I thought would go with the colour scheme of the inspiration case. As you can see, I found myself with quite a lot of grey tones which are brightened up by the orange and yellows. the softer olivey green is reflected in a couple of places and a little blue has found its way in there. I recently purchased the paper pack for the original Shimelle Laine collection and quite a few of the papers here are from that which I think will work really well. Those papers are only one sided, so this is definitely a smaller kit than usual.

The yellow sunburst paper (October Afternoon) was in a recent Scrapabilly kit (August kit) I used (see layout here) but I loved it so much that I couldn't resist buying a few more sheets of it! I have an outstanding Whimsical Musings prompt too that might be perfect for it. (Prompt WM#171)

I like that I have a mix of white through to creams featured on the papers which makes it more versatile - I don't mix them up but it's nice to have a choice.

Then of course, I started piling on the embellishments using the Case evidence as a guide for what to include. To recap, the evidence included: leaves, branches, transportation, music, mist, watercolour, heart, metal, fence, string, numbers, scatter something.

Here you can see the transportation covered with the leftovers from a sheet of dimensional stickers by Simple Stories and string and twine in natural, orange and yellow. I need to remind myself to use more of this as I seem to have forgotten it recently.

Then I've included three of my favourite mists - gold, silver and a dusty pale blue. While they don't exactly match the case colour scheme, they went with other items in the kit and of course, I had to include gold somewhere in my kit, didn't I?

I've added veneer hearts and leaves and you can just make out some heart doilies as well as some wonderful orange ones (thanks Kathy!), some washi tape and some flair - covering branches, leaves and travel in their designs!

I've included a whole load of alphas in complementary colours with different sizes and colours. I really need to try and get some of the Thickers finished off so this will hopefully encourage me to do just that. Recently, Julene shared a link to help us use up our alpha sets - you punch in the letters you have and it will generate words that can be made. Originally created for Scrabble, how useful is that for us scrappers? Check it out here.

You can also see some gold leaves that are left over and even though I love them so much and would like to hoard them, I know they will look even better on a page.

For the metal component, I've included some music notes (tick) and some Tim Holtz holder pin things - not sure I've ever used any so maybe this is their time to shine. If not, in the bin they go!

More wooden hearts. And there will be plenty of scattering going on with all that mist and veneer so that's covered too.

Looking at it now, I might be a bit light on the embellishments but for a start, I'm happy and would really like to get this kit made up into pages. LOAD (Scrap Happy members only) starts today so maybe that's really a possibility to use up this kit within the month.

Thanks for coming along today - it's always a lovely way to start the month. I have quite a few outstanding blog posts so I'll try to be a bit more active - let's see how that works out for me :-) Do let me know you were here. Such a thrill to hear from you.

As I said at the beginning, I'm right at the end of the hop this month so here's the list in case you got lost along the way. Make sure you catch up on all the hoppers today because of course, there are some new faces!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge September member blog hop

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge September member blog hop!

Hopefully, you've been hopping along and are here via Julie's creations and I'm at the end of the hop. But if you're here direct, you might want to start back at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog so that you don't miss out on any of the fun and inspiration this month.

We were given the following challenges to get our creative muscles moving
  • Challenge #1:  Single Pop of Colour on White - keep most of your project white and use one nice pop of colour 
  • Challenge #2:  Card Collection - make a collection of three cards using the same type of paper/embellishments 
  • Challenge #3:  Mix a Sketch - mix the two sketches together to make a fun, one of a kind project
I decided to go with #1 as this seems to match my style recently. However, I "interpreted" the "white" as more neutrals! Considering I had such a bright kit, I was happy to find some wonderfully calming colours in there and the bookeh paper was perfect as the background to my layout.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge September kit, Difference #1

Again, as is usual these days (more because I never have any photos printed out and ready to go when I start to scrap than by design), I made up the whole page before deciding on which photo to use. I knew I wanted to use something from this summer but it also needed to be calm and not too colourful to match the mood of the page. When I saw this sunrise photo of the white cliffs of Dover, taken from the ferry on the way to London, I knew it was the one. Yes, it's colourful, but also very relaxing to look at all the same.


The die cut foam leaves create my pop of colour and I even used a silver pen to journal round the outside of the page so that it didn't distract from what was going on across the rest of the page. Note to self: organise a new silver pen, I like it!

I even stitched - did you notice? Now that I have my machine out right next to me all the time, it's a great fast addition to my pages.

I hope you enjoyed the hop today and are inspired to make something of your own using one of our prompts. Don't forget to link up your creations over at our Mr Linky page. You can upload your page to our Flickr group (here) if you don't have a blog - always a way to join in on the fun.

Here's the full list in case you got lost along the way, and the next month is almost here with its new kit. I'm excited already!


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

15 loves {September 2015}

Welcome to the next in the series {15 loves} for 2015 based on the original concept by my beloved friend, Pam, back in January 2013. I shared my loves (mostly late) all through 2013 & 2014 and now it's time to see if I can continue the series through 2015. I hope you will come back each month to see if there is anything in my list to inspire you. You can see all my {13 loves} {here}, my {14 loves} {here} and now all my {15 loves} {here}

I hope there's something in here to inspire you or maybe just make you smile.

A few days late but still....


These aren't available any more in the Etsy shop the pin linked to but I couldn't resist pinning them all the same - they are just the prettiest autumn biscuits I could ever imagine. If only I was talented enough to have a go at these for myself. What do you think?!?

Autumn cookies from Whipped Bake Shop on etsy here 


I dream of making cards as beautiful as this. One day maybe!

Julia Stainton for MFT stamps


The September kit over at Scrapabilly is actually not one but two! You can choose between a blue/orange selection from the "So Rad" collection or a pink/gold mix of products from the "So Fancy" collection from Simple Stories. I bet you can't guess which one I chose to work with? I added in some extras and love the results that I made (sharing next week). Snap up your own here before they all go!

Scrapabilly September kit(s) available here


Pinned this. Looks delicious. Have to try it.

You know how much I love maps. As you can imagine, I adore this layout. I think I have to try this Silhouette technique. I must have this cut file or at least one that is almost the same. Watch this space.


I'm so not a shopper. I rarely look at clothes and hardly ever buy anything new. But I seem to have a bit of a thing for coats. I SO don't need a new winter coat but this one caught my eye and I'm wondering how I can get my hands on it.

Mint Ledbury coat from Boden here


Using the Scrapabilly September kit (the Simple Stories, Oh Fancy version) I decided to break my own resolution and make a mini-album for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day. I first joined LSNED back in 2006 and have watched from the sidelines each year since then. But this year, it all came together and I decided to participate again - pretty paper and some self-reflection was too tempting.


A mirrored bedside table and fresh roses. Sigh. A dream for me.


I pride myself on not having any half-finished layouts hanging around - including journalling. So I was a bit shocked to find so many incomplete pages hanging out in my room. I sat down and finished off all but two - these need a bit more work and thought but they will not be forgotten. However, seeing those pages now ready to put into albums made me happy. Do you have any projects that need that final touch?


I'm excited to see Shimelle's new Christmas collection at American Crafts. This might have to land on my shopping list or it *might* be that I *might* have preordered Shimelle's Christmas kit which will feature a lot of the Christmas Magic paper!

Showcased at


I am trying to get to new places here in Germany so I was thrilled to see that there was a Karl Lagerfeld exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. You might remember that Bonn used to be the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany (west Germany!) so I was excited to go and check it out. Anyway, long story short, the exhibition was incredibly amazing but we didn't get to see the city at all! I stole a sneaky photo of one part of the exhibition as we weren't allowed but I was a bit disappointed that there was no official exhibition book :-( Trying to keep the memories of this fabulous selection of his creations in my mind.


After the Bundeskunsthalle, we went along the road to the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (House of German History) which is an amazing museum recording the history of Germany from wartime up to the present, following both eat and west Germany through their separation to their reunification. It was great. So well done and so interesting. We could have spent a lot longer there as there was so much to read but after a while, you just can't take it all in. JFK's visit to Berlin in 1963 is one of the highlights of that time and his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" one of the most famous quotes in German history. 


Saw this on Pinterest and thought it was worth pinning for my Christmas album maybe.

Available at


A new name for me but I found these bold stripes with the simple design so appealing.


True words.

Ilove you to share your own {15 loves} lists with me. Why not link up in the comments below?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge September kit reveal blog hop

It's Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal time - again. Which means it must be the beginning of the month - again!

Hopefully you're reaching me via the delightful Guest Designer this month Cindy who we are thrilled to have play along this month. Next up is master kit stager, Lynnette who as always, you won't want to miss.

The full blog hop list can be found at the end of the post.

This month, we were given a modern, bright and fun kit by Studio Calico to be inspired by. Their August Pop Art scrapbooking kit is the one I went with, but we were given free range to select the scrapbooking, Project Life or planner kit. I was drawn to the colours and simple, clean lines of the main kit but did find it had its challenges!

First up, here's the inspiration

Knowing that all the products are SC exclusives, there was nothing I could do to really match up the items exactly so I started with a list of design elements that caught my eye:

  • yellow
  • pink
  • orange
  • sky blue
  • white
  • grey
  • gold
  • splotches
  • lines
  • spots
  • stripes
  • large flowers
  • large numbers
  • clouds
The embellishments were rather thin on the ground for my liking but again I made my list:
  • large black and white alpha
  • small blue alpha
  • washi with a gold design
  • foam die cuts
  • yellow luggage tag
  • acetate shapes
  • diamond die cuts
  • small stamp set
Now, I've certainly kept that list in mind while pulling my supplies together but the result seems quite far away from the original - hence the name

But looking at the papers top left (3) and bottom left (4), they are what I matched up piece by piece.

  • blue and cream splotchy paper (for the blue and white diagonal)
  • grey bokeh print (for the large cloud filled number on white)
  • bright yellow (for the large yellow daisies)
  • small pink and black spot/stripe (for the yellow stripes with black spots)
  • word covered paper (for word covered paper)
  • pink and orange large flourish design (for the splotchy pink and orange)
  • gold spots on very pale off-white/pink (for the oversized gold spots)
I then added in some papers that had come into my hand in the selection process and I just decided to leave them in - including two gold vellum designs

Then I added in a large black alpha (with only one e so that will be a challenge) and some smaller coloured tile alphas for variety. 

I cut out some foam sheets with leaf dies and included a yellow tag. 

Instead of the circle acetates (although I did track down a couple of very old ones), I used a sheet of printed gold and black acetate from Crate Paper which I've cut apart already. 

Then I added in a couple of washi tapes featuring gold and a few diamond and triangle cardstock die cut shapes which Silvia kindly donated to me from her own SC kit from some time back! 

For good measure, I added in a small stamp set and matching the stars from the original kit stamps, I threw in some veneer stars. As if there wasn't enough gold in this kit, I included some gold glitter stickers (given to me by Lynnette) which I thought would add a little extra.

There are still not really enough embellishments for me but let's see how I get on with it. I know that the collection of items I've brought together is vey much me and includes some real golden oldies which I'm interested to see if I use up. I like the mix of designs I've got with the more organic patterns and the geometrics. The combination of gold and stars is of course, a winner!

Hope you will join in this month! Don't forget to link up over at the Counterfeit Kit challenge Blog and let us know what you created with this very modern selection of products as your inspiration!

Off you go to see what Lynnette's got in store for you and here's the full list in case you get lost along the way.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge member blog hop

I'm happy to be here today kicking off the Counterfeit Kit Challenge member blog hop this month. After you're finished up here, you'll need to hop along to Tina and if you get lost along the way, you find the full list at the end of this post.

It's going to be a great hop this month so make sure you do drop by them all.

Just a reminder what challenges were up for grabs in August:
Challenge #1: Blank Canvas:  Use WHITE as your background on your project.  Just plain white.
Challenge #2: Gift Wrap Challenge:  Find some cool gift wrap and use it to inspire you
Challenge #3: Word Challenge - Do a project based on the word FRIENDS
I've already shared a layout about my scrapbooking friends for challenge #3 (see blog post here) so this time around, I decided to go for challenge #1 and use white as the background.

I have to admit that it wasn't all that much of a problem for me as I reach for white cardstock most of the time these days - generally speaking, I back my layouts on white, cream or sometimes kraft.

I went with a Kelly Purkey sketch from the Sketchbook class and I've included all the sketches in my Tripster kit and that made it super easy. The chipboard frames then drove the rest of the design. Originally, the larger frame had a date in 1972 which reminded me of these very old and very grainy photos of our trip to London. When I talked to my mum, we realised that it was in fact 1973 but that's fine, all part of the process!

So, picking out some of the items in the kit that went best with the white background and highlighting the travel words on that October Afternoon paper, this was the result.

Layout #2 from my Tripster August kit

I've also include the exclusive Kelly Purkey Sketchbook class stamps in my kit and was very happy to find a way to include them in a mini cluster.

I haven't been managing to make the time for much scrapping recently so this page made me happy. Two pages from my kit and another one in the making, let's see if I can get it done for sharing before the month ends. I am determined to scrap more next month and work through some of my 9 (!!!) kits which are still sitting on my shelf!

Thanks for dropping by and don't forget to let me know you were here!

Tina is next up and here's the full list. Happy hopping.


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Scrapbooking connections - a layout

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog today, Stephanie's put up a post all about how very international we are on the team - me in Germany, Jemma in the UK, Julene in Australia, Stephanie in Canada and the rest of the MFs over in the US - Bethany, Lynnette, Leslie, Susanne and of course Margie. You can see the post here

But what's even better than having the whole world (or it feels like it at least) covered in the team is that we are quite intrepid travellers too.

And that means there have been a few meet ups in real life as well.

This year, I've been lucky enough to meet no less than four of my scrappy friends for real including two very special Master Forgers - Stephanie and Lynnette. Lynnette and I not only met up for a day over in New Jersey when I visited NY for the second time, but also here in my home when she came to stay for three wonderful days. Stephanie and I went sightseeing around Cologne and along the Rhine for two days too!

In addition to the joy of meeting these two sweet souls, I also got to go and spend time again with my beloved Pam in NY, this time spending a week together and then Kathy and I met up in London for some fun sightseeing time.

Each of these trips and visits have been covered in my 15 loves so you can see more photos here - March, May, July and August

But tying in with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt #3 this month to be inspired to scrap by the word FRIENDS, it was a no-brainer for me to make my page about how incredibly lucky I am to have met these wonderful people and to have them in my life - in person!

This is layout #1 from my Tripster kit and uses a Kelly Purkey sketch from her Sketchbook #3 class

I added in all the sketches from the KP Sketchbook class into my kit this month as well as the exclusive stamp set that came with it. And then I even stamped with it! It was a bit scary but I like how it turned out.

Just noticed that there is some eraser rubbings hanging around on my layout and the pencil marks under my journalling haven't been erased very well - will have to deal with that

I love looking at these four happy photos.

I am thrilled and honoured to have had the chance to meet these friends and to connect at a deeper level. Ladies - Watch out! I'm coming over to visit you in your neck of the woods as soon as I can!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

15 loves {August 2015}

Welcome to the next in the series {15 loves} for 2015 based on the original concept by my beloved friend, Pam, back in January 2013. I shared my loves (mostly late) all through 2013 & 2014 and now it's time to see if I can continue the series through 2015. I hope you will come back each month to see if there is anything in my list to inspire you. You can see all my {13 loves} {here}, my {14 loves} {here} and now all my {15 loves} {here}

I hope there's something in here to inspire you or maybe just make you smile.


Still on the flamingo trend, I found a beautiful set of free printables on Pinterest. I was wondering whether I should print my three favourites (including this one) and get them framed to hang in my room until the next trend comes along!

Find these and other printable here


And another trend is of course pineapples. I thought this little stamp was quite cute but I bet my super creative friend, Pam, could whip one of these up in a matter of minutes. I'm wondering if I should give it a try or just buy one...

TalktotheSun etsy shop here


The main highlight of the month was a visit to Germany by the ever delightful Lynette! She came over here on her way through to Poland and stopped for three days. We had an amazing time together and chatted and giggled our way through two countries and a very full itinerary.

Here we are on the first day in Amsterdam taking a canal trip. This girl is so sweet. Loved having her here.


While we were in Amsterdam, we we around the Royal Palace which I hadn't done before. I fell in love with the main hall with globes, maps, constellations, star signs and even a magnificent statue of Atlas holding up the globe on the wall. Just beautiful. But spotting this on the floor made my day for sure. 


On day two, we just had to stop in at Sylvia's wonderful shop, Scrapabilly, to introduce Lynnette to the joys of having an incredible LSS within easy driving distance. I know I'm spoilt in more ways than one and it was great to see my two scrappy friends chatting away. This hobby breaks down language barriers and connects people in a very special way. 


And then it was all over too soon and I had to take her back to the airport. We were so sad to say goodbye but really so happy to have had the chance to spend this quality time together! Until next time.


So true! 

I have four beautiful, adorable, gorgeous nieces...


Feeling a bit adventurous after my trip to London last month and my travels around with Lynnette, I spotted this bookbinding workshop by Paige Evans down in Munich. I'm also feeling a little uninspired with my scrapbooking recently and decided to really brave and do something I've never done before! 


I'm always pinning. This is gorgeous. One to lift in the future!

Malane at Studio Calico


There was a long summer break for our weekly crops at the Scrapabilly shop and we all missed it! So on the first night we were all together again, there had to be Sekt (sparkling wine) and ice-cream on the cards to inspire our paper snipping.



Pinterest source here


We also had a short weekend break to the beautiful German port town of Hamburg. Our hotel was a former water tower and funky inside and out!

Mövenpick hotel - Hamburg


On the first evening, we discovered a fabulous fish restaurant just around the corner from our hotel. It was just want we wanted - good food, cold champagne and a great atmosphere.

Jellyfish - Hamburg


Hamburg Rathaus (Town Hall) is stunning and this time around (I've visited the city once before), I made sure to catch a guided tour around the official rooms. It was worth the wait.


To be honest, the main reason we were in the city were a pair of tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera. A stunning performance and a wonderful weekend.

Ilove you to share your own {15 loves} lists with me. Why not link up in the comments below?


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