Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge October kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to a rather neglected blog! I'm hoping to make improvements but I'm grateful that you keep coming back to visit me even if I'm not updating as often as I should.

Hopefully, you are here courtesy of Leslie's blog (here) where she will have delighted you with the contents of her blue box. If not, you must make sure to catch up on the full hop as this month, all our challenges have been set by our delightful October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Queen Laura (here), including the choice of kit! So hop back to the beginning of the hop (here) and settle back for some serious inspiration.

This month's kit, as mentioned above, was selected by Laura and is such a pretty selection of products by Hey Little Magpie. The link doesn't appear to be working any more but you can check out their site (here) and this is the kit we were given.

Now, as you might know (and be totally bored of by now!), I've been moving over September and don't have much of my stash available. So I had to be a bit more flexible in how I interpreted the kit so that I could actually select some items.

I looked at the kit and saw lashings of prettiness - softer colours, aquas and pinks, flowers, dots, bows, loopy words, die cuts, tape, stickers and frames. So that was my starting point and off I went down the prettiness road. I'm relieved to be able to present "Discover"!

I have very little paper unpacked so far, in fact just a small plastic container with some very favourite designs so that's what had to be enough. I started off with papers that roughly matched the idea of the papers of the original, and a few extras for good measure. I came up with a soft combination with a hint of gold, some stars for good measure and penty of pretty florals.  Most of the papers are, as always, double sided which will give me plenty of choice when it comes to using it up.

Quite a lot of tone on tone colours here but I think I'll still get a good amount of variety for layouts.

Then onto the embellies of which I was sorely reduced.

But there were still some scrummy bits and pieces available including this relatively new pack of Heidi Swapp words. Not quite the same pack as the original kit but certainly absolutely fine! I tracked down some die-cut frames as well as a couple of Maggie Holmes overlays and just because I can't resist a touch of gold right now, added in some glorious Martha Stewart gold leaves and some gold sequin ribbon.

I had the intention of starting Project Life on 1st September but so far have only managed to take the photos on an almost daily basis. So I included a handful of cards as a motivation to try to get started... who knows!

My back was against the wall time-wise and I didn't have anything bow related at all. But I always think that bows look like butterflies so a handful seemed a good alternative. I also added in a precious piece of Dear Lizzy butterfly vellum that I got in NYC. Let's see if I trust myself to cut it up.

Making sure I got more and more "pretty" into my kit, I included these super cute heart doilies, a handful of sequins (two sizes of gold, some aqua and some green) and then two alphabets for variety.

As always, I reserve the right to add things into my kit as I go through the month, especially as I will hopefully be unpacking the rest of my supplies and unearthing stuff I haven't seen for two months!

I now have 6 kits sitting on my shelf again - all rather neglected so LOAD is coming at JUST the right time! Today starts another crazy month of daily scrapping and you can bet that most of those layouts will be made using my rather wonderful Counterfeit kits. What would I do without them?!?

Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you have been inspired to take Queen Laura's selection and make your own box full of prettiness.

Now off you go to visit Lynette to ooo and aaah at her amazingly staged kit. Sure to please! And don't forget to let me know you were here. I love comments...

Here's the full list in case you get lost along the way.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge September member blog hop

Hello and welcome to another Counterfeit Kit Challenge member blog hop.

I'm kicking off the hop this month so please pop back to the Counterfeit blog to see the full list of hoppers. When you're done here, you need to go and visit Tina (here) where she is sure to have something great to share!

We were challenged with three (for me) tough challenges this time around:
  1. Challenge #1 Challenge US! :Make up your own challenge for us 
  2. Challenge #2 Selfie Love : Scrap a selfie  
  3. Challenge #3 Mixed Media Embellies : Make some inky, painty, textured embellies
I scratched my head a bit and then jumped in to make up two layouts for the first two challenges. I'm really not much of a mixed media, get my hands dirty kind of person so I decided to leave that one for the more adventurous, and far more talented members on the team.

But making up my own challenge? Yep! Can do that.

I decided to challenge myself and therefore YOU to use a whole sheet of die-cut paper as the background to your layout. 

I often find these sheets tricky to use as I generally love them and don't want to cut them up or even cover up the detail very much! So, the challenge to use them as a background for the layout was the first step to keeping as much on show as possible and I usually use white cardstock these days, so all that colour was a second challenge! 

I had a beautiful piece of rainbow paper in my kit and knew that it would be perfect to back all those die-cut stars. I picked up that paper on my NYC trip so I knew that I wanted to really showcase it as much as possible. I think this did the trick. What do you think? This is also a special layout for me as it features me and my baby sister who is celebrating a special birthday this month. I will be writing a few happy memories of our time together.

I loved finding a way to incorporate those Silhouette shapes into the design and even as my title

While I was sat it, I decided to work directly on a second layout using the selfie challenge. You know that I take a lot of such photos so it was more of a matter of finding a reason to pick a particular one out for a creation. Looking through my pile of Instax prints, I selected one with nothing in particular to say and created a layout just about me. I'll be adding my journalling when I have a little time to breathe and consider what message I want to give myself.

I see that this isn't a perfect photo - bit dark and wrong tones. I'll have to practice  taking photos in different corners of our new flat to find the best light...

What a surprise! More gold...

Really enjoyed finding a way to use this gorgeous Scrapabilly exclusive flair button! A little German here and there goes a long way on my pages and reflects another side of me.

Even though I've only managed three layouts (so far) with my kit this month, I am very much in love with it and know that it will get much airtime next month during my third LOAD of the year starting October 1st! I can't wait as I'm hoping to be a bit more organised by then and might even have found my scrap supplies - LOL! But even if I haven't managed to get them all unpacked, I have a nice pile of Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits from the last few months that will most certainly make my chances for a successful month more likely.

Watch this space for more shares...

As mentioned at the beginning, next on the hop is Tina (here) and the full list of this month's bloggers can be found at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog (here). Happy hopping!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fröhliche Freitag

Back again (if a few hours late) to share my second touch of gold for the Jingle Belles prompt this week. It's so wonderful to be guesting over at the Belles' blog. These girls are beyond inspirational so I'm honoured to be a part of it in a very small way.

I couldn't resist using my Cameo for this CAS card. Some Studio Calico vellum, a little gold foil card and a twist of Martha Stewart twine was all this needed.

I thought the vellum would add a little interest to the simple design. Love this paper and think I need some more!

The cuts from the Cameo are totally amazing. The detail of this wreath came out so well.

Of course, while I was making one, it made sense to make another one at the same time. I'm way behind on my card making and am hoping that this will help me out.

Thanks so much to Stephanie and Lauren over at Jingle Belles for inviting me to join in. I feel back in the spirit now and hope to get the card making up and running again as soon as my boxes get unpacked.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge September kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to September! I love this time of year so you can bet that I'm smiling right now! 

It's that time again... time to reveal the new Counterfeit Kit Challenge September kit. And I can tell you (again), that I'm ever so slightly in love with both the original and my counterfeit! Ok, you got me. Not ever so slightly, rather ever so much.

But I'm running away with myself. 

Hopefully, you've reached me from Susanne where I'm sure she has one awesome kit to share! If not, why not go back to the beginning of the hop at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog so that you don't miss out on anything. And make sure you stop by at our Guest Designer Tina's blog (here). We are excited to have her on the team this month and I know she is going to delight us with her creations.

This month, we were given a gorgeous kit from Scrapbook Circle (you can find the original kit here

I love the fact that it's a bit darker than some of the kits I've been using recently. The shades are a bit stronger and there are lots of different colour combinations in there. Of course, I changed it up a bit and gave it the Lisa stamp, creating something a bit more glittery than the original!

Here is Shimmer!

I didn't have anything from the inspiration kit so I had to think laterally, deciding to use with a sheet of bokeh teal-coloured vellum from Crate as my starting point, giving me that strong colour to build upon.

The original kit featured double sided papers but not all that many so I decided to match up both sides of them to give me many more papers in my kit and such a lot of choice! Some of the original papers are matched up more than once in my kit (such as the bokeh or map design) and I really tried to focus on those stronger teals and darker shades to give me something very different from my recent creations.

There are some very recent purchases as well as a few much older - use it or lose it - sheets.

Then came the embellies where I had to try to match up the basic type more than the exact items, having nothing that matched 100%.

I realised that the Scrapbook Circle kit had quite a few exclusives - words, labels, a stamp etc - so I picked out some bright MME labels and some SC veneer items featuring words and tabs.

The original kit doesn't feature die-cut cards or flair but as I don't have anything cork in my stash, I just decided to add in what I knew would work for me. I happen to love these Scrapabilly exclusives and am having quite some fun finding ways to pop a little German onto my pages!

The veneer tabs and word pieces work instead of the cork elements and I added in a set of Crate overlays to offer variety and some more gold (just in case I didn't have enough!).

There were clips in the original kit and I fished out a selection of very old items that will challenge me for sure. Let's see how I get on. I also included a few PL cards to substitute for the printables

I added in washi because I love it and well, I can add whatever I want! And several twines to match the yellow twine in the original. The sheet of alphas from Basic Grey feature a tile design that reminded me of the alpha tiles in the original. Not necessarily what I would normally use but I'll give it a try. I've also added in other alphas as I knew that I would need the choice.

I included a SC exclusive stamp set I had in my stash and embossing powder in the hope that this will remind me to use it. My stamps are always sadly neglected - mostly because I don't trust myself to use them on my pages. I usually manage to mess it up!

Some teal and gold glitter paper and my Cameo came up with good alternatives for the HS glitter stickers and I love the way they came out. These will really add something very special to my pages next month and let's face it, you know me and glitter! Of course, I had to include some gold doilies too. Just a must!

The original kit features some stamp type elements so I included the paper stamps from BG Hipster. I find them a bit tricky to use so again, challenging myself.

I'd added in a few items from the BG Hipster collection so I added in the brads too. The colours look like they will work with the redder papers.

And there you have it. Shimmer in all its shimmery glory. Not a lot like the original kit but you can see some basic similarities! And I love it which is most important. I know that I will be challenged by some of the papers and a few of the embellies but if they don't end up working, out they'll go! I've already made two pages for upcoming challenges using the kit and love how different they are to what I've been making recently.

If you've got this far then thanks! Make sure you leave me a comment and let me know how you'd use those tricky older clips!

Next on the hop is the ever inspirational Leslie and here's the full list in case you get lost along the way.

Guest Designer:  Tina:
Lisa H.:

Friday, 29 August 2014

Fröhliche Friday!

I know I've away for a long time but I'm back to my Jingling self this week.

I'm over the moon and delighted to be Guest Designer over at Jingle Belles because those girls are the best pre-Christmas, Christmas card-making fun you can have.

As those of you who know my scrapbooking, you'll know that I am on a total gold rush (pun intended) at the moment so it seemed obvious that gold would be my prompt. 

I'm thrilled to be able to share my first design with you here. 

I wanted to find as many different golds and textures as I could to bring together onto one card. The sequins were a new purchase (in love) as well as a new supply of gold doilies. The reindeer and garland were cut from foil card using the Cameo (more in love) and then I matched them up with a gold glitter paper band, some Studio Calico gold letters (very much in love and needing more in my stash). Everything was backed by a simple striped paper and some cream cardstock. I make that five different gold materials. Love!

While I was at it, I ran up a second one. After all, I've not made any cards for ages and need to catch up!

We'd love to see you joining in on my challenge over at Jingle Belles! The more the merrier. 

And I can promise you that getting ahead of that Christmas crafting now will give you SUCH a warm fuzzy feel-good feeling!  :-) 

There's only 17 more Fridays till Christmas after all. Ha ha!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

14 loves {August 2014}

Welcome to the next in the series {14 loves} for 2014 based on the original concept by my beloved friend, Pam, back in January 2013. I enjoyed sharing my loves so much through the year that I decided I needed to continue through 2014. I hope you will come back each month to see if there is anything in my list to inspire you. You can find previous posts  {here}

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


We managed a small road-trip cross-country to Berlin. I've been once before when the Brandenburg Gate was hidden behind a facade, so it was top of my list of sights to visit this time around. I was thrilled with this shot of the iconic monument.


At the end of my {14 lovesJuly 2014, it was the evening of the FIFA World Cup final and we were all hoping that Germany would be victorious. They were. The feel good feeling is still to be found and we are all so very proud!


I haven't managed to participate in the Jingle Belles challenge for some time. The girls over there are the best inspiration around for getting ahead with all those Christmas cards.  All I can say is, watch this space for a little festive something that I've been up to recently.


I've been slowly working through my small supply of mini gold doilies. I was overjoyed to find a few packs in town and promptly purchased them all! 


Another Berlin landmark that was just round the corner from our hotel and another on my list to capture. When we were there before, it was at the beginning of my digi photo days and certainly before my iPhone addiction. I had a lot of fun this time around making sure I captured some better photos.


As part of my de-cluttering, I sorted out some washi tapes and sent them along to my niece. She'd been most taken by my selection when I stayed there in May and I knew she'd have some fun sticking with abandon. I was right. Thanks to my sister for this shot.


When Pam tagged me with details of these limited edition Kelly Purkey 3x4" stamps, I knew I had to get them. They are perfect and as soon as I get my hands on my NYC photos again, they will be part of the kit I'll be making for all those New York pages!


I was scanning some of my old Philippine photos recently for a DT page and this one just took me right back to Pukka Beach on Boracay back in 1998. Seems like yesterday. Time flies.


My new/old job is enjoyable but challenging. English grammar can be really difficult!


Ongoing packing, packing, packing. Getting there. I'm excited for the move and for our new home. 


Someone had their first day of school and was very, very excited. Although she was a little skeptical about what she could learn as she already knows her alphabet, her numbers and can read!


I've been enjoying working my way through old episodes of SATC recorded off Sky. I still love watching Carrie and the girls no matter how often I watch it.


The main reason we were in Berlin. Such a highlight for me to see this exhibition in the city where he lived for two years and which had such an influence on his music at that time. David Bowie is.... simply awesome.


The Scrapabilly August kit (here) featuring Webster's Pages Ocean Melody was a joy to use. Ocean Melody is one of the loveliest collections I've worked with in a long time. I made six pages I love and hope to get them onto the blog in the next few days. I ended up buying all the papers again so that I could continue making those feel-good pages.

Id love you to share your own {14 loves} lists with me. Why not link up in the comments below?


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