Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Somewhere over the rainbow

As soon as I saw what the girls over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge had in store for us swith mini-challenge #3, I knew exactly what I'd do.

I've used this photo once before but such a perfect photo is a sure thing for multiple uses on different layouts.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit, Soothe, layout #5

Knowing I wanted to concentrate on the end of the rainbow rather than the rainbow itself, I fished out all the yellow tones from my kit and was pleased that there was still enough to make my pretty layout. Some gold glitter splats and a Prima flower were all the extras I needed.

The limited colour scheme of this kit has proved so interesting to work with and I have loved each of the simpler pages I've made so far. I think I have one or two more layout in the box but the end of the month is almost upon us so we'll have to see!

I'm looking forward to seeing your rainbow inspired layouts!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Punching and a fluttering

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini-challenge #2 is asking us to get busy punching and no, we don't need our boxing gloves. Paper punching is all that's called for :-)

I have a few go-to punches that I use over and over again and this time around was no exception. They are used so often that I noticed the punch themselves was not as smooth as usual and I'm wondering if they have reached the end of their lifespan - how long do your punches last?

Anyway, I knew I needed to punch butterflies but then challenged myself to use at least one or two others. In the end I used a Martha Stewart border punch and as a page tag punch. So three in total which I was quite pleased with.

A simple layout using a few products from my March kit, Soothe although I have to admit to adding the pinstripe paper into the kit when I came across it in my stash a few days ago.

The 3D butterflies were layered up with paper and vellum and I used the negative shapes too although several are covered up. The journalling is tucked behind the photo, inside a vellum pocket to keep it a little bit hidden (again!).

Nothing spectacular here but the chance to add a few sweet words in the journalling which always makes me happy.

What are your favourite punches that I really should be adding to my shopping list?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

More neutral love

Well, it's Wednesday which means that I *try* to get into my room to create a Christmas card or two for Jingle Belles. I made three last week actually (I blogged about two but ran another identical one off at the weekend) and now I've managed another two.

My strategy so far seems to be to just put together two very similar cards while I have the papers and embellishments out in front of me. I don't spend a lot of time on my cards and the extra couple of minutes to make another one really makes the effort worth while. I think I have way more than 20 cards already.  :-)

I really wanted to have a go at the wreath designs that appeared on so many gorgeous cards including Stephanie's but when it came to it, I didn't think I had the right products and it seemed like so much work. I know, I'm a lazy card maker which is funny as I spend SO much time on my scrapbook layouts. I think I need an intensive card making/design course to give me some fresh ideas and maybe help me to break out of doing what I always do and to take a bit more time. In my next life maybe!

So, I used Bohemia Christmas from MME which is really old but I still think it's one of the favourite Christmas lines I've ever bought (shh... don't tell BG!) and the colours were perfect for the neutral challenge.

The next prompt will be up on Friday and I'm looking forward to it already! Are you joining in yet? You know we're already a quarter of the way through the year - better get started sooner rather than later.

Monday, 19 March 2012

In Good Company once more

Well, I had a whole post written and I lost it so here I am again...

I'm so happy that I made time to play along with S's In Good Company challenge again this month after a few months away.

She challenged us to reacquaint ourselves with American Crafts products in our stash and I was surprised to find quite a few products that I didn't remember having. (I think this is the whole point of the challenge actually!) A lot of the AC designs are no longer really my style but I wanted to prove that anything can be adapted to some degree or other to fit. I also used the March Scrap Happy sketch but tweaked it almost beyond recognition :-) , generally having a lot of fun in the process.

Once I had decided to use paper with buildings on it, this gave me the idea that I needed to do a general city or travel layout and then it all came together from there. Everything except the October Afternoon button is AC.

(Please excuse the pink tinge to the photo and I've since erased the pencil lines for my journalling - whoops.)

S runs the challenge from 10th to 20th each month, so why not drop by next month and see who you get to make friends with again in your stash :-)

Thursday, 15 March 2012

4 anyone?

The first mini-challenge over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge site this month is all about the number 4.

How will you incorporate this into your page? In the journalling, the title, the number of elements, a cluster of 4 somethings, 4 photos? There are so many things you could do so I was glad when I came up with the idea of just taking 4 adorable photos of my gorgeous niece and putting them together. I have so many photos like this where I wasn't there with her and I just love them without necessarily needing a story that pages like this are often a good idea.

I kept it simple and am pleased to see this sheet of old Tinkering Ink finding a home next to the softer yellows. It was such a bright design, I was unsure how I could use it.

I sanded and inked one of the really old frames I'd included, misted and glitter splatted the cardstock and added a bit of texture with ribbon, paper, twine and thread including a butterfly cut out from the SC packaging I'd popped into my kit because of the woodgrain print.

Simple, sweet and done. And four more pretty pictures for me to look at on my pages rather than sitting in my pile of photos. Perhaps I should do one of these layouts for each of the three children!

CKC March kit, Soothe - layout #3

What 4 comes to mind for you?

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Neutral about Christmas?

Jingles Belles are challenging us to feel neutral about Christmas this week.

They featured the most beautiful Christmas cushions from Pottery Barn and asked us to be inspired by them in some way.

I liked the neutrality of the colours and went through my papers pulling out everything that seemed a non-colour deciding that was the direction I wanted to go. Then I got distracted by the rather gorgeous Dasher (vintage BG) papers and ended up making two cards that are not totally neutral, but very very pale none the less! Looking at the inspiration photo, it's hard to see that the cards have anything to do with it! But you know to expect this kind of thing from me :-)

I adore the wreath cushion and would love to have a go at this in paper so I might try that out for next week. Stephanie made such a stunning one that I really fancy having a go. Loving having the prompt for two weeks so that I can try out different directions before the next prompt goes up.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Heading North

Over at Whimsical Musings last week, Pam challenged us to be inspired by Dr Seuss in all his quirky glory.

It would appear she was ahead of her time as several similar challenges have popped up online today :-)

There's more detail about the trouble I gave myself with this challenge over at WM (see the post here) but I thought I'd post the second layout here because I used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit, Soothe, to create it.

I was inspired by the quote I found over on the Dr Seuss site which made me smile and think back to our journey up north of the Arctic Circle in Canada (as if I need a reason to think back to that holiday!)

"I'm a North-Going Zax and I always go north. Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth."

I went for soft colours and vellum so that the relatively colour-free photos wouldn't be overwhelmed. When we got to the border, visibility was down to just a few metres as it turned out we were actually IN the clouds! It was really eery and spooky to be honest.

But anyway, it got me thinking about how we seem to be going further and further north with our trips and how lucky I am to have my own North-Going Zax to explore with.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit, Soothe - layout #2

I love how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I created two completely different pages from the same starting point. Now, that's what I call a good prompt!

Saturday, 10 March 2012


I just wanted to share the first layout I created with my March Counterfeit kit, Soothe

I don't know about you but I use scrapbooking as a way to calm down, switch off, relax and take time to reflect while I'm creating. This month's kit is perfect for that as it's true to its name with such soothing colours and soft patterns.

I teamed it up with the Whimsical Musings Challenge #28 which was all about longings.

This layout features a lot of what I'm loving right now - yellow and grey, splats and misting, white cardstock, twine, chevrons, doilies and a vellum envelope filled with journalling and mini hearts! *sigh*

What have you been longing for recently? Why not share with us over at WM

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

And a few more stickers!

I ran off a couple more cards for the Jingle Belles "Stuck on You" challenge.

Makes me feel all virtuous to be using up my stash (even if it feels like it's not going down at all!) and increasing my pile of cards.


Go me!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Stuck on you!

This week Jingle Belles has teamed up with EAD Designs to challenge us to use stickers on our cards.

They have some amazing sample cards over on the blog (here and here) and I have serious design envy ;-) Wish so much I could make cards as wonderful as these girls!

Not the most inspired and only a couple of Cosmo stickers, but another two for the pile :-)

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to the March Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal blog hop.

If you've arrived here directly, you might want to pop back to the Counterfeit blog to hop your way through all the participants and if you're here by way of the talented Julie Ann, then you are on the right track.

This month our inspiration kit comes courtesy of Birds Of A Feather (see the kit here) and I think we all fell in love with it. The simple calming colour scheme made it really interesting.

Here is just a snippet of the original inspiration kit with those gorgeous blues and yellows. So pretty.

I had the full Counterfeit experience this time around as I didn't have a single matching item to the original kit, nor did I really have a lot in the same shades of blue and yellow. Some serious creativity was called upon and I love the result!

Here is my March kit, "Soothe":

Once again, I started off selecting some cardstock - several sheets of white which has become my go-to colour but also a couple of blue and yellow to encourage me to use it up. Then I decided to adjust the base colours of the kit a little to fit the papers that I had and what I'm loving right now - yellow and grey with blue as an accent. I included several partial sheets and one or two really old bluer papers which are use or lose. I've included two sheets of diagonal stripes so that I can counterfeit the chevron patterns included in the original and intend to have a look online to see if I can find some woodgrain that I could print out. I also added in my 6x6 Periphery pad which added some nice blues and grey as well as a hint of green which isn't really in the inspiration kit but adds another dimension to work with. A few sheets of vellum completed the paper side of my kit.

Then I worked on the embellishments, adding is some of the same elements - flowers, ribbon, and some butterflies. Then I looked for some stickers that might go and discovered some very old ones from Tinkering Ink that match the paper - again use or lose - as well as some newer BG. I noticed that the inspiration kit included some frames so I tracked down a handful too - they don't necessarily match the other products but a bit of ink or glitter will do the job fine. A few other items with a woodgrain finish matched the original kit and then I decided I couldn't do without some of my beloved lace and doilies,  and several alpha sets. I consider twine, inks, paints, mists and glitter to be free items and reserve the right at any time to add in any other embellishments that catch my fancy! *wink wink*

I think this will be a very interesting kit to use with the more limited colour scheme than I usually include and have already made a first layout (which I love) that I will put on the blog in a day or two.

I've seen one or two sneaks from the rest of the team and they are gorgeous so make sure you check them out and then share your own kits over at the Counterfeit site (here). Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here - I love seeing who's dropped by :-)

Your next stop on the hop is the delightful Margie (here) and just in case you get lost along the way, here is the full blog hop list.

Guest Designer: Mary Buttons
Lisa  <----- you are here
Margie  <---- your next stop

Happy hopping!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Things I loved... February

It was cold. Very cold. I've missed real winter weather this year so I was happy to get a few weeks of below zero temperatures. There was some fantastic frost to see...

... and it tried to snow, over and over again. But alas, it was not to be. But you have to give it credit for trying :-)

 But this cold snap gave us some beautifully glorious winter blue skies...

... and the chance for some cosy, real fires in the evening.

Of course, there was an exchange of Valentine hearts....

... and roses.

A whole month of LOAD meant fishing out old photos to use which made me smile each and every day...

... helped to develop a slightly different scrapping style with lots of white and an excess of twine and glitter ...

... but still lots and lots of dimension. 29 days, 33 layouts, 48 photos. A successful month.

German carnival came and went, complete with traditional "Berliner" aka donuts! This is my only participation in the craziness that comes with the 5th season round here...

And in true silly style, we celebrated 3,000 days of marriage!

Thanks once again to Deb for starting the "Things I loved..." series. I love looking through my photos each month and reliving the highlights. :-)

What delights did February bring you?

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Sleepover memories

One last LOAD 212 Counterfeit layout to share.

This layout was crated with leftovers from my kit, November Glory, which was the trickiest to use even though I really liked the individual items in it. But when I opened the box, I decided that there was too much still to break up the kit and challenged myself to make one more layout.

I did my usual of just cutting and sticking and not worrying too much about what goes where and it was coincidence that the colour in the photos matched the background. It's not going into my favourite ever layout pile but all in all, I ended up quite pleased with fluttering butterflies and the mini cluster at the top.

 The LOAD prompt was to scrap a favourite memory and when my eyes fell on these photos, memories of sleepovers with my sister came flooding back. We'd squeeze up in my bed with hot chocolate and a bedtime story before going top and tail for the rest of the night. I'm sure that neither of us slept well, but it was such a special Saturday night treat!

And with that, another kit bit the dust! After February's LOAD I now have my mini-Halloween kit which will be tucked into my Halloween drawer for whenever I get the idea to scrap some scary photos, and one partially used up Scrapagogo kit from 2010 if you can believe it which I am about to break up because I can't see it any more. Which means that I am officially kit free until I make my new one for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge tomorrow.

Don't forget to come back here on Tuesday for the Design Team blog hop kit reveal.


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