Thursday, 18 July 2019

July 2019 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge #2

Welcome to my somewhat neglected blog these days.

Today I'm sharing my take on the sketch Tina challenged us with.

I think you all know how much I love sketches and this two photo template was really appealing. I assumed that the photos were 6x4 and therefore, I'm not sure my page has the same proportions as the original, but other than that, I stayed pretty true to the design.

The double photo design was perfect to record a then and now version of me on this anniversary page for moving to Germany. How can it be 18 years already? It feels like yesterday even on days when I think about all the ups and down and changes we've gone through - enough to last a lifetime or two!

The photo on the left was taken at the leaving "do" I had when I left my job in Cambridge to make the big move, and the photo on the right is from just a few weeks ago when we were visiting a fabulous Baroque/Rococo Schloss in southern Germany.  I'm not sure I'm the same person as I was back then - yes, of course, a "bit" older these days - but I feel as if I'm totally different.

Anyway, this challenge gave me the chance to write a few lines about the topic and I'm happy to have been given the nudge to make it so close to the event.

I interpreted the line of stitching and flower element along the top as an extension of my title and a few gems.

The flowers on the edge of the page have changed into a flair, some gems and a little fussy cutting from the Shimelle word paper. I just picked out a handful of phrases that loosely fitted the topic of the page.

And again, the element on this side of the page transformed into another flair, some more dots and a few more phrases.

The places on the top of the photos were a final idea so that I don't forget to notice how the places affected the person in the photo!

Here's to the next 18 years. I wonder what that time will bring?

I hope you'll check out the others and how they've interpreted the sketch for themselves? You can find them all over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here and don't forget to share if you make a page using this sketch - we love to see you using your kits!

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Monday, 1 July 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge July kit reveal and blog hop

Gulp! It's July and I find that quite shocking - it's the second half of the year and yet, I have no idea where the first half went!

But hopefully you're here for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge July kit reveal and blog hop and therefore, welcome.

You should have reached me from Julene's blog here - does she have a fabulously large kit? - and next up is Leslie here - did she delight you with her famous blue box? - but make sure you don't miss the whole hop (list at the end) and our wonderful Guest Designer, Kathy. We are thrilled to have her with us in July and she has been wowing us all with her creations so this will be a fun month.

Tina picked out the June 2019 kit from Clique Kits, Sweet Tea and I think you'll love it.

You can find all the details over at the Clique Kits site here

as well as a smaller kit here.

I was inspired by the larger kit and even though I'm not really managing a whole lot of scrapping right now, seem to have come up with quite a big selection. Maybe this will be the month I make more than two or three layouts.

Here's my kit, Mingle, named that way because I really mixed things up with old - almost vintage - and new products, designer collections and no name elements I've picked up recently, geometrics and softer, organic designs.

When I noted down the main elements I realised that the sheet of green diagonal paper reminded me of a paper that I was sure was in the Shimelle collection on my shelf.

I went searching and found this sheet - I think it's perfect.

And when I turned it over, I found strips of words which reminded me of the word paper in the original kit. Bonus!

From there, I went through my papers and picked out a couple more Shimelle papers in colours that seemed to fit the original including another word paper and a vellum speciality paper. I matched those up with a plaid, a woodgrain, a repeating design, some more geometric patterns and two sprig patterns from a no-name paper pad. That paper is THIN, like copy paper so let's see if I will actually use it. I'm a little unsure about it.

Then I added in a bunch of embellishments starting with a collection of doilies and a selection of flowers which were in the inspiration kit. The flowers felt very vintage and I rummaged through my small container and picked out a few different designs. I haven't used flowers for a long time and forget to use doilies even though I love them, so I hope this will inspire me to use them.

I fished out some older frames to include instead of the pink puffy frames in the original kit. I love using frames so I'm excited to get some used on pages. 

Two different simple Thickers, a small set of letter stickers, some random chipboard shapes (not so sure about the design of some of the sheet!), some gems and a couple of flair that caught my eye.

I'm missing some die-cuts which I've realised I'm very short of in my stash, and large word elements which I might cut on my Cameo. I've also noticed that certain paper designs are missing in my stash such as large florals, woodgrain and blues. Making a note - maybe I need to go shopping!

Thanks for dropping by. Here's the full blog hop list to keep you on track - make sure you stop at everyone's blog. Our kits are always so interesting and I love how we interpret the inspiration kit so differently.

Counterfeit Kit Challenges -
Guest Designer - Kathy McElfresh (Scrappy Kathy) -
Laura -

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