Monday, November 13, 2017

111317 Autumn


I recently bought these adorable ancient 2007 Basic Grey Mellow {un}DRESSED chipboard pieces. 
I wanted them dressed so I pulled out the precious BG 6x6" paper stash.


I flipped the little figures over to the back and, using a blade, 
cut through the backing paper to make a template for their clothes. 


I started making a little scene on a piece of 8-1/2 x 11" with the impish, elfish characters.
There are two girls & two boys, just like the grands! <3

2017 Pink Fresh Studio Live More acetate alphas for the title.
I wanted an invisible way to attach the letters. I thought the stitching would convey the wind.


It lost something in the translation! I traded out the yellow floss for white to minimize the damage.
Then I went berserk with stamping... I still like it, though!




Makes me smile!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

111217 CKC November Challenge #1


Counterfeit Kit Challenge
Challenge #1 - Just the opposite

Lisa's first November challenge: 
"November often gets a bad rap and many here in Europe 
consider it to be the greyest, dampest, dullest months of the year.Some years ago, I decided that I was going to find the positive in this special (for me) month and actively looked for the bright moments that would make me happy. 

And I have to tell you that there are a lot of them - there are many more blue-sky days than I ever realized and the festive lights and decorations that can often be found in November in the run up to Christmas can always brighten up even those dull, grey days. And of course, it's the end of autumn and beginning of winter, both of which make me very happy!"

So for this challenge, I'd like you to be inspired to find the positive in something and create a project about it.

My lovely kindred spirit soul sister came to visit me for my birthday, as a special gift from her dh for her birthday! All sorts of things to cram into our limited time together. My husband went up to the cabin to do some work so we ended up spending our time luxuriously doing none of our planned activities. Leisurely breakfasts (she said she felt like she was at a great B&B, lol) & then laid back days & evenings. No one needing anything. No one expecting us anywhere. It was amazingly restful & rejuvenating.


Fun with paint & ink.


 Fussy-cutting fun.



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

110717 Total Eclipse of the Heart


I have finally given myself liberty to scrap some of what has been lurking on my desk. I have been having printer woes for awhile (and unfortunately it's not over yet) & have created a bit of a backlog of ideas in the queue while waiting on the photos.

This page is about our last minute decision to travel this past summer to the totality zone of the

 

Okay. I DO know that this was a solar eclipse, in spite of the starry night sky background paper. It really helps represent the most dramatic effect of totality - it got dark! I like how it supports the dark photos. 

Journaling: We kept waffling about whether or not we would travel south to see totality. You knew how much I wanted to see it so on the spur of the moment, off we went!

  Isn't this pocket card perfection? Perfect sentiment & it gave me that third aqua color for an accent. And hey - it made a perfect pocket! Now I can find those glasses at the next eclipse, hehe, and I love that they were printed with the date & location. The flair matched perfectly. 

The next perfect piece? The Pink Fresh Studio/Indigo Hills wood clip that screamed eclipse to me. Lining it up with the vellum circle confirmed it. The stitching truly mimics what it looked like just after totality with the sunlight bursting forth again. It also gave me a subtle way to anchor the vellum.

I used that adorable aqua Felicity Jane rubber heart to draw attention to the title. I mounted the FJ alphas under the vellum & I love how it looks. The rest of the title is at the bottom of the circle - a play on an old song title. The last perfect element!

He's such a dear, darling man! <3
I had fun using my vintage typewriter for the journaling elements.


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

110417 CKC November Forgeries


A reminder of our November inspiration kit:

Citrus Twist November 2016 "Emerson" Kit
I had a go at the embellished wood veneers. 
All I needed was a brown ink pad & a simple graphic background stamp!


In the case of the arrowed heart, I masked the arrow with Post It notes.


There ya go!



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

110117 November CKC Kit Reveal


And speaking of lovely, introducing Lisa's pick for CKC's November Guest Designer this month:

"This month, I'm thrilled and delighted to welcome Anne Keller (known online as Bunte Pinguin!) as Guest Designer. I got to know Anne when we were on the Scrapabilly Design Team together and was so happy to find her following along in our community. She has a beautiful style and makes beautiful pages."

Also lovely is the inspiration kit Lisa has chosen!

November 2016 "Emerson" Citrus Twist Scrapbook Kit
Let's see what I've got this month in the Magic Blue Box!


First the papers I chose:


Felicity Jane 2016 Sophie collection; Glitz Dezign 2013 Kaleidoscope: Crate Paper 2014 Maggie Holmes Confetti collection; American Crafts 2016 Shimelle go Nov GO collection; Felicity Jane 2016 Oh Deer! collection; American Crafts 2014 Amy Tan Rise & Shine collection.

Here's the full  I am Blessed  kit:






I also put together a toolkit this month plus there are a few more alphas, etc. lurking in the shadows!


Now it's your turn! But first follow the DT hop for more inspiration, and come back on the 4th to find out how to forge some of your favorite items from the inspiration kit.



Scrap on!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

110117 Archi-scraps November Challenge


Archi-scraps November challenge inspiration:

Fruit
 Recently we took a quick little jaunt up to Michigan's "U.P." - the Upper Peninsula.
The lower portion of Michigan is informally known as "The Mitten", for obvious reasons!

You get to the U.P. over an engineering marvel - The Mackinac Bridge, "Big Mac" to the locals.
 Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot (4.995 mi; 8.038 km) bridge is the world's 19th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.
Because we live below the bridge, we are considered "trolls" :D


U.P. locals are nicknamed "Yoopers" & enjoy some unique benefits from living "Up North",
like a variety of locally smoked fish from Lake Michigan to the south & Lake Superior to the north.
This was at a gas station at 7:30 in the morning!

Another yummy comfort food that hearkens back to the U.P. mining days are pasties, the original hot pocket meal brought over from Wales  by Cornish miners back in the day. Impossibly thin pastry dough encases meat, gravy, potatoes, onions, & rutabaga and is served with brown gravy.


Something new to us this trip is thimbleberry jam. The flavor reminds me of an uber-sweet raspberry mixed with fig - very unusual & delicious.


All of that to get to the fruity point of my page, lol!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

100617 October CKC Mini- Kit Reveal


Oops! I forgot to post this on time...


But you would never know it from our CKC inspiration kit this month!

 I'm actually delighted with St. Tropez from Prima, chosen by Julene from Australia
where spring is in full swing,  as I have recently returned from another beachy vacation.

"Visit the French sands of St. Tropez in this beautiful collection by Frank Garcia. 
Featuring a beautiful blue, yellow, and vintage color palette, 
mixed with modern hand lettering and florals, this collection is sure to transport you out to sea. 
St. Tropez is perfect for summer vacations, lazy days, and sea-inspired projects!"

I think I may be warming up to the idea of the mini-kit!
If I decide beforehand on the story or photos it's a snap,
plus I know it will get used up on the project.


Here is my page:


I need to add some journaling + the date.
There is another story to be told here that may become a companion page.
 
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