Sunday, August 6, 2017

080617 August CKC Mini-Kit Reveal

In my part of the CKC world, it is currently the

My August mini-kit is based on the July Gossamer Blue Traveler Notebook kit.
I liked the lighter look of the TN kit & knew I could find some close matches for my mini.
Gossamer Blue July 2017 Traveler's Notebook kit

I also liked this layout by Design Team member Jill Keller from the Gossamer Blue blog HERE.
It's always fun to check out what others have done with the goodies in the kit!
I gathered this little page kit, called "Refresh":

I combined a few papers from a  recent purchase - the Pink Fresh Dream On collection, which I felt captured the vibe of the inspiration kit - with some pieces from the Felicity Jane April Caroline kit. Tossed in a couple of flair from my stash & curated my own stamp set. At this point I waz intending to scraplift the page above... but then the creative mess starts & I zig instead of zag - and it's all good!

I used the Wish paper for my background.

The bottom two sentiments from the Aspire paper were perfect for my daughter's 30th birthday page.
I added hand stitching to the word "smile" to add a little texture & bring attention to it.

The Trance paper was perfect for fussy-cutting some tiny embellishments for the sentiment strip.

Felicity Jane Caroline elements finished off embellishing, including the journaling card, the cute little banner, the rubber saying on the large photo, the little sentiment tag + the stamping above the number 30 & on the small photo. These two collections played so nicely together!

Here's the finished page:

Even though my result was far from the inspiration, it really helped to have that starting point.

I hope you enjoy making your project mini-kit as much as I did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 31, 2017

080117 August Archi-scraps Challenge

I confess, I played hooky from the Archi-scraps challenge last month...
but this one was perfect for some photos from a beach vacation earlier this year.

Use spirals on your project

We visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida.
We had an amazing tour guide who gave us a vivid description of life at the light.

The last time I climbed up a lighthouse I had a very bad experience,
but my husband was eager & reached the top in no time.

I would love to take credit for that adorable header but it's a pre-fab from Hampton Arts.
Somehow I managed to fill up the entire page without much embellishment!
I have a brochure, map & other goodies that will slip into a companion 6"x12" cover flap sleeve.

Can you believe they hauled oil up that thing to fuel the original light???

Another excursion scrapped for our vacation album, thanks to an Archi-scraps inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

070117 July CKC Kit Reveal

Can you believe it? The days are getting shorter, at least in my hemisphere!
This year is just barreling ahead at warp speed...

Excited to have joining us this month as our Guest Designer YouTube sensation, Megan Blethen, 
more affectionately known by her faithful followers as CraftyMeggy.  
Delighted to have you on the team, Megan!

Our inspiration kit this month is a bit of an oldie but a goodie.

Cocoa Daisy June 2016 "Walden Pond" kit
Amazingly I actually had a piece of the original kit - the Pink Fresh vellum alphas.  
Let's cut the suspense & open up the Magic Blue Box!

Pulled the papers first:

2010 Basic Gray Sweet Threads/A-line dress, Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss/Sour, 2009 Basic Gray Origins/Sugar Pea, 2011 Pebbles Hip Hip Hooray!/Yippee, Basic Gray star paper - no branding strip, 2015 Basic Gray South Pacific/Papua New Guinea, 2009 Anna Griffin paisley (my surprise element.)


I pulled a few round elements instead of buttons,

created my own stamp set & gathered some twine,

alphas, plus some ink as I'm planning to create some diecut-style embellishments.

Can't wait to see what direction you take with your custom kit!
Make sure you don't miss a stop on the hop.
And check back on the 4th for our forgery tutorials & links.
Guest Designer Megan Blethen -

Remember that we now have a mini-kit option for our Master Forgers.
Stay tuned for that reveal on the 6th - you may find that a smaller kit suits you better!

 And make sure to share YOUR kit & projects with us on the Link-up Page, 
or on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge.

I hope you enjoy the kit choice this month & challenges on the 12th & 18th!